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Nukkles

San Diego, CA USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Red Sparrow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jason Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1267)
    Performance
    (1134)
    Story
    (1139)

    Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

    Melinda says: "Sexy Saucy Spies"
    "Very well written!"
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    I really enjoyed listening to The Red Sparrow. While I usually listen to audiobooks while doing chores, the book called to me to pay more attention to it; often, I'd just lie down on the couch and relish the prose. It wasn't so much that I needed to concentrate on the action taking place, but I wanted to focus on the narrative, which was full of evocative imagery.

    The Red Sparrow doesn't fit into the rubric of generic spy novel. There is no boiler plate here and that's why I'm looking forward to the sequel... a door which the writer clearly left wide open.

    My only disappointment with the audiobook is that the regional food recipes included at the end of each chapter are not made available to Audible customers in print. This type of offering was available to listeners before Amazon owned the company. Now, one has to purchase a hard copy or Kindle book just to get the recipes in print. So, if you like to try new exotic recipes, listen with a pad and pencil handy.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1318)
    Performance
    (1160)
    Story
    (1149)

    No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

    Sparkly says: "Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking."
    "Beautiful story"
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    I loved the story; it made me yearn to listen to Gregorian chants. It is a well-drawn story with some unexpected twists and turns and it is very well read. The only drawback, as I saw it, is the syrupy romance scattered through the book. It just doesn't fit in a mystery. Write a romance or write a mystery.

    This is my first Louise Penny book and, generally, I enjoy her writing. But if her other mysteries include soppy romance stories woven through them, I think it will be my last book of hers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man from Berlin: Gregor Reinhardt, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Luke McCallin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    In war-torn Yugoslavia, a beautiful young filmmaker and photographer - a veritable hero to her people - and a German officer have been brutally murdered. Assigned to the case is military intelligence officer Captain Gregor Reinhardt. Already haunted by his wartime actions and the mistakes he's made off the battlefield, he soon finds that his investigation may be more than just a murder, and that the late Yugoslavian heroine may have been much more brilliant - and treacherous - than anyone knew.

    Booklover says: "Fabulous narration, excellent writing"
    "Best of this genre!"
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    I love this period of historical novel and McCallin is the best I've read so far. In the beginning it's a bit hard to keep track of all the characters, but stick with it; the book is very well written and very suspenseful. Narration is great including a multitude of voices and quirks vocalic quirks for several characters. I just finished the book and purchased Book 2. Can't wait to keep up with Gregor Reinhardt.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Split Second

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3684)
    Performance
    (1862)
    Story
    (1858)

    Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.

    John says: "Listen again"
    "Great book, annoying narration"
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    I have not listened to Scott Brick for awhile, and I forgot why. He has a great voice for narration and can read well until he comes across a interrogative in the dialogue. Nine out of 10 times, he turns the question into an interrogatory exclamation, as if the answer is obvious. This habit is very distracting to the narrative, which is one reason why I can't finish listening to the book - although I will read it in print.

    Another irritation is Brick's occasional regional (Bronx?) accent that crops up in the dialogue spoken by three of the book's main characters. Tne fact that the accent is not used consistently is what's irritating and distracting from the narrative.

    For as long as I could focus on the narrative, I thought the book was well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Case of Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1613)
    Performance
    (1391)
    Story
    (1404)

    A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

    cristina says: "Excellent"
    "Predictable"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who hates surprises.


    If you’ve listened to books by Adam Mitzner before, how does this one compare?

    Mitzner's first book was more suspenseful and was better narrated. Although I admit I did not - could not bring myself to - finish the book, the part I listened to was very predictable... boiler plate characters, motives, and actions.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration was exaggerated and made the characters sound very young and immature.


    Any additional comments?

    I was really looking forward to Mitzner's second novel; too bad this one didn't match up.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mission to Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By Daniel Gerroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (201)

    At the center of the intrigue is Hollywood star, Frederic Stahl. September 1938. On the eve of the Munich Appeasement, Stahl arrives in Paris, on loan from Warner Brothers to star in a French film. He quickly becomes entangled in the shifting political currents of pre-war Paris - French fascists, German Nazis, and his Hollywood publicists all have their fates tied to him. But members of the clandestine spy world of Paris have a deeper interest in Stahl, sensing a potential asset in a handsome, internationally renowned actor.

    Darwin8u says: "Cary Grant Goes to Paris"
    "Kept me listening"
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    Normally I listen to Audible books while I am doing mindless tasks like household chores or gardening. But I did have to stop what I was doing and just listen because I was so involved. The plot was easier to follow that way, although it is not a tricky plot, but everything moves quickly from the middle of the book to the end, so I wanted to make sure not to miss anything.

    The narrator is excellent and added considerably to the drawing of the characters. The ending was less dramatic than I thought it should have been given the rest of the plot, but all in all, I thought it was a very good read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2344)
    Performance
    (2064)
    Story
    (2051)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Good summer read"
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    I listened to The Chaperone after downloading a free chapter, and was pleased that I did. It was an enjoyable book which faced several of the issues we all confront in life with realism and grace. The characters were believable. Ms. McGovern was a little clumsy with the characters in the beginning, but grew into their vocal nuances eventually. I did feel it went on just a bit too long; it wasn't necessary to tie up all the loose ends, but the author did anyway.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone (Advance First Chapter)

    • UNABRIDGED (30 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    A captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a 36-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Dina says: "Narration is just awful"
    "This chapter made me want to download the book!"
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    This chapter drew me in because it reminds me of conversations one has with a friend whose views you don't 'exactly' share. McGovern's reading was also well done. I will listen to the whole book, based on this chapter reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Maddow
    • Narrated By Rachel Maddow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1484)
    Performance
    (1347)
    Story
    (1341)

    Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.

    Dolf says: "Half the National Debt?"
    "Rachel is the best!"
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    Would you listen to Drift again? Why?

    In spite of the fact that I never get tired of listening to Rachel Maddow, I will probably not listen to this book again - largely because I 'got it' the first time.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Rachel Maddow is compelling - all the time. She did her homework; she is well-informed and makes her points successfully. There are still dots you need to link together though, and the fact that you have to connect them, makes you an active listener to Drift.


    What does Rachel Maddow bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    She brings Rachel. She's very authoritative because she is knowledgeable, but she is not preachy.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Maddow confirmed my fears for the future of this country. There are few, if any, political leaders who 'get it' and are willing to speak the truths that she does.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Shooting Salvationist: J. Frank Norris and the Murder Trial that Captivated America

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David R. Stokes
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (96)

    The Shooting Salvationist chronicles what may be the most famous story you have never heard. In the 1920's, the Reverend J. Frank Norris railed against vice and conspiracies he saw everywhere to a congregation of more than 10,000 at First Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, the largest congregation in America, the first "megachurch".

    Nukkles says: "Beginnings of the religious right..."
    "Beginnings of the religious right..."
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    What did you love best about The Shooting Salvationist?

    The religious history of this period in the southern U.S. was very interesting. Both the author and the reader presented the story in a suspenseful way, and because there was so much detail in the story, even if you already know the history of the religious 'battles' in the early 20th century, you will still be engrossed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration.


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions. The book was very informative and very captivating. Good read.


    14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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