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  • The Aftermath

  • A Great State, Book 2
  • By: Shelby Gallagher
  • Narrated by: Lessa Lamb
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

In The Aftermath, Julie Atwood is settling into a new normal in remote Smoky Flats, along with her son and father. While the US continues spiraling into violence and instability, Julie and her family hone their survival skills as they prepare to endure their first harsh winter in Colorado's Rocky Mountains. Meanwhile, back in Oregon, life for Julie's ex-husband, Steve, and his new infant worsens. He is forced to live in horrendous conditions while working to further a radical liberal agenda.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A different perspective

  • By Jon on 01-23-19

EXCELLENT!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

I almost never give anything 5 star ratings. Shelby did an excellent job with this story. The narrator also gets high marks as well. I can not wait for book three!!!

  • Lights Out Super Boxset: EMP Survival in a Powerless World

  • By: James Hunt
  • Narrated by: Tia Rider Soresen, MIkela Drew
  • Length: 25 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 371

What happens when all means of transportation and communication suddenly vanish? What happens when you can't call for help? What happens when the only person you can rely on is yourself? Captain Kate Hillman is about to discover those answers after an EMP sends New York City, and it's nine million residents, back into the stone age.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best of the genre

  • By Thaddeus on 12-21-17

Top Notch book!

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

I don’t ever give anything 5 stars, last time anyone was that good they were a Jewish Carpenter. That said this story was excellent and always kept me interested. Kudos to the author and people reading it you kept me entertained for hours.

  • 299 Days: The 43 Colonels

  • 299 Days, Book 10
  • By: Glen Tate
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 440

In this final book of the 299 Days series, The 43 Colonels celebrates the many "ordinary" men and women who did extraordinary things during and after the Collapse. Set in the chambers of the New Washington Legislature during a joint session of the House and Senate, Governor Ben Trenton honors Colonel Grant Matson and 42 other individuals who helped start the Restoration.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • rambling, boring, wanted to like but couldn't.

  • By Dylan on 11-18-15

Stellar...Stellar

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

Reviewed: 11-17-16

When I first started this book, it sounded pretty good. And as the chapters and books progressed I learned several things. Congratulations to Glen Tate and his team on producing these books. A very good listen. I don't give out 5 star ratings, but this one earned it.

  • Delta Force

  • A Memoir by the Founder of the U.S. Military's Most Secretive Special-Operations Unit
  • By: Charlie A. Beckwith, Donald Knox
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930

Wanted: Volunteers for Project Delta. Will guarantee you a medal. A body bag. Or both. With this call to arms, Charlie Beckwith revolutionized American armed combat. Beckwith's acclaimed memoir tells the story of Delta Force as only its maverick creator could tell it - from the bloody baptism of Vietnam to the top-secret training grounds of North Carolina to political battles in the upper levels of the Pentagon itself. This is the heart-pounding, first-person insider's view of the missions that made Delta Force legendary.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Military History

  • By Drew on 02-01-15

Narrator sounds hesitant

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

Reviewed: 10-28-15

This is a great insider book. The narrator read a little slow and sounded like he was trying to ad-lib the story. But otherwise a great story. If SFOD really exists!!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The My Lai Massacre: The History of the Vietnam War's Most Notorious Atrocity

  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Richard Wayne Stageman
  • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

The Vietnam War could have been called a comedy of errors if the consequences weren't so deadly and tragic. In 1951, while war was raging in Korea, the United States began signing defense pacts with nations in the Pacific, intending to create alliances that would contain the spread of Communism.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A quick summary only.

  • By Patrick on 03-09-17

Monotone and boring

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

Reviewed: 10-16-15

The "title" I give to this review is strictly based on the narrator. But that then results in the overall rating. While a good listen, the narrator needs "life saving measures" himself.

  • Call Sign Extortion 17

  • The Shoot-Down of Seal Team Six
  • By: Don Brown
  • Narrated by: Bill Thatcher
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

Don Brown, a former US Navy JAG officer stationed at the Pentagon and a former special assistant United States attorney, re-creates the wartime action, tells the life stories of the elite warriors our nation lost on that day and tears apart the official military explanation of the incident contained in the infamous Colt Report, which reveals either gross incompetence or a massive cover-up.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Conspiratorial prattle

  • By Mark on 09-12-15

Disgusting leadership

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

Reviewed: 06-16-15

Having spent over 15 years of service to this country. I think I know what it's capable of. At least I thought I did. From Gen. Mattis on down to the lowest ranking person on the investigation board, they are all so clouded in their capabilities as leaders. And from the highest ranking civilian on down that chain there is horrible corruption. So many questions and not so many answers. Lies, cover ups, misleading a and half truths are strewn all through this story. I hope someone, somewhere can finally tell the truth to this tragedy. Just like the JFK assassination.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Daddy, Stop Talking

  • And Other Things My Kids Want But Won't Be Getting
  • By: Adam Carolla
  • Narrated by: Adam Carolla
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,169

Adam rips parenthood a new one, telling it straight about what adults must do if they don't want to have to support their kids forever. Using his own crappy childhood as a cautionary tale, and touting the pitfalls of the kind of helicopter parenting so pervasive today, Daddy, Stop Talking is the only parenting book you should ever read.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More than just hilarious

  • By Sparky on 07-29-15

Big build up.....and then it withers away

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

Reviewed: 06-16-15

I've been listening to the Ace man for probably 3-5 years. Basically from his earlier podcast time. I've listened to his other books as well. This were much better. I understand he did this book with his kids in mind and kept it that way. So it's no surprise I don't rate it so high. Daddy Stop Talking is about neutral as I've ever heard Ace get. It's not a total bomb but keep in mind it's directed to his kids.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Among Heroes: A U.S. Navy SEAL's True Story of Friendship, Heroism, and the Ultimate Sacrifice

  • By: Brandon Webb, John David Mann
  • Narrated by: Charlie Ray
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,986
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,820

From Brandon Webb, Navy SEAL sniper and New York Times best-selling author, comes his account of the eight friends and fellow SEALs who made the ultimate sacrifice. As a Navy SEAL, Webb rose to the top of the world's most elite sniper corps, experiencing years of punishing training and combat missions from the Persian Gulf to Afghanistan. Along the way, Webb served beside, trained, and supported men he came to know not just as fellow warriors, but as friends and, eventually, as heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must listen

  • By NL_Guy on 05-16-15

Inspirational

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

Reviewed: 05-21-15

I don't rate things easily. This audio book however, is an inspiration. As a straight-leg grunt and M. P. I am able to respect what these men and their loved ones endured being in the SOF, their sacrifices and willingness to give of themselves. Brandon Webb has done an excellent job. RTFO!!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Navy SEAL Dogs

  • My Tale of Training Canines for Combat
  • By: Mike Ritland
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

The Navy SEAL teams' elite K9 warriors do it all - from detecting explosives to eliminating the bad guys. These powerful dogs are also some of the smartest and most highly skilled working animals on the planet. Mike Ritland's job is to train them. This is the tale of how Ritland discovered his passion and grew up to train these elite dogs. After becoming a SEAL, he was on combat deployment in Iraq when he saw a military working dog in action, and he instantly knew he'd found his true calling.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging

  • By Jean on 02-09-17

Good listen

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

Reviewed: 04-24-15

While the content isn't "exciting" it's very educational and well written. I never thought the training of an MWD would be so exhausting.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Silent Warrior

  • The Marine Sniper's Vietnam Story Continues
  • By: Charles Henderson
  • Narrated by: Corey M. Snow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 148

In the U.S. Marine Corps, the most dangerous job in combat is that of the sniper. With no backup and little communication with the outside world, these men disappear for weeks on end in the wilderness with nothing but intellect and iron will to protect them - as they watch, wait, and finally strike. But of all of the snipers who ever hunted human prey, one man stands above the rest as the most legendary fighting man to ever pull a trigger. That man is Carlos Hathcock.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By Phil M. on 06-11-15

Just like Marine stories should be told

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

Reviewed: 04-16-15

A great book to enjoy listening to. A final tribute to White Feather, his work, his legacy, and his life.

Semper Fi Marine

3 of 4 people found this review helpful