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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 2,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,108

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

Exciting plot line. Can't wait for the next book!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Rosenberg does a great job building the suspense, developing characters well, and leaving the listener on the edge of his seat.

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

  • Read by Eddie Redmayne
  • By: J.K. Rowling, Newt Scamander
  • Narrated by: Eddie Redmayne
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,071
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,057

A set textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander's masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Scamander's years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • whoops

  • By A. Bunnell on 04-19-17

Absolutely Pointless

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

Would you try another book from J.K. Rowling and Newt Scamander and/or Eddie Redmayne?

Yes

What was most disappointing about J.K. Rowling and Newt Scamander ’s story?

The whole book. I can't believe someone thought it was worth the time to make an audiobook out of an encyclopedia of magical creatures.

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

He is a good narrator.

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  • The Panther

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,412
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,399

Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Corey and Brenner--it doesn't get any better!

  • By Janels on 11-01-12

The Least Awesome John Corey Book

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

Reviewed: 07-13-15

Would you listen to The Panther again? Why?

Probably not. See below:

If you’ve listened to books by Nelson DeMille before, how does this one compare?

I have listened to all the John Corey books, as well as other DeMille books. The Panther seems to lack development of the villain. We know that he was a smart American-born Al Qaida guy, but the story does not lead us to hate and despise him as DeMille's other books do with the villains, particularly with Asad Khalil, Colonel Burov, Bane Madox, or even Ted Nash. Also, it seems that so much of the book is devoted to painting a negative picture of Yemen rather than developing the storyline.

That being said, it was still a great book--just not up to the standards of the other John Corey books.

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

He makes it worth listening to.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

sort of

  • The Guns of August

  • By: Barbara W. Tuchman
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,495

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of Kings and Kaisers and Czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed...and how horrible it became.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Mike From Mesa on 10-28-08

Awesome Book. Narraration is Terrible!

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

Reviewed: 05-07-14

Would you try another book from Barbara W. Tuchman and/or Nadia May?

I've listened to a lot of war/history audiobooks. This is the absolute worst narration of any of them. A shrill, British, female voice is absolutely NOT the right choice for narrating this great WW1 book. I almost had to stop listening at several points during the book because it was so hard to listen to.

Would you be willing to try another one of Nadia May’s performances?

No