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Phil

Lake Jackson, TX, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • The Secret Agent

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By David Threlfall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Now the subject of a major film, The Secret Agent is based on an actual attempt made in 1894 to blow up the Greenwich Observatory. A labyrinth of greed, corruption and betrayal, it is the most darkly humorous of all Conrad's novels.

    Edward says: "Languid & loquacious language"
    "Tedious Listen"
    Overall

    The details and descriptions are very good. However the story gets lost in the minutiae. This book needs your undivided attention, ok for the plane if you are not the pilot, not good for the driver when commuting. It wasn't what I expected; I've struggled my way through it. Nine hours and thirty minutes lost.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Cleaner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1426)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (550)

    Meet Jonathan Quinn: a freelance operative with a take-no-prisoners style and the heart of a loner. His job? Professional "cleaner". Nothing too violent, just disposing of bodies. But his latest assignment will change everything. The job seemed simple enough: investigating a suspicious case of arson. But when a dead body turns up, and Quinn's handlers at "the Office" turn strangely silent, he knows he's in over his head. With only a handful of clues, Quinn struggles to find out why someone wants him dead.

    Bernie says: "excellent from start to finish"
    "Super Detail!!"
    Overall

    A multi continent thriller. The detail was excellent. Hated to turn it off at the end of my commute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Star Rising: The Revolutionary Birth of the Texas Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By William C. Davis
    • Narrated By Jonathan Hogan
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    No historian has been able to capture so elegantly the factors influencing the formation of the state of Texas. Three-time winner of the Jefferson Davis Award, William C. Davis precisely describes the spirit of the times during this momentous period. The conflicts between Anglo Texans, native Tejanos, and Mexican officials that led to war come to life with invigorating detail.

    Phil says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I generally love history reads but this was painful. I use audible to pass the time while traveling and actually turned this off several times from frustration. Lots of detail with some of it repeated. An abridged version might be the way to go on this one. I liked the backgrounds of Travis, Houston, Austin, etc. You'll need to be a real Texas history buff to enjoy this one!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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