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Arthur

Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 19 reviews
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  • 481 titles in library
  • 32 purchased in 2014
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  • Brother Fish

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1365)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (676)

    From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life.

    Prsilla says: "And a Cast of Thousands!"
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall

    I am a fan of Bryce Courtney (The Power of One is a tremendous book). Like his other novels, this one starts out with very dire circumstances, and the characters develop into admirable human beings. The book bounces backwards and forwards in time, but it makes sense as the story evolves. Bryce Courtney does a great job of tying up the loose ends on his numerous story lines. I like Humphrey Bower as a narrator, except his American accent (which is almost painful). This book took a bit to grab me, but once it did I was totally engrossed. There is a female character in the book who absolutely captivated me. If you listen, I am sure you will identify her. Enjoy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Death in Vienna

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (795)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (338)

    Sent to Vienna to authenticate a painting, the art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is sidetracked by a photograph that throws his world upside-down. Could it really be the face of a man who during the last days of World War II had brutalized his mother on the Death March from Auschwitz?

    Leonard says: "Another Fine Silva Novel"
    "Best One So Far"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Rich characters. Well researched. Excellent writing. Less violence and more character nuances.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Confessor

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (834)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (403)

    Detective Gabriel Allon returns in Daniel Silva's stunning thriller of ancient and modern betrayal, long-buried secrets and unthinkable deeds that takes the listener from Munich to Venice to the Vatican.

    Drew says: "Exciting, intriguing"
    "Well Written, Excellent Reseach"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Really interesting writing. If you are Catholic, elements will be hard to read. At the end of the book it hits a point where I had to suspend disbelief. Otherwise, it is a really solid, interesting book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The English Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (982)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (533)

    Israeli art restorer and occasional secret agent Gabriel Allon has a problem. He finds a prominent Swiss banker dead in front of his Raphael, and he's the prime suspect. After some diplomatic intervention, Allon is freed. However, the banker's daughter tells him that her father's French Impressionist paintings, acquired under dubious circumstances during WWII, have been stolen by the murderers. Once Allon knows about the wartime misdeeds, he is pursued by a shadowy killer known only as "the Englishman."

    Oxi says: "I'm hooked..."
    "Getting Better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    2nd book is better than the first. Character development is richer. Good research in the points he makes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kill Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (802)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (698)

    After the assassination of his wife and son, Gabriel Allon retires from his brutal anti-terrorist career and loses himself in his previous cover job: art restoration. But when Tariq al-Hourani, the Palestinian terrorist responsible for his family’s death, begins a killing spree designed to destroy Middle East peace talks, Gabriel once again slips into the shadowy world of international intrigue. In a global game of hide-and-seek, the motives of Gabriel and Tariq soon become more personal than political.

    Snoodely says: "Reluctant Assassin"
    "Good characters and writing. Story up and down."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Parts of this book are really engaging, and others drag along. It is the first in the series. I downloaded the next and will review it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17784)
    Performance
    (13889)
    Story
    (13926)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Alisha says: "Good listen, but what's up with the chapter set up"
    "Read the Whole Series!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Life in the world Martin creates is hard. Thus, it can be hard to read about. There is loads of loss and suffering, but there is also nobility and heroism. Very little is black and white. Most subjects are nuanced, and the story presents many sides for the reader to choose. These books are beautifully written and it is tough to decide which characters you love the most. Be warned that it is a brutal world where beloved characters are killed as easily as the despicable. I would not miss a single word of any of these books! Narrator is not perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3676)
    Performance
    (3218)
    Story
    (3233)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Clancy Delivers Again!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Really interesting story. Great insights about cyber threats to US security. As always, well researched and presented. Reader is good, not great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6766)
    Performance
    (5991)
    Story
    (6048)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Keith says: "Worth the wait!"
    "Very Good, but King has Better Books (Dark Tower)"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Grover Gardner does an excellent job. I really enjoyed the book, but it doesn't come close to Dark Tower series or lots of other books. This is worth reading, but I would put it on my second tier reading list. The concept is interesting and several of the characters are terrific. Really good, but not as good as Dark Tower series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3536)
    Performance
    (3083)
    Story
    (3064)

    The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent.

    K says: "Couldn't be better...except"
    "Another Winner in the Mitch Rapp Series!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great read! Anything done by Guidall is worth listening to, and the whole Mitch Rapp series is a blast! I only wish Flynn would come out with more of them!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lions of Lucerne

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1256)
    Performance
    (1129)
    Story
    (1125)

    On the snow-covered slopes of Utah, the unthinkable has just become a nightmarish reality: thirty Secret Service agents have been viciously executed and the vacationing president of the United States kidnapped by one of the most lethal terrorist organizations in the Middle East - the Fatah Revolutionary Council. But surviving agent and ex-Navy SEAL Scot Harvath doesn't believe the Fatah Revolutionary Council is responsible for the attack.

    Carol says: "Great Scott Harvath"
    "Not a Great Book - Clearly First in Series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Armand Schultz does a nice job with a poorly written book. I have read every book in the Scott Harvath series, but they don't come close to Mitch Rapp series or Tom Clancy's work. I read these when I can't find anything else for this genre. The Harvath series is like a blunt instrument, while the others are precision instruments. That said, I still read them. Among the Harvath series, this is the weakest. In fairness to Thor, the character was still being developed, and I don't think he was totally clear where he was going to take it. If you love this genre like I do, read it after you have exhausted everything else (including the other Harvath books). While I prefer to read stories in order, this one is pretty lame.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26288)
    Performance
    (20094)
    Story
    (20175)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Long, Wonderful Journey"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love to find a long audible saga that I can fall away into. This is among the top of that list. Other sagas I have enjoyed: Dune series (Herbert) and Dark Tower series (King) are similar to Game of Thrones in that the span long period of time, involve quality research and are incredibly thought provoking. If you love a rich tale, you are in for a treat! My wife and I read at the same time and discussed the characters, our favorites, etc. We both felt enriched by the stories. The naration is very good, not great. Roy does a nice job, but changes voices and in one book it really screwed me up. Not everyone can be George Guidall. I would listen to him read the phone book! Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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