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  • The Big Gamble

  • By: Michael McGarrity
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 154

When a fire in an abandoned fruit stand in rural Lincoln County reveals the murdered body of a woman gone missing from Sante Fe years ago, Police Chief Kevin Kerney finds himself cooperating with his estranged son, a man he hardly knows, Deputy Sheriff Clayton Istee. While Kerney digs into the woman's past, hoping to find clues that will lead to a credible suspect, Clayton must unravel two more homicides that seem on the surface totally unrelated.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What Happened McGarrity? Not Up to Par

  • By Paula on 10-26-16

Big slip in production values

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

Reviewed: 02-14-17

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

The initial chapter or two should have been re-recorded. Narration is not consistent with previous works. Working previous character into the story was a bit forced. Just a difficult book to get through with all the distractions.

  • The Lions of Lucerne

  • By: Brad Thor
  • Narrated by: Armand Schultz
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,349
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,329

On the snow-covered slopes of Utah, the unthinkable has just become a nightmarish reality: thirty Secret Service agents have been viciously executed and the vacationing president of the United States kidnapped by one of the most lethal terrorist organizations in the Middle East - the Fatah Revolutionary Council. But surviving agent and ex-Navy SEAL Scot Harvath doesn't believe the Fatah Revolutionary Council is responsible for the attack.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Scott Harvath

  • By Carol on 11-18-12

Torture

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

Reviewed: 08-01-13

What disappointed you about The Lions of Lucerne?

Pure torture listening to this dialog. My condolences to the narrator. He must have been ill having to speak those lines. Oh My God it was bad! But somehow I made it to the end. And yes the plot is predictable!

Would you be willing to try another book from Brad Thor? Why or why not?

No way!

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

The author appears to have done his fact homework. Only a few minor agonies there.

24 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92,898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80,075
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 80,016

In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

Editing defects

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-10

Way to many edits where the script is repeated. The narrative is well done. The story compelling if a bit predictable.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

  • By: John le Carre
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 542
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

George Smiley, one of the most brilliant spies in the world, is chosen to dig out a mole and destroy him. And so Smiley embarks on his blind night walk, retracing path after path into his own past - its aliases, covers, sleights of hand - burrowing into the dust of unresolved episodes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sound quality issues

  • By Joe on 07-19-06

Sound quality issues

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-06

I don't care for this narrator. The sound quality is poor and his accent makes it more difficult to follow. Worse, I wear hearing aides and even I can hear sounds coming from outside the audio booth of the narrator. Disappointed.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Company

  • A Novel of the CIA
  • By: Robert Littell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 41 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,829
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,830

"If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says ( Publishers Weekly).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hang on to your Hat

  • By Cynthia on 01-17-03

The Company (Unabridged

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-03

The best read from Audible yet! Great history. Compelling story! Great choice!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Flu

  • The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It
  • By: Gina Kolata
  • Narrated by: Gina Kolata
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

Feeling feverish, tired, or achy? Listening to Gina Kolata's engrossing account of the 1918 Influenza epidemic is sure to give you the chills. A gripping work of science writing, Flu addresses the prospects for a great epidemic recurring, and considers what can be done to prevent it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating science; disappointing narration.

  • By Joanne on 10-25-05
  • Flu
  • The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It
  • By: Gina Kolata
  • Narrated by: Gina Kolata

Flu

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-03

Great story! I read this long before the SARS or anthrax event. This story is even more compelling in light of those tragedies. Good choice!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • No Room for Error

  • Covert Operations of America's Special Tactics Units from Iran to Afghanistan (Unabr.)
  • By: Colonel John T. Carnet Jr., Benjamin F. Schemmer
  • Narrated by: Patrick Girard Lawlor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

When the U.S. Air Force decided to create an elite "special tactics" team in the late 1970s to work with special-operations forces, John T. Carney was the man they turned to. Now, for the first time, Colonel Carney lifts the veil of secrecy and reveals what really goes on inside the special-operations forces that are at the forefront of contemporary warfare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Book about Special Ops

  • By Ron on 12-13-03

No Room for Error (Unabridged)

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-03

Whoever gave this more than one star is unconscious. This narrative sounds like restatement of after-action reports. Obviously Col. Carnet feels special-ops have been under appreciated. The whining gets old. Not one of my better choices.

15 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant: Part 1: The Early Years, West Point, Mexico

  • By: Ulysses S. Grant
  • Narrated by: Peter Johnson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States and commander of the Union forces in the Civil War, tells the story of his life in his own words. In this opening volume, Grant covers his early years, including his time at the U.S. military academy at West Point and his service during the Mexican War under Zachary Taylor. Grant wrote his memoirs in order to rescue his family from debt and they were published as he lay dying of throat cancer. Today, they are an American classic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • U.S Grant: A Man of Intelligence and Dignity

  • By Robert W. Gillespie on 08-28-03

The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant,

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-03

Gives you an incite into the era, the events and the man

4 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Kilo Class

  • By: Patrick Robinson
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Silent at under 5 knots and capable of a massive nuclear punch, the 240-foot-long Russian Kilo Class submarine is one of the stealthiest, most dangerous underwater warships ever built. Every Third World dictator covets the Kilo, and Russia has already fulfilled a fifth of a 10-vessel deal with China. Now it's up to the President's new national security advisor, the irascible Texan Admiral Arnold Morgan, to foil delivery of the other 8 Kilos.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This Review Needs A Title...So, I Gave it One

  • By Lady Pamela on 03-06-18

Kilo Class

Overall
out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-03

Uggg! So predictable. So stiff! Avoid.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Galileo

  • By: James Reston Jr.
  • Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

The founder of modern science and the embodiment of the conflict between science and faith, Galileo remains the most fascinating figure of his age. In this biography, James Reston Jr. provides a lively, vivid portrait of Galileo, taking the listener to the heart of this passionate, embattled, arrogant, and brilliant man.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lifesavr

  • By Lifesavr on 09-16-03

Galileo

Overall
out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-03

Great story

3 of 35 people found this review helpful