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Marc

Santa Fe, TX, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • The Foreigner

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Francie Lin
    • Narrated By James Chen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Emerson Chang is a mild mannered bachelor on the cusp of 40, a financial analyst in a neatly pressed suit, a child of Taiwanese immigrants who doesn't speak a word of Chinese, and, well, a virgin. His only real family is his mother, whose subtle manipulations have kept him close, all in the name of preserving an obscure idea of family and culture. But when his mother suddenly dies, Emerson sets out for Taipei to scatter her ashes, and to convey a surprising inheritance to his younger brother, Little P.

    Diana Haynes says: "I Beg to Differ"
    "Painful"
    Overall

    I patiently listened and tried to find redeeming features about this book - to no avail. The protagonist is so weak and unbelievable that any other potential in this novel is drowned out and lost in the noise.

    Save your money and your time. There are way too many other good books out there.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Defector

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1048)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (439)

    Six months after the blood-soaked conclusion of Moscow Rules, Allon is in Umbria, trying to resume his honeymoon with his new wife, Chiara, when a colleague pays him a shocking visit. The man who saved Allon's life in Moscow and was then resettled in England has vanished without a trace. British intelligence is sure he was a double agent all along, and they blame Allon for planting him.

    Paul says: "Paul"
    "Modern day thriller"
    Overall

    An excellent example of the post cold war era spy thriller. Good character development and almost believable scenarios. Tension is held and builds to a strong conclusion. An entertaining read.

    A word of caution though: this is a sequel to "Moscow Rules". The entire plot and outcome of Moscow Rules is retold as part of the development of this novel. So, once you have read The Defector you will not be able to go back to Moscow Rules, so read it first.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Malice

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean, Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    The scent is unmistakable - gardenias, sweet and delicate, the same perfume that his beautiful first wife, Jennifer, always wore. Opening his eyes in the hospital room where he's recovering from an accident, New Orleans detective Rick Bentz sees her standing in the doorway. Then Jennifer blows him a kiss and disappears. But it couldn't have been Jennifer. She died 12 years ago....

    J. says: "Terrific"
    "One of the worst books I have ever read"
    Overall

    So bad, in fact, I did not finish it. Besides being an idiotic story, the narration is terrible. Instead of having one reader, they have two; a man for the male roles and a woman for the female. So, instead of an audible novel you get poor radio drama. Really bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5549)
    Performance
    (3514)
    Story
    (3546)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "Interesting hypothesis"
    Overall

    Forstchen presents an interesting hypothesis in an almost believable way. An excelent example of the Post Apocalyptic genre and a fun science fiction yarn set in the present day.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Bernard Lewis
    • Narrated By Bernard Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    Bernard Lewis examines the historical roots of the frustrations and resentments that dominate the Islamic world today and that are increasingly being expressed in acts of terrorism. He looks at the theological origins of political Islam and tells us what the Islamic doctrine of jihad has meant at different times in history.

    Frank says: "Absolutely Worth It, HIghly Recommended!"
    "An enlightening book"
    Overall

    Well narrated, well researched and very informative. I listened to it twice and learned much from it. This book helped me see the world and current events from a different point of view and significantly improved my ability to interpret and understand the political and diplomatic forces at play in the Arab and Muslim worlds.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John C. Maxwell
    • Narrated By John C. Maxwell
    Overall
    (701)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (186)

    John C. Maxwell combines insights from 30-plus years of leadership with observations from business, politics, sports, religion, and military conflict to bring you a revealing study of the laws of leadership that govern your personal and organizational effectiveness.

    Michael says: "21 Laws of Leadership?"
    "A self indulgent bore....."
    Overall

    In this book Mr. Maxwell states the obvious and blows his own horn while never giving insight into what it takes to develop into the kind of leader he believes he is. Waste neither your money nor your time.

    41 of 80 people found this review helpful

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