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David

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  • March Violets

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Ex-policeman Bernie Gunther thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin - until he turned freelance and he is sucked further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture. The year is 1936 and Berlin is preparing for the Olympic Games. Some of Bernie's Jewish friends are beginning to realise that they should have left while they could, and Bernie himself has been hired by a wealthy industrialist to investigate two murders that reach high into the Nazi Party.

    Margaret says: "Missed the mark"
    "one ain't enough - next, please!"
    Overall

    Just finishing this first of three of the series of novels by Philip Kerr - can't wait to dig into the next installment.. notwithstanding that these are rather dark but funny (but only in that 1930's bleak prewar Germany kind of funny) novels.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Three Stations: An Arkady Renko Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    In Three Stations, Arkady Renko’s skills are put to their most severe test. Though he has been technically suspended from the prosecutor’s office for once again turning up unpleasant truths, he strives to solve a last case: the death of an elegant young woman whose body is found in a construction trailer on the perimeter of Moscow’s main rail hub. It looks like a simple drug overdose to everyone—except to Renko, whose examination of the crime scene turns up some inexplicable clues.

    Jeffrey Dame says: "Arkady Jumps The Shark"
    "Don't start here.."
    Overall

    If you want to get to know "Russia" and Arkady Renko, don't start here - go directly to Gorky Park and then especially through Wolves Eat Dogs (one of the most captivating novels I've listened to in awhile - the section on the how and why of Chernobyl? Compelling and frightening...) and then there's this. Just a blip in the 3/5 category, I hope, until the next one. It's still good only because it is Renko: the life and times of the top five best detective series out there (inc. Dave Robicheaux, etc). Too much sideline, not enough Arakady, though, and what makes Moscow really tick. I am hoping for more and remain optimistic of better from Martin Cruz Smith.....a great reader is provided in this series, but not a great manuscript.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shatter

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Tim Pigott-Smith
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    A naked woman in red, high-heeled shoes is poised on the edge of Clifton Suspension Bridge with her back pressed to the safety fence, weeping into a mobile phone. Clinical psychologist Joseph O'Loughlin is only feet away, desperately trying to talk her down. She whispers "You don't understand" ¿ and jumps.

    eva says: "Oh My Goodness what a ride"
    "a dark plot-line but - hey! read very well."
    Overall

    This is a audiobook where most of the characters are so humble, you want them to be given the best outcomes considering the circumstances around them, but after awhile, you stop hoping this, and instead are just grateful everyone isn't dead or nearly so by the plot's end.

    Well read, however - and in audiobooks, notwithstanding, that's pretty much the key to a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A German Requiem

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (148)

    Bernie Gunther had his first brush with evil as a policeman in 1930s Berlin and came to know it intimately as a private eye under the Nazis, when each case drew him deeper into the enormities of the regime. Now the war is over and Gunther's in Vienna, trying to clear an old friend of the murder of an American officer.

    Armen says: "The Best"
    "a great german whodunnit, cont'd"
    Overall

    Continuing off from where March Violets trails away from a few years before, Philip Kerr continues to exploit Bernie Gunther's sardonic wit, his continued cynicism of most things bureaucratic, and his dislike all things criminal. A great listen - really liking John Lee's version of Gunther - a no holds barred reading here.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Broken Window: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (949)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (213)

    When Lincoln's estranged cousin Arthur Rhyme is arrested on murder charges, the case is perfect - too perfect. Forensic evidence from Arthur's home is found all over the scene of the crime, and it looks like the fate of Lincoln's relative is sealed.

    Audiophile says: "Long, Complex, and Good."
    "something's broken.."
    Overall

    I have very much appreciated most of the Lincoln Rhyme novels over the years -- but this one seems a bit tired...and for the first time in a long time with audible.com, wished I'd listened to the abridged version of the novel .. not a good thought.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1337)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (395)

    Swan Peak finds Detective Robicheaux far from his New Iberia roots, attempting to relax in the untouched wilderness of rural Montana. He, his wife, and his buddy Clete Purcell have retreated to stay at an old friend's ranch, hoping to spend their days fishing and enjoying their distance from the harsh, gritty landscape of Louisiana post-Katrina.

    Deborah says: "Christmas/Birthday in July"
    "outstanding..."
    Overall

    Outstanding, outstanding -- did I say outstanding? Could this novel be James Lee Burke's last in the whole of the Dave Robicheux series? Would that there is at least one more to come...Burke's most existential - yet strangely redemptive - novel yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (113)

    Here is a mesmerizing depiction of one man's indoctrination into the Spartan way of life and death, and of the legendary men and women who gave the culture an immortal gravity. Culminating in the electrifying and horrifying epic battle of Thermopylae, Gates of Fire weaves history, mystery, and heartbreaking romance into a literary tale that brings the Homeric tradition into the 21st century.

    Scott says: "Excellent, but very sad it's abridged"
    "judging a book by its cover"
    Overall

    I gave it my best shot -- and have previously appreciated Pressfield's novels --- but I am struggling to get through this one. Almost too much personality, and not enough history...and a slow go at that..

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Virtues of War: A Novel of Alexander the Great

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (124)

    Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.) ascended to the throne of Macedon at the age of 20. He fought his greatest battles, including the conquest of the mighty Persian Empire, before he was 25, and died at the age of 33, still undefeated by any enemy. His reputation as a supreme warrior and leader of men is unsurpassed in the annals of history.

    Bill says: "Excellent"
    "the virtues of Steven Pressfield"
    Overall

    I don't know Pressfield so easily carries this book off - bringing a ancient character such as Alexander the Great" so long in grave once again to "life" - and extraordinarily so through this exploration in first person no less is not mean feat. And this is an outstanding read by a very fine reader. A must for those of us, especially, who "read" Bernard Cornwell, etc!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Douglas J. Feith
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Of all the players in the planning and evolution of the Bush Administration's war on terrorism, few were more integral - or more controversial - than Douglas Feith, the chief strategist on Donald Rumsfeld's Pentagon policy team. A highly influential international policy analyst for more than a quarter century before joining the Bush Administration in 2001, Feith worked closely with officials and President Bush in defining the U.S. response to the attacks of 9/11.

    Richard says: "Refreshing perspective"
    "Sometimes the politics gets in the way...."
    Overall

    A well narrated book, the writer has attempted to leave his personal politics at the door as he provides an insightful and often suprising perspective of the events leading to the Irag invasion. There were times, however, that he gave governmental organizations, and characters - such as Donald Rumsfeld - way too much respect and without enough honest retrospect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eight Lives Down

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Chris Hunter
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind Tutt
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Chris Hunter has the most dangerous job in the world in the most dangerous place in the world: he's responsible for bomb disposal in the British sector of Iraq, pitted against some of the most ruthless and technically advanced terrorists in the world. It is a 24/7 job; his team defused over 45 bombs in the first two months alone. And the people they're up against don't play by the Geneva Convention. For them, there are no rules, only results.

    David says: "enlightening, relentless, and depressing"
    "enlightening, relentless, and depressing"
    Overall

    An outstanding narration of a fascinating but depressingly predictable service of a segment of the British Army in Iraq. Yet, Hunter writes in a fetchingly personal style, presenting with intelligence the reality of life in a foreign army placed in a relatively friendless land. The final chapter of all of our post-9/11 realities is yet to be written, and, likewise, this book doesn't even attempt to assign a positive outcome to the whole bloody mess, either. Pity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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