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  • Separation of Power

  • Mitch Rapp Series
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ken Kliban
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,005
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6,343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,322

Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator turns Rapp into a snooty, cranky man

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-02-11

Great book bad reader

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

Flynn flies high at his usual level. But the reader used great emphasis even on mundane sentences. It wore me out. There is one character who is famously even tempered but this reader has to insert inappropriate drama in dialogue from this character.

  • Looking for the King

  • An Inklings Novel
  • By: David C. Downing
  • Narrated by: Kevin O'Brien
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

It is 1940, and American Tom McCord, a 23-year-old aspiring doctoral candidate, is in England researching the historical evidence for the legendary King Arthur. There he meets perky and intuitive Laura Hartman, a fellow American staying with her aunt in Oxford, and the two of them team up for an even more ambitious and dangerous quest. Aided by the Inklings Tom and Laura begin to suspect that the fabled Spear of Destiny is hidden somewhere in England.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fine story very faithful to the real Inklings

  • By Stan on 04-17-18

Fine story very faithful to the real Inklings

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

Reviewed: 04-17-18

The two protagonists are Americans dropped into the Inklings culture. It was interesting to see Lewis, Tolkien, Williams, and Dyson, all faithfully portrayed but as side characters. Very well written.

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  • Martin Luther

  • The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World
  • By: Eric Metaxas
  • Narrated by: Eric Metaxas
  • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,482
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,483

Five hundred years after Luther's now famous 95 Theses appeared, Eric Metaxas, acclaimed biographer of the best-selling Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, paints a startling portrait of the wild figure whose adamantine faith cracked the edifice of Western Christendom and dragged medieval Europe into the future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reformation!

  • By John Wurst on 10-13-17

Marvelous

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

Well researched and well written. This will be the standard biography for decades to come.

  • Two Kinds of Truth

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,210

Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out to a local drugstore where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town's three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bosch Survives Two Career Ending Threats

  • By Russell on 11-20-17

Micahel Connelly is one of the all time greats

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

In the broad category of fiction called mystery or suspense, there are subcategories. The Harry Bosch novels are often grouped as "police procedural." There is no author better in this subcategory and in the broad groups of mystery or suspense Connelly is one of the greats. This book is another great Harry Bosch novel. Connelly has not compromised his greatness just to get another book to market.

  • The Prince of Tides

  • By: Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,488

Spanning 40 years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A "Prince" amongst novels

  • By Ella on 11-24-09

One of the best novels of the 20th century

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

Conroy is so in touch with human emotion and pain and he writes so amazingly well that this great book is tough to read in places. But what a book! The characters are deep and multi-faceted, the prose is wonderful and the story keeps moving. Reading by Muller is the best. If I made a list of the top ten novels of the twentieth century, this book would be on it.

  • Tyndale

  • The Man Who Gave God an English Voice
  • By: David Teems
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

The English Bible was born in defiance, in exile, in flight, and in a form of exodus, the very elements that empowered William Tyndale to bring the English scripture to the common citizen. Being “a stranger in a strange land,” the very homesickness he struggled with gave life to the words of Jesus, Paul, and to the wandering Moses. Tyndale’s efforts ultimately cost him his life, but his contribution to English spirituality is measureless. Even five centuries after his death at the stake, Tyndale’s presence looms wherever English is spoken.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unsung Hero of the English Language

  • By Jen on 08-22-12

Beautifully written

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

Any additional comments?

This is a beautifully written biography about the man who invented beautiful English. Without Tyndale - no Shakespeare.

  • Witness

  • By: Whittaker Chambers
  • Narrated by: John MacDonald
  • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361

First published in 1952, Witness came on the heals of America's trial of the century, in which Whittaker Chambers accused Alger Hiss, a full-standing member of the political establishment, of spying for the Soviet Union. In this penetrating philosophical memoir, Chambers recounts the famous case as well as his own experiences as a Communist agent in the United States, his later renunciation of communism, and his conversion to Christianity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great history about Communism

  • By Susan on 03-04-10

Fascinating look is US in 1930s

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

Any additional comments?

I read and recommend unabridged books 99% of the time. This is the exception. The core of this book is the fascinating story of communism in the American government in the 1930s and its revelation in the 1940s. In the 1930s it was chic for American intellectuals to be socialists or even communists. They were pro Soviet Union and pro Stalin. By the end of the decade, many intellectuals were falling away from this infatuation. I knew this before I read the book. What I did not know was how easily communists penetrated into positions in the US government, sometimes at somewhat high levels. This story of how Chambers helped convict the spy Alger Hiss is really interesting.

But this is an autobiography so there is a lot about growing up, appropriate to such a book, but not interesting to the core story. Additionally when Chambers was a spy we get every detail of every relationship, which historically is correct but not really necessary for the reader. Thus a good abridgment, if one exists, would be best.

BUT THE HIGHLIGHT of the book is the preface written by Chambers as a letter to his children. It is a classic essay. There are two competing points of view in the twentieth century: one puts man at the top of everything and the other puts God there. Chambers is a witness not just in a trial but he says he is a witness to the latter world view.

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  • The Late Show

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,528
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,733

Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, the narration!

  • By Destry on 07-20-17

Marvelous new series by Connelly

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

Reviewed: 08-29-17

Connelly does not seem capable of writing a bad novel. I look forward to more in this series

  • Mightier than the Sword

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,082

Harry Clifton is more successful than ever as a novelist, and has just been elected president of PEN Britain. He learns of a writer in Russia whose memoir of life inside Stalin's palace has landed the writer in prison for life, his book taken off shelves and destroyed. Harry becomes obsessed with freeing the writer and telling his story. His wife Emma, meanwhile is the chair of Barringtons Shipping, having escaped a plot to destroy their company by bombing one of their luxury liners, and now the company is thriving.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Better Then the Last Two

  • By Joel on 04-26-15

The Series Moves along

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Mightier than the Sword to be better than the print version?

dont know

Any additional comments?

As the story progresses there are some fast spots and slow spots. There are always a few subplots that really grab the reader so its lots of fun.

  • We Cannot Be Silent

  • Speaking Truth to a Culture Redefining Sex, Marriage, and the Very Meaning of Right and Wrong
  • By: R. Albert Mohler
  • Narrated by: Anthony Grant
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Twenty years ago, not one nation on earth had legal same-sex marriage. Now, access to same-sex marriage is increasingly seen as a basic human right. In a matter of less than a generation, Western cultures have experienced a moral revolution. Dr. R. Albert Mohler examines how this transformation occurred, revealing the underlying cultural shifts behind this revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Biblical response to many contemporary trends

  • By John on 07-26-16

Well Balanced

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

Reviewed: 07-16-17

If you could sum up We Cannot Be Silent in three words, what would they be?

Well balanced without being compromising. Some books on this topic would specialize in "its one minute to midnight" hype. This book does not.

Any additional comments?

Mature and balanced. Raises concerns without being sensationalistic