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  • The Looking Glass War

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 347

It would have been an easy job for the Circus: a can of film couriered from Helsinki to London. In the past the Circus handled all things political, while the Department dealt with matters military. But the Department has been moribund since the War, its resources siphoned away. Now, one of their agents is dead, and vital evidence verifying the presence of Soviet missiles near the West German border is gone. John Avery is the Department's younger member and its last hope. Charged with handling Fred Leiser, a German-speaking Pole left over from the War, Avery must infiltrate the East and restore his masters' former glory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • With nuance le Carré dissects a dying animal.

  • By Darwin8u on 03-29-13

This is not a George Smiley story

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

Reviewed: 07-24-16

What would have made The Looking Glass War better?

A more interesting story line

What could John le Carré have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Used his main characters

What does Michael Jayston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He presents it well

What character would you cut from The Looking Glass War?

It's more about who he should hAVE INCLUDED

Any additional comments?

This is listed as part of the Smiley series, but he is barely present

  • The Signal and the Noise

  • Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't
  • By: Nate Silver
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,019
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,001

Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger - all by the time he was 30. The New York Times now publishes FiveThirtyEight.com, where Silver is one of the nation’s most influential political forecasters. Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Learn About Statistics Without All The Math

  • By Scott Fabel on 03-09-13

Great Book, but not for an audio book. Buy a hard

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

Reviewed: 04-26-16

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

The issue is the equations, charts and graphs described in the book. I don't know how you can fix that for an audio book

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Signal and the Noise?

I love the concept and the introduction of Bayes Theorem

What aspect of Mike Chamberlain’s performance would you have changed?

He did a good job

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Signal and the Noise?

I thought the examples were a little long and over discussed

Any additional comments?

I plan to return the audiobook and buy a hard copy.

  • Women's Murder Club Box Set, Volume 2

  • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809

While Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano prepares to prosecute the toughest trial of her life, the city is in the grip of a chilling crime spree. Children of well-to-do families are being abducted. But the kidnappings are followed by devastating silence -no demand for ransom. Working frantically with her new partner, Lindsay Boxer struggles to find the connection that will help them make sense of these horrific crimes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • YOU CAN'T GO WRONG WITH PATTERSON

  • By PATRICIA on 02-24-12

Not Patterson's best effort

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

Reviewed: 03-23-16

What would have made Women's Murder Club Box Set, Volume 2 better?

Characters that are less two-dimensional, and realistic dialog.

Has Women's Murder Club Box Set, Volume 2 turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, It hasn't turned off the author either. I've read quite a few of his books and enjoyed them

What aspect of Carolyn McCormick’s performance would you have changed?

She just needed better material. I actually bought this book as an experiment because I enjoyed her reading of the Hunger Games books.

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

Not that I noticed, but I couldn't finish it.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24,543
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,168
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22,109

Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By Alan on 07-08-14

A classic book and a classic performance

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

Reviewed: 02-13-16

Would you listen to To Kill a Mockingbird again? Why?

This is a book I've read several times, but I like it even more as an audiobook

Any additional comments?

Hearing this book read in the voice of a southern woman gives this book an added dimension

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  • Devices and Desires

  • An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery, Book 8
  • By: P. D. James
  • Narrated by: Penelope Dellaporta
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

Commander Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard has just published a new book of poems and has taken a brief respite from publicity on the remote Larksoken headland on the Norfolk coast. A psychotic strangler of young women is at large in Norfolk, and getting nearer to Larksoken with every killing. And when Dalgliesh discovers the murdered body of the Acting Administrative Officer on the beach, he finds himself caught up in one of the most baffling murder cases of his career.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A well wrought mystery

  • By Gretchen SLP on 08-26-15

Adam Dalgliesh is a secondary character

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

Reviewed: 02-13-16

What was most disappointing about P. D. James’s story?

This is as well written as any of her other books, but if you want to watch Adam Dalgliesh solve a case, this book is a little disappointing. He is central to the storyline, but not a central character.

What about Penelope Dellaporta’s performance did you like?

I really enjoy her reading of these books. She does an excellent job.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful