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Bill

Fort Myers, FL, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Known and Unknown

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Donald Rumsfeld
    • Narrated By Donald Rumsfeld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (190)

    With the same directness that defined his career in public service, Donald Rumsfeld's memoir is filled with previously undisclosed details and insights about the Bush administration, 9/11, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It also features Rumsfeld's unique and often surprising observations on eight decades of history.

    Brooks says: "Inside view of five decades in politics"
    "the real story"
    Overall

    It is an exciting book, well written and easy to understand and filled with interesting stories behind the scenes of many great events in our modern history. Important to read to understand events taking place today.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Without Remorse

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1438)
    Performance
    (1096)
    Story
    (1110)

    His work for the CIA is brilliant, cold-blooded, and efficient, but who is he? In a harrowing tour de force, phenomenally best-selling author Tom Clancy shows how an ordinary man named John Kelly crossed the lines of justice and morality to become the CIA legend known as Mr. Clark. It is an unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness, without mercy - without remorse.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Great Characters, Great Plot"
    "interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    NO, the book is too wordy with a lot of stuff it seems to fill up pages.


    Any additional comments?

    It is at times boring because of all the drawn out verbiage. I was disappointed in all the filthy language, it is not impossible to tell a good story and not resort to sacrilege. One of the best story tellers in the world writing about the West, never used filthy language. This was way over done in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winner

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Frances Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (294)

    She is 20, beautiful, dirt-poor, and hoping for a better life for her infant daughter when LuAnn Tyler is offered the gift of a lifetime, a $100 million lottery jackpot. All she has to do is change her identity and leave the U.S. forever. It's an offer she dares to refuse...until violence forces her hand and thrusts her into a harrowing game of high-stakes, big-money subterfuge. It's a price she won't fully pay...until she does the unthinkable and breaks the promise that made her rich.

    Stephen says: "This was the worst narration I have ever heard!"
    "A very good story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Winner?

    It was a story that was likeable; one felt happy about the main story line. At the same time it had suspense and one was not able to predict the events as they unfolded. A whole new subject for the author, well written.


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

    At times it did and the ending was a surprise


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The closing.


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

    A girl from rags to riches; who gets her man.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a story which everyone can enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3480)
    Performance
    (3032)
    Story
    (3014)

    The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent.

    K says: "Couldn't be better...except"
    "intriguing and not to be missed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Man to be better than the print version?

    Do not know


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Man?

    The murder of the CIA agent


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

    I have heard an mumberr of books he has read and he is very good again.


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

    Yes, it was hard to lay it aside


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3497)
    Performance
    (3132)
    Story
    (3161)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "the real picture comes out"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up No Easy Day in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping, revealing, disturbing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Author, he tells a believeable narative clearly and directly.


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

    easy listening and moving, he spoke clearly


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

    It was informative and moving. It was very upsetting, sad and frightening to lean that our soldiers had their hands tied by the Gov which was micro managing the war. It makes one angry that we can not trust our current government.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4890)
    Performance
    (4127)
    Story
    (4141)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "sorry choice of profanity"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Ken Follett and/or John Lee?

    NO after listening to this book because of profanity.


    What was most disappointing about Ken Follett’s story?

    His decision to use unnecessary profanity


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Lee?

    YES


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe


    Any additional comments?

    I have read most of his other books and loved them but this time he has gone with the lover end of culture choosing to blaspheme God. The story could be told with gutter verbiage when called for but not a choice of words totally objectionable and offensive to Christians.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hour Game

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1997)
    Performance
    (825)
    Story
    (837)

    A woman is found murdered in the woods with a very special watch on her wrist, and what seemed a simple case soon escalates into a nightmare. The criminal methods of some of the most infamous killers of all time are being replicated by a new predator who stalks and strikes victims with a cunning brilliance. No one can understand the murderer's motives or who the next victim will be.

    Patricia says: "Disappointing"
    "great to the last minute"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Hour Game in three words, what would they be?

    original, surprising and addicting in interest


    Any additional comments?

    A story that is one of surprises keeping the reader in suspense and a hard to lay the book down tale. A story that is quite original and with little blasphemous language.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (2217)
    Performance
    (829)
    Story
    (835)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

    Gardner says: "Best Yet... Almost"
    "very imaginative"
    Overall

    A good story, easily holds ones attention, cleaver and not predictable. The narrator is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Decision Points

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By George W. Bush
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1535)
    Performance
    (682)
    Story
    (682)

    Decision Points is the extraordinary memoir of America's 43rd president. Shattering the conventions of political autobiography, George W. Bush offers a strikingly candid journey through the defining decisions of his life.

    Dave says: "Not a bad choice"
    "the plain truth"
    Overall

    I liked George Bush; he is no phony. His book is interesting and easy reading. It should be called "The rest of the story". There can be no doubt he was vilified by a left wing media and a radical far left democrat party. Quite surprising President Bush skips any move to replay anyone. He is a classy guy. If your interested in politics; it gives one a clear picture of what is taking place behind the scenes.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8132)
    Performance
    (4840)
    Story
    (4829)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "another block buster"
    Overall

    The author again writes a great story, interesting, spell binding, and surprising. A book everyone should enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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