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  • Dead Lions

  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Michael Healy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348

London’s Slough House is where the washed-up MI5 spies go to while away what’s left of their failed careers. The “"low horses", as they’re called, have all disgraced themselves in some way to get relegated here. But now the slow horses have a chance at redemption. An old Cold War-era spy is found dead on a bus outside Oxford, far from his usual haunts. The despicable, irascible Jackson Lamb is convinced Dickie Bow was murdered. As the agents dig into their fallen comrade’s circumstances, they uncover a shadowy tangle of ancient Cold War secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top Ten

  • By Aaron on 01-15-15

Michael Healy speaks beautiful English and dust off a vocabulary seldom heard in America.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-16

Once one gets used to jumping around without warning ( al la le Carre) it all gets smoother and often hilarious.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Interface

  • By: Neal Stephenson, J. Frederick George
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 25 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 885
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 890

In this now-classic thriller, he and fellow author J. Frederick George tell a shocking tale with an all-too plausible premise. There's no way William A. Cozzano can lose the upcoming presidential election. He's a likable midwestern governor with one insidious advantage - an advantage provided by a shadowy group of backers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interface

  • By Dianne on 08-14-10

Maybe the schizophrenics are right

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

Reviewed: 05-22-15

The authors accuracy with regard to the neurological details, clinical manifestations and Neuroanatomy were excellent.

  • Wild Storm

  • A Derrick Storm Thriller
  • By: Richard Castle
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

Derrick Storm, the guy the CIA calls on when it wants something investigated domestically, is 33,000 feet in the air, returning from a rock-climbing vacation in the Swiss Alps, when the plane spirals into a nosedive. Storm uses his climbing gear to tether himself to the wing and heroically save the plane and all the people onboard. Sadly, Storm is not available to come to the aid of the three other planes that have crashed under similar circumstances, killing everyone onboard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice addition to the series!

  • By Dawn on 04-16-15

Worst Bond knockoff of 007 yet. Save a credit.

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

Reviewed: 04-22-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I can't believe I listened to most of this. Narrator may have been underrated given the slop he had to read. I don't think anyone should have to be exposed to this.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Beowulf.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

That would have been impossible.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Wild Storm?

This genre is generally given some literary latitude editorially speaking, but c'mon, protect us from this tripe.

Any additional comments?

I think I've said enough.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The River of Doubt

  • Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
  • By: Candice Millard
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,972
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,695
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,707

At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • River of Doubt

  • By Steve1290 on 11-12-05

River of Doubt

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-05

This work is a must listen for anyone interested in TR, Amazonia, tropical diseases, eqauatorial rainforests and the living things in them. In retrospect, this beautifully read work is brilliant because of its sheer depth and breadth. Every wound, sliver, bird, native and whitewater rumble is there for the listener to imbibe. Nearly every unique personality of the expedition party is woven into the this tale of naive and brash exploration. If you listen carefully you can be with them in the jungle without risk.

41 of 41 people found this review helpful

  • Legends

  • A Novel of Dissimulation
  • By: Robert Littell
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 220

It's a deadly dilemma for Martin Odum: both remembering and forgetting his past are dangerous options. A discharged CIA agent turned private detective, Odum is struggling through a labyrinth of memories from past identities, "legends", in CIA parlance. Is he really Martin Odum? Or is he Dante Pippen, IRA explosives specialist? Or Lincoln Dittmann, Civil War expert? Or another, hidden legend?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Reading

  • By Johnnie Walker on 08-20-05

Legends

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-05

As another reviewer noted, this is fun stuff. The reader should engage in funseeking rather than typical spy gazing so as to enjoy it along with the author whose name has, by some coicidence, two "T's"and two "L's",similar to the doubling of letters in his Legends' names.
Masterfully read

24 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • The Dante Club

  • By: Matthew Pearl
  • Narrated by: Boyd Gaines
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

In Pearl's stunning debut, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes and James Russell Lowell join forces to catch a serial killer whose gruesome murders are modeled on the torturous punishments of Dante's Hell. "Absorbing and dramatic...Pearl has proven himself a master." ( Library Journal)

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Join the club

  • By Pamela on 04-08-03

The Dante Club

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-05

Rather than repititious characterizations of the poets more energy should have been spent moving this mystery along. Was Longfellow really like that? This was for me a little known era and scene with great potential getting poorly stirred with the mystery, though scenes of immediate post-Civil War Boston were interesting. I did manage to get to the end, I think. I am aware it was fictional.