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Chad J Cargill

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  • Rocket Men

  • The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon
  • By: Robert Kurson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter, Robert Kurson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 572

By August 1968, the American space program was in danger of failing in its two most important objectives: to land a man on the moon by President Kennedy's end-of-decade deadline and to triumph over the Soviets in space. With its back against the wall, NASA made an almost unimaginable leap: It would scrap its usual methodical approach and risk everything on a sudden launch, sending the first men in history to the moon - in just four months. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Men Who Saved 1968

  • By Gillian on 04-04-18

Amazing Journey

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Easily one of the best books I’ve ever read. If you were alive in 1968, just be prepared I will ask you if remember where you were Christmas Day. And then I will recommend that you must read this book. Brilliant in so many ways. Chills, tears, smiles, and pride to be felt throughout.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,037

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Outstanding

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-18

One of the most fascinating books I’ve ever read. Definitely a lot of self reflection takes place while listening to this. The language used in the book is very harsh but certainly understandable. I highly recommend people read this book. It will force you to take a look at how you react to other people and different socio economic situations.

  • The Stranger in the Woods

  • The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
  • By: Michael Finkel
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,883

For readers and listeners of Jon Krakauer and The Lost City of Z, a remarkable tale of survival and solitude - the true story of a man who lived alone in a tent in the Maine woods, never talking to another person and surviving by stealing supplies from nearby cabins for 27 years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating Then Exasperating

  • By Gillian on 03-10-17

Fascinating

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-18

Thoroughly enjoyed this amazing story. Very well written. Reader is brutally slow. Listen at 2x easily. Slow to 1x when he is quoting Knight and I wonder if that's really how slow he talked. Really loved the book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Killing England

  • The Brutal Struggle for American Independence
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,046
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,023

The breathtaking latest installment in Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's mega-best-selling Killing series transports listeners to the most important era in our nation's history, the Revolutionary War. Told through the eyes of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Great Britain's King George III, Killing England chronicles the path to independence in gripping detail, taking the listener from the battlefields of America to the royal courts of Europe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone in the U. S. Should read this book.

  • By Barbara J. Daly on 12-31-17

Worst of the killing series

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-26-17

Was really excited about this book because of how great the other books in this series have been. This was by far the worst of any of the killing series books. If you're interested in this era I would read different books. My favorite from this time period is still Valley Forge.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Russia Rising

  • Tracking the Bear in Bible Prophecy
  • By: Mark Hitchcock
  • Narrated by: Bob Souer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

In Russia Rising, Mark Hitchcock, popular speaker and Bible prophecy expert, explores the history of Russia and its current military moves. He will explain the biblical prophecies related to Russia, the Middle East, and the end times. The tracks of the Russian bear lead to the Middle East and Israel. Are we on a collision course with Russia?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book

  • By Chad J Cargill on 09-06-17

Excellent Book

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 09-06-17

Fascinating. Mark Hitchcock does an outstanding job making this prophecy very understandable. The Q&A at the very end is great too. Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Guns of August

  • By: Barbara W. Tuchman
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,021
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,267

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of Kings and Kaisers and Czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed...and how horrible it became.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Microscopic View

  • By Sara on 10-23-14

Good book but terribly tough listen

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-17

This is a great detail of the first part of the war. But this an incredibly difficult listen if you really want to understand the what and where. There are so many names, flanks, towns, and fronts, I kept wishing I had a map in front of me and an org chart of commands. Really could have studied maps in detail while listening and enjoyed it much more.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The River of Doubt

  • Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
  • By: Candice Millard
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,372

At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • River of Doubt

  • By Steve1290 on 11-12-05

Good. Negative view of intelligent design, a creator, and Christianity

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-17

I enjoyed this book and the telling of the story. From an adventure perspective it was great. My biggest problem with this book is that the author worked very hard to emphasize over and over evolution, chance of nature, and millions upon millions of years to explain it. The complexity of wildlife, plants, geology clearly point to intelligent design. Instead of ever even mentioning or acknowledging creation or a creator, the author goes out of the way to describe in a negative way missionaries and Christians. I know folks will not read this as a Christian book, and the things said in it would be exactly what is taught at the Smithsonian, history museums, and high school and college campuses today. So my review is simply to say as a Christian who believes in intelligent design and a literal interpretation of the Bible, this book will many times contradict that. I still enjoyed the book. and the story. Those would be my only criticisms.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Deep Undercover

  • My Secret Life and Tangled Allegiances as a KGB Spy in America
  • By: Jack Barsky, Cindy Coloma
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bowlby
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447

One decision can end everything...or lead to unlikely redemption. Millions watched the CBS 60 Minutes special on Jack Barsky in 2015. Now, in this fascinating memoir, the Soviet KGB agent tells his story of gut-wrenching choices, appalling betrayals, his turbulent inner world, and the secret life he lived for years without getting caught.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Chad J Cargill on 03-30-17

Amazing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-30-17

Loved it. The ending is so good. Definitely listen at 1.5x or 2x speed. Reader is way too slow.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • 1812: The Navy's War

  • By: George C. Daughan
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 18 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 558
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 490
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 490

At the outbreak of the War of 1812, America's prospects looked dismal. It was clear that the primary battlefield would be the open ocean but America's war fleet, only 20 ships strong, faced a practiced British navy of more than a thousand men-of-war. Still, through a combination of nautical deftness and sheer bravado, the American navy managed to take the fight to the British and turn the tide of the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic, if complicated, account of the war

  • By K. Winters on 02-25-13

Fantastic

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 02-10-17

So much to learn from history. This book was fantastic taking us through the what, who, and why of the war. Highly recommended. Easy listen at 2x speed.