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Thomas

kestrel

New Mexico | Listener Since 2005

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  • 18 reviews
  • 95 ratings
  • 391 titles in library
  • 68 purchased in 2014
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  • The Perfect Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    From the blockbuster bestselling author of the Eve Duncan novels comes a new, stand alone thriller about a woman with a photographic memory who has lived her life in the Witness Protection Program. What she once put her entire family in jeopardy and now, years later, her cover is blown. She’s on the run, and the lives of those she holds dear hang in the balance. As only Iris Johansen can do, you won’t see the twists coming.

    Denise says: "Excellent!!!"
    "impossible dialog"
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    I think the story idea is a good one, but the author cannot make the dialog believable. The reader is good. I made it through 12 out of 16 chapters, but can't stand the way the dialog goes, and the story begins to deteriorate as the book progresses.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (760)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (705)

    General George S. Patton, Jr., died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost 70 years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident - and may very well have been an act of assassination. Killing Patton will take listeners inside the final year of the war and recount the events surrounding Patton's tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced.

    Molly says: "Mysterious DEMISE of "old blood and guts" Patton"
    "Poorly Written, Poorly Read"
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    I thought I would like this, as I am a big Patton buff, and grew up in the Shadow Of WWII. But the reader is a poor one, with poor voice modulation, and a twangy nasal quality to his voice. He also just reads poorly with the sentences not coming out as though he has even looked at them before. I am grateful for Audible's "return it if you don't like it" policy. I only managed to get through the first two chapters, and I'd rather have the Credits.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (29)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    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
    (1615)
    Performance
    (1025)
    Story
    (1023)

    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"
    Overall
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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 1 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
    (559)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (342)

    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."
    Overall
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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
    (9174)
    Performance
    (7248)
    Story
    (7284)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "This one's for all of us."
    Overall
    Performance
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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.

    1 of 1 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
    (4226)
    Performance
    (3900)
    Story
    (3899)

    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
    Performance
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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
    (563)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (525)

    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"
    Overall
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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
    (37)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    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."
    Overall
    Performance
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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
    (27)
    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"
    Overall
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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

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