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Benson Bumpkin

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  • Crisis of Character

  • A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate
  • By: Gary J. Byrne
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,407
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,397

Posted directly outside President Clinton's Oval Office, former Secret Service uniformed officer Gary Byrne reveals what he observed of Hillary Clinton's character and the culture inside the White House while protecting the first family in Crisis of Character, the most anticipated book of the 2016 election.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Crisis of Character

  • By Happy on 11-03-16

Bate and switch

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

Reviewed: 08-26-16

A lot of the book deals with Bill Clinton - things we already know and the author's employment history, which I didn't care to know. I felt I got snookered buying this one but shame on me for buying it thinking I'd get a inside glimpse of the Clinton White House and Hilary.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Plum Island

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,476

Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio. The victims were biologists at Plum Island, a research site rumored to be an incubator for germ warfare. Suddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications - and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of Plum Island....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks Nelson for bringing an oldy to AUDIBLE

  • By Paul on 12-03-10

Should be an enjoyable series

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

Reviewed: 09-13-14

What made the experience of listening to Plum Island the most enjoyable?

The characters and the humor of the main character. Looking forward to the series.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

For the most part. I had a hard time visualizing some of the action in a few places but other than that, it was a page turner.

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

He was great with the main character and didn't make the women sound like breathy little old ladies as some narrators do.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did have a hard time shutting it off at times.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Path of the Assassin

  • A Thriller
  • By: Brad Thor
  • Narrated by: Armand Schultz
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,263

After rescuing the President from kidnappers, Navy SEAL turned Secret Service agent Scot Harvath shifts his attentions to rooting out, capturing or killing all those responsible for the plot. As he prepares to close out his list, a bloody and twisted trail of clues points towards one man - the world's most feared, most ruthless terrorist, Hashim Nidal. Nidal has assembled an international league of Islamic terrorist networks in an ingenious plot to topple both Israel and America.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Corny

  • By Benson Bumpkin on 10-22-13

Corny

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

Reviewed: 10-22-13

What disappointed you about Path of the Assassin?

Thor is sadly no Vince Flynn. It may be that the author took a while to develop his craft but having purchased his first two, I am not keen to listen to any more.(I gave the benefit of the doubt and purchased this one after listening to his first in the series.) I did not finish this book. The corny dialogue and far-fetched story were just too much -- criticism others have voiced and I should have listened too. I wondered if the narrator was to blame for some of it as well as the story's inability to hold my interest, but concluded it was primarily the writing. It seemed amateurish to me, and I am no literary maven. Details seemed thrown in just to impress, the story was unrealistic, dialogue predictable and I didn't find myself caring one iota about any character. Perhaps I am just too spoiled by the Mitch Rapp series written the talented, late Vince Flynn.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Buyer's remorse

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Strategist

  • Be the Leader Your Business Needs
  • By: Cynthia Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

Based on an acclaimed professor's legendary strategy course at Harvard Business School, The Strategist offers a radically new perspective on a leader's most vital role. "Are you a strategist?" That's the first question Cynthia Montgomery asks the business owners and senior executives from all over the world who participate in her highly regarded executive education course. It's not a question they anticipate, but by the time the program ends, they cannot imagine leading their companies to success without being - and living the role of - a strategist.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's Ok, there R better books on Business Strategy

  • By N. Frota on 08-13-12

Slow going with an odd narrative tone

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

Reviewed: 08-06-12

Would you try another book from Cynthia Montgomery and/or Karen White?

I found the book very slow without enough meaty content. There were some good points but they were too few and the examples were terribly drawn out. The content seemed repetitive and the history of Apple computer seemed like yet another review with little additional insight and frankly seemed like filler material.For me, the dramatic, soft tone of the narration didn't fit with the content (and it is not because she is female). It lacked a certain business energy that may have made the drawn out book seem even slower. Made me wish I was reading it. I was looking for an insightful, educational book on strategy. This wasn't it.

Has The Strategist turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

Would you be willing to try another one of Karen White’s performances?

Not if it is a business book. She is probably great with fiction.

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

There were some good points that made me think but they were too few and far between.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful