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John

Tempe, AZ | Member Since 2010

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  • The Secret Pilgrim: A George Smiley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (214)

    Nothing is as it was. Old enemies embrace. The dark staging grounds of the Cold War, whose shadows barely obscured the endless games of espionage, are flooded with light; the rules are rewritten, the stakes changed, the future unfathomable. John le Carre seized this momentous turning point in history to give us the most disturbing experience we have yet had of the frail and brutal world of spydom. The man called Ned speaks to us. All his adult life he has been in British Intelligence - the Circus - a loyal, shrewd, wily officer of the Cold War....

    Leonard says: "A Classic That Only Gets Better"
    "Great fun to revisit George Smiley"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret Pilgrim to be better than the print version?

    If you enjoyed the George Smiley books, this series of short stories, that include the Smiley character, will be a pleasure to read. Michael Jayston was the perfect narrator for these stories about the world of British spies.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • End Game

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (3892)
    Performance
    (3549)
    Story
    (3540)

    Will Robie and Jessica Reel are two of the most lethal people alive. They're the ones the government calls in when the utmost secrecy is required to take out those who plot violence and mass destruction against the United States. And through every mission, one man has always had their backs: their handler, code-named Blue Man. But now, Blue Man is missing.

    shelley says: "Keep 'em Coming!"
    "How far can you stretch believability?"
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    Sorry, this Will and Jennifer book was too far fetched! Implausible twists and turns combined with our heroes constantly defeating far superior forces stretched credibility!
    Just too much!
    Bad guys have our heroes captured numerous times, but instead of killing them,they go on and on about how evil and smart they are!
    I am done with this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mississippi Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2806)
    Performance
    (2578)
    Story
    (2562)

    The endgame is at hand for Penn Cage, his family, and the enemies bent on destroying them in this revelatory volume in the epic trilogy set in modern-day Natchez, Mississippi - Greg Iles' epic tale of love and honor, hatred and revenge that explores how the sins of the past continue to haunt the present.

    Taryn says: "Good ending to the trilogy"
    "The author knows how to tell a story!"
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    Scott Brick is a terrific narrator. The author often is quite eloquent and, at times, a little too "flowery" in his prose.
    I would have given this book 5 Stars except for it being too long (28hrs, plus)
    It is well worth the time investment, though a little editing would have helped.
    Definitely one of my favorite audiobooks of 2017!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sold Out

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Stan R. Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (390)

    This is the book you've been looking for: a deep, dark conspiracy that should delight those who loved the Jason Bourne movies, as well as fans of authors Vince Flynn, Tom Clancy, and Stephen Hunter. You won't believe what happens when free speech slams into the messy realities of national security. Meet Nick Woods, a former Marine Scout Sniper, who used to be one of our country's greatest operatives. Meet Allen Green, a ballsy reporter in his fifties, who's desperate to break the biggest story since Watergate.

    shelley says: "If you like Greaney or Woods this book for you..."
    "The hero is not exactly a Boy Scout!"
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    Author writes a compelling story and narrator first rate! My problem is that our hero kills some people who, while flawed, didn't deserve to die. He kills a young woman tasked with finding him, though she works for a rogue government employee
    she, herself, wasn't a bad guy (girl). More troubling is when he kills a motel manager because he can identify him. Other than being unkept and blowing smoke in people's faces, this guy was an innocent bystander! A couple of other kills were questionable. Any character labeled chubby, liberal was in danger!
    That said: I've already bought book 2 in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Between Black and White: McMurtrie and Drake Legal, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robert Bailey
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1030)
    Performance
    (914)
    Story
    (907)

    In 1966 in Pulaski, Tennessee, Bocephus Haynes watched in horror as his father was brutally murdered by 10 local members of the Ku Klux Klan. As an African American lawyer practicing in the birthplace of the Klan years later, Bo has spent his life pursuing justice in his father's name. But when Andy Walton, the man believed to have led the lynch mob 45 years earlier, ends up murdered in the same spot as Bo's father, Bo becomes the prime suspect.

    Jean says: "A Page Turner"
    "Great follow up to The Professor!"
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    The second book in the series (The Professor" was the first; is even better!
    Narrator was first rate and the story was full of interesting characters and twists.
    I do recommend you read "The Professor first and some story lines and characters overlap .
    I look forward to a third book in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bryant and May and the Invisible Code

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Christopher Fowler
    • Narrated By Tim Goodman
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (172)

    Two small children - playing a game called 'Witch-Hunter' - place a curse on a young woman eating lunch in a church courtyard. An hour later the woman is found dead. Then a society photographer is stabbed to death in a nearby park and suddenly a link emerges between the two cases. As the members of the Peculiar Crimes Unit investigate, they realise that the case might not just end in disaster - it might also get everyone killed.

    Maine Colonial 🌲 says: "Someone's on a witch hunt"
    "Best in the series!"
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    Humorous and intriguing! I have now listened to 10 of these Bryant and May audiobooks. The characters are wonderful. The stories can drag on a little long but are always entertaining!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 14th Colony: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1857)
    Performance
    (1685)
    Story
    (1681)

    What happens if both the president and vice-president-elect die before taking the oath of office? The answer is far from certain - in fact, what follows would be nothing short of total political chaos. Shot down over Siberia, ex-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone is forced into a fight for survival against Aleksandr Zorin, a man whose loyalty to the former Soviet Union has festered for decades into an intense hatred of the United States.

    Wayne says: "5 stars after I overcame my doubts!"
    "Great narration of a good though not one of the best Cotton Malone stories"
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    I have enjoyed earlier Cotton Malone stories more than the last few. That said, this was enjoyable to listen to and the narrator, Scott Brick was terrific, as usual.
    Cotton's romance to Casseopia (so?) adds nothing to the story line. I miss the focus on Cotton's efforts to live a normal life running a bookstore in Cpenhagen. Now he is back doing what super heroes do with little to differentiate him from other such types.
    The author drove home, a bit too much, his admiration for President Reagan's astuteness in world affairs. Recent biographies give a more balanced view of the former President.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Target

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1580)
    Performance
    (1435)
    Story
    (1430)

    When New York Times foreign correspondent J. B. Collins hears rumors that an al-Qaeda splinter cell has captured a cache of chemical weapons inside Syria, he knows this is a story he must pursue at all costs. Does the commander of the jihadist faction really have the weapons? If so, who is the intended target? The U.S.? Israel? Or could it be Jordan?

    S. Vanalstine says: "Suspense and good characters"
    "A fabulous story...but..."
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    Everything was great...until the ending. Boo! But I still gave it 5 stars b/c the story was fabulous, timely, and a "page turner". I think we need a new word for that with audiobooks. Maybe gripping would suffice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9227)
    Performance
    (8251)
    Story
    (8256)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Wonderful! Beautiful! Remarkable!"
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    Truly a masterfully written and performed book. While I thought at first 19 hours way way too long, I found at the end it wasn't long enough.
    Not often can an author blend mystery and love story in such a clever, lovely way.
    I can't recommend this audio highly enough. It was sweet, sad, poignant and heartwarming.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Who Let the Dog Out?

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1209)
    Performance
    (1098)
    Story
    (1089)

    Lawyer Andy Carpenter is surprised when Willie Millier, Andy's partner at their dog rescue operation, the Tara Foundation, calls to say the alarm has gone off at the foundation building. There has clearly been a break-in, and a dog has been stolen.

    John says: "Entertaining and Funny"
    "Entertaining and Funny"
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    I love who-done-it's that fit in humor and this one did it well. And how can you go wrong with an obnoxious leading player who's a rich attorney who loves dogs, owns an animal shelter and adopts an 8 year old boy? A great audio book for sure.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Ever Look Back: Buck Schatz, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Daniel Friedman
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Unforgettable protagonist BuckSchatz is back, and once again this 88-year-old retired Memphis cop refuses to go gently into that good night. Having sustained injuries in Don't Ever Get Old, Buck is living at a retirement home with his wife, and he's downright miserable being treated like the elderly person he is. But soon, Elijah, a man from his past, pays Buck a visit. Elijah offers Buck a tidy sum to do him a favor, and Buck is eager to close the book on a series of robberies that he could never solve. But things soon go downhill - way downhill.

    Danny S. says: "Disappointing Second Book"
    "They don't make 'em like this anymore"
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    While this is a good story and who-done-it, it's also a tribute to senior citizens and police officers. My favorite part was its glorious humor. The politically incorrect main character, Buck is a one-of-a-kind old coot that we all know. I highly recommend this and its predecessor Never Grow Old to anyone with a dry sense of humor and an old person in their life...and everyone else as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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