A Salute to Our Veterans

This Veterans Day (November 11th), we're proud to honor our Audible Veterans by introducing a few of them to you. Meet Rena, Frank, and Joe, who bravely served this country and graciously shared their service history.

Rena, Acquisitions and Content Partnerships

After graduating from Columbia University in ’01, I abandoned my plans of going to medical school following the tragedies of 9/11. Instead, I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force Reserve (USAFR), volunteered for activation, and served on active duty for two years. At the start of the war in ’03, as a Senior Airman I was deployed to Rota Naval Station, Spain for approximately six months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where I managed and coordinated a contingency air-refueling effort. I was awarded a Medal of Meritorious Service of Excellence for my involvement in this effort. I returned to Reserve status following my deployment and went back to school where I earned an M.P.H. from Yale University and then later a J.D. from University of Michigan Law School. I was honorably discharged from the USAFR in December 2009.

Rena, who helps decide which books Audible is going to produce, is currently listening to Shaken by Tim Tebow.


Shaken by Tim Tebow

Most of us have been on the receiving end of rejection, a broken dream, or heartbreak. And while this is not an easy space to go through, when we are grounded in the truth, we can endure the tough times. In this powerful book, Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow passionately shares glimpses of his journey staying grounded in the face of disappointment, criticism, and intense media scrutiny.

Frank, Financial Planning and Analysis

I started my time in the Army as a cadet at West Point in 2000 immediately following high school. After graduating and being commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, I served five years in the US Army as an Armor officer with duty stations spanning the globe. I first served as a tank platoon leader with the 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea stationed just south of the North Korean border. Following my tour in Korea, I joined the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii as the second in command of a Scout troop preparing for a combat. I deployed to Camp Taji, Iraq as part of the historic surge operation, and served as the units logistics officer for the 15 month deployment in the northern suburbs of Baghdad. Following my redeployment and after enjoying some relaxing time in Hawaii, I left the Army as a Captain.

Frank, who joined Audible in March, is currently listening to NOS4A2 by Joe Hill.


NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Joe Hill, the acclaimed, award-winning author of the New York Times best sellers Heart-Shaped Box and Horns, plunges you into the dark side of imagination with a thrilling novel of supernatural suspense that will have you flinching at shadows and checking the rearview mirror again and again....

Joe, Content Operations Specialist

I joined the U.S. Navy as an enlisted airman on January 23, 2007. In joining, my intent was to gain perspective, knowledge, and work towards being a part of something larger than myself, and in this I was successful. I also wanted to go out to sea, as I have always loved being on the water, and in this I was remarkably unsuccessful. My rate (job) while enlisted was as an Aviation Electronics Technician, Second Class Petty Officer, or AT2. While many AT’s get assigned to ships, I was assigned to the flight line on Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. While there, I worked on electronic warfare systems (radar jammers, scramblers, etc.), for EA-6B and AC-130 aircraft. It was an incredible experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world.

Joe is currently listening to Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer, which he says is "incredible in both content, and in narrative style and quality. It is the kind of book without heroes, but with raw and knowledgeable humanity."

Here I Am

Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer

How do we fulfill our conflicting duties as father, husband, and son; wife and mother; child and adult? Jew and American? How can we claim our own identities when our lives are linked so closely to others'? These are the questions at the heart of Jonathan Safran Foer's first novel in 11 years - a work of extraordinary scope and heartbreaking intimacy.