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“No Good Deed Goes Unpunished!” 

“The Master of Disguise” by Antonio J. Mendez, Malcolm McConnell
AudioFile Magazine (April 2014) - CIA operative Antonio Mendez’s memoir is an entertaining audiobook that offers insight into international espionage and brings a distinguished career to life.. Mendez, who was nicknamed the “Chief of Disguise” and was also the author of ARGO, is most famous for his skill at subterfuge, doing everything from creating fake documents to devising disguises to help his colleagues escape or avoid danger.  Those roles permeate the book, and that is where narrator John Pruden focuses his performance.  Recognizing that the audience will want to absorb every detail of every operation, Pruden delivers the material with the same sense of joy and amazement that Mendez clearly experienced while at the agency.  The result is one of the most enjoyable audiobooks in years.

“American Sniper: The Autobigraphy of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History” by Chris Kyle
Publishers Weekly—STARRED REVIEW (May 2012) - Skillfully narrated by John Pruden, these fascination war stories offer insight into tHe perils of modern combat.  Pruden’s tone is that of a Navy SEAL: calm, cool, and collected.  And he never falters in recounting the author’s impressive skills on the battlefield.  Pruden’s outstanding narration brings the story to life with brutal realism.  Pruden is a man possessed in his account he embodies Kyle from start to finish.

Library Journal—STARRED REVIEW (June 2012) - John Pruden’s masterly narration is well paced and incorporates a skillful use of accents.  Bull’s-eye!

“The Way of the SEAL” by Mark Divine, Allyson Edelhertz Machate
AudioFile Magazine (April 2014) - With his velvety voice and flawless phrasing in hgh gear, John Pruden’s performance conveys militaristic certitude but never slips into dogmatism or condescension.  It’s the good kind of certitude, which serves as a constant reminder of how much mental and physical discipline it takes to be a Navy SEAL.

“Hell’s Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club” by Sonny Barger
Publishers Weekly (October 2013) - John Pruden narrates the life and times of Barger via a straightforward, no-frills performance.  Pruden’s everyman narration matches the tone of the author’s prose, and he ably brings to life the fascinating story and endless array of colorful characters.

“A Wilderness of Error: The Trials of Jeffrey McDonald” by Errol Morris
Library Journal (April 2013) - The narration is superb; John Pruden changes accents and tones dexterously, navigating the book’s wealth of material—interviews, crime lab reports, and court testimony—with finesse.

Publishers Weekly (January 2013) - This audiobook clocks in at over 14 hours, and it’s easy to imagine it coming across as a dry recitation of facts and statistics int eh hands of another narrator, or being present with an over0the-top sensational reading, but John Pruden keeps his narration simple and believable while delivering a mountain of trail evidence, testimonies, and interviews.  And this ultimately makes for more compelling listen.

“Viper Pilot” by Dan Hampton
AudioFile Magazine (December 2012) - John Pruden gives a confident and steady reading of LTC Dan Hampton’s memoir of a twenty-year career as a U.S. Air Force F-16 pilot.  Pruden’s baritone voice has a resonant quality that is a good fit for this hard-charging memoir of a hard-charging life.  Complementing the narrative, he skillfully affects distinct, credible voices in the passages containing dialogue.

“The Lincoln Letter” by William Martin
AudioFile Magazine (October 2012) - Narrator John Pruden keeps the Washington intrigue in both eras interesting.  He also brings both excitement and heart to the eventual battle scenes.  Pruden juggles the two stories without missing a beat.  Listeners, whether they prefer war novels or thrillers, will eagerly anticipate every chapter.

“The Emerald Storm” by William Dietrich
AudioFile Magazine (June 2012) - Performed with gusto and good-natured insouciance by John Pruden, characters are exactly right: larger than life and sizzling with passion.  Pruden makes Gage’s scorn palpable whenever a new invention is mentioned.  Pruden’s stellar performance and Gage’s offhand references to previous spine-tingling escapades will have new fans scrambling to find the earlier books in the series.

“Fighting the Flying Circus” by Eddie V. Richenbacker
AudioFile Magazine (June 2012) - John Pruden gives an energetic reading of Major Rickenbacker’s memoir of his military service in WWI.  Pruden’s performance brings out the author’s competitiveness and cockiness as well as his recognition of his inexperience.

“The Sisters Brothers” by Patrick deWitt
Washington Post—BEST AUDIOBOOK OF 2011 (December 2011) - Set during the gold rush, this brilliant picaresque tale of two brothers, a pair of hired killers, has found the ideal narrator in John Pruden.  Traveling by horseback to California to take care of business, the two men encounter peril, temptation, hope, greed and blighted fortune in the book’s many characters.  Pruden puts them before us with true versatility: among others, a bloodcurdling old woman; a weeping man; a plucky but luckless boy; a sharp-tongued siren; and, at last, their prey, a crotchety prospector with a secret formula.  Pruden mixes gravel and impatience in the voice of Charlie, the older, bossy brother, but rises to match the novel’s genius in the deadpan earnestness, sweetness and rue in the voice of the younger, Eli, from whose point of view the story is told and wherein lies it poignant comedy.  This is the best book I have heard all year. - Katherine A. Powers, The Washington Post 

AudioFile Magazine (July 2011) - John Pruden has just enough of that laid-back cowboy drawl to allow the listener to slip into another time. His pitch-perfect rendition is a wonderful complement to this story about two soldiers of fortune traveling through old Californy during the Gold Rush days.

Listener - “The adventures were entertaining and I was not disappointed.  The narrator was excellent.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book.” - Sarah, Alexandria VA

“David Crockett” by Michael Wallis
AudioFile Magazine (October 2011) - John Pruden gives Wallis's book a soft-spoken reading, with just a touch of amazement. He finds a suitably folksy voice for Crockett's own words, which come from the legend's autobiography and other sources.

“Jackson Hole Journey” by Linda Jacobs
Western Writers of America - Best Western Audiobook 2011 SPUR Award Finalist

“The Killing of Crazy Horse” by Thomas Powers
Washington Post—BEST AUDIOBOOKS OF 2010 (December 2010) - John Pruden reads Thomas Powers's long book in a calm, unhurried voice. His pronunciation of the formidable Indian expressions and names is deft and unstrenuous. Though the voices of many are heard from letters, journals and interviews, Pruden does not embellish them; he maintains the narrating voice, avoiding complications in an already complicated but revelatory account. - Katherine A. Powers, The Washington Post 

AudioFile Magazine (March 2011) - Thomas’ writing style is sometimes stiff, with numerous digressions, a combination that which normally would make the transformation to audio difficult. But narrator John Pruden overcomes these difficulties with an easygoing style. He breaks up long sentences with strategic pauses and adds a dramatic tone during key scenes, such as the attack on Custer and the death of Crazy Horse. Further, he handles Native American names and words with aplomb. In all, the book is informative and rewarding, and Pruden makes it work in audio.

“The PostCastastrophe Economy” by Eric Janszen
Library Journal—STARRED REVIEW (November 2010) - Narrator John Pruden delivers Janszen’s strong indictment of the debt-ridden “FIRE” economy (Finance, Insurance, Real Estate) in an authoritative manner. 
“An Eagle Named Freedom” by Jeff Guidry
AudioFile Magazine (July 2010) - Listeners will never believe that narrator John Pruden didn’t himself fall in love with this beautiful bird of prey. The way he tells of the two beings—one bird, one human, each bringing freedom from peril to the other—sounds as intimate as life itself.

“The Twilight Warriors” by Robert Gandt
Award - Awarded the 2011 Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature by the New York Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States 
Listener - “The writing is flawless and the narration is fantastic.” - Jerry, Tampa FL
Listener - “John Pruden does a great narration on this fabulous book.” - Rebecca, Bark River MI
Listener - “The reader did an excellent job.  His tone and timing and voice quality were excellent.  I highly recommend this book.” - David, Lawrenceville GA
“The PostCastastrophe Economy”

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Jackson Hole Journey, by Linda Jacobs
2011 Western Writer’s Association
Spur Award Finalist
“The Killing of Crazy Horse”

Best Audiobooks List of 2010
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“The Sisters Brothers”

Best Audiobook of 2011
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“The Master of Disguise”
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“American Sniper”

2012 Best Audiobook Picks
“American Sniper”

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