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  • A War of Gifts: An Ender Story

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (648)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (407)

    At Battle School, there is only one purpose, only one curriculum: the strategy and tactics of war. The children are drawn from all nations, all races, all religions. There is no room for cultural differences, no room for religious observances, and certainly no room for Santa Claus.

    Jonathon says: "not bad no good either"
    "Short"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    So short I almost missed the point.


    Has A War of Gifts turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Possibly


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    More about battle school and an explanation of Ender


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (685)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (354)

    "In wartime," Winston Churchill wrote, "truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies." For Britain's counterintelligence operations, this meant finding the unlikeliest agents imaginable - including a history professor named Alfred Vicary.

    Margaret says: "The Unlikely Spy"
    "Is it Real....or is it____?"
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    Quite a plot centered around the secret deception of D-day, 1944, the invasion of France. It was a plot that was believable and used actual characters and places so that the truth could hide in a novel. I found myself referring to internet sources to determine if the people in it were real or imaginary, so the book was well researched. By the end, the plot is so twisted that one wonders who, really, is the titled "unlikely spy."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Feminine Mystique

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Betty Friedan
    • Narrated By Parker Posey
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (159)

    The book that changed the consciousness of a country - and the world. Landmark, groundbreaking, classic - these adjectives barely describe the earthshaking and long-lasting effects of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique. This is the book that defined "the problem that has no name," that launched the Second Wave of the feminist movement, and has been awakening women and men with its insights into social relations, which still remain fresh, ever since.

    Crystal says: "Just download it already!"
    "Feminine Mystique Ain't What it Used to be?"
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    This book was first published in 1963--it was revolutionary.. It started a wave of feminism and changed the way people thought about women. Though much has changed, the issue of gender inequality is still present--and that's why I wanted to read the book. It made me realize how much the women in my life had it together, despite societal norms to the contrary and how those norms affected my (boomer) generation. Because of all the female salesmanship and perception breaking necessary to achieve it's 1963 goal, it was difficult to wade through as a listen in 2014. I wonder; however, that if as the book states, women escape the kitchen, it will be "all good?" Perhaps, there's a happy spot for each person in life?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Disclosure

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By John Lithgow
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    A brutal struggle in the cutthroat computer industry...a shattering psychological game of cat and mouse...a shocking accusation that threatens to derail a brilliant career...Michael Crichton is at his galvanizing best.

    Scott says: "worth it"
    "Sexy One"
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    Book is about office politics and sexual harassment...based on real story. Both heroes and villains are believable. And, it's about high tech 20 years ago. I saw the movie about 10 years ago and thought that I recalled the plot--but it was different than I recall...better. In my opinion, the theme/lesson is that anyone can throw out the sexual harassment flag, is instantly believed, and it shouldn't be so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rembrandt Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1344)
    Performance
    (639)
    Story
    (633)

    Determined to sever his ties with the Office, Gabriel Allon has retreated to the windswept cliffs of Cornwall with his beautiful Venetian-born wife, Chiara. But once again his seclusion is interrupted by a visitor from his tangled past: the endearingly eccentric London art dealer Julian Isherwood. As usual, Isherwood has a problem. And it is one only Gabriel can solve.

    Alexis says: "Silva and Gigante -- A Superb Team!!!"
    "Such Fun"
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    Although this book follows a time tested Silva formula, it's still exciting. Nazis, betrayal, spies, art work, Iranian nukes and the ever present "office" make it so. The author admits that the Swiss connection is concocted, even though they did help in dissolution of the third reich. The conversion of a journalist to a spy is a fine touch--an oxymoron. The characters were fun, even the bad guys--some converted, some not. At the end, the reader wonders about the next time tested formula experience of our Israeli hero and his buddies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Surge: Destroyermen, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (666)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (617)

    In the Pacific, as USS Walker is repaired and updated after a previous battle and Reddy is healing from his wounds, planning begins for a bold raid on the very heart of the Grik Empire. But time is running out for the Alliance army in India, and the Allied forces in the west must gather in an unprecedented land, air, and sea campaign to destroy the mighty Grik battle fleet and break through to their relief. All other plans go on hold when the attempt proves more difficult - and more heartbreakingly costly - than anyone imagined.

    Greg says: "Long in tooth..."
    "More Grik"
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    #8 of 9 was certainly more interesting than #6. The of the plethora of characters are pretty familiar and we know what they will do, although a few are introduced. Some die and are removed from the story. Some threads are developed and mature...more pique your interest but are not complete. others, just lie there...dead? The strategy and the characters of this world interest me...as do the question about ending. This has been going on for so long, how will it end--or, will it?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strange Highways

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (384)

    Joey Shannon, an alcoholic whose life has been going nowhere for 20 years, returns to his hometown for the funeral of his father. As he leaves town, he gets a mysterious second chance to relive the night in 1975 when his life began its downward spiral: to both literally and figuratively take the road that he didn't originally take. On this road he is supremely tested by conflict with his successful and charismatic older brother P.J., by conflict between his cynicism and his lost faith, and by conflict between the ultimate good and evil.

    Michael says: "OK Koontz but Shorts not Included"
    "Suspenseful"
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    Listened to this one straight through. There are few characters, but they make the point. A suspenseful, scarey "halloween" kind of story. It's got a brother feud and a love interest, nether is resolved until the very end of the book. It's tinctured with time travel and I had fun reading it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Undaunted: The Real Story of America’s Servicewomen in Today’s Military

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tanya Biank
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    As she did so provocatively with military spouses in Army Wives, Tanya Biank gives us the inside story of women in today’s military - their professional and personal challenges from the combat zone to the home front. Since 9/11, more than 240,000 women have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan - more than 140 have died there, and they currently make up 14 percent of the total active-duty forces. Despite advances, today’s servicewomen are constantly pressed to prove themselves.

    George says: "Show Your Stuff"
    "Show Your Stuff"
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    The stories of four military women and their lives in the past five years or so-- two Army and two Marines. The book outlines the courage, dedication and commitment required to balance a military career with a family and the expectations of society. I found some of the vignettes interesting and confirmed my opinions, e.g. the story of the French boss who ignored the needs of a female major who had been assaulted. I can't help but wonder why the author did not include examples from the Navy or the Air Force. Perhaps, the predominantly combat arms services provided better precedents for the author's themes? The book is; however, on the Air Force Chief's reading list, which is where I found it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (845)
    Performance
    (697)
    Story
    (693)

    The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career - 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: "From Powerful to Powerless"
    "A very Long Book"
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    This very long book could have been written and understood in about half the time. The author's intent is to cover the period 1958-1963 and it did. It also gave background on Johnson's upbringing, which contributed to the book. Crystal clear, the conflict between the Kennedys and Johnson. It's also apparent that Johnson's political acumen was critical to the transition after JFK's assassination to both continuity and making the presidency his own. Also notable, his successful passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 after a history of reelection from a segregated South. Finally, he was a ruthless politician. I've had enough LBJ, don't intend to read the other three books on his life and political career.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarpetta Factor

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    It is the week before Christmas. A tanking economy has prompted Dr. Kay Scarpetta - despite her busy schedule and her continuing work as the senior forensic analyst for CNN - to offer her services pro bono to New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. In no time at all, her increased visibility seems to precipitate a string of unexpected and unsettling events.

    George says: "Yawn...."
    "Yawn...."
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    I read/listened to the condensed version and I'm glad I did. Other reviewers say that the book drags on and I believe it. There's a bit of drama near the end, but most is endless palaver. That it's in New York City is even more distressing--she should have stayed in Richmond. There are enough NYC dramas. However, Scarpetta does get into her work and her "family," whether she's the boss or not. There are some plot things wrapped up and some other family excitement occurs; but, overall the book could have been even shorter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Aftermath: Book Four of The Asteroid Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stephen Hoye, and others
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    When the spaceship Viking encounters a variety of adversaries in the Asteroid Belt - including a prospector and his family, a cyborg, the solar system's greatest sculptor, and an evil industrialist - a confrontation begins that transforms the human solar system.

    John says: "So Disappointing!"
    "Space Opera"
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    Bova space-opera of the imaginative kind. Kept my interest, even if it started off like" Leave it to Beaver" in space. Then, it got interesting as all the story lines came together in the last hour of the listen. The male macho was somewhat distracting but balanced by some aggressive female characters. Number 4 of 4 in the Asteroid Wars series and #9 of 21 in the Grand Tour series, this book would have been really annoying if read alone because the characters and the context would be unknown. Overall, a good read and I'm looking forward to the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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