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Cat63

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  • Havoc's Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dewey Lambdin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    It's 1798, and Dewey Lambdin's lovable but incorrigible rogue, Captain Alan Lewrie, and his crew of the Proteus, have their work cut out for them as they sail through the war-torn Caribbean. First, Lewrie has rashly vowed to uphold a friend's honor in a duel. Second, he faces the unwelcome arrival of HM Government's Foreign Office agents. And last, he must engineer the showdown with his arch foe and nemesis, the hideous ogre of the French Revolution's Terror, that clever fiend Guillaume Choundas!

    Dennis says: "Great book sorry it is the last one audible has"
    "Highly enjoyable, if you aren't French"
    Overall

    As is typical of novels with an English perspective of the Napoleonic wars, the English are clearly the good guys. But so what, it's highly engaging and Captain Lurie is distinctly likeable. The picture painted is a vivid one, no muted colors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under Enemy Colors

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By S. Thomas Russell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    At the time of the French Revolution, one of Britain's most skillful naval officers, Charles Saunders Hayden, is a young lieutenant, the son of an English father and a French mother. His abilities and his loyalty to the king of England are beyond dispute, yet his career seems doomed by his "mixed" heritage and lack of political connections. Consequently, Hayden is assigned to an aging frigate, the Themis, under the command of Captain Josiah Hart, a man known as "Faint Hart" throughout the service.

    Blackmac says: "Perfect for first timer"
    "a great addition to the ship of the line genre"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    For those who love a great story, and most especially those who love this genre [tales of the Royal English Navy and it's war against the French] you will be happily rewarded if you buy this audiobook. Simon Vance's rendition is simply brilliant. I eagerly look forward to any and all sequels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Louis Bayard
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (111)

    Dr. Hector Carpentier leads a very quiet life, until he meets legendary police officer Vidocq, who has used his mastery of disguise and surveillance and his extensive knowledge of the Parisian underworld to capture some of the most notorious and elusive criminals.

    Booksmith says: "Truly Engaging and Clever"
    "A gem"
    Overall

    If not the best audiobook I have ever listened to and I've listened to a good number, certainly in the top 5. Combining a natural, seemingly effortless writing style that delivers lively, intelligent conversations as well as the protagonists personal thought process along with a thrilling story [if you like historical fiction] this book kept me always wanting to hear more. The narration was lively and well done. If you wanted to nit pick you could find fault in the fact that the narrator did not effect a French accent [all the characters are French] so all the lower class types tended to have sort of a Cockney accent [at least I think that's what a Cockney accent sounds like]. I find that when non French speaking people try to do French accents it just comes out sounding dopey so I don't regret his decision to stick to the English version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow in the North: Sally Lockhart Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (99)

    The year is 1878, and Sally Lockhart has started her own financial consulting business. When a client loses a fortune in the unexpected collapse of a British shipping firm, Sally is determined to find out why. But as she comes closer to learning the identity of the firm's elusive owner, she discovers that her questions are far from simple...and that the answers could cost her her life.

    Jody says: "A great story, but part of the plot is missing!"
    "wish every audiobook was this enjoyable"
    Overall

    Maybe not quite as good as The Ruby in the Smoke but still great. Supposedly a kids book but do not let that deter you if you are an adult. Colorful characters and a suspenseful, evocative writing style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fleshmarket Alley: An Inspector Rebus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    Inspector John Rebus has confronted Edinburgh's most hardened criminals, its bloodiest crime scenes, and its most dangerous backstreets, but nothing could have prepared him for what he finds on Fleshmarket Alley. In the city's red-light district, men live out their sordid fantasies, and women with no other choice sell their bodies to make a buck. It's a neighborhood of lost inhibitions, forgotten scruples, and hopeless dreams.

    Andrew says: "Great Story"
    "slow moving"
    Overall

    In listening to this book I settled into a semi comfortable state of boredom, it was as if the characters and I had been involved in a long stale marriage. You kind of knew them but there was nothing exciting about either them or the story. The villains, such as they were, weren't all that villainous and the ending was more of a dull thud then a surprise. I didn't hate this book but I was glad when it was over and I could get on to something more engrossing.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Tenth Gift: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jane Johnson
    • Narrated By John Lee, Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (34)

    In an expensive London restaurant, Julia Lovat receives a gift that will change her life. It appears to be a book of exquisite 17th-century embroidery patterns - but on closer examination, Julia finds it also contains faint diary entries. In these, Cat Tregenna, an embroideress, tells how she and others were stolen out of a Cornish church in 1625 by Muslim pirates and taken on a brutal voyage to Morocco to be auctioned off as slaves.

    Linda says: "Great Listen"
    "Probably geared more to women, but..."
    Overall

    A romance novel but not overly reliant on that angle to carry your interest. You could say that things are a little too convenient when all is said and done but I still enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis: Birth of an Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (896)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (528)

    He was born Temujin, son of a khan, raised in a clan of hunters migrating across the steppe. Temujin's young life was shaped by a series of brutal acts: the betrayal of his father by a neighboring tribe, his family left to die on the harsh plain. But Temujin endured, and from then on, he was driven by a fury to survive in the face of death, to kill before being killed, and to conquer enemies from beyond the horizon.

    David says: "Move over Bernard Cornwell"
    "Good, not great"
    Overall

    The story and the characters pull you in and I enjoyed it, but I could not call it great writing. A little predictable but still a fun listen.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Coffee Trader: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Liss
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (84)

    On the world's first commodities exchange, fortunes are won and lost in an instant. Miguel Lienzo, a sharp-witted trader in the city's close-knit community of Portuguese Jews, knows this only too well. Once among the city's most envied merchants, Miguel has lost everything in a sudden shift in the sugar markets. Now, impoverished and humiliated, living on the charity of his petty younger brother, Miguel must find a way to restore his wealth and reputation.

    Robert says: "Flawless!"
    "Worth a listen"
    Overall

    Not the most exciting book of all time but it keeps you going

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William Cohan
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (100)

    In March 2008, Bear Stearns, a swashbuckling 84-year-old financial institution, was forced to sell itself to JPMorgan Chase for an outrageously low price in a deal brokered by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who was desperately trying to prevent the impending catastrophic market crash. But mere months before, an industry-wide boom had "the Bear" clocking a record high stock price. How did a giant investment bank with $18 billion in cash on hand disappear in a mere 10 days?

    roberta Kane says: "Riveting, interesting, learned alot"
    "Tedius at times but overall pretty interesting"
    Overall

    There are times during this book that you just want the author to get on with it. He goes over certain events, giving the perspective of so many involved, that you just want to move along to the next section. But after an initial rough patch it does pick up, for me, at least, when he gets into the history of Bear, Sterns and some of the central players.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dumb Money: How Our Greatest Financial Minds Bankrupted the Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Daniel Gross
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    In this up to the minute account of the current financial crisis, Dan Gross goes step by step through the timeline leading up to the October 2008 bail-out and explains what exactly happened. Using information and statistics only weeks old, he offers a thorough and enlightening analysis of where we all go from here.

    Chi-Hung says: "A witty and fun analysis"
    "Informative"
    Overall

    A good introduction. Being fairly ignorant of things financial I felt that there might be a lot of terms that would go over my head but the author keeps it pretty basic I suppose, given the number of books on the subject that there are other points of view but I didn't really feel that Mr. Gross was pointing out any one villain but rather a series a failures on the part of many.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hurry Up and Meditate

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By David Michie
    • Narrated By Nicholas Bell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (74)

    In his thought-provoking and entertaining book, David Michie explains the nuts and bolts of meditation. As a busy professional, as well as long-term meditator, he also gives a first-hand account of how to integrate this transformational practice into everyday life. Combining leading edge science with timeless wisdom, Hurry Up and Meditate provides all the motivation and tools you need to achieve greater balance, better health and a more panoramic perspective on life.

    Thomas says: "Yes, and worth the credit."
    "Sounded interesting"
    Overall

    Not too much substance. Being at least somewhat familiar with the subject I was looking for something more compelling.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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