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Rick Zalewski

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  • American Gunfight: The Plot to Kill Harry Truman and the Shootout That Stopped It

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen Hunter, John Bainbridge
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    American Gunfight is the fast-paced, definitive, and breathtakingly suspenseful account of an extraordinary historical event: the attempted assassination of President Harry Truman in 1950 by two Puerto Rican Nationalists and the bloody shoot-out in the streets of Washington, D.C., that saved the president's life.

    Anita says: "Fascinating Description"
    "Scattered"
    Overall

    An excellent topic that is not treated well. I believe that the author just likes to see his words (as many as possible)in print. Ambles constantly which made it very difficult to follow. I found that it could not hold my attention.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2765)
    Performance
    (2569)
    Story
    (2563)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Overly verbose!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I enjoyed the first of the series, but found this novel lacking. Not in words, sometimes it just went on and on. Maybe it is just me, but I had a hard time following many parts of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charles Kingsford Smith and Those Magnificent Men

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Known to millions of Australians simply as "Smithy", Sir Charles Kingsford Smith was one of Australia's true twentieth-century legends. In an era in which aviators were superstars, Smithy was among the greatest and, throughout his amazing career his fame in Australia was matched only by that of Don Bradman.

    Tim says: "Adventure and the invention of aviation"
    "What a Wonderful Marriage of Aviation and Smithy"
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    Where does Charles Kingsford Smith and Those Magnificent Men rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Being a "detective thriller" type of person, I did not know if this style of book would keep me turning pages. Not only was I turning pages, I was sitting in my car after I got home to find out what was happening next. Not too many books can get me to do that.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Charles Kingsford Smith and Those Magnificent Men?

    When Smithy met the King while on crutches.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Aspel???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I have now added him to my favorites.


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

    I kept my hope up that Smithy would succeed at everything he touched..


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chase

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1149)
    Performance
    (616)
    Story
    (609)

    A no-nonsense detective is on the trail of the sharpest and deadliest criminal mind he has ever encountered: a serial robber who murders any and all witnesses in cold-blood.

    Blackmac says: "quick easy listen"
    "A Great story...BUT!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Chase the most enjoyable?

    Why would anyone give a way the ending at the beginning of the book? Instead of peaking someone's interest the author takes away from the climax of a great chase. If you do not listen to the prelude and just start at Chapter One you will find this a very good book.


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

    it would have if the author did not give it away in the prelude


    What about Scott Brick???s performance did you like?

    His speed and intonation are awesome, but is lessened by his inability to assign separate voices to characters.


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

    Yes, I only listen when I am in my car and found myself listening in the garage after parking the car.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4914)
    Performance
    (2687)
    Story
    (2703)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Robert B. Wales says: "Same great Clancey - Great narration"
    "Good actors are not always good narrators!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to be read... not listened to. This is the second and last book that I listened to Mr. Phillps drone on. He should be reading a romance novel. His portrayal of the muslims was very good, but his non-distinction of American voices made this good book a challenge to listen to. I spent more time trying to figure out who was saying what than I was enjoying a good book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lou Diamond Phillips?

    Almost anybody


    Was Dead or Alive worth the listening time?

    NO !! Worth reading,,,,, not listening to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11872)
    Performance
    (7828)
    Story
    (7863)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Should be "required reading" in high schools."
    Overall

    Although I may be bias in the fact that I lived in Torrance and knew of the Zamperinis, I feel that this book should be required reading for our youth of today. It is so well written and read that everyone can realize the excruciating truth of what people went through to make sure that we live in a free world. Not just Louie, but the thousands who endured the pain and suffering so that we can live the lives we do.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7019)
    Performance
    (3383)
    Story
    (3388)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Almost Good"
    Overall

    With the help of a "good" editor, this just might have made two decent books. Unfortunately, the way it is written, the author just about has you hooked and then the 'split" happens.
    I spent about three chapters wondering if I had left the car running without me listening. This is one of the few books of recent purchase that I have not kept listening after I shut the car off

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2320)
    Performance
    (1516)
    Story
    (1518)

    Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the USS Walker---a Great-War vintage "four-stacker" destroyer---finds itself in full retreat from pursuit by Japanese battleships. Its captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, knows that he and his crew are in dire straits. In desperation, he heads Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover---and emerges somewhere else.

    Mitch says: "Destroyermen and The Lost Regiment"
    "Sorry it ended.."
    Overall

    This is one of those books that I was upset when it ended. Very well read, found myself sitting in my car for an hour after I parked..

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jimmy Carter
    • Narrated By Jimmy Carter
    Overall
    (518)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    In Our Endangered Values, Carter offers a personal consideration of "moral values" as they relate to the important issues of the day. He puts forward a passionate defense of separation of church and state, and a strong warning of where the country is heading as the lines between politics and rigid religious fundamentalism are blurred.

    Vicki says: "Very interesting"
    "Awesome"
    Overall

    Way to go Mr. President.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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