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Frances

Garland, Texas, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Doug Stanton
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (42)

    From the New York Times best-selling author of In Harm’s Way comes a true-life story of American soldiers overcoming great odds to achieve a stunning military victory. Horse Soldiers is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war against the Taliban on horses. Outnumbered 40 to 1, they pursued the enemy army across the mountainous Afghanistan terrain and, after a series of intense battles, captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, which was strategically essential to defeat their opponent throughout the country.

    Frances says: "Wild Ride"
    "Wild Ride"
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    I can not even imagin riding those mountain trails and then into battle. I thought this book was very well written and well read. Today when we think of Cavalry it's usually 1st Air Cav sweeping in to save the day not men on actual horses. Warfare on a horse seems like it would be something those who put together this engagement would have to go back a 150 years or so and relearn. It was a good thing in this book to see the modern American Soldier and a Afgan man and his horses come together for a common purpose. I thank Mr. Stanton for doing this book otherwise these men and their story might have been lost to us. I was not familiar with this narrator but I thought he did a great read and I would enjoy hearing more from him.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff, Annex Security Team
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    13 Hours presents, for the first time ever, the true account of the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya. A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. Those men went beyond the call of duty, performing extraordinary acts of courage and heroism, to avert tragedy on a much larger scale.

    M. Ducreaux says: "Can't stop thinking about this book!"
    "Spellbinding, Inspiring, Humbling"
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    It was mesmerizing from the first chapter. I listened to it straight though; I just could not help myself. And even as I listened I wondered within myself " How does America still produce such men'. I am in awe of each of them and thankful to and for each of them. I do not think anyone can read this story without being flooded with all types of emotions. For those who came home let there be Peace; for those who did not let there be Rest, for those who did nothing to help let there be Shame.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Candidate

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Daniel Pembrey
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Nick Thorneycroft is a British headhunter working in Luxembourg. His company asks him to recruit a high-flying executive for the company's Russian business. The best candidate turns out to be smart, beautiful...and mysterious. Soon the effects of Russia’s political upheaval, and the arrival of an ex-girlfriend who won’t leave him alone, make Nick’s Luxembourg life increasingly perilous; worlds collide in this gripping, atmospheric tale.

    Frances says: "Great Short Story"
    "Great Short Story"
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    For me 3 hours is not a book it's a short story. Pembrey starts off with a great concept for a book and I totally enjoyed it. I am not familiar with this narrator either but I was impressed by his presentation of the material. The only thing wrong with this story is that it just was not developed into a total novel. The ending was very abrupt, which was disappointing but I will still give what was there 4 stars! So if you need something to do for a 3 hour flight or layover this would be an excellent choice. I would like to see this author pick this book back up and really develope it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death on a High Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charles Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (706)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (622)

    On the 85th floor of a glittering high-rise in Los Angeles, Robert Tarza steps into the lobby of the Marbury Marfan law firm to discover his partner Simon Rafer lying in a pool of blood - an ornate dagger plunged into his back. Robert had worked with Simon for decades, and their relationship was fraught with conflict. But he never imagined he would wind up as the prime suspect for his colleague’s murder. As the evidence stacks up against him with frightening speed, he quickly falls from his respected position to that of a criminal dragged through the tabloids.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Excellent Mystery, Brilliant Narration"
    "Nice Change of Pace"
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    This is the first book I have read by this author and I made my decision to jump in here from the synopsis and what other fans had to say and I am glad I did. I enjoyed his style of writing both the tone and pace and his characters were believeable. The narrator was new to me also but he has a smooth tone to his voice and knows how to pace his reading to match the plot. I will look for more by him, because for me, a narrator can really make or break a book.

    0 of 0 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
    (523)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (454)

    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!"
    "A Campus Novel , Really??"
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    Just totally disappointing. Mr. Greaney is writing a Grey Man book and sticking the Clancy logo on it. This book doesnt even come close to the plots the late Mr. Clancy would spin for us. Clancy fans think back to the good old days of Clear and Present Danger, Patriot Games. Even farther back to Debt of Honor or Without Remorse and compare then and this. The characters and the development of the plots that kept me turning pages into the wee hours, I remember how detailed and precise those novels were. Remember how ALIVE those people were and what we have here is just clap-trap.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Millionaires

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (221)

    Charlie and Oliver Caruso are brothers who work at Greene & Greene, a private bank so exclusive you need two million dollars just to be a client. But when the door of success slams in their faces, they're faced with an offer they can't refuse: three million dollars in an abandoned account. No one knows it exists, and even better, it doesn't belong to anyone.

    Glenn says: "EASILY as good as Grisham"
    "Made and Lost The Hard Way"
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    What do you do when you intentionally steal 3 million but end up with 300+ million? Charlie and Ollie,brothers who thought they would just pinch a little bit. It's a dead account after all so no one will notice. And there is where their slippery slope ride begins but ends in a bloody fight for their lives. Completely enjoyable!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Director

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Ignatius
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (163)

    In David Ignatius' gripping new novel, spies don' t bother to steal information...they change it, permanently and invisibly. Graham Weber has been director of the CIA for less than a week when a Swiss kid in a dirty T-shirt walks into the American consulate in Hamburg and says the agency has been hacked, and he has a list of agents' names to prove it. This is the moment a CIA director most dreads. Weber isn' t sure where to turn until he meets a charismatic (and unstable) young man named James Morris who runs the Internet Operations Center.

    Charles says: "Well Done."
    "Just Flat Out Scary!"
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    I stumbled into this book because of the narrator and stayed because of the tale the author wove. A tale of those who have no true believe system other than the code they can write or the thrill of the 'hack'. The young people who were given The Lie and believed it. All the hacking done by Morris is plausible. That he is a Goverment employee is also believable. And there is where this tale causes that shiver down your spine. But that is only one of the strands in this web of lies, deceipt Mr Ignatius has so tighty woven. Add Geo. Guidall, a true master, and I could not turn it off. This is one of those I wanted to listen to straight through.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Tier One Wild: A Delta Force Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dalton Fury
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (322)

    Former disgraced Delta Force commander Kolt "Racer" Raynor has earned his way back into The Unit after redeeming himself during an explosive operation at a black site in Pakistan. But he is about to face his deadliest challenge yet. The most wanted man in the world, American al Qaeda commander Daoud al Amriki, and his handpicked team of terrorist operatives, have acquired stores of Russian-built, shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles (SAM's) from ex-Libyan spies in Cairo.

    Jeff says: "My Mitch Rapp Replacement"
    "Lights! Camera! ACTION!!"
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    I am really liking this Raynor guy. I will miss the continuing adventures of Mitch Rapp but
    Racer is becoming a real an attention getter. For me, this narrator has nailed who the author is telling you who the character is. This installment in the series would make a great action movie. I am looking forward to next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Void Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (1379)
    Performance
    (742)
    Story
    (741)

    In L.A., Cassie Black is another beautiful woman in a Porsche: except Cassie just did six years in prison and still has "outlaw juice" flowing in her veins. Now Cassie is returning to her old profession, taking down a money man in Vegas. But the perfect heist goes very wrong, and suddenly Cassie is on the run - with a near-psychotic Vegas "fixer" killing everyone who knew about the job.

    Snoodely says: "Connelly rules!"
    "Blackboard scratching"
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    I like Connelly's work, especially Harry Bosch. This book may be good BUT this narrator drove me to Return To Sender. His voice his way too nasal. A narrator can really make or break a book and this guy broke it for me. But your mileage may vary!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Byzantium

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Stuart Langton
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (208)

    Although born to rule, Aidan lives as a scribe in a remote Irish monastery on the far, wild edge of Christendom. Secure in work, contemplation, and dreams of the wider world, a miracle bursts into Aidan's quiet life. He is chosen to accompany a small band of monks on a quest to the fabled city of Byzantium, where they are to present the beautiful and costly hand-illuminated Book of Kells to the emperor of all Christendom.

    Christine says: "Unforgettable!"
    "Better the Second Time"
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    I read this in print years ago but hearing it read made it all the more real to me. Following the trials and victories of Aidan with a good narrator made it like reading a new book for me. What most would see a mundane things such as a street thronged with people with unwashed bodies and yet Aidan finds the smells and tastes of a meal of bread, roast chicken, olives and wine a comfort awoke my own senses of how it was to live in thoes time. I completely enjoyed this book for a second time. I was not familiar with the narrator but I thought he did a fine job of bring this book to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Counterfeit Agent: A John Wells Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (336)

    In an Istanbul hotel, a deep source warns a CIA agent that Iran intends to kill a CIA station chief. Quickly, John Wells is called in to investigate, but before he can get far, the tip comes true. Which means that the next warning the source gives will be taken very seriously indeed. And it’s a big one. We’ve put a package on a ship from Dubai to the United States. A radioactive one. A bomb? Not yet. It’s a test run.

    Amazon Customer says: "What a disappointment!"
    "Totally Convoluted"
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    I have tried to think of a better way to express my feelings toward this book and just cant come up with much. It was rambling in many places as if the author was struggling for something to say and in doing so we jumped from one rabbit trail to another and in trying to follow them I often fell asleep then needed to rewind and try to figure out what the dickens was happening. Then we have the ending which was like being slammed into a brick wall. One other thing I find anoying, this author seems to Have The Need to mention Wells being Muslim in some way in this whole series and I have really had it with that. Is Mr Berenson Muslim? Is that the reason he must reference 'allah' in some way in every book? If so I would prefer that he put a rein on that particular Need!! Mr Guidell was terrific as usual but even The Silver Tongue could not save this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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