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Woodworker

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  • The Man Who Smiled

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (166)

    In this adventure from the pen of Sweden's master of crime and mystery, a disillusioned Inspector Kurt Wallander is thrown back into the fray when he becomes both hunter and hunted. Crestfallen, dejected, and spiraling into an alcohol-fuelled depression after killing a man in the line of duty, Inspector Wallander has made up his mind to quit the police force for good. When an old acquaintance, a solicitor, seeks Wallander's help and later turns up dead, Wallander realizes that he was wrong not to listen.

    Stevon says: "The Mankell Trilogy"
    "good example of the genre"
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    If you like scandinavian mystery, this is a good example. Lacks the tension of "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and the villain is obvious to everyone except the police but is never boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shipkiller: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Justin Scott
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (291)

    Before he was anointed to carry on the legacy of Robert Ludlum's Janson Command series, and before he collaborated with Clive Cussler on the fan favorite Isaac Bell series, Justin Scott created this suspenseful adventure tale, a novel of love and revenge set on the high seas. Written in 1978, this is considered by many to be one of the best maritime thrillers of all time. As an expert in the world of ships and sailing, Justin Scott creates an authentic maritime world, making The Shipkiller all the more thrilling because it could be a true story.

    Jean says: "A story of revenge"
    "12 hours of sailboat anatomy"
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    I have read over 250 books on tape and rarely write a review in an effort not to be redundant. I am motivated to write this review in amazement that anyone would publish it.The plot is is simple: the "hero?" seeks to sink that largest tanker in the world in revenge for it running down his sailboat and killing his wife. So the author fills the book with 12 hours of boring technical details of the anatomy of a sailboat and sailing interspersed with the details of the African and Mid-east coast. Unless you want to test your nautical vocabulary and geography, avoid this trash.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3528)
    Performance
    (2454)
    Story
    (2454)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "The reader makes the book come alive"
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    I have read over 400 audible books and rarely write reviews. The occasion for this review is certainly not to tell you what a talented writer John Irving is. Many more qualified people than I have written that, but to express my amazement how Joe Barrett brings Owen Meany alive. In the printed book, Owen's voice is always in caps to emphasize it's unique quality. Barrett has captured a voice that creates a wonderful vision of this character. Even if you read this book in print, I would encourage you to listen to this incredible reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3547)
    Performance
    (3104)
    Story
    (3119)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Tomorrow's news"
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    Clancy up to his old style. China claims the southern China sea for it's own and the US is under massive cyber attack. Lots of the technical details for which Clancy is so well known with his usual cast of character. If you like Clancy, you will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2300)
    Performance
    (1499)
    Story
    (1502)

    Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the USS Walker---a Great-War vintage "four-stacker" destroyer---finds itself in full retreat from pursuit by Japanese battleships. Its captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, knows that he and his crew are in dire straits. In desperation, he heads Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover---and emerges somewhere else.

    Mitch says: "Destroyermen and The Lost Regiment"
    "imaginatve"
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    Good yarn, well conceived, compelling with excelllent reader. Only negative is that the author could use some lessons in reducing wordiness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crusade: Destroyermen, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (1452)
    Performance
    (957)
    Story
    (971)

    Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, along with the men and women of the USS Walker, have chosen sides in a war not of their making. They have allied with the Lemurians - a mammalian race whose peaceful existence is under attack from the warlike, reptilian Grik. The Lemurians are vastly outnumbered and ignorant of warfare, and even the guns and technology of Walker cannot turn the tide of battle.

    Readalot says: "Excellent Listen"
    "Wordy"
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    Getting a little tiresome, but perhaps I should have taken a break after Book1. Ambivalent about downloading Book 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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