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  • On Homecoming and Belonging
  • By: Sebastian Junger
  • Narrated by: Sebastian Junger
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,061

Decades before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin lamented that English settlers were constantly fleeing over to the Indians - but Indians almost never did the same. Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years, and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species. The most recent example of that attraction is combat veterans who come home to find themselves missing the incredibly intimate bonds of platoon life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most profound book on the subject

  • By joseph on 05-26-16

Important

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

Reviewed: 05-22-17

As a veteran, this is one of the most important works on schisms between civilians and warriors in our culture.

  • The Theater of War

  • What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today
  • By: Bryan Doerries
  • Narrated by: Adam Driver
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395

This compassionate, personal, and illuminating work of nonfiction draws on the author's celebrated work as a director of socially conscious theater to connect listeners with the power of an ancient artistic tradition. For years Bryan Doerries has been producing ancient tragedies for current and returned servicemen and women, addicts, tornado and hurricane victims, and a wide range of other at-risk people in society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Breathtaking

  • By Emily Willis on 01-05-18

Wow

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

Reviewed: 11-09-15

Would you listen to The Theater of War again? Why?

Yes. This is book addresses 3 major issues in our culture: 1) our treatment of veterans 2) our treatment of prisoners and 3) our treatment of those facing death.

What did you like best about this story?

Personal insight, historical reference, and thought provoking questions

What about Adam Driver’s performance did you like?

He actually read with emotion. If a quoted passage involves emotion, he would speak using that emotion.

Any additional comments?

I'm an Iraq combat veteran and I had the pleasure of seeing TOW in person as well as meeting Mr. Doerries. This is a book I will give to fellow veterans. I wish I would have read this 8 years ago instead of dealing with PTSD mostly on my own for so long.

56 of 60 people found this review helpful

  • Spies, Patriots, and Traitors

  • American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War
  • By: Kenneth A. Daigler
  • Narrated by: James McSorley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Students and enthusiasts of American history are familiar with the Revolutionary War spies Nathan Hale and Benedict Arnold, but few studies have closely examined the wider intelligence efforts that enabled the colonies to gain their independence. Spies, Patriots, and Traitors provides readers with a fascinating, well-documented, and highly readable account of American intelligence activities during the era of the Revolutionary War, from 1765 to 1783.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great content, had a hard time with the narrator

  • By Marisa on 05-01-15

Great content, had a hard time with the narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-01-15

What would have made Spies, Patriots, and Traitors better?

Honestly, the narrator sounds like he's narrating an industrial safety video (of which, I have seen many). Very limited range. Also, there was some excess breathing noise and other distracting sounds.

Would you be willing to try another one of James McSorley’s performances?

Only if I proof-listened first. I should have done that this time.

Any additional comments?

I was excited to hear from an actual CIA clandestine operative, but was disappointed by the narrator. Hard to follow. I plodded my way through it because Audible wouldn't let me do a return.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Moonwalking with Einstein

  • The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
  • By: Joshua Foer
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,712
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,975
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,966

Foer's unlikely journey from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S. Memory Champion frames a revelatory exploration of the vast, hidden impact of memory on every aspect of our lives. On average, people squander forty days annually compensating for things they've forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of memory training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship. Even more important, Foer found a vital truth we too often forget.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Got the Ball Rolling

  • By Christopher on 03-17-11

Fantastic book

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

Reviewed: 05-01-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! Great story, excellent content, and entertaining.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ed!

What about Mike Chamberlain’s performance did you like?

His voice is easy to follow.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

You won't be disappointed if you get this audiobook.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • American Sniper

  • The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
  • By: Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,093
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,074

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's been censored by the publisher

  • By K9NSP on 10-21-17

An American Hero

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

Reviewed: 12-22-14

What did you love best about American Sniper?

I always thought Chris Kyle was a self-righteous prima donna. This book really opened my eyes as to who he was and what he was like. I was very wrong.

What was one of the most memorable moments of American Sniper?

I appreciated the parts where his "human" side came out and he talked about his struggles. His wife's perspective also lent well to the content of the book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,506

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please. Do You Really Need Another Great Review?

  • By Michael on 10-06-12

Classic

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

Reviewed: 12-22-14

What made the experience of listening to Dune the most enjoyable?

Well, it made it easy to listen to all 21 hours or so of it.

How could the performance have been better?

The narration switched back and for between a "cast" and a single narrator. It would have been nice to have the cast do the whole thing.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 163,072
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,505
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150,343

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

BUY THIS BOOK

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

Reviewed: 12-22-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Martian to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version.

What other book might you compare The Martian to and why?

I really don't know of any other books that are truly comparable to "The Martian". I love the fact that it is in log-form from the main characters stand point. It really adds to the suspense.

What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

One of the better narrators I've listened to.

Any additional comments?

You won't regret listening.

  • Level Zero Heroes

  • The Story of U.S. Marine Special Operations in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan
  • By: Michael Golembesky, John R. Bruning
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741

Michael Golembesky follows the members of U.S. Marine Special Operations Team 8222 on their assignment to the remote and isolated Taliban stronghold known as Bala Murghab as they conduct special operations in an effort to break the Taliban’s grip on the Valley. What started out as a routine mission changed when two 82nd Airborne Paratroopers tragically drowned in the Bala Murghab River while trying to retrieve vital supplies from an air drop that had gone terribly wrong.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worst narrator ever

  • By Bob Meindl on 07-03-15

Excellent-

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

Reviewed: 09-12-14

If you could sum up Level Zero Heroes in three words, what would they be?

Heart-pounding, gritty, frustrating (the situation in Afghanistan)

What did you like best about this story?

The author captures "the brotherhood" of combat-arms servicemen.

What didn’t you like about Peter Berkrot’s performance?

He shifted accents frequently for the same characters. I could have done without his sound-effects of gunfire.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There was one heart-breaking scene which perfectly illustrates the depravity of the Taliban

Any additional comments?

ORDER IT NOW

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,016
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,700
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 33,774

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 11-08-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Many people have accurately reviewed this book. You must listen to this book.