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Ari

New York, NY, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Zimmermann Telegram

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (198)

    In the dark winter of 1917, as World War I was deadlocked, Britain knew that Europe could be saved only if the United States joined the war. But President Wilson remained unshakable in his neutrality. Then, with a single stroke, the tool to propel America into the war came into a quiet British office. One of countless messages intercepted by the crack team of British decoders, the Zimmermann telegram was a top-secret message from Berlin inviting Mexico to join Japan in an invasion of the United States.

    Mike From Mesa says: "US entry to World War I"
    "Interesting Topic - poorly written"
    Overall

    I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a different perspective on what led to the US getting involved in WW1. The subject matter is a bit thin for an entire book and the author (while being rather accomplished for Guns of August) was a bit redundant and disorganized in laying out the details.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ken Perenyi
    • Narrated By Dan Butler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (186)

    Ten years ago, an FBI investigation was about to expose a scandal in the art world that would have been front-page news in New York and London. After a trail of fake paintings of astonishing quality led federal agents to art dealers, experts, and major auction houses, the investigation inexplicably ended, despite an abundance of evidence. The case was closed and the FBI file was marked “exempt from public disclosure”. Now that the statute of limitations on these crimes has expired and the case appears hermetically sealed shut by the FBI, this audiobook, Caveat Emptor, is that artist, Ken Perenyi’s, confession.

    Tina M. says: "Forgery to Story Telling"
    "Fast Paced, Quirky and Fun"
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    First I really enjoyed the writing and the narration. I felt that Ken’s antics and the background descriptions of NYC in that 70’s era were particularly interesting. The cast of characters that Ken associated with were almost larger than life types who seemed more like facades (if I was an editor I may have said these supporting characters required more subtle development and back story to be believable) as they appeared to be almost clichés rather than real life associations. As an avid reader who toggles between fiction and nonfiction, I had a hard time telling the difference between the fact and fantasy in this one. Yet the story was so entertaining and I must admit that I was fascinated by the forgery concept that I didn’t mind. If you want a good read and to learn about an area – art forgery than this is a good choice. I didn’t care to fact check and debate whether all this is true or not, I was more hear to suspend disbelief and enjoy the ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    Overall
    (2251)
    Performance
    (1926)
    Story
    (1911)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "Great Plot Twists and Character Development"
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    Any additional comments?

    I think this book is one of my favorites, though all four are excellent. I did not read all four in sequence, this was the last one I read. I had to remember some of the old "Scorcher" details for they were a bit fuzzy. I like the way French uses the foreshadowing element in her mystery telling. This one had some unique plot twists that make you guessing. It’s as if your mind begins racing ahead to try and see the significance but it’s never quite what you think. The dialogue is all very dramatic and the nuances to the characters are all well thought through. This book is no exception but I think this and Into the Woods have a depth that the others don't quite have though they are all superb. Read this book you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Luck and Trouble: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2291)
    Performance
    (1444)
    Story
    (1427)

    Jack Reacher reunites with the survivors of his old Army investigative team, scrambling to raise the living, bury the dead, and connect the dots in a mystery that is growing darker by the day. In a world of bad luck and trouble, when someone targets Jack Reacher and his team, they'd better be ready for what comes right back at them.

    Patricia says: "Kept My Interest"
    "Great Reacher Thriller w Solid Character Backstory"
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    Any additional comments?

    I have read several of these and enjoyed them all. I would highly recommend this book. Along with being a fast paced thriller, it was one of the only story (I have seen) to provide detail on the Army team he served with. Other books mention his training but not the team he worked with. Reading the different Reacher novels makes each one even better IMO because you are uncovering the more of Reacher's charachter in a cummulative manner as you go through them. I don't think the series really has a strong order I have skipped around and read other sequentially and haven't seen much of a difference. But this is one of the better ones to get the Army side of Reacher. Also for another good read The Hard Way. As for performance, Dick Hill is the only narrator for me. I didn't get the early versions that now aren't sold w/ Dick Hill narrating, I will now not purchase those - note to audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3848)
    Performance
    (2827)
    Story
    (2830)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "To understand how it wuld be after nuclear fallout"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was a fast paced, detailed story that really had me wanting to know how they would face the next set of challenges. At times a found some of the details hard to believe but enjoyed the story overall. The performance by Will Patton was just as good as his usual stellar readings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devil in a Blue Dress: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (255)

    Los Angeles, 1948: Easy Rawlins is a black war veteran just fired from his job at a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend's bar, wondering how he'll meet his mortgage, when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Money, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs.

    Jefferson says: "Beware of Mysterious Sexy Women with Big Suitcases"
    "Powerful Story"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the story development, the attention to detail and powerful narration. This captured an intimacy and honesty that I don't find in many books. Best of all I just wanted to keep listening because I needed to know what happened next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Rob Gifford
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (142)

    National Public Radio's Beijing correspondent Rob Gifford recounts his travels along Route 312, the Chinese Mother Road, the longest route in the world's most populous nation. Based on his successful NPR radio series, China Road draws on Gifford's 20 years of observing first-hand this rapidly transforming country, as he travels east to west, from Shanghai to China's border with Kazakhstan. As he takes listeners on this journey, he also takes them through China's past and present while he tries to make sense of this complex nation's potential future.

    Roberta says: "An Outstanding Book on China"
    "Like trekking in China with a history nerd"
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    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Vance does a good job of interrpretting the autor's perspective and giving the words more meaning.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book and learned a lot about China. The story was well paced but did have lots of extra detail. Overall I enjoyed the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • March Violets

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (249)

    Hailed by Salman Rushdie as a "brilliantly innovative thriller-writer", Philip Kerr is the creator of taut, gripping, noir-tinged mysteries set in Nazi-era Berlin that are nothing short of spellbinding. The first book of the Berlin Noir trilogy, March Violets introduces listeners to Bernie Gunther, an ex-policeman who thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin - until he turned freelance and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture.

    King says: "Nazi Noir"
    "Great detective story"
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    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I am a big fan of John Lee and actively seek him out. He does not disappoint with this performance.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic fast moving story with a great historical backdrop. John Lee does a superb job of narration. I have read other Kerr books but I think this is my favorite so fa.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert McKee
    • Narrated By Robert McKee
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (211)

    Robert McKee's screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress, and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese, and David Bowie are just a few of his celebrity alumni. Writers, producers, development executives, and agents all flock to his lecture series, praising it as a mesmerizing and intense learning experience.

    Justin says: "Excellent"
    "A must have for screen writers"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Story to be better than the print version?

    I have both. I think you need the print version but it was easier to me to listen to the audio version as there are so many nuggets to digest.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a well researched, well thought through journey on the creation of story. A fantastic learning experioence.


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

    He really understands the subject matter. You are basically at one of his seminars.


    Any additional comments?

    I really was excited for the audio version. It did not disappoint. As you can hear McKee's words over and over again and it is still eye opening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the King's Men

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert Penn Warren
    • Narrated By Michael Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (309)

    The fictionalized account of Louisiana's colorful and notorious governor, Huey Pierce Long, All the King's Men follows the startling rise and fall of Willie Stark, a country lawyer in the Deep South of the 1930s. Beset by political enemies, Stark seeks aid from his right-hand man Jack Burden, who will bear witness to the cataclysmic unfolding of this very American tragedy.

    Eric Berger says: "Marvelously written and read"
    "Couldn't get through it!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I did not like the narration! Too phony of an accent. Maybe I gave up too soon but I tried twice. I really wanted to like it as the book was so famous. I guess I will have to read this in the printed version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4924)
    Performance
    (2035)
    Story
    (2029)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Great context on CIA history"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Fast read and anecdotes make the history much more digestable and provide fantastic context. This is clearly well researched. Great dialogue and small moments. Brick does a stellar job. I have read Legacy of Ashes afterward, and this made it much easier to get through. If you like the genre you should read this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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