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S. Aldridge

Savannah, GA
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  • In Harm's Way

  • The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors
  • By: Doug Stanton
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,417
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,191
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,178

On July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed in the South Pacific by a Japanese submarine. An estimated 300 men were killed upon impact; close to 900 sailors were cast into the Pacific Ocean, where they remained undetected by the navy for nearly four days and nights. Battered by a savage sea, they struggled to stay alive, fighting off sharks, hypothermia, and dementia. By the time rescue arrived, all but 317 men had died. The captain's subsequent court-martial left many questions unanswered

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Clarence Sparks on 10-22-16

Shameful story of Navy brass

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

Reviewed: 04-14-19

Well told chilling story of the aftermath of US Navy’s worst disaster. True horror and bravery of the warrior survivors and their rescuers. and despicable conduct of Navy leadership

  • Black Hawk Down

  • By: Mark Bowden
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,272

Ninety-nine elite American soldiers are trapped in the middle of a hostile city. As night falls, they are surrounded by thousands of enemy gunmen. Their wounded are bleeding to death. Their ammunition and supplies are dwindling. This is the story of how they got there - and how they fought their way out. Black Hawk Down drops you into a crowded marketplace in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia with the U.S. Special Forces and puts you in the middle of the most intense firelight American soldiers have fought since the Vietnam war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Of Military Writing...

  • By Joshua on 11-06-16

Refusal to Learn

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

The movie does not adequately capture this story and this narrator makes the listen better than reading the book.

Commendable bravery and breathtaking incompetence. I disagree with Bowden’s distinction between Somalia and Vietnam. Both reflect a frustrating futility and the waste of brave men for no ‘defensible reason .Bowden’s quote of Reinhold Neibuhr is absolutely perfect.

Will our military ever learn? Apparently not if Bowden is correct that the military made no effort to study what went wrong.

Shame.

To the Military Men who were sent into battle, thanks for your service

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,990
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,873

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actually Humanized Trump for Me

  • By BigNutz on 12-15-18

Surprised POTUS is so upset

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

Definitely worth a listen.
Narrator is superb.
Woodward ties together a story about which we have heard bits and pieces over last couple of years. Few major revelations.
As I listened, I never had the impression this is a Trash Trump book although it is unlikely to be on the MAGA recommended reading list. Some Good and some not so much about the President and most of the major players.

Much more professional and apparently objective than Fire &Fury.

Trump Supporters and Trump Bashers would benefit from reading this book. Not likely to change minds and few startling revelations but will be helpful to better understand this Administration.

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  • Fall of Giants

  • The Century Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,214

Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • magnificient!

  • By Pat on 10-10-10

Excellent historical narrative

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

Like so many of his works Follett nails the historical narrative. This time WWI. Reminds one of Winds of War

Narrator superb.

Very much looking forward to other works in the series

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,661
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,932
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,852

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Reprieve Amidst Ugly News, Relentless Negativity

  • By Cathy Lindhorst on 08-27-17

Well Done

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

Starts a bit slow but hang in there.
Well developed, believable characters and story. This is what great writing is all about and narrator is perfect.

It does not get better than this

Thank you for this listening

  • Medicine Men

  • Extreme Appalachian Doctoring
  • By: Carolyn Jourdan
  • Narrated by: Carey Jones
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

A collection of the most memorable moments from old-school rural physicians who each practiced medicine for more than 50 years in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Hilarious, heroic, heartwarming true stories of miracle cures, ghost dogs, and much madcap medical mayhem.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mediocre for Me

  • By Jami on 09-28-15

A bonafidentribute to heroes

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

True stories of country doctors in the mountains. A gem that will leave a smile on your face. I am blessed to live in the paradise of the Blue Ridge Mountains and I still see many of the characteristics described in this book in my neighbors.

James Heriot for good people. You will be happy you read this book

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 162,988
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,432
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150,270

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Totally Believable

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

Reviewed: 03-20-16

What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

Page turner (if I had not listened on Audible). Numerous dilemmas and solutions and each is believable and understandable.
Narrator was perfect selection. As if Matt Damon is in the room with you.

What did you like best about this story?

Believable and understandable

Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

Pretty much a single character book

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

No, but it held my interest and I have recommended it to several others.

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  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 50,084
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 45,395
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 45,318

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

War is Hell at Home and In Between

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

Reviewed: 03-16-16

A well written, wonderfully narrated tale of war as experienced by French women during WWII. Truly courageous and frightening. Highly recommended. Hard to say whether the sister in the Resistance or the sister at home is stronger, more courageous. Both memorable, dynamic and heroines. These experiences are perhaps more demanding than for soldiers on the front.

  • A Captain's Duty

  • Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea
  • By: Richard Phillips, Stephan Talty
  • Narrated by: George K. Wilson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 569
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503

It was just another day on the job for 53-year-old Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, a United States-flagged cargo ship that was carrying, among other things, food and agricultural materials for the World Food Program. That all changed when armed Somali pirates boarded the ship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pirates of the ... Gulf of Aden

  • By AudioAddict on 10-26-13

Lucky Hero, mediocre book

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

Reviewed: 02-18-15

Most would consider author to be a hero. He seems to deny being hero but describes many instances of heroic contact and significant luck. In any event, strong character with high Cajones factor. This is his portion of his tale of standing up to the first Pirates to seize an American ship in 200 years.

Surprisingly little about the Navy Seals whose conduct was reported in the media as just short of miraculous ( three simultaneous successful sniper shots in rolling seas.) and virtually nothing about the rest of the Navy. Sure this is Captain Phillips portion of the story but more of the Navy and Navy Seals and less of the filler on how Phillips became a merchant marine would have made a more interesting book.

Book is informationally interesting but a bit slow with much filler material. Greatly admire the author whom I would consider to be heroic. For that reason I gave it a four although it is a rather mediocre listen. Narrator is excellent.

  • Four Fires

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 29 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,738
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,352

The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • His very best!

  • By Dave on 08-26-10

Great read, astounding reader

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-11

This is a great story or perhaps series of stories about a family from down under. Washed in the Australian dialect which made Crocodile Dundee a popular hit.
But the best part of this read is the reader. How did God grant one human such talent to provide a dozen or more distinct voices, each of which is perfect. Well done

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