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Lori

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  • The Once and Future Spy: A Novel of Obsession

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    An elite plan is afoot, a plan so secret and dangerous that its existence is known only to a tiny group of specialists within the innermost core of the CIA. There is virtually no paper trail - but somehow the plan has sprung a leak and the plotters must urgently plug it - or face deadly consequences.

    Kay M says: "A Challenge and it's worth it!"
    "Intriguing"
    Overall

    This very thoughtful, compelling, and ironic book is definitely Littell. I have enjoyed all his other audiobooks, but there is an added depth and substance to this novel. The author weaves intricately between the past, and the present in a unique and interesting manner.

    The folks that didn't like it, didn't 'get' it or were looking for excitement. While this book is well read by Scott Brick, and keeps ones interest, it isn't filled with edge-of-your-seat suspense that so many others have. Still, it is unusual, imaginative, and worth the read.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's The Lazarus Vendetta: A Covert One Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Patrick Larkin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    The Lazarus Movement, the dominant force in the eco-conscious, "anti-technology" protest movement, has sent rumblings down the halls of the world's intelligence agencies. Led by a mysterious, never-seen figure known only as Lazarus, this increasingly prominent group is believed by some to be preparing a bold strike.

    Allan H. says: "Good Ludlum"
    "Dreck!"
    Overall

    Not even Scott Bricks excellent narrative skills can save this one. NOT Ludlum...unbelievable; skin and flesh melting off bodies, pointlessly horrific.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4924)
    Performance
    (2035)
    Story
    (2029)

    "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"
    "Awesome!"
    Overall

    A fabulous book...well written, absorbing, great character development, and mirrors history...one could believe it is non-fiction. My only comment to other readers is that if you buy it to listen to in the car, it may be too complex to absorb if your drive is in anything but light traffic or straight road.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fallout

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James W. Huston
    • Narrated By Adams Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    TOPGUN instructor Luke Henry quits the Navy to start a private aerial combat school in Nevada. A lucrative contract with the U.S. government brings him 20 Russian MiG-29 fighter planes with the condition that he train a group of Pakistani Air Force Pilots hand-picked by the Department of Defense. Luke is hesitant to train fighters from another country in the skills he learned at TOPGUN, but he cannot open the school without agreeing.

    Lori says: "Definitely worth the listen"
    "Definitely worth the listen"
    Overall

    The story was very compelling. I found myself looking forward to my commute so I could listen to more of the story. It was exciting and absorbed my interest, making the drive fly by.

    Having said that, I think there was a lot of military and governmental security stuff that maybe didn't have enough explanation for my knowledge base. For example, why was it a good thing to have a private military fighter school in existence? I had issues with the believability of the story. I can't say it couldn't happen for sure, I just like to believe such a cluster-something couldn't happen.

    The other thing is the narrator. He was okay, but was mostly just reading the story. I had trouble transitioning from what one character was saying to the next character. But I was totally spoiled by the narrative team in the Ender Saga, and the narrator of the Da Vinci Code, so this guy has some stiff competition in my mind.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2588)
    Performance
    (1162)
    Story
    (1178)

    Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

    Harris says: "A Parable for the Ages"
    "Too much religion"
    Overall

    Lots of interesting ideas, but I stumbled over all the religious crap about 3/4 way through, and couldn't finish it. Seems to me I read this book years ago, and enjoyed it, but maybe I wasn't so appalled by dogmatism back then. At this point in life, my proclivities tend toward gagging over these (old) religious ideologies.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    Overall
    (21304)
    Performance
    (12796)
    Story
    (12923)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Totally Engrossing!"
    Overall

    My drives flew by, and I found it hard to stop listening. Wonderful story, great narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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