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G. W. Williams

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NY Metro | Member Since 2007

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  • 5 reviews
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  • 25 purchased in 2014
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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"
    "Outrageous historical inaccuracies."
    Overall
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    Story
    What disappointed you about The Spymasters?

    I could not finish. The magnitude of the errors about the German V1 and V2 programs, Which the author conflates and confuses, made it un "readable".


    What could W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Done some fact checking and historical research about the V weapons.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Spymasters?

    All the scenes suggesting that the Brits were terrified of the V weapons.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Order

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1027)
    Performance
    (915)
    Story
    (915)

    Action-packed from the start, Hidden Order demonstrates yet again why Brad Thor is the "master of thrillers". A string of high-profile kidnappings has Washington, D.C., in a frenzy. When the victims begin turning up dead, frenzy turns to panic. And when the ransom demand is finally made public, panic will turn to terror. In Brad Thor's riveting new thriller, the stakes have never been higher, nor the lines between good and evil so hard to discern.

    DeltaDeltaKilo says: "Boooooo!"
    "Political /economics propaganda; not a thriller"
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    What would have made Hidden Order better?

    If it had not been published.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brad Thor again?

    Probably not, without verifying that he's gone back to writing thrillers.


    Which character – as performed by Armand Schultz – was your favorite?

    None that I can think of. I quit 10% of the way in and will not listen to any more.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hidden Order?

    Everything after the Somalia sequence.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4654)
    Performance
    (3995)
    Story
    (3972)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "A romance novel posing as a mystery / thriller."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The gene for being able to appreciate this book is on the X chromosome and you need two copies. It's a romance, "chick lit," and I don't qualify. The name of the purported author, "Rhys Bowen" (a man's name) is a pseudonym for Janet Quin-Harkin. If I had known that I would have researched it more carefully before I bought it (and I wouldn't have.)


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    "Hidden Order" by Brad Thor.


    How could the performance have been better?

    N/A


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

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (2303)
    Performance
    (1920)
    Story
    (1944)

    Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case - but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

    Cris says: "Better than Other Recent Releases"
    "Impossible plot, inaccurate military customs."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing. Beyond repair.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Vince Flynn's The Last Man.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    They were mostly ridiculous.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Forgotten?

    All of them, especially the ones with erroneous military references. Puller is a Chief Warrant Officer, which is a commissioned rank, not enlisted, as his girlfriend General calls him. His father, a retired Lt. General, calls him XO, but Generals do not have Executive Officers, they have Chiefs of Staff. Etc, Etc, Etc.


    Any additional comments?

    I have jumped at buying Baldacci's books in the past. I will read the substance of the reviews in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not My Blood: A Joe Sandilands Investigation, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Barbara Cleverly
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Scotland Yard Detective Joe Sandilands is caught off guard one night in 1933 by a phone call from a distressed boy named Jackie Drummond, who just might be the illegitimate son Joe never knew he had....

    connie says: "a leap ahead in time and quality"
    "Preposterous story, well performed."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Not My Blood?

    The storyline is over the top. To specify why would be something of a spoiler.


    What could Barbara Cleverly have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Found a credible reason for the boys' disappearances.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last one, because it was over.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really. Period atmosphere, maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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