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Tom Moore

Tom

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  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3603)
    Performance
    (3155)
    Story
    (3170)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Excellent story and narration"
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    This is a great audiobook. The threat of cyberwarfare seems very plausible, and the story itself is gripping. Maybe the superheroic exploits of the characters are a little over the top, but you don't read Tom Clancy for total realism. And the narrator was great. He used just a hint of accents to remind the listener of the different ethnicities of the characters. If you buy this book, resign yourself to the fact that you will definitely be listening to it instead of doing things that you SHOULD be doing. It's a hard book to turn off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8721)
    Performance
    (8004)
    Story
    (8009)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "How is this a bestseller?"
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    This book is long and tedious. The readers who would appreciate it most are probably art historians with a history of drug abuse. They could find meaning in the theme that a work of art can dominate a life and in the long and countless scenes of drugged semi-consciousness. There is a thread of a story but it is mostly lost in the author's overly dramatic descriptions of places, art, food, and anything else she can write about. In the end, even the story line is weak.

    If you have started the book and are reading these reviews to see why others found it so interesting, my advice is to stop now. No matter where you are in the book, finishing it is not worth your time.

    If you are about to start it and can't be dissuaded, how about this to amuse yourself? Keep track of how many times the author describes something as the core of life or the essence of existence. I am sure the count will exceed 100.

    The reader seems to be trying to read the work in a way that gives the words more importance and gravitas than they deserve, so I gave the reader a low score too. That might be unfair. Perhaps he was just making the most of a bad text.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (757)
    Performance
    (682)
    Story
    (678)

    In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes - and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern 20th-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective.

    Steph says: "A fabulous new take on Sherlock Holmes"
    "First half is good"
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    This is the first Mary Russell book I've read. The first half of the book was good. Interesting stories and characters. But midway through the main "mystery" of the book, the whole story goes flat and seems to lose its way.. It becomes more of a treatise on the complex relationship between Mary and Holmes. For me, the book pretty much ended with the trip to Palestine. Even the climax of the story, when it finally came, was dull.

    I see that the author studied theology. So some of this book is probably autobiographical. Certainly the description of the travels through Israel sounded like the personal experience of the author.

    I am not tempted to try another book in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15925)
    Performance
    (12418)
    Story
    (12489)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "Best book of the first three in this series"
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    This third book of the series continues with pretty much the same cast of characters who were featured in books I and II. And the new characters are appealing and their narrative fits in well with the overall story line. There is a good deal of action and a sense of increased danger as the story progresses. I'm looking forward to book IV.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3103)
    Performance
    (1311)
    Story
    (1320)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "Not really a novel"
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    The book's summary could have made it clearer that this is not really a true novel. It is more of a lecture about the problems of Asperger's Syndrome and autism. There is a thin story line that runs through the book. But 80% of it is a description of Asperger's and the problems people with Asperger's and their families face, And those messages are delivered over and over and over throughout the book.

    The publisher's summary made me think this would be a story about how a boy with the unusual thought processes of Asperger's was able to deal with the challenges of forensics. It is not that. It is a lecture on Asperger's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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