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  • Through These Portals

  • A Pacific War Saga
  • By: Wayne C. MacGregor
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

This remarkably immediate memoir tells of the U.S Army's essential role in the Pacific campaigns alongside the Navy and Marine Corps. America's sons, born in the first quarter of the 20th century, were forged in the twin crucibles of the Great Depression and World War II. The values and attitudes of these mostly idealistic young males ultimately sustained them in horrific trials against incredibly courageous, and often suicidally-committed, Japanese soldiers blindly loyal to their superior officers and the Emperor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The BEST

  • By cindilla on 12-17-14

Fascinating.

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

Reviewed: 03-27-15

Where does Through These Portals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the very best. Number two on my favorite list just behind The Wrong Stuff.

What other book might you compare Through These Portals to and why?

Never read a book like this so really can't compare.

Which character – as performed by James Killavey – was your favorite?

This was not a book of fiction so...the author, I guess. Reader did an excellent job. I got this book because I enjoyed his narration of The Wrong Stuff so much.

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

There were a lot of them. Those were incredibly brave young men.

Any additional comments?

Was a wonderful and educational listening experience.

25 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • The Wrong Stuff

  • The Adventures and Misadventures of an 8th Air Force Aviator
  • By: Truman Smith
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 935
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849

Between April and July 1944, Truman Smith flew 35 bombing missions over France and Germany. He was only 20 years old. Although barely adults, Smith and his peers worried about cramming a lifetime's worth of experience into every free night, each knowing he probably would not survive the next bombing mission. Written with blunt honesty, wry humor, and insight, The Wrong Stuff is Smith's gripping memoir of that time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action, suspense, and history

  • By Allan on 03-17-15

The Wrong Stuff is GOOD stuff

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

Reviewed: 03-27-15

If you could sum up The Wrong Stuff in three words, what would they be?

A terrific listen

Who was your favorite character and why?

Truman Smith, of course

What does James Killavey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Did a very good job. Enough emotion, when needed, but without going "over the top." Let the book tell the story didn't try to act it out. I like that style.

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

The Wrong Stuff

Any additional comments?

I've listened to many audio books over the years. This one ranks right up there at the top.

45 of 47 people found this review helpful

  • Reconsidering the American Way of War

  • US Military Practice from the Revolution to Afghanistan
  • By: Antulio Joseph Echevarria
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

This audiobook challenges several longstanding notions about the American way of war. It examines US military practice (strategic and operational) from the War of Independence to the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan to determine what patterns, if any, existed in the way Americans have used military force. Echevarria surveys all major US wars and most every small conflict in the country's military history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent overview of complex subject

  • By Joe on 11-25-14

Excellent overview of complex subject

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

Reviewed: 11-25-14

If you could sum up Reconsidering the American Way of War in three words, what would they be?

That is really impossible..complex stuff cannot be summed up in three words.

What did you like best about this story?

Great a great overall view of the topic with many specific examples.

Which scene was your favorite?

No "scenes" in this non-fiction work.

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

Noo....Has to be taken in small doses. There is a lot to digest.

Any additional comments?

Reader did a good job on what must have been a very difficult task. For military officers, this is a must read...or listen.. so that past mistakes are not made all over again.

73 of 74 people found this review helpful

  • Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 1

  • By: Philip K. Dick, Robert Silverberg, Fritz Leiber, and others
  • Narrated by: Jim Roberts, Ben Hurst, Cindy Hardin Killavey
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 113

This first volume of Favorite Science Fiction Stories features "the best of the best" from the Golden Age of science fiction. It includes 21 stories by, among others, Andre Norton, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Robert Silverberg, Stanley G. Weinbaum, Philip K. Dick, Edmond Hamilton, Jack Williamson, Alan Edward Nourse, Fritz Leiber, Frederik Pohl, Fredric Brown, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., and others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great selection

  • By Empowerment on 09-05-09

Very nice collection

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-10

Great selection of stories and nice variety of narration. Looking forward to more volumes!

41 of 43 people found this review helpful

  • Time and Time Again

  • By: H. Beam Piper
  • Narrated by: Jim Roberts
  • Length: 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Henry Beam Piper was an American science fiction author who wrote many classic short stories and several novels during the "Golden Age" of science fiction in the USA. In this story, a soldier of the future, wounded badly in battle during World War III, loses consciousness. When he opens his eyes again he findsthat he is back in his boyhood past but with all the memories of his adult life intact!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Joe on 12-18-09

Good story

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

Reviewed: 12-18-09

I don't know if I would call this story "awe-inspiring" as another listener did but it was certainly a very good story. I thought the reader was quite good as well. Five stars, overall.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Victory

  • By: Lester del Rey
  • Narrated by: Ran Alan Ricard
  • Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

In Victory, one of del Rey's best short novels, a victorious captain returns to his home planet after an alien war and finds that victory has a very steep price and that Earthmen seem to have suddenly all become cowards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • one of the best

  • By Joe on 11-25-09

one of the best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-09

Lester del Rey is one of the best sci-fi writers and this little gem of a novel is a good example of his work.
Involving, exciting and with a not so subtle message about the price of victory. Reader was excellent as well.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful