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Howard S.

Coronado, CA | Member Since 2009

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  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965

    • UNABRIDGED (53 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Manchester, Paul Reid
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer, Paul Reid
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (397)

    Spanning the years 1940 to 1965, Defender of the Realm, the third volume of William Manchester’s The Last Lion, picks up shortly after Winston Churchill became prime minister - when his tiny island nation stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. The Churchill portrayed by Manchester and Reid is a man of indomitable courage, lightning-fast intellect, and an irresistible will to action.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A worthy final volume in a great biography"
    "Churchill"
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    Very well done book about one of history's most interesting characters. The book is comprehensive, and delves into all the back stories during WSC's amazing life and times.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3427)
    Performance
    (2994)
    Story
    (2974)

    The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent.

    K says: "Couldn't be better...except"
    "Mitch Rapp"
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    Interesting, current, installment in the Mitch Rapp series. Some issues don't flow smoothly, but the book holds your interest and delves into Washington politics. It is well set up for another sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By H. W. Brands
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (137)

    Ulysses Grant rose from obscurity to discover he had a genius for battle, and he propelled the Union to victory in the Civil War. After Abraham Lincoln's assassination and the disastrous brief presidency of Andrew Johnson, America turned to Grant again to unite the country, this time as president. In Brands' sweeping, majestic full biography, Grant emerges as a heroic figure who was fearlessly on the side of right.

    Tad Davis says: "Underrated hero"
    "Grant"
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    Very interesting story about a remarkable man. Well presented with excellent understanding of the subject.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bottom of the 33rd: Hope and Redemption in Baseball's Longest Game

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dan Barry
    • Narrated By Dan Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    On April 18, 1981, a ball game sprang eternal. What began as a modestly attended minor-league game between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings became not only the longest ever played in baseball history, but something else entirely. The first pitch was thrown after dusk on Holy Saturday, and for the next eight hours the night seemed to suspend its participants between their collective pasts and futures, between their collective sorrows and joys....

    Amazon Customer says: "If This Were Fiction . . ."
    "Pawtucket"
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    This is a very interesting book not only for baseball fans, but also for those who enjoy hearing how people and lives evolve over time. The author, who is also the narrator, skillfully sets the scene for us in 1981, and then switches seamlessly to events prior and subsequent to the longest baseball game ever played.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2671)
    Performance
    (2210)
    Story
    (2205)

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    Steve says: "There will be more of Puller ...."
    "Subject Rip Off"
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    I was disappointed in this book because it seemed that the main character, from his description, personal history, and even colleagues, was directly related to, and almost taken from, the Jack Reacher series of books by Lee Child. The story, as well, was quite predictable. In short, I expected much more from a David Baldacci novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8934)
    Performance
    (3165)
    Story
    (3243)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall

    A bit too "teach-y" at times, particularly at the end, but did enjoy his take on it all. Certainly provided a lot of food for thought!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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