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  • Executive Actions

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Gary Grossman
    • Narrated By John McLain
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (34)

    An assassin takes aim at a Presidential candidate during a primary stump speech. The instant he pulls the trigger, the outcome of the election is irrevocably changed. But Democrat Teddy Lodge, an upcoming media sweetheart, isn't killed. His wife is. As a result, Lodge emerges as the man to beat and the greatest threat to the incumbent President, Morgan Taylor.

    aussieGeorge68 says: "Exciting, entertaining story, so so narration."
    "A Fun,Creditable Summer Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Intriguing plot, attractive heroes readers can identify with, credible villains and an assassin who makes "Carlos the Jackal" (Ilich Ramirez Sanchez) look like a girl scout selling cookies. The timing of events at the end is a bit rushed as the action becomes more and more fantastical. The climax is believable but only if one can accept an excess of literary license with the competence of the Washington D.C. Capitol Police. Listening to this audiobook felt like playing a game of Jenga that thankfully ends before the author can remove one more block.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outlaw

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Angus Donald
    • Narrated By Graham Padden
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    When he's caught stealing, young Alan Dale is forced to leave his family and go to live with a notorious band of outlaws in Sherwood Forest. Their leader is the infamous Robin Hood. A tough, bloodthirsty warrior, Robin is more feared than any man in the county. And he becomes a mentor for Alan; with his fellow outlaws, Robin teaches Alan how to fight - and how to win.

    G.Monie says: "Not bad Robin Hood Fiction"
    "A Lot of Fun. I Rushed to Get the Second Book"
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    Performance
    Story

    This is the version of the Robin Hood story I always wanted to hear. Not the one where Maid Marian and Robin never end up together, not the one where Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn end up old but separate; not the one where Robin Hood dies young. Yecch! Who needs to be depressed. This is swashbuckling, more cool than Errol Flynn and Alan Hale, more interesting and more historically accurate. Angus Donald can write a story that sucks you in with interesting detail and a unique take on tough situations. Graham Padden's narration is superb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2321)
    Performance
    (2143)
    Story
    (2144)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "Original, Profound and Entertaining!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is one of the best books of the summer. When I read the publisher's description I thought this would be a work of fantasy involving time and the possibility of peace between Muslims and Jews. I was delighted to find instead a deep story about people, just people. It was not a reference to politics or war or the problems of the Middle East. It was a study on the question of what it means to be human, about freedom and redemption that comes from choosing to do the right thing, and most of all, love. The descriptions of the immigrant communities and geography of Manhattan in the late 1800's were wonderful and deeply satisfying. The characters and dialogue captivating and true. George Guidall's narration was, as usual, excellent.

    Is this what literature is supposed to be like? I think so. Wonderful.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Final Theory: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mark Alpert
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (20)

    Columbia University professor David Swift is called to the hospital to comfort his mentor, a physicist who's been brutally attacked. With his last words, the dying man gives his former pupil a seemingly random string of numbers that could hold the key to Einstein's last and greatest secret: Einheitliche Feldtheorie, The Theory of Everything.

    Jerry says: "Such a mixed bag..."
    "What a waste. Thank God I did not buy the Sequel"
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    Performance
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    This is the case of a great storyline wasted by an author who could not manage to keep his Bush Derangement Syndrome disorder out of his writing. The FBI and administration officials in the story are not merely evil, they are are incredibly stupid and hamfisted. A Delta Force commander is played as a dolt. Evil I can handle, stupid and hamfisted is a bridge too far. Moreover, whatever your views of the Federal Government may be the United States Military is undeniably one of the most competent institutions on the planet today. Yet Mr. Alpert describes Delta Force as a bunch of trigger happy thugs who stupidly use excessive force on American soil at the drop of a hat. This a great story ruined by unoriginal snark, ideological blinders and obvious disrespect for the reader. It jumped the shark early, and only my own obsessive compulsiveness enabled me to finish the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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