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Leona

Workaholic who makes time for great books.

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  • The English Girl: Gabriel Allon, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1210)
    Performance
    (1043)
    Story
    (1044)

    Daniel Silva delivers another spectacular thriller starring Gabriel Allon, The English Girl. When a beautiful young British woman vanishes on the island of Corsica, a prime minister’s career is threatened with destruction. Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, is thrust into a game of shadows where nothing is what it seems...and where the only thing more dangerous than his enemies might be the truth.…

    Janels says: "Gabriel's story takes huge strides"
    "Daniel Silva fails to dissapoint. Great Series!"
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    Where does The English Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is hard to separate this book from the others in the Gabriel Allon series, because they continue to get better as you get deeper into the series.. I have read or listened to all of them and they continue to build off of each other, and introduce and re-introduce an enormous number of characters all with a very well though out and researched back story. Me and my wife will spend our retirement visiting many of the places I have listened to Gabriel carry out so many of his clandestine operations.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Morton Sellers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1395)
    Performance
    (1243)
    Story
    (1230)

    A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than 200 personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists - both famous and less well known - and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.

    Chris Reich says: "Scared the Hell Out of Me"
    "In depth disclosure of a mindless cult."
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    What made the experience of listening to Going Clear the most enjoyable?

    The history of L Ron Hubbard, and the current COB was really interesting. It is amazing how lost the people who join Scientology are. They take abuse because they must think they deserve it. It is so obvious from the outside that LRH was making this up as he went along.


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

    I found myself anxious to finish because the facts keep coming, and when you think it couldn't get any worse, Miscavage shows you he has no shame.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Patriot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (767)
    Performance
    (632)
    Story
    (635)

    September 1789: U.S. minister to France Thomas Jefferson, charged with forging a truce with the violent Muslim pirates of the Barbary Coast, makes a shocking discovery - one that could forever impact the world's relationship with Islam. Present day: When a car bomb explodes outside a Parisian cafe, Navy Seal turned covert Homeland Security Operative Scot Harvath is thrust back into the life he has tried so desperately to leave behind....

    Philip says: "A Hit (in more ways than one)"
    "Part Davicinci code, and part spy thriller!"
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    Where does The Last Patriot rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Brad Thor has not written a book I didn't like yet. Great story, great plot, and character development.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    George does many different authors in this genre including Daniel Silva. I enjoy them enormously, and have a hard time when he doesn't read the next book in a series I am used to hearing him in.


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

    Absolutely. I usually listen in the car or early in the morning, but I wanted to listen to this book straight through. I hate being a grown and having to work!!!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revival: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1978)
    Performance
    (1819)
    Story
    (1831)

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "Its the Secret Electricity!!!!!!!!!!!"
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    What did you love best about Revival?

    It is a new type of story from Stephen King, and having listened to almost every book he has written it was refreshing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Rev is my favorite person. After listening to 50 some years of character development you find your self both horribly sad for him, and compassionate of his maddening obsession.


    What about David Morse’s performance did you like?

    David Morse sold this book for me. I had not heard him on audible before, and I will specifically look for books he reads in the future. He has the range of telling the story from a young boys perspective, and then being the wizened old man.


    Any additional comments?

    This book will take you through an enormous spectrum of emotions. You feel great loss first hand, you feel time drag on. I am only 33 years old, but I came to terms with how fragile my mortality is when I contemplated the reality that as time goes on you lose family and friends in way I had not much considered.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Strain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2681)
    Performance
    (1585)
    Story
    (1594)

    The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

    Flavius says: "Hokey But Fun"
    "Brilliant Story, it grips you like a stinger."
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    If you could sum up The Strain in three words, what would they be?

    Way too short.


    What other book might you compare The Strain to and why?

    World War Z, because it has a very similar apocalyptic theme, and where both really great to read.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ron Perlman’s performances?

    Not a chance


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

    Its the new deep throat.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6780)
    Performance
    (6288)
    Story
    (6294)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "A brilliant new genre for Stephen King"
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    Would you listen to Mr. Mercedes again? Why?

    Yes, King took a story line worthy of a lame episode of Criminal Minds, and made that single episode an incredible story. Really enjoyed this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mr. Mercedes?

    My heart was racing as the book came to its conclusion, and that seems to be a theme with King books, he knows how to get you twisted up in anticipation of the big finale.


    Any additional comments?

    While trying very hard to not sound like a fanboy of King books, he really knows how to develop characters. Flaws and all laid bare for you to really connect with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (19124)
    Performance
    (17025)
    Story
    (16986)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "The most fascinating imagination in an author!"
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    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This story in all of Non-Fiction is in the top 3. The amount of research and imagination that went into this story is hard for me to really appreciate. It made one of the most creative stories I could think of. You really don't think about how time travel could affect the present reality you would go back to. The small things like describing local stores, all the way to intimate details of the way Lee Harvey Oswald interacted with his wife and daughter was new territory for me. I only knew him as the dick who shot a great president. Now as I was checking out at a grocery store I saw an article about Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald and I felt like I knew her.


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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7486)
    Performance
    (6924)
    Story
    (6944)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Listen to The Shining and then Dr Sleep"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Stephen King has written several of the best books I have ever read, and he has had some real duds as well. The Shining and Dr Sleep were such a fascinating story I felt like I knew the characters. The way he conveys the emotions, and describes scenes and characters is so dynamic, 100 years from now colleges will have classes on classic King literature.


    Any additional comments?

    I see so much potential for another story in this character universe, and I would probably be online ready to get it when Audible released it. When I started with Audible I searched Stephen King and I discovered so many great books. I listened to Under the Dome, The JFK book , and then The Shining and Dr Sleep. It was three months of great books just from one author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Retribution

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    Bourne's friend Eli Yadin, head of Mossad, learns that Ouyang Jidan, a senior member of China's Politburo, and a major Mexican drug lord may have been trafficking in something far more deadly than drugs. Yadin needs Bourne to investigate. Bourne agrees, but only because he has a personal agenda: Ouyang Jidan is the man who ordered Rebeka - one of the only people Bourne has ever truly cared about - murdered.

    Gary Craze says: "Great story, terrible choice for a narrator."
    "I can only hope the story continues!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Retribution to be better than the print version?

    I typically only listen to audio books so I did not read the print version.


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

    The worst part of this book is that I can't listen to it straight through. I get 45 minutes to maybe an hour long on the ride to work, and periodically during some down time.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was so easy to picture as another blockbuster movie. So many spy novels try to live up to this series, and only Daniel Silva and maybe Vince Flynn can contend with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandemic: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Scott Sigler
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (415)

    The entire human race balances on the razor's edge of annihilation, beset by an enemy that turns our own bodies against us, that changes normal people into psychopaths or transforms them into nightmares. To some, Doctor Margaret Montoya is a hero-a brilliant scientist who saved the human race from an alien intelligence determined to exterminate all of humanity. To others, she's a monster - a mass murderer single-handedly responsible for the worst atrocity ever to take place on American soil. All Margaret knows is that she's broken. The blood of a million deaths is on her hands.

    Shawna M says: "A Good Ending to the Series"
    "Exceptional Story! Cant wait for more like this."
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    Would you listen to Pandemic again? Why?


    What did you like best about this story?

    A definite must listen to for all audible subscribers! I did not listen to the first two books, but I was immediately pulled in to this as a stand alone. Starting with detail analysis of the previous storyline tying us into the present the story. Frequent transitions from individual characters dealing with the outbreak to the global response to an overwhelming outbreak. International relations during a likely extinction event is fascinating to listen to, and the author thought this out very well. Very well developed characters and a deep backstory make this excellent material for a blockbuster movie. I listen in the car, and at my desk at work, and it was hard to turn it off.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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