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James

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  • The Best Defense: A Barbara Holloway Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    A gripping, poignant, and masterful courtroom novel, The Best Defense is a major work from one of America's most popular writers.

    Alex says: "Couldn't put it down"
    "Warning!"
    Overall

    Unless you are immune to over-characterization, be warned the reader does tend to get carried away with verbalization and overly emphasized commentary. The story line is interesting and detailed, but the reader made listening uncomfortable for us both.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cabinet of Curiosities: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    Overall
    (776)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (685)

    In an ancient tunnel underneath New York City a charnel house is discovered. Inside are 36 bodies all murdered and mutilated more than a century ago. While FBI agent Pendergast investigates the old crimes, identical killings start to terrorize the city. The nightmare has begun. Again.

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable, but not my favorite"
    "Fascinating story..."
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    This story was interesting from the first chapter through the end of the book, and I was never really sure where the twists and turns would lead. One of those crazy, believable novels that oozes historical accuracy, Cabinet of Curiosities will transport you to a completely different world and back again !! Great fun !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By David Stuckler, Sanjay Basu
    • Narrated By Tim Andres Pabon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In The Body Economic, Stuckler and Basu mine data from around the globe and throughout history to show how government policy becomes a matter of life and death during financial crises. In a series of historical case studies stretching from 1930s America, to Russia and Indonesia in the 1990s, to present-day Greece, Britain, Spain, and the U.S., Stuckler and Basu reveal that governmental mismanagement of financial strife has resulted in a grim array of human tragedies.

    Kevin says: "Powerful & Relevant facts on Austerity & Health..."
    "Should be Required Reading"
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    Stuckler and Basu hit it out of the park with this work! The book provided me with a terrific explanation of stimulus vs. austerity economics, and examples of how these different approaches have affected citizens in different countries. This book should be a required read for every US Senate and House member, and all US voters. A+

    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
    (10147)
    Performance
    (9191)
    Story
    (9271)

    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...."
    "Lost interest..."
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    before I finished the first "book". I thouroughly enjoyed Dan Brown's previous three novels, and had trouble putting them down. This story is not based on history, with the exception references to objects and cities that exist. Too much of a reality stretch for me, and I found the narrator's female characterizations a turn off. Different strokes, so while I was disappointed, another listener could find it enjoyable; I simply did not.

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2413)
    Performance
    (2063)
    Story
    (2052)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "Kept me guessing !!"
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    Really enjoyed this current time-frame detective murder case. The twists and turns were devilishly realistic, and true to the chaos of real life. Stephen Hogan was like a breath of fresh air, as he provided the ideal dialogue with just the right accent - he nailed all the characters as different people in the story, but never over the top. Highly recommend this book !!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2124)
    Performance
    (1890)
    Story
    (1894)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "Interesting Take on a Worn Out Topic"
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    I can't say I didn't enjoy the book, but I was hoping for a little more in depth new information, as opposed to the company line of the single assassin, non-conspiracy story. The delivery is totally O'Reilly, firm and abrupt, in some ways, a throwback to Walter Winchell's style. Of course, there was quite a bit of "new" gossip concerning the personal lives of JFK, Jackie, Robert, and their government as well as personal contacts. Overall, OK, and I"m sure most readers will enjoy this book to some degree.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bourne Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1032)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (348)

    In Robert Ludlum's ground-breaking career, no other character so captured the world's imagination as Jason Bourne. He appeared in three of Robert Ludlum's own best-selling novels, his best-selling works to this day. Now, with the major motion picture adaptation of Ludlum's The Bourne Supremacy, the Ludlum estate has finally acceded to the demands of readers around the world, turning to best-selling writer Eric Van Lustbader to create a brand new Jason Bourne novel, The Bourne Legacy.

    Linda says: "It sure reads like a Ludlum book!"
    "Not up to MY expectations..."
    Overall
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    Years ago I discovered Robert Ludlum's works about Jason Bourne in paperback, and literally devoured them one at a time, enjoying every word. Times have changed, and today, I find myself listening to most all of my "reading". Maybe I was expecting too much, but after not enjoying the movie (not much of a surprise), I am unable to listen to this book past the first half of the first file. The reader drones on and on with little emotion, pretty much following the ersatz storyline, whatever that is, featuring characters that are confusing to say the least. (I restarted the book three times to get an idea of who was who) Pretty much a bust compared to the Jack Reacher series... This book reminds me of listening to a lecture on a subject of no interest. However, you may find that it fits YOUR taste...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of an Economic Hitman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Perkins
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1982)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (549)

    "Economic hit men," John Perkins writes, "are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder."

    Robert P. says: "Excellent Story for people have traveled"
    "Revealing, sobering, almost religious revelations."
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    The only book that has come close to this one for me was WASHINGTON RULES. Between these two books, all the events, inter-relationships, and political tom-foolery of our government begins to make complete sense. You may not like what you hear, but you will come away a bit more educated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3408)
    Performance
    (2821)
    Story
    (2827)

    Everything starts somewhere. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover - to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control. Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justice - and an appetite for secrets.

    Melinda says: ""All Aboard!""
    "Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz"
    Overall
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    Have listened to most of Lee Child's Jack Reacher series books, and this is the first one that almost put me to sleep. Like a movie that should have ended sixty minutes ago, this story runs on and on aimlessly for hours. I am two hours from the finish, and am moving on to another book. I don't even care about whodunit. Might have enjoyed white noise better. Reacher's repeated trysts with the sherriff were an example of this books style...once is good, twice is OK, three, four, and more distill the novelty, and eventually, you are able to write the scene yourself. Don't waste a credit on this one...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12887)
    Performance
    (5245)
    Story
    (5287)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "More like an experience..."
    Overall

    than a book. The reader is a perfect match for this wonderful story woven by Ken Follett. I felt as if I knew the characters intimately, and my wife and I compared notes as we listened independently, enjoying every aspect of this epic story of 12th Century England and France. Even though this is one of the most lengthy audible books we have purchased, it was difficult to "put the book down", and the story continued to hold our interest right up to the final words. A genuine treat!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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