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ROBERT GOFF

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  • Pacific Thunder

  • The US Navy's Central Pacific Campaign, August 1943–October 1944
  • By: Thomas McKelvey Cleaver
  • Narrated by: Tom Perkins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

On 27 October 1942, four "Long Lance" torpedoes fired by the Japanese destroyers Makigumo and Akigumo exploded in the hull of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8). Minutes later, the ship that had launched the Doolitte Raid six months earlier slipped beneath the waves of the Coral Sea 100 miles northeast of the island of Guadalcanal and just north of the Santa Cruz Islands, taking with her 140 of her sailors. With the loss of Hornet, the United States Navy now had one aircraft carrier left in the South Pacific.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good for what it is, but not what it claims to be

  • By David Maher on 12-18-17

Great Book, story and read

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

loved it, enough detail to satisfy the historian in me, with new insights and observations

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • John Lennon

  • The Life
  • By: Philip Norman
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Philip Norman turns his formidable talent to the Beatle for whom belonging to the world's most beloved pop group was never enough. Drawing on previously untapped sources, and with unprecedented access to all the major characters, here is the definitive portrait of John Lennon. This biography takes a fresh and penetrating look at Lennon's much-chronicled life, including the songs that have turned him, posthumously, into almost a secular saint.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Really Bad Abridgement Job (slash job)

  • By Let's Be Reasonable on 12-04-08

Expected Better

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Norman's McCartney book was excellent. This one jumped around a bit. The last two Chapters were the best.

Reader was monotonous and feeble attempts at accents were terrible

  • The Energy Bus

  • 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy
  • By: Jon Gordon
  • Narrated by: Jon Gordon
  • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,875
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,859

In the mode of other best selling business fables The Energy Bus, takes listeners on an enlightening and inspiring ride that reveals 10 secrets for approaching life and work with the kind of positive, forward thinking that leads to true accomplishment - at work and at home. Everyone faces challenges. And every person, organization, company and team will have to overcome negativity and adversity to define themselves and create their success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple but Profound

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-17

STUPID

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-18

What worthless use of a credit. I cannot believe my wife's company had her listen to this!

ABSOLUTELY WORTHLESS

  • Morning Star, Midnight Sun

  • The Early Guadalcanal-Solomons Campaign of World War II August–October 1942
  • By: Jeffrey R. Cox
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 20 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Following the disastrous Java Sea campaign, the Allies went on the offensive in the Pacific in a desperate attempt to halt the Japanese forces that were rampaging across the region. With the conquest of Australia a very real possibility, the stakes were high. Their target: the Japanese-held Soloman Islands, in particular the southern island of Guadalcanal. Hamstrung by arcane pre-war thinking and a bureaucratic mind-set, the US Navy had to adapt on the fly in order to compete with the mighty Imperial Japanese Navy, whose ingenuity had fostered the creation of its Pacific empire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Both sides told

  • By Davidsol Cometa on 05-09-18

Okay Sloppy research

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

Butch O'Hare was a Naval aviator. not Army!

Nothing earth shattering, reader was okay at best.

Try Richard B. Frank or James Hornfischer

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Admiral Bill Halsey

  • A Naval Life
  • By: Thomas Alexander Hughes
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 17 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

William Halsey was the most famous naval officer of World War II. His fearlessness in carrier raids against Japan, his steely resolve at Guadalcanal, and his impulsive blunder at the Battle of Leyte Gulf made him the "Patton of the Pacific" and solidified his reputation as a decisive, aggressive fighter prone to impetuous errors of judgment in the heat of battle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating & thorough portrait

  • By David-Kaimana on 06-07-17

Good Book

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Nice Follow up to :"The Admirals". Reader was a bit dull and took time to get used to.

  • PT 105

  • By: Dick Keresey
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

Admittedly small and vulnerable, PT boats were, nevertheless, fast - the fastest craft on the water during World War II - and Dick Keresey's account of these tough little fighters throws new light on their contributions to the war effort. As captain of PT 105, the author was in the same battle as John F. Kennedy when Kennedy's PT 109 was rammed and sunk. The famous incident, Keresey says, has often been described inaccurately and the PT boat depicted as unreliable and ineffective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended I couldn't stop listening!

  • By Curtis Graf on 08-17-17

Very Mediocre

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

Not very interesting, very mundane. interesting references to JFk, only highlights. I wass hoping for something better

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sea of Thunder

  • By: Evan Thomas
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

The book focuses on four naval commanders, two American, two Japanese, whose lives collided at the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944 - a clash involving more ships (almost 300), more men (nearly 200,000) and covering a larger area (more than 100 thousand square miles, roughly the size of the British Isles) than any naval battle in recorded history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent History of Pacific Naval War

  • By Blake on 09-21-09

A rehash of other research

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

Nothing new or earth shattering. i was optimistic about some new research or discoveries.

Also the reader should just read and forget about trying to mimic the characters in the book

  • The Guns at Last Light

  • The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945
  • By: Rick Atkinson
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 32 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864

It is the 20th century's unrivaled epic: At a staggering price, the United States and its allies liberated Europe and vanquished Hitler. In the first two volumes of his best-selling Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson recounted the history of how the American-led coalition fought its way from North Africa and Italy to the threshold of victory. Now he tells the most dramatic story of all - the titanic battle in Western Europe. D-Day marked the commencement of the war's final campaign, and Atkinson's astonishingly fresh account of that enormous gamble sets the pace for the masterly narrative that follows.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well Written Overview

  • By David I. Williams on 05-25-13

Well Done

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

An easy listen, with good anecdotes and the big picture. i highly recommend this book

  • A Matter of Honor

  • Pearl Harbor: Betrayal, Blame, and a Family's Quest for Justice
  • By: Anthony Summers, Robbyn Swan
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

The Japanese onslaught on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, devastated Americans and precipitated entry into World War II. In the aftermath, Admiral Husband Kimmel, commander in chief of the Pacific Fleet, was relieved of command, accused of negligence and dereliction of duty, and publicly disgraced. But the admiral defended his actions through eight investigations and for the rest of his long life. The evidence against him was less than solid.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great information, Reads like a textbook.

  • By UncleHammy on 12-13-16

AWESOME

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

Reviewed: 05-29-17

This is a subject, which needs to be addressed and clarified. Well thought out and easy to follow.

  • Not Dead Yet

  • The Memoir
  • By: Phil Collins
  • Narrated by: Phil Collins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944

The long-awaited autobiography from Phil Collins, one of the best-selling music artists of all time. This is the roller-coaster journey from his beginnings as a child actor to his domination of the charts as both a solo artist and part of Genesis. His success is astounding, his music has global reach, and his story is legendary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, moving and honest

  • By Brian Haworth on 11-03-16

Awesome<br />

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

I felt as if we were having a conversation. I would have liked it if he had delved more into his music, particularly, Hello I Must Be Going and all Genesis 1979-1993.