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Gilbert

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APO, AE, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Last Days: Political Thrillers Series #2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (224)

    Osama bin Laden is dead. Saddam Hussein is buried. Baghdad lies in ruins. Now the eyes of the world are on Jerusalem as Jon Bennett - a Wall Street strategist turned senior White House advisor - his beautiful CIA partner Erin McCoy, and the U.S. Secretary of State arrive in the Middle East to meet with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

    C. Haas says: "An excellent listen"
    "Good Book ... But ..."
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    If you could sum up The Last Days in three words, what would they be?

    Bursts of action ... followed by long periods of inaction.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Erin ... because she was loyal to the President and her responsibilities, while still being feisty enough to be interesting.


    Did Patrick G. Lawlor do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Lawlor's narration was mediocre, at best. His character separation was pretty good, and his inflections made it pretty easy to keep characters straight. However, his inconsistency in pronunciation of the names of locations was frustrating.


    If you could rename The Last Days, what would you call it?

    Almost anything other than The Last Days ... a phrase that I only remember hearing one time in the entire book!


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy Rosenburg's style and his believable presentation of Christianity as a credible system of faith.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Testament

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1744)
    Performance
    (792)
    Story
    (801)

    Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States. He is also eccentric, reclusive, confined to a wheelchair, and looking for a way to die. His potential heirs, to no one's surprise - especially Troy's - are circling like vultures. But Troy shocks them all when he leaves his fortune to an estranged, illegitimate daughter.

    Richard says: "Best Grisham Ever"
    "One of the Very Best! "
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    I have read and/or listened to every John Grisham book I could get my hands on, and The Testament is definitely one of my favorites. The story line is riveting. Frank Muller's narration is perfect, especially for conveying the timelessness of the Amazon river system. And the life-changing message of the Gospel is made clear and believable. Great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Auschwitz Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (934)
    Performance
    (847)
    Story
    (850)

    A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans - especially Jews like Jacob and his family - are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare - trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.

    DebaDeb says: "Amazing, horrifying, and heartwarming!"
    "Rosenberg's Very Best"
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    I have read everything Joel Rosenberg has written ... and this is the best by far! A superb blending of tragic history and a wonderful story of hope and faith. Christopher Lane's narration is perfect for this book. His characterizations are believable and filled with emotion. Please read this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theodore Boone: The Abduction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (287)

    Theodore Boone is back in a new adventure, and the stakes are higher than ever.... When his best friend, April, disappears from her bedroom in the middle of the night, no one, not even Theo Boone - who knows April better than anyone - has answers. As fear ripples through his small hometown and the police hit dead ends, it's up to Theo to use his legal knowledge and investigative skills to chase down the truth and save April.

    Jean says: "Theodore Boone: The Abduction"
    "Good Grisham for Kids!"
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    John Grisham, with his Theo Boone series, has proven again that he's a master of the legal genre, and that he can even make it fun for younger readers.
    Richard Thomas does a good job of reading, without trying to fake a bunch of character voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19544)
    Performance
    (14418)
    Story
    (14484)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "Amazing ... A Must!"
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    While it's true that I listen to most books more than once, I have found myself drawn to Unbroken over and over, and over and over again. It has become my entire family's most requested book when we travel! You NEED to hear this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brethren

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (738)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (223)

    In a minimum security federal prison known as Trumble, three former judges who call themselves the Brethren are quietly writing letters to unsuspecting victims of a monumental mail scam. Much to their delight, the money is pouring in. But now they've ensnared the wrong man and the Brethren's days of marking time are over.

    Debora says: "Great Read"
    "A Fun Listen"
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    The story is classic Grisham in its own right. And Frank Muller's narration is an excellent blending of the story and the presentation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4371)
    Performance
    (3691)
    Story
    (3687)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Charles says: "Eh."
    "Good Grisham"
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    Having been a Grisham fan for many years, The Racketeer was a unique adventure into the twists and turns of our justice system and those whose lives intersect it.
    I don't always agree with Grisham's conclusions, but I appreciate that he challenges my thinking.

    0 of 0 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
    (4235)
    Performance
    (3761)
    Story
    (3782)

    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.

    2 of 2 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
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (331)

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Time to Kill & The King of Torts

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (889)
    Performance
    (728)
    Story
    (728)

    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
  • 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
    Overall
    (1000)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (477)

    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"
    Overall
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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

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