LISTENER

mr kieran j murphy

san jose
  • 90
  • reviews
  • 31
  • helpful votes
  • 280
  • ratings
  • Endurance

  • A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery
  • By: Scott Kelly
  • Narrated by: Scott Kelly
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,694
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,694

A stunning memoir from the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station - a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys off the planet that preceded it, and of his colorful formative years. A natural storyteller and modern-day hero, Kelly has a message of hope for the future that will inspire for generations to come. Here, in his personal story, we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the boundless wonder of the galaxy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well told, in depth account of life on the ISS

  • By Becca on 11-16-17

a wonderful autobiography

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

this is a wonderful autobiography which shows that being an astronaut is not out of your reach. listening to what happens in space over a year is also fascinating. buy it it is worth it!

  • Debt of Honor

  • A Jack Ryan Novel
  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: John MacDonald
  • Length: 36 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,568
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,167

Clancy plunges hero Jack Ryan into nonstop high adventure, as two seemingly unrelated occurrences being a chain of events that will stun the world. Called out of retirement to serve as National Security Advisor to the president, Ryan, with the help of CIA officers John Clark and Domingo Chavez, must prepare the untested president to meet the challenges of a new world order.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator not so great

  • By Louann on 02-10-11

Poor narration and a racist story

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

I would have not listened to this book for more than 5 minutes except that I had to find out what happened to Jack Ryan. The narrator is really boring - there is no warmth in his voice and it feels like he is reading out a list of groceries. I also have very good knowledge of Japan and Japanese culture and Tom Clancy wrote a book based on a 1950's view of Japanese culture. It makes me wonder about is view no other cultures I do not have strong a knowledge. Previously I have liked Tom Clancy novels but this is a ridiculous story. America is attacked and only it and the russia can do something about it - Clancy obviously does not understand the five eyes doctrine, ANZUS, NATO or any other number of treaties. America has never gone to war alone, Australia and Canada have always been there., England has a massive navel presence - it is just a pathetic story

  • The Sum of All Fears

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,476

Against all odds we have made it into the last half of the 1990s. The Cold War looks solved, Arabs and Jews are talking, confrontation is on the wane. In this new harmony, one discord -- what becomes of unemployed terrorists?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughts on The Sum of All Fears

  • By Ray on 11-14-11

enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I enjoyed sum of all fears a lot. It gave a different side to Jack Ryan which made him human and not perfect all the time. the story was also great

  • Clear and Present Danger

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 30 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,487

Colombian drug lords, bored with Uncle Sam's hectoring, assassinate the head of the FBI. The message is clear: Bug off! At what point do these druggies threaten national security? When can a nation act against its enemies? These are questions Jack Ryan must answer because someone has quietly stepped over the line.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A sophisticated story badly narrated.

  • By Thomas on 10-23-14

Typical Tom

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

This is a typical Tom Clancy novel and I would say if you like Tom Clancy you will like this, if you don't like Tom Clancy you won't like this. One side note is that you don't find out what happened to all the players in the end of this book, or at the start of the next novel.

  • The Guns of Navarone

  • By: Alistair MacLean
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Oliver
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

Twelve hundred British soldiers isolated on the small island of Kheros off the Turkish coast, waiting to die. Twelve hundred lives in jeopardy, lives that could be saved if only the guns could be silenced. The guns of Navarone, vigilant, savage and catastrophically accurate. Navarone itself, grim bastion of narrow straits manned by a mixed garrison of Germans and Italians, an apparently impregnable iron fortress.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful reading!

  • By mr kieran j murphy on 10-28-18

wonderful reading!

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

the guns of navarone is a classic, but I didn't realise how well it suited being read out loud. there are lots of conversations and the reader does a brilliant job with these.

  • The Cardinal of the Kremlin

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 25 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,377

Two men possess vital information on Russia's Star Wars missile defense system. One of them is Cardinal -- America's highest agent in the Kremlin -- and he's about to be terminated by the KGB. The other one is the American who can save Cardinal and lead the world to the brink of peace . . . or war. Here is author Tom Clancy's heart-stopping masterpiece -- a riveting novel about one of the most intriguing issues of our time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The most under rated book of the Jack Ryan series

  • By Thomas on 03-15-12

good read

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

this is a great read if you are looking for a good espionage novel. need to read the hunt for red October first though

  • Patriot Games

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,167

It is fall. CIA analyst Jack Ryan, historian and former Marine, is vacationing in London with his wife and young daughter. Suddenly, right before his eyes, a terrorist group launches its deadly attack. Instinctively, he dives forward to break it up, and is shot. It is not until he wakes up in the hospital that he learns whose lives he has saved - the Duke and Duchess of Kent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oldie but Goodie!

  • By K. Masheter Deal on 08-13-12

Typical Tom Clancy

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

A typical Tom Clancy novel, well read and clear to listen to. worth it if you like Clancy

  • Rumpole and the Reign of Terror

  • By: John Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

In the dark days of the war on terror, only one man can be counted on to fight injustice, defend the innocent, and insist on a fair and decent trial for all, contrary to New Labour's new anti-terrorism laws. Rumpole's wig may be yellowing at the roots, his gown might be in tatters, but the oldest inhabitant of 4 Equity Court has no use for the word 'retirement'.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reign of Terror

  • By David Share on 12-17-10

great Rumpole

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

rumpole is a great series and we'll worth a listen, this book included. listen to them in order for the best results.

  • The Eagle Has Landed

  • Liam Devlin, Book 1
  • By: Jack Higgins
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333

It was to become known as the most daring enemy mission of the entire war: Operation Eagle, SS Reichsfurher Heinrich Himmler's audacious plan to kidnap Winston Churchill on British soil in November 1943.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Eagle has Landed

  • By David Share on 08-25-12

A great read

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

I read this book 30 years ago and loved it then. listening to it now has been really interesting. I had forgotten much of the minutiae of the story, but the central story was as good as ever.

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,023

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This gave me a nightmare

  • By Jean on 09-25-18

Scary but also dense

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

We have all heard the scary stuff about this book. But as someone who follows Trump drama closely I found it difficult at times to follow from point to point, the book at times felt chaotic - that maybe because the White House itself is so chaotic, or it might not feel that way if you saw the book (it may use soft breaks rather than chapters).
worth the read though

0 of 1 people found this review helpful