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  • Tree of Smoke

  • A Novel
  • By: Denis Johnson
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 23 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 339
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 345

This is the story of William "Skip" Sands, CIA, engaged in Psychological Operations against the Vietcong, and the disasters that befall him. This is also the story of the Houston brothers, Bill and James, young men who drift out of the Arizona desert and into a war in which the line between disinformation and delusion has blurred away. In its vision of human folly, this is a story like nothing in our literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • tree of smoke

  • By ed spilka on 12-13-07

Worth persevering.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-10

A very fine book which at times borders on incoherence, although
always managing to tie things together. The narration is superb and adds to the experience, building on the atmospherics of the words. The plot meanders, the characters are flawed and it bears no resemblance to any conventional war novel. It reminds me of Michael Herr's wonderful "Dispatches" in the way it is a series of vignettes, sometimes only loosely related to what has come before. Most of all it portrays the way men (mainly) can begin a cascade to destruction, reveling in the knowledge that they will continue to fall and doing nothing to prevent it, rather doing the opposite. The polarized reviews are understandable but I found it to be a profoundly moving and engrossing experience.

  • A Death in Vienna

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,302

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

Misleading

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-08

This is predominantly a well written account of aspects of the holocaust, and useful for those who are interested in learning more about it. As a thriller it moves at a glacial pace, pausing frequently to attack the Catholic Church and Austrians. If this is what you want it will be a good listen, otherwise try something else - perhaps Rex Stout and Nero Wolf!

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  • Hollywood Station

  • By: Joseph Wambaugh
  • Narrated by: Adam Gruper
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Batman has assaulted Spider-Man. Marilyn Monroe reported the crime and three Elvises witnessed it. It's business as usual for the cops out of Hollywood Station. But while they deal with the costumed crack-heads, prostitutes, purse snatchers, and ordinary lunatics that haunt the boulevards, in the streets behind the lights and crowds, the real Los Angeles simmers, never far from boiling point.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great listen

  • By Patrick on 01-13-08

great listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-08

Entertaining and amusing, good characterisation with an underlying thread.

  • Next

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,932
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 666
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 675

Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems, and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn. Next challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality. Balancing the comic and bizarre with the genuinely frightening and disturbing, Next shatters our assumptions and reveals shocking new choices where we least expect.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • interesting topic - dull, boring, confusing book

  • By Ronald on 12-09-06

Avoid

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-07

This book is ridiculous, badly written, disorganised and a waste of time - I could get no further than half way - and resent the time wasted!