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connie

connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada Member Since 2007

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  • "May he write on!"

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    I love Laurie's audiobook narration, i love House and Bertie and Jeeves, etc. but can Laurie write on top of all that? Yes! This is silly in a few places, but laugh out loud funny in many others - and unlike me, Lauire doesn't need to fall back on cliches. This is cleverly plotted and well-wriiten, and is great comic relief if, like me, you read too many espionage or police procedurals.

    Written and set pre 9/11 but after the first Gulf war, it's in the style of a "Wag the Dog" but original. More than make laughs, this novel makes a statement.

    The listen was a little violent for my cozy tastes, with action and death and detail about the guns used, but it wasn't over the top. I suppose this would give the novel a wider appeal.

    Prebble delivers his usual excellent narration. The only thing that could have made this a better listen would be narration by Laurie himself. Now that he's hung up the stethoscope, I hope he picks up a pen AND audiobook microphone again.

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    The Gun Seller

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    • By Hugh Laurie
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
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    Cold-blooded murder just isn't Thomas Lang's cup of tea. Offered a bundle to assassinate an American industrialist, he opts to warn the intended victim instead - a good deed that soon takes a bad turn. Quicker than he can down a shot of his favorite whiskey, Lang is bashing heads with a Buddha statue, matching wits with evil billionaires, and putting his life (among other things) in the hands of a bevy of femme fatales. Up against rogue CIA agents, wannabe terrorists, and an arms dealer looking to make a high-tech killing, Lang's out to save the leggy lady he has come to love...and prevent an international bloodbath to boot.

    connie says: "May he write on!"
  • "I haven't enjoyed a tale this much ..."

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    Although this is didactic Le Carre -- a cautionary tale of war and intelligence gone corporate -- it’s also a very exciting listen. Le Carre's plot, prose, character, and dialogue are superior to any other espionage novelist I've encountered, and he’s at his best when creating ethical dilemmas (though any including defense contractors and lobbyist-types are less morally ambiguous than in some of his classic novels!)

    I loved loved loved being read to by Le Carre! The narration is actually excellent once your ear tunes into him, except for one questionable production choice, an incident of which pops up in the audio sample provided: A "handler" when on a telephone echoes like bad long distance circa cold war landlines. This is not characteristic of the listen as a whole, however.

    As a novel this may not stand among Le Carre’s finest, but as a contemporary espionage yarn it can’t be beat. There are some now standard le Carre characters and political stances, but what delightful dialogue, character observation and sharp turns-of-phrases. Graham Greene would have loved this entertainment.

    This novel reminds me of why I love reading. Having the author tell me the story and "turn his own phrase" and "bite" his own dialogue is icing.

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    A Delicate Truth: A Novel

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    • By John le Carre
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    A Delicate Truth opens in 2008. A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted on the British crown colony of Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, a private defense contractor who is also his bosom friend, and a shady American CIA operative of the evangelical far right. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister’s personal private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.

    Darwin8u says: "A latter-day Jeremiah of espionage & statecraft."
  • "a bit disappointing, but..."

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    I had been eagerly waiting the North American release of this book, and from the Britsh reviews, had been expecting a work of literary espionage as good as Greene or LeCarre at their best. It is good, a better than average spy novel of the traditional school, updated for today's world, but not THAT great.

    I respect John Lee's narration talent, but I think he is definitely the wrong reader for this novel. It needs a "sutbler" touch. Lee can sometimes make bad prose palatable, but here (I think) he makes good prose choppy.

    That said, if you enjoy novels by LeCarre, Greene, Steinhauer, or espionage without a superman protagonist pitted against a black-hatted villian, or even a fast-paced trot around Europe, this is definitely worth the credit. If you want another Ken Follet potboiler, you might want to skip this.

    Maybe Cummings' next novel will be great.

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    The Trinity Six

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    The most closely-guarded secret of the Cold War is about to be exposed – the identity of a SIXTH member of the infamous Cambridge spy ring. And people are killing for it.... London, 1992. Late one night, Edward Crane, 76, is declared dead at a London hospital. An obituary describes him only as a 'resourceful career diplomat'. But Crane was much more than that – and the circumstances surrounding his death are far from what they seem. Fifteen years later, academic Sam Gaddis needs money.

    Ramon says: "Fun exciting intrigues perfectly narrated."
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  • The Fear Artist: A Poke Rafferty Thriller

    "Hallinan is a writer at the very peak of his power"

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    This is the fifth novel in the Poke Rafferty series. Frankly, I didn't think he could top the Queen of Patpong, Wisely, he hasn't tried to do that. Queen was a love story to Rose, in addition to being many other things. Here, Rose and Miaow are exiled, almost to the point of disappearing. What Hallinan does do, however, is brilliant. Poke's half-sister, Ming Li, who had a vivid role in a prior book, is brought forward as a major character in this one. Hallinan writes women so well that, even though we miss Rose and Miaow almost viscerally, Ming Li is so compelling that she almost fills the void. The story is typical Hallinan Bangkok, with Poke running around like a chicken with his head cut off trying to stay alive. The CIA and the Phoenix Program from Viet Nam and the US Embassy and a villainous Major Shen and a horrendously dangerous mass murderer from Viet Nam, an American named Murphy, a flock of old spooks who desperately try to keep their old lifestyle alive: all these and more, much more. Poke's friend Arthit appears in a heart-breaking role, and we find ourselves still mourning the loss of Nui, his dead wife. Once again we get Bangkok in all its lurid splendor. Once again Victor Bevine does a marvelous job of bringing this masterful work of creativity to us lucky Audible listeners. I hope Tim Hallinan has a string of these in his remarkable mind, ready to write, because I could listen to his stuff for just about ever.

  • Tatiana: An Arkady Renko Novel, Book 8

    "Extremely disappointing. Renko fades away."

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    Martin Cruz Smith has been one of my favorite authors for a long time now. I have felt that Arkady Renko was the most brilliantly nuanced, perfectly created, utterly realistic characters in all of fiction, not just the detective/thriller novels. However, IMHO, Mr. Smith has finally run out of gas. I have tried several times to pick up this book after some weeks of leaving it alone, and it has just not held my attention. Renko now seems old and tired. The plot, which is based on the actual killing of a Russian journalist, is nonetheless scattered and rambling. Minor subplots lead us nowhere. The theme of a notebook full of coded messages which are decoded by Zhenya and his girlfriend (aha!) just does not grab me. We all know that Russian oligarchs have raped their country's natural resources in the way of brutal gangsters everywhere. Tatiana does nothing to further develop our understanding of these monsters. One of them now owns a team in the National Basketball Association! Washing your ill-gotten gains through the NBA! Brilliance in real life, but there is none of this in Tatiana. Smith's "Wolves Eat Dogs" was a true masterpiece which showed us these guys in a remarkably informative light. The sheer audacity of setting a novel in the area around Chernobyl: this kind of thing is what has endeared Mr. Smith to millions of loyal readers. Tatiana does nothing to further our love of the author and of his most important creation. The first three or four books in the Renko series (Gorky Park, Red Square, the absolutely incomparable Polar Star, Havana Bay and Wolves Eat Dogs: I guess that's five) form a tower of literary accomplishment which few authors can aspire to. There were a couple of misses (Three Stations, and now Tatiana), but I suppose that this shows us that everybody's human) which nonetheless do not detract from the whole. I have probably listened to Polar Star five or six times by now, and it is still 100% compelling and full of rich humanity. Even knowing the whole book, it still thrills me. I know I will read it again. And again.
    Henry Strozier does a yeoman's work. Sadly for him, Frank Muller read three of the first books, and that is a comparison which very few authors can even think about satisfying. Actually, Edoardo Ballerini has now, again in my opinion, reached and surpassed Muller's genius at narration. Any of you who do not know Mr. Ballerini yet are in for an amazing surprise and revelation. Mr. Ballerini is responsible for my doing an absolute 180 on Robert McCammon's Matthew Corbett series. At first I was unimpressed; now I am utterly delighted by the richness and all-around virtuosity of both the writing and the narration by both of these remarkable men.
    Apparently I have strayed from Tatiana. No surprise. I looked forward to this book for several years. (I actually asked his son, who works at a bookstore near us) how long it would take for this book to appear, and that was about two years ago. You might like this book more than I do. I hope so.

  • The Moscow Club

    "Chock-full of US-USSR history. Way too chock full."

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    Joseph Finder can really write, and Edoardo Ballerini is now my favorite living narrator. Nonetheless, this is not the finest work by either of them. The book is forbiddingly long, and it is really so stuffed with information, names, plots and sub-plots and sub-sub-sub plots (you get the idea) that Mr. Finder seems to be deliberately trying to confuse the reader. Perhaps this is accurate history and only thinly disguised fiction. Still, you can't help but get lost. This is not good. Further, and to the book's perhaps fatal detriment, the editors or producers have responded to this volume of material by forcing Mr. Ballerini to read the book as if he were on speed. Seriously. I have now listened to at least a dozen Ballerini books (Beautiful Ruins is still my favorite) and the pressure here to talk as fast as is humanly possible effectively wastes the narrator's considerable talents. Mr. Ballerini has studied the Russian language carefully, and his pronunciations of numerous Russian names and words is brilliant. How this man can sound so fluent and fluid in so many languages is a wonder. Italian I get, but Russian? And he can do many more. His ear for language and its subtleties is just profound. But you just can't force him to do what is done to him here. It is a waste.
    The major plot involves a man named Charlie Stone, a governmental operative in several secret CIA activities (are there any not-secret CIA activities?). The narration switches between Moscow and several cities along the East Coast of the US. I won't even try to tell you about the plot twists, as I would get confused myself. There is a love interest, between Charlie and his estranged wife Charlotte, which I would have liked to hear more about, but Mr. Finder is determined to stuff so much historical fact/fiction into the book that the romance, which is a pleasant distraction, is given short shrift. I have read a lot of books about Russia, as my family goes back to Minsk and Pinsk. However, if you want to understand Russia, Martin Cruz Smith is the absolute master of Russian fiction. His character Arkady Renko is without doubt the most human character in all of Russian fiction. I would recommend that you start there, particularly with Polar Star, Gorky Park, Red Square or Havana Bay. Wolves Eat Dogs is a bit hard for some folks to take, situated as it is in Chernobyl. However, Mr. Smith writes circles around Mr. Finder, with books that are half the length of this book, and they pack way more punch. Sorry, Charlie: your tale is a shaggy dog story.

  • Istanbul Passage: A Novel

    "A very somber experience."

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    Joseph Kanon can write, that's for sure, and Jefferson Mays is a good narrator. Nonetheless, listening to this book was a deeply ambivalent experience for me. For one, WWII was well over sixty years ago. Two, Schindler's List was such an astounding work of art that it is in a class by itself. I know one can't compare an audiobook to a movie, but the story of helping the traumatized Jews leave Germany and Poland has been covered many times. The setting of this book, Istanbul, is an interesting city to read about, and the characters are well drawn. However, the book is weighed down by millions of details, and it really does get boring. The love interest between Leon Bauer and Kay Bishop is one place at which the book comes alive. This furtive relationship is a sidebar, though. The plot centers on Leon's attempt to get a Romanian monster, a true butcher of Jews, out of Istanbul and into the West. It is possible to respect and admire this book without actually enjoying it. Kanon does a great job of weaving historical truth with fiction, but, for my money, Martin Cruz Smith is such a master of this genre that no one can touch him. The atmosphere of the book is quaint and dated. I know that it does not take place in the present, but I just did not feel lured into it. The writing is turgid and distanced. This one is only for true WWII history buffs. Another movie which tells a closely related story (I know I'm straying here) and which few people have seen, is Charlotte Grey. Cate Blanchett is the finest actor of our generation, in my opinion, and the movie tells the story in a gripping, deeply involving way which moves you to a welter of emotions. I would see it five or six times (and I have) before listening to this book.

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  • "Never a Dull Moment"

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    This is one of the better Audible books I have heard. It is set in Nazi-occupied Denmark. The author leads off with the statement, "Some of what follows really happened." Sometimes that is an indication that the plot will be preposterous. Not in this case. The story has an authentic feel to it. The characters are likeable or hatable as appropriate and well developed. Best of all, the story grabs you quickly and never lulls.
    Try Hornet Flight; you will enjoy it.

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    Hornet Flight

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    It's June 1941, and the low point of the war. England throws wave after wave of RAF bombers across the Channel, but somehow the Luftwaffe is able to shoot them down at will. The skies, indeed, the war itself seem to belong to Hitler.

    C. McCoy says: "An Outstanding Spy Novel"

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    Russia gains a new tsar, a signal to the world that the imperial Russia is back and plans to have her day. In America, a killer known only as Happy the Baker brutally murders an innocent family and literally flattens the small Midwestern town they once called home. Just a taste, according to the new tsar, of what will happen if America does not back down. Alex Hawke is the only man who can stop the madness.

