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James

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  • The Fallen Angel: Gabriel Allon, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1442)
    Performance
    (1204)
    Story
    (1198)

    After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome.

    Audiophile says: "When will Gabriel retire?"
    "Another great story from Daniel Silva"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Fallen Angel in three words, what would they be?

    Love how Silva can tie such different plots together in a single coherent story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Quick pace ... Linkages to older stories ... not the same old story line


    Any additional comments?

    George Guidall sets the standard for narrators.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8626)
    Performance
    (5289)
    Story
    (5279)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Outstanding blend of history and fiction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Ken Follett did a remarkable job blending the complex politics in Europe leading up to the First World War with an entertaining story told through some well developed characters. While I have studied Military History, I didn't have enough appreciation for the political dynamics (and hubris of European leaders) that led the world reluctantly into war.

    John Lee does a solid job of narrating the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (7156)
    Performance
    (5071)
    Story
    (5055)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "Good story...author doesn't know Army life"
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    Story
    Would you listen to Killing Floor again? Why?

    The story was entertaining, but as a retired Army Officer and Army brat, the author's description of Army life was ridiculous. 12 high schools? moving to places that we have no military installations. A MP that is trained like a special forces soldier? Found it distracting. That said, the story was interesting and I enjoyed it.The narrator isn't one of my favorites. His voice is a bit monotonous and he isn't able to effectively differentiate characters. Not sure I will buy a book again that he narrates


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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