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Jerry

Ilford, United Kingdom | Member Since 2002

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  • Count Zero

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (332)

    A corporate mercenary wakes in a reconstructed body, a beautiful woman by his side. Then Hosaka Corporation reactivates him, for a mission more dangerous than the one he's recovering from: to get a defecting chief of R&D-and the biochip he's perfected-out intact. But this proves to be of supreme interest to certain other parties-some of whom aren't remotely human.

    Michael says: "Where've you been all my life?"
    "From Zero to Hero"
    Overall

    I initially found this book to be the embodiment of tedium. I tried listening to it whilst on the go, which after all should be a major advantage of this format. This however proved to be anything but an advantage, as it was so easy to become distracted from the detail of the story and I often found myself zoning in and out of the narrative and wondering who these characters were. It wasn't until two hours from the end that I really got into the story and discovered that it was really rather exciting.
    It held my interest right to the end and was so good that I felt compelled to listen to it again from the beginning and WOW! what a difference. I went from only persevering with it because I had paid for it to being reluctant to put it down. It was hard to believe that this was the same book and I was shocked at the amount of detail that I had initially missed. So if you decide that Count Zero is the biggest let down you have ever received from Audible as I did, then stick with it and maybe 're-read' it. You wont be disappointed.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Longest War: America and Al-Qaeda Since 9/11

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Peter L. Bergen
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    In The Longest War, Peter Bergen offers a comprehensive history of this war and its evolution, from the strategies devised in the wake of the 9/11 attacks to the fighting in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and beyond. Weaving together internal documents from al-Qaeda and the U.S. offices of counterterrorism, first-person interviews with top-level jihadists and senior Washington officials, along with his own experiences on the ground in the Middle East, Bergen balances the accounts of each side.

    Jeffrey Dame says: "very good, completes the picture - take a listen"
    "The Longest Book"
    Overall

    While this book was very informative and full of very interesting content, for me, it presents so many facts and dates etc that it would be much better appreciated in the written format and used for reference.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mafia Son: The Scarpa Mob Family, The FBI, and a Story of Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sandra Harmon
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    The Scarpas were a Mafia dynasty led by Greg Scarpa, Sr., a man so addicted to killing that he was nicknamed "The Grim Reaper." His son, Gregory, Jr., worshipped him and was slowly drawn into his dark world. What no one but father and son knew was that for thirty years, starting in the 1960s, Scarpa, Sr. was an informant, working intimately with FBI handlers. For decades, his connection to the FBI protected him and gave him a virtual license to kill.

    Andy says: "terrific"
    "Revetting Tale"
    Overall

    A fascinating action packed tale which is all the more compelling because it is based on factual events. Definitely one for the "You couldn't make it up" category. I had not heard of this particular mobster before, which was rather surprising as he appears to have had some prominence in the world of organised crime. Although the main protagonist is a viscous, remorseless killer who is without conscious, and you continually remind yourself that this is not fiction, you are still left fascinated by his exploits.
    Most importantly this book delivers exactly what I require of all my Audible purchases, that is to say, entertainment. Well worth a look in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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