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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 4,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,760

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 2,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,201

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.....

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Advocate's Daughter

  • A Thriller
  • By: Anthony Franze
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 949

A Washington, DC, lawyer and a frequent major media commentator on the Supreme Court, Anthony Franze delivers a high-stakes story of family, power, loss, and revenge set within the insular world of the highest court of our country. Among Washington, DC, power players, everyone has secrets they desperately want to keep hidden, including Sean Serrat, a Supreme Court lawyer. Sean transformed his misspent youth into a model adulthood and now has one of the most respected legal careers in the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Many thanks...

  • By shelley on 01-12-18

Just O.K.

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

It was on some kind of sale and I suppose it was worth it. But there was too much plot, some of it not very plausible and probably too many characters too. I did start to care about the main characters, but I never got the sense of who the lead was. He seemed to have no sense of morality and surely someone that impulsive and basically amoral isn't held in such esteem to be considered for the Supreme Court. I was hoping he'd find his courage and act according to principles, but it was very little and very late. Despite a lot of deaths, none of them are described in too much detail, so I was grateful for that. I did want to see how it turned out, but I'm awfully glad to be leaving the book and starting fresh with something else. It's definitely not the Pelican Brief and if it is ever made into a movie, I wouldn't see it. There seemed to be a consistent moral centre lacking.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Big Sheep

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Kroese
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 355

Los Angeles of 2039 is a baffling and bifurcated place. After the Collapse of 2028, a vast section of LA, the Disincorporated Zone, was disowned by the civil authorities and became essentially a third world country within the borders of the city. Navigating the boundaries between DZ and LA proper is a tricky task, and there's no one better suited than eccentric private investigator Erasmus Keane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Big Sheep unravels into an incredible mystery

  • By Tim Ward on 07-13-16

Not like anything else

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

This started out like Get Shorty to me: nasty characters presented in an amusing way through someone from the outside.. Then it was Get Shorty meets Robin Cook as a lot of science got thrown in. It's basically a detective story, so that can't be overlooked. Then when it seemed to turn into the horror genre about three quarters of the way through, I nearly stopped. But I persisted and it was fine. Did I mention it's set in the near future so is science fiction too? And there's even romance in there, with some surprising developments. The narrator was amazing, bringing even the female characters to life and adding a lot to what was written. I can't say I really loved it, but I loved some parts of it. And I laughed quite a bit. I've never read anything like this book. You won't forget it if you read it!!! And the sheep is not just a novelty item to provide a cute title. Oh, no, not at all.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • They're Playing Our Song

  • A Memoir
  • By: Carole Bayer Sager
  • Narrated by: Carole Bayer Sager
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

Grammy and Academy Award-winning songwriter Carole Bayer Sager shares the remarkably frank and darkly funny story of her life in and out of the recording studio, from her fascinating (and sometimes calamitous) relationships to her collaborations with some of the greatest composers and musical artists of our time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Amazing Work" from a new fan

  • By Rose Hunter on 11-04-16

Better than I expected

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

I don't usually read this kind of pop biography and usually find them silly. But she did a good job with this one. I got a sense of the songwriting process from someone with a lot of success in that field. She portrays her worries effectively and doesn't go overboard trashing anybody. Having lived through that time period, I couldn't help but enjoy a peek into the life of Burt Bacharach. I'm very glad Carole Bayer Sager evolved and found a deeper happiness later in life.

  • The Last Man in Tehran

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Henshaw
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 267

New Red Cell chief Kyra Stryker has barely settled into the job when an attack on an Israeli port throws the Middle East into chaos. The Mossad - Israel's feared intelligence service - responds with a campaign of covert sabotage and assassination. But evidence quickly turns up suggesting that a group of moles inside Langley are helping Mossad wage its covert war. Convinced that Mossad has heavily penetrated the CIA's leadership, the FBI launches a counterintelligence investigation that threatens to cripple the agency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent espionage thriller!

  • By Wayne on 06-19-18

Pretty good

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Espionage is my favourite genre, but I'm afraid I'm spoiled by what to me are better writers in this field, such as Daniel Silva and Vince Flynn. So, this is a pretty good book that would have been better if written by either of them. They make each scene interesting and multi-levelled and this guy doesn't. Nonetheless, there aren't an infinite number of superior books in any genre and this book would fall in the next level to me, meaning still entertaining.

  • American Pravda

  • My Fight for Truth in the Era of Fake News
  • By: James O'Keefe
  • Narrated by: James O'Keefe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 395

The one real difference between the American press and the Soviet state newspaper Pravda was that the Russian people knew they were being lied to. To expose the lies our media tell us today, controversial journalist James O'Keefe created Project Veritas, an independent news organization whose reporters go where traditional journalists dare not. Their investigative work - equal parts James Bond, Mike Wallace, and Saul Alinsky - has had a consistent and powerful impact on its targets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ten Reason to listen this book.

  • By Ron on 01-27-18

A 'must read'

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

I had no idea how little of this new aspect of journalism I was aware of and how important it was. James does a great job of putting what his organization is doing in the right historical context and does a convincing job of demonstrating how vital it is. In the middle of the book some of the stories dragged or were a bit confusing, which is why I gave it only 4 stars for 'story'. I wish reasonable people who are on the left politically would read it and realize what some of us are concerned about. I know they would be too if they had a chance to hear this kind of information.

  • American Kingpin

  • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,515
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,488

In 2011, a 26-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine website hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything - drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons - free of the government's watchful eye. It wasn't long before the media got wind of the new website where anyone - not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers - could buy and sell contraband detection-free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An honest portrait of DPR

  • By Victor on 05-18-17

Outstanding....best book in a very long time

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

If the sale is still on, GET THIS ONE NOW. If it's not, it's still a fantastic listen if the topic interests you at all. The writer has a clear, direct style and pulls you into every character and event. It's moral without being moralistic. I too was up until 5 a.m. this morning not able to turn it off and before that, couldn't wait to get back to it. I'll be hunting down anything else this fellow has written.

  • Extreme Measures

  • A Thriller
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,076
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,122

Mitch Rapp and his protege, Mike Nash, may have met their match. The CIA has detected and intercepted two terrorist cells, but a third is feared to be on the loose. Led by a dangerous mastermind obsessed with becoming the leader of al-Qaeda, this determined and terrifying group is about to descend on America.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kickass Thriller - With Politics!

  • By F on 10-24-08

Super!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

Lots of the political side of the war on terrorism, plus the toll taken on people and their families who work in this field. I can't believe I've read 11 books one after another from one author and am still going strong. I have to slide over some of the "extreme interrogation' scenes, but I recognize they fit with the plot and are never gratuitous. I can barely think of one scene in all these books that left me flat and I have literally laughed out loud at times. The author is doing a good job of focussing on other characters as well as Mitch, which keeps things from going stale. I think for me the author's best skill is giving us 3 dimensional characters, including the 'villains'. Who would have thought of a jihadi living in the U.S. becoming fixated on Ernest Hemingway? But of course.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Act of Treason

  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,323
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,475

It's a gorgeous autumn day in Georgetown. The Democratic candidates for president and vice-president of the United States are dutifully glad-handing voters and the media outside a grand estate where a national-security conference has just been held, bringing together the world's greatest minds to discuss the issues that are threatening the country. It's American politicking at its best. That's when all hell breaks loose.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My first Flynn

  • By Stevon on 11-11-07

Still great!

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

I'm now on my 10th straight Mitch Rapp book and I thought I wanted a break, but after starting something else, I realize I'm missing the MItch Rapp universe. I'm kind of wondering what they're up to in my absence! This one, Act of Treason, had plenty of political intrigue, which is something I particularly like. For the first time I had a tiny thought that it was getting a bit tiresome that the solution to every problem was killing someone, but I got over it. Some of the bad guys don't die, I've learned, and pop up again in a later book!! If you think a loose end hasn't been tied, just wait for a continuation later on. And after I'd concluded that the romantic, sensitive scenes weren't really his forte, I found myself with eyes filling with tears. I don't want to do any spoilers and it was in the previous book, Consent to Kill, but it was a remarkably well done scene and I think has made Consent to Kill the top one for me so far. I've enjoyed them all and time to buy some more credits to get back to Mitch Rapp's world!