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  • Say Nothing

  • A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
  • By: Patrick Radden Keefe
  • Narrated by: Matthew Blaney
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 163

In December 1972, Jean McConville, a 38-year-old mother of 10, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders, her children clinging to her legs. They never saw her again. Her abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of the vicious conflict known as "The Troubles". Everyone in the neighborhood knew the IRA was responsible. But in a climate of fear and paranoia, no one would speak of it. In 2003, five years after an accord brought an uneasy peace to Northern Ireland, a set of human bones was discovered on a beach. McConville's children knew it was their mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • On a par with I'll Be Gone in the Dark, plus...

  • By lesley on 03-01-19

An excellent and compelling listen

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

Although at times appearing as an apologia of Republican terrorism, this is an excellent, compelling yet ultimately very depressing book.

What struck me the most were the intense feelings of betrayal that former IRA terrorists felt towards the political leadership of Sinn Fein. Following the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, many of the IRA’s fighters ended up asking themselves whether the murder, torture and terrorism the were participants in, had even been worth it. Many of these former terrorists suffered from PTSD, and continue to do so today.
Finally, the book debunks Gerry Adams’ claims to have never been a member of the IRA. In fact, the book argues, he was its leader.
This

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  • The Ninth Step

  • John Milton, Book 8
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

John Milton is a former assassin for the British government. He is a ronin, trying to atone for his past sins by offering his services to those people who have no one else to whom they can turn. Milton is keeping a low profile in London when he meets Eddie Fabian. Fabian confesses that he is considering suicide and that the reason for his depression was the abuse that he suffered as a child. Milton offers to help, but, before he can, Eddie is found dead in circumstances that Milton considers suspicious.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a bit slow but nice to have John Milton back!

  • By Trudy Owens on 03-12-16

This is anti-Semitic drivel

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

Following the anti-Israel plot of the previous book in the series, the author unleashes a preposterous plot, laced with an anti-Semitic undertone.

Pure and utter drivel

  • The Driver

  • John Milton, Book 3
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365

John Milton has started to hope that he might have a future. He has a job driving a taxi around the streets of San Francisco. He has his anonymity and his solitude. Being invisible has become a comfortable habit. He doesn't want to be found. But when a girl he drives to a party goes missing, Milton is worried. Especially when two dead bodies are discovered, and the police start treating him as their prime suspect. Milton is a fugitive from the British Secret Service, and a man in his position needs extra attention like he needs a hole in the head.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another good listen

  • By brent on 05-14-15

I am already invested in the series, but..

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

This book is very similar to those that preceded it.. at times compelling but often too preposterous.

The narrator’s various accents are mostly awful.. (his Mexican accent sounds Greek!)

But I am already invested in the series, so I will have to go on.

  • Noble Man

  • Jake Noble Series
  • By: William Miller
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

 

Jake Noble, Special Forces veteran and ex-CIA operative, is living on his boat, trying to scrape together enough money for his mother's cancer treatments. When the Company offers him 150k dollars to track down a missing girl, Noble has no choice but to delve back into the seedy underbelly of Manila's sex trade. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good character, good start, needs work

  • By Trudy Owens on 10-13-18

Really excellent story..

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

Other than an Australian accent that sounded like someone from Sth Carolina, this was an excellent listen. The story was gripping.

Highly recommended

  • The English Teacher

  • A Novel
  • By: Yiftach Reicher Atir
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Albanna
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

After attending her father's funeral, former Mossad agent Rachel Goldschmitt empties her bank account and disappears. But when she makes a cryptic phone call to her former handler, Ehud, the Mossad sends him to track her down. Finding no leads, he must retrace her career as a spy to figure out why she abandoned Mossad before she can do any damage to Israel. But he soon discovers that after living undercover for so long, an agent's assumed identity and her real one can blur, catching loyalty, love, and truth between them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Good and the Bad

  • By Ann on 01-08-17

What an amazing and surprising treat...

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

This book was an exceptional listen. It perfectly captures the tension and sheer emotional torture that undercover agents endure.

Highly recommended.

KRD NY

  • Masaryk Station

  • A John Russell Thriller, Book 6
  • By: David Downing
  • Narrated by: Michael Healy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

Berlin, early 1948: The city, still occupied by the four Allied powers, still largely in ruins, has become the cockpit of a new Cold War, and as spring unfolds its German inhabitants live in fear of the Soviets enforcing a Western withdrawal. Here, as elsewhere in Europe, the legacies of the War have become entangled in the new Soviet-American conflict, creating a world of bizarre and fleeting loyalties, a paradise for spies. John Russell works for both Stalin’s NKVD and the newly-created CIA. He does as little for either as he can safely get away with.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • What a disappointment...and it's all the narrator

  • By Joyce on 07-16-13

An awesome story, ruined by an awful narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

As soon as I realized that Michael Healy was narrating this last John Russel book, my heart sank. But I had no choice but to put up with his excruciatingly awful pronunciation of words like “anathema” which he pronounced anatheeema. Even simple words were given the Healy treatment...

But I soldiered on, anxious to hear the final book of the series. About half-way through, I managed to get used to the awful narration and was able to enjoy the book. Had Mr Healy been the narrator for book one, when I was yet to be invested in the storyl, I would have stopped listening before the end of chapter 1.

As for the story itself, it was really marvelous.. gripping, thrilling and historically informative. With either of its former narrators it would have been FIVE STARS.

It was a great end to a great series.

KRD NY

  • Potsdam Station

  • By: David Downing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

In April 1945, Hitler's Reich is on the verge of extinction. Assaulted by Allied bombs and Soviet shells, ruled by Nazis with nothing to lose, Berlin has become the most dangerous place on earth. John Russell's son Paul is stationed on the Eastern Front with the German Army, awaiting the Soviets' final onslaught. In Berlin, Russell's girlfriend Effi has been living in disguise, helping fugitives to escape from Germany. With a Jewish orphan to care for, she's trying to outlast the Nazis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The series is getting better and better..

  • By K R D on 09-11-18

The series is getting better and better..

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

This thriller kept my nerves on edge throughout. It also served to remind me of the terrible suffering of war... and the continued disregard for these lessons, by politicians and leaders.

Excellent read/listen.

KRD NY

  • Silesian Station

  • By: David Downing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

Summer, 1939. British journalist John Russell has just been granted American citizenship in exchange for agreeing to work for American intelligence when his girlfriend, Effi, is arrested by the Gestapo. Russell hoped his new nationality would let him safely stay in Berlin with Effi and his son, but now he's being blackmailed. To free Effi, he must agree to work for the Nazis.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Spies and Nazis

  • By Lois on 02-05-10

This was a gripping and exciting thriller

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

Despite the absence of much detail to its historical context, the story stood on its own merit and really was quite thrilling. Indeed, the only reason I give it four as opposed to five stars, is because the backdrop of Nazi Germany is not well developed.

  • The Fall of Moscow Station

  • By: Mark Henshaw
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 138

When a body with Russian military tattoos is found floating in a lake outside Berlin, the CIA immediately takes notice. And the murder coincides with the defection of one of the CIA's upper-level officers. Alden Maines crosses the Rubicon and decides to cash in as a double agent for Russia. But Arkady Lavrov of Russia's intelligence service (GRU) has other plans. He immediately announces Maines' defection to the world and then pumps him for every last ounce of intel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very pleasant spy thriller surprise!

  • By Wayne on 02-26-16

This was a very disappointing book...

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

The plot was far-fetched, and strained credulity beyond limits even tolerable for a novel.
As a general matter, I have really enjoyed the series..

  • A Fragile Thing

  • By: Kevin Wignall
  • Narrated by: Scott Merriman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

Max Emerson is rich and powerful: a patron of the arts and the owner of a multinational business. But Max's business is money laundering, and, for the first time in his fortunate life, he's in trouble. Hackers are targeting his company. The FBI is pressuring him to betray one of his crooked clients. And a dark secret from his own past looks in danger of resurfacing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please, More Max Emerson

  • By Robert on 08-20-17

Too many story threads went nowhere

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

This was a pretty awful book with too many story threads that went nowhere , or which ended in inexplicable ways.

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