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Amma

Louisa, Kentucky USA | Member Since 2011

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  • In Secret Service

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mitch Silver
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    A young Yale academic is summoned to Ireland to claim the contents of her grandfather's safe-deposit box, in which she finds only one thing: a nonfiction manuscript by James Bond author Ian Fleming. The manuscript, detailing Fleming's own involvement in British espionage during World War II, contains evidence that the Duke of Windsor was in a treasonous plot with Hitler, information so confidential that people are willing to kill to continue its secrecy.

    Jerry says: "Unbelievable"
    "Thought Provoking"
    Overall
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    Story
    If you could sum up In Secret Service in three words, what would they be?

    Three words? That's funny....NO I Can't.

    Loved the book with all the bits and pieces of two worlds meeting. It does fit my belief that Princess Dinana was assasinated and the book explains how. Patricia Cornwall had come up with the same theory. The 007 element is smashing as it flows with much of the newly released data about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor but also with a surprise element having to do with Prince Phillip that is shocking. Is this true? If it is, no wonder the British secret service wanted the book that Ian Fleming leaves behind destroyed at any cost. Try it....you just might like it! I am listening to it for a second time and that is a first!


    What other book might you compare In Secret Service to and why?

    No


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

    No


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

    So many as it is a riveting book with that 007 element of excitement.


    Any additional comments?

    No

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  • The Fifth Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (491)

    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"
    "Fascinating, Spellbinding"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you could sum up The Fifth Assassin in three words, what would they be?

    Historical bounty intriguing


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

    I could NOT STOP LISTENING. I stayed up til the wee hours of the morning as I had to have this resolved then zap....it leaves you during a high point in the story. The rest of the story please? How long until the next book comes out.? I cannot wait to see how this story ends.


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

    Beecher. He just grabs his passion and inner dialogue so well. I feel that I almost know him personally.


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

    I LOVE the little known historical facts such as President Lincoln sneeking into St Johns Church to pray and attend services and leaving before service ended. I also did not know that Lincoln was a member at Foundry Methodist church nor did I know of Foundry's history. Love their sharing of little known facts about George Washington and the playing cards. Facinating.


    Any additional comments?

    I was shocked at the books ending..."WHAT?" You cannot end it here.....how long do I have to wait for the rest of the story? Oh dear! I want to know the rest of the story! I also plan on visitng the sites in the book the next time I visit DC. St Johns Church and Cafe Milano here I come. I've visited the other places. I cannot wait for the next book to come out. I LOVE this series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2184)
    Performance
    (2009)
    Story
    (2002)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Emily - Audible says: "Colin Firth Kills It"
    "Don't Bother"
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    What disappointed you about The End of the Affair?

    The story was so depressing. Felt I had wasted not only time buy money on this book. I cannot imagine why it is one of Colin's favorites.


    What could Graham Greene have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Needed a total rewrite....two old men....living at the end in the same house comforting one another for a space over the love of the same women that they both loved and lost. I hated that they killed her off....and she ends of cremated without a burial of her faith. I did not like the comments via the main characters lack of beliefs. It was empty, blank and grim.


    Which character – as performed by Colin Firth – was your favorite?

    He did a good job with all of his characters. So few had any redeeming values but were so cynical.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not for me. Suppose if you have a glum look on life and are anti faith it might appeal to you.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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