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  • Dear Wife

  • By: Kimberly Belle
  • Narrated by: Vivienne Leheny, Chris Andrew Ciulla, Pete Simonelli
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249

For nearly a year, Beth has been planning for this day. A day some people might call any other Wednesday, but Beth prefers to see it as her new beginning - one with a new look, new name, and new city. Beth has given her plan significant thought, because one small slip and her violent husband will find her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Freaking awesome!

  • By Angela M. Dokos on 07-03-19

A 'Who Done What' Plot You Won't See Coming

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

Reviewed: 07-19-19

This writer sends a predictable storyline sideways with the ultimate plot twist ... As a seasoned fan of the spy and mystery genrea I got suspicious at around two-thirds in, which is a credit to the quality of the story-telling. I also really enjoyed how the writer compelled my perception of each main character to evolve ... at time by lurches, between empathy, pity and disgust.

In an odd way remindedme of 'Gone Girl' ... well worth a credit!

  • Bad Blood

  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 458

The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of a multibillion-dollar start-up, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end. In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up ‘unicorn’ promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood tests significantly faster and easier. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow - what a story

  • By Bradley Shaw on 07-05-19

A Real Life Allegory of Our Time

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-19

BAD BLOOD crystallises how the so-called 'seven deadly sins' have permeated all aspects of modern society, business and media culture, and our appetite for quick fame, riches and ease - even in something as small as providing blood samples for a potentially life-saving test - have abberated our sense of right from wrong. The author's ability to emote the tension and anxt felt by the many real life characters in this real life drama, and to paint a vivid image of a self-indulgent, sociopathic Holmes herself was outstanding, as was the narration. Excellent.

  • The Wayne Dyer Audio Collection

  • By: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
  • Narrated by: Wayne W. Dyer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

This audio collection is filled with Dr. Wayne Dyer's incomparable wisdom. It guides us to new levels of self-awareness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 great lectures for 1 credit!

  • By Jason on 05-05-04

Excellent Inspiration But Repetitive

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

This collection is still good value and Dyer is a well of engaging positivity but I found that the repeated anecdotal refefences made it difficult to distinguish the discreet themes of each talk. The audio quality was also a bit muffled.

  • The Plot to Destroy Democracy

  • How Putin and His Spies Are Undermining America and Dismantling the West
  • By: Malcolm Nance, Rob Reiner - foreword
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,013

In the greatest intelligence operation in the history of the world, Donald Trump was made president of the United States with the assistance of a foreign power. For the first time, The Plot to Destroy Democracy reveals the dramatic story of how blackmail, espionage, assassination, and psychological warfare were used by Vladimir Putin and his spy agencies to steal the 2016 US election. It will show how Russia and its fifth column allies tried to flip the cornerstones of democracy in order to reengineer the world political order that kept most of the world free since since 1945....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We Need to Regain Control of Our Country

  • By DCinMI on 08-06-18

Vince Flynn has nothing on Malcolm Nance

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

As a devotee to the spy thriller genre and a keen spectator of US politics (I'm from the Caribbean) nothing about the US presidential race of 2015/16 nor the presidency that followed Trump'svictory surprised me, because I had read similar plot lines from the likes of Flynn, Greaney, Thor, Baldacci ... what has left me incredulous is how easily Americans' own psychosocial insularities and tendency toward distracted self-indulgence was so absolutely exploited by a hostile foreign power. Also, how unsuited the modern American psyche is suited for long wars of attrition, where patience and restraint are the most critical arsenal.

Nance, one of the truest American patriots, lays it all with methodical precision, overwhelming factual detail and prose as entertaining and compelling as any seasoned spy novelist. A must read/listen!

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

In his forthcoming book, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of power and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Packs a punch to the conscience...

  • By Hanna on 04-19-18

Every story has three sides ...

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

In this well-written, edited and creditably narrated account, Comey gives Trump wary (and weary) readers insight into his motivations and machinations contributing to the most traumatising political era the world has experienced since Nazi Germany. Most compelling, however, is Comey's commentary on the values, traits and competencies of ethical leadership and how, as perfectly illustrated in his own controversial actions as FBI Director - actions which I think I now better understand but still deeply regret, these ideals can and do exist in flawed individuals who must make tough choices in impossible circumstances. He also reminds us of the absolute peril of partisan tribalism and willingness to abandon integrity in pursuit of narrow self-interest and greed. Happy the book ends on a hopeful note. 5 Stars.

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  • Grow Your Value

  • Living and Working to Your Full Potential
  • By: Mika Brzezinski
  • Narrated by: Andrea Gallo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Drawing on deeply revealing conversations with powerful and dynamic women, input from researchers and relationship experts, and her own wealth of experience, Mika helps women pinpoint their individual definition of success. She advises her listeners to define the "professional value" that encompasses their worth in the workplace, and the "inner value" made up of their core beliefs and goals.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Traitor to Women Survivors. Insisted Kavanaugh maybe didn’t do it..

  • By Eleanor on 10-26-18

A compelling and contemplative listen ...

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

Reviewed: 04-14-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

As a professional mid-career woman I can relate to much of the experience and advice shared in this book and I know many of my friends would too.

What other book might you compare Grow Your Value to and why?

I have not read books in this (personal development) genre for many years so I have no immediate comparison except to say that it has brought me a better appreciation of the author's on-air persona (I am a fan, but have never read any of her books till now) and I will chuckle every time her colleagues quip about her off-days as 'holidays to the south of France'.

Have you listened to any of Andrea Gallo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I am unfamiliar with Ms. Gallo but thoroughly enjoyed her smooth, well paced and mellow read.

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

My extreme reaction had to do with my current work experiences where the themes of gender bias and sexism in management culture feature strongly, and where my discontent with not being permitted to fully contribute and achieve have spurred my drive to move on to a more fulfilling point in my journey, which has already included junior and senior leadership positions and entrepreneurship. This read has primed me for the next step.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book to any woman driven to achieve her full personal and work potential.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fade

  • By: Kyle Mills
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

Welcome to the new war on terror. A secret wing of Homeland Security is recruiting agents to work undercover in the Middle East, and the director wants his second-in-command, Matt Egan, to bring aboard an old friend, Salam Al Fayed, better known as Fade. He's perfect: An ex-Navy Seal and the son of immigrants, he speaks flawless Arabic. Trouble is, he's "retired"; he was wounded in the line of duty, and the government refused to pay for the risky surgery that could have helped him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen

  • By ddsharper on 08-23-05

Just okay ...

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

Reviewed: 10-28-16

I bought this book because I had been impressed with Mills' work on the Mitch Rapp series and wanted to read a novel that was all this author, from conception to completion.

The novel has a great setup, SEAL assassin turned hermit with a debilitating 'slow death' injury gets caught up in a (was it CIA?) recruitment plot gone wrong and fights his way out with sharp skills and a blonde bombshell police-chick sidekick by his side. However, all that promise is lost in snappy, out of place dialogue that makes the main character more corny than compelling and the author spending more time inside the head of the story's nemesis than that of our hero for the last 70% of the story. The whole thing then ends abruptly with a Wikileaks styled data dump, a lazy way to climax the story.

Mills can write but this was disappointing.

  • Hunter

  • A Thriller
  • By: Robert Bidinotto
  • Narrated by: Conor Hall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 943
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 940

From its first moments, Hunter takes you on a nonstop thrill ride: from the top floor of the CIA, to the marbled corridors of Capitol Hill...from the posh hotels of downtown Washington, to the city's mean, violent streets. It introduces a colorful new hero for our time - and a dazzling heroine every bit his equal. A spy mystery...a crime thriller...a passionate romance: Hunter is a genre-bending novel unlike any you've read. Deviously plotted, filled with vivid characters, and propelled at a breakneck pace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent crime thriller

  • By Susan on 04-27-16

Kinda Painful To Listen To ... Had To Give Up

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

Reviewed: 06-28-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A more compelling, faster moving plot, and a more expressive narrator.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I think I will go back to the tried and true masters of the suspense genre ... Vince Flynn, Mark Greaney and the like.

Would you be willing to try another one of Conor Hall’s performances?

Probably not ... this performance was pretty sterile, at times extremely stilted.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hunter?

I have been spoilt by the 'un-putdownable' Sparrow, Mitch Rapp and Gray Man series filled with irresistibly flawed characters, exciting plots twists, immersive descriptions of action, intrigue and emotion, and really compelling narration.

Nothing about this book held my interest and I kept forgetting what happened in the story between listens, so I finally gave up.

Any additional comments?

I am in search of a new addictive spy thriller series; pity 'Hunter' wasn't it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Travelers

  • A Novel
  • By: Chris Pavone
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 257

Meet Will Rhodes: travel writer, recently married, barely solvent, his idealism rapidly giving way to disillusionment and the worry that he's living the wrong life. Then one night, on assignment for the award-winning Travelers magazine in the wine region of Argentina, a beautiful woman makes him an offer he can't refuse. Soon Will's bad choices - and dark secrets - take him across Europe, from a chateau in Bordeaux to a midnight raid on a Paris mansion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book

  • By Susan on 03-16-16

What a thrill ride ...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-16

Well researched, irresistibly absorbing in storyline, characterisation and prose, and expertly narrated, seldom does an audiobook deliver true artistic value in both the literary and theatrical sense. It is 5:00 am, I've just finished 'Travellers' and I am searching for my next Pavonne listen. Nuff said.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Back Blast

  • A Gray Man Novel
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,223
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,261

From the number-one New York Times best-selling coauthor of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels comes an all-new explosive thriller featuring the lethal assassin known as the Gray Man.... Court Gentry was the CIA's best agent. Until the day the agency turned against him and put out a kill-on-sight order. That's when the enigmatic international assassin called the Gray Man was born - and Court has been working for himself ever since.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent GRAY MAN book - I can't wait for more...

  • By shelley on 02-17-16

Great read after Hurwitz's 'Orphan X' ...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-16

Okay, I admit I've a weakness for real-life Smoakes and Gentrys, that's why I loved both these characters ... Men of action, rebels with a cause, isolated yet self-contained, barely banked aggression, observant, intelligent, unrepentantly human. Oh, and able to shoot your left nut off from 800 yards.

In a way I am glad I read this one first - the last in the series so far. After five years on the run, Gentry returns to the States to face his most dangerous predator and figure out exactly why he is on the CIA's shoot-on-sight list. Taut action, tons of suspense, lots of characters you'll love to hate even more than JR from Dallas, a day fair deal of humour delivered by the inimitable Jake Snyder, man of many voices.

You will love this book!