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John

Lafayette, CA, USA

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  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3631)
    Performance
    (958)
    Story
    (967)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "A Jewel of a Journey Which Will Bring Peace"
    Overall

    I cannot explain the power of this book, but believe it is the direct simplistic way a life of unimaginable horror begins and is endured with grace, intelligence, determianation and power taking the 9 year old slight girl with grey eyes, from the tipsy house in the lost fishing village at into the brothel district to be raised as a Geisha, journeying into the political intrigue and need to stay alive as war hits Japan hard and she finds protection and has longing for a special one who is unatainable. Unrequited love, at a distance is painful and beautiful. I can only imagine how loving a woman she became and if I had known of her I would have invited myself to tea to meet her. The story of how this book came to be is also a coup for the author who gained her trust, did not betray and elevated her journey in this world to one of spiritual validity. She transformed herself and all who came into her life, a simple daughter of an old fisherman, who became ... well you have to read the book to see the unfolding. The narrator is incredible drawing you in, pictures form, you taste the sea, smell the make-up, feel the presence of men gathering in the tea houses, sense the danger of war close by, the rustle of silk, and grasp the deep meaning of relationships and how she fostered nutured and treasured each and every one in a humble and honest way. She is a courageous woman who I have come to admire unabashedly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kill the Messenger

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (121)

    At the end of a long day battling street traffic, bike messenger Jace Damon has one last drop to make. But en route to delivering a package for one of L.A.'s sleaziest defense attorneys, he's nearly run down by a car, chased through back alleys, and shot at. Only the instincts acquired while growing up on the streets of L.A. allow him to escape with his life, and with the package someone wants badly enough to kill for.

    Bethany says: "An entertaining read"
    "Great Suspense Characters & Plot Must Have"
    Overall

    Scott Brick is a mimic in the truest sense, instantaneously and simultaneously male and female young and old characters and it is as if 5 people are speaking at once creating a true conversational story the best part of this book is the tension between the bike messenger who is immediately caught up in a mysterious murder and pursued by everyone... the detective, wise, brash, not favored by the higher ups moves the case along his way despite a sexy brash sidekick and with the help of women in higher places. Ultimately the complexity widens then widens again and this metropolitan thriller has the ring of a true story happening in front of your eyes. I loved the characters, all of themn, great book for this fine author. Highly recommend.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5042)
    Performance
    (2148)
    Story
    (2141)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Fabulous Book Must Have"
    Overall

    Scott Brick is a multiple force de tour with female and male, young and old voices, recouting a wide swath of history of the OSS, CIA, KGB and other intelligence agencies laid out in a chronology of history with vivid scene descriptions and characters who will remain in your heart. The secrets unfold and continue and suprise and the ending is a great moment that will stay with you. I am thankful to have found this book, and listen at home at night. I would listen on longer drives if my mind was clear of business matters. I was not put off by the length, and enjoyed every sentence in this book, masterfully edited and a capable cast of characters come alive in life, death, choices, pursuits, love, honor and country. Well Done Litrell!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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