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Nicole Porter

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  • The Main Enemy

  • The Inside Story of the CIA's Final Showdown with the KGB
  • By: Milton Bearden, James Risen
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

A landmark collaboration between a thirty-year veteran of the CIA and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, The Main Enemy is the inside story of the CIA-KGB spy wars, told through the actions of the men who fought them. Based on hundreds of interviews with operatives from both sides, The Main Enemy puts us inside the heads of CIA officers as they dodge surveillance and walk into violent ambushes in Moscow. This is the story of the generation of spies who came of age in the shadow of the Cuban missile crisis and rose to run the CIA and KGB in the last days of the Cold War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must.

  • By Brandon on 10-30-18

Lots of information

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

This book holds a lot of information and I found it all very fascinating, but I felt it gets a bit bogged down in the Soviet/Afghanistan intrigue. I had a hard time getting through that section, but was very glad I did - lots of good stuff to come after. Enjoyed it overall, it was a very long listen but did not disappoint - but didn't dazzle either. I liked it well enough I'd probably listen again - so much information and details that surely got missed the first time through. Very well spent credit.

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  • The Seven Million Dollar Spy

  • How One Determined Investigator, Seven Million Dollars - and a Death Threat by the Russian Mafia - Led to the Capture of the Most Dangerous Mole Ever Unmasked Inside U.S. Intelligence
  • By: David Wise
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Seven Million Dollar Spy reveals, for the first time, the inside story of the dramatic US counterintelligence operation that resulted in the capture of the most dangerous mole working for Russia inside US intelligence. Now, the former senior KGB spy, to whom the US paid seven million dollars for Moscow's file on the mole, is identified by both his real and code names.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but.... the details

  • By Nicole Porter on 11-17-18

Good story, but.... the details

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

This is a great story and one of my favorite narrators, Kevin Pariseau, makes it even more enjoyable. However, I am dismayed on how the details of how this all unfolded is vastly different from the retelling of the ex-CIA people's telling which was not nearly as dramatic as this story. I feel some details are left out that are hit on in other stories of how this all unfolded and whose lives it affected. Not sure, or could ever be sure, which stories hold the complete truth. But, this took a long path to get to the end and along the way you get to know a vast array of really interesting characters.

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  • Best of Enemies

  • The Last Great Spy Story of the Cold War
  • By: Gus Russo, Eric Dezenhall
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26

In 1978, CIA maverick Jack Platt and KGB agent Gennady Vasilenko were new arrivals on the Washington, D.C., intelligence scene, with Jack working out of the CIA's counterintelligence office and Gennady out of the Soviet Embassy. Both men were assigned to seduce the other into betraying his country in the final days of the Cold War, but instead the men ended up becoming the best of friends. Theirs is a friendship that never should have happened, and their story is chock full of treachery, darkly comic misunderstandings, bureaucratic inanity, and landmark intelligence breakthroughs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really moving and powerful story

  • By Vignesh Krishnan on 11-19-18

Fascinating story!

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

The story itself is at once heartwarming and heartbreaking. Robert Petkoff did a really nice job of telling the story. I didn't like how much it jumped around in time lines, but the story itself is well worth the listen. They just don't make men like that anymore - incredible insight and details into this world. Just fascinating.

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  • War of the Wolf

  • A Novel
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775

While Uhtred might have regained his family’s fortress, it seems a peaceful life is not to be - as he is under threat from both an old enemy and a new foe. The old enemy comes from Wessex, where a dynastic struggle will determine who will be the next king. And the new foe is Sköll, a Norseman, whose ambition is to be king of Northumbria and who leads a frightening army of wolf-warriors, men who fight half-crazed in the belief they are indeed wolves. Uhtred, believing he is cursed, must fend off one enemy while he tries to destroy the other. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the End

  • By Nicole Porter on 10-04-18

Not the End

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

I've been waiting for this book all year, and somehow in my head I thought it would be the last... to my relief it is just another chapter in Uhtred's life.
I thought the cadence of Matt Bates was slow and tired throughout the book, but then I thought - Uhtred is slow and tired - so the cadence was actually perfect when in context.
Many times during the book I felt like I've heard the story before - but some stories are worth hearing again so I didn't mind.
I was disappointed in the lack of participation of some of my favorite characters - but that is on me, not the author or book - I just love Uhtred the Younger and wish there was more of him in this book. Not my favorite book in the series, but it was worth the credit and a good addition to the overall series.

Just like every book in this series, I laughed, I cried, and in the end I was left wanting more Uhtred. I wish it would just go on and on...

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Fiery Cross

  • Outlander, Book 5
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 55 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,261
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,048

The year is 1771. Claire Randall is still an outlander, out of place and out of time. But now she is linked by love to her only anchor: Jamie Fraser. They have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in North Carolina. But tensions, both ancient and recent, threaten members of their clan. Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy, James must believe Claire, though he would prefer not to. Claire has shared a dreadful truth: there will, without a doubt, be a war.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Something that had to be gotten through

  • By Anne on 03-08-12

All fluff and filler

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

To be fair, everyone said you had to "get through" this book to move along - and boy were they right. This is just pure fluff and flowers..... so many times I caught myself saying... just shut up and move along. Too wordy, too fluffy, too boring. This was torture - but needed to continue with the series where Diana does pick it up and get back to what made the previous novels such a great listen. BTW - Davina Porter NEVER falters - she has done an amazing job.

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  • The Bastard

  • The Kent Family Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: John Jakes
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 779

Set against the colorful tumult of events that gave rise to our fledgling nation, this novel of romance and adventure introduces Phillipe Charboneau. The illegitimate son of an English nobleman, Phillipe flees Europe and, as Philip Kent, joins the men who set our course for freedom. The Bastard is the first volume in the Kent Family Chronicles, a series of novels that details one family's journey in the early years of the American nation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Amazing Tale

  • By will on 11-06-13

I think I've out grown this series

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

I read this series decades ago and I loved it - but after listening to the first book I have realized that I have outgrown this series. It is predictable, simple, and not nearly as exciting as I remember it being. Probably a great series for young adults or teens interested in American history - but after listening to some of the newer historical fiction out there, this one just doesn't fit me anymore.
Don't get me wrong, it's a really good story - and it was great in its time, but it just doesn't hold the test of time. I really hate to say this too.

  • The Winter King

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,694
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,559
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,558

The tale begins in Dark Age Britain, a land where Arthur has been banished and Merlin has disappeared, where a child-king sits unprotected on the throne, where religion vies with magic for the souls of the people. It is to this desperate land that Arthur returns, a man at once utterly human and truly heroic: a man of honor, loyalty, and amazing valor; a man who loves Guinevere more passionately than he should; a man whose life is at once tragic and triumphant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Might be my favorite take on Arthur

  • By Allen Young on 06-12-16

A+ as a Series

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

Mr. Cornwell and Mr. Keeble have done it again. They are a perfect fit.
The MOST interesting take on the King Arthur Legend I have ever heard/read.
Masterfully written and read so that the hours just float by as Dervel brings to life one of the oldest stories with a new sense of reality.

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,188

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Owe Stephen King An Apology

  • By Kelly on 04-16-12

This is a definitely a hit!!

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

I am going to be very honest, I am not a huge Stephen King fan.. to me his stories are hit or miss.
When he hits on one, the man simply knocks it out of the park. This was one of those occasions.

What a fantastic story and well paired with Craig Wasson's narration.
When I listened to the sample I didn't think the narration would hold my interest, seemed a little monotone, but I went ahead and bought the book. The narration was pretty close to perfect for the material, he did a fantastic job and was never over the top. So don't let the sample audio fool you, it's just right.
I watched the series on Hulu and enjoyed it very much, then I ran across this book on Audible and as no surprise to anyone, the book is 10 times better than the show. Sometimes seeing a movie or show before reading the book can ruin the book a little, but not the case here.
30 hours flew by, couldn't stop listening to this story.... Highly recommend this listen, it's a really cool trip and one I highly advise taking.

  • In the Enemy's House

  • The Secret Saga of the FBI Agent and the Code Breaker Who Caught the Russian Spies
  • By: Howard Blum
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

In 1946, genius linguist and codebreaker Meredith Gardner discovered that the KGB was running an extensive network of strategically placed spies inside the United States, whose goal was to infiltrate American intelligence and steal the nation's military and atomic secrets. Over the course of the next decade, he and young FBI supervisor Bob Lamphere worked together on Venona, a top-secret mission to uncover the Soviet agents and protect the Holy Grail of Cold War espionage - the atomic bomb.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You can't beat non-fiction

  • By Colleen S. on 06-06-18

Pretty darn good

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

This was fascinating story and an interesting glimpse into a very intriguing part of our history. I enjoyed the story as a whole but since I listen to books while I am doing something else - I had to "rewind" several times as the story jumps around occasionally and I would get a little lost. This is no fault of the writing - just my listening.
I guess what I am trying to say is that the details matter in this story, hence the rewinding.

I initially thought I would have liked a little more detail and/or clarity on some of the "spies", but after reflecting on the book I believe further detail on the spies would have been misplaced. This book is about the two guys and their path not about the spies.
It really is a fascinating story but not quite compelling.

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  • The Last Kingdom

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,266
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,944
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,919

The story is seen through the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman, who is captured as a child by the Danes and then raised by them so that, by the time the Northmen begin their assault on Wessex, Alfred's kingdom and the last territory in English hands, Uhtred almost thinks of himself as a Dane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series of books

  • By Joshua on 10-02-15

Perfect blend of story and narration -

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

I've listened to the entire series (Saxon Chronicles) and without a doubt some of the best spent money and time I've invested in a long while. This is such a GREAT story, so well written and told. The narration is outstanding for 8 of the 10 books. Johnathon Keeble is the greatest for this series, but unfortunately he only does 3 of the books. The last 4 books are narrated very very well - so stick with it cause it all turns out well.

This story sucked me right in and I couldn't wait to listen to the next one and the next one and the next one..
I enjoyed Uhtred so very much - every step of the way - and some of his friends will be my friends forever too.... Just a MUST listen; the entire series is a must listen....

I cried and laughed and laughed and cried for 10 books.... had such a great time.

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