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  • Pale Horse

  • Hunting Terrorists and Commanding Heroes with the 101st Airborne Division
  • By: Jimmy Blackmon
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

Pale Horse is the remarkable never-before-told true story of an army aviation task force during combat in the Afghan War, told by the commanding officer who was there. Set in the very valleys where the attacks of 9/11 were conceived and where 10 Medals of Honor have been earned since that fateful day the war began, the narrative races from ferocious firefights and bravery in battle to the quiet moments where the courageous men and women of Task Force Pale Horse catch their breath before they take to the skies again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pale Horse

  • By Jason on 04-04-16

An accurate account of today's Cavalrymen

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

Reviewed: 06-05-16

What made the experience of listening to Pale Horse the most enjoyable?

Jimmy's account is amazingly accurate as viewed thru the eyes of a present-day combat commander.

What did you like best about this story?

The author blends wonderful story-telling with personal accounts of the men and women who served with him

What about Brian Troxell’s performance did you like?

Good job Brian!

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

...and death rides a Pale Horse

Any additional comments?

As a former cavalry commander, I found Jimmy's account to be amazingly accurate, smooth and thrilling. The men and women of today's Cavalry truly exemplify what is the absolute best about the character of our nation. I wish all our citizens had the Cav guts and panache revealed in this account. Jimmy finds the right balance between describing present-day combat and the character behind the aviator cavalrymen who fight to support our soldiers.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • 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 2,251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,253

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

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-18-09

A great read. A must for those of you who struggle to understand the difficulties of combat.

  • 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 1,295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817

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

Excrutiating

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-18-09

This book is horrible. First, the narrator reads to you as if you are a first grader; extremely condescending and so animated that it's difficult to take him seriously. Second, having been in the special operations community and knowing most of the players in this tragic event, it is quite obvious to those of us on the inside that Krakauer is so jaded that he cherry-picks his facts solely to support his extreme positions. There is no doubt that Pat Tillman was an extraordinary person, but not the superhuman that Krakauer portrays. Conversely, the Army officers, specifically Rangers are also extraordinary people who serve willingly and with distinction. His intimation of the contrary is disingenuous. Sadly, Krakauer is so one-sided in the tragedy and couldn't do Pat Tillman service by providing us an unbiased narrative of what happened. The saving grace in this book is the direct quotes from Tillman's journal which give the reader a glimpse into his soul. Unfortunately, Krakauer's fact vagaries are so egregious, I wouldn't recommend anyone waste their time with this brummagem. Finally, had I the time, I would redress most of the garbage in this book.

9 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Witness to Hope

  • The Biography of Pope John Paul II
  • By: George Weigel
  • Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

Given unprecedented access to Pope John Paul II and the people who have known and worked with him throughout his life, George Weigel presents a groundbreaking portrait of the Pope as a man, a thinker, and a leader whose religious convictions have defined a new approach to world politics and changed the course of history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By sms on 08-20-07

Outstanding

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-07

This is an incredible story; the story of a man who challenged adversity at every turn and rose to the occasion. I'm proud of this leader and his contributions to the beginning of this new millenium. I wish I could get the unabridged edition.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • In the Heart of the Sea

  • The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
  • By: Nathaniel Philbrick
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,999
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,002

The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the nineteenth century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the twentieth. In 1819 the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with 20 crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than 90 days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, and disease and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, horrible audio

  • By Eric Leal on 02-06-15

Excellent

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-07

An outstanding read; well written and well documented.

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  • The Fountainhead

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 31 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

Arguably the century's most challenging novel of ideas, The Fountainhead is the story of a gifted young architect, his violent battle with conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with the beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him. This unabridged recording of the classic features the voice of actor Christopher Hurt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By Lisa on 02-27-03

Outstanding

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-07

Incredibly well written. Though the book appears to be a soap opera of sorts, Ayn Rand uses her characters as a platform to discuss her philosophies of human life and the human character. You must look beyond and deeper to understand how she conveys her message about human nature and her philosophies. Though I don't agree with all her viewpoints, it is an interesting read that stimulates deep thinking. Highly recommend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The 9/11 Commission Report

  • Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks
  • By: National Commission on Terrorist Attacks
  • Narrated by: Ken Borgers, Sal Giangrasso, Charlton Griffin, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 523
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 209

The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9-11 Commission, was created by congressional legislation and the signature of President George W. Bush in late 2002. This independent, bipartisan commission had the task of producing a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the attack, including preparedness and immediate response, and providing recommendations designed to guard against future attacks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Outstanding Historical Document

  • By Louie on 08-02-04

Worh it

Overall
out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-25-05

Boring as hell, but worth reading.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville

  • By: Shelby Foote
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 42 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,253

The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume 1 begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days Battles, and Antietam, but so are the smaller ones: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, and Monitor versus Merrimac.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Storytelling brilliance

  • By Tad Davis on 07-17-08

Incredible

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-25-05

An incredible documentary. Long, but worth it for the Civil War enthusiest.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Killing Pablo

  • The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw
  • By: Mark Bowden
  • Narrated by: Mark Bowden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 987
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593

Killing Pablo is the inside story of the brutal rise and violent fall of Colombian cocaine cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar. Also from Bowden: the best selling Black Hawk Down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Relevant Accessible History

  • By Bob on 03-25-03

Great

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-25-05

A great book; definately a difficult mission.

  • The Da Vinci Code

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 348

While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not What I Expected But Good

  • By Segij on 08-27-05

Well written

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-25-05

A very well done book; take it for what it is...