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Addicted Audible listener.what could be better than listening to a terrific narrator bring a book to life.

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  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4940)
    Performance
    (2050)
    Story
    (2044)

    "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"
    "Please, Don't End!"
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    What a writer. I think of all the research that went into this massive labor of love and then crafting and polishing a 40 hr. "can't put it down" spy docu/novel (?) + page turner. That's majestic for him and a marathon time out for me.

    Nothing else he has penned can compare to this masterpiece. His other work: The Sisters, etc., etc. nothing so far comes close in his oeuvre.
    We will just have to wait and see what the years will bring forth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Delicate Truth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By John le Carre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (237)

    A Delicate Truth opens in 2008. A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted on the British crown colony of Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, a private defense contractor who is also his bosom friend, and a shady American CIA operative of the evangelical far right. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister’s personal private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.

    Darwin8u says: "A latter-day Jeremiah of espionage & statecraft."
    "British, Smooth, and Fully Armed"
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    How can you go wrong with a John le Carre novel. That's it in a nutshell, folks. I don't want to bore you with a 50 line exegesis, just buy and enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seven Pillars of Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By T. E. Lawrence
    • Narrated By Roy McMillan
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    Although T. E. Lawrence, commonly known as "Lawrence of Arabia’, died in 1935, the story of his life has captured the imagination of succeeding generations. Seven Pillars of Wisdom is a monumental work in which he chronicles his role in leading the Arab Revolt against the Turks during the First World War. A reluctant leader, and wracked by guilt at the duplicity of the British, Lawrence nevertheless threw himself into his role, suffering the blistering desert conditions and masterminding military campaigns which culminated in the triumphant march of the Arabs into Damascus.

    Stevie says: "One of the greatest stories ever told."
    "Sand,Camels and a Genius"
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    For a long time I have wanted to read "Seven Pillars of Wisdom" I am glad I didn't. I never would have put in the fantastic narration that gives this book a life. Roy McMillan puts so much verve in the interpretation, all the characters have their own voice. This book is true history as it comes from Lawrence's confused mind.. It has action , of course, camel rides for days under the most sever conditions,rides in Rolls Royces filled with high explosives intrigue, betrayal tense page turner. I listened to it in two days. It' fantastic! I believe you'll love it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ghostman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Roger Hobbs
    • Narrated By Jake Weber
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (297)

    When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry, the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favor from someone who's occasionally called Jack. While it's doubtful that anyone knows his actual name or anything at all about his true identity, or even if he's still alive, he's in his mid-30s and lives completely off the grid, a criminal's criminal who does entirely as he pleases and is almost impossible to get in touch with.

    Hassan says: "Authentic And Full of Action!!"
    "A brillant story, a career is born"
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    I spend hours researching books: checking number of readers, readers reviews, listening to narrators, ratio of stars to numbers of readers ete.,etc. Sometime I don't find anything that appeals to me so I go to bed. However, Ghostman caught my attention. I've been looking for a modern mystery and it seemed to meet my criteria

    I have been reading Alan Furst, Philip Kerr, John La Carre, Eric Ambler up through Brad Thor,
    Vince Flynn, all the spy,espionage genera and I wanted something current. That's when I found "Ghost Man". and took a shot. Wow. What a surprise. A story and plot just what I was hungry for.

    This is one terrific novel. performance, plot. originality. I really got lucky. Looking for more from this talented writer, Roger Hobbs , together with narrator Jake Weber. Check it out! It's the beginning of a brilliant career, and it's nice to get in on the first novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Case of Comrade Tulayev

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Victor Serge
    • Narrated By Gregory Linington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    A high government official is shot on the street, and the hunt for the killer begins. The search leads all over the world, netting a series of suspects whose only connection is their innocence - at least of this crime. But The Case of Comrade Tulayev, the best novel about the Stalinist purges, is also a classic tale of risk and adventure that stands beside For Whom the Bell Tolls. It is a masterpiece, now available again after 30 years.

    edward oday says: "Look behind stage at Russian "Trial""
    "Look behind stage at Russian "Trial""
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    I was referred to this story by Christopher Hitchens and gave it a shot. It was dark and well written but sad in its overall cold war conclusions. Hitchens was one of our true intellectuals and that's what sold me on the book. Historically, a must read if you are interested in Russian history and a nation based on lies. Lot's of history behind Victor Serge a revolutionary worth knowing about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extreme Measures: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2985)
    Performance
    (1356)
    Story
    (1370)

    Mitch Rapp and his protege, Mike Nash, may have met their match. The CIA has detected and intercepted two terrorist cells, but a third is feared to be on the loose. Led by a dangerous mastermind obsessed with becoming the leader of al-Qaeda, this determined and terrifying group is about to descend on America.

    F says: "Kickass Thriller - With Politics!"
    ""Where's the Beef?""
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    I'm a rabid Mitch Rapp fan. I choose this book based on the ratings. What the hell happened to the reviewers? Did they drink the cool-aid? This book was "Mitch Lite".
    Is Vince preparing us for Rapp's retirement and Nash 's taking over?I hope not. In this book I kept waiting for Mitch to come in and bust things up but got too much of Nash's home life.Sorry, this was a dud for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Quiet Flame

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (92)

    Philip Kerr’s intricate novels featuring former Berlin homicide detective Bernie Gunther have earned ahallowed place in the hearts of mystery fans. It’s 1950, and Bernie has arrived in Argentina seeking asylum after being falsely identified as a Nazi war criminal. There he investigates the murder of a wealthy banker’s daughter ina case reminiscent of one he worked in Germany 18 years before.

    Greg says: "May be his best"
    "Kerr gone Mad?"
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    What could have gone through Mr Kerr's head to have him drop John Lee and use Paul Hecht as narrator? The wonderful exciting Bernie Gunter" stories have gone stone cold flat. John Lee was Bernie. Hecht reads in a flat monotone disinterested tone that puts me to sleep. I have lost all interest in the series. I am finished. No longer will I be transported through the dark mysterious streets of Europe through unique twists and turns, listening to richly developed characters interact in Mr Kerr's masterful work.
    I know it was 15 years since he penned a new "Bernie "novel but Got in Himmel, there are so many other talented readers he could have chosen. Did he even audition Hecht? or was Hecht fobbed off on him for loosing a bet?.
    Good by Bernie...RIP

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ben MacIntyre
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (454)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (197)

    Eddie Chapman was a charming criminal, a con man, and a philanderer. He was also one of the most remarkable double agents Britain has ever produced. Inside the traitor was a man of loyalty; inside the villain was a hero. The problem for Chapman, his spymasters, and his lovers was to know where one persona ended and the other began.

    Scott says: "Intrigue and True"
    "What a find...!!!!!"
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    Wow! This is one of the best books I've come across so far. A "can't stop listening" jewel.
    I was searching action/adventure and sampled all the big hit writers Then I found the review on this book and dove in. I tell you folks, truth is better than fiction. Also, there are interviews with Eddie Chapman on youtube and a brief synopsis by the author. This self educated gentleman "crook", who loved to blow up safe's makes me really wonder what this man was made up of. This is the find of the day for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Black

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1609)
    Performance
    (1291)
    Story
    (1302)

    Born in shadow and kept from heads of state, there are some missions so deadly, so sensitive, that they simply don't exist. so deadly, so sensitive, that they simply don't exist. When one such mission goes horribly wrong, a wave of dramatic terrorist attacks is set in motion. Their goal: the complete and total collapse of the United States. With the CIA's intelligence abilities hobbled, former Navy SEAL Team 6 member turned covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath launches an audacious plan to infiltrate the terrorists' network and prevent one of the biggest threats the U.S. has ever faced.

    Sean says: "More More"
    "Terrific Thriller...But?"
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    This was my first Brad Thor book. I really enjoyed the experience. Armand is a gifted reader/interpreter. Lot's of twists and turns down dark alleys, bullets flashing, bombs shaking. All elements combined put you in a action/adventure lovers dreamland. I would have given this book 5 stars all across the board except the ending left me hanging. Where is the resolution? Why does Mr. Thor not finish the story? It seems to be a teaser for the next installment in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (44)

    May 1941. At four in the morning, a rust-streaked tramp freighter streams up the Tagus River to dock at the port of Lisbon. She is the Santa Rosa; she flies the flag of neutral Spain and is in Lisbon to load cork oak, tinned sardines, and drums of cooking oil bound for the Baltic port of Malmo. Only she is not the Santa Rosa, she is the Noordendam, a Dutch freighter that sails for the Intelligence Division of the British Royal Navy....

    Darwin8u says: "Mouches volantes through dark vision of history"
    "Romanitic Darkness"
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    What did you love best about Dark Voyage?

    As soon as I read the premise of this book I was hooked: a tramp steamer, mysterious ports of call, Tangiers being one which I visited in 1962 as a young wanderer of the world, A Captain of ship who is much more than just that, a story full of wonderful lively persons be they on the dark or sunny side of the street. It is a subject matter has intrigued me since Jack London's "Sea Wolf" found me as a youngster.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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