PLOT: Seal Bio and the plan to take down Bin Laden~
Mark Owen is an AKA~ pseudo~to HIDE the idenity of a real life Navy Seal who was Part of the SEAL TEAM 6~ Anit-Terrorism Navy Seals~ Owen who has a hero worship of Seals from his youth. Getting to be a SEAL is no easy task. They are the elite of the elite both physically and mentally. TEXT book is the phrase he uses to perfect his sit ups and mental strength. He outlines the training in details but ADDS his own human side which keeps us interested. This drags at first. AFTER all it is a 6 hour audio and part way through brings us back to the PLOT and and deeds of Bin Laden. the HEART POUNDING trip into the Bin Laden Compound to" GET HIM"~ is first rate and keeps you glued to the story. WE learn details we did not read or hear before. And CLEARS UP the inaccurate news reported by the press of the mission. BETTER than I expected. THE "details" are what ADDS the very human faces of REAL life SEALS and YOU have a 5 STAR audiobook. Plot is first rate and READER is 4 STARS~ and over all 5 STAR. I was skeptical all the HYPE would live up to the reality but I give this over all a 5 STAR for the mission alone and close up LOOK into the mission and life of a Navy SEAL~ ** THE AUTHOR details that he is using NON RESTRICTED MILITARY INFO ALSO he claims that all details involving seal activity has been published before can be found in published forms (internet or books or newspapers).and he also states an independant expert has verify all material used in the book was non restricted. This info is stated in the forward of the audio. VERY good STORY.
PLOT: personal assistant to Hitler this close up look at the inner circle of Adolph Hitler.
Heinz Linge~ is "gopher" to Hitler, bodyguard, driver, assistant, valet. This man lived with Hitler mostly through the "War Years" and this is a very close up look at Hitler and his inner circle. It is very well done. We see how Linge reveals Hitler's Personality and his habits. As well as a very good look at his "relationship" with Eva Braun. The look at Himmler, Bohrman, Goebbels and Goring. the Goring info is especially interesting. Linge who was both intelligent and writes a straight forward bio of Hitler and the final Days INSIDE the bunker in Berlin. As well as the final escape of the few from the bunker including himself and his days as a prisoner in Russia. Much better than expected I would highly recommend this bio. 4 STARS all the way with a very good reader~
PLOT: the circumstances surrounding the death of the General George Patton.
General George Patton "old Blood and guts" ...the general who used every bit of his skills and pushed him men to the brink many times. His victories are legendary this larger than life general. He pushed his way into the Rhine and the heart of Germany and helped save BASTOGNE by pushing against very heavy odds to help win the Battle of the Bulge. His distrusted the Russians openly and often offended them in interviews and comments to the point where the KGB....(RUSSIAN secret police) had him on their HIT list. Patton often made many mistakes including "slapping' a soldier and wanting to push ahead of the Russians into Berlin. He suffered from "foot in his mouth".... He knew many secrets of Allies. He was a "loose cannon" in the eyes of many people including 2 American Presidents both FDR and Truman. Some near misses including an attack by a British Spitfire on Patton's plane add to the intrigue. Being sent home and given a "bogus" army to lead.....to save face....Patton is days away from returning to the USA when he is "accidentally" hit by stolen American military truck with 3 DRUNK American soldiers in the truck. Suffering a serious spinal injury but he is expected to live but suddenly dies. Leading yet more mystery surrounding his death. There are NO reports about a stolen truck or investigations of the soldiers involved in the accident. CREDIBLE witnesses including fellow passengers in the same car as Patton.....a General NO less.... and Patton's Driver.....who all said told the same story about the DRUNK soldiers. Did someone "silence" the outspoken Patton so he could not tell HIS story when returning to the US? O'Reilly and Dugard the authors both do admit they do not believe in any kind of "conspiracy" theories on this event. But give plenty information about Military files come up missing or were never investigated. This bio is very entertaining since they give us a close up look from both the American, German and Russian sides of the War and add some very clear pictures of history and of the fascinating and odd.. demise of Patton..... VERY good.....4 stars all the way.
PLOT: mini bio of Adolph Hitler
This hits the highlights of Hitlers life. Lacks details but gives a solid over all bio of the man and what influenced him. FAST listen. 3 STARS~ geared for students.
PLOT: follow up to Pride and Prejudice .....not bad....
Christmas at Pemberley~ and Lizzie is so happy with her marriage but feels the pressure of not producing an heir. Soon the gathering of all the Bennett's and Darcy's under one roof has a child seen with Darcy has everyone speculating. Could this be a illegitimate child by a "French woman" Elizabeth has some one "confide" in her? This is a good story but worth listing too about once. This Lizzie is not spunky or lively. I give it 3 stars.
PLOT: a disabled "patient" of Dr. Lecter is out for revenge.....
a former patient of Dr. Lecter (MASON) is spending the rest of his life on a respirator and "plotting" his revenge against Dr. Lecter. Mason who's twisted mind had him getting "therapy" from Dr. Lecter now is out to get settle the score with Lecter..... Mason is disabled in mind and body from Lecters "therapy".....Clarice Starling is used as the BAIT to help capture Lecter. Mason who is despised by everyone especially his sister. His twisted logic has him scheming a very demented revenge for Hannibal. But Clarice is drug into the plan and has both her career ended and yet has to help SAVE Lecter from a horrible fate. a good follow up from Silence of the Lambs. and it gives us even more details of Lecters twist logic and ablity to make an escape. I give it 4 STARS and even though it is very gory I was glued to the very end. VERY good reader too.
PLOT: Yuri feels the great American dream does not live up to HIS expectations so he plans his revenge.
Yuri immigrated from Russia where he made biological weapons. He looked for the Great American Dream of wealth and fame. Instead his ends up as a Hack Taxi Cab driver and decides to use his "weapons" skills to release his own biochemical weapon 'surprise' on the America he has grown to hate. His scheme moves forward but he adds some skin heads who's own agenda is to "use" Yuri and they scheme together on the mass biochemical attack on New York. This is very detailed and we get inside the heads of both Yuri and the skin heads...to make sure the "weapon' works they use Carla ...Yuri's wife ....as the guinea pig...the doctor who does the autopsy....sees the husband (YURI)..is anything but the grieving husband....and the trail leads....to Yuri's house where the
"lab" ...for the weapon is being made..... This is very well done and gives us the details to keep us glued to this thriller. I give it 5 STARS.....reader was also very good. Over all 5 STARS for a fast paced medical thrilled by Robin Cook. one of his early and very best.
PLOT: classic Pimpernel with Big time Movie STARS~
Leslie Howard is Sir Percy aka the Scarlet Pimpernel who played him the movie. Olivia DeHavilland is Margarite complete with French accent. This is a well done Radio play from the golden age of Radio. Sir Percy in disguise rescues aristocrats from Reign of Terror in France. Very good for a fast one hour show and included are the EVER fun LUX flakes
commercials~~ that keep your stockings from "runs"....5 STAR all the way.
PLOT: passengers try to survive on a lifeboat after a German sub torpedo's their ship.
the ATLANTIC and World War 2 is occurring. a LIFEBOAT takes on a variety of survivors....the excellent Tallulah Bankhead is Connie the reporter who donates her MINK to a freezing woman.....Jeff Chandler is the working man who passes the time playing a millionaire for money....All the survivors have a story but as they slowly die from starvation and dehydration the Nazi they took on is in the best shape....why? This is a play on the human spirit and the morals of each come into focus on the lifeboat. EXCELLENT plot and keeps you glued to the entire performance. 5 STARS all the way and Alfred Hitchock who directed the movie version introduces the audio.
PLOT: Aldrich Ames the ultimate spy~ selling secrets to the KGB.
Aldrich Ames worked for the CIA~ having a failed first marriage and then marries a very well educated Columbian Rosario. Rosario likes nice things and spends at an alarming amount of money. When Rick (ALDLRICH) Ames is even more seriously in debt he takes a walk over to the Russian Embassy and offers to "sell secrets". As his information is proved "very helpful" and more operatives spying for the CIA 'disappear'.... Ames is given even more money a grand total of $2.7 MILLION dollars by the Russians. Dozens of people died and many ended up in prison. Ames continued to spy until the day he was arrested. He was mainly captured due to his very extravagant spending. When you pay $500,000 CASH for a house someone has to find out. LOL.....Jeanne Vertefelle and Sandy Grimes had worked for the CIA for years. They working hard even through the good old boy network only allowed women for typing. As they are recruited for a special team to ferret WHY so many CIA spies are "disappearing".... ruling out wire taps and communication breaches they only have a "mole" as the last possibility. Ames who felt he deserved a extravagant foreign car HE drove to work every day....finally gets noticed.... when combing Ame's bank statements do they get the final PROOF Ames has a new hobby.....selling secrets....to the KGB. This starts with the history of Jeanne and Sandy the authors... and their climb up the CIA ladder. then they are chosen to find the MOLE. Ames who is labeled a narcissist can pass a lie detector test has no feelings of guilt what so ever about his double dealing. The LOOK into the capture of a SPY and the workings of the CIA is both interesting and very entertaining. This book is excellent and give us the most accurate look at Ames by his own co workers. I give it 5 out of 5.
PLOT: DETAILS about the greatest spy network ever.
1930s and the Cambridge spies are being recruited one by one. Philby, Blunt, MacClean,and Guy Burgess. All decide to spy for Communist Russia. Because of education and the "good old boy" network the upper class education gets the Cambridge Spies into the best jobs in the foreign office and at the outbreak of World War 2. Harold "KIM" Philby has access and the means to simply remove TOP SECRET files and copy them at home and return them the next day. Dozens of under cover operatives are sold out and killed as a result of his treachery. When Burgess and MacClean end up escaping to Russia Philby is soon under suspicion. Because of the lack of PROOF they soon have to clear his name once he is accused of spying. The CIA and Angleton "trusted" Philby simply because he was so very charismatic. a heavy drinker and womanizer he still had people defend him no matter what. After he was "let go" from MI 6 he is in Africa doing the ONLY job he was allowed to have....reporting middle east events to a newspaper. One final 'confrontation" with by MI6 has Philby give a 'partial confession' and instead of putting him under arrest or at least having him under surveillance Philby simply hops a freighter and ends up in Russia. Philby had convinced himself he was a major player in the spy game and at least would be recognized as a KBG Officer. But his "golden cage" in Russia does not live up to his expectations. The KGB believe he is a triple agent planted by England to spy on Russia. This leads to yet more alcoholism and even an attempted suicide. He is followed and under constantly under the ever watchful eye of the KGB. and he is NOT allowed access to any kind of Russian Secrets. To pass the time he married a Russian woman and wrote books. He dies and was buried with full military honor in Moscow. This is a very good audiobook. It gives us a first hand look at the PERSONALITY of Philby who was both likeable and was able to pass on secrets that resulted in hundreds of people killed. Philby who never felt any kind of remorse OR responsibility or what happened as a result of his spying. The focus on this one is PHILBY. Maybe the greatest spy of all who was "allowed" to continue working and full access even when he was under suspicion. 4 STARS for story, very good reader and very interesting story.
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