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  • Fatal System Error: The Hunt for the New Crime Lords Who Are Bringing Down the Internet

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Joseph Menn
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    In this disquieting cyber thriller, Joseph Menn takes readers into the murky hacker underground, traveling the globe from San Francisco to Costa Rica and London to Russia. His guides are California surfer and computer whiz Barrett Lyon and a fearless British high-tech agent. Through these heroes, Menn shows the evolution of cyber-crime from small-time thieving to sophisticated, organized gangs, who began by attacking corporate websites but increasingly steal financial data from consumers.

    Wade T. Brooks says: "A Great Book"
    "Just the facts, Ma'am."
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    Yeah, this is like "Dragnet's" Sergeant Friday let loose on the Offshore and Eastern European internet crime punks and crime lords and gives both a fascinating insight into that life, and gave me a good appreciation of things to be cautious about in my own web travelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18199)
    Performance
    (8096)
    Story
    (8123)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Life in the raw."
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    When you strip off layers of social niceties, you get to real life as told by Stieg Larsson, and he really can tell it. (And so can Simon Vance.) Makes me almost want to move to Sweden. It's the interplay between his characters that's so appealing - such unique characters, too, each one. Such a pity he died - like a character out of his books? - and will write no more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Professor and the Madman

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    Overall
    (1451)
    Performance
    (649)
    Story
    (657)

    Part history, part true-crime, and entirely entertaining, listen to the story of how the behemoth Oxford English Dictionary was made. You'll hang on every word as you discover that the dictionary's greatest contributor was also an insane murderer working from the confines of an asylum.

    Jerry says: "Perfect example of a quality audible book."
    "Crazy good."
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    I've been a big OED fan for years and this was a jolly good read. That's a talent, making an interesting story about dictionary writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2851)
    Performance
    (2580)
    Story
    (2574)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions.

    William says: "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"
    "A Killer Story"
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    This isn't my usual type of reading, but I like to learn from experts of all sorts and look into every corner of life and see how it works and this book delivered just what I expected from a pro telling his story. He really is a straight shooter, and writes that way (with help from the co-writer, I guess). No sugar coating, not propaganda, just very interesting reading (if you can stomach this sort of thing).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1363)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (664)

    In 1937, Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight", For Whom the Bell Tolls.

    A User says: "The Mountains of Spain"
    "Stunning."
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    I somehow never had read this book though I'd heard of it since my youth, and always had some other idea about it. WHAT A STORY!!!! What writing! I'll definitely listen to it again, once it's settled.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (192)

    When Ernest Hemingway died in 1961 he had nearly completed A Moveable Feast, which eventually was published posthumously in 1964 and edited by his widow Mary Hemingway. This new special edition of Hemingway's classic memoir of his early years in Paris in the 1920's presents the original manuscript as the author intended it to be published at the time of his death.

    Julie says: "Perfect complement-Paris Wife & Midnight in Paris"
    "Hemingway, Paris, the "Lost Generation" . . ."
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    A real pleasure getting into this storied time with all the American artist expatriates on the Left Bank. No one can tell it like Hemingway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Short Stories, Volume I

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Stacy Keach
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (70)

    This definitive audio collection, read by Stacy Keach, traces the development and maturation of Hemingway's distinct and revolutionary storytelling style - from the plain bald language of his first story to his mastery of seamless prose that contained a spare, eloquent pathos, as well as a sense of expansive solitude. These stories showcase the singular talent of a master, the most important American writer of the 20th century.

    Jerry`` says: "Papa wouldn't have like this recording."
    "Hemingway's hard to beat"
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    I "read" this one at the end of a Hemingway binge, and it doesn't measure up to For Whom the Bell Tolls, but still good reading.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Polar Star

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (478)

    Ex-Chief Investigator Arkady Renko is in deep on the “slime line” - the fish-gutting station - in the Polar Star, a Soviet fish factory ship of some 250 souls, almost as many secrets, and a dangerous shipboard sub-culture that cares little for the Party, and less for human life.

    Richard Delman says: "Probably the greatest audiobook ever. Really."
    "Riveting."
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    East meets West is always a tasty recipe and this spicy book is a worthy follow-up to Gorky Park.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Film

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Wheeler Winston Dixon, Gwendolyn Audrey Foster
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    The history of international cinema is now available in a concise, conveniently sized, and affordable volume. Succinct yet comprehensive, A Short History of Film provides an accessible overview of the major movements, directors, studios, and genres from the 1880s to the present.

    Alan says: "A fascinating textbook - (is that possible?)"
    "A fascinating textbook - (is that possible?)"
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    I was afraid that this was going to be a very pedantic, professorial book about film criticism, but it's not like that. It does include all the different schools of thought about film - the auteur theory, mise en scene and all that - but it remains interesting throughout, grounded in facts and anecdotes and focusing on the greatest films of all time - I wound up with an enormous new list of "must see" movies, not because the authors said so, but they made them so interesting to me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6783)
    Performance
    (3830)
    Story
    (3857)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Erica says: "Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever"
    "High-tech cartoon literature."
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    I liked all the tech insights the best. The characters are so unrealistically drawn, like cartoon buffoons, that this became irritating. It might actually make a fun movie to watch, because all the explosions and blood and gore go well with popcorn, but makes very boring reading - I definitely won't bother reading the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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