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  • 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."
    "He can't write his novels fast enough for me....."
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    Would you listen to A Delicate Truth again? Why?

    First of all, he's a marvelous reader. Usually I hate it when an author wants to read his own book, but he was great. He had accents for everyone. He just couldn't do it for women though. And the story is intricate enough to deserve a second listen. But I want more too. Write faster please.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • An Atheist in the FOXhole: A Liberal's Eight-Year Odyssey into the Heart of the Right-Wing Media

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joe Muto
    • Narrated By Joe Muto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    The "Fox Mole" delivers a funny, opinionated memoir of his eight years at the unfair, unbalanced Fox News Channel. An Atheist in the FOXhole has everything that liberals and Fox haters could desire: details about how Fox’s right-wing ideology is promoted throughout the channel; why specific angles and personalities are the only ones broadcasted; the bizarre stories Fox anchors actually believed (and passed on to the public); and tales of behind-the-scenes mayhem and mistakes, all part of reporting Fox’s version of the news.

    Caresse says: "Entertaining but not hard hitting"
    "I wish it had been more hard hitting"
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    Any additional comments?

    Well written, fun to read, but he still obviously had some ambivalence about Fox News and Bill OReilly. Oh well, he was young. I wish him well. I hope he's found another job by now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moriarty: Sherlock Holmes, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind-Tutt, Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (267)

    Internationally best-selling author Anthony Horowitz's nail-biting new novel plunges us back into the dark and complex world of detective Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty - dubbed the "Napoleon of crime" by Holmes - in the aftermath of their fateful struggle at the Reichenbach Falls. Days after the encounter at the Swiss waterfall, Pinkerton detective agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York.

    Tony says: "Re-Imaginings in the Holmes Universe"
    "Unpleasant twist"
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    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I did not like it at all. I felt manipulated.


    Any additional comments?

    I can only hope that his next book includes a twist that untwists "Moriarty." I feel much like I felt with some of the Downton Abbey endings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2979)
    Performance
    (2628)
    Story
    (2632)

    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

    Jan says: "Sorry John... wanted to like it... love you anyway"
    "The problems with coal deserved a better story"
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    What disappointed you about Gray Mountain?

    The heroine. I would hardly call her one. She would never make a decision outright and would always simper and let things happen to her. I hated her halfway through the book and I know that was not what I was supposed to do.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The coal industry and all its failings with strip mining and sludge and what it is doing/has done to Appalachia.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance matched the heroine and I hated them both.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm very disappointed that I cannot recommend this book to anyone because I am sure that much of the story of how coal mining has affected Appalachia is true.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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