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George

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  • Rendezvous

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 2 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (220)

    In this tense, riveting mind game, New York Times bestselling novelist Nelson DeMille delivers a suspenseful short story in the tradition of his classic military novels The General's Daughter and Word of Honor. A band of soldiers in its last month of service in Vietnam goes out on a patrol through enemy territory with a female sniper in its path. Recounting the mission in shattering and sometimes gruesome detail, DeMille creates a concise masterpiece of moody suspense.

    karen says: "Fabulous -- and a puzzler"
    "One...by...one"
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    Short story (1 hour listen) about a combat patrol in Vietnam. Suspenseful and exciting as the patrol is followed by a female sniper. One by one, they are picked off...until the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cain at Gettysburg

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ralph Peters
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Two mighty armies blunder toward each other, one led by confident, beloved Robert E. Lee and the other by dour George Meade. They’ll meet in a Pennsylvania crossroads town where no one planned to fight. In this sweeping, savagely realistic novel, the greatest battle ever fought on American soil explodes into life at Gettysburg. As generals squabble, staffs err. Tragedy unfolds for immigrants in blue and barefoot Rebels alike. The fate of the nation will be decided in a few square miles of fields. There are no marble statues here, only men of flesh and blood, imperfect and courageous.

    Parusski says: "Historical fiction with a soul!"
    "History Uncovered"
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    A historical fiction novel much like Shaara's Killer Angels, around the battle of Gettysburg. It concentrates on the people and conversations that might have occurred during the 3-day battle. It emphasizes Longstreet and Meade as well as some individuals in the trenches. Although nobody really knows the conversations that may have occurred, these are believable and one gets the idea of presence in the battle. I was especially impressed with the piece about Union general Dan Sickles, who counter to orders, caused the battles of the peach orchard and wheat field on the second day...by sheer obstinance and in search of glory. He spent the lives of his men for political capital.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Toys

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Neil McMahon
    • Narrated By Matthew Bomer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (178)

    Move over James Bond--you've just met your match! Hays Baker and his wife, Lizbeth, possess super-human strength, exceptional intelligence, stunning looks, a sex life to die for, and two beautiful children. Of course they do - they're Elites, endowed at birth with the most advanced genetic enhancements available. Elites are the pinnacle of evolution; the triumph of man's ambitions. But there's a problem in their perfect world....

    Robert B. Wales says: "OMG - What a crappy book!"
    "Mundane"
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    Another quick Patterson sci-fi novel...this one atypical, depicting a possible world in 2061. While enjoyable, it was somewhat choppy in delivery. I almost put it away for awhile to see if it would get better...plodded on and finished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Midnight Club

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Robert Forster
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (17)

    A stunningly brilliant psychopathic killer who has skillfully eluded the police from London to Paris to New York. A beautiful woman journalist suddenly in grave danger. An unorthodox New York detective whose motive for stopping the killer couldn't be more personal or emotional. With his latest release, the best selling author of When the Wind Blows and Cat and Mouse, turns 1999 into the Summer of St. Germain. You'll listen in terror as New York Cop John Stefanovich pursues Alexandre St. Germain, the most deadly and powerful member of the secret society of criminals known as the Midnight Club.

    Marv says: "Skip it!"
    "Ooookkaaay"
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    Average work by the author; have seen better and worse. Fun read without much effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jupiter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Christian Noble, David Warner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    Grant Archer merely wanted to study astrophysics, to work quietly as an astronomer on the far side of the Moon. But the forces of the "New Morality", the coalition of censorious do-gooders who run 21st-century America, have other plans for him. To his distress, Grant is torn from his young bride and sent to a research station in orbit around Jupiter, charged with the task of spying on the scientists who work there.

    Kevin says: "Great Stuff!"
    "Sci-fi or Prophesy?"
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    Knowledge more powerful than ignorance...a novel of exploration and discovery. Author writes about human expansion in the 21st century -- to the solar system. Pivotal character pulled between science and religion, which makes a thought-provoking read. Is this Sci-fi or prophesy? Where is the next book?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Precinct

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (134)

    We enter The Last Precinct through the reverberating aftershocks of Black Notice, inconceivably finding Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner, Kay Scarpetta, an object of suspicion and criminal investigation. The nightmare on Scarpetta's doorstep continues as she discovers that the so-called Werewolf murders may have extended to New York City and into the darkest corners of her past.

    Kathleen says: "Another great Scarpetta novel"
    "A Little Different"
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    Not exactly your normal Scarpetta--she's trying to save her career and her livelihood. Assisted by her niece and her trusty sidekick cop, several new characters emerge and Scarpetta's character expands more fully as the plot gets thicker. Nice job Patricia Cornwell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    Overall
    (576)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (528)

    Jon Ronson is fascinated by madness, extraordinary behaviour and the human mind. He has spent his life investigating crazy events, following fascinating people and unearthing unusual stories. Collected here from various sources (including the Guardian and GQ America) are the best of his adventures.

    glamazon says: "Like a Collection of TAL Episodes"
    "Ugh"
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    Poorly researched, choppy, stream of consciousness. I wonder why this guy even claims to be an author because the book does not hold interest for even a few minutes!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When the Wind Blows

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (53)
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    (54)

    Frannie O'Neill, a young and talented veterinarian whose husband was recently murdered, comes across an amazing discovery near her animal hospital in the woods. Kit Harrison, a troubled and unconventional FBI agent, soon arrives on her doorstep with an agenda of his own.

    Deanna M Newton says: "Beginning of a new series?"
    "I Enjoyed the Story"
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    Who knew Patterson could do a decent job of Sci-FI? It read well without inordinate amounts of detail. While that may seem choppy, it's just moving the story along. This is the story of BAD doctors trying to do good. Oh look! A sequel...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Front: The Great War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Harry Turtledove
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (76)
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    (54)
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    Hugo Award winner Harry Turtledove is the master of alternate history. In American Front he envisions World War I as it may have been if fought on American soil. The United States and Germany clash with the Confederacy, France, and Britain as the machines of modern warfare litter the landscape with carnage. Meanwhile, oppressed southern blacks head toward a fateful confrontation.

    JoR says: "boring and disjointed"
    "Deja"
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    A tedious re-do of the first two books...updated by technology. Use of a 75 year old Gen Custer was unbelievable; I would have enjoyed author's take on early 20th century heroes. Teddy Roosevelt as President of the USA and Woodrow Wilson as President of the CSA. What's up with that? Wilson from New Jersey! So, the characters were not credible, except for the common people...real, as far as I know. A boring rehash, I've had enough of this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pebble in the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (190)

    One moment Joseph Schwartz is a happily retired tailor in Chicago, 1949. The next he's a helpless stranger on Earth during the heyday of the first Galactic Empire. Earth, as he soon learns, is a backwater, just a pebble in the sky, despised by all the other 200 million planets of the Empire because its people dare to claim it's the original home of man. And Earth is poor, with great areas of radioactivity ruining much of its soil - so poor that everyone is sentenced to death at the age of 60. Joseph Schwartz is 62.

    bonnie says: "Jewel of a book"
    "Read On...."
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    One of Asimov's first novels, it was unencumbered by 21st century baggage. A story of greed, prejudice and hubris set when earth is but a speck of the imperial galaxy. Add time travel and you have a great read. Read on....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • From Potters Field: A Scarpetta Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (170)

    An unidentified nude female sits propped against a fountain in Central Park. There are no signs of struggle. When Dr. Kay Scarpetta and her colleagues Benton Wesley and Pete Marino arrive on the scene, they instantly recognize the signature of serial killer Temple Brooks Gault. Scarpetta, on assignment with the FBI, visits the New York City morgue on Christmas morning, where she must use her forensic expertise to give a name to the nameless - a difficult task. But as she sorts through conflicting forensic clues, Gault claims his next victim.

    Coooper says: "EXCRUTIATING NARRATOR"
    "Serial Killer Caught"
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    Exciting and fast paced, Scarpetta, Marino and Wesley finally tackle a3-book serial killer in downtown New York...away from her native Virginia. It was a fun read and I'm on to the next Cornwell mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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