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John

Missoula, MT, USA

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  • Absolute Friends

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By John le Carre
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    By chance and not by choice, Ted Mundy, eternal striver, failed writer, and expatriate son of a British Army officer, used to be a spy. But that was in the good old Cold War days when a cinder-block wall divided Berlin and the enemy was easy to recognize.

    Ann says: "Le Carre has a point of view"
    "The Master is Back"
    Overall

    I have never enjoyed an audio book more! This is a magnificent and timely tale reminiscent of A Small Town in Germany or Le Carre's other earlier works. It is deeply rooted in the cold war, yet quite contemporary, bridging the gap from the Berlin Wall to the current conflict in Baghdad.
    The abridged version no doubt comes at the cost of some of the protagonist's more introspective self-examination, though the characters remain complex, human and compelling. And what a treat to have the author narrating. His reading adds a great deal to the authenticity and enjoyment of the novel.
    Despite passages such as:
    "The easiest and cheapest trick for any leader is to take his country to war on false pretenses," spoken by the book?s hero Mundy, Le Carre is quite even handed in his disdain for the entire cast of global players.
    As with so many of Le Carre's imperfect characters, our "perfect friends" follow their highest ideals into the self serving world of political intrigue and the seedy realities of global greed. For those readers who shallowly declare that the book is an indictment on the West, listen more closely. It is an indictment on the human condition which repeatedly demonstrates its inability to translate our shared ideals into a political system that reflects those ideals.
    All in all, an absolute little truffle of a spy book as engaging and satisfying as one could hope for from the greatest writer of the genre.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Kindred in Death: In Death, Book 29

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1132)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (643)

    In this novel from number-one New York Times-best-selling author J. D. Robb, the newly promoted captain of the NYPSD and his wife return a day early from their vacation, looking forward to spending time with their bright and vivacious 16-year-old daughter, who stayed behind. Not even their worst nightmares could have prepared them for the crime scene that awaits them inside.

    Mary A. Wieben says: "Love the series but..."
    "Yea, Painful it is"
    Overall

    From the formulaic writing to the irritating narration, I agree with the review above. Nevertheless, I'm too Scotch not to go back to my library for the second half. Now I've got to know who did it!
    It's best not to waste your money on this one, though.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Denise Mina
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    From Scotland's most exciting up-and-coming mystery novelist comes a story of Lachlan Harriot, a man who refuses to believe his wife, Susie, is a killer, even though she had been working with Andrew Gow, a paroled serial killer, as his court-appointed psychologist, when she was found covered in blood near the spot where his and his wife's bodies were discovered. Desperate to clear his wife's name, Lachlan searches her home office for proof of her innocence.

    Julie Campbell says: "Realistic and riveting"
    "Give Me More!!"
    Overall

    What a fascinating study of human emotion and relationship. I'd read anything by this author, and the narrator was absolutely fantastic. This is one I'm leaving on the iPod so I can go back and get a little fix of Scotland from time to time.
    Very highly recommended! Give us more of Mina!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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