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  • Spies of No Country

  • Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel
  • By: Matti Friedman
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

The four spies at the center of this story were part of a ragtag unit known as the Arab Section, conceived during World War II by British spies and Jewish militia leaders in Palestine. Intended to gather intelligence and carry out sabotage and assassinations, the unit consisted of Jews who were native to the Arab world and could thus easily assume Arab identities. In 1948, with Israel's existence in the balance during the War of Independence, our spies went undercover in Beirut, where they spent the next two years operating out of a kiosk....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting history of a forgotten time

  • By Rosemary on 04-24-19

Very interesting history of a forgotten time

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-19

The book is a bit slow, the memories of certain Israeli agents at the very outset of the intelligence service before Israel was really established. The stories drag a bit as true stories with all their cumbersome details often do but for followers of little known historical events it's a winner.

  • Behind the Throne

  • A Domestic History of the British Royal Household
  • By: Adrian Tinniswood
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

In Behind the Throne, historian Adrian Tinniswood uncovers the reality of five centuries of life at the English court, taking the listener on a remarkable journey from one Queen Elizabeth to another and exploring life as it was lived by clerks and courtiers and clowns and crowned heads: the power struggles and petty rivalries, the tension between duty and desire, the practicalities of cooking dinner for thousands and of ensuring the king always won when he played a game of tennis.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Worthwhile

  • By G. Cole on 12-13-18

A bit drawn out but fabulous narration

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-19

This is a good book for scholars. A bit draggy in content and not all juicy in revelations but then it isn’t meant to be. The narrator is so musical in voice I couldn’t turn it off.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Work

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,184

Thanks to a heart transplant, former FBI agent Terrell McCaleb is enjoying a quiet retirement, renovating the fishing boat he lives on in Los Angeles Harbor. But McCaleb's calm seas turn choppy when a story in the "What Happened To?" column of the LA Times brings him face-to-face with the sister of the woman whose heart now beats in his chest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blood work kept my blood rushing

  • By Book and Movie Lover on 01-04-10

Wonderful story but not believable

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-19

This is a first class writer and one of the best narrators you can find. The story is fascinating but too far fetched and convoluted to be believable. I simply found it ridiculous to think a serial killer would go knocking off victims of a rare blood type in order to satisfy a round-about revenge connection with a FBI heart transplant investigator. Simple is better. This book is like a terrific lobster bisque with a sirloin steak thrown into it. Too much! Yet a good listen to Dick Hill.

  • Landfall

  • A Novel
  • By: Thomas Mallon
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Set during the tumultuous middle of the George W. Bush years - amid the twin catastrophes of the Iraq insurgency and Hurricane Katrina - Landfall brings Thomas Mallon's cavalcade of contemporary American politics, which began with Watergate and continue with Finale, to a vivid and emotional climax.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written and fun frolic

  • By Brian on 03-11-19

Superb!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-19

I couldn’t stop listening. This book humanizes a now distant administration in a most interesting way. Chockful of gossip and fun, sadness and frustration. Well read too.

  • The Burglar

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 448
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 412

Elle Stowell is a young woman with an unconventional profession: burglary. But Elle is no petty thief - with just the right combination of smarts, looks, and skills, she can easily stroll through ritzy Bel Air neighborhoods and pick out the perfect home for plucking the most valuable items. This is how Elle has always gotten by - she is good at it, and she thrives on the thrill. But after stumbling upon a grisly triple homicide while stealing from the home of a wealthy art dealer, Elle discovers she is no longer the only one sneaking around. Somebody is searching for her.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • From breaking the law to helping the law....

  • By shelley on 01-09-19

Terrific and unusual thriller!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-19

Minimum blood and gore. Such an interesting story! Couldn’t stop listening. A terrific reader. And funny as well as suspenseful!

  • The Death of Hitler

  • The Final Word
  • By: Shaun Whiteside - translator, Lana Parshina, Jean-Christophe Brisard
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

On April 30, 1945, Hitler committed suicide in his bunker as the Red Army closed in on Berlin. Within four days the Soviets had recovered his body. But the truth about what the Russian secret services found was hidden from history, when, three months later, Stalin officially declared to Truman and Churchill that Hitler was still alive and had escaped abroad. Reckless rumors about what really happened to Hitler began to spread like wildfire and, even today, they have not been put to rest. Until now. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Much Ado About Nothing

  • By Rosemary on 02-03-19

Much Ado About Nothing

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-19

These two hardworking researchers should have written a nice article for the New Yorker Magazine. Such is the length and depth of any new material they present. The actual, truthful death of Hitler was thrown in doubt by Stalin, seventy years ago, in order to make the allies squirm. The writers here try to stoke the fires of thriller-hood with descriptions of the tension they suffer at the hands of Russian bureaucrats, hiding the facts and files from western eyes.. But this is not anything but fluff. Did he take a cynanide pill or shoot himself? No one knows. To write an entire book about what the Russian army may have discovered in Hitler's bunker is thin gruel indeed. Ten pages yes. Full book, I returned it halfway through.

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  • The British in India

  • A Social History of the Raj
  • By: David Gilmour
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 23 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Full of illuminating anecdotes drawn from memoirs, correspondence, and government documents, The British in India weaves a rich tapestry of the everyday experiences of the Britons who found themselves in “the jewel in the crown” of the British Empire. David Gilmour captures the substance and texture of their work, home, and social lives, and illustrates how these transformed across the several centuries of British presence and rule in the subcontinent, from the East India Company’s first trading station in 1615 to the twilight of the Raj and Partition and Independence in 1947.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb. Loved every beautifully read minute!

  • By Rosemary on 01-31-19

Superb. Loved every beautifully read minute!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-19

This very long and brilliantly researched book is about the individuals, Hundred s of them who left England and went to India for myriad reasons,. It’s not about politics or rebellion or the record of imperial British rule. Rather it’s about the people who, high or low in social station, speak to us through their letters and other written memories, leading the reader through a bazaar of forgotten history as it was lived at the time in its own context . Fabulous.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Main Enemy

  • The Inside Story of the CIA's Final Showdown with the KGB
  • By: Milton Bearden, James Risen
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

A landmark collaboration between a thirty-year veteran of the CIA and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, The Main Enemy is the inside story of the CIA-KGB spy wars, told through the actions of the men who fought them. Based on hundreds of interviews with operatives from both sides, The Main Enemy puts us inside the heads of CIA officers as they dodge surveillance and walk into violent ambushes in Moscow. This is the story of the generation of spies who came of age in the shadow of the Cuban missile crisis and rose to run the CIA and KGB in the last days of the Cold War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterpiece of espionage history

  • By kucherv on 08-21-18

Superb book and excellent narration

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-19

This is a long, winding and truthful book. I wouldn’t have missed a minute. Christopher Lane just carries you along like good music!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Reckoning

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,704
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,663

Pete Banning was Clanton's favorite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, a father, a neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning in 1946, he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • different

  • By Kelly on 10-29-18

the best Grisham in Years

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-30-18

The last two Grishams have been big yawns but this one is the best thing he has done in years. It's convincing, and a thriller with an unexpected twist at the end. Don't miss it. Beautifully read as always in that nice Michael Beck drawl.

  • The Colors of All the Cattle

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423

When Mma Potokwane suggests to Mma Ramotswe that she run for a seat on the city council, Mma Ramotswe is at first unsure. But when she learns about the proposed construction of the flashy Big Fun Hotel next to a graveyard, she allows herself to be persuaded. Her opponent is none other than Violet Sephotho, who is in the pocket of the hotel developers. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Jean on 11-15-18

Very satisfying listening

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

After a few less than stellar books in this series Alexander McCall Smith has written a new one, less distressingly sappy and there's much less wittering on about nothing than his last two for three books. He wrote this with a real plot. We want more detective and less ruminating on the meaning of existence and this has got it!