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  • Review: Tom Clancy's Command Authority (A Jack Ryan Novel) |  Expert Book Reviews

    Review: Tom Clancy's Command Authority (A Jack Ryan Novel)

    • UNABRIDGED (25 mins)
    • By Expert Book Reviews
    • Narrated By Michael Sears
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    This review of Command Authority by Tom Clancy offers expert literary opinions of the story, characters, and overall read. As political unrest prevails in Russia, Jack Ryan, Jr. optimistically investigates the situation and heroically fights for the greater good. With a solid knowledge base of military operations and equipment, Clancy weaves a realistic story based on actual political events. Command Authority received a balance of positive and negative reviews from critics, and this reading aid will show you exactly what to expect from this political thriller.

  • The Goldfinch: Donna Tartt - Review |  Expert Book Reviews

    The Goldfinch: Donna Tartt - Review

    • UNABRIDGED (30 mins)
    • By Expert Book Reviews
    • Narrated By Julie Sears
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    Learn what the experts are saying about Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch with this literary review. Dark themes prevail throughout the novel as protagonist Theo Decker copes with the violent and untimely death of his mother. As a 13-year-old boy, Theo's grasp of reality is limited, and the tragic event forces despair and self-defeating behavior. With sophisticated themes like death, abuse, and sex, this book is better suited for a mature audience. If you are looking for an intellectually stimulating audiobook that keeps you guessing, then The Goldfinch may be just what you need.

    Michael says: "Avoid This Purchase"
  • The Fault in Our Stars: by John Green: Expert Book Review & Story Analysis |  Expert Book Reviews

    The Fault in Our Stars: by John Green: Expert Book Review & Story Analysis

    • UNABRIDGED (43 mins)
    • By Expert Book Reviews
    • Narrated By Julie Sears
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    Expert Book Reviews presents a comprehensive review, analysis and plot summary of John Green's novel The Fault in Our Stars. As the book states, you can find the infinite within a finite period. John Green tells a story of relationships and the things that matter most. Read the review to decide whether to buy the book for yourself, your kids or as a gift. Don't worry about spoiling the surprise. Each Review & Analysis has a spoiler-alert section that you can skip if you prefer.

  • The Husband's Secret: by Liane Moriarty: Expert Book Review & Analysis |  Expert Book Reviews

    The Husband's Secret: by Liane Moriarty: Expert Book Review & Analysis

    • UNABRIDGED (45 mins)
    • By Expert Book Reviews
    • Narrated By Julie Sears
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    Everyone has secrets, and The Husband's Secret explores three typical Australian couples who experience revelations but never learn other key secrets. Your secret might be that you came up with clever questions and insights for your book club meeting by using Expert Book Reviews to help you interpret the plot and suggest literary devices, like the book's consistent use of the fall of the Berlin Wall as a metaphor.

  • And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini: Expert Book Review & Analysis |  Expert Book Reviews

    And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini: Expert Book Review & Analysis

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    • By Expert Book Reviews
    • Narrated By John Steele
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    Expert Book Reviews presents a comprehensive review, analysis and plot summary of Khaled Hosseini's novel And the Mountains Echoed. This is an epic tale set in the mold of Doctor Zhivago, in which the lives of the characters are determined, often tragically, by great historical circumstances and events that they are powerless to control. Khaled Hosseini's story tells of a little Afghan girl's unlikely journey with her family. And the Mountains Echoed is a love story of a different kind. Pari, as she is named, is loved by her older brother beyond words.

    John says: "Inspired me to buy the full book."
  • Review: Sue Monk Kidd's The Invention of Wings |  Expert Book Reviews

    Review: Sue Monk Kidd's The Invention of Wings

    • UNABRIDGED (26 mins)
    • By Expert Book Reviews
    • Narrated By Julie Sears
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    Are you looking to improve your knowledge of slavery in America within a non-academic setting? Sue Monk Kidd's latest novel, The Invention of Wings, offers just that with detailed depictions of the South and North during the early 19th century. Find out who would like this novel and why it is a worthwhile read with the help of this companion review. Kidd has selected two real women from America's history and fictionalized them as protagonists in her third novel. Sarah Grimke comes from a wealthy white family and struggles with the justifications of slavery from a young age.

  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - Review |  Expert Book Reviews

    Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - Review

    • UNABRIDGED (23 mins)
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    • Narrated By Becca Hall
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    This literary review of Flynn's novel Gone Girl covers the good and the bad to give you a comprehensive view of the story. Listeners enjoy a suspenseful mystery while witnessing the complications of marriage from the two narratives of husband and wife. This review explains what you can gain from reading Gone Girl, and describes the type of reader who will enjoy this novel. Discover secrets kept by Amy Dunne as you encounter unexpected plot twists and surprising outcomes in Flynn's latest novel.

  • Sycamore Row by John Grisham - Review |  Expert Book Reviews

    Sycamore Row by John Grisham - Review

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    • Narrated By Julie Sears
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    You have enjoyed previous legal thrillers from best-selling author John Grisham, but how does Sycamore Row compare? Find out what experts have to say about this sequel to A Time to Kill before making your listening decision. Three years after his victory in the Carl Lee Hailey case, Jake Brigance believes his glory days as a trial lawyer are gone. Jake's commitment to his profession is revived when he is called on to defend Seth Hubbard's seemingly incredible decision to disinherit his family and name his black housekeeper as his beneficiary. Why?

  • The Longest Ride: by Nicholas Sparks -- Expert Book Review & Analysis |  Expert Book Reviews

    The Longest Ride: by Nicholas Sparks -- Expert Book Review & Analysis

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Expert Book Reviews
    • Narrated By Michael Sears
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    You have cherished and enjoyed Nicholas Sparks' previous romantic novels, and now it's time to take your reading to the next level. Expert Book Reviews brings you a thoroughly engaging analysis of Sparks' latest novel, The Longest Ride. This review is the perfect companion to your reading as it delves deep into the characters, narrative and themes of the book.

  • The Book Thief: by Markus Zusak - Review |  Expert Book Reviews

    The Book Thief: by Markus Zusak - Review

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    • Narrated By Julie Sears
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    Are you wondering if The Book Thief will be a good read for you? Check out this review of Markus Zusak's bestseller to get an expert's opinion on the story, characters, and themes. With the comprehension of a typical 9-year-old, Liesel Merminger struggles to survive with a foster family in Nazi Germany. Books and the words within become Liesel's strongest tool as she learns to read and fight for her life. Young adults learning about the Holocaust can gain an insider's perspective from this fictional portrayal.

  • Review: David Baldacci's King & Maxwell |  Expert Book Reviews

    Review: David Baldacci's King & Maxwell

    • UNABRIDGED (28 mins)
    • By Expert Book Reviews
    • Narrated By Michael Sears
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    This review will prepare you for the world of King and Maxwell. Baldacci has a tight writing style, but his enthusiasm shines through, and the overall story is well-crafted, with enough action to keep readers on the edge of their seats without overwhelming them. A native of Washington, D.C., David Baldacci makes it easy for the readers to grasp the setting. This review guides you through the strengths and weaknesses of King and Maxwell, even incorporating critical reviews of the novel.

  • Book Review: The Ex Games 3 |  Expert Book Reviews

    Book Review: The Ex Games 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 mins)
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    • Narrated By Jeannie Lin
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    Brandon Hastings and Katie Raymond are dealing with the lies they have told each other in The Ex Games 3, lies that tore their relationship apart seven years ago when Katie kept a damaging secret from Brandon. Not only do they have to deal with those lies, but others enter to try to tear their relationship apart as well. Additionally, they both have secrets in their past that must be shared. This review of The Ex Games 3 will help listeners understand the relationships between the characters, their lies, and the resultant problems.

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