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Leon

Laguna Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Walker
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Comeback America is a crucial manifesto, a way for President Obama to end out-of-control government spending and reform our tax, retirement, health care, defense, and other systems - before it's too late.

    Dan D. Dunlap, CFP® says: "Comeback America"
    "A must read for everyone who pays taxes in the US"
    Overall

    Unless you think you are going to live forever, this book puts our current financial situation in a clear perspective. Every current politician and member of the Joint Chief of Staff should be required to read this book (assuming they are smart enough to read). David Walker gives us an option on how we can fix this mess before we bury ourselves so deep in the hole and we all have to learn to speak Chinese.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1772)
    Performance
    (1595)
    Story
    (1602)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Couldn't stop listening.....sorry it had to end!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Edge of Eternity to be better than the print version?

    Yes, John Lee is great.


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

    Just as good as the earlier ones.


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

    The description of the blacks in the South and their treatment.


    Any additional comments?

    Follett has done it again. Character development was outstanding and brought back some early childhood memories and a little bit of a history lesson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Command Authority

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2181)
    Performance
    (1963)
    Story
    (1970)

    There's a new strong man in Russia but his rise to power is based on a dark secret hidden decades in the past. The solution to that mystery lies with a most unexpected source, President Jack Ryan.

    Marci says: "Great story with a couple of flaws"
    "Not a Tom Clancy book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney and/or Lou Diamond Phillips?

    No.


    What could Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not written it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    No. The weak story and the main characters totally unrealistic.


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

    Disappointment. Found it hard to actually complete the listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10659)
    Performance
    (9638)
    Story
    (9724)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Worth the listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    Makes you think.....


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

    The ending isn't what you might expect it to be.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

    The lead character.


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

    The ending....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crisis Four

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Andy McNab
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    In the backwoods of South America, an ex-SAS officer now working for British Intelligence embarks on a terrifying mission to find a woman who holds the key to a dark and deadly conspiracy.

    Teresa says: "Enjoyable Listen"
    "Dated Story but still an interesting listen."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Andy McNab and/or Clive Mantle?

    Maybe.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Andy McNab again?

    No. Predictable plot and story line.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Clive Mantle?

    Maybe; did like his accent and reading style.


    Do you think Crisis Four needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Story line is dated.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Foreskin's Lament: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Shalom Auslander
    • Narrated By Shalom Auslander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    Foreskin's Lament reveals Auslander's youth in a strict, socially isolated Orthodox community, and recounts his rebellion and efforts to make a new life apart from it. Auslander remembers his youthful attempt to win the "blessing bee" (the Orthodox version of a spelling bee), his exile to an Orthodox-style reform school in Israel after he's caught shoplifting Union Bay jeans from the mall, and his 14-mile hike to watch the New York Rangers play in Madison Square Garden without violating the Sabbath.

    Jeffrey says: "If my yetzer harah could write"
    "I couldn't stop laughing!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great listen. Auslander did a terrific job in the read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Shalom tells his own story with a lot of tongue in cheek humor.


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

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8674)
    Performance
    (5332)
    Story
    (5320)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Great way to learn some history"
    Overall

    Like Follett's previous books, this one generates great character development and personalities for fictional people who probably really did act and behave the way written in the book. It's easy to see why history evolved the way it did and how Hitler came to power from the ashes and apparent stupidity of WWI.

    John Lee, the reader, is fantastic and complete joy to listen to !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Artemis Fowl: Artemis Fowl, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    Overall
    (2052)
    Performance
    (1014)
    Story
    (1023)

    Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genuis, and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories, they're dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.

    JHawk 77 says: "Artemis Fowl (unabridged)"
    "Great book for young adults & adults"
    Overall

    Well written with lots of humor! A great listen on our 9 hour driving vacation.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ponzi's Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    It was a time when anything seemed possible, instant wealth, glittering fame, fabulous luxury, and for a run of magical weeks in the spring and summer of 1920, Charles Ponzi made it all come true. Promising to double investors' money in three months, the dapper, charming Ponzi raised the "rob Peter to pay Paul" scam to an art form and raked in millions at his office in downtown Boston.

    Celia says: "Very enlightening"
    "How stupid can people be???"
    Overall

    What a fun book to listen to! It's hard to believe that people in the 20's were that gullible. But, given all the TARP money that Washington has handed out, maybe we haven't changed that much. I actually liked Charles Ponzi at the end of the book....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9159)
    Performance
    (3567)
    Story
    (3606)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Hoping it wouldn't end.."
    Overall

    Enjoy the first book very much but found World Without End as good if not better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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