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Richard N. Neal

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  • Phoenix Rising

  • A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel
  • By: Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,201
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,204

Evil is most assuredly afoot - and Britain’s fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegade... and a librarian. These are dark days indeed in Victoria’s England. Londoners are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences - the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling - will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Steampunk - worth a listen

  • By DarkFish on 05-11-12

Interesting Concept but Poor Story.

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

Story had promise but failed to deliver. It is disjointed and, to me, has gaps in the story line that are never filled.

  • Jester's Fortune

  • The Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures, Book 8
  • By: Dewey Lambdin
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

It is 1796 and a diminutive, Corsican-born French general has inherited a ragtag army and turned it into an unstoppable fighting force. Within months, Napoleon's storm rolls across Italy and strikes a lethal blow against the Austrian empire. But while the soil of Piedmont and Tuscany runs with blood, another battle takes shape on the mysterious Adriatic Sea. Alan Lewrie and his 18-gun sloop, HMS Jester, part of a squadron of four British warships, sail into the thick of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book eight of the series

  • By Bonnie on 01-16-11

Not the best in the series!

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

A good story spoiled by too much dialog in accents that ate too hard to understand and follow!

  • Get Well Soon

  • History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
  • By: Jennifer Wright
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,823
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,424

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome - a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly informative with a humorous twist

  • By alan on 05-29-17

Good Subject presented in a Snarky Manner

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

Reviewed: 08-22-17

The author could not present her good work without lacing it with snarky, liberal, anti-Republican/Conservative invective!

  • The Lost World

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,345

It is now six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park, six years since the extraordinary dream of science and imagination came to a crashing end - the dinosaurs destroyed, the park dismantled, the island indefinitely closed to the public. But there are rumors that something has survived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dodgson! We've got Dodgson here...

  • By Cage on 05-17-12

Way to many narrow escapes!

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

I have enjoyed other books by Crichton but this one is a poor attempt to milk the original "Jurassic Park."

The story is trite and the characters are predictable.

I forced myself to finish it but now wish I had not wasted my time.

  • Mr. Churchill's Secretary

  • A Maggie Hope Mystery
  • By: Susan Elia MacNeal
  • Narrated by: Donada Peters
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,009
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,790
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,795

London, 1940: Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely

  • By Katherine on 10-22-12

Good story but poorly structured

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

Reviewed: 04-14-17

The story is interesting but the telling is poorly structured and the scenes shift too smoothly. Frequently, I thought I was listening to dialogue between one set of characters when, in fact, the scene and locale had changed and other characters were on stage. I found it hard to keep the characters straight for at least the first half of the book.

  • Killing Patton

  • The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Bill O'Reilly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,139

General George S. Patton, Jr., died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost 70 years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident - and may very well have been an act of assassination. Killing Patton will take listeners inside the final year of the war and recount the events surrounding Patton's tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bill O'Reilly "Phoned It In" - Poor Performance

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-28-14

O'Reilly Should Not Read His Own Books

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

Reviewed: 02-04-17

The story is well known and the book brought out some obscure information and, in my opinion, jumped to some fanciful conclusions.

Maybe he was murdered and maybe not. Author did not build a convincing case. Too much supposition.

Narrator mispronounced many words that are commonly known to students of WWII history. That was disappointing and distracting!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Solomon Curse

  • By: Clive Cussler, Russell Blake
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,703
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,466

There are many rumors about the bay off Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Some say it was the site of the lost empire of the Solomon king and that great treasure lies beneath the waters. Others say terrible things happened here, atrocities and disappearances at the hands of cannibal giants, and those who venture there do not return. It is cursed. Which is exactly what attracts the attention of husband-and-wife treasure-hunting team Sam and Remi Fargo. How could they resist?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great adventure

  • By Kim Burney on 09-16-15

Did not live up to its potential!

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

Reviewed: 09-24-15

The premiss of the book is pure Cussler but the writing leaves many loose ends and undeveloped story lines while over playing the cutsie banter between the Fargos.

It is an OK read but I finished feeling let down and disappointed. I would not recommend it to a friend.