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Gary L. Richardson

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  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (755)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (676)

    In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes - and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern 20th-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective.

    Steph says: "A fabulous new take on Sherlock Holmes"
    "Interesting Twist"
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    Not exactly the Holmes story you would expect. It took a little while for the story to develop. I was losing faith early but the book hit a stride and I enjoyed the latter 2/3's. Be a little patient and I think you will enjoy it if you like Holmes mysteries.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sum It Up: A Thousand and Ninety-Eight Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Pat Head Summitt, Sally Jenkins
    • Narrated By Sally Jenkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (72)

    Pat Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history and best-selling author of Reach for the Summitt and Raise the Roof, tells for the first time her remarkable story of victory and resilience as well as facing down her greatest challenge: early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Pat Summitt was only 21 when she became head coach of the Tennessee Vols women's basketball team. For 38 years, she has broken records, winning more games than any NCAA team in basketball history.

    Suzanne says: "5 Star Listen"
    "Well Told"
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    It is a well told story and there are lessons to be learned from someone who made herself into one of sports biggest success stories. Nobody did it for her...Pat made Pat and she had great influence on many lives. I think the story brings that out well without over doing it. I am not a Tennessee fan per se, but I am a fan of success and positive influence. The book is well done in my opinion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Code Name Verity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wein
    • Narrated By Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1319)
    Performance
    (1195)
    Story
    (1191)

    Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

    Suzn F says: "Haunting, Beautiful, Exquisite, Special Book"
    "A Different Way Of Telling A Story"
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    The book is from two perspectives. A spy first and then her best friend. It is like two books in one. How it is developed is very unique and I think more than a few will have a difficult time warming to it. I was close to giving up on it but stuck it out and was glad I did. I thought it turned out to be a very well told story in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angelmaker

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nick Harkaway
    • Narrated By Daniel Weyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (252)

    Joe Spork repairs clocks, a far cry from his late father, a flashy London gangster. But when Joe fixes one particularly unusual device, his life is suddenly upended. Joe's client, Edie Banister, is more than just a kindly old lady - she's a former superspy. And the device? It's a 1950s doomsday machine. And having triggered it, Joe now faces the wrath of both the government and a diabolical South Asian dictator, Edie's old arch-nemesis.

    Maine Colonial says: "A cure for the modern cynic"
    "A Long Road"
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    The book took a long time to make a point. I almost gave up on it a few times but stuck it out. It does get interesting, but I think it could have gotten there a lot sooner. A little more complicated than it needed to be. If you are going to go with it, patience will be the word of the day...it will eventually get there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jeff Benedict, Armen Keteyian
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (111)

    College football has never been more popular - or more chaotic. Millions fill 100,000-seat stadiums every Saturday; tens of millions more watch on television every weekend. The 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game between Notre Dame and Alabama had a viewership of 26.4 million people, second only to the Super Bowl. Billions of dollars from television deals now flow into the game; the average budget for a top-ten team is $80 million; top coaches make more than $3 million a year; the highest paid, more than $5 million.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Gripping Inside Look at an Industry to Itself"
    "Interesting"
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    I thought this book did a great job describing the ins and outs of how college football works. Some interesting stories about major college football programs and the coaches and kids that make them up. Well written and told.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3600)
    Performance
    (3152)
    Story
    (3167)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Predictable but entertaining"
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    When you buy one of these stories, you probably know what you are going to get up front. You have an expectation. The book does not disappoint. The story is fast paced and holds your interest. If you like this kind of book, you will like this book I think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (562)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (246)

    "In wartime," Winston Churchill wrote, "truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies." For Britain's counterintelligence operations, this meant finding the unlikeliest agents imaginable - including a history professor named Alfred Vicary.

    Brian says: "Riveting"
    "Pleasantly Surprised"
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    I just happened upon this book as a recommendation. I like spy novels and this one did not disappoint. The reader did a good job and the story moved along well. I hope to find more like it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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