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  • The Kremlin Conspiracy

  • By: Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,874
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,861

Everything he learned to protect the president, he must use to take out theirs. With an American president distracted by growing tensions in North Korea and Iran, an ominous new threat is emerging in Moscow. A czar is rising in the Kremlin, a Russian president feverishly consolidating power, silencing his opposition, and plotting a brazen and lightning-fast military strike that could rupture the NATO alliance and bring Washington and Moscow to the brink of nuclear war. But in his blind spot is the former U.S. Secret Service agent, Marcus Ryker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding thriller

  • By DIANE M TINKLE on 03-12-18

Mills & Boon meets Tom Clancy

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

Religious breast beating, implausible plot but with just enough research to add at least a little bit of curry, this is a holiday book when you don't want to think, just listen. Almost a 'can I ask for a refund' but I think I have to take responsibility for this one. Not one I will listen to again.

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  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,966
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34,857

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

When a world beater, its hard to follow through

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

We can all hope that a writer can give us a new Classic but after a publishing phenomenon it is pretty tough to keep hitting the mark as this one proves. Langdon is getting a bit tired and predictable. Time to try another hero with different skills methinks. Not the worst out there of its genre by any means but I am not waiting for the next.

  • The Cruel Sea

  • By: Nicholas Monsarrat
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632

Darting back and forth across the icy North Atlantic, Compass Rose played a deadly cat-and-mouse game with packs of German U-boats lying in wait beneath the ocean waves. Packed with tension and vivid descriptions of agonizing U-boat hunts, this tale of the most bitter and chilling campaign of the war tells of ordinary men who had to master their own fears before they could face a brutal menace - one that would strike without warning from the deep.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard Edged Historical Fiction

  • By CLR on 01-20-18

Classic British WW2 - You can hear Noel Coward!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

Just one of 'those' books anglophiles reach out for and it tells the yarn with aplomb and wit. Good read and with the right amount of pathos.

  • The Admirals

  • Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King - The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea
  • By: Walter Borneman
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 17 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713

Only four men in American history have been promoted to the five-star rank of Admiral of the Fleet: William Leahy, Ernest King, Chester Nimitz, and William Halsey. These four men were the best and the brightest the navy produced, and together they led the U.S. Navy to victory in World War II, establishing the United States as the world's greatest fleet. In The Admirals, award-winning historian Walter R. Borneman tells their story in full detail for the first time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Insight In To Another Side Of the War

  • By K. Winters on 02-25-13

There are those that lead; listen and learn

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

Every one of the Leaders in this book are the antithesis of what the President is today. Morally strong, skilled, and fully understanding that they are but nothing without the efforts of the ordinary enlisted American. Trump will never make America Great again without the support of the minds and passion of men like these. They understand Duty, they are mostly frugal in their demands and expectations and they are professional at many levels not the least having political and international ambassadorial acumen. They along with the right Presidents and leaders in place at the right time changed the course of history. America will never be 'Great' unless it learns from the tales of men of this caliber, It is good they are dead for they would never have done for the current President what they did for the ones they served.

  • The Last Templar

  • By: Raymond Khoury
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,616
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,060
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,067

As the burning city of Acre falls from the hands of the West in 1291, a young Templar knight, his mentor, and a handful of others escape to the sea carrying a mysterious chest. In present day Manhattan, four masked horsemen dressed as Templar Knights steal a strange device. In the aftermath, an FBI investigation is led by anti-terrorist specialist Sean Reilly. Soon, he and archaeologist Tess Chaykin are drawn into the dark, hidden history of the crusading knights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Michael on 05-17-07

Oe of those 'I always thought so' books

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

Templar lore has fascinated writers for ever and this is another attempt to give answers to many questions. It also questions the fundamentals of Belief through a fun narrative. Much has been spoken about before but that does not spoil the plot. If Rosslyn whet your imagination then you will enjoy this listen.

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,764
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39,679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,641

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read

  • By Nightveil on 07-22-11

Original to say the least

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

Reviewed: 08-24-17

In a Goth Angst Deity struggle, this book is odd, challenging, quirky and put-downable BUT stay the distance and it grows on you.

  • The Fifth Gospel

  • A Novel
  • By: Ian Caldwell
  • Narrated by: Jack Davenport
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,812
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,811

In 2004, as Pope John Paul II's reign enters its twilight, a mysterious exhibit is under construction at the Vatican Museums. A week before it is scheduled to open, its curator is murdered at a clandestine meeting on the outskirts of Rome. The same night a violent break-in rocks the home of the curator's research partner, Father Alex Andreou, a Greek Catholic priest who lives inside the Vatican with his five-year-old son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Necessary Review of a Masterpiece

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-25-16

This is not a De Vinci Code

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

Reviewed: 09-06-16

If you were expecting a rip snorting tale with an 'I told you so' ending, then I hate to tell you but.....That being said, the theological landscape and the insights into the Catholic Church machine, no disrespect, is deep and real. Mainly, I think, because of the wonderful read by Jack Davenport. Caldwell has a wonderful lexicon, rich and with a picked vocabulary he is not soppy or gooey. The tale is another matter. I think I will need to hear it again before I really 'get' the underlying tale. I know what the tale is, it is clear, but as to why it is worth the investment of book I need to invest more concentration I think. As an Agnostic it could be argued that I would miss the subtly that comes from understanding of Faith. So let me not turn you off if Faith is a part of your gene pool, it may make your soul soar. It left me feeling a bit 'so what'ish'

  • Lost Empire

  • By: Clive Cussler
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,994
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,990

While scuba diving in Tanzania, Sam and Remi Fargo come upon a relic belonging to a long-lost Confederate ship. An anomaly about the relic sets them off chasing a mystery-but unknown to them, a much more powerful force is engaged in the same chase. Mexico's ruling party, the ultranationalist Mexica Tenochca, is intent on finding that artifact as well, because it contains a secret that could destroy the party utterly.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lost Along the Way

  • By Joanna on 09-16-10

Not as crisp as the first

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

Reviewed: 08-19-16

Detail, Cussler's new-found religion, is pretty complicated in this the second in the series. You need to follow his thinking on Google Earth to get the full appreciation of the story and I am not sure that in the end it all connects, it sort of runs out of puff. The thing I hated was the cribbed word for word overview repeat of the background of the heroes from book 1; that is lazy writing and Mr C is better than that. Not sure if I will invest in number 3.

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  • Spartan Gold

  • By: Clive Cussler
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,908
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,321
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,315

Treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo are exploring the Great Pocomoke Swamp in Delaware when they are shocked to discover a World War II German U-boat. Inside, they find a bottle taken from Napoleon's "lost cellar." Fascinated, the Fargos set out to find the rest of the collection. But another connoisseur of sorts has been looking for the bottle they've just found.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action Packed Treasure Hunt

  • By Deepseabc on 03-06-11

Cussler Returns from the Audio Wasteland

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

Reviewed: 08-19-16

I gave Cussler a hard time when he teamed up with his past co-writers but this connection with Grant Blackwood takes the old gent back into the realms of interesting because of the depth of detail he takes us too. Still delightfully implausible, he has his trademark cameo of course, and the new heroes sparkle with Silicon Valley savvy which is fun. A jolly good romp, not a classic but fun for all of that. Welcome back Mr C.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Widow

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,904
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,299

Gabriel Allon, the art restorer, spy, and assassin described as the most compelling fictional creation "since Ian Fleming put down his martini and invented James Bond" ( Rocky Mountain News), is poised to become the chief of Israel's secret intelligence service. But on the eve of his promotion, events conspire to lure him into the field for one final operation. ISIS has detonated a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris, and a desperate French government wants Gabriel to eliminate the man responsible before he can strike again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WGV

  • By Walter Glenn Viers on 07-18-16

The series gets stronger

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

Reviewed: 08-06-16

Gabriel Alon gets about in this episode, that is for sure. There is still his artistic connection but his time is in demand. Guidall is a master story-teller who could make the phonebook sound interesting so for him alone it is worth the price of entry. One thing though, make sure you get these books in order as the progression adds greatly to the pleasure.