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CBDC

Washington, DC USA | Member Since 2017

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  • Black Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1586)
    Performance
    (1180)
    Story
    (1176)

    It is January 1944 - and as Allied troops prepare for D day, Nazi scientists develop a toxic nerve gas that will repel and wipe out any invasion force. To salvage the planned assault, two vastly different but equally determined men are sent to infiltrate the secret concentration camp where the poison gas is being perfected on human subjects. Their only objective: destroy all traces of the gas and the men who created it - no matter how many lives may be lost...including their own.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "They Might Be Scum, But they were German Scum"
    "Feels real"
    Overall

    While the afterward says BLACK CROSS is a work of fiction (and there are parts of it that clearly are), the depiction of abuse, of cruelty, and of random selection in the Nazi concentration camp central to this story feels real. Greg Iles' research into the reality and history that lie behind his novels and fictions is extraordinary. I learned things about the war and about myself. The book is not depressing, but powerful.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Prisoner: A John Wells Novel, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1145)
    Performance
    (1058)
    Story
    (1050)

    Evidence is mounting that someone high up in the CIA is doing the unthinkable - passing messages to ISIS, alerting them to planned operations. Finding out the mole's identity without alerting him, however, will be very hard, and to accomplish it Wells will have to do something he thought he'd left behind forever. He will have to reassume his former identity as an al Qaeda jihadi, get captured, and go undercover to befriend an ISIS prisoner in a secret Bulgarian prison.

    Snoodely says: "Another Winner from Berenson"
    "Not as good as some of the earlier ones."
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    Any additional comments?

    Where there was obvious suspense, it didn't grip me or make me feel it. I could put it down and did for a certain amount of political news. I really like the character of John Welles and George Guidall as a reader - I didn't feel Alex Berenson gave them as interesting a plot or others I've read. ISIS was in there but there was more stylization than depth. Cute - Puma as the code name of the lead ISIS cell - and of course linked with a sneaker store - etc. I'll read the next Berenson (probably) but without the same certainty that I jumped for this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Hanya Yanagihara
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8464)
    Performance
    (7857)
    Story
    (7863)

    When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

    Angela says: "I had to call in SAD to work"
    "Beautiful book"
    Overall
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    Sad and gently beautiful and authentic. I've had some difficult early years (nothing like Jude's) and the understanding of the author is amazing. It's not a book to read if you want something energizing and hopeful - but it's quiet book and in the end is about friendships and relationships and hope. The 32 hours go very fast.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flash

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tim Tigner
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1336)
    Performance
    (1236)
    Story
    (1226)

    Two blood-spattered strangers awake, locked in the trunk of a car - with a murdered cop and the smoking gun. Aside from raging headaches and no idea what's happened, they appear to have nothing in common. Troy thinks it's 2001 and he's still a combat surgeon fighting terrorists in Afghanistan. Emmy believes it's 2002 and she's still grifting a living from the streets of L.A.

    ibrahim BURCE says: "As promised"
    "Brilliant - totally unique mind and imagination"
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    I've now read 2 books by Tigner (BETRAYAL and FLASH) and both are totally unique, HIs imagination and ideas and detail are wonderful FLASH was gripping but I kept reading and then felt it was gone in a flash but it really was over 12 hours of a fascinating story. BETRAYAL began in Afghanistan and the moved to the DC area; FLASH gets into financial schemes and Grand Cayman. His books start sort of slow and lay the whole detail bases of the exploding narrative to come. And when the tension begins, the story is amazing;. I can't wait until other books from this author come on Audible. I've written him and found out one is coming out in August. Right now - I want more. The two so far show an understanding of body chemistry and drugs which become weapons REALLY REALLY GOOD. I recommend this author highly.

    Dick Hill as usual is wonderful and totally the right narrator for the book.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Tim Tigner
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (902)
    Performance
    (840)
    Story
    (836)

    Presumed dead after a staged terrorist attack, FBI Agent Odysseus Carr is running for his life with the doctor who rescued him. Meanwhile, the same power players who sent Odi to his death are now manipulating an FBI profiler into blindly tracking him down. She's not just their best - she's also his sister. As Odi unravels a devious plot of profound political manipulation and global consequence, the hunted becomes the hunter, and the real terror begins.

    Victor @ theAudiobookBlog says: "Thrilling unputdownable page turner"
    "Welcome Tim Tigner"
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    Any additional comments?

    Really good story - excellent narrator. I'm so happy - I was starting to feel I'd run out of books having read every book by a large number of authors. Them along comes Tim Tigner - only two others on Audible. One which I purchased, the other is in my wish list waiting for Audible to have a 'buy 4, get $10 credit special" - it's only just over 4 hours and I want longer books if I am going to spend a credit. I hope there are more in the queue. Suspenseful, some characters I really liked. Only reason I gave the "story" a slightly lower rating is because I have trouble believing that people like the evil Stuart or weak and nakedly ambitious Wylie really get as far as these two do in Washington and get away with murder. I found the plot original and creative and as always - Dick Hill is GREAT. Welcome Tim Tigner.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Hero of France

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By Daniel Gerroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (514)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (457)

    Alan Furst's latest novel takes place in the secret hotels, nightclubs, and cafes of occupied Paris and the villages of France during the spring of 1941, when Britain was losing the war. Many of the characters are resistance fighters who run an escape line for British airmen down to Spain; they include men and women, old and young, all strong - an aristocrat, a Jewish teacher - and the hero is a hero, has a gun, and uses it.

