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  • The Power of the Dog

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,910

This explosive novel of the drug trade takes you deep inside a world riddled with corruption, betrayal, and bloody revenge. From the streets of New York City to Mexico City and Tijuana to the jungles of Central America, this is the war on drugs like you've never seen it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Drama

  • By Deborah on 01-06-11

Not Good for my PTSD. I Prefer the Other Don W!

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

I wish the publisher's summary was more truthful. I have no desire to read about 16 year old girls giving oral, or cartel hit men hacking up bodies and packing them like meat. Ok, it happens, however I saw enough in just one year in Vietnam to last the rest of my life. Here is the review one should pay attention to:

"A pit bull of a book. Once unleashed, this thriller...charges and attacks without mercy, shredding anyone in its path....A well-tuned plot, driving rhythm, intelligence and a touch of politics." ( Washington Post)

This book will shred your mainstream sensibilities without mercy. If you are in to that, I don't judge. Rather, I just hit the stop button after a few chapters and get my credit refunded. Sure, this stuff is real. Even my current Rocky Mountain West hide away has been tarnished with all of the crap Winslow infuses into Power of the Dog. I just don't want to hear it during my precious hours allotted to Audio Books these days.

The Don Winslow I first found here, and that I thoroughly enjoy, wrote The Dawn Patrol, and The Gentleman's Hour, and California Fire and Life. Ok, I admit that a huge factor in my connection with these novels is that I spent the first 35 years of my life (sans 5 years as an Army Pilot) in San Diego. I knew every street, beach city, East County town, and surf spot Winslow wrote about. He fashioned a great group of friends, some life long, and even enemies, and tied them all together in really good narrative.

Looks like I am a minority here in the rating pages. Such is life at times. I really like Don Winslow. He is a well tuned wordsmith and obviously very successful. I think I will wait for Boon Daniels series, Book 3, which book is LONG overdue!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Red Platoon

  • A True Story of American Valor
  • By: Clinton Romesha
  • Narrated by: Will Damron, Clinton Romesha
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,567
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,449
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,444

In 2009 Clinton Romesha of Red Platoon and the rest of the Black Knight Troop were preparing to shut down Command Outpost Keating, the most remote and inaccessible in a string of bases built by the US military in Nuristan and Kunar in the hope of preventing Taliban insurgents from moving freely back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Three years after Keating's construction, the army was finally ready to concede what the men on the ground had known immediately: It was simply too isolated and too dangerous to defend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Memoir

  • By Daniela on 05-08-16

Must Read for Comfortable, Non-combatant Americans

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

I believe EVERYONE needs to watch Taking Chance, Ken Burns' The Vietnam War, Saving Private Ryan . . . . and read Matterhorn and Red Platoon. No war or Police Action is understood well except those who have been there. My father's war was centered around a submarine on combat patrols in the Pacific. He remains a charter member of Brokaw's Greatest Generation, and he came home to bands, parades and kisses in Central Park. My war was the unsavory, unpopular, smelly, manipulative, cluster%$#@& of a domino chain in Vietnam. Clinton Romesha was thrust in to an epic battle with a unit that came together when they needed to in order to survive. What separates this work from others is that Mr Romesha does not focus on his Medal of Honor awarded to him for this action, rather the acts of many . . . . and the ultimate sacrifice of 8 comrades in arms played out in an unbelievably vicious and hard fought engagement.

I came upon this book as as a result of watching a NETFLIX documentary on several recipients of the Medal of Honor over the last century. Romesha was one of the men highlighted in the film, and he talked about his need for Catharsis which he realized could only come about by removing much of the burden he carried, and placing it on our shoulders too. He knew at his core, as you the reader/listener will also discover, that the medal belonged to the unit both those who lived and those who died. As I mentioned in my header, non-combatants should read this . . . not because I judge you or think of you in a negative way, rather because it is such a rare window to the absolute truth of what up close and personal combat is. Well, at least insofar as mere words can convey.

In this exceptional true story, you will meet all kinds of people. Clint takes much time and deliberation in character development, for which I am appreciative. Please take a few hours to get to know some of our finest who continue to man a post for you and me.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Reckoning

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,353
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,318

Pete Banning was Clanton's favorite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, a father, a neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning in 1946, he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • different

  • By Kelly on 10-29-18

It IS John Grisham-Perhaps It Is NOT For Everybody

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

Sycamore Row remains one of my favorite books ever. It seems like JG wanted or needed to revisit this wildly popular novel. There are some undeniable similar threads in "The Reckoning". I did not find the work depressing at all. Others obviously did. I enjoyed the pictures JG paints with his literary skills. I am a Vietnam vet, and my father, grandfather and daughter served in the Navy. In 1942 Dad was a WWII submariner in the Asiatic Fleet. When Japan invaded the Philippines, he was sick with food poisoning in a Manila hospital. His boat, USS S-39 left Manila in a hurry, and Dad left the hospital under duress. He spent a brief time with Philippine Guerrillas and eventually joined another crew for the duration of the war. His brother's ship USS Langley was bombed in the Java Sea and Uncle Jim, whom I never got to know, was reported lost at sea, presumed dead. So you see, this book really captured my interest. I lived a little of my ancestor's lives through this novel.

I digress . . . . all that aside, I enjoyed the way Grisham presented the book in its parts. Pete Banning was a strong and resilient character that reminded me of Unbroken's Louis Zamperini. Yes, I had a idea of what the climax included, however the author kept much a surprise until the end. Speaking of endings, I wanted more closure, a bit of detail on the next year or two. I thought the principals, soldiers, sisters, fathers and mothers, girl friends, farm workers, sheriffs, judges, lawyers and Japanese Bataan Death March guards were all well developed.

Some parts may be on the dark side, and this book may not be for everyone. However, Mr Grisham has had characters leap from windows to their deaths (The Testament), hang themselves (Sycamore Row), and die other terrible ways. It is not just about the court room any more. I enjoyed the book, and was glad to finally have another JG novel in my near complete collection. So with Audible's generous return policy, why don't you take a chance and treat yourself to "The Reckoning".

17 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • 19 Minutes to Live

  • Helicopter Combat in Vietnam
  • By: Lew Jennings
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

Over 12,000 helicopters were used in the Vietnam War, which is why it became known as "The Helicopter War". Almost half of the helicopters, 5,086, were lost. This memoir describes first-hand the harrowing experiences of helicopter pilots and crews in combat operations, from the far South to the DMZ, including the infamous Ashau Valley, Hamburger Hill, LZ Airborne, and others. 19 Minutes to Live illustrates the incredible courage and determination of helicopter pilots and crews supporting those heroes that carried a rucksack and a rifle in Vietnam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible

  • By Kim F. on 04-27-18

It Was Good To "Meet" Lew Jennings

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

I was there as an Army aviator, in country 1965 - 1966, spent some time living with forward outfits but also enjoyed some air conditioned villas. I spent every day in support of combat operations in one way or another, day and night - listening to their cries of victory as well as their pain, anguish and calls for fire support, napalm and med-evac. I am always interested in first hand accounts of this very dark period of our history. Mr Jennings joined Army Aviation the same way I did, that is to say that Air Force and Navy required a college degree. The army did not and I wanted to fly. Jennings was one hell of a pilot and he earned every commendation he received. His story was my story in many details. I also flew out of Travis AFB. I can't imagine missing the flight due to misreading departure schedule in military time. Pan Am was the charter 707 going over and Northwest Orient was my freedom bird coming home. Both Mr Jennings and I were different guys after that year in combat for sure.

I could have done without the chapter on the history of Vietnam. I believe most of the readers who chose this book were already familiar with it. I wanted more day to day operations. Mr Colacci's narration was not very well suited to this book. Not boring like some have said, rather it seemed like he was teaching a Sunday School lesson. I can recommend the book, especially for younger readers who may not know the history regarding Vietnam and other nations wishing to control it. Worth the reasonable price, but perhaps not a $15.00 credit.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Tom Clancy: Power and Empire

  • A Jack Ryan Novel, Book 18
  • By: Marc Cameron
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,161

Jack Ryan is dealing with an aggressive challenge from the Chinese government. Pawns are being moved around a global chessboard: an attack on an oil platform in Africa, a terrorist strike on an American destroyer, and a storm-tossed American spy ship that may fall into Chinese hands. It seems that President Zhao is determined to limit Ryan's choices in the upcoming G20 negotiations. But there are hints that there's even more going on behind the scenes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marc Cameron's first Jack Ryan series novel

  • By Wayne on 11-29-17

Tom Clancy Never Delved Into Teenage Prostitution!

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

I have been reading Mr Clancy for decades. I feel I know the Ryan Family. But Tom Clancy never felt obligated to write about teenage slavery and prostitution. Look, I know it is real . . . . it is happening, however THAT is not why I like to listen to books. I miss Tom Clancy and the likes of "......Red October" today more than ever! I will return unfinished. Thank you.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • IQ

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,347
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,326

A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IQ way better than OK

  • By green ice cream garden on 12-21-16

Just Not My Cup Of Dope

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

I am not too disappointed as this was only a 4 buck book. Even so, I am not even going to make the effort to return it. Yes the narration was very good. I'll listen to Vietnam and D-Day violence all day long. LA hood profanity . . . MF this and MF that . . . i'll pass. I am out of step with everyone else on this I quess.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Turning Angel

  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 17 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,094
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,089

As two of the most prominent citizens of Natchez, Drew Elliott and Penn Cage sit on the school board of their alma mater, St. Stephen's Prep. When the nude body of a young female student is found near the Mississippi River, the entire community is shocked - but no one more than Penn, who discovers that his best friend was entangled in a passionate relationship with the girl and may be accused of her murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Southern accents are best left to Southerners...

  • By Pat M. on 04-21-14

Pulp Fiction - I Should Have Read More Reviews!

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

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

No way the subject matter could have warranted more that I gave it.

What was most disappointing about Greg Iles’s story?

The fact that I very much enjoyed Iles' "The Quiet Game" and was looking forward to another of his novels. So disappointed! I should have paid attention to the word "penetrated" in the Publisher's Summary because that reflected both the theme of this novel and how I felt after taking a chance on it.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Too much added voice acting. He has a good voice . . . just read the book!

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

Again, I must agree with many reviewers . . . Sally, Ted from Lancaster, Mar Turner and several anonymous Amazon customers and many others . . . very disappointed on several levels with the anticipation of a second good read from Iles being crushed being the most acute. Lurid and vulgar writing is best left to the National Enquirer. I should have read more from our reviewers!

Any additional comments?

The blurb or summary did not mention the very mature man fostering a sexual relationship almost daily with an underage girl. 17 hours of that . . . no thanks. Mark me as a prude? If you wish, however this type of story is NOT why I have been with Audible for many years! I agree wholeheartedly with Anne from 2015 . . . "It has no redeeming qualities." I am grateful for Audible's very generous credit refund policy. I tried for over 2 hours. Not a minute more!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,392

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Unique And Engaging Novel, However . . . .

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

Where does A Man Called Ove rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not my usual genre, and I have over a hundred titles in my library. However, it ranks in the upper 30% or so. Just FYI, I will rank my top 5.

1. The Testament by John Grisham
2. Exile by Richard North Patterson
3. The Legal Limit by Martin Clark
4. Sycamore Row by John Grisham
5. The Glass Rainbow by James Lee Burke

These are incredible novels that I listen to often as my outlook on life ebbs and flows. None of them has a cat in the plot.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Man Called Ove?

The first time Ove tried to take his own life . . . . even in that effort he was totally in character with every last detail planned out to a fault. His care for the home he and his wife shared even as he prepares to drill the ceiling for a hook on which to hang himself by laying down plastic sheeting to protect the hardwood floors "as if protecting a work of art". He even glued plastic tabs to the chair legs so that it will not mar the flooring when he kicks it out from under him. However it is not that final act that worries him. Ove "imagines that there will be a helluva lot of running about in here with eager jumped up real estate agents trying to get into the house before the ambulance men have so much as got the corpse out. And those bastards are not coming in here scratching up Ove's floor with their shoes whether over Ove's dead body or not". Priceless!!

Have you listened to any of George Newbern’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes!

QB: My Life Behind the Spiral, A great listen.
Seabiscuit: An American Legend, also a favorite book.

Mr Newbern is a very talented narrator who does not "over do" the story lines. He made Ove come to life. The cat . . . not so much!

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

The curmudgeon cat that owned a man called Ove!

Any additional comments?

. . . . (spoiler alert) . . . I did not think I was purchasing a Cat book. Cats are cute I guess, however I own dogs. I don't enjoy cat mimes or stories based upon what the writer supposes a cat is thinking. One "scene" about the cat would have sufficed. So with this "reveal" you now know that I am also a curmudgeon of some renown around here. That is exactly why I chuckled many times over while reading about Ove and his buttoned down quirks and demeanor

I am older than Ove however I can identify with so many of his thought processes. I am teased a lot about my penchant for "everything in it's place and a place for everything" so that the tubing cutter or glue jewelry sized screwdriver set is at hand when needed. I too do not do social nearly as well as I organize stuff. Some might say of me at my passing that I had a good heart in spite of it all.So many of Ove's habits and routines are, for better or worse, me. I was actually quite amazed that the author had such an understanding of us old guys. The performance by George Newbern made Ove and this book very engaging! I enjoyed the book save be for the too often embedded cat antics.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hue 1968

  • A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam
  • By: Mark Bowden
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,242

By January 1968, despite an influx of half a million American troops, the fighting in Vietnam seemed to be at a stalemate. Yet General William Westmoreland, commander of American forces, announced a new phase of the war in which "the end begins to come into view". The North Vietnamese had different ideas. In mid-1967, the leadership in Hanoi had started planning an offensive intended to win the war in a single stroke.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I KNEW This Book Would Sting Me . . . .

  • By Bee Keeper on 07-28-17

I KNEW This Book Would Sting Me . . . .

