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  • Life and Death in the Central Highlands

  • An American Sergeant in the Vietnam War, 1968-1970 (North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series)
  • By: James T. Gillam
  • Narrated by: Todd Belcher
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

In 1968 James T. Gillam was a poorly focused college student at Ohio University who was dismissed and then drafted into the Army. Unlike most African-Americans who entered the Army then, he became a Sergeant and an instructor at the Fort McClellan Alabama School of Infantry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narrative

  • By Doc Holliday on 04-03-17

Could not finish

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

Spends more time trying to explain the war from a scholarly viewpoint with facts and figures interspersed with a storyline that constantly reinforces the racial divisions in Vietnam instead of just focusing on the actual story. Forget the facts and figures, just tell us the story of your tour. The political, social and societal issues of that time do not interest me. Author needs to leave the academia in the classroom.

  • Semper Fi

  • Book One in The Corps Series
  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,636

From Shanghai to Wake Island, the Corps was America’s first line of defense as the winds of war exploded into the devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. This is the story of the men of the Marine Corps, their loves and loyalties, an elite fraternity united by courage and honor, as they steel themselves for battle, prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Cannot Believe I Passed Up Griffin For Years!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 04-02-12

Great Series!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

The only complaint is that the Edward Herrman narration/performance is much better. However, that was on cassette.

  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood

  • Outlander, Book 8
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 45 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,638
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,350
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,293

Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Outlander! How you take over my LIFE!

  • By DebbieK on 07-21-14

Superb!

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

Reviewed: 11-17-17

I am extremely happy to have discovered this series by mistake. I have read/listened to the series three times.

  • An Echo in the Bone

  • A Novel
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 45 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,380
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,470
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,424

Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one

  • By Charles on 10-17-09

Outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

Another spectacular installment in a story I came across by accident and fell in love with instantaneously.

  • The 13th Valley

  • By: John M. Del Vecchio
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 27 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

The 13th Valley follows the terrifying Vietnam combat experiences of James Chelini, a telephone-systems installer who finds himself an infantryman in territory controlled by the North Vietnamese army. Spiraling deeper and deeper into a world of conflict and darkness, this harrowing account of Chelini's plunge and immersion into jungle warfare traces his evolution from a semipacifist to an all-out combat-crazed soldier.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of the classic novels of Vietnam

  • By Kathleen Erwin on 07-05-17

Struggled to finish

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

Reviewed: 08-21-17

Author spends to much time exploring the causation and social structures that cause war, punctuated by far to little combat and actual life in the bush during the Vietnam war.

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