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  • Deep Undercover

  • My Secret Life and Tangled Allegiances as a KGB Spy in America
  • By: Jack Barsky, Cindy Coloma
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bowlby
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349

One decision can end everything...or lead to unlikely redemption. Millions watched the CBS 60 Minutes special on Jack Barsky in 2015. Now, in this fascinating memoir, the Soviet KGB agent tells his story of gut-wrenching choices, appalling betrayals, his turbulent inner world, and the secret life he lived for years without getting caught.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Chad J Cargill on 03-30-17

I immensely enjoyed this book!

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

Reviewed: 09-13-17

I felt as if Jack were my confidant and friend. Hearing his life story- his mistakes, fears, loneliness, and pursuit of significance was inspiring. No profanity or lewd sexual details! A great book even for young readers but inspiring and interesting for adults.

  • Captive in Iran

  • A Remarkable True Story of Hope and Triumph amid the Horror of Tehran's Brutal Evin Prison
  • By: Maryam Rostampour, Marziyeh Amirizadeh, John Perry
  • Narrated by: Patty Fogarty
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

In Captive in Iran, Maryam and Marziyeh recount their 259 days in Evin. It’s an amazing story of unyielding faith - when denying God would have meant freedom. Of incredible support from strangers around the world who fought for the women’s release. And of bringing God’s light into one of the world’s darkest places - giving hope to those who had lost everything, and showing love to those in despair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational and Uplifting

  • By Gina on 05-07-13

Could have been much better.

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

Reviewed: 03-23-17

Narrator Fogarty sounds like she's reading a bedtime story to a 3 year old. Also her northern accent is so strong she says "Gad" for God, and "Herd Herded" for Hard Hearted.
The story itself is terrific. May God bless these young ladies and their faith.
One more thing, there is a slight impression that their experience was actually enjoyable and that they are enjoying the celebrity from it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Captured

  • A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier
  • By: Scott Zesch
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

On New Year's Day in 1870, 10-year-old Adolph Korn was kidnapped by an Apache raiding party. Traded to Comanches, he thrived in the rough, nomadic existence, quickly becoming one of the tribe's fiercest warriors. Forcibly returned to his parents after three years, Korn never adjusted to life in white society. He spent his last years living in a cave, all but forgotten by his family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kidnapped - 10 Year Old Adolpy Korn

  • By Roy on 09-08-10

Happy captives?

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

Reviewed: 06-05-15

Would you try another book from Scott Zesch and/or Grover Gardner?

Not by Zesch.

What could Scott Zesch have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Present a more sympathetic view of the white man and his sufferings under the hand of the sadistic Indian savages.

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

I like his clear voice. A great narrator for The Rise And Fall Of The Thrid Reich.

Was The Captured worth the listening time?

Barely. At times it was difficult to continue.

Any additional comments?

The author doesn't conceal very well an admiration and respect for these early American pagans. In one paragraph he would recite an historical account of the brutal raping, scalping, and torture of white women and girls. Then when recounting the assimilation of captive white boys who became warriors he seems to romanticize their life among their captors! The implication is that their life was improved after being assimilated! They must have been a participant in all these same atrocities yet you get the feeling as if their lives were noble and virtuous! The thing that bothers me most about this book and most all others I have reviewed on this subject is that they are written from a completely amoral perspective. In other words there is no accountability for the atrocities committed by the Indians. They are completely justified for any and all acts committed against whites and fellow Indians however horrendous they are! Grabbing the legs of a baby and slamming the head against a rock. Tying a young girl down, scalping and cutting her after committing heinous crimes sexually against her. Tortuing men and women to death. And yes, as recounted by the author, committing acts of incest with family members after drunken orgies. Is there a God? Is there any accountability to this God? Are there any limits to what one may do in retaliation for being mistreated? Not to the early American Indians. "For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse," Romans 1:20 Holy Bible

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Night of the Grizzlies

  • By: Jack Olsen
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

Jack Olsen's true account, traces the causes of the tragic night in August 1967 when two separate and unrelated campers, a distance apart, were savagely mangled and killed by enraged bears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The night the bears lost their fear of humans

  • By Michael on 12-19-14

The action FINALLY begins halfway into the book!

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

Reviewed: 04-18-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. I wanted to hear about bears, not 3:45 of Glacier National Park.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jack Olsen again?

Probably not.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

If it were a top notch production yes.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Mountain

  • The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident
  • By: Donnie Eichar
  • Narrated by: Donnie Eichar
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,216
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,041
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,041

In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident—unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes—have led to decades of speculation over what really happened.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery & Intrigue In The Ural Mountains

  • By Sara on 06-30-15

Failed to interest me.

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

Reviewed: 11-27-14

What would have made Dead Mountain better?

I'm not an author so I can't say. I just know it was torture trying to finish it.

What did you like best about this story?

Speculation about what may have caused the death of the young people.

What three words best describe Donnie Eichar’s voice?

Youthful. Contemplative. Bored.

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

The premise.

  • Dear Leader

  • Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look inside North Korea
  • By: Jang Jin-sung
  • Narrated by: Daniel York
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,463

As North Korea's State Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed life. With food provisions (even as the country suffered through its great famine), a travel pass, access to strictly censored information, and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his life in Pyongyang seemed safe and secure. But this privileged existence was about to be shattered. When a strictly forbidden magazine he lent to a friend goes missing, Jang Jin-sung must flee for his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding! A life-changing listen.

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-29-14

Unbelievable--really.

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

Reviewed: 07-14-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who doesn't mind fiction portrayed as non fiction.

What do you think your next listen will be?

This is not a question related to Dear Leader.

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

To my knowledge I haven't.

Any additional comments?

I feel this is a book BASED on fact. It's impossible to believe it all. It is poorly written. I hope the author is held to account for selling mostly-fiction as non fiction.

0 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Somewhere Inside

  • By: Lisa Ling, Laura Ling
  • Narrated by: Laura Ling, Lisa Ling
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

On March 17, 2009, Laura Ling and her colleague Euna Lee were working on a documentary about North Korean defectors who were fleeing the desperate conditions in their homeland. While filming on the Chinese/North Korean border, they were chased down by North Korean soldiers who violently apprehended them. Laura and Euna were charged with trespassing and "hostile acts," and imprisoned by Kim Jong Il's notoriously secretive Communist state.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Whiny

  • By SF on 12-11-16

We are wonderfully important , connected sisters!

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

Reviewed: 06-21-14

What would have made Somewhere Inside better?

Sticking to the subject of the plight of North Korean refugees rather than self promoting.

What could Laura Ling and Lisa Ling have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Stop talking about themselves!

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes.

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

Anger

Any additional comments?

This book should be titled " Somwhere inside the mind of two sisiters in love with themselves. "

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Mysterious Island

  • By: Jules Verne
  • Narrated by: Berny Clark
  • Length: 19 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,119

Based on the true story of Alexander Selkirk, who survived alone for almost five years on an uninhabited island off the coast of Chile, The Mysterious Island is considered by many to be Jules Verne’s masterpiece. “Wide-eyed mid-nineteenth-century humanistic optimism in a breezy, blissfully readable translation by Stump” ( Kirkus Reviews), here is the enthralling tale of five men and a dog who land in a balloon on a faraway, fantastic island of bewildering goings-on and their struggle to survive....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful novel, mediocre translation

  • By Tad Davis on 03-26-12

One of the most boring classics I've read.

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

Reviewed: 05-24-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. It definitely drags.

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

No.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Berny Clark?

Depends on the book.

Did The Mysterious Island inspire you to do anything?

No.

Any additional comments?

Few classics move slower than this one for me. Narrator Benny Clark's portrayal of the various charcters was poor.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The 23rd Psalm

  • A Holocaust Memoir
  • By: George Lucius Salton
  • Narrated by: Ken Kliban
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 103

In September, 1939, George Lucius Salton's boyhood in Tyczyn, Poland, was shattered by escalating violence and terror under German occupation. His father, a lawyer, was forbidden to work, but 11-year-old George dug potatoes, split wood, and resourcefully helped his family. They suffered hunger and deprivation, a forced march to the Rzeszow ghetto, then eternal separation when 14-year-old George and his brother were left behind to labor in work camps while their parents were deported in boxcars to die in Belzec. For the next three years, George slaved and barely survived in 10 concentration camps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best holocaust books I've read.

  • By LifetimeRoad on 05-13-14

One of the best holocaust books I've read.

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

Reviewed: 05-13-14

What made the experience of listening to The 23rd Psalm the most enjoyable?

Personal account of suffering Jewish boy.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The 23rd Psalm?

Eating human stew.

What about Ken Kliban’s performance did you like?

He seemed to capture the youth of George.

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

It seemed bad news followed bad throughout till the end when he was rescued.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Lost in Shangri-La

  • A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II
  • By: Mitchell Zuckoff
  • Narrated by: Mitchell Zuckoff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,989
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,608
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,620

On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s best-selling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best use of a credit in quite a whlle.

  • By dan on 05-01-11

Fluff

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

Reviewed: 02-03-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone desperately bored.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Dull.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mitchell Zuckoff?

Several. My favorite is Simon Prebble.

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

Disgust.

Any additional comments?

I'm so sick of a plethora of background information being used as filler for short stories! This story could have been told (with a better narrator as well ) in a much more concise and exciting way.