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Vicki G

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  • Protect and Defend: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Patricia Kalember
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (37)

    In Washington, a newly elected young president faces a test that will focus the national spotlight on abortion, parental consent, backroom politics, and the battle over one woman's nomination as chief justice of the Supreme Court. It's high-stakes drama as only Richard North Patterson can present it! Browse more Patterson.

    Vicki G says: "Future ability to bear children"
    "Future ability to bear children"
    Overall

    It's only fair to be correct on the central issue of the legal fight in this book - protecting the teenager's ability to have future children, not racing the calendar before the probably-nonviable fetus was beyond 6 months old and permanently damaged the mother's ability to have more children.

    The legal arguments on both sides of the law requiring teenagers to obtain parental consent to abortion were interesting. In addition, the political maneuvering over the appointment of a Supreme Court judge were too realistic for comfort. I recommend this book with the caviat that you will examine your personal philosophies on abortion, right to privacy, rights of teenagers versus parents, and lifestyle choices of public officials because of the content.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret on Ararat: Babylon Rising, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Tim LaHaye, Bob Phillips
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (69)

    In the second Babylon Rising novel, Biblical scholar, archaeologist, professor, and hero for our times Michael Murphy is in pursuit of one of the most mysterious and sought-after of all Biblical artifacts, Noah's Ark. As Murphy undertakes his death-defying quest to ascend Mount Ararat, he will discover dramatic revelations of Biblical prophecies and be drawn even closer to the most terrifying evil about to be unleashed on all mankind.

    Tammy says: "Incredible"
    "Interesting"
    Overall

    It is interesting how the author combines biblical history with suspenseful adventures. There is quite a bit of Christian proselytizing in the first part of the book, more than in the first book in this series. A good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Babylon Rising, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tim LaHaye, Greg Dinallo
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (90)

    The creator of the Left Behind series introduces a terrific new hero for our time. Michael Murphy is a scholar of Biblical prophecy, but not the sedate and tweedy kind. Murphy is a field archaeologist who defies danger to fearlessly hunt down and authenticate ancient artifacts from Biblical times. His latest discovery is his most amazing, but it will send him hurtling from a life of excavation and revelations to a confrontation with the forces of the greatest evil.

    Michael says: "A good inspiration"
    "Interesting"
    Overall

    The author's combination of biblical history and prophecy with adventurous suspense is interesting. The narrator's voice is too monotone, but not enough to spoil the overall effect. This was a good listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Well-Mannered Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Aline, Countess of Romanones
    • Narrated By Susam O'Malley
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The New Yorker raved that her bestselling memoir, The Spy Wore Red, "reads like a perfect thriller." Now the real-life model-turend-spy presents a thirlling novel of suspense -- based on the true intrigues of Carlos the Jackal. One of the most infamous names in the history of espionage, Carlos managed to elude his enemies for decades...until his recent arrest made headlines across the world. This exciting ficitonal account reveals the insidious methods -- and brilliant genius -- behind his international maneuvers. It is the story of a man whose smooth, cultured charm hides a secret identity and a shattering plot -- and the one woman who discovers he is actually the notorious Carlos the Jackal.The inspiration for the Countess of Romanones' novel was her own actual meeting with Carlos the Jackal in 1977, when he delivered documents to her home in Madrid; and her experience as a consultant with a wide variety of world specialists on international terrorism.

    Lulit says: "Snore"
    "Intriguing"
    Overall

    While the reader's voice is gravelly, I couldn't stop listening. Knowing that this novel is based on fact continually drew me in to the thread of the action. I recommend this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lake House

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Hope Davis, Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    Six children have escaped government experiments, and a frightening brush with death. Living out in the world for the first time, they yearn to be reunited with Kit and Frannie, the couple who saved their lives, and to return to the cabin known as the Lake House. But before they can get there, they will face a horrifying evil, for one man has survived the laboratory that bred the flying children, and he is obsessed with reclaiming them for a new round of experiments - with an even more deadly outcome.

    Shannon says: "The Lake House, by James Patterson"
    "Touching"
    Overall

    Despite this being a sci-fi, the story was touching and imaginative. You will enjoy this if you can turn loose of the current definition of reality and "go with the flow" in this book. I couldn't stop listening.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Gemini Contenders

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Dead of night. Salonika, Greece, December 1939. A clandestine order of monks embarks on a desperate mission: to transport a mysterious vault to a hiding place high in the Italian Alps. Its sinister contents, concealed for centuries, could rip apart the Christian world. In the sample below, Ludlum tells a story about how The Gemini Contenders got him in trouble with the British military.

    Vicki G says: "A Ludlum fan"
    "A Ludlum fan"
    Overall

    This was a great story, but the abridged version skipped so many details that it was disjointed. I'm sure the unabridged version is even better. Hopefully, Audible will make it available in the future.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lion in the Valley: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Susan O'Malley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (31)

    The 1895-96 season promises to be an exceptional one for Amelia Peabody, her dashing Egyptologist husband Emerson, and their wild and precocious eight-year-old son, Ramses. The much-coveted burial chamber of the Black Pyramid in Dahshur is theirs for the digging. But the brazen moonlight abduction of Ramses - and an expedition subsequently cursed by misfortune and death - have alerted Amelia to the likely presence of her arch nemesis, the Master Criminal, notorious looter of the living and the dead.

    Tonya says: "A great book"
    "Delightful"
    Overall

    This irreverent character from a time when women were powerless "haus fraus" gives constant amusement. The narrator does a passable job of assuming different accents as needed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chamber

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (266)

    In the corridors of Chicago's top law firm: 26-year-old Adam Hall stands on the brink of a brilliant legal career. Now he is risking it all for a death-row killer and an impossible case.

    George says: "Best of Grisham"
    "Depressing"
    Overall

    This is a dark study of a family with a history of generations participating in the KKK and its affects on the current generation. It is depressing with some interesting insights into the debate of genetic versus environment factors determining who we are. I would pass on this one.

    5 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Sword: Book XIV of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (113)

    Colonel Leroux is killing Britain's most valuable spies, and it's up to Richard Sharpe to stop him. Thrust into the unfamiliar world of political and military intrigue, Sharpe must tangle with La Marquesa, a beguiling, extraordinarily beautiful woman whose embrace is as calculating as it is passionate. As she leads him through a maze of secrecy, cunning, and deception, Sharpe relentlessly pursues Leroux, determined to exact his revenge with the cold steel of his sword.

    Jean says: "Sharpe's Sword"
    "Definitely a"
    Overall

    Many graphic battle scenes with accompanying battle strategies and blood and guts descriptions appeal more to men than women, I suspect. Good plot and appealing hero.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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