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  • Earthly Joys

  • Tradescant Novels, Book 1
  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

John Tradescant’s fame and skill as a gardener are unsurpassed in 17th-century England, but it is his clear-sighted honesty and loyalty that make him an invaluable servant. As an informal confidant of Sir Robert Cecil, adviser to King James I, he witnesses the making of history, from the Gunpowder Plot to the accession of King Charles I and the growing animosity between Parliament and court.  

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not Gregory s best

  • By david schaben on 08-20-18

Sinful man

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

Not sure why the author had to create such contradiction in a man of this era. I usually read the.es books to avoid some of the modern garbage that are often depicted in books with too much sex and lies, this unfortunate depiction of one of the main characters made it so that I had to deal with this when I would rather have avoided it.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Lincoln's Last Trial

  • The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency
  • By: Dan Abrams, David Fisher
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner, Dan Abrams
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323

At the end of the summer of 1859, 22-year-old Peachy Quinn Harrison went on trial for murder in Springfield, Illinois. Abraham Lincoln, who had been involved in more than 3,000 cases - including more than 25 murder trials - during his two-decades-long career, was hired to defend him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen for lawyers and those interested in history

  • By M. on 07-15-18

A look a greatness

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

This book took me inside the courtroom where Lincoln mastered the task before him. 2 hours of summation for the life of the man that he saved, done with truth and passion and beautifully retold here. Every American should read this book.

  • The Spy's Son

  • The True Story of the Highest-Ranking CIA Officer Ever Convicted of Espionage and the Son He Trained to Spy for Russia
  • By: Bryan Denson
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,229

Jim Nicholson was one of the CIA's top veteran case officers. By day he taught spycraft at the CIA's clandestine training center, The Farm. By night he was a minivan-driving single father racing home to have dinner with his kids. But Nicholson led a double life. For more than two years, he had met covertly with agents of Russia's foreign intelligence service and turned over troves of classified documents. In 1997 Nicholson became the highest-ranking CIA officer ever convicted of espionage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • True story that's as exciting as fiction

  • By AudioAddict on 12-05-15
  • The Spy's Son
  • The True Story of the Highest-Ranking CIA Officer Ever Convicted of Espionage and the Son He Trained to Spy for Russia
  • By: Bryan Denson
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp

Riveting could not put it down.

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

This book almost brought me to tears especially near the end during the sentencing for the second time and the words of the spy’s sin. Although I fully understand the nature of the crime that was committed, I had a ton of emotions for Nathan. It is a great book. Can’t wait to see the movie.

  • Love in the Time of Cholera

  • By: Gabriel García Márquez
  • Narrated by: Armando Durán
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,798
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,815

From the Nobel Prize-winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude comes a masterly evocation of an unrequited passion so strong that it binds two people's lives together for more than half a century. In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career, he whiles away the years in 622 affairs - yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timeless Romance, brought to life by Armando Duràn

  • By Anne on 09-05-13

Love Indeed

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

Reviewed: 09-23-13

What did you love best about Love in the Time of Cholera?

It shows that love is worth waiting for. It is interesting that being from the Caribbean, I was able to understand some of the prejudices in the book. The stereo types that existed are ever present in that part of the world today.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Love in the Time of Cholera?

The Trip on the river boat! I had a vivid image of the mosquitoes and the oppressive heat with no AC!

What about Armando Durán’s performance did you like?

I love the fact that he read with an accent. It added the right flavor and atmosphere to evoke the feeling that was created in the characters in the book.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, no extreme reactions, although there were sad moments.

Any additional comments?

Old age is sad but in this story is was romantic!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Damascus Countdown

  • The Twelfth Imam Series, Book 3
  • By: Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,160

Israel successfully launches a first strike on Iran, taking out all of their nuclear sites and six of their nuclear warheads. American president William Jackson threatens to support a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the Jewish State for unprovoked and unwarranted acts of aggression. And the Twelfth Imam prepares to order a genocidal retaliation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Read them in order and enjoy

  • By Shawn on 03-17-13

A Real posibility

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

Reviewed: 09-05-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes, I would change some of the reading style.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Surprise.

Did Christopher Lane do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes. He added accents to different people and between the various characters.

Do you think Damascus Countdown needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. Too depressing.

Any additional comments?

A lot of what was in the book was familiar to me. Some of it was drawn from biblical prophesy. There was some conjecture and I guess that is why it is a fictional tale.

  • The Life of Thomas More

  • By: Peter Ackroyd
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

The Life of Thomas More went straight to #1 on the London Times best seller list when published in the United Kingdom. It remained in that position for over a month, garnering the kind of praise that is rarely given. Thomas More was not only a great man of the church, he was also arguably the most brilliant lawyer the English-speaking world has ever known.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic novel; passable narration

  • By Bryan on 08-02-13

Great Man

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

Reviewed: 09-05-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Life of Thomas More to be better than the print version?

No, but it came close

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the latin and the links between the past, his life and where we are today. I really am seeing how we got from there to here.

Have you listened to any of Frederick Davidson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were several instances that were poignant and moving. When his head was cut of and boiled, had me in tears. I was also moved by the death of his first wife, his imprisonment and his service to the poor.

Any additional comments?

I could listen to this book again and again and learn something every time!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful