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Northern Virginia | Member Since 2014

  • 3 reviews
  • 27 ratings
  • 194 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015

  • Empire and Honor: Honor Bound, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    October 1945: The Germans and Japanese have surrendered. For Cletus Frade and his colleagues in the OSS, it should be time to pack up - but they have far more important things to do. Chief among them is the protection of their assets, especially the human ones. In the closing months of the war, the United States made a secret deal with the head of German intelligence’s Soviet section. In exchange for a treasure trove of intelligence - in particular the identity of the Soviet spies in the U.S. atomic bomb program - his people would be spirited to safety in Argentina.

    Charles says: "Those who like the prior books will like this one"
    "Good and solid"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Empire and Honor to be better than the print version?

    Tough to compare when I bought audio version to listen to on way to work.

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    As with all other W.E.B Griffin series his mastery of weaving historical facts within his fictional settings was superb.

    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Scott brick is very enjoyable, one of the best.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but the wife kept interrupting.

    Any additional comments?

    My only complaint is the abrupt ending, which leads to the probable next book in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1634: The Ram Rebellion

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Eric Flint, Virginia DeMarce
    • Narrated By George Guidall

    The Thirty Years War continues to ravage 17th century Europe, but a new force is gathering power and influence: the Confederated Principalities of Europe, an alliance between Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians from the 20th century led by Mike Stearns who were hurled centuries into the past by a mysterious cosmic accident.

    GB says: "Not the best in the series"
    "Not the best in the series"

    While the storyline continues this particular book has several story lines which if not followed closely may loose a reader in what is really happening.

    0 of 0 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

    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"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you are into detailed discussion of medical training, in the 19th century, the first third of this book is for you.

    Has The Great Influenza turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, problem here is the incredible detail at the beginning, yet it also turned me off, I. E., move on. Some history with examples is a good thing but the author and his editor proverbially killed my interest in what becomes rumblings, I get it 19th century medical training was bad.

    How could the performance have been better?

    Editing the book to cut-out the seeming droning on and on about how medical traing was bad. Give a few examples and then move on to "meat" of this book about the 1918 influenza.

    Any additional comments?

    I would not recommend this book, in its audible version, unless you what to fall asleep while driving.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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