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  • Hiking Through

  • One Man's Journey to Peace and Freedom on the Appalachian Trail
  • By: Paul Stutzman
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 472

After Paul Stutzman lost his wife to breast cancer, he sensed a tug on his heart - the call to a challenge, the call to pursue a dream. With a mixture of dread and determination, Paul left his job, traveled to Georgia, and took his first steps on the Appalachian Trail. What he learned during the next four and a half months changed his life and can change yours as well. In Hiking Through, you'll join Paul on his remarkable 2,176-mile trip through 14 states in search of peace and a renewed sense of purpose.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Max on 03-08-16

Absolutely exceeds expectations.

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

It took me a while to start this book. I thought it would possibly be slowly paced and overly sentimental. I couldn't have been more wrong. This is without reservation one of the better books I've read in my 51 years. Evenly paced, thought provoking with many lessons in perseverance, humility and communing with God & nature. It's not an action movie but life as it likely was intended.

  • The Stronghold

  • 299 Days, Book 4
  • By: Glen Tate
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665

In 299 Days: The Stronghold, the fourth book in the 299 Days series, Grant Matson begins teaming up with others who will help the community of Pierce Point become a Patriot stronghold, ready to stand against government Loyalists, the Undecideds and the Oblivious. Using the United States Constitution as a guide, they develop a sense of order and begin planning for a future that shows no sign of improving. Outside of Pierce Point, the country continues its downward spiral.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Way to short for the money

  • By Jason on 05-06-15

Good yet rushed at times.

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Gideon is an automaton? Their is little to no human dissention in the masses. Other than one main antagonist leading a tiny gaggle, all other inhabitants of this little slice of heaven seem far too easily lead by the nose. That's getting nearly impossible to gloss over. Let us face facts: people have strong dissenting ideas at every single turn. Civilians anyway, military on far less a scale. This story is mainly about ordinary citizens. The "group think" presented detracts from the believability of the story presented IMHO. I will still yet likely continue with the series. 🤔

  • The Collapse

  • 299 Days, Book 2
  • By: Glen Tate
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858

In The Collapse, the government stops working, guns and ammo are in high demand, and a trip to the gas station has become a mission rather than an errand. Grant and the Team see these warning signs and know it is only the beginning, so they begin taking action to protect themselves and their loved ones. As they prepare to get out of dodge after a deadly incident in Grant's neighborhood, they will soon learn whether the preparations they made in Book One will be enough to survive the breakdown of society.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent plot

  • By Christian on 03-03-15

Well thought out.

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

This is an in-depth take on a dystopian narrative. Other than the continuous apologetics in the main character's relationship, I still yet would undoubtedly recommend this book for this genre.

  • 299 Days

  • The Preparation, Book 1
  • By: Glen Tate
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,184

299 Days: The Preparation, the first audiobook in the 299 Days series, depicts the inner struggles Grant must face as he exists in a social system he recognizes as unsustainable and on the verge of collapse, but one in which he has built his life around. What begins as a return to his roots, self-sufficiency and independence, becomes a full blown move to prepare for what may come.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Planted Reviews - be careful with your purchase...

  • By Jan on 10-30-14

Back story & fantastic character generation.

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

It has been a very long while since a book held my rapt attention. This was definitely one of them. Highly recommended.

  • Musashi's Dokkodo

  • By: Miyamoto Musashi
  • Narrated by: Kris Wilder
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

Miyamoto Musashi (1584 - 1645) was arguably the greatest swordsman who ever lived, a legendary figure whose methods of thought and strategy have been studied and adopted across a wide spectrum of society, from martial artists to military leaders to captains of industry. The iconic sword saint of Japan was clearly a genius, yet he was also a functional psychopath - ruthless, fearless, hyper-focused, and utterly without conscience. Shortly before he died, Musashi wrote down his final thoughts about life for his favorite student Terao Magonojo to whom Go Rin No Sho, his famous Book of Five Rings, had also been dedicated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic analysis.

  • By GMJ on 11-03-18

Fantastic analysis.

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

Based on an iconic historical figure from feudal Japan. The different authors give varying great takes and deeply in-depth analysis on his famous precepts. Highly recommended.

  • The EMP Lodge Series: Books 1 to 3

  • By: Grace Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 21 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 177

Three books in one volume! Dark Retreat, Dark Hunt, and Dark Defiance. Three months after life as she knows it was decimated, Megan Wolford has only one goal: protect her daughter, Caitlin, at any cost. When a mysterious illness strikes Caitlin, Megan is forced to forage for medical supplies at a remote lodge.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not well written

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-04-18

Disconjointed & many, many questionable decisions.

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

A carnival of folly's (Hey, carnivals can be enjoyable at times too!).

Most of the story is written in a first person perspective of the two lead characters. However, Kaitlyn's "FPS" of her individual trial lasts for only a moment and we are afterward "left in the dark" until either of the first two leads lay eyes on the situation.

There were far too many folly's made in the characters decision making, oversights or just plain forgetfulness. Much of the contents were merely clean up of said. In this regard it was very reminiscent of The Keystone Cops, The Three Stooges or Kids in the Hall. I wanted to like this trio of books, I really did. I gave them my attention until the end ultimately with little redemptive value.

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  • End Times Alaska: Endure, Run, Return

  • By: Craig Martelle
  • Narrated by: Chris Abernathy
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

Retired Marine and survivalist Chuck Nagy, his brilliant and brave wife, Madison, and his remarkable children are thrown from the modern world into a dystopian wasteland in the span of a few heartbeats. Now, it’s up to Chuck to build a new life in a post-apocalyptic world that becomes more dangerous every day. This is an omnibus edition of the three titles in Craig Martelle's End Times Alaska series.  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just barely OK

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-29-18

Decent dystopian fiction based in Alaska.

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

A refreshing take on a dystopian storyline that leans toward empathy and humanity instead of blood, gore, wanton violence & self preservation. For this I am thankful.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Legends and Myths from Wales: Central Wales

  • By: Graham Watkins
  • Narrated by: Graham Watkins
  • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

In this book, the third in the series, you will find a selection of 16 legends, each of which relates to a particular place in Central Wales. Black Bart the Pirate, Owain Glyndwr, the Red Dragon of Wales, the Five Saints, and the Red Bandits of Mawddwy are just a few of the characters you will meet in this audiobook.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nicely done.

  • By GMJ on 10-11-18

Nicely done.

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Reflective of a part of my heritage. These stories speak of a Welsh history that parallels that of Ireland in many a way IMHO.

  • Jeet Kune Do for Beginners

  • Principles, Techniques & Tactics from Bruce Lee's Fighting Style of Choice
  • By: T Diaz
  • Narrated by: Jim D. Johnston
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Are you ready to learn all about Bruce Lee's JKD? If so you've come to the right place.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good but short.

  • By Billy on 10-20-17

Great introduction to the style IMHO.

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

This is a deeper understanding of the style of arguably the most famous martial artist of modern times. To anyone who is interested in Jeet Kune Do or a better understanding of one Bruce Lee, this is a near perfect format (audio version).

  • They Must Be Stopped

  • Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It
  • By: Brigitte Gabriel
  • Narrated by: Brigitte Gabriel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191

Brigitte Gabriel delves deeply into Islam - a religion rooted in the seventh century with teachings that are absolutely opposed to democracy and equality - and its spread across the U.S. and Europe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Indeed they do have to be stopped

  • By David on 05-31-09

Loaded with information.

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

This review is based on the audio version. The book is laden with information. As such it requires more than a passive listen to properly garner all the information within. Otherwise, you will feel the need to rewind/skip back on various pertinent factoids.

#InformationDense

Yes, I would recommend this title to those interested in the subject.