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John

Sandy Springs, GA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • America's Secret War: Inside the Struggle Between the United States and Its Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By George Friedman
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (142)

    Dubbed by Barron's as "The Shadow CIA", Stratfor, George Friedman's global intelligence company, has provided analysis to Fortune 500 companies, news outlets, and even the U.S. government. Now Friedman delivers the geopolitical story that the mainstream media has been unable to uncover, the startling truth behind America's foreign policy and war effort in Afghanistan, Iraq, and beyond.

    David says: "The Best"
    "Why Iraq? Read This Book!"
    Overall

    This book is the most outstanding analysis of the war to date. Easy to follow and easy to listen. I have been a subscriber to Friedman's "Stratfor" geopolitical analysis service for quite some time. Dr. Friedmans book is right on. The book is neither pro nor con regarding the administration. Although he is tough on "Rummy". If you are a Bush hater/progressive don't bother with this book, your mind is made up. If you want to know the background of why we did what we did in Iraq then this book is for you. Get it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Portrait of a Spy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (1317)
    Performance
    (972)
    Story
    (968)

    Haunted by his failure to stop a suicide bomber in London, Gabriel Allon is summoned to Washington and drawn into a confrontation with the new face of global terror. At the center of the threat is an American-born cleric in Yemen who was once a paid CIA asset.

    jb says: "Superb New Volume in Silva's Gabriel Allon Series"
    "Probably his best yet!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    - Daniel Silva is absolutely one of my favorite authors. This may be his best yet. If you're a fan and are familiar with the excellent cast of characters in his Gabriel Allon series you'll feel right at home. If not, welcome onboard. You'll love them. Since I had listened to all the previous in the series I felt like I was settling down with the team in a new deadly adventure. No politics, no theatrics, well some theatrics, just great story telling.
    - The plot is excellent. Intriguing, explosive, and great listening.
    - Simon Vance, the narrator does an good job. The different characters have different voices and inflections. You know when each is talking, no complaints.
    - Start with "A Death in Venice" and work your way up. You'll get hooked.
    - Daniel, start writing. Gabriel is waiting, me too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Up Country

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1807)
    Performance
    (622)
    Story
    (616)

    In the latest from Nelson DeMille (author of The Lion's Game), Paul Brenner is called out of CID retirement to investigate the murder 30 years ago of an army lieutenant in Vietnam. Brenner's trip up country, with a beautiful American expatriate for company, will lead him to uncover an explosive, long-buried secret.

    James B says: "You Must Read Up Country"
    "Glad it's Over..both the Book and War!"
    Overall

    I am normally a fan of Demille, some of his other novels are slick, first rate stories. With Up Country he's packed a 6 hour novella into a 28 hour waste of time. I kept looking at the time remaining on my iPod hoping this never ending story was about too. Paul Brenner, the main character, is so snide, sarcastic and cynical as to be unbelieveable. Scott Bricks narration is right on. Brick can bring the written word to life. Sometimes he's a little over the top but with Up Country does as well as he can with the material given. If you want to experience one of Demille's better works get Night Fall, it's supurb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4049)
    Performance
    (1761)
    Story
    (1780)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "It's a great story. Engrossing, Well done."
    Overall

    From the story line to the narration this is an excellent book. See the world from a different viewpoint. You'll love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's The Altman Code: A Covert-One Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum, Gayle Lynds
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (102)

    On the dark waterside docks of Shanghai, a photographer is recording cargo being secretly loaded when he's brutally killed and his camera destroyed. Shortly thereafter Covert-One director Fred Klein brings the word to the President that there's a Chinese cargo ship rumored to be carrying tons of chemicals to be used by a rogue nation to create new biological weapons. Klein is ordered to get the President solid proof of what the Chinese ship is ferrying.

    Mary A. says: "Not up to the other Covert One Novels..."
    "Absolutly Awful...."
    Overall

    I probably shouldn't be writing a review. I couldn't even finish this boring, vapid audiobook. Try something else.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5042)
    Performance
    (2148)
    Story
    (2141)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Histoical Novel or Political Hype??"
    Overall

    I was enthralled with "The Company" until Littell decided to unload on President Reagan. Up until then the novel was very interesting and intriguing but the complete hammering of the Reagan Presidency made me question how much, if any, of the novel was actually historical or just another fictional work. Don't get me wrong, entertaining it is but factual, if at all......who knows? I would suggest spending $60+ somewhere else.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Rick Atkinson
    • Narrated By Rick Atkinson
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    The first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, An Army at Dawn is history of the highest order - brilliantly researched, rich with new material and surprising insights, the deeply human story of a monumental battle for the future of civilization. "An absolute masterpiece," says Andrew Carroll, author of War Letters, "This book is storytelling - and history - at its most riveting."

    Jeremy says: "Abridging too far?"
    "A Very well researched Book of Military History"
    Overall

    This reading is for the casual observer of military history. It isn't for someone looking for a major in depth review of the Allied struggle in North Africa. It is abridged somewhat too much, even with a 7 plus hour length. If you really want to know the history of events in North Africa my recommendation is to read the book. Having said that, if you want to get an excellent outline of the North Africa campaign get this reading. Audible should offer the unabridged version.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Tell No One

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    For Dr. David Beck, the loss was shattering. And every day for the past eight years, he has relived the horror of what happened. The gleaming lake. The pale moonlight. The piercing screams. The night his wife was taken. The last night he saw her alive. But now a message has appeared on his computer, a phrase only he and his wife know. "Non-stop action with plot twists galore," says best selling author Philip Margolin.

    Michael E says: "hard to put down, enjoyable"
    "A Great Listen"
    Overall

    Interestingly enough, the reviews of this book hit both sides of the street. I really enjoyed the book. No deep thinking, no hidden adjenda, just WOW, what's going to happen next. I think it's an excellent listen. Supurb plot development that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Harlan Coben is noted for his intricate plots. This book is no exception. Get into this book and you'll take the long way home just to hear more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Currahee!

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 41 mins)
    • By Donald R. Burgett
    • Narrated By David Guion
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    In June 1944, the Allies launched a massive amphibious invasion against Nazi-held France. But under the cover of darkness, a new breed of fighting man leapt from airplanes through a bullet-stitched, tracer-lit sky to go behind German lines. These were the Screaming Eagles of the newly formed 101st Airborne Division.

    John says: "WWII in a nutshell.."
    "WWII in a nutshell.."
    Overall

    Currahee is a good quick WWII action packed book. It does not measure up to Burgett's other book "Seven Roads to Hell" but is entertaining. Burgett goes from swearing in to being wounded in an hour and 41 minutes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Marketplace, 1-Month Subscription

    • ORIGINAL (30 mins)
    • By Kai Ryssdal
    • Narrated By Kai Ryssdal
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Award-winning Marketplace is public radio's daily magazine on business and economics news "for the rest of us." The 30-minute program boasts the largest audience for any business program in the United States on radio, cable, or network television. Get the latest episode or subscribe!

    Rosemary says: "Concise, literally packed with information"
    "Listen with your Left ear."
    Overall

    Marketplace, like most of the NPR programs, has a decidedly left leaning posture. I had a one month subscription and left, sorry, after that. I'm still not sure how they did it, but after listening I continually had the feeling that I wasn't getting the whole story. It may be your cup of tea, but it was a waste of time for me.

    30 of 104 people found this review helpful

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