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  • The Gate House

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 22 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 932
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 937

When John Sutter's aristocratic wife killed her mafia don lover, John left America and set out in his sailboat on a three-year journey around the world, eventually settling in London. Now, 10 years later, he has come home to the Gold Coast, that stretch of land on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America, to attend the imminent funeral of an old family servant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DeMille writes another excellent book!

  • By Andrew Stone on 11-11-08

I enjoyed other DeMille books more.

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

Reviewed: 09-06-17

What made the experience of listening to The Gate House the most enjoyable?

Narrator was fantastic.

If you’ve listened to books by Nelson DeMille before, how does this one compare?

There seems to be a lot of verbosity and fluff in this one. It could have been shorter and I could now be half way through another DeMille book.

Which scene was your favorite?

Don't want to give away anything.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Get the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Measures

  • How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9-11 Saved American Lives
  • By: Jose A. Rodriguez Jr.
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282

Since the death of Osama Bin Laden, interest in counterterrorism is at an all-time high. Most people don’t know that Bin Laden’s death is the culmination of years of covert operations and tactics largely overseen by Jose Rodriguez and built on by his successors. Rodriguez’s sometimes controversial tenure as Chief of the Agency’s Counterterrorism Center involved CIA officers capturing and detaining key senior Al Qaeda operatives and implementing Enhanced Interrogation Techniques....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • for and against

  • By Rachel on 10-05-14

THE TITLE SAYS IT ALL

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

It certainly lives up to its billing. But don't expect anything more.

I didn't understand why Rodriguez didn't destroy the recordings of EIT the first three times he got approval. Hanging on to them didn't change the outcome. He seemed to know someone was going down based on the content of the tapes so it seems the only result of keeping them was anxiety among the ranks.
It certainly portrays what it's like to work in the federal government. My experience is that everyone is looking for that "gotcha" moment.

  • Gunmetal Gray

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,356
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,749

After five years on the run, Court Gentry is back on the inside at the CIA. But his first mission makes him wish he had stayed on the outs when a pair of Chinese agents try to take him down in Hong Kong. Normally the Chinese prefer to stay eyes-only on foreign agents. So why are they on such high alert? Court's high stakes hunt for answers takes him across Southeast Asia and leads to his old friend, Donald Fitzroy, who is being held hostage by the Chinese.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Greaney sets the bar even higher.

  • By JACKIE on 02-17-17

Exactly as I'd hoped for n few things in life are!

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

Reviewed: 02-20-17

What did you love best about Gunmetal Gray?

Predictable excellence! But unpredictable story line. It's nice have high standards that are met consistently, Greaney continuously knocks it out of the park in his delivery of thrilling spy novels.

What did you like best about this story?

The introduction of multinational espionage units and the change of country to country. It was also nice to see the reappearance of Donald Fitzroy.

What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

Snyder has the ability to change accents as if he is a covert operative himself. The appropriate emotional tone came through at the right time. He compliments Greaney well with his consistent excellence.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

International Intelligence Organizations Double Cross

Any additional comments?

Sorry I have to wait another six months to a year for another Greaney Book.
Maybe Gentry will run for president in 2020.

  • The Third Bullet

  • Bob Lee Swagger, Book 8
  • By: Stephen Hunter
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 19 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 384

It’s not even a clue. It’s a whisper, a trace, a ghost echo, drifting down through the decades via chance connections so fragile that they would disintegrate in the puff of a breath. But it’s enough to get legendary former Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger interested in the events of November 22, 1963, and the third bullet that so decisively ended the life of John F. Kennedy and set the stage for one of the most enduring controversies of our time. Swagger begins his slow night stalk through a much-traveled landscape. But he’s asking questions that few have asked before....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what reader is anticipating

  • By lyl on 01-18-13

WOW

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

Reviewed: 02-07-16

Any additional comments?

Perhaps the best of the Bob Swagger series. It takes a while to develop but then engulfs with a desperation to continue.

  • Sycamore Row

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,797

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

Perfect delivery by Beck.

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

Reviewed: 10-01-15

Another great story by Grisham. The story developed a little too slow which caused it to drag at times.

