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John

Eau Claire, WI, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • The Once and Future Spy: A Novel of Obsession

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (63)

    An elite plan is afoot, a plan so secret and dangerous that its existence is known only to a tiny group of specialists within the innermost core of the CIA. There is virtually no paper trail - but somehow the plan has sprung a leak and the plotters must urgently plug it - or face deadly consequences.

    Kay M says: "A Challenge and it's worth it!"
    "Keeps drawing the reader further and further in"
    Overall

    One of the best spy novels I've listened to in a long time. Each chapter keeps drawing the listener in further and further with question after question piling up.
    The ending is still driving me nuts! (In a good way) I'm going to have to listen to it again to see if I missed anything and to try to figure it all out. I really hated to see it come to an end. Totally unpredictable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (180)

    What does Cain, history's greatest villain, have to do with Superman, the world's greatest hero? And what do two murders, committed thousands of years apart, have in common? This is the mystery at the heart of Brad Meltzer's riveting and utterly intriguing new thriller.

    Jeremy says: "Don't Bother."
    "Interesting viewpoint"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Book of Lies again? Why?

    Yes - A rather topsy-turvy view of history from the beginning, but he makes it all so plausible that who's to say that it didn't really happen this way.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    There were definitely "driveway moments" when I got home but had to stay in the car listening until I finished a particular crisis


    Any additional comments?

    A really good read from a great author. And as always, superbly read bu Scott Brick.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3875)
    Performance
    (3259)
    Story
    (3283)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Baldacci does it again"
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    Would you listen to The Innocent: A Novel again? Why?

    A great spy/mystery novel. The twists and turns keep the reader off guard until about the last hour of the book. And even then, the "why" is still unknown. The only downside, and its not much, is that the wrap-up at the end is all a little too simplistic.

    I've never been disappointed with a David Baldacci book


    What does Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They both were the perfect fit for their characters. And there ability to give each character a different voice brings realism and clarity to the book. I hadn't heard of Oriagh before, but I've never been disappointed by a book done by Ron McLarty. I hope I hear from the duo again soon


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Private

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1856)
    Performance
    (1169)
    Story
    (1166)

    Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

    Meaghan says: "private"
    "A very good Patterson novel"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Private?

    Ever since Patterson became a corporation, "his" books have been hit & miss. I assume most of the books are written by the associate author. However, this book brings back Patterson at his best. Suspense, twists & turns and a clear logical conclusion. I highly recommend it to those who remember the old Patterson.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Memorial Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2828)
    Performance
    (1946)
    Story
    (1927)

    It's just seven days before Memorial Day, and a spike in CIA intelligence has pointed to a major terrorist attack on the United States. Now it's up to counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp to pull out all the stops. Rapp immediately leaves for Afghanistan, where he leads a special forces unit on a daring commando raid across the border into a remote Pakistani village. Their target: an al-Qaeda stronghold. Rapp and his team soon discover plans for a catastrophic nuclear attack on Washington, DC.

    Guy says: "Flynn's best Mitch Rapp Book"
    "Vince Flynn is great as Always"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Memorial Day the most enjoyable?

    The twists and turns of the plot. A Mitch Rapp book is never predictable.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    Crisp & clear. Easy to listen to in my car on long trips


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

    Yes, definitely. It's the kind of book that I would sit in the driveway when I got home just to finish a chapter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iron Lake: Cork O'Connor, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (902)
    Performance
    (755)
    Story
    (752)

    Anthony Award-winning author William Kent Krueger crafts this riveting tale about a small Minnesota town’s ex-sheriff who is having trouble retiring his badge. Cork O’Connor loses his job after being blamed for a tragedy on the local Anishinaabe Indian reservation. But he must set aside his personal demons when a young boy goes missing on the same day a judge commits suicide—and no one but O’Connor suspects foul play.

    C. Telfair says: "Crackerjack Beginning to a Great Series"
    "Full of surprises"
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I live in Northern Wisconsin and been to the range many times so it was easy to picture the scenes and the people and the town. The character were especially colorful and I enjoyed the mysteries, twists and turns of the plot.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    The main character has such an interesting complex personality that I want to listen to the next book right away so I can find out more about him.
    I love that part of the country and now I can't wait to get back up to the Boundary Waters as soon as spring arrives (That's late June up there)


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Northern Minnesotan dialect


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    One half chapter seemed to be repeated right after itself but slightly differently. I listened to it 3 times and I never did figure it out


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lee Iacocca
    • Narrated By Lee Iacocca
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    Lee Iacocca believes that leaders are made in times of crisis - such as today. In Where Have All the Leaders Gone? he offers his no-nonsense, straight-up assessments of the American politicians most likely to run for president in 2008. He also shares his lessons learned, and issues a call to action to summon Americans back to their roots in hard work, common sense, integrity, generosity, and optimism. Where have all the leaders gone? Lee Iacocca has the answer.

    Michael says: "Good listen after the Bush bashing"
    "A Great Leader"
    Overall

    This book should be required reading for all Presidential candidates, and for anyone seeking political office. And if anyone doubts the Author's authority to write this book, they should look at Chrysler before he got there and after he left compared to what it was during his leadership. I read his first book 25 years ago and the "fire in the belly", straight-talk that was evident then is still going strong today.
    Where are the leaders like Truman, Theodore Roosevelt, or Lincoln when the future of the world is at stake? Do any of the current crop even come close? They should all be required to answer the basic 10 points that Iaocca outlines in Chapter one.
    Besides, its fun to listen to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Protect and Defend: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Patricia Kalember
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    In Washington, a newly elected young president faces a test that will focus the national spotlight on abortion, parental consent, backroom politics, and the battle over one woman's nomination as chief justice of the Supreme Court. It's high-stakes drama as only Richard North Patterson can present it! Browse more Patterson.

    Vicki G says: "Future ability to bear children"
    "Able to see both sides"
    Overall

    As a father and grandfather I can see the parent's point of view, but I can also see amd understand the daughter's side of the issue. If we are at a pont where we can only write politically neutral books, it's become a sorry state of affairs. All in all it was simply a great political mystery thriller that kept me wishing I could spend more time in the car listening to it to see what would happen next.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's The Altman Code: A Covert-One Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum, Gayle Lynds
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (110)

    On the dark waterside docks of Shanghai, a photographer is recording cargo being secretly loaded when he's brutally killed and his camera destroyed. Shortly thereafter Covert-One director Fred Klein brings the word to the President that there's a Chinese cargo ship rumored to be carrying tons of chemicals to be used by a rogue nation to create new biological weapons. Klein is ordered to get the President solid proof of what the Chinese ship is ferrying.

    Mary A. says: "Not up to the other Covert One Novels..."
    "O.K. but predictable"
    Overall

    The book definitely had its moments, but overall it seemed to be quite predictable. It also tended to get confusing with the various names and locations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Zero Game

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (155)

    Matthew Mercer and Harris Sandler are playing a mysterious game. It's a game almost no one knows about: not their friends, not their coworkers, and certainly not their bosses, who are some of the most powerful senators and congressmen on Capitol Hill.

    Rodney says: "Great political novel"
    "Fast Paced with a Twist"
    Overall

    One of the better books I've listened to. A lot of unexpected twists and turns kept me listening even after I got to my driveway. The only part I was a little disappointed in was the ending. The final few chapters lacked surprise - but maybe that's because I was so keyed up by the rest of the book. Definitely a "keeper".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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