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Brad LaMorgese

Irving, TX USA
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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 157,712
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 145,536
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 145,380

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Great New Story!

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

Reviewed: 01-19-14

I really enjoyed this offering from Andy Weir. It's not necessarily a science fiction story -- I consider it more of a Robinson Crusoe meets technology on Mars. It was very interesting and the characters are funny and likeable. Excellent narration adds to the humor.

  • Sons of Zeus

  • By: Noble Smith
  • Narrated by: Elijah Alexander
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

In 431 BC, ancient Greece experienced its own "Pearl Harbor" - a treacherous sneak attack that would mark the start of the bloody war between the democracy of Athens and the tyranny of Sparta. Caught between these superpowers, the independent city-state of Plataea became the arena where their battle for control of all of Greece would begin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyed this story and narration!

  • By beachgirl on 09-11-16

Great New Noble Smith Series

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

Reviewed: 09-30-13

I highly recommend the start to this series. It's part ancient history, part high action, with great characters. It's gritty, just a warning. I differ from some of the reviews and enjoyed the narrator. Check this out, you will not be disappointed.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Enraged

  • Jonathan Quinn, Book 7
  • By: Brett Battles
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774

The rescue on Duran Island did not go as planned. Jonathan Quinn knows that someone is responsible. That someone decided throwing people Quinn cares about into the line of fire in a cold-hearted act of self-preservation was a good idea. He also knows that this someone has made a serious mistake. Because when Quinn gets mad, the last place anyone should ever be is in his crosshairs. He will not stop until the guilty pay. Sometimes revenge is best served now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quinn is back

  • By Kathryn on 10-08-13

Awesome Quinn!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-13

A great continuation to the Quinn series. This is Quinn as we have not seen him before -- Quinn Enraged. Be prepared from some brutal surprises. Brick does good credit to Battles' work.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Steelheart

  • The Reckoners, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,114

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his will. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He got the idea from a near traffic accident

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-26-13

Great New Sanderson Series

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

Reviewed: 09-30-13

I highly recommend this new series from Brandon Sanderson. You will enjoy the narrator and the wonderful action. It is Epic!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • All In: The Education of General David Petraeus

  • By: Paula Broadwell, Vernon Loeb
  • Narrated by: James Lurie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 63

General David Petraeus is the most transformative leader the American military has seen since the generation of Marshall. In All In, military expert Paul Broadwell examines Petraeus's career, his intellectual development as a military officer, and his impact on the U.S. military.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The scholar general

  • By Jean on 03-15-12

Good on Patraeus, But Too Political

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

Reviewed: 02-19-12

Be prepared to take your medicine. I liked the book when it stuck to Gen. Patraeus. I felt it was way too political and Pro-Obama/Anti-Republican. It is not very objective in this regard. James Lurie did a very good job reading the book though.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • The Looming Tower

  • Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
  • By: Lawrence Wright
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,683
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,677

This is a sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans, and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting... Sobering... Chilling...

  • By John on 09-06-08

Here's the Backstory to 9/11

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

Reviewed: 10-31-11

This book is an excellent and thorough history of the roots of Al Qaeda. An exploration of the roots of evil starting in the 1940's. It gives great insight into the Islamist movement. Though it is lengthy, it is so interesting that it reads quite quickly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Little Girl Gone

  • A Logan Harper Thriller
  • By: Brett Battles
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 242

Logan Harper isn't looking for redemption. He just wants to live in peace and forget his troubled past. But one morning his quiet life is upended when he interrupts the attempted murder of his father's best friend Tooney. The next thing Logan knows, he's on his way to Los Angeles, searching for Tooney's missing granddaughter and uncovering a sinister plot connected not only to Tooney's Burmese past, but also to the boardrooms of corporate America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By cheryl on 11-05-11

Oustanding! Battles does it again!

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

Reviewed: 10-29-11

Brett Battles does it again with this great new series. It's definitely different from the Jonathan Quinn series (which you should read too), but Logan Harper is an equally thrilling, complex, and interesting character. And also once again, Battles takes us on a thrilling ride across the globe --- all to save a girl. I could not recommend this any more!

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Sharpe's Trafalgar

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553

A guttersnipe who has risen through the ranks of the British army, Ensign Sharpe is sailing home to England from his latest campaign against Napoleon. Anticipating an uneventful voyage, the dashing young maverick discovers the intriguing and very married Lady Grace Hale on board the Calliope. But just as he wins his way into her heart, the ship is fired upon and, suddenly, he finds himself in the thick of one of history's most spectacular incidents: the Battle of Trafalgar.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • No more Tull, PLEASE

  • By Randall on 11-30-10

Bad Narrator

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-11

I really enjoy the Sharpe books, don't get me wrong. But I had to go back and read this one in print. The narration for me was totally unintelligible.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Grant and Sherman

  • The Friendship That Won the Civil War
  • By: Charles Bracelen Flood
  • Narrated by: Charles Bracelen Flood
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

"We were as brothers," William Tecumseh Sherman said, describing his relationship with Ulysses S. Grant. They were incontestably two of the most important figures in the Civil War, but until now there has been no book about their victorious partnership and the deep friendship that made it possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb History

  • By Brad LaMorgese on 01-24-11

Superb History

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-11

This book is clearly written and incisive with lots of great historical details. Flood really brings out the friendship between Sherman and Grant. He is also a surprisingly great narrator. I highly recommend this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful