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  • Hannibal

  • A Novel
  • By: Thomas Harris
  • Narrated by: Daniel Gerroll
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828

Seven years have passed since Dr. Hannibal Lecter escaped from custody, seven years since FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling interviewed him in a maximum security hospital for the criminally insane. The doctor is still at large, pursuing his own ineffable interests, savoring the scents, the essences of an unguarded world. But Starling has never forgotten her encounters with Dr. Lecter, and the metallic rasp of his seldom-used voice still sounds in her dreams. Mason Verger remembers Dr. Lecter, too, and is obsessed with revenge.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story but the last 25 pages are missing

  • By Graziano C. Carlon on 07-25-12

exceptional reading, rich story

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

of course, this is the sequel to Silence of the Lambs. the book being so much better than the botched fiasco of a movie that was slopped out hurriedly by an aging Ridley Scott. the book is rich in descriptions, especially of Italy and its history. there is a real love affair with language and story in this great novel. the narrator does an outstanding job with the voices and reading of the text, so much so I would enjoy listening to this book again. Some have complained that his rendering of the voice of Mason Verger is hard to understand but I had no trouble comprehending if I listened closely and it made the novel so much more immersible and real. I think this is one of those rare productions where listening to the book is superior to actually reading the text.

  • Shibumi

  • By: Trevanian
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,020
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027

Nicholai Hel, born in the ravages of World War I China to an aristocratic Russian mother and a mysterious German father, raised in the spiritual gardens of a Japanese Go Master, survives the destruction of Hiroshima to emerge as the world's most artful lover and its most accomplished and highly paid assassin. Genius, mystic, master of language and culture, Hel's secret is his determination to attain a rare kind of personal excellence, a state of effortless perfection: shibumi.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Only a Russian could be this shibumi

  • By David on 07-15-12

decent spy thriller

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

first off, the reader did an excellent job. I was a big fan of the loo sanction and the Eiger sanction so wanted to hear this other novel by trevanian. it's a decent story but full of racism and stupid ideas about superior racial ways. just my two cents. I thought the ignorant, shallow and not well thought-out racist pontificating detracted from an otherwise interesting story. I don't listen to a lot of spy thrillers so I have nothing to compare it to. many readers think this writer is one of the greatest of all time.

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  • Wonder

  • By: R. J. Palacio
  • Narrated by: Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,667
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,658

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances? R. J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and spare emotional power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful story for all ages!

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-10-14

a gift to your heart

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

This is a hard world, a hard life and it is easy to be cynical. we've all had stuff happen to us that can make us that way, some more than others. There is a purity about this book and its performance that gave me strength to be positive, to keep faith and be just a little bit kinder than I should be to others. It reminded me out of all the beautiful things I have seen in this world that the greatest beauty of all is love even in the midst of terrible ugliness. this book was well written and expertly performed by the readers that brought the book to visceral life.

  • The Winds of War

  • By: Herman Wouk
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 45 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,586

Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 45 hours + 56 hours = 102 hours of listening

  • By Jan on 10-25-13

Epic book performed by an epic reader

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

not much I can say that other reviewers haven't already said. All that to say, if you have an interest in the history of what led up to World War II and want to be taken through the story by a writer at the top of his craft, and read by one of the best audible narrators of all time, I think you will enjoy and remember this epic book, The Winds of War.

  • Fearless

  • The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown
  • By: Eric Blehm
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,785
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,794

When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan - but he was ready: In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote, "I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • These heros and their families give so much

  • By Susan on 08-13-12

story of a loser who turned into a winner

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

Reviewed: 08-31-16

this is the story of Adam Brown who went from being drug addicted , going nowhere loser to becoming one of the most fierce American warriors we have, and a warrior with so much heart. a good listen even to those who are not military book fans or Navy SEAL fan fanatics. The book is well-read and the reader's voice well suited to the material.

  • 13 Hours

  • The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi
  • By: Mitchell Zuckoff, Annex Security Team
  • Narrated by: Mitchell Zuckoff
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,455

13 Hours presents, for the first time ever, the true account of the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya. A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. Those men went beyond the call of duty, performing extraordinary acts of courage and heroism, to avert tragedy on a much larger scale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened to it THREE TIMES

  • By LTC R. on 04-14-16

the real true story of The Expendables.

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

Reviewed: 02-06-16

well told, fast moving, inside account of the Benghazi fiasco which took the life of a US ambassador as well as two former Navy SEALs. the emphasis of the story is on the actual moment by moment events as they happened and not so much laying the blame of negligence by those at the CIA or the politicos in Washington.

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  • 10% Happier

  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,484

After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspired me to restart my meditation practice

  • By Julie W. Capell on 12-07-16
  • 10% Happier
  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris

A journey after a panic attack

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

Reviewed: 03-19-15

Dan Harris suffered a panic attack while delivering the evening news in front of millions of people. I can't imagine anything more personally and professionally embarrassing. You can see the actual panic attack on youtube. His career path in jeopardy, Dan Harris knows he's got to literally change the way he thinks and lives. What follows is an intense personal journey to find out why this happened and the search for practical processes he can use for real and lasting change. Dan is one hell of a writer and his love of words and the English language shines. His writing really flows. He writes the truth as he sees it and never spares his own faulty missteps in telling his story. The writing is sharp, informative, interesting to hear and occasionally very funny. Although quite detailed he is never boring and I followed his story to the end with high enthusiasm. So wonderfully detailed, I personally would read a book on any subject Dan Harris would care to write. If you have ever dealt with stress overload and/or panic attacks you would find this a very worthy listen. Dan Harris reads the book and his reading is excellent, he has a great voice, very Peter Jennings-esque in his delivery which I liked.

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  • Marine Sniper

  • 93 Confirmed Kills
  • By: Charles Henderson
  • Narrated by: Kevin Foley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 958
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960

There have been many Marines. There have been many marksmen. But there has been only one Sergeant Carlos Hathcock, a legend of Marine lore. He stalked the Viet Cong behind enemy lines. His record has never been matched: 93 confirmed kills. This is his story. Powerful, chilling, and all true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • history at its best

  • By sheridan on 03-27-08

Starts slow and then picks up and is very good

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

Reviewed: 11-06-11

The true story of Carlos Hathcock, a Marine sniper in Vietnam with probably over 300 kills. The author does embellish some. As an example, he puts dialogue in the North Vietnamese mouths and minds which detracts from the authenticity of the story. The story of Hathcock hunting the enemy female sniper "Apache," known for torturing her captives by cutting off their eyelids and other appendages is highlighted, along with Carlos' battles with snipers who were sent to kill him. At one time the North Vietnamese had a wanted dead or alive poster of him paying substantial money for his death. Much of this story reminded me of the film "Enemy at the Gates," another story about snipers hunting each other. As of this date Youtube has a decent interview with Hathcock and it's worth searching for if you enjoy the book. I would recommend this title along with two other recent audio war books: "House to House" by David Bellavia and "War" by Sebastian Junger.

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