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Michael L Shepherd

Pampa, Texas United States
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  • The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran

  • By: Robert Spencer
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 353

The Koran: It may be the most controversial book in the world. Some see it as a paean to peace, others call it a violent mandate for worldwide Islamic supremacy. How can one book lead to such dramatically different conclusions?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every Non-Muslim Should Read This Book

  • By G. A. Miller on 02-01-16

Interestingly informative

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-18

I've read the Koran 3 times, first to see who was right after 9-11 when it came to the news backgrounds on the killers concerning possible motives and such, the arguments among friends and strangers and of course the speeches and declarations coming from those who supported the killers proudly. I read it twice more to reafirm my understanding of what I had read with my own eyes. This audible book is a friendly voice, explaining in depth what my brain had already determined from 3 readings, and I reccommend it to anyone willing to hear something they never have, it will change their opinion of past and current politicians.

  • Hill 488

  • By: Ray Hildreth, Charles W. Sasser
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602

On June 13, 1966, men of the 1st Recon Battalion, 1st Marine Division were stationed on Hill 488. Before the week was over, they would fight the battle that would make them the most highly decorated small unit in the entire history of the US military, winning a Congressional Medal of Honor, four Navy Crosses, 13 Silver Stars, and 18 Purple Hearts - some of them posthumously.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional Experience

  • By Robert on 04-06-16

American kids, Marine galantry

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-18

This is another tale from the Vietnam war. A tragic tale about young men in a distant land and the terrors of war, including the horrible wounds they observed in their friends and there was nothing they could do. To have to fight all night, until you are out of ammunition, with enemy still just beyond the perimeter.

  • The Art of War

  • By: Sun Tzu
  • Narrated by: Aidan Gillen
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,369

The 13 chapters of The Art of War, each devoted to one aspect of warfare, were compiled by the high-ranking Chinese military general, strategist, and philosopher Sun-Tzu. In spite of its battlefield specificity, The Art of War has found new life in the modern age, with leaders in fields as wide and far-reaching as world politics, human psychology, and corporate strategy finding valuable insight in its timeworn words.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Aidan Gillen needs to narrate more books

  • By Angelina PM on 04-14-15

Enlightening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-28-18

By the second chapter I was wondering why the USA was still in Afghanistan. Doesn't the War College cover this knowledge along with the rest of the curriculum? By the end of the book I realized that it is the President, V.P., and top staff from DOD to State Dept who should have been fully briefed on this, and maybe our successes would be better assured, the loss of soldiers would be lower, and the cost in dollars and prestige would be manageable. Either we fight smartly, or stop fighting and bring everyone home and let history resolve it's bloody self.

  • Last Stand at Khe Sanh

  • The US Marines’ Finest Hour in Vietnam
  • By: Gregg Jones
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

The vivid, fast-paced account of the siege of Khe Sanh told through the eyes of the men who lived it. For seventy-seven days in 1968, amid fears that America faced its own disastrous Dien Bien Phu, six thousand US Marines held off thirty thousand North Vietnamese Army regulars at the remote mountain stronghold called Khe Sanh. It was the biggest battle of the Vietnam War, with sharp ground engagements, devastating artillery duels, and massive US air strikes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Ronald F. Romancik on 04-26-14

A story you should hear

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-18

From the comfort of your favorite chair you should hear this story of service and sacrifice, where young men fought and died in red clay dust or slippery red mud while breathing gunpowder smoke as explosions and gunfire ripped through the air. Some of them wanted to be there, most were there because that's where their unit was assigned. The author does great service to these brave Marines by introducing us by name to a large number of them, telling us what they did and when and how they lost their lives. My comfortable chair was abandoned early on, and I listened to the remainder while standing. Thank you Marines and the author and narrator.

  • Abduction

  • How Liberalism Steals Our Children's Hearts and Minds
  • By: Steven Feazel, Dr. Carol M. Swain
  • Narrated by: Dr. Carol M. Swain
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

The authors sound an alert for the souls of America's youth. They expose how the liberal left seeks to brainwash our kids for political gain. Movies, TV, music, court decisions, news reports and the education system are all corrupted by the left to control the nation's youth. Parents, who seek to protect their children from the devious deception of a liberal agenda, will find this book to be a guide to push back against the liberal efforts designed to reshape our kids' worldview and destroy their moral compass.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A home run!

  • By Marcia on 03-08-17

Everyone should read or listen to this

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-18

Everyone should read or listen to this, except liberals and leftists who are perpetuating this on America and elsewhere in the world and know about this by heart.
It provides examples backed up with facts which show just how it is that we can provide schools with so much money for teaching our kids to be good citiizens, yet end up with so many dropouts, drug addicts, sexual problems and diseases, and kids who are no longer able to cope with the real world beyond the walls of their socialist school environment. I cannot do this book the just review it deserves, so I say to you, read or listen to this, and thank the authors, not my review.

  • Puma Punku

  • The History of Tiwanaku's Spectacular Temple of the Sun
  • By: Charles River Editors, Jesse Harasta
  • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
  • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

The ancient world often evokes wonder and even confusion, and few places accomplish any of that more than the incredible ruined stone temple of Puma Punku. Puma Punku is a marvel of engineering, stonemasonry and design. These facts are obvious to even the lay observer, as Puma Punku’s stonework is remarkable even for the Andes where visitors have long wondered at ancient stone joints where even a knife bade could not fit between the stones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I really enjoyed this audiobook.

  • By Michael L Shepherd on 06-12-17

I really enjoyed this audiobook.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-17

Interesting and enlightening, it is a more humanistic view of another wonder from our shared history than what a person sees on television.you

  • The Forgotten Soldier

  • By: Guy Sajer
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 21 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,480
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,356

When Guy Sajer joins the infantry full of ideals in the summer of 1942, the German army is enjoying unparalleled success in Russia. However, he quickly finds that for the foot soldier the glory of military success hides a much harsher reality of hunger, fatigue, and constant deprivation. Posted to the elite Grosse Deutschland division, he enters a violent and remorseless world where all youthful hope is gradually ground down, and all that matters is the brute will to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Beautifully Written Heartrending Tragedy

  • By Gillian on 03-31-17

History has more than one viewpoint

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-17

In the movie patton, patton remarks that he had read your gd book, referring to rommel. I can understand why it is that one must know his enemy to win, this book shows that war is hell no matter which side you are on, and it might allow some to get past old hatreds of all the enemies of the past.
There were good and bad folks on all sides, and there were many who had no business being involved.
Loyalty to ideals is fine, as long as the leaders do not corrupt them, as did his.

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  • A Small Town in Germany (BBC Radio 4 Drama)

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Haig, Bernard Hepton
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

You're not to disturb, annoy or offend. They're walking on a knife edge out there, anything could tilt the balance.' Missing: one junior diplomat and 43 of the British Embassy's most confidential files. The timing is alarmingly significant: with neo-Nazi riots and radical student demonstrations, the threat to Germany's security is all too apparent. Britain's own Alan Turner is sent in, with instructions to tread carefully at all costs. But will he find the missing man and the files before the political situation erupts?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Period piece

  • By Zaubermond on 04-04-13

Well done.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-17

I have read this book several times, yet this audio version puts the emotional touches in just the right tone to allow us to have a better feel for the implications of possible outcomes. An American like myself might not know or care what goes on in Europe most of the time, and this version helps get past that. It is fiction, but it does touch on history, one best not forgotten.

  • Stories from Ancient Egypt

  • By: David Angus
  • Narrated by: Janet Suzman
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

These are stories of massive struggles between good and evil, but they are enacted by gods whom the Egyptians thought of as very like themselves, prone to mistakes and a prey to common human failings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I really enjoyed this audiobook.

  • By Michael L Shepherd on 04-28-17

I really enjoyed this audiobook.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-28-17

Well done by a charming narrator, interesting old tales from anti
quity, interspersed with an almost unforgettable tune, probably Arabic but seemingly old egyptian. I listened while in the kitchen and it was good fun, to go with the chores.

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  • Hell in a Very Small Place

  • The Siege of Dien Bien Phu
  • By: Bernard B. Fall
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 19 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

Like Gettysburg, Stalingrad, Midway, and Tet, the battle at Dien Bien Phu - a strategic attack launched by France against the Vietnamese in 1954 after eight long years of war - marked a historic turning point. By the end of the 56-day siege, a determined Viet Minh guerrilla force had destroyed a large tactical French colonial army in the heart of Southeast Asia.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The complete story of Dien Bien Phu

  • By Arius on 09-30-16

A tragic battle deliberately blundered into

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

Reviewed: 04-24-17

What made the experience of listening to Hell in a Very Small Place the most enjoyable?

It was a memorable debriefing of a terrible affair, full of facts and tidbits and explanations as well as telling you if a certain point isn't known for certain, or if it is just believed to have happened in a certain way. I understood, witnesses to a massacre are hard to come by.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hell in a Very Small Place?

I would say the most memorable moment for me, was that the USA was being asked to perform interdiction bombing around Dien Bien Phu, and we didn't.
We were the only ones who could have saved this disaster created by the French, and we didn't, and yet look what it cost us in the end.
Our reasons for not doing so seem shortsighted, as if our current politicians never, ever bother to learn from the mistakes that came before.

Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favorite?

I can't say which character was my favorite, I was well pleased from start to finish, although the story was deeply troubling whenever inaction or incompetence began to cost lives.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It was stated that the soldiers had all along believed that the government of France with all it's resources, would help them defeat the Communists rebels, until the day when they realized they wouldn't.
To be gallant, patriotic and brave is one thing, and to die needlessly is quite another. In the face of one's imminent demise, that is a terrible dose of reality to try to deal with.

Any additional comments?

A tragic tale told without malice, telling of a battle that was deliberately blundered into.

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