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  • A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born

  • Stainless Steel Rat, Book 6
  • By: Harry Harrison
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

Slippery Jim is here a brash 17-year-old who has left his parents' porcuswine farm, planning to embark on a life of crime. The book opens with Jim bungling a bank job so that he can be arrested and sent to prison, where he plans to learn the art of being a master criminal. Deciding that the Bishop should be his mentor, Jim sets about proving himself worthy of the master's attention.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The backstorry on Jim

  • By Cliff on 02-11-14

Harry Harrison at his best, with excellent narrati

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-14-11

Harry Harrison is always guaranteed to provide hours of fun, specially so with the excellent narration by Phil Gigante

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Next Decade

  • Where We've Been . . . and Where We're Going
  • By: George Friedman
  • Narrated by: Bruce Turk
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 432
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268

In The Next Decade, George Friedman offers readers a pro­vocative and endlessly fascinating prognosis for the immedi­ate future. Using Machiavelli’s The Prince as a model, Friedman focuses on the world’s leaders - particularly the American president - and with his trusted geopolitical insight analyzes the complex chess game they will all have to play.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jaw-dropping apolitical analysis

  • By Michael on 01-31-11

Excellent book, awful narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-11

This book is excellent. Unfortunately, I found it very hard to maintain my attention on what the narrator was saying. He sounds like one of those computer programs that read text. I listened to samples of other books narrated by Bruce Turk, and they all sounded the same, as if they were read by robots.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Chronoliths

  • By: Robert Charles Wilson
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 483
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 386

Scott Warden is a man haunted by the past-and soon to be haunted by the future. In early 21st-century Thailand, Scott is an expatriate slacker. Then, one day, he inadvertently witnesses an impossible event: the violent appearance of a 200-foot stone pillar in the forested interior. Its arrival collapses trees for a quarter mile around its base, freezing ice out of the air and emitting a burst of ionizing radiation. It appears to be composed of an exotic form of matter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A haunting, beautiful work...

  • By M. Stephenson on 11-20-09

Couldn't finish it

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-11

It's very rare that I give up on reading a book. Maybe an abridged version would be better. I don't think I will buy anything else by this author.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Executive Orders

  • A Novel
  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 51 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,021
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,037

Debt of Honor ends as Jack Ryan is confirmed vice president minutes before a mammoth act of terrorism kills the President, most of his cabinet, all but a few members of Congress, the entire Supreme Court and all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Suddenly Ryan is President, which is where Executive Orders begins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't some of us wish Jack ryan was real?

  • By Thomas on 05-10-12

Too long

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-11

I generally don't like abridgements, but in this case I should have bought the abridged version (5h 53 min) instead of the unabridged version (51h 23min)

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Deep Black

  • Sea of Terror
  • By: Stephen Coonts, William H. Keith
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Two massive ships are on a dual path to destruction. One is a freighter carrying nuclear materials to Japan; the other, a cruise ship heading for the Mediterranean. Neither will reach their destinations. Two factions - Japanese eco-terrorists and Middle East extremists - have joined forces to infiltrate the ships, incapacitate the crew, and change course toward a common target: The United States of America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great read. Perhaps his best ever

  • By Bob on 02-26-10

Worst Stephen Coonts book

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-10

The plot of this book is very complicated, with too many characters. The references to ship compartments and latitude/longitude coordinates require a chart to follow them. This kind of book does not good for audio.

The ending was disappointing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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        Gordon Griffin
    
    


    
    Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
    29 ratings
    Overall 3.8
  • Stephen Morris

  • and Pilotage
  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

Stephen Morris has just called off his engagement to the girl of his dreams because he is a penniless graduate with no prospects. He finds a job working as an aircraft mechanic, hoping to make his fortune. In Pilotage, Stephen's young navigator Pete Dennison is struggling with exactly the same problem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully read

  • By Adrienne Brown on 10-06-10

Excellent narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-29-10

I loved this audiobook. The Nevil Shute - Gordon Griffin combo made me feel as if I had gone back in time 90 years.

My only complaint is that the endings of the two love stories (Morris and Helen, Denison and Sheila) are missing. I regret that Nevil Shute decided to leave those parts to the reader's imagination.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Abduction

  • By: James Grippando
  • Narrated by: Allison Janney
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

Allison Leahy is the U.S. attorney general and the highly touted Democratic nominee for the presidency. Her opponent is Lincoln Howe, a retired 4-star army general and bona fide African-American hero. Both candidates are living the American dream, until their neck-and-neck campaign takes an ominous turn when Howe's 12-year-old granddaughter, Kristen, is kidnapped on her way to school.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly implausible

  • By Francisco on 12-07-08

Utterly implausible

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-08

The plot is utterly implausible, specially the ending. There was no need for the protagonists to be presidential candidates. The book is too short. And the audio wasn't very good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Guns, Germs, and Steel

  • The Fates of Human Societies
  • By: Jared Diamond
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,781
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 662
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 668

In this groundbreaking work, evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for history's broadest patterns. It is a story that spans 13,000 years of human history, beginning when Stone Age hunter-gatherers constituted the entire human population. Guns, Germs, and Steel is a world history that really is a history of all the world's peoples, a unified narrative of human life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Where is the Unabridged?

  • By Susan on 12-21-06

Better as text

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-08

This is an excellent book, as is also Collapse by the same author. But it is a good example of a book that is, IMHO, unsuited for audiobook format.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Eifelheim

  • By: Michael Flynn
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 200

In 1349, one small town in Germany disappeared and was never resettled. Tom, a contemporary historian, and his theoretical-physicist girlfriend, Sharon, become interested. By all logic, the town should have survived, but it didn't. Why? What was special about Eifelheim that it utterly disappeared more than 600 years ago?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Poignant, Profound, Absorbing and deeply moving.

  • By Andrew on 09-03-07

What a drag!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-08

This book is incredibly heavy-going to read. I found it impossible to stay awake listening to it. Also, the narrator mispronounces words, notably heir, which he pronounces as hair.
This author Michael Flynn and this narrator Anthony Heald are definitely on my blacklist.
The idea behind the book could have been developed into a really good book. Pity.

5 of 15 people found this review helpful