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  • March Violets

  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 862

Hailed by Salman Rushdie as a "brilliantly innovative thriller-writer", Philip Kerr is the creator of taut, gripping, noir-tinged mysteries set in Nazi-era Berlin that are nothing short of spellbinding. The first book of the Berlin Noir trilogy, March Violets introduces listeners to Bernie Gunther, an ex-policeman who thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin - until he turned freelance and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the BEST

  • By Armen on 05-27-08

Just another detective story

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

Reviewed: 02-27-13

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

No, because it was too mundane. Had all the same characteristics of any common detective story. No unique features.

What could Philip Kerr have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Given a little more life to the constraints of living in Nazi Germany, similarly to the way life in Soviet Russia was treated in Child 44.

What three words best describe John Lee’s performance?

Just OK

Do you think March Violets needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, but there undoubtedly be one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,322
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35,326

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what to expect...

  • By aaron on 08-27-12

Mundane

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

Reviewed: 02-27-13

What did you like best about 14? What did you like least?

Character descriptions was best. Least was the ho-hum story.

What was most disappointing about Peter Clines’s story?

Sucked into a vacuum of outer space and able to hold onto a doorknob? The most unique (to me) feature was the warping of distance perspective, but it wasn't treated thoroughly. The "Swales" were comic-book level.

Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first. He did an excellent job.

Do you think 14 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. I wouldn't buy one.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • A Rumor of War

  • By: Philip Caputo
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472

When it first appeared, A Rumor of War brought home to American readers, with terrifying vividness and honesty, the devastating effects of the Vietnam War on the soldiers who fought there. And while it is a memoir of one young man's experiences and therefore deeply personal, it is also a book that speaks powerfully to today's students about the larger themes of human conscience, good and evil, and the desperate extremes men are forced to confront in any war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Reality of the U.S in the Vietnam War

  • By Glenn on 09-10-12

Couldn't stop listening

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

Reviewed: 10-29-12

What did you love best about A Rumor of War?

Gritty realism of combat

What did you like best about this story?

Transformation of Caputo's view on war

Which scene was your favorite?

Many were memorable, none stand out

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

Any additional comments?

None

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Time and Again

  • By: Jack Finney
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,324
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,166
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,165

Transported from the mid-twentieth century to New York City in the year 1882, Si Morley walks the fashionable "Ladies' Mile" of Broadway, is enchanted by the jingling sleigh bells in Central Park, and solves a 20th-century mystery by discovering its 19th-century roots. Falling in love with a beautiful young woman, he ultimately finds himself forced to choose between his lives in the present and the past. A story that will remain in the listener's memory, Time and Again is a remarkable blending of the troubled present and a nostalgic past....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best time travel novel; my very favorite audiobook

  • By Mark on 04-08-12

Great Story, but a Little Draggy

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

Reviewed: 09-29-12

If you could sum up Time and Again in three words, what would they be?

Fascinating but Slow

What did you like best about this story?

Story concept

What about Paul Hecht’s performance did you like?

clear enunciation, only a few mispronounced words

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Come with me to Long Ago

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Passage of Arms

  • By: Eric Ambler
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Greg and Dorothy Nilsen had wanted to go on an adventurous trip. But the cruise they were on was turning out to be a bore. So when the gracious Mr. Tan requests that Greg take a side trip to Singapore to resolve a bureaucratic detail involving a consignment of small arms, Greg is surprisingly receptive. All he has to do is sign some papers, he’s told, and he’ll be paid a handsome fee. And everything does go smoothly, until it comes to getting a check co-signed by the rebel leader.....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Very Best

  • By John on 07-10-12

One of the Very Best

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

Reviewed: 07-10-12

What did you love best about Passage of Arms?

This story, as several of Eric Ambler's, features a protagonist who is an unsuspecting innocent, stumbling into intrigue. The plot is clearly laid out, with ample details for the reader to understand the motivations and constraints on the characters.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot kept my full attention, sometimes to the detriment of driving, The beauty of this plot is that it is straightforward, with enough illumination of the situation and characters for the listener to understand why things happen.

Which character – as performed by John Chancer – was your favorite?

My favorite character was the originator of the action, Girja Krishnan

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The tag line of a film should be "Tourist Beware"

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Why We Get Fat

  • And What to Do About It
  • By: Gary Taubes
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,542

Building upon this critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Taubes now revisits the urgent question of what's making us fat - and how we can change - in this exciting new book. Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat makes Taubes' crucial argument newly accessible to a wider audience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye opening, life changing book!

  • By Marsha on 02-03-11

Excellent science, rational argument

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

Reviewed: 06-11-12

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Gary Taubes proves his point over and over and over. He omits the politics that apparently affect what our government agencies do about the problem. It looks like the soft drink industry is going to beat up on Mayor Bloomberg for attacking obesity where it should be attacked. Mr. Taubes' book is too scientific; it will never reach the common person who is eating Big Macs and drinking 24 ounce sugared colas. Mr. Taubes should get someone like Richard Dawkins to help him make a controversial and unpopular idea more interesting to the general public.

  • Breakpoint

  • By: Richard A. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

The global village: an intricately intertwined network of technology that binds together the world's economies, governments, and communication systems. So large, so vital, and so fragile. Now a sophisticated group is seeking to "disconnect the globe" by destroying computer grids, communications satellites, Internet cable centers, and biotech firms. Hard to do? If only that were so.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but no cigar

  • By Edwin on 02-17-07

Scary theme, disappointing story

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

Reviewed: 06-11-12

Would you try another book from Richard A. Clarke and/or Robertson Dean?

Probably not

Would you be willing to try another book from Richard A. Clarke? Why or why not?

Probably not. I've lost even more confidence in the excellence of Washington officials. The threat that Clarke describes is scary, but he imbeds this threat in a sophomoric story. Mark Bowden does a much better job of describing this threat.

  • Full House

  • The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin
  • By: Stephen Jay Gould
  • Narrated by: Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

We have always identified trends as bad (loosening of the moral fiber) or good (better ethnic eating in urban areas). But Stephen Jay Gould argues that this mode of interpretation is a bias that needs correcting. In Full House, Gould presents the truth about progress, evolution, and excellence, as well as a different way to understand trends other than as entities moving in a definite direction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favoritess

  • By Erik on 04-28-04

Excellent, especially for baseball fans

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

Reviewed: 06-11-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Only if my friend were a baseball fan, or interested in statistics

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The meaning of excellence

  • A Most Wanted Man

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Roger Rees
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 184

New spies with new loyalties, old spies with old ones; terror as the new mantra; decent people wanting to do good but caught in the moral maze; all the sound, rational reasons for doing the inhuman thing; the recognition that we cannot safely love or pity and remain good "patriots" -- this is the fabric of John le Carré's fiercely compelling and current novel A Most Wanted Man.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No oomph

  • By Molly-o on 12-10-08

Disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-20-08

The plot is a little contrived, which is tolerable. However, the nature of the story takes on a decided change towards the end. It's like the author was moving along at a reasonable pace with the story, then there was a phone call from the Publisher, who said "Jerk, you'd better get this finished in the next week". So the last part of the story shifts gears from "Forward Slowly" to "Breakneck". Now, maybe you argue that's the way it happens in these things, but the care taken in developing the characters and the story was not continued through the ending.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Prayers for the Assassin

  • By: Robert Ferrigno
  • Narrated by: Armand Schultz
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29

Seattle, 2040. The Space Needle lies crumpled. Veiled women hurry through the busy streets. Alcohol is outlawed, replaced by Jihad Cola, and mosques dot the skyline. New York and Washington, D.C., are nuclear wastelands. Phoenix is abandoned, Chicago the site of a civil war battle. At the edges of the empire, Islamic and Christian forces fight for control of a very different United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent thriller

  • By Paul on 03-13-08

Poor

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-07

I didn't care for this book, at all. It seemed to me to be written by an immature teenager. It's a mixture of science fiction and the "Muslim scare".
The characters were not developed well, and the story plot was a little contrived.

1 of 13 people found this review helpful