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  • The Secret Cardinal

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Tom Grace
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    With help from the U.S. president, American Special Forces, and the CIA, ex-Navy SEAL Nolan Kilkenny assembles a team of 10 men and one woman that will use some of the most advanced weapons, aircraft, and computer technology to execute an extraordinary mission involving the Catholic Church, the underground Church in China, and the long-imprisoned Bishop of Shanghai.

    Sylvia says: "THE SECRET CARDINAL"
    "Long Live the Cardinal."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Secret Cardinal again? Why?

    I might listen to it. Such amoving story.


    Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

    He preformed them al so well, used to right accents and all.


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

    "Long live Christ the King. Long live the pope."


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Abuse of Power: The New Nixon Tapes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stanley I. Kutler
    • Narrated By David Ackroyd, David Dukes, William Window
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Richard Nixon said he wanted administration to be "the best chronicled in history". But when Alexander Butterfield disclosed the existence of a voice-activated tapind system to a Senate committee in July 1973, Nixon's White House and its recordings quickly became the most infamous in American history. Only 60 hours were actually made public in the 1970s. Many thousands of hours remained secret and Nixon's hands, and he fought fiercely to keep them that way right up to his death.

    WriterGirl says: "Good cast of characters for this reenactment"
    "We see more of the man Nixon was."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Where does Abuse of Power rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Rather good, but not in my top ten.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nixon. The actor does a good job portraying him.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    The actor who played Nixon and Kissinger. Both are great with accents.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-have for history and Watergate fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tarkin: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By James Luceno
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (799)
    Performance
    (729)
    Story
    (727)

    He’s the scion of an honorable and revered family. A dedicated soldier and distinguished legislator. Loyal proponent of the Republic and trusted ally of the Jedi Order. Groomed by the ruthless politician and Sith Lord who would be Emperor, Governor Wilhuff Tarkin rises through the Imperial ranks, enforcing his authority ever more mercilessly…. and zealously pursuing his destiny as the architect of absolute dominion.

    kalei says: "Solid, but not earth-shattering"
    "We find out how the Death Star's commander came to"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tarkin: Star Wars to be better than the print version?

    I would somewhat, accept for what I feel is bad narration. I would've prefered Marc Thompson.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The overall plot.


    What didn’t you like about Euan Morton’s performance?

    He can't do squat with different voices or accents.


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

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    A must-have for Star Wars or Luceno fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Taylor Branch
    • Narrated By Taylor Branch
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    A groundbreaking book about the modern presidency, The Clinton Tapes invites readers into private dialogue with a gifted, tormented, resilient President of the United States. Here is what President Clinton thought and felt but could not say in public. This book rests upon a secret project, initiated by Clinton, to preserve for future historians an unfiltered record of presidential experience.

    Capt. says: "The Clinton Tapes"
    "Conversations with a post-Cold War President."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Clinton Tapes to be better than the print version?

    It was good, but pitty it was the abridged version.


    What other book might you compare The Clinton Tapes to and why?

    Afraid I can't think of any book to compare it to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not quite sure to be honest.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I didn't know Bill Clinton often smoked cigars, let alone played cards.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reagan in His Own Voice: Ronald Reagan's Radio Addresses

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ronald Reagan
    • Narrated By Ronald Reagan
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (65)

    From 1975 to 1979 Ronald Reagan gave more than 1,000 daily radio broadcasts, the great majority of which he wrote himself. These addresses transform our image of Reagan, and enhance and revise our understanding of the late 1970s - a time when Reagan held no political office, but was nonetheless mapping out a strategy to transform the economy, end the Cold War, and create a vision of America that would propel him to the presidency.

    Michael says: "I LOVED this -common sense in Reagan's own voice"
    "A look back at a future President."
    Overall
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    Where does Reagan in His Own Voice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Rather good.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I was unaware that Reagan did these sorts of things after leaving the California Governor's office.


    Which character – as performed by Ronald Reagan – was your favorite?

    Reagan of course, and the lead ins by his former advisers and wife were a nice touch.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-have for any history, politics, or Reagan buffs or fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Kate Andersen Brower
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (83)

    America's first families are unknowable in many ways. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day. Full of stories and details by turns dramatic, humorous, and heartwarming, The Residence reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived through the voices of the maids, butlers, cooks, florists, doormen, engineers, and others who tend to the needs of the president and first family.

    Sara says: "The White House Explored & Exposed"
    "A look at life inside the White House"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Emotion and she's very good with different accents.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Residence?

    The prologue, showing the dorrman of Kennedy's time reacting to his bosses assassination.


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

    Excellent narration.


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

    One funny passage is about LBJ and how obsessed he was with his shower.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-have for people wanting to know more about the White House and the people who work there.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Charm School

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1775)
    Performance
    (1008)
    Story
    (1000)

    Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

    Char says: "Incredibly Good"
    "One of the best spy novels I've heard."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would because of the interesting storyline and characters


    What other book might you compare The Charm School to and why?

    One of Tom Clancy's novels. Just as good as one of the late authors books.


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

    All of them, but Burov in particular. Brick's excellent at different accents.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and the Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Blaine Harden
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    In The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot, New York Times best-selling author Blaine Harden tells the riveting story of how Kim Il Sung grabbed power and plunged his country into war against the United States while the youngest fighter pilot in his air force was playing a high-risk game of deception - and escape.

    K. Apgar says: "Fantastic listen"
    "The First Known North Korean Defector."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot in three words, what would they be?

    The overall story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    North Korea's fascinated me a lot. There's so much we in the West don't know about that country.


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

    He does in a very detailed way, letting us know who's who.


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

    Nothing at all.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-have for people wishing to learn more about North Korea's early years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    Overall
    (910)
    Performance
    (805)
    Story
    (806)

    Luke Skywalker's game-changing destruction of the Death Star has made him not only a hero of the Rebel Alliance but a valuable asset in the ongoing battle against the Empire. Though he's a long way from mastering the power of the Force, there's no denying his phenomenal skills as a pilot--and in the eyes of Rebel leaders Princess Leia Organa and Admiral Ackbar, there's no one better qualified to carry out a daring rescue mission crucial to the Alliance cause.

    Amazon Customer says: "Adventurers with Daddy Issues"
    "Luke's journey continues."
    Overall
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    Where does Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well for the most part.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Luke. I liked seeing his jerney to continue becoming a jedi.


    Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

    All of them.


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

    Afraid I can't come up with one.


    Any additional comments?

    A must have for any Star Wars fan.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Trinity Six

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Charles Cumming
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (99)

    The most closely-guarded secret of the Cold War is about to be exposed – the identity of a SIXTH member of the infamous Cambridge spy ring. And people are killing for it.... London, 1992. Late one night, Edward Crane, 76, is declared dead at a London hospital. An obituary describes him only as a 'resourceful career diplomat'. But Crane was much more than that – and the circumstances surrounding his death are far from what they seem. Fifteen years later, academic Sam Gaddis needs money.

    Ramon says: "Fun exciting intrigues perfectly narrated."
    "Just as good as Silva or Clancy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Trinity Six rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best spy novels I've read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sam. No spy, but an excellent historian. Crane/Meed as well.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    He's excellent with different accents.


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

    Not sure what kind of tagline I could come up with to be honest.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-have for any spy or thriller buff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Price of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By James W. Huston
    • Narrated By Adams Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (28)

    In this rousing novel, the action sweeps from the Oval Office to a Navy SEAL assault on a remote Indonesian Island, from the court-martial of an admiral to the impeachment hearings of a peacenik President.

    Anne says: "had to listen to it non stop"
    "Another great thriller."
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Price of Power in three words, what would they be?

    Action thriller awesome.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jim Dylan, if that's how you spell his name. He has views I'd agree with if I were in his position.


    What about Adams Morgan’s performance did you like?

    He's excellent with different types of accents.


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

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    A must have for political and action thriller fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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