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  • Rogue Heroes

  • The History of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War
  • By: Ben Macintyre
  • Narrated by: Ben Macintyre
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545

Britain's Special Air Service - or SAS - was the brainchild of David Stirling, a young, gadabout aristocrat whose aimlessness in early life belied a remarkable strategic mind. Where most of his colleagues looked at a battlefield map of World War II's African theater and saw a protracted struggle with Rommel's desert forces, Stirling saw an opportunity: Given a small number of elite, well-trained men, he could parachute behind enemy lines and sabotage their airplanes and war matériel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Those Who Dared, Won!

  • By Matthew on 10-07-16

An incredible History of Incredible Men

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

The Author tells his story in a bit of a drone but WHAT a Story! Be warned, He covers the exploits of the SAS brilliantly but also includes the human cost of them and spares no details on a mostly hidden chapter of WWII.
Highly recommend

  • Shock Factor

  • American Snipers in the War on Terror
  • By: Gunnery Sgt. Jack Coughlin USMC (Ret.), John R. Bruning
  • Narrated by: Tony Ward
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

Retired Marine sniper Jack Coughlin and John Bruning pull back the curtain of secrecy to take an insider's look at the dark and misunderstood world of America's sniper force. Long considered the redheaded stepchildren of the infantry, snipers have been loathed by their fellow warriors, called "ten cent killers" by our media, and portrayed as unbalanced psychopaths by Hollywood.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, terrible narration.

  • By we on 05-19-15

The SHOCK Factor is Blunt, Factual & Actual!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-15

This Book is a Treatise on the History & Modern Applications of Sniping.
It covers the reasons Snipers have become our Top "on the Ground" Force Multipliers in the Asymmetrical Warfare The U.S. Military is using to Defend Freedom.

  • 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 2,771
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,535

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

The Man that trained Chris Kyle & Marcus Luttrell!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-13

If you could sum up The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen in three words, what would they be?

Revealing.
Informative.
Engrossing.

What did you like best about this story?

It is an autobiography and Brandon talks at length about his life growing up and how early life help shape and instill within him the qualities he would draw upon again and again as a SEAL.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Webb knows his stuff and shares what he can,which is very revealing, but his voice is a tad too "dude" for me.LOL

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES

Any additional comments?

For a very informative look into the covert world of Sniping and the SEALs this is a book for you. Brandon shares a lot of "bar stories" as well as technical aspects of military sniping and I found his story compelling.

  • Cold Days

  • The Dresden Files, Book 14
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 18 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,349
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,038
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,011

After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way

  • By Ethan M. on 12-21-12

Another Dresden adventure well worth the time & $$

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

Reviewed: 07-02-13

What did you love best about Cold Days?

Two things, Butcher's storytelling and Marster's narration! They complement each other so completely I perceive them as a TEAM presenting Harry Dresden's latest escapade!

What did you like best about this story?

Just about everything, this is Harry being Harry, and since Chicago is once again in peril of being annihilated he gets to unleash his magic AND sarcasm!

What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

As I've said, his narration as Harry makes you believe he IS Harry Dresden! His rendition of Odin was great as well

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

When Harry reunited with Thomas, his half-brother as well as the ending

Any additional comments?

This is a top notch Audio selection! Great storytelling and a narrator totally familiar with the material and delivering great character voices!

  • The Last Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,379

The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, The return of modern day Mitch

  • By Jim on 11-19-12

The LAST Mitch Rapp Novel? Say it ain't so!!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Once again Mitch Rapp is hurled into the breach of a National Security crisis and forced to cut through an environment of politically correct horse dung to get the job done! George Guidall is great once again as the narrator, his Stan Hurley is so real I could actually "see" what was happening. A great episode in Mitch Rapp's adventures.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

More Stan Hurley & Mitch Rapp taking out the trash.

What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

As I've mentioned, the Stan Hurley rendition is simply awesome and his grasp of the material and characters adds to listening enjoyment

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

The firefight where a long time Rapp ally & brother in arms is killed.

Any additional comments?

It's clear Vince was angling the French Assassin for a role in future novels as a Rapp ally as well. Sadly since Vince recently passed away from cancer we may never know how his or Mitch's story will end.

  • People Who Eat Darkness

  • The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo - and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up
  • By: Richard Lloyd Parry
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,923
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,929

Lucie Blackman - tall, blond, 21 years old - stepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summer of 2000 and disappeared. The following winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a seaside cave. The seven months in between had seen a massive search for the missing girl involving Japanese policemen, British private detectives, and Lucie’s desperate but bitterly divided parents. Had Lucie been abducted by a religious cult or snatched by human traffickers? Who was the mysterious man she had gone to meet? And what did her work as a hostess in the notorious Roppongi district of Tokyo really involve?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is the audiobook against I rate all others.

  • By El_Ron on 03-08-13

Evil thrives on ignorance

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

Reviewed: 03-02-13

If you could sum up People Who Eat Darkness in three words, what would they be?

Chilling.
Infuriating
Sad.

What other book might you compare People Who Eat Darkness to and why?

Helter Skelter. Both are definitive looks at shocking and brutal crimes committed by people given over to evil and the desire to inflict themselves. It is clear Obara, like Manson and his followers surrendered his humanity in his dark quest to satisfy base desires.

Which scene was your favorite?

When they finally arrested this savage lunatic

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

How the Japanese regard the separation between themselves and foreigners as hierarchical as part of a "class structure" and act according to a missing persons "importance"

Any additional comments?