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    James says: "As good as the rest of Hawke's adventures"
  • On Target: A Gray Man Novel (






UNABRIDGED) by Mark Greaney Narrated by Jay Snyder

    On Target: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
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    (2679)
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    (2164)
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    (2164)

    Four years ago, assassin Court Gentry was betrayed by his handlers in the CIA. Now, an old comrade returns to haunt him - and to force him on a mission against his will. With his ruthless employers on one side, his former friends on the other, and a doomed mission ahead, Court Gentry would kill to get out of this one alive.

    Clayton says: "really impressive"
  • First to Kill (






UNABRIDGED) by Andrew Peterson Narrated by Dick Hill

    First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2991)
    Performance
    (2084)
    Story
    (2081)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
  • The Soul of Viktor Tronko (






UNABRIDGED) by David Quammen Narrated by Mikael Naramore

    The Soul of Viktor Tronko

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By David Quammen
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore
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    When Soviet agent Viktor Tronko defected to the US in 1964, he made two intriguing claims: he insisted that Russia had not placed a mole inside the CIA, and that Lee Harvey Oswald had not been recruited to assassinate the president. Convinced that Tronko was working as a disinformation agent, the CIA furiously did everything they could to break him. But Tronko had one more surprise for them: he refused to break.

  • Life Deluxe: Stockholm Noir Trilogy, Book 3 (






UNABRIDGED) by Jens Lapidus, Astri von Arbin Ahlander(Translated by ) Narrated by Bruce Turk

    Life Deluxe: Stockholm Noir Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jens Lapidus, Astri von Arbin Ahlander(Translated by )
    • Narrated By Bruce Turk
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    The final chapter in the electrifying Stockholm Noir Trilogy, which has been translated into more than thirty languages worldwide: here is the no-holds-barred, rapid-fire tale of a supreme struggle for the legacy of the Swedish underworld, as the power, honor, and respect commanded by Stockholm's largest criminal organization are passed from father to daughter.

  • Cyber Shot (






UNABRIDGED) by Trevor Scott Narrated by Chris Sorensen

    Cyber Shot

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Trevor Scott
    • Narrated By Chris Sorensen
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    When a series of events bring Chad Hunter and hot Agency super spy Sirena back together again, the action gets ramped up immediately. Chad has been hired by the Defense Department to develop a new weapon system based on the Hypershot rail gun system, with a scheduled test looming from a remote site on a volcano in Ecuador. While attending a United Nations World Conference on International Telecommunications in Brazil, Chad runs into Sirena.

  • Sabotage (






UNABRIDGED) by Matt Cook Narrated by John McLain

    Sabotage

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Matt Cook
    • Narrated By John McLain
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    A cruise ship loses power in the North Atlantic. A satellite launches in the South Pacific. Professor Malcolm Clare - celebrated aviator, entrepreneur, and aerospace engineer - disappears from Stanford University and wakes up aboard an unknown jet, minutes before the aircraft plunges into the high seas. An extortionist code-named "Viking" has seized control of a private warfare technology, pitting a U.S. defense corporation against terrorist conspirators in a bidding war.

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  • Jet - Justice: Jet, Book 6 (






UNABRIDGED) by Russell Blake Narrated by Braden Wright

    Jet - Justice: Jet, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Russell Blake
    • Narrated By Braden Wright
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Justice continues the saga of the former Mossad operative as she battles to survive in a world intent on destroying her. From the streets of Argentina to the corridors of power in Moscow, her past continues to haunt her even as she flees it with all her heart.

    shelley says: "The momentum continued with JET VI JUSTICE"
  • The Chaklala Codes (






UNABRIDGED) by Hoyt Hilsman Narrated by Clyde FT Small

    The Chaklala Codes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Hoyt Hilsman
    • Narrated By Clyde FT Small
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    CIA agent Grant Stearns and the Team Six Navy SEALs are sent on a mission to secure the top secret Wah nuclear munitions center (near the infamous Osama Bin Laden compound in Abbottabad) and unlock the mysterious Chaklala Codes - the encrypted keys to Pakistan's nuclear weapons - before anyone else gets ahold of them.

  • The Golden Hour (






UNABRIDGED) by Todd Moss Narrated by Peter Marek

    The Golden Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Todd Moss
    • Narrated By Peter Marek
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    The Golden Hour: In international politics, the 100 hours following a coup, when there is still a chance that diplomacy, a secret back channel, military action - something - might reverse the chain of events. As the top American diplomat for West Africa, Todd Moss saw a great deal about how diplomacy and politics actually work. But as he shows us, the results aren’t always pretty.