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Kenneth

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Spymasters: A Men at War Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth IV
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    It is summer 1943. Two of the Allies’ most important plans are at grave risk: Operation Overlord’s invasion of France and the Manhattan Project’s race to build the atomic bomb. A furious President Roosevelt turns to OSS spy chief Wild Bill Donovan — and Donovan turns to Dick Canidy and his teams behind enemy lines. They’ve certainly got their work cut out for them....

    Michael says: "Spymasters"
    "disappointing reader and pace"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story should be as fast paced and realistic as the previous books. To flat, one sided, with a lot of extraneous thought based musings.


    Would you ever listen to anything by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV again?

    I liked their other books, but this is a failure.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christopher Lane?

    Dick Hill, the reader of the other books.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    The Men of War series was WEB Griffin's second best, after honor bound. honor bound also got to be a little to stuffy and romantic and predictable, with the addition of Griffin's son, but not as bad as this one, and not such a dramatic decline. The character of Kepler is a total waste, no Hans Peter Von Wachstein, but the formula is the same and a lost opportunity. These books used to be good for the 400 mile drives, and still make you sit in the car for the last ten seconds when the hero's win against all the odds. No more. Better luck next time- I think I will return this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Refusal: A Dick Francis Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Felix Francis
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Six years ago, investigator Sid Halley retired for good. He’d been harassed, beaten, shot, even lost a hand to his investigating business, and enough was enough. For the sake of his wife and new daughter he gave up that life of danger and uncertainty, and he thought nothing would ever lure him back into the game. He thought wrong. Sir Richard Stewart, chairman of the racing authority, begs Sid to investigate a series of dodgy races. Sid adamantly refuses, but the following day, Sir Richard is found dead under suspicious circumstances.

    Tracey says: "refusal"
    "Not his father"
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    Dick Francis combined good plots, growing characters, excellent research on engaging topics, and excellent writing to produce easy reads that left readers satisfied. His son tries to copy his formula, but falls short on every single aspect. Sid Halley, Charles and Marina were complex and multifaceted and grew through the books, but stagnated here. The plots meandered. And the transplantation component was a sideline, so the research didn't come through.
    In general, this book was a negative to the Francis brand, and even though Martin Jarvis is a good reader, he couldn't make up for the fact that the book was just poor.
    I will read Felix's next attempt, because his father's legacy is good to continue. But if that is only twice as good as this one, I won't read the one after that.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Whiskey Rebels

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Liss
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (249)

    At his most desperate moment, Ethan Saunders is recruited to find his ex-fiancée's missing husband. Meanwhile, Joan Maycott and her Revolutionary War veteran husband distill whiskey on the western Pennsylvania frontier. As their causes intertwine, Joan and Saunders - both patriots in their own way - find themselves on opposing sides of a daring scheme that will forever change their lives and their new country.

    Lulu says: "In My Top 10 - Maybe Top 5 At Audible"
    "Ending??"
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    Any additional comments?

    Great book, but the last chapter was a total disappoint, leaving it off and writing a sequel would have been a better alternative.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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