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  • To Kill a Mockingbird

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22,900
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,676
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20,624

Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By Alan on 07-08-14

Excellent in all respects

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-16

Many reviewers have commented on this work more competent than I so it sufficient to say that all of my expectations have bee realized in this listen. Listeners of all ages will love this timeless literary masterpiece.

  • Ordinary Grace

  • By: William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by: Rich Orlow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,990
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,988

Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Wonderful - In Every Way

  • By tooonce72 on 03-29-13

Excellent. Treatment of compelling human issues

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-16

Krueger' best book and probably the best book I have read in years. Extremely well written treatment of a family crisis as seen by a 13 year old. Presentation of life in a small Minnesota town accurate and compelling.

  • Manitou Canyon

  • Cork O'Connor Mystery Series
  • By: William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542

Since the violent deaths of his wife, father, and best friend all occurred in previous Novembers, Cork O'Connor has always considered it to be the cruelest of months. Yet his daughter has chosen this dismal time of year in which to marry, and Cork is understandably uneasy. His concern comes to a head when a man camping in Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness goes missing. As the official search ends with no recovery in sight, Cork is asked by the man's family to stay on the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love Cork

  • By Alice on 09-12-16

Indian culture and mystery

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-26-16

Story relied heavily on certain cultural and Indian religious beliefs. This can be interesting and/or tedious. The plot is a bit contrived but overall entertaining. One wonders where Krueger will go next with story line. Let's hope he doesn't do one of the principal characters In as was done with Joe. Improbable and disappointing.

  • The Battle for Hell's Island

  • How a Small Band of Carrier Dive Bombers Helped Save Guadalcanal
  • By: Stephen L. Moore
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

From the author of Pacific Payback comes the gripping true story of the Cactus Air Force and how this rugged crew of dive bombers helped save Guadalcanal and won the war. November 1942: Japanese and American forces have been fighting for control of Guadalcanal, a small but pivotal island in Japan's expansion through the South Pacific.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • agonizing audiobook full of facts

  • By chris on 04-13-16

Slow going

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Ot really.

Has The Battle for Hell's Island turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Maybe.

Any additional comments?

Tedious anspd repititious. Listing names of crew on vaarious missions makes the book read like a squadron report and wastes space. This book will only work for the dyed-in-the-wool military history fan and even then might not work.

  • Patriotic Fire

  • Andrew Jackson and Jean Laffite at the Battle of New Orleans
  • By: Winston Groom
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

This audio program has all the ingredients of a high-flying adventure story. Unbeknownst to the combatants, the War of 1812 has ended. But Andrew Jackson, a brave, charismatic American general, sick with dysentery and commanding a beleaguered garrison, leads a desperate struggle to hold on to New Orleans and to thwart the army that defeated Napoleon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Book About A Fascinating Battle

  • By David I. Williams on 05-12-13

Exciting history

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-16

This book is thoroughly researched, well written and very well performed! Jackson's generalship is superior. He was able to turn a very likely defeat into victory! Anyone interested in US history should read this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Chickenhawk

  • By: Robert Mason
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939

With more than half a million copies sold, Robert Mason's Chickenhawk is one of the best-selling books ever written about the Vietnam War. Fascinated with flying from a young age, Mason earned his private pilot's license even before graduating high school. He enlisted in the army in 1964 and endured an extremely challenging "weeding out" process in an effort to fly helicopters. Sent to Vietnam, he survived more than 1,000 air combat missions despite the violence and brutality exploding all around him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best

  • By richard olson on 08-21-15

Depressing war story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-16

It is easy to see why Viet Nam was such a disaster after reading this book. Poor leadership and poor strategy seems to be at every turn. The helicopter technical descriptions are accurate which may make this book worth reading, particularly for military pilots who did not fly this mission but the description of weak and poorly motivated leaders is depressing.

  • The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

  • By: James D. Hornfischer
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535

Told from the point of view of the men who waged this steel-shattering battle, The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors captures Navy pilots attacking enemy battleships with makeshift weapons and sacrificial valor, a veteran commander improvising tactics never taught in Annapolis, and young crews from across America rising to an impossible challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By John on 04-17-04

Marvelous depiction of Navy WWII actions and heroism!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-16

Excellent , sensitive insight into this very important battle. Narration is superb as well. Accurate research.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pacific Payback

  • The Carrier Aviators Who Avenged Pearl Harbor at the Battle of Midway
  • By: Stephen L. Moore
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

Sunday, December 7, 1941, dawned clear and bright over the Pacific....

But for the Dauntless dive-bomber crews of the USS Enterprise returning to their home base on Oahu, it was a morning from hell. Flying directly into the Japanese ambush at Pearl Harbor, they lost a third of their squadron and witnessed the heart of America's Navy broken and smoldering on the oil-slicked waters below.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enter the cockpit and ride with the aviators!

  • By William on 10-13-14

Terminology?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-16

Very detailed bordering at times on tedious. Recitation of lists of names tiring. Confusion in use of USN nomenclature. "Naval Aviator" instead of combat air crewman for enlisted radio operators/gunners for example. Would have benefited by an edit by a Navy pilot and/or a combat air crewman. But a good read for a detailed report on the valiant aircrew who gave their all at Midway.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ranger's Trail

  • By: Elmer Kelton
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Ranger's Trail takes listeners back to 1874 for a rousing tale of the legendary Texas Rangers. The Rangers are reorganizing, and they badly want Rusty Shannon to re-enlist. But Rusty has plans for a quiet, married life. Then a terrible tragedy destroys his world, and sends him down the treacherous trail of revenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Welll written and entertaining

  • By Russell on 08-13-12

Welll written and entertaining

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-12

Where does Ranger's Trail rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

IN the top 20%

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Only in the Ranger series. The performance is comparable to the others.

If you could take any character from Ranger's Trail out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Andy Pickard.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Teeth of the Tiger

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

Charged with spotting terrorist threats, the top-secret "Campus" has its hands full when Middle East thugs and Colombian drug lords join forces. New Campus recruits include Jack Ryan Jr., son of master spy John Patrick Ryan, now President.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Teeth of the Tiger

  • By J. Anderson on 08-20-03

Half a book

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-04

This is not a bad Clancy yarn as far as it goes, but it stops in the middle of the story. It leaves completely undeveloped significant parts of the story and its characters. The main "evil dooers" are vaguely described but the book ends without any type of resolution of their situation. The book is a disapointment. This looks like one that was written for money. I suppose a sequel is coming, but I am not sure that I will spend time and money on it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful