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John

Roanoke, VA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Falling Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Don DeLillo
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    In the opening scene of Falling Man, Keith Neudecker emerges from the smoke and ash of the burning tower where he worked, and makes his way to the apartment of his ex-wife and young son uptown. Throughout this bold and haunting novel, DeLillo traces the way the events of September 11 kindled or rekindled relationships, reconfigured our emotional landscape, our memory, and our perception of the world.

    T. C. Pile says: "Since the planes..."
    "compelling and disturbing"
    Overall

    This is a great book. Its basically less about 9/11 itself than it is about how an event like this affects (and doesn't affect) the people afterwords. Far from your typical "I was there" fictionalized account of being there. Very well narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spies of the Balkans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By Daniel Gerroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (107)

    Greece, 1940. Not sunny vacation Greece: northern Greece, Macedonian Greece, Balkan Greece, the city of Salonika. In that ancient port, with its wharves and warehouses, dark lanes and Turkish mansions, brothels and tavernas, a tense political drama is being played out. On the northern border, the Greek army has blocked Mussolini's invasion, pushing his divisions back to Albania, the first defeat suffered by the Nazis, who have conquered most of Europe.

    writerly says: "historical insights, not much suspense/tension"
    "moody and atmospheric"
    Overall

    I have read most of his books--some on audible and some "regular" reading. This is his best in a long time. His books are not thrillers in the customary sense. They are more about people caught up in unalterable events out of their control and not of their making and how they deal it with as the situation evolves. If you want more straight mystery thriller type, look elsewhere. This one did have a large element of "how will this all turn out" to it. Elegantly written and the narration went well with the book. Highly reccommended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7051)
    Performance
    (1795)
    Story
    (1841)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "vastly overrated"
    Overall

    The first 100 pages were ok mystery thriller and then it goes right in the bucket. The middle is a complete muddle and you're begging for mercy by the time of the trite ending. audible has a ton of more worthwhile and entertaining books than this one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Star

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (121)

    Acclaimed author Alan Furst has written several historical fiction novels. In Dark Star, Andre Szara, a Polish journalist who becomes a spy for the Soviet Union in the late 1930s, is ordered to complete many tasks of espionage in Paris. Through Szara's character, the beginnings of World War II are revealed. George Guidall's gripping narration complements this suspenseful tale.

    Jeff Parent says: "Bright Star"
    "good-but not his best work"
    Overall

    Some of his other books are better. This one had too broad a story to maintain long term interest. Well written as usual. Best part was his description of how Russians thought during the Stalinist purges of the 30s.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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