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BikeMeister

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  • Our Game

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (17)

    With the Cold War fought and won, British spymaster Tim Cranmer accepts early retirement to rural England and a new life with his alluring young mistress, Emma. But when both Emma and Cranmer's star double agent and lifelong rival Larry Pettifer disappear, Cranmer is suddenly on the run. In a frantic journey across Europe and into the lawless, battered landscapes of Moscow and southern Russia, he searches for his brilliant protégé while desperately eluding his former colleagues.

    bonnie says: "Intimate look at the thoughts of an aging spy"
    "Excellent Story-- Great Davidson Narration"
    Overall

    One of Le Carre's very best. I'm puzzled by the negative reviews here. Another multidimensional, believable, complicated main character rivals Jerry Westerby in "Honorable Schoolboy"....

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Most Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Roger May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    It is the Second World War and France has fallen. In their trusty fishing boat, Genevieve, armed with only a flame-thrower and limited ammunition, a small group of officers and men take a stand against the might of the German army. This is classic Shute: a thrilling adventure about the heroism of ordinary men that will keep you on the edge of your seat, cheering them on.

    Sandy says: "Censored for 3 years"
    "Inimitable Nevil Shute Style"
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    Story

    One of my favorite witers, Nevil Shute unfolds his story in an intelligent and unique manner. His historical and technical understanding and accuracy are superb as always.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James D. Hornfischer
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (212)

    With The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and Ship of Ghosts, James D. Hornfischer created essential and enduring narratives about America’s World War II Navy, works of unique immediacy distinguished by rich portraits of ordinary men in extremis and exclusive new information. Now he does the same for the deadliest, most pivotal naval campaign of the Pacific war: Guadalcanal.

    Thomas says: "Hornfischer does it again."
    "Compelling Discussion of the "Real" Turning Point"
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    Hornfischer is one of the best naval writers of our time. In Neptune's Inferno he discusses the naval battle for Guadalcanal as the real turning point of the Pacific war-- rather than Midway. He thoroughly discusses U.S. Marine Corps mythology disparaging the Navy's abandonment of Marine forces on Guadalcanal-- mythology which is partially true due to Naval strategy, pre-determined and agreed to before the landing was ever made. He also thoroughly examines the subsequent decision by the Navy to commit everything to the overall success of the operation leading to a 3:1 casualty ratio, Navy to Marine Corps, which ultimately led to the defeat of the Japanese.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Breaking Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    Allan had been away from Coombaragana, flying in the Royal Air Force. Now he has returned, wounded and disillusioned, to his ancestral home. Days before, Jessie Proctor had taken her own life. Why? Allan looked at the young face in the photograph in Jessie’s passport and froze. He knew who she really was.

    John says: "Another great Shute!"
    "Maybe my Favorite Nevil Shute Novel"
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    Story

    Shute knows Britain before Operation Overlord like he lived it-- which he probably did. Unbelievably great story line and characters coping with the tragedy of the war and it's aftermath while doing their duty to the best of their abilities. It focuses on doing what's right while the world crumbles around you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Far Country

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Julie Maisey
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    A young English woman leaves her ageing parents to visit friends living in the Australian outback, where she quickly falls in love - both with the country and with Carl, a doctor and Czech refugee. Brought together through dramatic encounters and strange twists of fate, their relationship hangs in the balance when Jennifer is called back to England.

    BikeMeister says: "Great Story!"
    "Great Story!"
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    A really great novel about Britain and Australia after the Second World War. Lots of insight into the economic situations of both countries and the opportunity many Brits saw at the time in Australia. Great characters, very intelligently written and always good natured.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Pastoral

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    She was from the hills of Yorkshire, country born and bred. He was a city boy. By the stream where they fished they were two young people falling in love. Overhead, the bombers roared, threatening to blow their idyllic world, so young, so fresh, to smithereens.

    Stan says: "Historical romance set in WWII England."
    "Another great one!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As always, Shute's writing is both clever and good natured. He's quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • It's All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robert Penn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cowley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Robert Penn has saddled up nearly every day of his adult life. In his late 20s, he pedaled 25,000 miles around the world. Today he rides to get to work, sometimes for work, to bathe in air and sunshine, to travel, to go shopping, to stay sane, and to skip bath time with his kids. He's no Sunday pedal pusher. So when the time came for a new bike, he decided to pull out all the stops. He would build his dream bike, the bike he would ride for the rest of his life; a customized machine that reflects the joy of cycling.

    D. Littman says: "terrific book about bikes & history"
    "Loving the Technology and Craftsmanship"
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    This book is fantastic for those among us who love the technology and craftsmanship that goes into the best bikes of today. Personally, I LOVE to ride, but I also very much appreciate, admire, and love to work with the craftsmanship that goes into the finest components and frames. In so many ways our bikes have souls of their own and this book lavishly examines that part of the overall cycling experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red November: Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submarine War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By W. Craig Reed
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (193)

    Red November is filled with hair-raising, behind-the-scenes stories that take you deep beneath the surface and into the action of the Cold War. Few know how close the world has come to annihilation better than the warriors who served America during the tense, 45-year struggle known as the Cold War. Yet for decades, their work has remained shrouded in secrecy.

    SeaDuck says: "Blind Man's Bluff meets Cuban Missile Crisis"
    "Incredible Number of Inaccuracies-- Some Interesti"
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    Would you try another book from W. Craig Reed and/or Tom Weiner?

    no


    What was most disappointing about W. Craig Reed’s story?

    Huge number of inaccuracies-- some are stunning.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Needed some quality control-- totally fumbled pronunciation of Navy nomenclature.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Red November?

    I would have reviewed the entire book, page by page for factual accuracy, and if I myself was not prior Navy, I would have brought in a knowledgeable consultant.


    Any additional comments?

    Many people have already written about the errors-- in my reading, one error per page is probably about right. Many of these errors are stunning. Most could have been avoided by some careful research or peer review before publication. I have the Kindle version as well as the Audible version, and there was obviously no quality control in the audio recording as well. A narrator is not born with the knowledge that military systems are referred to as "Mark 14" or "Mark 11" instead of sounding out the MK of the nomenclature as "emkay". Obviously no intelligent editing of the narration.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Glory Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (10)

    They are called 'The Glory Boys', by those who regard their exploits with envy. Bob is one of them. Already a survivor of the close action in the English Channel & North Sea, in January of 1943 he is ordered to the Mediterranean & beleaguered Malta.

    BikeMeister says: "Great WW-II Naval Fiction"
    "Great WW-II Naval Fiction"
    Overall

    I must respectfully disagree with the previous reviewer of this book. I am retired USN so I have some familiarity with the subject matter which may have helped my understanding. The narrator uses the Queen's English for the general narration. He also uses Cockney for Cockney crew-members, northern English for northern English crew members, Welsh accented English for the Welsh, etc.

    I do believe that this is a book that you must listen to closely to stay in the picture since there is a fair amount of complexity to the subject matter and the main characters' thoughts and speech. The action is sharp and startling, as I believe was that kind of naval warfare, conducted mostly at night before the arrival of radar. All of the technical/historical material rings completely true to me.

    This is my first listen to Reeman. I have listened to every Patrick O'Brian and Frederich Marryat novel that I can find in audio format, and I would love to see more of Reeman's writing on Audible.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Honourable Schoolboy

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    The preceding novel in the George Smiley series (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) ended with the devastating unmasking of a double agent at the heart of the British Secret Service. Now, in The Honourable Schoolboy, George Smiley, who has assumed the unenviable job of restoring the health and reputation of his demoralized organization, goes on the offensive. He searches for a whisper, a hint, a clue that will lead him back to his opposite number: Karla, a Soviet officer in Moscow.

    Iain says: "A wonderful cold war thriller"
    "Favorite Le Carre Novel by my Favorite Narrator"
    Overall

    All the best of Le Carre, suspense, historical accuracy, character development, story line. With the exception of Patrick Tull, nobody reads English prose as well as Davidson does.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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