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  • To Hell and Back

  • By: Audie Murphy
  • Narrated by: Tom Parker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,088
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 952
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955

Audie Murphy was a desperately poor eighteen-year-old orphan when he joined the Army, nineteen when he first saw a buddy die from an enemy bullet and an enemy die from one of his own. By VE day, he had killed at least 240 Germans, had single-handedly destroyed a German tank in one battle and held off six tanks in another, and had become the most decorated soldier in American history, winning every medal his country offered, including the Congressional Medal of Honor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An American Classic

  • By Wisconsin on 04-04-09

It was good. Not Excellent.

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

Good immersion into WWII soldering.
How refreshing when a true story's protagonist can write very well (Kinda like Michael Morton's wonderful book, *Getting Life*). But there was something about Audie Murphy's arrangement, or his framing of incidents and anecdotes, that robbed it of the excitement I wanted. Maybe his linear time line was my problem. Murphy describes lots of soldiers' down-time dialog, but when fighting time comes he lays it out like an on-going report.
He is so modest in describing his amazing, brave, wonderful accomplishments, that he drains some of the thrill.
Still, I love this man, for what he did, and I admire how he did it. The penultimate natural leader.

  • The Titanic: Disaster of the Century

  • By: Wyn Craig Wade
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

Based on the sensational evidence of the U.S. Senate hearings, eyewitness accounts, and the results of the 1985 Woods Hole expedition that photographed the ship, this electrifying account vividly re-creates the Titanic's last desperate hours afloat and fully addresses the questions that have continued to haunt the the world’s most famous marine disaster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The disaster and the disaster hearings

  • By Tad Davis on 02-21-12

Fascinating Nuggets Imbedded Within Tedium

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

Reviewed: 02-24-19

I wanted Titanic info, and this book has lots of stuff that I had never known. OTOH, the interesting info - of which there is much - is surrounded by long, uninteresting (to me) sections about the politicians conducting the subsequent investigations, and about the intrigues that surrounded them. To be sure, the politicians and companies and newspapers and survivors DID have their positions, which needed sorting out, and that is done nicely here.
But I wanted more about the ship and the sinking. To wit: I just watched a convincing TV doc describing a factor that I now am convinced did cause Titanic to sink more quickly than it otherwise would have - a factor which received extremely little mention in this book. (I am talking about the enormous heat from smoldering coal inside coal bunker No. 6, whose weakened wall allowed the sea to burst through where it otherwise would not have. Look it up.)
A worthy book, but not one I will run to tell others about.

  • The Testament

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,909
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,495

Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States. He is also eccentric, reclusive, confined to a wheelchair, and looking for a way to die. His potential heirs, to no one's surprise - especially Troy's - are circling like vultures. But Troy shocks them all when he leaves his fortune to an estranged, illegitimate daughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Late & Glowing Review

  • By Bee Keeper on 03-13-10

An intriguing story

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

A very strong, even sweet, story with superb narration.

As I listened I took notes, and put together this little, spoiler-free guide. I hope it helps. My spellings are approximate, as I was only listening:

Troy Phelan - The billionaire who dies and leaves his testament.
Snead - Troy Phelan’s gofer for 30 years. Homely, meek, boring, nosy.
Joshua Stafford - For years Troy’s trusted, reliable lawyer, and nearest thing to a friend.
Tip Durban - A junior partner in Josh Stafford’s firm.
Nate O’Reilly, 48 - A partner (associate?) in Josh Stafford's firm.

WIFE ONE: Lillian
By Lillian: Troy, Jr (“TJ”), 47 - The senior offspring. Druggie, ner do well. Heavy in debt. Married to “Biff.”
By Lillian: Rex, 44. Rex is under criminal investigation. Married to Amber, a former stripper, in whose name all of Rex’s assets are placed, so the gov’t cannot seize them.
By Lillian: Libigail, Married to an African, thus deleted from wills by Troy.
By Lillian: Mary Ross, arguably the most sensible. Married to an MD.

WIFE TWO: Janey. Twenty-two years younger than Troy.
By Janey: Rocky, deceased from sports car accident;
By Janey: Gina Strong. Mister Strong is a moron with an MBA.

WIFE THREE: Tyra, the girl Troy married when he was 64 and she was 23.
By Tyra: Ramble, now age 14. Shoplifting arrest. Oily, long hair, piercings, etc.

Rachael Lane, a.k.a. Rachael Porter, 43. Missionary. Sired by Troy during an affair with the late Evelyn Cunningham.

Pat Soloman - CEO of Phelan Group for past 20 years.
Hark Gettys - Brawling litigator. Has worked for Rex for years. Big ego.
Nicollette - The latest secretary with whom Troy has been sleeping.

Doctors Zidell, Flo, and Pheshan - The three shrinks.
Dickie - TJ’s Porsche dealer.
Wally Bright - Libigail’s lawyer. Wally’s a small-timer.

Valdier Ruiz, 52 - Attorney in Corumba whom Josh hires to help.
Gevvie, 24 - A Corumba local, hired to serve as Nate's guide.
Welly - Young boat tender on boat Santa Lora
Marco, Wife, and their children Luis, Olie, and Thomas - The family happened upon.
Niva Collier - (Houston, TX) Coordinator of Missionaries
Fernando - Trading post owner

  • Getting Life

  • An Innocent Man’s 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace
  • By: Michael Morton
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

On August 13, 1986, just one day after his 32nd birthday, Michael Morton went to work at his usual time. By the end of the day, his wife Christine had been savagely bludgeoned to death in the couple's bed - and the Williamson County Sherriff's office in Texas wasted no time in pinning her murder on Michael, despite an absolute lack of physical evidence. Michael was swiftly sentenced to life in prison for a crime he had not committed

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really good....brought us through each step.

  • By Dawn P. Rodriguez on 03-20-15

Wrapped Me Around His Finger.

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

Who’da thunk he would be such a gifted writer? This is a master class!

Long ago, Roger Ebert described the film *Amadeus* as "constructed in wonderfully well-written and acted scenes -- scenes so carefully constructed, unfolding with such delight, that they play as perfect compositions of words." *Getting Life* is like that. With crystal clarity Morton describes situations and feelings. He doesn't milk the easy target of the emotional aspect to this shocking story’s arc. Rather, he simply describes, and lets us decide what to think; whom to love and hate. I cried happy tears as I savored his rescue. I still celebrate those who rescued him, and my loathing of the bad guy(s) still seethes.

Do ya want insight about what prison life is like? Here ya go.

The narration is as if Morton himself is sitting with us, telling us. It is perfection – like the rest of this audiobook.

  • A Braver Man

  • By: Royal Wade Kimes
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

Hawk Haynes ruled from his heart, but stayed alive by using his instincts. Hawk was on his way to start a new life in Texas when he runs into burned out wagons. He finds families slaughtered, the men killed, the women raped, and killed. Hawk Haynes had just introduced himself to Southwest Texas. Hawk had been deeded land just northwest of Rawlins for his services in taking care of Ted Rawlins and his wife until their death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A BRAVER MAN

  • By Robin on 03-21-11

Good Thing It's A Long Story...

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

I didn't want it to end. I have exhausted L'Amour, and I miss him. Finally here at last is a Western novel that is on par with L'Amour's best ones. It contains nice twists and turns, and a touching ending.

Wooden plot line? NO. Two-dimensional characters? NO. An over-long "penny dreadful?" No. Excessive vulgarity? No. Fun? Yes.

Dear critics: Look, guys, this isn't SUPPOSED to be Tolstoy. The goal is an enjoyable Western novel with good characters and interesting situations. This is precisely that. And I am glad that it's long. Bring on more!

  • Past Tense

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,091

Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn't get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. He thinks, What's one extra day? He takes the detour. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FIVE STAR BOOK And NARRATION!!!!

  • By shelley on 11-05-18

Loved This One; Great Narration.

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

Where does Lee Child come up with these stories, and the facts he packs into them? They are always fresh - like this one!

I REALLY liked the narration this time. Not the usual narrator, who has a distracting NY accent and frequently sounds as if he is running out of breath.

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  • Grizzly Killer: The Making of a Mountain Man

  • By: Lane R Warenski
  • Narrated by: Chase Bradley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

When Zach Connors and his pa left their Kentucky homestead in the summer of 1824 to see the Rocky Mountains, he didn't realize he would never see his childhood home again or that he would find love, friendship, fame, and a new home in this wild and harsh wilderness. After a grizzly kills his pa, Zach struggles to survive a cold and brutal winter alone. After killing a rouge grizzly and fighting hostile Indians on his own, he becomes known as Grizzly Killer and is respected throughout the West. Along with his dog, Jimbo, whom the Indians call the Great Medicine Dog, he finds Running Wolf, an injured Ute warrior, and together they fight off a hostile war party. They rescue two Shoshone sisters from the brutality of a French trapper and take them as wives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mighty - Please don’t say it again!

  • By Craig on 01-01-19

A Nice Flip Side of Louis L’Amour

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

This is a review of the Grizzly Killer SERIES, and not of just this single novel (there are five books in the series, at this writing).
Louis L'Amour's (outstanding) westerns involved few interactions with Indians. Now comes this enjoyable series, which centers on a white man who surrounds himself with them. And where L'Amour's western stories are set post-Civil War, this tale is set decades earlier, before the tide of white settlers had begun to spoil life for the Indian.
What a nice pace! The (single) story glides along with its protagonist engaged with the surroundings and his friendships among the small cast of characters. Challenges come. They might be anything - critters; logistics; weather; romance; other people; whatever - and the subplots they generate are well drawn. The whole thing comes across as believable - except that his dog may be a little overdrawn. No matter; I can imagine having a dog like that!
Warenski doesn't shove political correctness down the reader's throat, the way some movies and novels do. Rather, he just lets his story flow. (Well... he kinda gets preachy in his fifth book, but only barely.)
About the narrators: The first book has a good narrator. The second book's narrator has a delivery that I found distracting, but I got used to it. The last three books have a narrator with a transparent delivery that fits nicely.
This is good stuff; I sure hope Mr. Warenski keeps writing more!

  • Rocket Men

  • The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon
  • By: Robert Kurson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter, Robert Kurson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,001
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 937
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 932

By August 1968, the American space program was in danger of failing in its two most important objectives: to land a man on the moon by President Kennedy's end-of-decade deadline and to triumph over the Soviets in space. With its back against the wall, NASA made an almost unimaginable leap: It would scrap its usual methodical approach and risk everything on a sudden launch, sending the first men in history to the moon - in just four months. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Men Who Saved 1968

  • By Gillian on 04-04-18

So Well Written; Superb Narrator.

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

A wonderful, interestingl documentary. Normally I am always running a handful of books at once, shifting back and forth by whim. But this one is keeping me to itself, and is outrunning the others by a mile.
Now about this narrator: Dunno if I've ever heard him before. But if ever a narrator matched the material it is this guy. I guess he has strong acting chops, for even his breathing matches the descriptive passages.
'Really enjoyed this book!

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  • Borden Chantry

  • A Novel
  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: Erik Singer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286

The marshal's name was Borden Chantry. Young, lean, rugged, he's buried a few men in this two-bit cow town - every single one killed in a fair fight. Then, one dark, grim day a mysterious gunman shot a man in cold blood. Five grisly murders later, Chantey was faced with the roughest assignment of his life - find that savage, trigger-happy hard case before he blasts apart every man in town...one by bloody one.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 'Borden Chantry' vs. 'Iron Marshal'

  • By Greg on 10-01-18

'Borden Chantry' vs. 'Iron Marshal'

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

"Iron Marshal" engaged me, whereas "Borden Chantry" felt phoned in and formulaic. Among LL's westerns, I place the "Iron Marshal" audiobook in top 25%, and "Borden Chantry" in bottom third.

First "Iron Marshal": Do not be off-put by the derby hat on the cover, nor by the strong Irish accent of the protagonist - "Iron Marshal" is a classic Western. It has its share of good action sequences, but it also contains a clear cast of characters, an elegant whodunnit, and a character's ostracism reminiscent of the movie "High Noon." We find ourselves really liking our guy. I have read practically every L'Amour. "Iron Marshal" will go down as a favorite.

"Borden Chantry" seems to be L'Amour's effort at writing a whodunnit. But the mystery in "Iron Marshal" is better drawn, and so are the other facets. And Marshal's narrator is better than Chantry's.

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  • Where the Long Grass Blows

  • A Novel
  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 163

Bill Canavan rode into the valley with a dream to start his own ranch. But when he managed to stake claims on the three best water holes, the other ranchers turned against him. No one is more determined to see Canavan dead than Star Levitt. Levitt is an unscrupulous businessman who has been accumulating cattle at an alarming rate. Suspicious after witnessing a secret meeting between the riders of warring ranches, Bill begins noticing other dubious behavior: Why is Levitt's fiancée, Dixie Venable, acting more like a hostage than a willing bride-to-be?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good book but not his best

  • By clinton on 01-11-18

Vintage, Classic Western w/ Range War Backdrop

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

An intelligent assembly of Western lore, strategy, tactics, action, and even a little romance. Nicely done; highly enjoyable. A better L'Amour novel. Narration was transparent (good). I enjoyed it very much.