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  • Dominator

  • Vicky Peterwald, Book 4
  • By: Mike Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Grand Duchess Vicky Peterwald's father could have showed up to walk her down the aisle, but she's not really bothered about that. Then, suddenly, she is. It turns out he didn't make the wedding because he's broke and living nearly homeless in an abandoned, half-built palace. How'd that happen? News isn't coming out of Dad's side of the empire, so it looks like Vicky may need a battle fleet to go pay Daddy dear a visit. Oh, and four or six brigades of infantry and tanks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Fun Soap Opera

  • By Jean on 09-17-18

A Fun Soap Opera

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

I have read all of the Kris Longknife Series. The Vicky Peterwald Series is a spin off from the Longknife Series. This is book four in the series. Kris has appeared in most of the books in this series as she does in this book. Vicky is getting married and Kris is a guest who came with a large number of bodyguards and fancy equipment. An assassination of Vicky is attempted on the ride to the church. From this point on it is nonstop action. The information about the wedding and dresses was boring to me. Luckily, the intrigue and action quickly began.

The book is well written and fast paced. It was great to visit with all my friends (characters) again. Of course, my favorite is Kris’s AI “Nellie”. Vicky’s AI is called Maggie. She is one of Nellie’s children. The book is easy to read and is a fun space opera. Cannot wait for the next episode.

The book is ten and a half hours. Dina Pearlman does a good job narrating this series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Field of Bones

  • A Brady Novel of Suspense
  • By: J. A. Jance
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

This time, Sheriff Joanna Brady may expect to see her maternity leave through to completion, but the world has other plans when a serial homicide case surfaces in her beloved Cochise County. Rather than staying home with her newborn and losing herself in the cold cases to be found in her father’s long-unread diaries, Joanna instead finds herself overseeing a complex investigation involving multiple jurisdictions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Series

  • By Jean on 09-17-18

A Great Series

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

A Joanna Brady novel was the first book I read in the J.A. Jance series. I was so impressed by Jance’s writing skills that I read all this series and the other two series. Jance is a master storyteller.

In this book, Joanna Brady is up for election for her 3rd term as sheriff. In fact, she delivers a baby girl on election night. She won the election, but her maternity leave is cut short by a serial killer. There is a new character in this book, Deputy Sheriff Garth Raymond. There is a lot of back story telling to bring readers up to date about Raymond.

The book is well written. I am unhappy about the serial killer subject. I am so tired of this subject. It is great to visit with all the regular characters and a pleasant visit to Arizona. Jance does a great job working descriptions of the Arizona scenery into the story. I am looking forward to the next episode.

The book is ten hours and 48 minutes. Hillary Haber does an excellent job narrating the book. Haber is a voice-over artist and audiobook narrator. She is a multiple Earphone Award winner as well as a multiple Audie Award Finalist. Haber won the Audiofile Magazine’s “Best Voice in Biography and Culture” in 2010.

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  • George H. W. Bush

  • The American President Series: The 41st President, 1989-1993
  • By: Timothy Naftali
  • Narrated by: Patrick Frederic
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

George Bush was an uncomfortable leader, a distant patrician figure who spoke awkwardly and was long thought to lack "the vision thing". And yet, as Timothy Naftali argues, there was no person of his generation better prepared for the challenges facing the United States as the Cold War ended. Bush brilliantly shepherded Russian reformers through the liberalization of their socialist system and skillfully orchestrated the reunification of Germany.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Under-Rated President

  • By Jean on 09-15-18

Under-Rated President

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

George H. W. Bush wrote no memoir about his life or presidency. This biography is part of The American Presidents Series. Bush had been Reagan’s Vice President. In modern times very few V. P.’s have been successful in being elected president. Bush inherited a recession, budget deficit, the savings and loan debacle. He had to deal with Noriega and Sadden Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. The author proposed that Bush did an excellent job in dealing with the unraveling of the Soviet Bloc.

The book is well written and researched. Apparently, Bush kept a diary and the author had access to this. The book is concise and easy to read. Naftal packed a lot of information into the biography. This is an excellent book for those wanting a good review of Bush’s presidency. At the end of the Audiobook is an interview with the author.

The book is just over seven hours. Patrick Frederic does a good job narrating the book. Frederic is a stage and film actor. He also narrates audiobooks.


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  • Unhinged

  • An Insider's Account of the Trump White House
  • By: Omarosa Manigault Newman
  • Narrated by: Omarosa Manigault Newman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,221

Few have been a member of Donald Trump’s inner orbit longer than Omarosa Manigault Newman. Their relationship has spanned 15 years - through four television shows, a presidential campaign, and a year by his side in the most chaotic, outrageous White House in history. But that relationship has come to a decisive and definitive end, and Omarosa is finally ready to share her side of the story in this explosive, jaw-dropping account.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Take if for what it's worth...

  • By Clay on 08-14-18

Engaging

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

This is a memoir. I am not sure what to make of this book. The author is articulate, well educated and has proof of her claims. In fact, she is the first opponent Trump has had that is fighting by his rules of engagement. The book reads like a novel but is published as a non-fiction. The author was the most powerful African American in the Trump White House. Newman describes the various obstacles she faced in her life because she is black and how she overcame them. She does point out her mistakes and her faults to some extent.

The book is very easily readable. I wish her success in her life. I found all the gossip and insider information tantalizing.

The book is just over eleven hours. Omarosa Manigault Newman does a good job narrating her book.


4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Feeding the Dragon

  • By: Sharon Washington
  • Narrated by: Sharon Washington
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,422
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,239

Sharon Washington’s autobiographical one-woman play, Feeding the Dragon, delighted audiences off-Broadway and is now available exclusively on Audible. The one-act play invites listeners into Sharon’s unorthodox childhood, growing up in an apartment on the top floor of the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. A love of literature and boundless imagination helped the playwright as a young woman persevere over dragons of all forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love to love in that library!

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-07-18

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

This is a memoir. The book is very short. I obtained it for free from Audible as part of their new Audible Originals’ program. Washington grew up in an apartment inside one of the New York Library branches. This was written as a one woman play and performed by Washington. Washington grew up in the library and her excitement and love of books feeds the story. Her father was the library custodian and every day he shoveled coal into the furnace. As a child Washington pretended this was a dragon. I enjoyed this memoir. If you are looking for a short book, try this one.

The book is one hour and 17 minutes. Washington does an excellent job narrating the book/ acting the play. Washington is an actress, voice over artist, audiobook narrator and an author.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • In the Name of Honor

  • By: Joel Feiss
  • Narrated by: Dan Carroll
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

It was December 2011 when the body of Cadet Nicholas Argento was found lying facedown in the snow at the foot of his dormitory. Was his death the result of an accident, suicide, or murder? With the backdrop of the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, investigators Captain Samantha Rodamsky, representing the academy's Office of Special Investigation, and Detectives Zach Fields and Mindy Reynolds from the El Paso sheriff's office are led through a series of twists and turns before they are able to uncover the cause of Cadet Argento's death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing

  • By Jean on 09-09-18

Absorbing

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

Joel Feiss is a new author for me. I found his book hard to put down. I am so glad I have found a new author to add to my list to read all of his books. This book is a combination fictional story with a true story tucked within. There is the normal fictional story about two sheriff’s detectives going about their job and a story about the USAF Military Academy in the early 1960s. Feiss works in what it takes for a cadet to achieve and survive at the Academy, how the Academy molds men into leaders and the importance of the honor code. The author is a physician and he intertwine medical information into the story in the appropriate places.

The book is well written and the pace is fast. The characters are interesting and we learn more about them as the story progresses. The author had me on the edge of my chair from the beginning. The suspense builds throughout the story. I am looking forward to reading more books by this author.

The book is twelve hours. Dan Carroll does a fair job narrating the book. He has a pleasant voice to listen to. My only complaint he is his inability to do an adequate female voice. Carroll needs to find a way to correct this, then he would be an excellent narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • William Howard Taft

  • The American Presidents Series: The 27th President, 1909-1913
  • By: Jeffrey Rosen, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., Sean Wilentz
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

William Howard Taft never wanted to be president and yearned to serve as chief justice of the United States. In this assessment, author Jeffrey Rosen reveals Taft's crucial role in shaping how America balances populism against the rule of law. Taft approached each decision as president by asking whether it comported with the Constitution, seeking to put Roosevelt's activist executive orders on firm legal grounds. But unlike Roosevelt, who thought the president could do anything the Constitution didn't forbid, Taft insisted he could do only what the Constitution explicitly allowed.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Concise Biography

  • By Jean on 09-06-18

Excellent Concise Biography

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

I watched the interview on CSPAN of Jeffrey Rosen discussing his new book “William Howard Taft: The 27th President 1909-1913”. It is the newest title in The American President Series. Rosen discussed the challenge he faced in staying within the Series’ guidelines of a concise short book.

I have read a number of the biographies of Taft as well as his wife, Helen (Nellie). Taft is one of the forgotten presidents. In all the books about Taft, it was clear Taft did not want to be president but his wife did. Taft wanted to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. President Harding appointed Taft to the Supreme Court as its Chief. Rosen approached this biography from a different viewpoint than other biographers of Taft. He emphasized the fact that Taft looked and did everything from the viewpoint of constitutional law during his presidency. This viewpoint made for a most interesting discussion of Taft. Rosen is a legal scholar and law professor. If you want to learn about Taft but have little time, this is an excellent book to read.

The book is five and a half hours. David Colacci does an excellent job narrating the book. Colacci is an actor and audiobook narrator. Colacci has won numerous Earphone Awards as well as a nomination for the Audie. Colacci is one of my favorite narrators.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Ghost Writer

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Roger Rees
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 440

Adam Lang has been Britain’s longest serving—and most controversial—prime minister of the last half century. As pressure mounts for Lang to complete this memoirs, he hires a professional ghostwriter to finish the book. As he sets to work, the ghostwriter discovers many more secrets than Lang intends to reveal, secrets with the power to alter world politics - secrets with the power to kill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Too close to the truth?

  • By carl801 on 11-24-07

Intriguing

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

I have read a number of Robert Harris’s books. I have found him to be an excellent historical novelist. According to my records I originally read this book in 2008, and it was first published in 2007. When I got this book, I did not realize I had read it before because of the different title. The original was named “The Ghost” this one is “The Ghostwriter”. This book is entirely different from Harris’s usual writings.

This story is narrated by the man who is a professional ghostwriter. He has been hired by a publishing company to complete a political memoir on a former British Prime Minister. The prior ghostwriter has just died. Harris has the regular story plot going, but underneath he has a subtler serious discussion about political memoires, truth, the use or abuse of power, international law and politics. Also, there is a on going discussion about the role of ghostwriting. I found the story interesting and it did start me thinking about the topic.

The book is almost nine hours. Roger Rees does an excellent job narrating the book. Rees is a Welsh actor as well as an audiobook narrator. Rees has won the Olivier and Tony Awards as well as the Obie Award.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ronald Reagan

  • The American Presidents Series: The 40th President, 1981-1989
  • By: Jacob Weisberg
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

In the second half of the 20th century, no American president defined his political era as did Ronald Reagan. He ushered in an age that extolled smaller government, tax cuts, and strong defense, and to this day politicians of both political parties operate within the parameters of the world he made. His eight years in office, from 1981 to 1989, were a time of economic crisis and recovery, a new American assertiveness abroad, and an engagement with the Soviet Union that began in conflict but moved in surprising new directions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Concise Biography

  • By Jean on 09-03-18

A Concise Biography

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

I have read a number of the presidential biographies in the American President Series. They are very concisely written and range from 250 to 400 pages, or in the audio format five to eight hours.

This book is well written and researched. Weisberg explores a bit about what is called the Reagan enigma. He apparently was unable to be close to anyone including his children. He was known as the great delegator and never knew the details of his policies/legislation that he ordered done. Weisberg attempted to examine the Reagan presidency and not his legend. This book provides a good review of Reagan. I have read a number of the Reagan biographies and Weisberg’s book provides an unbiased review of Reagan. Jacob Weisberg is a political journalist and writes in the style of a journalist rather than as a historian.

The book is five and half hours. The book was published in 2016. Dennis Holland does a good job narrating the book.


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  • Kris Longknife's Successor

  • Admiral Santiago, Book 3
  • By: Mike Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Chambers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Grand Admiral Santiago has all the challenges for which a gal could ask. Granny Rita is on the rampage, and the cats have gone on strike. Leaving the Colonials to deal with Granny Rita, Sandy heads off to work with the cats, only to discover she is not the only one who has a bone to pick with them - alien monsters have a vendetta as well!  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Fun Space Opera

  • By Jean on 09-02-18

A Fun Space Opera

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

Admiral Santiago is getting comfortable in her command of the Alwa Station. I have enjoyed the great variety of problems from space battles with an alien species, business conflicts to the huge problem of various alien species attempting to work together. And of course, there is Granny Rita. My favorite character is the ultra-smart computer, Nellie, and all her kids and now grandkids. Admiral Santiago has one of Nellie’s grandkids which she named Susie. Susie was getting smarter and smarter as Mitzie fine-tuned her matrix. The story ranges from high life and death drama to wise cracking humor.
This story is easy to read and a fun space opera. It sure makes a nice change from the serious reading I have been doing. I am looking forward to the next installment.

Vanessa Chambers does a good job narrating the book. Chambers is an actress and audiobook narrator.

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