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  • PT 105

  • By: Dick Keresey
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

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 103
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

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 Kevin S. on 01-19-16

Superb

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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.

  • 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 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

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!

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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 5,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,788
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,799

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 78
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 73

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By Anonymous User on 04-25-18

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 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 424

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Train

  • Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World - from the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief
  • By: Tom Zoellner
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Tom Zoellner loves trains with a ferocious passion. In his new audiobook he chronicles the innovation and sociological impact of the railway technology that changed the world, and could very well change it again. From the frigid Trans-Siberian Railroad to the antiquated Indian Railways to the futuristic maglev trains, Zoellner offers a stirring story of man's relationship with trains. Zoellner examines both the mechanics of the rails and their engines and how they helped societies evolve. Not only do trains transport people and goods in an efficient manner, but they also reduce pollution and dependency upon oil.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The world history of trains up to the present

  • By matthew on 03-06-14

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

if you love trains just great stories about people, then I highly recommend this book. Lots of interesting world history that is Broad and expansive and yet manages to tell deeply personal stories about people.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wheels Stop: The Tragedies and Triumphs of the Space Shuttle Program, 1986-2011

  • Outward Odyssey: A People's History of Space
  • By: Rick Houston
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220

Humanity's first reusable spacecraft and the most complex machine ever built, NASA's space shuttle debuted with great promise and as a dependable source of wonder and national pride. But with the Challenger catastrophe in 1986, the whole space shuttle program came into question, as did NASA itself, so long an institution that was seemingly above reproach. Wheels Stop tells the stirring story of how, after the Challenger disaster, the space shuttle not only recovered but went on to perform its greatest missions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finished it in three days!

  • By Ken on 01-07-16

The narrator utterly ruins this

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

Reviewed: 06-03-17

This might be a very interesting book but I won't know unless I buy the actual book. Unfortunately the narrator puts inflection on every single sentence as if it is the end of a paragraph. Every single sentence. it was almost impossible to follow along with what was happening in the book because of that. Bold they rise, the prequel of sorts to this, has an imperfect narrator but at least he gets basic inflection correct, and I ended up being enthralled by that book. Unfortunately I could not even get through a quarter of this book and I am crazy about the space shuttle. I could read technical manuals about it and find it interesting. I don't mean to bag on this narrator too much. And if he ever reads this I hope he doesn't think I'm just being mean but he really needs to not do a downward inflection at the end of every sentence.

  • Failure Is Not an Option

  • Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond
  • By: Gene Kranz
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,875
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,872

Gene Kranz was present at the creation of America's manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades. As a flight director in NASA's Mission Control, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of history. He participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission, and beyond. He endured the disastrous first years when rockets blew up and the United States seemed to fall further behind the Soviet Union in the space race.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful story told beautifully.

  • By Albert Sjoberg (PA) on 06-05-15

inspiring!

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

everyone should read about these amazing Adventures, trials, and successes in the United States Space Program as recalled by Gene Kranz. Gene is a vivid storyteller and there were many times where I felt like I was there with him.