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  • The Heist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1352)
    Performance
    (1200)
    Story
    (1203)

    Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled listeners with 16 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back - from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon - art restorer, assassin, spy - has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

    Brian says: "If new to Daniel Silva, great book. Otherwise..."
    "Gabriel's back and better then ever."
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    Where does The Heist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not sure what you mean by rank.


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

    It did. What would happen to the girl, I wondered? Would they get to her in time?


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    Everyone. He's excellent with accents.


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

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    2 of 4 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
    (215)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (94)

    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"
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    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
    (95)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (27)

    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."
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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
  • Balance of Power: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James W. Huston
    • Narrated By Adams Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (27)

    When an American cargo ship off the coast of Indonesia is seized by terrorists and its crew slaughtered, the sitting Congress demands revenge. The president's refusal to react aggressively leads to mounting resentment. Then an ambitious young congressional assistant, Jim Dillon, discovers a long-forgotten clause in America's Constitution that could be used to wrest power from the chief executive - inciting a devastating constitutional crisis and plunging the country into chaos.

    Steven Morris says: "Fantasitc story!"
    "A true thriller."
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    What made the experience of listening to Balance of Power: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    The action all around, from the political battlefield and the military.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Balance of Power: A Novel?

    The speaker's press conference on the letters of mark.


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

    Excellent narration, especially with accents.


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

    Afraid I can't pick just one.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-have for any military or political thriller fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Paul Fischer
    • Narrated By Stephen Park
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Before becoming the world's most notorious dictator, Kim Jong-Il ran North Korea's Ministry for Propaganda and its film studios. Conceiving every movie made, he acted as producer and screenwriter. Despite this control, he was underwhelmed by the available talent and took drastic steps, ordering the kidnapping of Choi Eun-Hee (Madam Choi) - South Korea's most famous actress - and her ex-husband Shin Sang-Ok, the country's most famous filmmaker.

    BowedBookshelf says: "Completely riveting and stupefyingly informative."
    "An eye-opening look at North Korea."
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    What made the experience of listening to A Kim Jong-Il Production the most enjoyable?

    Learning information on North Korea I didn't know before.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The overall plot


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

    Excellent narration, even with no luck with different accents


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

    Many parts made me cry some, like Shin's wife's story.


    Any additional comments?

    None

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Oath: The Remarkable Story of a Surgeon's Life Under Fire in Chechnya

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Khassan Baiev
    • Narrated By Robert O' Keefe
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    This unflinching account of one remarkable physician’s experiences during the conflict between Russia and its breakaway republic, Chechnya, is an instant classic of war literature. Weaving the history of the Chechnya conflict and the heritage of his own family into the visceral narrative, Dr. Baiev tells a tale that is shocking, heroic, and impossible to forget.

    brian says: "An eye-opening look at events I knew little about."
    "An eye-opening look at events I knew little about."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Oath the most enjoyable?

    The descriptions of what happened at different points of the memoir.


    What other book might you compare The Oath to and why?

    I can think of no comparison to make.


    Which character – as performed by Robert O' Keefe – was your favorite?

    Doctor Baiev.


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

    It was.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-have for people who want to learn more about Chechnya.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surrounded by Enemies: What if Kennedy Survived Dallas?

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Bryce Zabel
    • Narrated By Edd Hall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    If President John Kennedy had survived the ambush at Dealey Plaza in Dallas a half-century ago, what other twists might history have taken? In his meticulously researched novel, Surrounded by Enemies: What If Kennedy Survived Dallas, author Bryce Zabel delivers a supercharged but plausible alternative narrative of the turbulent 1960s after our charismatic president escapes unscathed on November 22, 1963.

    brian says: "An odd form of Alternate History, but believable."
    "An odd form of Alternate History, but believable."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bryce Zabel again?

    Probably not.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Edd Hall?

    Michael Kramer, or Scott Brick


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

    Disappointment. The narration wasn't great, the idea is interesting though.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unfinished Lives: What If Our Legends Lived On? Volume 1: John F. Kennedy and Arthur Ashe

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Les Whitten, Terrie Maxine Frankel
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald, Paul Winfield
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Two noted journalists take us into the "futures" of John F. Kennedy and Arthur Ashe had they not died so young... These vividly imaginative "biographies" are thoughtful, honest, heartfelt... and entirely within the realm of possibility.

    brian says: "An interesting take on fiction"
    "An interesting take on fiction"
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    Where does Unfinished Lives: What If Our Legends Lived On? Volume 1: John F. Kennedy and Arthur Ashe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm sure how to rank it honestly.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unfinished Lives: What If Our Legends Lived On? Volume 1: John F. Kennedy and Arthur Ashe?

    The JFK biography, all of it.


    Have you listened to any of Anthony Heald and Paul Winfield ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to Anthony Heald, but not the other. Heald's performance as JFK is impressive.


    If you could take any character from Unfinished Lives: What If Our Legends Lived On? Volume 1: John F. Kennedy and Arthur Ashe out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Lyndon Johnson. I'd ask him why he helped JFK out as much as he did.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the authors write more of these fictional bios.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If Kennedy Lived: The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jeff Greenfield
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (17)

    Based on memoirs, histories, oral histories, fresh reporting, and his own knowledge of the players, the audiobook looked at the tiny hinges of history - and the extraordinary changes that would have resulted if they had gone another way. Now he presents his most compelling narrative of all about the historical event that has riveted us for fifty years. What if Kennedy were not killed that fateful day? What would the 1964 campaign have looked like? Would changes have been made to the ticket?

    brian says: "Another great Alternate History pick."
    "Another great Alternate History pick."
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    What made the experience of listening to If Kennedy Lived the most enjoyable?

    The narration. Not good with accents, but overall, impressive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The overall plotline.


    What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

    The narration is excellent, even if he's very bad with accents.


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

    Some of it made me laugh, like the toast at RFK's birthday.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-have for any Alternate History fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Years a Slave

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Solomon Northup
    • Narrated By Stephen L. Vernon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Twelve Years a Slave is an account of actual events that took place in the life of Solomon Northup, during the pre-Civil War era of the 1840s. It follows the trials and tribulations of an educated African American man that was born into freedom and later kidnapped, taken away from his family, and forced into slavery.

    Andrew Robbin says: "What a great book!!!"
    "Better then Uncle Tom's Cabin."
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    Would you listen to Twelve Years a Slave again? Why?

    That it was the whole memoir with nothing missing.


    What other book might you compare Twelve Years a Slave to and why?

    It hasn't. It's all I need to know about slavery in the US.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    He does, in good detail, or as much as he can remember.


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

    Nothing at all.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    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
    (3898)
    Performance
    (3520)
    Story
    (3548)

    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."
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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 1 people found this review helpful

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