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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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    Norma Miles 10/07/2017
    Norma Miles 10/07/2017
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    ""This is war boy! Of course they'll shoot back.""
    Any additional comments?

    Or: "A game of chess, with rifles."

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.
    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?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Tyler U.
    19/07/17
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Karowski
    16/07/17
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bill Beaulac
    NEK Vermont
    16/07/17
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eric Reeves
    Raleigh, NC
    10/07/17
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John T Hoganson
    09/07/17
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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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rabid Reader
    03/07/17
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kyle Hempel
    Batavia, IL
    30/06/17
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • in1ear (John Row)
    Aurora, Colorado
    28/06/17
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Trujillo Alto, PR United States
    30/08/17
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    "Interesting"

    This book is a very good read specially for those who enjoy war related books. I recommend it.

    This book was free in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eddie Mittelstedt
    Baltimore, Md
    18/08/17
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    "Suspenseful, kept me engaged during the listen"

    Sniper battles are more strategic than tactical and have been compared many times to chess matches. You have to think several steps ahead in the battle of wits against another sniper. And that is what this book is really about: getting into the heads of two snipers as they hunt each other.

    This book reminds me a lot of the movie Enemy At the Gates, featuring a similar sniper showdown between Ed Harris and Jude Law. I see a lot of similarities between Ed Harris' character Major König, and the Von Stainger character in this this book, and I'm wondering if the author used him as inspiration. Which isn't a bad thing. German WWII snipers seemed to have an aristocratic air about them - they knew they were the cream of the crop, and acted accordingly.

    This is my first book from David Healey, and other than the nitpick I list in the spoiler paragraph, I found the writing smooth and pleasant to listen to. The book was suspenseful, and kept me engaged during the entire listen. There was however, one inconsistency in the book that's hardly worth mentioning, but I thought I would include it in the review for completeness sake and because it took me out of the story in a "Wait a second" moment. Perhaps the author could edit it for the next version of the book?

    [SPOILER]
    A Mauser rifle fell from Wolff's hands after being shot. Von Stainger used that rifle to attach to Fritz' hands. Then later, Cole climbed the tree and retrieved the same rifle from Wolff to train Joline how to shoot. Hence, a re-spawning rifle!
    [/SPOILER]

    J. Scott Bennett did an amazing job with the narration. His voice is perfect for a storyteller. It's smooth and gentle and doesn't get in the way of the story. His enunciation is precise, and his pacing is spot-on. He is one of my favorite narrators and I don't see that changing. Ever.

    This audio book was gifted to me by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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