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  • Triumph

  • The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics
  • By: Jeremy Schaap
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

In 1936, against a backdrop of swastikas flying and storm troopers looming, an African-American son of sharecroppers set three world records and won an unprecedented four gold medals, single-handedly crushing Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy. The story of Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics Games is that of a high-profile athlete giving a performance that transcends sports. But it is also the intimate and complex tale of the courage of one remarkable man.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • race headwinds

  • By Andy on 04-26-07

Outstanding Story... Performance a little slow

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

Reviewed: 05-22-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

For the subject matter, yes. I wish this book had been done by a more engaging reader.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jesse Owens

What three words best describe Shelly Frasier???s voice?

Just so so.

Do you think Triumph needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, the story stands on its own.

Any additional comments?

No

  • Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor

  • By: Dick Couch, George Galdorisi
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,623

Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good performance, boring story

  • By Ole on 06-14-12

As usual, book is better than movie!

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

Reviewed: 03-26-12

What made the experience of listening to Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor the most enjoyable?

Because of my profession, I truly enjoyed being able to identify with the way of life depicted in the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor?

The sacrifice made by one to save many.

Which scene was your favorite?

Gunboat reception from the river of the cartel pursuers.

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

The wife's point of view during the funeral.

Any additional comments?

I wish the movie incorporated all the intricacies of the book - the public doesn't understand what it is that these heroes do and the price paid.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful