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  • Vision of the Future: Star Wars (The Hand of Thrawn): Book II

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (498)

    The Empire's master plan is under way. The New Republic is on the verge of civil war and the rumor that the legendary Admiral Thrawn has returned from the dead is rallying the Imperial forces. Now Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and their allies face the challenge of their lives. They must infiltrate a hidden fortress filled with Imperial fanatics, rendezvous with a double-dealing Imperial commander, and journey into enemy territory to learn the identity of those responsible for an act of unthinkable genocide. But most important of all is the truth about Thrawn.

    Desmond says: "An excellent conclusion"
    "The end to a War."
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    If you could sum up Vision of the Future: Star Wars (The Hand of Thrawn) in three words, what would they be?

    Ending a War.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Vision of the Future: Star Wars (The Hand of Thrawn)?

    The treaty signing.


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

    Every character. The man is a man of a thousand voices.


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

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Marc Thompson narrates more Star Wars books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3492)
    Performance
    (3164)
    Story
    (3187)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "A woman's world turned upside down."
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The plot interested me, plus, it'll get me hiped for the TV show.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    First time I've read a memoir about someone who was in prison.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    She does, and gives great detail on who's who, and what happened at certain points.


    If you could give Orange is the New Black a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Nothing at all. I found her to be rather good with different accents among other things.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Force and Effect: A Jack Ryan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (218)

    A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr., and his fellow Campus agents precious time. Time they don't have.

    R. Conley says: "Thank You Mark Greaney!"
    "Jack Ryan is back."
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    Where does Full Force and Effect rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The plotline was something Clancy never tackled for some reason.


    What other book might you compare Full Force and Effect to and why?

    It's made my interest in North Korea stronger.


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

    He does with great details about who's who.


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

    Nothing whatsoever. Scott's very good with accents.


    Any additional comments?

    A must have for any spy fiction or Tom Clancy fans.

    14 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Mosab Hassan Yousef
    • Narrated By Mosab Hassan Yousef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (150)

    Since he was a small boy, Mosab Hassan Yousef has had an inside view of the deadly terrorist group Hamas. The oldest son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founding member of Hamas and its most popular leader, young Mosab assisted his father for years in his political activities while being groomed to assume his legacy, politics, status...and power. But everything changed when Mosab turned away from terror and violence, and embraced instead the teachings of another famous Middle East leader.

    Pamela says: "Absolutely riveting!!!"
    "The ultimate insider."
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The storyline interested me very much.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It has opened my eyes to the Middle East conflict.


    What about Mosab Hassan Yousef’s performance did you like?

    He does, and very well.


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

    Nothing at all.


    Any additional comments?

    A must have for anyone who wants to know more about the Middle East from a man who lived through several of the conflicts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin, Elio Garcia, Linda Antonsson
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice, Nicholas Guy Smith
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (255)

    If the past is prologue, then George R. R. Martin's masterwork - the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time - warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it has arrived with The World of Ice & Fire. This volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO's Game of Thrones.

    Daniel says: "Calm Down, Fanboys"
    "A guide to the history of GRRM's world"
    Overall
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    Where does The World of Ice & Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I like how it gave an overall history of Westeros and other parts of the fictional world George R R Martin created.


    What other book might you compare The World of Ice & Fire to and why?

    It's made me a fan of the Ice and Fire series even more.


    What does Roy Dotrice and Nicholas Guy Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They do in different sections.


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

    Nothing wrong at all.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-have for any fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire series as well as the Game of Thrones TV show based on it.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • With Hitler to the End: The Memoirs of Hitler's Valet

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Heinz Linge
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    Heinz Linge worked with Adolf Hitler for a 10 year period from 1935 until the Fuhrer's death in the Berlin bunker in May 1945. He was one of the last to leave the bunker and was responsible for guarding the door while Hitler killed himself. During his years of service, Linge was responsible for all aspects of Hitler's household and was constantly by his side. He claims that only Eva Braun stood closer to Hitler over these years. Through a host of anecdotes and observations, Linge recounts the daily routine in Hitler's household; his eating habits, his foibles, his preferences, his sense of humour, and his private life with Eva Braun.

    Douglas says: "Books Like This Are Important..."
    "A man with insites into Hitler's personal and priv"
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    Would you listen to With Hitler to the End again? Why?

    I might in case I missed any bits.


    What other book might you compare With Hitler to the End to and why?

    I have no comparison to make.


    What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

    The narration was rather good, no need to use accents for whatever reason.


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

    Not an extreme reaction, but it did interest me to hear from one of Hitler's household staff members.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-read for any World War 2 buffs.

    0 of 0 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
    (4211)
    Performance
    (3885)
    Story
    (3885)

    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"
    "Rowling's getting better at branching out."
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    If you could sum up The Silkworm in three words, what would they be?

    The narration and the plot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That, I'm not certain.


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

    Nothing what-so-ever.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm hoping for more in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (7456)
    Performance
    (6777)
    Story
    (6788)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "JKR's done it again."
    Overall
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    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The plot line and everything else.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'd like to find other crime fiction books to try.


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

    She does and she does it extremely well, as only J K Rowling can.


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

    Nothing at all.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be waiting for other books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Suki Kim
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Every day, three times a day, the students march in two straight lines, singing praises to Kim Jong-il and North Korea: Without you, there is no motherland. Without you, there is no us. It is a chilling scene, but gradually Suki Kim, too, learns the tune and, without noticing, begins to hum it. It is 2011, and all universities in North Korea have been shut down for an entire year, the students sent to construction fields - except for the 270 students at the all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST).

    brian says: "A story of North Korea that should be told."
    "A story of North Korea that should be told."
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Without You, There Is No Us the most enjoyable?

    The storyline


    What other book might you compare Without You, There Is No Us to and why?

    I've always been interested in North Korea, but this book has increased my interest greatly.


    Which character – as performed by Janet Song – was your favorite?

    She does.


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

    Nothing wrong at all.


    Any additional comments?

    None

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • 1984 by George Orwell: Orwell Expert Book Review

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Brainy Book Reviews
    • Narrated By Mark Young
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Book Reviews gives readers an efficient way to quickly go through and digest famous and well-loved titles. Offering easy-to-read and comprehensive synopses of every chapter of bestselling books, each Brainy Book Review highlights the key ideas behind critically acclaimed titles, helping readers swiftly get the most out of a book.

    brian says: "An impressive look."
    "An impressive look."
    Overall
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    Where does 1984 by George Orwell: Orwell Expert Book Review rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I like the narration and it's format.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'm not certain.


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

    He does. The format is excellent.


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

    Nothing at all.


    Any additional comments?

    A must have study guide for fans of 1984.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13575)
    Performance
    (11921)
    Story
    (11972)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "A bit unusual, but it works."
    Overall
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    Would you listen to A Dance with Dragons again? Why?

    The narration. Despite his age, Rooy gives a fine performance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dance with Dragons?

    It's only made it stronger.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    He does by describing things in a lot of detail.


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

    Nothing at all.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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