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  • Hunting the Jackal

  • A Special Forces and CIA Soldier's Fifty Years on the Frontlines of the War Against Terrorism
  • By: Billy Waugh, Tim Keown
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

For more than half a century, Special Forces and CIA legend Billy Waugh dedicated his life to tracking down and eliminating America's most virulent enemies. Operating from the darkest shadows and most desolate corners of the world, he made his mark in many of the most important operations in the annals of US Spec Ops. He spent seven and a half years behind enemy lines in Vietnam as a member of a covert group of elite commandos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hunting the Jackal - epic accounting of SOF/SOG and CIA IV

  • By Eric on 01-08-18

Outstanding Book!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

First off, Joe Barrett (the narrator) did a terrific job! Perfect man for the job.
This book gives an insight into Billy Waugh’s life and career with an emphasis on his tracking of Bin Laden and Carlos the Jackal. Excellent book! A must read for anyone interested in military history, Special Forces, and / or the global war on terrorism.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fighter Pilot

  • The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds
  • By: Robin Olds, Christina Olds, Ed Rasimus
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 17 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,281

A larger-than-life hero with a towering personality, Robin Olds was a graduate of West Point and an inductee in the National College Football Hall of Fame for his All-American performance for Army. In World War II, Olds quickly became a top fighter pilot and squadron commander by the age of 22—a double ace with twelve aerial victories. But it was in Vietnam where the man became a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top Notch Audiobook

  • By R. A. Frank on 10-08-10

Outstanding Book

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

What made the experience of listening to Fighter Pilot the most enjoyable?

The Narrator, Robertson Dean, is excellent! This is the second book I've listened to which he narrated and he is the best.

Any additional comments?

This was an excellent book. It's a must read for anyone who enjoys military history, [military] aviation, U.S. Army Air Corps, U.S. Air Force, combat aviation, fighter pilots, ect.
If you haven't had the pleasure of reading this, do yourself a favor and read it now!
PS. Robertson Dean is one of the very best narrators in the business. This audio book is no different. He does a terrific job.

  • 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 1,025
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 946
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 942

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

Incredible Story!

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

Reviewed: 07-30-16

Would you listen to Red Platoon again? Why?

First off. I accidentally wrote this review for the "Summary of Red Platoon". Since Audible does not allow you to edit it, I had to leave it. So, if you read the "Summary of Red Platoon", you will see the exact same review. Even though I haven't read it yet!

Yes. It was an incredible story and a brutally honest account of the engagement from SSG Romesha and those who were there.

What about Will Damron and Clinton Romesha ’s performance did you like?

Excellent narration from Will Damron. The narrator can ruin a good book, or make a not so good book better. This was a well written book with an outstanding narrator. Home run!

Any additional comments?

Incredible, engaging, story. Very well written. Very well narrated. Everyone should read about the sacrifices of those who serve to keep us safe. Anyone who served in the Military would appreciate and identify, in some way, this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Generals

  • Patton, MacArthur, Marshall, and the Winning of World War II
  • By: Winston Groom
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947

Celebrated historian Winston Groom tells the intertwined and uniquely American tales of George Patton, Douglas MacArthur, and George Marshall - from the World War I battle that shaped them to their greatest achievement: leading the allies to victory in World War II.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing new here

  • By Mike From Mesa on 01-13-16

Terrific Book, Excellent Narration

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

Reviewed: 07-01-16

When writing a history of someone it's important to tell the good, the bad, and everything in between. This book accomplishes this while providing personal and professional details of these great Generals. Excellent read! Of course, there is no better narrator than Robertson Dean. This is my third audiobook he has read. He is excellent!
Very informative and enjoyable read. I recommend it to anyone interested in military history or history in general.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Zero Footprint

  • The True Story of a Private Military Contractor's Covert Assignments in Syria, Libya, and the World's Most Dangerous Places
  • By: Simon Chase, Ralph Pezzullo
  • Narrated by: Eric Brooks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573

Armored cars, burner phones, top-notch weaponry, and top-secret missions - this is the life of today's private military contractor. Like author Simon Chase, many PMCs were once the world's top military operatives, and since retiring from outfits like US Navy SEAL TEAM Six and the UK's Special Boat Service, they have devoted their lives to executing missions too sensitive for the government to acknowledge. Chase reveals here for the first time the operations too hazardous and politically volatile to be officially sanctioned by his employers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding read

  • By Matthew on 03-28-16

Great Read!

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

Reviewed: 03-24-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Zero Footprint to be better than the print version?

I have no idea because I didn't read the print version. I buy the audio because I have a long commute to work.

Any additional comments?

This is an interesting story about the life of a former Tier 1 soldier who became a private security contractor and also worked as a Private Military Contractor (PMC). He tells interesting stories and gives a bit of an insight into the world of the PMC.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Legend

  • A Harrowing Story from the Vietnam War of One Green Beret's Heroic Mission to Rescue a Special Forces Team Caught Behind Enemy Lines
  • By: Eric Blehm
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 819

In Legend, acclaimed best-selling author Eric Blehm takes as his canvas the Vietnam War as seen through a single mission that occurred on May 2, 1968. A 12-man Special Forces team had been covertly inserted into a small clearing in the jungles of neutral Cambodia - where US forces were forbidden to operate. Their objective, just miles over the Vietnam border, was to collect evidence that proved the North Vietnamese Army was using the Cambodian sanctuary as a major conduit for supplying troops and materiel to the south via the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must read!

  • By Jon on 08-09-15
  • Legend
  • A Harrowing Story from the Vietnam War of One Green Beret's Heroic Mission to Rescue a Special Forces Team Caught Behind Enemy Lines
  • By: Eric Blehm
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders

A Story that Needed to be Told...

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

Reviewed: 03-05-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Legend to be better than the print version?

I don't know. I haven't read the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

This book tells the story of an incredibly brave and selfless American. His story is an inspiration to anyone who hears it. It's obvious that MSG Benavidez wanted ALL who served proudly to be recognized. I appreciated this, especially the credit given to the brave helicopter crew members who are often overlooked. Roy Benavidez worked tirelessly to deflect credit upon himself and spotlight others. This is further evidence of what a fine man MSG Roy Benavidez was.

What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

A good narrator is priceless. Fred Sanders did a terrific job. His imitation of certain figures in the book was very good and added to the story. Some times this is a distraction, but not in this case. I give Mr. Sanders an A+!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

For me, impossible. It was too long. I listen on the way to work.

  • Guts 'N Gunships

  • What It Was Really Like to Fly Combat Helicopters in Vietnam
  • By: Mark Garrison
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566

In the summer of 1967, Mark Garrison had dropped out of college at Southern Illinois University just before entering his third year. He had run out of money and had to work for a while. These were the days before the lottery and the draft soon came calling. In order to somewhat control his own future, he enlisted in the US Army's helicopter flight school program. Little did he know that this adventure would be the most profound experience of his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Jean on 04-25-16

Outstanding Book!

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

Reviewed: 03-05-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

As a Huey and later, Black Hawk crew chief in the '80s and '90s, I had heard plenty of stories about "Slicks" and "Gunships", from guys who were there. I had not heard specifics of their missions and how they operated. Of course, I wouldn't because these guys were humble and didn't bring attention to themselves. This book opened my eyes to the reality of the Helicopter's mission in Vietnam and the brave men who crewed them.
Vietnam was so highly politicized, many forget the incredible skill and bravery of the U.S. fighting man who, in most cases, served not because they wanted a military career, but because of a sense of duty. These men were cut from the same cloth as the incredible warriors who fought in WWI, WWII, Korea and the wars of today. I'd love to see a resurgence of books about the Vietnam war without all the political nonsense we've been forced to swallow for the last 40+ years!
This book was well written. The story was gripping, terrifying, funny and at times, sad. Eric Martin's narration was spot on and excellent. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Especially those interested in Military history, or U.S. History in general.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Guts 'N Gunships?

Just when I thought things couldn't possibly get any worse... They did! (Paraphrasing Mark Garrison)

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"The Incredible True Story of U.S. Army Helicopter Air Crews in Vietnam."

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • My Share of the Task

  • A Memoir
  • By: General Stanley McChrystal
  • Narrated by: Kevin Collins
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 711

In this illuminating memoir, McChrystal frankly explores the major episodes and controversies of his eventful career. He delves candidly into the intersection of history, leadership, and his own experience to produce a book of enduring value. Joining the troubled post-Vietnam army as a young officer, McChrystal witnessed and participated in some of our military’s most difficult struggles. He describes the many outstanding leaders he served with and the handful of bad leaders he learned not to emulate.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Incomplete ending

  • By Jfadams on 04-23-13

The Idealist General

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

Reviewed: 05-22-15

If you could sum up My Share of the Task in three words, what would they be?

Overall, the book was interesting, well written and well narrated. My personal opinion of Gen. McChrystal has no bearing on the quality of the book. That's up to the reader to decide.

What about Kevin Collins’s performance did you like?

Mr. Collins did an outstanding job of narrating this book. Very professional, emphasis where needed and not overly animated... Great performance!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Soldiers be Damned"

Any additional comments?

I read this book on the recommendation of a well respected former Special Operations Operator / Commander. I had no opinion of Gen. McChrystal prior to reading the book. Since, I feel that the General was determined to nod in the affirmative, salute, and enthusiastically implement the orders and direction given from those appointed above him. At a time when many well respected and proven Generals were resigning due to disagreements with the administration (both Bush and Obama), General McChrystal was determined to do his duty as a Soldier and follow orders... Soldiers be Damned. (My opinion. Read the book and decide for yourself...)

  • A Higher Call

  • An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II
  • By: Adam Makos
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,975
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,988

Four days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail - a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Proof the term "Hero" knows no borders

  • By Anon anon on 03-27-13

A Fantastic Book!

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

Reviewed: 05-22-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is unique because it tells the story from two perspectives. An American bomber pilot and a German fighter pilot. It reveals much about the U.S. Air Force and German Luftwaffe, it's pilots and the triumphs and hardships they experienced during the war. And of course, the incredible story of these two men's first meeting...

What did you like best about this story?

This is tough to answer. Obviously the story about the "encounter" is gripping and extraordinary. I appreciate the author sharing both men's stories. Especially detailing the experiences of Franz Stigler during the war. I suspect Mr. Brown was less open about his experiences and his encounter with a sympathetic German pilot was one the few memories he did not want to forget... Whereas Mr. Stigler seemed more open to share his experiences. Most Americans (myself included) know little or nothing about the German Luftwaffe and it's pilots. Very intriguing.

Have you listened to any of Robertson Dean’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to any of Robertson Dean's other book performances. However, his performance was so good, any decision to purchase an audiobook would be made much easier knowing he is narrating.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Of course, the encounter of Franz Stigler and Charlie Brown in the skies above Germany.

Any additional comments?

I so enjoyed this book, I've listened to it three times. The book was extremely very well written and narrated. What an experience it must have been for Adam Makos to have had the privilege of interviewing both of these fine men!

  • The Night Stalkers

  • By: Michael J. Durant, Steven Hartov, Lt. Col (Ret) Robert L. Johnson
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572

Here are thrilling, never-before-heard stories of the Army's elite aviation unit - the most daring and professional helicopter crews in the world. Special Operations pilots are notoriously reticent; they don't talk about their missions, at least not to anyone outside their small community. But now, with the publication of The Night Stalkers, Durant and Steven Hartov shed a fascinating light on these mysterious super commandos and take readers into a world they have only imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book that does justice

  • By Robert on 10-05-07

Great Story, Horrible Narrator....

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

Reviewed: 05-22-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Because of the story.

What did you like best about this story?

As far as I know, this is the only book ever written about the 160th SOAR. It tells the story of the unit, how it began, and highlights the bravery and professionalism of the men within it's ranks.

What didn’t you like about Patrick Lawlor’s performance?

He tends to place emphases inappropriately. He is way over animated and almost cartoonish.

Any additional comments?

This is the third book I've read that Patrick Lawlor has narrated. One book was written to appeal to a wide audience and not just the military / history enthusiast. That was okay. The other was written about a Special Forces unit in Iraq. Mr. Lawlor's narration was equally as annoying as this one, but that book was relatively short... Being a former Army Aviator myself, it's difficult to make my way through the audible version of this book. The book itself is very good.