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Susan

Austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Tehran Initiative

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (979)
    Performance
    (845)
    Story
    (862)

    The world is on the brink of disaster. Iran has just conducted its first atomic weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah — known as the Twelfth Imam — has arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam’s spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second Holocaust and the annihilation of Israel.

    Susan says: "Rosenberg does it again - couldn't put it down!"
    "Rosenberg does it again - couldn't put it down!"
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    I've listened to all of Rosenberg's political fiction and have enjoyed every book. If you haven't listened toThe Twelfth Imam, I recommend that you get it first as this one is a sequel, continuing the adventures of CIA asset David Shirazi. Shirazi, born in the US to Iranian parents who fled the revolution, infliltrates Iran at the highest levels and uncovers a terrible plot which he works hard to subvert. The Twelfth Imam, or Madi (sp.) has formed a caliphate consisting of most middle eastern countries. While posing as a religious figure, it's obvious he has nothing but evil on his mind, including the destruction of Israel and western society. This book, like other Rosenberg thrillers will hold your attention and make it difficult to get any sleep as you won't want to stop listening....The narrator was very good, using different accents and handling male and female voices equally well. Get it now!

    33 of 37 people found this review helpful
  • Intelligence: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Susan Hasler
    • Narrated By Susan Hasler, Joe Barrett, Rachel Butera, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (194)

    Maddie James and her colleagues are terrorism experts working in a crumbling intelligence agency. They are certain another terrorist attack is coming, but in a post-9/11 election year the Administration is stressing its victories in the War on Terror - and few want to hear the team's warnings. Reluctantly, Maddie's given a team of five analysts to focus on the impending threat. The crew labors through bureaucratic obstacles, personal problems, and a blossoming romance between its senior members. They come heartbreakingly close to stopping the attack....

    Julia says: "Not your typical spy novel...."
    "Ughh... painful"
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    I listen to all types of thrillers, but this one has to be about the most poky, boring and pointless of all the novels I've listened to. The narration isn't bad but the story line is just plain uninteresting and has plenty of the author's political opinions included. I listened to the complete first part and part of the second part but just couldn't bring myself to finish it. Glad I got it for $4.95!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark R. Levin
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper, Mark R. Levin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (500)

    #1 New York Times best-selling author Mark Levin explores the philosophical basis of America's foundations and the crisis that faces government today.

    Virginia says: "Man's basic nature : Liberty"
    "Savor this one a little at a time"
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    Some audiobooks are hard to put down, and I zoom through them in no time. However, this one is meant to be listened to slowly as there are many thought provoking concepts presented. Should Americans allow their government so much control as to let those in charge strive for some form of American Utopia ? Or are free market principles and small central government the path we should take? Levin guides us through Plato, Thomas More, Hobbes, and Karl Marx and contrasts their ideals with the Locke, Montesquieu and de Tocqueville in an effort to make us all understand what we have and what could happen to what we have if we don't pay attention. A very enlightening read for all, one which I plan to pass along to my family and friends. A better reading gift could not be given.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Power Down: Dewey Andreas, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1577)
    Performance
    (1215)
    Story
    (1221)

    There was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana oil platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun....

    Tommy says: "The best thing to happen since Mitch Rapp!"
    "Kept my Ipod Powered Up non-stop!"
    Overall

    I couldn't put this one down. What a great listen! From the very start to the very end I didn't want to stop listening even to go to sleep at night. Felt like my earbuds were going to become glued to my ears. Highly recommend this for anyone who likes action thrillers. The only disappointment is that this author doesn't seem to have any other audiobooks for me to buy. Nonetheless, I highly recommend this book. Better than Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Tom Clancy, other authors I've listened to.

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lynne Olson
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (335)

    Here is the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain, told from the perspective of three key American players in London: Edward R. Murrow, Averell Harriman, and John Gilbert Winant. Drawing from a variety of primary sources, Olson skillfully depicts the dramatic personal journeys of these men who, determined to save Britain from Hitler, helped convince a cautious Franklin Roosevelt and a reluctant American public to support the British at a critical time.

    Susan says: "If we are together nothing is impossible"
    "If we are together nothing is impossible"
    Overall

    If we are together nothing is impossible - those words from Winston Churchill sum up the war effort and are one of the choice quotes used to introduce this book. This extraordinarily well researched history traces the lives of three men but goes much further by exploring the intricacies of the relationships between the governments of England, United States and Russia. It explores the resistance of the American public to entering the war, the ruthlessness of FDR toward the British prior to the war with Lend/Lease, and the sheer desperation and aloneness the British felt. The three men identified, John Gilbert Winant (former governor of NH), Averell Harriman, and Edward Murrow (newsman) stayed in London throughout London's darkest times and seemed to the British people like the only Americans who understood their plight. They petitioned FDR for greater understanding for the British cause. Britain was the last country standing against Hitler and yet assistance was just not coming from the United States. This book is in 3 audio parts with a total of 17 hours of listening. If the author started out to write about the 3 men (Winant, Harriman, Murrow), she ended up writing an excellent history of the war from the perspective of the British and American relationship, including relationships between Churchil, FDR and Stalin, meetings in Tehran and Yalta. Plenty of detail about Eisenhower. While I believe I can detect the author's political persuasion I don't believe it interfered with the book to a great extent, with the possible exception of the introduction. Excellent narration.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2477)
    Performance
    (937)
    Story
    (949)

    The Executive Board of an exclusive men's club meets to talk about 9/11 and finalize a retaliation plan, known by a code name: Wild Fire. That weekend, a member of the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force is found dead. It's up to Detective John Corey and his wife, FBI Agent Kate Mayfield, to unravel a terrifying plot that starts with the Custer Hill Club and ends with American cities locked in the crosshairs of a nuclear device.

    Joseph says: "Good, but the series is getting forced."
    "Conspiracy Theory Extraordinaire"
    Overall

    This was a book I just couldn't put down, not too surprising considering the author was Nelson DeMille and the narrator was Scott Brick, a great combination! The plot centers on an isolated men's only club called the "Custer Hill Club". A retired FBI detective and his wife try to figure out what happened to another agent who had been doing surveillaince on the Custer Hill Club. They uncover the existence of a couple of "suitcase nukes" and eventually piece together an awful plot which they work very hard to stop. Do they or don't they? You'll have to listen to the book to its conclusion to find out. A great on-the-edge-of-your-seat listen that may keep you awake at night past your normal bedtime.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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