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T. F. W.

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  • The Outpost

  • An Untold Story of American Valor
  • By: Jake Tapper
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 22 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 981
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 980

At 6:00 a.m. on the morning of October 3, 2009, Combat Outpost Keating was viciously attacked by Taliban insurgents. The 53 U.S. troops, having been stationed at the bottom of three steep mountains, were severely outmanned by nearly 400 Taliban fighters. Though the Americans ultimately prevailed, their casualties made it one of the war's deadliest battles for U.S. forces. And after more than three years in that dangerous and vulnerable valley a mere 14 miles from the Pakistan border, the U.S. abandoned and bombed the camp.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read!

  • By Jason on 11-16-12

A book that every military leader must read

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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: 02-18-19

An absolutely phenomenal telling of one of the greatest tragedies of the Afghan War. A tragedy of decision making, military inertia, and both tactical and strategic planning. American heroes who's names we should remember, less we lose more in similar disasters.

  • Permanently Suspended: The Rise and Fall... and Rise Again of Radio's Most Notorious Shock Jock

  • By: Anthony Cumia, Johnny Russo - contributor, Brad Trackman - contributor, and others
  • Narrated by: Anthony Cumia
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 430

 Today, Anthony Cumia is the co-host of the wildly popular “Anthony Cumia Show,” which live-streams to a huge following of paid subscribers; however, Anthony is most well-known from the legendary, nationally syndicated “Opie and Anthony Show.” Permanently Suspended is an all-access pass to the controversial mayhem that ensued on-and-off the air. A must-listen for all diehard O&A fans, Permanently Suspended finally answers the questions that everyone has been waiting for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic! Ignore the poor reviews

  • By Ronnie M. Greher on 01-08-19

Absolutely worth the purchase

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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: 01-22-19

Talk about a trip down memory lane. I was 14 when I came across O&A on the radio dial, the very day of their Bang Bus fiasco, and I've been along for the ride ever since. It's f'ed up to know how Opie really let a good thing slip away.

  • Truth, Lies, and O-Rings

  • Inside the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster
  • By: Allan J. McDonald, James R. Hansen - contributor
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 26 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

On a cold January morning in 1986, NASA launched the Space Shuttle Challenger, despite warnings against doing so by many individuals including Allan McDonald. The fiery destruction of Challenger on live television moments after launch remains an indelible image in the nation's collective memory. In Truth, Lies, and O-Rings, McDonald, a skilled engineer and executive, relives the tragedy from where he stood at Launch Control Center. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great look into what happened

  • By Daniel L Carmony on 08-16-18

Amazing book, terrible narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

The book is incredible in it's detail and honesty. It's a fascinating look behind the scenes of a disaster so many of us remember. But the narrator is atrocious. It takes the first 5 chapters to just get past his obnoxious style of reading.

  • All Souls

  • A Family Story from Southie
  • By: Michael Patrick MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Michael Patrick MacDonald
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392

A breakaway best seller since its first printing, All Souls takes us deep into Michael Patrick MacDonald's Southie, the proudly insular neighborhood with the highest concentration of white poverty in America. Rocked by Whitey Bulger's crime schemes and busing riots, MacDonald's Southie is populated by sharply hewn characters like his Ma, a mini-skirted, accordion-playing single mother who endures the deaths of four of her eleven children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If I could' I would've finished the book in a sing

  • By Shantanu Sharma on 06-25-13

This book struck me to my core

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

My heart ached listening to Michael tell his story. Having been from the area, and remembering reading about many of his stories in the paper, knowing the eventual outcomes, I still found myself wishing - hoping - for happy endings. What an incrediblely powerful book

  • Dereliction of Duty

  • By: H. R. McMaster
  • Narrated by: H. R. McMaster
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253

Dereliction of Duty is a stunning analysis of how and why the United States became involved in an all-out and disastrous war in Southeast Asia. Fully and convincingly researched, based on transcripts and personal accounts of crucial meetings, confrontations and decisions, it is the only book that fully re-creates what happened and why.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged Version Anyone

  • By Laurel on 01-09-18

Great book

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

I've always deeply respected General McMaster, and this is a defining work of his. Excellent book. Only critique is his rather annoying mispronounciation of the word "American" - - - spoken as "Ahmuricun"

  • Understanding Presidential Elections

  • The Constitution, Caucuses, Primaries, Electoral College, and More, Updated for the 2016 Election!
  • By: Catherine McGrew Jaime
  • Narrated by: David Winograd
  • Length: 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Updated for the 2016 election. Every four years citizens of the United States cast their vote in the election process of their Chief Executive - the President of the United States. But many students and adults alike do not understand the process by which we elect our president. Are we really casting a vote directly for one of them or for an elector, and what is the difference? And going backwards from November, how did those men and/or women end up on the November ballot in the first place?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Election

  • By Zoe on 03-28-17

the narrator ruins it.

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

It's a good, quick paced book. But that narrator. Oofff. Ever watch the show Futurama? The character Kip? Yeah they got him to narrate.

  • Note to Self

  • By: Connor Franta
  • Narrated by: Connor Franta
  • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 408

In this diary-like look at his life since A Work in Progress, Connor talks about his battles with clinical depression, social anxiety, self-love, and acceptance; his desire to maintain an authentic self in a world that values shares and likes over true connections; his struggles with love and loss; and his renewed efforts to be in the moment - with others and himself. Told through short essays, letters to his past and future selves, and poetry, Note to Self is a raw, in-the-moment look at the fascinating interior life of a young creator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blown

  • By Anonymous User on 04-21-17

Largely a disappointment

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

Reviewed: 05-07-17

The promised vulnerable honesty never materialized. He is still too concerned with what others think

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