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T. Reed

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  • Christmas Eve, 1914

  • By: Charles Olivier
  • Narrated by: Cameron Daddo, Xander Berkeley, Cody Fern, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,072

In 1914, the war which was to have been wrapped up by Christmas had - in reality - only just begun, as all sides entrenched themselves deeper into the Great War. Christmas Eve, 1914 follows one company of British officers as they rotate forward to spend their Christmas on the front lines, a mere 80 yards from the German guns. Upper- and working-class men and boys are thrown together into one trench and struggle to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully "illustrated"

  • By anonymous on 12-25-14

Very moving. I enjoyed it alot.

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

The only critique I'll give to this production is that the voices sounded much alike to me and I struggled sometimes to distinguish between them. But over all, a wonderful story and I want to learn more about this historic event.

  • Dread Nation

  • By: Justina Ireland
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,461
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,367

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever. In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Dead Are Never Lonely

  • By Cynthia on 05-15-18

Interesting twist on zombie apocalypse

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to my friends even though the zombie part of the story follows a familiar pattern. It's almost like The Walking Dead. What was different and what I liked a lot was the nuanced social issues around emancipation of slaves. The narrator did an incredibly good job with the characters, accents, and emotions. I also really appreciate a book stands on its own, I don't have to read a sequel.

Well done!

  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,229
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,831

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO well done!

  • By Tracey Ellen Frances on 11-05-18

Loved it! I think you will too

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

What can I say about Billy Crystal, that hasn't been said already? Probably nothing, but he is so funny, and what he has to say is in this story worth hearing.

The cast in this audio performance is stellar and the quality of the live production is amazing. I haven't heard anything quite like it. The actors are so talented and their voices were distinctive, so it was easy to for me to know who was speaking, and the Foley artist did a wonderful creating moods and settings.

Billy Crystal's story is sometimes hilarious and sometimes heart rending, but it was always engaging and thoroughly thought provoking.

And on that note I'm going to turn off my phone and go do something with my family.

Thanks Billy

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Operator

  • Firing the Shots That Killed Osama Bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior
  • By: Robert O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Robert O'Neill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,368
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,538
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,497

Stirringly evocative, thought provoking, and often jaw dropping, The Operator ranges across SEAL Team Operator Robert O'Neill's awe-inspiring 400-mission career that included his involvement in attempts to rescue "Lone Survivor" Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips and culminated in those famous three shots that dispatched the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complete inside look into the teams and the life story of a great American patriot

  • By RenegadeTM3 on 04-28-17

A must-read piece of history

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Having already read books SEALs, Robert O'Neill's stories about BUDS and selection weren't surprising, but they were very personal and unique. I have unending respect for our men and women in service, and those who go above and beyond to serve in Special Ops deserve an extra measure.

O'Neill's story is courageous, dramatic and sometimes hilarious, but it also reveals a lot of pain. The sacrifices of the wives and families at home, and losses of those left behind should never be forgotten.

There are parts that I didn't savor, such as the bravado used to describe double tapping a target or wreaking vengeance on enemy fighters. But I say this cautiously because I've never been there or faced those situations.

Unsurprisingly, the author's narration is not of the highest artistic quality, but hearing him tell his own story was great. For me, the story was all the more powerful because of it.

If you want to understand the war against terrorism from the eyes of a fighter, this book is unquestionably one you should read. Other books about this war that I can recommend are "Fearless" (about Adam Brown) by Eric Blehm; "Lone Survivor" and "Service" by Marcus Luttrell; and "American Sniper" by Chris Kyle.

  • Hi Bob!

  • By: Bob Newhart
  • Narrated by: Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,144

In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well edited, funny, sincere

  • By RCC on 09-24-18

I loved getting to know Bob, even a little bit.

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

I really enjoyed leaning about Bob Newhart and his friends in comedy. So much goes on behind the scenes!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Road

  • A Jon Reznick Thriller, Book 1
  • By: J. B. Turner
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,630
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,369
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,372

Jon Reznick is a "ghost": a black-ops specialist who takes his orders from shadowy handlers, and his salary from the US government. Still mourning the loss of his beloved wife on 9/11, he's dispatched to carry out a high-level hit. Reznick knows only that it must look like suicide. It's textbook. But the target is not the man Reznick expected. The whole setup is wrong. In an instant the operation is compromised, and Reznick is on the run with the man he was sent to kill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Plenty of Action

  • By shelley on 01-01-18

Fun "guilty pleasure" book

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

I recommend listening to this book if you like military or espionage thrillers. The story is enjoyable, but fairly predictable. The narrator was good, but during scene narration, his tone was fairly flat and unemotional, like Rod Serling of The Twilight Zone. When doing dialogue however, I really liked his style. In all, I enjoyed the 8 hours listening, and I recommend this book.

  • Mavericks

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 6
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,698
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,839

The remnants of the Expeditionary Force stranded on the alien-controlled planet "Paradise" get a chance to prove themselves, in a simple off-world training mission with a ship full of teenage alien cadets. When the mission goes horribly wrong and the survival of everyone on Paradise is at risk, the Merry Band of Pirates may have to come to the rescue. Unless they get killed first.... 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Alanson teases, and then pulls a 3.5

  • By Andrew on 09-26-18

Another awesome story about the beer can!

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

I have this book in Kindle format, and struggled to read it. But RC Bray is brilliant! He makes the story come to life. Joe and Skippy are the homeboys that we have come to know and love because of his narration. For realz!

  • Hell Divers III: Deliverance

  • The Hell Divers series, Book 3
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,780
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,322

Left for dead on the nightmarish surface of the planet, Commander Michael Everhart and his team of Hell Divers barely escape with their lives aboard a new airship called Deliverance. After learning that Xavier "X" Rodriguez may still be alive, they mount a rescue mission for the long-lost hero. In the skies, the Hive is falling apart, but Captain Jordan is more determined than ever to keep humanity in their outdated lifeboat. He will do whatever it takes to keep the ship in the air - even murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another awesome entry in a great series!

  • By Lisa L on 05-15-18

Scary, Enraging, Thrilling. This book is great!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

At the time of reading this was the last book in the Hell Diver series, and I think I liked it better than the first two.

The post-apocalyptic world created by Nicholas Sansbury Smith is intriguing and terrifying, and the fight for human survival is an exciting. To get the most out of this book experience you should read books 1 & 2, because one of my favorite aspects of the story is the character development. Years have gone by since Book 2 (Ghosts) and I really liked seeing how Michael Everhart had grown into a ferocious Hell Diver in his own right, X has found a way to survive living in hell on earth, and how his dog Miles has become his lifesaver. I also loved to hate the way that Captain Jordan transformed from a precise, duty-bound officer into a Machiavellian, scheming tool bag. And the introduction of the cannibals, is a good segue into the next book.

If you like sci-fi post-apocalyptic, dystopian action stories, I think you'll find this story well worth listening. RC Bray does an excellent job narrating, and Nicholas Sansbury Smith has crafted a really good story.

I'm looking forward to Book 4 (Wolves)!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Never Hero

  • The Chronicles of Jonathan Tibbs, Book 1
  • By: T. Ellery Hodges
  • Narrated by: Steven Barnett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,098
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,109

Reclusive college student Jonathan Tibbs wakes in a pool of blood, not a scratch on him. His life is about to undergo a massive shift. A violent and merciless otherworldly enemy unleashes slaughter in the streets, calling out in a language only he understands. And it is seeking its challenger. In order to defeat the threat, Jonathan must become a temporal weapon...while remaining completely anonymous. Unfortunately, harnessing off-world powers has its own special challenges...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wait for it... wait for it.... Bam!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-21-17

Enjoyable story, and I want to keep listening

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

This was an entertaining story that ended too soon. I'll put the sequel on my wishlist.

  • The Last Tribe

  • By: Brad Manuel
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,899
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,887

Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living a nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead, rotting in a dormitory-turned-morgue steps from his room. The nights are getting colder, and his food has run out. The last message from his father is to get away from the city and to meet at his grandparents' town in remote New Hampshire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect year in the post apocalypse.

  • By Andrew Pollack on 06-18-16

Very enjoyable. I wished it were longer!

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

The story was not what I expected. It was not a post apocalyptic horror show, as many are. There were no zombies, roving gangs of cannibals, or mutant animal monsters. Instead, the "world" was quiet--humanity was mostly dead. Those who survived aren't all saints, the reader encounters a few bullies and lowlife, types, but basically you meet an eclectic group of survivors who are trying to find their way in a world turned upside down.

I enjoyed the author's storytelling, and how the "what ifs" were played out. The author did a great job imagining a world without things that we take for granted: like electricity, running water, supermarkets, fresh fruit in the winter, and toilet paper. If you're from New England (as I am) I think you'll like the local color and the depiction of the northeast. "Spoiler" alert: if you're a Pats fan you'll have a few more laughs than if you're a Jets fan.

To sum it up, the storyline unfolded nicely, and I liked the narration. Scott Brick did a good job with the characters, and the pace of the story fit his measured style very well.

I hope there's a sequel, because I'd like to know what happens next.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful