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  • The Fifth Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1779)
    Performance
    (1575)
    Story
    (1578)

    From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, there have been more than two dozen assassination attempts on the President of the United States. Four have been successful. But now, Beecher White - the hero of the number one New York Times best seller The Inner Circle - discovers a killer in Washington, D.C. who's meticulously re-creating the crimes of these four men. Historians have branded them as four lone wolves. But what if they were wrong?

    Janice says: "I had to stop listening a little bit into the book"
    "Spectacularly Bad"
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    What would have made The Fifth Assassin better?

    It really needed a more compelling, interesting and believable plot. It needed a real protagonist. There was not a single likeable character in the entire book.


    Has The Fifth Assassin turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not from the genre, but certainly from the author and narrator.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator's monotonous, singsong voice was extremely irritating. I am not sure what would help.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I did learn something about the assassins of former US Presidents.


    Any additional comments?

    I read about one book every two weeks, and have done so for about 40 years. I can not recall a more worthless book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Bridge Too Far

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cornelius Ryan
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (399)

    A Bridge Too Far is Cornelius Ryan’s masterly chronicle of the Battle of Arnhem, which marshaled the greatest armada of troop-carrying aircraft ever assembled and cost the Allies nearly twice as many casualties as D-day. In this compelling work of history, Ryan narrates the Allied effort to end the war in Europe in 1944 by dropping the combined airborne forces of the American and British armies behind German lines to capture the crucial bridge across the Rhine at Arnhem. Focusing on a vast cast of characters, Ryan brings to life one of the most ill-fated operations of the war.

    Michael says: "Great story much better than the movie"
    "Montgomery - A Field Marshall Too Stupid"
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    Where does A Bridge Too Far rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top of this genre.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Field Marshall Montgomery was my "favorite" character, but not in a good way. Montgomery's arrogance, pettiness, selfishness, and indecisiveness could not have been portrayed more forcefully.


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

    I am not sure I have heard any other of his performances, but he did quite well here. I did find his voice to be a bit thin and reedy at times.


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

    A Bridge Too Far. This of course became one of the greatest war movies and portrayals of the travails faced by men in battle ever made.


    Any additional comments?

    This is truly a masterpiece. The research and documentation used to create the gripping story line is remarkable in its scope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Against All Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Peter Telep
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2971)
    Performance
    (2222)
    Story
    (2231)

    For years, ex–Navy SEAL Maxwell Moore has worked across the Middle East and behind the scenes for the Special Activities Division of the CIA, making connections, extracting valuable intelligence, and facing off against America’s enemies at every turn. And then...news of a potentially devastating coalition: What if two of the greatest threats to the security of the United States were to form an unholy alliance?

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Against All Enemies is a hit with me"
    "An Unholy Combination of Super Villains"
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    What made the experience of listening to Against All Enemies the most enjoyable?

    The imagination of threat plots in this series is always breathtaking. The thought of the combination of the Taliban using the drug cartels' access to smuggle terrorist into America is chilling. As always, there is plenty of well written action in a tight storyline.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Against All Enemies?

    Without spoiling the story, the airport segments were mesmerizing and terrifying.


    What about Steven Weber’s performance did you like?

    The narrator does an excellent job of presenting a vast cast of characters so that they are individually recognizable.


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

    "Moved" is the wrong word for a Clancey novel. There are any number of suspenseful " Oh #@&%, how are they going to stop that?" moments.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the best books in the Clancey series in a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Echo Burning: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2928)
    Performance
    (2689)
    Story
    (2689)

    Thumbing across the scorched West Texas desert, loner Jack Reacher has nowhere to go and all the time in the world to get there. Cruising the same stretch of two-lane blacktop is pretty Carmen Greer. But for Reacher, the lift comes with a hitch. Carmen's got a story to tell, and it's a wild one. All about her husband, her family secrets, and a hometown that's pure Gothic. She's also got a plan. Jack Reacher's part of it. And before the sun sets, this ride could cost them both their lives.

    Virgil says: "Very slow build makes the payoff unsatisfying"
    "An Under Reach(er) for Jack"
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    What did you love best about Echo Burning?

    That it was a Jack Reacher novel. I am a big fan of the entire series.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There were way too many slow segments during the the character and plot development. At the end of the day, it was a a pretty good story, but it took way too long to get there. This would have been better as a well edited novella.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Dick Hall is perfect for the Jack Reacher stories, even when "Reacher said nothing".


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

    No, unless I had known which segments to skip.


    Any additional comments?

    Not his best, but I'll keep on reading.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9313)
    Performance
    (8342)
    Story
    (8327)

    On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic.

    Sara says: "Naivety VS Barbarians Of War"
    "Dead Wake" Up Call For America"
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    Where does Dead Wake rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top of its genre.


    What other book might you compare Dead Wake to and why?

    The Rising Sun; Lincoln, A Team of Rivals; Rise and Fall of the Third Reich


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    While favorite might not be the right word, I thought the portrayal of Captain Turner brought the character to life with great depth. Woodrow Wilson's portrayal was far less than flattering.


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

    First, why any passenger would willingly have gotten on that ship knowing what they knew at the time it departed is beyond me. Second, the diversity of the reaction of the passengers to the torpedoing and sinking was fascinating.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not sure I believe the storyline that the British Admiralty routed the ship directly into the path of a known U-boat in hopes it would be sunk in order to bring the US into the war. It certainly makes for interesting conjecture, and shines a different light on Churchill if true.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Detective: Nathan Heller Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (828)
    Performance
    (737)
    Story
    (732)

    When Mayor Cermak’s “Hoodlum Squad” brings Heller along on a raid with no instructions but to keep his mouth shut and his gun handy, he becomes an unwitting, unwilling part of a hit on Al Capone’s successor, Frank Nitti. As a result, Heller quits the force to become a private eye. His first job: head off a nation-shaking political assassination in Miami Beach. With the Chicago World’s Fair as a backdrop, Heller encounters a ragtag array of crooks and clients, including Al Capone, George Raft, “Dutch” Reagan, and FDR himself.

    Kristi Richardson says: "Good historical private eye series ala Hammett"
    "Entertaining Period Piece"
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    If you could sum up True Detective in three words, what would they be?

    Disbelief Willingly Suspended


    Would you recommend True Detective to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would. It is a nice piece of period fluff. The characters are entertaining, but not very believable.


    What three words best describe Dan John Miller’s performance?

    Fine for the material he was reading.


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

    Detective for the Mob.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of the Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5076)
    Performance
    (4517)
    Story
    (4505)

    This explosive novel of the drug trade takes you deep inside a world riddled with corruption, betrayal, and bloody revenge. From the streets of New York City to Mexico City and Tijuana to the jungles of Central America, this is the war on drugs like you've never seen it.

    Deborah says: "Gripping Drama"
    "A Riveting Deliniation of the Drug War"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Without question! This book takes you inside the workings of the cartels as well as drug enforcement. It educates you about the interworkings, while at the same time keeping you enthralled with multiple plots and plenty of action. There is never a dull moment.


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

    See above.


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

    I have not, but certainly will in the future. He was excellent for this book.


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

    It was not so much as a particular moment, but the most vivid impression was the wealth and power of the cartels and the loyalty and ruthlessness of their members.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent, enlightening read!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Those Who Wish Me Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1110)
    Performance
    (1005)
    Story
    (1006)

    When 13-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he's plunged into a new life, issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens. The plan is to get Jace off the grid while police find the two killers. The result is the start of a nightmare. The killers, known as the Blackwell Brothers, are slaughtering anyone who gets in their way in a methodical quest to reach him.

    Charles Atkinson says: "2 Creepy, Killer Brothers Make for Great Suspense"
    "Survival of the Witless"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. This book has a ridiculous, totally unbelievable story line.


    What other book might you compare Those Who Wish Me Dead to and why?

    The best comparison is to the old 10 cent bulk adventure novels that were thrown together with no believable plot. or characters.


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

    The narrator's portrayal of the boy and most of the women was so whiny that it made you wish the bad guys would shoot them (or better yet, the narrator).


    Could you see Those Who Wish Me Dead being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    The area where the action took place is truly spectacular, so I could see it as a great backdrop for a made for TV movie with a B List cast of fit young actors and actresses as window dressing for the scenery.


    Any additional comments?


    I never fail to finish a book once I start it. I almost didn't finish this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Truman

    • UNABRIDGED (54 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (2148)
    Performance
    (1930)
    Story
    (1932)

    Hailed by critics as an American masterpiece, David McCullough's sweeping biography of Harry S. Truman captured the heart of the nation. The life and times of the 33rd president of the United States, Truman provides a deeply moving look at an extraordinary, singular American.

    Sara says: "That Mousy Little Man From Missouri Revisited"
    "What a Time, What a Man!"
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    Where does Truman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Truman was one of the most interesting and informative audiobooks I have ever heard.


    What other book might you compare Truman to and why?

    Lincoln, Team of Rivals and The Bully Pulpit.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scenes were Truman just being Truman in the White House. Whether it was Truman deciding to drop the bombs, facing down the Soviets and preventing what was likely to be a shooting war, deciding that the Marshall Plan was crucial to prevent western Europe from being taken over by the communists, or dealing with the vile Repulicans in Congress, Truman was an every day, common sense man who did what he thought was right for the people.


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

    My strongest reaction was to the number of crucial decisions that shaped modern life Truman made - correctly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where All Light Tends to Go

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Joy
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1100)
    Performance
    (999)
    Story
    (997)

    The area surrounding Cashiers, North Carolina, is home to people of all kinds, but the world that Jacob McNeely lives in is crueler than most. His father runs a methodically organized meth ring, with local authorities on the dime to turn a blind eye to his dealings. Having dropped out of high school and cut himself off from his peers, Jacob has been working for this father for years, all on the promise that his payday will come eventually.

    David Shear says: "Perfection"
    "The Light Tended to Go Elsewhere"
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    What did you like best about Where All Light Tends to Go? What did you like least?

    The prose in the story was excellent. I actually saw and felt the scene and mood the author was trying to convey. On the other side, the characters were all too one dimensional. I grew up in this area, and yes, I went east for college and to live (although I did acquire a mountain summer house later in life, proving you can take the boy out of the mountains, but you can't take the mountains out of the boy).
    Mountain life can be hardscrabble. Although there is a great deal of poverty and an under-educated populace, the people tend to be proud, strong and honest. They have no similarity to the main characters in this book who would be more appropriately located in a big city getto with a different accent. Most of the characters were so dark, without any saving graces that they were not believable.


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

    I don't comment on endings because I don't like spoilers.


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

    Although the mountain drawl in this area is thick, the narrator was clearly "not from round chere", and he spread it on much too thick. Despite this, the prose and imagery were excellent.


    Was Where All Light Tends to Go worth the listening time?

    His accent was over the top and unauthentic, although if you were not from the area, you might not notice.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33748)
    Performance
    (30558)
    Story
    (30569)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "The Saga Continues"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Feast for Crows the most enjoyable?

    A return to the Seven Kingdoms is always a pleasurable experience. I must say there were not as many enthralling storylines in Book 4 as in the previous books, and it dragged occasionally.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Book 4 is not replete with my favorite characters. Most of the characters in Book 4 are flawed villains who deserve killing and of course get their just deserts.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    The narrator of this series is simply masterful. He distinguishes between a multitude of characters flawlessly while at the same time adding depth and development.


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

    Actually, if I were making a film of the entire saga, much of this Book 4 would likely be left on the cutting room floor.


    Any additional comments?

    I am looking forward to Book 5.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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