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Daniel Mcafee

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Texas USA | Member Since 2005

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  • The Pale Criminal: Berlin Noir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (180)

    The Pale Criminal brings back Bernie Gunther, an ex-policeman who thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin - until he turned freelance, and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture. Hard-hitting, fast-paced, and richly detailed, The Pale Criminal is noir writing at its blackest and best.

    Old Hippy says: "Esxcellent Historical Fiction; Gripping ..."
    "Second Book in the Series - Better than the First"
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    I must qualify my review by saying I am infatuated by books written about this era, and of course love the detective novel genre. I enjoyed the first book in this Bernie Gunther detective series, but this one was much better in that the story was more riveting and multi-faceted, whereas the overall story in the first book was a little flat.

    Not only does the author give the reader/listener a taste of what life was like in pre-WWII Nazi Germany, a fictional tale built around actual historical characters is always one I truly enjoy.

    I am looking forward to moving on to the third book in this series. For those who enjoy this book I would also recommend Ken Follet and several of his books such as, Eye of the Needle, Hornet Flight, and Jackdaws.

    John Lee, the narrator is one of the best and does not disappoint in this effort. He is top notch as usual!

    Overall Highly Recommended!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Family

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo, completed by Carol Gino
    • Narrated By Philip Bosco
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Mario Puzo first answered the question 'What is a family?' with the creation of the Corleones in his landmark best seller The Godfather. Now, 30 years later, Puzo enriches us all with his ultimate vision of the subject: the story of the greatest crime family in Italian history, the Borgias.

    Robert says: "15th Century Godfather"
    "The Quick "Wrap-Up" ending hurt and Epic Effort"
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    Even though it is mentioned in the Audible Title, I did not realize that Mario Puzo did not finish this novel himself. It was completed in 2001 by his girlfriend, after his death in 1999.

    I imagine when he started this book there had been little written about the Borgias, but since this book was finished, there have been a great many books on the Borgias, and of course the Showtime series, "The Borgias", which I highly recommend.

    This book did bring to light a few interesting tidbits of History of which I was not aware. For example, in the Showtime series, they wrote out the younger brother Gioffre, so I was not aware he actually existed.

    Overall I recommend the book and my only criticism (and it's a fairly big one for me) is that the book had an epic feel to it and it wrapped up far too quickly and in summary form. I can only assume that is because Carol Gino simply tried to finish it the best she could. I would be curious to know when she actually took over to assess my point as a valid one or not.

    The narrator did a fine job and overall a slight thumbs up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell Is Empty: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1507)
    Performance
    (1264)
    Story
    (1258)

    Spur Award-winner Craig Johnson has garnered critical acclaim for his Walt Longmire mysteries. In this riveting seventh entry, Wyoming’s Absaroka County sheriff, Walt Longmire, is pushed beyond his limits. When three hardened convicts escape FBI custody in a mountain blizzard, an armed psychopath leads them up Big Horn Mountain. As Longmire struggles to track their treacherous ascent, he’ll need all the help he can get from the tribal spirits of the towering summit.

    Susan says: "Transcendental"
    "Walt Longmire Continues to be a Strong Series"
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    I'll agree with a lot of the Craig Johnson reviews in that I likewise believe Johnson has improved over the years. Likewise, Johnson is a believer in the supernatural to some extent by weaving and ethereal spirit into his stories - more frequently in his latest books.

    This one goes a little too far for my liking; however, I still recommend the book - especially for fans of Johnson and the Walt Longmire series. It's one of the better books in the series and is a can't miss for fans.

    On a big picture basis; however, Johnson is not in my Top 10 favorite authors. His character development is good and his ability to put together a story worthy of a good novel, I still find that Johnson wanders too much. I find myself drifting too often due to boredom for him to be classed among my all-time favorites.

    Still, I recommend this book, it's definitely above average as are most in the Walt Longmire series. I'll continue to pick out more Longmire stories along the way when I don't have any of my favorites to go through.

    As usual, George Guidall is a GEM!! These types of stories are right in his wheelhouse and he nails it.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In the Morning I'll Be Gone: Troubles Trilogy, Book 3 (Detective Sean Duffy, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (444)

    It's the early 1980s in Belfast. Sean Duffy, a conflicted Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), is recruited by MI5 to hunt down Dermot McCann, an IRA master bomber who has made a daring escape from the notorious Maze prison. In the course of his investigations, Sean discovers a woman who may hold the key to Dermot's whereabouts; she herself wants justice for her daughter who died in mysterious circumstances in a pub locked from the inside.

