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Perry

Perry Martin is an American Audio Book Reviewer. I listen to 3-4 books a week as a long haul truck driver. I review so you don't have to.

albany, OR, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Who Shot JFK?

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robin Ramsay
    • Narrated By Bob Sinfield
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    After nearly 1000 books, half a dozen journals, two official inquiries, several million pages of declassified documents, dozens of TV documentaries and hundreds of Websites, is there anything left to say about the assassination of President John F Kennedy? Hell, yes. The Kennedy assassination remains both the greatest whodunit of the post-World War Two era and the best route into recent American history.

    Patrick Weldon says: "A Rare 5 Star."
    "Need Hard copy of Book for audio to help you any.."
    Overall

    About every other sentence was a reference to the bibliography of where to look for more information. Sorry audible, this is one you need to buy the hard copy of.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Think of a Number: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Verdon
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (299)

    Arriving in the mail over a period of weeks are taunting letters that end with a simple declaration: “Think of any number…picture it…now see how well I know your secrets.” Amazingly, those who comply find that the letter writer has predicted their random choice exactly. For Dave Gurney, just retired as the NYPD’s top homicide investigator and forging a new life with his wife, Madeleine, in upstate New York, the letters are oddities that begin as a diverting puzzle but quickly ignite a massive serial murder investigation.

    Kelley says: "Fresh and Frightening!"
    "#1 of Dave Gurney Series A Must Listen"
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    This is the first book in the Dave Gurney Series. This audiobook is narrated by Scott Brick. Scott also did the second book in this series Shut Your Eyes Tight. 

    John Verdon is a once in a lifetime author. He has no law enforcement background but writes like a retired cop, much like his main character Dave Gurney. Dave is A retired NYPD Detective and is asked to look at a case.

    This is the first time we meet Dave and his wife and son. His (what I call) Anti-Partner Jack Hargrove and his need to solve puzzles. Dave puts his whole heart into this case and even risks his own life to answer questions and close the case tight.

    This is a book of substance but keeps you listening through the very end. This book does not have slow areas as each chapter you learn along with Dave what is happening. This is a great book and series. I am sold and a big fan.

    I bought this book for my own pleasure and review purposes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mark Harris
    • Narrated By Andrew Garman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    It was the best of times and the worst of times for Hollywood before the war. The box office was booming, and the studios’ control of talent and distribution was as airtight as could be hoped. But the industry’s relationship with Washington was decidedly uneasy - hearings and investigations into allegations of corruption and racketeering were multiplying, and hanging in the air was the insinuation that the business was too foreign, too Jewish, too "un-American" in its values and causes. Could an industry this powerful in shaping America’s mind-set really be left in the hands of this crew?

    Robert says: "Had a lot of fun with this book!"
    "Film and WWII, the price we paid for truth"
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    Five Came Back - A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War written by Mark Harris and narrated by Andrew Garman is available at Amazon and Audible.com. 

    This Audiobook is 20 hours of great insight and history of film during WWII. It chronicles the lives of five directors who left Hollywood at the height of their careers to join the military. They documented the war on film as well as made training videos and propaganda films.

    The insight that these men had as well as the studios who hedged their bets against both sides of the war is an incredible look at business during wartime as well as sacrifice made.

    You know the films, now look behind them to see the psychological impact war had on their creators and how it affected their filmmaking. If you like film of war history this book will grab your interest. Also many of the war films they speak of in this book are available to view on YouTube.  This is a great audiobook that grabs the listeners attention and takes them behind the camera during WWII.

    I purchased this book for my own pleasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War against alQaeda

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ali H. Soufan, Freedman Daniel
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (67)

    On September 12, 2001, FBI Special Agent Ali H. Soufan was handed a secret file. Had he received it months earlier—when it was requested—the attacks on New York and Washington could have been prevented. During his time on the front lines, Soufan helped thwart plots around the world and elicited some of the most important confessions from terrorists in the war against alQaeda—without laying so much as a hand on them.

    michael says: "Terrorism, torture and the CIA"
    "The true story of interrogation and agency war"
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    Narrated by Neil Shah this book is a true account of FBI Special Agent Ali Soufan. Soufan started investigating the USS Cole bombing and was still doing so on 9/11/2001. He was soon involved in the search for Bin Laden. Ali's story tells of the conflict between the FBI and the CIA. According to this book the CIA kept information from the FBI that could have captured Bin Laden years earlier than he was. 

    Soufan was an investigator and after several successful interrogations he became the FBI's most successful agent at outsmarting those alQaeda operatives who were captured. Then the CIA moved in with their Advanced Interrogation Techniques. Although they never worked, the CIA continued to use techniques that were close to torture.
    And when Ali got information from high level terrorist the CIA took credit and claimed success due to their techniques. 

    This is a long audiobook but it goes into great detail on the FBI's fight to stop terrorist attacks in the US. It has blank and redacted sections that the CIA didn't want released. This book tells the history and reasoning behind AlQaeda's actions. Be prepared for a version of events that you haven't heard from the news or government.

    This is a must listen for anyone who wants the truth about the US's investigation of AlQaeda. You may be surprised at how dysfunctional it really was or is.

    I bought this book for my own pleasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Heat

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (204)

    Determined to find justice for her mother, top NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat continues to pursue the elusive former CIA station chief who ordered her execution more than a decade ago. For the hunt, Nikki teams once again with her romantic partner, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Jameson Rook, and their quest for the old spy and the motive behind the past murder unearths an alarming terror plot, which is anything but ancient history. It is lethal. It is now. And it has already entered its countdown phase.

    Stacey Joseph says: "Narrator ruins the characters."
    "Castle at his best"
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    Yes that Richard Castle of ABC's Castle. So far there have been five novels written by character Richard Castle and these books have been published with great success. This audiobook is narrated by Robert Petcoff and he brings the flair and tone fans of the Castle TV show have grown to love.

    This is another adventure with our heroin Nicky Heat, who is still trying to piece together clues of her mothers murder as well as stop a bio-terrorism attack on New York. Her squad once again pull out all of the stops to get their perp.

    These are well written and narrated stories that show that Castle flair for the dramatic. There is drama a thrill, and danger as Nicky Heat tracks down another ruthless criminal. For enjoyment listening I recommend all of the Heat titles, all available on audible.com.

    I purchased this book for my own pleasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20079)
    Performance
    (17978)
    Story
    (18041)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Gone Girl is a Thriller Lovers Dream"
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     Narrated by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne, this book has won several awards and is now a Movie and of course this audiobook.

    I will admit I am late to the table with my reading of this book but it was well worth the 19 hours. Nick and Amy are celebrating their five year anniversary. Amy always plans a treasure hunt with riddles that have to do with important events that she remembers from the previous year. Nick, never does well at these hunts because men and women are different and what is monumentally important to one doesn't even register to the other.

    This year Amy disappears. A struggle at their home and she is gone. Nick looks for her as the police look at him. This Mystery worries Nick. Where could Amy be? The twists and turns in this book are Hitchcockesque. And the narrators voice Nick and Amy brilliantly. Listen to this audiobook and hear what everyone else is talking about.

    New York Times Janet Maslin’s 10 Favorite Books of 2012
    Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainer of the Year
    People Magazine Best books of the year
    Edgar Award nominee for Best Novel
    Amazon and Barnes & Noble Best of the Year
    Macavity Award nominee for Best Mystery Novel
    Anthony Award nominee for Best Novel
    The Women's Prize nominee for Fiction
    Strand Critics Award nominee. 

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robby's Quest: Thrills and Chills

    • UNABRIDGED (50 mins)
    • By D.C. Rush
    • Narrated By Tracy Elman
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The world is a very big place when you're a little bird, but Robby and his flock of Robins, Mourning Doves, Sparrows, and a lone Blackbird are determined to see as much of it as they can. Their latest trip takes them up the coastline from San Diego to San Francisco. This means that their friend Wanda the Whale can follow along too, bringing another Whale, Wilma, with her.

    Perry says: "Robby's Flock Finds Adventure in the Bay"
    "Robby's Flock Finds Adventure in the Bay"
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    This is the fourth book in the Robby's Quest series. D.C. Rush is author and publisher and Chills and Thrills is Narrated by Tracy Elman, and Illustrated by Daniela Frongia and is available as an audiobook. After the Flock's adventure in Las Vegas they return to San Diego. 

    Telling their stories to their friends they discuss where they will go next. They want to travel to Ohio but it is too far so they decide to take smaller trips and work their way up the west coast.

    The flock travels to San Francisco with there friends the Whales. The see the sights and visit Chinatown.  The stop by an amusement park along the way and ride some of the rides. These friends have so much fun.

    This book teaches friendship, trust, leadership, and teamwork. It is a great series.

    I received this book as a gift for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadline: Virgil Flowers, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (513)

    In Southeast Minnesota, down on the Mississippi, a school board meeting is coming to an end. The board chairman announces that the rest of the meeting will be closed, due to personnel issues. "Issues" is correct. The proposal up for a vote before them is whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. The vote is four to one in favor.

    MJ says: "Best in this series"
    "Keep up to date with Virgil Flowers, no real thril"
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    John Sandford tells interesting stories and Eric Conger narrates the Virgil Flowers characters well. This isn't your normal thriller but more of a nice police story. I guess murder is so common even the school board will do it. Knowing from the beginning who was planning the killing this book just tells s story. It's more like trading stories with an old friend than a murder mystery.

    I like the character Virgil Flowers and it was nice to hear from him but the story never felt dangerous. Virgil will solve the case and catch some fish. That's just Virgil.

    The narrator Eric Conger is great at telling the story and expressing the characters, there just isn't a lot of expression needed to tell this story.

    I like the story but it is not one of the best. More like solving a crime while on vacation.

    I bought this audiobook for my own pleasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burn

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Danny Mastrogiorgio
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (211)

    At last, Detective Michael Bennett and his family are coming home to New York City. Thanks to Bennett, the ruthless crime lord whose vengeful mission forced the Bennett family into hiding has been brought down for good. Back in the city that never sleeps, Bennett takes over a chaotic Outreach Squad in Harlem, where he receives an unusual call: a man claims to have seen a group of well-dressed men holding a bizarre party in a condemend building...

    loretta says: "Great listen, good story, BUT abrupt end......"
    "Great story to catch up - not a real thrill"
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    Danny Mastrogiorgio narrates the next book in the Michael Bennett series. After being in witness protection in California Michael, Mary Katherine, Shamus and the children move back to New York after Michael testifies.

    Upon return to New York Bennett is not received as a hero but is removed from Major Crime and placed in charge of a Motle Crew of misfit cops at the Mayors pet project the Office of the Ombudsman.

    The theft of diamonds from several brokers in the days before Diamond Week in New York puts Michael
    back at Major Crimes while running the Office of the Ombudsman. The clock is running on Bennett as he must catch the Dimond Theves before Dimond Week.

    This audiobook is worth the listen as Mastrogiorgio does a masterful job telling Patterson's story and bringing the Bennett family to life as we have always known them. It is a great continuation of the series. I am excited for the next book and that is most important.

    I bought this book for my own listening pleasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If You're Not First, You're Last: Sales Strategies to Dominate Your Market and Beat Your Competition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Grant Cardone
    • Narrated By Grant Cardone
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (127)

    During economic contractions, it becomes much more difficult to sell your products, maintain your customer base, and gain market share. Mistakes become more costly, and failure becomes a real possibility for all those who are not able to make the transition. But imagine being able to sell your products when others cannot, being able to take market share from your competitors, and knowing the precise formulas that would allow you to expand your sales while others make excuses.

    Donovan says: "Forces You To Ask - Am I Doing Enough?"
    "How to survive a economic contraction"
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    Grant Cardone controversial book gives people a step by step way out of this economic contraction. By increasing activity, reconnection with old clients and going after new clients you can bypass your competition as they cut back or hold.     

    If You're Not First You're Last, explains why you should expand during an economic contraction and how to best create new business without using the old expensive methods.

    Grant talks about not being a victim and taking control and responsibility for ones actions. Cold calling, face to face meetings and cutting out the slack in your life is covered in this book.

    This is the fifth audiobook of Grant Cardone's I have reviewed. At first I was not as excited about this title as the others but as I listened I continued to learn. Anyone in a downturn can use this knowledge to better Domminate. As Grant says competition  is for sissy's, You want to DOMINATE YOUR MARKETPLACE.  I agree.

    I purchased this book for my own education

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sell or Be Sold: How to Get Your Way in Business and in Life

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Grant Cardone
    • Narrated By Grant Cardone
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (196)

    Whether it's selling your company's product in the boardroom or selling yourself on eating healthy, everything in life can and should be treated as a sale. And as sales expert Grant Cardone explains, knowing the principles of selling is a prerequisite for success of any kind. In Sell or Be Sold, Cardone breaks down the techniques and approaches necessary to master the art of selling in any avenue.

    Duston Farrell says: "Fantastic book"
    "A must read for all who sale"
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    Grant Cardone reads his own book but never really stays on script giving many extra insight to his thinking in this audiobook. I would say if your in sales you want to be a closer. If you can't close you aren't selling anything. This book has everything you need to be a closer except the heart. You have to provide that yourself along with commitment, dedication, and persistence. This is a must read for anyone who ever wants to accomplish anything in life.
    This book was purchased for my own education.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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