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Richard

Swampscott, MA, USA

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  • Shadow Divers: Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    For John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, deep wreck diving was more than a sport. Testing themselves against treacherous currents, braving depths that induced hallucinatory effects, they pushed themselves to their limits and beyond, brushing against death more than once in the rusting hulks of sunken ships.

    Michael says: "Couldn?t turn it off !!!"
    "A wonderful book!"
    Overall

    I usally approach non-fiction books as an informational read, a learning experience no matter how boring. On this I was intrigued by some of the rave reviews so I took a chance.

    It turned out to be a exciting, can't put down book. It was a learning experience about the exciting and different and dangerous word of deep sea wreck divers that I was unaware of. If that sounds like "who cares!" I guarantee you will find it most intriging. Their adventure in finding the boat and indentifying it was like a mystery.

    For you WWII buffs it brought you through the experience of what it was like to go on a UBoat mission in the waning days of WWI when they knew there was an 80% chance of never returning and how that involved their families.

    This was so unusual, it evolved into a program shown on NOVA and is in the process of becoming a movie. I sent for the DVD on PBS.org and am waiting for the movie.

    The story just rolls along and one I hated to see end. Itis read by Michael Pritchard, my favorite reader from my Books on Tape Days

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dance of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1263)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (464)

    Agent Pendergast has become one of crime fiction's most endearing characters. His greatest enemy is one who has stalked him all of his life, his cunning and diabolical brother Diogenes. And Diogenes has thrown down the gauntlet. Now, several of the people closest to Pendergast are viciously murdered, and Pendergast is framed for the deeds. On the run from federal authorities, with only the help of his old friend NYPD Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta, Pendergast must stop his brother.

    Lu says: "Need to read earlier books in series"
    "An Ending?"
    Overall

    I normally don't write reviews but I was not happy with this book. It took some wadeing through the myriad characters and plots but you always hope for the satisfactory conclusion. This book kind of shut off without any resolution of the "happily ever after" section. The so called "epilog" usually is where you tie things up but this just gave you more of the same. I guess he wants to continue the same plot in another sequel

    Lot of hard trolling for no reward!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2452)
    Performance
    (938)
    Story
    (940)

    Five years after the crashof TWA Flight 800, the government has declared it a result of mechanical failure. But John Corey, an ex-NYPD detective who is now a contract agent with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is persuaded by Kate Mayfield, his wife and task force partner, that the case deserves a second look.

    Ms Discus says: "Addictive mix of fact & intriguing storyline"
    "I had to review this book!"
    Overall

    This book has everything. The plot is unusual, the writing both humorous and well done. The plot has many surprises and is full of action.
    While I have never written a review before, I felt that this book was so good that I had to pass my "must read" on. It was one of those you hope never ends.
    While I am not versed in evaluating its literary style and merits all I know is that it is one of the most compelling books I have read in a long time. And as a dedicated Audible User, that's alot of books!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Juror

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1500)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (318)

    In 1970, one of Mississippi's more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23 year-old college dropout, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper.

    Danielle says: "Grisham's Finest"
    "Not what I expected"
    Overall

    I was disappointed in this book as it didn't seem to be be typical John Grisham as I remember it. It was fraught with local color and you pretty much got the idea what it is like to live in a Southern backwater town. The characters are developed to the nines but there doesn't seem to be any strong direction to the book.
    Having said all this, the book is not boring but you wonder where it is going. The plot seems too simple and you keep waiting for the shoe to drop.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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