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  • The Captains: The Brotherhood of War Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (297)

    It was more than an incident: It was a deadly assault across the 38th parallel. It was the Korean War. In the fear and the frenzy of battle, those who had served with heroism before were called again by America to man the trenches and sandbag bunkers. From Pusan to the Yalu, they drove forward with commands too new and tanks too old, brothers in war, bonded together in battle as they had never been in peace....

    Mike From Mesa says: "Excellent second book"
    "Good, good, good."
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    CW Howell.


    What about Eric G. Dove???s performance did you like?

    He falters a bit at Army lingo, but overall I like his style.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I figured out that reading a series one book after another doesn't work with Griffin's method of writing. I read the entire Presidential series that way and got thoroughly irritated with the re-hashing of the previous books. By allowing a month or so to elapse between books I enjoyed this second in the series much more. I look forward to "The Majors".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6618)
    Performance
    (2440)
    Story
    (2452)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "This is a HOOT!"
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    I am now a font of (not so) useless information! Mr. Fahrenheit and Mr. Celsius and their respective thermometers...who knew? I'm ready for "Jeopardy".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Toymaker

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Chuck Barrett
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (258)

    Former NTSB Investigator Jake Pendleton faces a dilemma as the line blurs between right and wrong. After his judgment comes into question, Jake is entrusted to his new mentor, an eccentric old man who sees beyond Jake’s flaws. A man who makes ‘toys for spies.’ A man known as The Toymaker. Jake’s first assignment reunites him with Gregg Kaplan in a daredevil mission to rescue a fellow agent held captive in Yemen. He risks his life to stop the first attack of an al Qaeda mastermind.

    shelley says: "Great book"
    "Ooops! I started with book 2."
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    Spy vs. Spy vs. Spy. Got a kick out of part of the story being set in the tiny town where I live currently. The descriptions were even accurate. Like the "toy" maker premise. Just wasn't enough to equal a more-than-mediocre read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Far from Perfect: A Love from the Heartland Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Longley
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (227)

    For Ceejay Lovejoy, life in Perfect, Indiana, has been anything but. Abandoned by her parents and left pregnant by her boyfriend, Ceejay has had to fight every step of the way to carve out a future for herself and her daughter. She swears off men for good - until the day Noah Langford appears on her doorstep. Noah narrowly survived the roadside bombing in Iraq that cost him his leg, returning home to the news that his stepbrother, Matt, has died in a car accident. It is the final blow to Noah’s shattered soul - until he learns about the girlfriend and baby Matt abandoned.

    TexasKeyLady says: "An Excellent Story. Wonderful Characters."
    "Predictable."
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    All the "good guys" are gorgeous and rich. The "bad guys" are ugly slugs. All ends happily for the the "good guys".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Myth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (182)

    New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry returns with his latest thriller, a Cotton Malone adventure involving a flaw in the United States Constitution, a mystery about Abraham Lincoln, and a political issue that’s as explosive as it is timely - not only in Malone’s world, but in ours. September 1861: All is not as it seems. With these cryptic words, a shocking secret passed down from president to president comes to rest in the hands of Abraham Lincoln.

    Morrell says: "Painful and Confusing"
    "No disappointment here."
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    I think I've read (and/or listened to) everything by Steve Berry. I always look forward to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death on a High Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charles Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (408)

    On the 85th floor of a glittering high-rise in Los Angeles, Robert Tarza steps into the lobby of the Marbury Marfan law firm to discover his partner Simon Rafer lying in a pool of blood - an ornate dagger plunged into his back. Robert had worked with Simon for decades, and their relationship was fraught with conflict. But he never imagined he would wind up as the prime suspect for his colleague’s murder. As the evidence stacks up against him with frightening speed, he quickly falls from his respected position to that of a criminal dragged through the tabloids.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Excellent Mystery, Brilliant Narration"
    "Surprise!"
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    Got this on a whim. Turned out to be a real treat. Without giving anything away, let me say Christopher Lane was perfect. Think I would have listened to the entire book just to hear his narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Savannah Project: Jake Pendleton Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Chuck Barrett
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (92)

    Terrorism, duty, and personal safety collide when Jake Pendleton, an investigator for the NTSB, is called to investigate an aircraft accident in Savannah, Georgia during the St. Patrick's Day celebration. The accident, which at first appears to be quite run-of-the-mill, turns out to be anything but. Since Jake is not willing to pretend there are no suspicious circumstances and more than the usual share of rather unlikely "coincidences," he sets off a veritable avalanche of secrets, violence and treachery.

    Cynthia says: "Skip the first 6 min. for a better story."
    "Hard to put it into words..."
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    It's nowhere near the worst mystery to which I've listened. The plot line gets unnecessarily convoluted. It's much like "Mad Magazine's" Spy vs. Spy. Scott Brick made the listen tolerable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kai Bird
    • Narrated By Rene Ruiz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (30)

    The Good Spy is Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kai Bird’s compelling portrait of the remarkable life and death of one of the most important operatives in CIA history - a man who, had he lived, might have helped heal the rift between Arabs and the West. On April 18, 1983, a bomb exploded outside the American Embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people. The attack was a geopolitical turning point. It marked the beginning of Hezbollah as a political force, but even more important, it eliminated America’s most influential and effective intelligence officer in the Middle East - CIA operative Robert Ames.

    Susan says: "Not what I expected."
    "Not what I expected."
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    I was lured in by the fact the author once lived near Robert Ames and his family. I thought there would be much in the way of first-hand and intimate (no...not THAT kind of intimate) information. Nothing of the sort. DIdn't finish the book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • FaceOff

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Baldacci (editor)
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker, Jeremy Bobb, Dennis Boutsikaris, and others
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    Edited by number-one New York Times best-selling author David Baldacci and including stories by Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, and more, this one-of-a-kind anthology pulls together the most-beloved characters from the best and most popular thriller series today. Worlds collide! In an unprecedented collaboration, 23 of the world’s best-selling and most critically acclaimed thriller writers have paired their series characters - such as Harry Bosch, Jack Reacher, and Lincoln Rhyme - in an 11-story anthology curated by the International Thriller Writers (ITW).

    RueRue says: "Sampler of thrill writers"
    "Not all are created equal..."
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    The best was saved for last. The rest were in the mediocre to "I-saw-that-coming-a-mile-away". I always fall for these and hope that some day one will really be worth the listen from start to finish.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Becoming Quinn: Jonathan Quinn Series Prequel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (179)

    Meet Jake Oliver. The day will come when he's one of the best cleaners in the business, a man skilled at making bodies disappear. At the moment, however, he's a 22 year old rookie cop, unaware his life is about to change. In a burning barn a body is found--and the fire isn't the cause of death. The detectives working the case have a pretty good idea about what went down. But Officer Oliver thinks it's something else entirely, and pursues a truth others would prefer remain hidden - others who will go to extreme lengths to keep him quiet.

    Keith D. Thompson says: "Great Listen"
    "Glad I started with the prequel"
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    Now I'm ready to delve into the series. I almost always like Scott Brick's narration (yes, there have been some exceptions), so that's what prompted me to try a new (for me) author. It was a good move.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Empire and Honor: Honor Bound, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (140)

    October 1945: The Germans and Japanese have surrendered. For Cletus Frade and his colleagues in the OSS, it should be time to pack up - but they have far more important things to do. Chief among them is the protection of their assets, especially the human ones. In the closing months of the war, the United States made a secret deal with the head of German intelligence’s Soviet section. In exchange for a treasure trove of intelligence - in particular the identity of the Soviet spies in the U.S. atomic bomb program - his people would be spirited to safety in Argentina.

    Edward Lulie says: "Surprising Good Sequel"
    "Let's all play a game 2 (see Corps series #7)"
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    It amazes me that two men, one with a 30-inch inseam and the other with a 36-inch inseam, can both wear a third man's trousers and have them fit...

    P.S. Did this story end abruptly or what?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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