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J. Paul

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  • Cold Days in Hell: American POWs in Korea

  • By: William Clark Latham Jr.
  • Narrated by: Capt. Kevin F. Spalding USNR-Ret.
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Following the North Korean assault on the Republic of Korea in June of 1950, the invaders captured more than a thousand American soldiers and brutally executed hundreds more. American prisoners who survived their initial moments of captivity faced months of neglect, starvation, and brutal treatment as their captors marched them north toward prison camps in the Yalu River Valley. Cold Days in Hell provides a detailed account of their captivity and offers valuable insights into an ongoing issue: the conduct of prisoners in the hands of enemy captors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Eye-Opening Account

  • By Vincent L Sabotin on 12-08-16

Informative and Eye-opening

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

I knew nothing about the Korean War until I picked up this book. The adage, "war is hell," certainly comes to mind upon listening to the events unfold in the Korean conflict. The author is extremely knowledgeably and it shows in the clarity of details and overall experience. Capt. Spalding does an excellent job narrating.

This book was provided to me in exchange for an honest and unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

  • Waking Lazarus

  • By: T. L. Hines
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Jude Allman has actually died and come back to life - three times. Haunted by paranoia and fearful that life has no purpose or meaning, Jude lurks behind locked doors. But when his heightened senses detect immanent death, Jude tries to rescue the captive prey of a fiendish pedophile.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE THIS BOOK!

  • By Barry S. Sharpnack on 03-31-08

Edgy, Suspenseful Spiritual Based Thriller 5 Stars

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

Stechschulte does a first class job bringing T. L. Hines’ suspenseful thriller to life. Excellent work here! I would like to see more of Hines’ books introduced on audio. Not your average Christian writer.

  • The Rook

  • By: Steven James
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

Christy Award nominee Steven James writes action-packed thrillers swirling with tantalizing mystery. In this sequel to The Pawn, FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers confronts the Navy's darkest secret - and his own painful past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Alex Cross w\o all the sex & language.

  • By Ronda on 06-26-16

Intense Nail-Biting Thriller

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

Reviewed: 09-15-16

Any additional comments?

I don't bite my nails, but Steven James almost had me taking up the habit. Richard Ferrone gives a solid performance in the narration. Plot was strong. Character development was top notch. The suspense will have you wanting to listen to more, long after your road trip. This is the first edition in a great series by James, and in my opinion it is the best in the series, next to Opening Moves. One word of caution, it's not for the squeamish! I read a lot of fiction, this one is one of my top ten, better than Andrew Klavan.

  • Day of War

  • By: Cliff Graham
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339

In ancient Israel, at the crossroads of the great trading routes, a man named Benaiah is searching for a fresh start in life. He has joined a band of soldiers led by a warlord named David, seeking to bury the past that refuses to leave him. Their ragged army is disgruntled and full of reckless men. Some are loyal to David, but others are only with him for the promise of captured wealth. While the ruthles mad King Saul marches hopelessly against the powerful Philistines, the Hebrew tribes have never been more despondent....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Praise and Arrows

  • By BeverlyH on 09-19-15

The Return of the Warrior

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

Reviewed: 09-15-16

Any additional comments?

Cliff Graham's Day of War is unique in that it is not just a Bible based historical novel, it is a celebration of manhood in the age of the warrior. This is the only novel in this category that I am aware of that places the accent on the masculine. It is interesting how common it is to hear of male domination in societies long past and yet it is all but completely lost in modern historical novels for the feminine side with all the trappings of modern romance novels. I enjoy good solid romance material, but most come across a bit cheesy for my taste. Day of War is most certainly not a romance novel, although it does build a little bit on Benaiah's relationship with his wife. Of course, YHWH is not forgotten, after all, it is "his-story", but it is taken from a decidedly more human vantage point. It is exceptionally well written with very few cultural/historical mistakes to my knowledge. It takes the reader up close and personal into the lives of David's mighty men..

In the audio version, narrator, Stefan Rudnicki takes the story to a whole new level in which he far and exceedingly surpasses all expectations. Even if you have already read the book, I highly recommend checking out the audio production. With the voice of a commanding general, together, author and narrator, will captivate your imagination. It will put the hair back on your chest and help you realize that prayer isn't for the weak, and faith isn't a crutch for cowards.

A further note. There may be those, like me, who first picked up the book and plowed through it without giving it the necessary time and attention. If that is you, it will be difficult to appreciate the craftsmanship. After coming back to it a second time, a couple years later, I have found myself completely and utterly mesmerized. I am currently listening to the second book and now acquiring the third. This does not read like a Bible story book, reading it without paying careful attention will only make it difficult to follow and appear disjointed, because of the frequent flashbacks and going back and forth between the characters. It's like a nice handcrafted root beer, it is meant to be drunk slowly to savor the flavor. It is epic.

  • Coincidence or God?

  • A Testimony Illustrating There Is a Living God
  • By: Aaron Michael Garcia
  • Narrated by: Trevor Clinger
  • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Have you ever wondered what your purpose was in this world? Have you wondered if your life was a coincidence or something more? Many people find themselves, at one point or another, wondering about the meaning of this life and why we co-exist, but have you ever stopped to look at your own life? In this book, Coincidence or God? you will hear about a story of a young man who was lured in by the darkness. He became addicted to meth for six years and almost lost his life. One night changed everything.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great story of triumph through God!

  • By Rodney on 04-08-16

Grace, Redemption, Hope

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

Reviewed: 09-15-16

Any additional comments?
I hate to give this three stars, because I can tell that this work meant a lot to the author, but I think it is a fair rating. Aaron Garcia's is a story of redemption and salvation. While I don't necessarily consider this to be the most "moving" story, in terms of writing style, emotional appeal, and spiritual depth, the story does have merit, if for nothing else, purely on the basis that here is a young man's life that was drastically changed. The fact that Garcia has turned from living to feed his addiction to helping others caught in the web is a story of grace is an added bonus. God is the God of hope, grace and redemption! Although there are more powerfully written books on the subject, I would still recommend it to any drug addict who is willing to read and wanting to change, perhaps if they are incarcerated.

It's not preachy, nor does it have a very strong religious appeal. My only problem, as I said, is that it is not the best written story, and fails to connect with the reader. Run, Baby, Run, and The Cross and the Switchblade, are far more compelling. It might have helped if it was a professional narrator.

This book was provided to me in exchange for an honest and unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

  • Hunt for the Jews

  • Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland
  • By: Jan Grabowski
  • Narrated by: Charles Henderson Norman
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Judenjagd, hunt for the Jews, was the German term for the organized searches for Jews who, having survived ghetto liquidations and deportations to death camps in Poland in 1942, attempted to hide "on the Aryan side." Jan Grabowski's penetrating microhistory tells the story of the Judenjagd in Dabrowa Tarnowska, a rural county in southeastern Poland, where the majority of the Jews in hiding perished as a consequence of betrayal by their Polish neighbors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highlights how quick people turn on each other.

  • By Steve H. Caldwell on 09-26-16

Informative Research

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

Reviewed: 09-15-16

Would you listen to Hunt for the Jews again? Why?
No, once is enough.

Any additional comments?
Hunt For the Jews reads more like a research paper or text book, than the typical nonfiction book. This is a systematic account of story after story of acts of atrocity carried out in Poland by common ordinary citizens, discussing motives, court documents and eye witness testimonies. The narrator seemed like he wanted to compensate for the author's lack by injecting more emotion into his performance than expressed. Nevertheless, some of the detailed accounts of the witnesses' testimonies that were included in this work were disturbing. The fact that so many non-military, non-German, Polish civilians, not only went along with the systemic eradication of all Jews, but actually rained down terror upon their fellow citizens themselves, is unconscionable. It provides a lesson for those of us living in the west who think it could never happen here, and it is an indictment beyond Poles and Jews. It is the blood lust or blood frenzy, if you like, of greed and racism, devoid of any sense of human dignity, and it's a story that we should never forget.

This book was provided to me in exchange for an honest and unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

  • 30 Days to Redemption

  • By: Lisa Scott
  • Narrated by: Tina Marie Shuster
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

The audiobook begins when Lissy wakes from a restful sleep. Her children, Natalie and Nathaniel, kiss her good-bye and leave for their first day back to college. Her husband, Glen, leaves for work right behind them. She continues on with her morning routine before she heads out to work as a nurse at their local hospital.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's About Time...

  • By Reg on 04-14-16

End Of America

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

This is a Christian pre-apocalyptic thriller, that is not much of a thrill to read, nor does it contain the compelling force that it was obviously intended to have. I enjoy good Christian books, especially thrillers (Ted Dekker, Frank Peretti, Steven James, etc.), and I've even listened to a few of the Left Behind audio books, but personally, I find such material as The Book of Eli, to be far more compelling than the typical apocalyptic writing coming out of the Christian publishing world.

As much as the initial idea may seem plausible, the execution of the story falls flat on its face and ranks somewhere between the unbelievable and the absurd. Having had a revelation of the end of America, would a prophetess really act so nonchalantly about her responsibility to warn America of impending doom, that she would be more concerned about what color to paint her nails, or where to go out to eat for lunch? Come on, this is less serious than most of the juvenile fiction I've read. The story is slow moving overall, holding the suspense and action back until the very end of this first part of this trilogy.

It seems like the target audience was intended to be teenagers, around 13 to 15 years old, and I don't mean that as an insult to the author.

The reader did a good job on the performance, but it doesn't make up for what the story lacks.

This book was provided to me in exchange for an honest and unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.