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A globe-spanning, heart-pounding epic thriller of good vs. evil, political intrigue, and what it means to be a patriot - from New York Times best-selling author Oliver North.

The year is 2032. The NRA has been outlawed; the U.S. military has been gutted; Conservative Christians, dubbed ANARKS, have been labeled a global conspiracy and have been largely driven underground. The Caliphate is now a superpower, residing in Israel. The White House is occupied by a repressive Progressive regime, obsessed with the upcoming presidential election. Then, the kidnapping of an MIT physicist who is privy to sensitive scientific information from a Houston energy conference by Islamic terrorists sets in motion a high-stakes international game of cat and mouse.

Peter Newman, security consultant and former decorated war hero, is determined to rescue the scientist. The president, fearful that her reelection will be endangered by the reemergence of terrorism, will stop at nothing to keep the kidnapping a secret. The White House condemns the kidnapping as the work of ANARKS, and has the authorities label Newman an ANARK. Newman is forced to evade the law while also preparing a daring rescue with the help of his war hero father, a patriotic U.S. senator, and a band of special forces operatives.

Fast-paced, gripping, and filled with authentic detail, North has crafted an edge-of-your-seat tale - and offers an ominous look into what can happen in an election year.

©2012 Oliver North (P)2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc

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  • Michael
  • TAMPA, FL, United States
  • 11-28-12

The story was pretty good, but the narrator wasn't

I've been an audiobook listener for many years. This book won't stand out in my memory for any long period of time. While the author wrote an interesting tale, it was torn to shreds in it's presentation by the narrator. The narrator of this story did such a bad job I honestly feel sorry for Mr. North. The narrator reminded me of a middle school kid struggling through a drama club play rehearsal while reading the lines right off the script. He stumbled through sentences, couldn't pronounce words, and gave the general impression that he didn't prepare. I feel if another narrator would have read the book, it would have been more interesting. I'm sorry, but there isn't much more to say than that.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Excellent story ruined by narrator

Would you try another book from Oliver North and/or Peyton Tochterman?

Oliver North, yes. Peyton Tochterman, no.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot was very interesting and kept me going despite the agony of listening to the slow, stilted reading of the narrator. I mean, who talks like that??

What didn’t you like about Peyton Tochterman’s performance?

His reading was very slow. He had no appropriate voices for the different characters. He had no style at all for the military dialogue. The way he said "Local" at the end of every time stamp for each chapter segment was just silly. The way he stilted through the pronunciations of the many military and government acronyms was just painful. It was a very interesting story that was just ruined by this reading.

Do you think Heroes Proved needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I think a follow-up story would be very interesting, but I will read it myself rather than listen to Peyton Tochterman again. Get George Guidall to read it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Play this book at 1.4x normal speed.

Excellent story; however, the audio track does seem slow, making the narrator sound amateurish, which he is not. The audio track sounds normal when played at 1.4x normal speed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Oliver North is the best! He is an American hero

What did you love best about Heroes Proved?

The past is TRUE........the present is proving true, and, the future is frightening

What was one of the most memorable moments of Heroes Proved?

North's portrayal of the past, present and future!

Have you listened to any of Peyton Tochterman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A must see for every concerned American citizen!

Any additional comments?

Thank you for allowing me to put in this review

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Okay, Not Great

Too bad the narration was so bad (C-). The books military jargon would have been easier to listen to.

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Good story poor narration

It was another good story by North, but the poor reading performance made it a struggle to get through. There were times it sounded like a middle school reading a book in front of the class. There was very little voice distinction between characters besides change of volume. It was mainly read in a monotone fashion and his reading of the location/date/time stamp and beginning of each chapter had more style than he put into the actual story. His reading of the more military technical parts of the story was horrendously done, as well as his many mispronounced words and flubs. I lay most of the blame on the producers of the audiobook for allowing this poor production to be recorded. I will be VERY hesitant to buy any other audiobooks read by Mr Tochterman.

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  • Phil
  • edelestein, IL, United States
  • 06-10-13

Good book

I enjoyed this book a lot. A reasonable near future and extrapolition of politics and technology.

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  • David
  • SeltersGermany
  • 02-11-13

Story might be OK. Can't get past the narrator

Would you try another book from Oliver North and/or Peyton Tochterman?

Narration is uneven. Half the time he sounds like an air traffic controller enunciating for airplanes in the area. To change characters, he just goes louder and softer. Might be a good story with a professional performance.

Would you recommend Heroes Proved to your friends? Why or why not?

No. Too hard to listen to.

Would you be willing to try another one of Peyton Tochterman’s performances?

No

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

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WORST Narrator EVER!

Would you try another book from Oliver North and/or Peyton Tochterman?

Oliver North - maybe; Peyton Tochterman - NEVER!

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peyton Tochterman?

ANYONE!

Any additional comments?

The story had potential (other than Oliver North's self-aggrandizing mention of himself several times), but the narrator was horrible. I just wanted the book to be over so I wouldn't have to listen to his stumbling mispronunciations. His occasional attempts at a Scottish (?) accent were so pathetic as to not even be laughable. This book's potential was totally ruined by the narrator, who sounded like he was sight reading at about a 3rd grade level. I kept checking to see how much longer the book was going to last. Should've just given up on it, returned it for a refund, and saved myself the frustration!

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  • Kent
  • United States
  • 01-07-13

Excellent despite awful narration.

Would you consider the audio edition of Heroes Proved to be better than the print version?

No. I wish that I had purchased it for Kindle instead of using my Audible credit.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There are a whole bunch of characters in the book and at least 3 plot lines. Probably my favorite protagonist is Admiral Cohen because for an old man he's tough and competent. The best villain has got to be the President who cares for nothing but her reelection and will make any deal or betray any trust to secure it.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peyton Tochterman?

Anybody! Tochterman was simply AWFUL!!!! Absolutely awful! It really pisses me off when a great story like this is butchered by somebody who can hardly speak. Were it not for the story itself this book would have been intolerable to listen to. His performance is stilted and wooden. He reads like a third grader giving a report on osmosis in front of a class. Whoever hired this guy to be a narrator needs to go back to working at Walmart. Stephan Rudnicki would have made the story. Peyton Tochterman destroyed it

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

There were several times when North describes the conditions in the U.S. under the progressive regime that unnerved me.

Any additional comments?

This book received a poor review prior to mine. Did that reviewer not understand that this book is going to be of a patriotic nature considering the author? He also doesn't seem to care for the subject matter because it does not fit his world view. Perhaps if he were an American Citizen he may have a different perspective. Also as an Irishman how can he develop an opinion on the Tea Party, Rush Limbaugh or Sarah Palin? He also states that the book is anti European, Hispanic and Arab. I dont remember Europeans being portrayed in any light in the book. Hispanics were neutral since there were good and bad. Arabs, maybe but more radical Islam. What the book is really against is runaway political correctness and an unchecked left wing. Anther thing that invalidates his review is that the performance received 3 stars. Now I know why my family left Ireland in 1806