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  • Silent Sea

  • Silent War, Book 2
  • By: Harry Homewood
  • Narrated by: Corey M. Snow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

As they listened to the death throes of their sister ship Mako sinking in the Pacific where the waters were six miles deep, the crew of USS Eelfish suddenly came of age. They were a new breed: a brand-new fleet submarine crewed by draftees and reservists. Hidebound regular Navy officers believed they wouldn't fight. But fight they did with reckless abandon, proving themselves on two fronts - against the Japanese at sea, and against their own Admirals, who clung to outmoded concepts of how to wage war under the sea.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A great submarine saga

  • By Jean on 01-18-19

A great submarine saga

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

Over the years I have read a number of Harry Homewood’s submarine stories. He is one the great authors of World War II submarine stories. In this story our protagonist is Captain Mike Brannon who is in command of submarine USS Eelfish.

The book is well written and meticulously researched. Homewood was a WWII submariner; therefore, his stores are realistic. The book was first published in 1981. Homewood not only provides great dramatic action but educates the reader about navy politics and history during WWII in the pacific theatre. The author is a master storyteller. If you are interested in WWII naval action, this book is for you.

The book is nine hours and eleven minutes. Corey M. Snow does a good job narrating the book. Snow is a voice-over artist and full-time audiobook narrator. He served as a paratrooper in the 82 Airborne Division.

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  • Bad, Like Jesse James

  • By: Jim Yoakum
  • Narrated by: Steve Stansell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

This is the amazingly true story of a massively corrupt federal agent who operated out of Detroit in the mid-1970s. This ATF agent ordered killings, ran Detroit’s heroin trade, committed armed robbery, fraud, and extortion, sold stolen guns and explosives to criminals, plotted to rob a Brinks truck, and even threatened to blow up Detroit Airport unless he was paid one million dollars. And he did this, for years, under the nose of Detroit police and the ATF. Hear how the dogged determination of two brilliant ATF inspectors eventually brought the man to justice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking

  • By Jean on 01-17-19

Shocking

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

I enjoy the biographies where a child is writing about the life of a parent. The best ones I have read are when the child is a professional writer or journalist. In this book Jim Yoakum is telling about his father who was an ATF agent (Alcohol Tobacco Firearms). He and his partner were responsible for apprehending the corrupt agent Pat Danielson.

The book is well written and researched. Jim Yoakum is a professional writer and has written a number of non-fiction books. Yoakum writes this as if it is a novel. The book completely held my attention. I must say this book was a surprised to me. It is hard to accept that a federal agent could be so corrupt and vicious. This event took place in the 1970s when Richard Nixon was President. This is a real life who-done-it story of a corrupt agent. If you enjoy this type of story, you will enjoy this book.

The book is eight hours and thirteen minutes. Steve Stansell does a good job narrating the book. Stansell is a professional voice-over artist and audiobook narrator. This is my first experience with both the author and narrator.

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  • Into the Fire

  • Vatta's Peace, Book 2
  • By: Elizabeth Moon
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262

Ky beats sabotage, betrayal, and the unforgiving elements to lead a ragtag group of crash survivors to safety on a remote arctic island. And she cheats death after uncovering secrets someone is hell-bent on protecting. But the worst is far from over when Ky discovers the headquarters of a vast conspiracy against her family and the heart of the planet's government itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Exciting Tale

  • By Jean on 01-15-19

An Exciting Tale

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

This is a continuation of the last book “Cold Welcome”. I wish Moon would keep Vatta in space where she was in the first series “Vatta’s War”. In this book we have espionage and intrigue. Vatta finds out her troops have been seized, drugged and held incommunicado as the evidence of the conspiracy against her family and Slotter Key has disappeared.

The book is well written and the plot twists and turns. Moon always creates great characters and strong women characters. The book has lots of action as well as suspense. Moon built on the Vatta family and their business as well as their roll in Slotter Key’s government. This was a hard to put down book. Looking forward to the next installment.

The book is fourteen hours and twenty-seven minutes. Brittany Pressley does a good job narrating the book. Pressley is an actress and an Earphone Award winning audiobook narrator.

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  • The Pendulum

  • A Granddaughter's Search for Her Family's Forbidden Nazi Past
  • By: Julie Lindahl
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

This powerful memoir traces Brazilian-born American Julie Lindahl's journey to uncover her grandparents' role in the Third Reich, as she is driven to understand how and why they became members of Hitler's elite, the SS. Out of the unbearable heart of the story - the unclaimed guilt that devours a family through the generations - emerges an unflinching will to learn the truth. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Jean on 01-14-19

Exceptional

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

This is a fascinating story about a historian’s search for the truth about her family history. I highly recommend this book. If you have ever done any genealogy research on your family, you will be enthralled with this book. Lindahl was born in Brazil where her grandparents had emigrated after World War II. She discovered her grandfather was not only a Nazi but SS. This book will make you stop and think about the rise of fascism and what is happening today in the world. Can history repeat itself?

