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Napa, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

  • 6 reviews
  • 25 ratings
  • 131 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Let the Dead Lie: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Malla Nunn
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
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    The follow-up to her much-acclaimed debut, A Beautiful Place to Die, Malla Nunn’s Let the Dead Lie takes listeners back to 1953 South Africa. When Cooper discovers the body of a young child on the Durban docks, he resists the urge to figure out what happened and leaves it for the local police. But after he is accused of the crime, he has 48 hours to clear his name and find a depraved killer.

    Cary says: "Another winner!"
    "Another winner!"

    Top notch story with well fleshed out and totally believable characters. Wonderful evocation of the subtropical port city of Durban in the 1950s and the apartheid-dominated milieu of this multi-ethnic city. The narrator, Saul Reichlin, is perfectly suited to the task. His multiple accents and pacing hit the mark. (I would hope we could hear Reichlin's renditions of yet another fine southern African author: Deon Meyer)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ben Macintyre
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    As plans got under way for the Allied invasion of Sicily in June 1943, British counter-intelligence agent Ewen Montagu masterminded a scheme to mislead the Germans into thinking the next landing would occur in Greece. This extraordinary operation called for a dead body, dressed as a Royal Marine officer and carrying false information about a pending Allied invasion of Greece, to wash up on a Spanish shore near the town of a known Nazi agent.

    Jack M says: "Better than the movie"
    "Disappointing reading from a top-notch reader"

    Having read "Agent Zigzag" and pleasurably listened to many well-narrated books by John Lee, this download was a natural. Surprisingly, as good as the book is, Lee's hurried and somewhat high-pitched narration - in contrast to his many well modulated and diverting readings of the Philip Kerr novels, for example - I found to be distracting and, on occasion, irritating.

    Perhaps Lee's considerable skills are better matched to novels rather than expository documentaries such as this...

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Hullo Russia, Goodbye England

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Derek Robinson
    • Narrated By Nick McArdle
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    Having survived a double tour on Lancasters in WW2 (and won two DFCs), Flight Lieutenant Silk rejoins Bomber Command much later and qualifies to fly the Vulcan bomber. Welcoming him, the airbase commander says: “You have the best, and the worst, job in the world. You have the Vulcan, incomparably the finest bomber. That's the best bit. Your job is to fly to the Soviet Union and destroy cities.

    Cary says: "Smart, funny, droll, fabulous...."
    "Smart, funny, droll, fabulous...."

    I discovered Derek Robinson courtesy of a muddy videotape version of his UK TV series, "A Piece of Cake" over a decade ago. Enthralled, I immediately plunged into this and his other books - those that I could find in the US, that is. Unlike and antiseptic Heller's "Catch 22", this is a sardonic writer whose, primarily WWII- (and WWI-) focused works one can so easily relate to. (I'm sure Robinson's WWII RAF experience helps).

    Nobody beats Robinson in describing the spontaneity and ferocity of aerial combat or, for that matter, the poignancy of lost love on terra firma. And always there's that inevitable acerbic twist.

    Sadly, Robinson's books, while generally very well reviewed - "Goshawk Squadron" after all was long listed for the Booker Prize - never seem to have hit the charts in the US.

    But we lucky few (or perhaps, not so few?) know better.

    This book is perhaps more topical, in that it covers a larger span of history. WWII, yes, but also the 1950s and points beyond as well.

    Droll, informative, laugh-out-loud short, an all-around winner.

    And the book meets its match in the very fine UK narrator, Nick McArdle.

    Five stars, all around.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dartmouth Conspiracy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By James Stevenson
    • Narrated By Michael Tudor Barnes

    September 1942. Karl Deichman knows that if he carries out orders to lead a precision bomb attack on the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, he will probably kill his English cousin - with whom, long ago, he swore friendship until death. But a pilot from the German Luftwaffe has no choice - the attack must proceed.

    Cary says: "Top notch"
    "Top notch"

    Solid entertainment and somewhat believeable. The action in the air is particularly satisfying. (What's a "page turner" in the audible lexicon?) A truly excellent narration. I hope M.T. Barnes pops up in future audible books, he's that good!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Agincourt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
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    Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

    Andrew says: "Fantastic!"
    "Top-notch historical novel"

    A fine story with believable characters, a well-rendered historical milieu , realistic dialogue, excellent "you-are-there" battle scenes etc.

    This is my first Cornwell novel and while very well-written, it is further enhanced, no doubt, by a superlative telling by a reader who gives the entire enterprise a marvelous theatrical quality.

    Usually, I'm good for an hour-or-so at a time on an audible book; this one I listened to in three-hour spurts! (Good for the legs; I walk alot!) The only annoyance is a minor one: the very occasional background music which I thought to be an unnecessary distraction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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