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Potomac, MA, USA
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  • The Rembrandt Affair

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,622

Determined to sever his ties with the Office, Gabriel Allon has retreated to the windswept cliffs of Cornwall with his beautiful Venetian-born wife, Chiara. But once again his seclusion is interrupted by a visitor from his tangled past: the endearingly eccentric London art dealer Julian Isherwood. As usual, Isherwood has a problem. And it is one only Gabriel can solve.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I like this guy

  • By W. Brooks on 11-09-15

More of the same

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-10

I've read (listened) to a number of Silva's books, and find he has a framework (that is repeated in each story) on which he hangs another storyline.
Frankly, it's getting boring.

6 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Sea Wolf

  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: Pat Bottino
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

"The captain, or Wolf Larsen, as men called him, ceased pacing and gazed down at the dying man. So fierce had this final struggle become that the sailor paused in the act of flinging more water over him and stared curiously, the canvas bucket partly tilted and dripping its contents to the deck. The dying man beat a tattoo on the hatch with his heels, straightened out his legs, and stiffened in one great tense effort, and rolled his head from side to side."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughtful, complex book, well-crafted

  • By James on 04-16-10

good book

Overall
out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-09

good book...BAD narrator

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Child

  • By: John Hart
  • Narrated by: Scott Sowers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,031
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,319

his most powerful and intricately-plotted novel yet. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stick With It!

  • By Christine on 10-19-09

annoyed

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-09

...one of the few I have ever given up on without finishing, not because the story was so bad, but because the narration was annoying. Perfect diction is not the most important consideration...in fact too much precision can set your nerves on edge and is many times accompanied by an emotionless tone.

30 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • Above the Law

  • By: J.F. Freedman
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

In a remote northern California town, a huge task force from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration conducts a raid on the stronghold of one of the biggest drug-dealing rings in the country. During the raid, the infamous, reclusive leader of the ring, Reynaldo Juarez, is shot and killed - despite direct orders from the Attorney General that he is to be taken alive at any cost because of his immense value to the government as a witness in other drug cases.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book great ending

  • By shelley on 04-10-14

Hollywood audio

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-09

The author is a screenwriter? A 60's-type? Why do I think 'Oliver Stone'? PC?....you 'betcha!

1 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Ghost War

  • By: Alex Berenson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,283

CIA agent John Wells returns, in a novel that reaches beyond today's headlines to foretell dangers yet to come, from the author of The Faithful Spy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'd listen to George Guidall recite the tax code

  • By K on 05-25-15

...more of the same

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-09

...if you like the NYTimes, you'll appreciate this; condemnation of US practices and confirmation of the correctness of PC thought

36 of 76 people found this review helpful

  • Exit Music

  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James Macpherson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

It's late in the fall in Edinburgh and late in the career of Detective Inspector John Rebus. As he is simply trying to tie up some loose ends before his retirement, a new case lands on his desk: a Russian poet has been murdered in what looks like a mugging gone wrong. Rebus discovers that an elite delegation of Russian businessmen is in town, looking to expand its interests. And as Rebus's investigation gains ground, someone brutally assaults a local gangster with whom he has a long history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best so far

  • By Russ on 11-09-08

Best so far

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-08

Good plot...have listened to all available Rebus in US...the narrator is EXCEPTIONAL: wish he could narrate every one I buy...

3 of 3 people found this review helpful