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  • A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts

  • By: Andrew Chaikin
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 23 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,411

Audie Award, History/Biography, 2016. On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Based on in-depth interviews with 23 of the 24 moon voyagers, as well as those who struggled to get the program moving, A Man on the Moon conveys every aspect of the Apollo missions with breathtaking immediacy and stunning detail.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Long, comforting book on moon exploration

  • By Mark on 06-17-16

Our Moon Missions Back Story

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

I love how each mission begins with an introduction of the astronauts and their personal lives. The depth of the back story is fantastic and I really enjoyed the detail. I was raised watching the missions as they happened. Still cant believe we haven't been back.

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93,827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82,332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81,850

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

I'm 58. This was a wast of money for me.

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Would you try another book from Mark Manson and/or Roger Wayne?

No

What could Mark Manson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Apply to me

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Roger Wayne?

no one

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck?

all of it. just not relevant to me.

Any additional comments?

Perhaps if my younger self was reading this, it may have resonated somewhat. Truth is, I learned this stuff long ago. At 58 it simply does not apply to me.

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  • The Aviators

  • Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight
  • By: Winston Groom
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,738
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,583

Gifted storyteller Winston Groom, the best-selling author of Forrest Gump, has written the fascinating story of three extraordinary heroes who defined aviation during the great age of flight: Charles Lindbergh, Eddie Rickenbacker, and Jimmy Doolittle. These cleverly interwoven tales of their heart-stopping adventures take us from the feats of World War I through the heroism of World War II and beyond, including daring military raids and survival at sea, and will appeal to fans of Unbroken, The Greatest Generation, and Flyboys.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listening experience!

  • By tjcrewsbooks on 11-12-13

Rickenbacker, Lindberg & Dolittle

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

Reviewed: 09-07-16

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

Between the 3 main characters, the story did not focus on one all the way through, then the other. Rather, I enjoyed how chapter to chapter the character focus shifted throughout the book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Aviators?

Rickenbacker stranded with B17 crew for 23(?) days! Amazing will to live.

Which scene was your favorite?

Tokyo Raiders, Jimmy Dolittle in general That dude lived the dream.

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

Event storys were able to immerse the listener.

Any additional comments?

One of my top 3 so far! Non Fiction to boot! A must for anyone interested in aviation, &/or History.

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  • Empire

  • The Life, Legend, and Madness of Howard Hughes
  • By: Donald L. Barlett, James B. Steele
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 28 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 115

Howard Hughes lived one of the greatest, most heroic, misunderstood, mysterious, bizarre, and tragic lives in American history. In this brilliantly documented biography, the mythology that surrounded that life is disentangled from the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this from start to finish!

  • By bryan on 03-25-15

EVERYTHING you Ever wanted to know about HRH

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

Reviewed: 09-06-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

My books are during 1 hour ride to & from work, 5 days per week for 10 hours. This book had some dry spells, but overall I found it educational.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I think the pinnacle is the 'Spruce Goose', but there are so many different things he did, it's difficult to peg any one.
Least interesting was the in depth reading of the multiple hand written instructions for every aspect of his mad, mad solitude.

What didn’t you like about Christopher Hurt’s performance?

For the documentary present, it was well read. Par for documentary, some dry spots, but not taking away overall.

Could you see Empire being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

There are already movies. Most recent being "The Aviator"

Any additional comments?

A very long book, I appreciated its additional information even if it did get boring at times. I have long fascinated in HRH, mainly for his aviation interests. I learned much about the many other things he obsessed over. In the end I realized he swung onto the scene due to his parents untimely demise, and without proper direction, became a spoiled, self indulged brat. That said, he and those working for him did make great strides in the science of aviation.

  • One Second After

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,091
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,115

Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Realistic Worst Nightmare

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 03-02-17

Well written, well read account of an EMP

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

Reviewed: 09-06-16

Where does One Second After rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book ranks in my top 3!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course John being the main, became my favorite character. The book read from his perspective.

What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

His ability to present individual characters in such a way you see the personality change in 'my minds eye'.

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

The loss of key characters, some 4 legged.

Any additional comments?

IMHO. Pure fiction and fantasy, but based on what would actually occur if, or when we are ever exposed to either a man made, EMP, or nature made, CME. It is our greatest overall risk and a growing number of 'experts' are predicting 80% or more population loss. Our electrical grid is totally unprepared or protected from this potential event. And the growing number of "nuclear" able countries adds to my concern.

  • One Year After

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,764
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,755

One Year After returns to the small town of Black Mountain and the man who struggled to rebuild it in the wake of devastation: John Matherson. It is a thrilling follow-up and should delight fans in every way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected

  • By Joe on 04-23-16

Let Down

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

Reviewed: 09-06-16

Would you try another book from William R. Forstchen and/or Bronson Pinchot?

Yes. Just based on 1 second after

What was most disappointing about William R. Forstchen’s story?

Frankly, the change in 'reader'. The voice I had associated with what were familiar characters made the biggest impact. But the story itself went way afield, even more fictitious than the last, if that's possible.

What didn’t you like about Bronson Pinchot’s performance?

Just the fact that I had already associated the characters based on the previous reader.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger, that I didn't read the reviews. Disappointment that I endured it.

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