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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
    (239)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (192)

    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
  • 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
    (3013)
    Performance
    (2076)
    Story
    (2074)

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1981)
    Performance
    (1170)
    Story
    (1177)

    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
    (1018)
    Performance
    (626)
    Story
    (614)

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (511)

    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
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3194)
    Performance
    (1615)
    Story
    (1623)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Terrifying vision of the future"
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    The Windup Girl is a great Sci Fi story. Really smart and engaging. A haunting look at a future where technology has surpassed our nature. Gritty and realistic. It well written, entertaining, and the narration is outstanding.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thankless in Death: In Death, Book 37

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1132)
    Performance
    (1024)
    Story
    (1036)

    For Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, the job is a useful reminder of what she has to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood. Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying on the floor of their Downing Street apartment, stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned - and even more heartbroken by the overwhelming evidence that they were murdered by their own son.

    Patricia says: "Violence vs. Sentiment"
    "Not Her Best"
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    I have read/listened to most of the series and as always, they are fast moving plots light reads. There is always a decent mix of future high tech gadgetry with a good criminal mystery backdrop. I was a bit disappointed in this one. Not sure exactly why, maybe because of the immature whiny nature of the villain or simply the lack of anything new and exciting. Maybe because not as much time was devoted to secondary characters that readers of the series have come to enjoy. I will continue to read the In Death Books for now, and hope they get back on step.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (6885)
    Performance
    (3474)
    Story
    (3506)

    Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

    Pamela says: "That Vampire Said ...."
    "Plot in line with series"
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    Based on a preview of the second book that is included at the end of the first, the books may diverge more from the HBO series as they advance. I have watched and enjoyed True Blood and I thought the books might contain depth as novels often do. This book was so close to the series, that I was kind of bored. It was enjoyable but not sure I will invest in the rest of the books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars': Barsoom Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (608)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (571)

    Civil War veteran John Carter is transported to a dying planet, where he must elude capture by giant green barbarians to rescue a Martian princess from certain doom. In this landmark of science fiction, the myths and mystery of the red planet supply a vibrant backdrop for a swashbuckling epic.

    Buster55 says: "Worth a listen."
    "Movie is better"
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    The story was good and I like the narration. I read this book after I saw the movie. While there are a significant amount of similarities, the movie actually alters the story line a bit that explains some things that were glossed over and not clarified in the book. While it is not true very often, I actually liked the movie better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4873)
    Performance
    (4090)
    Story
    (4089)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Story is great"
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    Dresden is one of my favorites. Jim Butcher writes well, entertains and I have come to look forward to each new novel, only to finish it way too fast and have to wait until the next release. No surprise, I too did not like the choice of the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taken in Death: In Death, Book 37.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (717)
    Story
    (722)

    Two young children disappear from their East Side home in New York City, their nanny killed in cold blood. As Lieutenant Eve Dallas begins to unravel the crime scene and search for Henry and Gala MacDermit, she's drawn into the twisted mind of a kidnapper who will stop at nothing to take revenge. Horrific threats concerning the brother and sister hit far too close to home for Eve, drawing her back into memories of her own tortured childhood.

    Denice says: "Taken In Death"
    "Good Short"
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    For a new J.D. Robb reader, this is not the place to start. Go back to the beginning. For those familiar with the characters, this is a good short story full of suspense, the usual high tech SciFi combined with good detective sleuthing set to the back drop of New York. If you enjoy the J.D. Robb series, you will enjoy this book. It will keep your attention and before you know it, the story will be over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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