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  • With the Old Breed

  • At Peleliu and Okinawa
  • By: E. B. Sledge
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor, Joe Mazzello, Tom Hanks (introduction)
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,889
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,553
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,543

The celebrated 2010 HBO miniseries The Pacific, winner of eight Emmy Awards, was based on two classic books about the War in the Pacific, Helmet for My Pillow and With The Old Breed. Audible Studios, in partnership with Playtone, the production company co-owned by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, and creator of the award-winning HBO series Band of Brothers, John Adams, and The Pacific, as well as the HBO movie Game Change, has created new recordings of these memoirs, narrated by the stars of the miniseries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is the second audio book of Sledge's work

  • By Richard on 10-21-13

Powerful

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

Reviewed: 01-09-16

Would you consider the audio edition of With the Old Breed to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version. The audio version that I completed was very well written, and narrated.

What did you like best about this story?

The unvarnished language depicting a fraction of the challenges facing our marines in the Pacific.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

NA

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Pacific... (Playtime currently has a film by this name based upon this book)

Any additional comments?

Captivating book

  • The Aviators

  • Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight
  • By: Winston Groom
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,643

Gifted storyteller Winston Groom, the best-selling author of Forrest Gump, has written the fascinating story of three extraordinary heroes who defined aviation during the great age of flight: Charles Lindbergh, Eddie Rickenbacker, and Jimmy Doolittle. These cleverly interwoven tales of their heart-stopping adventures take us from the feats of World War I through the heroism of World War II and beyond, including daring military raids and survival at sea, and will appeal to fans of Unbroken, The Greatest Generation, and Flyboys.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listening experience!

  • By tjcrewsbooks on 11-12-13

Aviators

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

Reviewed: 12-16-15

Solid narration and depiction of three of Americas heroes. Recommend this book to anyone interested in aviations origins in world history.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 1,072
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947

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

Incredible!

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

Reviewed: 10-29-15

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

Have done so already- Inspiring and humbling.

What other book might you compare Men in Green Faces to and why?

Lone Survivor, Red Circle.

Which character – as performed by Jeff Gurner – was your favorite?

I do not recall. Listened to it a few months ago.

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

Very intrigued.

Any additional comments?

Cheers to the author for detailing the history and commitment of this elite force. You are America's ALL PRO Team!

  • Mexico

  • A Novel
  • By: James A. Michener
  • Narrated by: Alexander Adams
  • Length: 23 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 181

Pulitzer Prize-winning author James A. Michener, whose novels hurtle from the far reaches of history to the dark corners of the world, paints an intoxicating portrait of a land whose past and present are as turbulent, fascinating, and colorful as any other on Earth. When an American journalist travels to report on the upcoming duel between two great matadors, he is ultimately swept up in the dramatic story of his own Mexican ancestry.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted to learn more about Mexican history and culture...

  • By Peace on 01-06-16

Mexico

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

Reviewed: 10-29-15

What did you love best about Mexico?

Enjoyed the history.

What did you like best about this story?

Bullfighting and Story of the Shiny Fish Bird- Amazing the lengths people go to find direction.

What about Alexander Adams’s performance did you like?

Granular Detail

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Barbarian Days

  • A Surfing Life
  • By: William Finnegan
  • Narrated by: William Finnegan
  • Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,429

Pulitzer Prize, Biography, 2016. Barbarian Days is William Finnegan's memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Amazing Performance by the Author

  • By Laura - Audible on 02-01-16

Surfer's Life

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

Reviewed: 10-29-15

What made the experience of listening to Barbarian Days the most enjoyable?

relating to the joy of surfing and the description of the joys and terrors of the lifestyle.

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

laugh

Any additional comments?

Enjoyable book. Honestly, a bit long honestly in some areas, if I were reading it would have lost me as seemed to go off on tangents many times. Surf portion was excellently portrayed. Solid book

  • The Surrender Experiment

  • My Journey into Life's Perfection
  • By: Michael A. Singer
  • Narrated by: Michael A. Singer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,174

Michael A. Singer, author of The Untethered Soul, tells the extraordinary story of what happened when, after a deep spiritual awakening, he decided to let go of his personal preferences and simply let life call the shots. As Singer takes you on this great experiment and journey into life's perfection, the events that transpire will both challenge your deepest assumptions about life and inspire you to look at your own life in a radically different way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Highest Path Of Freedom

  • By Caleb G. on 06-12-15

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 10-29-15

If you could sum up The Surrender Experiment in three words, what would they be?