The book is well written and researched. She tells of her grandparents’ lives but also about her own emotions about her discoveries. Lindahl uses her skills as an academic to research and report on this difficult subject. I found her search techniques to be interesting. Lindahl earned her B.S. from Wellesley and was a Fulbright Scholar to Germany majoring in the German language. She earned a Ph.D. in International Relations from Oxford University. She was a Steven Traveling Fellow 2015-16 at Wellesley College and University College of London. She lives in Sweden.

The book is nine hours. Gabra Zackman does a great job narrating the book. Zackman is an actress and audiobook narrator.

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  • A Call to Vengeance

  • Book III of Manticore Ascendant
  • By: David Weber, Timothy Zahn, Thomas Pope
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527

After the disastrous attack on the Manticoran home system by forces unknown, the Royal Manticoran Navy stands on the brink of collapse. A shadowy enemy with the resources to hurl warships across hundreds of light years seeks to conquer the Star Kingdom for reasons unknown, while forces from within Manticore's own government seek to discredit and weaken the Navy for reasons very much known: their own political gain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finding it's stride.

  • By @tone0189 on 03-07-18

Great

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

This is book three in The Manticore Ascendant Series. In this story we are following the naval career of Lieutenant Travis Uriah Long and the beginning of the reign of Elizabeth II in 1544 PD. There has been a disastrous attack on the Manticoran Home System and the Royal Manticoran Navy stands at the brink of collapse. Weber provides the history of the House of Winton in this book. Weber reveals the politics that is going on, both civilian and navy, as well as the space battles.

This book is well written. This is in many ways a typical Weber story with a bit more talk than needed. There is action and suspense along with a great space battle. Weber is a terrific storyteller. I am looking forward to book four.

The book is sixteen hours and forty-six minutes. Eric Michael Summerer does an excellent job narrating the book. Summerer is a voice-over artist and audiobook narrator. He has won the Audie Award and many Earphone Awards for his narration.

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  • Arizona's Deadliest Gunfight

  • Draft Resistance and Tragedy at the Power Cabin, 1918
  • By: Heidi J. Osselaer
  • Narrated by: Ted Brooks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

On a cold winter morning, Jeff Power was lighting a fire in his remote Arizona cabin when he heard a noise, grabbed his rifle, and walked out the front door. Someone in the dark shouted, “Throw up your hands!” Shots rang out from inside and outside the cabin, and when it was all over, Jeff’s sons, Tom and John, emerged to find the sheriff and his two deputies dead and their father mortally wounded. Arizona’s Deadliest Gunfight describes an impoverished family that wanted nothing to do with modern civilization. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Jean on 01-09-19

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

Osselaer has done an excellent job telling the story about Jeff Power and his sons. The sheriff and three deputies traveled at night in the winter to a remote cabin in the Galiuro Mountains and started shooting as the father stepped out of the door on his way to the outhouse in the morning. In the end four men were dead. The author analyses why this happened in 1918.

The book is well written and meticulously researched. Osselaer follows the Power family from Kentucky to Arizona over several generations. Events leading to the shooting, the shooting and the aftermath are told in details and analyzed. The author reveals how the change in attitude of society with the Viet-Nam War brought about a change of attitude regarding the Power Brothers. The fight at the OK Corral is more famous, but this fight in the Galiuro Mts. is equally exciting and as controversial.

The book is almost ten hours. Ted Brooks does a good job narrating the book. This is my first time listening to Brooks narrate.

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  • Ruff Cut

  • By: Kasey Riley
  • Narrated by: Thomas Block
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Army veteran Sheriff Megan Holloway has a lot on her mind: a dog with a belly full of smuggled diamonds, a terrified woman hiding at the Bailey’s Boarding House, and a mafioso who is likely connected to both. What's that city crook doing in her town, anyway? She saw Aaron, the man in her life, flirting with another woman. Add to that, she relived her personal nightmare of the war in Afghanistan, again. Calling in the proper government agencies, Megan manipulates them, keeping control of the investigation in the background. Fortunately, she has an ace-in-the-hole the Feds don't.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Fire the Narrator

  • By Jean on 01-08-19

Fire the Narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

This is book one of a new series about a female sheriff in a small town. Sheriff Megan Holloway is an Army veteran who was wounded in Afghanistan. She finds an injured dog and takes it to the veterinarian. They discover the dog has a stomach full of diamonds.

The book is well written. It is a combination mystery story and canine story. The plot is diverse; the characters are interesting and realistic. The author managed to grab my attention at the beginning and keep it throughout the book. This is a fun easy to read story. I am looking forward to book two of the series.

The book is seven hours and twenty minutes. Thomas Block does a poor job narrating the book. Block is a full-time audiobook narrator. I think I would prefer a female narrator to match the female protagonist. I am not sure if it is just me, but I found Block’s rhythm of reading annoying. He also dragged out a word every so many words to the point I was about ready to quit reading the book. I more or less solved the problem by increasing the narration speed in the Audible app. I would like to following the series as I find the protagonist interesting; but, if they keep the same narrator or he continues the same method of narrating, I will have to past on listening to this series.

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  • Storming the Heavens

  • African Americans and the Early Fight for the Right to Fly
  • By: Gerald Horne
  • Narrated by: Bill Andrew Quinn
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

 

The recent Hollywood film Hidden Figures presents a portrait of how African American women shaped the US effort in aerospace during the height of Jim Crow. In Storming the Heavens, Gerald Horne presents the necessary back story to this account and goes further to detail the earlier struggle of African Americans to gain the right to fly. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Edifying

  • By Jean on 01-07-19

Edifying

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

This is a topic I had not thought about before. I was aware of the Tuskegee Airmen but I thought it was just the United States Army that would not let black men fly military planes. I was surprised to learn that in the early days of flight black people were prohibited the right to fly. These black men and women had to go to Europe or Africa to learn to fly and be employed as pilots.

The author tells the story of the early black aviators such as Bessie Coleman who went to France during WWI to learn to fly. Home also tells in detail the story of John Robinson who left Mississippi and traveled to Ethiopia in the 1930 to learn to fly. He fought against Italy when they attacked Ethiopia. He was the pilot for Emperor Halle Selassie and then went on to found the Ethiopian Airways which still exist today. Home also tells of the battles black pilots had to fight to be employed as pilots in the United States. The author also briefly reviewed the list of black aviation inventors and their contribution to aviation. It is yet another shameful story of our country.

The book is six hours and thirty-eight minutes. Bill Andrew Quinn does a good job narrating the book. Quinn is a voice-over artist and well-known audiobook narrator.

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  • Uncompromising Honor

  • Honor Harrington, Book 14
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 974
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 975

The Solarian League's navy counts its superdreadnoughts by the thousands. Not even its own government knows how enormous its economy truly is. And for hundreds of years, the League has borne the banner of human civilization, been the ideal to which humanity aspires in its diaspora across the galaxy. But the bureaucrats known as the "Mandarins," who rule today's League, are not the men and women who founded it so long ago. They are corrupt, venal, accountable to no one...and they've decided the upstart Star Kingdom of Manticore must be destroyed.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AWESOME!

  • By J. Linch on 10-05-18

Engaging

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

I am a big fan of the Honor Harrington Series. It was the first Sci-Fi series that I got hooked on. Over the years this series is what I compare all others against. I found that I liked military science fiction with a strong female leader. I was so excited that the next book of the series finally came out. My only complaint is that I had to wait five years for it.

The Manticore Star Kingdom is now at war with the Solarian League. The League is headquartered in Chicago on Earth and is a very old League and extremely enormous in size. Its Navy ships are in the hundreds of thousands and Manticore is just recovering from almost being completely destroyed. I was surprised at how much I had remembered of the story considering the five-year gap. It was so great to be reading about the Star Kingdom again. My only complaint was there was not enough about Honor. I wanted the entire story about only Honor like in the old days of the series. From what I have read, this might be the last book in the series. How sad to think of Honor coming to an end. I guess I will have to re-read the series. I have never re-read a series before. Over the years it is this series about Honor Harrington that I have measured against any new series I start. I imagine that will not change as this is still my first and favorite series.

The book is long at thirty hours twenty-seven minutes. Allyson Johnson does a great job narrating this entire series. Johnson started out as a teenage actress. She won an Emmy at age of twelve. For the almost past twenty years she has been a dedicated voice-over artist and audiobook narrator. She has won multiple Earphone Awards and was an Audio Award nominee.

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  • The Sit Room

  • In the Theater of War and Peace
  • By: David Scheffer
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

The Sit Room brings you inside the secretive Situation Room of the White House, the most important deliberative room in the world, during the early 1990s when the author was one of the policymakers who framed the Clinton Administration's policy toward the bloody Balkans War. Drawing upon newly declassified documents and his own notes, David Scheffer, who later became America's first Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, weaves the true story of how policy options were debated in the Sit Room among the highest national security officials.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Facinating

  • By Jean on 12-30-18

Facinating

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

I found this to be a fascinating book. I liked the detailed information but some readers may find it boring. David Scheffer was the former American Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes and is now a law professor at Northwestern University.

The book is well written and meticulously researched. The author provides an insider’s detailed account of a three-year period of meetings in The White House Situation Room as policy makers dealt with the 1990 Balkans War. One of the key people was Madeleine Albright. She went from National Security Advisor to Ambassador to the United Nations to Secretary of State. The author was also one of the key people in the room and he provides a useful look at the policy-making process. Scheffer drew from his own notes and newly declassified documents to write the book. Until reading this book I was unaware that Albright played such a key role in the Balkans War in the 1990.

The book is twelve hours and fourteen minutes. Joe Barrett does an excellent job narrating the book. Barrett is an actor and voice artist. He has won the prestigious Audie Award as well as numerous Earphone Awards.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful