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Robert

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  • Kingdom of Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    In spymaster Alan Furst's most electrifying thriller to date, Hungarian aristocrat Nicholas Morath, a hugely charismatic hero, becomes embroiled in a daring and perilous effort to halt the Nazi war machine in eastern Europe.

    Darwin8u says: "Furst's grease between the gears of history"
    "One of Nine Alan Furst/George Guidall Masterpieces"
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    What did you love best about Kingdom of Shadows?

    George Guidall's masterful interpretation and narration of a well written espionage story. George didn't just "read" the novel. With voice inflection, pauses, etc. he told me the story and made me feel that I was a participant/observer of the protagonist.


    What other book might you compare Kingdom of Shadows to and why?

    I would compare it to the other 8 Allan Furst/George Guidall books. I have been a recorded book listener for over 20 years and these Furst/Guidall novels are the best I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. I have listened to each many times over the years and used to wait with great anticipation for the next novel to be released. Then they changed narrators and that was the end of that. Couldn't even finish the tenth one (The Spies Of Warsaw).


    Any additional comments?

    I would compare Furst's writing with John LaCarre' For me Furst is more enjoyable as he just tells a "story" whereas LeCarre' includes a "message", usually critizing SIS.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Destroyed: Jonathan Quinn, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (250)

    Mila Voss is dead. That’s what the team hired to terminate her had reported, and that’s how her file had been marked. Dead. Six years now. So why did she suddenly show up on a hotel’s security camera in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania? Those who’d paid for her elimination are more than a little curious. One person should know what happened—Jonathan Quinn, one of the best cleaners in the business, the man who’d been tasked with the disposal of her body. Only Quinn isn’t exactly easy to get ahold of these days.

    AudioAddict says: "Wow!"
    "Another great Johnathon Quinn "cleaner" story"
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    After the the #4 novel in the Johnathan Quinn series I wondered where Brett Battles could go next. Not to worry. Battles has Quinn's sidekick Nate take up the slack until Quinn can recover from his loss of anonymity and get back on the case.

    I don't consider #4.1 to be next. Too bad Battles didn't begin the series with that novel "Becoming Quinn."

    To my pleasant surprise, Battles brings back Peter and a lot of the story line is flash back to a case that Quinn had hoped would never come up again. As with all the Quinn novels, Battles takes you right up to the last few minutes wondering how Quinn is going to come out on top.

    I only gave Scott Brick a 4 for his narration since I feel he failed to create the sense of excitement that these Quinn novels produce. At least they are exciting to me.

    I only spend one hour a day listening to Audible books (my only source of audio books) and I find myself really looking forward to listening to the Quinn novels and dreading the "The End" of each one.

    If you haven't listened to any of novels in the series, begin with either #4.1 or #1 and try not to rush through them faster than Battles can write them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Point: A Joe Pickett Novel Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (476)

    The recipient of Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity Awards, New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box has won almost every honor in his field. In Breaking Point, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is glad to catch up with old friend Lyle Pendergast, but then the man goes missing and is named a suspect in the death of two EPA employees. All signs point to Lyle’s guilt, but the more Joe digs into the case, the more he realizes he’s stepped into the middle of a deadly power play.

    Ronna says: "My favorite author does it again!!"
    "Unique among the investigative crime novels."
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    Where does Breaking Point rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Since this series is so different from the other crime investigation and police procedural novels that I favor, is very difficult to rank. It really stands by itself. Stands out really.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Breaking Point?

    When Joe Picket rescued the stranded men from the raging forest fire.


    What about David Chandler’s performance did you like?

    I've listened to most of the novels in this series and to me Chandler has become Joe Picket.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The last few minutes, when Picket reveals what really happened that awful day in the Wyoming mountains.


    Any additional comments?

    When I was heard about this series, I thought Joe Picket was a forest ranger (fire look-out type) and it did not seem to be very interesting. But I was told I would probably like the novels. they were different than the usual crime fare. So I listened to "Cold Wind" (#11). Boy was I mistaken. Joe Picket is a game warden that is a first class detective and police officer. Now I wish that I had started in the beginning. The series is very chronological and I'm not sure I'll be able to go back and start at the beginning. C.J. Box keeps writing a new one and I don't have time to listen to any older ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Proof of Guilt: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (168)

    London, summer 1920. An unidentified body appears to have been run down by a motorcar and Ian Rutledge is leading the investigation to uncover what happened. While the signs point to murder, vital questions remain: Who is the victim? And where, exactly, was he killed? One small clue leads Rutledge to a firm built by two families, famous for producing and selling the world's best Madeira wine. Lewis French, the current head of the English enterprise, is missing. But is he the dead man? And does either his fiancée or his jilted former lover have anything to do with his disappearance - or possible death?

    Pat Green says: "Disappointing"
    "Best of a great series. A more than once listen."
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    What made the experience of listening to Proof of Guilt the most enjoyable?

    The usual pleasant flow of Rutledge's investigation is combined with a really baffling mystery.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the author Todd disguised the real perpetrators to every one except Rutledge (and finally the reader).


    What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Given a choice - Read the book or have Simon Prebble read it to you is a no-brainer.

    I listened to Prebble read this book to me twice. It may have been better the second time.

    Prebble is in a class with only one other narrator (in my opinion). That would be George Guidall. Since Rutledge is British, Prebble is the better of the two for narration of this series.The earlier books are narrated by Samuel Gillies and he does a good job, but he is no Prebble.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Rutledge suspected that the real perpetrators were not as his superior insisted, but he had no way to prove it and his only recourse was to put himself in real danger so the killer would reveal himself.


    Any additional comments?

    This is #15 in the series and it's the best one. But to really appreciate this series one should begin with the first in the series. They are all above average and the listener (reader) will have a good time by starting at #1 and going through the list. Unfortunately there is a gap (6,7,8 & 9) are not available from Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Children of the Revolution: An Inspector Banks Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (113)

    The body of a disgraced college lecturer is found on an abandoned railway line. In the four years since his dismissal for sexual misconduct, he’d been living like a hermit. So where did he get the 5,000 pounds found in his pocket? Leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks begins to suspect that the victim's past may be connected to his death. Forty years ago the dead man attended a university that was a hotbed of militant protest and divisive, bitter politics. And as the seasoned detective well knows, some grudges are never forgotten - or forgiven.

    Robert says: "Finally, another Banks novel + Simon Prebble"
    "Finally, another Banks novel + Simon Prebble"
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    What made the experience of listening to Children of the Revolution the most enjoyable?

    It was narrated by Simon Prebble. I think I'd listen to Prebble read his grocery list.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It revealed how much the "influential" people in society can effect police investigations. Not a subject that everyone is pleased to see appear in print.Actually what I really liked best was that is was read by Simon Prebble and it was the next Inspector Banks novel in the series. I've read or even better, when given the chance, listened to them all. Listening to them is much better than reading them.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    Every word. Simon Prebble is on my A list of narrators and if it wasn't for George Guidall, he would be #1


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I don't listen to police procedural novels to be moved. Just the opposite. I listen to them to be entertained and the Inspector Banks series is one of the few being published.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the reviews I read (on Amazon) were not very kind. And they were from fans of the Inspector Banks series. Comments like - "Dragged on...I've always enjoyed Peter Robinson's books but this is not one of his best." and "Having read all of the Inspector Banks books, I found this one to be dreary and dull..." Don't believe it. IMHO, no better nor worse than all the others, although Prebble's narration makes it better than those narrated by James Langton.If one looks at all the reviews of all of the Banks series novels words like "not his best" "dull" "slow moving" appear quite often. After all those comments, readers continue to read and listen. Peter Robinson didn't become #1 internationally bestselling author by writing dull and slow moving novels (22 by latest count).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Foreign Correspondent

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    An underground newspaper reporter becomes the target of a European spy web in the looming shadow of WWII Paris in this heart-pounding thriller from the master of international intrigue, Alan Furst.

    Molly says: "A good listen"
    "One of the best of a great series"
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    If you could sum up Foreign Correspondent in three words, what would they be?

    All Time Great!


    What other book might you compare Foreign Correspondent to and why?

    The other eight in Alan Furst's first nine in the series that were narrated by George Guidall.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Many, many times over the years. Been a recorded book listener for almost 20 years. George Guidall is one of the all time great narrators and I consider his performance of the Furst's novels to be a highlight of his career. I've actually read a couple of the Furst novels in this series and they rate a 4. George elevates them to a 6. It saddens me that he stopped narrating Furst's novels. The subsequent recorded novels were, at best, a 2. A case, that is all too common, of the narrator ruining the novel.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A story of real resistance spies in World War II. They were scared, tired and bored most of the time.


    Any additional comments?

    The saddest part of the book and narration is "The End"I've listened to all the first 9 novels in the series at least 3 times and a few like "The Foreign Correspondent" 5 times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Another Man's Moccasins: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1830)
    Performance
    (1421)
    Story
    (1405)

    Craig Johnson's mystery stories have earned him an esteemed position in the pantheon of contemporary crime novelists. In this fourth installment, Longmire is called to investigate a dead Vietnamese girl found along the Wyoming highway.

    Amazon Customer says: "The best writer and the best reader get together"
    "Another in Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series"
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    What made the experience of listening to Another Man's Moccasins the most enjoyable?

    What drew me to begin listing to Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series was the narrator, George Guidall. I'd probably pay to listen to Guidall read his grocery list, not to imply that Craig Johnson's books are like


    Would you be willing to try another book from Craig Johnson? Why or why not?

    I've read all the books in he series except


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I am a dyed in the wool Guidall fan and have listened to him for years. In my opinion he is the very best narrator one can find amongst all the recoded books narrators. I've recommended him to many others over the years, some who had never listened to a recorded book and all were


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I don't read/listen to any books in that manner. I put aside 1 hour each day for audio books. The ones I've listened to over the years (I've been a recorded book listener for over 20 years) are so good I don't want them to end so I try to stretch them out.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to George Guidall read all of the Alan Furst novels that he narrated (nine) and in my opinion George Guidall's narration takes the novels from a 3 star rating to a 5+ rating. In this case (Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire) the novel itself (plot) is at best a 3 star, but Guidall turns it into a 4.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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