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  • The Right Stuff

  • By: Tom Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,286

Millions of words have poured forth about man's trip to the moon, but until now few people have had a sense of the most engrossing side of the adventure: namely, what went on in the minds of the astronauts themselves - in space, on the moon, and even during certain odysseys on earth. It is this, the inner life of the astronauts, that Tom Wolfe describes with his almost uncanny empathetic powers that made The Right Stuff a classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Righteous Book, Righteous Narrator, Righteous MEN!

  • By Gillian on 02-08-18

Everything You'd Expect

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

What about Dennis Quaid’s performance did you like?

Absolutely Amazing!

Any additional comments?

There're probably very few people who download this audiobook who haven't a) seen the movie and/or b) read the book. This audiobook is everything you'd expect. I've listened to many many audiobooks over the years and this one clearly ranks among the best. The story is brilliant, of course, but Dennis Quaid is absolutely perfect as the narrator; and I can't imagine anyone else doing nearly as good a job - no one could capture the essence of "flying and drinking and drinking and driving" like Dennis Quaid. He perfectly captures the tone that would no doubt have been desired by Tom Wolfe. And against the backdrop of a wonderful story, his selection to do this was brilliant.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Into the Black

  • By: Rowland White
  • Narrated by: Eric Meyers
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

On 12th April 1981 a revolutionary new spacecraft blasted off from Florida on her maiden flight. NASA's Space Shuttle Columbia was the most advanced flying machine ever built - the high watermark of post-war aviation development. A direct descendant of the record-breaking X-planes the likes of which Chuck Yeager had tested in the skies over the Mojave Desert, Columbia was a winged rocket plane, the size of an airliner, capable of flying to space and back before being made ready to fly again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Terrific, Entertaining Listen

  • By S. Perry on 06-11-16

A Terrific, Entertaining Listen

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

Reviewed: 06-11-16

Any additional comments?

This is a really great audiobook. I've listened and read a ton of books and audiobooks on the space programme, though mainly the early years and Apollo. I was a little hesitant about this one as post-Apollo never seemed to excite me. But the narrative here was brilliant. It provided tons of detail and context that I've never heard before, and delivered it in a way that was highly entertaining. Given the length I was also cautious for a subject I did't think could sustain it - but I was wrong. Again, the narrative was excellent and captivating, and I was entirely absorbed in the story. And the narrator was also very good. I got a little concerned for a very brief moment early in the book when he changed his "voice" while quoting Curtis Lemay - but it was one very short instance (30 seconds), not repeated - so I'm glad I ignored it. I'd highly recommend this for anyone interested in the subject - or those who are stuck on Apollo.

  • Operation Thunderbolt

  • Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History
  • By: Saul David
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250

On June 27, 1976, an Air France flight from Tel Aviv to Paris was hijacked by a group of Arab and German terrorists who demanded the release of 53 terrorists. The plane was forced to divert to Entebbe in Uganda - ruled by the murderous despot Idi Amin, who had no interest in intervening. Days later, Israeli commandos disguised as Ugandan soldiers assaulted the airport terminal, killed all the terrorists, and rescued all the hostages but three who were killed in the crossfire. The assault force suffered just one fatality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story of true courage and political resolve

  • By Amanda Rudolph on 01-28-16

Very entertaining

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

Reviewed: 03-12-16

Any additional comments?

This was a really enjoyable audiobook. My wife commented in the background: "The only thing I remember about the raid on Entebbe is the movie about the raid on Entebbe"! Well, this certainly fills in the detail in an electric story that doesn't slow down, and doesn't get dry in imparting detail. The narrator was a perfect for engaging the listener, without any over-excitement. The was a great audiobook, and a terrific story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Forgotten Soldier

  • He Wasn't a Soldier, He Was Just a Boy
  • By: Charlie Connelly
  • Narrated by: Adrian Palmer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Best-selling author Charlie Connelly returns with a First World War memoir of his great uncle, Edward Connelly, who was an ordinary boy sent to fight in a war the likes of which the world had never seen. But this is not just his story; it is the story of all the young forgotten soldiers who fought and bravely died for their country. The Forgotten Soldier tells the story of Private Edward Connelly, aged 19, killed in the First World War a week before the Armistice and immediately forgotten, even, it seems, by his own family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very true Memoir

  • By S. Perry on 08-31-15

A very true Memoir

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

Reviewed: 08-31-15

This was a very good audiobook and the narrator was perfectly chosen for it. I have a great uncle who was killed at Vimy Ridge - his body was never found - not unlike the principal character in this book, and my grandfather lost his arm at the Lens in 1917. I've long been very interested in the First World War and I made my own visit to the battlefields of the First World War in May 2009, likely a similar time of year when the author made his trip.

The author recounts in a very similar to one that has gone through mine many times, albeit mine would be from a Canadian perspective. I don't nit pick on historical accuracy but generally I think he was right on the mark. This is about a personal sojourn, and piecing together the story of a young soldier's experiences through diaries and letters of those who also served at the front, for those of us 90+ years in the future.

At times it was very emotional - like his visit to Ypres and the Menin Gate - because it so closely mirrored my own; and at other times it was interesting, absorbing you in a story that is not new to you, but still fascinating.

So much has been written about the First World War, and so little is new. This isn't new - there are many similar accounts out there. But it is brilliantly told, wonderfully narrated and a very enjoyable and moving listen.

For people interested in the First World War - interested in a story about what it might have been like, and not an item by item account of a battle, this is well worth buying.

  • The Last Escaper

  • By: Peter Tunstall
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

The product of a lifetime's reflection, The Last Escaper is Peter Tunstall's unforgettable memoir of his days in the British Royal Air Force and as one of the most celebrated British POWs of World War II.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really entertaining yarn

  • By S. Perry on 08-03-15

A really entertaining yarn

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

Reviewed: 08-03-15

This was a really entertaining book - not deep, not for the person looking for thoughtful history, just a good yarn, in the spirit of the Colditz stories, or the Douglas Bader's "Reach for the Sky". The narration was also perfect for the story. What amazes me about these books, all of which follow a similar style, is their understated non-chalance; I imagine it was the times. Anyway, if you're looking for entertaining tale along the lines I've described, then this is well worth the investment.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Children of Henry VIII

  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539

New York Times best-selling author Alison Weir is one of the most popular chroniclers of British and European royal history. In this fascinating book she sheds light on the scheming, backstabbing and brutality that plagued England after Henry VIII’s death. Filled with remarkable and sometimes shocking details, The Children of Henry VIII is an arresting narrative that brings the past to life and infuses it with all the flair of a riveting novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Personal History

  • By Troy on 12-06-13

Extremely Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 04-30-15

This really was a fantastic audiobook. I read the book a few years ago and really enjoyed it - I am a big follower of Alison Weir - but I had forgotten that when I purchased the audiobook. But it made no difference. I really enjoyed the audiobook: it over along at a terrific pace, it was an engaging story and the narrator was terrific. I would highly recommend it if you're interested in the subject.

  • A Spy Among Friends

  • Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal
  • By: Ben Macintyre
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143

Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain's counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War - while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby's best friend and fellow officer in MI6.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reads like a spy novel

  • By Kate M. on 08-15-14

A really entertaining audiobook

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

Reviewed: 12-02-14

I'll make this brief: this is a really entertaining audiobook. I was interested in this story long before I downloaded and listened to this audiobook; and in fact. I have always been fascinated with the Cambridge Spies, so I was obviously pre-disposed to the subject.

The book is not so detailed to be tedious. It moves quickly and is very engaging. It moves through Philby's story, touching on a few peripheral stories without getting bogged down by them - like Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean, as an example. He involves them to the extent that they contribute to Philby's story.

Secondly, the narration is brilliant. Often a downfall of many audiobooks, the narrator in this case is very good.

I would highly recommend this audiobook to people interested in the story of Philby, who aren't going to nit pick on details but are genuinely interested in a good story of the key person in the Cambridge Five.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Coyote Lost at Sea

  • The Story of Mike Plant, America's Daring Solo Circumnavigator
  • By: Julia Plant
  • Narrated by: Kitty Hendrix
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

When Coyote and its skipper, Mike Plant, went missing mid-Atlantic in November 1992, the sailing world held its breath. Now, 20 years later, the story around the mystery, tragedy, and enigma is told at last. Mike Plant came to ocean racing late; as an American in a sport dominated by European sailors he was an underdog. And yet he won his class in the 1986-87 Around Alone 24,000-mile race, beating competitors with more experience, among them Hal Roth. Plant led an adrenaline-fueled life, full of seemingly suicidal adventures and yet his charismatic personality attracted hundreds of friends.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful expose about finding what drives the few

  • By Brodie on 02-08-15

The Title Says it All

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

Reviewed: 06-01-14

I was disappointed in this audiobook. This isn't the fault of the story - or the narrator; in fact the narrator was quite good. I just wasn't interested in the story. I don't sail, but I do enjoy stories about sailing - especially those that involve adventure and daring: stories about the Vendee Globe, sailing around the world alone, the Sydney-Hobart race; or just tales of people who pack up their life savings, buy a boat and sail off.

But this is about none of that - it's not an adventure story. It's a book about the life of Mike Plant. And as someone who enjoys tales of sailing, but doesn't really follow sailing, I didn't know, and genuinely wasn't interested in this story. Perhaps if there was more "sailing" in the story, I might have enjoyed it a bit more. But the focus really was, as the title says, "the story of Mike Plant". And despite his obvious talent and character, I really wasn't that interested.

If you're more than just a casual observer of sailing - and you know who Mike Plant is, and perhaps followed his exploits - this audio book will probably hold something for you. If you don't know who he is, and you just enjoy a good sailing yarn - then in my opinion you are likely to be disappointed.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Skygods

  • The Fall of Pan Am
  • By: Robert Gandt
  • Narrated by: Thomas Block
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

Originally published by Wm. Morrow, in 1995, Skygods is the saga of America's most glamorous airline - from its meteoric ascent to its plunge to extinction. Pan Am blazed the way across the world's oceans with its magnificent Clipper ships, launched the first international jet service, was the first to fly the behemoth 747, was the lead customer for America's SST and the Concorde, and was even taking reservations for the first commercial flights to the moon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Absorbing Slice of Social History

  • By S. Perry on 06-01-14

An Absorbing Slice of Social History

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

Reviewed: 06-01-14

At the risk of dating myself, I only flew on a Pan Am aircraft once - which is somewhat amazing, as growing up I flew a fair bit. But I'll chalk that up to being Canadian, and therefore I typically flew Canada's carriers. But I distinctly remember that trip - and the awe when I saw that I'd be flying from the Orient to LA on. . . Pan Am. It had a mystique that was unshared by other airlines. For a few years, I parked that memory; but there have been many times, as an adult still travelling internationally, as I've looked at the liveries of the aircraft in Charles de Gaulle or Heathrow, that I've wondered, what whatever happened to Pan Am?

This audio book answers that question. It's a fascinating social history of Pan Am, in an easily digestible, captivating narrative. When I first heard the sound bite, I was concerned about the narrator - but I quickly came to realize he was an inspired choice. At times the book is almost "campy" - the Sky Gods and the Imperial Sky God. But this really fits the story. And the narrator, with his slow, at time exaggerated drawl - perfects the tone of the book.

This was a really enjoyable audio book about a subject that has piqued my interest many times since that first flight. It's very easy to listen to: have a little patience with the narrator to start and you'll soon realize his genius for this book. For those who are interested in the history of aviation - and were taken in by the mythical aura of Pan Am - this will be very enjoyable.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dam Busters

  • The True Story of the Inventors and Airmen Who Led the Devastating Raid to Smash the German Dams in 1943
  • By: James Holland
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

The night of 16 May, 1943: Nineteen specially adapted Lancaster bombers take off from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, each with a huge 9000-lb cylindrical bomb strapped underneath it. Their mission: to destroy three dams deep within the German heartland, which provide the lifeblood to the industries supplying the Third Reich's war machine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for anyone interested in Air Warfare

  • By Jim In Texas! on 03-24-14

A really terrific tale. . . and very well told.

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

Reviewed: 03-23-14

This is a really great audio book if you're interested in this genre. As the author mentions early on - you can't help wonder if you could learn anything new about the Dam Busters; that surely the story has been told many times. But then think about the number of books about it that you might have read. The story here is a just a great yarn - enough detail to keep it interesting,but not so much that it gets bogged down. This is an audiobook that really moves; unlike some other audiobooks - even ones I've enjoyed - I can't think of a moment when it slowed down. And the narrator was awesome - I'll keep an eye open for others that he reads. I would highly recommend this audiobook.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful