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Thomas Levin

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Chicago | Member Since 2007

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  • Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Rorke Denver
    • Narrated By Rorke Denver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (418)
    Story
    (426)

    Rorke Denver trains the men who become Navy SEALs - the most creative problem solvers on the modern battlefield, ideal warriors for the kinds of wars America is fighting now. With his years of action-packed mission experience and a top training role, Lieutenant Commander Denver understands exactly how tomorrow’s soldiers are recruited, sculpted, motivated, and deployed. Now, Denver takes you inside his personal story and the fascinating, demanding SEAL training program he now oversees.

    AXiD says: "Wonderful autobio,but sort of deadpan delivery"
    "Simply outstanding"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A great, compelling and personal story of dedication, bravery and commitment.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything.


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

    Absolutely


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

    The description of the funeral of his colleague killed in action


    Any additional comments?

    A highly motivational story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Terry Hayes
    • Narrated By Christopher Ragland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (427)

    An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Smartest Novel I've Heard or Read in Long time"
    "Outstanding Thriller"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up I Am Pilgrim in three words, what would they be?

    it's like a literary version of '24'


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator-well written perspective. Entertaining.


    What about Christopher Ragland’s performance did you like?

    Great tone


    If you could take any character from I Am Pilgrim out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Scott-most interesting person in the book


    Any additional comments?

    Hard to put down

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The English Girl: Gabriel Allon, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1167)
    Performance
    (1009)
    Story
    (1009)

    Daniel Silva delivers another spectacular thriller starring Gabriel Allon, The English Girl. When a beautiful young British woman vanishes on the island of Corsica, a prime minister’s career is threatened with destruction. Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, is thrust into a game of shadows where nothing is what it seems...and where the only thing more dangerous than his enemies might be the truth.…

    Janels says: "Gabriel's story takes huge strides"
    "Another solid novel by silva"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very well written


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The English Girl?

    Connecting the dots at the end


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The realization at the end


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

    Simply enjoyed listening to the entire novel


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps less fast paced than his earlier works, I enjoyed it nonetheless

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Doll: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Taylor Stevens
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (116)

    On a busy Dallas street, Munroe is kidnapped by an unseen opponent and thrust into an underground world where women and girls are merchandise and a shadowy figure known as The Doll Maker controls her every move. While trusted friends race to unravel where she is and why she was taken, everything pivots on one simple choice: Munroe must use her unique set of skills to deliver a high-profile young woman into the same nightmare that she once endured, or condemn to torture and certain death the one person she loves above all else.

    Janie says: "Michael's Intriguing heroine."
    "Fast paced thrillers"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Doll the most enjoyable?

    Action packed throughout


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

    The ending


    What about Hillary Huber’s performance did you like?

    Liked her read very much


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Pacing and action similar to her first novel

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3398)
    Performance
    (2966)
    Story
    (2981)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Suzn F says: "The Baker, The Nun, The Virgin and The Monster"
    "Extremely well written"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Storyteller the most enjoyable?

    Great performances. Easy to determine which character is which by the dramatization


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

    The ending


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

    This novel is far from my usual 'genre' but I found it to be captivating. Particularly liked the story within the story and the associated allegories.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Ranger: A John Wells Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (376)

    Four friends, recent college graduates, travel to Kenya to work at a giant refugee camp for Somalis. Two men, two women, each with their own reasons for being there. But after twelve weeks, they’re ready for a break and pile into a Land Cruiser for an adventure. They get more than they bargained for. Bandits hijack them. They wake up in a hut, hooded, bound, no food or water. Hostages. As a personal favor, John Wells is asked to try to find them, but he does so reluctantly. East Africa isn’t his usual playing field.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Wells is finally moving out of the desert"
    "Not what I expected"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This was not the action packed compelling story I was expecting from this writer or his character. I kept waiting for the story to take off. The book ended somewhat unexpectedly.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I would like to hear the reader expand his narrative accents and character range. Seems to have only two or three differing expressions


    Could you see The Night Ranger being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    A little bit let down on this one. I have enjoyed reading or listening to each of his other John wells books

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3800)
    Performance
    (3326)
    Story
    (3345)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Excellent narration. Interesting listen"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Threat Vector to be better than the print version?

    I would never sit through a read this long. Bit, the audio was very entertaining


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Like the TV show '24'


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The bombing at the end


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (690)
    Performance
    (581)
    Story
    (581)

    From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, there have been more than two dozen assassination attempts on the President of the United States. Four have been successful. But now, Beecher White - the hero of the number one New York Times best seller The Inner Circle - discovers a killer in Washington, D.C. who's meticulously re-creating the crimes of these four men. Historians have branded them as four lone wolves. But what if they were wrong?

    Janice says: "I had to stop listening a little bit into the book"
    "too much drama in reader's voice"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I ordinarily like him but it was too much for this book. Undulating narration. Highs and lows in tonal quality-made listening to it difficult whenever there was background noise


    Any additional comments?

    Like a movie that is 30 minutes too long, the story could have been shortened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20875)
    Performance
    (18717)
    Story
    (18784)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Amazing book 'noir' thriller"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Excellent, suspenseful and well written


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone Girl?

    The reveal


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no-too long for one sitting


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book. A smart thriller

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone - Especially Ourselves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (312)

    Does the chance of getting caught affect how likely we are to cheat? How do companies pave the way for dishonesty? Does collaboration make us more honest or less so? Does religion improve our honesty? Most of us think of ourselves as honest, but, in fact, we all cheat. From Washington to Wall Street, the classroom to the workplace, unethical behavior is everywhere. None of us is immune whether it's the white lie to head off trouble or padding our expense reports.

    Douglas C. Bates says: "You Cheat (and I Do Too)"
    "Excellent narration. Interesting listen"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to The Honest Truth About Dishonesty again? Why?

    Yes-it's an interesting topic about human nature that seeks to understand why we do things we do when it comes to being dishonest or try to cheat. Similar in style and content to Blink and tipping point


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Honest Truth About Dishonesty?

    How people who habitually lie end up believing their lies


    What about Simon Jones???s performance did you like?

    Very engaging narration


    If you could give The Honest Truth About Dishonesty a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Why we lie


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the writers interviews at the end

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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