It was good to hear Mr Beck's narration in my native tongue-Southern English. Some listeners may have difficulty if English is not their primary language.

Overall it's a good read!

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,914
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,825

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Owe Stephen King An Apology

  • By Kelly on 04-16-12

Best Book in a Decade

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

Reviewed: 09-17-15

DON'T BE INTIMIDATED BY THE LENGTH OF THE BOOK!
This is about the event that occurred in Dallas that day. After I listened to it completely I had newfound respect for Stephen King.
The amount of detail is phenomenal. It could serve as a textbook that's pleasant to read. The storyline is unpredictable and certainly not cookie cutter.
The length of the book is a testament to the background research by King.
This is a MUST READ (listen).

  • Code of Conduct

  • A Thriller
  • By: Brad Thor
  • Narrated by: Armand Schultz
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,525
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,515

Hidden deep within one of the world’s most powerful organizations is a secret committee with a devastating agenda. Its members are afforded incredible protections—considered elites, untouchables. But when four seconds of video is captured halfway around the world and anonymously transmitted to DC, covert wheels are set in motion, and counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath is tapped to undertake the deadliest assignment of his career.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good...but cliché packed

  • By wendy sefert on 07-16-15

Thor, Harvath, & Schultz do it again!

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

Reviewed: 07-14-15

A great listen about former Navy Seal turned giant killer. As Thor said in the interview there are a lot facts embedded in the story (Gideon's Knot) that compel the reader to check on Brad'simagination. I appreciate the characters having their own personality. The publication isn't littered with profanity and sex.

  • Shock Factor

  • American Snipers in the War on Terror
  • By: Gunnery Sgt. Jack Coughlin USMC (Ret.), John R. Bruning
  • Narrated by: Tony Ward
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

Retired Marine sniper Jack Coughlin and John Bruning pull back the curtain of secrecy to take an insider's look at the dark and misunderstood world of America's sniper force. Long considered the redheaded stepchildren of the infantry, snipers have been loathed by their fellow warriors, called "ten cent killers" by our media, and portrayed as unbalanced psychopaths by Hollywood.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, terrible narration.

  • By we on 05-19-15

Good story, terrible narration.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-19-15

I wouldn't recommend this book as the first one about snipers or the capture of Ramadi. Perhaps after one or two others to augment encounters.
I went through this n finished it the day ISIS captured Ramadi. Makes me want to vomit.
The story supports this book. I almost put it down n requested a refund several times.
In the early part it bogged down with the rank identification of every GI each n every time they presented. Identification was by initials only, such as SPEC or SFC.
Throughout the book there was mixing of terms, like kilo yards. Imperial n metric measurements just DON't GO TOGETHER.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • North and South

  • North and South Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: John Jakes
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 30 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,922
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,935

Two strangers, young men from Pennsylvania and South Carolina, meet on the way to West Point.... Thus begins this brilliant novel of antebellum America, spanning three generations and chronicling the lives and loves of two great family dynasties. The Hazards and the Mains are brought together in bonds of friendship and affection that neither jealousy nor violence can shatter - until a storm of events sunders the nation and brings the cataclysm of war!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating novel of the Civil War

  • By 9S on 01-12-13

Delightful!

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

Reviewed: 04-20-15

This is a fantastic story of values, beliefs, and habits of several generations of American families (both North and South) during the darkest period of our history. The author makes me feel as if I'm immersed in the period.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Term Limits

  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,208

In one bloody night, three of Washington’s most powerful politicians are executed with surgical precision. Their assassins then deliver a shocking ultimatum to the American government: set aside partisan politics and restore power to the people. No one, they warn, is out of their reach—not even the president. A joint FBI-CIA task force reveals the killers are elite military commandos, but no one knows exactly who they are or when they will strike next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Term Limits

  • By David Share on 06-26-11

I'll read more of this series.

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

Reviewed: 03-17-15

TERM LIMITS always seems to ramp up just when I'm about to put it down. Even though I knew good would prevail over evil it kept me wondering how it would occur and how bad evil could get.
There were some hokey parts such as COS addressing POTUS by first name.
Overall I give it 4.3.