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Frank Spalitto

Leawood, Ks. USA
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  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,193
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,526
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,515

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes' worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn't work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen & definitive account

  • By Michael J Canning on 06-30-18

BLOOD ON HER HANDS

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

A gripping story of a young woman who got caught up with the attention, power and celebrity status she received and could not tell right from wrong, did not care who was hurt physically or mentally , went to great lengths to cover up her inefficiencys.

  • Summary: Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice

  • By: Readtrepreneur Publishing
  • Narrated by: Michael Stuhre
  • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Sergei Magnitsky was a young lawyer who went in too deep when he discovered a conspiracy to steal $230 million paid to the state by one of the most successful hedge funds. Unfortunately, the Russian authorities involved knew he was going to be a hindrance. Without leaving any trial or room for investigation, Sergei was murdered. Bill Browder, the hedge fund manager who employed Magnitsky, wouldn’t let it slide, and his drive to do whatever is necessary to uncover the truth will be the starting point of an intense quest for justice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fighting Russia

  • By Frank Spalitto on 08-18-18

Fighting Russia

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

Terrible narration, better narrator would have made story more interesting, too bad. The story itself is very interesting, shoeing great determination and perseverance of an individual who stood up for what he believed, overcoming tremendous obstacles from the other side of the world.

  • Triple Homicide

  • From the Case Files of Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, and the Women's Murder Club
  • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro, James O. Born
  • Narrated by: Ty Jones, Kate Russell, Danny Mastrogiorgio
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 293

James Patterson's greatest detectives together for the first time! Three electrifying thrillers with Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, and the Women's Murder Club. Detective Cross: An Alex Cross Story - An anonymous caller has promised to set off deadly bombs in Washington, DC. A cruel hoax or the real deal? The Medical Examiner: A Women's Murder Club Story - A woman checks into a hotel room and entertains a man who is not her husband. Manhunt: A Michael Bennett Story - Someone attacked the Thanksgiving Day Parade directly in front of Michael Bennett and his family. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Be warned

  • By Carol saler on 07-21-18

Do not buy

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

I have had worse but not many. Three so so stories,meach worse than the first. Hard to say anything good
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  • SEAL Team Six: Hunt the Viper

  • SEAL Team Six, Book 7
  • By: Don Mann, Ralph Pezzullo
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Don Mann and Ralph Pezzullo's shockingly authentic military thriller sends Thomas Crocker and his SEAL Team Six brothers to confront a notorious ISIS general, The Viper, during the occupation of Aleppo, Syria. Despite the efforts of the Assad government and its Russian and Turkish allies, Syria is succumbing to the Islamic State. While Crocker and his SEAL Team Six comrades try to help a small Kurdish border town organize a resistance army, he finds an unexpected connection with Severine, a French epidemiologist working for Doctors Without Borders.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic!

  • By Marty B Fisher on 09-11-18

A ho hum book

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

A little disappointed in story line, the women chatter added very little, nothing against women in general but just feel they did not really add anything to story worthwhile

  • Deep Shadow

  • Caribbean Dive Adventure, Volume 1
  • By: Nick Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Scuba divers travel from all over the world to visit the little island of Bonaire, with its crystal clear waters and a host of beautiful marine life. After three years in the “Diver's Paradise”, divemaster Boone Fischer thought he’d seen it all, but on a routine afternoon dive, he spots something that will turn his tranquil life upside down. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Diving, Drugs, and Deep Shadows

  • By Ray Johnson on 05-01-18

Catching a submarine

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

Thought the book was kind of corney almost amateurish in story and narration, a book that a adolescent or someone slightly older may enjoy, not my cup of tea.

  • The Fallen

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,162

Something sinister is going on in Baronville. The rust belt town has seen four bizarre murders in the space of two weeks. Cryptic clues left at the scenes - obscure Bible verses, odd symbols - have the police stumped. Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are in Baronville visiting Alex's sister and her family. It's a bleak place: a former mill and mining town with a crumbling economy and rampant opioid addiction. Decker has been there only a few hours when he stumbles on a horrific double murder scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was supposed to be a VACATION!!!!

  • By shelley on 04-17-18

Book full of surprises

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

Story of a small town that had more going on than any big city ever had, full of intrigue .

  • The Lost Symbol

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,276
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,372

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In love with books again

  • By Paul on 01-31-10

Novel for the ages

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

Very suspenseful, , slow at times , enlightening hard to put down with many surprises. A typical Dan Brown novel. Great narration

  • The Faithful Spy

  • By: Alex Berenson
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,584
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,563

John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Faithful Spy

  • By Margaret on 12-14-09

A GRIPING STORY FULL EXCITEMENT

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

Once you got past the tripe that it seems all books have in the early chapters it is a very engrossing book, hardball
For me to,put down. Although fictional, I am sure the ineptness of our federal watch dogs make me angry, afraid to wake your boss up, afraid of the wrath, he’ll with country.

  • Foreign and Domestic

  • Jake Mahegan, Book 1
  • By: A. J. Tata
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357

One year ago, Captain Jake Mahegan led a Delta Force team into Afghanistan to capture an American traitor working for the Taliban. The mission ended in tragedy. The team was infiltrated and decimated by a bomb. An enemy prisoner was killed. Mahegan was dismissed from service - dishonored forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 Stars Action Packed Book A Bargain @$10.08

  • By Lia on 11-08-17

Gripping story

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

A rather involved story, at times hard to follow, sometimes losing continuity, but keeping reader involved.

  • End Game

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,652

Will Robie and Jessica Reel are two of the most lethal people alive. They're the ones the government calls in when the utmost secrecy is required to take out those who plot violence and mass destruction against the United States. And through every mission, one man has always had their backs: their handler, code-named Blue Man. But now, Blue Man is missing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keep 'em Coming!

  • By shelley on 11-15-17

Non stop action

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

Action acted story, the only negative is the narrator constantly saying who was speaking, I guess with so many characters, that is the only way to keep everyone straight.