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Jan

Scottsdale, AZ, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • The Charlemagne Pursuit: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (551)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (235)

    As a child, former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone was told his father died in a submarine disaster in the North Atlantic. But now he wants the full story. He asks his ex-boss, Stephanie Nelle, to secure the military files. What he learns stuns him: His father's sub was a secret nuclear vessel lost on a highly classified mission beneath the ice shelves of Antarctica. But Malone isn't the only one after the truth.

    Matthew says: "Another classic Steve Berry complexity"
    "Love the book - Hate the reader"
    Overall

    Scott Brick is way too camp in this reading. His habit of ending descriptive passages as though Dracula was about to emerge from his coffin, in a breathy, soap opera delivery is irritating to the extreme. This is one time that I ditched the audio book and read the hard copy. So disappointed in Scott Brick. Give me Paul Michael any day. A much much better narrator for Steve Berry's work.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (121)

    Fatima, Portugal, 1917: The Virgin Mary appears to three peasant children, sharing with them three secrets, two of which are soon revealed to the world. The third secret is sealed away in the Vatican, read only by popes, and not disclosed until the year 2000. When revealed, its quizzical tone and anticlimactic nature leave many faithful wondering if the Church has truly unveiled all of the Virgin Mary's words, or if a message far more important has been left in the shadows.

    Jim says: "What a waste!!"
    "Different - wonderful"
    Overall

    Have to completely disagree with the majority of the reviews. Having read all Steve Berry's work, this one is different. It explores long relationships that are deep and cerebral, that surpass mere physical attraction. It probes issues many don't want discussed - and I thoroughly enjoyed this departure from the normal thriller. The scenes in the Romanian orphanage are mesmerizing. It's a novel that reaches places other thrillers never touch.
    Add to this the phenomenal job that Paul Michael does with different accents, women's voices, and the narration. He is absolutely marvelous and worth listening to whatever he reads.
    So no - I don't think the ending is a cop out. Rather than a summary dismissal it gives yet more to think about, another question of faith and comment on doctrine.
    I loved it - and will listen again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (33)

    The conned: an Oxford don, a revered society physician, a chic French art dealer, and a charming English lord. They have one thing in common. Overnight, each novice investor lost his life's fortune to one man. The con: Harvey Metcalfe. A brilliant, self-made guru of deceit. A very dangerous individual. And now, a hunted man.

    Jan says: "The best and the cleverest...."
    "The best and the cleverest...."
    Overall

    Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less is clever, funny, audacious and a great read from start to finish! This book is the epitome of the Spanish phrase "Revenge is a dish best eaten cold" especially as we've all met people we'd like to do this to. While not a true story - it stems from Archer's first public brush with a serious problem - bankruptcy - and if I recall correctly, NPMNPL not only helped put him on a sound financial footing, it was the start of his writing career. For a witty, amusing read - perfect for a plane, or an afternoon when you really want to be somewhere else - Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less will take you there.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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