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Gil

audio books are Theater of the Mind when done right. They lift words from a page written by an author and transport you into another world

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  • A Christmas Carol [Radio Spirits Version] (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (55 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Orson Welles, Lionel Barrymore
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    Orson Welles' dramatic anthology series Mercury Theatre on the Air, infamous for its Halloween broadcast of War of the Worlds, found a sponsor and became Campbell Playhouse in December 1938. The program continued to feature the charismatic and fiery Welles as both a host and an actor. The great Lionel Barrymore portrayed Ebenezer Scrooge in Campbell Playhouse's annual performance of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

    Serval says: "Fun dramatization"
    "Theater of the Mind"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Christmas Carol [Radio Spirits Version] (Dramatized) the most enjoyable?

    Lionel Barrymore as Scroge brought to you by Campbell's playhouse and with Orson Wells and the Mercury theater on the air Players.


    What other book might you compare A Christmas Carol [Radio Spirits Version] (Dramatized) to and why?

    Since this is a radio play from a radio show I would compare it to any classic radio shows and this is one that sticks out as a top Favorite and at one time in American History it was an Icon for every Christmas season. This is a great way to help you enjoy your Holiday season and Classic radio.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Like always when Lionel Barrymore as Scroge waked up and see's it's still Christmas day and thus he changes for the good old world


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The production value that Orson Wells always used when doing anything he did. It gave life to a Dickens Classic story.


    Any additional comments?

    Orson Wells would always say Radio is an amazing Media as it's Theater of the Mind. This like all Classic radio shows is for sure Theater of the Mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Top Secret: Clandestine Operations, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    In the first weeks after World War II, a squeaky-clean new second lieutenant named James D. Cronley Jr. is spotted and recruited for a new enterprise that will eventually be transformed into something called the CIA. One war may have ended, but another one has already begun, against an enemy that is bigger, smarter, and more vicious: The Soviet Union. The Soviets have hit the ground running, and Cronley's job is to help frustrate them, harass them, and spy on them any way he can.

    Luck8 says: "Not up to the Hi STD set by the Honor Bound Series"
    "the start of the CIA"
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    What made the experience of listening to Top Secret the most enjoyable?

    I loved the story, I loved the movement the story had to it. It wasn't action filled by any means. But it was a great story and the way it was told


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Top Secret?

    The ending, I think the way it ended I liked that a lot. I won't talk about it as I don't wish to ruin the ending of a good book and great story for anyone


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

    I liked how he read the Characters, I think he did a great job telling us a story and he helped give that story life.


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

    Before there was a CIA....The birth of a CIA


    Any additional comments?

    Very solid story on the birth of what would be the CIA

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forced to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (1801)
    Performance
    (1403)
    Story
    (1416)

    Bravery. Honor. Sacrifice. These are more than mere words to trained Marine sniper Nathan McBride. He’s never backed away from danger and he’s not about to start now, even if it means confronting the cold-blooded interrogator who tortured him to the brink of death more than a decade ago.

    1BookJ says: "Awsome sequel!!!"
    "Action, adventure, thrilling story telling"
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    What made the experience of listening to Forced to Kill the most enjoyable?

    Nathan and Harv are such a great characters. The story telling is amazing and the action is heart pounding


    What other book might you compare Forced to Kill to and why?

    The whole series is a must, Andrew Peterson can write and Dick Hill is a master of his craft.
    If you like Tom Clancy's campus, or Jack Ryan you will enjoy this. if you like David Baldacci Robie series again you will like this.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't pick just one so i will say the Comradery of nathan and Harv. The thrilling writing will have you wanting more and more


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES! I could not stop reading this series, and then I could not stop listening to this whole series. Thrilling story telling


    Any additional comments?

    Like I said Action, it has that, Adventure it has that, Thriller hell yes. Characters it has that. Listen or read this whole series you will enjoy it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (313)

    General George S. Patton, Jr., died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost 70 years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident - and may very well have been an act of assassination. Killing Patton will take listeners inside the final year of the war and recount the events surrounding Patton's tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced.

    Alan says: "A good book with alot of flaws"
    "History Brought to Life"
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    What did you love best about Killing Patton?

    The way the story told us some of the real facts about this really Tragic story of one of Americans Greatest Generals.


    What other book might you compare Killing Patton to and why?

    The Whole Killing series, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard have brought History to life in ways others have failed to do so. From Killing Lincoln which is an amazing work, to Killing Kennedy which again is truly amazing work. Killing Jesus can touch your soul all of these are great works must reads, must listens for sure. This series isn't just about the person it's about the Time that person lived and the people around them and alive at the time. In Killing Patton you will hear about Hitler, Stalin, Churchill, Eisenhower and amazing hero's from a PFC to the many men that gave there freedom so we all have ours. Truly amazing stories inside this story


    What about Bill O'Reilly’s performance did you like?

    Bill has a great way of telling you a story, with this he's telling you history and thus giving it life.Making it very good indeed


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I love that came across that Patton had for his country, for his men.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend the whole Killing series. I highly recommend Killing Patton as this is a story that is never really talked about or has never really been told in this way.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Clancy Support and Defend: A Campus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (665)
    Performance
    (581)
    Story
    (580)

    Dominic Caruso. Nephew of President Jack Ryan. FBI agent and operator for The Campus, a top secret intelligence agency that works off the books for the U.S. government. Already scarred by the death of his brother, Caruso is devastated when he can't save a friend and his family from a terrorist attack. Ethan Ross was a mid-level staffer for the National Security Council. Now he's a wanted fugitive on the run with a microdrive that contains enough information to wreck American intelligence efforts around the world.

    Buffalogal says: "Curb your expectations!"
    "masterful thrill ride"
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    What made the experience of listening to Tom Clancy Support and Defend the most enjoyable?

    The way Mark Greaney told this story buy taking a Character like Dominic Caruso and expanding on what he has been changing into then adding more characters to help fill the story just like Tom would do


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the ending shaped up, it was such a heart pounding thrill ride


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

    Scott was very good, I liked Lou Diamond from the last few better, but Scott has done a few earlier Clancy Novels and thus he is very good at what he does and he did bring some characters to life


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    You laughed in parts with the wit of Dom and Adara Sherman. The book was driven like a thriller should be. Well thought out and full of great characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This will set up for the next Campus novel and the whole team. I can't wait for that one. This book the first where Mark Greaney was solo and he hit it out of the park into the street. I loved the ending, I loved the building the story up and I loved seeing a fun character like Dominic Caruso grow and his value to the Campus just grew even deeper. Adara Sherman having a bigger part was very nice too almost wished we could have a novel with her she seems like she can take care of herself very well too.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3739)
    Performance
    (3135)
    Story
    (3158)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Government Assassin with a heart"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Innocent: A Novel to be better than the print version?

    They are the same I never like to compare as they are both great in there own forms.


    What other book might you compare The Innocent: A Novel to and why?

    The whole will Robie series which we now have 3, but also the McBride series by Andrew Peterson I would say is also very good


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have and I love them, and in this series they are at there best. I loved the voice and tone Orlagh gave Julie the 14 year old girl that witnesses here parents being killed and flees for her life. Ron does an amazing Will Robie.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I would say there were a few parts, I think Will helping Julie and some of the moments he has with here as she is trying to understand how her life was forever changed and Will trying to figure out the same in his own


    Any additional comments?

    A great Series by by David Baldacci Narrated by Ron McLarty , Orlagh Cassidy. Will Robie series is a must for action and thriller lovers a like

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2869)
    Performance
    (2481)
    Story
    (2495)

    Will Robie is a master of killing. A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst - enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.No one else can match Robie's talents as a hitman...no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she's gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency.

    Rodney says: "I couldn't Stop Listening"
    "edge of your sit thriller"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    David Baldacci and the way the man can write will leave you on the edge of your sit, add to it Ron McLarty , Orlagh Cassidy giving it great life.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes it did, The way both the main Will Robie character and Jessica Reel move and the thought process with the amazing action sequences


    Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy – was your favorite?

    I loved them all, I guess if i had to choose I would pick the main Characters both Will Robie and Jessica Reel


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES! I did not I repeat did not want to stop.


    Any additional comments?

    David Baldacci is a great and gifted Writer and this story moves as does the series. Both Ron McLarty , Orlagh Cassidy give this story so much real life feel you will love it

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rush Limbaugh
    • Narrated By Rush Limbaugh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (303)

    Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has long wanted to make history come to life for the children of his listeners. In this book, he travels back in time with fearless history teacher Rush Revere. With the help of his faithful talking horse, Liberty, Rush experiences American history as it happens, having adventure after adventure with exceptional Americans such as Paul Revere and George Washington.

    Rose says: "Great way of telling the history of Thanksgiving"
    "Great way to teach history"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would and the reason why is simple this book will take you into history in a great fun way that will help teach kids and adults by taking them back to when history was happening. A fresh fun way to show us what history is all about.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Liberty and Rush Revere, I just loved the humor they shared between them and how funny this talking horse named liberty is. A great teaching method


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think when the four of them landed at the first thanksgiving and it helps show you what it was really all about.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I couldn't believe how great this was. Rush did an amazing job bringing History to life.


    Any additional comments?

    it doesn't matter if you love or hate Rush with this book it's all about teaching History to kids and adults alike in a fun fresh way. A wise cracking Horse named liberty, a history teacher named Rush Revere and dressed for the part, and a classroom with a girl named freedom. I wished the story could have went on and on right now it was so fun.

    14 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Red Storm Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (931)
    Performance
    (661)
    Story
    (667)

    When Muslim fundamentalists blow up a key Soviet oil complex, making an already critical oil shortage calamitous, the Russians figure they are going to have to take things into their own hands. They plan to seize the Persian Gulf, and more ambitiously, to neutralize NATO. Thus begins Red Storm, an audacious gamble that uses diplomatic maneuver to cloak a crash military build-up.

    Thomas says: "A stand alone master piece"
    "A masterpiece from the master of Military suspense"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Red Storm Rising to be better than the print version?

    No matter your choice this is a great work of art from the Late great Tom Clancy


    What other book might you compare Red Storm Rising to and why?

    Any of Tom Clancy's John Ryan series even tho this is a stand alone book from the late great Tom Clancy


    Which character – as performed by Michael Prichard – was your favorite?

    I can't pick just one, I loved the entire story and Micheal Prichard always does a great job telling the story. You will love How Micheal Prichard reads this great story filled with action from the start to the end. So much suspense and Drama at every turn as only the Late Tom Clancy could do. A must listen


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

    Will the world end? At the Height of the cold war, The red storm rises and wwIII begins


    Any additional comments?

    It's the mid 1980's the cold war is at it's height and the USSR unleash World war 3 in this stand alone masterpiece by the Late Great master of Military and political suspense Tom Clancy will the world end before your ears? A must listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2131)
    Performance
    (1974)
    Story
    (1964)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thug4life says: "Great for family car ride"
    "Timeless Classic by a True Hollywood Great"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to be better than the print version?

    I think both are timeless however with Anne Hathaway telling the story it give this classic yet another new look to it. Anne is an amazing story teller and gives this story such life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I just love how simple the story is and how this classic just takes you away from your life into another world at another time.


    What about Anne Hathaway’s performance did you like?

    Anne was Amazing and gives this classic such life. A wonderful voice with and a great storyteller


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and all thanks to both the timeless story it is and Anne preforming it.


    Any additional comments?

    Know matter how many times you have read it or have seen it, this version will give it new life with the great Anne Hathaway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brass Verdict: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (4303)
    Performance
    (1856)
    Story
    (1847)

    Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

    Jeff says: "Five Star Book; Three Star Narration"
    "Exceptional"
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    Would you listen to The Brass Verdict again? Why?

    Yes I will listen to it again and read it as well all do to Michael Connelly and the way he writes. Plus Peter Giles gives Mickey Haller a great voice


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I notice with Michael Connelly things are never they way you think they are going to be the way he writes seems to keep me on the edge of my seat all the time.


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

    Yes Peter has done other Michael Connelly books and has done an amazing job on all of them.


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

    Sometimes Justice comes at the right time


    Any additional comments?

    Michael Connelly books I hope all will read or listen to. The way he can write a story will have you hooked and wanting more and more and they are never the way you think they are. Love harry and Mikey and the gang.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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