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  • The Crystal Cave

  • The Arthurian Saga, Book 1
  • By: Mary Stewart
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655

Born the bastard son of a Welsh princess, Myrdden Emrys - or as he would later be known, Merlin - leads a perilous childhood, haunted by portents and visions. But destiny has great plans for this no-man's-son, taking him from prophesying before High King Vortigern to the crowning of Uther Pendragon, and the conception of Arthur, king for once and always.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantasy as literature.

  • By bluestategirl on 01-25-17

LIKE AN ARTHURIAN TALE? - BUY THIS ONE.

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

So very well written & narrated, it is spell binding. One of the very best of this genre. A tale of a young Merlin growing up in ancient England, with kings, castles, & knights a plenty, all wrapped in a wonderful tale beautifully weaved to hold you interest throughout.

Mary Stewart paints this legend at it the best. She brings Wales, England and Brittany to life, with her extraordinary ability to paint a picture and tell a grand story. She makes Merlin believable and its fascinating to start the whole legend with a young boy, king's bastard Grandson and his tutor Galapas. The whole story is extraordinary and if you fancy a wistful tale in Ye Olde England mixed with the Arthurian legend start with this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blown for Good

  • Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology
  • By: Marc Headley
  • Narrated by: Marc Headley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 139

Marc Headley provides an insider's view of life as a member of Scientology's "Sea Organization". Marc worked at Scientology's secret desert compound, which houses all Scientology management, for 15 years. The 500-acre property is located deep in the California desert. The local townspeople were told lectures and films were made there. But is that all that was happening? It is the location of a multi-million-dollar home for L. Ron Hubbard, built two decades after his death. It is the home of Scientology's current leader, David Miscavige.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easily the Best Scientology Book Out There

  • By Brandon M. Salazar on 08-16-18

GO DEEP INSIDE THIS EVIL CULT + RECOMMENDATIONS

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

Marcs book is defiantly one of the very best out there as he takes you behind the doors and into the very heart of Scientology showing you all those details they try so very hard to keep hidden. It is guaranteed to shock, appall and leave you very angry that such a 'religion' is allowed to abuse so many people on mass shielded by the first amendment.

This book covers his life in the cult from the lowest positions to some of the highest giving him access to the leader David Miscavige, the dictator that rules over the cult as an emperor. The story he tells is what it's really like to work, day in and day out, in such a strange organization, from the lowliest laborer mucking out excrement in a Gold Base pond to what kind of luxuries the celebrities and high-ranking members enjoy. Tom Cruise amongst other celebs are exposed for their blinkered view of abuse and how they justify the subjugation of regular Scientologists to appalling abuses.

If you enjoy this do buy Leah Remini's book Troublemaker, also the book, Abuse at the Top by Amy Scobee. The reviews on this book are not the best as some complain about the narration, but is honestly not that bad, just check the sample. It is an important book as it goes to the very centre of the cult. Last but not least, Beyond Belief My Secret Life by Jenna Miscavige Hill, that is also a stunning book that is well worth a credit. If you enjoy Marc's book & want more check out the three listed here.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mafia Prince

  • Inside America's Most Violent Crime Family and the Bloody Fall of La Cosa Nostra
  • By: Phillip Leonetti, Scott Burnstein, Christopher Graziano
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 791
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790

Mafia Prince is the first-person account of one of the most violent eras in Mafia history - "Little" Nicky Scarfo’s reign as boss of the Philly family in the 1980s - written by Scarfo’s underboss and nephew, "Crazy" Phil Leonetti. The youngest-ever underboss at the age of 31, Leonetti was at the crux of the violent downfall of the traditional American Mafia in the 1980s when he infiltrated Atlantic City after gambling was legalized, and later turned state’s evidence against his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Guilty pleasure.

  • By Nurture Learners and Able Observers on 03-28-14

ONE OF THE BETTER BOOKS ON THE MAFIA

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I really enjoyed this book as is beautifully narrated and the story flows really well. Unlike so many books on the Mob this one carries you along in an organised and easy to follow timeline. The story of Leonetti is told with passion hence this book comes across as though the guy is sitting opposite you telling his story, and the story he tells is amazing.

Everything from murders to loan sharking as his tells of his day to day life, sometimes is amusing other times horrifying but is always interesting, never a dull moment. What he really does best is convey his feelings as he gets sucked deeper into 'this life'. The stunning on going theme is the story of his uncle who was The Boss of the family, he is an utter scum bag and pure evil, it is amazing how anyone can be so devoid of any human emotions, apart from anger & rage.

If you like true crime books this one is for you.

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,981
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,984

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

Pretty Good

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

A good true story, had its moments but at times a little sow but all in all worth a read & cant complain really as was a freebie.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dog Company

  • A True Story of American Soldiers Abandoned by Their High Command
  • By: Roger Hill, Lynn Vincent
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ryan Grant
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 972
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911

The army does not want you to listen to this book. It does not want to advertise its detention system that coddles enemy fighters while putting American soldiers at risk. It does not want to reveal the new lawyered-up Pentagon war ethic that prosecutes US soldiers and marines while setting free spies who kill Americans. This very system ambushed Captain Roger Hill and his men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spot on.

