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  • How to Be Successful as an Aircraft Mechanic

  • Tips, Mindsets, Habits, and Techniques to Reduce Your Chances of Making Mistakes, Getting Laid Off, or Being Fired
  • By: Marc Summers
  • Narrated by: Marc Summers
  • Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

In this book, you'll learn the wrong mindsets that are causing you to fail as an aircraft mechanic and why you need to get rid of them ASAP; the one thing that will be inevitable in your career as an aircraft mechanic.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • disappointed

  • By A . Irborne on 10-19-16

disappointed

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

Reviewed: 10-19-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

18 yr old guys needing a lesson in work ethic

What could Marc Summers have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

How about some nuts and bolts hints and stories about working on airplanes ??

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

good voice delivery

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Double Ace

  • The Life of Robert Lee Scott Jr., Pilot, Hero, and Teller of Tall Tales
  • By: Robert Coram
  • Narrated by: Barry Press
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Robert Lee Scott was larger than life. A decorated Eagle Scout who barely graduated from high school, the young man from Macon, Georgia, with an oversize personality used dogged determination to achieve his childhood dream of becoming a famed fighter pilot. First capturing national attention during World War II, Scott, a West Point graduate, flew missions in China alongside the legendary "Flying Tigers", where his reckless courage and victories against the enemy made headlines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tiger Fan

  • By Robert M. on 12-23-17

sad story

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

Reviewed: 10-14-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

more flying

Would you recommend Double Ace to your friends? Why or why not?

no, too much of an emotional crowbar

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

nothing

Could you see Double Ace being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I suppose

Any additional comments?

Leave out the last half, almost as bad a train wreck as Howard Hughes in later life

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fly Over Down Under: Australian Adventures by Single-Engine Airplane

  • By: Michelee Morgan Cabot
  • Narrated by: Michelee Morgan Cabot
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

In this colorful and remarkable book, written by a colorful and remarkable woman pilot, you'll find the most enjoyable way to discover Australia - by flying a light airplane to its places of greatest interest while watching the exotic landscape unroll beneath you.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible Book - Not about flying at all

  • By Zulu on 08-01-17

needs editing

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

Reviewed: 12-18-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Get a professional reader ! The writer has a slurred voice, so bad that I gave up on listening.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Tell bowser no. Also the the Burketown cloud. Very interesting.
Maybe the paper book is better, with photos.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Too many meals, motels and booze, and not enough flying.

Could you see Fly Over Down Under: Australian Adventures by Single-Engine Airplane being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Maybe a documentary, after some heavy editing.

Any additional comments?

The story is too wordy. The writer tried to impress with a command of the English
language she does not have.

  • Freedom Flyers

  • The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II 
  • By: J. Todd Moye
  • Narrated by: Brandon Massey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Freedom Flyers brings to life the legacy of a determined, visionary cadre of African American airmen who proved their capabilities and patriotism beyond question, transformed the armed forces - formerly the nation's most racially polarized institution - and jump-started the modern struggle for racial equality.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • VERY disappointed,,

  • By Doug on 06-11-16

too much politics and not enough flying

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

Reviewed: 06-19-14

What would have made Freedom Flyers better?

Expcted combat action and nuts and bolts aviation

What could J. Todd Moye have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

more combat action and nuts and bolts aviation

What didn’t you like about Brandon Massey’s performance?

bland

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Freedom Flyers?

the politics

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Final Countdown: NASA and the End of the Space Shuttle Program

  • By: Pat Duggins
  • Narrated by: Pat Duggins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Journalist Pat Duggins, National Public Radio's resident "space expert", chronicles the planning stages of the Space Shuttle program in the early 1970s, the thrill of the first flight in 1981, construction of the International Space Station in the 1990s, and the decision in the early 2000s to shut the program down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Technical story

  • By A . Irborne on 06-25-12

Great Technical story

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

Reviewed: 06-25-12

A great general overview, with lots of nuts and bolts for the technically inclined.
We now know just how dangerous the Shuttle was,
it must have felt like driving a 17,000 mph Mack truck,
with bad steering, a stuck gas pedal, and no brakes.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Area 51

  • An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base
  • By: Annie Jacobsen
  • Narrated by: Annie Jacobsen
  • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,638
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,644

Myths and hypotheses about Area 51 have long abounded, thanks to the intense secrecy enveloping it. Some claim it is home to aliens, underground tunnel systems, and nuclear facilities. Others believe that the lunar landing was filmed there. The prevalence of these rumors stems from the fact that no credible insider has ever divulged the truth about his time inside the base. Until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reality, always more interesting than fiction.

  • By Zack on 05-20-11

Things dont add up

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

Reviewed: 11-23-11

Ok , Annie, please tell us in a sequel, just how it was that the Russians were
able to transport the Roswell craft close enough to the USA for the landing.
The biggest aircraft the Russians had at the time was a reverse engineered copy
of the Boeing B29, which would have had to make an impossible trip from eastern
Siberia.
Also, if the Russians went to all that trouble, and as secretive and paranoid as they
were, would they be so incompetent as to leave Russian cryillic lettering on components?
The Horten flying wing is not the mystery she claims. In the early 50's, a former
German pilot was winning glider contests all over the US in a restored Horten
flying wing.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Magnificent Desolation

  • The Long Journey Home from the Moon
  • By: Buzz Aldrin, Ken Abraham
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 95

The flight of Apollo 11 made Aldrin one of the most famous persons on our planet, yet few people know the rest of this true American hero's story. In Magnificent Desolation, Aldrin not only gives us a harrowing first-person account of the lunar landing that came within seconds of failure and the ultimate insider's view of life as one of the superstars of America's space program, he also opens up with remarkable candor about his more personal trials - and eventual triumphs - back on Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read

  • By Alan Burchill on 08-31-09

Too Much

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

Reviewed: 11-23-11

The social churn Aldrin chose to stay in was too much for a the type of person
he is, and caused him tons of grief.
Neil Armstrong was smarter, he just unplugged and went back to rural routes.
It happens all the time, where sudden fame makes hell for somebody; just trying
to remain a fantastic enlargement of themselves.
Anyway, too much head stuff and not enough Space for me, so I didnt bother
downloading the second half.
Aldrin was ahead of his time, having the courage to admit to his problems

The story lacked a space theme I was looking for, here is a guy who spent one
of the longest EVA's in the Gemini program.
It is always puzzling the reticence of the astronauts about an out of this world experience.
The technical part of the moon landing bought forth a fact I never knew-
that by surreptitiously leaving on the Ascent radar, he was the direct cause
of the alarms that came close to aborting the landing.
I wonder what Armstrong said afterwards !

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Packing for Mars

  • The Curious Science of Life in the Void
  • By: Mary Roach
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,737
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,796
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,792

Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More

  • By Roy on 09-22-10

Disappointing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-10

This rates WAY down the ladder, if you've heard the autobiographies
of astronauts like Eugene Cernan and Wally Shirra.
Also, the details of body function are gross and boring.
Try again Mary, do a chronicle of the Shuttle missions, only with more
science and less poop and barf.