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Amor

Canton, CT, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Julia Flynn Siler
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (65)

    Set in California's lush Napa Valley and spanning four generations of a talented and visionary family, The House of Mondavi is a tale of genius, sibling rivalry, and betrayal. From 1906, when Italian immigrant Cesare Mondavi passed through Ellis Island, to the Robert Mondavi Corporation's 21st-century battle over a billion-dollar fortune, award-winning journalist Julia Flynn Siler brings to life both the place and the people in this riveting family drama.

    Gerald says: "The House of Mandavi"
    "an American Saga"
    Overall

    What a story. Boy meets girl and marry. Couple builds family and migrate to Napa. Children carry on the business, engage in a fist fight and in courtroom battle. Two families part ways, each build wineries and empires. Grandchildren take over and deliver revenues, bitter divorces, corporate drama, collapse of wine empire, reunion, joint venture to make wine, sold in stratospheric price at auction. Never did I finish a book with a happy ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Malice

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean, Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    The scent is unmistakable - gardenias, sweet and delicate, the same perfume that his beautiful first wife, Jennifer, always wore. Opening his eyes in the hospital room where he's recovering from an accident, New Orleans detective Rick Bentz sees her standing in the doorway. Then Jennifer blows him a kiss and disappears. But it couldn't have been Jennifer. She died 12 years ago....

    J. says: "Terrific"
    "Deserving for the big screen"
    Overall

    Well contrived plot with unexpected endgame. The characters are real and you can feel their emotions and sufferings and triumph. The narrators are great too. This is one of the best thrillers I have read/heard thus far. Ms. Jackson elevates herself to the ranks of P.D. James and Steig Larsson. Brilliant and Imaginative. I cant wait for her new book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mark

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jason Pinter
    • Narrated By Noah Plener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (31)

    "I moved to New York City a month ago to become the best journalist the world had ever seen. To find the greatest stories never told. And now here I am, Henry Parker, 24 years old and weary beyond rational thought, a bullet one trigger-pull from ending my life."

    Malle says: "Great audiobook!"
    "Outstanding!"
    Overall

    Very fertile imagination of the author. What an adrenaline-driven adventure of this novice journalist, Mr. Parker who was unceremoniously in a wrong place at the wrong time. With a meagre money to spare, strong guts and great leg muscles, he was able to elude the NYPD cops and FBI and get out of NYC... and then come back? You thought this guy is nuts!. But with a well hatched plan, Amanda on his side (a courageous cold contact whom he shared a ride all the way to Chicago), there can be no better way to spend your life if you elect to die sooner or later. Mr Pinter painted a pint of humor in this book so as not to render your heart in a sustained tachycardia.

    Kudos to Mr. Jason Pinter. You have a bright future ahead of you so keep on writing. It wont be surprising if your books land on top of the bestseller's club.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Romanov Prophecy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (194)

    In 1917, Nicholas II, Tsar of Russia, was executed by revolutionaries. Now, in response to the collapse of the country's economy, the people have voted to instate a new Tsar, one who will be chosen from the descendents of Nicholas II. But a powerful group of Western businessmen want to make sure he is a candidate they can control, and hire African-American lawyer Miles Lord, with his knowledge of Russian language and history, to check the background of their chosen man.

    Christopher says: "This was well worth it."
    "Fascinating"
    Overall

    Steve Berry did it again. This is a "cant put down" book and its truly worth your time if you are interested in history. Though it is fictional, the the way the characters were portrayed are almost factual. You could feel the agony and defeat of the Romanovs, you can almost feel the coldness of earth, the stickiness of blood, and the smell of the mortally wounded, detest the callousness of the people in power and rally for the Last Romanov for the betterment of mother Russia.

    So far, Steve Berry's vivid imagination intertwined with historical flavor elevates him among the distinguished writers of our time. I read/listened to all his previous books and am eagerly awaiting for the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Quickie

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Mary Stuart Masterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (877)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (148)

    Lauren Stillwell isn't your average damsel in distress. When the NYPD cop discovers her husband leaving a hotel with another woman, she decides to beat him at his own game. But her revenge goes dangerously awry, and she finds her world spiraling into a hell that becomes more terrifying by the hour.

    Sarah says: "Implausible plot"
    "Bland"
    Overall


    Not the best of James Patterson's. He could have chosen a better title too. "Quickie" is too kinky and is meant to entice book sales. Officer Lauren Stillwell, an NYPD cop and a lawyer by profession is the kind of character I want to meet in real life. Smart, sharp, gutsy, and ready to defend her husband who has murderous instinct at all cost. She has her weaknesses but perhaps is understandable as you painstakingly listen to the first few chapters. Sad love affair but, the ending of the book is truly unexpected and rewarding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amber Room

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (477)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (158)

    Life is good for Atlanta judge Rachel Cutler. She loves her job, loves her kids, and remains civil to her ex-husband, Paul. But everything changes when her father, a man who survived the horrors of World War II, dies under strange circumstances and leaves behind clues to a secret he kept his entire life...a secret about something called the Amber Room.

    Bliss says: "Where's the editor?"
    "a cure for insomniacs"
    Overall

    Well written and replete with history. I am excited to see the Amber Room in person.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Requiem for an Assassin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (968)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (313)

    If you had to kill three people to save your best friend's life, would you do it? When John Rain decides to get out of the business, his hand is forced by rogue CIA operative Jim Hilger. Hilger kidnaps Dox, Rain's trusted partner and closest friend, and offers Rain a choice: carry out a final assignment, or bear the responsibility for Dox's murder.

    Matthew says: "An ear full and a mind full"
    "believable"
    Overall

    I just finished this book and all I can say is that the plot is believable and more realistic than that of the recent Bourne series (Bourne Betrayal).

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Jeremy Davidson
    Overall
    (789)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (198)

    Jason Bourne takes on a mission to rescue his only friend in the CIA, Martin Lindros, who disappeared in Africa while tracking shipments of yellowcake uranium. Once safely back in America, Lindros persuades Bourne to help track the money trail of terrorists buying the nuclear material in Odessa. But once there, Bourne is hampered by confusing flashbacks, and he wonders: is someone brainwashing him in order to throw him off the trail? Worse, is the man he saved in Africa really Martin Lindros?

    timchi says: "Disappointing"
    "A movie piece"
    Overall

    Why I rated this with 4 stars is because Mr. Eric Van Lustbader is the only writer who can emulate the style of Mr. Ludlum. We have Mr. Bourne as a resurrection of Rambo and Ethan Hunt (Mission Impossible)who is well versed in different languages, can disguise in the person of several main characters, crisscross the busy streets in a Ducati despite a hand grabbing his neck like a vise grip slowly depleting his supply of oxygen, submerged underwater for several minutes without gills (like in Harry Potter) and still survives, bleeding and bruised and still subdues his opponents. This book is very entertaining and is definitely made for the movies. The plot however is weak. One CIA officer disappears, rescued by Bourne, assumes his old position because Bourne tells the interrogators that without a doubt, this is Mr. Martin Lindros, his close friend. Then several high ranking officers die after Mr. Lindros assumes his old position in the CIA. Who would you think is the first suspect? Come on!. If this book has a sequel, please indulge in Mr. Bourne's intimate life. Poor guy, Marie died and he is having flashbacks and persecutions for not having saved her. He has been to shrinks and is losing his mind. Give him a break and a little spice in his life too. Soraya is one character who can change his rotten world.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Machiavelli Covenant

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Allan Folsom
    • Narrated By Jeremy Davidson
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In Europe for a crucial NATO summit in Warsaw, US President John Henry Harris is ordered by a secret cabal within his own administration to have the president of France and the chancellor of Germany assassinated. Refusal, he knows, will mean his death. Afraid to trust anyone, the president flees for his life.

    Amor says: "astounding"
    "astounding"
    Overall

    Highly imaginative. This book is a discovery. I must admit that I totally overlooked Mr. Folsom's bestsellers. His style is in the class of Mr. Ludlum's and Mr. James Patterson's. This is a must "hear" for those seeking mystery-thriller combo. The twists and turns and the ending keeps you agape.







    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Bancroft Strategy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    Todd Belknap, a legendary field agent for Consular Operations with a reputation as a cowboy, is cut loose from the agency after an operation goes wrong. At the same time, Jared Rinehart, his best friend and fellow agent, is abducted in Lebanon by a militia group with a vicious reputation. When the government refuses to either rescue Rinehart or negotiate for his release, Belknap decides to take matters into his own hands.

    Dan says: "Beyond bad"
    "exceptional masterpiece"
    Overall

    Wow, what a book! I enjoyed the story from the beginning until the very end. The convoluted plot, the characters, the action-packed inter-continental adventure of Todd Belknap.... this is truly a bona fide Robert Ludlum book. I expect this masterpiece to land in the New York Times Bestseller List and I would like to se a sequel by the same authors.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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