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  • No Way Out

  • A Story of Valor in the Mountains of Afghanistan
  • By: Mitch Weiss, Kevin Maurer
  • Narrated by: Corey M. Snow
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

In a remote enemy-held valley in Afghanistan, a Special Forces team planned to scale a steep mountain to surprise and capture a terrorist leader. But before they found the target, the target found them. The team was caught in a deadly ambush that threatened not only their lives but the entire mission. The elite soldiers fought huddled for hours on a small rock ledge as rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine-gun fire rained down on them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book

  • By TRey on 07-20-17

Good story made great by narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-31-17

Excellent narration by Corey Snow made this well-written book a joy to listen to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Red Platoon

  • A True Story of American Valour
  • By: Clinton Romesha
  • Narrated by: Will Damron, Clinton Romesha
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,023
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 940

On October 3, 2009, after years of constant smaller attacks, the Taliban finally decided to throw everything they had at Keating. The ensuing 13-hour battle - and eventual victory - cost eight men their lives. Red Platoon is the riveting firsthand account of the Battle of Keating, told by Romesha, who spearheaded both the defence of the outpost and the counterattack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire and received the Medal of Honor for his actions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing...

  • By Rob on 05-01-16

Well-written emotional journey

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

Reviewed: 05-29-16

Clint Romesha details an incredible story of COP Keating. Just having finished Jimmy Blackman's book, Red Platoon is a fantastic preview into what took place that fateful October day.
Highly recommended for readers who are interested in the personal, physical, and psychological impact which is undertaken during battle.

  • Guts 'N Gunships

  • What It Was Really Like to Fly Combat Helicopters in Vietnam
  • By: Mark Garrison
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551

In the summer of 1967, Mark Garrison had dropped out of college at Southern Illinois University just before entering his third year. He had run out of money and had to work for a while. These were the days before the lottery and the draft soon came calling. In order to somewhat control his own future, he enlisted in the US Army's helicopter flight school program. Little did he know that this adventure would be the most profound experience of his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Jean on 04-25-16

Powerful story with great narration.

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

Reviewed: 03-27-16

Mark does a great job relaying his day-to-day life in 1968-69 of a Gunship pilot. His fascinating stories are brought to life by Eric Martin's great narration. I recommend this book to all who are interested in gaining a better understanding of Military life during Vietnam.

  • Black Flags

  • The Rise of ISIS
  • By: Joby Warrick
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,906
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,903

Pulitzer Prize, General nonfiction, 2016. When Jordan granted amnesty to a group of political prisoners in 1999, it little realized that among them was Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a terrorist mastermind and soon the architect of an Islamist movement bent on dominating the Middle East. In Black Flags, an unprecedented account of the rise of ISIS, Joby Warrick shows how the zeal of this one man and the strategic mistakes of Presidents Bush and Obama led to the banner of ISIS being raised over huge swaths of Syria and Iraq.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So much learned

  • By mike flavin on 02-11-16

Good storytelling.

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

Reviewed: 03-18-16

A quick recap: The first 6 hours address faults at the Bush administration, there's 20 minutes addressing faults at the Obama administration and the rest is great listening as it discusses specifics about King Abdulla II and al-Zarqawi.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen

  • By: Brandon Webb, John David Mann
  • Narrated by: Jon Bailey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,653

Brandon Webb's experiences in the world's most elite sniper corps are the stuff of legend. From his grueling years of training in Naval Special Operations to his combat tours in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan, The Red Circle provides a rare and riveting look at the inner workings of the U.S. military through the eyes of a covert operations specialist. Yet it is Webb's distinguished second career as a lead instructor for the shadowy "sniper cell" that makes his story so compelling.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story/horrible narrator

  • By Lobo11 on 08-20-12

Read the hardcover, enjoyed the audiobook even more

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

Reviewed: 10-03-15

I read the hardcover edition when it was released a few years ago and really enjoyed it. I heard from a friend that the audiobook had more content because Brandon gave a personal voice-over description of each chapter and that's what made listening to this book really enjoyable.

