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Diane

Diane Seattle, WA, United States Member Since 2004
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    The narrator is John Lee, who has a very distinctive voice and is a terrific voice actor. The info on both web sites; Audible, and Amazon, tell us that the narrator is John Le Carre! Somebody had a mind slippage there.

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    A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Ben Macintyre
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain's counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War - while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby's best friend and fellow officer in MI6.

    Michael Eaton says: "The Greatest Spy -- Ever Discovered"
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  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    "Actually nothing much happens here"

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    Would you try another book from Piper Kerman and/or Cassandra Campbell?

    I'd listen to Cassandra, but I think I'd rather not try another book by Piper


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Well, its a biography so unless it was fiction you can't really change the fact that prison is prison


    Did Cassandra Campbell do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, voice inflection and characterizations


    Did Orange Is the New Black inspire you to do anything?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are expecting some action like in the series on Netflix you will be sorely disappointed. I don't really care for this book because it fizzled out in the end. There just wasn't much to talk about once Piper was off to testify and it should have ended before that or after she got home. I'd like to know how she adjusted to life on the outside, but we don't get any of that and I don't think I'd read a whole book about it...so that leaves me at an fork in the road. I think that Piper writes well, but her over effusive love of family and Larry got a little bit silly. She does understand that she is a privileged white chick and that is admirable.

Howie

Howie Calgary, AB, Canada 08-09-14 Member Since 2007

History, historical fiction and mysteries are my faves, but a fan of all genres.

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  • "Finally a great read about Philby a..."

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    Reads like a novel, John Lee does an excellent job narrating as usual. Highly recommend for anyone interested in this era of history.

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    A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Ben Macintyre
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain's counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War - while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby's best friend and fellow officer in MI6.

    Michael Eaton says: "The Greatest Spy -- Ever Discovered"

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    Amazon Customer says: "Past is prologue"
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    My Thoughts Be Bloody, a sweeping family saga, revives an extraordinary figure whose name has been missing, until now, from the story of President Lincoln's death. Edwin Booth, John Wilkes's older brother by four years, was in his day the biggest star of the American stage. Without an account of Edwin Booth, author Nora Titone argues, the real story of Lincoln's assassin has never been told.

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    Award-winning journalist Jeff Guinn's highly acclaimed Manson has won rave reviews and is a top-pick on must-read lists everywhere. This superb biography answers lingering questions about the Manson Family murders, while delivering stunning revelations about the life of America's most notorious psychopath.

    Ruby Dartz says: "Charles Manson: Even worse than you imagined"
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    A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal (






UNABRIDGED) by Ben Macintyre Narrated by John Lee

    A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

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    • By Ben Macintyre
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain's counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War - while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby's best friend and fellow officer in MI6.

    Michael Eaton says: "The Greatest Spy -- Ever Discovered"
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  • A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal (






UNABRIDGED) by Ben Macintyre Narrated by John Lee

    A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

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    • By Ben Macintyre
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain's counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War - while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby's best friend and fellow officer in MI6.

    Michael Eaton says: "The Greatest Spy -- Ever Discovered"
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    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
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    Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker

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    The astonishing story of Benny Binion - a rip-roaring saga of murder, money, and the making of Las Vegas. Benny Binion was many things: a cowboy, a pioneering casino owner, a gangster, a killer, and founder of the hugely successful World Series of Poker. Blood Aces tells the story of Binion's crucial role in shaping modern Las Vegas. From a Texas backwater, Binion rose to prominence on a combination of vision, determination, and brutal expediency.

    Ray says: "FOLK ANTI-HERO"
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    Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga

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    American Desperado: My Life - From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset

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    aaron says: "BEST First Person (realistic) Criminal Account"
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UNABRIDGED) by Doug J. Swanson Narrated by John McLain

    Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Doug J. Swanson
    • Narrated By John McLain
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    Ray says: "FOLK ANTI-HERO"
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    • By Ronald J. Watkins
    • Narrated By Greg Lutz
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    Jeg sad over for den attenårige Kenneth på et lille kontor på Nakskov politigård. Han ville ikke have kaffe eller wienerbrød. Noget skulle han have, så jeg havde stillet et glas vand foran ham. Kenneth sad foroverbøjet med hænderne i skødet. En spinkel og almindelig dreng at se på og uden iøjnefaldende fællestræk med en klassisk kriminel. Det var en fremtoning, der stod i skærende kontrast til det, jeg havde set på gerningsstedet. Det passede bare ikke sammen.

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UNABRIDGED) by Alexandre Dumas Narrated by Robert Bethune

    Karl-Ludwig Sand: Celebrated Crimes, Book 5

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    • By Alexandre Dumas
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    The novelist has spared no language—has minced no words—to describe violent scenes of violent times. In this, the fourth of the series, Dumas tells the story of Karl-Ludwig Sand, a man little known to the English-speaking world, but famous among German speakers; he was the man who assassinated August von Kotzebue, a vigorous advocate of Russia's interests and the interests of the Austrian Empire.

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  • A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal (






UNABRIDGED) by Ben Macintyre Narrated by John Lee

    A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

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    • By Ben Macintyre
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain's counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War - while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby's best friend and fellow officer in MI6.

    Michael Eaton says: "The Greatest Spy -- Ever Discovered"
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    The Gunman and His Mother: Lee Harvey Oswald, Marguerite Oswald, and the Making of an Assassin

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    For most of us, the story of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy depicts Lee Harvey Oswald as a convenient cliche or a conspiracy puppet, Lone Gunman or Framed Patsy. Lost among the competing theories of villainy and cover-up is the real Lee Harvey Oswald, a troubled young man from a fractured family, a lonely child born without a future. In this original and dramatic work, Steven Beschloss draws on a rich but relatively unmined public record, key interviews with Marguerite and other family members, and Lee's own writing.

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    • By Arthur Herzog III
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    Today's high-flying, high-rolling conglomarateurs and corporate raiders are a tame lot compared to their immediate predecessors. The most notorious of these is Robert Vesco, the Kingfish himself, who in 1973 fled the United States accused of looting $250 million from Investors Overseas Services. Now, in this riveting account, noted author Arthur Herzog tells the astounding story of this high school dropout from Detroit, who parlayed cunning, ambition, a brilliant mind, and above all, other people's gullibility and money into a vast financial empire.