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ratings
20
REVIEWS
8
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
6
HELPFUL VOTES
12

  • The Naming of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Tom Cotcher
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    July 2005, and the G8 leaders have gathered in Scotland. With daily marches, demonstrations, and scuffles, the police are at full stretch. Detective Inspector John Rebus, however, has been sidelined, until the apparent suicide of an MP coincides with clues that a serial killer may be on the loose. The authorities are keen to hush up both, for fear of overshadowing a meeting of global importance. But Rebus has never been one to stick to the rules.

    thefrogman says: "pefectly Complex"
    "pefectly Complex"
    Overall

    Ian Rankin and Rebus at their best. The complex stories and characters draw you in. International intrigue, flawed characters, drink, local justice, the bending of rules, disapproving superiors ... it's all here. An MP's murder (or was it?) leads you down the path to a serial murderer, politics, money, lovers, power, and fine descriptions of Scotland. The narrator is brilliant.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Six Degrees of Assassination: An Audible Drama

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By M J Arlidge
    • Narrated By Andrew Scott, Freema Agyeman, Hermione Norris, and others
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (219)

    On a sullen, cloudy July day ten years since 7/7, the happy, confident and optimistic British Prime Minister is visiting a charity in East London. It’s just two months after the general election which saw John Campbell's government returned to power with a clear majority, the economy is on the mend and the coalition is fast becoming a bad memory. Suddenly, a man appears out of the crowd and shoots him three times in the chest.

    Amazon Customer says: "Like listening to an episode of MI5 - love it!"
    "Heart Racing Fun!"
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    This is the first Audible Drama for me. It was hard to stop. From the heart pounding start to the race to the finish, it was a brilliant presentation. Homages to Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Lady Thatcher were a nice touch. Scott and Agyeman were the perfect presenters for this. Scott's voice drew me in and Agyeman provided the right amount of angst. Their bubbling attraction was evident. I thought I had it figured out a couple of times, and then ...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5036)
    Performance
    (2659)
    Story
    (2692)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "History and Homicide ... A Fascinating Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Larson follows the devilish mind of a serial killer and the angelic mind of a visionary in a great romp through the late 19th century. Both minds successful and always one step ahead. Both men are a bit of a snake oil salesmen, fear failure and, in the end, racing the clock. The descriptions of the exposition grounds and fiendish hotel are exquisite. I enjoyed the epilogue and the what happened after the Great Chicago Exposition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Ben Macintyre
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (511)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (455)

    Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain's counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War - while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby's best friend and fellow officer in MI6.

    Michael Eaton says: "The Greatest Spy -- Ever Discovered"
    "Ben MacIntyre writes you to the edge of your seat!"
    Overall
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    A Spy Among Friends was the first book I "read" about Philby and I'm hooked. I want more. Although we may never know the details of the incident, MacIntyre keeps you entertained and spellbound from beginning to end. MacIntyre follows Philby and his many friends and colleagues to climax and conclusion. Philby, always the chameleon, weaved in and out of trouble and suspicion. His friends knew him intimately.? He faced questions head on. I wish to beleive, in the end, he must have felt dejected and betrayed like so many of his friends did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Feelgood: The Story of the Doctor Who Influenced History by Treating and Drugging Prominent Figures Including President Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, and Elvis Presley

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Richard A. Lertzman, William J. Birnes
    • Narrated By Don Azevedo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (107)

    An historical exposé of the mysterious doctor who changed the course of the 20th century, with interviews by George Clooney, Yogi Berra, and others. Doctor Max Jacobson, whom the Secret Service under President John F. Kennedy code-named “Dr. Feelgood,” developed a unique “energy formula” that altered the paths of some of the 20th century’s most iconic figures, including President and Jackie Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis.

    thefrogman says: "A Fun Summer Read"
    "A Fun Summer Read"
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    Story

    An entertaining story. Well narrated. I like to know the back-story of the main character and this book does not disappoint. The conspiracy theories about JFK and Nixon are a wee farfetched, but it only adds to the allure of Dr. Feelgood. Just sit back and let the sun warm you, this is a great listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12434)
    Performance
    (10708)
    Story
    (10703)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    Allen T. says: "Amazing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I really wanted to like this book. The title and topic attracted me, but it was the bigotry that ruined it. Kyle refers to the Iraqis as "Savages" and "the Bad Guys" and repeatedly talks about Iraqis murdering Americans, yet Americans killed the enemy. He still thinks there were WMD's, he knows better than his commanders and his priorities are a little whack. At one point he said he would defend his country and protect his family, but criticizes Iraqis for doing the same. Kyle loves his job and his passion for his comrades and country pours through. The narrator is perfectly matched to the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alice Behind Wonderland

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    On a summer's day in 1858, in a garden behind Christ Church College in Oxford, Charles Dodgson, a lecturer in mathematics, photographed six-year-old Alice Liddell, the daughter of the college dean, with a Thomas Ottewill Registered Double Folding camera, recently purchased in London. Simon Winchester deftly uses the resulting image - as unsettling as it is famous, and the subject of bottomless speculation - as the vehicle for a brief excursion behind the lens, a focal point on the origins of a classic work of English literature.

    thefrogman says: "Not Long Enough"
    "Not Long Enough"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I won't comment on the controversy around the photo. The story is quite brilliant in tracing the beginnings of photography, and Dodgson finding his voice and famous pseudonym. Winchester is an excellent story teller and always dependable. In this instance, the story is too short. When lost for something to read, I turn to Winchester and am never disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (124)

    Talk about a fish story! New York Times and Harper's columnist Mark Kurlansky offers "history filtered through the gills of the fish trade." David McCullough, the historian behind John Adams, says Kurlansky's "charming tale" of a "seemingly improbable idea" will change the way people think of the fish and the history.

    Karen says: "A great fish story"
    "Great Story, Poor Narrator"
    Overall

    As always, MK is full of facts and stories that invites the reader in. For anyone wanting a great read by MK, try SALT. Unfortunately the narrator's very poor accents (he's obviously never been to Newfoundland), and bad pronunciations (it's newfenland, not new foundlend + many others) took away from what would have been a better book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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