    David Holroyd says: "Disappointing"
    "Typical Furst + the history of France"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I lived in France for about 10 years in the late 60's and 70's and I am hungry for books that combine a feel for the country for the history. There haven't been many books or much fiction abut the resistance that I've stumbled on - and I really appreciated this story on multiple levels. Well written, well narrated - all together very very good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ballistic : A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8040)
    Performance
    (7276)
    Story
    (7273)

    Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust - and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried. Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted.

    Ed says: "Comparable to the first in this series"
    "Perhaps the best of the Gray Man books"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    All the pieces fell together - and the humanity of the gray man was striking. Parts of the other books I've read in the series made sense. Plus the fact the book is very fast paced and the personalities of the characters come alive and I cared.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Term Limits

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4344)
    Performance
    (3870)
    Story
    (3859)

    In one bloody night, three of Washington’s most powerful politicians are executed with surgical precision. Their assassins then deliver a shocking ultimatum to the American government: set aside partisan politics and restore power to the people. No one, they warn, is out of their reach—not even the president. A joint FBI-CIA task force reveals the killers are elite military commandos, but no one knows exactly who they are or when they will strike next.

    David Share says: "Term Limits"
    "Story is gripping"
    Overall
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    Would you be willing to try another one of Nick Sullivan’s performances?

    Only if it's the only way to listen to a book by an author I really like.


    Any additional comments?

    I put off reading this audiobook for quite awhile in part because it was the only Vince Flynn I had left to read, but largely because of the narrator. Indeed for the first ⅔ of the book, I didn't like him at all. But then the story took off and I forgot about the narrator and couldn't put the audiobook down (or turn it off).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl from Krakow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Alex Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (982)
    Performance
    (874)
    Story
    (879)

    It's 1935. Rita Feuerstahl comes to the university in Krakow intent on enjoying her freedom. But life has other things in store - marriage, a love affair, a child, all in the shadows of the oncoming war. When the war arrives, Rita is armed with a secret so enormous that it could cost the Allies everything, even as it gives her the will to live. She must find a way both to keep her secret and to survive amid the chaos of Europe at war.

    Linda says: "History, Philosophy and Bodice-Ripping Sex"
    "Eye-Opening"
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    Any additional comments?

    I've read a lot about the Second World War -- fiction and non-fiction. This is the first book I've read that dealt with how those Jews who survived the war did so (not in the concentration camps). You realize how strong they must have been - and the generous tone the book ends on - with the search for the Girl from Krakow's son - finding him, and then electing to leave him with the woman who loves him has saved him and adores him. Parts are slow - keep at it - all the pieces eventually built to a very powerful and meaningful book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder in the Morning Calm: Pacific Rim Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Don Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (156)

    Lieutenant Commander "Gunner" McCormick is assigned as an intelligence officer to Carrier Strike Force 10, being deployed to the Yellow Sea at the invitation of South Korea for joint exercises with the US Navy. During his pre-deployment briefing, he discovers a top-secret memo revealing rumors that the North Koreans may still be holding a handful of elderly Americans from the Korean War in secret prison camps.

    Wayne says: "Foray into North Korea - 3.5 stars!"
    "Very moving and powerful"
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    Amazing book - the whole narrative was engaging, but the last hour with the rescue and the revelation that one of the rescued prisoners WAS the grandfather the lead character hoped to find and the Christmas Carols - how beautiful they must have sounded after 60 years of imprisonment - and patriotic songs. VERY powerful. Who cares if it's entirely realistic - it deals with important issues and MIA's int he Asian wars (Korea, Vietnam) great courage. I'm about to order book 2 of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Frame

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (256)

    In Cold Frame, the dramatic new thriller by P. T. Deutermann, a secret committee of government and civilian officials maintains a list known as the Kill List, which targets overseas threats to America for termination. When a senior bureaucrat who is part of the Kill List process dies in Washington under mysterious circumstances that include a beautiful woman, a glass of wine, and a bouquet of flowers, Metro detective Av Smith is tasked to investigate.

    Allen Anthony says: "Left me cold!"
    "OK but a little contrived."
    Overall
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    If you’ve listened to books by P. T. Deutermann before, how does this one compare?

    Not as good - OK, but a little contrived and characters not well dimensioned.


    Did Dick Hill do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, he's one of my favorite narrators.


    Was Cold Frame worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure why Audible is only allowing guided reviews now. I like to write my own. So I'm keeping this one short.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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