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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue audiobook cover art

So romantic!

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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: 04-25-19

So romantic! And witty and wonderful and delicious. An absolutely fantastic narrator and splendid adventure!

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Wondrous

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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: 12-15-18

Absolutely wondrous. This story brought me to tears throughout the entire book. Irving Karchmar is the perfect narrator for this story. Deeply mystical and spiritual tale.

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Cyborg Cinderella

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-14

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

The idea of a mechanic female protagonist intrigued me so I gave this book a listen. It was an entertaining read. Despite all her hardwiring, Cinder is warmly human. She is smart, strong, and incredibly vulnerable. I wish the story's setting included more than the palace and Cinder's apartment and I was a little disappointed in how the ending left me hanging. Answers to secrets were revealed, but if you want resolution don't get your hopes up. Overall I give it a three stars.

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Romantic and Tragic

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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: 07-04-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Great Gatsby to be better than the print version?

This may be the most beautiful writing I have ever encountered. It is a perfect gem of a story. Jake Gyllenhaal does a phenomenal job of narrating. Listening to this audiobook with Mr. Gyllenhaal's dead on interpretation, may be more moving than reading the book.

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Highly entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 06-11-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book was tons of fun. The writing was quick and evocative in an old style detective noir way, but with a down on his luck, broke ass, wise cracking wizard who in spite of having magic powers still seems like a normal (sort of) guy. I liked the narration. And, at only around 8 hours, it had a snappy pace and didn't drag on at all. It also made me laugh, which is always good when you're driving to work at 5:30 in the morning.

The Hero's 2 Journeys audiobook cover art

Awesome

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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: 04-15-13

What did you like best about this story?

This was great. Just a little over three hours, but very insightful and helpful. I bought this for Vogler, but I ended up really enjoying Hague. His examples are excellent and he cuts straight to the heart of a great story. I learned a lot from this audiobook. Highly recommend it!

What It Is Like to Go to War audiobook cover art

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 01-10-13

Where does What It Is Like to Go to War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book was brilliant! Marlantes is one of the preeminent writers of war for our time. After reading Matterhorn, which I loved, I listened to this. There were times I had to stop and take a break because it is quite heavy. Marlantes writes about killing, maiming, death, grief, shame, guilt, courage, loyalty and heroism. He covers Jungian philosophy, Catholic and tribal traditions, Greek myth and classical history. He has killed, been responsible for his own men being killed and has the self-knowledge, education and command of language to express the different states and emotions he has experienced in the past forty years. He is a warrior and a Rhodes scholar, and his scholastic background helps him communicate the experiences that normally transcend words. Marlantes has put a lot of though into this subject for decades now and has chosen his words beautifully.

His brutal self-honesty was shocking, and too me, took more courage than running head on into a barrage of fire. He lays his soul bare for all of us too see so that our society can learn from the perpetual state of war we seem to find ourselves in generation after generation and so that our warriors can return intact physically as well as emotionally and spiritually.

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No Easy Day audiobook cover art

Nothing new until the UBL raid

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

Reviewed: 01-10-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd recommend this to anyone interested in Special Ops memoirs and the fight against terrorism or readers of military history.

What other book might you compare No Easy Day to and why?

This book doesn't really compare to any others. The first half gives us no new insight into the world of Special Ops or Seals that you can't find somewhere else. The author refuses to delve into his personal life and only sparingly describes his feelings. Personal accounts of the Iraq War can be found in greater detail in American Sniper or Lone Survivor. However, around the half-way mark, No Easy Day takes off as it describes the planning and operations of the UBL raid. No other book that I have read has covered this. It was fascinating.

Characters are drawn a bit thin and the writing is somewhat mediocre, which isn't surprising considering how rushed this book was to print. But the telling of the raid itself is riveting. I found the character Jen really interesting and wish we could have learned more about her, but as she is an undercover CIA agent, this wasn't possible.

The ending felt a bit incongruent as Owen laments how the identity of Seal Team 6 is leaked very shortly after the mission is completed. He goes on about the dangerous lack of anonymity, refusing to sign a flag for President Obama because he doesn't want his real name to appear, or how upsetting it was to him that the public came to learn it was Devgru that completed the mission. Then he writes a book about all of this and blows the lid even more wide open. I suspect the man is conflicted.

However, none of this overshadows the mission to capture or kill BinLaden and how successful it was considering the obstacles they faced at the outset, such as the downed helicopter. The Seals control of force is exemplary. I was certainly left to wonder if our enemies would be as protective of our women and children as Seal Team 6.

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Fantastic journey

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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: 06-23-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. It was wonderful and had a great pace.

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

I laughed, I cried, and I was disappointed for it to come to an end.

Any additional comments?

Strayed is a fantastic writer- a wise and tough human being.

Ender's Game audiobook cover art

Awesome!

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

Reviewed: 05-28-12

Where does Ender's Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I loved this story and this audiobook. The narration was great and the story was fantastic. I did not want to stop listening. Ender's voyage from small, frightened boy to potential savior of humanity is absolutely addictive and fascinating. This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to.

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

Yes