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  • Test of Magnitude

  • The Torian Reclamation, Book 1
  • By: Andy Kasch
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

Welcome to the Tora star system, home of the spectacular Cardinal-4 space station overlooking Amulen and Banor, twin worlds that share the same orbit. One visit and you'll understand why this station is the pinnacle of Torian achievement and a wonder of the Erobian Sphere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great sci-fi story

  • By Ronald on 03-05-15

A Whole New Universe

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

Reviewed: 04-05-15

Would you listen to Test of Magnitude again? Why?

Yup....and I intend to, just before getting the next one. Unfortunately, that's not available yet.

What other book might you compare Test of Magnitude to and why?

Stars Wars...actually not sure that ever made it into book form but that's the kind of incredibly detailed Universe that's created here.

What does James Killavey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Really brought it to life. This is the third book I've heard of his and he does not disappoint.
First time I heard him do "voices." ( The other two were non-fiction.) Was really pleased with his versitility

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

No ... too long. Made for a wonderful commute for about a week, though.

Any additional comments?

Why aren't the next two in the series in audio?

74 of 79 people found this review helpful

  • The Wrong Stuff

  • The Adventures and Misadventures of an 8th Air Force Aviator
  • By: Truman Smith
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 953
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865

Between April and July 1944, Truman Smith flew 35 bombing missions over France and Germany. He was only 20 years old. Although barely adults, Smith and his peers worried about cramming a lifetime's worth of experience into every free night, each knowing he probably would not survive the next bombing mission. Written with blunt honesty, wry humor, and insight, The Wrong Stuff is Smith's gripping memoir of that time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action, suspense, and history

  • By Allan on 03-17-15

Eye Opener

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

Reviewed: 04-05-15

Would you listen to The Wrong Stuff again? Why?

Yes. Lots of detail. Like watching a good movie. Once is not enough.

What about James Killavey’s performance did you like?

Did a very nice job.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both in various sections.

Any additional comments?

As a Navy man, I must say I never fully appreciated our Air Force comrades..until I heard this book.

36 of 37 people found this review helpful

  • Through These Portals

  • A Pacific War Saga
  • By: Wayne C. MacGregor
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

This remarkably immediate memoir tells of the U.S Army's essential role in the Pacific campaigns alongside the Navy and Marine Corps. America's sons, born in the first quarter of the 20th century, were forged in the twin crucibles of the Great Depression and World War II. The values and attitudes of these mostly idealistic young males ultimately sustained them in horrific trials against incredibly courageous, and often suicidally-committed, Japanese soldiers blindly loyal to their superior officers and the Emperor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The BEST

  • By cindilla on 12-17-14

Wonderfully detailed account.

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

Reviewed: 04-05-15

What did you love best about Through These Portals?

Gave me a better appreciation of what my father the others members of the U.S. Army went through to preserve our freedoms.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Through These Portals?

The night raid by the Japanese.

What does James Killavey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Brought it to life. Very good reading.

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

Quite a few of them. Hard to pick out one.

Any additional comments?

Incredible heroism of these soldiers vividly brought to life in this book.You couldn't make this stuff up..no one would believe it.

22 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • 200,000 Miles aboard the Destroyer Cotten

  • By: C. Snelling Robinson
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 521
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 516

In mid-1943, Snelling Robinson joined the crew of the Fletcher class destroyer USS Cotten as a newly commissioned ensign. The Cotten sailed to Pearl Harbor in time to join the Fifth Fleet. Under the command of Admiral Raymond Spruance, the Fifth Fleet participated in the invasions of Tarawa and Iwo Jima and several naval battles in the Philippine Sea and the Leyte Gulf.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Book and Recording. Five Stars.

  • By Martin on 12-27-14

A very good listen

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

Reviewed: 04-05-15

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

Yes - for anyone who wants to understand what life was like aboard a destroyer in WW2.

What did you like best about this story?

Details. It's unlike most first-person accounts of sea duty during WWII. There are details of seamanship that don't usually make into these accounts. As a former Naval Officer, I appreciate that.

Which scene was your favorite?

The Chapter on the occupation and the visits to the Geisha houses. Boys will be boys, especially Navy boys!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both, depending on the Chapter and the scene. Some of the stuff during the occupation chapter was hilarious.

Any additional comments?

Narrator did a very good job. I have added him to my list of favorites.

67 of 69 people found this review helpful