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F. Webster

Listener Since 2006

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  • Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and others
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (211)

    "Crucial" conversations are interpersonal exchanges at work or at home that we dread having but know we cannot avoid. How do you say what needs to be said while avoiding an argument with a boss, child, or relationship partner? Crucial Conversations offers readers a proven seven-point strategy for achieving their goals in all those emotionally, psychologically, or legally charged situations that can arise in their professional and personal lives.

    F. Webster says: "Great communication tools!"
    "Great communication tools!"
    Overall

    Crucial Conversations offers excellent analyses and real tools for improving the most difficult relationships in your professional and personal life. Beware: the emphasis is on YOU, so don’t buy this hoping to find a way to change your boss, your spouse, or that back-stabbing SOB down the hall. Do buy it to find ways to get past that “fight or flight” reaction in yourself and almost anyone else so you can really talk. (Also read Martha Stout’s “The Sociopath Next Door” to understand why no communication or relationship strategy can possibly work with some people.)

    44 of 44 people found this review helpful
  • Dizzy City: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Nicholas Griffin
    • Narrated By Peter Bishop
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    The year is 1916, Europe is at war, and American industrialists are getting rich. Englishman Benedict Cramb deserts the trench warfare of northern France and stows away on an outbound transatlantic ship. When the ship docks in New York City, a place untouched and largely unaware of the horrors of war, he realizes this is the place to reinvent himself. He soon falls under the sway of the urbane and mysterious Julius McAteer, who sees in Ben his chance to finely hone the art of the con.

    Mark says: "Lost in Manhattan"
    "Beautiful language, intriguing story"
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    Performance
    Story

    One of the most beautifully written novels I've heard/read in a while. Evocative language and shifting perspective make Dizzy City an intriguing novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Favourite Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Gilbert
    • Narrated By Robert Gladwell
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (1)

    A popular TV star is murdered in her home village. The investigation throws up all sorts of unexpected information, and the local CID come up against a tough Scotland Yard Superintendent. Michael Francis Gilbert ( 1912- 2006) is recognized as one of the most versatile British mystery writers. He was a lawyer in London for many years and at one point had Raymond Chandler as his client. He wrote almost every sort of mystery and thriller.

    Margaret says: "Annoying"
    "The reader doesn't do the story justice..."
    Overall

    I love classic detective lit, and 'Death of a Favourite Girl' offers a good plot. The reader has a nice voice, but it's like listening to paint dry. He does a few voices, but most of the characteres are portrayed in the same monotone. Even at the low price, I wish I hadn't bought this audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Star

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (96)

    Acclaimed author Alan Furst has written several historical fiction novels. In Dark Star, Andre Szara, a Polish journalist who becomes a spy for the Soviet Union in the late 1930s, is ordered to complete many tasks of espionage in Paris. Through Szara's character, the beginnings of World War II are revealed. George Guidall's gripping narration complements this suspenseful tale.

    Darwin8u says: "Prewar Luftmensch examines Loyalty, Truth & Love"
    "Wish I hadn't spent the credit..."
    Overall

    I generally like Alan Furst, but I found Dark Star unfinishable. Too dark, too drawn-out. Furst's characters are a mixed bag, but the main character of Dark Star is so unsympathetic and self-absorbed that I found myself hoping the Stalin hooligans would cart him away already...but they wouldn't oblige, so I just gave up half-way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Adversary

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Penelope Dellaporta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    In 1919, young couple Tommy Beresford and Tuppence Cowley form a partnership, hiring themselves out as "young adventurers". Their first case, which involves finding documents, is more of an adventure than they expect, however. Tommy and Tuppence know that Jane Finn was carrying top secret documents when she disappeared five years ago. What they don't know is that a killer is targeting a sinister older woman because she knows all about Jane. And soon Tommy and Tuppence are themselves in grave danger.

    Clare says: "Terrible Narration!"
    "Great Christy! (Not Great Narration)"
    Overall

    The story is typically Christy - interesting and enjoyable! I found the narration annoying, especially Tuppence's loud exclamations and shrill squeaky voice. Ugh.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ben MacIntyre
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (437)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (182)

    Eddie Chapman was a charming criminal, a con man, and a philanderer. He was also one of the most remarkable double agents Britain has ever produced. Inside the traitor was a man of loyalty; inside the villain was a hero. The problem for Chapman, his spymasters, and his lovers was to know where one persona ended and the other began.

    Scott says: "Intrigue and True"
    "Great History"
    Overall

    Fascinating character and great research. An interesting tale told in a forthright manner; this is NOT an historical novel, however, so don't expect dialogue or much in the way of story-telling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blue Noon: A Gripping Novel of Love, Betrayal, and One Man's Secret War

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robert Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    Paris, 1945. A manhunt is raging across the liberated city, conducted by the British, American, and French intelligence services. One man is more eager than most to find the quarry: Airey Neave, head of Room 900, the ultra-secret MI9 department. With him, it's personal. But who could have caused the normally cool British security establishment to send one of their most valuable operatives on such a mission?

    F. Webster says: "Great historical fiction!"
    "Great historical fiction!"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed Blue Noon. The main character is an anti-hero you just can’t help rooting for even though he is a complete sh*t. The rest of the characters are drawn quickly, but expertly, as complicated and thoroughly believable human beings. History is the setting but it never takes over the story. My first Ryan novel, but certainly not the last!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Understudy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Nicholls
    • Narrated By Tristan Layton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Thirty-two-year-old actor Stephen C. McQueen (no, not that Steve McQueen) is waiting for his big break. His only screen credits so far are playing dead bodies on cop and doctor shows. At the moment, he's paying the rent by understudying hot movie star Josh Harper, who's trying to gain dramatic credibility in a West End play. If only Josh would miss a performance, Stephen-with-a-P-H could prove his talent and redeem himself in the eyes of his disapproving ex-wife and their precocious seven-year-old daughter.

    James Gordon says: "An Actor's Nightmare"
    "Very enjoyable"
    Overall

    A thoroughly enjoyable tale about the pursuit of dreams and passion — and what it takes to finally grow up. An easy and satisfying listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Restless

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Rosamund Pike
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1061)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (235)

    It is the summer of 1976 in Oxfordshire, England, and someone is trying to kill Sally Gilmartin. The only person she can trust is her daughter, Ruth, a young single mother struggling with her own demons. Now Sally must tell her daughter the truth: She is actually Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian émigré recruited for the British Secret Service in 1939.

    Susianna says: "Favorite Book of 2007"
    "Wonderful!"
    Overall

    A compelling and beautifully written novel about a fascinating time in world history. I listened to it straight through in one weekend. Buy the unabridged version — you won’t want to miss a minute of Boyd’s amazing prose.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Death at Wentwater Court

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Carola Dunn
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (99)

    This first installment of a cozy mystery series transports listeners back to the bygone era of 1923 Britain, where unflappable flapper and fledgling journalist Daisy Dalrymple daringly embarks on her first writing assignment, and promptly stumbles across a corpse.

    Gareth Morgan says: "Wentwater Death"
    "Great series starter - a lot of fun!"
    Overall

    Death at Wentwater Court is a charming romp with snow-covered countryside, a rambling old English country house, and a most congenial murder. As one reviewer pointed out, the accents can be a bit shaky. To my American ears, though, the flaws weren’t as striking and certainly didn’t distract from the brisk action and great characters. I can’t wait to listen to Daisy Dalrymple’s next adventure!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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