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john

New Fairfield, CT, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The French Admiral

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Dewey Lambdin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (100)

    1781: Held by the British, the Chesapeake Bay port of Yorktown is under siege. Pounded by the American forces on land and the deadly warships of their French allies at sea, the once-proud city is aflame and near ruin. But on the horizon, the Royal Navy fleet, with heavily armed frigates, is poised to break through the French blockade. Aboard HMS Desperate, Midshipman Alan Lewrie sets his gunners to their lethal work firing broadsides of 24-pound shot at the enemy vessels.

    David says: "Great !!!!"
    "Im hooked on this series"
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    A great story of the British Navy involvement in the American revolutionary war. Midshipmen Alan Lewrie is a captivating character whose escapades I have to follow in the next book in the series. John Lee is masterful in his command of English which we Americans call the "English accent". I was reminded once by a Brit that he speaks English. We (Americans) have the accent. If you like to hear English in its finest form you will love Dewey Lambdin's writing and Lee's narration. Lee also does a great interpretation of a southern ladies and slaves.The book is loaded with nautical terminology which may go over the head of someone not familiar with sailing but its a minor distraction. The dialog between the ships crew members when they are at sea is easy to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (8421)
    Performance
    (7600)
    Story
    (7598)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Captavating story"
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    Unlike many novels this book grabs you right away and never has a dull moment. New characters are introduced throughout so you never get bored. Michael Beck's talent for creating different voices for each character is amazing and his version of a witness testimony at the trial is so gripping it leaves you shaken. Grisham and Beck are an unbeatable combination.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Edward Klein
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (587)

    It’s amateur hour at the White House. So says New York Times best-selling author Edward Klein in his political exposé The Amateur. Tapping into the public’s growing sentiment that President Obama is in over his head, The Amateur argues that Obama’s toxic combination of incompetence and arrogance has run our nation and his presidency off the rails.

    Michael says: "Obama Fans Aren't Going to Like This Book!"
    "somewhat entertaining but Extremely biased"
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    I was expecting to get some insight how Obama operates and makes decisions. Instead this book is 80% Klein’s opinion on Obama’s incompetence and 20% gossip about his inner circle, most of it from “Anonymous Sources". There is some interesting stuff for instance Bill Clinton supposedly called Obama an “amateur” at a party where he also ranted why Hillary should challenge Obama in 2012. And Michelle Obama supposedly called Hillary a “snake”. The book is full of these backbiting comments but it is utterly lacking in information on how decisions are made in the oval office. The author truly hates Obama which raises the question how much of this book is factual reporting. The author writes “Obama never had a real job” which is typical of the authors degrading opinion of Obama, which overwhelms the book. Then he describes his 12 years employment as a college professor. So all college professors don’t have real jobs, or just Obama? After a few hours Klein’s ranting becomes annoying. I am no fan of Obama and I was hoping to get some insight on his performance. It isn’t in this book. There are some interesting tidbits about Jeremiah Wright, Valerie Jarrett, Axelrod and other insiders but the authors opinionated writing is overwhelming and best described as Hannity on steroids

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1258)
    Performance
    (959)
    Story
    (971)

    On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s best-selling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through.

    Janice says: "Facinating history"
    "Overrated"
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    This is the story of a sightseeing joyride which crashes in the jungle. The service men and women in this book are not involved in combat in any way so if your looking for a War survival story this is not it. Listen to Unbroken which blows this book away. The story is interesting especialy the glider rescue however it could have been told in half the time. Its amazing how much effort and risk went into rescuing 3 people and the media attention it got considering everybody involved were non combatents. Generally I dont like authors reading there own books but Zuckoff gets by -sort of. His diction is good but I personally did not like his breathy effeminate voice but my wife did.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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