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Derek

LOUISVILLE, KY, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • 23 reviews
  • 47 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • The Moscow Club

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    Assigned to examine a portentous tape sneaked out of Moscow by a mole, CIA Kremlinologist Charlie Stone finds himself in an espionage investigation of staggering complexity. As he hops among three continents, often the target of both the KGB and the CIA, Stone succeeds in vindicating his father, branded a traitor by McCarthy, while nosing out a plot by the head of the KGB to stage a violent coup during a Moscow summit that will end glasnost and set the world on its ear.

    Richard Delman says: "Chock-full of US-USSR history. Way too chock full."
    "Finder scores a winner!!!"
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    Best Joseph Finder book to date! Good plot, even unique in spots, great character development, good reading by Edoardo Ballerini . . .wunder why I haven't listened to him before.

    Don't miss out on a good one. Buy this one and prepare to enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Sparrow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jason Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1025)
    Performance
    (924)
    Story
    (927)

    Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

    Melinda says: "Sexy Saucy Spies"
    "Grips you immediately"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well written, tightly paced and extremely entertaining. A true page turner . . . good narrator . . . easy to listen to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sniper Elite: One Way Trip: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Scott McEwen, Thomas Koloniar
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (274)

    The President of the United States can’t decide how to respond to a classified video showing the Taliban’s brutal treatment of their captive - a female helicopter pilot of the Army’s elite Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Afraid that a botched rescue will further destabilize foreign policy and end his presidency, the Commander-in-Chief falters. But when the Special Ops community learns that one of their own is being tortured and will almost certainly be killed, no executive order will stop them from attempting a rescue mission.

    CyndiB says: "A FIVE STAR READ"
    "Excellent Listen"
    Overall
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    Definitely a must listen . . Not a warm over. Great character development, well paced and suspenseful. The ending might suggest a sequel . .if so will buy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (529)

    From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, there have been more than two dozen assassination attempts on the President of the United States. Four have been successful. But now, Beecher White - the hero of the number one New York Times best seller The Inner Circle - discovers a killer in Washington, D.C. who's meticulously re-creating the crimes of these four men. Historians have branded them as four lone wolves. But what if they were wrong?

    Janice says: "I had to stop listening a little bit into the book"
    "A Good Sequel"
    Overall
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    Good continuity with first book, somewhat ponderous, but a good and interesting listen. I question the need for so much to be made of the "COPPA RING" Look 4 ward to the next follow on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Smiled

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (157)

    In this adventure from the pen of Sweden's master of crime and mystery, a disillusioned Inspector Kurt Wallander is thrown back into the fray when he becomes both hunter and hunted. Crestfallen, dejected, and spiraling into an alcohol-fuelled depression after killing a man in the line of duty, Inspector Wallander has made up his mind to quit the police force for good. When an old acquaintance, a solicitor, seeks Wallander's help and later turns up dead, Wallander realizes that he was wrong not to listen.

    Stevon says: "The Mankell Trilogy"
    "Great Yarn"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Good performance, interesting plot, believable characters and good translation

    Similar in feel to Nebo and Harry Hole but different enough to hold my interest.

    Dick Hill as usual makes the story live a little and I liked that

    No one should regret spending the money on this one

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold, Cold Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1237)
    Performance
    (1066)
    Story
    (1062)

    Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

    Alan says: "What a stunning book"
    "The Cold Cold Ground is HOT"
    Overall
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    Great read by a good narrator, good character development, interesting plot and deals with a subject I know little about.

    Felt justified in buying this title by a new author that entranced me!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nearest Exit

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Olen Steinhauer
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (146)

    Faced with the end of his quiet, settled life, reluctant spy Milo Weaver has no choice but to turn back to his old job as a “tourist”. Before he can get back to the CIA’s dirty work, he has to prove his loyalty to his new bosses, who know little of Milo’s background and less about who is really pulling the strings in the government above the Department of Tourism—or in the outside world, which is beginning to believe the legend of its existence.

    Joanne says: "Elegantly written spy story"
    "Entertaining and a different kind of "Hero""
    Overall
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    Gud listen . . too many location changes for me and can't always keep the character names straight. . . but then I am getting old and senile. Definitely worth the price.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Redbreast

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    Overall
    (1026)
    Performance
    (793)
    Story
    (795)

    It is 1944: Daniel, a soldier, legendary among the Norwegians fighting the advance of Bolshevism on the Russian front, is killed. Two years later, a wounded soldier wakes up in a Vienna hospital. He becomes involved with a young nurse, the consequences of which will ripple forward to the turn of the next century. In 1999, Harry Hole, alone again after having caused an embarrassment in the line of duty, has been promoted to inspector and is lumbered with surveillance duties. He is assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities....

    David says: "Bravura writing"
    "I dunno bout this one"
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    Seemed convulted and hard to follow . . . didn't seem to be cohesive in spots. . . did enjoy a lot of it though

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7086)
    Performance
    (6171)
    Story
    (6154)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "A good surprise from Nora Roberts"
    Overall
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    Have listened to a lot of J D R obb and enjoyed but this was the first of the Nora Roberts books I have listened to. Enjoyed as much or maybe more than JDR.

    Did get caught up in the story and was "involved" before I knew it.

    Nice yarn

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3945)
    Performance
    (3391)
    Story
    (3369)

    For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard. Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes.

    Elle says: "I'd listen to Guidall read the tax code, so..."
    "Most enjoyable Mitch Rabb yet"
    Overall
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    Liked the story, the locale in which it was told and the intrique within the CIA.
    Enjoyed the sequence of events leading to the solution of the problem
    Believable characters in a believable scenario!

    Good ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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