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Mark the Chzguy

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  • Killing Rommel

  • By: Steven Pressfield
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520

Autumn 1942. Hitler's legions have swept across Europe; France has fallen; Churchill and the English stand isolated on their island. In North Africa, Rommel and his Panzers have routed the British Eighth Army and stand poised to overrun Egypt, Suez, and the oil fields of the Middle East.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humble Hero

  • By Mark Patterson on 11-19-08

like my old Buick Electra on a -20 degree day

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

This story started like my old Buick Electra on a -20 degree day in Wisconsin. But once it warmed up it gave me a good ride and even hit overdrive, pushing me past the speed limit into the throes of war with complex, thoughtful warriors I learned to care about.

  • The Millionaire Messenger

  • Make a Difference and a Fortune Sharing Your Advice
  • By: Brendon Burchard
  • Narrated by: Brendon Burchard
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487

In The Millionaire Messenger, Brendon Burchard pulls back the curtains on the once-secretive "expert industry" and shows how to become an influential and highly paid advice expert through websites, books, speeches, seminars, coaching, consulting, and online programs. Blessed to receive life's golden ticket - a second chance - after surviving a dramatic car accident, Burchard has dedicated his life to helping others find their voice, live more fully, and follow their dreams. By following his 10-step program, average, ordinary people can learn to become experts in anything they choose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it. Inspriing

  • By kimbereley on 07-18-12

The passion of the author's own voice motivates

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-19

This guy is a great storyteller. If he would have had a smooth narrator do his own audio book it might be a dud. But his conviction that this will work for you comes through his own voice and inflection. The questions he asks at the end of chapters are helpful if you take time to do them. He has a process, and explains it well. He motivated me to explore life coaching.

  • Hornet Flight

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,750
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,752

It's June 1941, and the low point of the war. England throws wave after wave of RAF bombers across the Channel, but somehow the Luftwaffe is able to shoot them down at will. The skies, indeed, the war itself seem to belong to Hitler.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Outstanding Spy Novel

  • By C. McCoy on 03-13-05

Had me on the edge of my car seat

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-18

My first Ken Follett book was The Pillars of the Earth, which two friends named as their favorite book ever in answer to a dinner party question. Since then I have listened to about half a dozen Follett books on Audible and this may be my favorite. John Lee is masterful as ever as the Voice, transitioning from narrator, to female character, to male character, to German accent, to British accent, to Danish accent, then back to the narrator, all with the ease of the man on a flying trapeze.

Follett tells a story like no one I have read. The narration is omnipresent, telling us what is in the minds of all the characters. It just works. The love story between two teenage Danes is the most tender of the books I have read by Follett, minus the graphically described sex scenes that prevent me from playing Follett on Audible with my daughter in the car. "Daddy, why are you listening to this?" I'm asked as I hurriedly turn the volume down.

The climactic last scene is so thrilling and visual I am amazed no one has turned it into a movie. If they have, and I missed it, I want to know about it.

When you are finished, read the Wikipedia entry on the book to get the historical background. Don't read it first unless you want a spoiler.

Without a doubt, the most satisfying listen I have had in years. I applauded in my kitchen with my wife as it ended, giving it a well-deserved standing ovation.

  • Where the Wind Blows

  • A Prairie Hearts Novel, Book 1
  • By: Caroline Fyffe
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 570

Chase Logan lives by no man’s leave, a solitary drifter who closed off his heart long ago - until the day he impulsively does a kindness for a beautiful young widow, and everything changes. For two years, Jessie Strong has dreamt of the day she could bring little Sarah home from the orphanage and call the child her own. But when her husband dies, Jessie fears the family she’s longed for is slipping away - until Chase Logan unexpectedly comes to her rescue. By pretending to be her husband, Chase can make all of her dreams come true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, heartwarming story

  • By K. Severinsen on 02-12-13

Warm as a Wyoming campfire

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-18

I’m a guy. I’m not supposed to get misty-eyed over wholesome, historical western romance novels. But I did.

This is a story about second and third chances, responsibility, adoption, acceptance, Chase the cowboy and ultimately the truest type of love, divinely inspired.

Kudos to the narrator and his incredible range of voices, both male and female.

I got this as s Prime freebie and am glad I gave it a chance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sycamore Row

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,206

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham at his best (again)

  • By Brock on 10-23-13

Superb Narration of Southern Accents, Compelling P

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

Reviewed: 05-01-14

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sycamore Row?

The Grisham plot builds and builds around a legal and cultural mystery of, "Why would a Mississippi businessman leave more than $20 million in his will to his black housekeeper while providing nothing for his family"? The ending, as many others have said, will not disappoint. It had me sitting in my car after my commute with the engine turned off, wondering what would happen to convince the jury. The ending did not disappoint.

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

Best narration of any audible book I have listened to. The Southern accents are impeccable. He can even do black Southern women fairly convincingly.

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

I did shed a tear as I listened to the riveting scene in which the father of two sons killed by a drunken driver reached out to the family of the driver to say he and his wife are Christians who forgive the man because that's what Christ calls them to do. In the book, this left the lawyer protagonist speechless. It left me thinking about what it truly means to be a Christian. I heard that a few days before Easter and it choked me up.

Any additional comments?

The story has lots and lots of legal and courtroom details, such as somewhat tedious reviews of depositions. But these add texture and credibility to the story. Grisham gets close to the line of too much legal explanation and examples but for the most part does not, in my opinion, cross it. A great read and listen!

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Establishment

  • By: Howard Fast
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

In The Establishment, Howard Fast pulls the listener into the turbulent and passionate lives of the Dan Lavette family story begun in The Immigrants and continued in Second Generation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A female narrator impersonating men

  • By Mark the Chzguy on 02-08-14

A female narrator impersonating men

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

Reviewed: 02-08-14

What disappointed you about The Establishment?

Another good Howard Fast yarn, but the narration of The Establishment is terrible. Correction: the narration is pretty good, by the same narrator that did Second Generation. But in that audiobook each character had his or her respective actor or actress for all the voices. That was great! I use Whyspersinc and actually preferred listening to reading because of this. But on this audio book, the same female narrator tries almost humorously (good call by other reviewer saying it sounds like chipmunks) doing the supposedly he-man voice of Dan Lavette and all the other male characters. It's beyond distracting.