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Frank Gallinaro

Lover of good ideas

Auburn, NH United States | Member Since 2007

  • 49 reviews
  • 411 ratings
  • 519 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015

  • The Johnstown Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann

    At the end of the last century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation's burgeoning industrial prosperity. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity, among them Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Mellon.

    Susan K Donley says: "A page-turner! HIstory that reads like a novel"
    "A little piece of American history"

    David McCullough has written another excellent book on a little piece of American history. To the nation this was not a momentous event but to the people of Johnstown and the surrounding towns it was a matter of life or death. Several towns in PA were destroyed in hours by the unrelenting flood caused by the failure of an earthen dam. It is a story about our country of which I was unware. David revealed the unscruplous behavior of certain men, but also the generousity of Americans in the face of the tradegy of their fellow citizens. He descibed the heroism of many men and woman and the life or death result of the flood which seemed almost to be the result of the roll of the die.

    Well worth a read if you like American history and you will certainly come away with a new understanding of a small part of our nation's history written in clear prose by a master historian.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Narrows Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jim Fusilli
    • Narrated By Joe Pantoliano, Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A powerful epic novel in the spirit of The Godfather and On the Waterfront, Narrows Gate follows the lives of three men as they clash with the dangerous and seductive environment of a Mob-riddled New Jersey waterfront town before, during, and after World War II.

    James says: "Great fun!"
    "Not worth the credit"

    Don't waste your credits on this book. The story has no plot and the characters are unappealing. .

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Spymaster

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Gayle Lynds
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Charles "Jay" Tice was a legend throughout the world of international intelligence. But secretly he was also a traitor, reputedly selling information that will seriously compromise the security of the United States for decades to come. Since his treachery was exposed, Tice has been kept under strict surveillance in a maximum security prison. Then one morning, his cell is discovered empty. Jay Tice has vanished - without tripping an alarm or leaving any trace of his passing.

    A User says: "fast and furious"
    "She keeps you guessing"

    Gayle Lynds keeps you guessing throughout this well told spy thriller. You can't ever be sure you know which side the characters are on or where the story will take a new twist. A well developed plot, excellent character development. A must read for those who like spy thrillers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunters: A Presidential Agent Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Two brutal murders and millions of missing dollars in the growing UN/Iraq oil-for-food scandal have led Castillo and his team to an estancia in Uruguay, where the man they seek is murdered right before their eyes. Who is responsible? Most likely, the people higher up in the dirty-money chain - those willing to risk anything to keep their secrets from being revealed.

    Thomas says: "Excellent, but must read in sequence"
    "Another great book in the sequel"

    WEB Giffin has written another great terrorist novel. Most of the characters are the same as in earlier novels. The action is face paced and the story line has many twists and turns. He is an excellent story teller. You get to know the characters and his plot is easy to follow.

    Strongly recommended

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Black Ops

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The first disturbing reports reached Delta Force Lieutenant Colonel Charley Castillo in the form of backchannel messages concerning covert U.S. intelligence assets working for a variety of agencies suddenly gone missing and then, suddenly, inexplicably, found dying. Or dead. One in Budapest, Hungary. One in Kiev, Ukraine. One in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, mere klicks from the Iran border.

    Luck8 says: "Best of Presidential Agent Series"
    "A great write and a great story"

    In W.E.B. Griffin I have found my newest spy writer. The story catches you up in the plot and the characters. You like the main characters, because they come across and real human beings doing difficult things without superpowers. You won't regret reading this novel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Bob Drury, Tom Clavin
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Last Stand of Fox Company is a fast-paced and gripping account of heroism and self-sacrifice in the face of impossible odds. The authors have conducted dozens of firsthand interviews with the battle's survivors, and they narrate the story with the immediacy of such classic accounts of single battles as Guadalcanal Diary, Pork Chop Hill, and Black Hawk Down.

    Stephen says: "Outstanding story, poor narration"
    "Real heros: Bravey in the face of death"

    The Last Stand of Fox Company tells the true story of a Marine Brigade that was sent deep into North Korea to fight overwhelming odds against the North Koreans and Chinese. The story is a nonstop, gut renching, realistic look at the brutality of war, the relentless, senseless killing on both sides of the conflict. It also tells the story of what today, many would call a fools errand, but one that reveals the spirit and brotherhood of men from every part of our society who were united by one thing, the Marine motto "Semper Fi", always faithful. You followed the lives of these men, over the span of only a few weeks, as they fought in an incredibly harsh environment, often with barely enough ammunition and wounds that would stop most people dead in their tracks.

    War is far from glorified in this story, but the men who lived it deserve our deepest respect, honor and love. Regardless of what position you take on war in general or this war in particular, the story of these brave men is a compelling one that all thoughfully people should be familiar with.

    A thoughful book, that tells their story without preaching a political position on either side of the war argument.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor, Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For years, operative James Nash has performed ultra-covert "Black Ops" missions for The Agency, but when he decides to walk away from their dirty work, his corrupt bosses aren't about to let him go. After Nash is nearly assassinated, Troubleshooters team leader Lawrence Decker launches a skillful deception to neutralize the threat and protect his friend. With the FBI's help, Decker fakes Nash's death, then brings him to a safe house with his fiancee, Tess Bailey, to recover from his injuries.

    Molly says: "Incredibly satisfying and surprising!"
    "A good story - bad sex"

    While the intimate relations between characters is important the amount and repetitiveness of the sexual encounters got in the way of an otherwise good story. In addition, the author wrote these sexual encounters as one dimensional. It did create genuine sexual encounters. It was at the level of adolesent sex.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Day of the Jackal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Richard Brown

    Charles de Gaulle's withdrawal from Algeria invoked fury, but six assassination attempts had failed against the general. This novel postulates that the seventh, mostly deadly attempt involved a professional killer-for-hire who would be unknown to the French police. His code name: Jackal. His price: half a million dollars. His demand: total secrecy, even from his employers.

    Rebecca says: "intriguing novel, flawed narration"
    "Delivery stilted"

    The story and the characters were well done, but the narrator was very stilted and didn't capture the emotions within the story. Not as good as other novels by the author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Odessa File

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson

    Frederick Forsyth's spellbinding novels are the natural outgrowth of an adventuresome career in international investigative journalism. Written in Austria and Germany during the fall of 1971, The Odessa File is based on its author's life experiences as a Reuters man reporting from London, Paris, and East Berlin in the early 1960s.

    writerly says: "good tension, great characters, engaging reading"
    "A gripping historical fiction"

    Frederick Forsyth has written a gripping story of post WWII Nazi SS men's escape from prosecution for their war crimes. Based on historical fact, he has told the story of the lives of these men, the millions he killed and the story of one man journey to bring one of these SS men to justice. His story line soon has you forgetting you are listening to a story, and has you engaged in the lives of the characters. He did a superb job of developing the character of the main characters, especially the journalist Miller.

    It isn't until the final 50 minutes of the story that the real reason Miller tracked the Nazi SS officer down is revealed.

    This is my first Frederick Forsyth audiobook, but it will not be my last.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shelby Foote, Ken Burns (introduction)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Here begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days, Second Manassas to Antietam, and Perryville in the fall of 1862, but so are the smaller and often equally important engagements on both land and sea: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, Monitor versus Merimac, and Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign, to mention only a few.

    Jeanne says: "The best"
    "A masterfully revealing history"

    The first of a three volume history of the Civil War was a masterfully written story of one of the critical periods in our nations history. The author not only gave us the history of the period, but he introduced the reader to many of the key figures in the war between the states. In doing so he revealed their thinking and decisions which helps us better understand this most tragic period in our nations history. He revealed their strengths and character flaws, which often lead to the death of many men and a prolongation of the war. The amount of detail can be overwhelming at times, yet it reveals the depth of research that had to have been done to produce this masterpiece of history. No one who listens to these books will ever be able to say they don't understand the factors that lead to the war between the states or the extent of the tragedy that almost destroyed the United States. I am looking forward to listening to the other two volumes.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Divine Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Known by his alias, "Oliver Stone," John Carr is the most wanted man in America. With two pulls of the trigger, the men who destroyed Stone's life and kept him in the shadows were finally silenced. But his freedom comes at a steep price: The assassinations he carried out prompt the highest levels of the U.S. government to unleash a massive manhunt. Behind the scenes, master spy Macklin Hayes is playing a very personal game of cat and mouse. He, more than anyone, wants Stone dead.

    Graham S. Stafford says: "Love the Camel Club"
    "One of his best"

    Those familiar with the Camel Club will throughly enjoy this latest in the series by David Baldacci. It is one of the most gripping and suspenseful of the series. What I enjoyed most about this book was the character and story development, which gave you an even greater understanding of the main character Oliver Stone. As the story unfolded, you began to find our much of the back story which provided a better understanding of the man and his actions. You also saw a more sensitive and loving side of Stone, which has been hidden until he met Abigel.

    For those who have followed the exploits of the Camel Club this is definitely worth the time to listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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