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  • Mr Midshipman Hornblower

  • By: C. S. Forester
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529

Shaking off this label, a shy and lonely 17-year-old, Horatio Hornblower, embarks on a memorable career in Nelson's navy on HMS Justinian. In action, adventure, and battle he is forged into one of the most formidable junior officers in the service.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narration brings classic to life

  • By Wombat on 01-26-15

Outstanding performance!

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

While the book is clearly outstanding, the performance of the reader brings the entire story to life. And incredible job with a variety of voices, accidents, dialects, etc. I was shocked when the book ended as it seemed to flyby under this incredible dramatic reading. Anxious to begin the next in what I am sure will be the complete series for me. Well done sir, well done!

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 158,666
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 146,429
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 146,269

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to Earth...

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

I loved the humor, particularly in the dry aspect of the humor, in this book. Absolutely hilarious. Great riveting story to boot! Highly recommended!

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  • Ghosts of Bungo Suido

  • By: P. T. Deutermann
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

In late 1944, America’s recapture of the Philippines is jeopardized by what seems an insurmountable threat from Japan: immense Yamato-class battleships, which dwarf every other ship at sea. Built in total secrecy, these 76,000-ton warships seem invincible. American military intelligence knows of two such ships, but there are rumors of a third, built not as a battleship but as an aircraft carrier. Now ready to go operational from Japan’s heavily defended and mined Inland Sea, a carrier of that size could disrupt the entire invasion effort.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Riviting

  • By Jean on 01-13-17

1sT HALF OUTSTANDING, 2nd HALF GOOD

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

Reviewed: 03-20-17

I was very much wanting this to be a wartime detailed submarine warfare story whether fictional or not. The first half of the book supply and that quite well. The second half with the conspiracy and drama was pretty good but not what I was expecting in the book. The coincidences of putting the main character in all of the key situations in the war took on a rather Forrest Gump aspect where he's everywhere and does everything that's important in the war which distracted from the realism of the first half of the book and disappointed me a bit. Overall, a fine effort from this author. I particularly appreciated him not spending pages and pages describing sex acts which are completely unnecessary in the writing of a good book.

As always, Dick Hill did an outstanding job bringing the characters to life and giving a unique voice to each so that you were constantly aware of exactly who was speaking every line. He is simply a master at near writing a book. Kudos on securing him for this job!

I would give the book they hire recommendation. It was an enjoyable read and, overall, I was quite pleased with it. It was only my original desire to have a strictly wartime story that distracted me personally but should not dissuade others from taking in this fine story.

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  • Small Wars

  • A Jack Reacher Story, Book 19.5
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,590

Lee Child goes back to 1989, when Jack Reacher is an MP assigned to solve the cold-blooded murder of a young officer - whose killer may be closer to Reacher than he suspects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Back to his best

  • By AK on 08-24-15

If only this were a full book…

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

Reviewed: 12-07-16

I believe I am falling in love with Francis Negley. I have suggested it before, but I firmly believe that Lee Child should write a book about her… If not a series. The two of them are a true dynamic duo.

Dick Hill did his normal outstanding job narrating. I have yet to figure out everyone's problem with his female voices. The thing that Dick Hill does best is enable you to follow a conversation. I don't need him to sound feminine and high pitched to do that. I just need the two voices or three or four or whatever they may be to be separate identities. He does that extremely well.

Well done Mr. Child! It wouldn't bother me if you circled back and expanded several of these short stories into full novels.

  • Thunder Below!

  • The USS Barb Revolutionizes Submarine Warfare in World War II
  • By: Eugene B. Fluckey
  • Narrated by: Corey Snow
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,066
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 977
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973

Under the leadership of her fearless skipper, Captain Gene Fluckey, the Barb sank the greatest tonnage of any American sub in World War II. At the same time, the Barb did far more than merely sink ships-she changed forever the way submarines stalk and kill their prey.

This is a gripping adventure chock-full of "you-are-there" moments. Fluckey has drawn on logs, reports, letters, interviews, and a recently discovered illegal diary kept by one of his torpedomen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action, Excitement, & History. A great read!

  • By Boone on 09-28-13

As close to being there as it gets

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

Reviewed: 06-07-16

I have long been a fan of nonfiction war accounts but this one took me to a whole new level. Echoing the praise of other reviewers, I heartily concur that you feel like you're on board and you feel like you know the other men there with you. Outstanding from start to finish, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook. For a bit more hands on history lesson, I invite you to visit the US S Drum at Battleship Park (also the home of the battleship USS Alabama) on Mobile Bay near Mobile, Alabama. The Drum is a Gato class submarine like the USS Barb and was the first Gato class completed in history. Having toured it several times, I remain stunned at how truly small these vessels were to travel across great oceans. This book strongly encourages me to go visit once again… And then probably listen to the book again as I picture the various controls, rooms and equipment mentioned.

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  • Captain Blood

  • A Radio Dramatization
  • By: Rafael Sabatini, Jerry Robbins
  • Narrated by: Jerry Robbins, The Colonial Radio Players
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Dr. Peter Blood is arrested and sentenced to hang for treating a wounded rebel. Instead of death, he is sent to Barbados as a slave. When the Spanish attack the port city of Bridgetown, he and his fellow slaves capture the Spanish ship and set out to sea, where he becomes the notorious pirate, Captain Blood. With battles on sea and on land, daring escapes, sword duels to the death, a touch of romance, and a magnificent score by Jeffrey Gage, Captain Blood is a swashbuckling adventure on a very grand scale!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Swashbuckling Radio for Modern Listeners

  • By Troy on 04-01-13

Authentic adaptation presented remarkably well!

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

Reviewed: 04-26-16

One of my favorite books (and one of my favorite movies as well), this adaptation is loyal to the book and authentic to the story… The real story, not the abbreviated, short attention span movie version. The production value is extremely high and an enjoyable listen (even if, at times, the dialogue was delivered a bit too quickly to sound natural). On the whole, I found it an outstanding version and dramatization and would enthusiastically endorse it as one of the best audiobook presentations I have stumbled across an a while. Bravo!

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  • Never Go Back

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,934

Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Tired Series

  • By Michele Kellett on 02-19-14

Another winner...but a bit anticlimactic.

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

Reviewed: 05-30-15

A great story. Lots of twists and turns and i love the fact that Reacher was initially wrong in his assessment. Makes him more real somehow. While I liked the fact that the real story wasn't discovered until the end, when the end came, it was far to abrupt. Kind of reminded me of the worst traits of Stephen King...launch as in "It" when he suddenly gets bored writing a really great story and just say, "hell, it's a spider. The end."

  • The Hard Way

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,077

Jack Reacher was alone, the way he liked it, soaking up the hot, electric New York City night, watching a man cross the street to a parked Mercedes and drive it away. The car contained one million dollars in ransom money. And Edward Lane, the man who paid it, will pay even more to get his family back. Lane runs a highly illegal soldiers-for-hire operation. He will use any amount of money and any tool to find his beautiful wife and child. And then he’ll turn Jack Reacher loose with a vengeance - because Reacher is the best man hunter in the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book - But I All Ready Had It!!!!!!!!

  • By Delstel on 11-27-14

One of my favorites so far!

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

Reviewed: 03-12-15

My dad once told me that the man in a bar to be afraid of is not the one standing on top of the table screaming how he can whip anybody there. It's the man sitting quietly in the corner sipping his beer that just knows he can....and that's enough for him. That man is Jack Reacher. This is one of the best books of the series that I have read so far and I have read 10 of them by now. I strongly recommend this book. Great performance once again in the narration. Fantastic job with the voices. You just can't stop listening to the story. Well done!