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  • Tales From Q School: Inside Golf's Fifth Major

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Feinstein
    • Narrated By John Feinstein
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The annual PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament is one of the most grueling competitions in any sport. Every fall, veterans and talented hopefuls sweat through six rounds of hell at Q school to get a shot at the PGA Tour, vying for the 30 slots available. If you don't make it through Q school, you're not on the PGA tour. John Feinstein tells the story of the players who compete for these coveted positions in the 2005 Q school.

    Peter says: "Exepcted more 'golf geekiness'"
    "Tales from Q school"
    Overall

    I did not find this to be John's best effort. However, it is golf and if you enjoy golf you will enjoy the inside knowledge that he brings to the game.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hostage: A Presidential Agent Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (596)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (386)

    Charley Castillo works with the Department of Homeland Security, but more and more is the man to whom the President turns when he needs an investigation done discreetly. And no situation demands discretion more than the one before them now. An American diplomat's wife is kidnapped in Argentina, and her husband is murdered before her eyes.

    Kevin says: "Another Tasty Griffin Confection"
    "Slow with a bad ending"
    Overall

    This book had the makings of an excellent plot. Unfortunately it developed very quickly and then stopped. The book is slow because it is nothing but casual conversation, much is the main character talking to himself. The ending is very abrupt and did not carry the suspense through as it could have.

    2 of 2 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
    Overall
    (7836)
    Performance
    (4558)
    Story
    (4543)

    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.

    Louis says: "Loved it and learned alot."
    "great story"
    Overall

    Follett once again proves he is a great story teller. Not sure how much is true but assume most of it is, but it doesn't matter, it is just a great story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Last Man Standing

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (1366)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (360)

    With vividly realized characters and a breathtaking pace, Last Man Standing is another spellbinding title from David Baldacci, best selling author of Wish You Well. When the FBI Hostage Rescue Team is ambushed, it is up to sole survivor Web London to find the killer.

    Chad says: "Great book"
    "True suspense"
    Overall

    In typical manner Baldacci keeps you thinking. The plot develops quickly and keeps developing. It is difficult to find a place to stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The American

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Martin Booth
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (128)

    The locals in the southern Italian town where he lives call him Signor Farfalla - Mr. Butterfly - for he is a discreet gentleman who paints rare butterflies. His life is inconspicuous: mornings are spent brushing at a canvas, afternoons idling in the cafés, and evenings talking with his friend, the town priest, over a glass of brandy. Yet there are other sides to this gentleman’s life.... Part thriller, part character study, part drama of deceit and self-betrayal, The American shows Martin Booth at the very height of his powers.

    Ramon says: "Slow start but after a few pages your hooked.
"
    "Not that interesting"
    Overall

    I read this book because the moving was about to hit the theaters. They changed the name of the book because the move gave it a different title. A Private Gentleman to The American. Need I say more! I actually thought the movie had a better ending.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jamie Ford
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    Overall
    (1898)
    Performance
    (831)
    Story
    (829)

    In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

    Christopher says: "Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet"
    "slow"
    Overall

    I thought the book was slow. It is a nice story and more than likely has some truth about it in life during WWII but I thought it was a slow read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Slavomir Rawicz
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (151)

    Twenty-six-year-old cavalry officer Slavomir Rawicz was captured by the Red Army in 1939 during the German-Soviet partition of Poland and sent to the Siberian Gulag. In the spring of 1941, he escaped with six of his fellow prisoners, including one American. Thus began their astonishing trek to freedom.

    Roger says: "Good story, well read"
    "Enjoyed"
    Overall

    Interesting what they went through to get home. I did feel the ending was abrupt. Would have been nice to know more

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Compass: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Edward M. Kennedy
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (147)

    In this historic memoir, the late Ted Kennedy takes us inside his family, re-creating life with his parents and brothers and explaining their profound impact on him. For the first time, he describes his heartbreak and years of struggle in the wake of their deaths. Through it all, he describes his work in the Senate on the major issues of our time - civil rights, Vietnam, Watergate, the quest for peace in Northern Ireland - and the cause of his life: improved health care for all Americans

    Mark says: "A Walk through the 20th Century"
    "Passionate politician"
    Overall

    You get a true understanding of the wealth in which Kennedy was born which helps one to understand why he feels the upper 1/3 needs to provide for the lower 2/3's. The book gives you an understanding of how hard he worked for national health insurance and why, and how sad for him that he did not see it achieved, but probably better for the country. I can only say there must be a good reason that in his lifetime he could not obtain a national health insurance program. I am glad I read the book and think everyone, regardless of political persuasion will find it interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17719)
    Performance
    (7925)
    Story
    (7959)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "Dark side"
    Overall

    This book takes off where the last one left off. Typical dark side to live that keeps you wondering through out the book. While the book is a bit typical because I have read the others it is still very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Scott McClellan
    • Narrated By Scott McClellan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Scott McClellan belonged to President Bush's select inner circle of trusted advisers during one of the most challenging, contentious periods of recent history. Over a period of more than seven years, he witnessed, day-to-day, exactly how the presidency veered off course, not only by its decision to topple Saddam Hussein, but by an embrace of confrontational politics in the face of an increasingly partisan Washington and a hostile media.

    Frank J. Regan says: "Something is Missing"
    "One persons viewpoint"
    Overall

    Scott presents events from his view point and does a good job of explaining some of the problems with politics today. I enjoyed the book and his insight. It is a good depiction of the events that took place during President G.W. Bush's years in office.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divided in Death: In Death, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (821)
    Performance
    (541)
    Story
    (541)

    Reva Ewing, a former member of the Secret Service, a security specialist for Roarke Enterprises, is a prime suspect in a double homicide. She had every reason to want to kill her husband, the renowned artist Blair Bissel. Not only was he having an affair, he was having it with her best friend. But Lieutenant Eve Dallas, who's on the case, believes Reva is innocent.

    Pagan Picnic says: "If you haven't read Big Jack, get it first"
    "Too Conversational"
    Overall

    Perhaps because I just finished reading Dan Brown's Digital Fortress (DiVinci Code) I compared the two authors. Too much of the book is conversation between the characters and not on the plot. Enjoyable but does not keep you wondering what is happening.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful

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