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Chris

Hillsborough, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 20 reviews
  • 53 ratings
  • 166 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2014
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  • The Heist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (170)

    Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled listeners with 16 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back - from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon - art restorer, assassin, spy - has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

    Brian says: "If new to Daniel Silva, great book. Otherwise..."
    "One of Silva's best"
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    Riveting story, great narration. Seems a bit faster-paced for a Gabriel novel, which makes it that much more thrilling. Many of the same characters from The English Girl appear here, and play more involved roles. Really love this series, and this one is top-notch.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Bank of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Ignatius
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Suspenseful, compelling, and utterly believable, The Bank of Fear is unparalleled spy fiction in the best tradition of Graham Greene and John le Carré—a twisting tale of the ruthless greed and money laundering behind today’s headlines.

    Chris says: "Outdated"
    "Outdated"
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    Story

    Set in the early 90's, this isn't old enough to be historical, but old enough to make me impatient. ("...he was even known to take a cellular phone with him to the movies..."). Also, 95% of the books I've listened to that were narrated by George Guidall have been great, but once in a blue moon he reads in a sort of slower, prissy style, and this is one of those. Maybe I've been spoiled by more modern spy thrillers (such as the unsurpassable Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series). I might have loved it if I'd listened to it when it was new.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gates of the Alamo

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stephen Harrigan
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Edmund McGowan is a gifted naturalist whose life’s work is threatened by war. Mary Mott is a widowed innkeeper forced to rely on her own resources for survival. Mary’s 16-year-old son, Terrell, is a young man about to experience his first taste of love. Sprinkling in real-life figures such as James Bowie and Davy Crockett - Harrigan gives a human face to a true American legend. Told from the perspective of the Mexican attackers as well as the American defenders, this New York Times best seller recreates a time and a place where honor and gallant death shaped generations of people.

    Chris says: "Could have been shorter, but still a good story"
    "Could have been shorter, but still a good story"
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    This would have rated "riveting", if it was maybe two downloads instead of three. Good characters; interesting to have "real" ones, such as Bowie and Santa Anna. Bogged down at times; some scenes were just longer than they needed to be. Still a good enough story to stick with it, and George Guidall's narration was great, as usual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Day By Day Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J L Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3150)
    Performance
    (2245)
    Story
    (2241)

    In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

    rob haight says: "Great book! More more more!!"
    "Solid Zombie Entertainment"
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    I've been a fan of Zombie Lit forever, and this ranks right up with the best. No new angles really; the usual order of walking dead and survival, but it's very well written. Fast paced and believable, and Jay Snyder is pitch-perfect. Looking forward to the sequels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murphy's Law

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (523)

    Molly Murphy always knew she'd end up in trouble, just as her mother predicted. So, when she commits murder in self-defense, she flees her cherished Ireland, under cover of a false identity, for the anonymous shores of late 19th-century America. When she arrives in New York and sees the welcoming promise of freedom in the Statue of Liberty, Molly begins to breathe easier. But when a man is murdered on Ellis Island, a man Molly was seen arguing with, she becomes a prime suspect in the crime.

    Jan says: "Cream Puff Read"
    "Interesting enough"
    Overall
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    Story is simple and straightforward; a nice glimpse into early 1900's New York, especially for newly arrived immigrants. Nicola Barber is good as the main character, Molly, and various children's voices. Her way of reading male character's voices, especially American accents, and certain older women, borders on cringe-worthy. Still, I like the story and care about the characters well enough to stick with it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Making Toast: A Family Story

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Roger Rosenblatt
    • Narrated By Roger Rosenblatt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (150)

    When his daughter, Amy—a gifted doctor, mother, and wife—collapsed and died from an asymptomatic heart condition, Roger Rosenblatt and his wife, Ginny, left their home on the South Shore of Long Island to move in with their son-in-law, Harris, and their three young grandchildren.

    Diana - Audible says: "A little gem of a book"
    "Touching Memoir"
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    Moving account of a family's tragic loss of a beloved daughter. Mr. Rosenblatt's calm, even narration of what had to have been an incredibly painful experience was remarkable. His writing style is both simple and gracious. He chronicles events after his daughter's sudden death: how he and his wife stepped right in and smoothly as they could helped their grief-stricken son-in-law cope with life and their 3 small children. He speaks freely of his and his family's pain, help from wonderful people in their lives, and also stories and events from his children's early lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Skies

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Arnaldur Indridason
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    A man is making a crude leather mask with slits for eyes and mouth, and an iron spike fixed in the middle of the forehead. It is a 'death mask', once used by Icelandic farmers to slaughter calves. He has revenge in mind. Meanwhile, with Detective Erlendur absent, his baseball-loving colleague Sigurdur Óli is in the spotlight. A school reunion has left Sigurdur Óli dissatisfied with life in the police force. Iceland is enjoying an economic boom and young tycoons are busy partying with the international jet set.

    Leonard says: "Pleasantly Surprised."
    "Another hit for this series"
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    Wasn't sure I'd like this one as it doesn't feature Erlendur, one of my favorite literary characters, but was pleasantly surprised. Sigurdur Oli turns out to have a lot more depth than previously portrayed. I like his no-nonsense, straightforward style, with a streak of compassion where it counts. As usual, lots of interesting, sometimes desperate characters, a plot that methodically moves along, with some unexpected turns. Great narration by George Guidall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rapture of Canaan

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sheri Reynolds
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Novelist Sheri Reynolds weaves lyrical prose and folksy dialogue into her spellbinding tales. The Rapture of Canaan, a New York Times best-seller, is the moving story of a teenaged girl clashing with her harshly controlled world. Growing up in a closed religious community deep in the rural South, 15-year-old Ninah Huff painstakingly and obediently follows her church’s many rules—she knows that public humiliation follows the smallest transgression

    Chris says: "Title should have cued me"
    "Title should have cued me"
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    Too much religion, not enough story. So-so narration. I don't have the patience to get thru the hallelujas and praise be's. Sending this one back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mother, Mother: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Koren Zailckas
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Josephine Hurst has her family under control. With two beautiful daughters, a brilliantly intelligent son, a tech-guru of a husband and a historical landmark home, her life is picture perfect. She has everything she wants; all she has to do is keep it that way. But living in this matriarch's determinedly cheerful, yet subtly controlling domain hasn't been easy for her family, and when her oldest daughter, Rose, runs off with a mysterious boyfriend, Josephine tightens her grip, gradually turning her flawless home into a darker sort of prison.

    Vivi says: "Decent read, but predictable."
    "Moving story, compelling characters"
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    Well written story of a disfunctional family, told from two completely different perspectives. This tale brought out deep feelings for all the characters, from sympathy and empathy, to loathing and incredulty. Great narration from Rebecca Lowman. If you like Gillian Flynn's work, this is a book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4011)
    Performance
    (3583)
    Story
    (3579)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Another Crais Hit"
    Overall
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    Good story, tho after the initial action, it slows down for too long. Could have done with fewer dog-bonding scenes - we get it already - and more action. Ending was great, tho seemed tacked on and not long enough. Compared to the Pike/Cole books, this wasn't as good, but maybe we'll see more of Scott and Maggie and have a chance to get to know them better. I'd definately listen to more. Narrator was pretty good; I'll look for other reads by him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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