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Gregory

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  • Victory and Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth IV
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (197)

    Wars come to an end. But then new ones begin. Just weeks after Hitler's suicide, Cletus Frade and his colleagues in the OSS find themselves up to their necks in battles every bit as fierce as the ones just ended. The first is political-the very survival of the OSS, with every department from Treasury to War to the FBI grabbing for its covert agents and assets. The second is on a much grander scale-the possible next world war, against Joe Stalin and his voracious ambitions.

    Rick says: "Classic W.E.B. and Brick's narration wins big."
    "Outstanding Read"
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    First book I have listened to of the honor bound series. Will not be the last. Well performed, well written and exciting historical fiction. Enjoyed the characters, the plot and writing. Did not want it to end.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Involuntary Witness: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gianrico Carofiglio
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (547)

    A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a popular beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime. Faced with small-town racism, Guido attempts to exploit the esoteric workings of the Italian courts. The voice of Sean Barrett brings this gritty Italian detective series to life.

    dumbclub says: "Excellence"
    "Very Good Legal Drama"
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    Translated from Italian, the author provides a great view of Italy’s criminal legal process which is very different than ours. Also, the reader must remember that the story was set in about the year 2000, before the world determined that only DNA offers conclusive proof of a crime. The story is well written and the main character well developed and likable. The narration was very good with just a bit of Italy mixed in so the reader does not forget the story was taking place overseas. If you like legal stories, this one is worth a look. I will likely listen to others in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ever After: The Hollows, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (1619)
    Performance
    (1470)
    Story
    (1482)

    The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix the ever-after before the fragile balance between magic users and humans fails. Of course, there’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, and her life is forfeit unless she can fix it.

    Hassan says: "The best book yet!!!!"
    "THE HOLLOWS SERIES HAS CONTINUALLY IMPROVED"
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    I found the earlier books just ok earning about 3 stars, enough to keep my interest but not great. The series started frustrated me with the decisions the characters were making. Just enough to keep my interest. As the series has progressed, I have come to enjoy the story line more and more. Rachael’s sarcastic no bullshit rebellious attitude makes her great protagonist. Jenks is just great and his personality is perfect. I have learned to enjoy Al and Trent. This book lets you spend more time with Biz and learn more about gargoyles. Marguerite Gavin has a great voice and her narration is perfect for these stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2410)
    Performance
    (2303)
    Story
    (2287)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "Harry is Back!"
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    I stumbled onto Storm Front four years ago and was immediately hooked. Since devouring the first dozen books, I have waited with the rest of Butcher’s readers in anticipation of the next book in the series. After the last few books, I was not sure where the series could go, but Jim has done it without losing the feel of the characters or this series.

    Skin Game includes some of my favorite characters including Murphy, Michael and Butters. You even get a chance to spend some time with Mouse.

    Marsters is an amazing narrator and as always he does a fantastic job capturing the sarcastic nature that makes Harry one of my favorite characters in fiction.

    Jim ends this book with some very interesting avenues for Harry’s next adventure. Now all can do is wait, and maybe go back and listen to the last few books again. A must buy If you enjoy Dresden.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3948)
    Performance
    (3529)
    Story
    (3524)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Nice read"
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    LAPD Cop Story with a dog. Maggie is not just any police dog but a former Marine. Both her handler, Officer James and Maggie are haunted by their past and find each other. Good story that will keep your interest especially if you like animals. Macleod Andrews did a excellent job narrating. Story keeps your interest. Hope Robert Crais turns this into a series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Gigi Bermingham
    Overall
    (1827)
    Performance
    (1044)
    Story
    (1049)

    To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

    Jaclyn A Rupert says: "Narrrator: 1 star, Story 5 stars!"
    "Fun easy reads"
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    I have enjoyed Kim Harrison’s first 5 Hollows books very much. They are not complex or deep but exciting and fun with a good mix of magic, sex and suspense. Typically solid 3.5 stars. The story retains that rating.

    Had Gigi Bermingham narrated the first book, Dead Witch Walking, I would likely not have read the second book. Not sure if it was arrogance or ignorance. Arrogance to choose not to listen to previous books because she wanted to put her own stamp on the series, or ignorance in a belief that what was done before did not matter. I am not sure what other reasons would drive her to mispronounce names of key characters.

    Jenks is one of my favorite characters, but her rendition of his voice had me wishing for him to go away. There were points where the narrator even slipped in a fake New York accent. Bottom line, Gigi’s narration ruined the book for me. I am very glad to see that Marguerite Gavin has been retained in the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solomon's Song: The Australian Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1414)
    Performance
    (912)
    Story
    (905)

    Here is the story of two families, branches of the Solomons, transported to an alien land. Both branches eventually grow rich and powerful. But through three generations, the families never, for one moment, relinquish their hatred for each other. This novel is also the story of Australia, from its beginnings to its coming of age as a nation.

    Anne says: "Breathtaking!"
    "From Australia to Europe"
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    I found the Potato Factory and Tommo & Hawk different, but both outstanding (5 Star) books. The narration continues to be outstanding and although I liked Solomon's Song very much, I did not enjoy it to the same degree as I did the first two novels.

    As is his style, Mr. Courtenay did not shy away from the darkness that exists in the actions of man, and he carried that into his descriptions of WWI and Gallipoli. I do not share the sentiment that the author demonstrated any particular anti-war sentiment in the writing of the novel. The history concerning WWI and Gallipoli, the motivations behind the war, and the tactics employed during the execution of the War are simply facts. A career military officer will be among the first to echo the profound waste and stupidity demonstrated by Nations and military leaders during that conflict.

    What rang very true to me was the description of the bonds established by those in combat. My one criticism about the end of this series was that it left me dissatisfied. Not so much with what happened, but what the author does not address. Overall, the book is very good (4 Stars) and a worthy listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3246)
    Performance
    (2283)
    Story
    (2283)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Epic Tale"
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    Well written historic fiction with wonderfully highly developed characters and a world-class narrator. Courtenay does not shy away from the baser side of the criminal world, but depicts it accurately. I chanced upon this novel while looking for a good read and reading the reviews of others. This book is not for everyone and some do not like it. It is not bright and shiny feel good novel. It is a dark tale depicting human misery and a side of humanity that was prevalent in the early 1900s. The naive and poorly traveled would like to think that such aspects of the human character no longer exist in the world, or that they did not exist within the history of the United States. In the face of evil, the indomitable spirit of a few who struggle to retain their dignity and survive, provides for an outstanding tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Every Which Way but Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (2103)
    Performance
    (1278)
    Story
    (1288)

    Some days, you just can't win. Witch and former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan has managed to escape her corrupt company, survive living with a vampire, start her own runner service, and face down a vampire master.

    Ananda says: "oh! the trashy goodness!"
    "Fun and Entertaining"
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    Kim Harrison has created an urban fantasy series that is enjoyable and interesting. The action is good but not great. This is the third book in the series and contained a good mix of magic, sex and mystery. Rachael is a likable heroin, and the narration is good. This book hovers between 3 and 4 stars but not quite reaching 4 stars. Fun enough that I will listen to more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • By Order of the President: A Presidential Agent Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1070)
    Performance
    (674)
    Story
    (662)

    Two armed men board a 727 that has been all but forgotten at an airfield in Angola. Hijacking the jet, they then slit the throat of the lone crew and fly to parts unknown. The consternation is immediate, as the CIA, FBI, and other agencies race to find out what happened, in the process elbowing one another in the sides a little too vigorously. Fed up, the president of the United States turns to an outside investigator to determine the truth.

    Wayne says: "Dick Hill is the right reader; interesting story"
    "Terrorism and Spec Ops"
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    Good but not great fictional Special Operations book. The good: the characters were interesting and likable. The story was unpredictable and kept my interest, although long. I thought the Dick Hills narration style complimented the writing. The not so good: Certain aspects of the plot were a bit far fetched, including the authority vested in the hero. Not as well researched or edited as say a Tom Clancy novel, and that showed in a number of military inaccuracies that distract from the book. Overall I found it an enjoyable listen but I am not jumping to read get the next in the series. I would give it 3 and 1/2 stars.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kill Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (569)

    After the assassination of his wife and son, Gabriel Allon retires from his brutal anti-terrorist career and loses himself in his previous cover job: art restoration. But when Tariq al-Hourani, the Palestinian terrorist responsible for his family’s death, begins a killing spree designed to destroy Middle East peace talks, Gabriel once again slips into the shadowy world of international intrigue. In a global game of hide-and-seek, the motives of Gabriel and Tariq soon become more personal than political.

    Jane says: "Felt like things had been done before."
    "Good Spy Novel"
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    I like spy novels and I enjoyed the intrigue and writing style of Daniel Silva. I thought the narration was excellent. The novel kept my interest even though I found the plot a bit predictable. I intend to listen to more books by the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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