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  • Ask Forgiveness Not Permission

  • The True Story of an Operation in Pakistan’s Badlands
  • By: Howard Leedham
  • Narrated by: Howard Leedham
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

We need someone with the British mentality to get it done. You Brits are great at what you do. The only problem is that I know when I unleash you I’m going to get a lot more than I ever bargained for’ said the US State Department official who hired Howard Leedham, a former British special forces officer living in America. The task was to energise and lead an American sponsored border security program on the Pakistan side of the Afghan border... And they did get much more than they bargained for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Acha!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-04-17

Acha!

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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: 12-04-17

Any additional comments?

Excellent story read by the main character/author. The criticism the author held for ridiculous U.S. bureaucracy and some aspects of foreign policy was also refreshing.

  • Blood Year

  • The Unraveling of Western Counterterrorism
  • By: David Kilcullen
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

David Kilcullen was one of the architects of America's strategy in the late phases of the second Gulf War, and also spent time in Afghanistan and other hotspots. In Blood Year, he provides a view of the current situation in the Middle East and analyzes how America and the West ended up in such dire circumstances. This is an essential book for anyone interested in understanding not only why the region has collapsed into utter chaos, but also what the US can do to alleviate the grim situation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Logical

  • By MAJ Gillentine on 03-03-19

Honest Analysis

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

Reviewed: 10-13-17

I appreciate all of David Kilcullens work. This was another great analysis of recent events. The narrarator somehow failed to pronounce even some English words correctly however. Good overall.

  • A Handful of Hard Men

  • The SAS and the Battle for Rhodesia
  • By: Hannes Wessels
  • Narrated by: Jack Chekijian
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

It is difficult to find another soldier's story to equal Captain Darrell Watt's in terms of time spent on the field of battle and challenges faced. Even by the lofty standards of the SAS and Special Forces, one has to look far to find anyone who can match his record of resilience and valor in the face of such daunting odds and with resources so paltry. In the fight, he showed himself to be a military maestro. After 12 years in the cauldron of war, his cause slipped from beneath him, and Rhodesia gave way to Zimbabwe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Story- Title says it all... Hard Men

  • By rowca on 10-05-17

A Handful of Great Stories

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

Reviewed: 08-29-17

This was an excellent conglomeration of stories from the Rhodesian SAS. Narration, not so lively.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Bloody Ridge and Beyond

  • A World War II Marine's Memoir of Edson's Raiders inthe Pacific
  • By: Marlin Groft, Larry Alexander
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 116

On the killing ground that was the island of Guadalcanal, a 2,000-yard-long ridge rose from the jungle canopy. Behind it lay the all-important air base of Henderson Field. And if Henderson Field fell, it would mean the almost certain death or capture of all 12,500 marines on the island. But the marines positioned on the ridge were no normal fighters - they were the hard-fighting men of Edson's Raiders, an elite fighting unit within an already elite Marine Corps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Masterful Account

  • By Arthur on 01-25-18

1st Mar. Raiders

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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: 04-07-17

This was a great and in depth account of one Marine's combat exploits during WWII. it covers his time with Edson's Raiders and the years following their standing down through the end of the war.

Semper M.F. Fidelis

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Extreme Ownership

  • How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
  • By: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Narrated by: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 41,733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,248

An updated edition of the blockbuster best-selling leadership book that took America and the world by storm, two US Navy SEAL officers who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War demonstrate how to apply powerful leadership principles from the battlefield to business and life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I don't read SEAL Books...

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-21-17

I don't read SEAL Books...

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

Reviewed: 02-21-17

As a veteran, I hold a strong resentment for the unabashed self promotion of the SEAL community. This however is one of my favorite books, period. I am glad I set my ego aside and gave it a chance. This book contains all the best points of a capable combat leader, and many points are hidden within main points as well. I recommend this book to all people, regardless of their profession.

345 of 368 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow Warrior

  • William Egan Colby and the CIA
  • By: Randall B. Woods
  • Narrated by: Michael Puttonen
  • Length: 21 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

As a World War II commando, a Cold War spy, and CIA director under Presidents Nixon and Ford, William Egan Colby played a critical role in some of the most pivotal events of the twentieth century. A quintessential member of the greatest generation, Colby embodied the moral and strategic ambiguities of the postwar world, and confronted many of the dilemmas about power and secrecy that America still grapples with today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Should have been more exciting

  • By Blake Dahl on 03-27-17

The Counterinsurgent

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

Reviewed: 02-14-17

Colby led an interesting and unparalleled life and this work does a great job of giving that story a voice. Just when I was tiring of the narrator's voice, he began mimicking Nixon and Kissinger to great effect. A must read for any person interested in the Jedburgs, the other side of the Vietnam conflict, or the strategic levels of counterinsurgency.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Oil

  • Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules That Run the World
  • By: Leif Wenar
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 20 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

Natural resources empower the world's most coercive men. Autocrats like Putin and the Saudis spend oil money on weapons and repression. ISIS and Congo's militias spend resource money on atrocities and ammunition. For decades resource-fueled authoritarians and extremists have forced endless crises on the West - and the ultimate source of their resource money is us, paying at the gas station and the mall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HEAVY but practcal! How western nations are cursed

  • By Rachel on 04-27-16

Interesting Concepts

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-17

The author makes good points about resource ownership and the issues that come along with being involved in their purchase. The principle of might vs. right was well supported. On a personal level, I don't know how I feel about the last few chapters that delve into counter-power. I think these trends swing back and forth and it was a bit on the optimistic and unrealistic side. The end of the book was weird and sounded like a Miss America contestants answer about world peace. Overall, not too bad. If you are into social justice, global socialism, et cetera, this is your book and how to guide.

  • One Soldier's War

  • By: Arkady Babchenko, Nick Allen - translator
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

In 1995, Arkady Babchenko was an 18-year-old law student in Moscow when he was drafted into the Russian army and sent to Chechnya. It was the beginning of a torturous journey from naïve conscript to hardened soldier that took Babchenko from the front lines of the first Chechen War in 1995 to the second in 1999. He fought in major cities and tiny hamlets, from the bombed-out streets of Grozny to anonymous mountain villages.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Real, Brutal, & Honest

  • By Patrick on 05-09-16

Interesting insight

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

Reviewed: 12-13-16

Interesting insight into the wars in Chechnya and the Russian Army. As a combat veteran, the end was fantastic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Football Ramble

  • By: Marcus Speller, Pete Donaldson, Luke Aaron Moore, and others
  • Narrated by: Marcus Speller, Pete Donaldson, Luke Aaron Moore, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

Downloaded over 10 million times a year, The Football Ramble podcast has established itself as the essential independent voice of football punditry. The weekly podcast has resonated with supporters around the world, and their sold-out live shows have been a massive hit with supporters. This audiobook is a collaboration by all four presenters and tackles the real issues from fans you won't see or hear on Sky Sports - or anywhere else, for that matter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Performance

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-15-16

Best Performance

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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: 11-15-16

Who doesn't love a book read by its authors? Excellent history chapter as well as the Ramble's take on the many facets of the beautiful game. I loved it.

That what football do to ya!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Jungle of Snakes

  • A Century of Counterinsurgency Warfare from the Philippines to Iraq
  • By: James R. Arnold
  • Narrated by: Mark Ashby
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

The end of the Cold War promised a new era of international peace. But instead, violence has proliferated across the globe, not in the form of a superpower arms race or a clash of armies, but in bitter local conflicts marked by terrorism, insurgency, and guerrilla warfare. Former Central Intelligence Agency director James Woolsey likened the post-Cold-War world to "a jungle full of snakes". The emergence of this new, potentially never-ending struggle has forced our military to reevaluate strategies or risk losing hearts, minds, and soldiers the world over.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some Lessons

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-02-16

Some Lessons

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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: 10-02-16

This work is an excellent set of case studies on counterinsurgency from the 20th century. While this book focuses on many aspects of the rights and wrongs different organizations implemented in their varying approaches to countering asymmetric forces, it is more history than criticism. For a more scientific approach, I would suggest David Kilcullen's Counterinsurgency.