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Geoffrey

Hobart, Australia

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  • The Book of Spies

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gayle Lynds
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (180)

    Ann Blake, a rare-book expert and conservator, was imprisoned for a drunk-driving accident that she doesn't remember, one that resulted in the death of her husband, a famous rare-book expert. But she is freed from prison by CIA undercover agent Tucker Anderson in exchange for her help and expertise on the Library of Gold, a legendary collection of books that have been lost to the world for over a century.

    Meggin says: "Another copycat book"
    "A Golden Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Here is a great story and all credit to Gayle Lynds as author and Kate Reading as narrator. This fast paced adventure has plenty of goodies and baddies and surprises once the identity of each became apparent. I liked the frequent inclusion of first person dialogue and that tedious passages of over detailed description were kept to a minimum. I will certainly be looking for more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Operation Mincemeat: The True Spy Story that Changed the Course of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ben Macintyre
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    From the best-selling author of Agent Zigzag, the thrilling true story of the greatest and most successful wartime deception ever attempted. One April morning in 1943, a sardine fisherman spotted the corpse of a British solder floating in the sea off the coast of Spain and set in train a course of events that would change the course of the Second World War.

    Sandy says: "More than Mincemeat"
    "Too much mince and not enough meat"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Operation Mincemeat? What did you like least?

    The book gave an interesting insight into the thinking and motivation of the British Secret Service during war time.The author continually deviated from the story line by providing the most intricate decsriptions of the characters and of the locations where the action was happening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Difficult to pick one out.


    How could the performance have been better?

    By introducing more first person narrative.


    Could you see Operation Mincemeat being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I think that Operation Mincemeat would probably make a good movie. It has an unusual plot with the potential for some quite animated drama. A certain amount of producer's licence would be required and the title would have to be ditched.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this yarn, it had all the elements of a good spy story complete with double and even triple agents all being suckered by the crafty MI5. The only downside was the padding. This book could have been half as long if only half the characteres were given the full life story treatment and the others blended in as befitted the minor part they played.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Months in 1945: FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman - from World War to Cold War

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Michael Dobbs
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (46)

    When Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill met in Yalta in February 1945, Hitler's armies were on the run and victory was imminent. The Big Three wanted to draft a blueprint for a lasting peace - but instead set the stage for a 44-year division of Europe into Soviet and western spheres of influence. After fighting side by side for nearly four years, their political alliance was rapidly fracturing. By the time the leaders met again in Potsdam in July 1945, Russians and Americans were squabbling over the future of Germany and Churchill was warning about an "iron curtain" being drawn down over the Continent.

    Alan says: "Totally Outstanding. Bravo !"
    "Facts stand in the way of fiction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not worth it


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Dobbs again?

    Depends on the subject matter


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I thought the narrator did an adequate job.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    If they introduced some behind the scenes skulduggery then it might make a good movie


    Any additional comments?

    The subject was interesting enough and the descriptions of the eccentric requirements of Stalin and Churchill was amusing. These characters were certainly larger than life itself and considering that they held the fate of the world in their hands the portrayal in the book came over as bland. If you want a good war story you have to get onto the front line.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful

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