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Gordon

Arlington, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Truelove: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (151)

    A British whaler has been captured by an ambitious chief in the Friendly Isles, and Captain Jack Aubrey is dispatched to restore order. But Jack must first contend with an escaped convict who has stowed away on the Surprise, an attractive female convict who is driving the crew to awkward courtliness and dangerous jealousies.

    Dennis says: "We all seek Truelove, some find some not"
    "Another Hit"
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    Those familiar with this series will not be disappointed with this book and as always the characters and story are brought to life by Patrick Tull's wonderful narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pagan Lord: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Matt Bates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (290)

    At the onset of the tenth century, England is in turmoil. Alfred the Great is dead and Edward his son reigns as king. Wessex survives but peace cannot hold: the Danes in the north, led by Viking Cnut Longsword, stand ready to invade and will never rest until the emerald crown is theirs.

    zita c pendleton says: "Good book. Weak ending."
    "Uhtred goes to Bebbanburg"
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    This is another great story from Bernard Cornwell. The main characters from the previous books in the series return and Uhtred, now older, is just as violent and blood thirsty as he ever was. Uhtred goes to Bebbanburg to claim his birthright and goes to war with Cnut. I ran through this book and in the end I was left wanting more. I hope we get more!

    Mates Bates' narration was very capable and was a great improvement over the last book in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Abbot: The Nineteenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated By Andrew Wincott
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    Matthew Bartholomew doesn't want to travel to Peterborough in the summer of 1358, but his friendship with the lovely Julitta Holm has caused a scandal in Cambridge, so he has no choice. He is one of a party of Bishop's Commissioners, charged to discover what happened to Peterborough's abbot, who went for a ride one day and has not been seen since. When the Commissioners arrive, they find the town in turmoil.

    Judith A. Weller says: "A Great Medieval Mystery with humor"
    "Took a while but..."
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    This was my first encounter with a Susanna Gregory novel and to be honest it took time for me to get into it. Initially I found it hard to stay focused and found my mind wandering to other thoughts. I believe this was my response to a somewhat tedious narration. Eventually I decided to start over and when I did my appreciation of the characters, their idiosyncrasies and relationships grew. At some point in time my appreciation for the narration and how well it fit with the characters had also performed a complete 180 degree turn. Gregory does a good job of intertwining medieval superstitions and attitudes into a creditable murder mystery. Overall the book became one of those gems you find hard to put down—then you reach for the next in the series as fast as you can.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slingshot: Spycatcher, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Matthew Dunn
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Master spy Will Cochrane must catch a missing Russian defector as well as one of Europe's deadliest assassins in this action-packed follow-up to Sentinel, written by real-life former field officer Matthew Dunn. Will Cochrane monitors the nighttime streets of Gdansk, Poland - waiting for the appearance of a Russian defector, a man bearing a top-secret document. Will believes the defector is about to step out of the cold and into the hands of Polish authorities, but suddenly everything goes sideways. The target shows up, but so does a team from the Russian foreign intelligence service SVR, and they are hell-bent on keeping the man from walking.

    Gordon says: "Fast paced and fun"
    "Fast paced and fun"
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    This latest book in the Spycatcher series does not rival the complex ambiguity of a John Le Carré novel nor does it require a great amount of mental dexterity to follow the storyline. But it is fun!

    This is faster paced and has more action than the previous books in the series. The action begins almost immediately and continues unabated throughout the book. If you enjoyed the first two books in the series you should find this book to your taste. If you are new to this series I would suggest you read the books in sequence. The hero of these books is more in the genre of James Bond than George Smiley.

    Those of you who enjoy a fast paced and entertaining distraction on the long drive home from work will find this novel and excellent buy. If you need something steeped in psychological drama such as a Le Carré novel this book is not for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Yellow Admiral: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (141)

    While surviving life-threatening adventures at sea, Captain Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin find life on land to be even more perilous. Aubrey has dimmed his prospects of an admiralty by his erratic voting in Parliament. He is on even worse terms with his wife, Sophie, when his mother-in-law ferrets out a trove of old personal letters. Fortunately, Maturin brings news that the Chileans need the two seafaring friends to train their navy.

    Constance says: "It's an Addiction"
    "Wanders"
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    I have enjoyed every book in this series and looked forward to reading this chapter of the Aubrey/Maturin series. The 18th book in the series finds Jack and Stephen either dealing with politics and relatives on land or a spiteful admiral on blockade duty. Unfortunately, like blockade duty, the book wanders around with no real direction. The detail and insight into the period is up to O’Brian’s usual standard and Patrick Tull’s narration is exceptional as it has been throughout the series. Not a lot of action in this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1356: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jack Hawkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (363)

    On September 19, 1356, a heavily outnumbered English army faced off against the French in the historic Battle of Poitiers. In 1356, Cornwell resurrects this dramatic and bloody struggle - one that would turn out to be the most decisive and improbable victory of the Hundred Years' War, a clash where the underdog English not only the captured the strategic site of Poitiers, but the French King John II as well.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Classic Story Comes To Life"
    "Another Great Novel from Cromwell"
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    Over the years I have grown to appreciate Cromwell's work and although this may not be his best effort it is still worth the cost of a token. Most of the characters are very well developed and he picks up a couple of new followers who could easily add interest in future episodes (hope). The action is at times gory but that period in history was quite barbaric.

    I wasn’t sure of Jack Hawkins narration and it did take some time to get comfortable with. His Scottish accent is unforgivable but forgettable.

    Overall this book is a pleasant distraction.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Coat

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dewey Lambdin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (145)

    It is 1780, and 17-year-old Alan Lewrie is a brash, rebellious young libertine. So much so that his callous father believes a bit of naval discipline will turn the boy around. Fresh aboard the tall-masted Ariadne, Midshipman Lewrie heads for the war-torn Americas, finding - rather unexpectedly - that he is a born sailor, equally at home with the randy pleasures of the port and the raging battles on the high seas. But in a hail of cannonballs comes a bawdy surprise.

    Andrew says: ""Sex, Swords, Sailing Ships""
    "Errol Flynn has nothing on this guy"
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    I found this series of books after I completed the excellent Aubrey/Maturin Series by Patrick O'Brian. Lambdin has created a character (Alan Lewrie) who could be described as an over-sexed reluctant hero. The book is witty and exciting and definitely worth a read.
    John Lee does an excellent job as narrator with clearly distinguishable characters.
    When you finish this series try the Aubrey/Maturin Series it has less humor but should quench your thirst for high seas adventure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bloody Ground: Battle of Antietam, 1862: The Starbuck Chronicles: Volume Four

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Nate is given command of a battalion of undesirable soldiers—including deserters and murderers —and sent to join the action at Antietam Creek. There, during the bloodiest single day of the entire war, Nate and his men must find the courage to survive the brutal horrors of combat.

    S. Bruno says: "Excellent!"
    "Another Great Story From Cornwell"
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    The last of the Starbuck Chronicles lives up to all my expectations. This is Cornwell at his best; the story is gripping, bloody and full of action. Cornwell continues to develop the Starbuck character as he builds on previous volumes; we say goodbye to some characters (unexpectedly) and hello to others.
    My only criticism of this series is that it ends here. Cornwell dropped this series in favor of the lucrative “Sharpe” series. The chronicle is unfinished and from Starbucks point of view there remains some unfinished business. We can only hope that Cornwell someday returns to complete the series.
    Ed Sala provided a very good performance that certainly matched the narration of previous volumes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebel: Bull Run, 1861: The Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (64)

    When William Faulconer rescues Nate Starbuck, his son’s friend, from the clutches of a Yankee-hating mob in Virginia, he finds a grateful and willing recruit for Faulconer’s Legion. But Nate’s decision to fight against his native North is only one of the human dilemmas facing the Legion. The Legion commander’s son is against the war, and his daughter’s fiancé is plotting for control of the family fortune. As a motley gathering of men prepares to engage the enemy at Bull Run, they have high hopes of ending the war before it starts.

    francisco says: "Great story, but weak performance."
    "Another Cornwell success"
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    Bernard Cornwell has become my favorite author and must surely be recognized amongst the greatest authors of historical fiction. Cornwell’s other offerings which include the “Sharpe” series; the “Saxon Chronicles” and “The Grail Quest” series all have a historical basis in his native Britain, with his main characters successfully taken from those times and places. Perhaps this is the reason, much to my chagrin, I had some trepidation as to whether Cornwell’s style would translate to the American continent during the period of the Civil War. I believe this is what is now referred to as a “duh” moment. Cornwell delivers another thrilling, action packed adventure that you will find hard to put down. His characters are interesting and well defined and engaging.

    The Starbuck Chronicles were written from 1993 through 1996 and have not been revived since then. On his website Cornwell offers a glimmer of hope that we will see additional Starbuck stories but admits to focusing on the Sharpe series instead.

    The narrator, Ed Sala, may not have the range of a Barbara Rosenblat but he does perform a capable rendition of the book. The five minute sample is not enough to do his performance justice.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Camel Died at Noon: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (358)

    Amelia and Emerson leave the calm of Victorian England in search of an estranged father's son and a lost kingdom buried deep in Sudan.

    Susan Ledder says: "Amelia Peabody series is great!"
    "Best since Crocodile on the Sandbank"
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    Elizabeth Peters continues the Amelia Peabody series with disputably the best book since Crocodile on the Sandbank. Set in the Sudan, the book has the usual number of twists and dastardly villains. We are provided a small glimpse of a very loquacious Ramses as he approaches adolescence. I do like how Peters continues to develop the relationship between her characters as they grow together and age. Barbara Rosenblat’s narration is, as ever, simply amazing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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