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  • The Broken Covenant

  • When Honor Dies, Book 3
  • By: Robert Vaughan
  • Narrated by: Thomas Block
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

In the glamorous world of Hollywood, they were two men bound by twisted loyalties...to the mob, to the law, and to each other. As the 20s roared and the mob moved to take over Hollywood, the old rule still applied: The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting performance

  • By ggvan on 05-21-18

Exciting performance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-18

Good detective plot brought to life by an exciting and believable narration. Very enjoyable listening.

  • Miracle on Buffalo Pass

  • Rocky Mountain Airways Flight 217
  • By: Harrison Jones
  • Narrated by: Thomas Block
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

On the evening of December 4, 1978, Rocky Mountain Airways Flight 217 departed Steamboat Springs, Colorado bound for Denver with 22 souls on board. Less than an hour later, the flight was forced down on Buffalo Pass at an altitude of 10,500 feet when it encountered severe icing conditions and downdrafts created by the winds of a mountain wave. The tragic accident triggered one of the most intense search and rescue efforts in Rocky Mountain history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing True Story

  • By ggvan on 04-05-18

Amazing True Story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-18

Spellbinding account of the tragic loss of an airliner in the Rocky Mountains. Occurring n the dead of night and in the middle of one of Winter’s worst snowstorms, this book tells what real life heros are made of. Superbly narrated be Tom Block.

  • Cold Comfort

  • The Malone Mystery Novels, Book 3
  • By: Larry Darter
  • Narrated by: Thomas Block
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

One of Tinseltown's brightest stars has been murdered. The accused is her estranged husband, and the situation doesn't look good. A knock on the office door of Los Angeles private eye Ben Malone can only mean one thing, a new case. Local defense attorney Liz Harper from the Los Angeles law firm Ross & Logan pays Malone a visit with an interesting story to tell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Mystery

  • By ggvan on 03-27-18

Good Mystery

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-18

This is a good gumshoe mystery superbly narrated by Thomas Block. It reminds me of the old detective novels written from the perspective of the investigating detective. As usual Tom Block’s superb narration keeps the listener spellbound and fully absorbed in the story.

  • Dark Horse

  • Rancher's Legacy, Book 1
  • By: Jeanne Harrell
  • Narrated by: Thomas Block
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Sam Johnson is a horse trainer by profession. Following a freak accident with a wild horse that leaves him wounded physically and emotionally, Sam leaves his ranch in Nevada to stay with his great grandparents up in Sonoma, California, wine country. His great grandfather slowly begins to engage him with horses again, but it's an uphill battle and one that Sam isn't sure he wants to fight. He meets Ellie Lombardi, who's got trouble of her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story about real people & real problems

  • By Brenda Strong on 04-15-18

Horses and Romance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-18

This is a great book for horse lovers and romance lovers alike. The superb narration allows the listener to get lost in the story.

  • Joe - the Horse Nobody Loved

  • By: Vicky S. Kaseorg
  • Narrated by: Dorothy Deavers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Joe, an ugly and unloved horse, trusts no one, and no one trusts him. Until Vicky. This is the story of a troubled horse and the little girl who loves him. Based on the true adventures of the author's childhood 50 years ago, Joe teaches the lesson that sometimes beauty is not skin deep, but heart deep. That the unloved have much to show us about the true nature of love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Horses and friendships

  • By THoward on 11-26-16

Heartwarming memoir

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-17

This is a memorable true story of how an old horse and a young girl helped each other navigate through lonely times and find joy. It is a great description of how love, patience and determination can turn even the sourest of horses around.

  • Spirit Horses

  • By: Alan S. Evans
  • Narrated by: Ted Brooks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

In the hills of Tennessee, Shane Carson, a gifted, nationally-recognized horseman, is living the good life. When a mysterious mustang shows up on his farm, Shane doesn't know how - or why - the horse appeared, but the horse's distinctive brand identifies her. She is one of the Spirit Horses, a rare, wild herd that runs free on the Shoshone reservation in Wyoming. Watched over for centuries in the tribe's ancestral valleys, these exquisite horses, according to belief, provide a link to the afterlife. When tragedy strikes in his life, Shane nearly loses his will to live - but for one promise he made to his young son: to return the mustang....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this story

  • By Debbie on 08-27-12

Couldn't put it down

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-17

This book takes you to such wonderful pictures in your mind. Wild mustangs in a beautiful Wyoming valley surrounded by majestic mountains, A great good against evil plot, I could not stop listening and miss the characters and experience at books end.

  • Last Chance Mustang

  • The Story of One Horse, One Horseman, and One Final Shot at Redemption
  • By: Mitchell Bornstein
  • Narrated by: Tom Zingarelli
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Last Chance Mustang is the story of Samson, a formerly free-roaming, still wild-at-heart American mustang that was plucked from his mountainous Nevada home and thrown into the domestic horse world, where he was brutalized and victimized. After years of abuse, Samson had evolved into a hateful and hated, maladjusted beast - until the day he found his way to a rural Illinois farm, an ill-equipped owner, and one last chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By ggvan on 04-30-17

Great story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-17

Example of the commitment necessary to gentle a truly wild misunderstood and abused mustang. The writer uses every opportunity to expose the corrupt history of the Bureau of Land Management and their dishonest and cruel handling of of Mustangs they are supposed to protect. Hopefully it is in time to save the valiant breed!

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  • Tides of War

  • By: Nicholas Rogers
  • Narrated by: Thomas Block
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Tom Ballard, a young Marine, had been fighting for his life in Vietnam less than 24 hours ago. Now he was on a plane escorting the body of his best friend home. Kate Newhouse had run away from her past to the mean streets of Los Angeles and Hollywood. She had survived and clawed her way up the first few rungs of the ladder to success, thanks to the man who had discovered her, Jack Reynolds, a World War II Marine now writer. On the long flight home Tom and Kate find themselves drawn together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Heart of Vietnam, and Trying to Come Home

  • By Mark L. Berry on 12-27-16

Great Story - should be a movie

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-17

Tom Block did another phenomenal job telling this moving story of love and war. His oral wizardry brought out the unique personality of each character as the book twists and turns though emotion, tragedy, relationships and the realities of life.

  • The Perfect Horse

  • By: Elizabeth Letts
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513

In the chaotic last days of the war, a small troop of battle-weary American soldiers captures a German spy and makes an astonishing find - his briefcase is empty but for photos of beautiful white horses that have been stolen and kept on a secret farm behind enemy lines. Hitler has stockpiled the world's finest purebreds in order to breed the perfect military machine - an equine master race. But with the starving Russian army closing in, the animals are in imminent danger of being slaughtered for food.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Absorbing history

  • By Jean on 04-17-17

WWII Rescue of the Lippizaners

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-17

History buffs and horse lovers alike will love this wonderful book, alive with detail of this beautiful and heroic side of WWII.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Final Approach

  • Northwest Airlines Flight 650, Tragedy and Triumph
  • By: Lyle Prouse
  • Narrated by: Thomas Block
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

This is the story of the first airline pilot ever arrested and sent to prison for flying under the influence. He was fired by his airline, stripped of his FAA licenses, tried, convicted, and sent to federal prison. Lyle Prouse came from a WWII housing project in Kansas and a family where both parents died as a result of alcoholism. He rose through the ranks of the United States Marine Corps from private to captain, from an infantryman to a fighter pilot. He made his way to the pinnacle of commercial aviation, airline captain, and then lost it all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Deep, Inspiring Memoir

  • By Mark L. Berry on 08-18-16

True American Airline Legend

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-16

Narrator, Captain Tom Block does a remarkable job telling Captain Lyle Prouse's incredible story. A must listen for all airline professional's as our industry continues to be plagued with regular incidents of on the job substance abuse. As an airline pilot, I heard much about the NW Captain & crew who closed the bar in Fargo, most of it false. To you Lyle, thank you for taking full responsibility for your actions, you are a man who rose from the ashes to become a legend and hero to many who heard your tragic story. Thank you for having the strength to snap back proving to many airline pilots accept responsibility, take pride in their profession and treasure their love of flying.
PM Van Sickle
Maj Gen, USAF (Ret)
Pilot, United Airlines