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William R. Earnest

Gainesville, FL United States
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  • The Pigeon Tunnel

  • Stories from My Life
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: John le Carré
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420

From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War, to a career as a writer that took him from war-torn Cambodia to Beirut on the cusp of the 1982 Israeli invasion to Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, John le Carré has always written from the heart of modern times. In this, his first memoir, le Carré is as funny as he is incisive, reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Global Literary Treasure

  • By Darwin8u on 09-16-16

Short and disjointed

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

I am a great fan of the author. However this book is a disjointed collection of unrelated short recollections. Nothing particularly interesting that gave me any greater knowledge of John LeCarre.

  • Fear Is the Key

  • By: Alistair MacLean
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Oliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

A sunken DC-3 lying on the Caribbean floor. Its cargo: $10.25 million in gold ingots, emeralds and uncut diamonds guarded by the remains of two men, one woman and a very small boy. The fortune was there for the taking, and ready to grab it were a blue-blooded oilman with his own offshore rig, a gangster so cold and independent that even the Mafia couldn't do business with him and a psychopathic hired assassin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Poor Narrator

  • By C. Saladin on 05-26-17

Very good story – a bit slow starting

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

Alastair McLean is a great writer and this is one of his classics. The performance was abysmal. The reader sounds far too old to be the character which was a continual distraction. Unfortunately most of McLean’s books use John Oliver and I will therefore be unable to listen to them.

  • Pursuit: A Novel

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393

Thirteen bodies are found in a Louisville restaurant. When the police can find no suspect or motive, the family of one of the victims seeks the services of the enigmatic and solitary specialist Roy Prescott, known for his ability to find people who don't want to be found.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Maxi on 12-21-06

Plot and performance lacking

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

I very nearly deleted this book after the first 30 minutes listening. The near ration has a flat, wooden quality that is hard to take. I decided to tough it out since I had paid for the book. The plot has some dynamic sections but I found it to be somewhat plotting in comparison to other Perry works.

  • The Cuban Affair

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,875
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,853

Daniel Graham MacCormick - Mac for short - seems to have a pretty good life. At age 35 he's living in Key West, owner of a 42-foot charter fishing boat, The Maine. Mac served five years in the army as an infantry officer, with two tours in Afghanistan. He returned with the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, scars that don't tan, and a boat with a big bank loan. Truth be told, Mac's finances are more than a little shaky. One day Mac is sitting in the famous Green Parrot Bar in Key West, contemplating his life....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Lloyd on 10-15-17

Heavy on internal dialogue -light on action

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

Approximately half of this book is narrated by characters sitting at tables in bars and restaurants – watching it internal musings of the protagonist. This is a very thin concept that the author filled with seemingly endless forward and backward ramblings in the mind of his lead character. I have never not finished an audible book but found myself skipping through multiple portions of this one for the first time. Based on this effort I would avoid this author in the future.

  • The Other Side of Silence

  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477

The war is over. Bernie Gunther, our sardonic former Berlin homicide detective and unwilling SS officer, is now living on the French Riviera. It is 1956, and Bernie is the go-to guy at the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, the man you turn to for touring tips or if you need a fourth for bridge. As it happens, a local writer needs just that - someone to fill the fourth seat in a regular game that is the usual evening diversion at the Villa Mauresque. Not just any writer. Perhaps the richest and most famous living writer in the world: W. Somerset Maugham.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nobody beats Bernie

  • By DobieChuck on 03-30-16

Slow starting but very satisfying

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

I didn't feel like this book really hit stride until halfway through. The plot became increasingly complex in the final several chapters and once again left me very grateful that Phillip Kerr is writing these books and that John Lee is performing. I will no longer download anything with Paul Hecht narrating which is frustrating because he did do some of the books in the series. I have opted to read those instead.

  • The One from the Other

  • A Bernie Gunther Novel
  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418

Munich, 1949: Amid the chaos of defeat, it's a place of dirty deals, rampant greed, fleeing war criminals, and all the backstabbing intrigue that prospers in the aftermath of war. It is also a place where a private eye can find a lot of not-quite-reputable work: cleaning up the Nazi past of well-to-do locals, abetting fugitives in their flight abroad, sorting out rival claims to stolen goods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent plot

  • By Linda on 06-18-08

Starts slow but satisfying

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

Reviewed: 06-24-17

Took a long time for Phillip Kerr to get this one set out by the overall result was very strong. Well worth the investment of time. John Lee is amazing.

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  • All the Old Knives

  • By: Olen Steinhauer
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos, Juliana Francis Kelly
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 259

Nine years ago terrorists hijacked a plane in Vienna. Somehow a rescue attempt staged from the inside went terribly wrong, and everyone onboard was killed. Members of the CIA stationed in Vienna during that time were witness to this terrible tragedy, gathering intel from their sources during those tense hours, assimilating facts from the ground with a series of texts coming from one of their agents inside the plane.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pushing, incrementally, toward le Carré

  • By Darwin8u on 03-17-15

Frustrating

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

Reviewed: 10-24-16

I am a fan of the author but was very disappointed by this book. The structure of telling the whole story through to people over dinner is boring and very limiting.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Best of Our Spies

  • By: Alex Gerlis
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445

France, July 1944: a month after the Allied landings in Normandy, and the liberation of Europe is under way. In the Pas-de-Calais, Nathalie Mercier, a young British Special Operations executive secret agent working with the French Resistance, disappears. In London, her husband, Owen Quinn, an officer with Royal Navy Intelligence, discovers the truth about her role in the Allies' sophisticated deception at the heart of D-Day.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WWII spy novel

  • By Wayne on 11-25-17

Good

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

Reviewed: 08-06-16

Enjoyed this book and have read many others about this time. Some interesting perspective on the resistance in France versus collaborators.thought the end was rather anti-climactic