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Rod

Baytown, TX, USA | Member Since 2003

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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"
    "Le Carre in Top Form"
    Overall

    This writer never disappoints me. His emphasis on character development and innovative, well-researched plots pays dividends for the reader. This novel covers a period in the lives of its protagonists from the 60's right up to today (and I mean right now).

    The main character is a particularly poignant example of the offspring of declining British Empire. Le Carre maintained my interest with vivid portraits of British and German counterculture youth of the 60's. And, as always, he demonstrates the ultimate cynicism and folly of the practitioners of the spy games of the Twentieth Century.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Spies of Warsaw

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By Daniel Gerroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (62)

    Autumn 1937: War is coming to Europe, and French and German intelligence operatives are locked in a life-and-death struggle on the espionage battlefield. At the French embassy, the new military attaché, Colonel Jean-François Mercier, a decorated hero of the 1914 war, is drawn into a world of abduction, betrayal, and intrigue.

    Kathleen says: "The Real Deal in Espionage Stories Fascinating"
    "Atmospheric"
    Overall

    This is as advertised: He takes you back into a very specific time. The narrative moves quickly and keeps you interested. The plotting is adequate but the atmosphere is the best part.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Way to Win: Clinton, Bush, Rove, and How to Take the White House in 2008

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Halperin, John F. Harris
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    In The Way to Win, two of the country's most accomplished political reporters explain what separates the victors from the victims in the unforgiving environment of modern presidential campaigns.

    Rod says: "Witty and Windy"
    "Witty and Windy"
    Overall

    This very "inside baseball" account of the authors' take on modern American political strategy and the role of the media in this contest is informative, clever and ultimately depressing.

    This book is very much of a piece with the new paradigm of political life: politics and governing as all-out war.

    The authors mainly analyze Bill Clinton, Karl Rove and George W. Bush's tactics and strategy in winning elections and defeating their opponents. I can't imagine they have left a stone unturned in this effort, and it is mostly entertaining and informative. Their cynicism and vague air of superiority might wear a little thin for you after 15 plus hours of listening. It did for me. The book is ultimately worthwhile for it's insight into the modern American political and media realities, and it's dissection of the "freak show" (the new media mavens such as Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh et. al.) is insightful and richly deserved. This would have been an even better book with more editing and a modicum of respect for the institutions being reported on and the individuals vying for control of those institutions.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6848)
    Performance
    (1608)
    Story
    (1648)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "A major disappointment"
    Overall

    I certainly didn't expect literary fiction, but this is one of the most poorly written, stilted novels i have ever read (heard). The information about Christian History, Symbolism, and so forth is intriguing at first, but as it went on I lost interest. The plotting really seemed amateurish, the characters were cardboard cutouts, and the overall effect one of excessive length and verbosity. Unless you have a specific interest in this very popular and trendy book of revisionist religious fiction, I would recommend against this title.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Your Mac Life, 1-Month Subscription

    • NONE (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shawn King
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Your Mac Life, hosted by Shawn King, is one of the most popular Mac broadcasts in the world. Download and listen to this weekly, Web-based "radio show" about and for Apple and Mac users. Stay on top of the what's new in the world of Macs, listen to interviews with Mac-related newsmakers, and pick up technical tips to help you make the most of your Mac.

    James says: "Fun to listen, and sometimes I learn stuff"
    "Mixed Bag"
    Overall

    I should begin by saying that I have a one year subscription. I enjoy the program but I wish more time could be spent talking about the various Macintosh hardware and software offerings and less on birthdays and "shout-outs". Having said that, the program hosts are generally very knowledgeable and do a good job of interviewing the guests. I wish there were more choices of Macintosh informational programs. As one of the few I have found, this is a valuable addition to my listening library. (I am also not a fan of the games segment, but I know I am probably in the minority there. I am just not a gamer.)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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