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  • 747

  • Creating the World's First Jumbo Jet and Other Adventures from a Life in Aviation
  • By: Joe Sutter
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470

747 is the thrilling story behind "the Queen of the Skies" - the Boeing 747 - as told by Joe Sutter, one of the most celebrated engineers of the 20th century, who spearheaded its design and construction. Sutter's vivid narrative takes us back to a time when American technology was cutting-edge and jet travel was still glamorous and new. With wit and warmth, he gives an insider's sense of the larger than life-size personalities - and the tensions - in the aeronautical world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a beautiful plane

  • By Jean on 10-18-13
  • 747
  • Creating the World's First Jumbo Jet and Other Adventures from a Life in Aviation
  • By: Joe Sutter
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer

A book as excellent as its subject matter.

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

Great narration keeps this equally great book enthralling. Sutter is an excellent storyteller and provides incredible insight into what it takes to build such a wonderful aircraft. whether you are a fan of aviation, massive industrial projects, or simply enjoy first person narratives then I highly recommend this book.

  • Tail-End Charley

  • Stories from an American Fighter Pilot in World War II
  • By: James E. Brown
  • Narrated by: Bob Souer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

On his 19th birthday, James E. Brown tries to fake to his flight instructor that he has flown before. On his 21st birthday, Brown is on his way home after logging 85 missions in a P-47 fighter over Italy, France, and Germany. Brown's stories surrounding his training and combat experiences in World War II reveal brushes with death, continuous peril and, ultimately, a coming of age for a young man whose freshman year in college becomes instead a heroic engagement with one of the fiercest enemies his country has ever encountered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good read !

  • By kevin on 06-19-18

Good but not great.

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

I love first-person accounts of war stories. While Brown has some good and interesting stories, they just don't have that touch of details that is present in many other memoirs. He often finishes his stories with you wondering what happened next. And only on occasion does he answer that. Still the book does provide some good details about flight training and life in the European theater and I was glad to have read it.

  • Shadow Divers

  • The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II
  • By: Robert Kurson
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,870

In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GRIPPING!

  • By Douglas on 07-03-04

Magnificent!!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

Should be required reading in every high school and college. Kurson weaves together multiple stories and the human element and human condition is the true heart of this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rocket Men

  • The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon
  • By: Robert Kurson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter, Robert Kurson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 943
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 885
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 880

By August 1968, the American space program was in danger of failing in its two most important objectives: to land a man on the moon by President Kennedy's end-of-decade deadline and to triumph over the Soviets in space. With its back against the wall, NASA made an almost unimaginable leap: It would scrap its usual methodical approach and risk everything on a sudden launch, sending the first men in history to the moon - in just four months. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Men Who Saved 1968

  • By Gillian on 04-04-18

Very good and worth listening but not great

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

An excellent account of Apollo 8 and the surrounding history of the United States in 1968. While I thoroughly enjoyed the book, I found it not quite as good as some of the other space flight books that are out there. I think the author tries a little too hard to build tension and give unnecessary cliffhangers. But still a good account and worth every penny.

  • Riding Rockets

  • The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut
  • By: Mike Mullane
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

In 1978, the first group of space shuttle astronauts was introduced to the world - 29 men and six women who would carry NASA through the most tumultuous years of the space shuttle program. Among them was USAF Colonel Mike Mullane, who, in his memoir Riding Rockets, strips the heroic veneer from the astronaut corps and paints them as they are - human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best "Astronauts of the 80s" Memoir"

  • By J. Ritt on 01-10-18

Marvelous!

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

This book was recommended to me personally by a former shuttle astronaut, who said it was the most accurate account of NASA during the early shuttle era. Mike Mullane certainly makes you feel like you were there. As a huge shuttle geek it brought the shuttle to a much more real and traffic level.

  • 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 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 192

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

Overall
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
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387

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

Overall
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.

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  • Wolfsbane

  • The Horus Heresy
  • By: Guy Haley
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

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
  • Russ is a lovable idiot.

  • By Jorrahn on 05-26-18

Like a perfect drinking horn of mjod.

Overall
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 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

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

Overall
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 109
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

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

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
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.