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  • The Cambridge Five: The History and Legacy of the Notorious Soviet Spy Ring in Britain during World War II and the Cold War

  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
  • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

The spy novel emerged from the intrigues of the mid-20th century for good reason. The war with the Third Reich involved an unseen cloak-and-dagger struggle between the participants, but beyond that, an even larger and longer contest took place in the shadows. The men responsible for this unprecedented leaking of life-or-death information would enter history as the Cambridge Five - though in fact, they may have been only the core of a much larger group.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Short on Content~ Spies for Russia 3 stars~

  • By Molly on 08-14-18

Short on Content~ Spies for Russia 3 stars~

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

A brief glimpse into the Cambridge Spies.

This is a very short book. About 90 minutes. It is very short on details and is best described as an overview. The Russian (USSR) recruits each man who in turn help recruit other spies. They devote their time passing secrets to the Russian KGB. Over time intercepted radio messages are finally decoded called Venona by the US. When a clue to McClain's spying is found. McClain is headed to a complete mental breakdown. So fellow spy Burgess receives an order to *flea" to the USSR with McClain. Left behind is Philby who is soon a major suspect. It takes years for Philby to finally be nailed down as a spy and he leaves and is soon living in the USSR as an honored guest because of his spy history. This fills in the missing pieces how the British class system aided the good old boy network to make the spies above suspicion I would give it over all 5 stars.

  • Rogue Male

  • By: Geoffrey Household
  • Narrated by: Robin Browne
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

An Englishman plans to assassinate the dictator of a European country. But he is foiled at the last moment and falls into the hands of ruthless and inventive torturers. They devise for him an ingenious and diplomatic death but, for once, they bungle the job and he escapes. But England provides no safety from his pursuers - and the Rogue Male must strip away all the trappings of status and civilization as the hunter becomes a hunted animal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Englishman's ditch is his castle

  • By Ian on 05-24-14

Englishman has plans for Hitler ~ intrigue follows

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

Plot: an Englishman is hunting in Bavaria when he looks through his scope and Hitler appears.

Pre- World War 2.....an Englishman is hunting in the Bavarian woods and spots Hitler's home the Berghof. Through his scope, he can see and even shoot Der Fuhrer if he chooses too. But is discovered and is tortured by the Gestapo to get a confession. He is able to escape and on an English Ship but finds Nazi spies are on his trail. Back in England where he becomes the "hunted'. Excellent well written plot and story. Keeps you interested from beginning to end. 5 Stars all the way. 2 movies were based on this story. Rogue Male and Man Hunt. 5 Stars all the way.

  • Speer

  • Hitler's Architect
  • By: Martin Kitchen
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

In his best-selling autobiography, Albert Speer, Minister of Armaments and chief architect of Nazi Germany, repeatedly insisted he knew nothing of the genocidal crimes of Hitler's Third Reich. In this revealing new biography, author Martin Kitchen disputes Speer's lifelong assertions of ignorance and innocence, portraying a far darker figure who was deeply implicated in the appalling crimes committed by the regime he served so well. Kitchen reconstructs Speer's life with what we now know, including information from valuable new sources that have come to light only in recent years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • End of book missing

  • By Douglas A. Brown on 05-02-18

The REAL Speer~ 3 stars over all~ way to long~

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

Plot: the detailed factual account of Albert Speer and job as Prime Minister of Armorments during WW2.

This is not a bio. This shows facts and figures of the German Armorments and manufacturing under The Todt Organization under Speer during WW2. It gives very little about his personal life. We lose interest in the overly "detailed" facts and figures of how he maintained Weapon production during the War. Why Bother? It does give a close up look at how Speer manipulated his role is the actual events that eventually prevent him from a death sentence and successfully help him with a 20-year prison sentence. And does for the first time show how aware he really was and his involvement in the slave labor of prisoners. And how he was able to keep the war production going in spite of bombing and decreased the availability of metals and oil to keep Germany able to make war. I give the reader 4 stars and the overly long detailed plot 3 stars.

  • Diana

  • Her True Story - in Her Own Words
  • By: Andrew Morton
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney, Caroline Langrishe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

The sensational biography of Princess Diana, now revised to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her death. When Diana: Her True Story - in Her Own Words was first published in 1992, it forever changed the way the public viewed the British monarchy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful overall with one issue...

  • By globewest on 07-02-17

Close Up Look at the Princess of Wales ~4 stars~

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Plot: Bio based on the "secret" tapes Diana smuggled to Andrew Morton.

This is in several parts. Part one is based on the actual tapes of Princess Diana ...tapes smuggled out of Kensington Palace but it is *narration* of the tapes. Still fascinating. Part two is Morton writing with interviews and collected info. Part 3 is her death and the aftermath. This is a very good look at the life of Princess Diana. She was a lonely insecure woman who married a man she loved but proved his own wishes would always come first. The "third"person according to Diana was Camilla and the other woman made it impossible to work on a damaged relationship. I liked this book but a little shorter version would have been perfect.

  • Spycraft

  • The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda
  • By: Robert Wallace, Henry Robert Schelsinger
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 19 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 878
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 519
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 523

Now, in the first book ever written about this ultrasecretive department, the former director of OTS teams up with an internationally renowned intelligence historian to give listeners an unprecedented look at the devices and operations deemed "inappropriate for public disclosure" by the CIA just two years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique, informative history of the CIA

  • By Richard on 07-29-08

Spy Gizmos 101..... 5 STARS~

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

Plot: outlook at the secrets and gizmos that spies use.

This is a very good book. We learn a close up look at the gadgets of the spies and how they were used and improved over time. How spy technology has changed since the advent of the computer and internet. This is a very good look at the way the CIA and other agencies spy on each other. Added to the details in the stories of spies are detected and how they evade being caught. I would have loved this if it were a bit shorter. 5 star over all.

  • Hunting the Truth

  • Memoirs of Beate and Serge Klarsfeld
  • By: Beate Klarsfeld, Serge Klarsfeld, Sam Taylor - translation
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin, Raphael Corkhill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

They were born on opposite sides of the Second World War: Beate grew up in the ruins of a defeated Weimar Germany, while Serge, a Jewish boy in France, was hiding in a cupboard when his father was arrested and sent to Auschwitz. They met on the Paris Métro and fell in love, and became famous when Beate slapped the face of the West German chancellor - a former Nazi - Kurt Georg Kiesinger. For the past half century, Beate and Serge Klarsfeld have hunted, confronted, prosecuted, and exposed Nazi war criminals all over the world, including tracking down the notorious torturer Klaus Barbie in Bolivia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nazi Hunters Beate & Serge Klarsfeld~ 4 stars~

  • By Molly on 04-19-18

Nazi Hunters Beate & Serge Klarsfeld~ 4 stars~

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

Plot: a young married couple dedicate their life to hunting down Nazi and bring them to justice.

Serge Klarsfeld is Jewish and lost most of his family to the Nazi Death Camps. As he marrieds German born Beate Klarsfeld they find that many Nazis are living openly in Post War Germany. Others are in France or even South American countries and have not been punished for the crimes of World 2. They track several ex Nazis. One was listed in the phone book. They methodically document their case to attempt to bring justice in the form of public attention. Beate even slaps a Nazi Sympathizer who is a pubic official. The slap gets plenty of notoriety The "good old boy" comrades aka ex Nazis are alive and in positions of power in many countries which can help to hide other fugitives The Klarsfelds give us the outline of their life of helping many Nazis not only get arrested but help bring them to justice. The sacrifice is amazing . I would have liked this audio book to be a few hours less. At times is overly detailed, but still interesting how this couple were able to pull off the amazing ability to find justice let alone the danger they lived with. I give it 4 Stars. The reader(S) were both excellent with many dialects and very to help make the story come more alive.

  • All That Glitters

  • By: Diana Palmer
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

When Ivory Keene landed a job at a prestigious fashion house in New York, she could never have anticipated the challenges and excitement her new position would provide. Chief among them is her exasperatingly sexy boss, Curry Kells. The older, experienced executive can't help but be drawn to Ivory by a desire neither can resist. He sees only a talented young woman whose fresh, exciting designs might just make them both millions. But he soon discovers that Ivory is keeping secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ivory crawls her way to the top~5 stars~

  • By Molly on 03-24-18

Ivory crawls her way to the top~5 stars~

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

Reviewed: 03-24-18

plot: running away from her abused upbringing and checkered past has Ivory living a better life when her blackmailing mother shows up~

Ivory Keene was consider white trash from her Texas roots thanks to a liar mother who uses Ivory as a keep out of Jail card. Ivory wins a fashion designer contest and soon is working in New York for HUNKY millionaire Curry Kells. Ivory has talent and is getting more credit and the notice of her boss. Ivory is kept in near poverty paying off her drunken mother. Marlene shows up to ruin what little happiness Ivory has in her life. Revealing every lie that Ivory has told and adds plenty of her own stories and lies to the mix. Ivory now looks like a schemer to Curry who soon distances himself from Ivory. After Marlene goes back to Texas, Ivory learns just how low her mother would go to ruin her in the eyes of her lover Curry. This was written in 1995. It has strong Characters and the Heroine learns to pick up the pieces from her damaged past. One of the better novels from the early years of Diana Palmer. Again the reader makes you cringe when he imitates a woman;s voice but a good story. And the fun is watching how far the evil Marlene go and what Ivory does to stop her. I give it 5 Stars~

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  • The Woman Left Behind

  • A Novel
  • By: Linda Howard
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967

Jina Modell is assigned to work as an on-site drone operator in the field with a GO-team, an elite paramilitary unit. Team leader Levi doesn't have much confidence in Jina making it through the rigors of training. In the following months, however, she begins to thrive in her new environment, displaying a grit and courage that wins her the admiration of her hardened, battle-worn teammates. Meanwhile, a powerful congresswoman is working behind the scenes to destroy the GO-teams, and a trap is set to ambush Levi's squad in Syria.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you, Linda!

  • By Barbara on 03-07-18

Best Linda Howard in 10 years~ 5 stars all the way

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

plot: Black Ops GO Team finds they have been betrayed. *spoilers included*

Jina (Pronouced Gina) uses her excellent spacial ability to snag a job as drone operator with a GO Team. Go meaning Black Ops under cover in high risk situations. Team Leader Levi call name ACE give Jina the call name Babe because of her lower sexy voice. Everyone uses a code name for their own safety. Babe has to upgrade her physical shape to keep up with the ultra fit squad. Endless hours of running and exercise has her in shape physically. But the ultimate test is a air drop sky dive to over come her fear. And being tethered to HUNKY Ace for her *piggy back* skydive is adding to the HIS and HER stress..a hard man is good to find. (LOL) The flame of attracting is nearly smouldering but the job comes first for both of them. Babe and the Go Team are dropped into Syria and a traitor changes the goals to one of survival. This is the BEST Linda Howard in 10 years. Jina aka Babe is a very likable and smart woman who over comes her own demons to join the male dominated Go Teams. Her attraction to Ace is there and helps move the plot forward. The reader is excellent and can do any accent. 5 star all the way for this excellent Linda Howard book.

  • I Will Find You

  • Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime
  • By: Joe Kenda
  • Narrated by: Joe Kenda
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,991
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,827

Joe Kenda investigated 387 murder cases during his 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and solved almost all of them. And he is ready to detail the cases that are too gruesome to air on television, cases that still haunt him, and the few cases where the killer got away. These cases are horrifyingly real, and the detail is so mesmerizing you won't be able to turn it off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Kenda! Veryv

  • By Somewhat crazy dog lady on 09-27-17

My My My......5 STAR Kenda bio~

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

Plot: Lt Joe Kenda (retired) in his own words.

This is a great book. Kenda starts with his early years and on through his retirement. These are stories that are too detailed to have on tv either with violence OR graphic details. But that are *fascinating* and we stay glued to the entire book. As he tells his story we get a close up look at his family life dealing with the baddies in his investigations. The end is his retirement and his start on his TV show. I would recommend this to all Kenda fans. Kenda was excellent in his views and reading of his own bio. 5 Stars all the way ....

  • Christmas with My Cowboy

  • By: Diana Palmer
  • Narrated by: Susie Berneis, Lesa Lockford, Erin Yuen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

From the snow-covered prairie to the remote Australian Outback, a cowboy's loving kiss makes this Christmas merry and bright in each of these novellas.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Should have listened to the other reviews.

  • By Ratso on 12-08-17

Palmer book 3 star~McKenna 4 star Way 5 stars~

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

I will say this.....the Diana Palmer story was laggy and draggy. It was a chore to finish. The heroines are no longer spunky. We are so busy trying to like them it becomes tedious. And of course the hero is a bully. I like your older titles the best. 3 stars for this one.

McKenna Title~ 4 stars~ it moves along and holds the interest.

Margaret Way~ excellent story. a Heroine and Hero we we like and interesting look Australia through the eyes of this author 5 STARS~

worth the buy for the Margaret Way story.

Over all very good readers on this set.