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Nancy

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  • Seven Dials: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    In the first gray of a mid-September morning, Thomas Pitt, mainstay of Her Majesty's Special Branch, is summoned to Connaught Square mansion where the body of a junior diplomat lies huddled in a wheelbarrow. Nearby stands the tenant of the house, the beautiful and notorious Egyptian woman Ayesha Zakhari, who falls under the shadow of suspicion.

    Nancy says: "Love This Series; This One Book, Not So Much"
    "Love This Series; This One Book, Not So Much"
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    This is a wonderful, fascinating series by Anne Perry. The earlier books narrated by the incomparable Davina Porter are an absolute treat to listen to. Michael Page does ok, but does suffer by comparison. The intrigue of most of these stories comes from the dramas that exist w/in upper class English society in the late 1800's. For some reason this book deviated from that sure fire formula and left me disappointed. However Charlotte and Thomas can become like old friends if you read/listen to these books in sequence -- and it's really hard to come down too hard on old friends. If you're interested in this book, your best bet is to start at the beginning of this series and get to know these interesting and complex characters as they grow and change.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cardinal of the Kremlin

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (810)
    Performance
    (662)
    Story
    (677)

    Two men possess vital information on Russia's Star Wars missile defense system. One of them is Cardinal -- America's highest agent in the Kremlin -- and he's about to be terminated by the KGB. The other one is the American who can save Cardinal and lead the world to the brink of peace . . . or war. Here is author Tom Clancy's heart-stopping masterpiece -- a riveting novel about one of the most intriguing issues of our time.

    Nancy says: "Previous Reviewers Are Spot On"
    "Previous Reviewers Are Spot On"
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    The reviews on this book are a mixed bag...and each is right in their own way. Prichard does a lackluster job of general narration, yet his dialog scenes are quite good. The story is very slow to develop, yet there are spots of fast and interesting developments. This book is not for you if you need fast, punchy action with crisp dialog. However if you are a fan of well crafted intrigue with political twists and turns -- then indeed you'll enjoy this book. If I weren't such a big fan of the Ryan series overall I probably would have given even fewer ratings stars.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4807)
    Performance
    (2594)
    Story
    (2610)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Robert B. Wales says: "Same great Clancey - Great narration"
    "Warning: this series is addictive!"
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    Having read most of these books over the years as well as watched those that were made into movies, I didn't think it would matter if I listened to the books out of order. That was a mistake on my part. I just listened to the last two books out of sequence. Not a major problem but it certainly did take some of the suspense out of the story line.

    Lou Diamond Phillips is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING as the narrator. If you only want to listen to a couple of these books, definitely check out his two.

    What I have discovered is that I'm becoming addicted to the uber story line, the characters' personal stories, and their unusual approach to what it takes to be the "good guys." At this point my plan is to go back and start listening from the beginning and in sequence this time. Good thing that I've only listened to about a 1/3 of them so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Charm School

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1582)
    Performance
    (838)
    Story
    (831)

    Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

    Char says: "Incredibly Good"
    "Part Terror, Part Interesting, Part Doldrums"
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    3 reactions:

    #1 I love Scott Brick. Once again he brought insight, introspection and intrigue to his reading.

    #2 I'm intrigued by cold war USA/USSR spy novels. This one did a good job of providing real historical information about that part of our history. (Although some of it doesn't always make you proud of our part in that story.)

    #3 Nelson DeMille is a terrific story writer/teller. But not so much this time. The story trundled along until the end. Then it finally picked up its tempo and capture of the reader's (and/or listener's) attention. Too long with too many bouts of tedium.

    I truly wanted to love this novel ... just couldn't quite get there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17049)
    Performance
    (15136)
    Story
    (15093)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Like Wine, It Gets Better"
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    From all the rave reviews, I thought this would be an all-timer audio book...it wasn't. I'm a die hard Stephen King fan. His writing and story telling held true to his well established reputation. But the book was somewhat slow at times (dare I even say tedious) and the narrator didn't have the dynamics to move it forward through those spots. Yes, there definitely is tension, suspense and an endearing love story -- but no umphhh, no panash, and none of the shoot you straight out of your chair twists that we love with King.

    However as the story progresses and the characters grow, the book starts to get a hold on the reader/listener. By the end I was hanging on for dear life and wanting a great ending. King did deliver that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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