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Mike From Mesa

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  • The Hot Rock: The First Dortmunder Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (259)

    John Dortmunder and company are hired by an U.N. African Ambassador to steal the famed Balabomo Emerald from the hands of a rival African country. But their daring and clever burglarly goes awry, and the emerald slips through their fingers. Undaunted, Dortmunder chases the gem by plane, train and automobile in hot pursuit of the hot rock.

    William R. says: "Dortmunder is on his game in this fun introduction"
    "Wonderful fun."
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    I bought this book looking for something a bit lighter than the histories and biographies I had been reading and was delighted with my choice. I guessed that any book that had as many sequels as the Dortmunder books was probably worth taking the time to read and I was well pleased with the choice.

    Dortmunder is, of course, a career criminal and that is not someone I could normally identify with. He makes his living stealing and, at the start of the book, is leaving prison after two convictions. Another conviction means life in prison. That might be enough incentive for most people to try to make an honest living, but not Dortmunder. I suppose what makes him an interesting character is the bad luck that follows his actions. In this story he, and his fellow criminals, have to commit a whole series of crimes to try to rescue their initial prize with each attempt funnier and more complex than the last. All the characters associated with Dortmunder are interesting and, while reading, I could not help but think of Damon Runyon's characters.

    Of course no one in this story is an innocent bystander so the long series of mis-chances that take place are comical and the ending is absolutely inspired. I was so pleased with this book that I rented the dvd of the movie. While that was a terrible mistake (the movie is just awful) the book is a gem. I have decided to read more books in this series and have already added "Nobodys Perfect" to my Wish List. It is hard to believe that other books in the series will equal this one in sheer enjoyment but I will see …

    The book is excellently read by Jeff Woodman and I recommend it as a light read good for a lot of laughs, some of them guffaws.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Case Red: The Collapse of France

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Forczyk
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    Overall
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    Even after the legendary evacuation from Dunkirk in June 1940 there were still large British formations fighting the Germans alongside their French allies. After mounting a vigorous counterattack at Abbeville and then engaging a tough defense along the Somme, the British were forced to conduct a second evacuation from the ports of Le Havre, Cherbourg, Brest, and St. Nazaire. Case Red captures the drama of the final three weeks of military operations in France in June 1940.

    S. James says: "Not Forczyk's best offering"
    "A big disappointment"
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    The question as to why the French Army collapsed as quickly as it did during World War II has always been a mystery to me. France had a very large army that was thought to be the best in Europe, if not the world, yet the German conquest of France took only about 3 weeks. The accepted argument that France was splintered from within and had lost the will to fight before the war even began never seemed to ring true to me as Germany was a long time enemy of France and had invaded multiple times over the previous 100 years and most people, aggressive or not, will fight if their homes are invaded. Given that I was interested in this book and hoped that it would answer this basic question for me.

    The title of this book, Case Red, represents the German Army's plan for the second half of the invasion, Case Yellow representing the first part, but more than half of this book describes the initial German invasion and the actions of the German, French and British forces and the development of the actual Case Red fighting covers only the last 6 hours or so of the book. The descriptions of the initial battles are interesting, but suffers from a basic failing of the audio version of the book, at least for me. The book uses the native German and French names of the individual battle groups, companies, battalions, divisions, and so on, and thus the listener has to thread his or her way through German and French names for organizations and their associated abbreviations. Thus, in one 10 minute or so section we have the following abbreviations - DI, DRDI, BCC, RMVE, RI, DLI, DIA, RTA, REI, ADA, DIL, CA, DIC, RICMS and others - and it became impossible for me to follow who or what organization was doing what was being described. This would probably not be much of a problem in the print version of this book but I found it impossible to keep up with what was going on in the audio version. While I could cope with the German descriptions, having learned enough German to keep up during my university education, I found myself completely lost in the French descriptions and this issue made me lose sight of what was being described and spoiled what should have been a very informative book for me.

    The book was at least partially helpful as the author made clear his belief that it was the lack of proper armament and supplies that lost the war for the French rather than their fighting spirit, and he mades a good case that the French colonial troops, dismissed by the Germans as of little value, performed very well and were up to the fighting ability of the Germans.

    The narration itself is fine and well done, but it has to deal with the print version and so I found myself constantly backing up to try to understand what had happened. In the end I gave up and may well buy the print (or Kindle) version of this book. I believe that there is an excellent book, but not in the audio version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall of Berlin 1945

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Antony Beevor
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
    (267)
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    The Red Army had much to avenge when it finally reached the frontiers of the Third Reich in January 1945. Frenzied by their terrible experiences with Wehrmacht and SS brutality, they wreaked havoc - tanks crushing refugee columns, mass rape, pillage, and unimaginable destruction. Hundreds of thousands of women and children froze to death or were massacred; more than seven million fled westward from the fury of the Red Army. It was the most terrifying example of fire and sword ever known.

    Salui says: "Engrossing"
    "Very good history of the Fall of Berlin"
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    This is the 3rd of Antony Beevor's books that I have read, and it is the best. It is not the first book I have read on the Russian Army's capture of Berlin during World War II, but it is consistently interesting, avoids the trap of being overwhelmed by the details of the battles, and never loses sight of the people involved, both Germans and Soviet. While many of the actions taking place during the battle were also covered in the other books on this topic that I read, there was also a great deal of information which I had never seen in print before and explained some things that had always been a puzzle to me.

    The Red Army suffered terrible casualty rates during the fighting, but the number of soldiers in the army never seemed to drop significantly and I never knew why until I read this book. The Soviets drafted prisoners from the Gulag, newly conquered Polish subjects and liberated POWs to keep their strength up. They instituted classes to insure that the Red Army soldiers hated the Germans, and that proved to be a problem when German territory was conquered. They freed German POWs to go back to their old commands and persuade other German soldiers to surrender. The book is full of interesting information about actions both the Soviet and German armies took that were unknown to me prior to reading this book as well as some incidents that beg even bigger questions - were there really women SS officers? Did the Russians really have any interest in invading Denmark? Why was Zhukov kept in the dark about the Russian Army finding Hitler's body? And much, much more.

    The basic outlines of the story of the Russian effort during World War II has largely been of only secondary interest in the West since most of the writing about the war naturally tended to cover the battles in Western Europe where the British, French, American, Canadian and other western soldiers were involved, or the war in the Pacific. There have been a number of recent books about the battles in the East - Stalingrad, Kursk, Warsaw, Prussia and, of course, Berlin, and this book adds nicely to those books.

    The narration of the book is excellent, although some might find the British accent of the narrator annoying. Personally the narrator's accent disappeared for me after about 10 minutes of listening when the immediacy of the events took over. I recommend this book to anyone interested in how the German state and Army slowly fell apart as the Russian approached Berlin, how the Red Army conquered Berlin and how the Red Army treated both the defeated German army and the civilians.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paradox Bound: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (8763)
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    Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.

    Angela Spencer-mukes says: "I tried SO hard, I really did!"
    "Well, I did finish it"
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    This was the 3rd Peter Clines book that I bought, the first two being "14" and "The Fold" and both of those were memorable. This book was not, at least not in a good way.

    For me there were many problems with the book. The overall story line just seemed silly and the world the author constructed just did not hang together for me as a logical structure. I am more than willing to suspend belief in the cause of a good book, but this book just seemed unreasonable to me. Second I found I did not much care about most of the characters and was unable to feel any empathy for their plight. Most of them were in their predicament by their own conscious decision and seemed to enjoy what they were doing, so why should I feel sympathy for them?

    I kept reading because I was sure that things would settle down and get better, but that turned out to be the triumph of hope over experience and my main feelings at the end of the book were relief that I had finished and the feeling that I wanted my 12 1/2 hours back. I thought the plot was juvenile and the characters one dimensional, but Ray Porter's narration was first class, as usual. I will be more careful about buying a Peter Clines book in the future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Days of Noah: Book One: Conspiracy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mark Goodwin
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1373)
    Performance
    (1257)
    Story
    (1248)

    Could we be living in a time of which there is more prophetic writings than of any period in history? Noah Parker, like many in the United States, has been asleep at the wheel. During his complacency, the founding precepts of America have been slowly, systematically destroyed by a conspiracy that dates back hundreds of years. The signs can no longer be ignored and Noah is forced to pull his head out of the sand and see things for what they really are.

    Tim Boyden says: "Amazing Read !!!!!!!!"
    "Lost me at the Illuminati"
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    Usually I am all in for a good end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it novel as this generally provides a good field for an analysis of how people might react, given extraordinary circumstances. I do not read Zombie books as they are generally nothing but a sequence of violent episodes as people try to survive by killing the already dead, but I have been reading books like Lucifer's Hammer and When Worlds Collide all the way back to when I was a young teenager and have kept that up with newer books like One Second After.

    What bothered me about this particular book is how paranoid everyone seemed. I was just not able to suspend belief enough to accept that someone would be arrested and thrown in jail for some of the things that happen at the start of this book, and the book completely lost me when people started blaming the Illuminati. I never made it past the first 1 or 2 hours, so perhaps it gets better, but I suspect I will never know.

    On the positive side the narration is quite good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Eagle and the Wolves: Eagles of the Empire, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Simon Scarrow
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (87)

    The Eagle and the Wolves is the gripping fourth novel in Simon Scarrow's best-selling Eagles of the Empire series. Perfect for fans of Bernard Cornwell. It's AD 44, and Vespasian and the Second Legion are forging ahead in their campaign to seize the southwest of Britain. Macro and newly appointed centurion Cato are ordered to provide Verica, ruler of the Atrebatans, with an army.

    TheToal says: "great Story, great narration"
    "Cato and Macro are in trouble again"
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    I bought the first book in this series, Under The Eagle, out of curiosity. I have had a continuing interest in Ancient Rome and I enjoy a good historical novel, so I thought I would give it a chance. I enjoyed it, but not so much that I went out and bought the next book in the series right away. After about 6 months I decided to listen to the next book available in the series (book 3 as book 2 is not available) and thoroughly enjoyed that. The books were getting better, or I was getting more interested in the main characters of the novels, or both.

    Book 4 was better yet. Cato keeps growing as a character, Macro provides a good counter-point, the story of the Roman Legions in Great Britain and the fight against the Celtic rebellion led by Caratacus gives the story interest and relevancy.This book, which concerns the effort to train the local Celts as an ally to Rome, has been the best in the series so far and is full of interesting people, political intrigue, great bravery and more than a little pathos. The back story of the novel is, of course, accurate, and the entire book feels more like a history than a novel. Mr Scarrow's writing is wonderful and the narration by Jonathan Keeble is first class. There is a bit too much detail in the battle descriptions for my taste, but I can easily overlook that, given the gripping story itself.

    I will buy the next book in the series much earlier than after another 6 month wait.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Heubusch
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (271)

    Throughout his career, forensic anthropologist and outspoken atheist Dr. Jon Bondurant has investigated many religious artifacts said to be real, but he knows better. So when he is invited by the Vatican to examine the Shroud of Turin, said to be the burial cloth that covered the body of Christ, he is delighted for the opportunity to prove once and for all that the shroud is a fake.

    L. Carr says: "Jurassic Park meets the deVince Code"
    "Interesting story, interesting characters"
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    The idea of a story arising from the Shroud of Turin sounded like an interesting concept. Get some experts together to examine the Shroud and create a story involving those wanting the shroud to be genuine and those wanting it to be false. Toss in a truly bizarre idea about the use of the Shroud. Great story idea, and a pretty decent implementation as well.

    What made this book interesting, at least for me, was that the main characters involved all seemed like reasonable constructs. The two main protagonists were, perhaps, a bit overdrawn, the skeptic being too much of a skeptic and the believer being too much of a believer, but this is a novel and perhaps overreach is sometimes under-rated. Most of the remaining characters also seemed interesting and some of the plot devices ended up surprising me, although the ending itself seemed a bit predictable considering that this is only the first of a series of books. As I write this review the sequel is already available as a Kindle book on Amazon, although I will wait for its release on Audible.

    The book started a bit slow, and there were times when I wanted to ask the characters if they really thought out their statements, and to ask where their conclusions came from. For example, at the start of the book Dr Jon Bondurant is giving a lecture to a class and lists many of the examples of false relics that exist in the wold today. Fine, but where is the logic from there to the idea that since many of those relics are false, all must be? Or that religious people are somehow blind to facts. OK. I understand he is a skeptic and an atheist, and that some atheists do believe exactly that, but he is one of the main protagonists and I would have hoped that he would be a bit more open minded.

    As the book progresses it picks up and, toward the end, it is moving fairly quickly with some expected and some unexpected turns. It is impossible to say more without giving away spoilers and I always try to not do that. However I will buy the next book when it is available from Audible.

    One last comment. This book is aimed at both the religious community and those who are truly agnostic. It will probably not appeal to committed atheists as the book is largely religious in nature, so they should be warned that if they buy this book they will get a good story, but might spend the entire book yelling at the characters that they are crazy.

    The narration is well done, the story is intriguing and there are sufficient plot devices to keep the reader on his or her toes. If you can live with a religious-based book you might really enjoy this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Hour: Expeditionary Force, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Craig Alanson
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11790)
    Performance
    (11130)
    Story
    (11079)

    United Nations Special Operations Command sent an elite expeditionary force of soldiers and pilots out on a simple recon mission, and somehow along the way they sparked an alien civil war. Now the not-at-all-merry band of pirates is in desperate trouble, again. Their stolen alien starship is falling apart, thousands of light years from home. The ancient alien AI they nicknamed Skippy is apparently dead, and even if they can by some miracle revive him, he might never be the same.

    Beachcombers says: "Monkeys kick A**, but......"
    "Just keeps getting better and better"
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    I have been reading sci-fi, on and off, since I was a young teenager and have continued to do so as an Audible member. I buy a fair amount of sci-fi, but almost never buy all of the books in a series since the plots are generally not interesting enough to hold my attention through multiple volumes. That has not been true for this series.

    I bought the first book out of curiosity, and the second book because I wanted to know what happened to the characters. After that, I was completely hooked and have bought all of the main books (but not volume 3.5 as it does not concern the main characters) as soon as they were available. As the storyline progressed I had expected to get tired of the characters or, at least, of the continuous series of catastrophes, but have not. In fact I find myself increasingly drawn into the story and concerned about the future of the individuals involved, including Skippy, the alien AI who has become as much of a real character to me as any of the humans.

    Even more interesting are the open background questions that have not really been addressed - why is Skippy's memory missing information about his past, why have planets been moved out of their orbits, why and how have Elder cities been destroyed and equipment ransacked, and what really happened to the Elders? I keep thinking that the series, in its own time, may continue to pry loose some of this information but suspect that it may take a lot more books for some of this to become clear.

    In some ways the missing information about the Elders has been more intriguing than the individual plots themselves but, as always, it is the back and forth between Skippy and Colonel Joe that forms the backbone of the book. Mr Alanson has done an absolutely wonderful job in making the new books fresh, in changing the crises just enough to keep them from getting repetitious and in keeping my attention.

    R. C. Bray's narration is a large part of why I find these books so interesting. I started reading the Kindle version of this volume and found it lacked the humor and interest of the Audible version, and I suspect that without Mr Bray's wonderful narration I would have lost interest long before now.

    Now, where is book 6?

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Right Stuff

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Dennis Quaid
    Overall
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    Performance
    (349)
    Story
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    Millions of words have poured forth about man's trip to the moon, but until now few people have had a sense of the most engrossing side of the adventure: namely, what went on in the minds of the astronauts themselves - in space, on the moon, and even during certain odysseys on earth. It is this, the inner life of the astronauts, that Tom Wolfe describes with his almost uncanny empathetic powers that made The Right Stuff a classic.

    M. Clarke says: "Splendid Narration of One of My Favorite Books"
    "Great book, well narrated"
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    I first read the print version of this book shortly after it was released, and I enjoyed it so much that I have been checking Audible’s site for it regularly for perhaps the last year. When it finally showed up I grabbed it, only waiting to finish my current book before I started listening. It was a long wait for this book to get to Audible, but it was worth it.

    Mr Wolfe does an amazing job in so many ways in this book. His description of the environment of the test pilot shortly after the end of World War II is excellent and his description of Chuck Yeager and his influence on the pilot community is nothing less than wonderful. He then goes on to describe the competing efforts to get the US into space, the X-15 and X-20 Dyna-Soar projects as well as the Mercury effort. Those who have seen the movie version of the book will recognize much as the movie hewed fairly closely to the book, but Mr Wolfe’s writing is so good that the book is far superior. The importance of this book to the history of manned space flight is so great that Mr Wolfe’s description of the astronauts as being “single combat warriors” survives to this day and can be found in much of the popular history of that period.

    The Right Stuff touches all of the important parts of the US effort to get into space - the backgrounds of the astronauts, their families and family life, the competition between them, the competition between the test pilots and the astronauts, the political basis for the manned space effort, the awe that the astronauts were held in, their efforts to get to the top of the test pilot “pyramid” and how the entire space effort changed the test pilot world. Like the movie, the book is both serious and full of humor and tells a story that is both highly entertaining and incredibly serious. For those who were not alive during the 1950s and 1960s it may be hard to understand how the entire space effort, and the Mercury Program specifically, held the public attention, how people stopped what they were doing and sat for hours in front of the TV during Mercury launches and how people listened to their radios for news on the return of the astronauts from their trips into space, but the book makes all of those events clear and describes the feelings of the general public. The comparison with today’s view of astronauts as just being another type of pilot is striking.

    This is simply a wonderful book, full of information, that captures the feeling of the time and presents it, full of both the humor and deadly seriousness. The writing and the narration are so good that the reader can feel and understand the experience, even if not alive during the actual events. While the book covers all of the events surrounding the Mercury program it never loses sight of the astronauts themselves, nor of their families.

    Dennis Quaid narrates the book and, since he portrayed the astronaut Gordon Cooper in the movie, that seems appropriate. He does an excellent job. Simply a first class book narrated in a first class manner, worthy of 5 stars.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Eric Metaxas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1019)
    Performance
    (939)
    Story
    (941)

    Five hundred years after Luther's now famous 95 Theses appeared, Eric Metaxas, acclaimed biographer of the best-selling Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, paints a startling portrait of the wild figure whose adamantine faith cracked the edifice of Western Christendom and dragged medieval Europe into the future.

    Tommy says: "A Metaxas Hat Trick"
    "An outstanding biography"
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    While I had known about the importance of Martin Luther to European History since High School, I had never really looked into his life, read any biographies or studied the theology behind the Reformation. I knew him to be central to the entire Reformation era, even if he was not the first in that movement, but religious history was never one of my main interests when studying that period of time. However a short documentary on Martin Luther’s life that I saw on some streaming TV rekindled my interest in the period and I bought this biography to learn what I could.

    The biography astonished me, for several reasons. First, it was so well written that there were times that I just could not stop listening. I expect that in a well written thriller, but not in a biography. Mr Metaxas’ writing is so interesting, the material so riveting and his injection of humor so fresh that this book is a wonder, and is one of the best biographies I have ever read. Second, the book tries to clarify Martin Luther’s writings by explaining what he was trying to say and how it differed from the current Roman Catholic beliefs of the time. Thus I learned much that I did not know, not only about Martin Luther himself, but also about the theological differences between the Roman Catholic Church and the budding Protestant movement. Third, as the book makes perfectly clear, Martin Luther was a normal human being with all of the fragility and many of the faults of the rest of us. He was not presented as some Protestant saint and, although he was religious to his core, he lived and acted as most other people and his life was quite different from that of, say, Saint Francis of Assisi in that Luther lived in the real world after he left the Monastary.

    I believe that as good as the book is, there are some shortcoming. Luther’s attacks on the Jews that took part in his later life are largely glossed over. They are mentioned, but Mr Metaxas attributes them to Luther’s old age. Of course he was not that old, having died at the age of 62, and I think the book would be more complete with a closer look at what Luther wrote on the subject and a better explanation as to why someone who basically founded the idea of freedom of religious views could have resorted to such hate and invective, especially considering how tolerant the younger Luther was in this regard. Also Luther’s famous encounter with The Devil and the “ink pot” that he was supposed to have thrown is hardly mentioned at all. That story is one of the most famous concerning Martin Luther and so its almost total absence in the biography struck me as strange.

    It should not be surprising that this book as a point of view. It is very favorable and flattering regarding Martin Luther, and very critical of the Roman Catholic Church as it existed at the time, and even more critical of those leading the church. One of the things that has always amazed me is that Martin Luther was able to stay out of the hands of the Church and the Inquisition, and was never burned at the stake, as was the fate of some of those who preceded him like Jan Hus, John Wycliffe and William Tyndall, although thankfully the latter two had already died before they were burned, Tyndale having been strangled while he was at the stake. The author spends considerable time explaining how and why the political conditions of the time kept Martin Luther alive and well, and that is another reason that I consider this book to be such a good read. It not only covers the life of the man, but also explains the political environment of the time and the reasons he was able to continue writing as well as the theological basis for what he wrote. This is simply a great biography.

    Mr Metaxas reads his own book, and his narration is very effective. There are times when his reading fails to flow properly, and times when it is noticeably choppy, but overall he does a very good job narrating his own book. An excellent book, extremely well narrated and full of humor, history, theology and life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Old Man

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
    (4090)
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    To all appearances, Dan Chase is a harmless retiree in Vermont with two big mutts and a grown daughter he keeps in touch with by phone. But most 60-year-old widowers don't have multiple driver's licenses, savings stockpiled in banks across the country, and a bugout kit with two Beretta Nanos stashed in the spare bedroom closet. Most have not spent decades on the run.

    Wayne says: "The 'old man' is not old!"
    "Proof you can get a great book from the Daily Deal"
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    Most of the Daily Deal books I have bought have been a disappointment. Usually the story is uninteresting or the narration is not up to standards or they seemed tedious after listening to a bit, but not this book.

    The story is about a man who used to be a member of Military Intelligence and who was "burned" by his own handlers for trying to do what he believed to be the right thing. The events took place 30+ years ago and he has been hiding ever since, but now members of Military Intelligence are after him again and he does not know why. This is a very tightly written story, excellently narrated, and full of suspense.

    The book is also full of mysteries - what did he do, why is the government after him now, can he make things right again, and some other questions that I never thought to ask. How can a man hide 20 million dollars? How can someone stay "off the grid" in today's world without becoming a hermit? And there is the constant question of who will win this cat-and-mouse game going on between The Old Man and the agents after him.

    This is a very good book and I will look for some more from Thomas Perry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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