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  • Red Platoon

  • A True Story of American Valour
  • By: Clinton Romesha
  • Narrated by: Will Damron, Clinton Romesha
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 945
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 941

On October 3, 2009, after years of constant smaller attacks, the Taliban finally decided to throw everything they had at Keating. The ensuing 13-hour battle - and eventual victory - cost eight men their lives. Red Platoon is the riveting firsthand account of the Battle of Keating, told by Romesha, who spearheaded both the defence of the outpost and the counterattack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire and received the Medal of Honor for his actions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing...

  • By Rob on 05-01-16

A great book written by a proven American Hero

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

Reviewed: 05-09-16

This is a story of war which every U.S. citizen should read.

I first gained an in-depth awareness of the events which led to this book by reading Jake Tapper's book. I walked away from it with the strong sense that the higher ups in the Army had miss-served these men, and befuddled by how any middle to upper tier leader could have created the circumstances that allowed this situation to occur. The men at Keating were betrayed by there upper level leaders and a tragedy resulted. Good men on the ground did their best, some survived and all were hero's, nonetheless none of the men should have been at Keaton.

This book fleshes out the details that only one who was there for the full events could. Clint Romesha lived every minute of the final attach on Post Keating. He tells the story in a way a Marine of honor and one who was awarded our countries highest military award based on his action in the events that occurred at Keaton should. He relives the events and provides full detail. The facts are there, the heroism of those involved is well documented, and the reader is left to reach his or her own conclusion. While we can be outraged at the upper echelon, this book demonstrates the committed that soldiers develop for each other and the extent they will go to help each other in situations that those who have not been their would almost call suicidal. We are fortunate to have young men, who will sacrifice their youth to serve their countries needs.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Black Flags

  • The Rise of ISIS
  • By: Joby Warrick
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,910
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,907

Pulitzer Prize, General nonfiction, 2016. When Jordan granted amnesty to a group of political prisoners in 1999, it little realized that among them was Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a terrorist mastermind and soon the architect of an Islamist movement bent on dominating the Middle East. In Black Flags, an unprecedented account of the rise of ISIS, Joby Warrick shows how the zeal of this one man and the strategic mistakes of Presidents Bush and Obama led to the banner of ISIS being raised over huge swaths of Syria and Iraq.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So much learned

  • By mike flavin on 02-11-16

Educational and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 04-29-16

While containing a lot of factual information the story is told in an interesting manner! This books provides a good description of what is going on in the Middle East and why Muslims in general do not consider why the individuals causing the worst problems are not truly practicing Islam.

  • I Am Pilgrim

  • A Thriller
  • By: Terry Hayes
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 22 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,494

An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please let this all be fiction.

  • By B.J. on 08-08-14

Counterterrorism combined with the traditional crime thriller

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

Reviewed: 11-13-15

A very good listen which begins with many paths which march towards the middle of the book. Even so the book is suspenseful, entertaining and well worth the time.

  • The Wright Brothers

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,703
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,690

Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story behind the story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilbur and Orville Wright's Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. The Age of Flight had begun. How did they do it? And why?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story but narration is a little boring

  • By Vince on 08-20-15

Exceptional book reads like fiction

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-15

A very good book telling a story of American history that every American should l learn.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Outpost

  • An Untold Story of American Valor
  • By: Jake Tapper
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 22 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,093
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 992

At 6:00 a.m. on the morning of October 3, 2009, Combat Outpost Keating was viciously attacked by Taliban insurgents. The 53 U.S. troops, having been stationed at the bottom of three steep mountains, were severely outmanned by nearly 400 Taliban fighters. Though the Americans ultimately prevailed, their casualties made it one of the war's deadliest battles for U.S. forces. And after more than three years in that dangerous and vulnerable valley a mere 14 miles from the Pakistan border, the U.S. abandoned and bombed the camp.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read!

  • By Jason on 11-16-12

Never has the term snafu been more applicable. I will written story capturing a sad portion of our most recent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-13

Is rare that I listen to an audible book which is narrated by the author. I have not found that most authors have the ability to effectively narrate their own writings. this book is well written and well Narrated. Unfortunately, the chain of command located this did their men a disservice and many men paid with their life for it. This is a story every American should read or listen to.

  • American Sniper

  • The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
  • By: Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,749
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,753

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's been censored by the publisher

  • By K9NSP on 10-21-17

Good but not great

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

Reviewed: 09-05-12

I consider Chris Kyle a true American patriot and by no means have any intention of denigrating him or the sacrifice he has made for our country by writing this review. Of the non-fiction books describing the Seals and their efforts on our behalf, I found his book not to be written with the same depth as other books discussing similar subjects. In my humble opinion the book is a little too much rah rah, and somewhat short on substance. I enjoyed it but not to the extent I did the Warrier Elite by Captain Couch, Seal Team 6 or Lone Survivor.

  • Drift

  • The Unmooring of American Military Power
  • By: Rachel Maddow
  • Narrated by: Rachel Maddow
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,929
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,926

Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Half the National Debt?

  • By Dolf on 04-07-12

Must read for anyone concerned about U.S.A.

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

Reviewed: 06-06-12

The beginning and end of the book are exceptional. Some of the middle is a little too full of unsupported opinion, but most of Ms. Maddow's opinions are well supported by research. In whole the book ties together how we can be in two seperate conflicts and yet there is little public uproar. If any American wants to understand how we have developed such a severe national deficit since the Clinton Administration, Ms. Maddow explains just how we have gotten to this point and she does so with significant factual support. She also does a great job explaining how the normal American has been lulled to sleep by our military complex to the point that 50% of Americans say they have not been effected by the wars. Despite the fact that we have spent trillions of dollars over the past ten years on the war effort while pawning our children's futures. The book is a very good read. The list of essential requirements for our future are right on point and are well worth the purchase price alone.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Presidents Club

  • Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity
  • By: Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy
  • Narrated by: Bob Walter
  • Length: 22 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,052
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,058

The Presidents Club was born at Eisenhower’s inauguration when Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover first conceived the idea. Over the years that followed - and to this day - the presidents relied on, misunderstood, sabotaged, and formed alliances with one another that changed history. The world’s most exclusive fraternity is a complicated place: its members are bound forever because they sat in the Oval Office and know its secrets, yet they are immortal rivals for history’s favor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Inflection of narrator really annoying

  • By LucyLu on 06-18-12

A must read

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-12

This is a must read for students of American History, or those curious about the modern days presidents and their relations. It may very well change your perception about one or two of the last ten or so presidents.

  • That Used to Be Us

  • How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back
  • By: Thomas L. Friedman, Michael Mandelbaum
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 577
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 475
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 467

America has a huge problem. It faces four major challenges, on which its future depends, and it is failing to meet them. In That Used to Be Us, Thomas L. Friedman, one of our most influential columnists, and Michael Mandelbaum, one of our leading foreign policy thinkers, analyze those challenges - globalization, the revolution in information technology, the nation's chronic deficits, and its pattern of energy consumption - and spell out what we need to do now to rediscover America and rise to this moment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We have met the enemy and it is us.... Pogo

  • By Soudant on 09-16-11

Interesting, educational,

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

Reviewed: 12-01-11

This book is not only a civic lesson, interesting told, it is an application of what made us great applied to our future. Every citizen in the US should read it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,727
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,439
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 33,514

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

Great book-

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-11

I absolutely loved this book. It displays the full panopaly of the human condition, and shows how individuals cannot only persevere but thrive despite considerable adversity. It says a little about brotherly love also. Several sections brought both great admiration, and emotions to not only my mind, but my heart. I was happy to learn about a person who I had never heard anything about, especially a person who had suffered tremendously for the people of the U.S.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful