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Curtis

OJAI, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Last Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3319)
    Performance
    (2895)
    Story
    (2874)

    The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent.

    K says: "Couldn't be better...except"
    "NOT UP TO VINCE'S USUAL STANDARD"
    Overall
    Performance
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    The listen starts out boring and slow, probably due to the narrators lack of enthusiasm. It does pick up and become more riveting as the plot unfolds. I forced myself not to abandon it early and was rewarded later.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9-11 Saved American Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jose A. Rodriguez
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    Since the death of Osama Bin Laden, interest in counterterrorism is at an all-time high. Most people don’t know that Bin Laden’s death is the culmination of years of covert operations and tactics largely overseen by Jose Rodriguez and built on by his successors. Rodriguez’s sometimes controversial tenure as Chief of the Agency’s Counterterrorism Center involved CIA officers capturing and detaining key senior Al Qaeda operatives and implementing Enhanced Interrogation Techniques....

    Rebecca says: "Not politically slanted as I expected"
    "Making clear the CIA's role in fighting Terrorism"
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    This book explains clearly how the CIA operates to glean intelligence and maintain the safeguards necessary to insure that detainees are not tortured. All the while doing what is needed to get the intel. that keeps America safe from Radical Islam.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Raylan: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Brian D'Arcy James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (216)

    With the closing of the Harlan County, Kentucky coalmines, marijuana has become the biggest cash crop in the state. A hundred pounds of it can gross three-hundred thousand dollars, but that’s chump change compared to the quarter million a human body can get you - especially when it’s sold off piece-by-piece. So when Dickie and Coover Crowe, dope-dealing brothers known for sampling their own supply, decide to branch out into the body business, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens to stop them.

    Roy says: "Justified"
    "Big buildup for letdown"
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    Story
    What disappointed you about Raylan?

    It just didn't compare to his previous works and not even close to Raylan's character on Justified.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elmore Leonard again?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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