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  • A Delicate Truth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By John le Carré
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (264)

    A Delicate Truth opens in 2008. A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted on the British crown colony of Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, a private defense contractor who is also his bosom friend, and a shady American CIA operative of the evangelical far right. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister’s personal private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.

    Darwin8u says: "A latter-day Jeremiah of espionage & statecraft."
    "He can't write his novels fast enough for me....."
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    Would you listen to A Delicate Truth again? Why?

    First of all, he's a marvelous reader. Usually I hate it when an author wants to read his own book, but he was great. He had accents for everyone. He just couldn't do it for women though. And the story is intricate enough to deserve a second listen. But I want more too. Write faster please.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (768)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (708)

    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

    Marci says: "So Disappointing"
    "The problems with coal deserved a better story"
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    What disappointed you about Gray Mountain?

    The heroine. I would hardly call her one. She would never make a decision outright and would always simper and let things happen to her. I hated her halfway through the book and I know that was not what I was supposed to do.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The coal industry and all its failings with strip mining and sludge and what it is doing/has done to Appalachia.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance matched the heroine and I hated them both.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm very disappointed that I cannot recommend this book to anyone because I am sure that much of the story of how coal mining has affected Appalachia is true.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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