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Bluestramp

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  • Dark Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (66)

    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.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Pale House: Gregor Reinhardt, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Luke McCallin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (61)

    German intelligence officer Captain Gregor Reinhardt has just been reassigned to the Feldjaegerkorps - a new branch of the military police with far-reaching powers. His position separates him from the friends and allies he has made in the last two years. And he needs them now more than ever. While retreating through Yugoslavia with the rest of the army, Reinhardt witnesses a massacre of civilians by the dreaded Ustaše - only to discover that there is more to the incident than anyone believes.

    Bluestramp says: "Wonderful follow- up"
    "Wonderful follow- up"
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    Reinhard rides again. Terrific story by Mr.McCallin and spot on narration by Mr. Lee.
    Bravo. Looking forward to the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    Down-and-out drunk Terry Lennox has a problem: his millionaire wife is dead and he needs to get out of LA fast. So he turns to his only friend in the world: Philip Marlowe, Private Investigator. He's willing to help a man down on his luck, but later, Lennox commits suicide in Mexico and things start to turn nasty. Marlowe finds himself drawn into a sordid crowd of adulterers and alcoholics in LA's Idle Valley, where the rich are suffering one big suntanned hangover.

    Carol says: "Very absorbing"
    "What Happened?"
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    I think it was the narration; monotonous . I just could not stay with the story.
    Philip Marlowe, geez, I can't believe I'm giving him a tentative review. Mr. Chandler forgive me.
    Overall, I just could not get with the flow. Noir gods, I beg your pardon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lady From Zagreb

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    A beautiful actress, a rising star of the giant German film company UFA, now controlled by the Propaganda Ministry. The very clever, very dangerous propaganda minister - a close confidant of Hitler, an ambitious schemer and flagrant libertine. And Bernie Gunther, former Berlin homicide bull, now forced to do favors for Joseph Goebbels at the propaganda minister's command.

    Michael J. Svoboda says: "Narrator John Lee's return makes the difference."
    "AT LAST!"
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    Mr. Kerr, Thank you, sir, for this joyous godsend from your literary treasure trove. You answered your fan's uproarious "request" for a reunion of Bernie Gunter and John Lee. Bravo! What a delicious (long awaited) treat: Bernie never missed a droll retort nor failed to launch a zinger at his detested Nazi bosses. Your working Bernie's story line with the major corporate sponsors (Mercedes Benz) and über maniacs (Goebels) of WW II makes the novel blaze like kristallnacht. Thank you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4287)
    Performance
    (2559)
    Story
    (2615)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Ramon says: "A true Time-machine"
    "Fabulous"
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    An explosion of literature adventure intrigue and jaw dropping prose that put me in dreamland for 40 hours. I promise to read more classics. One of the best stories I have ever been exposed to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Whites: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Richard Price, Harry Brandt
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (301)

    Back in the run-and-gun days of the mid-'90s, when Billy Graves worked in the South Bronx as part of an anticrime unit known as the Wild Geese, he made headlines by accidentally shooting a 10-year-old boy while stopping an angel-dusted berserker in the street. Branded as a cowboy by his higher-ups, for the next 18 years Billy endured one dead-end posting after another.

    Bradley P. Valentine says: "Richard Price sets the high water mark in genre"
    "Glad i am not a cop"
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    This is a burning book, cops that grew up together,making families, sharing each other lives then something happens. Murders mayhem. This is a complex novel the characters are deeply fleshed out, The conflict anxiety and brutality are marvelously intertwined and the finally is fantastic, I only put i down to eat. Wonderful find, Price is vein of gold

    I am avid reader of le Carre,Forsythe, Kerr (narrated by John Lee ), Levin,Furst, Marlowe.and on and on. The brilliant mystery, murder and noir writers all. now I add Richard Price ( Harry Brandt) to the list. I think you will be fascinated with this book.


















    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy Behind the Gate: How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery and Love

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Larry Jacobson
    • Narrated By Larry Jacobson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    With his first mate and crew, amateur sailor Larry Jacobson embarked on a lifelong goal to circumnavigate the globe. Willing to risk all, Jacobson spent six years sailing into the unknown where the unrelenting oceans served as a teacher of seamanship, personal strength, and perseverance. In The Boy Behind the Gate, the author reveals those crucial steps that will motivate you to make your dreams come true. We are each given one great opportunity at life. What are you going to do with yours?

    LINDA says: "Wonderful!!!"
    "Well done, Larry...hip-hip-Hurrray"
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    Thanks for taking me along with you around the world! I just sat down and listened to your whole tale. Additionally you did a first rate narration.
    I'm from San Francisco and loved sailing from Sausalito, around Angel Island...all over but I never went under the Golden Gate. You took me there.
    In the'60's I shipped out as a a deck hand on a Norwegian freighter :Tahiti, Pango, Fifji, Raubaul, Numia etc, but I was a deckhand: you were a Skipper!
    I doff my cap to you. Your story was fantastic what an adventure. What was your next fulfillment? You are a gifted writer and narrater. Looking for your next book. Congratulations!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Sparrow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jason Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1503)
    Performance
    (1347)
    Story
    (1351)

    Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

    Mel says: "Sexy Saucy Spies"
    "Bleeping fantastic"
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    I don't know how I selected this novel but what a find. The story and narration are first rate. This is a moody action and so well researched drama I could not put it down.
    Before I finished it I had to find out what else Jason Matthews had in store for me. I was sorely disappointed this was his only offering so far. I only hope he working on another brilliant
    piece of entertainment.
    His background is in espionage and the black
    arts and his story line is fantastic. And
    Also, the characters both villain and Heroes are
    Wonderfully developed.
    If you are a fan of spy craft and have read all the masters you will surely be adding Mr. Matthews to your library. Enjoy this magnificent novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man from Berlin: Gregor Reinhardt, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Luke McCallin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (126)

    In war-torn Yugoslavia, a beautiful young filmmaker and photographer - a veritable hero to her people - and a German officer have been brutally murdered. Assigned to the case is military intelligence officer Captain Gregor Reinhardt. Already haunted by his wartime actions and the mistakes he's made off the battlefield, he soon finds that his investigation may be more than just a murder, and that the late Yugoslavian heroine may have been much more brilliant - and treacherous - than anyone knew.

    Etienne says: "Solid 1st novel of WWII Nazi officer in Sarajevo"
    "What a story!"
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    Welcome to the club Mr. McCallin. You have earned shelf space with LaCarre, Furst, Kerr, and other scribes who dazzle us with stunning journeys through WW II and the lives of its heroes and villains.
    You are a master craftsman of the art of intrigue. I was consumed by your use of character development, plot lines, atmospheric texture and ethos.
    And if John Lee doesn't win an Oscar for his singularly spectacular narrative interpretation of this multi-character, trans European Tolstoy-esque Proustian joy ride I will eat my hat.
    Cheers!

    0 of 0 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
    (5268)
    Performance
    (2354)
    Story
    (2355)

    "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 Carré
    • Narrated By John le Carré
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (293)

    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

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