Obara's evil was endemic and widespread. His victims, dead, that we know of are 2, yet he also drugged and raped at least 90-100 other women.Was his money and influence so wide ranging only the death of a pretty western girl and her implacable family could bring it to light?

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Big Boy Rules

  • America's Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq
  • By: Steve Fainaru
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

A parallel army lives on the margins of the Iraq war - nearly 100,000 armed men, invisible yet in plain sight, doing jobs the overstretched and understaffed military can't or won't do. The U.S. media call them "security contractors." They call themselves "mercs," and they operate under their own rules. Washington Post reporter Steve Fainaru traveled with several groups of security contractors to find out what motivates them to put their lives in danger every day.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A must read....

  • By Joe Arrigoni on 11-10-09

Stunning look at Future War in the Present

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

Reviewed: 03-02-13

Where does Big Boy Rules rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very well, The author does tend to interject a lot of his personal story and life into the narrative as he covers modern security/civilian contractors but that aspect was actually compelling and well written.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was Jon Cote. He was representative of so many of our guys and gals in Iraq.

What does Patrick Lawlor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good narrative pace and tone.

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

It made me MAD! When you use locals as contractors, treat them like garbage and then fire them that SCREAMS to me "security breach!" but many of these guys seemed to be "sleepwalking" their time commitments. The tragedy that occurred was 100% avoidable.

  • Soldaten

  • On Fighting, Killing, and Dying
  • By: Sonke Neitzel, Harald Welzer, Jefferson Chase (translator)
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

On a visit to the British National Archive in 2001, Sonke Neitzel made a remarkable discovery: reams of meticulously transcribed conversations among German POWs that had been covertly recorded and recently declassified. Neitzel would later find another collection of transcriptions, twice as extensive, in the National Archive in Washington, D.C. These were discoveries that would provide a unique and profoundly important window into the true mentality of the soldiers in the Wehrmacht, the Luftwaffe, the German navy, and the military in general - almost all of whom had insisted on their own honorable behavior during the war.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible

  • By Jill S. on 08-18-17

Chilling revelation of the men of Hitler's Germany

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

Reviewed: 03-02-13

Would you try another book from the authors and/or Simon Prebble?

Perhaps, this subject was revealing and exemplary in letting us hear the voices and thoughts of the men that built and were part of the Third Reich.

Would you be willing to try another book from the authors? Why or why not?

Yes, as I see the perspective here as vital not well known, how ordinary and plain these soldiers were, yet the Nazi Regime shaped them into people that could obey the unconscionable.

Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

well enough, though the subject matter is quite dry at times

Did Soldaten inspire you to do anything?

Reflect on how precious choice is and I thank God I have the freedom to have many choices.

Any additional comments?

The subject matter is dark and dry in it's presentation but was invaluable in showing what happens when ordinary men are compromised by leaders intent on evil. Good leadership is vital

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fearless

  • The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown
  • By: Eric Blehm
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,782
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,492
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,505

When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan - but he was ready: In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote, "I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • These heros and their families give so much

  • By Susan on 08-13-12

STUNNING! A life lived with courage and love!

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

Reviewed: 09-05-12

What made the experience of listening to Fearless the most enjoyable?

The story! The fall, rise and struggle of Adam Brown against STAGGERING odds shows a man who went out a winner, patriot(and that is a title you have to EARN) and hero to anyone who has ever fallen but never quit getting back up!

What other book might you compare Fearless to and why?

The Last Lion by William Manchester on the life of Sir Winston Churchill. Churchill had many failures in life but none personally more painful to him than his Gallipoli Campaign during WWI when he headed the Admiralty. After the crushing, costly defeat, which many thought would end his career he resolved that if he could not end the war he would shoulder a rifle and serve with the soldiers he had tried to save. So he went to Flanders with a Scottish Brigade and saw action. That was the character of the man and his resolve to "never ever quit" makes me think of the Seals.

What three words best describe Paul Michael’s voice?

Smooth, easy to the ear but his "women and kids" voice is the same and a little silly.

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

I had a stepbrother who struggled with serious drug and alcohol addictions his entire adult life only sobering up literally the last 5 years. The young adult life of Adam Brown is a painful story repeated everywhere but doesn't have the sad and tragic ending of most addicts. We all end, You have no say when you go and usually not how, You only chose how you live. Adam Brown's life is a life of guts and heart that moved me deeply.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

  • By: Jack Weatherford
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,563

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, insightful, intriguing.

  • By Peter on 03-05-10

STUNNING! Uncovering the man behind the myth!

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

Reviewed: 06-07-12

What made the experience of listening to Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World the most enjoyable?

The concise and direct historical presentation of a man lost to myth and legend as well as the refreshing perspective of his policies and rule. The life of Temujin, the boy who grew into the Great Khan sounds like a Hollywood movie! Father poisoned? Captured and made a slave? From that abject state to the greatest conquerer in history!

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Surprise! My understanding was his empire fractured and collapsed soon after his death, much like Alexander the Great's. To learn the depth and scope of the Mongol Empire and it's unique longevity even decades after his passing is a testament to his vision and leadership.

Which scene was your favorite?

When as a youth he single-mindedly forged an alliance to wage war on the tribe that had kidnapped and outraged his young wife, Borte.

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

When Temujin exhibits his ruthless nature for the first time by killing his rival step brother, their mother's grief and anguish at Bechter's loss and her favorite son's cruelty haunted me.

Any additional comments?

This book reveals a man that, even in the pursuit of a unified Mongol Nation by fire and sword, forged a Nation that was based on merit, not blood. Believed to be the world's FIRST true Meritocracy (albeit at sword's point!)

7 of 8 people found this review helpful