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Steve

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  • The Once and Future Spy: A Novel of Obsession

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    An elite plan is afoot, a plan so secret and dangerous that its existence is known only to a tiny group of specialists within the innermost core of the CIA. There is virtually no paper trail - but somehow the plan has sprung a leak and the plotters must urgently plug it - or face deadly consequences.

    Kay M says: "A Challenge and it's worth it!"
    "Don't read this book at once"
    Overall

    Strange book. The first 2 hours are not page turners (how do you call that for audibles?). Then it gets into gear. So does Scott Brick (who does an excellent job!). Robert did a fine job by mixing a historic novell into a modern story (although in the beginning I though that I had a part of a different book included.
    The characters are hardly made clear (enough left for your imagination).
    The end is rushed (so it seems to me) and leaves enough room for the main characters to appear as spies for another countries agency.
    For non US readers: the American history is somewhat unclear and makes it hard to understand.
    I don't think that you should listen to this book in one sit. Let the chapters sink in, give it some time (at least after the first 2 hours) so what is narrated is getting clearer.
    It was my first Robert Littell and at the same time the last.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Chill Factor: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (221)

    Cleary, North Carolina, is a sleepy mountain town, the kind of place where criminal activity is usually limited to parking violations. Not so, lately. Four women have disappeared from Cleary over the past two years. And there's always a blue ribbon left near the spot where each of the women was last seen. There are no bodies, no other clues, and no suspicion as to who their abductor might be. And now, another woman has disappeared without a trace.

    Susan says: "I'd have peeked at the ending ..."
    "Chilly like a back fire"
    Overall

    This is what I see as a typical book with all the elements to grow to something good. Police, an environment that looks nice but is potentially dangerous, good/bad characters, etc. It starts slow (hence the 4 starts), but gains speed in the middle. In the final quarter things are really happening.
    Sandra did write a believable book that has the nice balance of detective and adventure.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Chairman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Stephen Frey
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    No one knows the dark side of "The Street" better than master storyteller Stephen Frey, author of such riveting novels as Shadow Account and The Day Trader. Now, in his most ambitious work to date, Frey proves that no writer can put a high-powered hero at greater risk, nor offer readers more thrilling rewards.

    J. Anderson says: "Excellent!"
    "Amazing Speed"
    Overall

    The writing speed is easily kept in pace by who I think is the best narrator I've heard, Scott Brick (a huge complement to you Scott). Easy to listen to, but still with enough suspense to keep you reading.
    If you can't decide on which great Audible to hear next, take this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pimsleur Quick and Simple French for English Speakers

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dr. Paul Pimsleur
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Understand and speak French starting with these eight quick and simple audio lessons. You're not just learning "phrases" with the Pimsleur Method, you're acquiring essential, conversational French.

    Jake says: "We need French 2, 3, 4, etc."
    "Helpfull if you look for a start in a restaurant"
    Overall

    There is a lot of repetition in the book, which is good to exercise. However disturbing that the dictionary is not extended more. One only learns to order something with two only. No clue what to do if you want to order 4 beers or glasses of wine. Only at the end the rabit comes out of the hat, this is only the starter (an appetizer) type of book. No idea in what type of media the rest is. The narrators have done a good job however, clear voices and brought in good speed (I already knew some french which is of great benefit).
    I found the $12,95 that I paid to much, $8 would be better, since the book is only set up to be a ad to the full blown course. But the ad is worth paying $8 (hope for you the price will be lowered :-)).

    29 of 32 people found this review helpful

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