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  • Tough as They Come

  • By: Travis Mills, Marcus Brotherton, Gary Sinise - foreword
  • Narrated by: Travis Mills
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 202

Thousands of soldiers die every year to defend their country. United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills was sure that he would become another statistic when, during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan, he was caught in an IED blast four days before his 25th birthday. Against the odds, he lived, but at a severe cost - Travis became one of only five soldiers from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to survive a quadruple amputation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. Just wow.

  • By Maxwell Benn Coleman on 08-20-18

Please, Get a Professional Narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-04-15

The story itself is powerful. But the Narration is just horrible. You're talking WAY to fast and running sentences together almost. You need to relax. It's like you're trying to tell a one hour story in 5 minutes.
That may be your normal way of talking, but Damn. It's really tough getting through this book while listening to you.
Don't get me wrong. It's your story, and some may say, Your Story to Tell.. but you should really think about Re-recording it in a more relaxed manor. It's called Enunciation. Clarity. Pronunciation. Word Cadence.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Leyte 1944

  • The Soldiers' Battle
  • By: Nathan N. Prefer
  • Narrated by: Jones Allen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27

When General Douglas MacArthur arrived in Australia in March 1942, having successfully left the Philippines to organize a new American army, he vowed, "I shall return!" More than two years later he did return, at the head of a large U.S. army to retake the Philippines from the Japanese. The place of his re-invasion was the central Philippine Island of Leyte. Much has been written about the naval Battle of Leyte Gulf that his return provoked, but almost nothing has been written about the three-month long battle to seize Leyte itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very well Researched..

  • By jbnimble on 04-19-14

Let-Down

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

Reviewed: 04-26-14

Honestly, I've listened to a lot of WW-II books. This is just lacking everywhere. Anyone can put a book together by reading the Action Reports. There is just very little depth to this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Sliver of Light

  • Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran
  • By: Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal, Sarah Shourd
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom, Julia Whelan, Tristan Morris
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

Three young Americans captured by Iranian forces and held in captivity for two years tell their story.

In summer 2009 Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal, and Sarah Shourdwere hiking in Iraqi Kurdistan when they unknowingly crossed into Iran and were captured by a border patrol. Accused of espionage, the three Americans ultimately found themselves in Tehran's infamous Evin Prison, where they discovered that pooling their strength of will and relying on each other were the only ways they could survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How a fun day hiking can change your life

  • By Jean on 04-08-14

More like Sliver of Hope

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

Reviewed: 04-26-14

Truly Amazing! Easily one of the best top 3 or 4 books I've listened to through Audible.com. The Structure of the book, the Narrators, and the story itself combines into such a gripping, honest, open and heart-full story of truth.
Don't judge too quickly on who's the good guys and who's the bad guys.
There are moments of God Everywhere at any time.

Thank you for such a wonderful listen.

  • Bloody Jack

  • By: L.A. Meyer
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,254

Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes it clicks

  • By Terry on 12-09-09

Audie Award Winner Worthy of the Award

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

Reviewed: 04-28-12

I listen to a lot of books through my MP3 player. I drive thousands of miles a Month. I stumbled upon this series of books just a few weeks ago, while looking through the Award Winners section of Audible. In just a couple weeks, I've gone through 4 of these books. L.A. Meyer knows how to weave a tale. The Narrator is outstanding in her performance of ever character. She keeps every character their own. These stories are Highly Entertaining! You'll Laugh, you'll Scream, you'll Cry, you'll Sing! It's amazing at how the Author brings true History within the story and such depth to every part of the books.
I Highly Recommend this series.

  • Out of Oz

  • The Wicked Years, Volume 4
  • By: Gregory Maguire
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 28 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 796
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 713

Gregory Maguire's Wicked Years series became national best sellers and the basis for a hit Tony-winning Broadway musical. Now, Maguire returns with the final installment in his transformative work, a thrilling and compulsively readable saga in which the fate of Oz is decided at last.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the Wait!

  • By Kathleen on 11-11-11

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 11-15-11

I was amazed to see this book out this month. I caught it just a few days after it was released. I am in awe of Mr. Maguires writing. The depth and intensity of the language he uses and invents is simply amazing to hear. Mr. McDonough's narration is so extraordinary, it's as if he was born to read these pages and bring them to life. The whole series has been a joy to listen to. There is so much to these stories and this book, it's hard to sum up in a few sentences. You simply have to listen and believe.
Thank you so much for taking a simple guideline and making it so enjoyable without hurting the original story of "The Wizard of Oz".
You are a true Master of Words.
Thank you very much for all your books and this series.

  • The Day of the Jackal

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,132

One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written, The Day of the Jackal is the electrifying story of an anonymous Englishman who in, the spring of 1963, was hired by Colonel Marc Rodin, operations chief of the O.A.S., to assassinate General de Gaulle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quite a chase!

  • By Thomas Allen on 10-14-10

Holds Up Nicely

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

Reviewed: 09-14-11

When I first thought about getting this book, I wondered how it would hold up after so many years. It was Amazingly Entertaining. Easy to follow, even with the European places and names. It keeps you engaged at every turn right up to the end. I can easily understand why it's considered a 'Classic'. It's a Great Book.

32 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • The Frontiersmen

  • A Narrative
  • By: Allan W. Eckert
  • Narrated by: Kevin Foley
  • Length: 30 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 916

The frontiersmen were a remarkable breed of men. They were often rough and illiterate, sometimes brutal and vicious, often seeking an escape in the wilderness of mid-America from crimes committed back east. In the beautiful but deadly country which would one day come to be known as West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, more often than not they left their bones to bleach beside forest paths or on the banks of the Ohio River.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't put it down

  • By Eric on 03-23-11

The Beginning of a Wonderful Series of Books.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-11

Allan Eckert brings the 'New Frontier' into such a stark and vast understanding of what life was like back then, it is amazing. This is so much more than History, it is true Life. I have read all the books in this series and find them unequaled by any other Author. The amazing detail and research shows on every page. I can only hope that Audible will have more of his books on line soon for everyone to enjoy. I appreciate being able to revisit this book in it's Unabridged version and the Narrator does a fantastic job with all the Characters that you come across. His speech and pace, pronunciation of the Indian Dialect is spot on. Thanks so much for making this such an outstanding listen.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,944
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,797
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31,873

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

A Story to be Thankful For

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-11

One of the most amazing stories I've heard. By Land, Sea or Air, it has everything. Louis Zamperini is one of the true Soldiers who have done so much for our country. His Honor and Faith through his life is a shinning example of what a person can do and what a person can live through. As a Veteran, I salute you Mr. Zamperini, and Thank You for sharing your story.
Laura Hillenbrand, you are an amazing author and truly deserve great things for writing such an amazing book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Tears in the Darkness

  • The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath
  • By: Michael Norman, Elizabeth Norman
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 17 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 704

For the first four months of 1942, U.S., Filipino, and Japanese soldiers fought what was America's first major land battle of World War II, the battle for the tiny Philippine peninsula of Bataan. It ended with the surrender of 76,000 Filipinos and Americans, the single largest defeat in American military history. The defeat, though, was only the beginning, as Michael and Elizabeth M. Norman make dramatically clear in this powerfully original book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Douglas on 09-08-09

A Jungle you can see and hear

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-24-09

An Amazing story. I've listened to other books about this subject, but really enjoyed this version. The characters and story line flow wonderfully. It's amazing what people can overcome and live through. I lived in the Philipines for a short time and it brought back memories of the area. There is a rich history there that most people just don't know about.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow Divers

  • Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII
  • By: Robert Kurson
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,719

In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GRIPPING!

  • By Douglas on 07-03-04

You can hear the bubbles from the scuba gear.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-20-09

This was the first book I downloaded from Audible. To date, it's the book I listen to most often. The author does an amazing job of communicating the feel, sights and pressures of diving. It's amazing to hear about the crews involved and first hand accounts of the history of the sub involved. Those brave crews deserve to be honored, and are so, in this book. Where before I had little understanding for the Nazi Machine of War, this book put things in perspective, showing that all Men are Honorable
in their quest for life at a basic, equal level.
You don't have to be a War Enthusiast, History Buff, or Scuba Diver to enjoy this book. It speaks on many levels to every person who listens to it. Very enjoyable. Well Worth it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful