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  • A Legacy of Spies

  • A Novel
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,416

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley, and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • All for England

  • By Darwin8u on 09-12-17

Narrator bored me

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

Had to stop listening. Couldn’t stay focused because of narrator. Hard to speak to the actual narrative.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Go Set a Watchman

  • A Novel
  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,843
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,808

An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, best-selling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To Kill A Mockingbird vs Go Set A Watchman

  • By Sara on 07-15-15

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 07-20-15

Book reviewers have placed too much attention on Atticus Finch and his views towards integration. This is really about the role of government in our lives and our ability to accept views of others who we may not agree. Incredibly relevant for the issues we face today.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,703

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl on The Train

  • By BookReader on 12-30-15

The Next Gone Girl? No, but not bad.

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

Reviewed: 04-24-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Finished all the books on your wish list and not sure what to read next? The Girl on the Train is worth the read, but the hype around this book left me underwhelmed.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Most the book is interesting, but once you figure out who the killer is this book doesn't seem to end. I found this frustrating.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

There are many characters in this book and multiple narrators that help bring the characters to life.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

This may sound crazy, but I think it might be a better story as a movie.

  • Gilead

  • By: Marilynne Robinson
  • Narrated by: Tim Jerome
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,151
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,155

In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears. Ames is the son of an Iowan preacher and the grandson of a minister who, as a young man in Maine, saw a vision of Christ bound in chains and came west to Kansas to fight for abolition: He "preached men into the Civil War", then, at age 50, became a chaplain in the Union Army, losing his right eye in battle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect reading

  • By Aging Boomer on 10-05-08

Beautiful moments, but not very dramatic.

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

Reviewed: 01-28-15

I read a number of reviews and thought I would love this book. It was OK. It's nice to read a pleasant work of fiction that looks into Christian values. There were moments I thought were insightful, but I was mostly bored listening to this.

The narrator was the right selection, I just didn't find the plot very engaging.