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  • The Inner Circle

  • By: Brad Meltzer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,591
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,579

When Clementine Kaye, archivist Beecher White's first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help, Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the president of the United States privately reviews classified documents. They accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact - and find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By FAC on 12-29-11

Addictive!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

I've just finished this hours ago and was so thrilled to discover it is number one in a series and I can keep going. There is a slight feeling of 'eating potato chips and you can't stop' about it and it's hard to explain what I mean. I guess part of me knows that somehow I'm being manipulated by the twists and the turns to keep at it, despite it not being actually 'nourishing'. I can only say that perhaps there are examples of better literature in this genre, but there are only so many writers like that and I've read them already. This is really good story telling and intrigue at a level one always suspects is going on and that's a lot!!! But I want to reserve my 5 stars for writers like Daniel Sliva who take things a little farther. That being said, I am thrilled to find another writer that I can 'devour'.

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  • City of a Thousand Spies

  • The Conor McBride Series, Book 3
  • By: Kathryn Guare
  • Narrated by: Wayne Farrell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Conor McBride has accepted a bargain he may live to regret, if he gets to live at all. Lured by the chance to resume his career as a violinist, he’s agreed to extract a defecting Iranian from Prague. He’s been promised a simple, stitched-up mission, but as he might have expected, it unravels into chaos as soon as he arrives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Thriller!

  • By Jan M on 10-22-18

Didn't grab me

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

This was a unique type of spy story, but I abandoned it midway through. The twists and turns seemed arbitrary and false and I didn't like the undercurrent of creepy sexuality. I didn't even like the narrator for awhile but he grew on me, so that was no problem. It seems like more of a romance anyway, with the rest of it kind of faked to make a story. I do apologize if somehow the plot came together later, but I stopped caring about any of it and began to forget who some of the characters were and didn't want to bother remembering. I kept waiting to find Prague beautifully described, as other viewers stated. I heard descriptions, but they didn't grab me either. I just didn't buy into any of it. I am a big fan of the spy genre, so I don't know if that is part of it. Perhaps it's a spy novel for people who don't generally like spy novels?

  • Tinseltown

  • Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood
  • By: William J. Mann
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,316
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,323

By 1920, the movies had suddenly become America's new favorite pastime and one of the nation's largest industries. Never before had a medium possessed such power to influence; yet Hollywood's glittering ascendancy was threatened by a string of headline-grabbing tragedies - including the murder of William Desmond Taylor, the popular president of the Motion Picture Directors Association, a legendary crime that has remained unsolved until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everybody's a dreamer...

  • By Steven on 01-08-15

Pretty good

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

I bought this on sale and I wouldn't say I'm a fan of either old Hollywood or true crime. This was well done and was captivating from the beginning. You get a sense of the early days of the movies plus a lot of info about the attempts at censorship in those days, putting any scandal in context. The only criticism I had was that it seemed a bit long, so I skipped over bits near the end. If you think you're interested and it's still at a bargain price, snap it up.

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  • Hatching Twitter

  • A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Daniel May
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,431

Twitter seems like a perfect start-up success story. In barely six years, a small group of young, ambitious programmers in Silicon Valley built an $11.5 billion business out of the ashes of a failed podcasting company. Today Twitter boasts more than 200 million active users and has affected business, politics, media, and other fields in innumerable ways.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Shakespearean Drama

  • By Francesca on 11-09-13

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I had read another book by Nick Bilton which I think I prefer to this one (American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road) but I see the Twitter book was written several years earlier. .That will help explain the rather abrupt ending!!! It wasn't a problem, as it stopped when the company was clearly established, no longer being 'hatched' but for some reason I wasn't ready for it. I was left wondering about the remaining years, but that's another story.
Yes, it is more on the personalities and very light on the technical side, but I'm not sure there is a really a technical side that is significant. What was new was conceiving that people would want quick little posts and the different outlooks on what role they would function. I find all the start up stories worthwhile, as it's a combination of genius, drive, business acumen, and a host of other things that combine and they're giving us the world we're in today. It's a time like the heyday of the robber barons where great wealth and influence is springing up and the pace of change is rapid. I thought it was terrific. It makes sense that these characters brainstormed into Twitter but had struggles later. Who wouldn't?

  • Murder on Millionaires' Row

  • A Mystery
  • By: Erin Lindsey
  • Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Rose Gallagher might dream of bigger things, but she’s content enough with her life as a housemaid. After all, it’s not every girl from Five Points who gets to spend her days in a posh Fifth Avenue brownstone, even if only to sweep its floors. But all that changes on the day her boss, Mr. Thomas Wiltshire, disappears. Rose is certain Mr. Wiltshire is in trouble, but the police treat his disappearance as nothing more than the whims of a rich young man behaving badly. Meanwhile, the friend who reported him missing is suspiciously unhelpful.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable Victorian paranormal mystery

  • By Janis W on 11-10-18

Not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

I did like the overall writing ability of the author and enjoyed the narrator very much. I was caught into it right away but for me it went downhill more and more the longer it continued. There was too much action and too much of the supernatural for me and not enough substance. I would like to see how the budding romance turns out, but I suspect it will be stretched out so there can be additional books in the series. I did enjoy the look into that time period, but it seemed a bit superficial to me and not enough to put up with the non-stop twists and turns. I technically listened to the end, but was half asleep for most and don't really care to fill in the blanks. Disappointing as I think both the narrator and the writer are very good,.

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  • The Last Chance Olive Ranch

  • By: Susan Wittig Albert
  • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

In the exciting new mystery from the New York Times best-selling author, China Bayles fears for her husband's life as an escaped convict targets him. A killer McQuaid put away years ago has busted out of Huntsville Prison and appears to be headed for Pecan Springs. China wants to stay by her husband's side and keep him from harm, but McQuaid insists that she get out of town and go to the Last Chance Olive Ranch, where she's agreed to teach a workshop on herbs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • China Bayles - Never Disappoints

  • By J. Byerly on 04-19-17

Not my favourite of hers

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

It seemed a bit predictable and tedious, plus a bit more violent that I'd expect. I skipped some parts and didn't miss anything, it seemed. I've read many of her books and liked them as lighthearted fare with old friends and some intrigue, but this one I found disappointing.

  • Red War

  • A Mitch Rapp Novel, Book 17
  • By: Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,658

When Max Krupin - Russia's leader - discovers that his kidney cancer has spread to his brain, he's determined to hide his diagnosis. He begins by getting rid of anyone threatening to him - as well as creating chaos in the region to keep the world's attention diverted. Soon, Krupin's illness becomes serious enough that he needs a more dramatic diversion, prompting him to invade the Baltics. Desperate to understand what's causing Krupin's unusually erratic behavior and Russia's aggressive moves in the region, America begins working with Russia's disgraced prime minister to stage a coup.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT addition to the series...

  • By shelley on 09-25-18

Didn't want it to end!

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

This is probably my favourite of the Kyle Mills/Mitch Rapp novels. What I liked best was the humour even in the 'shoot'em up' scenes. Although I love spy novels with international intrigue, the action side of it is the least interesting part for me, so the bulk of this genre I don't even like or read. But when they can inject some humour into it, I'm hooked. It was so good, I"d love to tell you about some of the scenarios, but don't want to spoil anything. I was a little disappointed in the second and third Kyle Mills Mitch Rapp books, but this is just as exciting as the original. And no gory torture scenes that I have to skip over!! So, I can't wait for the next one.

  • In the Enemy's House

  • The Secret Saga of the FBI Agent and the Code Breaker Who Caught the Russian Spies
  • By: Howard Blum
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

In 1946, genius linguist and codebreaker Meredith Gardner discovered that the KGB was running an extensive network of strategically placed spies inside the United States, whose goal was to infiltrate American intelligence and steal the nation's military and atomic secrets. Over the course of the next decade, he and young FBI supervisor Bob Lamphere worked together on Venona, a top-secret mission to uncover the Soviet agents and protect the Holy Grail of Cold War espionage - the atomic bomb.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You can't beat non-fiction

  • By Colleen S. on 06-06-18

Excellent non-fiction spy story

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

I loved the book and echo what others have said here. There is jumping around at times but it's to get some cohesive narrative out of what was known at one time and what was eventually known. The only note that didn't ring true to me was at the beginning and end where the author is presenting to be universal sympathy for the Rosenbergs from all parties. I can see arguing something other than the death penalty for one or both might be necessary, but it seemed naive and not in keeping with the rest of book to have a cold hearted spy ring leader who passes secrets to the Soviet Union which might have contributed to the Korean War suddenly need a lot of sympathy, It didn't spoil the book at all as it is a tiny part of the overall story. I think I prefer a morally neutral account and let the reader make their own judgments. The author handled the fame of the Rosenbergs compared to the other players extremely well and I'll let the reader see how. I'm a fan of the spy genre plus always enjoy really good non-fiction. This book reminded me a bit of American Kingpin - The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road by: Nick Bilton: a first-rate non fiction story taken from the headlines that brings the characters to life. That book is actually even better in terms of making the characters 3 dimensional and taking a morally neutral tone. That may have been harder to do for this story.

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  • Naughty in Nice

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,821

Lady Georgiana Rannoch has once again been called into service by Her Majesty the Queen. This time she's sent to Nice on a secret assignment that's nothing to sneeze at: recover the Queen's stolen snuff box. As much of an honor as it is to be trusted by Her Majesty, an even greater honor awaits Georgie in Nice - as Coco Chanel herself asks Georgie to model her latest fashion. But when a necklace belonging to the Queen is stolen on the catwalk, Georgie has to find two priceless items-and solve a murder. How's a girl to find any time to go to the casino?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Murder mystery for the delicately nurtured

  • By Marie-Anne on 11-11-11

Somewhat entertaining

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

I'm not a huge fan of this series, but now and then I've enjoyed some of them. I loved being in the South of France in that time period and the characters of Coco Chanel and the heroine's over the top mother. I picked this one for that reason. I'm writing for the people who aren't wild fans of this series to say that it is kind of fun. Oh, the accents and different voices were amazing. I must go raise the score on the performance. It was a tour de force.

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  • The Other Woman

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,755

From Daniel Silva, the number one New York Times best-selling author, comes a modern masterpiece of espionage, love, and betrayal. She was his best-kept secret....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not typical of Daniel Silva!

  • By Wayne on 07-18-18

More reflective than the others

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

Reading the other reviews, I do have to agree it was more complex than his other books, especially the first third or first half. I backtracked several times and considered it might have been helpful to have taken notes. I used to do that in the early John Le Carre books to keep track of the characters. But eventually it rolled along. In the earlier parts, it seemed like a Russian doll where you think you know what you're looking at, but then it is revealed there is something else inside. That happened several times and I was just thinking I'd had enough when you do begin to see what you're looking at. I also thought that with both Daniel Silva and Gabriel Allon aging, this was less action oriented and more looking back at the past, which,as someone older than both of them, I know one tends to do as an older person. I still liked it very much. There were some surprises yet it all hung together. I found myself wishing we could hear the real story of the "Russian collusion' going on these days in narrative form like this and the bad guys get caught in the end. What if one of the intelligence agencies heads under Obama was really working for Russia? Just saying.....

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