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Chapel Hill, NC, United States
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  • Orphan Monster Spy

  • By: Matt Killeen
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Her name is Sarah. She's blonde, blue-eyed, and Jewish in 1939 Germany. And her act of resistance is about to change the world. After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, 15-year-old Sarah meets a mysterious man with an ambiguous accent, a suspiciously bare apartment, and a lockbox full of weapons. He's part of the secret resistance against the Third Reich, and he needs Sarah to hide in plain sight at a school for the daughters of top Nazi brass, posing as one of them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Psychologically disturbing story worth listening to

  • By Irene on 08-07-18

Who IS this author? Brilliant.

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

This book was so good that I couldn't figure out why I never heard of this author. Lots of books are exciting but this one ALSO has believable characters and believable dialogue in a foreign language. Penguin says: "He now writes for the world’s best loved toy company, as it wasn’t possible to be an X-wing pilot." That should give you an idea of how entrancing his style is. He was able to inhabit a young girl's mind, in a historic setting, and make something entirely new. Give us more, Matt.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Garden of Beasts

  • A Novel of Berlin 1936
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,421
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,411

Paul Schumann, a German American living in New York City in 1936, is a mobster hitman known as much for his brilliant tactics as for taking only "righteous" assignments. But then Paul gets caught. And the arresting officer offers him a stark choice: prison or covert government service. Paul is asked to pose as a journalist covering the summer Olympics taking place in Berlin. He's to hunt down and kill Reinhard Ernst - the ruthless architect of Hitler's clandestine rearmament.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favs

  • By nicholas on 11-02-17

Best WW II novel of the year

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

Riveting plot that takes place in a few days in Nazi Berlin. Beautifully read by the narrator who captures every voice, and especially the narrator's calm, slow delivery: this is a man who can stay calm in a nightmare world. I didn't know Jeffery Deaver could write like this. Way better than his formulaic whodunnits.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Terminal List

  • A Thriller
  • By: Jack Carr
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,785
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,311

On his last combat deployment, Lt. Cmdr. James Reece's entire team was killed in an ambush that also claimed the lives of the aircrew sent in to rescue them. But when those dearest to him are murdered on the day of his homecoming, Reece discovers that this was not an act of war by a foreign enemy but a conspiracy that runs to the highest levels of government. Now, with no family and free from the military's command structure, Reece applies the lessons that he's learned in over a decade of constant warfare toward revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Make way for Jack Carr!!!!

  • By shelley on 03-08-18

For Gun Nuts Who Like to Take Revenge

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

Any additional comments?

Every terrible thing that could happen does happen to the main character and that is supposed to justify his revenge. He has other people to blame for everything and of course has no personal flaws of his own. This is too bad because there is some good writing and the narrator is excellent. But the author exercised no psychological intelligence in writing this book. The main character is caught in a victim/perpetrator cycle. I wonder if the author has ever experienced grief or severe loss. This is not a normal response to grief.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Fatherland

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

Berlin, 1964. The Greater German Reich stretches from the Rhine to the Urals and keeps an uneasy peace with its nuclear rival, the United States. As the Fatherland prepares for a grand celebration honoring Adolf Hitler's 75th birthday and anticipates a conciliatory visit from US president Joseph Kennedy and ambassador Charles Lindbergh, a detective of the Kriminalpolizei is called out to investigate the discovery of a dead body in a lake near Berlin's most prestigious suburb.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 1960's Nazi Germany comes alive

  • By Daniel Black on 10-19-17

Best Historic Fiction Ever

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

Any additional comments?

This is officially alternative history but there is nothing sci fi or unbelievable about it. It is a gripping suspenseful thriller, about a German police detective who stumbles onto something dangerous, twenty years after the war.

  • The Spy

  • Jed Walker Series, Book 1
  • By: James Phelan
  • Narrated by: Mulraney Adrian
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478

A sinister group - code-named Zodiac - has launched devastating global attacks. Twelve targets across the world, 12 code-named missions. Operating distinct sleeper cells, they are the ultimate terrorist organisation, watching and waiting for a precise attack to activate the next group. It is a frightening and deadly efficient way to stay one step ahead. And cause the most chaos. For ex-CIA operative Jed Walker, chaos is his profession. On the outer, burned by his former agency, he is determined to clear his name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible Performance

  • By Robert on 06-08-18

Beautifully read, finely plotted

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

Any additional comments?

I haven't finished this book yet but I love the writing and the characters, and the incredible acting job of the reader, Mulraney Adrian. I plan to look for more books read by him. He has an incredible vocal range and a very soothing tone. I could almost go to sleep, but the plot is so exciting that I can't.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Fluency

  • By: Jennifer Foehner Wells
  • Narrated by: Susanna Burney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,570
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,576

NASA discovered the alien ship lurking in the asteroid belt in the 1960's. They kept the Target under intense surveillance for decades, letting the public believe they were exploring the solar system, while they worked feverishly to refine the technology needed to reach it. Dr. Jane Holloway is content documenting nearly-extinct languages and had never contemplated becoming an astronaut. But when NASA recruits her to join a team of military scientists for an expedition to the Target, it's an adventure she can't refuse.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Fluency is anything but fluent

  • By D. Backshall on 07-15-17

Going native space opera

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

Great characters superb plot. Can’t wait to read the next one. Want to see the film too.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Spy's Daughter

  • By: Adam Brookes
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Meet Pearl Tao: an American girl with a lethal secret. Pearl longs for the life of a normal American teenager: summers at the pool, friends, backyard barbecues in the Washington, DC suburbs. But she is different. Her gift for mathematics means overprotective parents and college sponsorship from a secretive technology corporation. And now, aged 19, she is beginning to understand what her parents intend for her. The terrifying role she is to play. Her only hope of escape lies with two sidelined and discredited spies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the new John LeCarre

  • By Ghost Reader on 12-05-17

the new John LeCarre

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Would you listen to The Spy's Daughter again? Why?

This is so well written and so well-read that I put it on 3/4 speed. I did not want to miss a single word. Kept me on the edge of my seat. I could not listen at night, it would have kept me up. Brilliant spy novel, amazing characterization, completely plausible plot, and characters you want to spend lots of time with. Yes, I want to listen again, but what I really want to do is go back and listen to the first two books in the series. AND, I really want to see the film. Surely someone will make one ...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Eye of the World

  • Book One of The Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 29 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,958
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,982

When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Your first step down a very long and winding road.

  • By Lore on 06-29-12

One long car chase scene

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

Reviewed: 06-24-17

... only without the car. Even the narrator was bored. Read too fast trying to finish. I loved game of thrones but this wasn't it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Solitude

  • Dimension Space, Book 1
  • By: Dean M. Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray, Julia Whelan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,091
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,091

A mysterious wave of light wipes humanity from the planet, leaving only one person in its wake. After months of desperate isolation, Earth’s last man discovers he’s not alone. The last woman is stranded alone aboard the International Space Station. Can Vaughn find a path to space and back? Can Angela - the only person with clues to the mystery behind humanity's disappearance - survive until he does? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What. A. Story.

  • By Brian on 06-16-17

I'll buy the next one but ...

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

Reviewed: 06-03-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It seems that books today are designed to withhold everything until the last page, just to trick you into buying the next in the series. The concept here is fascinating, but the characters' path to understanding it provides absolutely no clues until the last chapter! The characters go thru multiple obstacles, but these are too ordinary, and provide no clues to the nature of the anomaly: fire, flood, vehicle malfunctions -- all of them could have happened "before the event". There should be clues all the way along so that the reader can participate in solving the mystery. Nevertheless, I'll buy the next one in hopes that it's better. Perhaps this cliff-hanger ending was designed by the marketing department.

Or maybe I'm just the wrong reader. Engineers might enjoy all the vehicle malfunctions and work-arounds to fix them. I'm more interested in understanding the physics mystery that caused the event.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Star

  • By: Alan Furst
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 575

Acclaimed author Alan Furst has written several historical fiction novels. In Dark Star, Andre Szara, a Polish journalist who becomes a spy for the Soviet Union in the late 1930s, is ordered to complete many tasks of espionage in Paris. Through Szara's character, the beginnings of World War II are revealed. George Guidall's gripping narration complements this suspenseful tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bright Star

  • By Jeff Parent on 07-31-04

Brilliant Tangled Web of Historic Espionage

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

Reviewed: 05-26-16

What made the experience of listening to Dark Star the most enjoyable?

Everything about this book is so good, it seems the writer must have been there himself, but he couldn't have even been born. The main character is so fascinating, so embattled, but so good at surviving that you will totally identify with him. The narrator does a fantastic job of capturing his interior monologue. I want a sequel!

What did you like best about this story?

The way the main character managed to get through terrible events but somehow kept his soul intact.

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

Deep rich voice, perfect pacing, natural-sounding pronunciation of foreign words, and atmosphere. You never lose the thread.

Who was the most memorable character of Dark Star and why?

Maltsayev, Nadia, Marta, Andre -- too many.

Any additional comments?

I want to listen to it again. First time I've ever had that wish.