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Meredith

nedalexis43

Charlotte, NC, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Espionage and Covert Operations: A Global History

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (141)

    Step into the real world of the spy with this detailed and unforgettable tour of the millennia-long history and enduring legacy of espionage and covert operations. While most of us associate this top-secret subject with popular fiction and film, its true story is more fascinating, surprising, and important than you could possibly imagine. These 24 thrilling lectures survey how world powers have attempted to work in the shadows to gain secret information or subvert enemies behind the scenes.

    Christopher says: "Learn About the History of Spying."
    "Interesting Enough"
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    Not quite what I expected, but interesting enough to hold my attention all the way through. I found myself wanting more information, and this lecture series only has enough time to scratch the surface in many cases. It did ensure I will look for more in depth titles dealing with real world espionage and its effect on the geopolitical landscape of the past couple centuries.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12091)
    Performance
    (10982)
    Story
    (11009)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "FUN!"
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    Stephen King would be so proud. 14 is not a gorefest or an action packed thrill ride. It is a wonderfully written story of characters who are discovering an expertly woven mythology that is their building. If being around friends and neighbors popping a beer on the rooftop is grating to you, then I apologize for that. You should move along..

    Most of the rest of us know these people. Some of them are coworkers, friends, mentors, annoyances, acquaintances you run into when you do your laundry. You have had a drink with each of them, and listened to them bitch and cheer. Anyone who has not met these people has never been single, working for a paycheck, and hanging out for whatever the next day brings.

    The mood is set the minute the protagonist enters the building. Something just isn't quite right. Finding out what that means is the whole rest of the story. I could not stop listening, and I hated to leave the characters when the story ended.

    If you like King, you will love 14. I have to say I was saddened to find that Mr. Clines other efforts are of the Zombie genre. I'll have to wait and see what else he comes up with outside that cliche.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Biskind
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (122)

    Easy Rider, Raging Bulls follows the wild ride that was Hollywood in the 70s - an unabashed celebration of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll (both on screen and off) and a climate where innovation and experimentation reigned supreme.

    Celia says: "If you studied film in the '70's..."
    "In my Top 20 list"
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    I am 40, too young to have been around during the times this book references. But I know every movie mentioned and dissected, nearly every director, producer, actor mentioned because my father is a huge movie aficionado. This book is amazing. I actually recommended it to my dad right after I finished it, and he's reading it now.

    It does lean to the tabloid feel with the stories told, but I get the impression the entire era was a series of tabloid exploits. These people lived tabloid lives, and they are fascinating.

    Anyone who enjoys the politics and personas of film making will thoroughly enjoy this listen. And you will wonder how the heck these people made it out of the 70's alive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murphy's Law

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (793)
    Performance
    (689)
    Story
    (692)

    Molly Murphy always knew she'd end up in trouble, just as her mother predicted. So, when she commits murder in self-defense, she flees her cherished Ireland, under cover of a false identity, for the anonymous shores of late 19th-century America. When she arrives in New York and sees the welcoming promise of freedom in the Statue of Liberty, Molly begins to breathe easier. But when a man is murdered on Ellis Island, a man Molly was seen arguing with, she becomes a prime suspect in the crime.

    Jan says: "Cream Puff Read"
    "Absolutely Delightful!"
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    Molly Murphy is a strong, interesting, smart, yet flawed heroine. I was elated to see another series by Rhys Bowen on Audible. I have devoured the Her Royal Spyness books all in one year, so knowing there is another group of cozies by the same talented author is thrilling. Set stateside a few years after Lady Ranoch's setting, Molly's story is not one of wealth and privilege, but a grittier tale of the working class Irish in New York City. As usual, the author seasons her story with heaps of history just by virtue of the setting itself. I found myself empathetic to the immigrants' journey to and through Ellis Island and into the city of tenements and Tammany Hall politics even as I was enthralled in a nicely constructed murder mystery.

    If you have never read Her Royal Spyness, well go buy the first in that series now too. If you have read and enjoyed the former, you will love Molly Murphy. Either way, treat yourself and get acquainted with a new delightful heroine as you embark on this series!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Salem's Lot

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (846)
    Performance
    (789)
    Story
    (792)

    Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.

    Melinda says: "King's Favorite Novel? Good Enough For Me!"
    "Not Light Hearted, or for the faint of heart!"
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    Salem's Lot is just pure scare! King's second work is devoid of anything extraneous to the story at hand. It will have you looking over your shoulder and closing your blinds at night. I made the fun mistake of listening to this book the first week we were in a brand new home we built. No window treatments = sleepless nights in this case. I scared myself silly!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Talisman

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3785)
    Performance
    (1817)
    Story
    (1830)

    On a brisk autumn day, a 13-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: His father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America - and into another realm. One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery.

    Swad says: "Still Good"
    "Read this One to Get to the Sequel"
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    So glad I did. I was expecting more of and "It" type of tale, and got something completely different--and nearly as good! Two masters of fantasy is just double the pleasure as they weave a haunting tale of a boy and his dog, er--no, a boy and his mother, errr.... no, a boy and every hope and fear and dream his 12 years can fathom!

    This is a terrific ride that captures perfectly the essence of being on the brink between childhood and teendom by putting our hero on the brink between two literal times and worlds. Scary, funny, heart-breaking, and fun. I can't wait to listen to the followup and see how Jack turned out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stealing Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kay Hooper
    • Narrated By Cristine McMurdo-Wallis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (223)

    From best-selling author Kay Hooper comes a thrilling tale with a paranormal bent and a touch of romance. Cassie Neill has a powerful but troubling gift. She can see inside the minds of serial killers as they are planning their crimes. Tormented by her ability, she takes refuge in a secluded North Carolina town. But there’s no escaping her visions, and when a body surfaces just where she predicted, Cassie is suddenly a suspect.

    MEOWx4 says: "Good story, bad narration"
    "Good story, could be even better"
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    I will have to go back and listen to other books in this series. This was actually less fluff than I expected, but I feel I am missing a lot of character development that probably happened before this installment.

    The story here is good, but the revelations are far from earth-shattering. As the words flew by, I was much more interested in the people than the mystery, but it was good enough to warrant listening to another book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1984: New Classic Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4179)
    Performance
    (2717)
    Story
    (2749)

    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    Customer Bob says: "Great Book, With an Amazing Narrator"
    "You thought you read it...."
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    I thought I read it in middle school.... Then I thought I read it again in college. I must say, I truly have never read 1984. I have seen the Macintosh commercial 1984, and I have heard the misused references to Big Brother time and time again. I have assumed my entire adult life that I read 1984. I had not. And I should have!

    The narration hooked me immediately into this ugly London of "the future" that is quite different from what I expected to encounter. The main character is a stark figure who is constantly in search of something just to define his existence. There is a love story here, and an adventure, and they culminate in a horrific ending that certainly is worthy of more than the daft pop culture references to the government spying on us.

    If you have read 1984, let Simon Prebble tell you the story again. If you assumed you'd read 1984 at some point in your life, I assure you you probably haven't--you'd definitely remember it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Fire: Agent Pendergast, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1992)
    Performance
    (1768)
    Story
    (1783)

    Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Grand Slam Tale of Terror"
    "Corrie makes a great heroine!"
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    P&C could spin Corrie off in her own series. This is much more a Corrie Swanson novel sprinkled with just enough Pendergast. After the roller coaster Helen Trilogy's climax in the last book, this one is more a stand alone "in-between" book to sate fans of the series. it's very reminiscent of Still Life With Crows in that respect. There are short nods to past characters and events, but none play a particularly important role here, as the plot is self-contained.

    That plot and the telling of the story are a perfect winter's tale revolving around a strong, smart, young heroine and a series of strange and horrific events that build to create the mystery she must unravel. As with all Pendergast stories, this one is replete with history and charm, action, and downright horror.

    I enjoyed the book, because Miss Swanson is delightful and worthy of being Pendergast's protege, and the mystery is nail biting, but I kept looking for more of the overall Pendergast universe to appear.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • King and Maxwell

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1820)
    Performance
    (1589)
    Story
    (1597)

    It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father...after his supposed death. Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target? Sean and Michelle soon realize that they've stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined.

    JR Parrow says: "Come on guys, lighten up! This was a good book!"
    "Annnd... They're Back!"
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    I love most everything Baldacci, but I especially love Oliver Stone, Michelle Maxwell, and Shawn King. Since we seem to be in a Camel Club drought, I have resigned myself to enjoying the last couple K&M installments. This more recent one does not disappoint.

    The story is classic K&M fare; starting off quickly but running headlong in all directions to a climax you will never see coming. Brilliant, and the characters progress nicely in an unpredictable fashion due to a couple curveballs Baldacci throws our way this time.

    The narration is great, better for Orlagh's reinterpretation of Michelle this round, but as always for some reason the production is cheesy. Not as bad as the 6th Man, but still includes silly music and sound effects that are completely unecessary. I wish there was a rating for "production" instead of performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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