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John E. Kelso

Palo Alto, CA United States
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  • A Hero of France

  • By: Alan Furst
  • Narrated by: Daniel Gerroll
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 481

Alan Furst's latest novel takes place in the secret hotels, nightclubs, and cafes of occupied Paris and the villages of France during the spring of 1941, when Britain was losing the war. Many of the characters are resistance fighters who run an escape line for British airmen down to Spain; they include men and women, old and young, all strong - an aristocrat, a Jewish teacher - and the hero is a hero, has a gun, and uses it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By David Holroyd on 06-12-16

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 06-26-16

A good story marred only by the conceit that with few exceptions all the Germans are bad and all the French are willing to help the resistance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Road to Little Dribbling

  • Adventures of an American in Britain
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Nathan Osgood
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,233
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,111

In 1995, Bill Bryson got into his car and took a weeks-long farewell motoring trip about England before moving his family back to the United States. The book about that trip, Notes from a Small Island, is uproarious and endlessly endearing, one of the most acute and affectionate portrayals of England in all its glorious eccentricity ever written. Two decades later, he set out again to rediscover that country, and the result is The Road to Little Dribbling.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No Bryson?? Alas, another disappointed fan

  • By Richard on 01-25-16

Why Didn't Bryson Record this Himself

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

Reviewed: 01-29-16

A good story as usual from Bryson, but instead of the familiar voice of the author that has graced his other books we get an interloper with AN AMERICAN ACCENT. Not good!!!!!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Relic Master

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Buckley
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 450

The year is 1517. Dismas is a relic hunter: one who procures "authentic" religious relics for wealthy and influential clients. His two most important patrons are Frederick the Wise, elector of Saxony; and soon-to-be Cardinal Albrecht of Mainz. While Frederick is drawn to the recent writing of Martin Luther, Albrecht pursues the financial and political benefits of religion and seeks to buy a cardinalship through the selling of indulgences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic -- and hilarious

  • By Actor on 12-17-15

A great reading of a mediocre story.

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

Reviewed: 01-22-16

The Relic Master is an entertaining listen but not one of Christopher Buckley's best efforts. Nevertheless James Langton's masterful performance makes the audiobook well worth the time required and the price levied.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dry Bones

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,007
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,691

When Jen, the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found, surfaces in Sherriff Walt Longmire's jurisdiction, it appears to be a windfall for the High Plains Dinosaur Museum - until Danny Lone Elk, the Cheyenne rancher on whose property the remains were discovered, turns up dead, floating face down in a turtle pond. With millions of dollars at stake, a number of groups step forward to claim her, including Danny's family, the tribe, and the federal government.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 'Dem Bones!

  • By Carole T. on 05-13-15

George Guidall's Great Reading to a "Meh" Story

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

Reviewed: 01-09-16

The mystery is solved with information never hinted at in the story. So it is a disappointment. However, George Guidall's excellent work as the narrator makes it worth at least an Audible credit.

  • Nano

  • By: Robin Cook
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 366

Pia Grazdani, the embattled medical student from Death Benefit, decides to take a year off from her medical studies and escape New York City. Intrigued by the promise of the burgeoning field of medical technology and the chance to clear her head, Pia takes a job at Nano, LLC, a lavishly funded, security-conscious nanotechnology insititute in the picturesque foothills of the Rockies. Nano, LLC is ahead of the curve in the competitive world of molecular manufacturing, including the construction of microbivores, tiny nano-robots with the ability to gobble up viruses and bacteria. But the corporate campus is a place of secrets.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • First time review

  • By Quilt Crazy on 01-04-13

Unfinished Novel

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

Reviewed: 01-02-13

What disappointed you about Nano?

Cook didn't finish - He just stopped writing before any plot elements were resolved.

What could Robin Cook have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Cook could have been more professional and finished the story instead of just letting everything drop unresolved.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator does a credible reading job, but I find his voice irritating - just a personal preference.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not any worth mentioning

Any additional comments?

I'm pretty sure I'm done with Robin Cook.

  • Ford County

  • Stories
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: John Grisham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 610
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 332

John Grisham returns to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his immensely popular first novel, A Time to Kill. This wholly surprising collection of stories reminds us once again why Grisham is America's favorite storyteller.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, hard to listen to

  • By Wendy O on 11-07-09

Good stories - terrible narration

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-09

Some authors should NEVER be allowed to record their own audiobooks. John Grisham is one of those. The narration is stilted, full of inappropriate pauses and generally painful to listen to. Buy a hard copy if you want any real sense of the worth of these stories.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Black and White and Dead All Over

  • By: John Darnton
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29

The novel opens in the inner sanctums of the New York Globe, the city's long-standing newspaper of note, whose back is to the wall. Readership, advertising, and circulation are plummeting - along with the paper's vaunted standards - and the cost cutters have their knives out. But trouble of a wholly different kind begins one rainy September morning when a powerful editor is found murdered in the newsroom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining!

  • By Jenny on 04-29-09

A well-crafted story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-08

Listening to this book is both fun and educational. One gets to hear a fine murder mystery embedded in a description of the newspaper business in the Internet age. Recommended

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • To the Last Man

  • A Novel of the First World War
  • By: Jeff Shaara
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 31 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388

Spring 1916: the horror of a stalemate on Europe's western front. France and Great Britain are on one side of the barbed wire, a fierce German army is on the other. Shaara opens the window onto the otherworldly tableau of trench warfare as seen through the eyes of a typical British soldier who experiences the bizarre and the horrible - a "Tommy" whose innocent youth is cast into the hell of a terrifying war. In the skies, meanwhile, technology has provided a devastating new tool, the "aeroplane", and with it a different kind of hero emerges: the flying ace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Solid Jeff Shaara effort

  • By John E. Kelso on 09-19-08

A Solid Jeff Shaara effort

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-08

Seems to concentrate on the emergence of the airplane as a major weapon of war, but that could be a strength for folks who like stories which include the technology of warfare. Generally solidly written, and it is narrated with top-notch superb skill, so the book is well worth its price.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Criminal Intent

  • By: William Bernhardt
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

When a priest with radical ideas and a parish council with traditional values lock horns over the beliefs they hold most sacred, there's bound to be controversy, and consequences. But murder crosses the line between committing a sin and committing a crime, turning a battle over faith into a battle for justice. And smack in the middle of the explosive case is Tulsa attorney Ben Kincaid.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Irritating Reader, Horrible Pastor, Unbelievable

  • By Charles Atkinson on 04-06-11

Flawed but fun

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-08

An interesting story, even though one has to pump up the suspension of disbelief muscle in order to buy into the plot's notion that dozens of members of a church community could be relied on to keep deep secrets about each other. Not in this world for sure, but if the author could imagine it, one can play along.