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Martin

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  • The Fallen Angel: Gabriel Allon, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1427)
    Performance
    (1191)
    Story
    (1186)

    After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome.

    Audiophile says: "When will Gabriel retire?"
    "Excellent up to but not including the end"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to my best friend and toughest critic - my wife. That is a strong compliment to Author Daniel Silva and to Narrator George Guidall. My taste for modern day spy genre books is nearly insatiable. In contrast, my wife has little time and less patience for anything that is not concretely and usefully biographical or at least intellectually stimulating (which coincidentally makes me wonder what she sees in me or hopes to someday see in me after 42 years of marriage). This book (other than the ending) is masterfully composed and presented. The Gabriel Allon series lives on.

    As is true of all the Allon series, Silva is very gifted in the portrayal of his characters' humanity. In Fallen Angel, this is epitomized in the tender hushed minimalism of Allon's moments with his institutionalized first wife. And in a professional collaboration which religiously avoids all too easy opportunism, Guidall portrays within the undertones of the encounter an almost unbearable tense agony of what could and should have been. As the listener and observer I deeply desired that the moment could have been held just a little longer so that I could touch that fleeting sunset just for a few breaths more. But in their wisdom, neither Silva nor Guidall's director allowed such license because life does not grant such things. We move on and attempt to cherish. Good books do things like that.Curtains are drawn in respect of the characters.

    I wish the same could be said for the book's ending. Unfortunately, the author uses a few contrived plot twists to conveniently dispose of the antagonist. And the character is inadequately developed in the overall story anyway. But truly that is nitpicking an otherwise excellent book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7294)
    Performance
    (4308)
    Story
    (4340)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "Total pollution of the mind"
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    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If this man had a septic cleanse of his brain


    Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Suarez again?

    Absolutely never


    Any additional comments?

    Audible has GOT to do a better job with its 'about this book' information. In this book a seventeen year old girl is drugged and sodomized by multiple people - obviously much to the pleasure of the author. As a father of daughters and as a normal human being, I was overhwelmed with horror. Get with it Audible!!! Take some leadership in junk like this!!!! And that's just at the beginning of the book. I felt like I had dragged my imagination through a cesspool for the next two weeks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peril at End House: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    Hercule Poirot's relaxing holiday on the Cornish coast takes an unexpected turn when he meets young and beautiful Nick Buckley. Though Nick tries to shrug off the bullet that barely missed her as an accident, just one more event in her recent chain of bad luck, Poirot is convinced she needs his protection. After a fatal attack, apparently aimed at Nick but gone awry, Poirot spirits her away to a nursing home for her protection. Yet even this doesn't prevent another attempt on her life....

    Linda says: "Masterpiece!"
    "Agatha Christie at her very average"
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    Would you try another book from Agatha Christie and/or Hugh Fraser?

    Once in awhile, I desire to stretch my audiobook listening habits in hopes of being pleasantly surprised by the quality of a novelist whom I haven't heretofore read, the freshness of a different genre, and the wonderful intangible of connecting with another time or place or view of reality. This book neither disappointed or thrilled me. I felt I met Ms. Christie at her very average. This book had the feel that it was written to meet some kind of quota or deadline faced by the author. Nevertheless, it is a likable. Inspector Poirot is, well, everything that you would expect him to be and nothing more -- or less. The villain is, of course, a surprise (or it wouldn't be an Agatha Christie novel). Hugh Fraser's narrative performance is very good. But for him, very good is average. Glad I read it, but wouldn't have missed anything if I hadn't.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1654)
    Performance
    (1120)
    Story
    (1141)

    A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

    Alan says: "Very Moving"
    "A masterpiece - hauntingly prophetic"
    Overall

    Eric Metaxas succeeds in bringing to life the overwhelmingly diabolical environment of Hitler's Germany, the unprepared and lax condition of the German Christian community, and the intensely public and pesonal stories of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, disciple of Christ.

    To steal a phrase from C.S. Lewis, the pages (or in the case of this audiobook, the sections) of this book fairly rustle with the life contained therein. Metaxis accomplishes a grand slam: acedemic scholarship, literary quality, and masterful storytelling.

    At the end of this book, I was compelled to say 'thank you' to a modern day saint and to grieve over the price paid by a father of the faith for the Kingdom of God.

    Malcolm Hillgartner's narration of this book is superb.

    I already have three of my friends hastily consuming this work so that we can share our common experience.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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