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  • The First Heroes

  • The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raid
  • By: Craig Nelson
  • Narrated by: Raymond Todd
  • Length: 17 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Immediately after Japan's December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt sought to restore the honor of the United States with a dramatic act of vengeance: a retaliatory bombing raid on Tokyo itself. In those early days of World War II, America was ill-prepared for any sort of warfare. But FDR was not to be dissuaded, and at his bidding a squadron of scarcely trained army fliers, led by the famous daredevil Jimmy Doolittle, set forth on what everyone regarded as a suicide mission.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic Attempt

  • By William on 07-20-04

Sloppy naval research

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-07

I really, really wanted to like this book. I'd just finished Hornfischer's outstanding "Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors" and wanted some more inspirational reading. Unfortunately, the author has no - and I repeat no - required knowledge of the US Navy. There are many, many small, factual errors that are really annoying - referring to the HMS Repulse as a "cruiser", describing the Japanese torpedoes as "two feet long", etc, etc. Anyone with even a basic knowledge of the US Navy in WW2 should have been given an opportunity to preview this book before publication. Additionally, his overuse of military jargon - bombs referred to as "cabbages", torpedoes as "eels" by such a rank amateur was just too much.

The narrator has no idea regarding correct pronunciation of naval terms - (en-sine, indeed.)

I find that when there are so many factual errors in an area that I'm familiar with, I have a tough time accepting the new - often interesting on its face - data that an author brings up. It's too bad that such a terrific topic couldn't have been treated more professionally. I read "Thirty Seconds over Tokyo" as a kid and really was looking for some new information. I blame the editors completely for this second rate attempt.

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  • The Green Mile

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,851
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,685
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,689

At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, the convicted killers on E Block await their turn to walk the Green Mile and keep a date with the electric chair. Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working as a guard on the Mile, but he's never met anyone like John Coffey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent narrator and an excellent story.

  • By Bryan J. Peterson on 03-21-10

Simply the best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-04

I've listened to over one hundred books on tape, and this is my favorite. Terrific story and Frank Muller - God bless him - is at his best. Better overall sensory experience than the movie. Only thing that comes close is Muller's rendition of Larry McMurtry's Comanche Moon.....

3 of 4 people found this review helpful