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Christopher

ANCHORAGE, AK, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Mark of a Murderer

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated By Andrew Wincott
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    February 1355: Oxford explodes in one of the most serious riots of its history. Fearing for their lives, the scholars flee, and some choose the University at Cambridge as their temporary refuge. But they don't remain safe for long. Within hours of their arrival, the first of their number dies, followed quickly by a second. When Matthew Bartholomew begins to investigate the deaths, he uncovers evidence that the Oxford riot was not a case of random violence, but part of a carefully orchestrated plot.

    carlos101 says: "Melodrama"
    "Scholarly detectives follow the body count"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Less carnage, more suspense, better detectives chasing fewer false leads.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Susanna Gregory again?

    Possibly


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Liked the setting & narrator's character voices.


    Was The Mark of a Murderer worth the listening time?

    Yes, but just barely


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Company of Liars

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Karen Maitland
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (93)

    On this day of ill omen, plague makes its entrance. Within weeks, swathes of England will be darkened by death's shadow. While panic and suspicion flood the land, a small band of travelers comes together to outrun the breakdown in law and order. But when one of their number is found hanging from a tree, the chilling discovery confirms that something more sinister than plague is in their midst.

    Richard says: "A teller of tales"
    "A Medieval Mystery Tour"
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    If you could sum up Company of Liars in three words, what would they be?

    Misfits, Mountebanks & Mystery,


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Company of Liars?

    The surprising identity of the protagonist.


    Have you listened to any of David Thorpe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A fascinating tramp through Medieval England with a wandering band of outcasts. Memorable characters, fascinating times and everyone has a secret.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ben Macintyre
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (270)

    On June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy and suffered an astonishingly low rate of casualties. D-Day was a stunning military accomplishment, but it was also a masterpiece of trickery. Operation Fortitude, which protected and enabled the invasion, and the Double Cross system, which specialized in turning German spies into double agents, deceived the Nazis into believing that the Allies would attack at Calais and Norway rather than Normandy.

    Trip says: "A secret history of WWII crossed with Monty Python"
    "Remarkable Characters; Amazing Story"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Well done - good 'what happened to them' follow up.


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Lively narrative, appropriate accents


    Any additional comments?

    Great story - interesting parallels to spy characters in Ken Follett's Winter of the World, but this story is true. Complexity of names and relationships a little hard to follow in audio format.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Chris Ballard
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    In 1971, a small-town high school baseball team from rural Illinois playing with hand-me-down uniforms and peace signs on their hats defied convention and the odds. Led by an English teacher with no coaching experience, the Macon Ironmen emerged from a field of 370 teams to become the smallest school in Illinois history to make the state final, a distinction that still stands. There, sporting long hair, and warming up to "Jesus Christ Superstar", the Ironmen would play a dramatic game that would change their lives forever.

    Christopher says: "Great story well-told"
    "Great story well-told"
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    What did you love best about One Shot at Forever?

    The focus on interesting personalities and a great unknown story of a high school team, a small town and a place in time. Held my interest throughout. Perfect for audio format.


    What other book might you compare One Shot at Forever to and why?

    "Hoosiers" - a movie


    Have you listened to any of Mike Chamberlain’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. He did a fine job.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Magic in Macon. Unlikely coach, small town team and a high school baseball miracle.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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