World War II. On the island of Mindanao, the Philippines, a man calling himself "General" Fertig has set himself up as a guerrilla leader to harass the Japanese. Army records show that the only officer named Fertig in the Philippines is a reserve lieutenant colonel of the Corps of Engineers, reported MIA on Luzon.
I had listened to the Men at War series book about Wendel Fertig, and the afterward enticed me to listen to this earlier story about the submarine insertion of help. The slight differences between a Marine rescuer and an Army rescuer, differing perceptions of the OSS, Gen. McArthur and FDR, and even Fertig himself in the two books was interesting.
When I started listening, it was fun to see old friends from earlier Corps books. Dick Hill is one of my favorite narrators, and comparing his gruffer, gravelier voices to Scott Brick’s smoother voices for the same characters was an interesting contrast. I’m going to have to relisten to both books soon to fully appreciate the differences.
Hill’s interpretation of Fertig’s voice, which to me sounded like Jack Nicholson, painted a mental picture that was intriguing. Fertig was a very interesting person, and I hope Griffin does another book pursuing the revelation of the person who actually lead the effort to resupply and support Fertig’s guerrilla resistance of the Japanese in the Philippines.
Amelia and Emerson leave the calm of Victorian England in search of an estranged father's son and a lost kingdom buried deep in Sudan.
We started reading the Amelia Peabody stories about 40 years ago. They were the first boooks that my wife and I read to each other. When the books came out on audio, We fell in love with Barbara Rosenblat’s performances. We own all of the books and all the audios of this wonderful series. They have drama, adventure, romance, and humor.
A crackling new novel in the best-selling Honor Bound series by the master of the military thriller.
After groaning through two awful narrators for the first two books, it was refreshing to have Scott Brick do the narration. They couldn’t even correctly pronounce the main characters names.
This is a fantastic series, and so I put up with horrible narration to hear the story at least once a year. Scott Brick does a credible job with Spanish and German, and he gets better with each book. He doesn’t resort to cartoonish voices or demeaning ethnic stereotypes. God bless Scott Brick, and God bless W.E.B. Griffin!
The characters introduced in the best-selling Honor Bound - Marine aviator Cletus Frade, Army demolitions expert Anthony Pelosi, and communications genius David Ettinger - encounter intrigue in Buenos Aires in April 1943.
My wife and I love this series, and we read it and listen to it at least once a year. Great action, marvelous characters, and witty dialogue. Unfortunately, Russotto’s narration leaves much to desired. His Spanish is very weak, and his German just about as bad. His voices for some of the characters, most notably the Argentinians, and most of the Germans, are high and cartoonish. The main character, Clete Frade is more like a backwoods Arkansas hillbilly than a Texan/New Orleanian. His grandfather’s voice reminds me of Foghorn Leghorn, although to an extent that works. His pronunciation of Frade’ is Fra-day, not Fra-deh, and he fails to make the distinction between Frade the American and Frade’ the Argentinian, which is clear in the book.
Assigned to the Nuremberg war trials, special agent James Cronley, Jr., finds himself fighting several wars at once, in the dramatic new Clandestine Operations novel about the birth of the Central Intelligence Agency and the Cold War.
This is a great story, hampered by poor narration. I almost stopped listening and asked for my money back. Fortunately, it got better after the first few chapters.
The first few chapters sounded like they were speeded up and the narrator was using cartoon voices. Maj. Wallace sounds like a chipmunk, and the women’s voices sound like an effeminate man. It got reasonably bearable in later chapters, but I still cringed when he did a woman’s voice. The voices and accents were inconsistent, so it was hard to tell who was talking.
Being nit picky, he pronounced SIGABA differently than in the 10 previous books that used that radio transmitter/ receiver. The editor should have caught that.
I’m anxiously awaiting the digital copy from the library so I can get the bad taste out my ears!
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Wars come to an end. But then new ones begin. Just weeks after Hitler's suicide, Cletus Frade and his colleagues in the OSS find themselves up to their necks in battles every bit as fierce as the ones just ended. The first is political-the very survival of the OSS, with every department from Treasury to War to the FBI grabbing for its covert agents and assets. The second is on a much grander scale-the possible next world war, against Joe Stalin and his voracious ambitions.
This was a great story, but did I miss something? Clete has two kids, Peter has one, all sorts of things have happened and we only know about them because of brief mentions in passing. Why is this only 10 hours when all the other books are over 20 hours. I gave this a good rating, but I feel like I've been shorted.
August 6, 1943: In his brief career in the Office of Strategic Services, 24-year-old Cletus Frade has already been involved in a lot of unusual situations, but nothing like the one he's in now, standing with a German lieutenant colonel named Wilhelm Frogger in a Mississippi prisoner-of-war detention facility.
This was another good story, only slightly marred by too much retelling of the background story. While it is important for those who haven't read the previous books in the series, there was too much and it was so randomly inserted that it was hard to keep oriented.
As always, Scott Brick did a masterful narration. He does a great job of delineating the characters and a credible job with the accents.
All in all a great story, lots of action as well as a lot of emotional drama for the Frade family. I can't wait to download the next book in the series.
The year is 1943, and Argentina is officially neutral, but crawling with every kind of spy, sympathizer, and military official imaginable. The hero is Cletus Frade, a Marine pilot recruited by the OSS, with strong family ties to Argentina. And in Death and Honor - Griffin's fourth book in the Honor Bound series and the first since 1999 - he's got a lot on his hands.
W.E.B. Griffin weaves a lot of history into a riveting story with wonderful characters. You get delightful insights into FDR, Juan Peron, Howard Hughes, and other historical figures. Fictional characters such as Clete Frade, Enrico Rodriguez, Bernardo Martin’, Peter von Wachstine and so many others become your friends.
Scott Brick does a masterful job of narrating. Even with so many characters, he does a great job of giving them different voices. He Spanish, German, and American accents are spot on, and his pronunciation of the foreign words are usually correct.
Truly an outstanding book, and an outstanding performance.
Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this. Evelyn Thomas' plans for celebrating her 21st birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man in her room, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.
Great story, touching ending! The only things I didn't like was too much "fucking" (not making love, but use of the word Fucking and the blaring intro and ending of the audio. Andi Arndt's narration was excellent! She did an exceptionally good job on the male voices