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  • Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Antonio Mendez, Matt Baglio
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (292)

    On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal and a quake in global politics still reverberating today. But there's a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escaped. And a midlevel agent named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them. Armed with foreign film visas, Mendez and an unlikely team of CIA agents and Hollywood insiders traveled to Tehran....

    Debra Garfinkle says: "Better Than the Movie"
    "Guess you had to be there"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Think anybody would enjoy it but it seems more of a book about tradecraft and the author's background and less about the hostages who were rescued.


    What could Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I don't think they could do anything since their book was more about their prep and cant invent tension with the escape. The movie probably can take liberties and may have.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was flat and annoying at the same time.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Argo?

    The author's early background was not necessary and at time I forgot what the main theme of the book was.


    Any additional comments?

    A lot of build up to the departure which seemed uneventful. . Obviously it was a great coup but there was a sense of the book being more about the author and his CIA experience. I expected to be more excited reading the book but felt unsatisfied afterwards. I have not seen the movie but am sure the tension was ramped up in the Hollywood way ....ironically the cover story was Hollywood so maybe the story needed to be told via movie rather than a book. Finally the narrator was dull flat and annoying at the same time.

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  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (3788)
    Performance
    (3356)
    Story
    (3366)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Authors should not narrate own books"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe


    Would you ever listen to anything by Malcolm Gladwell again?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Malcolm Gladwell’s performance?

    It started out ok and the idea of smaller classes not being the solution was interesting...but overall I thought the title was out of whack.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    It was recommended by a friend who thought it was only ok but said anecdotally there were some interesting points. I agree. Except for a few very little remains in my memory which is not the sign of a great book or even entertaining one.

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  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Malala Yousafzai
    • Narrated By Archie Panjabi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (592)

    When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

    Jan says: "So much more than expected..."
    "worth a listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is timely and goes to the background of the girl behind the fame.


    What other book might you compare I am Malala to and why?

    Perhaps other autobiographies.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None in particular. It was just a fascinating story over all.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the personal insights more interesting rather than the political details that were interspersed throughout the book. In fact I wondered if the specific names and details about political parties, government agencies, etc were added later by editorial design. At some level as precocious and aware as Malala is compared to many adults much less children, I questioned whether it was her or someone else's agenda with regard to political commentary in the book. None of this takes away from the audio book but I found her dealings with friends, parents, etc far more interesting and the focus should have been that. Also I would have been interested in hearing how her parents were adjusting to their new life in the UK. I forgot that she has other siblings - how is the family dynamic? Can't be easy. But perhaps those insights are too personal.

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  • The Activist: Theodore Boone

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (97)

    Though he's only 13, Theodore Boone has spent more time in the courtroom than almost anywhere else, and there's always a new adventure waiting. After being falsely accused of vandalism and theft, Theo is happy to finally be out of the hot seat, once more dispensing legal advice to friends and community members, when an exciting new case demands his urgent attention.

    Amazon Customer says: "enjoyable for young and old."
    "love Grisham's Theo Boone series!"
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    Would you listen to The Activist again? Why?

    Sure it is a great feel good story about the good things of a small town.


    What other book might you compare The Activist to and why?

    Any of his other novels - it might be for kids but adults can enjoy the series.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I dont like Richard Thomas as a narrator but bit the bullet and went with it because I love Grisham. Thomas just doesnt sound like a kid or even a good narrator.


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

    No it isnt that kind of book but I really like Grisham's technique of writing where the reader is the hero or fly on the wall in the story. I am always laughing at his depictions of Theo's mom and dad, his dog Judge and the court room scene where he writes the thugs were sworn to the tell the truth and immediately started lying! Loved it! Grisham takes these moments that readers can relate to in an everyday way that are hilarious.


    Any additional comments?

    I dont like Grisham's non legal novels but I like how he captures the good things of small town living, serious hardworking people and idealism. He also captures modern day living of two income couples, wise beyond their years kids and adds well meaning adults who you see in your everyday life. Homey, comfortable and reminds me a baby boomer of some fond memories as a kid back in the day!

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  • Midnight at Marble Arch: Charlotte and Thomas Pitt, Book 28

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (118)
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    (114)

    In this superbly accomplished new Charlotte and Thomas Pitt adventure, Anne Perry takes us beneath the glittering surface of wealthy Victorian society into a nightmare world of fear and intimidation, where women are too often blamed for the violent attacks against them, and powerful men take what they want, leaving others to pay the price. The horrifying rape and apparent suicide of Catherine Quixwood, wife of a wealthy merchant banker, falls outside the new jurisdiction of Special Branch head Thomas Pitt, but so pervasively offensive are the rumors about the victim that Pitt quietly takes a hand in the investigation.

    Judith A. Weller says: "Anne Perry at the Top of her Game"
    "Starting out badly....."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Sure I like Anne Perry's books.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Anne Perry again?

    Yes.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Davina Porter?

    Probably.


    Could you see Midnight at Marble Arch being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Would love to see Anne Perry's books made into TV series.


    Any additional comments?

    I find the first victim, the Portuguese diplomat's daughter, an unlikely one. There were 2-3 instances of this victim showing up at society parties where she runs into her tormentor and flips out. Considering people from this social strata attend the same parties, if the victim was raped and traumatized, is it reasonable for her to socialize at all afterwards? Not justifying the crime, but rather how likely is it that a traumatized victim would show up at a party after being attacked. At the least a concerned mother would have sent her back to Portugal or some place to protect her. The context of the first victim seems unreal and detracts from the story,

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  • A Sunless Sea: William Monk, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (150)

    As commander of the River Police, Monk is accustomed to violent death, but the mutilated female body found on Limehouse Pier one chilly December morning moves him with horror and pity. The victim’s name is Zenia Gadney. Her waterfront neighbors can tell him little - only that the same unknown gentleman had visited her once a month for many years. She must be a prostitute, but - described as quiet and kempt - she doesn’t appear to be a fallen woman. What sinister secrets made poor Zenia worth killing?

    A User says: "Riveting"
    "Anne Perry at her finest - ditch the narrator"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure. Anne Perry is great as a book but gripping as an audiobook


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Sunless Sea?

    Not sure. Too many `moments`


    What didn’t you like about Ralph Lister’s performance?

    I am amazed at his wide range or English accents and male/female characterizations but sometimes way too dramatic, hard to catch some inflections and he talks like he has too much saliva in his mouth. In person I would expect to be sprayed by his speech!


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

    No - but I did experience frustration at the court room scene taking SO LONG. I get it that Anne Perry is trying to stretch out tension but maybe her editor should have chopped off a few pages....boring!! And just frustration for no good reason.


    Any additional comments?

    Anne Perry is good - love her social commentary. But dump Margaret as a character - she sounds weird choosing her pedophile dad over her husband. The reader starts to wonder about what is up with her. While in that day and age sheltered women were like her - as part of the Monk series women like that need to be deleted. Not interesting and takes away from Oliver`s taste in people.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4428)
    Performance
    (1637)
    Story
    (1645)

    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"
    "sorry but boring"
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    Would you try another book from David McCullough and/or David McCullough?

    Not sure. Probably not.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David McCullough again?

    No. He doesn`t read well.


    Would you be willing to try another one of David McCullough’s performances?

    No


    What character would you cut from 1776?

    How about the author? Sorry. I have read a LOT on the American Revolution and I was shocked at how disappointed I was with this audiobook.


    Any additional comments?

    I really expected a lot from the author. Sometimes the author shouldn`t read his or her own book. But I will give it another try - I might be unfair.

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  • The Litigators

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3752)
    Performance
    (3056)
    Story
    (3019)

    The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

    June says: "Typical Grisham, entertaining"
    "Engaging"
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    What did you like best about The Litigators? What did you like least?

    Not his best but his usual character types, values and tying up loose ends were all there so I enjoyed it for the most part. Not as gripping as his best stuff - Time to Kill, Street Lawyer - but if you`re a Grisham fan you will have a good time. I liked the hero`s pursuit of justice to the end and looking out for everyone to include the AC - the firm dog. I didn`t like the long drawn out tort trial that wasn`t the main part of the book although probably necessary to lay out the way forward for the hero`s future success. Also tired of stereotypes of the knock out female lawyer, cute wife, etc. They are always tall and slim while the anti-heroines are dumb and busty.


    Would you recommend The Litigators to your friends? Why or why not?

    Sure if they are Grisham fans and want something entertaining. Grisham is entertaining and keeps your attention.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dennis Boutsikaris’s performances?

