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  • Hunting the Jackal

  • A Special Forces and CIA Soldier's Fifty Years on the Frontlines of the War Against Terrorism
  • By: Billy Waugh, Tim Keown
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

For more than half a century, Special Forces and CIA legend Billy Waugh dedicated his life to tracking down and eliminating America's most virulent enemies. Operating from the darkest shadows and most desolate corners of the world, he made his mark in many of the most important operations in the annals of US Spec Ops. He spent seven and a half years behind enemy lines in Vietnam as a member of a covert group of elite commandos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hunting the Jackal - epic accounting of SOF/SOG and CIA IV

  • By Eric on 01-08-18

Hunting the Jackal - epic accounting of SOF/SOG and CIA IV

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

Billy Waugh is one of those hard men who do that which only they can do in order that we can sleep safely in our beds at night. The man is an authentic American Hero, who nonetheless blushes at that title.

Billy Waugh’s accounting amounts to an amazing depiction of what actually occurred in US Army SOF/SOG and the CIA, from the Korean War thru Vietnam thru hunting Carlos the Jackal thru the defeat of the Taliban during Enduring Freedom. Well worth reading twice !!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tomorrow War

  • The Chronicles of Max [Redacted], Book 1
  • By: J. L. Bourne
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,455
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,454

In the not-too-distant future, during an unacknowledged mission inside the Syrian border, a government operative unwittingly triggers an incredible event that alters the course of society. A terrible weapon has been unleashed - a weapon that, left to run its course, will destroy the moral fabric of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ready for Book 2! Excellent story as always!

  • By Jason on 07-22-15

"Tomorrow War"

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

Reviewed: 07-20-15

Interesting story. Good use of EFP technology. Some breakdown of logic with regard to the military skills level of Max, but otherwise ok. Should have been written as a first-in-series, rather than a complete book in and of itself.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Good to Go

  • The Life and times of a Decorated Member of the U.S. Navy's Elite Seal Team Two
  • By: Harry Constance, Randall Fuerst
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646

Good to Go is Constance's powerful, firsthand account of his three tours of duty as a member of America's most elite, razor-sharp stealth fighting force. It is a breathtaking memoir of harrowing missions and covert special-ops - from the floodplains of the Mekong Delta to the beaches of the South China Sea - that places the listener in the center of bloody ambushes and devastating firefights. But Constance's extraordinary adventure goes even farther - beyond 'Nam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Vietnam Book I have heard!!!

  • By Jeff Mothersbaugh on 05-29-15

"Good to Go"is good to go!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-15

Very interesting life story of USN SEAL Harry Constance, before, during and after Vietnam - honestly stated with no holds barred! .

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Enemies Foreign and Domestic

  • By: Matthew Bracken
  • Narrated by: Mike Kemp
  • Length: 26 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 520
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492

The story begins on opening day of the NFL season, when bullets begin to rain down upon the upper deck of a packed football stadium. A panic stampede ensues, leading to mass casualties. The alleged sniper is found holding a smoking assault rifle, and is killed by a police marksman. One week later, Congress bans the private possession of all semi-automatic assault rifles. Gun owners are given one week to turn in their semi-automatic rifles, or face a five year mandatory sentence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story if you can get past the performance

  • By B. Lambert on 07-09-13

Excellent story completely ruined by bad narration

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

Reviewed: 12-15-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A GOOD NARRATOR!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Enemies Foreign and Domestic?

THE PAIN IN MY EARS OWING TO TERRIBLE NARRATION FOLLOWED BY TEARING EYES FOLLOWED BY THE RESULTING TRAFFIC ACCIDENT WHEN I PURPOSEFULLY DROVE MY CAR OFF THE ROAD TRYING TO END IT ALL!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

IN EVERY MANNER POSSIBLE!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

ANGER AT BAD NARRATION AND SADNESS THAT A GREAT LISTEN WAS RUINED BY BAD NARRATION.

Any additional comments?

THE NARRATOR DEFINITELY QUALIFIES AS A DOMESTIC ENEMY!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista

  • The Enemies Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Matthew Bracken
  • Narrated by: Mike Kemp
  • Length: 25 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284

Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista is a novel set in the not-too-distant future in the American Southwest, during a period of low-intensity civil war. The action takes place between Texas and California, but the story is mainly centered around New Mexico. Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista is a sequel to Enemies Foreign and Domestic, but it may be enjoyed on its own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I am getting the series there's 3 books.

  • By Alan on 12-14-13

Excellent story ruined by terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 12-15-13

What would have made Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista better?

Storywise - nothing as it's an excellent story! Fortunately, I have previously read the Enemies Trilogy and the Bracken Anthology, and found them first-rate - that's why I purchased the audiobooks.. Unfortunately and due solely to very bad narration, the audiobook is simply unlistenable - I couldn't even make it through two (2) minutes of listening (and I tried several times)!

What did you like best about this story?

Realism, both in terms of characters and probability of events.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

WORST NARRATION EVER - A DEAF-MUTE WITH A SIGN LANGUAGE STUTTERING PROBLEM, WOULD HAVE DONE A BETTER JOB!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

THE AUDIOBOOK DEFINITELY EVOKED BOTH ANGER AND SADNESS IN THAT TERRIBLE NARRATION RUINED WHAT SHOULD/WOULD HAVE BEEN A GREAT LISTENING EXPERIENCE!

Any additional comments?

GO BACK AND RE-RECORD WITH A GOOD STORY TELLER! I'M GETTING MY MONEY BACK ON THIS ONE BUT IF/WHEN IT'S RE-RECORDED USING A GOOD NARRATOR, THEN I'LL RE-PURCHASE AND LISTEN AT THAT POINT IN TIME!

3 of 6 people found this review helpful