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Mark W. Huddleston

Newark, DE USA
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  • Just One Evil Act

  • A Lynley Novel
  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 28 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 580

Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can't really help - Azhar had never married Angelina, and his name isn't on Hadiyyah's, their daughter's, birth certificate. He has no legal claim. Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective, but the trail goes cold. Azhar is just beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss when Angelina reappears with shocking news: Hadiyyah is missing, kidnapped from an Italian marketplace.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A huge disappointment

  • By Joan Farrell on 11-02-13

Not her best

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

We are generally great fans of Elizabeth George’s Lynley series. This one, however ,drove us crazy, particularly as an audiobook. Barbara Havers’ behavior was maddeningly suicidal, inexplicable even in the context of the story. The novel also had a surfeit of really despicable and dislikable characters. Finally, as much as I like and appreciate Italian for the beautiful and lyrical language that it is, it is difficult to listen to that much of it as a non-Italian speaker on an audiobook.

  • The Stranger in the Woods

  • The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
  • By: Michael Finkel
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,994
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,983

For readers and listeners of Jon Krakauer and The Lost City of Z, a remarkable tale of survival and solitude - the true story of a man who lived alone in a tent in the Maine woods, never talking to another person and surviving by stealing supplies from nearby cabins for 27 years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating Then Exasperating

  • By Gillian on 03-10-17

Outstanding book

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

My expectations of this book were not high. I had anticipated a fairly sensationalist treatment of a bizarre story. Instead, I found a beautifully written, sensitive and richly contextualized treatment, one that situates the fascinating story of Chris Knight within an informed rumination on the nature of loneliness and human connection.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • The Brothers

  • John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War
  • By: Stephen Kinzer
  • Narrated by: David Cochran Heath
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826

John Foster Dulles was secretary of state while his brother, Allen Dulles, was director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In this book, Stephen Kinzer places their extraordinary lives against the backdrop ofAmerican culture and history. He uses the framework of biography to ask: Why does the United States behave as it does in the world?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cold war and intrigue - who could ask for more

  • By Angela on 10-26-13

Lefty bias

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

Reviewed: 05-13-16

Interesting writing, but really biased toward anti-US view of the world. Revisionist history. The Soviets were peaceful folks who never did anything untoward. All problems in the post WW 2 world were a result of US mischief.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Destiny and Power

  • The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush
  • By: Jon Meacham
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 25 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778

Based on rigorous research, hours of private interviews, and extraordinary access to Bush's diaries and to his family, Destiny and Power paints a vivid and affecting portrait of the distinctive American life of a man from the Greatest Generation: his childhood in Connecticut, his heroic service in World War II, his entry into the Texas oil business, and his storied rise in politics from congressman to UN ambassador to head of the CIA to 41st president of the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling read

  • By ShelleyCS on 11-30-15

Outstanding biography

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

Reviewed: 03-26-16

Outstanding biography of a great but under appreciated president--and a decent, honorable man. Would that our current leaders and would-be leaders were half as decent and honorable.