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Greenwich, CT, United States
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  • The Fox

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 133

The number one New York Times best-selling master of international intrigue takes readers into the bleeding-edge world of technological espionage in a propulsive thriller that feels chillingly real. Former chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service Adrian Weston is awoken in the middle of the night by a phone call from the prime minister. Her news is shocking: The Pentagon, the NSA, and the CIA have been hacked simultaneously, their seemingly impenetrable firewalls breached by an unknown enemy known only as "The Fox".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Modern Story with Classic Prose

  • By stuartjash on 10-24-18

Brilliantly narrated rather silly story

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This story is so stacked against the bad guys that it clips off all possible suspense at the bud. Not believable storyline, but a wonderful narrator. Could listen to Mr. Rintoul’s voice all day. The author can do much better plot wise. A disappointment!

  • Leadership

  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Beau Bridges, David Morse, Jay O. Sanders, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 397

Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the man make the times or do the times make the man? In Leadership, Goodwin draws upon four of the presidents she has studied most closely - Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights) - to show how they first recognized leadership qualities within themselves, and were recognized by others as leaders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What makes a president great?

  • By tru britty on 09-25-18

Superb. This is the masterpiece of her career

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

So well timed. These four stories of our greatest leaders are a revelation in the current atmosphere of division and anger in our country. I didn’t think DJG could bring me to tears but she did. She is the most superb historian of our time. A great inheritor to Barbara Tuchman and Bruce Catton.

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  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 578

In 1940, 18-year-old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past forever. Ten years later, now a radio producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very satisfying two days!

  • By Wendy on 09-30-18

Superb writer with some stumbles in plot.

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

This is one of those books that has two brilliant features. The narrator's voice is to die for. She gets it all right and makes you want to hear more. Kate Atkinson is such a good writer.
The plot gets very convoluted and beyond suspension of disbelief in the end. Funny and a new part of spy history nobody really knew anything about!

  • The Kennedy Debutante

  • By: Kerri Maher
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

London, 1938. The effervescent "It girl" of London society since her father was named the ambassador, Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy moves in rarified circles. Eager to strike out on her own, Kick is soon swept off her feet by Billy Hartington, the future duke of Devonshire. But their love is forbidden, as Kick's devout Catholic family and Billy's staunchly Protestant one would never approve their match. When war breaks like a tidal wave across her world, Billy is ripped from her arms as the Kennedys are forced to return to the States.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not just a piece of fluff!

  • By Rosemary on 10-06-18

Not just a piece of fluff!

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

This is a novelized biography of sorts of the adult life of Kathleen Kick Kennedy written by a novice with surprisingly good feel for the flow and forward movement of this romance story. She doesn't get everything right. Her lack of familiarity with the jargon of the day made me wince. "Party Foul" and "Listen Up" are 21st century language. Her descriptive words are cliches and she needs to have a good editor in her next book. Not brilliant as it might have been in the hands of a better writer but nonetheless, a commendable story choice and good research. I recommend this as I am a reader of non-fiction history. It was a nice treat, sort of like an unexpected dessert.

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  • The Spy and the Traitor

  • The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
  • By: Ben Macintyre
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 448

Unfolding the delicious three-way gamesmanship between America, Britain, and the Soviet Union, and culminating in the gripping cinematic beat-by-beat of Oleg Gordievsky's nail-biting escape from Moscow in 1985, Ben Macintyre's latest may be his best yet. Like the greatest novels of John le Carré, it brings listeners deep into a world of treachery and betrayal, where the lines bleed between the personal and the professional, and one man's hatred of communism had the power to change the future of nations. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely riveting story

  • By Rosemary on 09-25-18

Absolutely riveting story

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

This is a fairly slow starter because it’s not a novel. Once it gets going it’s impossible to put down, brilliant research and marvelous narrative by John Lee.

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  • The Other Woman

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,888
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,656

From Daniel Silva, the number one New York Times best-selling author, comes a modern masterpiece of espionage, love, and betrayal. She was his best-kept secret....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not typical of Daniel Silva!

  • By Wayne on 07-18-18

Wonderful book despite farfetched story

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

Kim Philby’s mystery child comes alive in this ripping but not too believable tale of major espionage melodrama. But as always George Guidall carries the day as narrator even when Daniel Silva is a bit off the mark. Very much worth listening.

  • The Fear Index

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 305

Dr. Alex Hoffmann’s name is carefully guarded from the general public, but within the secretive inner circles of the ultrarich he is a legend. He has developed a revolutionary form of artificial intelligence that predicts movements in the financial markets with uncanny accuracy. His hedge fund, based in Geneva, makes billions. But one morning before dawn, a sinister intruder breaches the elaborate security of his lakeside mansion, and so begins a waking nightmare of paranoia and violence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Book Dan Brown Wished He Wrote

  • By Ted on 11-29-13

A disappointment from a Great author

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

This story tried taking on a dystopian future of finance run by algorithms and artificial intelligence . All very well but the drama, chase and potboiler elements are heavy handed and crudely conceived. Robert Harris can write much better than this lumbering tale.
Narrator superb with all accents except educated American accent. The book’s hero, a Princeton mathematician would never speak like a gruff and grumpy longshoreman!

  • The Husband's Secret

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,654
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,669

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but a little too much hand-wringing

  • By Regina on 08-18-13

Too long and complicated.

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

This is too much of a Checklist book from an author who write the brilliant Big Little Lies. It needs whittling down since its premise is good but it goes on forever about three sets of interlocked characters. Predictable and flat. Excellent narrator.

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,381

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

The book of the year

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

This story is built so perfectly, is so heartfelt and familiar to all of us that it’s unforgettable. A stellar performance by the narrator. Recommended to everyone I know.

  • Clock Dance

  • A Novel
  • By: Anne Tyler
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 506

Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother's sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother but isn't sure she ever will be. Then, one day, Willa receives a startling phone call from a stranger. Without fully understanding why, she flies across the country to Baltimore....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal Story Telling

  • By Mr. Johnny White on 08-02-18

Disappointing for such a great writer

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Anne Tyler is one of our best writers. This book has a stellar performance but the main character is basically passive and uninteresting.
You can just get so much blood from a stone.
This one is an effort to keep on with. I gave it 6 hours and drifted to sleep.

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