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Ghost Sniper Audiobook

Ghost Sniper

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June 6, 1944. On the dawn of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, two snipers find themselves fighting a battle all their own. One is a backwoods hunter from the Appalachian Mountains in the American South, while the other is the dreaded German "Ghost Sniper" who earned his nickname on the Eastern Front. Locked in a deadly duel across the hedgerow country of France, the hunter matches wits and tactics against the marksman, both of them one bullet away from victory or defeat as Allied forces struggle to gain a foothold in Europe.

©2014 David Healey (P)2017 David Healey

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    Tyler U. 07-19-17
    Tyler U. 07-19-17
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    "A good war-history-based book"

    I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    I'm a fan of history, but would not call myself a historian by any stretch of the imagination. I say that because I have no clue how accurate this story is to actual history. I can say it "felt" realistic, but I haven't done any fact checking because this is a work of fiction and my time is better spent doing other things, like listening to more good books. I thought the pacing of the book is great, there was plenty of action and suspense, and the narrator was really good. If you like war-history-based fiction, then you should definitely pick this one up.

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    Mary Karowski 07-16-17
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    "A sniper story for the ages"

    WW2 provides a plethora of material for an author to work with. While this tale is fiction in one can readily imagine that circumstances like it took place in reality. One only had to look to the battle Of Stalingrad for one of the greatest sniper stories of all time (fictionalized in book form as war of the rats and movie form as enemy at the gates). This story even briefly touched upon Stalingrad as part of its backstory. This is the first in a series of sniper tales. The author and the narrator (who does amazing work!) tell the story of an American sniper team in WW2. Truly enjoyed it all and can't wait for the next chapter to unfold. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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    Bill Beaulac NEK Vermont 07-16-17
    Bill Beaulac NEK Vermont 07-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fairly accurate WWII historical fiction . . ."

    So much so that if it had been presented as a true story, it would be easily believable as to the accurate accounts of many of the scenarios described in detail. The book was obviously well researched (details regarding weapons and tanks were spot on) and, given the story-line of sniper versus sniper in a prolonged duel of sorts, made for an interesting tale. The characters were well developed and the plot moved along at a decent pace. If one had little to no understanding of the history behind the accounts of June 1944, they would come out of this book with a pretty good grasp of what took place.

    I found J. Scott Bennett's narration to add an extra plus to the overall work as he did a great job with the German voices and the overall cadence of his voice fit well with the warring atmosphere.

    I enjoy historical fiction as long as it doesn't stray too far off of historical facts, this book fits the bill and I would recommend it to anyone interested in this genre. In fact, I am certain that I will be listening to the sequel as soon as it becomes available in audio format.

    A review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. My hope is that this review helps in your decision to obtain this book.

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    Eric Reeves Raleigh, NC 07-10-17
    Eric Reeves Raleigh, NC 07-10-17
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    "Nice WWII story. Lots of action!!!"

    This book walked me from D-Day through the end of the Normandy campaign through the eyes of two main characters. The American and Nazi snipers, Cole and the Ghost, fought their own war within a war as they tried to best each other. The stories followed alternating points of view between the two snipers and gave an account from both sets of eyes. That part was really neat to watch unfold. Most of the time you just get one side of the story which doesn't humanize the antagonist. In this book, it was tough to figure out who you really wanted to come out on top.

    The narration was great. I've listened to a few of J. Scott Bennett's narrations. He has such a great voice with which to narrate. He's got a bit of a southern drawl, but not overly aggressive. He's very smooth and his pace is great. Check out other books by him if you want a good narrator!

    I was hoping for a resolution one way or another by the end of this book, but looks like I'll have to get the next book to see how it ends. Overall, great book.

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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    John T Hoganson 07-09-17 Member Since 2015

    I listen to audiobooks driving to work, everyday!

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    "Good storyline and narration of a WWII book"

    The narration was excellent, and the author did his homework in respect to the weapons and timelines for the era.
    You start at Normandy as all great WWII stories do. Overall a great book and you will not be disappointed there is plenty of detail to get you into the story. I was provided a copy of this audiobook in return for a honest review

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    Rabid Reader 07-03-17
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    "Thrilling WWII sniper story"

    Ghost Sniper is a fascinating tale of the liberation of Normandy in 1944. Told from alternating POV's, both allied and German, the horror of war and the nature of the sniper comes through clear in both the narrator's voice and the author's writing. This is not a dry retelling of history or a gung-ho unrealistic war story, it is an exciting cat and mouse tale of predator vs predator. Need, and skills gained hunting in his mountainous home, placed Micajah Cole as the best sniper in an eclectic team of American soldiers. When they cross paths with an infamous German sniper, who is reeking havoc on the allied soldiers, it becomes a fight as to who will kill who first. The narrator brings out the suspense and individuality of the characters well and nails the different accents excellently. This is a thrilling story with suspense, humour, and some great characters. I liked that the author gave the book a somewhat open end, in war and real life things are not always wrapped up nice and neat and it left an opening for more sniper face offs in the next book.

