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Jason J. Sharon

Charleston, SC | Member Since 2012

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  • 16 reviews
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  • 172 titles in library
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  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2059)
    Performance
    (1828)
    Story
    (1833)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "Title doesn't fit the story."
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    I enjoyed the book, but I was not blown away by it. It is a good story of Kennedy's presidency, and I learned a lot. It is not one I would listen to again. It was not as good as Killing Lincoln.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Time to Betray: The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Reza Kahlili
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (208)

    A true story as exhilarating as a great spy thriller, as turbulent as today's headlines from the Middle East, A Time to Betray reveals what no other previous CIA operative's memoir possibly could: the inner workings of the notorious Revolutionary Guards of Iran, as witnessed by an Iranian man inside their ranks who spied for the American government.

    Walter says: "Absorbing throughout. Questionable at times."
    "One of the best true stories ever"
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    OK, so if you haven't bought this book yet, buy it. Stop reading this right now and go buy it. Why are you still reading this? Why haven't you started listening to this book yet?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Body of Lies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David Ignatius
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    Roger Ferris is one of the CIA's soldiers in the war on terrorism. He has come out of Iraq with a shattered leg and an intense mission: to penetrate the network of a master terrorist known only as "Suleiman". Ferris' plan for getting inside Suleiman's tent is inspired by a masterpiece of British intelligence during World War II: he prepares a body of lies, literally the corpse of an imaginary CIA officer who appears to have accomplished the impossible by recruiting an agent within the enemy's ranks.

    Michael says: "Body of Lies"
    "Very enjoyable"
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    There were about 5 parts that seems like they were added as an afterthought. Otherwise, I enjoyed the story and the performance. Get the book, you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pirate: John Stratton, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Duncan Falconer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    When elite operative John Stratton is sent to Yemen by the Secret Intelligence Service to track down a suspected al-Qaeda cell, he thinks he knows what he is dealing with. But when he and his colleagues get captured by Somali pirates, all bets are off. Stratton discovers what it is like to be held hostage by ruthless men who have a deadly agenda - men for whom Stratton and his colleagues are just bargaining chips. And this is no ordinary hostage situation: Stratton has stepped right into the middle of a massive and sickening jihadist operation.

    Jason J. Sharon says: "I just couldn't get into it."
    "I just couldn't get into it."
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    I really wanted to like this. I was hoping for another series to explore. I found myself not caring at all about the main character after 2 hours. I actually started the book twice, a few weeks apart, thinking maybe I just had stuff on my mind the first time. Not so much. Maybe it is a good read, definitely not a good performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Option to Kill: A Nathan McBride Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1219)
    Performance
    (1058)
    Story
    (1069)

    When Nathan McBride receives a text message from someone who claims she’s been kidnapped, it triggers a deadly chain of events that has the potential to haunt him for the rest of his life. Nathan will soon learn that nothing from his past could ever prepare him for the crisis he’ll soon be facing. The girl’s name is Lauren and she’s just 12 years old.

    Carla says: "An Outstanding Story with Engaging Characters"
    "STOP READING THIS REVIEW AND GO DOWN LOAD THE BOOK"
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    Peterson keeps getting better with each book in this series. I was disappointed that one of the main characters was absent in much of the book, but I understand why he did it, and the method was believable. Keep Nathan coming. How about a prequel?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: Revised Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (2679)
    Performance
    (1164)
    Story
    (1161)

    Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life, from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, and whose conclusions turn the conventional wisdom on its head. Thus the new field of study contained in this audiobook: Freakonomics. Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives: how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.

    David says: "Good, but be careful"
    "under impressed"
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    entertaining, but did not live up to what I hoped. I read the paperback synopsis at a book store, and was excited to later down load the book. I also downloaded the sequel. I wish I had not done either. I found myself forcing myself to finish it, since I already spent the money. The authors are very "self-confident" and you can feel that. I find it hypocritical that they opine very negative attitudes towards several groups of proffesionals who have an "information advantage" over the average US citizen. But the authors have made millions of dollars on the intellectual property laws of publishing a book about their opinion of groups of data. I bet that if someone in the public tried to make money on the authors' own data interpretation, the authors would sue that other party. The authors would be correct in doing it, but don't make money on information advantages by bashing others doing the same. Poor taste and low class actions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SuperFreakonomics

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2812)
    Performance
    (1184)
    Story
    (1192)

    SuperFreakonomics challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as: How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa? What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common? Can eating kangaroo save the planet? Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else.

    Rich says: "Worth Your Time"
    "Not as good as I hoped"
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    I'm more critical than the average person. I understand that the critic has not produced any value. They are smarter than I am, they are making millions, I am not.

    On to the book. This has more summaries of "economic" work performed by others and discussed by the authors than actual research performed by the authors. There is also a lot of American history told with a liberal slant. I love history, I do not like political perspective, liberal or conservative, attached to history. Give us facts and conclusions, not agendas.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Intelligence: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Susan Hasler
    • Narrated By Susan Hasler, Joe Barrett, Rachel Butera, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (188)

    Maddie James and her colleagues are terrorism experts working in a crumbling intelligence agency. They are certain another terrorist attack is coming, but in a post-9/11 election year the Administration is stressing its victories in the War on Terror - and few want to hear the team's warnings. Reluctantly, Maddie's given a team of five analysts to focus on the impending threat. The crew labors through bureaucratic obstacles, personal problems, and a blossoming romance between its senior members. They come heartbreakingly close to stopping the attack....

    Julia says: "Not your typical spy novel...."
    "Coudn't make it past the 1 hour point"
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    I really did NOT like the different narrators on one story, unlike others. It made it hard to follow.

    I got the initial impression that the author was complaining about how the CIA was run, that she would do it differently. Employees that complain about their boss annoy me. If you could do it better, apply for the job. If not, get another job, or do your job how your boss tells you to do it.

    Too much vulgar language as well.

    Just my 2 cents. Obviously, it is easier to be a critic than an author, so good job to her trying to write a novel, I couldn't do better. But if I did, it wouldn't be like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tier One Wild: A Delta Force Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dalton Fury
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (294)

    Former disgraced Delta Force commander Kolt "Racer" Raynor has earned his way back into The Unit after redeeming himself during an explosive operation at a black site in Pakistan. But he is about to face his deadliest challenge yet. The most wanted man in the world, American al Qaeda commander Daoud al Amriki, and his handpicked team of terrorist operatives, have acquired stores of Russian-built, shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles (SAM's) from ex-Libyan spies in Cairo.

    Jeff says: "My Mitch Rapp Replacement"
    "C'mon Fury, where is your next book!?!"
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    Gotta have it, gotta listen to it, can't wait for the next one! This does not disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Merry Christmas, Alex Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Stephen Kunken, Cristin Milioti
    Overall
    (675)
    Performance
    (546)
    Story
    (533)

    It's Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who's robbing his church's poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway before his phone rings again - a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family.

    Gayle A. Orner says: "Yawn!"
    "This is really 2 short novels abutted together"
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    Patterson pieced 2 different stories, both Christmas related, in one book. I was really disappointed when I figured this out, at about the 6 hour point. Both stories live up to your high expectations for Patterson, but the overall feel is just disjointed. I really wish both were better developed separately.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4550)
    Performance
    (1742)
    Story
    (1752)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Mark says: "Front Seat on History"
    "I hoped for more"
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    I think if there was a professional reader, I would have enjoyed it. The author read it, which I can understand that desire. However, sometimes it is better to let the professionals do what professionals do. Yea, reading isn't tough, but reading for entertainment is NOT in this guy's swim lane. I did not finish the book, just couldn't do it. If it was released with a different voice, and about 10% of the useless detail removed, I'll buy it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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