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Robin

Columbus, GA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Is Paris Burning?

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Few moments in history are as stirring as the Allied liberation of Paris. Yet few people are aware of how narrowly, and how miraculously, the city escaped Hitler's secret plan to reduce it to ashes. Is Paris Burning? reconstructs, in meticulous and riveting detail, the network of fateful events, day by day, moment by moment, that saved the City of Light.

    David says: "A Heartwarming Story"
    "Is Paris Burning?"
    Overall

    I decided to revisit this book after reading it decades ago and loving it then. I hoped it had held up over the years. It is STILL a fascinating, sweep-you-along, joyous, heartbreaking tale of the liberation of Paris. Better even the second time, when I could bring maturity to the book

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In Harm's Way: A Walt Fleming Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Ridley Pearson
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Sun Valley sheriff Walt Fleming’s budding relationship with local photographer Fiona Kenshaw hits a rough patch after she is responsible for a heroic river rescue yet attempts to avoid the press. Despite her laudable actions, she begs Walt to help keep her photo out of the local paper. Confused by her protests, Walt thinks she’s just being modest about her heroism.

    Robin says: "Pearson Doesn't Disappoint"
    "Pearson Doesn't Disappoint"
    Overall

    In Harm's Way, the latest Sheriff Walt Fleming offering from Ridley Pearson, does not disappoint, whether you have followed the previous books or are new to the series. Sheriff Fleming again is on the trail of bad people in Sun Valley while he tries to balance being the single father of twin girls with an emerging love life. A few details may stretch the reader's credulity a bit (we are to believe that the heroine, trained in the use of handguns, ventures out into the night after leaving her handgun in her cottage? I would have had it duct-taped to my wrist....) but the story moves along swimmingly. Especially good is the description of the relationship between Fleming and his wonder dog Beatrice, who proves her worth over and over again. An added bonus is the appearance in Sun Valley of Pearson's longtime detective hero, Seattle-based Lou Boldt. The interplay between the big city Boldt and the small town Fleming, whose father routinely chides him for all those calls about bears, is worth the price of admission alone.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Taking of Pelham 123

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John Godey
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Four men seize a New York City subway train and hold its passengers hostage. Their escape would seem inconceivable. Only one thing is certain: they aren't stopping for anything.

    Robin says: "Still Exciting After All These Years"
    "Still Exciting After All These Years"
    Overall

    Inspired by the recently released Travolta/Washington film, I redid Pelham after three decades. The work still holds your attention, riveting, compelling. The few anachronisms (no cellphones, no computers, references to Cuban hijackings and Vietnam) do NOT detract from the compact, precise, edge-of-your-seat story. Take Pelham; it's worth it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba...and Then Lost It to the Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By T. J. English
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (174)

    Havana Nocturne takes listeners back to Cuba in the years when it was a veritable devil's playground for mob leaders Meyer Lansky and Charles "Lucky" Luciano. Thanks to strong ties with the island's brutal dictator, President Batista, the mob soon owned the biggest luxury hotels and casinos and launched an unprecedented tourist boom. But their dreams collided with those of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and others.

    Paul Abbott says: "Not for reactionaries"
    "Not to be missed"
    Overall

    Havana Nocturne tells the fascinating story of Mafia involvement in Havana in the years before Castro. From the glittering world of casinos and five star hotels to a gritty description of the live sex acts, Nocturne lays it all out...including the complicity of Batista, the experiences of US visitors (including JFK) and the rise, out there in the mountains, of one Fidel Castro. How it all came crashing down, leaving Cuba with a leftwing, as opposed to a rightwing, dictatorship, while besting the Mafia, is an incredible story. Havana Nocturne will have you reading at 3:00 in the morning....Good for history buffs, Mafia buffs, social history buffs and just those who like a ripping good read....

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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