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  • Clear and Present Danger

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (401)

    Colombian drug lords, bored with Uncle Sam's hectoring, assassinate the head of the FBI. The message is clear: Bug off! At what point do these druggies threaten national security? When can a nation act against its enemies? These are questions Jack Ryan must answer because someone has quietly stepped over the line.

    T. Heidner says: "Terrific Book. Much better Narrator"
    "Well done"
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    My first attempt at Tom Clancy outside of the movie treatments, and I enjoyed the writing and narration enough to get the next one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Darwin's Radio

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (606)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (249)

    In a cave high in the Alps, a renegade anthropologist discovers a frozen Neanderthal couple with a Homo sapiens baby. Meanwhile, in southern Russia, the U.N. investigation of a mysterious mass grave is cut short. One of the investigators, molecular biologist Kaye Lang, returns home to the U.S. to learn that her theory on human retroviruses has been verified with the discovery of SHEVA, a virus that has slept in our DNA for millions of years and is now waking up.

    Paul Krasner says: "Really good science fiction"
    "Not disappointed"
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    This was pretty well paced and decently written for pop fiction; narration was good and I will probably listen to the next one to hear the story wrapped up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sandstorm: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By John Meagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (630)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (489)

    An inexplicable explosion rocks the antiquities collection of a London museum and the race begins to determine how it happened, why it happened, and what it means. Lady Kara Kensington's family paid a high price in money and blood to found the gallery that now lies in ruins. Her search for answers leads Kara and her friend Safia al-Maaz, the gallery's curator, into a world they never dreamed existed.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent Story so-so Reading"
    "Disappointing, even with low expectations"
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    Even without expecting much, I was disappointed and stopped listening about 2 hours in. I might have pressed through if even marginally better story or narration, but the combined flaws of both made this a big miss and waste of money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Pete Earley
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    Pete Earley had no idea. He'd been a journalist for over 30 years, and the author of several award-winning, even best-selling, nonfiction books about crime and punishment and society. Yet he'd always been on the outside looking in. He had no idea what it was like to be on the inside looking out until his son, Mike, was declared mentally ill, and Earley was thrown headlong into the maze of contradictions, disparities, and catch-22s that is America's mental health system.

    C. Anne says: "Harrowing, Heart-Breaking"
    "Excellent expose, but..."
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    This book is well-written (and narrated), with the kind of investigative breadth that left me feeling as if I had actually been able to briefly glimpse many sides of the issue: the mentally ill, their loved ones, and the medical / mental health / law enforcement / social work / correctional systems.

    However, I feel disturbed by the author's insistence on --- and one-sided justifications for --- the need for commitment law reform (i.e., the ability for a non-professional third-party to have someone involuntarily committed to a mental health facility), where he seems to argue in favor of removing controls which have been implemented in favor of civil rights. He focuses entirely on the negative consequences of these laws on the mentally ill, without giving even a nod to the fact that those laws are also in place to protect the non-mentally ill from being falsely committed.

    Having intellectually struggled with issues of our current correctional / prison system, I keep coming to the same conclusion across a myriad of topics --- with freedom comes risk. This is true across criminal justice, social justice, medical / mental health, foreign policy, domestic security / counter-terrorism, etc.

    If I want to be free from being falsely accused of mental illness and thrown into an asylum against my will, or charged as a terrorist under some blanket domestic security law (Patriot Act) and held indefinitely without any civil rights, or arrested for an activity newly criminalized (for the purpose of allowing our politicians to run on a "tough on crime" platform), then I have to assume the risk as a citizen. Which means living in a world where criminals are given the benefit of the doubt until proven guilty or let go, the mentally ill can avoid being involuntarily held / drugged unless they pose a threat to themselves / society, and social / political activists can speak their mind and cultivate dissent without fear of being thrown into a gulag by the police state. If I want to have those freedoms for myself, then I have to live in a society with criminal, mentally unstable, and controversial elements in my community. And if I want to solve those problems for myself and my loved ones, I have to do so at the family and community levels. However, it will NOT solve the problem to eliminate the civil rights of the mentally ill, because mental illness is simply a label and it can be applied to any one of us at any time. Decreasing their civil rights is the same as decreasing every American's civil rights.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4334)
    Performance
    (3077)
    Story
    (3100)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Pitch-perfect reading"
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    This story is a long-time favorite --- read a few times over the decades, but I was surprised to discover how the exceptional narration of Steven Weber gave me a whole new experience of the story. I'm inclined to say his is the best narration I've heard in nearly 100 audiobooks (both fiction and non), and his voice characterization is fearless.

    I've written this, my first and only review, to say that Steven Weber should be contracted --- and paid anything he asks --- to read The Stand.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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