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  • Ships of Oak, Guns of Iron

  • The War of 1812 and the Forging of the American Navy
  • By: Ronald Utt
  • Narrated by: Stephen W. Davis
  • Length: 20 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

In his new audiobook Ships of Oak and Guns of Iron: The War of 1812 and the Birth of the American Navy, author Dr. Ronald Utt not only sheds new light on the naval battles of the War of 1812 and how they gave birth to our nation's great navy, but tells the story of the War of 1812 through the portraits of famous American war heroes.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Mediocre - do not recommend

  • By Peter on 10-30-14

Outstanding book

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

Reviewed: 05-04-17

One of the best written and informative books I've come across about the War of 1812. Written in a captivating and steadily interesting way, and the narrator did an exceptional job as well, slight mispronouncing aside. Overall it's easily fallen in as one of my favorites.

  • Six Frigates

  • By: Ian W. Toll
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393

Before the ink was dry on the U.S. Constitution, the establishment of a permanent military had become the most divisive issue facing the new government. Would a standing army be the thin end of dictatorship? Would a navy protect American commerce against the Mediterranean pirates, or drain the treasury and provoke hostilities with the great powers? The founders, particularly Jefferson, Madison, and Adams, debated these questions fiercely and switched sides more than once.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • BE ADVISED THIS BOOK IS ABRIDGED

  • By George Carpenter III on 09-11-08

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 03-31-17

I would prefer an unabridged version personally, but that can't take away the outstanding narration and overall story as written by Toll. Great on all accounts

  • Coyote America

  • A Natural and Supernatural History
  • By: Dan Flores
  • Narrated by: Elijah Alexander
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075

Coyote America is both an environmental and a deep natural history of the coyote. It traces both the five-million-year-long biological story of an animal that has become the "wolf" in our backyards and its cultural evolution from a preeminent spot in Native American religions to the hapless foil of the Road Runner. A deeply American tale, the story of the coyote in the American West and beyond is a sort of Manifest Destiny in reverse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Enjoyable Book, Subject Matter, and Reader

  • By John Townsend on 03-17-17

Too much fluff

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

Reviewed: 01-06-17

Was hoping for a good book about the animal itself, but sadly this is filled mostly with authors opinions and a bunch of non-related crap, for lack of a better word. You can skip the first two chapters completely and not miss anything. The actual facts could be compressed into about a one hour read and be done. Just a huge waste of time

9 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Storm over Leyte

  • The Philippine Invasion and the Destruction of the Japanese Navy
  • By: John Prados
  • Narrated by: Ricard Ferrone
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

As Allied ships prepared for the invasion of the Philippine island of Leyte, every available warship, submarine, and airplane was placed on alert while Japanese admiral Kurita Takeo stalked Admiral William F. Halsey's unwitting American armada. It was the beginning of the epic Battle of Leyte Gulf - the greatest naval battle in history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good history book, bad choice for audio book

  • By R. Denton on 08-20-16

Potential lost

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

Reviewed: 12-31-16

This could easily be a great book and a great listen. However, the author somehow managed to make one of favorite topics extremely dry, and then they topped it off by putting one of the most monotone and boring narrators I've ever heard to read it. Couldn't finish it. Literally the only audio book thats ever put me asleep at the wheel. Such a great topic turned out so terrible. Sad

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Punisher

  • A SEAL Team Three Sniper's True Account of the Battle of Ramadi
  • By: Kevin Lacz, Ethan E. Rocke, Lincy Lacz
  • Narrated by: Timothy Phillips
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,937
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,740
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,734

The Last Punisher is a bold, no-holds-barred first-person account of the Iraq War. With wry humor and moving testimony, Kevin Lacz tells the story of his tour in Iraq with SEAL Team Three, the warrior elite of the navy. This legendary unit, known as The Punishers, included Chris Kyle ( American Sniper), Mike Monsoor, Ryan Job, and Marc Lee. These brave men were instrumental in securing the key locations in the pivotal 2006 Battle of Ramadi, told with stunning detail in this book.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, poorly read

  • By Dusty on 09-03-16

Read the book

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

Reviewed: 09-05-16

This is an outstanding book that is brought to audio with a less than stellar narrator. Super odd pauses and awkward word inflections that clearly marks a severe grammatical deficiency by the narrator prevents you from ever becoming as fully invested in the story as the story itself deserves. That being said, the strength of the story itself will allow you to at least complete it. At which point you curse the audio publisher for preventing this from being the auditory experience that it clearly should to be. Outstanding writing by Lacz. Terrible reading by Phillips.