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

Reviewed: 07-28-17

What did you love best about Hue 1968?

Joe Barrett is a top shelf narrator, particularly with this genre of literature.

Who was your favorite character and why?

General Westmoreland I suppose only because he was such a common thread in this well crafted tapestry, and while I was in country 1966, Chesty Westy was my commander. I am happy that his faults and lies were portrayed as well as his grand image.

Which scene was your favorite?

The early morning breakout to the hills, being one of the three options the torn up and surrounded battalion came up with for ex-filtration. The men "Would rather die trying to live" instead of waiting to be over run.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

As much as I could, yes.

Any additional comments?

. . . . and yet I clicked on play anyway. I was in 3rd Corps, Republic of South Vietnam for Tet 1966, assigned along with 11 other American pilots, crew chiefs, radio men and advisers to ARVN forces at Duc Hoa, Southeast of Siagon. The night sky lit up with tracers and my first reaction was that we were being over run. Not so, I was told by Captain Tompkins. It was Tet and this was their fireworks celebration. We lived in a pagoda next to a PSP air strip. Capt. Tompkins made me sleep on the top bunk with a flak jacket on. Tet 1968 became the talk of the base at Ft Stewart Georgia where I was assigned as a flight instructor. Then, I was still a believer and could not distinguish lies from fact.I want to say that I am angry in my old age because of the lack of moral values by LBJ and his posse in the 60's and 70's but it is something else. Hindsight makes me sorrowful over their misleading our country and the families of the 58,000+ that sacrificed their lives so that I could purchase a bag of frozen prawns at Costco labeled "Product of Vietnam". You have heard the debate about "Blood for Oil"? Well my war was evidently "Blood for Shrimp"!

My mother was a gifted artist when I left for MACV and she never painted again. I am told she spent the year on the sofa chewing ice cubes while watching the news. She even wrote the President asking why her son was fighting in that conflict.So even though I was an Army officer and pilot who lived in relative security while not involved in operations, the story lines here rang true as I handled many radio calls for medivac, air support, artillery and resupply. Until this week, I was naive as to the horrific battle at Hue, thinking that the battle of Ia Drang Valley in November of 1965 when I had been in country just 4 months was as bad as it got. It would be wrong to say that I enjoyed the book, however it did rivet my attention for 3 days and recalled many memories that had lain un-visited for decades.

I did not know many Marines over there as I was Army. However, I "knew" many of the characters in this book. The author took great care to be graphic . . . . to fill a reader's consciousness with the feel, sight, touch, sounds and smells of close quarter battle. I am sure Mr. Bowden took some "literary license" in portraying many of these Marines thoughts and feelings, but they did ring true for the most part. I have mixed feelings about the scene where the Vietnamese woman came to a dirty and battle weary squad of Marines wishing to trade sex for C rations. I suppose it happened, but I never heard of anything quite like that. In its own way, it was tender, and a damn sight better that men just forcing themselves on civilian women.

So if this is what you want, if you are curious as to why so many who came back from this "conflict" only to discover they can never quite get all the way back, then this book is for you. For me, I probably will not open it again. It was well done for sure, and I did learn a lot from it that I had not previously internalized about our . . . . my involvement in Vietnam. I believe Daniel Ellsberg was heroic in his actions and saved tens of thousands of lives. I believe General Westmoreland was the reverse of Andersen's "The Emperor's New Clothes". Rather than the crowd wanting to exclaim "Look, the Emperor has no clothes", it could have been said of Westmoreland, "Look, the uniform has no general".

51 of 55 people found this review helpful

  • Marine One

  • By: James W. Huston
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,187

After the presidents' helicopter, Marine One, goes down in a brutal thunderstorm, the government blames the European manufacturer of the helicopter, accusing them of killing the president. Senate investigations and Justice Department accusations multiply as Mike Nolan, a Marine Corps reserve helicopter pilot and trial attorney in civilian life, is hired to defend the company from the criminal investigations and a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the most notorious lawyer in America.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Political Conspiracy or Accident? Courtroom Drama!

  • By R. Pontiflet on 01-03-16

My Favorite Worlds Together In A Brilliant Novel

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

Reviewed: 02-21-16

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

Yes, particularly my friends who love aviation down at the airport cafe

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes it did. Mr Huston kept several "balls in the air" which made getting to the next chapter unbearable. Mike Nolan, a Marine Corps reserve helicopter pilot and trial attorney had everything stacked against him. What a great journey this book is!

What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

He is as good as the best narrators in the business! My first Barrett listen and he is up there with Will Patton, Michael Beck, The late Edward Herrmann and Dennis Boutsikaris.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I had to fight myself to spread it out a few days

Any additional comments?

Grisham with rotor blades. Great aviation thriller.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful