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Alan

West Palm Beach, FL, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • The Tristan Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    In the fall of 1940, the Nazis are at the height of their power. France is occupied, Britain is enduring the Blitz and is under threat of invasion, America is neutral, and Russia is in an uneasy alliance with Germany. Stephen Metcalfe is a well-known man about town in occupied Paris. He's also a minor asset in the U.S.'s secret intelligence forces in Europe. Through a wild twist of fate, it falls to Metcalfe to instigate a bold plan that may be the only hope for what remains of the free world.

    Charlotte Cox says: "The Tristan Betrayal"
    "To much just in time"
    Overall

    This book was difficult to finish. A disappointment, at best.

    If our hero carried all the stuff he easily and handily pulls out of his overstuffed pockets and backpack, the weight of the stuff would hold him in place and the book would stop. The book is simply an expanded short story. Finally, the ending revelations only surprised the hero.

    Pick any other Ludlum Title, because it is probably better.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Dick Cheney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (338)

    In his unmistakable voice and with an insider's eye on history, former Vice President Dick Cheney tells the story of his life and the nearly four decades he has spent at the center of American politics and power. In My Time is truly the last word about an incredible political era, by a man who lived it and helped define it - with courage and without compromise.

    A User says: "Eye Opening, Insightful and Honest"
    "Self Serving, but what did I expect????"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I respect the office of Vice President; therefore my minimum rating is three stars.

    It is just to dam long. If you must, get the abridged. I feel it was three downloads of ‘I Feel Pretty.' Perhaps is should be changed to ‘I Feel Petty.’

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lisa Sanders
    • Narrated By Lisa Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    In Every Patient Tells a Story, Dr. Lisa Sanders takes us bedside to witness the process of solving diagnostic dilemmas, providing a firsthand account of the expertise and intuition that lead a doctor to make the right diagnosis.

    Elizabeth says: "Really good if you can get past the narrator."
    "Painful Voice"
    Overall

    This would have been an excellent book, but her voice was awful to listen to. I reget that I did not have the patience to listen to the awful sound of narration.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (5909)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (500)

    Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime?

    Timothy says: "Fascinating book, despite the title."
    "A New York Times Bestseller?"
    Overall

    Freakonomics is part very interesting and later very boring. The author starts with a few very lovely little stories which have been hidden by history. He talks about what drives a real estate agent, as if we did not know, then talks about what drives a real estate agent, and finally he talks about what drives a real estate agent. In between he reports a study or expose on crack dealers and proves that crack cocaine was a disaster for Black America. His observation of the impact of abortion on crime 15 years later is most interesting.

    The book is a Nova special on statistical analysis, (specifically regression analysis).

    I enjoyed much of the book, but if the battery went dead toward the end, it would not have mattered.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Babylon Rising, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tim LaHaye, Greg Dinallo
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (77)

    The creator of the Left Behind series introduces a terrific new hero for our time. Michael Murphy is a scholar of Biblical prophecy, but not the sedate and tweedy kind. Murphy is a field archaeologist who defies danger to fearlessly hunt down and authenticate ancient artifacts from Biblical times. His latest discovery is his most amazing, but it will send him hurtling from a life of excavation and revelations to a confrontation with the forces of the greatest evil.

    Michael says: "A good inspiration"
    "Good, Bad, and Bullshit"
    Overall

    This one is a waste of an audible credit. I put Otis down for a week and then figured that I should hear the end no matter how tedious.

    The plot hinges on extremely unlikely things happening in the nick of time. This is OK once or twice, but gets to be very disappointing.

    To much goodie goodie in the characters.

    The authors have there own agenda and it is not the story.

    Very sad

    1 of 10 people found this review helpful

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