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D. Donofrio

Queensbury, NY United States
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  • The Final Mission of Extortion 17

  • Special Ops, Helicopter Support, SEAL Team Six, and the Deadliest Day of the US War in Afghanistan
  • By: Ed Darack
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418

The downing of Extortion 17 spurred a number of conspiracy theories, such as the idea that the shootdown was revenge for bin Laden's death. In The Final Mission of Extortion 17, Ed Darack debunks this theory and others and uncovers the truth behind this mysterious tragedy. His account of the brave pilots, crew, and passengers of Extortion 17 and the events of that fateful day is interwoven into a rich, complex narrative that also discusses modern joint combat operations and the history of the Afghan war to that date.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great piece of literary work

  • By DPI on 02-07-18

A Detailed Snapshot of War in Afghanistan

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

While the focus of this story is one particular tragic day, the book gives us a highly detailed look into how the war in Afghanistan was fought, how important helicopters are in our effort, how important teamwork is, and just how much of a motivator vengeance can be.

We get a look into the lives of the soldiers involved, how they work, what drives them, and the fact that they can't tell their families very much about what they actually do.

The writing and narration is excellent!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Been So Long

  • My Life and Music
  • By: Jorma Kaukonen, Grace Slick - foreword, Jack Casady - afterword
  • Narrated by: Jorma Kaukonen, Grace Slick - foreword, Jack Casady - afterword
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

“Music is the reward for being alive”, writes Jorma Kaukonen in this candid and emotional account of his life and work. In a career that has already spanned a half-century - one that has earned him induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, among other honors - Jorma is best known for his legendary bands Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna. But before he won worldwide recognition he was just a young man with a passion and a dream. Been So Long is the story of how Jorma found his place in the world of music and beyond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'll Be Alright Someday

  • By Dubi on 09-11-18

A Great Memoir!

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

I've been a fan of Hot Tuna for many years, so I guess my opinion is a bit biased, but I enjoyed Jorma's memoirs. I've always thought that the pairing of Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady was one of the best in music. I enjoy their work, whether listening to a CD, a live recording, or occasionally at a concert.

This book chronicles his life, music and otherwise. Jorma admits that he's made some mistakes in his life, and details what he's done to try and change his life since then.

He combines some of his own dated journal entries with his thoughts at the time of the writing of the book and even song lyrics that relate to that time.

He chronicles the story of the Fur Peace Ranch, from it's initial vision through the various milestones in its existence. Jorma loves the ranch, where young musicians are taught the fundamentals of playing and writing songs.

Overall, it's a story of a man living his life, making mistakes, learning from his mistakes, and eventually changing his life for the better and finding his own inner peace.

Jorma-Thanks for you music, and now for your book as well!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • God Save Texas

  • A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State
  • By: Lawrence Wright
  • Narrated by: Lawrence Wright
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498

God Save Texas is a journey through the most controversial state in America. It is a red state, but the cities are blue and among the most diverse in the nation. Oil is still king, but Texas now leads California in technology exports. Low taxes and minimal regulation has produced extraordinary growth, but also striking income disparities. Texas looks a lot like the America that Donald Trump wants to create. Texas native Lawrence Wright gives us a colorful, wide-ranging portrait of a state that not only reflects our country as it is, but as it may become.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book about Texas

  • By Jake Salinas on 06-07-18

This book could've been great!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I like Lawrence Wright. I thought his book "Thirteen Days In September: Carter, Begin and Sadat at Camp David" was great!

This book starts out great. When he's talking about the history and stories of Texas, Wright's writing is awesome.

Unfortunately, he then gets into politics. Lawrence Wright may have been friends with the Bush family for years, but he's a Texas liberal, which means once he starts talking politics his righteous indignation just won't let him shut up. He knows better, and like most liberals, he just can't stop telling you so!

Texas is a solid republican state, and has been for years. Lawrence Wright hates that fact and he's got a thousand bad things to say about republicans. Blah, blah, blah. After awhile he starts to sound like the teacher on Charlie Brown.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Never Look at the Empty Seats

  • A Memoir
  • By: Charlie Daniels
  • Narrated by: Charlie Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 295

Few artists have left a more indelible mark on America's musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. Listeners will experience a soft, personal side of Charlie Daniels that has never before been documented. In his own words, he presents the path from his post-Depression childhood to performing for millions as one of the most successful country acts of all time and what he has learned along the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like a Rocking Chair on Charlie's Front porch.

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-07-17

A Great Memoir!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Charlie Daniels has had a long and rewarding career in music. He's written a great memoir about his life and his career.

I've seen the Charlie Daniels Band several times over the years and I've always enjoyed Charlie's music. It was great to hear his story, in his own words. I've read many biographies of musicians, and this is one of the best.