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  • The Odessa File

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (169)

    Frederick Forsyth's spellbinding novels are the natural outgrowth of an adventuresome career in international investigative journalism. Written in Austria and Germany during the fall of 1971, The Odessa File is based on its author's life experiences as a Reuters man reporting from London, Paris, and East Berlin in the early 1960s.

    writerly says: "good tension, great characters, engaging reading"
    "Excellent Performance, Compulsive Listen"
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    Who doesn't like that arch British accent.
    An important story, compulsive listen, hard to turn off.
    The book itself, of course, is a classic now, as it should be.
    The performance is seamless and accents are not over acted.
    Doesn't get much better than this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • By Order of the President: A Presidential Agent Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1121)
    Performance
    (722)
    Story
    (709)

    Two armed men board a 727 that has been all but forgotten at an airfield in Angola. Hijacking the jet, they then slit the throat of the lone crew and fly to parts unknown. The consternation is immediate, as the CIA, FBI, and other agencies race to find out what happened, in the process elbowing one another in the sides a little too vigorously. Fed up, the president of the United States turns to an outside investigator to determine the truth.

    Wayne says: "Dick Hill is the right reader; interesting story"
    "Paid by the word"
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    The story is ok, the main character is ok, if very cliched. However the book is way too long in my opinion by 1/3. The military jargon is excessively detailed, ok the first time, but by the third and fourth I kept thinking "ok I get it, you don't really have to repeat this again".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1142)
    Performance
    (984)
    Story
    (996)

    Moneyball reveals a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The logical places to look would be the giant offices of major league teams and the dugouts. But the real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, lawyers, and physics professors.

    Gordon Lamb says: "Excellent Book, Outstanding Narration, Sloppy Edit"
    "Read this book and change your life"
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    If you do anything that involves probabilities and statistics [and we all do whether we think of it that way or not] this book can change the way you look at things not only in sports but in any endeavor.
    Scott Brick is a versatile and excellent narrator.
    Thankfully the book is not too long, and reads fast and is absorbing and very informative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ivory Grin: A Lew Archer Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ross Macdonald
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    A hard-faced woman clad in a blue mink stole and dripping with diamonds hires Lew Archer to track down her former maid, who she claims has stolen her jewelry. Archer can tell he’s being fed a line, but curiosity gets the better of him and he accepts the case. He tracks the wayward maid to a ramshackle motel in a seedy, run-down small town, but finds her dead in her tiny room, with her throat slit from ear to ear. Archer digs deeper into the case and discovers a web of deceit and intrigue, with crazed number-runners from Detroit, gorgeous triple-crossing molls, and a golden-boy shipping heir who’s gone mysteriously missing.

    Patrick says: "Classic Noir"
    "A classic that still works"
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    Some of the classic mystery/thrillers really dont make it or seem very dated today but this one holds up with time.
    The writing is old school hard boiled but does not come of corny. The wordsmithing is vintage greatness.
    Very well performed and a plot that holds up with time there isnt a false note here.
    I read of all Ross MacDonald in print years ago and look forward to listening to them all again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4202)
    Performance
    (3745)
    Story
    (3741)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "More dogs!"
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    This is the second book I've read featuring a German Shepherd as a main character [see Burning Man] and if this is a trend I'm all for it!
    Every book by Robert Crais is taught and exciting and always has a little, but not too much, humor. I'm a dog trainer and a German Shepherd owner and Mr Crais is one too, or has done enough research to be very accurate in his description of the processes.
    I'd give this 6 stars if I could.
    Excellent narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (18296)
    Performance
    (14117)
    Story
    (14063)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "I didn't get it"
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    I know this book is highly rated, but after about 30 minutes I just put it down. I was waiting for a point, or some direction.
    I guess it just isn't too my taste but I did not finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Target: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2764)
    Performance
    (2242)
    Story
    (2242)

    Four years ago, assassin Court Gentry was betrayed by his handlers in the CIA. Now, an old comrade returns to haunt him - and to force him on a mission against his will. With his ruthless employers on one side, his former friends on the other, and a doomed mission ahead, Court Gentry would kill to get out of this one alive.

    Clayton says: "really impressive"
    "Disappointing"
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    After the first book in this series, which I rated 5 stars, this one was a disappointment.
    The main character, the best assassin in the world, is portrayed as pretty much unstable, gullible, inconsistent, undisciplined, emotional, not at all the strong man he was in the first book.
    The plot is thin, the supporting characters are flat and cliched.
    The performance was overly dramatic for my taste.
    There is enough good and detailed action to keep you reading the whole book but it was a struggle to get through and at the end it seemed like pretty much a waste of time.
    Sophomore slump maybe, I will read the next in the series but keep it on a real short leash.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paris Is a Bitch: A Rain-Delilah Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (50 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    Overall
    (641)
    Performance
    (516)
    Story
    (514)

    For most couples, a quiet dinner for two at Auberge de la Reine Blanche on the Ile Saint Louis would be just the thing to smooth out the complications in a romance. But for gorgeous Mossad operative Delilah and trying-to-retire contract killer John Rain, nothing is ever easy, and when Rain sees a crew of hard-looking men setting up outside the restaurant, he realizes someone has been bringing her work home with her.

    Tamara says: "Well written and very good performance"
    "Jack Reachers of both genders"
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    Well now we have both a female and male professional assassin combo.
    Short and sweet, well written and well read. The body count here is mostly casualties but ok, its a short story so you can't kill too many people.
    Nice setting, major cities are always a good place for a story.
    Very well read by the author, an added benefit.
    I will look for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4130)
    Performance
    (3120)
    Story
    (3094)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Jason Spencer says: "Action packed, edge of your seat "page-turner""
    "The Jack Reacher of professional assassins"
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    A moral superman in an immoral profession. Well written and suspenseful, until of course, you realize none of this is really possible. Impressive body count, and hateful bad guys too.
    Well read, though the voice of the french girl is a little, well, amusing.
    Overall a fun listen and I would look for this combination of author and reader again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nelson Johnson
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna, Terence Winter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (205)

    From its inception, Atlantic City has always been a town dedicated to the fast buck, and this wide-reachinghistory offers a riveting account of its past 100 year, from the city's heyday as a Prohibition-era mecca of lawlessness to its rebirth as a legitimate casino resort in the modern era.

    Frances says: "I love stories steeped in History"
    "Sychophantic apologia for New Jersey politics,"
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    Don't get this book hoping for some of Nucky Thompson a la Steve Buscemi. Sure, a good part of the book is about this era and those bracketing it, but the rest of the book, and its a lot, concerns New Jersey and particularly Atlantic County politics. If someone told me the chairman of the Republican party of NJ had commissioned this book I'd believe it.
    Towards the end the justifications and obsequiousness becomes really noticeable.
    In my opinion the bad parts did not make up for the good and time would be better spent on something else. I ditched the book with 10 minutes to go, just could not listen anymore.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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