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  • 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 691
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 622

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
  • OH NOOOO

  • By Becky on 07-18-18

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 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

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
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling and contemplative listen ...

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-14-17

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 95
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

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 931
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 855
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 853

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 273
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 237

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 10,498
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,674

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!

  • Orphan X

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,317

Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He's also a man with a dangerous past. Chosen as a child, he was raised and trained as part of the off-the-books black box Orphan program, designed to create the perfect deniable intelligence assets - i.e. assassins. He was Orphan X. Evan broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Distraction

  • By A. Musser on 06-03-16

When will Nowhere Man be back?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-16

The was my first Hurwitz read ... and I enjoyed it immensely. Evan Smoake is as compelling a friend, neighbour and lover as he is deadly in this entertaining 'damned if you do' page-turner about an orphan turned deadly CIA operative gone rogue championing strangers in desperate, deadly situations.

When his latest client turns out to be seductive bait dangled to draw him out and into a trap set by an equal, he uses his every wit, physical talent and tech savvy to stay a step ahead. Fast-paced, great plot twists and a satisfying take-no-prisoners climax, plus a brilliantly atmospheric read by the inimitable Scott Brick, made this unputdownable (lol) for me.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Town

  • Wayward Pines, Book 3
  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,310

Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrived in Wayward Pines, Idaho, three weeks ago. In this town, people are told who to marry, where to live, where to work. Their children are taught that David Pilcher, the town's creator, is god. No one is allowed to leave; even asking questions can get you killed. But Ethan has discovered the astonishing secret of what lies beyond the electrified fence that surrounds Wayward Pines and protects it from the terrifying world beyond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TWO/THREE star review within 3 hours ? RIDICULOUS

  • By justin on 07-15-14

A thrilling end to an addictive series

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

Reviewed: 07-29-15

I loved the entire Wayward Pines series. Compellingly flawed characters, a taut atmosphere and briskly moving storyline emotively and expertly narrated.

I hope the author revisits the Pines saga someday soon.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Natural Born Charmer

  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,177

Dean Robillard is the Chicago Stars' hotshot quarterback. Not only does he have lightening reflexes on the field, he is also utterly gorgeous. First seen in the critically acclaimed Match Me If You Can, Dean is trying to recover (both mentally and physically) from a shoulder injury by taking a road trip. Along the way he meets Blue, a beautiful woman down on her luck, and as they spend more time together their attraction grows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another CHARMER from SEP!

  • By MSEreads on 09-27-08

The Rip-Roaring Fun of Falling in Love

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

Reviewed: 05-28-12

What did you love best about Natural Born Charmer?

The richness of the characters, plot and setting will charm you out of sleep for a night or two, at least.

Early on I felt like I was commiserating with one or another of them. Susan's characters are always charming and full of love, even the most hon'ry ones - you'll meet a doozie of a woman in this book. Of course, it was ridiculously witty, some dry, most sarcastic, all good-natured.

An honorable mention must go to the EXCELLENT narration of Anna Fields, who brought every character - whether aged eleven or seventy-much - to life. I actually read 'Charmer' on the strength of her narration of another author's work.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Natural Born Charmer?

It's a good-length book, and the story bounces and dashes along. There are, literally, no dull moments (thank goodness!).

Without spoilers my three picks for memorable moments would be "The Arrival of Wild Jack", "Neeta Teaches Riley To 'Walk'", and "Dean Expects The Worst". Read the book and you'll find each one.

Which scene was your favorite?

It should be a romantic one, but I choose 'Catfight at the 'Grill Barn'" .... Hi-larious!

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

Hahaha ... "Country Strong" Meets "Taming of the Shrew" meets "Cheers (If It Was Set on an Old Farm in Kentucky)". Sorry, best I could do.

Any additional comments?

You will not regret the credit spent on this fabulous novel. It's funny, full of wisdom, and of course, lots of love.