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  • The Whole Truth

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,585

Pender Associates is a shadowy organization that specializes in managing seemingly impossible situations for its clients. Sometimes, those services extend to managing - and creating - armed conflict.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining Action Story

  • By Stephen on 08-03-08

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

David Baldacci is probably my favorite author. Ron McLarty is one of the best audiobook narrators I have ever heard and this is far from the first time I have heard the two working together.

But the reason that I found this book amazing is because it involves, a Billionaire, Russia and fake news. An easy enough story to tie together if the book were written six months ago but this came out in 2008. So either David Baldacci is a time traveler or things that we only think of as a problem now have actually been issues for much longer. As cool as the thought of a time traveling David Baldacci might be, I'm going to go ahead and guess it is the latter.

One Baldacci trademark is

that whatever conflicts his heroes seem to find themselves in they are almost always personal in some way. So if you're reading a Baldacci novel and his protagonist has a family member or love interest, it might not be wise to become attached to that character.
I actually think that might be one of the reasons this series is so short. You essentially have a character with no family and no past and in more recent years Baldacci's series have focused on events from his character's back stories.

I had a lot of fun listening to this book. Although, if you haven't read or listened to anything of David Baldacci's previously I'm not sure that this is where I would start. I'm currently listening to the second book in the series and even though it isn't my favorite Baldacci series (Will Robie) it does have its charm. I was still amazed though because as I said earlier this managed to feel very current even though it was written a decade ago.

  • Bloody Sunday

  • Dewey Andreas Series, Book 8
  • By: Ben Coes
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,355
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,268

Dewey Andreas, still reeling from recent revelations about his own past, is ready to retire from the CIA. But he's the only available agent with the skills to carry out the CIA's plan to stop North Korea, which has made a secret nuclear deal with Iran. The plan is to inject a singular designer poison into the head of the North Korean military and in exchange for the nuclear plans, provide him with the one existing dose of the antidote. But it goes awry when Dewey manages to inject a small amount of the poison into himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FANTASTIC!!

  • By shelley on 08-01-18

Best in the Series

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

I discovered this series last year and I have now read all eight books contained in it up to now.

I believe the series really started to find itself with book 6 and that each book subsequent has been better than the one before.

I believe Ben Coes delivered a masterpiece with 'Bloody Sunday'. I was a bit unsure of how the story would play out when I first saw the plot summary but it delivered beyond my expectations. I finished it in a day because I just couldn't wait to see what wuld happen to Dewey next and how he would save the day. This had a lot of action, suspense and intrigue. There is even a subplot that sets things up for the future.

This is the first book in the series that Ari Fliakos has narrated after also narrating a short story and his performance is strong. He did a lot of great work making characters distinct. It can be tough to take over a series in the middle after audiences have gotten used to previous narrators but I thought he did a fantastic job of making his mark.

Fans of the series will love this story, I believe. If you are new to the series you may not wish to start with this book as it does play off of events revealed in the previous 2 installments at least.

Highly recommended and I can't wait for Dewey's next adventure!

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  • Thrawn: Alliances (Star Wars)

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,150
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,744

On Batuu, at the edges of the Unknown Regions, a threat to the Empire is taking root - its existence little more than a glimmer, its consequences as yet unknowable. But it is troubling enough to the Imperial leader to warrant investigation by his most powerful agents: ruthless enforcer Lord Darth Vader and brilliant strategist Grand Admiral Thrawn. Fierce rivals for the emperor’s favor, and outspoken adversaries on Imperial affairs - including the Death Star project - the formidable pair seem unlikely partners for such a crucial mission.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe my expectations were too high...

  • By Goggles on 08-29-18

Just Couldn't Get Into It

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

I can't believe that I am going to say this about a Star Wars novel written by Timothy Zahn that features Thrawn as a main character but I just could not get invested in the story. In particular, I found the section that took place during the Clone Wars to be a chore to get through. I liked the Thrawn/Vader story a little bit more but not much.

While I can't put my finger on the entire reason that it just didn't work for me I think the fact that Imperial infighting has been done so much in the new canon didn't help. 'A New Dawn', 'Tarkin', 'Lords of the Sith', nd the first 'Thrawn' novel all featured Imperials with competing interests as part of the plot. It is starting to feel like the Rebel Alliance should have just waited the Empire out and fight among itself to its destruction.

If I can point to something I did like in the story it would be the sections where we followed the Storm Troopers as they worked together as a team. That was fun to see, capable troopers did indeed exist in the Empire.

Marc Thompson is a hero. This is hardly the first Star Wars novel that I have only managed to finish due to his amazing performance and talent and I am quite confident, though saddened as well to know that it won't be the last.

Maybe my expectations were too high. Maybe I will listen to this one again in a couple years and appreciate it more. But for now, it is just okay and I don't feel like I would have missed much if I had skipped it entirely.

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  • Sh*tshow!

  • The Country's Collapsing . . . and the Ratings Are Great
  • By: Charlie LeDuff
  • Narrated by: Charlie LeDuff
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

A daring, firsthand, and utterly-unscripted account of crisis in America, from Ferguson to Flint to Cliven Bundy's ranch to Donald Trump's unstoppable campaign for President - at every turn, Pulitzer-prize winner and best-selling author of Detroit: An American Autopsy, Charlie LeDuff was there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Official Credentials!!

  • By SuZieCoyote on 06-21-18

Charlie Crushed It

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

I never know what to expect when an author narrates their own work. Most of the time I listen and think the author should have left it to a professional. Sometimes, I think that the author ruined their own work with a horrible performance.

Then there are times like this. Charlie LeDuff was absolutely fantastic. I sat down, thinking I'd listen to the book for just a few minutes today and pick it up again later. The next thing I know, I have listened to the entire thing with very few pauses. I cannot imagine anyone else delivering a performance like Charlie's.

I'm sure a professional narrator could have done a good job with the text and maybe have even done it justice in their own way. But the one thing that only Charlie LeDuff could do is the thing he did in spades. He gave an authentic performance.

He was manic when he needed to be manic and somber when he needed to be somber. He struck the right tone for the story he told but was always energetic.

I guess if you are super partisan or either the left or the right you will find parts of the book hard to swallow but if you are one of the numerous people who span many racial, gender, social, age and class groups who believe that all politicians fail to serve the citizenry, you will spend most of your time listening to the book and nodding along. Well, when you aren't laughing at a funny aside from Charlie.

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  • Escaping Alcatraz

  • The Untold Story of the Greatest Prison Break in American History
  • By: Michael Esslinger, David Widner
  • Narrated by: Dave Clark
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Under the cover of night on June 11, 1962, using only crude homemade tools, Frank Morris and brothers John and Clarence Anglin tunneled their way out of Alcatraz, America's most secure maximum security prison. Enacting a complex escape plan, the trio broke free from the cellblock, made it undetected past patrolling guards, inflated homemade life vests and a raft, and set sail into a foggy history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Alcatraz A to Z . . .

  • By Polly Poizendem on 03-27-18

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

Alcatraz as a subject matter has always fascinated me but it is something I hadn't really studied seriously up to this point.

This book was a good place for me to start because it had a little of everything. It contained an overview of the prison itself and some of the escapes that were attempted over the years. Then when it got to the Morris/Anglin escape of 1962 we got a lot of detailed information including biographical information concerning all of the major players.

Then after the escape we got an examination of the aftermath and a look at some of the theories that have come about over the intervening years.

This is the first time I heard a book narrated by Dave Clark. As another reviewer commented, he has a voice that suits this book. I thought I was listening to an extended documentary when listening to the main narration but I also enjoyed the vocal changes he would make when reading quotes from specific people. His voice was easy to listen to and I was able to finish the audiobook in one day with very few pauses for any reason.

If you want to learn more about Alcatraz, this book is a pretty good place to start. After listening to it, I intend to listen to more books by the author and more narrated by Dave Clark in the future. It is hard to come up with a better endorsement than that.

I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. The fact that it was free did not impact my ratings in any way.

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  • DisneyWar

  • By: James B. Stewart
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 25 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

DisneyWar is an enthralling tale of one of America's most powerful media and entertainment companies, the people who control it, and those trying to overthrow them. It tells a story that - in its sudden twists, vivid, larger-than-life characters, and thrilling climax - might itself have been the subject of a Disney classic - except that it's all true.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favorites

  • By Casey on 02-14-18

One of My Favorites

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

I bought a version of this book released by Blackstone when I first joined Audible in 2006. Even though this is not a new recording I picked up this version as well as I had a credit I needed to spend.

This is a great book that goes inside the tenure of Michael Eisner as CEO of the Walt Disney Company. While there are a few errors in the text that I noticed and at least one mispronunciation of a name, it is still as engrossing as the first time I listened to it back in June of 2006. In fact, I am probably still an audible member today in part because of how much I have enjoyed relistening to this one over the years.

It is a lengthly listen at over 25 hours but it is never boring. Some of the most interesting aspects are learning of the shows and movies that Disney could have made but passed on like Lord of the Rings and Survivor. I think this a must listen for anyone interested in Disney history or anyone interested in knowing how to business both the right and wrong way.

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  • Fire and Fury

  • Inside the Trump White House
  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,359

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country—and the world—has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as credible as one would like.

  • By Jerry R. Nokes Jr. on 01-29-18

It's Complicated

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

That best describes how I feel about Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury. When the book starts off with the author admitting that there are things in it that aren't true, it complicates matters. Now as a listener I must ask myself which things aren't true and how much isn't true among other questions. When it comes to nonfiction, I shouldn't have to guess whether or not something I am listening to is accurate.

If you read the above and have concluded that I am some Trump defender, guess again. I know arguments, I know how to construct good ones and tear apart bad ones. The author's own words call into question the entire work.

And yet, I still found the story compelling. It was a book that I finished in just over a day. Once I got started I couldn't stop listening. A lot of that is due to the performance of Holter Graham who I thought did a really good job with the narration, particularly when narrating some of Trump's actual speeches.

One review I saw of the book described it as entertaining but not enlightening. That is as close as I can really get to explaining my complicated feelings on this one.

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  • Hellbent

  • An Orphan X Novel
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,612
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,350
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,331

Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as an off-the-books government assassin: Orphan X. After he broke with the Orphan Program, Evan disappeared and reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, a man spoken about only in whispers and dedicated to helping the truly desperate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easily earns 5 stars!

  • By Wayne on 01-31-18

I Love This Series

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

I discovered the Orphan X series last year and it became one of my favorites immediately. This installment makes Hurwitz 3 for 3 in this series. And the way it ended, you know things are going to be kicked up even another notch.

Don't mess with the Nowhere Man!

Scott Brick is as amazing as ever. Truly one of the greatest audiobook narrators of all-time and easily the one who appears in my own library the most.

This series needs to be consumed in order but once you get started you'll be glad you did.

  • Room 1203: O. J. Simpson's Las Vegas Conviction

  • By: Andy Caldwell
  • Narrated by: Mark Kamish
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Room 1203 is the true story of the convoluted and bizarre events surrounding a violent armed robbery of a sports memorabilia collector in a Vegas hotel. On that night, Simpson put an exclamation mark on his spectacular fall from the height of Hollywood's glamour and glitz to a shadowy world of scams and schemers in Sin City. Written by the lead detective assigned to the case, the audiobook provides details, insights, and facts not previously reported.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Getting My Stuff Back...

  • By Polly Poizendem on 01-20-18

The lower profile O.J. Simpson trial

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

I went into this audiobook with only a little bit of familiarity with this particular O.J. Simpson trial. I thought this book was a good look at what goes on behind the curtain of a police investigation for better and worse.

I thought the author was open, honest and told his story in an entertaining way. I walked away from listening to this book finding myself really liking Andy Caldwell.

One reason for that was the warmth that Mark Kamish brought to the performance. A previous reviewer said that they felt like they were listening to the author and that's a great way to describe it. The pace is deliberate and some might wish it were a bit faster but to me it felt genuine. The pace did pick up when Mark was reading the transcript of what went on during the robbery and people were speaking quickly.

Another nice touch was the way that actual audio from the room recording as well as audio from the reading of the verdict was mixed in to the track. We heard the narrator read a transcript of the recording from the room but then heard the actual recording. I thought that the mixing of the audio from the reading of the verdict was done exceptionally well. I would definitely listen to more by Mark Kamish in the future.

I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for a free review. The fact that it was free did not have any impact on my feelings about the audiobook.

  • One Eyed Jack

  • By: Christopher J. Lynch
  • Narrated by: Tom Jordan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Professional blackmailer John Sharp, aka One Eyed Jack, is a man who knows how to keep a secret - for a price. But when a routine case of infidelity takes an unexpected detour, he soon finds himself caught in a tangled web of double-blackmail, commodities manipulation, and trying to rescue the woman that had once been his target.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A complicated web of blackmail

  • By Ekaterin on 01-26-18

Good Story, Interesting Character, Fun Narration

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

First, the character is a lot of fun. He's hardly the first antihero in literature but the author gives him a lot of depth mostly by letting you learn about what kind of guy he really is as the story is unfolding and you can see how he acts.

Second, the story moves at a good pace. I practically listened to this book from start to finish without a single pause and the few pauses I did take were always short. I couldn't wait to get back to see what was going to happen next. I did not have all of the answers come to me right away while listening and I appreciate not always knowing for sure what is coming up next.

I really enjoyed Tom Jordan's narration. This is the first book I heard him narrate and I feel like he just got the character from the start. I even enjoyed his female voices which is not something I say often about male narrators doing female characters. It didn't feel like I was being read a story. It felt like I was listening to a friend whom I hadn't talked to in a couple of months talking to me about a misadventure he found himself in. Credit for that goes to both the writing and the author and performance of the narrator.

I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The fact that I received this book for free had no baring on my opinion of it.

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