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elizabeth

Sugar Hill, GA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Intelligence: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Susan Hasler
    • Narrated By Susan Hasler, Joe Barrett, Rachel Butera, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (187)

    Maddie James and her colleagues are terrorism experts working in a crumbling intelligence agency. They are certain another terrorist attack is coming, but in a post-9/11 election year the Administration is stressing its victories in the War on Terror - and few want to hear the team's warnings. Reluctantly, Maddie's given a team of five analysts to focus on the impending threat. The crew labors through bureaucratic obstacles, personal problems, and a blossoming romance between its senior members. They come heartbreakingly close to stopping the attack....

    Julia says: "Not your typical spy novel...."
    "Roaringly Funny and Very Satisfying"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book immensely and couldn't wait to get back to it.
    The "acting" style of narration, where each speaker was done by a different voice truly enhanced the presentation.

    There are many things this book is not. It is not an action/thriller tale. It was not written by a high-level player on the national-security scene. And, in the dubious interest of so-called "fairness", the author has not checked her opinions at her word processor.

    This book is a hamster-eye view of those who run on the wheel deep in the CIA. The characters are regular people with regular foibles, even the bosses. Problems ensue when the bosses are asked to tailor the analysts' product to the policymakers' chosen party-line. Bosses being bosses, they cave in to the pressure - not that they really have a choice. Hasler presents a very believable view of how this kind of pressure can actually help the terrorists: by diverting resources better used in fighting them.

    Another reviewer commented on the author's politics. The issue is bigger than mere "politics". It's about the safety of the American people at home. In a very entertaining way, Susan Hasler has shown the peril of taking our eyes off that prize.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mutineer: Kris Longknife, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mike Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (768)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (473)

    Kris Longknife is a daughter of privilege, born to money and power. Her father is the prime minister of her home planet, her mother the consummate politician's wife. She's been raised only to be beautiful and marry well. But the heritage of the military Longknifes courses through Kris' blood - and, against her parents' objections, she enlists in the Marines.

    Jeffery says: "Harsh reviews seem undeserved to me"
    "Fun Space Fantasy"
    Overall

    I do service work and do a LOT of driving. I enjoyed the first two of these audiobooks so much that I wound up listening to the whole series!

    Light and fun, yet with some suspense. Author Shepherd manages to find situations different enough to keep the action interesting throughout the whole series.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Whisper to the Blood: A Kate Shugak Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    Inside Alaska's biggest national park, surrounding the town of Niniltna, a gold mining company has started buying up land. The residents of the park are uneasy. Then there are two murders. Part-time P.I. and newly elected chairman of the Niniltna Native Association Kate Shugak has her hands very much full.

    Margo says: "another visit with Kate"
    "Another Great Book From Stabenow"
    Overall

    Immerses you in Alaska and makes you feel the cold. I enjoyed it thoroughly!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helmet for My Pillow: First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Robert Leckie
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Robert Leckie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1942, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In Helmet for My Pillow, we follow his odyssey, from basic training on Parris Island, South Carolina, all the way to the raging battles in the Pacific, where some of the war's fiercest fighting took place. Recounting his service with the 1st Marine Division and the brutal action on Guadalcanal, New Britain, and Peleliu, Leckie spares no detail of the horrors and sacrifices of war.

    Sandra says: "Horrible narrator."
    "Less Than Stellar Reviews Scared Me Off"
    Overall

    I read this book years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. The negative reviews about the narrator have kept me from purchasing the remainder of this audiobook.

    That said, this really is a great story. But the single BEST memoir of the Pacific war is Eugene Sledge's "With the Old Breed.", finally available as an audiobook. (and from Audible) For years, I purchased copies of the long out-of-print book in used book stores so I could give them as gifts. I'm delighted to see that this worthwhile book is finally available to a fresh audience, even though Mr. Sledge died several years ago. A thoughtful, ordinary man writing about his experience of the war. You won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Torch of Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Weber, Eric Flint
    • Narrated By Peter Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (217)

    As the slavemasters of Mesa plot against the Star Empire of Manticore and the newly liberated slave planet of Torch, Anton Zilwicki and the notorious Havenite secret agent Victor Cachat set off on a dangerous mission to uncover the truth concerning a wave of mysterious assassinations that have been launched against Manticore and Torch.

    Mark Henderson says: "Filled in the blanks on the main story line."
    "Boring!"
    Overall

    I'm a David Weber fan from the beginnings of the Honorverse. I enjoyed the first Torch novel, "Crown of Slaves" I also like Eric Flint's work. But in this book, the whole is definitely not greater than the sum of the parts.

    There are some memorable characters and situations, but as I listened to this book on a couple of long trips, (I do service work and do a LOT of driving) I found that the book just couldn't keep my attention.

    The Honorverse books are long and feature a lot of political detail. But the stellar character of Honor Harrington made it tolerable. This book doesn't have a strong character to carry it and simply falls short.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Phoenix Unchained: Book One of The Enduring Flame

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (134)

    After 1,000 years of peace, much Magick has faded from the world. The Elves live far from humankind. There are no High Mages, and Wild Mages are seen only rarely. Bisochim, a powerful Wild Mage, is determined to reintroduce Darkness to the world, believing that it is out of Balance.

    Bruce says: "A good book for younger readers."
    "Narrator Ruins Story"
    Overall

    This story is pleasant enough but the narrator's pedantic tone just ruined it for me. His narration is like Chinese water torture: in the beginning, not so bad but it slowly becomes excruciating.

    It's really a shame because Ms. Lackey has written a lot of entertaining reads, and there are a lot of very good narrators out there. But I won't buy another audiobook with this narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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