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C. Johnson

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  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1675)
    Performance
    (1412)
    Story
    (1451)

    On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

    Amazon Customer says: "Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative"
    "Tour de Force of mid-19-th century politics & war"
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    What did you love best about Team of Rivals?

    Ms. Goodwin started this marvelous novel, not at the beginning of the civil war, but much earlier in the personal and professional lives of each of the key characters. This allowed the reader to develop a much more complete understanding of the inter-relationships that were forged as Lincoln's cabinet was crafted from the great minds (and egos) of his day.

    The thousands of personal correspondence that Ms. Goodwin had to read and research in order to build the elegantly flowing narrative of the lives of several great men and women contained in the novel is truly mind-boggling. She must be applauded for her diligence, passion and commitment, because the result of her work is a truly epic story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Team of Rivals?

    No single moment, but the common theme that almost everyone who initially met Lincoln underestimated him until they actually got to know him. Looks, in this case, were exceedingly misleading as each would come to learn (and sometimes regret).


    What about Suzanne Toren’s performance did you like?

    Ms. Toren's performance was phenomenal, not necessarily for its range of characters, but more for her ability to convey the far-reaching story and its complex characters with such subtlety that the reader can remain immersed in the tale, rather than becoming distracted by the narration.


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

    Of course, when Lincoln was assassinated at almost the same moment that his epic struggle to end the Civil War, while keeping the warring factions of his cabinet knitted together.


    Any additional comments?

    I consider myself fortunate for having read this story. I learned and felt much as the lives of the characters unfolded before me.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Full Force and Effect: A Jack Ryan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (160)

    A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr., and his fellow Campus agents precious time. Time they don't have.

    R. Conley says: "Thank You Mark Greaney!"
    "This series just keeps getting better!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Full Force and Effect the most enjoyable?

    The storyline was very relevant and believable. Mark Greaney was the hands-down best choice for the storyteller to continue the Clancy legacy. Mark does a tremendous amount of research for each story and it shines through in the end result.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Can't really select one character. More enthralled by the overall plot and how each character helped the plot successfully unfold.


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

    Scott did an excellent portrayal of the many characters, adding his usual charm and warmth to each.


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

    I always enjoy intrigue, and so listening to the various elements of Spy-craft was engaging.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep Mark in the driver's seat and this series will go on for a long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dawn Patrol

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    Every morning Boone Daniels is out with the Dawn Patrol: four men and one woman as single-minded about surfing as he is, or nearly. They have real jobs; Boone works as a P.I. just enough to keep himself in fish tacos and in the water. But Boone is also obsessed with the unsolved case of a young girl named Rain who was abducted while he was with the San Diego police.

    Brian says: "Awesome"
    "Exceptionally entertaining!"
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    Where does The Dawn Patrol rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to hundreds, so it's tough to place specifically; however, it's in the top tier!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was very entertaining. The author's knowledge of surfing (likely coupled with tons of research) made the west coast dialog truly believable and quite cool. Storyline was unexpected, but also timely and compelling.


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

    This is my first Don Winslow / Ray Porter coupling. Ray did a stellar job of narration. Characters were brought to life, each uniquely interesting that, when combined, kept me engaged.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Wooohooohooohooo.... Wipeout!!!


    Any additional comments?

    My first Don Winslow novel. Can't wait to get the next!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sniper Elite: One Way Trip: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Scott McEwen, Thomas Koloniar
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (508)

    The President of the United States can’t decide how to respond to a classified video showing the Taliban’s brutal treatment of their captive - a female helicopter pilot of the Army’s elite Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Afraid that a botched rescue will further destabilize foreign policy and end his presidency, the Commander-in-Chief falters. But when the Special Ops community learns that one of their own is being tortured and will almost certainly be killed, no executive order will stop them from attempting a rescue mission.

    CyndiB says: "A FIVE STAR READ"
    "Top Special Ops story. 5x5 on stars!"
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    Where does Sniper Elite: One Way Trip rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    SE is one of the best special ops book that I have heard, so far. Scott McEwen and Thomas Kolonair tell the story so realistically that I could easily visualize every pulse-pounding fighting scene as though I was there (but, glad that I wasn't!). The language is perfect - just how I imagine warriors speaking to one another. EXCELLENT LISTEN!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Master Chief Steelyard. Gritty old warrior with a good heart.


    What does Brian Hutchison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Brian did an excellent job of narrating this story. The mastery that he had over the personalities of the various characters made this story very believable and exceptionally enjoyable.


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

    When the President declared Winchester. No spoiler. You'll have to listen to understand.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • SecondWorld

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (113)

    Lincoln Miller, an ex-Navy SEAL turned NCIS special agent, is sent to Aquarius, the world’s only sub-oceanic research facility, located off the Florida Keys, to investigate reports of ocean dumping. A week into his stay, strange red flakes descend from the surface. Scores of fish are dead and dying, poisoned by the debris that turns to powder in Miller’s fingers and tastes like blood. Miller heads for the surface, ready to fight whoever is polluting on his watch. But he finds nothing. No ships. No polluters.... No oxygen.

    Madeleine says: "Wonderful Premise"
    "Fantastic, entertaining story. Stellar narration!"
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    Where does SecondWorld rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 20. I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks, and found the premise of the SW story to be exceptionally creative and imaginative. I'm always a sucker for well crafted historical tie-ins, and SW doesn't disappoint.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I listen to audiobooks while commuting to / from work, and anytime I can get a few free minutes. I found myself seeking opportunities to listen to SW, because of the pace of action and plot development. Some of the just-in-the-nick-of-time characters saves were a bit over the top, but they blended in with the overall excitement of the story.


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

    Phil does a fantastic job of narrating stories and articulates dialects and foreign languages, especially German, superbly. One of my favorite narrators!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The premise of the story, while a bit far-fetched, showed real imagination. It's always a pleasure when an author comes up with something really new that he/she then develops into a "plausible" storyline. Stretches the imagination of the reader without seeming ridiculous.


    Any additional comments?

    I strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes thought provoking plots with historical tie-ins.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2358)
    Performance
    (2111)
    Story
    (2131)

    Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before. A killer who is just like him. Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry.

    Julius Butcher says: "Fits well into the series"
    "Best Gray Man yet, Mark!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dead Eye the most enjoyable?

    The complex storyline that tied to prior plots. Exceptionally entertaining listen. Mark clearly does his research and I appreciate that.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Character development and a complex storyline that makes you listen and think. You must pay attention, because there are many characters and locations involved.


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

    I have listened to all Gray Man books and Jay's performance for Dead Eye mirrors the high level of talent of his prior performances.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    There's only one Gray Man and he's coming to settle a score.


    Any additional comments?

    As always, I very much look forward to the next Gray Man novel, and the collaborative stories to which Mark Greaney has contributed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Better Quality of Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ann Granger
    • Narrated By Laurence Kennedy, Maggie Mash
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    London, 1867. As Inspector Ben Ross of Scotland Yard walks homeward one Saturday night, the fog that swirls around him is like a living beast. After it has lifted a woman lies murdered in Green Park. Allegra Benedict was the beautiful Italian wife of an art dealer. As Ben begins his investigation, his wife Lizzie looks into Allegra's private life and uncovers more than one reason why someone might want her dead...

    connie says: "didn't feel the fog"
    "Good story, except for Perry Mason confessions..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is a good story by one of my early favorite authors. Narration is very good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No real stand-out. Each character was developed fairly well.


    What does Laurence Kennedy and Maggie Mash bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoyed the narration; however, the voice of "Bessie" was a bit child-like.


    Any additional comments?

    Funny, but the mention of Aunt Perry made be think of Anne Perry and her Inspector Pitt novels, which follow a similar husband-cop, wife-sleuthing helper model.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Coup d'Etat: Dewey Andreas, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1028)
    Performance
    (905)
    Story
    (894)

    When a fragile peace breaks down and promptly devolves into a rapidly escalating shooting war between Pakistan and India, the U.S. must intervene. With only hours remaining before the conflict reaches a deadly point of no return, the White House must find a way to shut it down immediately or risk the likelihood of a new global war. A radical cleric has become the democratically elected president of Pakistan and uses a brutal incident in the Kashmir region as an opportunity to ignite war with India. The highly lethal conventional war spins out of control when Pakistan initiates a nuclear attack.

    Susan says: "Dewey Andreas Saves the Day ... Again!"
    "Stunning storyline detail and stellar narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Coup d'Etat to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version, but David de Vries did a magnificent job of narrating this story. His range of dialects is exceptional, and was a major contributor to the listening experience.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Coup d'Etat?

    While there were many "ops" in the story, there was one early in the story that was so detailed that I could imaging being there. Ben Coes does this better than anyone else I've listened to.


    Which character – as performed by David de Vries – was your favorite?

    Too many to select just one. Character and story development were done very well.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    On the brink of annihilation


    Any additional comments?

    This is only my second Ben Coes story; however, I have already purchased his other two Dewey Andreas audiobooks. He is a master storyteller!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secret of the Seventh Son

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Glenn Cooper
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (824)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (403)

    Nine people have been slain in New York City, nine strangers with nothing in common - the apparent victims of a frighteningly elusive serial killer. Only one thing links the dead: postcards they received, mailed from Las Vegas, announcing the day they would die.

    Rebecca says: "An Ear Burner"
    "Ultra creative storyline - eerily plausible"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! Glenn Cooper created a multi-level story that mixes Clive Cussler-like historical tie-ins, but at three periods in time, 8th century England, post-World War II England and American, and present day. The result is a somewhat dark view of God's plan for each us that plays out on the streets of New York as a series of random events, and ultimately all threads of the story weave together into a tight fabric of plausibility that leaves the reader wondering "what if this were true?". Definitely in the top two percent for creativity and enjoyability.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Boyett – was your favorite?

    Mark did a superb job narrating the many characters in the story, creating separate voices that which were delivered without any distraction from the storyline.


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

    Yes. I found myself looking for opportunities to dive back into the story throughout the day. While I couldn't finish it in one day, I did finish it as quickly as I could.


    Any additional comments?

    I figured out the premise of the story at about the middle of the book. One line delivered by Mark, alias Peter, gave it away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eben Alexander
    • Narrated By Eben Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1842)
    Performance
    (1604)
    Story
    (1617)

    On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

    Kelly says: "Compelling"
    "Quite a story. Makes you want to believe"
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    What did you love best about Proof of Heaven?

    Details about the illness that caused Dr. Alexander's NDE.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The ability to comprehend a staggering amount of information in an instant while in heaven, and a relative inability to adequately describe the heavenly experinece in the terms felt while there.


    What about Eben Alexander’s performance did you like?

    Earthy and believable presentation.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Details about bacterial meningitis.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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