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Julie Mckinley

Monterey CA USA
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  • True Evil

  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,023

Dr. Chris Shepard is 36 years old, newly married, and well on his way to a perfect life. Or so he believes. But that future is forever cast into doubt the day Special Agent Alexandra Morse walks into his office and drops a bombshell: Dr. Shepard's beautiful new wife is plotting his murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truely Captivating and Terrifiying!!!

  • By JenniferLOVESThrillers on 01-22-14

Superb narration excellent story

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

exciting blend of science and family lives set in the Deep South for a wonderful change from the usual Northeast type of story I am from Desales and the story was authentic and respectful Traditions such as manly honor

  • Alone

  • Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat into Victory
  • By: Michael Korda
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756

An epic of remarkable originality, Alone captures the heroism of World War II as movingly as any book in recent memory. Bringing to vivid life the world leaders, generals, and ordinary citizens who fought on both sides of the war, Michael Korda, the best-selling author of Clouds of Glory, chronicles the outbreak of hostilities, recalling as a prescient young boy the enveloping tension that defined pre-Blitz London, and then as a military historian the great events that would alter the course of the 20th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Jean on 11-11-17

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

John Lee is superb and the story adds so much to understanding of WW II.

  • Storming Heaven

  • By: Dale Brown
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Murderer, terrorist, and international arms-dealer Henri Cazaux is the world's most wanted man. Taking off from Chico Municipal Airport in a cargo plane bloated with stolen missiles and high explosives, Cazaux looks down to see the fiery orange glow of his devastating ambush, an ambush put in place to stop the US Marshals and ATF officers who were looking to arrest him. With many dead and wounded, the US military, in concert with these embittered lawmen, rally against this clear and present danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If only someone with power had known this ...

  • By Julie Mckinley on 05-30-18

If only someone with power had known this ...

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

Right now they want us destroyed and we must stop them or we lose everything.

  • The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

  • How Churchill's Secret Warriors Set Europe Ablaze and Gave Birth to Modern Black Ops
  • By: Damien Lewis
  • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

From award-winning historian, war reporter, and author Damien Lewis ( Zero Six Bravo, Judy) comes the incredible true story of the top-secret "butcher-and-bolt" black ops units Prime Minister Winston Churchill assigned the task of stopping the unstoppable German war machine. Criminals, rogues, and survivalists, the brutal tactics and grit of these "deniables" would define a military unit the likes of which the world had never seen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Show Old Man; Jolly Good Show!

  • By Matthew on 09-09-16

Magnificent Men

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

Thank God for the courage of the military who saved civilization during WWW II. Amazing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Magpie Murders

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond, Allan Corduner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,622

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the best-selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A British Whodunit

  • By Sara on 07-24-17

A Story Within a Story: Both are Tedious

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Can't think of anything that would have helped except an editor with an axe.

Has Magpie Murders turned you off from other books in this genre?

Horowitz knows nothing about sociopaths, and the killer is not anything like what a genuine remorseless murder really is. The most sympathetic character turns out to be the truest victim. The motivations of most characters is dim to nonsensical. The female lead character (ironically, supposed to be an editor!) is the worst kind of snob, whining on about the smell of chlorine at the public pool and the presence of souvenir shops in places where she thinks they should not exist. She is supposed to be smart enough to solve the crime but dumb enough to confront the killer. And, she talked on and on and on... The male narrator is good, but he has the misfortune to have to voice the detective, who is humorless and nihilistic.

What three words best describe Samantha Bond and Allan Corduner ’s voice?

British, crisply pronounced.

What character would you cut from Magpie Murders?

See above remarks.

Any additional comments?

Might have been two rather nice short stories in here somewhere. But this book is way too long.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • By Gaslight

  • A Novel
  • By: Steven Price
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 23 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 183

By Gaslight is a deeply atmospheric, haunting audiobook about the unending quest that has shaped a man's life. William Pinkerton is already famous, the son of the most notorious detective of all time, when he descends into the underworld of Victorian London in pursuit of a new lead on the fabled con Edward Shade. William's father died without ever finding Shade, but William is determined to drag the thief out of the shadows.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Much ado about nothing.

  • By Julie Mckinley on 03-01-17

Much ado about nothing.

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17

John Lee always does a wonderful narration. The story reminds me of The Name of the Rose. When it ended, all I thought was ...What???

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Eye of the Needle

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Eric Lincoln
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,990
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,882

One enemy spy knows the secret of the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin - code name: "The Needle" - who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Spy Thriller

  • By AudioAddict on 11-11-13

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

I have avoided multiple narrators prior to this selection. Much to my surprise this was terrific!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • False Colours

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532

The honourable Christopher Fancot, on leave from the Diplomatic Service in the summer of 1817, is startled to find his entrancing but incorrigibly extravagant mother on the brink of financial and social ruin - and more than alarmed that his identical twin, Evelyn, Earl of Denville, has disappeared without trace. Christopher, or Kit, the respectable brother, is forced into an outrageous masquerade by his wayward family's tangled affairs. But in the face of Evelyn's continued absence, even Kit's ingenuity is stretched to the limit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! A great listen!

  • By Gentle Reader Jill on 04-11-13

Too much talk and not enough action

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

Reviewed: 11-17-16

This is the first Heyer that I didn't love. With twin heroes there should have been manly events. Instead, we had way too much chat and I couldn't warm to the mother of the twins. She was supposed to be charming and adorable . In my opinion she is a schemer and a spendthrift who doesn't mind not paying her poor hat maker and dressmaker while spending thousands of pounds on her own self. The narrator did the best that she could with the material but in the end I simply wanted it to be over

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Obsidian Chamber

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,400
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,395

After a harrowing otherworldly confrontation on the shores of Exmouth, Massachussetts, Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is missing, presumed dead. Sick with grief, Pendergast's ward, Constance, retreats to her chambers beneath the family mansion at 891 Riverside Drive - only to be taken captive by a shadowy figure from the past. Proctor, Pendergast's longtime bodyguard, springs to action, chasing Constance's kidnapper through cities, across oceans, and into wastelands unknown....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Looking for a plot

  • By Olive on 11-23-16

This one jumped the shark.

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

Reviewed: 10-24-16

Spoiler alert! Leaving aside a dozen other dreadful logical and emotional flaws that would take too long to address. .. The denouement in which Diogenes is permitted to escape because he really wanted to be "good" left me astounded. The vicious murder of the doctor. The underground museum of horror. The way he watched Flavia almost kill Constance. And then... what!??? Letting him go on his murderous way is moral idiocy. Utterly ridiculous. Preposterous and evil. Then that ill-phrased and inexplicably lame exchange about Pendergast's inability to love Constance in the way she wants to be loved. Well. Both Constance and I are leaving. She is going to a Tibetan monastery. I'm going online to find a new series that doesn't insult my intelligence.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Traitor's Story

  • By: Kevin Wignall
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,847
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,598
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,596

When fifteen-year-old American Hailey Portman goes missing in Switzerland, her desperate parents seek the help of their neighbor, Finn Harrington, a seemingly quiet historian rumored to be a former spy. Sensing the story runs deeper than anyone yet knows, Finn reluctantly agrees to make some enquiries. He has little to go on other than his instincts, and his instincts have been wrong in the past - sometimes spectacularly wrong.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Complicated but pretty well done

  • By cristina on 09-12-16

Engaging and good plot.

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

Reviewed: 10-05-16

Spoiler alert:
I hate it when the best character dies. Although it was nice that the nastiest one died too.
Simon Vance is simply great.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful