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Anne

Neuemoor, Germany | Member Since 2010

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  • The Eiger Sanction

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Trevanian
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    In a renovated Gothic church on Long Island lives Jonathan Hemlock, an art professor and a world-renowned mountain climber who finances his black-market art collection by working as a freelance assassin. Now, Hemlock is being tricked into a hazardous assignment that involves an attempt to scale one of the most treacherous mountain peaks in the Swiss Alps: the Eiger. His target is one of his three fellow climbers. The problem is that the CII can't tell him which one.

    Andrew says: "Great story, great narration"
    "Good satire and thriller"
    Overall

    I just loved this book. The story is build up very well towards climbing the Eiger. The climbing itself is an awful good chapter with a surprising final. The narrator Joe Barret is really excellent. And folks; I am a girl and did not mind the fancy bits at all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965

    • UNABRIDGED (53 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Manchester, Paul Reid
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer, Paul Reid
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (335)

    Spanning the years 1940 to 1965, Defender of the Realm, the third volume of William Manchester’s The Last Lion, picks up shortly after Winston Churchill became prime minister - when his tiny island nation stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. The Churchill portrayed by Manchester and Reid is a man of indomitable courage, lightning-fast intellect, and an irresistible will to action.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A worthy final volume in a great biography"
    "Defender of the realm"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Enjoyed this audiobook so much.. So many events and details I had not heard of: the politics, the war strategies, life in GB during the bombings and Churchills wit, insights, some blind spots and his incredible journeys. I could not stop listening. Sometimes the writing is very poetic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The incredible first two war years, the battles and the strategies. Also the communications with FDR and Stalin.


    Have you listened to any of Clive Chafer and Paul Reid ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but very well read by Clive Chafer.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Impossible to do over 52 hours, but I read it for days on end.


    Any additional comments?

    What a wonderful book. I am ready to start reading the previous two volumes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • High Noon

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (852)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (428)

    Police Lieutenant Phoebe MacNamara found her calling at an early age, when a violently unstable man broke into her family's home, trapping and terrorizing them for hours. Now she's Savannah's top hostage negotiator, who puts her life on the line every day to defuse powder-keg situations.

    Charlotte says: "Couldn't get enough!!!"
    "Not for me."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More layers and a few more unexpected turns in the story.


    Has High Noon turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Did Susan Ericksen do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not always clear, like the 'phone' conversations. She has done better.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from High Noon?

    In general the long inner monologues of the Phoebe character.


    Any additional comments?

    Although not my favourite it was hard to put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2088)
    Performance
    (1776)
    Story
    (1765)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "Excellent listen."
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    What made the experience of listening to A Wanted Man the most enjoyable?

    The developing story. You've got no idea were it is heading. Building the tension is done well. I do not agree with listners who say it is only about a car ride and not much going on.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Reacher, the feeling for justice, the dry humour, the yes or no Q&A and following violence.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    The broken nose part was done so well I had a hard time understanding it, it was fun.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    As always. Child's books disrupt life.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the development of the shooting scene in part 2 before the building is entered very moving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3108)
    Performance
    (2562)
    Story
    (2559)

    Everything starts somewhere. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover - to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control. Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justice - and an appetite for secrets.

    Melinda says: ""All Aboard!""
    "Violent but funny throughout"
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    If you could sum up The Affair in three words, what would they be?

    Superb, thrilling and touching.


    What other book might you compare The Affair to and why?

    none.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Reacher. But the Elizabeth Deveraux character was done very well too. I like the slow narrating by Hill a lot.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I fell off my chair laughing reading the freight train passages. Absolutely hilarious. A completely new way of adult entertainment.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my second Reacher novel after Gone Tomorrow which is also very recommendable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Charm School

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1518)
    Performance
    (776)
    Story
    (771)

    Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

    Char says: "Incredibly Good"
    "Quite a few cliffhangers..."
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    Would you listen to The Charm School again? Why?

    One year from now I could be reading it again, but I am not sure if the same tense expectations when the story develops will be there.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I could not put the book down while listening to it, so It was kind of a relief that the book ended, the final chapters were quite a nerveracking experience.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Always giving a special depth to the characters. Great narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes indeed.


    Any additional comments?

    Very entertaining but violent spy story. However, I did not care about the "teachings" about Russian culture, througout the book, that story could have been told in a different style because it slowed down the story. The Lisa character started to annoy because of that. And why on earth does a sensible tough girl working abroad change into a naive person who starts fantasizing, halfway through the book, about introducing the hero to her parents, meeting his parents and even marrying the poor sod after terrible ordeals at the end. Beats me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nearest Exit

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Olen Steinhauer
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (129)

    Faced with the end of his quiet, settled life, reluctant spy Milo Weaver has no choice but to turn back to his old job as a “tourist”. Before he can get back to the CIA’s dirty work, he has to prove his loyalty to his new bosses, who know little of Milo’s background and less about who is really pulling the strings in the government above the Department of Tourism—or in the outside world, which is beginning to believe the legend of its existence.

    Elizbeth says: "I love this author"
    "Many threads to follow."
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    Where does The Nearest Exit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I could rank it among the espionage entanglements as laid out in British spy stories with a setting in Europe.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a very intriguing one, not the easiest plot with many fast paced scenes developing after each other. Nice addition is the background of Milo and all the European places he visits, it spices up the whole feel of the story. The dialogues are very good.


    What does David Pittu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice is perfect and grips your attention. His depiction of Erika is wonderful with a very nice German/English accent.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Milo is shot on the steps of his family house by the murdered girl's father.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to read this story again to get a better grip on the story and not losing on the details. Like I do with all spy stories really.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Maddow
    • Narrated By Rachel Maddow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1342)
    Performance
    (1224)
    Story
    (1217)

    Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.

    Dolf says: "Half the National Debt?"
    "A gripping modern history."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Drift to be better than the print version?

    Not relevant.


    What other book might you compare Drift to and why?

    None that I know of.


    Have you listened to any of Rachel Maddow’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the fast paced and well told story about the development of a standing army to a outsourced one. Great pages on the Reagan and Bush period. The chapter on the care and maintenance of dirty bombs I found quite shocking. Rachel Maddow is a very good narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19880)
    Performance
    (11482)
    Story
    (11598)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "My favourite sci-fi story."
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    I thoroughly enjoyed the book, hooked on it from start to finish. What a great story, very well narrated too. As soon as you realize that the main characters are very young and highly intelligent children you know you're getting your sought after sci-fi story.
    It is full of emotions, gripping battles and side plots important to the development of Ender.
    I want more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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