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  • Dead or Alive

  • By: Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
  • Narrated by: Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Length: 20 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,971
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,965

Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb! More Clancy/LDP!

  • By smb072 on 12-10-10

Average All Around

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

Reviewed: 01-14-17

Clancy offered mere reflexive "run-of-the-mill" military, intelligence and political insight and analysis in this project. What Clancy does well is individual intense power dynamics between characters in crisis situations and this fell flat for me accordingly. Nothing fresh or stimulating present for me at least LDP did a superb Job narrating, energies and smooth, kudos.

  • Creole Belle

  • A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,060

Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Phenomenon

  • By Mel on 07-25-12

Always a pleasure...

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

Reviewed: 01-12-17

Although this plot seemed to have a more disjointed flow than many of his previous novels, I would follow Burke down any story line. His descriptions are are so lush and full of character illumination as well as active plot twists, it would be near impossible to not fall into the novel's characters and world. The narration is key and stellar to the audiobook's success as is evident upon first listen. Keep them coming!!!

  • To the Wedding

  • By: John Berger
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

In To the Wedding, John Berger offers us a sharply modern situation set in the traditionally pastoral and idyllic background of rural Europe. Beautiful, vibrant Ninon falls in love and becomes engaged to a young Italian, Gino, but soon before their wedding she discovers that she has contracted HIV through a brief encounter several years earlier. She tries to break the engagement but Gino, in an act of passionate and redemptive love, insists that the marriage will occur.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A work of art!

  • By Rena Alisa on 07-02-12

Nice Soothing Performance

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

Reviewed: 11-13-16

However, the story was hard to grip into and follow with any verve in my experience. Perhaps, I need to read it on the page...🤔

  • The Education of Henry Adams

  • By: Henry Adams
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 19 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

As a journalist, historian, and novelist born into a family that included two past presidents of the United States, Henry Adams was constantly focused on the American experiment. An immediate bestseller awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1919, The Education of Henry Adams recounts his own and the country's education from 1838, the year of his birth, to 1905, incorporating the Civil War, capitalist expansion, and the growth of the United States as a world power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Book EVERYONE should read once.

  • By Darwin8u on 04-17-12

I kinda like Henry and his book, but still a zzzzzz

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

Reviewed: 05-06-16

I am not completely sure that I gained more than a dash of knowledge or new perspective from this reading. But awww shucks, it gave me a soft spot for Henry anyway. Plus the narrator and dry material snoozed me right to sleep. Seriously echoing other readers sentiment of flabbergast whilst considering the books placement as #1 on Modern Library's Best Nonfiction of All Time List 😕

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • My Thoughts Be Bloody

  • The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth
  • By: Nora Titone, Doris Kearns Goodwin (introduction and notes)
  • Narrated by: John B. Lloyd
  • Length: 19 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

My Thoughts Be Bloody, a sweeping family saga, revives an extraordinary figure whose name has been missing, until now, from the story of President Lincoln's death. Edwin Booth, John Wilkes's older brother by four years, was in his day the biggest star of the American stage. Without an account of Edwin Booth, author Nora Titone argues, the real story of Lincoln's assassin has never been told.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Tad Davis on 11-30-10

Fascinating Historical and Character Study

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

Reviewed: 03-07-16

This book illuminates not only John Wilkes but his far more influential and famous actor brother Edwin as well as other figures involved in these tumultuous times and events. This filled an absolute vacancy of knowledge about the Booth family, their loyalties, talents and leanings, and the resulting effect on the personality needs and actions of J. Wilkes Booth. Just a joy to read-great flow-no a dull moment!

  • Your First Listen

  • Length: 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34,303
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18,506
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18,657

Your Audible adventures begin right here.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It was great

  • By aareal on 11-23-08

Jocular Joy

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

Reviewed: 01-14-15

I always love Steve Matin's up-tempo sarcastic wit. This is a great little story to put our key in the Audible lock!

  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Flo Gibson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,572
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,347

Many consider this rich social commentary to be Jane Austen's finest novel. It is certainly among her more famous ones. Austen sets her entertaining study of manners and misconceptions against the backdrop of a class-conscious society in 18th-century England.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Flo Gibson Reads You Stories

  • By Rachel Kapila on 02-14-13

Appreciate the Quality of Strong Female Character

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

Reviewed: 01-14-15

But that being said, Pride and Prejudice just doesn't open new windows in my mind that demonstrably excite me. I am sure my opinion would have been quite different if I had read this novel in the contemporary period in which it was released. So for that, I give a wholehearted, Wayne's World, "not worthy," w/ gesticulation accompanying of course...

  • Antifragile

  • Things That Gain from Disorder
  • By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Narrated by: Joe Ochman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,108

In The Black Swan Taleb outlined a problem, and in Antifragile he offers a definitive solution: how to gain from disorder and chaos while being protected from fragilities and adverse events. For what Taleb calls the "antifragile" is actually beyond the robust, because it benefits from shocks, uncertainty, and stressors, just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension. The antifragile needs disorder in order to survive and flourish. Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some good ideas, smart guy, not smart as HE thinks

  • By Philo on 12-24-12

Does he even know the definition of anti-fragile?

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

Reviewed: 01-04-13

What would have made Antifragile better?

This is an arrogant and incoherent book and there were many misrepresentations of historical trends. He makes analogies that don't stand. A waste of money and time. My intellect was crying.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Ulysses.

How could the performance have been better?

Very snide.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Antifragile?

All of it.

Any additional comments?

There were some interesting facts about history.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful