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  • Warnings Unheeded

  • Twin Tragedies at Fairchild Air Force Base
  • By: Andy Brown
  • Narrated by: Michael F. Cochrane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29

Warnings Unheeded is a rare look inside the troubled mind of a would-be active shooter. It is an exclusive look at a talented pilot whose dangerous flying prompted aircrews to refuse to fly with him. It is a look at the leadership culture that allowed both men to travel unchecked on the pathway toward destruction. This unique true-crime audiobook is densely packed with details garnered from medical records, police reports, and first-hand accounts obtained from journal entries, letters, witness statements, and personal interviews. These empowering stories detail the events that lead up to the tragedies, the heroic response, and the aftermath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My review of Warnings Unheeded by Ssgt Andy Brown

  • By Brendon Smart on 01-14-18

Powerful, Instructive, Tragic

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

This is a great book, well put together and performed. It is hard to give it a 5 if 5 means "I loved it." The events are so tragic, and could have, yea should have been avoided. I commend for doing such a thorough job on a very difficult subject.

  • The Company of Spears

  • By: Allan Mallinson
  • Narrated by: Eric Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Things are looking up for Major Matthew Hervey: news of a handsome legacy should allow him to purchase command of his beloved regiment, the 6th Light Dragoons. He is resolved to marry, and, rather to his surprise, the object of his affections, the widow of the late Sir Ivo Lankester, has readily consented. But he hasn't reckoned with the opportunism of a fellow officer with ready cash in hand.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Jean on 08-07-18

Long and Boring

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

If you cut out about 2/3 of the book, it would get a higher rating. The last couple I have read do not compare to the first 3 of this series. I wish I had stopped with the third. There is a really long build up to the two action sequences, and then suddenly a jump of several weeks. This will be my last of the series to read.

  • Riders of the Dawn

  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Jim Gough
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

A young gunslinger is changed for the better by meeting a beautiful woman. A classic range-war Western, this novel features that powerful, romantic, strangely compelling vision of the American West for which L'Amour's fiction is known. In the author's words, "It was a land where nothing was small, nothing was simple. Everything, the lives of men and the stories they told, ran to extremes."  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • know before you buy

  • By Casey on 04-19-18

Okay - But not L'Amour's Best

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

I love L'Amour, but this one was no where close to his normal level. Obviously he was developing his style when this one was written. The narrator has the right voice for a L'Amour, but it was not well read.

  • Rumours of War

  • Matthew Hervey, Book 6
  • By: Allan Mallinson
  • Narrated by: Errick Graham
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

1826: Napoleon Bonaparte is dead, the Congress of Vienna's work is done, and there is peace in Europe. However, in Portugal there is the scent of civil war in the air following the death of King John VI. Newly returned from India, Matthew Hervey joins a party of officers sent to make an assessment and lend support to the Portuguese queen. His place on the expedition is secured with the help and influence of his new friend, Lady Katherine Greville. But the Peninsula is a place redolent with memories....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart, well-written, first rate.

  • By David K Anderson on 05-20-18

Story within a Story with No Conclusion

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

After enjoy the first 3 books of this series, I found this one frustrating on a number of different levels. Half of the book is a flashback to an event 18 years earlier that is interspersed throughout this book. Many times the reader is required to be paying close attention or you don't get the transition. Then the main story is left unfinished. After 14 1/2 hours of listening there should be some conclusion. Knowing that the next book is unavailable, makes it even worse.

  • Fair Blows the Wind

  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

His father killed by the British and his home burned, young Tatton Chantry left Ireland to make his fortune and regain the land that was rightfully his. Schooled along the way in the use of arms, Chantry arrives in London a wiser and far more dangerous man. He invests in trading ventures, but on a voyage to the New World his party is attacked by Indians and he is marooned in the untamed wilderness of the Carolina coast. It is in this darkest time, when everything seems lost, that Chantry encounters a remarkable opportunity....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narrator.

  • By James on 10-06-18

Early L'amour, Not up to Par

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

This was a rather disjointed story, that was difficult to follow. Starting at one place, it is all right to have flashback, but his couple of flashbacks were so long, that the present story was lost. Not one of L'amour's best.

  • The Baltic Prize

  • Thomas Kydd, Book 19
  • By: Julian Stockwin
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

The 19th novel in Julian Stockwin's acclaimed Captain Kydd series. It's 1808. Parted from his new bride, Captain Sir Thomas Kydd is called away to join the Northern Expedition to Sweden, now Britain's only ally in the Baltic. Following the sudden declaration of war by Russia, and with the consequent threat of the czar's great fleet in St Petersburg, the expedition must defend Britain's dearly won freedom in those waters. However, Kydd finds his popular fame as a frigate captain is a poisoned chalice....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still very good

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-21-18

Another Good Naval Story

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

For the most part, the Kydd series ranks with the Master and Commander series. This is another in the series that was pleasant to listen to. Rodska does an excellent job with the characters and keeps the book interesting.

  • A Braver Man's Ghost Town

  • A Braver Man Series, Book 2
  • By: Royal Wade Kimes
  • Narrated by: Rusty Nelson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Hawk Haynes was proud of Porterville, Texas, a town he had founded. He had left it to go on a long honeymoon with Elizabeth Trudy, his new bride. When he returned a black cloud had ascended upon the town. The peace and harmony was gone, and so was his best friend. Hawk was sure Lank Lankford didn’t leave of his own accord. Luke Tanner, an old army buddy had left with Lank, and that told Hawk things weren’t right. Lank would never partner up with the likes of Luke Tanner, a born killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good but same story line as last book

  • By paceman on 07-17-17

The End of the Braver Man for Me

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

This story finished the Braver Man series for me. The only redeeming quality of the book is the work done by Rusty Nelson. This book needed to be about 5 hours shorter, and taking out most of the cursing probably would have accomplished that. It began to seem like in conversation that every noun was preceded with a "damn". Nobody in the book understood anything about morality. Nobody, not even the hero. You would almost think that all women of the west were whores (a word often repeated throughout the book) or would be given the right circumstances. I will not read on...

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  • A Braver Man

  • By: Royal Wade Kimes
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

Hawk Haynes ruled from his heart, but stayed alive by using his instincts. Hawk was on his way to start a new life in Texas when he runs into burned out wagons. He finds families slaughtered, the men killed, the women raped, and killed. Hawk Haynes had just introduced himself to Southwest Texas. Hawk had been deeded land just northwest of Rawlins for his services in taking care of Ted Rawlins and his wife until their death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A BRAVER MAN

  • By Robin on 03-21-11

Interesting but Wooden in Plot Line

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

I was looking for a writer that would come close to L'Amour, and this wasn't it. It became way too long and complicated, and could have used some shortening. The cursing, mentioned by others, increased as the book wore on. The author gave an odd mixture the basest elements of the west and a strange mixture of Bible themes.

  • Bannon

  • By: Louis L’Amour
  • Narrated by: Traber Burns
  • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Rock Bannon, wounded in an Indian attack, is rescued by a wagon train heading to Oregon. He has fully recovered when the train pulls into a fort to stock up on supplies. It is there that the leaders of the train meet Morton Harper, a smooth-talking man who persuades them to take an easier trail that will allow them to escape an attack by Indians. Bannon knows that there will be no escape from attack on that route and that it will lead the train directly onto Hardy Bishop's vast ranching domain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good book

  • By Anonymous User on 03-15-18

Another Good L'Amour

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

This is another good western story by L'Amour, with a few twists that gave an element of surprise. I personally did not care for the narration, as the voice and tenor of reading tended to wear on me.

  • Riders of the Tumbling K

  • By: Louis L'Amour, Charles Lee Jackson II
  • Narrated by: Randal Schaffer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

First time in audiobook form, this "lost" Louis L'Amour novel, published in three parts in the old pulp magazines during the 1950s, showcases the story of the settling of the west in the lives and loves of the riders of the Tumbling K ranch. Once again, Louis L'Amour delivers an unforgettable novel of men and women facing the raw challenges of the range land. Ward McQueen and Kim Sartain are friends and hands on the Tumbling K ranch. One will find love with its passionate owner, Ruth Kermett.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Teriffic

  • By Shaun Putaine author of The Undiminished Series on 05-29-18

3 Related Books in One

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

This book is made up of 3 shorter books, and retitled accurately as "Riders of the Tumbling K". It is typical L'Amour, and books I had already read, and still enjoy.