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Tom Spencer

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  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9633)
    Performance
    (8741)
    Story
    (8812)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    linda says: "Well, I don't know what I was expecting"
    "Formula Exhausted. Next !!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this to a friend who is planning a trip to Venice,
    Istanbul and Florence. They will not need a guidebook.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Stephen Cannnell


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    This book is a movie script, so I would not need to go to the movie.
    Should also be on travel channel.


    Any additional comments?

    This movie script is akin to Mission Impossible meets Raiders of the Lost Ark.
    The premise is ridiculous, the author took his FODOR's and spliced in totally
    irrelevant travel and historical facts. It is a Mile Wide and an Inch deep.
    If you like to travel, read this book. Otherwise, never mind!

    The narration is spectacular !

    38 of 53 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4960)
    Performance
    (2071)
    Story
    (2063)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Understanding the Politics of Intelligence"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book explains the dilemma of a democracy attempting to
    protect itself in a world of tyrants and thieves.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Company?

    When the idealists from both the American and Soviet sides realize the
    reality of world currents. When the Cubans and Hungarians learn that they have been abandoned to die by American politicians.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    I think that Toretti ( The Sorcerer ) was my favorite character. He had no illusions about the
    impossible tasks assigned.
    Each of the characters are composites of real people who have done the things described in this book. This is a non-fiction, accurate portrayal of real people. The "fiction" wrap is just a cover. This book speaks the truth.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Time after time, America has embroiled itself in stirring revolutions covertly, only to back out when the political risks become apparent-- leaving countless millions abandoned on the beaches of war-- many to be slaughtered. Generations of desk politicians have made the same mistakes over and over. Hungary, Bay of Pigs, Venezuela, Vietnam,-- and on and on. It has run counterproductive to what we say we espouse.

    Those who are on the frontlines of shadow wars are in danger. Idealistic young lives
    developed in this book frequently devolved into self-doubt. Very sad.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to learn the reality of career intelligence officers, this book shows it all.
    If you want to understand the foibles of a democracy stumbling around the world and engaging in hypocritical policies, read this book.
    If you want to understand the lives of some real heroes of America, visit the careers of men and women who put themselves in danger to protect us and our pocket books.
    There are those who will risk it all for this country. They are unknown, unappreciated, and frequently tormented by politicians and journalists. You will meet them all here. Read this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Light: Harry Bosch Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2425)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (961)

    Four years ago, LAPD detective Harry Bosch was on a movie set, asking questions about the murder of a young production assistant, when an armored car arrived with $2 million cash for use in a heist scene. In a life-imitates-art firestorm, a gang of masked men converged on the delivery and robbed the armored car with guns blazing. The crime was never resolved, and the young woman's murder was in the stack of unsolved-case files Bosch carried home the night he left the LAPD.

    Harris says: "Dashel Hammet Redux"
    "Bosch at his best"
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    What did you love best about Lost Light: Harry Bosch Series, Book 9?

    Bosch never gives up. No matter the obstacles, the twists and turns and the
    false leads, Bosch finds the way !


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bosch never stops giving. He has limitless surprises in his character.


    What does Len Cariou bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Cariou is Bosch. Bosch is Cariou.
    Len captures every aspect of the Bosch character and it is tough to
    believe another Bosch narrator.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The depravity of the killer shakes you. He could be anyone you meet.
    You ask yourself repeatedly: " is this pure evil inevitably with us --- always?
    Will we never be completely safe? Who can we completely trust? Where does
    evil come from? Where does it go?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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