  • Fire Base Illingworth

  • An Epic True Story of Remarkable Courage Against Staggering Odds
  • By: Philip Keith
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

In the early morning hours of April 1, 1970, more than four hundred North Vietnamese soldiers charged out into the open and tried to overrun FSB Illingworth. The battle went on, mostly in the dark, for hours. Exposed ammunition canisters were hit and blew up, causing a thunderous explosion inside the FSB that left dust so thick it jammed the hand-held weapons of the GIs. Much of the combat was hand-to-hand. In all, twenty-four Americans lost their lives and another fifty-four were wounded.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Most of Courageous Soldier's

  • By Pamela Dale Foster on 09-08-14

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 06-21-16

I've read the book, which is pretty decent. Not the writing style I prefer, as it tends to drag things out and tell things in advance of actually telling them in the story itself. But the narration here is horrid. Like listening to paint dry. I've tried numerous times and can't make it past the second chapter. I listen to these while I drive, and literally found myself being put to sleep by the terrible monotone of the narrator.

  • Men in Green Faces

  • A Novel of U.S. Navy SEALs
  • By: Gene Wentz, B. Abell Jurus
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922

Gene Wentz's Men in Green Faces is the classic novel of Vietnam that inspired a generation of SEALs. Here is the story of a good soldier trained to be part of an elite team of warriors - and of the killing grounds where he was forever changed. Gene Michaels carries an M-60, 800 rounds, and a Bible. The ultimate SEAL, he also carries a murderous grudge against a bloodthirsty colonel who was once one of their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best read in a long time!

  • By Jean on 04-16-13

One of the best

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

Reviewed: 02-12-16

Great performance of one of the best books out there. Doesn't get any better than this one

  • Rage Company

  • A Marine's Baptism By Fire
  • By: Thomas P. Daly
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

One Marine's gripping story of the bloody battles, the Surge, and the Awakening of Sunni tribes that changed the tide in Iraq's Anbar province.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Ray on 09-24-16

Good stuff!

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

Reviewed: 01-23-16

Great book. Well written and very informative. I just hate when narrators get military jargon wrong. And I can't say I've listened to a book that's got it right yet. But this guy gets some pretty basics wrong. Otherwise he did a great job

  • The Perfect Kill

  • 21 Laws for Assassins
  • By: Robert B. Baer
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 288

Assassination has been dramatized by literature and politicized by infamous murders throughout history, and for Robert Baer, one of the most accomplished agents to ever work for the CIA, it's a source of endless fascination, speculation, and intrigue. Over several decades, Baer served as an operative, from Iraq to New Delhi and beyond; notably, his career was the model for the acclaimed movie Syriana.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kill the King, Don't Slap Him

  • By Mike on 01-06-15

Decent

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

Reviewed: 12-23-15

Interesting book. Narrators voice was a bit rough. And the author tries to hard to sound educated with words that don't quite fit the telling, but giving the way he presents his mom, he comes by it honest. But overall was a good book and glad I listened to it

  • The Conquering Tide

  • War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944
  • By: Ian W. Toll
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 27 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863

The devastation of Pearl Harbor and the American victory at Midway were prelude to a greater challenge: rolling back the vast Japanese Pacific empire island by island. This masterful history encompasses the heart of the Pacific War - the period between mid-1942 and mid-1944 - when parallel Allied counteroffensives north and south of the equator washed over Japan's far-flung island empire like a "conquering tide", concluding with Japan's irreversible strategic defeat in the Marianas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Researched and Perfectly Detailed History!

  • By Matthew on 10-07-15

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 12-13-15

Once again Toll captured the detail and understanding of the Pacific conflict. An outstanding narrative with a great narrator. Couldn't recommend this one enough

4 of 4 people found this review helpful