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Phil

Morphett Vale, Australia
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  • Lone Survivor

  • The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
  • By: Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,232

In June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in Afghanistan for the Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader. Less then 24 hours later, only one of those SEALs remained alive. This is the story of how team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle that led to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Michael on 09-02-08

The book was great!

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

Reviewed: 04-18-15

This book is defiantly worth getting it is awesome and of you haven't seen the movie I advise watching that aswell!

  • One Thing Led to Another

  • By: Mark "Chopper" Read
  • Narrated by: Dan Wyllie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Never get too close to anyone, because you might have to kill them. Meet Mark ‘Chopper’ Read. You think you know him. His books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies in Australia. He's been the subject of an internationally successful film. His one-man shows have toured Australia to sell-out crowds. He's the most recognisable criminal brand name in Australia. But the truth is... you don't know him at all.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing much new

  • By Phil on 11-17-11

Nothing much new

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

Reviewed: 11-17-11

I don't know what I was expecting with this book, but whatever it was I don't think I got it. The narrator was very annoying and maybe that affected my judgement, but I did enjoy Chopper's earliest books much better.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Informant

  • By: Kurt Eichenwald
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 24 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

From an award-winning New York Times investigative reporter comes an outrageous story of greed, corruption, and conspiracy, which left the FBI and Justice Department counting on the cooperation of one man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truth is stranger than fiction

  • By Dennis on 08-02-15

Great Story

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

Reviewed: 09-07-11

If you've seen the Family Guy episode where Stewie keeps saying "cool hwip" then you'll understand what the narrator does for the whole twenty something hours of this audiobook.

That, however, is the only thing I didn't like about it. It's an interesting and sometimes funny saga that had me struggling to get my head around the fact that this book is non-fiction. There are so many lies and twists that seem so unbelievable at times but if you don't let that frustrate you then you should enjoy the story.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • My Friend the Mercenary

  • By: James Brabazon
  • Narrated by: James Brabazon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

James Brabazon is narrating this story of war, violence and political intrigue.He wanted a war. And, for his sins, he got one. James Brabazon was an ambitious young war reporter when he entered the chaos of the Liberian Civil War in 2002. Running with the infamous LURD rebels, he survived numerous deadly ambushes, the privations of dysentery and a dramatic hundred-mile escape from Government troops through dense equatorial jungle. He even had a bounty put on his head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Phil on 07-24-11

Gripping

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-24-11

This is a truly fantastic book. I was totally bowled over by the story and couldn't stop listening. There's not much more to say, really, except that I recommend this book very, very highly.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Soldiers

  • By: David Finkel
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

In January 2007 the young and optimistic soldiers of the 2-16, the American infantry battalion known as the Rangers, were sent to Iraq as part of the surge. Their job would be to patrol one of the most dangerous areas of Baghdad. For 15 months, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Finkel was with them, following them almost every grueling step of the way. The resulting account of that time, The Good Soldiers, is a searing, shattering portrait of the face of modern war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sobering

  • By Alan T Alcock on 12-09-10

Captivating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-10

Really enjoyed this audiobook. Mark Boyett is a great narrator and the story is first class, both inspiring and heart wrenching.

  • The Junior Officer's Reading Club

  • Killing Time and Fighting Wars
  • By: Patrick Hennessey
  • Narrated by: Patrick Hennessey
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Patrick Hennessey is a graduate in his 20s. He reads Graham Greene, listens to early-90s house on his iPod and watches Vietnam movies. He has also, as an officer in the Grenadier Guards, fought in some of the most violent combat the British army has seen in a generation. This is the story of how a modern soldier is made, from the testosterone-heavy breeding ground of Sandhurst to the nightmare of Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Contemporary war fighting explained

  • By Richard on 04-10-12

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-10

Really enjoyed this audiobook. It is a well written and well narrated account of life on the front line and of particular interest to me was the honest description of the conflicting emotions the author experienced before, during and after his involvement in war. It gives a different perspective which I found refreshing.

  • Where Men Win Glory

  • The Odyssey of Pat Tillman
  • By: Jon Krakauer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 802

The best-selling author of Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, and Under the Banner of Heaven delivers a stunning, eloquent account of a remarkable young man's haunting journey. Like the men whose epic stories Jon Krakauer has told in his previous bestsellers, Pat Tillman was an irrepressible individualist and iconoclast. In May 2002, Tillman walked away from his $3.6 million NFL contract to enlist in the United States Army.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, painful narration

  • By Daniel on 09-23-09

Great Read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-10

Thoroughly enjoyable book. Very well researched and written, and a heart wrenching story as well. Pat Tillman had a humility most of us should aspire to and was a man of great principles. His story alone is no more important than any other soldier killed in action, however the attempts by Government and Army officials to use it to their advantage (against his will) are appalling.

Scott Brick's narration is excellent (no idea how one reviewer thought he was condescending). Highly recommended audiobook.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • 18 Hours

  • By: Sandra Lee
  • Narrated by: Michael Carmen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

In the inspiring tradition of Black Hawk Down, this is the riveting real-life story of how an Australian SAS signalman's courage under fire saved more than 80 lives. It is an enthralling eyewitness account of the war on terror. Jock Wallace was pumped. It was the start of Operation Anaconda, the US-led military offensive to flush out al Qaeda and Taliban from their last stronghold in the Shahi Kot Valley in Afghanistan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Duncan on 05-15-09

Decent

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-10

Pretty good story, although I must disagree with the American accent deal - the narrator's attempts were terrible. It didn't detract from the story, though, which I enjoyed despite thinking there might have been a bit more to it when I downloaded it. I was expecting there to be more action rather than a detailed account of what it's like to be bombarded almost constantly by the enemy. This doesn't take anything away from the fact that all the soldiers involved deserve any recognition they received as it takes a special person to maintain composure under such circumstances. The main characters in the book are the sort of people you would want on your side should you be in a fight and their story is quite inspirational and well worth listening to.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Rumor of War

  • By: Philip Caputo
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483

When it first appeared, A Rumor of War brought home to American readers, with terrifying vividness and honesty, the devastating effects of the Vietnam War on the soldiers who fought there. And while it is a memoir of one young man's experiences and therefore deeply personal, it is also a book that speaks powerfully to today's students about the larger themes of human conscience, good and evil, and the desperate extremes men are forced to confront in any war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Reality of the U.S in the Vietnam War

  • By Glenn on 09-10-12

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-10

An enthralling account of life as a soldier in Vietnam, told with an honesty that endears you to the author despite the sometimes graphic nature of the details. By his own admission, Caputo wanted to shock people with this book and there were a lot of occasions where he succeeded for me. There is no sugar coating, nor tales of his own heroics, just a decent account of a soldier and his comrades and the events that contributed to the deterioration of their mental state.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful