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Alan

Ebensburg, PA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Great Gamble: The Soviet War in Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Gregory Feifer
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    During the last years of the Cold War, the Soviet Union sent some of its most elite troops to unfamiliar lands in Central Asia to fight a vaguely defined enemy, which eventually defeated their superior number with unconventional tactics. Although the Soviet leadership initially saw the invasion as a victory, many Russian soldiers came to view the war as a demoralizing and devastating defeat, the consequences of which had a substantial impact on the Soviet Union and its collapse.

    Alyssa says: "Correction"
    "Excellent book"
    Overall

    I listened to this book while working out on my treadmill. It provided an interesting behind the scenes look at the before/during/after the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. The book also provides insight on the Kremlin and the CIA thinking during the occupation. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy this subject matter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8948)
    Performance
    (3179)
    Story
    (3257)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Great book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book carries on the saga of Dr. Robert Langon and his adventures in Washington, D.C. The book is a good listen but towards the end there is about one hour of story that doesn't have much bearing on the rest of the book. The performance was outstanding and it was greatly enjoyed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Washington Irving
    • Narrated By David Ian Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    Tall, gangling schoolmaster Ichabod Crane, both educated and highly superstitious, comes to live and teach in the quiet, rural town known as Sleepy Hollow in the Catskill Mountains of New York. There, he falls in love with the daughter of wealthy Farmer Van Tassel. But he must compete with the much admired, waggish ruffian Brom Bones, whom he encounters - with absolute terror and belief - in the guise of the much storied and feared specter... The Headless Horseman.

    D. Hile says: "It's October do you know where your head is?"
    "A Classic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I greatly enjoyed listening to this audiobook. The narration was very good. This story is one of the all time classics and is a great listen for those who enjoy these type of stories during the month of October.

    0 of 0 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
    (6925)
    Performance
    (1674)
    Story
    (1716)

    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"
    "Fantastic Listen"
    Overall

    An all around great listen. I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who wants to listen to an excellent story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John M. Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1243)
    Performance
    (595)
    Story
    (605)

    No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

    Nancy says: "Gripping and Gory"
    "Decent listen"
    Overall

    Thsi book is an excellent overview of the Spanish flu epidemic of some 90 years ago. With that being said, it is very detailed with a ton of medical jargon. If you would cut out the real down in the weeds medical jargon and other unneeded parts the book would probably be cut down to six or seven hours. The author goes into great detail about the early years of the doctors which is probably not needed for the casual listener. Overall, it is a decent listen.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Chopin Manuscript: A Serial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lee Child, David Corbett, Joseph Finder, and others
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    Overall
    (2103)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (489)

    15 thriller masters. 1 masterful thriller! Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, within it's handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to the U.S. to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins.

    BSquared67 says: "A rollicking thriller"
    "A decent novel"
    Overall

    The Chopin Manuscript is a decent novel with many unexpected twists and turns. It is definately worth the time it to listen to it. With that being said, this book had 15 different authors while each tried to add their own special mark on the final product. It is very easy to miss a key point that is very important later in the book. Also, I noticed that some events such as a character being killed has no bearing on the final story. You are sort of left wondering "why did they do that?"

    Overall, I'm glad I purchased and listened to the novel. It's not great but it is good.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Stranded!

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By Lori Foster
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    Overall
    (1154)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (247)

    Rock is something of a nerd - or so his best friend, Kelli, has always claimed, simply because he's a brainy guy. He's an up-and-coming businessman, determined to go far fast - and he's the total opposite of fun-loving Kelli. To his regret, Kelli has always seen him as a best friend, never as a potential lover.

    Judy says: "Didn't live up to it's potential"
    "Easy listen"
    Overall

    Interesting story. Not the best but worth listening too.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • And a Dead Guy in a Pear Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 49 mins)
    • By Leslie Kelly
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (95)

    Holly Cavanaugh has one chance to prove to the travel show Weekend Getaway that her struggling B&B is a perfect destination. So she decks the halls, winds the garland, hangs the mistletoe, unwraps the Christmas tree and - finds a body. At that moment, a reporter arrives. And it's none other than her ex, Zach Weldon, looking sexier than ever. Thinking he's with the travel show, she's forced to distract Zach by any means necessary while her maid and grandparents hide the body.

    Debbie says: "Great get-away for the holidays!"
    "Cute little book"
    Overall

    A cute little story that is worth a quick casual listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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