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  • The Yellow Admiral

  • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 18
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560

While surviving life-threatening adventures at sea, Captain Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin find life on land to be even more perilous. Aubrey has dimmed his prospects of an admiralty by his erratic voting in Parliament. He is on even worse terms with his wife, Sophie, when his mother-in-law ferrets out a trove of old personal letters. Fortunately, Maturin brings news that the Chileans need the two seafaring friends to train their navy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's an Addiction

  • By Constance on 06-22-05

Pretty good

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

this piece has some of O'Brien's strongest writing, mostly stuff along the Jane Austen line of life in the 19th century Country House. the inner story of Jack's anguish is well-told, although not particularly interesting. this is distinctly light on action but sets up the next couple of books pretty well. And then we are out of O'Brian.

  • PT-109

  • JFK's Night of Destiny
  • By: William Doyle
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

A thrilling, moment-by-moment account of one of the most famous events of World War II - the sinking of PT-109 and John F. Kennedy's heroic actions that saved his crew - and a fascinating examination of how that extraordinary episode shaped the future president's life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hagiography, but a good one

  • By Joshua on 10-20-18

Hagiography, but a good one

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

JFK is painted as almost otherworldly here. The book is accurate, but it gets drippy at the end.

  • The Far Side of the World

  • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 10
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 979
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 735
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 732

The South Seas are a paradise for battle-weary Captain Jack Aubrey and ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin. But their peace is disturbed when Stephen's fancy for a peculiar marine organism lands him overboard. Acting in his usual headstrong fashion, Jack dives into the rescue, unfortunately failing to plan what will happen once they are both in the water watching the sails of the Surprise disappear in the mist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What lies beyond is the far side of the world...

  • By Darwin8u on 05-08-17

Epic, but not the best

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

O'Brian is clearly revisiting other things by the time we get to this book. The Surprise has been given a reprieve, and many of the themes that he touched on in earlier books about circumnavigation are revisited here. an entertaining read but not my favorite. Patrick Tull is brilliant as usual

  • The Ionian Mission

  • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 8
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787

Shoved into a temporary command in "that rotten old Worcester," Aubrey is off to the Mediterranean to join the Royal Navy's blockade of the French port of Toulon, where he will be dispatched by Admiral Harte (unfortunately the same Admiral Harte he cuckolded years ago) on a secret mission that promises to embroil Aubrey in political conflict. His friend Stephen's help notwithstanding, Aubrey faces some of the choppiest waters of his career.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Part of a bigger tale

  • By Paul on 04-10-06

Not the best

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

O'Brian books are always a treat, but some are better than others. This is not one of the better ones though it does have some excellent moments. I definitely recommend the entire series, but this is one of my least favorites.

  • The Surgeon's Mate

  • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 7
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,124
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 844
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 834

Jack Aubrey, Post Captain in the British Royal Navy, is suffused with happiness. The Shannon's engagement with the U.S. Chesapeake off the New England coast has resulted in victory, just another in a long string of them for Aubrey, nicknamed Lucky Jack for his tendency to win big. But Jack is less sure-footed by land than by sea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series

  • By Dan Wynkoop on 07-04-17

Splendidly read

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

Certainly one of the best in the series, with some truly epic scenes. Funny, too.

  • My Side of the Mountain

  • By: Jean Craighead George
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 174

Sam Gribley is terribly unhappy living in New York City with his family, so he runs away to the Catskill Mountains to live in the woods - all by himself. With only a penknife, a ball of cord, 40 dollars, and some flint and steel, he intends to survive on his own. Sam learns about courage, danger, and independence during his year in the wilderness, a year that changes his life forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Student on 02-19-18

The classic, beautifully read.

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

As great as you remember, and wonderfully read. It's also a tragedy, which I'd forgotten.

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  • The Secret History

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: Donna Tartt
  • Length: 22 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,897
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,343
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,341

The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive

  • By Ann on 03-06-11

Riveting and dull at the same time

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

was a decent book. it went on for quite a while and I could really see some of the stitching, which is typical for this author. with some writers you can see the outline shining through the rest of it. This book is better than The Goldfinch but I still don't particularly like her style all that much

  • The Right Stuff

  • By: Tom Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,357

Millions of words have poured forth about man's trip to the moon, but until now few people have had a sense of the most engrossing side of the adventure: namely, what went on in the minds of the astronauts themselves - in space, on the moon, and even during certain odysseys on earth. It is this, the inner life of the astronauts, that Tom Wolfe describes with his almost uncanny empathetic powers that made The Right Stuff a classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Righteous Book, Righteous Narrator, Righteous MEN!

  • By Gillian on 02-08-18

Dennis Quaid was the wrong choice

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

This was one of my favorite books when I was a kid, but listening to a drunk Dennis Quaid reading it has made it an ordeal. Slurring, weirdly cadenced, and often mispronounced, it's like listening to an intoxicated uncle reading from his diary. Not at all up to industry standard. I know Quaid was in the movie, but he's just awful. This was a poorly spent credit.

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  • Nightmare in Pink

  • A Travis McGee Novel, Book 2
  • By: John D. MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 852
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 755
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 746

Nina - a career girl living alone in Manhattan - offers Travis McGee companionship and the first loose thread in the elaborate fabric of a gigantic swindle. Now, she's leading McGee on a wild and tortuous chase into the decadent world of high society, the ruthless world of big money, and the weird world of hallucinatory drugs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Trav McGee just gets better

  • By Bonnie on 03-28-12

McGee at his worst

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

Travis is at his most self-righteous, lecturing and misogynistic in this weirdo early effort. JDM was still trying to figure out what to do with a serial character at this point. A decent period piece, but pretty depressing.

  • The Terror

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Tom Sellwood
  • Length: 28 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,065

The men onboard HMS Terror have every expectation of finding the Northwest Passage. When the expedition's leader, Sir John Franklin, meets a terrible death, Captain Francis Crozier takes command and leads his surviving crewmen on a last, desperate attempt to flee south across the ice. But as another winter approaches, as scurvy and starvation grow more terrible, and as the Terror on the ice stalks them southward, Crozier and his men begin to fear there is no escape.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very good then, NOT

  • By Randall on 07-24-18

Long but entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

Simmons is a cludgie writer. he uses suddenly 11 times in a single section, the laziest way to depict action I can think of. For the most part he does a good job, but he is very much trying to copy Patrick O'Brien and very much not doing well with it. this is an entertaining book if you are driving alone across the country. Other than that I found it slow going

3 of 21 people found this review helpful