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  • The Spy and the Traitor

  • The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
  • By: Ben Macintyre
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,035
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,780
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,771

Unfolding the delicious three-way gamesmanship between America, Britain, and the Soviet Union, and culminating in the gripping cinematic beat-by-beat of Oleg Gordievsky's nail-biting escape from Moscow in 1985, Ben Macintyre's latest may be his best yet. Like the greatest novels of John le Carré, it brings listeners deep into a world of treachery and betrayal, where the lines bleed between the personal and the professional, and one man's hatred of communism had the power to change the future of nations. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lost almost a nights sleep to this... and well worth it.

  • By George Smith on 10-09-18

Way too complicated for an audible book.

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

This book should be enjoyed in a print version as there are so many characters with so many foreign (Russian) names that it is really hard to keep track. I am returning this book and will search for a printed version.

  • The Fortunate Pilgrim

  • By: Mario Puzo
  • Narrated by: John Kenneth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 696

Lucia Santa has traveled 3,000 miles of dark ocean, from the mountain farms of Italy to the streets of New York, hoping for a better life. Instead, she finds herself in Hell's Kitchen, in a bad marriage, raising six children on her own. As Lucia struggles to hold her family together, her daughter confronts the adult world of work and romance while her eldest son is drawn into the Mafia. Meanwhile, her youngest son aspires to American pursuits she cannot understand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Puzo's Best

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-19-13

Way too long. Thought it would never end

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

Reviewed: 09-22-17

The story really dragged. I grew impatient with the philosophising re main character, the mother

  • Heirs and Graces

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,065
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,720
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,701

As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favourites in the Series

  • By Dylan on 03-14-16

least favorite of all Spyness books so far

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

Reviewed: 02-25-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. I love this series, but not this book. Particularly the voice performance. It went from earsplitting to so low you couldn't hear it. Made audible listening difficult and unpleasant.

Would you be willing to try another book from Rhys Bowen? Why or why not?

Absolutely. Love the series.

Do you think Heirs and Graces needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. The final outcome is obvious.

Any additional comments?

No

  • Lord John and the Private Matter

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,534
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,563

With more than 10 million copies in print worldwide, New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series is a global phenomenon. Lord John and the Private Matter, starring one of the most popular Outlander characters, captures all the adventure and magic of the series while delivering a fresh tale that is utterly captivating.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lively tale, well told

  • By GoryDetails on 12-06-04

Least favorite so far

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

Reviewed: 12-27-14

What disappointed you about Lord John and the Private Matter?

I have read nearly all of Diana Gabaldon's books and this was absolutely my least favorite. I found the story uninteresting . Very disappointing.

What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon’s story?

It just couldn't hold my interest. I couldn't get into the plot line.

Which character – as performed by Jeff Woodman – was your favorite?

Lord John is always a great character

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It introduced us to the character of Tom Bird who shows up in later stories

Any additional comments?

None

  • Infidel

  • By: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Narrated by: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,832
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,046

This New York Times best-seller is the astonishing life story of award-winning humanitarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A deeply respected advocate for free speech and women's rights, Hirsi Ali also lives under armed protection because of her outspoken criticism of the Islamic faith in which she was raised.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tough, Candid Assessment

  • By Paul Mullen on 02-18-08

good story, but

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-11

It was an amazing story, but it spent too much time discussing Somali family relationships and political infighting for a large portion of the book.. Also, I feel I missed about 1/3 of the words because it was read by the author who speaks with a very strong accent. It would have been much easier to follow and to listen to if it had been read by a professional reader.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Red Queen

  • A Novel
  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,750
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,763

Heiress to the red rose of Lancaster, Margaret Beaufort never surrenders her belief that her house is the true ruler of England and that she has a great destiny before her. Her ambitions are disappointed when her sainted cousin Henry VI fails to recognize her as a kindred spirit, and she is even more dismayed when he sinks into madness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, unsympathetic heroine

  • By Karin on 09-12-10

the red queen

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-10

I have read and loved all of Philippa Gregory's other books, but not this one. The main character, Lady Margaret, was a cold, whiney, bitter woman who was obcessed with regaining the throne for her son. She was so unpleasant you had no sympathy for her or her efforts.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • A Distant Mirror

  • The Calamitous Fourteenth Century
  • By: Barbara W. Tuchman
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 28 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045

The 14th century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and the exquisitely decorated Books of Hours; and on the other, a time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world of chaos and the plague.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping, once you get into it

  • By E. Smakman on 11-30-09

A Distant Mirror

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-08

The authjor obviously did an enormous amount of research and wanted to incorporate every piece. Her parenthetical additions often caused one to lose track of the direction of the sentence. I skipped the first few chapters. as she suggested one might want to do, but even after that,it was so tiring I could only bear a few more before giving up entirely. It doesn't help that the reader's voice is quite unpleasant to listen to.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Day After Tomorrow

  • By: Allan Folsom
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

In Paris, an American surgeon named Paul Osborn sees a man he believes murdered his father years ago - and tries to kill him. In London, a renowned homicide detective from Los Angeles on assignment to Interpol investigates a baffling series of decapitations. In Geneva, a beautiful medical resident begins a love affair that will change her life forever. In New Mexico, a physical therapist is invited to accompany a very special patient back to Switzerland. And in Germany, a select group of industrialists prepares for a momentous celebration...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good quick listen

  • By january on 04-23-12

day after tomorrow

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-08

I found the exceedingly annoying music added for dramatic effect so distracting that it really ruined the book for me. At times it was so loud that it drowned out the story line.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful