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Paul

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  • Mission to Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By Daniel Gerroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (192)

    At the center of the intrigue is Hollywood star, Frederic Stahl. September 1938. On the eve of the Munich Appeasement, Stahl arrives in Paris, on loan from Warner Brothers to star in a French film. He quickly becomes entangled in the shifting political currents of pre-war Paris - French fascists, German Nazis, and his Hollywood publicists all have their fates tied to him. But members of the clandestine spy world of Paris have a deeper interest in Stahl, sensing a potential asset in a handsome, internationally renowned actor.

    Darwin8u says: "Cary Grant Goes to Paris"
    "A Dream Historical Novel"
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    I've only lately discovered Alan Furst and I'm kicking myself for coming so late to the party! This man can really write great historically based international novels. I've read two of his books now and this one just now finished was just wonderfully researched and written. It's like discovering a book version of the film Casablanca.......just a gem. As far as I can see Fursts books are based mostly on the years just prior to WWII in various countries in Europe. The characters are very real and authentic sounding, the narrtor performance is dazzlingly great with these European espionage and diplomacy novels. I happen to really love and resonate with history and these really fill my bill. Outstanding reads, all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2054)
    Performance
    (1733)
    Story
    (1725)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    John says: "Exciting Nelson DeMille novel with great narration"
    "Wasted time and money"
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    I must confess I wimped out on this 1/3 of the way through it after forgetting that I had also wimped out early on The Lion two years or so ago. I have had so many lovely reading hours with DeMille's protagonist, John Corey, and others that I immediately buy his books just on my past experience. Wrong. From all I can gather DeMille was so traumatized by the evil acts of 9-11 being in and of New York City that his last three novels have had John Corey on a mission to defeat certain members of the Middle Eastern Jihad warriors. Actually this is a great goal but the plot device, regardless of the marketing hopes of the author for movie or best seller status, has made the John Corey stories into simple bang bang shootem up thrillers like those that get traded daily at our local workout gym and are written by at least 50 or more writers. DeMille's earlier books were marvels of great New York story telling with sophisticated people and situations associated with New York environs and they were most enjoyable reading, and humorous. The late John Corey is a wise-ass Jihad fighter in very evil bloody circumstances and the book goes to huge lengths to increase the reader's sense of danger of bloody massacres and thereby build suspense. I know that such evil exists and I'm grateful that there are people who are fighting it but I don't like spending hours reading about the many innocent throats that will and do get cut by very sharp blades.......frequently. The narrator is a cartoonish wise guy sounding voice no matter who is doing the talking at any given point. I love DeMille's earlier work but these last 3 are time and money wasted. Sorry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gates of Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (78)

    From the spectacle of gladiatorial combat to the intrigue of the Senate, from the foreign wars that created an empire to the betrayals that almost tore it apart, the Emperor novels tell the remarkable story of the man who would become the greatest Roman of them all: Julius Caesar. The Gates of Romeintroduces an ambitious young man facing his first great test. In the city of Rome, a titanic power struggle is about to shake the Republic to its core.

    Kimberly says: "Best of Genre"
    "For me old Rome came alive"
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    I was doubtul and dubious at first but recent studies of the Middle Ages following Rome's fall got me interested and this author found an ideal way to describe one era of the Roman Republic as it was about to change and make it live............and vitally interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed this book after my early hesitation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1997)
    Performance
    (1739)
    Story
    (1737)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Hidden history comes interestingly alive"
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    Who knew that there were so many interesting facets involved in the assasignation of Garfield? Many thanks to Millard for making hidden history usually passed over so vitally interesting and engaging. Great research and storytelling and a good narrator made this a very enjoyable book.
    I am thankful for learning a lot while enjoying the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suicide Run: Three Harry Bosch Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (635)
    Story
    (637)

    Here is LAPD Detective Harry Bosch as we've never seen him before, in three never-before-collected stories. In "Suicide Run", the apparent suicide of a beautiful young starlet turns out to be much more sinister than it seems. In "Cielo Azul", Bosch is haunted by a long-ago closed case: the murder of a teenage girl who was never identified. In "One Dollar Jackpot", Bosch works the murder of a professional poker player whose skills have made her more than one enemy.

    B. brown says: "Not what you expect"
    "More grist for the Harry Bosch mill!"
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    More good cases solved by Bosch, but shorter and sweeter in 3 stories. Good writing as usual but Len Cariou is having a tougher time reading in these stories. He once was the best but now is still good but strikes me as fading. Still good Bosch stories, just not as long and involved as the usual stuff.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Angle of Investigation: Three Harry Bosch Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (526)

    LAPD Detective Harry Bosch tackles three tough cases that span a legendary career in this never-before-collected trio of stories. Utterly unputdownable, they are proof that "Connelly never stops doling out the suspense.... Once it grabs you in those first few pages, it won't let go of you" (Boston Globe).

    Jane says: "Too short to do anything in depth"
    "We can't get enough Harry Bosch!"
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    A batch of shtorter stories of the Harry Bosch skill and experience in solving crimes. It fits in the canon well although a different length and a quicker resolution. Still a good dose of Bosch that makes great listening. Len Cariou is a great narrator and had a great voice for such stories and he makes Harry sound great.........but he's apparently past his prime and seems to be having a tough time reading. He used to be the best! Still is good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sense of an Ending

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (838)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (700)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Melinda says: "'Something Happened'..."
    "A truly beautiful book unfolds slowly"
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    A true wordsmith's work in the great British tradition. A wonderfully nuanced story that sensitively unfolds page by page about a man's awakening late in his life to the consequences of his innocent simple actions when young and the complexity of love and intellect and human interaction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarecrow

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2558)
    Performance
    (936)
    Story
    (933)

    Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career. He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.

    P. Giorgio says: "Depth & Breadth"
    "Who wrote this? Who picked the narrator?"
    Overall

    There must be two Michael Connelly's. I can't think of any other way that this book could be by the same author as the truly great Harry Bosch mysteries. The story is passable listening but pretty weak. The reader sounds like a high school student reading his paper to the class. The contrasts in books and readers between Connelly's great stuff and this book along with the Lincoln Lawyer and The Brass Verdict is just not understandable. These last three books have the same problems in common: weak stories and amateurish narrators.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Stone's Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Iain Pears
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice, John Lee, Simon Vance
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (130)

    Iain Pears tells the story of John Stone, financier and arms dealer, a man so wealthy that in the years before World War One he was able to manipulate markets, industries, and indeed entire countries and continents. A panoramic novel with a riveting mystery at its heart, Stone's Fall is a quest to discover how and why John Stone dies, falling out of a window at his London home.

    Marilyn Scher says: "Iain Pears-Always more than you bargained for."
    "A Truly Brilliant Book!"
    Overall

    I loved An Instance of the Fingerpost by Ian Pears and have missed his writing ever since. Now he has outdone that story with this one, a truly outstanding piece of inventive historical story telling with characters that intrigued me and superb dialong in the spare English style. This author can really write great lit!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate House

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1126)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (375)

    When John Sutter's aristocratic wife killed her mafia don lover, John left America and set out in his sailboat on a three-year journey around the world, eventually settling in London. Now, 10 years later, he has come home to the Gold Coast, that stretch of land on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America, to attend the imminent funeral of an old family servant.

    James B says: "Brilliant Conclusion to Gold Coast"
    "DeMille's dialog and characters are great!"
    Overall

    This is another entertaining book, by a really good writer and very well narrated, a followup of sorts to his much earlier "Gold Coast". DeMille knows Long Island, New York really well and also the lives of the wealthy along the North Shore. This book is actually a very nice love story maneuvering among several problems, all of which are entertaining. But it's DeMille's characters' conversation and thoughts that, to me, are notable and entertaining about this book, in addition to a good story. (However the main character's wise-a** tendencies are a little overdone.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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