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Thomas

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  • '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
    (30)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Chalmers Johnson
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Recalling the classic warnings against militarism, from George Washington's farewell address to Dwight Eisenhower's denunciation of the military-industrial complex, Johnson explores the trend of militarism that is bankrupting the United States and creating conditions for a new century of virulent blowback.

    Thomas says: "A must read."
    "A must read."
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    A must read for anyone who cares about the coup and the imminent destruction of America. The jihadis have won.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24738)
    Performance
    (11206)
    Story
    (11283)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Unstoppable Suspense"
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    Too bad Stieg Larsson died right after this Trilogy was written, but worse is the fact that his lifelong support, confidant, and common law wife received nothing, while his estranged father, & brother usurped all proceeds from their publication due to archaic misogynistic Swedish laws. Makes them commensurate with some of his villains. Perhaps he was thinking of them when he crafted some of his characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (489)

    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.

    Mari says: "Worst book I've read this year"
    "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.

    30 of 33 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
    (2049)
    Performance
    (1818)
    Story
    (1828)

    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.

    Tom says: "Really Disappointing and not about what you think."
    "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.

    3 of 9 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
    (30)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    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
    (1777)
    Performance
    (1159)
    Story
    (1156)

    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.

    Lori 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 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
    (606)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (381)

    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
    (10327)
    Performance
    (8258)
    Story
    (8298)

    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."
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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
    (6021)
    Performance
    (5463)
    Story
    (5460)

    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"
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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 10 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
    (748)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (692)

    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 2 people found this review helpful

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