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  • Glenn Miller Declassified

  • By: Dennis M. Spragg
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

On December 15, 1944, Maj. Alton Glenn Miller, commanding officer of the Army Air Force Band (Special), boarded a plane in England bound for France with Lt. Col. Norman Francis Baessell. Somewhere over the English Channel the plane vanished. No trace of the aircraft or its occupants has ever been found. To this day Miller, Baessell, and the pilot, John Robert Stuart Morgan, are classified as missing in action. Weaving together cultural and military history, Glenn Miller Declassified tells the story of the musical legend Miller and his military career.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Listener beware!

  • By David on 08-06-18

Listener beware!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Let me say first that this is an authoritative book. It is very well researched. And if you want to listen to a research paper I do recommend it. But for the rest of you...

This book is so full of detailed information that it is at best tedious. My wife and I made our way through all of it. Yes, I know I could have returned it and perhaps I should have, but we like knowing about Glenn Miller. We just didn’t need to to know so much trivial information and peripheral details.

Just be aware that this is not a casual story. It is authoritative. There may very well be better books out there to learn more about this amazing person who was taken too soon. I do not recommend this book unless you are doing research on Miller. At least the narrator did his best to keep it interesting.

Audible needs to drastically change the description. What is there now does not adequately explain this book.

  • Founders

  • A Novel of the Coming Collapse
  • By: James Wesley Rawles
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 631
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 572
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 576

It’s the near future, and thanks to a perfect storm of reckless banking practices, hyperinflation, a stock market gone mad, and the negligence of our elected officials, the entire social, political, and economic infrastructure of America has collapsed. Chaos reigns in the streets, medical treatment is no longer available, and a silent coup has placed a dangerous group of men at the helm of a false government. America’s fate is in the hands of those few individuals who have the survival skills, the faith, and the forethought to return this country to the state its founding fathers intended.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Buy the first two not this one

  • By J Bailey III on 09-28-12

What’s going on?

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

I love this author and eagerly purchased book 3 in this series. But easily 3/4 of this story is a retelling of the first two books. Why? What is the point?

And the narration is good until the speaker tries to use a female voice. That is very distracting from the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Jimmy Stewart

  • The Truth Behind the Legend
  • By: Michael Munn
  • Narrated by: Mark Whitten
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

In this definitive biography of one of Hollywood's most beloved stars, Michael Munn reveals the truth behind the diffident, earnest and kindly persona of Jimmy Stewart. Drawn from the author's formal interviews and informal meetings with the star and his friendship with Stewart's wife, Gloria, is this portrait of a man who came from the Presbyterian traditions of Pennsylvania to become one of the silver screen's enduring legends.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and very informative

  • By Harry Boyle on 09-22-13

Great story

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

Wonder book of you want to know more about Jimmy Stewart. Great narration! Loved the story and it is an emotional ending. Highly recommended.

  • 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 2,487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,331
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,330

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

Enjoyed this and recommended it

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

Nice blend of action and character development. An interesting concept for social and financial breakdown. And it is nice to have another perspective on how the Feds would react in such an event.

Spoiler alert on the rest of my review. It is ironic that the same person who helped cause the breakdown ends up with advance notice and has time to prepare. The ending was a little too "neat" and tidy. How many friendlies were actually lost? What price did they pay for fighting back?

I do recommend the book if you enjoy this genre. New perspectives and some fresh ideas.

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  • The Line of Departure

  • A Postapocalyptic Novel
  • By: G. Michael Hopf
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

In the fourth book, The Line of Departure, the United States is on the brink of total anarchy in the wake of a super-EMP attack. Gordon Van Zandt and his family have managed to beat the odds so far, but can they survive once war erupts?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book! Now hurry up with the next one!

  • By Jim on 07-10-15

Touching and tough

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

Reviewed: 07-31-17

My favorite part of this story is Gordon's thoughts of his wife and their lost youth. It was such a poignant and human touch. It connected me to the story.

The plot kept me hooked. Narration was solid and entertaining. The use of real places allowed me to follow along on a map.

The ending is satisfying. It allows the reader to relax and feel good without becoming maudlin. I recommend this book as a perfect continuation of the series.