  • The Dark Art

  • My Undercover Life in Global Narco-Terrorism
  • By: Edward Follis, Douglas Century
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

Over the course of his 27 years with the DEA, Ed Follis bought eight-balls of cocaine in a red Corvette, negotiated multimillion-dollar deals onboard private King Airs, and developed covert relationships with men who were not only international drug traffickers but - in some cases - operatives for al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, the Shan United Army, or the Mexican federation of cartels. Follis was, in fact, one of the driving forces behind the agency's radical shift from a limited local focus to a global arena.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story

  • By Chris on 07-30-15

Brilliant story with entertaining narration

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

Reviewed: 08-12-15

Ed Follis lived an incredible life and this book catalogs several of his adventures. Entertaining to listen to and exciting to learn more about the DEA and operations.

  • The Cartel

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 23 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,817
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,794

From the internationally best-selling author of the acclaimed novel The Power of the Dog comes The Cartel, a gripping, ripped-from-the-headlines story of power, corruption, revenge, and justice spanning the past decade of the Mexican-American drug wars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best ever…

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-24-16

Incredible story coupled with a knockout narration

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

Reviewed: 07-28-15

This is the first Don Winslow book that I've read/listened to and my 4th Ray Porter narration.
I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I found myself making excuses so I COULD listen to it. I folded laundry, did dishes, walked the dog; anything to continue this brilliant book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys modern military, character development, or foreign policy genres.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • ISIS: The State of Terror

  • By: Jessica Stern, J. M. Berger
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225

The Islamic State, known as ISIS, exploded into the public eye in 2014 with startling speed and shocking brutality. It has captured the imagination of the global jihadist movement, attracting recruits in unprecedented numbers and wreaking bloody destruction with a sadistic glee that has alienated even the hardcore terrorists of its parent organization, al Qaeda. Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger, two of America’s leading experts on terrorism, dissect the new model for violent extremism that ISIS has leveraged into an empire of death in Iraq and Syria, and an international network that is rapidly expanding in the Middle East, North Africa and around the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hope the current administration is reading this

  • By Jonathan Love on 04-01-15

Good, insightful story with excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 05-18-15

First off, Ray Porter is a god among men when it comes to voicing audiobooks. He does a fantastic job with this book, as expected.
The story is easy to follow and engages me as a listener. I believe the authors deliver a very good argument in regards to why ISIS behaves the way it does.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • How Ideas Spread

  • By: Jonah Berger, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jonah Berger
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 699

What makes one novel a bestseller, while a similar work languishes unnoticed? Why are the same few baby names suddenly everywhere? Why is everyone talking about that viral video? Welcome to the science of social epidemics: the cutting-edge study of why some ideas, products, and concepts spread wildly, while others quickly flame out. Anyone who has something to sell, a cause to promote, or a message to spread knows that there are obstacles in creating a message that resonates, spreads, and sticks to make their product or idea the word on the street. Enormous sums of time and money have been spent trying to answer the question of why some ideas catch on. And not only is it an ever-present challenge for businesses, governments, and organizations, but it has long been a source of inquiry for psychologists, economists, and sociologists as well.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great informative content at the cost of a few ads

  • By Fabrizio on 03-30-15

Basically a live rendition of Contagious

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

Reviewed: 04-29-15

I was hoping for some more content in addition to Contagious. However, I really enjoyed the author's narration.
If you haven't read/listened to Jonah's other book, this lecture series will be fascinating.
I'm glad I listened to this and would like to read more of Dr. Berger'a work.

25 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • Contagious

  • Why Things Catch On
  • By: Jonah Berger
  • Narrated by: Keith Nobbs
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,990
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,397

Why do some products get more word of mouth than others? Why does some online content go viral? Word of mouth makes products, ideas, and behaviors catch on. It's more influential than advertising and far more effective. Can you create word of mouth for your product or idea? According to Berger, you can. Whether you operate a neighborhood restaurant, a corporation with hundreds of employees, or are running for a local office for the first time, the steps that can help your product or idea become viral are the same.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Primer on Viral & Memorable Marketing

  • By Douglas C. Bates on 04-01-13

Excellent story and compelling narration

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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: 04-13-15

Great book. Just finished listening to it for my 2nd time (about 1 year between listens). The 6 steps which Jonah discussed in detail have a lot of merit. Simple ideas when presented well can be contagious.