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  • The Pale Criminal

  • Berlin Noir
  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517

The Pale Criminal brings back Bernie Gunther, an ex-policeman who thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin - until he turned freelance, and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture. Hard-hitting, fast-paced, and richly detailed, The Pale Criminal is noir writing at its blackest and best.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Esxcellent Historical Fiction; Gripping ...

  • By Old Hippy on 07-02-09

Another classic by Kerr

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-09

I am a real crime novel affaciando - and I can honestly say that Kerr is up there with Chandler and Hammett. OK, maybe not on the same level, but he's still writing - and headed in the right direction.
This book evokes a thrilling story of good and evil with lots of great characters and plot twists. Enjoy.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • A German Requiem

  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412

Bernie Gunther had his first brush with evil as a policeman in 1930s Berlin and came to know it intimately as a private eye under the Nazis, when each case drew him deeper into the enormities of the regime. Now the war is over and Gunther's in Vienna, trying to clear an old friend of the murder of an American officer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a great german whodunnit, cont'd

  • By David on 01-13-09

The Best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-09

There is no current writer who comes close to Kerr in evoking an historical period - and to telling a great story with vivid characters and delightful plot twists - read this book, or better listen to it. It's one of the best.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Appeal

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,034

In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town's water supply, causing the worst "cancer cluster" in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • First bad Grisham book

  • By S. WILSON on 10-23-08

Sadly this story is based on the truth

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-09

I am not a big Grisham fan so I was very happy with this book - well read and very engrossing. Sadly, it is also based on the truth - justice is often bought in a country where our Supreme Court has put money on the same level of protection as speech. Maybe somebody should point out to them that what they have done is given the people with lots of money a lot more speech than the rest of us.

  • Havana Nocturne

  • How the Mob Owned Cuba...and Then Lost It to the Revolution
  • By: T. J. English
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 996
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661

Havana Nocturne takes listeners back to Cuba in the years when it was a veritable devil's playground for mob leaders Meyer Lansky and Charles "Lucky" Luciano. Thanks to strong ties with the island's brutal dictator, President Batista, the mob soon owned the biggest luxury hotels and casinos and launched an unprecedented tourist boom. But their dreams collided with those of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History with Spice!

  • By Rob Mack on 04-13-09

This was published?

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-09

Whenever I read a 'history' that has pages and pages of 'a popular legend has it that' or some variation on simply repeating stories that have no more validity than horoscopes, well, I wonder what I was thinking when I decided to make the purchase. In this case, I was interested in Cuba and how certain members of the mob became part of its pre-Castro government.
This book is about that - but is rife with lurid stories about prostitutes and murders. For example, this guy wants you to believe that Frank Sinatra had to go all the way to Cuba to find a woman to go to bed with him - really?
I gave it a two because I did get through 80% of it - so it must have been a half decent listen

3 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Complete Barchester Chronicles (Dramatisation)

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey, Alex Jennings
  • Length: 18 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

Here is a new audio edition of the acclaimed BBC Radio 4 dramatisations of Anthony Trollope's gently satirical tales of provincial life, available together in one download. Nearly 20 hours of ironic, witty, and wonderfully written drama is contained in this audiobook. The cast includes Anna Massey, Alex Jennings, David Haig, Rosemary Leach, Kenneth Cranham, Emma Fielding, and Brenda Blethyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Anthony Trollope's Small Affairs

  • By Joseph R on 08-30-09

Who would have thought I'd like this?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-09

I never read Trollope, although I have read most of his contemporaries. He just never seemed very interesting - and the idea of books about church politics - in the 19th century - in England!, well, it didn't seem appealing. But the BBC always does good work and I was desperate for a good read.
Eureka! This is a wonderful set of 'dramatisations' - the characters voices are well differentiated and the story is engorssing. If you like Dickens or Eliot - I think you'll like this.

28 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • Europe Central

  • By: William T. Vollmann
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 31 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

Assembling a composite portrait of these two warring leviathans and the terrible age they defined, the narrative intertwines experiences both real and fictional: a young German who joins the SS to expose its crimes, two generals who collaborate with the enemy for different reasons, the Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich laboring under Stalinist oppression.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Listen

  • By Armen on 03-15-09

A Must Listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-09

This is a very fine audio book - well read and engrossing. I have given it one less star than the ultimate because you cannot listen to a book like this will all the concentration necesary.
Long, sometimes repetative, often messmerizing - Europe Central tells the story of men and women caught up in the greatest struggle of the 20th century - the struggle of the individual to survive in a dictatorial world.
Each of the central characters are given his or her own section - book length parts - to tell thier stories. The Russian composer D. Shostakovich is the spine of the book. His story is a primer on how an artist survives in sea of repression: learn to hold your breath under water. Others make significant appearances including General Paulus in a haunting set peice on the Battle of Stalingrad. The "Sleepwalker" (Hitler) and his Russian counterpart - Stalin - pervade the work as they did the first half of the 20th century - and still influence how the world operates.
This book is a lenghty journey - you will not be the same at its end as you were at its start. Isn't that what great literature is all about?

32 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • March Violets

  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 872

Hailed by Salman Rushdie as a "brilliantly innovative thriller-writer", Philip Kerr is the creator of taut, gripping, noir-tinged mysteries set in Nazi-era Berlin that are nothing short of spellbinding. The first book of the Berlin Noir trilogy, March Violets introduces listeners to Bernie Gunther, an ex-policeman who thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin - until he turned freelance and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the BEST

  • By Armen on 05-27-08

One of the BEST

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-08

You won't want to stop listening to what is one of the best historical thriller written. Nazi Germany provides the background. The writing is Chandler quality. If you like historical thrillers - don't miss this one.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Defining Moment

  • FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope
  • By: Jonathan Alter
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 149

In this dramatic and fascinating account, Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter shows how Franklin Delano Roosevelt used his first 100 days in office to lift the country from the despair and paralysis of the Great Depression and transform the American presidency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Enjoyable!

  • By John M on 01-15-09

Great Listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-08

This book takes you back to a time when the country was in a real crisis - not from some unnammed terrorist, but from economic ruin. It is worht a listen - especially be those who believe that our problems are unsolvable - with leaders of vision and strenght, they are not

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Imperium

  • A Novel of Ancient Rome
  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,562

When Tiro, the confidential secretary (and slave) of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events that will eventually propel his master into one of the most suspenseful courtroom dramas in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Way to Learn About Republican Rome

  • By Wolfpacker on 02-04-08

A Great Listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-08

Excellent hisorical fiction - if you like that sort of book. Great reader. If you like books that take you back in time and tell you a fascinating story with interesting characters - you found it.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • The Innocent Man

  • Murder and Injustice in a Small Town
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038

John Grisham's first work of nonfiction, an exploration of small town justice gone terribly awry, is his most extraordinary legal thriller yet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book - Not Typical Grisham

  • By Mark on 01-17-07

Don't Miss This One

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-08

This is a fascinating story that deserves to be read by anyone interested in our justice system - as we all should be.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful