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  • House of Spies

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,841

Four months after the deadliest attack on the American homeland since 9/11, a terrorist plot leaves a trail of carnage through London’s glittering West End. The attack is a brilliant feat of planning and secrecy, but with one loose thread. The thread leads Gabriel Allon and his team to the south of France and to the gilded doorstep of one of the richest men in the country, Jean-Luc Martel, and his companion, Olivia Watson. A beautiful former British fashion model, Olivia pretends not to know the true source of Martel's enormous wealth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • YES! This is what I want and expect!

  • By Dr. Meggin McIntosh on 08-27-17

Glad it was finally over

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

Reviewed: 09-09-17

If you could sum up House of Spies in three words, what would they be?

Too many characters. No character development.

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

I've enjoyed the other books in this series but this story didn't hang together, seemed to suddenly be somewhere else or with other characters without warning.

Any additional comments?

I was just glad it was finally over. Guess I kept expecting it to get itself together, and I wouldn't particularly recommend it to anyone who likes a good, organized read.

  • Gone to Texas

  • A History of the Lone Star State
  • By: Randolph B. Campbell
  • Narrated by: Jacob Sommer
  • Length: 28 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

Gone to Texas engagingly tells the story of the Lone Star State, from the arrival of humans in the Panhandle more than 10,000 years ago to the opening of the 21st Century. Focusing on the state's successive waves of immigrants, the audiobook offers an inclusive view of the vast array of Texans who, often in conflict with each other and always in a struggle with the land, created a history and an idea of Texas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good history from year zero through about 1962

  • By Jim In Texas! on 03-24-14

Too difficult to keep listening

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

What made the experience of listening to Gone to Texas the most enjoyable?


The early history of Texas as well as the events leading up to the battle for independence were well researched and interesting - and I've read and been taught a lot about the Alamo, San Jacinto, etc.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone to Texas?

Well, the poor reading/pronunciation first, but the monotone, too.

What didn’t you like about Jacob Sommer’s performance?

Readers should be given some training or at least pronunciation guides to uncommon place names, especially in Texas. Attention: If a Spanish place name is mangled in Texas, it should be pronounced that way, or how else can a Texan understand it?!? (This goes for Southern place names, too).

Not only are so many place names mispronounced, the reader changes pronunciation several times for some place names. Huh, what was that?

It just became too difficult to keep trying to figure out what the reader meant. It was tiring, too, because I listen to audio books on long drives across the desert and I shout out (I'm alone in the car) an immediate correction, really tiring after awhile.

Any additional comments?

Wouldn't it be worthwhile to get some guidance on place name pronunciation??

  • Killing Floor

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,632

Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is a drifter. He's just passing through Margrave, Georgia, and in less than an hour, he's arrested for murder. Not much of a welcome. All Reacher knows is that he didn't kill anybody. At least not here. Not lately. But he doesn't stand a chance of convincing anyone. Not in Margrave, Georgia. Not a chance in hell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even if you have it GET THIS ONE!!

  • By shelley on 10-30-15

A fine example of why to quit Jack Reacherx

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

Reviewed: 07-02-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narration was so bad with staccato whining and slow, slow speech rate for all characters (I'm a speech pathologist) that that kept me from thinking about the slow plot, unrealistic as that was.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Of course the bad guys get their comeuppance, that's why we read these!

Was Killing Floor worth the listening time?

I was determined to finish this unbelievable and poorly narrated story ( boredom?) just to see if it could continue as poorly as it did.

Any additional comments?

I have rarely reviewed a book, never one that I had any negative comments about, just return a poor book quickly for a credit return. I admit to thinking about writing a review a lot while listening to this.

  • Executive Power

  • Mitch Rapp Series
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,931

Returning from a covert mission, Mitch Rapp was publicly hailed by the president for his role in the fight against terrorism. After years of working in the shadows, Rapp was caught in the media spotlight - and marked for death by virtually every terrorist in the world. Now a CIA advisor, Rapp is ready to battle terror far from the front lines. But when a Navy SEAL team in the Philippines is ambushed, all evidence points to a leak within the U.S. State Department. And a greater threat lurks....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast paced thriller(s)

  • By Dan on 06-04-11

A great wow!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-11

Great stories (more than one here), good character development, unexpected twists, and I - a Navy veteran - was reading this during the time Ben Laden was found. A description in the book must have been right on for how the Navy Seal team exited the helicopters during the raid on Bin Laden's compound. Will I read more of this author? Yep, and did I say the reader could read the newspaper backwards and would be worth listening to?

26 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • In the Name of Honor

  • By: Richard North Patterson
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

Home from Iraq, a lieutenant kills his commanding officer—was it self-defense or premeditated murder? An enthralling novel of suspense about the high cost of war and secrets.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good example...

  • By Ronda Snyder on 08-01-10

I fell for the hype

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-10

Perhaps one needs to be a Patterson fan, but I fell for the ads for this book and wish I hadn't. Almost 2 hours into it, I find it slow and not very interesting, though there is an occasional well written passage. Otherwise, some of the long passages when someone explains something the reader needs to know sounds like quoted research by the author. Good description of expectations for career Army wives is good (ask me how I know), but also too long, again, sounds like quoted research. Decided to quit it, but understand it may be for Patterson fans.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • That Old Ace in the Hole

  • By: Annie Proulx
  • Narrated by: Arliss Howard
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Strikingly original and intimate, That Old Ace in the Hole tracks the vast waves of change that have shaped the American landscape and character in the past century. In Bob Dollar, Proulx (The Shipping News) has created one of the most irresistible characters in contemporary fiction. "It's like seeing a painting up close and magnified," says Publishers Weekly, "with each tiny brush stroke lovingly emphasized."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful characters and a Message, too

  • By Mark on 03-13-03

little errors too much

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-05

I'm a fan of the author, but I believe one cannot write as easily about Texas as one can other places. A small error here and there is not so bad, but when coupled with the occasional pronunciation error of the narrator when trying to sound Texan...I quit the book with a sigh after a little over an hour. This Texan will read the book instead, and forgive the outsider errors because the author is so good.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful