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  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,961
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,762
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,719

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Trump: All Comey's Life/Working Years--

  • By Gillian on 04-17-18

To Much Publicity

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-18

Although it is a great and informative book, virtually everything in it has already come out in the interviews, news shows, commentaries and on social media. Therefore, there was nothing new.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Leonardo da Vinci

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,083
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,044

Leonardo da Vinci created the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and engineering. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish the sample was not from the preface!

  • By Kristopher S. on 11-13-17

A Great Read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-17

This is a comprehensive extremely interesting biography of one of if not the greatest genius of all time. Walter Isaacson has more than lived up to his reputation.

  • The Cutthroat

  • An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 10
  • By: Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
  • Narrated by: Justin Scott, Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,248

The year is 1911. Chief Investigator Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Detective Agency has had many extraordinary cases before. But none quite like this. Hired to find a young woman named Anna Pape who ran away from home to become an actress, Bell gets a shock when her murdered body turns up instead. Vowing to bring the killer to justice, he begins a manhunt that leads him into increasingly more alarming territory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book And

  • By Linda Stender on 03-18-17

Not Up to Standard

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-30-17

What would have made The Cutthroat better?

A better plot.

Has The Cutthroat turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

What does Justin Scott and Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Scott Brick is great in everything he reads. Justin Scott was very good. Unfortunately they could not save the weak story.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Cutthroat?

I would not have written this very weak and not very good story.

Any additional comments?

When I saw that Clive Cussler had a new Isaac Bell book coming out I immediately pre-ordered it and looked forward to the release date. I loved all of the prior books in the series. However, this one was no where near the level of the others. The story was contrived, disjointed and not very engaging. In the past I had trouble stopping before the end of the book. For this one, I had trouble going back to it. I kept hoping it would get better, but it did not. It got to the point where I did not even care who the killer/Ripper was. I can only hope that the next one will be better.

  • The Prisoner of Hell Gate

  • By: Dana I. Wolff
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

In the Hell Gate section of New York's East River lie the sad islands where, for centuries, people locked away what they most feared: the contagious, the disfigured, the addicted, the criminally insane. Here, infection slowly consumed the stricken. Here, a desperate captain ran his doomed steamship aground and watched flames devour 1,500 souls. Here, George A. Soper imprisoned the infamous Typhoid Mary after she spread sickness and death in Manhattan's most privileged quarters.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Do Not Waste a Credit

  • By MICHAEL H on 09-13-16

Do Not Waste a Credit

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-13-16

Would you try another book from Dana I. Wolff and/or Christina Delaine?

I would not try another book by Dana I. Wolff. I would listen to other books read by Christina Delaine.

What could Dana I. Wolff have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Totally rewrite the story and have a better ending.

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

No

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The historical references were interesting.

Any additional comments?

The story went down hill very fast and by the middle I kept hoping for it to get better. It did not, the ending seemed like the author felt that she had written enough.

  • Portrait of a Conspiracy

  • Da Vinci's Disciples, Book 1
  • By: Donna Russo Morin
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Seeking to wrest power, members of the Pazzi family draw their blades in a church and slay the beloved Giuliano. But Lorenzo de' Medici survives the attack and seeks revenge on everyone involved, plunging the city into murderous chaos. Bodies are dragged through the streets, and no one is safe. Five women steal away to a church to ply their craft in secret. Viviana, Fiammetta, Isabetta, Natasia, and Mattea are painters, not allowed to be public with their skill but freed from the restrictions in their lives by their art.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Do Not Waste a Credit

  • By MICHAEL H on 05-26-16

Do Not Waste a Credit

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-16

What would have made Portrait of a Conspiracy better?

This book is disjointed, not interesting and almost impossible to follow. I could follow nor listen to it after about an hour of trying.

What didn’t you like about Cassandra Campbell’s performance?

The story line was the problem, but she was not a good reader for this book.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Crimson Shore

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,613

A seemingly straightforward private case turns out to be much more complicated - and sinister - than Special Agent A. X. L. Pendergast ever could have anticipated. Pendergast, together with his ward, Constance Greene, travels to the quaint seaside village of Exmouth, Massachusetts, to investigate the theft of a priceless wine collection. But inside the wine cellar, they find something considerably more disturbing: a bricked-up niche that once held a crumbling skeleton.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • They Jumped the Shark!

  • By Nan Holt on 11-15-15

Not Up To The Preston and Child Standards

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-24-15

I waited anxiously for the next Pendergast book. I have read all of the prior Pendergast and other books written by both authors.This one just does not have the same intensity, intrigue nor style of the prior books. I am still a fan and hope that the next book will make up for this one.
This is the first Preston and/or Child book that dragged on and on. I could not wait for the end-which was extremely disappointing.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Becoming Steve Jobs

  • The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader
  • By: Brent Schlender, Rick Tetzeli
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,673
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,663

There have been many books - on a large and small scale - about Steve Jobs, one of the most famous CEOs in history. But this book is different from all the others. Becoming Steve Jobs takes on and breaks down the existing myth and stereotypes about Steve Jobs. The conventional, one-dimensional view of Jobs is that he was half genius, half jerk from youth, an irascible and selfish leader who slighted friends and family alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Contextual, Insightful, Inspiring

  • By Douglas Vincent on 03-30-15

Finally Steve Jobs As A Real Person

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-15

I have read all of the prior books on Steve Jobs. This is the first one that explains the reasons why he did things. It shows him as a real person not just the person who literally changed the world with the iPod and iPhone. This is a must read!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Shot

  • By: Mark Henshaw
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 425
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 381

The USS Vicksburg is returning home when the crew comes upon a lifeboat bearing a dead Somali pirate who shows signs of torture. Questions immediately arise: Who is this man, and which ship did he come from? Who tortured him? Soon Red Cell analysts Kyra Stryker and Jonathan Burke have traced the dead man back to an Iranian ship currently bound for Venezuela - and the ship appears to have dangerous, radioactive cargo on board.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Skip This One

  • By MICHAEL H on 11-19-14

Skip This One

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-19-14

A slow uninteresting story made worse by a bad reader. I forced myself to continue after the first hour hoping it would get better. However, after a conversation with about a dozen "he said" and "she said" after the shot statements, I gave up. This is one of the most boring books I have ever tried.

41 of 49 people found this review helpful

  • Island of the Sequined Love Nun

  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,052
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,051

Take a wonderfully crazed excursion into the demented heart of a tropical paradise - a world of cargo cults, cannibals, mad scientists, ninjas, and talking fruit bats. Our bumbling hero is Tucker Case, a hopeless geek trapped in a cool guy's body, who makes a living as a pilot for the Mary Jean Cosmetics Corporation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • redeeming light thriller

  • By Benjamin on 09-24-09

Not What You Should Expect From Christopher Moore

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-14

Most of Christopher Moore's books are great satire. This one is just dumb. I am sorry that I wasted my time with it.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Gray Mountain

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,118
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,441
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,450

The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Painful to listen to

  • By Toni on 10-24-14

Not Up to John Grisham Standards

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-14

It is almost hard to believe that John Grisham wrote this book, it is so inferior to his prior works. It was a wasted credit.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful