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  • Redeemer

  • John Milton, Book 12
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

Rio de Janeiro. Brazilians call it Cidade Maravilhosa - the Marvellous City - but crime festers in its favelas like cancer. John Milton is visiting an old friend who runs a close protection business guarding the city's elite. Milton offers to stand in when one of his bodyguards doesn’t turn up for work. The job? Take the wife and daughter of an anticorruption judge to a school recital and bring them back again. Simple? Not so much. The girl is snatched off the street, and Milton is nearly killed. As he recovers at a Group Fifteen safe house, he decides on two objectives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another terrific novel in the John Milton series!!

  • By Wayne on 06-07-18

Dawson at his best

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

Redeemer is the 12th book in the Milton series. I have listened to all of them this summer. I told Mr. Dawson I consider him in the same league as Flynn, Sandford, and Silva. As with all authors they have good books, average book and at times great books. The Redeemer is in my mind is Dawson's best so far. I found it refreshing that Dawson doesn't send so much time on Milton's weakness but on his positive points. In this book Milton is as good as Mitch Rapp, Virgil Flowers, Lucas Davenport or even the great Gabriel Allon.
David Thorpe is an excellent narrator. He gives as much to Dawson's books as George Guidall does to Silva's and Flynn's works.
Thank you Mark for an excellent book. The Milton series would make such a great movie franchise as long as someone didn't mess it up like they have done with the Lee Childs books. I feel that we could be talking about Dawson in the same light as we think of Ian Flemming and his Bond series. That is how much I like this book.

  • The King's Deception

  • A Novel
  • By: Steve Berry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919

Cotton Malone and his 15-year-old son, Gary, are headed to Europe. As a favor to his former boss at the Justice Department, Malone agrees to escort a teenage fugitive back to England. But after he is greeted at gunpoint in London, both the fugitive and Gary disappear, and Malone learns that he’s stumbled into a high-stakes diplomatic showdown - an international incident fueled by geopolitical gamesmanship and shocking Tudor secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another wonderfully researched thriller

  • By LibbyListener on 09-24-13

Berry - Brown?

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

I can't say that I really enjoyed this book. As a matter of fact I was disappointed with this purchase. I have read all the previous books in the Cotton Malone series and was looking forward to this book. After listening to this book I will have a hard time in listening to any more. l caught myself comparing Malone to Langdon. I had to check several times to make sure this book wasn't written by Dan Brown. Scott Brick did a fine job with his narration as he always does. If you purchase this book make sure you buy the abridged version, the unabridged version is way to repetitive.

  • Red Sparrow

  • A Novel
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,057

Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sexy Saucy Spies

  • By Mel on 06-13-13

Certainly not the movie

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

I saw the movie and thought the book has got to be better. As I understand this book is this authors first. I will say it isn't a bad story and I am sure or at least hopeful he gets better the more he writes. The story line is not bad. A little jumpy but not enough to put me off. I will say I found it very annoying the way Matthews but in recipes after he talks about a meal. Spy novel or a cook book? Make up your mind. I found that aspect as bad as a poor narrator.

Not a bad read.

  • Islands of the Damned

  • A Marine at War in the Pacific
  • By: R. V. Burgin, Bill Marvel
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

This is an eyewitness - and eye-opening - account of some of the most savage and brutal fighting in the war against Japan, told from the perspective of a young Texan who volunteered for the Marine Corps to escape a life as a traveling salesman. R. V. Burgin enlisted at the age of twenty and, with his sharp intelligence and earnest work ethic, climbed the ranks from a green private to a seasoned sergeant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sledge's Squad Leader

  • By J. Biallas on 08-17-12

The Best

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

I have listened to many books about the war in the south pacific and the marines who fought those battles. This is the very best of the best. I have nothing short of pure admiration for Mr. Burgin. I can't imagine how a man can go through what he did then come home and work as a mailman the rest of his life. Maybe he just need a quiet life. He sure deserved it. Thank you Mr. Burgin and the men like you.

  • The Lions of Lucerne

  • By: Brad Thor
  • Narrated by: Armand Schultz
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,526
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,506

On the snow-covered slopes of Utah, the unthinkable has just become a nightmarish reality: thirty Secret Service agents have been viciously executed and the vacationing president of the United States kidnapped by one of the most lethal terrorist organizations in the Middle East - the Fatah Revolutionary Council. But surviving agent and ex-Navy SEAL Scot Harvath doesn't believe the Fatah Revolutionary Council is responsible for the attack.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Scott Harvath

  • By Carol on 11-18-12

The Lions

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

I spoke to a friend of mine about this book. I ask them if they had ever read a book that was a betweener? I said you know a book between putting it down or finishing it? I found Lions of Lucerne to be one of those books. If I had been reading it rather than listening to it I don't think I would have finished it. The story is fine and Armand Schultz is an ok narrator. This is one of those books that comes your way that you say to yourself why didn't I buy the abridged version. Take my advice if you decide to read this book. Buy the abridged version.

  • Grant

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 48 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,136
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,706
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,679

Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow sows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book (BUT WHERE IS THE PDF FILES)????

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-25-17

Bringing Grant to life.

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

I am not a military person but I often wondered why politicians and others think they know how to fight a war better than a trained military person. I also wondered why wars were always fought by tradition. Grant understood how to fight a war. It isn't pretty and there isn't really a half way to fight one. How a man can work and live in an environment of jealousy that Grant did for years is a true mark as to his personal metal.

The civil war started out being about one thing then grew into something much larger. From the start it was to stop the secession then it grew into emancipation of the slaves. That was a giant step for a lot of people north and south. Grant may have understood this and was able to handle it much better than most of the people including the ones who initiated it. What emancipation did to influence the work force and economy was a staggering issue that few had thought out. Grant may have had his finger on the issue from day one. The way he tried to incorporate the freed slaves into useful work was really a huge step in the emancipation process. He understood it wasn't enough to free the slaves but how are they going to survive without jobs or places to live.

The way Grant had to fight the politicians as well as the confederate army's would drive anyone to drink. The profiteers may have been the worse thing about the civil war. They wrecked the south for generations. The war fought between solders but the profiteers took advantage of the general population. Grant understood this and seemed to do his very level best to fight it.

I had always heard that Grant was a terrible president, really by whose standards? He was the only president to serve two full terms between Jackson and Wilson. That says something right there. They said his presidency was riddled with scandals. Ok which presidents isn't? I know we elect presidents all the time who seem be inept. After listening to Chernow's Grant I got the feeling that Grant's only real problem was that he trusted people and looked tor the good in them even when they took advantage of him at every turn.

Really a fine read every bit as good as Hamilton.

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  • Best of the West Expanded Edition, Vol. 1

  • Classic Stories from the American Frontier
  • By: Zane Grey, Will Henry, Elmer Kelton, and others
  • Narrated by: Roseanne Cash, Crystal Gayle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

America's richest legends come from the frontier - from the land where the events of a single moment might erase the lines between law and lawlessness, between safety and mortal danger, between heroes and villains. The carefully selected stories in this collection are vibrant proof that the great American West is a fertile ground to storytellers. Here's the most varied collection of short stories, by 17 highly acclaimed Western writers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Collection!

  • By Jason on 10-23-09

Best of the west vol. 1

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

For what this book is it is fine. I am not much on short stories. This book reminded me of the old dime novels that I used to read when I was kid. Not bad but not my cup of tea.

  • The Death of Santini

  • The Story of a Father and His Son
  • By: Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 377
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 325

Pat Conroy's father, Donald Patrick Conroy, was a towering figure in his son's life. The Marine Corps fighter pilot was often brutal, cruel, and violent; as Pat says, "I hated my father long before I knew there was an English word for 'hate.'" As the oldest of seven children who were dragged from military base to military base across the South, Pat bore witness to the toll his father's behavior took on his siblings, and especially on his mother, Peg. She was Pat's lifeline to a better world - that of books and culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Conroy at his best

  • By ZORRO on 12-05-13

Are you kidding me?

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

Reviewed: 08-13-17

I know people who loved this book. I am not one of them. There is no way this was a story of a father and his son. It is about a completely messed up family from the start. I have heard it said the Conroy is a great southern writer. What does that mean. Is there a difference between southern writers and writers who are not from the south? Are southern writers held to a different standard? I am a son of the south and I sure thought this book was trash. If his family truly acted the way he describes in this book they would all have been committed years ago. Some should have been arrested. If you are to believe anything Conroy has written his dad would never had made Colonel and his mother would be a saint. Neither things happened. The dad was a Colonel and served with distinction. His mother belonged in a mental institution with his sister and the grandmother for sure. His mother would had to be mentally ill to stay with such an abusive individual as Conroy portrayed his father to be. The most amazing thing to me is why Conroy continued to have a relationship with his dad and his sister? Why would you be close to those people even if they were family. Made me wonder if this was pure fiction. If it was fiction it made it even worse.

  • House of Spies

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,990
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,968

Four months after the deadliest attack on the American homeland since 9/11, a terrorist plot leaves a trail of carnage through London’s glittering West End. The attack is a brilliant feat of planning and secrecy, but with one loose thread. The thread leads Gabriel Allon and his team to the south of France and to the gilded doorstep of one of the richest men in the country, Jean-Luc Martel, and his companion, Olivia Watson. A beautiful former British fashion model, Olivia pretends not to know the true source of Martel's enormous wealth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • YES! This is what I want and expect!

  • By Dr. Meggin McIntosh on 08-27-17

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 08-13-17

Daniel Silva makes the world of spies seem to come to life in a way that makes them feel believable. A lot of authors who write in this genre make their hero's come across as supermen. Gabriel feels real, I sincerely hope there are men like him looking after us. I am already looking forward to another installment in this series. I also think that Guidall could read the newspaper and make it sound interesting. Silva - Guidall and match second to none.

  • Massacre at Goliad

  • By: Elmer Kelton
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Elmer Kelton, beloved chronicler of the Old West and recipient of an unprecedented seven Spur Awards, recounts the story of Santa Anna's lesser known massacre through the eyes of a lone survivor. Even in his old age, Josh Buckalew sometimes awakens in a cold sweat as he relives those horrifying moments at Goliad so long ago. And yet every time he retells the tale, his heart fills with gratitude for those brave Texans who gave their lives so others might live free.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Massacre????

  • By Hill on 04-12-17

Massacre????

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

I didn't think this book was nearly as good as the other works by Kelton. The narrator's inability to pronounce Texas cities was very distracting. Kelton is a superior author but seriously this isn't his best work.