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D. Messenger

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  • The Dawn Prayer (or How to Survive in a Secret Syrian Terrorist Prison)

  • By: Matthew Schrier
  • Narrated by: Michael David Axtell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

On New Year's Eve in 2012, Matthew Schrier was headed home from Syria, where he'd been photographing the country's civil war. Just 45 minutes from the safety of the Turkish border, he was taken prisoner by the al-Nusra Front. Over the next seven months he would endure torture and near starvation in six brutal terrorist prisons. And, eventually, he would escape. In this gripping, raw, and surprisingly funny memoir, Schrier details the horrifying and frequently surreal experience of being a slight, wisecracking Jewish guy held captive by the world's most violent Islamic extremists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book

  • By Anonymous User on 09-23-18

Wow! What a story!

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

Everything about this audio book was first rate. Full of detailed colorful descriptions of his time in prison. It's easy to tell that Matthew's ability to see humor in the most tragic and horrific events was probably the most important thing in his arsenal of survival tools. The narrator delivered a performance that really enhanced the story with a tone that allowed one to listen as if it was a story being told by the author in his own voice. You will not be able to stop listening to this book once you get started!

  • The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot

  • The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and the Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom
  • By: Blaine Harden
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

In The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot, New York Times best-selling author Blaine Harden tells the riveting story of how Kim Il Sung grabbed power and plunged his country into war against the United States while the youngest fighter pilot in his air force was playing a high-risk game of deception - and escape.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting book from an unusual perspective.

  • By D. Messenger on 12-30-16

Very interesting book from an unusual perspective.

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

Reviewed: 12-30-16

I really enjoyed listening to this book. There were a lot of interesting historical details that I had never heard about before. I was an Army helicopter pilot stationed in South Korea 3 different times for a year at a time. I never heard much about this story other than the fact that a North Korean Mig pilot had defected with his jet during the war. It was extremely interesting to get the perspective of a North Korean pilot.
The book not only addresses the things that took place well before, during and after his defection, but it also lets the listener get an understanding of how the man felt and the thoughts that ran through his mind during all these times.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Brave Ones

  • A Memoir of Hope, Pride, and Military Service
  • By: Michael J. MacLeod
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

From the trials of basic training on the home front to the ranks of the legendary 82nd Airborne Division to taking fire in the hot zones of Iraq and Afghanistan, MacLeod chronicles the soldier's evolution as only one who's been in those boots can. Candid, wise, and powerful, his memoir takes listeners on an unforgettable journey through war and allows them to witness bravery firsthand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A real story of war.

  • By Devin Ronk on 03-07-16

Outstanding

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-15-16

This was an outstanding book! I am a veteran of 25 years of active duty with the US Army and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. It is authentic, detailed, and written with an air of patriotism as well as respect for the members of our armed forces and their families.
In my opinion,what really made this a great book was the fact that it was written by a soldier who not only observed what was happening, but was able to tell the story from the perspective of a soldier. The author kept a detailed record of his experiences from basic training throughout his period of service.

  • If You Survive

  • From Normandy to the Battle of the Bulge to the End of World War II - One American Officer's Riveting True Story
  • By: George Wilson
  • Narrated by: Brian Keeler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427

George Wilson has garnered much acclaim for this shattering and enlightening memoir. Detailing his odyssey from July, 1944 until the following summer, If You Survive is a startling first-person account of the final year of World War II. Wilson was the only man from his original company to finish the war. As a Second Lieutenant, he went ashore at Utah Beach after the D-Day invasion amidst burned vehicles, sunken landing craft, and broken fortifications.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the best story of the war in Europe I've read

  • By David on 02-18-17

Great story and narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-16

Lots of details. Very interesting to anyone who is interested in personal accounts of wartime experiences. George Wilson is a genuine hero and American patriot.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates

  • The Forgotten War That Changed American History
  • By: Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger
  • Narrated by: Brian Kilmeade
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,111
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,922
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,910

When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America faced a crisis. The new nation was deeply in debt and needed its economy to grow quickly, but its merchant ships were under attack. Pirates from North Africa's Barbary coast routinely captured American sailors and held them as slaves, demanding ransom and tribute payments far beyond what the new country could afford.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting history - terrible narrator

  • By School Nurse Cindy on 12-08-15

Great story and a lesson for our time

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

Reviewed: 11-12-15

This was a great story and one that our current administration might learn from if they paid attention. Mainly that our present day pirates (ISIS and their ilk) are cut from the same cloth as the Barbary pirates of the early 1800's. They will only behave when forced to. Secretary Kerry has assumed the failed role of Tobias Lear as one who would by his cowardice snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. There are a lot of parallels the story in this book to current events in the Middle East.

The Morning Read from The Wall Street Journal, October 02, 2015
    
    
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    Length: 34 mins
    2 ratings
    Overall 3.0
  • The Morning Read from The Wall Street Journal, October 02, 2015

  • By: The Wall Street Journal
  • Narrated by: The Wall Street Journal
  • Length: 34 mins
  • Highlights
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Here's a creative way to make the best use of your morning commute: listen to The Wall Street Journal. Each morning, you'll get the must-hear stories from the Journal's front page, as well as the most popular columns and briefings from Marketplace, Money & Investing, and more. And, every Friday, you'll get a bonus delivery: features, columns, and reviews from the Weekend Journal.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • No sound when played

  • By D. Messenger on 10-05-15

No sound when played

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

Reviewed: 10-05-15

What disappointed you about The Morning Read from The Wall Street Journal, October 02, 2015?

No sound was heard. I can hear the sample recordings but when I download the files to listen (at least for this day) there is no audio available.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I guess I'll try again tomorrow to see if it works then.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of The Wall Street Journal?

N/A

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I don't know, I could not evaluate it since it could not be heard.

Any additional comments?

no

1 of 1 people found this review helpful