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  • The Twilight Zone Companion, 2nd Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Marc Scott Zicree
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    The Twilight Zone Companion is the complete show-by-show guide to one of television's greatest series. Zicree's well-written account is fascinating reading for even the casual fan. Coverage of each episode includes a plot synopsis, Rod Serling's opening narration, behind-the-scenes stories from the original artists who created the series, and a complete list of cast and credits.

    Cully Hamner says: "A Fave-- Glad It's Finally On Audio..."
    ""That's the signpost up ahead.""
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    What made the experience of listening to The Twilight Zone Companion, 2nd Edition the most enjoyable?

    The anatrrtino is excellent.


    What other book might you compare The Twilight Zone Companion, 2nd Edition to and why?

    NOne that I can think up.


    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    He could imitate accnets very well.


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

    I felt bad when he talked about them filming Mighty Casey and the leading actor was dead.


    Any additional comments?

    The only issue I have is it tends to jump around from ep to ep.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Charm School

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1759)
    Performance
    (996)
    Story
    (987)

    Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

    Char says: "Incredibly Good"
    "One of the best spy novels I've heard."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would because of the interesting storyline and characters


    What other book might you compare The Charm School to and why?

    One of Tom Clancy's novels. Just as good as one of the late authors books.


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

    All of them, but Burov in particular. Brick's excellent at different accents.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and the Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Blaine Harden
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot, New York Times best-selling author Blaine Harden tells the riveting story of how Kim Il Sung grabbed power and plunged his country into war against the United States while the youngest fighter pilot in his air force was playing a high-risk game of deception - and escape.

    Evan says: "Must read!! Amazing insight into N. Korea"
    "The First Known North Korean Defector."
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    If you could sum up The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot in three words, what would they be?

    The overall story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    North Korea's fascinated me a lot. There's so much we in the West don't know about that country.


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

    He does in a very detailed way, letting us know who's who.


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

    Nothing at all.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-have for people wishing to learn more about North Korea's early years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (552)

    Luke Skywalker's game-changing destruction of the Death Star has made him not only a hero of the Rebel Alliance but a valuable asset in the ongoing battle against the Empire. Though he's a long way from mastering the power of the Force, there's no denying his phenomenal skills as a pilot--and in the eyes of Rebel leaders Princess Leia Organa and Admiral Ackbar, there's no one better qualified to carry out a daring rescue mission crucial to the Alliance cause.

    Amazon Customer says: "Adventurers with Daddy Issues"
    "Luke's journey continues."
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    Where does Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well for the most part.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Luke. I liked seeing his jerney to continue becoming a jedi.


    Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

    All of them.


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

    Afraid I can't come up with one.


    Any additional comments?

    A must have for any Star Wars fan.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Trinity Six

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Charles Cumming
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (96)

    The most closely-guarded secret of the Cold War is about to be exposed – the identity of a SIXTH member of the infamous Cambridge spy ring. And people are killing for it.... London, 1992. Late one night, Edward Crane, 76, is declared dead at a London hospital. An obituary describes him only as a 'resourceful career diplomat'. But Crane was much more than that – and the circumstances surrounding his death are far from what they seem. Fifteen years later, academic Sam Gaddis needs money.

    Ramon says: "Fun exciting intrigues perfectly narrated."
    "Just as good as Silva or Clancy"
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    Where does The Trinity Six rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best spy novels I've read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sam. No spy, but an excellent historian. Crane/Meed as well.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    He's excellent with different accents.


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

    Not sure what kind of tagline I could come up with to be honest.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-have for any spy or thriller buff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Price of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By James W. Huston
    • Narrated By Adams Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (28)

    In this rousing novel, the action sweeps from the Oval Office to a Navy SEAL assault on a remote Indonesian Island, from the court-martial of an admiral to the impeachment hearings of a peacenik President.

    Anne says: "had to listen to it non stop"
    "Another great thriller."
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    If you could sum up The Price of Power in three words, what would they be?

    Action thriller awesome.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jim Dylan, if that's how you spell his name. He has views I'd agree with if I were in his position.


    What about Adams Morgan’s performance did you like?

    He's excellent with different types of accents.


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

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    A must have for political and action thriller fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Balance of Power: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James W. Huston
    • Narrated By Adams Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (27)

    When an American cargo ship off the coast of Indonesia is seized by terrorists and its crew slaughtered, the sitting Congress demands revenge. The president's refusal to react aggressively leads to mounting resentment. Then an ambitious young congressional assistant, Jim Dillon, discovers a long-forgotten clause in America's Constitution that could be used to wrest power from the chief executive - inciting a devastating constitutional crisis and plunging the country into chaos.

    Steven Morris says: "Fantasitc story!"
    "A true thriller."
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    What made the experience of listening to Balance of Power: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    The action all around, from the political battlefield and the military.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Balance of Power: A Novel?

    The speaker's press conference on the letters of mark.


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

    Excellent narration, especially with accents.


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

    Afraid I can't pick just one.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-have for any military or political thriller fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Paul Fischer
    • Narrated By Stephen Park
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Before becoming the world's most notorious dictator, Kim Jong-Il ran North Korea's Ministry for Propaganda and its film studios. Conceiving every movie made, he acted as producer and screenwriter. Despite this control, he was underwhelmed by the available talent and took drastic steps, ordering the kidnapping of Choi Eun-Hee (Madam Choi) - South Korea's most famous actress - and her ex-husband Shin Sang-Ok, the country's most famous filmmaker.

    BowedBookshelf says: "Completely riveting and stupefyingly informative."
    "An eye-opening look at North Korea."
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    What made the experience of listening to A Kim Jong-Il Production the most enjoyable?

    Learning information on North Korea I didn't know before.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The overall plot


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

    Excellent narration, even with no luck with different accents


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

    Many parts made me cry some, like Shin's wife's story.


    Any additional comments?

    None

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Oath: The Remarkable Story of a Surgeon's Life Under Fire in Chechnya

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Khassan Baiev
    • Narrated By Robert O' Keefe
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    This unflinching account of one remarkable physician’s experiences during the conflict between Russia and its breakaway republic, Chechnya, is an instant classic of war literature. Weaving the history of the Chechnya conflict and the heritage of his own family into the visceral narrative, Dr. Baiev tells a tale that is shocking, heroic, and impossible to forget.

    brian says: "An eye-opening look at events I knew little about."
    "An eye-opening look at events I knew little about."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Oath the most enjoyable?

    The descriptions of what happened at different points of the memoir.


    What other book might you compare The Oath to and why?

    I can think of no comparison to make.


    Which character – as performed by Robert O' Keefe – was your favorite?

    Doctor Baiev.


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

    It was.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-have for people who want to learn more about Chechnya.

    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
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    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)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (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

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