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  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3170)
    Performance
    (2772)
    Story
    (2784)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Interesting scenario, lackluster plot"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, if they're interested in how a cyberwar might play out in its early stages. No, if they're looking for an intricate plot, character development, etc. Clancy's The Hunt for Red October reads like a chess match. Threat Vector was like watching the game end in 4 or 5 moves. In a word, it's anticlimactic.


    What does Lou Diamond Phillips bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This was my first time listening to Lou Diamond Phillips. He a very good narrator; easy to understand with enough variation between characters to keep it interesting. He could slow down the pace a little, but you get used to his speed after a while. I'd definitely listen to him again.


    Could you see Threat Vector being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could see it, but I wouldn't see it. This would be a typical Hollywood blockbuster; full of hype with little substance.


    Any additional comments?

    Clancy spends more time describing military machinery and tactics than he does in developing characters and in spinning an engaging tale of strategy and deception.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Guns of August

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (306)

    Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman here brought to life again the people and events that led up to World War I. With attention to fascinating detail, and an intense knowledge of her subject and its characters, Ms. Tuchman reveals, for the first time, just how the war started, why, and why it could have been stopped but wasn't. A classic historical survey of a time and a people we all need to know more about, The Guns of August will not be forgotten.

    History says: "Best history on the origins of WWI"
    "Excellent introduction to WW1"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Guns of August?

    The Germans' repeated justification for initiating the war and for the mass killing of civilians in Belgium is remarkable.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    John Lee is, in my opinion, just about the perfect narrator. This performance did not fail to impress as usual.


    Any additional comments?

    As my first book on WW1, I found it very informative. I plan on reading more, but this was a good starting point as it delves into the politics leading up to the war and through the critical early battles. It does not describe the fighting in any great detail, but focuses more on the movement of the armies and the strategic decisions made along the way.

    I would suggest opening a few maps of the early stages of WW1, particularly the Map of the Battle of the Frontiers and the Map of the Tannenberg Campaign. I found them online.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storm of Steel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernst Jünger
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    This classic war memoir, first published in 1920, is based on the author's extensive diaries describing hard combat experienced on the Western Front during World War I. It has been greatly admired by people as diverse as Bertolt Brecht and Andre Gide, and from every part of the political spectrum. Hypnotic, thrilling, and magnificent, The Storm of Steel is perhaps the most fascinating description of modern warfare ever written.

    Charles Fred Smith says: "World War I from a German Viewpoint"
    "A unique view of WW1"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Storm of Steel?

    The countless times Junger ended up being one of the only men standing when people were being blown up and shot all around him. He counts over 20 holes in his body by the end of the war and somehow survived.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I wouldn't call it a moving story. Junger doesn't delve deeply into emotional aspects of war.


    Any additional comments?

    What I found most interesting wasn't the carnage that took place all around this man, but how he regards it. You're listening to someone from another age who thinks in terms of bravery, cowardice, duty, and honor. There's no talk of trauma or PTSD, and it leaves you wondering how they dealt with it back then.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Time to Betray: The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Reza Kahlili
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (201)

    A true story as exhilarating as a great spy thriller, as turbulent as today's headlines from the Middle East, A Time to Betray reveals what no other previous CIA operative's memoir possibly could: the inner workings of the notorious Revolutionary Guards of Iran, as witnessed by an Iranian man inside their ranks who spied for the American government.

    Walter says: "Absorbing throughout. Questionable at times."
    "Surprising, informative, and emotional at times"
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    Where does A Time to Betray rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Time to Betray?

    When he described the look in the eyes of his friend's father, after his sons and daughter had been imprisoned, tortured, and the daughter executed. It was shocking to find out what happened in those prisons and to hear it from one who had seen it happen to people he had known all his life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great story from a man who made choices and took risks that most of us will never have to. He chose to betray his country after witnessing horrendous acts of cruelty, risking his own torture and death in the process.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (8339)
    Performance
    (2812)
    Story
    (2841)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Almost as good as Pillars of the Earth."
    Overall

    As with Pillars of the Earth, I found myself missing the characters in World Without End once I was finished. The author has a way of drawing you into the lives of these people at an early age. By the time they're adults, you feel like you've known them all their lives. I found myself wanting more of the same and had trouble picking up another book for some time.

    The narrator, John Lee, is fantastic. He moves seamlessly from one regional accent to another. He gives each character a unique voice, maintaining these over the length of this 40 plus hour reading.

    If I could give this a 4.5 rating I would, with Pillars deserving a 5.0. The reason for the difference is that World Without End seemed a bit too similar in plot. My advice would be to read or listen to Pillars first. If you like it and want more of the same, you'll find World Without End does not dissapoint.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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