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  • A Bridge Too Far

  • By: Cornelius Ryan
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440

A Bridge Too Far is Cornelius Ryan’s masterly chronicle of the Battle of Arnhem, which marshaled the greatest armada of troop-carrying aircraft ever assembled and cost the Allies nearly twice as many casualties as D-day. In this compelling work of history, Ryan narrates the Allied effort to end the war in Europe in 1944 by dropping the combined airborne forces of the American and British armies behind German lines to capture the crucial bridge across the Rhine at Arnhem. Focusing on a vast cast of characters, Ryan brings to life one of the most ill-fated operations of the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story much better than the movie

  • By Michael on 07-26-12

Montgomery - A Field Marshall Too Stupid

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

Reviewed: 01-26-16

Where does A Bridge Too Far rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At the top of this genre.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Field Marshall Montgomery was my "favorite" character, but not in a good way. Montgomery's arrogance, pettiness, selfishness, and indecisiveness could not have been portrayed more forcefully.

Have you listened to any of Clive Chafer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I am not sure I have heard any other of his performances, but he did quite well here. I did find his voice to be a bit thin and reedy at times.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A Bridge Too Far. This of course became one of the greatest war movies and portrayals of the travails faced by men in battle ever made.

Any additional comments?

This is truly a masterpiece. The research and documentation used to create the gripping story line is remarkable in its scope.

  • Against All Enemies

  • By: Tom Clancy, Peter Telep
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 18 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,293
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,303

For years, ex–Navy SEAL Maxwell Moore has worked across the Middle East and behind the scenes for the Special Activities Division of the CIA, making connections, extracting valuable intelligence, and facing off against America’s enemies at every turn. And then...news of a potentially devastating coalition: What if two of the greatest threats to the security of the United States were to form an unholy alliance?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Against All Enemies is a hit with me

  • By Book and Movie Lover on 06-22-11

An Unholy Combination of Super Villains

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

Reviewed: 01-26-16

What made the experience of listening to Against All Enemies the most enjoyable?

The imagination of threat plots in this series is always breathtaking. The thought of the combination of the Taliban using the drug cartels' access to smuggle terrorist into America is chilling. As always, there is plenty of well written action in a tight storyline.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Against All Enemies?

Without spoiling the story, the airport segments were mesmerizing and terrifying.

What about Steven Weber’s performance did you like?

The narrator does an excellent job of presenting a vast cast of characters so that they are individually recognizable.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

"Moved" is the wrong word for a Clancey novel. There are any number of suspenseful " Oh #@&%, how are they going to stop that?" moments.

Any additional comments?

This is one of the best books in the Clancey series in a while.

  • Echo Burning

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 17 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,068

Thumbing across the scorched West Texas desert, loner Jack Reacher has nowhere to go and all the time in the world to get there. Cruising the same stretch of two-lane blacktop is pretty Carmen Greer. But for Reacher, the lift comes with a hitch. Carmen's got a story to tell, and it's a wild one. All about her husband, her family secrets, and a hometown that's pure Gothic. She's also got a plan. Jack Reacher's part of it. And before the sun sets, this ride could cost them both their lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very slow build makes the payoff unsatisfying

  • By Virgil on 07-06-16

An Under Reach(er) for Jack

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

Reviewed: 01-26-16

What did you love best about Echo Burning?

That it was a Jack Reacher novel. I am a big fan of the entire series.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

There were way too many slow segments during the the character and plot development. At the end of the day, it was a a pretty good story, but it took way too long to get there. This would have been better as a well edited novella.

What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

Dick Hall is perfect for the Jack Reacher stories, even when "Reacher said nothing".

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

No, unless I had known which segments to skip.

Any additional comments?

Not his best, but I'll keep on reading.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Wake

  • The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,724

On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Naivety VS Barbarians Of War

  • By Sara on 03-05-16

Dead Wake" Up Call For America

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

Reviewed: 01-26-16

Where does Dead Wake rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the top of its genre.

What other book might you compare Dead Wake to and why?

The Rising Sun; Lincoln, A Team of Rivals; Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

While favorite might not be the right word, I thought the portrayal of Captain Turner brought the character to life with great depth. Woodrow Wilson's portrayal was far less than flattering.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

First, why any passenger would willingly have gotten on that ship knowing what they knew at the time it departed is beyond me. Second, the diversity of the reaction of the passengers to the torpedoing and sinking was fascinating.

Any additional comments?

I am not sure I believe the storyline that the British Admiralty routed the ship directly into the path of a known U-boat in hopes it would be sunk in order to bring the US into the war. It certainly makes for interesting conjecture, and shines a different light on Churchill if true.

  • True Detective

  • Nathan Heller Series, Book 1
  • By: Max Allan Collins
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 744

When Mayor Cermak’s “Hoodlum Squad” brings Heller along on a raid with no instructions but to keep his mouth shut and his gun handy, he becomes an unwitting, unwilling part of a hit on Al Capone’s successor, Frank Nitti. As a result, Heller quits the force to become a private eye. His first job: head off a nation-shaking political assassination in Miami Beach. With the Chicago World’s Fair as a backdrop, Heller encounters a ragtag array of crooks and clients, including Al Capone, George Raft, “Dutch” Reagan, and FDR himself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good historical private eye series ala Hammett

  • By Kristi R. on 01-24-14

Entertaining Period Piece

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

Reviewed: 01-26-16

If you could sum up True Detective in three words, what would they be?

Disbelief Willingly Suspended

Would you recommend True Detective to your friends? Why or why not?

I would. It is a nice piece of period fluff. The characters are entertaining, but not very believable.

What three words best describe Dan John Miller’s performance?

Fine for the material he was reading.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Detective for the Mob.

  • The Power of the Dog

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,767

This explosive novel of the drug trade takes you deep inside a world riddled with corruption, betrayal, and bloody revenge. From the streets of New York City to Mexico City and Tijuana to the jungles of Central America, this is the war on drugs like you've never seen it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Drama

  • By Deborah on 01-06-11

A Riveting Deliniation of the Drug War

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

Reviewed: 01-26-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Without question! This book takes you inside the workings of the cartels as well as drug enforcement. It educates you about the interworkings, while at the same time keeping you enthralled with multiple plots and plenty of action. There is never a dull moment.

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

See above.

Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not, but certainly will in the future. He was excellent for this book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It was not so much as a particular moment, but the most vivid impression was the wealth and power of the cartels and the loyalty and ruthlessness of their members.

Any additional comments?

Excellent, enlightening read!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Those Who Wish Me Dead

  • By: Michael Koryta
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,056

When 13-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he's plunged into a new life, issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens. The plan is to get Jace off the grid while police find the two killers. The result is the start of a nightmare. The killers, known as the Blackwell Brothers, are slaughtering anyone who gets in their way in a methodical quest to reach him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 2 Creepy, Killer Brothers Make for Great Suspense

  • By Charles Atkinson on 06-13-14

Survival of the Witless

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

Reviewed: 01-26-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. This book has a ridiculous, totally unbelievable story line.

What other book might you compare Those Who Wish Me Dead to and why?

The best comparison is to the old 10 cent bulk adventure novels that were thrown together with no believable plot. or characters.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator's portrayal of the boy and most of the women was so whiny that it made you wish the bad guys would shoot them (or better yet, the narrator).

Could you see Those Who Wish Me Dead being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

The area where the action took place is truly spectacular, so I could see it as a great backdrop for a made for TV movie with a B List cast of fit young actors and actresses as window dressing for the scenery.

Any additional comments?


I never fail to finish a book once I start it. I almost didn't finish this one.

  • Truman

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 54 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,123
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,121

Hailed by critics as an American masterpiece, David McCullough's sweeping biography of Harry S. Truman captured the heart of the nation. The life and times of the 33rd president of the United States, Truman provides a deeply moving look at an extraordinary, singular American.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • That Mousy Little Man From Missouri Revisited

  • By Sara on 07-23-15

What a Time, What a Man!

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

Reviewed: 11-23-15

Where does Truman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Truman was one of the most interesting and informative audiobooks I have ever heard.

What other book might you compare Truman to and why?

Lincoln, Team of Rivals and The Bully Pulpit.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scenes were Truman just being Truman in the White House. Whether it was Truman deciding to drop the bombs, facing down the Soviets and preventing what was likely to be a shooting war, deciding that the Marshall Plan was crucial to prevent western Europe from being taken over by the communists, or dealing with the vile Repulicans in Congress, Truman was an every day, common sense man who did what he thought was right for the people.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My strongest reaction was to the number of crucial decisions that shaped modern life Truman made - correctly.

  • Where All Light Tends to Go

  • By: David Joy
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,037

The area surrounding Cashiers, North Carolina, is home to people of all kinds, but the world that Jacob McNeely lives in is crueler than most. His father runs a methodically organized meth ring, with local authorities on the dime to turn a blind eye to his dealings. Having dropped out of high school and cut himself off from his peers, Jacob has been working for this father for years, all on the promise that his payday will come eventually.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection

  • By David Shear on 03-09-15

The Light Tended to Go Elsewhere

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

Reviewed: 11-23-15

What did you like best about Where All Light Tends to Go? What did you like least?

The prose in the story was excellent. I actually saw and felt the scene and mood the author was trying to convey. On the other side, the characters were all too one dimensional. I grew up in this area, and yes, I went east for college and to live (although I did acquire a mountain summer house later in life, proving you can take the boy out of the mountains, but you can't take the mountains out of the boy).
Mountain life can be hardscrabble. Although there is a great deal of poverty and an under-educated populace, the people tend to be proud, strong and honest. They have no similarity to the main characters in this book who would be more appropriately located in a big city getto with a different accent. Most of the characters were so dark, without any saving graces that they were not believable.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I don't comment on endings because I don't like spoilers.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Although the mountain drawl in this area is thick, the narrator was clearly "not from round chere", and he spread it on much too thick. Despite this, the prose and imagery were excellent.

Was Where All Light Tends to Go worth the listening time?

His accent was over the top and unauthentic, although if you were not from the area, you might not notice.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Feast for Crows

  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,111

Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jarring change in Dotrice's performance

  • By Pi on 06-21-12

The Saga Continues

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

Reviewed: 11-23-15

What made the experience of listening to A Feast for Crows the most enjoyable?

A return to the Seven Kingdoms is always a pleasurable experience. I must say there were not as many enthralling storylines in Book 4 as in the previous books, and it dragged occasionally.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Book 4 is not replete with my favorite characters. Most of the characters in Book 4 are flawed villains who deserve killing and of course get their just deserts.

What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

The narrator of this series is simply masterful. He distinguishes between a multitude of characters flawlessly while at the same time adding depth and development.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Actually, if I were making a film of the entire saga, much of this Book 4 would likely be left on the cutting room floor.

Any additional comments?

I am looking forward to Book 5.