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  • Endgame

  • The End of The Debt Supercycle And How It Changes Everything
  • By: John Mauldin
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 616
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 501

Hundreds of books have been written about the financial crisis that engulfed the world after Lehman Brothers went bankrupt. But what if the bigger financial crisis is ahead of us, not behind us?As John Mauldin and Jonathan Tepper deftly illustrate in this controversial audio book, the crisis was more than a half-century in the making. The Great Financial Crisis, however, was merely Act I.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Educational Fear Ride

  • By Graham on 06-15-12

Engaging, disturbing and helpful

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

Reviewed: 02-01-13

What made the experience of listening to Endgame the most enjoyable?

Mauldin explains principles of macro-economics in a way that gives great depth of understanding and yet is comprehensible to a non-economist. Additionally, Pratt voices the book at a perfect pace and speaks clearly and carefully, making complex passages easy to follow.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Maudlins "just-the-facts" no hype approach makes a very convincing argument that we will have to face the costs of past excess and foolishness soon.

  • The Rembrandt Affair

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,579

Determined to sever his ties with the Office, Gabriel Allon has retreated to the windswept cliffs of Cornwall with his beautiful Venetian-born wife, Chiara. But once again his seclusion is interrupted by a visitor from his tangled past: the endearingly eccentric London art dealer Julian Isherwood. As usual, Isherwood has a problem. And it is one only Gabriel can solve.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get Set for an Action Ride

  • By Howard on 09-14-10

Well written compelling story, with horrible audio

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

Reviewed: 08-13-12

Would you listen to The Rembrandt Affair again? Why?

Silva offers a compelling and believable story line with well developed characters.

How could the performance have been better?

The poor audio quality makes Gigante sound like and synthesized reader. Gigante does little in his performance to change this impression. He attempts voicing for various characters but it is weak.

  • The Kill Artist

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,399
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,390

After the assassination of his wife and son, Gabriel Allon retires from his brutal anti-terrorist career and loses himself in his previous cover job: art restoration. But when Tariq al-Hourani, the Palestinian terrorist responsible for his family’s death, begins a killing spree designed to destroy Middle East peace talks, Gabriel once again slips into the shadowy world of international intrigue. In a global game of hide-and-seek, the motives of Gabriel and Tariq soon become more personal than political.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reluctant Assassin

  • By Snoodely on 10-30-13

A poor showing by a good author

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

Reviewed: 08-13-12

Would you try another book from Daniel Silva and/or George Guidall?

I listened to a newer work by Silva and loved it. So I went back to the beginning and was horribly disappointed.

What was most disappointing about Daniel Silva’s story?

Sliva uses constant profanity to try and demonstrate the tough grittiness of his characters. Simply showing us who they are would be much more effective. The constant use of "F***" as well as the excessive sexuality distract from and weaken the story line to the point that I finally quit listening half way through.

What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

George Guidall gives a fine performance and is easy to listen to. He is one of the better readers I have heard. His voicing for various characters is appropriate, consistent and well done. Silva's story lines move rapidly from character to character and Guidall's voicing of various characters makes the action easier to follow.

Any additional comments?

I am glad that I listened to a more recent Silva novel first. Silva has learned how to richly develop a hard, gritty character without resorting to trite use of profanity and obscenity. Unfortunately he didn't learn this early enough in life to save this book.

35 of 44 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Patrol

  • By: Brian Jacques
  • Narrated by: Brian Jacques
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 214

The vicious Rapscallion army is threatening to batter down the walls of Redwall Abbey. But standing in their way are the brave hares of the Long Patrol and a stout-hearted contingent of forest creatures. And no defender of Redwall is more courageous than young Tammo, an inexperienced but eager hare who dreams of great adventure. Fueled by sumptuous feasting and hearts lifted by stirring ballads, Tammo and his honorable companions raise their swords in a pitched battle for the future of their land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely well produced story

  • By Jeffrey on 06-26-12

Extremely well produced story

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

Reviewed: 06-26-12

What did you love best about The Long Patrol?

This is more audio drama than just reading of a book. Multiple actors and voices led even more interest to an already well written story. Although a "kids book", our whole family (including teenage boys) enjoyed this as we traveled.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Queen of Fats

  • Why Omega-3s Were Removed from the Western Diet and What We Can Do to Replace Them
  • By: Susan Allport
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

A nutritional whodunit that takes readers from Greenland to Africa to Israel, The Queen of Fats gives a fascinating account of how we have become deficient in a nutrient that is essential for good health: the fatty acids know as omega-3s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye Opener about fats, weight and health!

  • By Eric on 12-22-11

Rigorous data, well presented.

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

Reviewed: 06-26-12

What made the experience of listening to Queen of Fats the most enjoyable?

Complicated data and ideas are presented in the context of stories about the researchers who discovered them, making what could be tedious, very enjoyable.