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Gilbert

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APO, AE, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • A Time to Kill & The King of Torts

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (703)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (561)

    The life of a 10-year-old black girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime, until her father acquires an assault rifle and takes justice into his own outraged hands.

    Paul Cragin says: "Lively voices tell gripping plot"
    "The Best ... And the Not So Much"
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    A Time to Kill is REAL Grisham. It's a good story that makes one think about his position on important issues ... and then re-think it. I don't always arrive at the same conclusions the author leads his readers to, but I do appreciate the exercise. Michael Beck did a masterful job of bringing this tale to life.
    The King of Torts is such a letdown that it's hard to believe Grisham actually wrote it. Please tell me he didn't! The dialogue is blah, blah, blah. The characters are just blah. The only redeeming quality is Beck's narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3780)
    Performance
    (3368)
    Story
    (3382)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "One of the Best"
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    Like him, or hate him, Bill O'Reilly's "Killing Lincoln" is one of the best books dealing with one of the most interesting and controversial events in American history. The many twists and turns in this intriguing book make it an essential for every history buff's audio library. O'Reilly's narration is consistent with his "Factor" persona.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Plague Ship: A Novel of the Oregon Files

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jack Du Brul, Clive Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (271)

    Clive Cussler returns with a new novel in his New York Times best-selling Oregon Files, as Captain Juan Cabrillo and the motley crew of his high-tech spy ship take on their most extraordinary - and lethal - mission yet. Captain Juan Cabrillo finds a derelict cruise ship full of hundreds of corpses - the victims of the Responsivists, a group attempting to control the world's population by means of a deadly virus.

    Jean says: "Action packed suspense"
    "My Favorite Series"
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    The Oregon Files is my favorite of all Cussler series (and I've read or listened to most of them). The Plague Ship is loaded with action, and makes a guy want to BE Juan Cabrillo! This series without Scott Brick would be a travesty!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Sea: A Novel of the Oregon Files

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (930)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (412)

    On December 7, 1941, five brothers exploring a shaft on a small island off the coast of Washington State make an extraordinary discovery, only to be interrupted by news of Pearl Harbor. In the present, Cabrillo, chasing the remnants of a crashed satellite in the Argentine jungle, stumbles upon a shocking revelation of his own.

    Bill says: "Another Riveting Tale!"
    "Dependable Cussler"
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    Having read or listened to most of Cussler's works, I find the Oregon Files to continually climb to the top of my enjoyment list. While this may not be the very best of the series, it is certainly an enjoyable "read." The action is pretty much none-stop, with just enough breathing room to prepare one for the next scene. Scott Brick does a superb job of bringing each character to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Litigators

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3819)
    Performance
    (3112)
    Story
    (3075)

    The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

    June says: "Typical Grisham, entertaining"
    "Good Grisham"
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    My first read of The Litigators was with eyes only ... and I enjoyed it then. But the listen was, for me, even more enjoyable ... three times in the first couple of weeks! Dennis Boutsikaris did a great job with the characters, making the "read" a lot of fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brotherhood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jerry B. Jenkins
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (42)

    Boone Drake follows all the rules - as a cop, husband, and father. But when everything in his personal life is destroyed, he buries himself in guilt. His faith is rocked when he questions why God would allow this to happen to him. When it appears that it can't get any worse, he's accused of police brutality and suddenly his career is at risk. The possibility of being promoted to the Organized Crime Division is slipping from his hands. His life is spiraling out of control....

    djinx says: "Pretty Good But......"
    "Precinct 11: a Believable Series and a Good Listen"
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    I've enjoyed this series more than anything else I've ever read (or listened to) of Jenkins' writing -- including the Left Behind series. Character development was at a good pace, making each person in the story really believable. And Johnny Heller was a great pick for a Chicago based tale.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crescent Dawn: A Dirk Pitt Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1271)
    Performance
    (723)
    Story
    (729)

    In A.D. 327, a Roman galley barely escapes a pirate attack with its extraordinary cargo. In 1916, a British warship mysteriously explodes in the middle of the North Sea. In the present day, a cluster of important mosques in Turkey and Egypt are wracked by explosions. Does anything tie them together? NUMA director Dirk Pitt is about to find out.

    Michael says: "Something new from Cussler"
    "Classic Cussler"
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    Great story ... Awesome performance. Cussler's books are always a fun read, and Brick's reading is the best in the business.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Jihad: Political Thrillers Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (654)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (331)

    Jon Bennett is a top Wall Street strategist turned senior White House advisor. But nothing has prepared him for the terror that he will face. Saddam Hussein dispatches his top hit men to assassinate the President of the United States. Iraqi terrorists spread carnage throughout London, Paris, and Riyadh...and the Butcher of Baghdad has a nuclear ace in his hand that he has not yet played.

    Joseph says: "Great book ... worth the listening to"
    "A Good Listen In Spite of Being Out Dated"
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    Dick Hill's performance is great. While I think Rosenberg is a good writer, the fact that many events are out of date or ended up with very different results (ie: the Taliban has been decimated in the book, but is still very much alive in real life) takes away from the book for the 2012 listener. On the other hand, it makes me curious about how Rosenberg will deal with those issues later in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Red November: Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submarine War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By W. Craig Reed
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (181)

    Red November is filled with hair-raising, behind-the-scenes stories that take you deep beneath the surface and into the action of the Cold War. Few know how close the world has come to annihilation better than the warriors who served America during the tense, 45-year struggle known as the Cold War. Yet for decades, their work has remained shrouded in secrecy.

    Rick says: "Blind Man's Bluff meets Cuban Missile Crisis"
    "Real ... By a Man Who Was Really There!"
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    By understanding where our world has come from, Craig Reed helps us see where it is headed. The sacrifice of our submariners, and their part in the Cold War, makes this an important listen for all. Whether you believe we live in a safer world, or one that is increasingly unstable, you will gain a greater appreciation for our warriors of the deep. You will also gain a greater respect for their foes.
    Tom Weiner was an excellent pick for reading this book. His Russian accents simply add to Red November's credibility.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Spartan Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1083)
    Performance
    (725)
    Story
    (737)

    Treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo are exploring the Great Pocomoke Swamp in Delaware when they are shocked to discover a World War II German U-boat. Inside, they find a bottle taken from Napoleon's "lost cellar." Fascinated, the Fargos set out to find the rest of the collection. But another connoisseur of sorts has been looking for the bottle they've just found.

    C. Johnson says: "A little bit National Treasure..."
    "Just Good Cussler"
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    Clive Cussler and company write great guy tales: lots of action, and enough twists and turns to keep one interested. And with Scott Brick's performance, it's well worth the listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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