    B.J. says: "Great conclusion to a terrific trilogy."
    "One of my Favorites"
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    McKinty is and has been one of my Top 10 favorite Authors, so I anxiously await each book. This one did not disappoint.

    While the "Dead" series is my favorite among McKinty's repeating character serials, I have grown fond of the Sean Duffy series, this being the 3rd so far.

    Duffy is a very thoughtful and interesting character who is always trying to gain a perspective of life, the good, bad and evil, and his place in the whole soupy mess. McKinty's character development reminds me a lot of another of my all time favorites, James Lee Burke, in the way he develops characters and describes the environment around him - all of which keeps your mind moving - very rarely letting a story drag along in tedium. McKinty does so in mostly Ireland, Scotland and England based stories and Burke does so in Americana based stories, but they are both among the best.

    Gerard Doyle is likewise a great narrator and is the perfect choice for McKinty books.

    I highly recommend this book and as equally important, McKinty books in general. I do like the Sean Duffy character as well and I expect more in the series based upon how this story develops and ends. Stay tuned...

    Highly Recommended!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Eye of the Red Tsar: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Sam Eastland
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Shortly after midnight on July 17, 1918, the imprisoned family of Tsar Nicholas Romanov was awakened and led down to the basement of the Ipatiev house. There they were summarily executed. A decade later, one man lives in purgatory, banished to a forest on the outskirts of humanity. Pekkala was once the most trusted secret agent of the Romanovs, the right-hand man of the Tsar himself. Now he is Prisoner 4745-P. But the state needs Pekkala one last time.

    Sara says: "Wow What a Book"
    "What a Fabulous Story"
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    I am writing this review after listening to all 3 in the series.

    I would recommend taking them in order. I am surprised this book and the sequels did not get more hype. It is one of the best historical fiction stories around. In the spirit of Bernard Cornwell, who masterfully weaves actual history and historical events around a good fictional story of characters, Sam Eastland hits a home run.

    I can't wait for the 4th book, which is out in the U.K. I wrote the author and he responded, which is always nice. There is no news on a U.S. release as of yet.

    I will wait impatiently. Paul Michael does a great job with the series.

    Highly Recommended!!!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Archive 17: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sam Eastland
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    It is 1939. Russia teeters on the verge of war with Germany. It is also on the brink of bankruptcy. To preserve his regime, Stalin orders a search for the legendary missing gold of Tsar Nicholas II. For this task, he chooses Pekkala, the former investigator for the Tsar. To accomplish his mission, Pekkala will go undercover, returning to Siberia and the nightmare of his own past, where he was once a prisoner in the notorious Gulag known as Borodok. Pekkala must infiltrate a gang of convicts still loyal to the Tsar who, it is rumored, know the whereabouts of the precious gold.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "One of My Favorite Series"
    "One of My Favorite Series"
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    I am now a huge Inspector Pekkala fan. While it's hard to beat the introductory novel, The "Eye of the Red Tsar", I found this book to be just as entertaining.

    Some of the same characters live on in this sequel with new characters well developed, and a solid story that follows true historical event and held my attention throughout.

    If you have not listened to or read the first book, I definitely recommend taking them in order.

    Paul Michael is a very good narrator and does a great job here. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Pass: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sam Eastland
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    He operates in the shadows of one of history’s most notorious regimes. He seeks the truth in a nation where finding it can mean death—or worse. His name his Inspector Pekkala, and this time he’s taking on a case with implications far deadlier than anything he can imagine: a shattering revelation that was never meant to be unearthed.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "One of my Rare 5-Star Rating"
    "One of my Rare 5-Star Rating"
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    I am a huge fan of this series and can't wait for the next book (The fourth book in the series - The Red Moth) to be released in audio. This book, Shadow Pass is the second in the series

    It has already been published in print, Kindle and eBook formats, but audio is still in the works (HOPEFULLY).

    I enjoyed the first Inspector Pekkala book, The Eye of the Red Tsar, and was anxiously anticipating this book. I was very much pleased with the outcome.

    This book take Pekkala on a new mission with some of the same characters and also tells us a little more about the history of Pekkala. Like the entire series, the main theme or story revolves around actual history told through the eyes of a fictional character, Pekkala.

    The narrator Paul Michael likewise does a fantastic job and I would happily choose another book given he is the narrator.

    Overall HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! I would definitely recommend taking them in order.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (2120)
    Performance
    (1887)
    Story
    (1891)

    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"
    "A Very Good Account of Kennedy's Final Months"
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    Much like Killing Lincoln, I found about half of Killing Kennedy to be a story that has been told and retold over the years. That's not bad, meaning roughly half of the book was new and fresh to me.

    The research and story behind the personal lives of Jackie and Kennedy was the real Home Run for this book. While I have read or listened to many accounts of the affairs and how it impacted the couple's relationship, this book goes into fascinating detail as to the frequency and scope of Kennedy's infidelity and how it impacted EVERYONE, from the couple themselves to Bobby, to Hoover, to the Secret Service and so on.

    The only disappointment for me was the lack of conspiracy examination. I realize that Lincoln's assassination was a clear conspiracy and Kennedy's assassination was and always will be an unknown; however, conspiracy is hardly addressed in this book. My only guess is that the authors simply didn't discover anything new and/or didn't really have a new or interesting opinion on the conspiracy angle so they simply didn't go into it. I would have preferred; however, that they at least address the different theories and acknowledged there is nothing more to say on the matter/s. It's not that O'Reilly doesn't believe in conspiracy, as I have heard him acknowledge that he is simply not convinced of either the lone gunman or the conspiracy theories.

    O'Reilly does a very good job as narrator, as he did in Killing Lincoln - quite a rare achievement for an author to also be a good narrator. His years in show business as a newsman clearly benefiting us all in that area.

    Overall I still HIGHLY recommend this book, I just didn't like it quite as much as I did Killing Lincoln.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3866)
    Performance
    (3444)
    Story
    (3463)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Terrific Account of an Amazing Story"
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    This is one of the best accounts of the the final months of Lincoln's life I have listened to or read. The research and telling of the actual conspiracies in killing Lincoln AS WELL AS just how far the conspiracies MAY HAVE actually gone is the Home Run part of this book and story.

    If you have read or listened to other books and accounts of the Civil War and/or Lincoln's involvement, you will find as I did that about half of this book is simply a repeat of the same old facts. However, with the focus on the conspiracies, O'Reilly and Dugard offered something unique in a story that has been told and retold many times.

    Also, the authors were very good at delineating what they believe are proven conspiracies and fact, and actual speculation. They never once push a possible occurrence as fact and make those points clearly.

    O'Reilly did a very good job as narrator, good voice inflection, ups and downs at the right moments, which creates a pace that is entertaining and addicting.

    Overall, Highly recommended!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Snow White Must Die

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nele Neuhaus
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1304)
    Performance
    (1136)
    Story
    (1131)

    On a rainy November day, police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: a woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer. On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace.

    C. Vincent says: "Great narrator, unbelievable, never-ending story"
    "Solid Mystery"
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    This is definitely not a home run type book but it is at least an entertaining run of the mill mystery novel.

    There are definitely a few premises or plot lines that are a little ridiculous or as another reviewer put it too coincidental. I think if you can accept that and go on and enjoy the story, you will enjoy it.

    It's not something that makes me want to go out and look for another book by this author, but if I see something that has good reviews I would give it a try.

    The narrator does a good job, nothing spectacular, nothing aggravating.

    Overall I would recommend the book. It's a solid story and worth the time and credit - just don't expect a big hit.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Two for Texas

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (168)

    This James Lee Burke novel, featuring Son Holland - the great-grandfather of Burke's Billy Bob Holland - as he flees a Louisiana prison camp with a Native American woman and a fellow prisoner in tow, is now available in audio.

    Tim says: "So Good... and a bonus! Clete is here!"
    "My Favorite JLB in quite some time"
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    I consider James Lee Burke one of my all-time favorite authors and he has written so many books that it's pretty darn hard to call any one book one of his best.

    Having said that, I will say that this one is my favorite since Tin Roof Blowdown and easily "Among his Best". That may not make sense since Tin Roof Blowdown was written in 2007 and this one was written in 1982. The answer is that Two for Texas was not published on Audible until 1/1/2013.

    I sure wish he would have continued this story and written more on these characters. It sounds like many other reviewers agree, but I doubt we will get our wish. If he does read or get wind of these reviews, I would cast a vote to give us another!!

    Will Patton is also among the best and does a great job on this one as well.

    This one is a can't miss JLB.... my advice is DON'T MISS IT!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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