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  • The Unlikely Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (233)

    "In wartime," Winston Churchill wrote, "truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies." For Britain's counterintelligence operations, this meant finding the unlikeliest agents imaginable - including a history professor named Alfred Vicary.

    Brian says: "Riveting"
    "Amazingly well done!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Unlikely Spy the most enjoyable?

    After 200+ audiobooks, FINALLY! This one was far and away the best listen ever. Period. What an amazing job. The voices were done perfectly. It was like listening to a play, or a movie. The story was really good, but made spectacular by the way it was produced. Scott Brick could take lessons from Mr. Page! I was not so sure I wanted to get this, took the chance. So glad I did. Cudo's to Mr. Silva and Mr. Page, as well as to those who worked on making this a total joy.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4999)
    Performance
    (2107)
    Story
    (2100)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Hours into this and I'm lost"
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    Would you try another book from Robert Littell and/or Scott Brick?

    One of the two books I have to return, I just can't follow it. I'm a huge fan of DeMille, Flynn, Eisler and the lot but this let me wondering when I'd get hooked. I never did. Maybe it's me, it gets great reviews, but I can't follow it, and I can follow Silva and Clancy!


    0 of 1 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
    (1616)
    Performance
    (872)
    Story
    (864)

    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"
    "I loved this story!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Charm School to be better than the print version?

    It was a bit dated, but so what? It took place during a time in history like any other. I really and truely thought that the depth of this story was amazing. I had read some of Mr. DeMille's newer work and that lead me to his older books. I went from this right to Up Country and was amazed yet again. I'm amazed at what an insight he has into the human element, how he understands people, predjudices, and desires. I've come to realize that Mr. DeMille is truely a Great American, as well as a great Author. This Country could use more, many more, men(and women) like him. This book is long, quite indepth and couldn't be any other way. 5 Stars.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moscow Sting

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Alex Dryden
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    When Finn, a former British spy, is poisoned by a Russian assassin, his ex-boss Adrian, chief of MI6, wants vengeance. He also wants answers - information that only Finn's widow, Anna, knows. Taken to America for protection and information, the former Russian agent faces her greatest test: to ensure her freedom and protect her child, she must uncover the full truth before anyone else - even as friend and foe both set her in their sights.

    richard reznichek says: "Instriguing spy story. Excellent reader."
    "More..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I saw the Author on a late night show and realized that when he said that his work was, "Truth in fiction" I realized that I was listening to something that was closer to reality than not. Reality can be boring, though I suspect he lived much of what he's written. Unfortunately it's hard to have something realistic be riviting. I wanted to be brought closer to the people in the story, rather than seeing them as chess pieces moved around. I went through both books, which I thought should have been tied together better. When I say that I wanted more, I mean I wanted more depth. More depth to the people, more intensity in the story. The endings of both were just odd. Both times I went, "What?? Seriously, it's over?? Not just going to the next section?" Someone wrote a review that said the author just seemed to get tired of writing, though I don't think that's the case. I'm not looking for a James Bond flair or level of action, just more depth. I wanted to know the people, not just listen to strangers going through life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red to Black

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Alex Dryden
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Finn is a veteran MI6 operative stationed in Moscow. In the guise of an amiable trade secretary, he has penetrated deep into the dangerous labyrinth that is Russia under Vladimir Putin to discover some of its darkest secrets, thanks to a high-level source deep within the Kremlin.

    david says: "I wanted more!"
    "I wanted more!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I saw the Author on a late night show and realized that when he said that his work was, "Truth in fiction" I realized that I was listening to something that was closer to reality than not. Reality can be boring, though I suspect he lived much of what he's written. Unfortunately it's hard to have something realistic be riviting. I wanted to be brought closer to the people in the story, rather than seeing them as chess pieces moved around. I went through both books, which I thought should have been tied together better. When I say that I wanted more, I mean I wanted more depth. More depth to the people, more intensity in the story. The endings of both were just odd. Both times I went, "What?? Seriously, it's over?? Not just going to the next section?" Someone wrote a review that said the author just seemed to get tired of writing, though I don't think that's the case. I'm not looking for a James Bond flair or level of action, just more depth. I wanted to know the people, not just listen to strangers going through life.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • False Mermaid

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Erin Hart
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (262)

    American pathologist Nora Gavin fled to Ireland three years ago, hoping that distance from home would bring her peace. Though she threw herself into the study of bog bodies and the mysteries of their circumstances, she was ultimately led back to the one mystery she was unable to solve: the murder of her sister, Trona. Nora cant move forward until she goes backback to her home, to the scene of the crime, to the source of her nightmares and her deepest regrets.

    Lia says: "A good listen"
    "Just OK"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't do many reviews, and usually only ones where I loved it. I'm glad I only paid $4.95, and to be fair this book might be a lot better read than listened to. It was really hard to follow at times, and made no sense at others. The people were not that likeable, not well developed. The underlying story was merely an annoyance and turned out to really have nothing to do with anything. I was looking for more of the supernatural angle, and the ending was just flat. It passed the time, but that's about all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Defector

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (991)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (398)

    Six months after the blood-soaked conclusion of Moscow Rules, Allon is in Umbria, trying to resume his honeymoon with his new wife, Chiara, when a colleague pays him a shocking visit. The man who saved Allon's life in Moscow and was then resettled in England has vanished without a trace. British intelligence is sure he was a double agent all along, and they blame Allon for planting him.

    Paul says: "Paul"
    "I really like this!"
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    Where does The Defector rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A really good story, well told. As good as this was, I plan to work my way through all of Mr. Silva's books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breach of Trust

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David Ellis
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (265)

    Jason Kolarich has spent the past year struggling to recover from the horrific deaths of his wife and baby daughter. On the night of their deaths, Kolarich was at the office, awaiting a call from a confidential informant named Ernesto Ramirez — a call that never came. Kolarich blames himself not only for the deaths of his wife and child, but for the informant’s murder as well. He can’t bring back his family, but he can find out who killed Ramirez and bring the killer to justice.

    Mama bear says: "Kept me listening."
    "Really well done!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Breach of Trust to be better than the print version?

    I wasn't sure...never read this author before, but got it on the $5 deal. I'd have been happy with it at full price! Really an enjoyable story. Very well done by the narrator, realistic and not over the top. I really love the wit of this author, he's quite sharp. As I type this I'm downloading another from Mr. Ellis. If it's like this one, I'll be quite happy!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1992)
    Performance
    (966)
    Story
    (978)

    The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires, and he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames. He never questioned anything, until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do.

    Casey says: "Still Relevant"
    "Timeless-"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fahrenheit 451 the most enjoyable?

    My 17 year old daughter recently exclaimed that this is her favorite book. She's extremely well read, with many classics under her belt. I figured at over 50 myself I should take her advice and give it a go. Glad I did. I won't say it's my favorite, but I will say that this was truely a timeless story. The human spirit will not be denied, nor repressed. Mr. Bradbury was a lot like Mr. Verne, ahead of his time. Much of his peering into the future was pretty close to the mark, and he's scary close in this one when it comes to how books have gone away...replaced by media. No one has time to read, but time to catch the news in a few brief minutes. This book gave me pause, I think I'm going to be more inclined in the future to read instead of watch. Mr. Bradbury just passed away a few days ago, may his new future be blessed


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (829)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (501)

    It is January 1944 - and as Allied troops prepare for D day, Nazi scientists develop a toxic nerve gas that will repel and wipe out any invasion force. To salvage the planned assault, two vastly different but equally determined men are sent to infiltrate the secret concentration camp where the poison gas is being perfected on human subjects. Their only objective: destroy all traces of the gas and the men who created it - no matter how many lives may be lost...including their own.

    Corinne says: "Feels real"
    "Well done, well done indeed!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was an amazing story, though not a fun one. There is nothing light about the story, or the topic. We slow and can't tear our eyes from a bad car wreck, so it is with this book. It was told in such a way that it could almost pass as non-fiction. This is much like the book Flyboys, as it grasps the depth, intensity, horror, and sheer insanity of the world at war. Riviting like Saving Private Ryan, yet with hope and examples of the best of humanity. The narrator did well with the different voices, though not so well with his attempt of the distressed female. It's a war story, a thriller, a mystery and an intense plot. Well done in the way it weaves into history and believiblity. Books like this should be in our public schools, so we remember as a society how in modern times the world was almost destroyed. At the end the author makes some exceptionally important points, for we all owe more than we can imagine to so many we never knew. Well done Mr. Iles! Thank you for reminding us of that which we can never forget, for to do so would be at great peril.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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