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  • 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 101
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

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 must.

  • By Brandon on 10-30-18

Superb book and excellent narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
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 8,424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,702
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,676

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. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Would make a 5 star four hour novella, ...

  • By Wayne on 11-03-18

the best Grisham in Years

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
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 296
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

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

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
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!

  • The Fox

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 251

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
    5 out of 5 stars 879
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 788

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Transcription

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 873

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 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

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.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • 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 1,151
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,051

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.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • 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 3,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,881
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,866

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 381
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 309

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!