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  • Christmas Eve, 1914

  • By: Charles Olivier
  • Narrated by: Cameron Daddo, Xander Berkeley, Cody Fern, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,721

In 1914, the war which was to have been wrapped up by Christmas had - in reality - only just begun, as all sides entrenched themselves deeper into the Great War. Christmas Eve, 1914 follows one company of British officers as they rotate forward to spend their Christmas on the front lines, a mere 80 yards from the German guns. Upper- and working-class men and boys are thrown together into one trench and struggle to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully "illustrated"

  • By anonymous on 12-25-14

Heartache

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

loved this book. Listened three times,one after the other, just to be sure I heard it all. If not for the bargain price, I wouldn't have gotten it and would have missed a treasure. Gut wrenching though it was to hear, best book I heard in a while.

  • The Way of the Wolf

  • A Noah Wolf Thriller
  • By: David Archer
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

What happens to a seven-year-old boy who sees his parents die in a murder suicide? There is trauma, of course, and an impact to his emotional health from which you may never recover. Noah Foster was that boy, and his struggle with post-traumatic stress has left him without emotions, without a conscience and without whatever it is that once made him human.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting prequel to the Noah Wolf series

  • By Wayne on 02-13-17

Interesting story

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

Reviewed: 05-29-17

Interesting story, well told. Reader is a bit too expressive in blunt areas, makes it sound fake, but that does match the story.

  • King and Maxwell

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,754
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,755

It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father...after his supposed death. Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target? Sean and Michelle soon realize that they've stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Come on guys, lighten up! This was a good book!

  • By JR Parrow on 11-27-13

Redundancies in his books

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

Why do involved, informed, educated people insist on not noticing redundant language when using acronyms? "HRT" means hostage rescue team. It is unnecessary to state " the HRT team" ...or "the patient was in the ICU unit. " No one would state "the CIA agency"... but the same people have no qualms being redundant with other acronyms. David Baldacci writes such interesting books. I wish he would notice his redundancies and remove them from his product. At least Baldacci does not include such poor statements as Flynn used. Flynn was fond of stating that someone " would curse in Hebrew..." . When I lived and worked in Isreal, learning Hebrew was mandated. Cursing was included, but since there are no curse words in the Hebrew language, we had to learn the words in Arabic or Yiddish. That is a glaring error. Baldacci 's redundancies are made by many just not being aware. Please have his editor correct these errors.

  • Dark Promises

  • A Carpathian Novel
  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726

Gabrielle has had enough of battles, of wars, of seeing the man she's engaged to nearly lose his life when it isn't even his fight. Once Gary was a gentle and very human researcher. Now he's a fearless and lethal Carpathian warrior with the blood of an ancient lineage coursing through his veins - a man Gabrielle still needs and dreams of with every breath she takes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Where's the story

  • By mandy on 03-16-16

Too much

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

Reviewed: 04-30-16

This book lacks story line as too much erotica is included and disrupts what could be interesting tale telling.

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  • Brotherhood in Death

  • In Death Series, Book 42
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,799
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,239

Dennis Mira just had two unpleasant surprises. First he learned that his cousin Edward was secretly meeting with a real estate agent about their late grandfather's magnificent West Village brownstone, despite the promise they both made to keep it in the family. Then, when he went to the house to confront Edward about it, he got a blunt object to the back of the head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent turnout by JD Robb. Loved it.

  • By Alexis Fox on 02-06-16

best

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

Reviewed: 02-05-16

I've read them all. Enjoyed each as it has been published. Spent many a night reading past dawn. Robb has outdone herself. Much insight into Eve's psyche and relationships. An overall hit with enjoyable trials and triumphs. Pretty graphic description of crimes, but realistic in thought, I believe. once again, Robb has a winner.

  • Without Remorse

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 27 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,100

His work for the CIA is brilliant, cold-blooded, and efficient, but who is he? In a harrowing tour de force, phenomenally best-selling author Tom Clancy shows how an ordinary man named John Kelly crossed the lines of justice and morality to become the CIA legend known as Mr. Clark. It is an unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness, without mercy - without remorse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Start here if you are new to Jack Ryan.

  • By Daniel Beck on 02-07-12

Great read

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

Reviewed: 01-02-16

Wonderfully done. Great read, nicely animated. Was a good book to which was easy to listen. Looking forward to many more.

  • The Golem and the Jinni

  • A Novel
  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,740
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,724

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!

  • By Tango on 04-26-13

a listening smourasbourg

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

A wonderful story told by a great reader. What a treat for listening.

  • Viper Game

  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723

GhostWalker Wyatt Fontenot knows the price he paid for the secret military experiments that gave him his special catlike abilities. After all, he left his bayou home a healer and came back a killer. While Wyatt and his GhostWalker brother Gator may have known exactly the sort of game they were getting into, Wyatt never anticipated where it would lead - or to whom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A favorite many times relisten/reread!

  • By d.e.matthews on 03-28-15

Better than Cat's Lair

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

There was more story here than the last book. Beautiful is a good word, however not when used in every other sentence. I enjoyed the story here better. I can't wait to hear more about Cayenne. Thanks for being so prolific.

  • Memorial Day

  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,759
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,445

It's just seven days before Memorial Day, and a spike in CIA intelligence has pointed to a major terrorist attack on the United States. Now it's up to counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp to pull out all the stops. Rapp immediately leaves for Afghanistan, where he leads a special forces unit on a daring commando raid across the border into a remote Pakistani village. Their target: an al-Qaeda stronghold. Rapp and his team soon discover plans for a catastrophic nuclear attack on Washington, DC.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ditto on the High Fives!

  • By Phyllis on 03-06-11

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 04-20-15

Best so far. Action almost continuously. A good listen. Enjoyed the premise and nice ending. Hope the new author can keep up.

Cold Company
    An Alaska Mystery
    
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    Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
    33 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • Cold Company

  • An Alaska Mystery
  • By: Sue Henry
  • Narrated by: Mary Peiffer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Famed Alaskan "musher" Jessie Arnold thinks she's finally put her dark past behind her. But the excavations on her new cabin unearth a decades-old skeleton entombed in a crumbling basement wall, along with a butterfly pendant necklace worn by the alleged victim of a brutal serial slayer who preyed on area women 20 years earlier.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not one of the best

  • By Brigid O'Rourke on 03-15-07

Missing the trooper

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

Reviewed: 04-06-15

While I enjoyed the story, even the recap of Hansen's murders, I miss the trooper love story. It is not enjoyable to read of Eller being almost used as replacement. Even the flowers Jessie received she thought first of Alex. I know he eventually returns, but Lyn seems for one or two years to be so involved as to be used by Jess.