  • By penname on 05-22-17

A GOOD BOOK BUT BUT DID NOT SURPRISE ME

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

Yes, what happened to these guys is simply an outrage. Now laid open so we can all see how idiotic the bureaucracy of the army can be, but I am far from shocked or surprised.

Think of a large hospital, they are constantly being sued for the most minor infringements and are in constant fear of court cases, as are social services, as are schools, as are prisons It goes on and on. Bureaucracy in this attack mode is solely used as a weapon to protect the higher ups, and that is sick. Hence I found nothing surprising in this book, but it did make me very sympathetic to these guys.

  • The Last Days of Night

  • A Novel
  • By: Graham Moore
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,651

New York, 1888. Gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, but the miracle of electric light is in its infancy. The person who controls the means to turn night into day will make history - and a vast fortune. A young untested lawyer named Paul Cravath, fresh out of Columbia Law School, takes a case that seems impossible to win. Paul's client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the lightbulb and holds the right to power the country?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite book of 2016

  • By Taryn on 12-19-16

BASED MOSTLY ON FACTS & IS THRILLING TRUE STORY

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

A cracking book that grabs your attention from the start and holds it throughout. What is amazing, as the author explains in the notes at the end of the book, the vast amount of this book is based on the true story on the Current War. All he has done is moved some dates, compressed the timeline, all major characters are real as is most of their wording and movements. The author has relied heavily diaries, news reports and others in depth research of each main player in this war to write a wonderful book.

If you wish to learn about the war of AC over DC then this is a thoroughly entertaining and often thoroughly surprising.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Devotion

  • An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice
  • By: Adam Makos
  • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883

Devotion tells the inspirational story of the US Navy's most famous aviator duo, Lieutenant Tom Hudner and Ensign Jesse Brown, and the marines they fought to defend. A white New Englander from the country-club scene, Tom passed up Harvard to fly fighters for his country. An African American sharecropper's son from Mississippi, Jesse became the navy's first black carrier pilot, defending a nation that wouldn't even serve him in a bar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jaw Dropping Ground and Air Combat Realism

  • By STRATIS A. SIMON on 04-29-17

BUY A HIGHER CALL FIRST - IS MUCH BETTER

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18


A solid book, beautifully written, but not nearly as good as the authors first book, A Higher Call. The first half of this book, near six hours is about the lives of the pilots and soldiers prior to them joining the military. I felt this was way too much, as they had very mundane lives.

Saying that when one does get to the action then the authors research & eloquence really come to the fore. I would buy A Higher Call first & if that suits you, then buy this one. This book is very slow going at times.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Operator

  • Firing the Shots That Killed Osama Bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior
  • By: Robert O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Robert O'Neill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,602
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,749
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,707

Stirringly evocative, thought provoking, and often jaw dropping, The Operator ranges across SEAL Team Operator Robert O'Neill's awe-inspiring 400-mission career that included his involvement in attempts to rescue "Lone Survivor" Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips and culminated in those famous three shots that dispatched the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complete inside look into the teams and the life story of a great American patriot

  • By RenegadeTM3 on 04-28-17

Good Book - Not as nail biting as I would hope

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Well worth the credit. Wish it was longer and went into more details, not the secret stuff but as to how operations went down. One seems to dash from one op to the next, would have been better if the tension was built up and the hard brutality of war was borough more to the fore.

  • Garden of Beasts

  • A Novel of Berlin 1936
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,723

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

COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER - A VERY THIN PLOT

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

We have Hitler, Himmler, the new Nazi regime and Berlin full of spies, a great mix for a thrilling plot, alas no.

The story starts well and ends well, but 80% is one man chasing another around Berlin in rather an improbable fashion. The characters are very thin indeed and the plot is far from being a page turner. It does not hit one as an adventure nor as a thriller, is a drawn out plot that drags on as it ambles towards the final few chapters when only then the storyline is explained.

Everything prior does not hold ones attention nor do anything to build up the storyline, is all rather flat. A real shame as started with so much promise.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Alone

  • Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat into Victory
  • By: Michael Korda
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836

An epic of remarkable originality, Alone captures the heroism of World War II as movingly as any book in recent memory. Bringing to vivid life the world leaders, generals, and ordinary citizens who fought on both sides of the war, Michael Korda, the best-selling author of Clouds of Glory, chronicles the outbreak of hostilities, recalling as a prescient young boy the enveloping tension that defined pre-Blitz London, and then as a military historian the great events that would alter the course of the 20th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Jean on 11-11-17

JUST NEEDED A BIT MORE

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

The book is good, but could have been so much better. It is well balanced in that is not bogged down with military actions, where one would need a map to see which troops were moving to which part of the ongoing battles, which is a blessing as so often with books of this kind it is utterly confusing as to whom is where.

The story develops well, gives one an outline as to how troops in Dunkirk where trapped without being over elaborate and not taking up more than a few chapters. Is very well written and narrated but focuses very much on the actual escape of the troops and does not really convey the horror of the continuing rear guard action to keep the beaches open. In fact the rear guard action by the allies is hardly ever mentioned. Which I feel is imperative to tell the whole story of Dunkirk. The author has kept this more as a feel good book, rather than the horrors of war book, which is super, but the terror of those days just does not show through at all.

Saying that a solid book that is worth the credit.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful