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  • The Great Decision: Jefferson, Adams, Marshall and the Battle for the Supreme Court

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Cliff Sloan, David McKean
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
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    (98)
    Story
    (100)

    The Great Decision tells the riveting story of Marshall and of the landmark court case, Marbury v. Madison, through which he empowered the Supreme Court and transformed the idea of the separation of powers into a working blueprint for our modern state.

    Tim says: "Brings to life the early days of the USA"
    "Ugh"
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    What disappointed you about The Great Decision?

    This book is really boooorrrrriiinng. It purports to tell the story of Marbury v Madison, one of the first US Supreme Court decisions.

    But, it illuminated political activities during the early period of US history, in long, excrucia


    What could Cliff Sloan and David McKean have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Brevity


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hong Kong

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (92)
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    (32)
    Story
    (34)

    Admiral Jake Grafton takes his wife, Callie, along when the U.S. government sends him to Hong Kong to find out how deeply the American consul-general is embedded in political money raising scandal. And why not? Jake and Callie met and fell in love in Hong Kong during the Vietnam War, and the consul-general is a friend from those days.

    Bob says: "Really liked it, worth the read."
    "Overthrow!!!"
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    Americans, including our hero Jake Grafton, in Hong Kong at the time of China's revolution. This book is full of twisty turns that keep one's interest. I've never been to Hong Kong and never wanted to go, but the book is a good read/listen because the interaction of really, really bad dudes who eventually get their due. Show me the next Grafton novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whispers

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (80)

    Hilary Thomas knew terror as a child, but never anything like this. "He" is hunting her with a sick desire more terrifying than hatred could ever be. And he is in her house again. He is on the stairs, and he can’t be stopped. Hilary killed him once, and he keeps coming back. Again and again....

    Debbie Foreman says: "Worst book I've ever read"
    "Scarey"
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    What is it that keeps on killing? I won't tell the secret. But, it takes a lot of suspense to find out. Some of the violence is up close and personal. The sex is erotic and the characters well developed. Where's my next Koontz book?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forty, Counting Down & Twenty-One, Counting Up

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harry Turtledove
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    In the Hugo Award nominee Forty, Counting Down, computer genius Justin Kloster travels to the past to stop himself from making a terrible mistake. But all actions have their consequences. Then, in Twenty-One, Counting Up, Kloster's college life and romantic dreams are rudely interrupted when the 40-year-old Justin arrives from the future to save him from himself.

    phelixdakat says: "Familiar yet a nice twist"
    "Sci Fi Fun"
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    Time travel novella...40 year old travels back in time to change his life and meets his 21 year old self. Things don't work out as planned and life changes. Fun read...where can I find more by this author?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cuba: A Jake Grafton Novel

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated By Richard Gilliland
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    A User says: "'Cuba' excels"
    "Exciting"
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    Exciting, action packed. Jake and Toad save Cuba from the dreaded communists. I guess that's called "nation building?" The book is stimulating, if implausible. The reader mispronounces several words: "Hue City" is pronounced "hue" vice "whey", for example. That grates on me. Do your research! Where's my next Coonts book?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Lake

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    Stuart Woods, the best-selling author of L.A. Times and Heat, has created a haunting thriller full of ghostly images, murder and old family secrets. Part detective story, part ghost story, part Southern gothic - this absorbing novel will fascinate listeners as a small town’s present, past and future converge.

    Think about this says: "A very good mysterious story"
    "Hmmmmmm....."
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    Fast paced, fun, read. On top of the standard mystery novel, it's got some mysterious quirky parts that make you wonder. The final, ending, twist was quite unique. Gimmie another Stuart Woods book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Donald L. Miller
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (200)

    This is the dramatic story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep. With the narrative power of fiction, this is a harrowing ride through the fire-filled skies over Berlin, Hanover, and Dresden. Fighting at twenty-five thousand feet in thin, freezing air no warriors had encountered before, bomber crews battled new kinds of assaults on body and mind. Air combat was deadly but intermittent: periods of inactivity and anxiety were followed by short bursts of fire and fear.

    Olaf says: "Facts and Emotions Masterfully Combined"
    "History Uncovered"
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    Book describes just what the title says...from training to bombing missions to POW status and everything in between. It's well researched and well written with personal vignettes that are illuminating and illustrative. It's mostly about 8AF and 15AF (the other European numbered air force) gets short shrift in the deal. Probably, the book would have been too long. I enjoyed learning more about that time in history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Dick Couch, George Galdorisi
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1055)
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    (926)
    Story
    (926)

    Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home.

    Ann says: "Best of America, honor and character astounding"
    "Go SEALs"
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    This is a very good book: a novelization of the movie. It leads you through the exciting and close paced world of US Special Operations Forces. As I was reading, I wondered where some of this material originated. You can't make this up. I want to see the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What the Night Knows

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1440)
    Performance
    (648)
    Story
    (657)

    In the late summer of a long-ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a 14-year-old boy. Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, re-creating in detail Blackwood’s crimes.

    sadee poulsen says: "Koontz is back!"
    "Doonnn't Doooo Iiiiitt"
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    A story about a perfect American family haunted by a malevolence from hubby's past. Sometimes, I just wanted to say: "don't dooo iiittt" as the little girls giddily and naively invite the demon. The smash conclusion is predictable, except for a little twist. Where's my next Koontz book?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1566)
    Performance
    (828)
    Story
    (819)

    Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

    Roy says: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More"
    "Well Researched"
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    The author does a good job describing the preparations that must be made for a trip to Mars. Everything from food to poop is covered. She had amazing access to the astronauts, NASA staff and other researchers...even the "three dolphin club." I think that I'll read another Mary Roach book, but not for awhile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Horseman: Jake Grafton Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    Overall
    (7)
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    (7)
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    (7)

    When the Soviet Union collapses, thousands of nuclear warheads go unaccounted for, and it’ll take someone of Jake Grafton’s talents to make sure they don’t end up in the wrong hands. Promoted to deputy director of a new U.S. intelligence agency, the stakes of Jake Grafton’s commission are higher than ever before. With the USSR on the brink of dissolution, a vast nuclear arsenal is suddenly ripe for the taking by mercenaries, rogue nations, and insane Russian nationalists.

    George says: "Action Packed"
    "Action Packed"
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    Jake and Toad save the world, again. This time in Russia during the 90s with a nuclear meltdown, a dog fight between an attack airplane and a fighter, killings in the streets and a pesky reporter. Action galore. Where's my next Coonts book?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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