LISTENER

T. Pantazi

Jacksonville, FL
  • 19
  • reviews
  • 4
  • helpful votes
  • 56
  • ratings
  • Marine Sniper

  • 93 Confirmed Kills
  • By: Charles Henderson
  • Narrated by: Kevin Foley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 866

There have been many Marines. There have been many marksmen. But there has been only one Sergeant Carlos Hathcock, a legend of Marine lore. He stalked the Viet Cong behind enemy lines. His record has never been matched: 93 confirmed kills. This is his story. Powerful, chilling, and all true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • history at its best

  • By sheridan on 03-27-08

The best sniper and awesome American!

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

Although I did not serve in the Marine Corps, as a Vietnam era Army medic I have nothing but respect for Carlos N. Hathcock. He embodied the ethics of a true serving soldier, er Marine. While it can be argued that he was the best and I agree, his real credit comes from his attitude towards duty and commitment to his mission. Whether as a sniper or a medic, you are required to be willing to do your job regardless of danger. If it ended there that wouldn't be special, where Gunny Hathcock excelled was in his complete focus and dedication to his duty.

I believe all serving members of the military would benefit from this book. It will help put into perspective the significance of a highly skilled and motivated individual can accomplish.

  • Jack Hinson's One-Man War

  • By: Tom C. McKenney
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

A quiet, wealthy plantation owner, Jack Hinson watched the start of the Civil War with disinterest. Opposed to secession and a friend to Union and Confederate commanders alike, he did not want a war. After Union soldiers seized and murdered his sons, placing their decapitated heads on the gateposts of his estate, Hinson could remain indifferent no longer. He commissioned a special rifle for long-range accuracy, he took to the woods, and he set out for revenge.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction

  • By Jim on 08-22-17

A noble southern American forced to fight Yankees

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

I hadn't heard anything about Jack Hinson prior to reading this book. In fact, I thought he was one of the Texas Rangers that is mentioned as s a friend of Frank Hamer. I am glad I made that error because this is a story of honor, vengeance and terrible injustice during the civil war. The war crimes committed by northern troops were shameful and unpardonable.

After seeing his sons brutally murdered and butchered, Jack Hinson meticulously planned his revenge against the lieutenant who ordered the killing and the sergeant who gleefully hung the boys' heads on display. In an age of short range firearms he commissioned a special Kentucky long rifle that allowed him to kill at rangers up to 1,000 yards.

Jack Hinson used his skill as a woodsman and shooter to keep the Union troops from controlling the area they supposedly conquered. His one man guerrila war was responsible for virtually closing river traffic and sending over 100 men to their deaths.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Kill Anything That Moves

  • The Real American War in Vietnam
  • By: Nick Turse
  • Narrated by: Don Lee
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Americans have long been taught that events such as the notorious My Lai massacre were "isolated incidents" in the Vietnam War, carried out by a few "bad apples." However, as award-winning journalist and historian Nick Turse demonstrates in this pioneering investigation, violence against Vietnamese civilians was not at all exceptional. Rather, it was pervasive and systematic, the predictable consequence of official orders to "kill anything that moves."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book that shakes you to your core

  • By Gary Yevelev on 04-26-15

Disgraceful but factual account of Vietnam

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

Reviewed: 04-17-18

As a guy who grew up in the sixties and joined the Army in the seventies, I thought I understood our history in Vietnam. Lt. William Calley of My Lai wasn't just a news story, his mother was my school nurse. Also, I study history as my primary topic of reading. Yet with that mindset I was as blind to the war crimes our own men routinely committed.

While the book was eye opening, the narration was horrid. As I've said I grew up with Vietnam on the news every night and you learned how to pronounce names of places like Da Nang which the narrator massacred. At first I was impressed with the pronunciation of the litany of Vietnamese names in the book but after hearing repeated bad city names I began to wonder. However it was a very English word the narrator should be able to pronounce if he intends on narrating a book about warfare. The word noncombatants was never pronounced properly. It was pronounced as "non com bet ants" instead of "non con bat ants". Anyone with middle school English ought to know the root word of noncombatants is combat.

Pronunciation wasn't the only problem. The narrator read about the brutal acts in th his book like he was reading the classified section of a newspaper. There was no emotion or intonation imparted to the text. This book contains atrocities that revival nearly the worst I can imagine, in fact only Hilter sounds worse. However I got the impression the reader was "phoning it in".

  • Fighting the Flying Circus

  • By: Eddie V. Rickenbacker
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

Captain Eddie V. Rickenbacker, originally from Ohio, was best known as one of the commanders of the 94th "Hat-in-the-Ring" Squadron, a crack unit of World War I pilots that included many former members of the famed Lafayette Escadrille. The 94th ended the war in France with the highest number of air victories of any American squadron.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • World War 1 ace

  • By Jean on 09-25-12

Amazing autobiography of an American icon.

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

This was an awesome and humble account of one of America's top heroes. I have read several other books about Eddie Rickenbacker but this is my favorite.

  • Turn the Ship Around!

  • A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders
  • By: L. David Marquet
  • Narrated by: L. David Marquet
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,858
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,499

David Marquet, an experienced Navy officer, was used to giving orders. Marquet acted like any other captain until, one day, he unknowingly gave an impossible order, and his crew tried to follow it anyway. Marquet realized he was leading in a culture of followers, and they were all in danger unless they fundamentally changed the way they did things. Struggling against his own instincts to take control, he instead achieved the vastly more powerful model of giving control.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait to put this to work-track needs editing

  • By Bret on 07-26-13

Best leadership book I've read.

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

From the introduction I was hooked. I normally listen during my commute but this was too good to wait so I did it in two nights. I am not in any form of management but I am a technical leader who relies on inspiration and influence to lead teammates through persuasion. I have been using the Leader Leader model without knowing it had a name. Now I have a ton of ideas.

I loved the way Capt. Marquet brought up a few topical and relevant questions to consider at the end of each chapter. That helped me review the concepts and find ways they might apply to my work.

On a deeply personal note, I had a great battalion commander during my tour of duty in the US Army. Although I considered the US Navy I didn't think I would have enjoyed the long deployments at sea so I went with being a medic for an artillery unit. I loved it but I didn't reenlist. I am confident I would have made a career of the Navy had I been in his command. Ask any member of the service and they will tell you their branch is best. I have too many navy jokes to think of being a swabby but even though the US Marines are the Navy's men's department, I would have still served under Captain Marquet with pride.

  • Drums Along the Mohawk

  • By: Walter D. Edmonds
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 926

Drums along the Mohawk, Walter D. Edmonds' masterpiece, is not only the best historical novel about upstate New York since James Fenimore Cooper, it was also number one on the bestseller list for two years, only yielding to the epic Gone with the Wind. This is the story of the forgotten pioneers of the Mohawk Valley during the Revolutionary War. Here Gilbert Martin and his young wife struggled and lived and hoped.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Robert on 09-06-15

Enjoyable story that makes history seem real

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

While the story was enjoyable it was often difficult to follow. I love the way the author brought to life the day to day existence of families on the frontier during the revolution. The worries and daily chores all set a scene that made sense of the conflict. Sadly I regularly lost track of the story and found myself going over stuff multiple times.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Train Robbery

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,596
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,578

In teeming Victorian London, where lavish wealth and appalling poverty live side by side, Edward Pierce charms the most prominent of the well-to-do as he cunningly orchestrates the crime of the century. Who would suspect that a gentleman of breeding could mastermind the daring theft of a fortune in gold? Who could predict the consequences of making the extraordinary robbery aboard the pride of England's industrial era, the mighty steam locomotive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • UTTERLY DELIGHTFUL!

  • By stevenk1155 on 09-20-17

Good but difficult to follow

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

I was hoping to love this book but sadly it had too much 19th century British crime / street jargon. That combined with the accents and voices to force me to rewind regularly to follow the story.

Because the accents and voices were so varied and authentic I was entertained despite the difficulty.

  • Elon Musk

  • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,854

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of competence porn

  • By Tristan on 08-20-16

Elon is modern combination of Edison, Rockefeller & JP Morgan

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

Reviewed: 10-17-17

Some people say Elon Musk is the next Steve Jobs but I think that’s limiting Elon one third his efforts. This bo

  • A Place Called Freedom

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,989

This lush novel, set in 1766 England and America, evokes an era ripe with riot and revolution, from the teeming streets of London to the sprawling grounds of a Virginia plantation. Mack McAsh burns with the desire to escape his life of slavery in Scottish coal mines while Lizzie Hallim is desperate to shed a life of sheltered subjugation to her spineless husband. United in America, their only chance for freedom lies beyond the Western frontier - if they're brave enough to take it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WORTH THE CREDIT AND THEM SOME!

  • By Georgia on 08-28-15

Like a mini version of Pillars of the Earth

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

Ken Follett is a great author and many say his mystery books are his best but I think he’s really delightful characters and story lines come together when he writes historical fiction. Pillars of the Earth is his most well known and perhaps his best work in that genre.

A Place Called Freedom takes place in 18th century Scotland, London and the colonies. Similar to his other historical works Freedom dives into the terrible aspects of life in a world where justice is biased towards the rich and powerful people while oppressing to common folks.

I probably would have given five stars across the board if it were longer like Pillars or World Without End. Still I loved it and will listen again.

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,490

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic story to be read by all!

  • By Gina on 07-25-09

All time favorite book

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

Reviewed: 09-14-17

I love history and fictional history. This is without a doubt my favorite. I love the way the characters are made to seem so engaging that each of them is believable.

As a young man I heard a lecture about history and the speaker encouraged us to try to picture the event we were studying as if we were watching a movie. If Ken Foliett wasn't in that lecture I must conclude that he has been taught a similar theory. His character especially the evil characters are fully believable.