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Walnut Creek, CA, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 15 reviews
  • 48 ratings
  • 418 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ben Macintyre
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy and suffered an astonishingly low rate of casualties. D-Day was a stunning military accomplishment, but it was also a masterpiece of trickery. Operation Fortitude, which protected and enabled the invasion, and the Double Cross system, which specialized in turning German spies into double agents, deceived the Nazis into believing that the Allies would attack at Calais and Norway rather than Normandy.

    None of your damn business says: "A secret history of WWII crossed with Monty Python"
    "Very interesting information on the war against Hi"
    What did you love best about Double Cross?

    New information on the spies against the third reich (I won't capitalize the name of such an evil empire). It shows that the nazi's didn't have much imagination, except in how to torture and kill unarmed people.

    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I read what a previous reviewer said about all his accents. I like John Lee as a reader and didn't mind. It could have been tiresome but I just decided to get over it, so I could enjoy the story.

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

    Yes. I also ran out to my local book store to look at the pictures of the characters.

    Any additional comments?

    If you are interested in WWII history, this is a must read. I enjoy reading while knitting and feel so productive.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Master of the Senate carries Lyndon Johnson's story through one of its most remarkable periods: his 12 years, from 1949 to 1960, in the United States Senate. Once the most august and revered body in politics, by the time Johnson arrived the Senate had become a parody of itself and an obstacle that for decades had blocked desperately needed liberal legislation. Caro shows how Johnson's brilliance, charm, and ruthlessness enabled him to become the youngest and most powerful Majority Leader in history.

    Jeff says: "DROP JAW AMAZING!!"
    "I had no idea"
    Where does Master of the Senate rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm a history buff. This book gives a masterful history of the US Senate from the before the Civil War to the years of Lyndon Johnson's work there. At first, I felt annoyed at the length of the overview, then if occurred to me that Mr. Caro was giving the history of a very dysfunctional organization. It showed how Lyndon Johnson slipped into power, using this staggering dysfunction. It was all very interesting.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Master of the Senate?

    There isn't really ONE moment. The book illustrates Johnson's breathtaking ruthlessness as a politician.OK, one moment. After WWII 75% of the American people wanted civil rights for blacks in the South. The source for this statistic wasn't cited in the book but there might be a bibliography in the paper book, that sites the source. 75%... and the southern democrats blocked it, wouldn't let it happen, and Lyndon Johnson was one of them. To me, he was not only ruthless, but his action was evil.

    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Mr. Gardner has a pleasing tenor voice. I enjoy listening to his narration.

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

    No, I like absorbing information and stewing in it before going onto the next section. This book is very well researched.

    Any additional comments?

    If you like history and biography, this book is very well done and very interesting. I've had it for over a year and hadn't gotten around to listening to it. I'm sorry it took me so long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zoo Station

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Downing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Anglo-American journalist John Russell lives in Berlin and is approached to do some work for the Soviets. He reluctantly agrees and soon becomes involved in other dangerous activities, like helping a Jewish family and an idealistic American reporter. When the British and the Nazis notice his involvement with the Soviets, Russell is dragged into the world of warring intelligence services.

    Richard says: "As Good as Alan Furst"
    "Danger around every corner"
    If you could sum up Zoo Station in three words, what would they be?

    Playing the angles.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Zoo Station?

    John Russell was leaving a brothel after picking up some papers, when a huge nazi entered the alley. Very tense stuff.

    What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His reading shows the integrity and courage of the hero

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His honesty with his son, while they were visiting England. He explains what he is doing, who he is helping and why. He trusts the relationship with his son, enough to tell him the truth. He told his loved ones the truth, and, in this book it was OK.

    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking the Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Izzy Zanella wasn’t looking for another reason to butt heads with his Navy SEAL teammate, and nemesis, Danny Gillman. But then he met Danny’s beautiful younger sister, Eden. When she needed it most, he offered her a place to stay, a shoulder to cry on - and more. And when she got pregnant with another man’s child, he offered her marriage. But Eden’s devastating miscarriage shattered their life together - and made the intense bad blood between Izzy and Danny even worse. Now Eden’s back, and she’s on a mission to rescue her teen brother, Ben, from their abusive stepfather.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another excellent adventure!"
    "Silly But Didn't Know it."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The comings and goings of these characters was ridiculous. I did want to see what happened next so followed to the end. A young man might enjoy this. Maybe I'm just the wrong audience.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was appropriate to the rest of the story.

    What does Patrick Lawlor and Renee Raudman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They are professional performers and I always enjoy readers who really know what they are doing. It was good choice to have a man and a woman working on this project. I wish more books were read this way.

    Did Breaking the Rules inspire you to do anything?

    If someone looks like they need help, as opposed to a handout, I step up and do what I can.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    Robert says: "Six stars if I could"
    "Wonderful Mystery of Love and Sacrifice"
    What did you love best about The Forgotten Garden?

    The characters were completely drawn. Their motives are understandable and sympathetic.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Forgotten Garden?

    When Nell went to the house where Elisa lived as a girl and met a woman who was a girl when Elisa lived there.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were so many. It took a long time to get to the garden, after all it had been forgotten. It was a place all three women felt a connection to.

    Who was the most memorable character of The Forgotten Garden and why?

    Eliza, because she was the most tragic. Nell and her granddaughter both knew love in each other.

    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad I got this book and will look for more of Kate Morton's books.
    Amanda Lee, the narrator has a lovely voice with gentle accents appropriate to the place and people who are speaking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "Interesting View on God's Love for Us"
    What made the experience of listening to The Shack the most enjoyable?

    It shows that, by talking and listening to God, a person can go from deep anguish to understanding and peace.

    Who was your favorite character and why?


    What three words best describe Roger Mueller’s performance?

    Animated, Heartfelt, Sincere

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

    It made me think, really hard.

    Any additional comments?

    It takes time to get to the part where the main character spends time with God and he needs to show his anger and despair so the conversations are meaningful. Go to Guideposts to read the real story of the author. It gives perspective to the one he wrote.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Country: A New Rendering of the Watson Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Peter Matthiessen
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Inspired by a near-mythic event on the wild Florida frontier at the turn of the 20th century, Shadow Country re-imagines the legend of the inspired Everglades sugar planter and notorious outlaw E. J. Watson, who drives himself relentlessly toward his own violent end at the hands of neighbors who mostly admired him, in a killing that obsessed his favorite son.

    John says: "Engrossing, Rich and Powerful"
    "Story of an evil man"

    I've listened to 4 of 5 sections of this audio book. Peter Matthisen is a gifted writer and the narrator does an excellent job. The thing is, the main character is such an evil, despicable character that I can't find the energy to care enough to finish the book. What I will do is go listen to the last chapter and not put myself through the rest.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Spies of Warsaw

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By Daniel Gerroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Autumn 1937: War is coming to Europe, and French and German intelligence operatives are locked in a life-and-death struggle on the espionage battlefield. At the French embassy, the new military attaché, Colonel Jean-François Mercier, a decorated hero of the 1914 war, is drawn into a world of abduction, betrayal, and intrigue.

    Kathleen says: "The Real Deal in Espionage Stories Fascinating"
    "Very Good Story"

    This story about a mid-level Polish spy was engaging and full of intrigue and romance.

    The narrator did a good job.

    Highly recommend.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "A Terrific Continuation of a Terrific Story"

    If you have been merely reading this story you are missing out on the added dimension of Divana Porter's wonderful narration. I think of Diana Gabaldon and Divana Porter as partners in the telling of this story and series. I'm only partway through this book but feel like I'm in the company of dear friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Cafe on the Nile: Anton Rider Trilogy, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bartle Bull
    • Narrated By Fred Williams

    A nation sits at the brink of war, a city if fraught with conspiracy. It's 1935 in East Africa. In Cairo, at the Cataract Café, they gather: professional hunter Anton Rider, his estranged wife and her Italian lover, the pampered American twins Bernadette and Harriet Mills, an English lord down on his luck, a German freebooter who has stolen a fortune in silver from the Italian army. Under the knowing eye of the Goan dwarf and café proprietor Olivio Alevado, they lay plots and toast alliances.

    Terry A. Austin says: "Unable to listen"
    "Good story but..."

    This is a war story. There are graphic descriptions of cruelty to animals and graphic descriptions of torture. You have been warned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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