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  • Panzer Ace

  • The Memoirs of an Iron Cross Panzer Commander from Barbarossa to Normandy
  • By: Richard Freiherr von Rosen, Robert Forczyk
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

Richard Freiherr von Rosen was a highly decorated Wehrmacht soldier and outstanding panzer commander. After serving as a gunlayer on a Pz.Mk.III during Barbarossa, he led a company of Tigers at Kursk. Later he led a company of King Tiger panzers at Normandy and in late 1944 commanded a battle group (12 King Tigers and a flak company) against the Russians in Hungary in the rank of junior, later senior lieutenant (from November 1944, his final rank). Only 489 of these King Tiger tanks were ever built. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • terrific insight from the German side

  • By Anonymous User on 07-24-18

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

You would figure that a tanker who experienced front line tank combat on two fronts would present a memoir that would be full of battlefield specifics, unique battle descriptions, details of tank operations, descriptions of tank particulars, etc. None of that is really in this book. Apart from a detailed recitation of an early Eastern Front close call where his tank was disabled and he had to hide out from Russians for a couple days, this book is written as more of an outline of places visited and battle outcomes. There are absolutely no descriptions of how the tiger tank actually worked, or how the King Tiger crew did what they did. Battles are included as an afterthought. Most of the book involves name dropping of buddies and commanders known to the author and an overview of where his unit fought. The book is written in a very old-fashioned and stilted manner. Russian attack? "Unpleasant." Russian rocket attack? "Very unpleasant." "Elbow almost blown off?" "Very, very unpleasant"

The greatest detail in the book involves the continuous efforts of the Germans to tow swamp stuck tanks or disabled tanks. I think the author is most proud of his accomplishments in towing various expensive tanks out of soft mud or because of damaged engines or tracks. Towards the end of the book, it seems the only thing the Wehrmacht was doing was towing tanks to safety. Seriously, if you have a tank towing fetish, this is the book of your dreams!

To be fair, for hardcore WW2 buffs like me, it's not a horrible book because there are tidbits of info (mostly about towing tanks) I learned about, but if you're looking for the German version of Brad Pitt's "Fury," this isn't it.

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  • Crash Dive, Omnibus: Books 1-3

  • By: Craig DiLouie
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 165

Crash Dive, Book 1: October 1942 - The United States and the Empire of Japan are at war. Charlie Harrison, a young and ambitious lieutenant, reports for duty aboard the S-55, a worn-out WWI-era submarine. While the Battle of Guadalcanal rages on land, air, and sea, the captain plans a daring attack against Rabaul, the heart of Japanese power in the South Pacific. There, the hunter will become the hunted. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast and furious, on and under the waves!

  • By RJ on 07-14-18

A fast paced, well done, war novel series

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

I've always been fascinated by WWII sub warfare. Books like Shadow Divers, Thunder Below, and Silent Running are all non-fiction Sub combat classics which I have in my library. I never considered this fiction version until I found out R.C. Bray was the narrator. He's tops on my list, so I gave Crash Dive a try. It's an excellent set of novels. I really enjoyed them. The Omnibus 3 novel download helped. each novel is relatively short at between 4 and 5 hours, so getting three for 1 credit was great. I just downloaded book 4 "Contact!" and can't wait to get back in the Sub with our protagonist Charlie Harrison!

Great work by Author Craig Dilouie!

  • Axis of Evil

  • By: Bobby Akart
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617

For decades, American administrations have forced our military to be neutered in many respects - hampered by restrained rules of engagement, passed in strength by Russia and China, and tested by rogue nations like North Korea and Iran. As a result, nuclear Armageddon hangs over us like a mighty sword. Military analysts agree that the United States can't start World War III. Why? We might lose. Sabers are rattling, and the war of words escalate between America and her enemies....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sure hope Akart isn’t a visionary

  • By CJ Bartholomew on 03-16-18

Excellent start to the series

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

I really enjoyed this book. It is a fast-paced buildup to the rest of the series. Don't listen to the reviews that put this book down because it doesn't start off with a nuclear attack and millions dead before the end of chapter one. Having read the blackout series, I was surprised that the author, although clearly leaning to the right politically, was relatively even-handed. I appreciate the effort since I'm probably one of the few liberals you'll ever meet who builds his own AR's, drives an F-250 Diesel and reads prepper fiction.

I finished this book in record time and am halfway through book two. It's a great series. I highly recommend it.

  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,525
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,152

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart and original

  • By J. OBrennan on 12-29-17

A Revelation! Excellent

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

It doesn’t matter if you’re not into fantasy, or sci-fi, or don’t read fiction. RUN, DON’T WALK, to download this book. There are lots of good books on Audible, but this is a great book. The story grabs you from the first sentence (one of the best openings sentences ever) and doesn’t let go. It’s a first class time travel story that actually explains how time travel could work on a quantum level and provides valid insights and new ideas on paradoxes. But the science is not the point. This is first and foremost a story about family, love, and how far we will go to set things right. Through the creation of a Universe where time travel is possible, the story reminds you how we forget to express our feelings to our loved ones when we have the chance, and how those moments are lost forever. After reading this book you will look at life a little differently.

If you want a listen that will have you figuring out how to make more time to listen, this is it.

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  • Fire and Fury

  • Inside the Trump White House
  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,005
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,906

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country—and the world—has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as credible as one would like.

  • By Jerry R. Nokes Jr. on 01-29-18

Even a bannana republic Dictator would cringe!

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

This is not about politics, it's about the survival of our Democracy. Kudos to Mr. Wolff for getting this information and making it available to the public through this book. If even 10% is true, America is in big trouble. Lots of interesting information. Well worth the listen. Good narration as well.

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  • Fantasyland

  • How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History
  • By: Kurt Andersen
  • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
  • Length: 19 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,757
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,565

A razor-sharp thinker offers a new understanding of our post-truth world and explains the American instinct to believe in make-believe, from the Pilgrims to P. T. Barnum to Disneyland to zealots of every stripe...to Donald Trump. In this sweeping, eloquent history of America, Kurt Andersen demonstrates that what's happening in our country today - this strange, post-factual, "fake news" moment we're all living through - is not something entirely new, but rather the ultimate expression of our national character and path.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, but...

  • By Synthpulse on 11-15-17

Reality 101

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

This book should be required reading for every college student in the country. It's a primer on the REASON things are the way they are today in the USA. It's not a doomsday book or anything like that. Kurt Andersen simply points out the obvious and puts it together in a fantastic narrative to achieve clarity on America's predisposition for flim-flam and plain old BS. Highly recommended.

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,165
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,791
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,731

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

A Tour De Force of Imagination

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

Reviewed: 04-25-17

I usually don't listen to Sci-Fi. I came across this series and read so many good things about it, that I took a chance. ONE OF THE BEST, MOST ENTERTAINING STORIES I'VE EVER LISTED TO. It's interesting, fast paced, and parts of it are hilarious. That may not be normal for alien/space books, but this book will have you laughing out loud at the gym or in your car. I'm now that weird guy in the abs section of the gym that laughs to himself. I highly recommend this series!

  • Zero Hour

  • The Blackout Series, Book 2
  • By: Bobby Akart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,040
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960

Zero Hour continues to follow the obstacles faced by Colton Ryman, his wife, Madison, and their teenage daughter, Alex. In 36 Hours, the Ryman family and the rest of the world was thrust into the darkness of a post-apocalyptic world. A catastrophic solar flare brought with it a blast of solar matter in the form of an EMP, leaving America in darkness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scary Story with excellent characters

  • By kanundra on 04-15-17

Good carry through from Book 1

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

Reviewed: 11-14-16

The author has a good story going here. In my review of Book 1, my main complaint was that it was a little heavy on the politics. Parts of it read like a Tea Party guy complaining about the Democrats. This book backs off the politics to a great extent and is better for it. I plan to follow this series.

Greatness as always by the Master Narrator, Kevin Pierce

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 299 Days

  • The Preparation, Book 1
  • By: Glen Tate
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191

299 Days: The Preparation, the first audiobook in the 299 Days series, depicts the inner struggles Grant must face as he exists in a social system he recognizes as unsustainable and on the verge of collapse, but one in which he has built his life around. What begins as a return to his roots, self-sufficiency and independence, becomes a full blown move to prepare for what may come.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Planted Reviews - be careful with your purchase...

  • By Jan on 10-30-14

It's in the details!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

299 Days brings plausibility to the genre. Unlike many "dystopian" adventure novels where outside forces such as EMP's, viruses, or meteors put an end to The world as we know it, this novel describes the beginnings of a very plausible vision of what could happen in the future. A "partial" collapse of the government/economy leading to nationwide lawlessness which up to now has only existed in very limited geographic areas after events such as Hurricane Katrina and The LA riots following the acquittal of the Rodney King police officers.

The author does a very good job describing how a pudgy lawyer comes to the realization that he needs to start preparing for the worst. His struggles with getting into shape, keeping his "prepping" a secret from his wife, and his eventual discovery and befriending of likeminded individuals hits home for those of us who have experienced the same thing.

The slow buildup and detailed exposition are great. I've started to recommend this book as a good first foray into the ideas behind the philosophy that it doesn't hurt to put in some effort today to be ready for an uncertain tomorrow. 299 Days describes how a regular Joe becomes an accomplished prepper. Can't wait to start part II!

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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 1,876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,720
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,716

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

Excellence

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

Reviewed: 10-20-16

Fantastic listening experience. Edge of your seat history! Once again Winston Groom produces a tour de force. The true story of three great Americans. The stories flow into each other flawlessly, and produce interesting nuggets of historical magic when the paths of these men actually cross. Can't say enough about this book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful