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  • Easy Company Soldier

  • The Legendary Battles of a Sergeant from WW II's 'Band of Brothers'
  • By: Don Malarkey, Bob Welch
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

Sgt. Don Malarkey takes us not only into the battles fought from Normandy to Germany, but into the heart and mind of a soldier who beat the odds to become an elite paratrooper and lost his best friend during the nightmarish engagement at Bastogne. Drafted in 1942, Malarkey arrived at Toccoa Camp in Georgia and was one of six soldiers who earned their Eagle wings and went to England in 1943 to provide ground cover for the largest amphibious military attack in history: Operation Overlord.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid American Greatness

  • By David Ewing on 09-28-10

better to read

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

Reviewed: 09-10-12

Is there anything you would change about this book?

err, the narrator. He made the story feel cheesy. My husband put it best: "I keep waiting for him to try and sell me something." Distracting.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved hearing a more in-depth part of the Easy Company experience.

What didn’t you like about John Bedford Lloyd’s performance?

Cross between a used car salesman and Captain America

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102,227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88,543
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 88,462

Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King's Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert's name. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse - unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

I am so in!

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

Reviewed: 03-01-12

Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

I have never liked anything in the fantasy genre before. I gave this a try because I really got into the HBO television series. Within the first two chapters, I knew I would be reading the entire series. I have become invested in each character as he/she develops, and speak to my husband about my hopes and worries for each, as though they are real people. The story keeps me on my toes. I cannot seem to leave this story alone for more than a few hours, and find myself looking forward to my public transportation rides to listen again. Roy Dotrice changes his reading style for each character to perfectly capture his/her attitude and personality. He is consistent and recognizable with these changes too. I could come into an unknown part of the book, and be able to tell which character was speaking just by listening to his inflection. Throw out all your previous biases toward fantasy and listen to this!

  • Matterhorn

  • A Novel of the Vietnam War
  • By: Karl Marlantes
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 21 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,532

Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Matterhorn

  • By Zachary on 04-20-10

cliche

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

Reviewed: 03-01-12

What disappointed you about Matterhorn?

Green kid sees war and comes out hardened man. Really? Nothing in this book was original in the war story genre. The performance by Pinchot was fine, but he could not help the story line. Only toward the end of the book was I actually able to recognize or know any of the characters except the main. I was bored, but stuck it out to the end hoping for a change or some sort of reward. None came. It ended just as unoriginally as it began.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful