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Ansgar

Oregon City, OR, USA

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  • The Secret Servant

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (793)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (387)

    Gabriel is summoned once more by his masters to undertake what appears to be a routine assignment: travel to Amsterdam to purge the archives of a murdered Dutch terrorism analyst who also happened to be an asset of Israeli intelligence. But once in Amsterdam, Gabriel soon discovers a conspiracy of terror festering in the city's Islamic underground.

    Dan says: "One of the very best"
    "A disappointment..."
    Overall

    Pompous, clich?d, flat language ... and, worst of all, the plot does not build enough suspense to pull you along and put up with the writing.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6135)
    Performance
    (2302)
    Story
    (2326)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Loved the book, loved the audio"
    Overall

    Excellent book, terrific audio production. One of the very best of the ca. 150 I've listened to over the past years. Try also "The Darling" for a similarly complex and magnetic story and great production quality.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1813)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (691)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    OK, so the plot has a major weakness - you see that coming and it really doesn't matter. The appeal of the book is not the 'who dunnit' but the descriptions of life in a totalitarian police state. Those gave me lots to think about. Not a cheerful or happy listen at all, at times hard even on someone who loves 'noir', but definitely engaging.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous Rex

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Eric Garcia
    • Narrated By Maxwell Caulfield
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Private investigator Vincent Rubio is down on his luck: He's out of work. His partner has died mysteriously. And his tail just won't stay put. Vincent is a velociraptor. The dinosaurs faked their extinction 65 million years ago and still roam the planet, disguising themselves as doctors, janitors, senators, athletes, and yes, even P.I.s. When an arson case lures Vincent to New York - the scene of his partner's death and a dangerous nexus of dinosaur-human intermingling - he faces a sinister situation.

    Classical Music Fan says: "Anonymous Rex"
    "Weak-ish story but a great reading..."
    Overall

    On balance nor worth it. Cute premise, dinos living among us, but stretched way too thin. The story is not really engaging but it'll keep your eyes open because of the comic-book style action and romance. Great production though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Angels and Demons

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (1264)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (86)

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries - old underground organization - the Illuminati.

    Mark Grannis says: "Not history, not theology, just great fiction"
    "Silly plot, flat characters...a disappointment"
    Overall

    Only suitable for keeping you awake during late night drives. Not believable for even a second. The reading makes this worse by being overly dramatic. There's much better stuff out there!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bird's Eye View

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By J.F. Freedman
    • Narrated By Gregory Harrison
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Maverick risk-taker and onetime star professor Fritz Tullis witnesses the first in a string of murders involving high-ranking government officials and before he knows it, and against his better judgment, he is digging for the truth. But he himself is being scrutinized, and someone, somewhere, is plotting his death.

    Ann says: "Nice change of pace for a mystery"
    "Excellent production of good suspense novel"
    Overall

    The story is OK, not blow-you-away different or captivating but keeps your interest. The production, however, is really good! Definitely worth a listen...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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