More drama and tension than Hollywood could muster is present here in the real life drama of the birth of our country as told through the biography of John Adams. The story line is compelling. The narrator is superb. Who would have imagined US history could be this engaging. A MUST READ.
Reads like a PBS special on WWII - with all the details needed to paint the true story of mundane daily routines in the war, brilliant minds, warring egos, and a plot that sounds like it was lifted from a preposterous Hollywood action film...but it is not fiction. Rather it is the incredible telling of British espionage that turns the tide in WWII. I enjoyed "AGENT ZIGZAG" by same author...and not disappointed with this story of how a dead body fooled the German military. Readers will enjoy the fine layer of details added to the story as they draw to mind such a visual image that when you think back on this book you'll have a hard time remembering did you read this one or was it a move?
Lovers matched by computer and the perfect couples end up dead. Good premise for a story but it falls flat. Trite and overly long build up of the plot. If I wasn't stuck in a long car ride with nothing else to listen to I would have tossed it out the window. Author Childs has done better work... he could have used an editor with a decent pair of scissors to cut the heck out of this one... I gave it two stars because of the decent reader...
Crime drama/comedy? Characters are stereotypes. Villains and good guys alike shoot it out through the entire book... from one contrived situation to another. Bad guy snipers pin down the unarmed good guys for hours and hours in a rural house. Over-the-top preposterous set of circumstances, dialogue and plot. I regret this purchase.
Three minutes into this story you'll be hooked. The narrators (voices representing the main character at 90-something and 23-something) are excellent... The reading is with such skill you can "see" the story unfolding. The author has woven a story of flashbacks told by the 90 year old and a 1930's young man of 23-something. The story is set in a travelling circus - with some quirky characters and young loves. The animals, the big top, and the life and death of survival make this a riviting story. Worth all 5 stars and should be on your NEXT LISTEN.
First half is hysterical fast-pace development of the main characters - the self centered boss-from-hell and the weak-kneed assistant who is trying to make her way in the fashion business. But the second half is just a rehash of the same boss-from-hell situations from the first half of the book. The humorous situations are retold over and over. First few times is funny... then gets old real fast. I stayed with the story however to see the growth of the main characters - but the characters go nowhere. No growth and no change in the situation from opening lines. Good start - weak ending. Maybe the movie vrsion solves this weak ending?
Maher says out loud what we all think in our private thoughts ... and wish we had enough guts to stand by publically.
Nothing is sacred - not the liberals, not the conservatives. All political and religous groups are hammered. No sacred cow unturned. A "fast listen" - over much too soon. I want more Bill Maher...
Entertaining story set in Eleanor Roosevelt's era... The down-on-his-luck detective is has an office in a back room of a hack dentist. He is hired to track down the dog-napping of Roosevelt's dog much to the dismay of his Police Chief brother... not to mention the bad guys that don't want the dog found. The reader does an excellent job with accents that call to mind John Travolta from "Get Shortly". Expect this will be a Hollywood movie some day. Author writes so well you can "see" the story unfold. A quick wit humor with a knack for using some of the most unsual descriptions to describe a scene. A few laugh out loud moments.
One of my favorite authors - so I bought this based on his name alone. This book needed a healthy dose of editing. The author sends 5 "every day scientist/citizens" out to battle evil and they are in one peril after another - each time near death but bouncing back to travel to another far corner of the world to take on the next battle. Critchon as always adds good science research to create an air of credibility but the dialogue is stilted, the story line implossible, and the plot rambles on and on and on.... I nearly gave up but hung in just in case Critchon pulled it out in the 9th inning. Normally he is such a good author - but this time disappoints. Save your book credits for another his is best sellers.
Monks solving a murder mystery set in a time-period of turn of the century 1700! The author weaves a story that is a compelling listen. Her writing is so vivid you can 'see and smell'... as if it were a movie unfolding.
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