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Mark

West Saint Paul, MN, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • A Spy by Nature: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Charles Cumming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Alec Milius is young, smart, and ambitious. He also has a talent for deception. He is working in a dead-end job when a chance encounter leads him to MI6, the elite British Secret Intelligence Service, handing him an opportunity to play center stage in a dangerous game of espionage.

    Chou Young says: "I highly recommend this little gem"
    "A different kind of spy novel, ending so-so"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not sure I would recommend this book.... no major reason to do it.


    Has A Spy by Nature turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No way


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

    Yes - he is great!


    Was A Spy by Nature worth the listening time?

    Barely


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rock Paper Tiger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lisa Brackmann
    • Narrated By Tracy Sallows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    American Iraq War veteran Ellie Cooper is down and out in Beijing when a chance encounter with a Uighura member of a Chinese Muslim minority at the home of her sort-of boyfriend Lao Zhang turns her life upside down. Lao Zhang disappears, and suddenly multiple security organizations are hounding her for information.

    David says: "Unexpected gem with an engaging, damaged protag"
    "What was this story about?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I am not sure what the story was trying to tell me, other than a few months in the life of an ex-Army gal living in China, going through a divorce and supposedly involved in some high stakes political mystery. Not really though. The author copped out, leaving more questions unanswered than answered. Who really was Jon? Where was the artist? What happened to the Muslim? Who were the avatars? It was like the author wrote 2/3s of the story, then couldn't figure out an ending, so left all these questions unanswered, blaming it on "that's China".

    I do like mysteries, in particular ones set in other countries/cultures. I did find the insight into modern day China interesting, and some of he characters.


    What was most disappointing about Lisa Brackmann’s story?

    The degree to which the "F" word was used, especially in an audiobook. I wouldn't want to spend time with the main character. It reminded me of some bad teenage jock movie, where they start swearing more and more as the movie struggles on to keep people entertained, substituting swear words for story. It is usually a sign to stop the movie (or book).

    I also didn't care for the Avatar, high tech stuff. Cartoonish.


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

    I have never listened to another performance by her.


    Did Rock Paper Tiger inspire you to do anything?

    Never get a book by the author again.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Captain Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Rafael Sabatini
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (59)

    George MacDonald Fraser, author of the Flashman novels, praises this hearty saga as "one of the great unrecognized novels of the 20th century." Doctor Peter Blood's quiet life is shattered when he is convicted of treason for helping a wounded nobleman in the 1685 rebellion against King James II.

    Gary says: "Outstanding rendition of classic swashbuckler"
    "Loved Caption Blood!"
    Overall

    I have read and listened to many of the "Classics" but this might be one of my favorites! I agreed it is not well-known and should be read by all - romantics and business folks!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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