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DESERT HOT SPRI, CA, United States | Member Since 2013

  • 5 reviews
  • 36 ratings
  • 157 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • Foreskin's Lament: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Shalom Auslander
    • Narrated By Shalom Auslander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Foreskin's Lament reveals Auslander's youth in a strict, socially isolated Orthodox community, and recounts his rebellion and efforts to make a new life apart from it. Auslander remembers his youthful attempt to win the "blessing bee" (the Orthodox version of a spelling bee), his exile to an Orthodox-style reform school in Israel after he's caught shoplifting Union Bay jeans from the mall, and his 14-mile hike to watch the New York Rangers play in Madison Square Garden without violating the Sabbath.

    Jeffrey says: "If my yetzer harah could write"
    "a real surprise"

    For the uninitiated, this is a good introduction to the perils of growing up in an orthodox Jewish household. I have to admit I didn't find his adult life as interesting as his childhood, possibly because the subject has been well covered by the likes of woody Allen and others, but still it was an interesting, funny book.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "very boring"
    Would you try another book from Andrew Peterson and/or Dick Hill?

    We didn't finish listening. Too much action, not enough plot.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    English Girl by Da Silva

    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    It was just adequate, unlike the book.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


    Any additional comments?

    no. I basically wrote this review for myself so I won't try to listen to it again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fallen Angel: Gabriel Allon, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome.

    Audiophile says: "When will Gabriel retire?"
    "A gripping intelligent spy story"
    What did you love best about The Fallen Angel?

    The story takes us into the heart of the Vatican, where Allon is restoring a Caravaggio. It wends its way through the trade in illegal antiquities and ends with a dramatic climax in Jerusalem. I felt as if I were there. The characters were sophisticated and interesting. It's an easy story to stay interested in.

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

    George Guidall is a fabulous actor, giving different voices to different characters,expressing the mood perfectly. He has a great voice. We listen to audiobooks on long auto trips, and we need to have a great narrator to keep our interest up over the hours on the road.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Case of Exploding Mangoes

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mohammed Hanif
    • Narrated By Paul Bhattacharjee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Mohammed Hanif 's writing is witty and wry - juicily provocative and laced with a plucky, disarmingly charming humorous comportment. A Case of Exploding Mangoes will have readers wondering what really caused a C130 aircraft carrying the Pakistani leader General Zia ul Huq to crash on August 17, 1988.

    Cariola says: "An Unexpected Delight"
    "This book works on so many levels"

    Hanif has caught in a witty and wonderful way the way things work in Pakistan (how do I know? Well, he's caught my stereotypes). Since many of the characters are real (I heard about General Kheanni on TV today, he was a Major in the book) and many of the events are real, the reader can pick up some of the recent political history of Pakistan. And American diplomacy.

    I think I would have enjoyed reading the book, but the narrator, Paul Bhattacharjee, is obviously a skilled actor, giving different voices and accents to the various characters, and I was especially captivated by his portrayal of the Americans in the book.

    Anyway, at the start of the book I was wondering if we would just get endless amusing description and portrayal of famous Pakistanis and Americans, and if anything would ever happen, but the story picked up speed and I was hooked until the end. I hope Hanif brings us more stories.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By David Ignatius
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From a hidden enclave in the maze of Tehran, an Iranian scientist who calls himself "Dr. Ali" sends an encrypted message to the CIA. It falls to Harry Pappas to decide if it's for real.

    Dr. Ali sends more secrets of the Iranian bomb program to the agency, then panics. He's being followed, but he doesn't know who's onto him, and neither does Pappas. The White House is no help---they're looking for a pretext to attack Tehran. To get his agent out, Pappas turns to a secret British spy team known as "The Increment".

    John says: "A Real Thriller"
    "more interesting as time goes by"

    David Ignatius is my new favorite writer. This book was a fascinating story, made more so by recent events surrounding Stuxnet. Several of his books have made me think we're getting the real deal.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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