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  • Charlie Wilson's War

  • The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History
  • By: George Crile
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 20 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,605

Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Afghan War:Last Nail in the Soviet Coffin

  • By William Lorenzen on 08-10-04

Congressional War!

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-15-04

Charlie Wilson is one of the wierd characters in our Congress who through sheer will-power twists the arms of key government agencies to do his bidding. In this case the cause seemed right, extracting the USSR from Afghanistan. However, one is left with the distinct impression that the checks and balances between branches that our Constitutional mandates don't always work.

The book is well written and the story concisely presented. Don't pass this one up.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Narrows: Harry Bosch Series, Book 10

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Len Cariou
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,215

FBI agent Rachel Walling finally gets the call she's dreaded for years: the one that tells her the Poet has returned. Years ago she worked on the famous case, tracking down the serial killer who wove lines of poetry into his hideous crimes. Rachel has never forgotten Robert Backus, the killer who called himself the Poet, and apparently he has not forgotten her either.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New to Harry Bosch

  • By Eileen on 08-31-04

No Mystery Here!

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-04

If your looking for a whodunit, look elsewhere. On the other hand If you want a fast moving and exciting detective novel, look no further! Harry Bosch is a thinking man's investigator. He doesn't take kindly to FBI politics but manages to work with them in his own way to catch the criminal.

This is one of Connelly's best. Don't miss it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Eventide

  • By: Kent Haruf
  • Narrated by: George Hearn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

One of the most beloved novels in recent years, Plainsong was a best seller from coast to coast, and now Kent Haruf returns to the High Plains community of Holt, Colorado, with a story of even more masterful authority.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Bill L. on 05-17-04

Western Soapopera

2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-04

Perhaps there is something about this novel that I haven't discovered. I wish I knew what is was. This is a simple story about some of the less fortunate folks living in a small Colorado town. While their trials and tribulations hold your interest initially, nothing ever happens. There is little plot and no climax. When it ends you're not sure why. Skip this one unless your in to soapoperas.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Death in Vienna

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,908
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,348

Sent to Vienna to authenticate a painting, the art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is sidetracked by a photograph that throws his world upside-down. Could it really be the face of a man who during the last days of World War II had brutalized his mother on the Death March from Auschwitz?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quite a Special Novel Indeed

  • By Adam on 04-12-04

Never forget!

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-04

German atrocities during WWII are never a pleasant subject to deal with. This novel makes a salient point. You can destroy a people but you will never destroy their need to seek revenge against those that committed these deeds. Silva handles this in a fast paced exciting manner that hits all the right buttons. Gabriel Alon is an agent for Israel whose family was wiped out during the Holocaust. Over fifty years later a friend is murdered in Vienna under suspicious circumstances. This sets into motion an exciting investigation that turns up all of the old hatred.

If you enjoy a vast pace action novel, this should be your cup of tea.

18 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Juror

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,762
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,750

In 1970, one of Mississippi's more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23 year-old college dropout, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham's Finest

  • By Danielle on 02-08-04

Grisham Strikes Again!

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-04

If you like stories in the Southern genre there is nobody better at writing them than John Grisham. Grisham has a way of weaving a story that is riveted in hometown lure and full of the characters that inhabit most small towns. His plots develop smoothly and keep us impatiently awaiting the next turn of events. If you like a well written and excellently narrated novel this is Grisham at his absolute best. There are also side issues in this story. It is obvious that Grisham had a real problem with our involvement in Vietnam and had no patience with Mississippi's reluctance to accept integration. All told a great novel on many levels.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Zero Game

  • By: Brad Meltzer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 388

Matthew Mercer and Harris Sandler are playing a mysterious game. It's a game almost no one knows about: not their friends, not their coworkers, and certainly not their bosses, who are some of the most powerful senators and congressmen on Capitol Hill.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great political novel

  • By Rodney on 01-20-04

Worth a Zero!

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-04

Talk about boring! This story involves a chase scene that goes on for over three quarters of the book, without a clue as to why. By the time you find out in the last couple of chapters you couldn't care less. The story has no redeeming qualities. Try not to listen to it in your car, you may fall asleep!

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • The Alienist

  • By: Caleb Carr
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

Best-selling author Caleb Carr deftly combines historical detail with spine-tingling chills. The year is 1896, and a serial killer is loose in New York City. His targets are poor young boys working as transvestite prostitutes. The general public has little interest in the victims, but Chief of Police Theodore Roosevelt wants the murderer stopped. He assembles a clandestine group of amateur detectives to track the killer, but there are powerful forces at work who don't want the crimes solved.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent historical thriller

  • By Julie on 12-27-03

Turn of the Century Turmoil

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-28-04

"The Alienist" is a wonderful portrayal of late nineteenth century New York City. New York was in a state of flux with immigrants coming in by the boat load with many of them living in dire circumstances. Corruption abounded with the police force and hoodlums acting in concert. In the midst of this a serial killer was on the loose and the powers that be only too willing to overlook it, because young immigrant male prostitutes were the ones being slaughtered. A foreign born psychiatrist with an interest in abused children takes up the cudgels and with the help of some friends attempts to solve the mystery.

My only quibble with the story is its length and repetitiveness. It goes on way too long to reach a conclusion. However, this is just a quibble, for the most part it works and makes for interesting listening.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Murder Room

  • An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery
  • By: P.D. James
  • Narrated by: Charles Keating
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245

The Dupayne, a small private museum in London, is in turmoil. As its trustees argue over whether it should be closed, one of them is brutally and mysteriously murdered. Yet even as Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team proceed with their investigation, a second corpse is discovered. Someone in the Dupayne is prepared to kill and kill again. Still more sinister, the murders appear to echo the notorious crimes of the past featured in one of the museum's galleries: the Murder Room.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic P.D. James

  • By Jim on 11-23-03

Mrs. Marple lives

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-25-03

For those of you that remember the old Agatha Christie mysteries this one will bring back memories of those bygone eras. However, the Adam Dagliesh mysteries are as up to date as can be. While this novel is very British by nature it is definitely a 21 century work, with current sexual mores playing an important role. The reader adds an essential element to the story with perfectly depicted British accents that are molded to the strata of society that the character belongs to. Try this one I'm sure that you'll like it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Balance of Power

  • By: Richard North Patterson
  • Narrated by: Patricia Kalember
  • Length: 23 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

President Kerry Kilcannon and his fiancie, television journalist Lara Costello, have at last decided to marry. But their wedding is followed by a massacre of innocents in a lethal burst of gunfire, challenging their marriage and his presidency in ways so shattering and indelibly personal that Kilcannon vows to eradicate gun violence and crush the most powerful lobby in Washington - the Sons of the Second Amendment (SSA).

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Same as the last book only not as good

  • By A. Wright on 10-29-03

Politics - How Low Can it Get?

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-03

In this continuation of the Kilcannon presidency, we find ourselves facing some of the moral dilemmas that we read about in the newspapers on an almost daily basis. While the second amendment gives us the the right to bear arms, we are forced to choose between a person's right to hunt and a criminal's right to blow people away with impunity, using handguns made strictly for that purpose. This novel shows how special interests can intrude on the legislative process to accomplish their ends. Kilcannon torn by personal tragedy, is forced to fight tooth and nail with a recalcitrant Senate. All told an exciting political novel that delves into some important issues that we face daily. If you like political intrigue this might just be your cup of tea, if not stay away.

5 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Teeth of the Tiger

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,216

Charged with spotting terrorist threats, the top-secret "Campus" has its hands full when Middle East thugs and Colombian drug lords join forces. New Campus recruits include Jack Ryan Jr., son of master spy John Patrick Ryan, now President.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good start, abrupt ending

  • By Ben Anderson on 12-09-07

Wha happened to ye Tom Clancy?

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-03

Where did your fast moving action filled style go to? This novel is slow and tedious. The reader is also very annoying with the ability to move from one scene to another without a pause or a breath so that you're not quite sure where your at. He also has not developed the ability to use distinguishing voices, so that as he moves from character to character you're not quite sure who's talking. The book ends suddenly! You almost expect to hear a "to be continued in the sequel", but you know something, you're glad that it's over.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful