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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
    (26)
    Performance
    (6)
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    (6)

    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."
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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
  • Surrounded by Enemies: What if Kennedy Survived Dallas?

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Bryce Zabel
    • Narrated By Edd Hall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    If President John Kennedy had survived the ambush at Dealey Plaza in Dallas a half-century ago, what other twists might history have taken? In his meticulously researched novel, Surrounded by Enemies: What If Kennedy Survived Dallas, author Bryce Zabel delivers a supercharged but plausible alternative narrative of the turbulent 1960s after our charismatic president escapes unscathed on November 22, 1963.

    brian says: "An odd form of Alternate History, but believable."
    "An odd form of Alternate History, but believable."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bryce Zabel again?

    Probably not.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Edd Hall?

    Michael Kramer, or Scott Brick


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

    Disappointment. The narration wasn't great, the idea is interesting though.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unfinished Lives: What If Our Legends Lived On? Volume 1: John F. Kennedy and Arthur Ashe

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Les Whitten, Terrie Maxine Frankel
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald, Paul Winfield
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Two noted journalists take us into the "futures" of John F. Kennedy and Arthur Ashe had they not died so young... These vividly imaginative "biographies" are thoughtful, honest, heartfelt... and entirely within the realm of possibility.

    brian says: "An interesting take on fiction"
    "An interesting take on fiction"
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    Where does Unfinished Lives: What If Our Legends Lived On? Volume 1: John F. Kennedy and Arthur Ashe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm sure how to rank it honestly.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unfinished Lives: What If Our Legends Lived On? Volume 1: John F. Kennedy and Arthur Ashe?

    The JFK biography, all of it.


    Have you listened to any of Anthony Heald and Paul Winfield ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to Anthony Heald, but not the other. Heald's performance as JFK is impressive.


    If you could take any character from Unfinished Lives: What If Our Legends Lived On? Volume 1: John F. Kennedy and Arthur Ashe out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Lyndon Johnson. I'd ask him why he helped JFK out as much as he did.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the authors write more of these fictional bios.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If Kennedy Lived: The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jeff Greenfield
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (17)

    Based on memoirs, histories, oral histories, fresh reporting, and his own knowledge of the players, the audiobook looked at the tiny hinges of history - and the extraordinary changes that would have resulted if they had gone another way. Now he presents his most compelling narrative of all about the historical event that has riveted us for fifty years. What if Kennedy were not killed that fateful day? What would the 1964 campaign have looked like? Would changes have been made to the ticket?

    brian says: "Another great Alternate History pick."
    "Another great Alternate History pick."
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    What made the experience of listening to If Kennedy Lived the most enjoyable?

    The narration. Not good with accents, but overall, impressive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The overall plotline.


    What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

    The narration is excellent, even if he's very bad with accents.


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

    Some of it made me laugh, like the toast at RFK's birthday.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-have for any Alternate History fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Years a Slave

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Solomon Northup
    • Narrated By Stephen L. Vernon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Twelve Years a Slave is an account of actual events that took place in the life of Solomon Northup, during the pre-Civil War era of the 1840s. It follows the trials and tribulations of an educated African American man that was born into freedom and later kidnapped, taken away from his family, and forced into slavery.

    Andrew Robbin says: "What a great book!!!"
    "Better then Uncle Tom's Cabin."
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    Would you listen to Twelve Years a Slave again? Why?

    That it was the whole memoir with nothing missing.


    What other book might you compare Twelve Years a Slave to and why?

    It hasn't. It's all I need to know about slavery in the US.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    He does, in good detail, or as much as he can remember.


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

    Nothing at all.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3698)
    Performance
    (3345)
    Story
    (3373)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "A woman's world turned upside down."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The plot interested me, plus, it'll get me hiped for the TV show.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    First time I've read a memoir about someone who was in prison.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    She does, and gives great detail on who's who, and what happened at certain points.


    If you could give Orange is the New Black a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Nothing at all. I found her to be rather good with different accents among other things.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Force and Effect: A Jack Ryan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1286)
    Performance
    (1130)
    Story
    (1131)

    A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr., and his fellow Campus agents precious time. Time they don't have.

    R. Conley says: "Thank You Mark Greaney!"
    "Jack Ryan is back."
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    Where does Full Force and Effect rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The plotline was something Clancy never tackled for some reason.


    What other book might you compare Full Force and Effect to and why?

    It's made my interest in North Korea stronger.


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

    He does with great details about who's who.


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

    Nothing whatsoever. Scott's very good with accents.


    Any additional comments?

    A must have for any spy fiction or Tom Clancy fans.

    15 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Mosab Hassan Yousef
    • Narrated By Mosab Hassan Yousef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (170)

    Since he was a small boy, Mosab Hassan Yousef has had an inside view of the deadly terrorist group Hamas. The oldest son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founding member of Hamas and its most popular leader, young Mosab assisted his father for years in his political activities while being groomed to assume his legacy, politics, status...and power. But everything changed when Mosab turned away from terror and violence, and embraced instead the teachings of another famous Middle East leader.

    Pamela says: "Absolutely riveting!!!"
    "The ultimate insider."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The storyline interested me very much.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It has opened my eyes to the Middle East conflict.


    What about Mosab Hassan Yousef’s performance did you like?

    He does, and very well.


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

    Nothing at all.


    Any additional comments?

    A must have for anyone who wants to know more about the Middle East from a man who lived through several of the conflicts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin, Elio Garcia, Linda Antonsson
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice, Nicholas Guy Smith
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (474)

    If the past is prologue, then George R. R. Martin's masterwork - the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time - warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it has arrived with The World of Ice & Fire. This volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO's Game of Thrones.

    Daniel says: "Calm Down, Fanboys"
    "A guide to the history of GRRM's world"
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    Where does The World of Ice & Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I like how it gave an overall history of Westeros and other parts of the fictional world George R R Martin created.


    What other book might you compare The World of Ice & Fire to and why?

    It's made me a fan of the Ice and Fire series even more.


    What does Roy Dotrice and Nicholas Guy Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They do in different sections.


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

    Nothing wrong at all.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-have for any fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire series as well as the Game of Thrones TV show based on it.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • With Hitler to the End: The Memoirs of Hitler's Valet

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Heinz Linge
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    Heinz Linge worked with Adolf Hitler for a 10 year period from 1935 until the Fuhrer's death in the Berlin bunker in May 1945. He was one of the last to leave the bunker and was responsible for guarding the door while Hitler killed himself. During his years of service, Linge was responsible for all aspects of Hitler's household and was constantly by his side. He claims that only Eva Braun stood closer to Hitler over these years. Through a host of anecdotes and observations, Linge recounts the daily routine in Hitler's household; his eating habits, his foibles, his preferences, his sense of humour, and his private life with Eva Braun.

    Douglas says: "Books Like This Are Important..."
    "A man with insites into Hitler's personal and priv"
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    Would you listen to With Hitler to the End again? Why?

    I might in case I missed any bits.


    What other book might you compare With Hitler to the End to and why?

    I have no comparison to make.


    What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

    The narration was rather good, no need to use accents for whatever reason.


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

    Not an extreme reaction, but it did interest me to hear from one of Hitler's household staff members.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-read for any World War 2 buffs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4791)
    Performance
    (4393)
    Story
    (4393)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Rowling's getting better at branching out."
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    If you could sum up The Silkworm in three words, what would they be?

    The narration and the plot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That, I'm not certain.


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

    Nothing what-so-ever.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm hoping for more in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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