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John S

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  • 110 reviews
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  • Brideshead Revisited

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (205)

    Evelyn Waugh's most celebrated work is a memory drama about the intense entanglement of the narrator, Charles Ryder, with a great Anglo-Catholic family. Written during World War II, the story mourns the passing of the aristocratic world Waugh knew in his youth and vividly recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by wartime austerities; in so doing it also provides a profound study of the conflict between the demands of religion and the desires of the flesh.

    Vieux Carré Blonde says: "Extraordinary"
    "Buy for narrator, or if you like Downton Abby"
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    The story is slightly tedious sometimes, but the narration is impeccable. Jeremy Irons the British actor does an amazing job at narration. This was also a PBS series with Jeremy Irons as one of the characters so he knows the material in and out. You would have no clue that you were not actually listening to several different narrator. Set in England at the same times as the Downton Abby series many of the characters are very similar. You have the overbearing mother, the social climbing friends and the boozy lord of the manor. Be forewarned that the ending is not so happy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shatter

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (242)

    Psychologist Joe O'Laughlin fails to stop a confused woman from jumping off a bridge to her death. Joe knows she had been talking on a cellphone. Now he needs to find out who - or what - was on the other end of the line.

    Old Hippy says: "First rate suspense story, great narration!"
    "Different Kind of Thriller"
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    I really enjoyed this book, I am a big fan of this genre and have listened to the entire series of John Sanford, Jon Nesbo, and Jussi Adler Olson. I would rate this in this category as well done.

    I like this book because it has a different theme. The victims kill themselves mostly by being convinced that they must do so. The villain is an experienced British major who has spent his life torturing and interrogating terrorists and "alleged terrorists. Now he turns his skills to the British civilian population. Psychologist Joe O'Laughlin who is suffering from parkinson disease must stop him. In the process he puts his family in harms way.

    There is not too much violence or heros with martial art or weapons skills. It is a battle of minds. Psychologist Joe O'Laughlin can barley even walk so will not be fighting a pitched battle with the villain.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marco Effect: Department Q, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (187)

    All fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson wants is to become a Danish citizen and go to school like a normal teenager. But his uncle Zola rules his former gypsy clan with an iron fist. Revered as a god and feared as a devil, Zola forces the children of the clan to beg and steal for his personal gain. When Marco discovers a dead body - proving the true extent of Zola's criminal activities - he goes on the run. But his family members aren't the only ones who'll go to any lengths to keep Marco silent - forever.

    Robert says: "So Well Written, So Well Narrated"
    "One more great title in series"
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    I have listened to all these books in this series. This is as good or perhaps better than the earlier books. Set in Copenhagen Denmark, it is a detective thriller featuring Department Q. Three misfits lead by Inspector Carl Mork occupy the basement of police headquarters and are in charge of cold cases. Besides Carl are Assad from Syria and Rose. Assad is a rather mysterious character with a less than adequate grasp of the native language. He is always mixing up his metaphors and creating analogies revolving around camels. Rose dresses and acts like a punk rocker. Both are good detectives in their own right. The series reminds a little of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the really good series by Jon Nesbo.

    This plot is more complex than earlier books in the series and involves corrupt bankers, gypsies, hired African assassins, corrupt civil servants and of course Department Q. Marco is one of the gypsies who leaves the clan and must make his way on the streets of Copenhagen while being chased by just about everyone. At 15 he uses the skills he learned as a pickpocket and thief to allude his pursuers.

    Good 13 hours of listening enjoyment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silence of the Lambs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (731)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (659)

    A serial murderer known only by a grotesquely apt nickname - Buffalo Bill - is stalking women. He has a purpose, but no one can fathom it, for the bodies are discovered in different states. Clarice Starling, a young trainee at the FBI Academy, is surprised to be summoned by Jack Crawford, chief of the Bureau's Behavioral Science section. Her assignment: to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter - Hannibal the Cannibal - who is kept under close watch in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

    Parusski says: "Much more than the movie"
    "Movie follows book almost verbatium"
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    This is a great listen. It is only ruined if you have ever seen the movie. The book could almost been the screenplay for movie. Therefore there is no suspense because you know exactly what will happen. So if you have seen the movie maybe save the credit. If you have not seen movie, then listen to this then watch the movie. It is much more suspenseful in that order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Child Thief: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Dan Smith
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (122)

    A troubled World War I veteran races across the frozen steppe of 1930's Ukraine to save a child from a shadowy killer with unthinkable plans. Luka is a war veteran who now wants nothing more than to have a quiet life with his family. His village has, so far, remained hidden from the advancing Soviet brutality. But everything changes the day a stranger arrives, pulling a sled bearing a terrible cargo. In the chaos, a little girl has vanished, and Luka is the only man with the skills to find the stolen child and her kidnapper.

    David says: "Brilliant--both the writing and the narration"
    "Epic thriller set in Ukraine"
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    This is both a great thriller as well as historical thriller. Set in the Ukraine during WWI and WWII it is much about the child thief as it is about the terror of living in Stalinist Russia. This was the period of collectivization, where peasants were forced off the land they had sometime worked for generations. The hero of the book spends as much time hunting the child thief as he does dodging the Stalinist officials. It also can be considered as a survivalist book because the hunt takes place in the frozen forest of Russia in the middle of winter. The story does bog down for a few chapters with page after page of torture scenes. This is one of my more favorite listens of the year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lieutenants: Book One of the Brotherhood of War Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (515)

    They were the young ones, the bright ones, the ones with the dreams. From the Nazi-prowled wastes of North Africa to the bloody corridors of Europe, they honorably answered the call. War - it was their duty, their job, their life. They marched off as boys and they came back - those who made it - as soldiers and professionals forged in the heat of battle....

    Rochelle says: "Not just a Novel about War"
    "Not really a WWII book."
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    This book is tied together because the major characters are simply Lieutenants. While it begins in WWII with a major character being captured by the Germans and sent to a prison camp, most of the book actually takes place between WWII and the Korean War. Sort of a soap opera with military families.

    The part of the book that describes the escape from Germany is fast paced, but the majority is fairly dull. Nothing much happens in the entire second half of the book. The major characters go from one posting to the other and it's really a story about daily life in the military when there are no battles to fight other than with the Pentagon bureaucracy. If you have not read the Winds of War series go with that alternative, this is not quite as good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remains of the Day

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (279)

    The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world in postwar England. At the end of his three decades of service at Darlington Hall, Stevens embarks on a country drive, during which he looks back over his career to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving "a great gentleman". But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness" and graver doubts about his own faith in the man he served.

    Dan Harlow says: "Duty, Honor, England"
    "So upper crust and booring"
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    I know this was an audie award winner. The narration was excellent. The story not so much. In fact I found it rather tedious. It is the story of a butler in one of the "better" homes in England. As a butler you would say life is not too exciting. Neither is this book. There is an entire chapter on what makes a "proper" English butler. The excitement begins when the butler talks of a few days to drive across England (that's a snooze too).

    If you like books about England society, then you may enjoy this book. If you don't then expect to be pretty bored. Actually I almost like it because I listen to books sometimes to help me fall asleep at night. This book commendably accomplished that job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Harry Markopolos
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1407)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (705)

    No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff's scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team - affectionately called "the Fox Hounds" by Markopolos himself - uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world's largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.

    Brendan says: "Shocking, terrific"
    "An abridged version would be better"
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    I purchased this book because I like finance stories. At 13 hours, however, it gets rather tedious at times. This is the story of the man who first discovered Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme. The parts of the book that talk about the discovery are interesting. But a large part of the book is a big rant against the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC). In fact about 3 of the total 13 hours is nothing but a big rant. Okay, okay the SEC messed up. Got it in the first hour.

    It also has some odd stories about the author fearing for his life and buying guns and checking for bombs under his car. However, there is no proof whatsoever that the Russian Mob was after him, that Bernie Madoff ever thought of hiring a hit man, or the SEC was out to "get" him. Made the author sound like a total paranoid.

    Anyways at 13 hours about half is worthwhile listening. The last 2 hours are really not about the Ponzi scheme but people sobbing about their lost money, which also turns into a rant on the SEC. It actually sounded like an attempt for filing a class action suit against the SEC by the author and his lawyers. Sort of put me off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Anna Massey
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives - resenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

    VampSlayer0 says: "Fantastic!!!!!!"
    "Great Mystery Classic"
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    This is a good read for everyone, but it will be appreciated by women more. The new Mrs De Winter must live in the shadow of the late Mrs De Winter, Rebecca. It's slightly similar to Gone With the Wind in that the central character is actually a house. Instead of Tara we have Manderlay. This English manor is set on the coast of England and is similar to Downton Abbey with the dozens of house hold staff including the evil Mrs Danvers. The young naive new Mrs DeWinter tries to cope in an environment that overwhelms her. But all is not as it seems. Kind of slow at beginning but it picks up the pace about a third into the book. This was also a great movie with Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine directed by Alfred Hitchcock. (You can find on Utube)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Touch & Go: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2255)
    Performance
    (1897)
    Story
    (1913)

    Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life you’d find in the pages of a glossy magazine: A beautiful 14-year-old daughter. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by all. A perfect life. When investigator Tessa Leone arrives at the crime scene in the foyer of the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and a million tiny pieces of bright green Taser confetti. The family appears to have been abducted.

    lisa says: "Wait for it to go on clearance!"
    "Author cops out in end."
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    This was a fairly good till end, where the author cops out and goes with a "typical" conclusion where everything has to be wrapped up in a neat package. I guessed how it would end and the major plot line halfway through the book because the author tries so hard to divert the readers attention from the true suspect. Good listen on average but not much suspense. I like to listen to books that keep me guessing outcome. If you like the genre and can't guess outcome early on then you will enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flashforward

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1181)
    Performance
    (631)
    Story
    (636)

    A scientific experiment begins, and as the button is pressed, the unexpected occurs: everyone in the world goes to sleep for a few moments while everyone's consciousness is catapulted more than twenty years into the future. At the end of those moments, when the world reawakens, all human life is transformed by foreknowledge.

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "How would you digest the fruits of knowledge??"
    "Interesting concept but falls apart at end"
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    I liked this book. It's part scifi, part murder mystery. If you like science, especially quantum physics it's a good book. If not, then probably not. If you like the science part, then its good till the last few chapters. An experiment at a supercollider throws everyone on the planet into a trance for 2 minutes. While in the trance you get to see 20 years into the future (but if you are driving a car guess what happens). Some people see what they will become, other people just see what they are dreaming, and then there are the people who see nothing meaning you are dead in 20 years. A major character tries to understand why he is dead and finds out he will be murdered. So far so good. Then its starts to get kind of cosmic as in 2001 space odyssey kind of stuff. Then it turns into a kind of romance book. I wish I was editor on this book because it would have been great without last 2 chapters and a twist on ending (maybe not so "happy".)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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