  • A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts

  • By: Andrew Chaikin
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 23 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,421

Audie Award, History/Biography, 2016. On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Based on in-depth interviews with 23 of the 24 moon voyagers, as well as those who struggled to get the program moving, A Man on the Moon conveys every aspect of the Apollo missions with breathtaking immediacy and stunning detail.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Long, comforting book on moon exploration

  • By Mark on 06-17-16

Thorough, compelling, and revealing

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

Reviewed: 02-20-17

Man on the Moon allows the reader to become a passenger on Apollo missions. It also acts as a time machine to make the heady, optimistic, and exciting times of the 60s and 70s come to life. Whether a reader, like me, is old enough to remember watching the low quality black and white images of Tranquility Base or born far after those events, Man on the Moon makes those days and adventures contemporary.

The history is comprehensive without becoming dull. There are moments so riveting that one must continue listening, feeling as if that mission is happening at the very moment. The author presents his opinions but does so in a manner that allows each reader to make his or her own interpretation.

Finally, what a great gift it was to all of us for these men, and some of their wives, to open up and provide details that would otherwise be lost to history. This is a story that deserves to be told.

  • 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 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

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

I have to review this

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

Reviewed: 07-12-16

This is a terrific read. It blends history, technology, geography, and the author's own experiences. In other words it is perfect for a guy. But before anyone objects to my masculine bias, let me share that my wife also loved it.

The Audible description is most accurate. We learned a lot about the history of trains around the world. I even learned new things about Amtrak and I ride those trains a number of times each year.

A couple of observations; some transitions are abrupt and the story wanders at times like the tracks of some of the train routes. But there is so much to share that we were impressed with the author's ability to produce a generally cogent narrative.

It would be difficult for me to understand how any listener would not find value and entertainment in Train.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hope

  • By: A. American, G. Michael Hopf
  • Narrated by: Joseph Morton
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 266

Neal managed to survive the initial weeks after an EMP decimated the grid and all critical infrastructures. Using his cunning, skills, and mindset, he navigated the harsh new landscape. Life became harder when the weeks turned to months but still he survived. As he settled into his new normal, complacency set in with it. At first everything was fine, but then the deadly realities came to his doorstep. When tragedy struck all he wanted to do was give up, but a promise he had made kept him going, barely.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • cant get worse

  • By Detlef Schaper on 01-27-17

Hit and miss

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

Reviewed: 06-26-16

I have to admit I knew the book length when I bought it. Still, why no more story then what we get? I obviously like it since I want more. The character development is excellent. A reader makes an informed decision about liking or hating the people in this book.

This is about average people and how they react to an apocalypse. They make a lot of mistakes - some that are fatal. The language is rough compared to other works by these authors.

Without a spoiler, the FEMA/military actions are bizarre. I expect an explanation in a future book.

Now the bad. The narrator seems to be immune to periods. Why waste time on breathing between sentences? Really, can't the producer hear the problems? How about some pace and inflection? It is tough to keep listening.

This is a good story and worth the time. But perhaps it is better in this case to go with the printed version.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Avenging Home

  • The Survivalist Series, Book 7
  • By: A. American
  • Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,033
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,793

In Avenging Home, we see how the long-running battle between Morgan's people and their number one nemesis plays out. While Morgan thinks this is the biggest threat they face, there are things on the horizon he cannot yet see that are going to dwarf these problems. Morgan has lived in a vacuum. He's had little information about the outside world. While he's used radios to listen to what he can, there's been precious little real information.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent series!

  • By Shea LeBlanc on 04-11-17

Another great chapter in this series

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

Reviewed: 06-20-16

Avenging Home continues the saga of Morgan and his community. The action is considerable and at times leaves the reader anxious. There is battle gore and a dose of reality to give the reader a feel for what it would be like to witness these events.

Character development continues and we get to meet new people. Some are likable while others not so much. Relationships mature as well.

If I am going to be critical it is only that, as with most ongoing series, it seems that things work out better then might be expected in the real world. But there is heartache here as well.

If you like the series so far I fully expect the reader to embrace this book as a natural progression in the story. And a new danger is revealed that may be the greatest threat yet.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Time to Endure

  • Strengthen What Remains, Book 2
  • By: Kyle Pratt
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316

The nation's economy teeters on the verge of collapse. The dollar plunges, inflation runs rampant, and the next civil war threatens to decimate the wounded country. In the face of tyranny, panic, and growing hunger, Caden struggles to keep his family and town together and alive, but how can he when the nation is collapsing around them?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series so far. Makes you think

  • By S White on 04-01-15

A gripping story

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

Real enough and exciting. This is one you can even share with a pre-teen. Clean language and violence isn't bloody. Not heavy on the how-to but it does create realistic scenarios that can generate thought about one's own plans. Excellent entertainment.