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Mark Swoboda

Texas
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  • The Monk of Mokha

  • By: Dave Eggers
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345

Mokhtar Alkhanshali grew up in San Francisco, one of seven siblings raised by Yemeni immigrants in a tiny apartment. At age 24, unable to pay for college, he works as a doorman. Until: a statue of an Arab raising a cup of coffee awakens something in him. He sets out to learn the rich history of coffee in Yemen and the complex art of tasting and identifying varietals. He travels to Yemen, collects samples of beans, eager to bring improved cultivation methods to the farmers. And he is on the verge of success when civil war engulfs Yemen in 2015 and he is trapped in Sana'a.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • MOVING THE NEEDLE

  • By Dog Fish on 02-20-18

interesting history and personal story

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

interesting history and personal story if you are a coffee lover. I learned a lot I didn't know about coffee and also about a region of the world that is usually just a bad headline but is in fact filled with people with hopes and dreams much like ours.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22,206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,835
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,832

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

More Amazing than Fiction

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

If this wasn't a true story it might be hard to believe. Mix keystone cops with a sociopath and you never know where the next turn in the story will lead.

  • The Truelove

  • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 15
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602

A British whaler has been captured by an ambitious chief in the Friendly Isles, and Captain Jack Aubrey is dispatched to restore order. But Jack must first contend with an escaped convict who has stowed away on the Surprise, an attractive female convict who is driving the crew to awkward courtliness and dangerous jealousies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • AKA Clarissa Oakes

  • By Darwin8u on 11-28-17

I love this series and this is a favorite. l

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

Patrick O'Brian never disappoints and this is no exception. Add the narration on Patrick Tull and this is a winner.

  • The Light of Day

  • Arthur Simpson, Book 1
  • By: Eric Ambler
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

When Arthur Abdel Simpson first spots Harper in the Athens airport, he recognizes him as a tourist unfamiliar with the city and in need of a private driver - in other words, the perfect mark for Simpson’s brand of entrepreneurship. But Harper proves to be more the spider than the fly when he catches Simpson searching his wallet for traveler’s checks. Soon Simpson finds himself blackmailed into driving a suspicious car across the Turkish border. When he is caught again, this time by the police, he faces a choice: cooperate with the Turks and spy on his erstwhile colleagues or end up in one of Turkey’s notorious prisons.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good yarn.

  • By Mark Swoboda on 02-13-17

A good yarn.

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

Reviewed: 02-13-17

A good tale well told. I will look for more by this author and reader.