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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 434
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 395

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
  • Absolutely riveting story

  • By Rosemary on 09-25-18

One of his best

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

As always, this is based on actual people and events. I liked the insights into how the KGB worked and why Gordievsky decided to spy and eventually defect and the price he paid. He had scruples and spied for ideological reasons. Ames, in contrast, spied simply for money. In my mind that makes him a traitor as well as a spy.

  • Truly Madly Guilty

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,465
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,429

In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don't say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite enough

  • By David Shear on 07-29-16

Not the usual Moriarty good read

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

This got tedious about half way into the story. I have read all her books and found this to be less than her best. The reader is kind of hit over the head with the GUILT theme from the title. We get to see how an unavoidable event affected all the characters and how the theme was carried through the novel. But I'm tired now!

  • Making Friends with Hitler

  • By: Ian Kershaw
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Charles Stewart Henry Vane-Tempest-Stewart, the 7th Marquess of Londonderry, was born to power and command. But history has not been kind to "Charley", as the king called him, because, in his own words, he "backed the wrong horse", and a very dark horse indeed: Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party. Londonderry was hardly the only British aristocrat to do so, but he was the only Cabinet member to do so, and it ruined him. Author Ian Kershaw is not out to rehabilitate Lord Londonderry but to understand him and to expose why he was made a scapegoat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Secondary Character View Of WW2

  • By Farren Joy on 06-29-18

His own worst enemy

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

As always, Kershaw does a thorough job of helping the reader understand the times, the person, the culture, and the ultimate outcome. Londonderry ended up being his own worst enemy, as Kershaw says, because he was stuck in a time and position. His societal position gave him an extreme sense of entitlement and assumption that he was always right. Yet another Kershaw book that helps us understand pre-WWII, appeasement mentality, and the consequences.

  • Beartown

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,788
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,190

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semifinals, and they actually have a shot at winning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Barrel To The Head, A Slug To The Gut--

  • By Gillian on 04-28-17

A real change for Backman novels

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

What a story. I've read all his books and enjoyed this one in a different way. Gone is the subtle humor. He was very clear about the themes in this and the story masterfully deals with these themes. He creates characters who are interesting because of their foibles. It's small town life and emphasis on sport under a microscope. One proviso: be ready for the "sound" of the hockey puck inserted into the story as an important component but dang, it was annoying to hear the narrator saying it over and over!

  • The Race to Save the Romanovs

  • The Truth Behind the Secret Plans to Rescue the Russian Imperial Family
  • By: Helen Rappaport
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

The murder of the Romanov family in July 1918 horrified the world, and its aftershocks still reverberate today. In Putin's autocratic Russia, the Revolution itself is considered a crime, and its anniversary was largely ignored. In stark contrast, the centenary of the massacre of the imperial family will be commemorated in 2018 by a huge ceremony to be attended by the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church. While the murder itself has received major attention, what has never been investigated in detail are the various plots behind the scenes to save the family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Eastern Orthodox Christians will love this...

  • By James on 07-11-18

For Romanov and Russia afficionados

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

Having read several of Rappaport's books on the subject, I knew that I would enjoy this and it didn't disappoint. The author is so thorough in her historical research that the reader gets the full picture of what happened, who was involved, and the politics behind a possible rescue of the Romanovs. There were so many issues and machinations involved in the idea of rescue that it almost read like a thriller even though you know the outcome.

  • Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker

  • By: Jennifer Chiaverini
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,196
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,201

In Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, novelist Jennifer Chiaverini presents a stunning account of the friendship that blossomed between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress, Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Keckley, a former slave who gained her professional reputation in Washington, D.C. by outfitting the city’s elite. Keckley made history by sewing for First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln within the White House, a trusted witness to many private moments between the President and his wife, two of the most compelling figures in American history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Wonderful Re-Imagining of Mrs. Keckley's Life

  • By Melissa on 03-04-13

Great narrator, good historical overview

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

The narrator was especially good with the voices of the Lincolns and of Elizabeth Keckley. From reading other books about Mary Lincoln I believe the author got her personality just right. She was a very complicated woman. I especially enjoyed reading about Keckley's early life and her friendship with Mrs. Lincoln.

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,815
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,912
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,821

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, 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 powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Trump: All Comey's Life/Working Years--

  • By Gillian on 04-17-18

A man of integrity

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

If you keep up with the news at all, you already know some of what Comey relates regarding his relationship with Trump, FBI email investigations, etc. I enjoyed the background information on him and his career. I believe him absolutely and what he relates about the current administration is very scary. However, his epilogue gives some hope. Definitely worth the read!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fascism

  • A Warning
  • By: Madeleine Albright
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Albright
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,965
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,941

At the end of the 1980s, when the Cold War ended, many, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, believed that democracy had triumphed politically once and for all. Yet nearly 30 years later, the direction of history no longer seems certain. A repressive and destructive force has begun to re-emerge on the global stage - sweeping across Europe, parts of Asia, and the United States - that to Albright, looks very much like fascism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Jean on 07-04-18

America beware!

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

Albright gives a comprehensive history of modern fascism which includes current "leaders" worldwide. It is especially appropriate to read given the current atmosphere in the USA. It's an important reminder that with the right conditions it can happen here.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Rise and Kill First

  • The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations
  • By: Ronen Bergman
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 25 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 796

The news-breaking inside account of Israel's state-sponsored assassination programs, from the man hailed by David Remnick as "arguably [Israel's] best investigative reporter."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye Opening

  • By Ari Safari on 02-09-18

Israel's moral dilemma

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

The Mossad and other Israeli entities are committed to their mission of protecting Israel from all enemies, especially Arabs. This was a fascinating and detailed account of various missions carried out. What shocked me was how easily they lost a moral compass and used "not one drop of Jewish blood" as justification for any killing, even sometimes killing innocents. It's a fine line between terrorists and Mossad.

  • Testimony

  • By: Scott Turow
  • Narrated by: Wayne Pyle
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 523
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 477
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 471

At the age of 50, former prosecutor Bill ten Boom has walked out on everything he thought was important to him: his law career, his wife, Kindle County, even his country. Still, when he is tapped by the International Criminal Court - an organization charged with prosecuting crimes against humanity - he feels drawn to what will become the most elusive case of his career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of insights to human failings and achievement

  • By Adventure Seeker on 08-09-17

Less than I expected from Turow

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18


I've read many of his books and have always enjoyed the stories and the characters. I appreciate how he weaves legal issues together. I like the change in setting to Europe and the interesting story. What I did NOT like was the unnecessary sex scenes and the character of Attila. He tried way too hard to create a foul-mouthed woman who appeared to have a masculine identity. Some of the sex scenes were clearly written from a male fantasy. Naturally the 55 year old main character is attracted to women 15+ years younger and of course they're highly attracted to him. Another male fantasy. Very disappointing!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful