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Reed

NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 13 reviews
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  • An American Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Olen Steinhauer
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (193)

    With only a handful of “tourists” - CIA-trained assassins - left, Weaver would like to move on and use this as an opportunity to regain a normal life, a life focused on his family. His former boss in the CIA, Alan Drummond, can’t let it go. When Alan uses one of Milo’s compromised aliases to travel to London and then disappears, calling all kinds of attention to his actions, Milo can’t help but go in search of him. Worse still, it's beginning to look as if Tourism's enemies are gearing up for a final, fatal blow.

    Joanne says: "Very complicated"
    "Excellent addition to the trilogy"
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    If you could sum up An American Spy in three words, what would they be?

    Fun exciting clever


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

    Yes. Cliffhangers. Steinhauer knows how to keep the story moving.


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    Voices - does them all uniquely.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Most of it


    Any additional comments?

    No

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Berlin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Joseph Kanon
    • Narrated By Corey Brill
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    Berlin, 1948. Almost four years after the war's end, the city is still in ruins, a physical wasteland and a political symbol about to rupture. In the West a defiant, blockaded city is barely surviving on airlifted supplies; in the East the heady early days of political reconstruction are being undermined by the murky compromises of the Cold War. Espionage, like the black market, is a fact of life.

    Kathy says: "Wonderfully complex!"
    "Great Cold War Yarn"
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    Plenty of good guys, bad guys and those you're unsure about in this post WWII spy novel set in East Berlin. The dialogue is excellent and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Higher Form of Killing: Six Weeks in World War I That Forever Changed the Nature of Warfare

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Diana Preston
    • Narrated By Christine Williams
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    In six weeks during April and May 1915, as World War I escalated, Germany forever altered the way war would be fought. On April 22, at Ypres, German canisters spewed poison gas at French and Canadian soldiers in their trenches; on May 7, the German submarine U-20, without warning, torpedoed the passenger liner Lusitania, killing 1,198 civilians; and on May 31, a German Zeppelin began the first aerial bombardment of London and its inhabitants.

    Reed says: "Excellent and Prescient"
    "Excellent and Prescient"
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    An excellent, approachable look at the horrors that World War I bestowed on warfare and the world in just six weeks in 2015.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Old Knives

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Olen Steinhauer
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos, Juliana Francis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (57)

    Nine years ago terrorists hijacked a plane in Vienna. Somehow a rescue attempt staged from the inside went terribly wrong, and everyone onboard was killed. Members of the CIA stationed in Vienna during that time were witness to this terrible tragedy, gathering intel from their sources during those tense hours, assimilating facts from the ground with a series of texts coming from one of their agents inside the plane.

    Darwin8u says: "Pushing, incrementally, toward le Carré"
    "Interesting Concept"
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    I usually enjoy anything Steinhauer does and I assume this was a sort of concept novel. While it was an interesting way to build the story, one table, two people and dual-dueling narrators didn't get there for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bomber Command

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Barnaby Edwards
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    With an introduction read by Max Hastings. Bomber Command's offensive against the cities of Germany was one of the epic campaigns of the Second World War. More than 56,000 British and Commonwealth aircrew and 600,000 Germans died in the course of the RAF's attempt to win the war by bombing. The struggle began in 1939 with a few score primitive Whitleys, Hampdens and Wellingtons, and ended six years later with 1,600 Lancasters, Halifaxes, and Mosquitoes razing whole cities in a single night.

    Robert says: "Stunningly real. Gritty. Breathtaking."
    "Excellent, in-depth analysis"
    Overall
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    Hastings as always brings both the humanity and the horror to war. His tales of the bravery of Bomber Command's crews and breathtaking and the aftermath of a firebombed German city will leave you heartbroken and horrified. His is a master of his craft.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crucible of Command: Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee - the War They Fought, the Peace They Forged

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By William C. Davis
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    They met in person only four times, yet these two men determined the outcome of the Civil War and cast competing styles for the reunited nation. Each the subject of innumerable biographies, Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee have never before been paired as they are here. Exploring their personalities, their character, and their ethical, moral, political, and military worlds, William C. Davis finds surprising similarities between the two men.

    Orson says: "Plutarch looks at Grant and Lee ..."
    "Excellent History of Two Commanders"
    Overall

    An excellent, quickly-paced narrative of two of America's finest commanders and men. Honest, forthright and sympathetic without fawning, this is a book for anyone who wants to understand how the Civil War made Grant and Lee and remade the country with them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Live and Let Die

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (367)

    Those Mr. Big cannot possess he crushes; those who cross him will meet painful ends -- like his beautiful prisoner, Solitaire, and her lover, James Bond. Both are marked as victims in a trail of treachery that leads from New York's black underworld to the dark secrets of the island in the sun that Mr. Big calls his own. Voodoo, sharks, barracuda, time bombs, harpoon guns, torture, and terror are the ingredients for a scalding brew that reaches the boiling point in an eruption of violence.

    Pork C. Fish says: "A Product of Its Time"
    "Good Story, Horrible Racism"
    Overall
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    Fleming can weave a yarn but even granting that the book was written in 1954 the stereotypes are horrific. A lot less racial epithets would have made this a much better book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James Risen
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (123)

    Ever since 9/11 America has fought an endless war on terror, seeking enemies everywhere and never promising peace. In Pay Any Price, James Risen reveals an extraordinary litany of the hidden costs of that war: from squandered and stolen dollars, to outrageous abuses of power, to wars on normalcy, decency, and truth. In the name of fighting terrorism, our government has done things every bit as shameful as its historic wartime abuses - and until this audiobook, it has worked very hard to cover them up.

    John L. Moncrief says: "If you care about our liberties, read this book."
    "Excellent"
    Overall
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    A must read for anyone who wants to know how and why the U.S. Government does things in the national security realm. You'll be amazed at the things people do

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Not Taco Bell Material

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Adam Carolla
    • Narrated By Adam Carolla
    Overall
    (1040)
    Performance
    (947)
    Story
    (942)

    Funnyman Adam Carolla is known for two things: hilarious rants about things that drive him crazy and personal stories about everything from his hardscrabble childhood to his slacker friends to the hypocrisy of Hollywood. He tackled rants in his first book, and now he tells his best stories and debuts some never-before-heard tales as well. Adam Carolla started broke and blue collar and has now been on the Hollywood scene for over 15 years. Yet he never lost his underdog demeanor.

    Brett says: "Not bad but uneven and not revealing."
    "Awesome all around. Great story by a great story t"
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    Where does Not Taco Bell Material rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Ace Man knows how to spin a yarn and the fact he ad libs while reading it makes it that much better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I follow Carolla's podcast and have seen him live a couple of times. Really like his performances.


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

    Interesting in its simplicity and ridiculousness of humanity writ small by Carolla's unique experience.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not a thing. Carolla is very funny and is so quick on the ad-lib stuff that you have to pay attention or you'll miss something.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (276)

    From one of our finest military historians comes a monumental work that shows us at once the truly global reach of World War II and its deeply personal consequences. Remarkably informed and wide-ranging, Inferno is both elegantly written and cogently argued. Above all, it is a new and essential understanding of one of the greatest and bloodiest events of the 20th century.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A different kind of history"
    "Hastings Remains Atop His Game"
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    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    Yes. Though, long, a fascinating new history of WWII.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

    The individual histories Hastings has put together to complete this book.


    What three words best describe Ralph Cosham’s performance?

    stilted, badly edited


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Hell Comes To Earth


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2051)
    Performance
    (1686)
    Story
    (1702)

    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

    Andy says: "we may not be the most stupid kids on the planet"
    "Great Book and Explanation of The Financial Crash"
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    What did you love best about Boomerang?

    Entertaining as well as informative


    What did you like best about this story?

    As Lewis often does, takes complex issues and illustrates and humanizes them


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    Great inflection and enthusiasm


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Greek priests have a lot to do with real estate


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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