Obvious, Insightful, CHALLENGING.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Surrender Experiment?

To accept is to let go, to let go is to accept. The rhetorical nature of the experiment. The more he let go the more life approached.

Which scene was your favorite?

Enjoyed the overall experience.

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

Truly enjoyed the experience.

Any additional comments?

Inspired me to look further into the practice.

  • The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen

  • By: Brandon Webb, John David Mann
  • Narrated by: Jon Bailey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,537

Brandon Webb's experiences in the world's most elite sniper corps are the stuff of legend. From his grueling years of training in Naval Special Operations to his combat tours in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan, The Red Circle provides a rare and riveting look at the inner workings of the U.S. military through the eyes of a covert operations specialist. Yet it is Webb's distinguished second career as a lead instructor for the shadowy "sniper cell" that makes his story so compelling.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story/horrible narrator

  • By Lobo11 on 08-20-12

Red Circle Review.

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

Reviewed: 10-29-15

What made the experience of listening to The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen the most enjoyable?

Audio version transitioned between author interview and chapters providing some deeper insight.

What other book might you compare The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen to and why?

Men with Green Faces .

What about Jon Bailey’s performance did you like?

Clear and articulated well. Audio often repeated itself as if there was an error or complication of takes of particular sections of the book. The audio would make a statement then repeat the same statement as if an edited version was added and not cut in properly. Small criticism but overall solid experience.

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

laugh a few times.

Any additional comments?

Cheers to the author and those that supported the project .

  • The Real Animal House

  • By: Chris Miller
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Animal House, the film adaptation of stories Chris Miller published in National Lampoon about his experiences at a Dartmouth fraternity, is among the most beloved and successful comedies of all time. In fact, its portrayal of college party life is still imitated on campuses across the country: toga party, anyone? Now Chris Miller can finally answer the fans who all want to know one thing: was it really like that? The answer: yes, but much, much more out of control!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reality Stranger than Fiction

  • By William on 01-30-07

Sophmoric Comedy... FUN!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-25-15

If you could sum up The Real Animal House in three words, what would they be?

Sophmoric, Outdated, FUN!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Real Animal House?

The Seven Fires..

What does Todd McLaren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Tone

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

Laughed... Enjoyed the experience

Any additional comments?

Fun book if you are expecting this particular type of humor. Could be offensive if not prepared for humor or content.

  • Death in the Afternoon

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: Boyd Gaines
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 181

Still considered one of the best books ever written about bullfighting, Death in the Afternoon reflects Hemingway's belief that bullfighting was more than mere sport. Here he describes and explains the technical aspects of this dangerous ritual, and "the emotional and spiritual intensity and pure classic beauty that can be produced by a man, an animal, and a piece of scarlet serge draped on a stick."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Death In The Afternoon

  • By Kevin B. Keenan on 02-02-15

Death in the Afternoon.

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

Reviewed: 10-19-15

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

Excellent delivery of the classic Hemingway granular narration of the art, pageantry and culture of the bullfight and Matador culture. Very drawn out at times, but that is what one would expect from Hemingway. Brilliant use of narration and auditory selection of Boyd Gaines was a solid choice for the story as he seemed to capture and relay the emotion or lack there of at times that the author seemed to be illustrating. Nice read/listen.

Have you listened to any of Boyd Gaines’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was a fine presentation

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Joy of Ancient History

  • By: The Great Courses, Bart D. Ehrman, Bob Brier, and others
  • Narrated by: Bart D. Ehrman, Bob Brier, Craig G. Benjamin, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 184

For years, The Great Courses has taken lifelong learners on stirring explorations of our ancient roots; ones that bring you face to face with what history means, and how we use it to understand both the past and the present. So where's the best place to start? Right here with this eclectic and insightful collection of 36 lectures curated from our most popular ancient history courses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ancient World Greatest Hits Playlist

  • By Emily on 06-10-14

Interesting History Outlines...

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

Reviewed: 07-23-14

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

Yes, Brief narrative, interesting topics.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Joy of Ancient History?

Outline of ancient Athens.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

- Tough to recall. However, a few have such strong accents the narration suffers.

Could you see The Joy of Ancient History being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Perhaps...

5 of 7 people found this review helpful