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  • 200,000 Miles aboard the Destroyer Cotten

  • By: C. Snelling Robinson
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 521
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 516

In mid-1943, Snelling Robinson joined the crew of the Fletcher class destroyer USS Cotten as a newly commissioned ensign. The Cotten sailed to Pearl Harbor in time to join the Fifth Fleet. Under the command of Admiral Raymond Spruance, the Fifth Fleet participated in the invasions of Tarawa and Iwo Jima and several naval battles in the Philippine Sea and the Leyte Gulf.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Book and Recording. Five Stars.

  • By Martin on 12-27-14

Riveting Story

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

Reviewed: 05-01-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes...if the friend was interested in World War 2 history and/or the Navy

What was one of the most memorable moments of 200,000 Miles aboard the Destroyer Cotten?

The occupation of Japan. Great way to end the book. Showed the the "real people" of Japan were quite nice...and peaceful. Unfortunately their crazed leaders caused such incredible tragedy. And the visits to the Geisha houses certainly showed the human side of young men being well...young men.

What does James Killavey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Felt like I was listening to the story first hand..from the author himself. Very good grasp of Navy terminology. Excellent job overall.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Title sounds fine to me.

69 of 71 people found this review helpful

  • The Wrong Stuff

  • The Adventures and Misadventures of an 8th Air Force Aviator
  • By: Truman Smith
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 953
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865

Between April and July 1944, Truman Smith flew 35 bombing missions over France and Germany. He was only 20 years old. Although barely adults, Smith and his peers worried about cramming a lifetime's worth of experience into every free night, each knowing he probably would not survive the next bombing mission. Written with blunt honesty, wry humor, and insight, The Wrong Stuff is Smith's gripping memoir of that time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action, suspense, and history

  • By Allan on 03-17-15

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 04-11-15

What did you love best about The Wrong Stuff?

It was just plain fascinating, and set me straight about the dangers involved. I had always thought bombers were relatively safe because they were so high up. Not so. Incredibility high casualty rates yet they kept on going every day. True heroes.

What did you like best about this story?

True story, well written and insightful.

What does James Killavey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Gave a real first person authenticity to the story. He was quite good.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When a number of his friends were killed right in his view. Very sad and touching.

Any additional comments?

I took the time to l listen to the sample before getting the book. Liked the narrator and got it. Read through the reviews and the vast majority think he did a good job. A few even used the word "great." What puzzles me is that a few of those who did not like him got really nasty about it. Why did't they just take a few minutes to listen to the sample? It's like buying a car without taking a test drive. As for the nastiness, I've seen this before with other narrators. I guess it's just part of the Internet "culture." It's not enough to say you don't like something, some have to go to extremes. One good thing I've noticed though, and this restores my faith in the intelligence of Audible listeners, is that these hate-filled diatribes usually have few if any people saying such reviews were helpful in the "agree/disagree" area. Bottom line. Use common sense and listen to the sample. Then decide for yourself.

33 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • Flury

  • Journey of a Snowman
  • By: Tony Bertauski
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Life hasn't been kind to Oliver Toye. As if juvenile diabetes wasn't enough, he's forced to live with his tyrannical grandmother at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in a snow-bound house. He spends his days doing chores and his nights listening to the forest rumble.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Christmas Story for All Ages!

  • By Jerome on 11-27-14

Wonderful Christmas Story for All Ages!

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

Reviewed: 11-27-14

Where does Flury rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The best ever and I've listened to more than 200 of them.

What did you like best about this story?

This book is destined to be a classic, and not just for kids. I’m 68 years old and I thoroughly enjoyed it as did my son, his wife, and my four grandchildren ( We listened on long car ride to Thanksgiving family reunion. ) We all loved it!It had two bullies to dislike, an unhappy diabetic boy to love, a tyrannical Grandma who is much more than she appears to be, several “weird” mysteries to solve and, of course, a giant snowman! Just searched and found this author has two other Christmas books: Claus: Legend of the Fat Man and Jack: The Tale of Frost. I now know what's next on my "must listen" list and I've found the perfect Christmas present for the grand kids!

What does James Killavey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Excellent reading. Good voices. Good emotion when needed. First class. Glad to see the other two books are also read by him.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I've leave that to the pros...hope they come up with a good one.

Any additional comments?

If you are looking for an audio book the whole family will love, especially around Christmas time, this is the one. Really exceptional story and performance.

56 of 56 people found this review helpful