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  • Godforsaken Sea

  • By: Derek Lundy
  • Narrated by: Michael Tezla
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

The Vendée Globe, a grueling four-month sail around the world, traveling through the wild waters of the Southern Ocean, is the most demanding and dangerous sailing race on the planet. In November 1996, 14 men and 2 women competitors set out on this ultimate human endeavor. Godforsaken Sea chronicles their solitary battles to stay alive against 6-story waves, bone-chilling cold, ice-laden seas, and their own physical and mental limitations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth Reading

  • By David on 10-14-04

Different People

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

Amazing humans challenging our seas and themselves.
Well written and narrated.
I will listen to this often.
If you love books about extreme people....those who must go further, dive in....

  • A Legacy of Spies

  • A Novel
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,249

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley, and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another great LeCarre, it goes without saying, but

  • By christopher on 10-07-17

GREAT!

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

Reviewed: 10-17-17

My eyes popped out when I found Carre’s latest novel.
I am glad he is writing again.....remember his grand goodbyes last year or so?
Melancholy weaves the memories of the narrative. It’s a bitter sweet story but so masterfully crafted.
Tom Hollander is brilliant bringing the story to life.
This is a terrific, a delightful piece of art from the master of intrigue....kudos from Rex the Reader.

  • The Virtues of War

  • A Novel of Alexander the Great
  • By: Steven Pressfield
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422

Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.) ascended to the throne of Macedon at the age of 20. He fought his greatest battles, including the conquest of the mighty Persian Empire, before he was 25, and died at the age of 33, still undefeated by any enemy. His reputation as a supreme warrior and leader of men is unsurpassed in the annals of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pressfield the Prodigy

  • By Michael on 10-07-08

Ride on Great Leader!

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

This was a terrific listen...superbly narrated by Mr. John Lee (one of the best)
The narrative was excellent and John kept the story fascinating.
Usually I have just been marking the stars but this piece of art deserves a good word.
I love history and this is a great take on Alexander.
It is unbelievable the number of men he commanded, how language was no barrier to universal communication.
Alexander’s legend is strong and true... it is sad he died so young.

  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,868
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,846

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New Fan

  • By tatiana on 12-24-17

Don't waste your Credit

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

Audible has been hyping this book for months.....what a flop.......dead flop
4 hours..... come on, rip me off, I dare you

1 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Waiter to the Rich and Shameless

  • Confessions of a Five Star Beverly Hills Server
  • By: Paul Hartford
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,205
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,137

Waiter to the Rich and Shameless is not just a peek into the secretive inner workings of a legendary five-star restaurant; it is not just a celebrity tell-all or a scathing corporate analysis. It is a top-tier waiter's personal coming-of-age story, an intimate look into the complicated challenges of serving in the country's most elite, Hollywood-centric dining room while fighting to maintain a sense of self and purpose.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I imagined

  • By Maia C. Larkin on 02-17-17

Great one!!!

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

Reviewed: 07-14-17

A Daily Double smash hit!
A great respite from my usual cloak and danger fare.
Mr. Hartford has a great talent and I look forward to his next offering.
Narration was first rate from James Patrick Cronin.
Living in Orange County I am close to the action so it was deliciously fun.....

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Moby Dick

  • By: Herman Melville
  • Narrated by: Philippe Duquenoy
  • Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

Ishmael, a sailor looking for his next adventure, and his friend who happens to be a former prince, sign up to join a whaling ship in Nantucket. The morning before they set sail on their voyage, many ominous signs of what the pair's fate may be are seen and heard through sermon and prophecy as the two friends ignore the warnings and make their way to the docks. Soon into the trip, the one-legged Captain Ahab announces that the whaling adventure is really a hunt for one very specific large, white sperm whale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the ALL TIME greats

  • By Mark on 03-07-17

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 07-04-17

What a symphonic shower of amazing delight!
I've been reading sea stories and sparked "why not the the Bible of salty yarns ".....Moby Dick of course.
I tried reading it as a kid , I saw the Gregory Peck movie but Audible had to be considered and it did not fail to raise me out of my shoes.
Herman Mellville, what an other worldly scribe: non pariel.
I am rung out....what an aural feast.
What next?

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Sails on the Horizon

  • A Novel of the Napoleonic Wars
  • By: Jay Worrall
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

With his first historical high-seas adventure chronicling the exploits of Naval Commander Charles Edgemont, Jay Worrall sets sail in the rousing tradition of C.S. Forester and Patrick O'Brian.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Wonderful Book

  • By Karen on 05-16-08

All a shore

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

Reviewed: 06-29-17

I loved this read by John Lee . I am all in for "thar she blows" sea stories....
Jay Worral spun a terrific salty yarn that kept me plugged in from stem to stern.
I recommend this yarn!
Rex

  • G-Man

  • Bob Lee Swagger, Book 10
  • By: Stephen Hunter
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

1934 was a pivotal year in the ongoing battle between the FBI and America's most famous outlaws - it was a year of giant personalities and huge shoot-outs, and it marked the deaths of John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, and Pretty Boy Floyd, among others. But that year, FBI agent Sam Cowley's priority was to nab the most dangerous gangster this country has ever produced, a man so violent he scared Al Capone and was booted from the Chicago mob - Baby Face Nelson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Don P on 05-25-17

Hard Core Crime

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

Reviewed: 06-18-17

Terrific story and narration about Wild West meets modern civilization in crime arena.
All the famous suit wearing gun toting mobsters are there plotting against a backdrop of the inchoate FBI.
Great listen.

  • The Terminal Spy

  • A True Story of Espionage, Betrayal and Murder
  • By: Alan S. Cowell
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

On November 1, 2006, Alexander Litvinenko sipped tea in London's Millennium Hotel. Hours later, the Russian former intelligence officer, who was sharply critical of Russian president Vladimir Putin, fell ill, and within days was rushed to the hospital. Fatally poisoned by a rare radioactive isotope slipped into his drink, Litvinenko issued a dramatic deathbed statement accusing Vladimir Putin himself of engineering his murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow but gets there in the end.

  • By Stuart Woodward on 10-23-11

Great news story

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

A 5 star behind the scenes investigation on Russian politics. A well researched well narrated expose on Putin era assassination. How the billionaire oligarchs bought up England's prime real estate and put down roots while criticizing Putin's thug-like diplomacy.

But one former KGB star spy just talked too much and was poisoned with a potent radioactive agent triggering an international murder investigation.

Terrific tale.

  • The Drop

  • Harry Bosch, Book 15
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Len Cariou
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,421
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,389

Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Of The Best Bosch Books!

  • By Laurie on 12-03-11

Lousy

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

Reviewed: 01-06-17

Bad narration....

Stupid story.......

Waste of time........

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