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  • A Legacy of Spies

  • A Novel
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,341

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley, and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • All for England

  • By Darwin8u on 09-12-17

Like fine wine.

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

I enjoyed Legacy Of Spies. Well written the plot lines are woven intricately and pulls all the blank pieces together. It puts you there in the mix of it all.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Difficult Men

  • Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad
  • By: Brett Martin
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 458

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the landscape of television began an unprecedented transformation. While the networks continued to chase the lowest common denominator, a wave of new shows, first on premium-cable channels like HBO and then basic-cable networks like FX and AMC, dramatically stretched television’s narrative inventiveness, emotional resonance, and artistic ambition. No longer necessarily concerned with creating always-likable characters, plots that wrapped up neatly every episode, or subjects that were deemed safe and appropriate, shows such as The Wire, The Sopranos, Mad Men, and more tackled issues of life and death, love and sexuality....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Praise TV's third golden age!

  • By Kali on 10-20-13

Excellent book.

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

Reviewed: 03-15-16

This is my Second time listening to this book. I love this book. A great story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Playing to the Edge

  • American Intelligence in the Age of Terror
  • By: Michael V. Hayden
  • Narrated by: Michael V. Hayden
  • Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927

An unprecedented high-level master narrative of America's intelligence wars from the only person ever to helm both the CIA and NSA, at a time of heinous new threats and wrenching change. For General Michael Hayden, playing to the edge means playing so close to the line that you get chalk dust on your cleats. Otherwise, by playing back, you may protect yourself, but you will be less successful in protecting America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read for students of intelligence.

  • By secretguard on 03-17-16

A close look at what keep America Safe.

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

Reviewed: 02-28-16

It was enlightening.
I think everyone who cares about a free society should listen to this memoir.
The information is provided, the listener has to employ critical thinking.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Elon Musk

  • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,945
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,522

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of competence porn

  • By Tristan on 08-20-16

Risk taking junky.

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

Reviewed: 07-05-15

Elon Musk, this is a story of how risk-taking and obsession have fueled the rise of a Silicon Valley grandee.

Silicon Valley’s giants are disconcertingly focused. This is especially true of Elon Musk.

Interesting look inside the mind of a billionaire.

  • Sleeping with the Devil

  • How Washington Sold Its Soul for Saudi Crude
  • By: Robert Baer
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Baer goes behind the scenes to show how the U.S. willingly overlooked the corruption of the Saudi royal family, its financing of violent Islamic fundamentalist groups that spread hatred of the West throughout Saudi society, and its bribery of American officials. From a close-up with a corrupt Arab family to the inside scoop on how we helped fund the Taliban, Baer shows what's at stake in our pursuit of oil.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The story behind the true US-Saudi relationship

  • By B. Allen on 09-18-04

Good listen.

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

Reviewed: 05-14-15

Enjoyed story,the narrator was good. I enjoy listen to Robinson Dean. Overall I would rate the performance B+. R. Baer tells it like it was.

  • Belfast Noir

  • By: Adrian McKinty (editor), Stuart Neville (editor)
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies, Gerard Doyle, John Keating, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 277

Reflecting a city still divided, Belfast Noir serves as a record of a city transitioning to normalcy, or perhaps as a warning that underneath the fragile peace darker forces still lurk. Featuring brand-new stories by: Glenn Patterson, Eoin McNamee, Garbhan Downey, Lee Child, Alex Barclay, Brian McGilloway, Ian McDonald, Arlene Hunt, Ruth Dudley Edwards, Claire McGowan, Steve Cavanagh, Lucy Caldwell, Sam Millar, and Gerard Brennan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected

  • By carmen on 04-09-15

Ok, that is about it

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

Reviewed: 05-11-15

Overall this was a 2. One story and the introduction was good. But that was it. Would not recommend. Period

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

  • A George Smiley Novel
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,477

The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement-especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla - his Moscow Centre nemesis - and sets a trap to catch the traitor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Le Carre remains the gold standard

  • By carl801 on 07-05-12

Nothing like the movie

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

Reviewed: 05-10-15

I was disappointed that storyline was nothing like the screenplay. It was a good story. But very different than the movie.

  • The Constant Gardener

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 444

Frightening, heartbreaking, and exquisitely calibrated, John le Carré's new novel opens with the gruesome murder of the young and beautiful Tessa Quayle near northern Kenya's Lake Turkana, the birthplace of mankind. Her putative African lover and traveling companion, a doctor with one of the aid agencies, has vanished from the scene of the crime. Tessa's much older husband, Justin, a career diplomat at the British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers and their motive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Greatest love story of the last fifty years

  • By Darwin8u on 06-30-13

Most enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 03-12-15

Story line was excellent, well narrated most enjoyable? I could close eyes - and visualize the characters as I recall from the movie.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Whites

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard Price, Harry Brandt
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 891
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 882

Back in the run-and-gun days of the mid-'90s, when Billy Graves worked in the South Bronx as part of an anticrime unit known as the Wild Geese, he made headlines by accidentally shooting a 10-year-old boy while stopping an angel-dusted berserker in the street. Branded as a cowboy by his higher-ups, for the next 18 years Billy endured one dead-end posting after another.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Richard Price sets the high water mark in genre

  • By Bradley P. Valentine on 02-24-15

Once you start, you cannot stop.

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

Reviewed: 02-28-15

This was an enjoyable well written book. Providing the listener with an inside look at the life of detectives. The gut wrenching decisions made on a daily basis. The inside view of the underbelly of society, and a ride along with the people who make the choice to protect and serve. Once you start - you cannot stop.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Countdown to Zero Day

  • Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon
  • By: Kim Zetter
  • Narrated by: Joe Ochman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,179

Top cybersecurity journalist Kim Zetter tells the story behind the virus that sabotaged Iran’s nuclear efforts and shows how its existence has ushered in a new age of warfare - one in which a digital attack can have the same destructive capability as a megaton bomb.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Story, Terrible Production Quality

  • By Baumerx20 on 05-02-15

It was entertaining but boring

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

Reviewed: 02-27-15

This book started out good. Then it just drifted off-topic and became boring. I am going to return it for that particular reason. I hoped for a more educational listen. It was entertaining but boring

0 of 1 people found this review helpful