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Joe

Liverpool, NY, United States | Member Since 2000

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  • 73 ratings
  • 653 titles in library
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  • Galileo

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By James Reston, Jr.
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    The founder of modern science and the embodiment of the conflict between science and faith, Galileo remains the most fascinating figure of his age. In this biography, James Reston Jr. provides a lively, vivid portrait of Galileo, taking the listener to the heart of this passionate, embattled, arrogant, and brilliant man.

    Amazon Customer says: "Lifesavr"
    "Galileo"
    Overall

    Great story

    2 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • The Lions of Lucerne

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (922)
    Performance
    (830)
    Story
    (829)

    On the snow-covered slopes of Utah, the unthinkable has just become a nightmarish reality: thirty Secret Service agents have been viciously executed and the vacationing president of the United States kidnapped by one of the most lethal terrorist organizations in the Middle East - the Fatah Revolutionary Council. But surviving agent and ex-Navy SEAL Scot Harvath doesn't believe the Fatah Revolutionary Council is responsible for the attack.

    Carol says: "Great Scott Harvath"
    "Torture"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Lions of Lucerne?

    Pure torture listening to this dialog. My condolences to the narrator. He must have been ill having to speak those lines. Oh My God it was bad! But somehow I made it to the end. And yes the plot is predictable!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Brad Thor? Why or why not?

    No way!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The author appears to have done his fact homework. Only a few minor agonies there.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (21468)
    Performance
    (15572)
    Story
    (15628)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Editing defects"
    Overall

    Way to many edits where the script is repeated. The narrative is well done. The story compelling if a bit predictable.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (119)

    George Smiley, one of the most brilliant spies in the world, is chosen to dig out a mole and destroy him. And so Smiley embarks on his blind night walk, retracing path after path into his own past - its aliases, covers, sleights of hand - burrowing into the dust of unresolved episodes.

    Valerie says: "Wonderful story that exercises the intellect"
    "Sound quality issues"
    Overall

    I don't care for this narrator. The sound quality is poor and his accent makes it more difficult to follow. Worse, I wear hearing aides and even I can hear sounds coming from outside the audio booth of the narrator. Disappointed.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4775)
    Performance
    (1896)
    Story
    (1892)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "The Company (Unabridged"
    Overall

    The best read from Audible yet! Great history. Compelling story! Great choice!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gina Kolata
    • Narrated By Gina Kolata
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (39)

    Feeling feverish, tired, or achy? Listening to Gina Kolata's engrossing account of the 1918 Influenza epidemic is sure to give you the chills. A gripping work of science writing, Flu addresses the prospects for a great epidemic recurring, and considers what can be done to prevent it.

    L. says: "Disappointed"
    "Flu"
    Overall

    Great story! I read this long before the SARS or anthrax event. This story is even more compelling in light of those tragedies. Good choice!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Room for Error: Covert Operations of America's Special Tactics Units from Iran to Afghanistan (Unabr.)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Colonel John T. Carnet, Benjamin F. Schemmer
    • Narrated By Patrick Girard Lawlor
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    When the U.S. Air Force decided to create an elite "special tactics" team in the late 1970s to work with special-operations forces, John T. Carney was the man they turned to. Now, for the first time, Colonel Carney lifts the veil of secrecy and reveals what really goes on inside the special-operations forces that are at the forefront of contemporary warfare.

    Ron says: "Fantastic Book about Special Ops"
    "No Room for Error (Unabridged)"
    Overall

    Whoever gave this more than one star is unconscious. This narrative sounds like restatement of after-action reports. Obviously Col. Carnet feels special-ops have been under appreciated. The whining gets old. Not one of my better choices.

    13 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant: Part 1: The Early Years, West Point, Mexico

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ulysses S. Grant
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Robert W. Gillespie says: "U.S Grant: A Man of Intelligence and Dignity"
    "The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant,"
    Overall

    Gives you an incite into the era, the events and the man

    3 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Kilo Class

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Silent at under 5 knots and capable of a massive nuclear punch, the 240-foot-long Russian Kilo Class submarine is one of the stealthiest, most dangerous underwater warships ever built. Every Third World dictator covets the Kilo, and Russia has already fulfilled a fifth of a 10-vessel deal with China. Now it's up to the President's new national security advisor, the irascible Texan Admiral Arnold Morgan, to foil delivery of the other 8 Kilos.

    Jon says: "Great for a short listen."
    "Kilo Class"
    Overall

    Uggg! So predictable. So stiff! Avoid.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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