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  • Abandoned in Hell

  • The Fight for Vietnam's Fire Base Kate
  • By: William Albracht, Marvin Wolf
  • Narrated by: Brian O'Neill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

In October 1969, Captain William Albracht, the youngest Green Beret in Vietnam, took command of a remote hilltop outpost called Fire Base Kate, held by only 27 American soldiers and 150 Montagnard militiamen. He found their defenses woefully unprepared. At dawn the next morning, three North Vietnamese Army regiments - some 6,000 men - crossed the Cambodian border and attacked.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story

  • By joe on 04-12-16

Amazing story

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

Any additional comments?

Once you finally get to the story, its a great book. But there's actually only about 3 hours worth of "story". The first 5 hours of this book is setting up for the story. But it's worth getting to the good stuff.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Battle of Midway (Pivotal Moments in American History)

  • By: Craig L. Symonds
  • Narrated by: James Lurie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 750
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745

There are few moments in American history in which the course of events tipped so suddenly and so dramatically as at the Battle of Midway. At dawn of June 4, 1942, a rampaging Japanese navy ruled the Pacific. By sunset, their vaunted carrier force (the Kido Butai) had been sunk and their grip on the Pacific had been loosened forever. In this absolutely riveting account of a key moment in the history of World War II, one of America's leading naval historians, Craig L. Symonds, paints an unforgettable portrait of ingenuity, courage, and sacrifice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You may knock US down, but you can't knock US out

  • By Matthew on 12-04-13

Get through the beginning

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

Any additional comments?

Once they finally get to the story, this is a pretty good book. There's a lot of up front information on equipment such as plane types and ship types. So, most of the book is like a military classroom experience. But once everything is set up, the story is well told.

  • The Boys of '67

  • Charlie Company's War in Vietnam
  • By: Andrew Wiest
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410

When the 160 men of Charlie Company were drafted by the US Army in May 1966, they were part of the wave of conscription that would swell the American military to eighty thousand combat troops in Vietnam by the height of the war in 1968. In the spring of 1966 the war was still popular, and the draftees of Charlie Company saw their service as a rite of passage. But by December 1967, when the company returned home, only thirty men were not casualties.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Narration & Great Book

  • By JSK on 02-14-14

Meh

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

What was most disappointing about Andrew Wiest’s story?

If your looking for that "war is hell", "why are we here" story. . . This is the book for you.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Marine Sniper

  • 93 Confirmed Kills
  • By: Charles Henderson
  • Narrated by: Kevin Foley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 957

There have been many Marines. There have been many marksmen. But there has been only one Sergeant Carlos Hathcock, a legend of Marine lore. He stalked the Viet Cong behind enemy lines. His record has never been matched: 93 confirmed kills. This is his story. Powerful, chilling, and all true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • history at its best

  • By sheridan on 03-27-08

Great Story

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

What did you love best about Marine Sniper?

I loved the focus on one single element of the Vietnam war. It wasn't the usual "war is hell" "why are we here" Vietnam story. It's a story of the development and success of the sniper program during the war.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I listen to a lot of "war" audio books. This one what probably the best I've listened to so far.