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Thomas

kestrel

New Mexico

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  • Sterling Point Books: The Sinking of the Bismarck: The Deadly Hunt

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Benjamin Becker
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    The Bismark was the greatest warship ever built, with guns so powerful and accurate it could destroy an enemy ship while safely staying outside the line of fire. But the Allies had to sink it...or risk losing the war. William Shirer, famed World War II correspondent and author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, captures every suspenseful moment of the perilous mission.

    Shivram says: "Audible KIDS Title - Narration for 10 year olds"
    "not in keeping with Shirer style"
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    Very disappointing. William Shirer, was a writer and Narrator. He tells a good story, but with this; it all seems so choppy. The Narrator is just not up to the task. he has quirks he repeats throughout, almost treating every sentence in the same way. He seems very amateurish not to mention his frequent mispronunciations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maisie Dobbs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Rita Barrington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1510)
    Performance
    (931)
    Story
    (928)

    Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

    A User says: "A delightful discovery"
    "Excellent concepts"
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    I find I really like this author and what she brings to her works. She is careful and thoughtful by design. That said: This is not the best book in the series from the standpoint of story for story's sake, BUT is a very necessary book in the background of Maisie Dobbs, to more fully appreciate the books that come after. Her lessons in psychology alone are thought provoking, and most importantly, are healing, positive, and light emitting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Messenger of Truth: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (310)

    London, 1931. The night before an exhibition of his artwork opens at a famed Mayfair gallery, the controversial artist Nick Bassington-Hope falls to his death. The police rule it an accident, but Nick's twin sister, Georgina, isn't so sure. For help with this case, Georgina seeks out Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator.

    karen says: "Excellent book!"
    "A Pleasant Surprise."
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    Very well done. Most believable. The author shows a very good deal of intelligence, and a good researcher. Overall a very pleasant surprise. I'm buying my second one now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8148)
    Performance
    (6320)
    Story
    (6345)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "This one's for all of us."
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    Good story, well written, and excellently performed. This book applies to all of humanity. A story for our times. I'll not say who I think Should read it, as they would not allow themselves to be moved by it anyway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2212)
    Performance
    (2061)
    Story
    (2054)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "good detective character"
    Overall
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    Good character development attempt in a repetitive character by a second book. I'm thinking this guy is getting more and more interesting. So is Robin, (or Robyn as I've not seen the print), his very special sidekick. I am interested, as a male, that she is able to get some of the more subtle male attitudes down in believable fashion, (or maybe it's just me who thinks they are subtle attitudes). I hope there will be many more with these two characters. I like this book.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • A Fighting Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Warren
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Warren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (367)

    As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an elementary school teacher - an ambitious goal, given her family’s modest means. Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put even that dream out of reach, but 15 years later she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt. Then came the phone call that changed her life: could she come to Washington, DC, to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws?

    Amy says: "Great Book. Great Narration."
    "Draft Her"
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    This should be read by every rank and file common American. She is a scrapper willing to fight for us, "we the people". I think we should draft her in 2016 for president. At the same time throw out all of those party hacks that only seem to be able to support the moneyed corporations and "one percenters", who think "We The People" just means them. We need someone who would actually do what the people need and want. Let's Draft her.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • End Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Michael Dibdin
    • Narrated By Michael Tudor Barnes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Italian police detective Aurelio Zen is posted to remote Calabria, at the toe of the Italian boot, on a routine assignment. But what he encounters there is anything but routine. Beneath the surface of a tight-knit community, violent forces are at work. Zen is determined to find a way to penetrate the code of silence and uncover the truth behind a brutal murder. His mission is complicated by another secret that has drawn strangers from the other side of the world - a hunt for buried treasure.

    Bernard J. Baars says: "Good writer, good mystery, good narrator."
    "Not up to snuff."
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    I think Aurelio Zen is going the way of the multiple sequel. Stories are becoming less creative and this reader is really "half baked". What happened to Michael Kitchen? Did He refuse to participate with this one?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Medusa and the Snail

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lewis Thomas
    • Narrated By Stuart Langton
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Lewis Thomas has been compared to a philosopher who uses the language of biology. His fascinating observations on the quirkiness of the world's infinite creations causes the listener to ponder the workings of the cosmos through the most microscopic of life forms.

    Kim says: "Interesting and often funny"
    "To the medically interested"
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    This collection I at first had difficulty getting into some years back. Perhaps due to the fact that I was still in the thrall of "The Lives Of a Cell". This Latter is very biology-wise, where The "Medusa And The Snail" is more worldly-wise. Both are of course extremely worth the read, (or the listen in this case), especially to anyone biology or medically minded. Frankly, I expect, they are fun for anyone curious about life. Do not accept any abridgement; there are not any unnecessary words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iron John

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Bly
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    In this national best-seller, Robert Bly explores the idea of the missing father in contemporary society. He draws upon a cornucopia of legend and literature - as varied as the poetry of William Blake, Jungian psychology, and Sioux initiation rituals - to encourage men in their pursuit of the “inner warrior.”

    Raymond says: "To grow one more Step and be an Aware man."
    "The unlocking of an important puzzle."
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    The smearing of Robert Bly by the women"s movement just showed how un-read these people were at the time. Men who desire to find out what is going on in their lives, (and the women who love them), and why many are so dis-satisfied with the way things are, can profit handsomely from this book. It is an excellent gift, hard won by Bly's years of research and experiences of working in men's groups. Of benefit to every Western male I know. This is not a once over book however. No problem; the serious reader will find themselves wanting to go back, again as they see themselves perhaps for the first time. Like the unlocking of an important puzzle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 'There Are Things I Want You to Know' about Stieg Larsson and Me

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Eva Gabrielsson, Marie-Francoise Colombani, Linda Coverdale (translator)
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    There is only one person who can tell Stieg Larsson's story better than he can, and that is his lifelong companion, Eva Gabrielsson. This is her book. Here, she tells the story of their 30-year romance; of Stieg's lifelong struggle to expose Sweden's neo-Nazis; of his struggle to keep the magazine he founded, Expo, alive; of his difficult relationships with his immediate family; and of the joy and the relief he discovered writing the Millennium trilogy.

    Howard says: "A glimpse into the life and times"
    "Important read for the tattoo series"
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    Eva was mistreated in exactly the way Stieg Larsson would have hated. No wonder he was estranged from his brother and father. They are probably the very sort of people his stories are about. Greedy, selfish misogynists incapable of human feeling or warmth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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