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Celtic Snake

SACRAMENTO, CA United States
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  • Need to Know

  • A Novel
  • By: Karen Cleveland
  • Narrated by: Mia Barron
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 810
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 757

Vivian Miller is a dedicated CIA counterintelligence analyst assigned to uncover the leaders of Russian sleeper cells in the United States. On track for a much-needed promotion, she's developed a system for identifying Russian agents, seemingly normal people living in plain sight. After accessing the computer of a potential Russian operative, Vivian stumbles on a secret dossier of deep-cover agents within America's borders. A few clicks later, everything that matters to her - her job, her husband, even her four children - are threatened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-19-18

A Bad Romance Novel

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

Too lazy to look for my next “listen while I do morning chores” from Audible, I recalled seeing this one in a small blurb in the NYT Sunday book section characterized (I thought) as an espionage novel, and grabbed it. Alas, the story is a “family first” fairy tale of true love, treason, and the most gullible imbecile ever to have cleared CIA screening. Seriously, there is so much wrong with this tale — the characters, the plot, the total disregard for what would actually happen at any one of the crisis points — that I would be embarrassed to be seen within a hundred feet of it if it were an actual book. On the other hand, if there is an award for “Most Irredeemably Clueless Protagonist of the 21st Century” I’m pretty certain that Viv has it cinched!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
    3,515 ratings
    Overall 3.0
  • Free: Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff

  • By: Pappy Pariah
  • Narrated by: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Ari Fliakos, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3,515
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,196
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3,197

By turns tender and terrifying, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff captures America on the verge of political upheaval in 2016 and introduces us to a man who just might be able to save us from the oncoming horror. Yes, Bob Honey - carnival carny, sewage specialist, and government operative, among other occupations - has spent years in preparation, crisscrossing the world in the employ of a mysterious government program that pays in small bills.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just friggin weird man...

  • By agreenbuddha on 12-12-16

A bargain at twice the price!

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

Reviewed: 10-21-16

Seriously, this hilarious and disconcerting take on where we are last week, and where we have been, is a fascinating blend of prose and poetry masterfully entwined and perfectly delivered to let us know what Bob Honey Who Do Stuff do do. Enjoy! (It definitely helped get ME past the Las Vegas Debate 3, and even the Al Smith fundraiser.)

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Jack of Spades

  • A Tale of Suspense
  • By: Joyce Carol Oates
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40

Andrew J. Rush has achieved the kind of critical and commercial success most authors only dream about: his 28 mystery novels have sold millions of copies in nearly 30 countries, and he has a top agent and publisher in New York. He also has a loving wife, three grown children, and is a well-regarded philanthropist in his small New Jersey town. But Rush is hiding a dark secret. Under the pseudonym "Jack of Spades", he writes another string of novels - dark potboilers that are violent, lurid, even masochistic...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close to perfect

  • By Celtic Snake on 09-11-15

Close to perfect

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

Reviewed: 09-11-15

It takes courage for an artist to experiment with an unfamiliar medium -- and it is particularly remarkable for a writer of such note to experiment in another genre with such entertaining results! Whatever the author 's intent might have been, the story works on multiple levels in portraying small towns and their elites, private schools, Jaguars, writers, writers' attitudes toward other writers, writers' publishers, publishers' attorneys, black cats, family dynamics in general, spousal debts, deconstructionist criticism, narcissism, and so much more.

In large part because of the narrator, Jack of Spades not only makes a presentable showing when taken at face value, but is rip-roaring hilarious as a caricature of a genre I love in spite of itself and mine.

My only disappointment is in who ultimately prevails, but in fairness, I may just be resistant to happy endings.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful