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  • 5 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 443 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015

  • Single & Single

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A lawyer from the London finance house of Single & Single is shot dead on a Turkish hillside by people with whom he thought he was in business. A children's magician is asked by his bank to explain the unsolicited arrival of more than five million pounds sterling in his young daughter's modest trust. A freighter bound for Liverpool is boarded by Russian coast guards in the Black Sea. The celebrated London merchant venturer "Tiger" Single disappears into thin air.

    Darwin8u says: "The spy who came back to the bank"
    "Absolutely disjointed"
    What would have made Single & Single better?

    A common thread that would have connected the story line.

    Would you ever listen to anything by John le Carre again?

    Normally I can follow a le Carre plot but not this one and I've either read or listened to 6 or 7of his books. I’m not sure I will spend my money on another. I think I’ll return this one for credit. I’m very sorry I wasted my time.

    What didn’t you like about Michael Jayston’s performance?

    Don't know how he followed the plot.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Always love how le Carre expresses the snobbery of the upper class Brits.

    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time on this one.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Spycatcher

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Matthew Dunn
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Matthew Dunn spent years as an MI6 field operative working on some of the West’s most clandestine missions. He recruited and ran agents, planned and participated in special operations, and operated deep undercover throughout the world. In Spycatcher he draws on this fascinating experience to breathe urgent, dynamic new life into the contemporary spy novel. Featuring deft and daring superspy Will Cochrane, Dunn paints a nerve-jangling, bracingly authentic picture of today’s secret world. It is a place where trust is precious and betrayal is cheap....

    Ronald says: "Juvenile and just bad"
    "Don't wast your time like I did."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I can't think of anything that could change my opinion of this book ever reaching a 4/5 star experience.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Matthew Dunn again?

    I'm always on the lookout for a series of books with good story lines and characters that develop over a period of time. I like realistic believable characters with flaws just like real life. This book contained no such character although some did poses super human strengths with fantastic healing powers that could go on for vast days without sleep, food or drink. I think Matthew Dunn has two other books in this series of which I will never purchase.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration was totally amateurish and unbelievable. His attempt at using different speech patterns to represent different characters was pathetic which caused me to dislike them even more than the author’s depiction.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Both anger and disappointment equally.

    Any additional comments?

    I will be asking for a credit for the purchase of this presentation.

    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

    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 ...."
    "Suspenseful story line."
    Would you listen to Zero Day again? Why?

    Good character development for future stories.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I found the interworking of the secret service to be of interest.

    What about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance did you like?

    McLarty and Cassidy performed well together.

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

    Moves along at a good pace and the story kept my interest.

    Any additional comments?

    I've already purchased Hour Game which is the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Spymasters: A Men at War Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth IV
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is summer 1943. Two of the Allies’ most important plans are at grave risk: Operation Overlord’s invasion of France and the Manhattan Project’s race to build the atomic bomb. A furious President Roosevelt turns to OSS spy chief Wild Bill Donovan — and Donovan turns to Dick Canidy and his teams behind enemy lines. They’ve certainly got their work cut out for them....

    Michael says: "Spymasters"
    "Thanks for another history lesson on WWII"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I keep ordering and listing to WEB Griffin’s books knowing most of it will be full of history trivia of WWII. Now that he’s teamed up with his son it seems like they’re collaboration is producing more history and less action

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting part of the story line to me is a glimpse into how well a small country like Great Britain dealt with the daily bombings and it’s major overall contribution to WWII.

    Some of the characters in the story are not very believable.

    What three words best describe Christopher Lane’s performance?

    Delivers trivia well.

    Did The Spymasters inspire you to do anything?

    To question why more citizens of Germany didn’t do more to stop the evil that was done to so many innocent people of the world based on the leadership of a crazy man.

    Any additional comments?

    I will probably continue to purchase future books written by the father and son team. I'm not sure I will outlive the farther but I wonder what a story would be like without his influence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angels and Demons

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

    Phillip says: "I couldn't put it down...5 STARS"
    "Angels and Demons"

    Dan Brown seems to be incredibly knowledgeable regarding the Catholic Religion, Rome and The Vatican. It was an interest in the details that kept me invested for over 13 hours of listening. This story line however; is so farfetched it borders on the ridicules.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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