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    Kyle Hempel Batavia, IL 06-30-17
    Kyle Hempel Batavia, IL 06-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "David Healey knows how to bring you into a story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    War and historical fiction books are not in my typical genres for books, but the plot of this one sounded interesting so I decided to give it a shot. Building up characters and making them come alive in the audio is my favorite thing about books and David Healey talent at doing that really comes through in this story. So I would recommend it.


    Any additional comments?

    The reason for 4 stars instead of 5 on the story is that the ending felt forced and in need of something more (though there is another book with this storyline so that is perhaps why). I did receive this book for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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    in1ear (John Row) Aurora, Colorado 06-28-17
    in1ear (John Row) Aurora, Colorado 06-28-17 Member Since 2017

    Male, mid 60's, over 1,250 helpful votes on Amazon, over 410 helpful votes on Audible, own 650+ Audible books and over 10,200 Kindle books!

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    "Cat and Mouse, Deadly WW2 Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ghost Sniper to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print or e print edition. I enjoy listening to Audible books when I just don't have time to read. Driving, multitasking, ...


    Would you recommend Ghost Sniper to your friends? Why or why not?

    I believe this is first in a series featuring Caje Cole a Southern backwoods American during WW2 as his journey as an elite marksman / sniper propels him through different Theaters of Operation. I thought the writing was simplistic, there are several mistakes regards weapons, but I was interested in the subject and characters enough that I would like to read, listen to further works.


    What does J. Scott Bennett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Scott is one of my favorite voice actors for Audible books. I enjoy his voices, his pace. His contribution here elevated the writing from so-so to a four star listen.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The landing on D Day,. I can imagine the fear and chaos of the men landing on that day.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks for the opportunity to listen and offer my opinions on this work!A review copy was gifted to me at no charge. In return, I am happy to provide an honest review. Also at no charge.

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    BuildItLikeBeal 07-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "An engaging look through a WWII sniper scope"

    Overall: Well worth your listening time if you like good WW2 war stories. While I do recommend this book, that recommendation comes with one caveat that I cover below under the Conclusion section.

    Story: The players that make up the story of Ghost Sniper are well characterized, each one having a distinguished believable personality and motivations. The Story does a decent job of placing the listener in war torn France at the D-day invasion and conveys a sense of high stakes and tension as it paints what it must have felt like to be there looking through the scope of a sniper rifle and having one looking back at you.

    Narration: J Scott Bennett is a good narrator with a somewhat stylized voice. I have listened to another story he has narrated and found his voice to be more of a distraction. His voice is unique enough that it almost becomes another character, or at least adds an overall flavor to all the characters in the story. But in Ghost Sniper, it serves to bring an added dimension of characterization to the protagonist as being an unsophisticated backwoods southern boy that really works!

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    Amazon Customer 07-06-17
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    "Love me some WWII"

    I was hooked from beginning to end. I love just about anything set in the WWII Era and this one didn't disappoint. Great pace and story. Loved the characters. It did seem like a few of the accents got a little muddied but still an awesome listen


    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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    ""This is war boy! Of course they'll shoot back.""
    Any additional comments?

    Or: "A game of chess, with rifles."<br/><br/>Growing up in the post war Britain of the 1940s and '50s, there was a plethora of fictional war story books available and, being an avid reader, I devoured as many as I could.. Perhaps understandably, they all tended to glorify the allies and denigrate the Germans and I had to wait until I found The Young Lions by Irwin Shaw before I read one in which the Huns were treated as ordinary humans, too. So this story of a German sniper, one of the Germans putting up a losing defensive battle against the incoming American and British troops of the Normandy landing, and the mutual duel into which he and a U.S. farm boy hunter on the allied side engage, is refreshingly balanced. Both have flaws and weaknesses, both have qualities to endear them to the listener - and both are determined to kill the other.<br/><br/>Starting off with the horrific landing on Omaha Beach, the story follows both a hastily put together tiny sniper unit of Americans, formed to try to protect the vulnerable troops surviving the landing from being picked off by the Germans encamped in and around the open field areas as the allies slowly advance into France; and, simultaneously, that of a German officer sniper, itself an unusual combination, wounded and decorated on the Russian front and recuperating in France.in sight of the allied landings. As time passes, the battle between the German and one of the Americans becomes personal, each trying to outwit the other as the rest of the war continues around them.<br/><br/>The inherent tensions and excitement of this story are further enhanced by the excellent narration. J. Scott Bennett's deliciously expressive southern accent perfectly complimenting the text and giving extra life to the protagonists, especially that of the American, Cole. His voicings of all the protagonists is good, although the single Tommy does have a slightly odd accent, but it is consistent and still recognisable as a Brit. But it is the steady pacing in which he excels, calmly, calmly just as a sniper must watch, wait, unhurried, Mr.Bennett increases the breath holding scenes to near bursting capacity. Two rivals, each well matched and both with their life to lose in a fraction of an ill considered moment. Fantastic.<br/><br/>This is a war story, yes, but so much more. it is a battle of wills, moments of near stillness when the chaos of life swirling about. And it is a fight to the death.<br/>Simple but brilliant story, filled with real people in an unforgiving situation, tension filled but with flashes of humour, wonderfully read - what more could a listener require?

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