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  • Devotion

  • An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice
  • By: Adam Makos
  • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631

Devotion tells the inspirational story of the US Navy's most famous aviator duo, Lieutenant Tom Hudner and Ensign Jesse Brown, and the marines they fought to defend. A white New Englander from the country-club scene, Tom passed up Harvard to fly fighters for his country. An African American sharecropper's son from Mississippi, Jesse became the navy's first black carrier pilot, defending a nation that wouldn't even serve him in a bar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jaw Dropping Ground and Air Combat Realism

  • By STRATIS A. SIMON on 04-29-17

10+ hours longer than it needs to be

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

If you have any prior knowledge of Naval aviation, the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, or military history, among other things, this book will bore you to death. The basic story of the friendship and devotion between a white upper-class pilot and the first black pilot from a poor rural background is interesting and well worth telling and celebrating. However, the author seemed to assume that readers/listeners would also need to know all about aviation and naval aviation in particular, as well as much of the history of the first six months or so of the Korean War, and the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. In fact, there are so many digressions from the main point of the story that I kept wondering what, if anything was finally going to happen. I kept hearing about all sorts of things that are pretty well known by anyone who has even a passing interest in 20th century military history and/or aviation. The narrator kept reeling things off as if they were all being presented for the first time ever and it really made me think this should have been a magazine article, as the author says he started out with in the intro. A good editor could easily have cut half of this, perhaps more, and it would have been a much better book and the core story would have had a stronger impact.

  • The Iceman

  • By: P. T. Deutermann
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

With his cold, steely-eyed focus on killing Japanese ships, Malachi Stormes is an enigma to his officers and crew - especially when it becomes clear he is willing to take huge chances to achieve results. Firefish sinks more ships than any Perth boat on her first war patrol, but Stormes’ unconventional tactics literally frighten his crew. His crew members are proud of their boat’s accomplishments but wonder if their iron-willed skipper will bring them home alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Deutermann Story

  • By AzFlyBoy on 08-22-18

Possibly the best yet by Deutermann

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

I have read/listened to all of this authors works, and have re-listened to several just because his combination of characters and storytelling is so good. I've read a lot of naval history and fiction, both 20th century and much older and really appreciate the author's accuracy and sometimes ironic use of historical character names in his fictional works. Late in this book a Commodore Byng plays a very small role, and thankfully does not share the fate of Admiral Byng, RN.
P.T. puts in enough details to show he knows what he's writing about, but not so many that the technical jargon hinders the flow of the story. Many of the events in this book have a basis in history, particularly the torpedo problems and the denial of those problems by the Navy's gun club. He also uses some actual historical characters in their historical role in this book, which is also a nice touch. Overall, an excellent story even if you are not a big fan of Naval history or literature.

  • Reaper: Ghost Target

  • A Sniper Novel
  • By: Nicholas Irving, A. J. Tata - contributor
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

Vick "The Reaper" Harwood is an esteemed sniper with a record kill count - 33 kills in 90 days - when he is knocked out under mortar attack in Afghanistan. He wakes up back in the United States with little memory of what happened, his spotter and gun both unrecovered from the battlefield. Harwood has resigned himself to slowly picking up the pieces of his life. But when a series of assassinations start occurring in the area, Harwood can't explain why he just happens to be nearby for each killing - or how a sniper rifle that matches the description of the one he lost seems to be involved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Too much knowledge CAN be Hazardous to your Life!

  • By shelley on 05-14-18

Audio version of a comic book, at best.

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

I'm giving up on this one about 1/3 of the way in. It is incredibly predictable with characters that barely manage to hit 2-dimensions, and that with effort. I'm sure there is a market for this, but certainly not for me. It's sort of masquerading as a cheap, simplified knock-off of "Bob the Nailer" but with b-movie dialog at best and a ridiculous story-line, assuming there is a story in there somewhere.

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  • Good Hunting

  • An American Spymaster's Story
  • By: Jack Devine
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

Good Hunting: An American Spymaster's Story is the spellbinding memoir of Devine's time in the CIA, where he served for more than 30 years, rising to become the acting deputy director of operations, responsible for all of the agency's spying operations. This is a story of intrigue and high-stakes maneuvering - all the more gripping when the fate of our geopolitical order hangs in the balance. But this audiobook also sounds a warning to our nation's decision makers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating, An education on spying

  • By Anthony on 12-13-15

CYA, We Never Broke the Rules, Not My Fault

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would not recommend this as it really does not give any details that are not publicly available. Very long-winded and self-promoting PR book that constantly reiterates that the CIA never broke the rules and only did what the politicians ordered them to do, and by the way I never believed in torture because that is just unAmerican.

What do you think your next listen will be?

My next book will be one that admits it is fiction.

Which scene was your favorite?

None, I gave up on this CYA book about 1/3 through.

Was Good Hunting worth the listening time?

NO! I'm glad I quit when I did. I tried jumping forward several times to see if the tone and constant "always followed the rules" mantra changed, but it didn't.

Any additional comments?

People that have not read any other books about CIA or other intelligence agencies may find this entertaining, but it is too much at odds with too many other sources. I feel sure this book was heartily approved by the CIA and Executive Branch.

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  • The Outsider

  • My Life in Intrigue
  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Robert Powell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

For more than 40 years, Frederick Forsyth has been writing extraordinary real-world novels of intrigue, from the groundbreaking The Day of the Jackal to the prescient The Kill List. Whether writing about the murky world of arms dealers, the shadowy Nazi underground movement, or the intricacies of worldwide drug cartels, every plot has been chillingly plausible because every detail has been minutely researched. But what most people don't know is that some of his greatest stories of intrigue have been in his own life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Have you been there?" Indeed he has.

  • By Terry on 05-16-16

Extraordinary life and storytelling

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

Reviewed: 08-26-17

What made the experience of listening to The Outsider the most enjoyable?

For me, this was the best Forsyth book yet. The storytelling is great, narrator did an excellent job modulating voice tone and pace with the stories. What a remarkable life. No wonder he is able to come up with the "novels" he has written.

What did you like best about this story?

Seeing how the early experiences of determination and willingness to do what it takes to achieve things paid off so well in so many ways. The book was also very well edited, with everything in it contributing to the overall life story. It is told in a series of many adventures/anecdotes. Some brief, some lengthy, but they are all pieces of what makes up this man and his life.

What does Robert Powell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I actually did start with the printed version from my local library to see if I wanted to purchase the audiobook. It was good enough that I knew I needed to hear it all to really appreciate it. This book really seems well written for the ear, and Powell did a great job of keeping it alive and moving along. One could easily imagine Powell as Forsyth experiencing all these things.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really any extreme reaction per se, but I did really enjoy finding out a great deal more about the whole Biafra situation. I was in my teens when this was happening, and only remember it from the horrific images of starving children. It was good to find out much more about why this happened, and how it was allowed to happen by politicians.

Any additional comments?

The timing of reading this was interesting as I was just finishing the last few volumes of the Flashman series by George MacDonald Fraser. Forsyth's experience with school, RAF, BBC, and the Foreign Office/Commonwealth Office, then SIS seemed like an updated version of the earlier history as told by Harry Flashman, but with a much more honorable and stalwart protagonist.

  • The Killing Zone

  • My Life in the Vietnam War
  • By: Frederick Downs
  • Narrated by: Barry Press
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300

Among the best books ever written about men in combat, The Killing Zone tells the story of the platoon of Delta One-six, capturing what it meant to face lethal danger, to follow orders, and to search for the conviction and then the hope that this war was worth the sacrifice. The book includes a new chapter on what happened to the platoon members when they came home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It dont mean nuthin.

  • By John OBrien on 06-21-17

Maybe good story, but horrible narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-18-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Either give the narrator some coffee, or make him listen to how professionals do this. I'm having to return this though only in Chapter 3. The bizarre enunciation of every, single, word, regardless of whether it is a firefight or filling a canteen is insane. It is so distracting that the story cannot compete. I sampled later chapters to see if the pace picked up as the author's experience increased during his tour, but it's the same plodding narration throughout.

What other book might you compare The Killing Zone to and why?

n/a

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Barry Press?

Anyone else who can read and speak English in a conversational or storytelling manner.

What else would you have wanted to know about Frederick Downs’s life?

Could not finish the book.

Any additional comments?

From the review I have read here and for printed version it sounds like an excellent piece, but desperately needs a new narrator.

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  • House of Spies

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,841

Four months after the deadliest attack on the American homeland since 9/11, a terrorist plot leaves a trail of carnage through London’s glittering West End. The attack is a brilliant feat of planning and secrecy, but with one loose thread. The thread leads Gabriel Allon and his team to the south of France and to the gilded doorstep of one of the richest men in the country, Jean-Luc Martel, and his companion, Olivia Watson. A beautiful former British fashion model, Olivia pretends not to know the true source of Martel's enormous wealth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • YES! This is what I want and expect!

  • By Dr. Meggin McIntosh on 08-27-17

Not Silva's best, but okay

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

Reviewed: 07-31-17

If you could sum up House of Spies in three words, what would they be?

Recycled material throughout

If you’ve listened to books by Daniel Silva before, how does this one compare?

It's not in the top 5. It's okay and still entertaining, but is really full or materials and situations recycled from previous works. About the only real new material is the current situations around the world woven in.

What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

George Guidall is one of my favorite performers. He has amazing range and an incredible array of voices. Always seems to get his timing and phrasing to match what is happening in the book. Once you have listened to a lot of his performances, you sometimes have to stop and think what book you are in. "Wait a minute, did the Cheyenne Nation just speak to Gabriel Allon?"

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really. Mostly predictable, especially since using the same "setup" of house and personnel on the Riviera.

Any additional comments?

This has been a lengthy series, so it is inevitable that things will get recycled due to the nature of Gabriel Allon and his position, but I think Silva could have pushed the envelope a bit more.

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  • Final Harbor

  • Silent War Series, Book 1
  • By: Harry Homewood
  • Narrated by: Corey M. Snow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

She was a monster, sleek and gleaming, designed to strike without warning like the dreaded shark. She was the USS Mako, as fearless and bold as any submarine that ever prowled the blue Pacific. Her mission: seek out and destroy the hitherto invincible ships of the Japanese Imperial Navy - and revenge the earlier defeats of a long and dirty war. Here is the story of the men who pitted their lives against impossible odds in the most dangerous branch of the American armed services.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it. Both times I listened

  • By Father of 3 on 06-13-17

Overall okay, but there are better WWII Sub books

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

Reviewed: 03-22-17

Where does Final Harbor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

About mid-scale. Not fantastic, but not below average either.

Would you recommend Final Harbor to your friends? Why or why not?

I'd recommend for someone who is not already very familiar with WWII naval history, especially, especially about the boats, torpedoes, the "gun club" etc.

Have you listened to any of Corey M. Snow’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First one I think. He did fine. Some of his pronunciations are much different than what I have heard from a wide range of others, particularly place names.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not particularly. It's a lot like an extended movie script from the 40s-50s in many ways. Somewhat predictable, but not completely so. Definitely better than the Jack Tremain thriller sub books. They were like long comic books.

Any additional comments?

Having already read a lot of nonfiction about USN subs in WWII, nothing much was new. Clearly the author pulled bits and pieces from many actual patrol encounters. May or may not read the others in this series.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The President's Assassin

  • By: Brian Haig
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456

Shortly after Army lawyer Sean Drummond starts working for the Office of Special Projects, a CIA cell which handles the most dangerous threats, the White House Chief of Staff is found brutally murdered. A note left by the killer promises more victims, including the President.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The President's Assassin--A Killer Read!

  • By William on 04-18-05

Good story with an interesting final twist

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

Reviewed: 02-02-17

What did you love best about The President's Assassin?

The storyline was pretty good, as were the characters and their development. It's helpful to introduce a new "partner" each time as we get to know them and get to know more about Drummond.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

After it looked like things had been resolved, I knew there were still several chapters and couldn't figure out why - well done twist that I certainly did not see coming.

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

Tough to say. Sean Drummond is pretty much a slightly younger John Corey as a JAG officer instead of a cop. Even more so when you hear both voiced by Scott Brick. Wonder if Brian Haig shares some royalties with Nelson Demille. He's certainly lifted some characters and situations from his books.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I needed a break to digest and think before getting back to it.

Any additional comments?

Sean Drummond is much more vocal and less action than some other books I've been reading recently, but a good story makes it more memorable, especially this one.

  • The Prisoner

  • A John Wells Novel, Book 11
  • By: Alex Berenson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,267
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,160

Evidence is mounting that someone high up in the CIA is doing the unthinkable - passing messages to ISIS, alerting them to planned operations. Finding out the mole's identity without alerting him, however, will be very hard, and to accomplish it Wells will have to do something he thought he'd left behind forever. He will have to reassume his former identity as an al Qaeda jihadi, get captured, and go undercover to befriend an ISIS prisoner in a secret Bulgarian prison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Winner from Berenson

  • By Snoodely on 02-04-17

Okay, but not the best in series

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

Reviewed: 02-02-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Could use more character detail on those other than John and Ellis, also the plot seemed very predictable. Once an element was introduced it was easy to predict how and when it would come into play. One would think, given the title, that a lot more would have happened at the prison.

If you’ve listened to books by Alex Berenson before, how does this one compare?

Probably lower third of the Wells books.

What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

He's always good. I've listened to him on so many different books that every now and then you hear a character from a whole different story seemingly doing a cameo in the one you are reading.

Could you see The Prisoner being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

It would suffer if made into a film or TV series, much like the Jason Bourne series just became a lengthy chase, fight story in different locales.

Any additional comments?

After waiting for this and listening through it in a couple of days, I realize how much I miss Mitch Rapp and Gabriel Allon. Guess Sean Drummond will have to suffice for a while, though he's pretty much just a younger John Corey as a JAG officer.

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