    Maybe.


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

    It would make a good movie - all his would although some of the ones made into movies sucked. Time to Kill would have been a lot better if they stuck to the original. Pelican Brief was okay....The Firm was good. Street Lawyer would be great if they made it. Maybe his books are better off as TV dramas.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe Grisham should come up with a female heroine - and she doesn`t have to be Harvard grad and beautiful. His male heroes do tend to be Harvard grad and idealistic. Something a little more realistic would be interesting. But I do like his small touches of looking out for the little guy, doing the right thing by everyone, and wrapping up loose ends where everyone comes out all right.

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  • Dorchester Terrace: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel, Book 27

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (97)

    Anne Perry’s acclaimed Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels have made London’s exclusive world of wealth and power an addictive literary destination for listeners everywhere. This masterpiece, a haunting story of love and treason, invites us not only into the secret places of Britain’s power but also into the innermost sanctums of the fin de siècle Austro-Hungarian Empire.

    A User says: "Anne Perry is a master at the Victorian mystery"
    "Too Short!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dorchester Terrace the most enjoyable?

    I am a BIG Anne Perry fan but this is the first time I am doing it by audio. I will definitely listen to it again as audio has different dimensions from reading - you can skip over things in a book but when you listen you actually savor each word. The story was incredible but the author does tie it all together at the end...kind of. There are some loose ends but I figure as she always does, they will be mentioned in the next adventure of Charlotte and Thomas.


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

    Yes it did. It was Prince Alois` visit that was upcoming so the reader knows the story was building up to a climax.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like the ones with Vespasia and Narraway - I think the latter is old but far younger than Vespasia but it seems a spark of interest and respect bordering on some kind of chemistry is suggested. Why not? They are both free and like each other.


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

    Yes and it got to where I was annoyed at routine interruptions like at a coffee shop when I had to give my order! I was literally pointing to an item on the menu to the waiter because I didn`t want to be distracted from Dorchester Terrace.


    Any additional comments?

    Anne Perry needs to have an epilogue. The story ends where it should but the reader is left hanging about the other characters in the book. What was the fallout of what Thomas does? Any kudos? There is still a crminal out there. Also it is annoying to always read about these awful boneheaded aristocrats who give Thomas a hard time yet don`t seem to get their comeupptance. Also Emily Radly continues to be a simpy sister and could use some character development.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (606)
    Performance
    (510)
    Story
    (515)

    The Presidents Club was born at Eisenhower’s inauguration when Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover first conceived the idea. Over the years that followed - and to this day - the presidents relied on, misunderstood, sabotaged, and formed alliances with one another that changed history. The world’s most exclusive fraternity is a complicated place: its members are bound forever because they sat in the Oval Office and know its secrets, yet they are immortal rivals for history’s favor.

    Elicka says: "Inflection of narrator really annoying"
    "Learned a lot"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure. I read a TIME article on the book and the photos were fascinating. The concept of a real A Team of presidents is cool and even entertaining. I am old enough to remember the Nixon years so I found it fascinating to relive the Nixon Ford pardon debate. After reading the book I realized I have changed my mind about the pardon and why Ford did what he did. I agree now that he did the right thing because it was always about the presidency, not the person. Although now the presidency and the man occupying are getting disrespected outright but I digress...Great book in giving the reader of history a real education not covered in the history books. The sections on Hoover and Truman were long but I came away learning a lot about that era and post war Europe.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nixon and his interactions with Clinton. I could sense Nixon`s neediness to connect with Clinton and while ironic they became best buds, it all kind of makes sense. I have a new respect for Bush senior too.


    What didn’t you like about Bob Walter’s performance?

    It was okay. Pretty monotone.


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

    There were many but the section when Carter lost it with Cedras to get the heck out of Haiti because children could die was moving. Carter for all his faults - he does seem more of a loner compared to the rest of the fraternity - does march to the beat of a different drummer. The section also on Ford telling Nixon and Carter to go with Jerry, Jimmy and Dick was pretty memorable.


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did. I ended up disliking Eisenhower; sympathetic to LBJ; respectful of Nixon`s complexity; and overall had a vicarious enjoyment of the presidents being above the fray. Capturing the interactions of the ones alive and representing America in retirement makes great reading! The authors will need to include Obama in the next edition.

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