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Josh Boyle

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  • Carrying the Fire

  • An Astronaut's Journeys
  • By: Michael Collins, Charles A. Lindbergh - foreword
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 154

In Carrying the Fire, Michael Collins conveys, in a very personal way, the drama, beauty, and humor of the adventure of reaching the moon. He also traces his development from his first flight experiences in the air force, through his days as a test pilot, to his Apollo 11 spacewalk, presenting an evocative description of the joys of flight as well as a new perspective on time, light, and movement from someone who has seen the fragile Earth from the other side of the moon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a boring moment

  • By Yon on 07-10-17

Best description of spaceflight

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

Michael Collins does a great job describing the heavy and complicated work that astronauts had in the early days of space flight.

  • First Man

  • The Life of Neil A. Armstrong
  • By: James R. Hansen
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 156

When Apollo 11 touched down on the Moon’s surface in 1969, the first man on the Moon became a legend. In First Man, author James R. Hansen explores the life of Neil Armstrong. Based on over 50 hours of interviews with the intensely private Armstrong, who also gave Hansen exclusive access to private documents and family sources, this "magnificent panorama of the second half of the American twentieth century" (Publishers Weekly, starred review) is an unparalleled biography of an American icon.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not really 'unabridged'

  • By A Reader on 06-06-18

As always, the book is better than the movie

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

This was a very well written and interesting book from start to finish. So much so, that almost any time I could listen to a few minutes, I would pop in my earphones. While it provides many facts and details about Neil Armstrong, I still left not feeling as though I knew him as a friend would know him, as I sometimes feel with other biographies. However, given Armstrong's very private nature, I think that is what he would have preferred, and in that sense I feel the author spectacularly succeeded.

  • Wolfsbane

  • The Horus Heresy
  • By: Guy Haley
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216

The time has come for Leman Russ, primarch of the Space Wolves, to fulfil his vow and attempt to stop Warmaster Horus before he breaks through to the Segmentum Solar. In the face of opposition from three of his brother primarchs, Russ withdraws the Space Wolves legion from Terra and makes all haste for Horus’ position. Reports from Malcador the Sigillite’s agents suggest that Horus is utterly changed and infused with a diabolical power so great that no man can stand against him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fenris Hjolda!!!

  • By troyburns2 on 06-07-18

Like a perfect drinking horn of mjod.

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

Guy Haley does great justice to the Space Wolves and Leman Russ. the Side Story about belisarius is equally compelling and I never minded being separated from one story to the other because both were so fascinating.

  • PT 105

  • By: Dick Keresey
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

Admittedly small and vulnerable, PT boats were, nevertheless, fast - the fastest craft on the water during World War II - and Dick Keresey's account of these tough little fighters throws new light on their contributions to the war effort. As captain of PT 105, the author was in the same battle as John F. Kennedy when Kennedy's PT 109 was rammed and sunk. The famous incident, Keresey says, has often been described inaccurately and the PT boat depicted as unreliable and ineffective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended I couldn't stop listening!

  • By Curtis Graf on 08-17-17

Phenomenal

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

Dick Kersey is an excellent author who gives great insight into a life of constant stress on the front lines. excellent narration makes this for a perfect audiobook.

  • Submarine Commander

  • A Story of World War II and Korea
  • By: Paul R. Schratz
  • Narrated by: John N. Gully
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

A fascinating personal memoir of underwater combat in World War II, told by a man who played a major role in those dangerous operations. Frank and beautifully written, this book will be of lasting value as a submarine history by an expert and as an enduring military and political analysis.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Biography Through Sub Command

  • By Anne S. on 01-19-16

Superb

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-18

This is a fantastic accounting of Life on board a submarine. it also offers a great deal about Navy life during World War II and postwar. Excellent narration throughout.

  • The Burning Shore

  • How Hitler's U-Boats Brought World War II to America
  • By: Ed Offley
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

On June 15, 1942, as thousands of vacationers lounged in the sun on Virginia Beach, a massive fireball erupted from a convoy of oil tankers steaming into Chesapeake Bay. By the next day, three ships lay at the bottom of the channel, victims of Lieutenant-Commander Horst Degen and his crew on the German submarine U-701. In The Burning Shore, acclaimed military reporter Ed Offley presents a thrilling account of Degen's rampage along the American coast and of US Lieutenant Harry J. Kane's quest to bring him down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ugh, Perhaps a Second Listen is Required?

  • By Matthew on 09-05-15

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

the narrator is superb and the story very engaging. if you're at all interested in World War II, the battle of the Atlantic, or submarines then this book is for you.

  • The Never Hero

  • The Chronicles of Jonathan Tibbs, Book 1
  • By: T. Ellery Hodges
  • Narrated by: Steven Barnett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,939

Reclusive college student Jonathan Tibbs wakes in a pool of blood, not a scratch on him. His life is about to undergo a massive shift. A violent and merciless otherworldly enemy unleashes slaughter in the streets, calling out in a language only he understands. And it is seeking its challenger. In order to defeat the threat, Jonathan must become a temporal weapon...while remaining completely anonymous. Unfortunately, harnessing off-world powers has its own special challenges...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tip: clear your schedule first.

  • By rhodry on 06-12-17

Clever ideas and well-executed

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

Reviewed: 12-23-17

it is clear that the author gave the overall story a lot of thought and did very good preparation before writing. it doesn't seem like he left any mysteries that he decided to leave to figure out or solve later. I greatly appreciate that. it does seem as though he does not have a lot of writing experience; however, he improves as the book goes on and he seems to be a very talented and capable author who will only progress as he writes more and more. that's not to say that it's not well written, because it is, it just seems to lack some polish in some areas. It kept me thoroughly entertained and there were times that I sat down to watch TV and just decided to listen to this instead. So my hat's off to the author. I listened to it in a week whereas most books take me about 3 weeks to get through.

  • Leman Russ: The Great Wolf

  • Primarchs, Book 2
  • By: Chris Wraight
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Many are the sagas of Leman Russ, Lord of Winter and War, most fearsome of the Emperor's primarch sons. At the height of the Great Crusade, his Space Wolves fight to bring the rebel world of Dulan to compliance. Enraged by the defiance of the tyrant Durath, Russ has pledged to strike him down personally - but his brother Lion El'Jonson of the Dark Angels advises more caution. With the might of two Legions arrayed against Durath, tensions nevertheless run high, and the rivalry between the Wolf and the Lion threatens to engulf them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Origins of the Angle and Wolf honor duel

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-07-18

Gather round ye sons of Russ

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

Reviewed: 12-13-17

As fine an audiobook as it gets. The author brings illumination to one of the great stories of the Legion and chapters history. both Russ and the Lion are given Great Character and the proper respect they deserve. the narrator is fantastic and could not be better.

  • Warlord: Fury of the Godmachine

  • Warhammer 40,000
  • By: David Annandale
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 130

The Battle Titans of the Adeptus Titanicus are towering war engines, striding to war as holy effigies of the Omnissiah. Greatest of all are the mighty Warlord Titans, their weapons bringing righteous death to alien and heretic alike. Still reeling from a near disastrous battle against tyranids, the Pallidus Morr demi-legio is assigned to a new warzone, a nearby forge world which has fallen under the sway of Chaos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Once it got going...

  • By Anonymous User on 10-17-17

Good Titan Action

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-17

While I wouldn't qualify this as an excellent book it was still well written and had good action sequences of Titans blowing each other apart. Which is what I was looking for. So I was well satisfied.

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  • Chernobyl 01:23:40

  • The Incredible True Story of the World's Worst Nuclear Disaster
  • By: Andrew Leatherbarrow
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452

At 01:23:40 on April 26th 1986, Alexander Akimov pressed the emergency shutdown button at Chernobyl's fourth nuclear reactor. It was an act that forced the permanent evacuation of a city, killed thousands, and crippled the Soviet Union. The event spawned decades of conflicting, exaggerated, and inaccurate stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Listen and Read

  • By Ms Discus on 10-12-16

very informative

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

I agree with many of the other critics that the author didn't need to include his own personal trip to the Ukraine. however, the parts in pripyat were interesting and a good backdrop. the sections explaining nuclear power plants and the Chernobyl plant in particular are worth the read. For a first-time author I consider this book a great accomplishment.

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