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Tim

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  • Masters of Sex : The Life and Times of Williams Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Thomas Maier
    • Narrated By Dorie Barton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (138)

    Masters and Johnson began their secret studies in a small Midwest laboratory working with prostitutes and volunteers who performed more than 10,000 sexual acts in the name of science. They soon became the top experts on sex for more than 40 years, explaining the untold mysteries of orgasm, emotional fulfillment, and sexual dysfunction to millions of Americans. Masters and Johnson were America's ideal couple, but they divorced after 20 years amid a clash of ambitions, betrayal, and jealousies.

    Steve says: "Incredibly Bad Narration"
    "After They Wed"
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    Since Showtime canceled the series after the fourth season, I wanted to know more about Masters and Johnson. It was very interesting how the tv show is very loosely based off of their real lives. For example, in the show, Betty is a prostitute, but in actuality Betty was a nickname of his first wife, Elizabeth Ellis, also know as Libby.. They had two children together, not four.

    After Masters and Johnson got married, the possible fifth season begins in this book. I like reading, but I also really enjoy watching television. "Masters of Sex" by Thomas Maier is a decent read. After over 20 years, Masters got another divorce from his second wife and married his first love, Dody and later died of Parkinson's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ionian Mission: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (906)
    Performance
    (686)
    Story
    (678)

    Shoved into a temporary command in "that rotten old Worcester," Aubrey is off to the Mediterranean to join the Royal Navy's blockade of the French port of Toulon, where he will be dispatched by Admiral Harte (unfortunately the same Admiral Harte he cuckolded years ago) on a secret mission that promises to embroil Aubrey in political conflict. His friend Stephen's help notwithstanding, Aubrey faces some of the choppiest waters of his career.

    Jonathan says: "The Ionian Mission"
    "Reluctant Reader"
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    I have to admit that I have been a reluctant reader these days due to time and life getting in my way. I hope to get back into my hobby again. Trying to finish "The Ionian Mission" before I forget everything was a bit of a chore, but as soon as I heard Patrick Tull's voice again, I remembered where I left off. As others mentioned before, the eighth book of Aubrey/Maturin Series is more like a setup for the next mission to come. I actually enjoyed the long conversation on land, instead of the constant battle in the sea.

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  • Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Liza Mundy
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (606)

    Recruited by the US Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than 10,000 women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of codebreaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them.

    Roobah Fox says: "Just released, about 80% through this story"
    "Why Call Them Girls"
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    Code Girls was one of the most outstanding books that I've read all year because when it comes to WWII, I naturally gravitate toward history. Without the female code breakers, the war would had been that much harder. Someone needs to make a miniseries from this book.

    I had a problem with this title and I really hope most authors will take notes of my remarks. It's when we are referring to females who are over a certain age, we really need to respect of what they have achieved and respect their titles.

    When an author keeps referring their characters as girls, they loses their credibility. as if they weren't doing something important. You wouldn't call a decorated soldier less than their given title. Why would you call a full grown woman, a girl?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World's Most Famous Heroine

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Tim Hanley
    • Narrated By Colby Elliott
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (177)

    This close look at Wonder Woman's history portrays a complicated heroine who is more than just a female Superman with a golden lasso and bullet-deflecting bracelets. The original Wonder Woman was ahead of her time, advocating female superiority and the benefits of matriarchy in the 1940s. At the same time, her creator filled the comics with titillating bondage imagery, and Wonder Woman was tied up as often as she saved the world.

    AudioBook Reviewer says: "facts about how Wonder Woman has been portrayed"
    "Author's Tics"
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    I really think that the author had a tic when Tim Hanley wrote Wonder Woman Unbound because he has a crazy infatuation about the superhero and bondage. The book almost became too much to read, yet alone to finish. The author just went on and on about bondage that it almost became his coming out for BDSM. I have to admit that I never been a comic book reader, but Wonder Woman was one of my favorite heroes, but I didn't needed to know so much about bondage.

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  • The Kremlin's Candidate: The Red Sparrow Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jason Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1403)
    Performance
    (1318)
    Story
    (1321)

    Russian counterintelligence chief Colonel Dominika Egorova has been a recruited asset of the CIA, stealing Kremlin secrets for her CIA handler, Nate Nash, for over seven years. In the dazzling finale to the Red Sparrow Trilogy, their forbidden and tumultuous love affair continues, mortally dangerous for them both but irresistible. In Washington, a newly installed US administration is selecting its cabinet members. Dominika hears a whisper of a closely held Kremlin operation to place a mole inside a high intelligence position.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Remarkable Story Telling, Bravo!"
    "Too Pushed onto the Reader"
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    I'm really stoke that I read the entire Red Sparrow series in a matter of three weeks. I'm really glad that I did not had to wait for years for Jason Matthews to finish the trilogy. Reading these books back to back to back was a page turner for me. I was so immerse in being a Red Sparrow that I wanted to wait until I finish the books before I watch the movie.

    The last book is this trilogy wasn't all that special to me. I fell madly invested in the spy world in the previous books, but in The Kremlin's Candidate, most of the sex and action scene felt too pushed on to the reader. I felt like the author was writing something that wasn't natural for the reader to grasp onto, unlike Red Sparrow and Palace of Treason. There was no eroticism in between the espionage, unlike the previous installment and less cooking and talking.

    I still like The Kremlin's Candidate because it was a good ending to Red Sparrow. If this was a standalone title, I would skipped it because it read like a script to a Bond movie with a seductive actress.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Palace of Treason: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jason Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3017)
    Performance
    (2794)
    Story
    (2776)

    Captain Dominika Egorova of the Russian Intelligence Service (SVR) has returned from the West to Moscow and the Center, the headquarters of her service. She finds things worse than when she left. She despises the men she must serve, the oligarchs and crooks and thugs of Putin's Russia. What no one knows is that Dominika is working for the CIA as Washington's most sensitive penetration of SVR and the Kremlin.

    Bruce P. Woodward says: "Narrator's inconsistency"
    "Integrating Foods"
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    I now understand why I can't get enough with the Red Sparrow Trilogy. I found that the second book was better than the first and I'm assuming that I will enjoy the final novel in the series and beat my expectation. Jason Matthews is a remarkable writer. He is almost like a chef in the kitchen, making sure to taste everything before serving.

    Most authors gets too involve in the characters and their goal is to explain the plot, build up the climax, and deflate to the conclusion. They almost always leave out nitty gritty details that matters the most to their readers. Jason Matthews doesn't forgets that his characters need to eat also, in between the fights, sex, and being a spy.

    By integrating foods, it makes the fictional characters a tad bit closer to reality. Its like adding a pitch of salt in already perfect meal and your taste buds comes alive with every bite.

    Having conversations in between meals is something that we all do. It's good to see these characters are doing the same thing and it makes the series that much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Sparrow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jason Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7658)
    Performance
    (7012)
    Story
    (6979)

    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.

    Aaron says: "Good Spy Novel (with a few quirks)"
    "Russian Cookbook"
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    Red Sparrow is my first real introduction in this genre and I'm getting obsess to the series. I can't wait to finish typing out this review and starting book #2. It's that good to read the book before you watch the movie even though the the actress that plays Dominika is very sexual and has a nude scene. Jason Matthews goes on great detail at explaining how the main character became a spy and espionage. I totally dug at the end of each chapter, there was a recipe for a Russian dish. I hope that he continues on with the Russian cookbook in the next installment. Most likely, I will finish the trilogy before I watch the motion picture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Howard Zinn
    • Narrated By Jeff Zinn
    Overall
    (3954)
    Performance
    (3288)
    Story
    (3301)

    A classic since its original landmark publication in 1980, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States is the first scholarly work to tell America's story from the bottom up - from the point of view of, and in the words of, America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers.

    Thomas says: "Amateur hour in the production booth"
    "America, The Wrong"
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    I think that Howard Zinn should offer a lifetime subscription of A People's History of the United States. Each time there is an new edition, the book should arrive on your doorstep or electronically. The book left off at Clinton's and Bush's administrations. It will be nice if Zinn update this book and writes about the President that came after that. It will be interesting to see how the country is being divided and what challenging that we are facing. In schools, we have always been taught that America is the greatest nation in the universe. I'm not arguing that we are not, but at what price that the Americans paid to be the greatest? We hardly hear about America, the wrong. If you thought you knew about history, Zinn will be teaching you something that is quite different from what is printed in our text books.

    I just searched for the author and found that he passed away in 2010. So much for an another edition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Days of New Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By China Miéville
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    It's 1941. In the chaos of wartime Marseille, American engineer - and occult disciple - Jack Parsons stumbles onto a clandestine anti-Nazi group, including surrealist theorist André Breton. In the strange games of the dissident diplomats, exiled revolutionaries, and avant-garde artists, Parsons finds and channels hope. But what he unwittingly unleashes is the power of dreams and nightmares, changing the war and the world forever.

    Darwin8u says: "Can living artwork die?"
    "No Weirdness"
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    The Last Days of New Paris by China Miéville was not his best work. I didn't favor or hated the overall story. It was about art and the Nazi. There wasn't much to get into because there was no weirdness unlike his other novels. It was just okay. There was no high points. The Living Artwork and UFO was cool, but not as cool as I like.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Time Travel: A History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By James Gleick
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (299)

    James Gleick's story begins at the turn of the 20th century, with the young H. G. Wells writing and rewriting the fantastic tale that became his first book, an international sensation: The Time Machine. A host of forces were converging to transmute the human understanding of time, some philosophical and some technological - the electric telegraph, the steam railroad, the discovery of buried civilizations, and the perfection of clocks.

    Adrian Hoad-Reddick, WHAT IF? Magazine says: "SF: The canary in the coal mine of time"
    "Just a Bunch of Spoilers"
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    Time Travel by James Gleick had nothing but spoilers from movies and novels that had to do with time. There were no physics, science or math involve in this book. There wasn't really any thesis either behind for the subject matter. The examples that the author expressed can be found elsewhere like movie reviews, fan fiction and sci fi blogs. James Gleick is nowhere close to Neil deGrasse Tyson. Gleick is a comic strip writer. He should had never attempted to write about time travel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in the Window: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By A. J. Finn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8777)
    Performance
    (8106)
    Story
    (8075)

    Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

    Debra says: "An excruciating listen."
    "The Old Lady is In"
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    I really had a problem with The Woman in the Window. Being predictable and slow wasn't my pet peeve. Being a nosy neighbor and getting into other people's business, was acceptable for the book's title. Being a drunk and having hallucination of her tragic pass, was somewhat entertaining.

    I did not like the age of her character because it did not fit the content in the book.

    When I first started this book, I really thought that I was reading about a retired doctor who ended her practice, enjoying her hard earn success and she has nothing better to do other than looking outside of her window. Comes to find out, she is 37 to 39 and she likes watching black and white movies and her favorite actor is James Stewart. What the heck is going on here?

    If I do the math correctly, from the book was published (2018), the main character was born around the 80's. Others could argue that the time period in the novel is not current with our time now, but there are a lot of technology that she uses. I really thought that I was reading about a senior citizen that had nothing better to do then looking outside and being a worrywart and using the Internet to have friends, but she was a Millennial.

    The main character should had changed her online persona to, the Old Lady is in.

    If Ann Marie Lee gets an Audie Award for her narration for The Woman in the Window, I need to stop listening to audiobooks and start reading text again. She sounded like a 70 year old granny, taking her last breath at every sentence. This is the worst audiobook that I've listened to that the reader's voice didn't pair up with the main character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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