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  • The Kissinger Transcripts: The Top Secret Talks with Beijing and Moscow

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By edited by William Burr
    • Narrated By Theodore Bikel, Richard Gilliland
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    From the great triumphs - the opening of China and the success of the Nixon-Brezhnev Moscow summit - to the most dramatic defeats - Watergate and the decline of détente - this is an unparalleled view of some events that shaped the world and rocked the way diplomacy is conducted in the United States.

    J. says: "distracting fake accent"
    "An excellent look into the past."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would for the history.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kissinger Transcripts?

    Kissinger's first meeting with Mao himself.


    What about Theodore Bikel and Richard Gilliland ’s performance did you like?

    The excellent accents. Makes things feel more real.


    If you could give The Kissinger Transcripts a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The Beijing and Moscow conferences.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12383)
    Performance
    (10821)
    Story
    (10864)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "A bit unusual, but it works."
    Overall
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    Would you listen to A Dance with Dragons again? Why?

    The narration. Despite his age, Rooy gives a fine performance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dance with Dragons?

    It's only made it stronger.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    He does by describing things in a lot of detail.


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

    Nothing at all.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9079)
    Performance
    (8335)
    Story
    (8377)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "More adventures in Westeros"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about A Feast for Crows?

    The narration and some of the storylines


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'm not sure how to answer that.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    He lets people know who's who, and describes them in detail


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

    Nothing wrong at all.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A New Dawn: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Jackson Miller
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    For a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights brought peace and order to the Galactic Republic, aided by their connection to the mystical energy field known as the Force. But they were betrayed - and the entire galaxy has paid the price. It is the Age of the Empire. Now Emperor Palpatine, once Chancellor of the Republic and secretly a Sith follower of the dark side of the Force, has brought his own peace and order to the galaxy. Peace through brutal repression, and order through increasing control of his subjects’ lives.

    Amazon Customer says: "The New Era of Star Wars Begins HERE!"
    "Forget the old way."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about A New Dawn: Star Wars?

    The storyline and the narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dialogue.


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    The voice work. He's a genius.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    A great prequel for the upcoming Star Wars: Rebels series.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • In the Time of the Butterflies

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Julia Alvarez
    • Narrated By Noemi de la Puente, Alma Cuervo, Bianca Carnacho, and others
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    It is November 25, 1960, and the bodies of three beautiful, convent-educated sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. El Caribe, the official newspaper, reports their deaths as an accident. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of General Raphael Leonidas Trujillo's dictatorship.

    G Reinhardt says: "Beautiful"
    "The truth is..."
    Overall
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    Would you listen to In the Time of the Butterflies again? Why?

    I would to remember parts I might have missed.


    What other book might you compare In the Time of the Butterflies to and why?

    I can't think of any comparison.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Having several different narrators for each sister was confusing at times, but interesting too.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    A book that opens a dorr to a forgotten part of the past.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Ben Macintyre
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (120)

    Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain's counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War - while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby's best friend and fellow officer in MI6.

    Michael Eaton says: "The Greatest Spy -- Ever Discovered"
    "The man who played people like violins."
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Spy Among Friends to be better than the print version?

    I would.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The friendship between Philby and Angleton.


    Have you listened to any of John Le Carre’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I hadn't.


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

    How Philby started spying for the USSR, and other early points in his work.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John W. Dean
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Watergate forever changed American politics, and in light of the revelations about the NSA's wide­spread surveillance program, the scandal has taken on new significance. Yet remarkably, four decades after he was forced to resign, no one has told the full story of Nixon's involvement in Watergate.

    Tad Davis says: "Nixon HAD no defense"
    "New information for an old case."
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would if they're interested in Watergate.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration. The narrator's excellent with voices as well as accents.


    What does Joe Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent voice work.


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

    Some of the bits with Nixon's reactions to events made me crack up.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Clancy Support and Defend: A Campus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (400)

    Dominic Caruso. Nephew of President Jack Ryan. FBI agent and operator for The Campus, a top secret intelligence agency that works off the books for the U.S. government. Already scarred by the death of his brother, Caruso is devastated when he can't save a friend and his family from a terrorist attack. Ethan Ross was a mid-level staffer for the National Security Council. Now he's a wanted fugitive on the run with a microdrive that contains enough information to wreck American intelligence efforts around the world.

    Buffalogal says: "Curb your expectations!"
    "Taking over from where the late Clancy left off."
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would. Why, I'm not sure.


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

    It did. Not knowing who would survive mostly.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    All of them. Scott's very good at accents.


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

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By John Thavis
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (129)

    For more than 25 years John Thavis held one of the most fascinating journalistic jobs in the world: reporting on the inner workings of the Vatican. His daily exposure to the power, politics, and personalities in the seat of Roman Catholicism gave him a unique, behind-the-scenes perspective on an institution that is far less monolithic and unified than it first appears. Thavis reveals Vatican City as a place where Curia cardinals fight private wars, scandals threaten to undermine papal authority, and reverence for the past is continually upended by the practical considerations of modern life.

    Linda says: "A neutral look at inner workings of the Vatican"
    "Some Truth behind the spin."
    Overall
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    Where does The Vatican Diaries rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a very fine book, but not one of my favorites.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Vatican Diaries?

    Several. Some funny moments with the press getting stranded or something else happening to them on state visits, and the testimonies in chapter 3 against the LC's founder creeped me out.


    What about Malcolm Hillgartner’s performance did you like?

    He's okay with accents, but not that great.


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

    The contrast between Pope John Paul the Second's and Benidict the 16th in personality.


    Any additional comments?

    No other comments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (675)
    Performance
    (601)
    Story
    (602)

    Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled listeners with 16 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back - from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon - art restorer, assassin, spy - has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

    Brian says: "If new to Daniel Silva, great book. Otherwise..."
    "Gabriel's back and better then ever."
    Overall
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    Where does The Heist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not sure what you mean by rank.


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

    It did. What would happen to the girl, I wondered? Would they get to her in time?


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    Everyone. He's excellent with accents.


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

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Charles Lewis
    • Narrated By Don Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Facts are and must be the coin of the realm in a democracy. Unfortunately, for citizens in the United States and throughout the world, distinguishing between fact and fiction - always a formidable challenge - is now more difficult than ever, as a constant stream of questionable information pours into media outlets. Lewis argues forcefully that while data points and factoids abound, it is much harder to get to the whole truth of complex issues in time for that truth to guide citizens, voters, and decision makers.

    Chris Reich says: "This Is the Book We All Should Read"
    "Interesting, yet full of facts I already knew."
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    What did you love best about 935 Lies?

    The interesting facts I didn't know.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 935 Lies?

    I couldn't pick one.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I didn't like the way he tried narration, no accents, no nothing.


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

    Afraid I can't think of one.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    1 of 10 people found this review helpful

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