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  • Seizing the Enigma

  • The Race to Break the German U-Boats Codes, 1939–1943
  • By: David Kahn
  • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

For almost four desperate years between 1939 and 1943, British and American navies fought a savage, losing battle against German submarine wolf packs. The Allies might never have turned the tide of that historic battle without an intelligence coup. The race to break the German U-boat codes is one of the last great untold stories of World War II.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Various vignettes makes codes breaking come alive

  • By Gary on 04-26-13

Awesome!!

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

I selected this book for research material for a 15 minute talk on Bletchley Park. Wow, all I needed and much more. I thought I had a basic understanding of Enigma and BP, but learned so much more. Excellent research, well told and well narrated.

  • City of Light, City of Poison

  • Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris
  • By: Holly Tucker
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 457
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 411
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 412

Appointed to conquer the "crime capital of the world", the first police chief of Paris faces an epidemic of murder in the late 1600s. Assigned by Louis XIV, Nicolas de La Reynie begins by clearing the streets of filth and installing lanterns throughout Paris, turning it into the City of Light. The fearless La Reynie pursues criminals through the labyrinthine neighborhoods of the city. He unearths a tightly knit cabal of poisoners, witches, and renegade priests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great historic non-fiction

  • By Josette Luvmour on 07-01-17

Glad it’s finished

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

Five stars for research, four stars for interesting subject matter, one star for organization and continuity. Keeping track of all the characters would be easier also if Ms Tucker had consistently either used first names or last names or titles, not jumping between all three.

  • Code Girls

  • The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
  • By: Liza Mundy
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,150

Recruited by the US Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than 10,000 women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of codebreaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just released, about 80% through this story

  • By Roobah Fox on 10-11-17

Difficult to rate

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

This book was wonderful, then it was boring, then frustrating, then wonderful again. How can I rate that? The story was well researched and fascinating. However there was way too much superfluous material interwoven: why do we need to know the architectural details of the building where an interview occurred? What was the point in telling us one of the code girls chased her brother with a hoe? I suppose the solution could have been a strict editing. I did find it extremely interesting and pleased that I bought it, but proceed with care, you will need patience.

  • The Tuscan Child

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble, Katy Sobey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,548
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,531

In 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal. Nearly 30 years later, Hugo's estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home to the English countryside to arrange her father's funeral. Among his personal effects is an unopened letter addressed to Sofia. In it is a startling revelation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Knocked this one out of the park

  • By Anne on 02-22-18

Excellent until the ending

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was planning ahead to give five stars across the board. Then there was the ending: abrupt, disjointed, unsatisfactory. In fact not exactly an ending at all. Made me think of being in a writing class and having the teacher announce "wrap it up in 30 seconds." You just hurry up and do your best but know with a bit more time and thought, it could have been a five star ending. Probably does not deserve to lose an entire star, but cannot be fully five.

  • Murder on Black Swan Lane

  • By: Andrea Penrose
  • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 886

The Earl of Wrexford possesses a brilliant scientific mind, but boredom and pride lead him to reckless behavior. He does not suffer fools gladly. So when pompous, pious Reverend Josiah Holworthy publicly condemns him for debauchery, Wrexford unsheathes his rapier-sharp wit and strikes back. As their war of words escalates, London's most popular satirical cartoonist, A. J. Quill, skewers them both.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great new series!

  • By Mystery Maven on 10-22-17

Science, murder, romance

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

I enjoyed this book as well as any the past year. It was fast paced, organized and the characters were all interesting. I solid five stars.

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  • The Reporter Who Knew Too Much

  • The Mysterious Death of What’s My Line TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen
  • By: Mark Shaw
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 669

Was What's My Line TV star, media icon, and crack investigative reporter and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen murdered for writing a tell-all book about the JFK assassination? If so, is the main suspect in her death still at large? These questions and more are answered in former CNN, ESPN, and USA Today legal analyst Mark Shaw's 25th book, The Reporter Who Knew Too Much.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book! Well organized, great narration

  • By Jaybird on 05-24-17

Fascinating, well researched, but not well written

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

I am glad I listened to this story, it was well researched and interesting. However, it was also not presented in a logical format, was way too repetitive and had several irritations like the phrase "this author" and presenting as fact that Dorothy was an "exceptional mother" with no supporting verbiage.
The only complaint I have with the narrator was the strange inflection used whenever a quotation was being read.

  • Executive Power

  • Mitch Rapp Series
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,975
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,945

Returning from a covert mission, Mitch Rapp was publicly hailed by the president for his role in the fight against terrorism. After years of working in the shadows, Rapp was caught in the media spotlight - and marked for death by virtually every terrorist in the world. Now a CIA advisor, Rapp is ready to battle terror far from the front lines. But when a Navy SEAL team in the Philippines is ambushed, all evidence points to a leak within the U.S. State Department. And a greater threat lurks....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast paced thriller(s)

  • By Dan on 06-04-11

Only one complaint

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

I liked the story and loved Guidall's narration. If I were to 'edit' this book, however, I would delete the scenes with big strong super Mitch cowered before his whiney baby wife. Not only did it seem so out of character for the Mitch we have known so long, but the whining was irritating enough for me to fast forward through it.

  • Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death

  • By: James Runcie
  • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 329

Sidney Chambers, the Vicar of Grantchester, is a 32-year-old bachelor. Tall, with eyes the colour of hazelnuts, he is both an unconventional clergyman and a reluctant detective. Working in association with his friend, Inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney is able to go where the police cannot, eliciting surprise revelations and confessions from his parishioners.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not The Masterpiece Mystery Grantchester

  • By Sara on 06-28-15

Really close to perfect.

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

I loved everything about the stories and narration except one. (and it is not significant enough to lose a star over). I echo other reviewers complaint that the narrators’s voice was too old for Sidney. It was great narration so no need to rate less than five stars, but was not the thirty something voice I imagined him to be.

  • St. Nick

  • By: Alan Russell
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,237

When Santa Claus is a cop, you better watch out. It’s not looking like a very merry Christmas for San Diego cop Nick Pappas. Suspended from his job, alienated from his family, and persecuted by the press, he’s sorely tempted to turn his gun on himself. Except for his first name, he couldn’t possibly have less in common with jolly old St. Nicholas. But when a local mall decides it needs a secret Santa to help collar some vicious muggers preying on its holiday shoppers, Nick’s persuaded to red-suit up so as to take the naughty punks down and avert a ho-ho homicide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonder Christmas Cop Story

  • By David I. Williams on 01-07-15

Warm Christmas Tale

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

Reviewed: 11-28-17

This was a thoroughly enjoyable holiday story. Not a five star story or performance, but worth the listen nevertheless. There was enough suspense to keep it from being just another 'feel good' tale. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to believe.

  • The Mrs Bradley Mysteries

  • Classic Radio Crime
  • By: Gladys Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Mary Winbush, Leslie Phillips, Full Cast
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

Mary Wimbush stars as unconventional psychoanalyst sleuth Mrs Bradley in these two full-cast dramatisations of stories by Gladys Mitchell. Colourful, cynical, intimidating and extremely intelligent, Mrs Bradley is one of the most unorthodox detectives in the history of Golden Age crime fiction. The heroine of 66 novels by Gladys Mitchell, she has also appeared in several radio adaptations and a BBC TV series starring Diana Rigg.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Who is who?

  • By Ms. Patty on 10-31-17

Who is who?

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

Reviewed: 10-31-17

Well, I got lost trying to keep track of the characters and identify the voices. If this had been easier, the story could have made more sense and even been good. What’s with that laugh????

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