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Hill

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  • The English Girl: Gabriel Allon, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (900)
    Performance
    (778)
    Story
    (785)

    Daniel Silva delivers another spectacular thriller starring Gabriel Allon, The English Girl. When a beautiful young British woman vanishes on the island of Corsica, a prime minister’s career is threatened with destruction. Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, is thrust into a game of shadows where nothing is what it seems...and where the only thing more dangerous than his enemies might be the truth.…

    Judith says: "Gabriel's story takes huge strides"
    "Big twist"
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    I like this book. I like to listen to books in order of publication. Most authors build on their previous work. My brother talked me into listening this one out of order. He said it followed the English Assassin. Silva does build on his previous work and he did make reference to books between The English Assassin and The English Girl but it didn't get in the way.
    Silva gave this book a very nice twist. Half way through I thought where in the world is he going with this one. Then he showed us. Nice job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (203)

    "In wartime," Winston Churchill wrote, "truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies." For Britain's counterintelligence operations, this meant finding the unlikeliest agents imaginable - including a history professor named Alfred Vicary.

    Brian says: "Riveting"
    "Just as good as the Eye of the Needle."
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    I had read some of the other reviews and was a little worried when I bought this book. I was not disappointed at all. I found it as good any of Follett's work. The Eye of the needle was a very good book and I found Silva did as well if not better with The Unlikely Spy.

    I will listen to this book a second time. The Unlikely Spy is one of Silva's best works.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Junkyard Dogs: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1258)
    Performance
    (897)
    Story
    (893)

    Craig Johnson’s rough-and-tumble hero Walt Longmire is quickly becoming a fan-favorite and a critical success. Here Walt has his hands full as greedy land developers employ shady, violent methods to reverse their fortunes in recession-racked Wyoming.

    Kathy says: "At Last! What took so long to get this book??"
    "Johnson is a winner"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very much so. I like to listen to a series of books in the order they were written. My brother suggested I listen to Johnson's Longmire series and I am not disappointed at all. I love the way Johnson build on previous stories.


    What other book might you compare Junkyard Dogs to and why?

    I have to compare Junkyard dogs to all the other books in this series. You can feel and see Johnson grow as a writer or at least he is becoming more comfortable with Longmire and clan that his stories come together a little faster.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    I listened to Guidall's conversation with Johnson after one of the previous books. They discussed Guidall's voice and how it fits Johnson's idea of what Longmire should sound like. Guidall isn't my favorite reader but I couldn't imagine anyone else reading this series. He is very captivating.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The title is good enough.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't listen/read to the previous books in this series do so. I am about the same age that Longmire is in this series and although I am not a widower I sympathize with Longmire. I understand why he is reluctant to enter into a full blown relationship with Vic. It is as if Johnson is looking into my head or at least asking me how would I deal with whatever Longmire is dealing with in his personal life. I didn't know there was a Longmire series on A&E. I don't remember who played Longmire but I don't see Lou Diamond Philips as Henry. Not old enough nor big enough for Henry. If they casted someone for Longmire that isn't old enough to be a Vietnam vet and isn't as big as a house I would be very disappointed. Just like I was when they casted Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Servant

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (708)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (319)

    Gabriel is summoned once more by his masters to undertake what appears to be a routine assignment: travel to Amsterdam to purge the archives of a murdered Dutch terrorism analyst who also happened to be an asset of Israeli intelligence. But once in Amsterdam, Gabriel soon discovers a conspiracy of terror festering in the city's Islamic underground.

    Dan says: "One of the very best"
    "Silva at his best"
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    The Secret Servant my very well be Silva's best work.
    Phil Gigante is an excellent narrator.
    Enjoy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hazardous Duty: Presidential Agent Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (214)

    Mexican drug cartels are shooting up the streets of Laredo and El Paso. Somali pirates are holding three U.S. tankers for ransom. The President of the United States is fed up and, as Commander in Chief, has what he thinks is a pretty bright idea — to get hold of Colonel Charley Castillo and his merry band and get them on the case. Unfortunately, that will be difficult. Everybody knows that the President hates Castillo’s guts, and has just had him forcibly retired from the military, and now Castillo’s men are scattered far and wide, many of them in hiding.

    Michael says: "TRIPE!!! Utter Tripe with horrible editing."
    "Not a good fit"
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    This book really wasn't up to par with the first 7 books. To me the story line was empty it just didn't go anywhere. I suspect all this book did was remind everyone that Charlie was still alive and kicking. My wife dislike W.E.B.'s book almost as much as she dislikes Clancy's works. She thinks Clancy is wordy and redundant. To her in this kind of book someone ask the time and then W.E.B. not only tells them how to build the watch before he tells the time he also tells you where to dig the ore to manufacture the metal to make the watch. Don't waste your money on this book. read or listen to the previous book and then wait till number 9 comes out. Maybe he will tell us why he spent so much time with the Russian Priest. I just didn't get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Corruption of Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    After many years working on some of the toughest felony cases in New York, prosecutor Butch Karp takes on one of the most notorious homicide cases in modern history when the US Congress invites him to become legal counsel to the Congressional committee charged to reinvestigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Teaming up with his crime-fighting wife, Marlene, and two loyal assistants, Karp knows the only way to determine what occurred is to let the facts and the evidence lead inexorably to a just result.

    Hill says: "JFK really?"
    "JFK really?"
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    Being from Dallas the story line caught my attention. I like the way Tanenbaum worked JFK into the story line. I had heard someone say that Stephen King is to literature what a cheeseburger is to lunch. That is how I feel about Tanenbaum, Big Mac with fries and a chocolate shake.

    Not to spoil the ending but I feel the way Butch feels, Corruption of Blood is worth your time.

    Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The English Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (841)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (414)

    Israeli art restorer and occasional secret agent Gabriel Allon has a problem. He finds a prominent Swiss banker dead in front of his Raphael, and he's the prime suspect. After some diplomatic intervention, Allon is freed. However, the banker's daughter tells him that her father's French Impressionist paintings, acquired under dubious circumstances during WWII, have been stolen by the murderers. Once Allon knows about the wartime misdeeds, he is pursued by a shadowy killer known only as "the Englishman."

    Oxi says: "I'm hooked..."
    "The English Assassin"
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    Silva does a good job with building his story. I had to work to stay with the story for a little while but worth the wait. Nice job. I have down loaded several more of Silva's works and have not been disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1929)
    Performance
    (1726)
    Story
    (1707)

    Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

    Oceana says: "My favorite Reacher story yet"
    "cookie cutter book"
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    I like the Jack Reacher series and I will keep listening to Child's books. On his first Reacher book I felt he was learning how to write. He got better as he completed the next several books. Never Go Back seemed to be me that Child's tried to fit this book into a cookie cutter type of story. I felt he struggled with the story line. Not his best work but good enough for a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder Below!: The USS Barb Revolutionizes Submarine Warfare in World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Eugene B. Fluckey
    • Narrated By Corey Snow
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (92)

    Under the leadership of her fearless skipper, Captain Gene Fluckey, the Barb sank the greatest tonnage of any American sub in World War II. At the same time, the Barb did far more than merely sink ships-she changed forever the way submarines stalk and kill their prey.

    This is a gripping adventure chock-full of "you-are-there" moments. Fluckey has drawn on logs, reports, letters, interviews, and a recently discovered illegal diary kept by one of his torpedomen.

    Robert says: "Not for Tom Clancy Tech heads"
    "fantastic"
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    I listened to this book twice. As soon as I finished it I listened to it a second time. Great job. I didn't know anything about the Barb until I listened to this book. Fantastic!!!! I felt like I was in the south pacific during WWII. So many leaders get to be leaders by not rocking the boat. Sounds like we owe Admiral Fluckey a tip of the hat for being one of those unusual leaders willing to take the step out of the box, By doing so he did a lot to save many of our brave young men during WWII. Thank you Admiral. I like to think of myself as a student of the war in the pacific. The more I read the more I admire the front line marines, the prisoners of Bataan, all of our young men who suffered at the hands of the Japanese during that conflict. The pain and suffering those men went through unimaginable to today's generations. Then to see McArthur pardon most of the Japanese for their war crimes. What our men must of thought about that. Almost 70 years later we are still looking for German war criminals. But not the Japanese. I knew many WWII veteran's and even some WWI vets. They just didn't talk about their war. They just didn't. What a shame, My father-in-law won 7 bronze stars. His family didn't have a clue until his passing. Even his brother didn't know. How or why these men took their deeds to the grave with them speaks volumes to me. They just did what they had to do and came home and lived a productive life. What a generation. Tom Brokaw labeled them the Greatest Generation. He was right on the money. Listen to this book it is excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kill Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (514)

    After the assassination of his wife and son, Gabriel Allon retires from his brutal anti-terrorist career and loses himself in his previous cover job: art restoration. But when Tariq al-Hourani, the Palestinian terrorist responsible for his family’s death, begins a killing spree designed to destroy Middle East peace talks, Gabriel once again slips into the shadowy world of international intrigue. In a global game of hide-and-seek, the motives of Gabriel and Tariq soon become more personal than political.

    Jane says: "Felt like things had been done before."
    "The Kill Artist"
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    I had not read or listened to Silva's work before. My brother put me on to him. I'm glad he did. I like the way Silva works his story. Nice job. I will listen to more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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