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Tessler

Lake Bluff, IL, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Silent Snow

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Steve Thayer
    • Narrated By David Birney
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    In the midst of a savage Minnesota blizzard, investigative reporter Rick Beanblossom receives an anonymous note much like the one the Lindbergh family received when their infant son was kidnapped. Fighting the perilous weather and racing against time, Beanblossom desperately searches for clues in history's most infamous kidnapping that may solve his own painful loss.

    Sandi J Wilson says: "SILENT SNOW"
    "good story but weak ending"
    Overall

    The story is good but the ending is a let down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Triple Agent: The al-Qaeda Mole who Infiltrated the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Joby Warrick
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (201)

    In December 2009, a group of the CIA’s top terrorist hunters gathered at a secret base in Khost, Afghanistan, to greet a rising superspy: Humam Khalil al-Balawi, a Jordanian double-agent who infiltrated the upper ranks of al-Qaeda. For months, he had sent shocking revelations from inside the terrorist network and now promised to help the CIA assassinate Osama bin Laden’s top deputy. Instead, as he stepped from his car, he detonated a 30-pound bomb strapped to his chest, instantly killing seven CIA operatives....

    Melissa says: "Great modern history story"
    "hard to follow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Too many names for an audiobook. It gets confusing about who is being discussed and interest is lost.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Everything Is Illuminated

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Scott Shina
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (276)

    Jonathan is a Jewish college student searching Europe for the one person he believes can explain his roots. Alex, a lover of all things American and unsurpassed butcher of the English language, is his lovable Ukrainian guide. On their quixotic quest, the two young men look for Augustine, a woman who might have saved Jonathan's grandfather from the Nazis. As past and present merge, hysterically funny moments collide with great tragedy, and an unforgettable story of one family's extraordinary history unfolds.

    J. Kovler says: "What a brilliantly original work!"
    "variable"
    Overall

    The part taking place in the modern day is great and hilarious. The part taking place in the past is boring and ridiculous.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2034)
    Performance
    (1291)
    Story
    (1298)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "Very good but hard to follow"
    Overall

    The book is well done. It may be better to read it than to listen. Frequently, you are unsure who is speaking.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Star: An Edna Ferber Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Edward Ifkovic
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In 1955, grande dame authoress Edna Ferber is visiting L.A. for the filming of her epic novel, Giant. Edna is looking forward to meeting Rock Hudson, Liz Taylor, and especially the film's gifted young breakout star, James Dean. A charismatic rebel, Dean attracts attention, devotion, and trouble wherever he goes. Now he is being blackmailed by a young extra from the movie who accuses him of getting her pregnant.

    Carol Grosser says: "So Fascinating Now I Have to Research It"
    "uninteresting"
    Overall

    I could not get interested in the characters or the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moscow Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1185)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (502)

    In the new thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of The Secret Servant, the death of a journalist leads Gabriel Allon to Russia, where he finds that, in terms of spy craft, even he has something to learn. He's playing by Moscow rules now.

    Lucie says: "Change of narrator"
    "predictable"
    Overall

    Not very engrossing. It seemed predictable. No hidden mystery.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Obedience: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Will Lavender
    • Narrated By Ted Barker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    When the students in Winchester University's Logic and Reasoning 204 course arrive for their first day of class, they are greeted not with a syllabus or texts, but with a startling assignment from Professor Williams: Find a hypothetical missing girl named Polly. If, after being given a series of clues and details, the class has not found her before the end of the term (in six weeks), she will be murdered.

    A User says: "way too complicated"
    "farfetched"
    Overall

    Characters not engaging. Far-fetched story. No college today would allow this to occur.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tree of Smoke: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Denis Johnson
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (130)

    This is the story of William "Skip" Sands, CIA, engaged in Psychological Operations against the Vietcong, and the disasters that befall him. This is also the story of the Houston brothers, Bill and James, young men who drift out of the Arizona desert and into a war in which the line between disinformation and delusion has blurred away. In its vision of human folly, this is a story like nothing in our literature.

    MadMadeleine says: "Moby Redux"
    "hard to follow"
    Overall

    I found this book interesting, but hard to follow. It might be easier to follow in written format. It kept introducing characters until the very end. I see it won a National Book Award, but I did not find this a terrific book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (910)
    Performance
    (519)
    Story
    (528)

    J. Robert Oppenheimer was one of the iconic figures of the 20th century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb but later confronted the moral consequences of scientific progress. When he proposed international controls over atomic materials, opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, and criticized plans for a nuclear war, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup during the anti-Communist hysteria of the early 1950s.

    Christine says: "One of the best books I have read"
    "Interesting history"
    Overall

    Very well done, but more detail than you really need to know. It gives a good history of politics and education in the twentieth century.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Mission Song

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By David Oyelowo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (40)

    Abandoned by his parents, Bruno Salvador has long looked for guidance. He found it in Mr. Anderson of British Intelligence. Working for Anderson in a clandestine facility, Salvo (as he's known) translates intercepted phone calls, bugged recordings, and snatched voice-mail messages. When Anderson sends him to a mysterious island to interpret during a secret conference, Bruno thinks he is helping Britain--but then he hears something he should not have.

    Peter says: "Audio Triumph"
    "hard to follow"
    Overall

    Interesting story and you learn a lot about Africa, but the storyline is often hard to follow

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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