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Wayne

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  • Sleepers

  • John Milton, Book 13
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

When a Russian defector is assassinated in a sleepy English seaside town, Group Fifteen agents John Milton and Michael Pope find themselves in a rush to uncover the culprits and bring them to justice. Their investigation leads them to Moscow and a confrontation with Directorate S, the agency responsible for seeding Russian sleeper agents around the world. When lies and double crossing mean that no-one is what they seem, the two agents - alone and without backup - struggle to achieve their goals under the most dangerous of circumstances.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A younger John Milton

  • By Wayne on 10-20-18

A younger John Milton

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

Those who follow this excellent espionage series will quickly realize that Sleepers goes back into a period of a younger John Milton's life before he left the Group 15 espionage agency. Up until this novel the Milton series was in chronological order of John Milton's life. The author explains why if a short afterward. I wish he had brought back Beatrix Rose also, Although now long dead she remains my favorite Mark Dawson character.

I seemed to me that the last several novels in the John Milton series while quite good were not up to Dawson's prior standards. This one definitely is. Narrator David Thorpe was excellent as usual.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mr. Trump's Wild Ride

  • The Thrills, Chills, Screams, and Occasional Blackouts of an Extraordinary Presidency
  • By: Major Garrett
  • Narrated by: Major Garrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

A chronicle of the Trump administration from the inside perspective of a White House press correspondent. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Book

  • By James G. Lyon on 09-20-18

I expected a more balanced perspective

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

The first two chapters, which were 1 hr. 45 minutes long, led me to believe Major Garrett would present a far more balanced perspective of Trump than either the very positive or very negative books I have read about our current president. The rest of MR. TRUMP'S WILD RIDE did a great job of organizing topics and covering factual details. Garrett's attacks on Trump's failures were generally fair, but while he recognized the successes of the of Trump's first 18 months he managed to find creative ways to give Trump no credit whatever for his successes. Successes were blind dumb luck or were engineered by others usually over Trump's objections according to Garrett. Garrett's explanations of why Trump does not deserve credit for his successes reek of dishonesty. It is this utter dishonesty by the author that cause me to rate this well organized, well written, and well narrated book 1 star.

The weakest aspect of this book was the effort to paint Trump as a racist. In doing so Garrett managed to say that George W Bush and Ronald Reagan were not racists. All Republican presidents beginning with Nixon and including Reagan, Bush I and Bush II were routinely called racists by Democrats and the media while in office. The racist charges against Trump are false as were the same charges against the three prior Republican presidents. Charging Republican presidents with racism is now de rigueur (that means fashionable or customary).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Fierce Radiance

  • A Novel
  • By: Lauren Belfer
  • Narrated by: Paula Christensen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33

Claire Shipley is a single mother haunted by the death of her young daughter and by her divorce years ago. She is also an ambitious photojournalist, and in the anxious days after Pearl Harbor, the talented Life magazine reporter finds herself on top of one of the nation's most important stories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Needs to be abridged!

  • By Wayne on 10-10-18

Needs to be abridged!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

A friend recommended this book. For those of us interested in the development of antibiotics during World War II A FIERCE RADIANCE is very educational. It is a fictionalized story that is basically scientifically sound. However, the story moves at a frustratingly slow pace. I cannot recommend this otherwise excellent story unless it is abridged.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Fractured

  • Jonathan Quinn, Book 12
  • By: Brett Battles
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

Jonathan Quinn has had better years, but now most of the trouble is behind him. There is one issue that remains unresolved - the break between him and his partner, Nate. Quinn and his girlfriend, Orlando, are hired for a new mission, but they must include on their team the operative who is one of the few to have ever seen the face of the job’s target. This operative is unknown to the client, but not to Quinn and Orlando. Now, to stop a plan that could slaughter tens of thousands of people, they must turn to the one person who wants nothing to do with them. If they can even find him in time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always an adrenaline rush...

  • By shelley on 09-27-18

Brett Battles is a very prolific author,...

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

...but the quality of his writing never falters. Including the prequel novel, Becoming Quinn, this is the 13th novel in Battles' Jonathan Quinn series all released beginning in 2007. Since 2007 Battles hes released an average of one novel every four months. He covers a range of genres. He has also released several shorty stories. After having great success with a traditional publisher, in 2012 Battles was one of the first such authors to move to self publishing to the benefit of the cost readers and listeners pay. Like many self published authors he releases the ebook versions of novels several months before the release of the audiobook versions. The Fractured Kindle version was released in early June. I was happy to get it and read it than.

The Jonathan Quinn series is one of my favorites. Battles has built quite a stable of well developed and appealing characters. The Fractured is an outstanding novel; it may be the best novel I have listened to this year. Neither Quinn nor Nate have recovered from the death of Quinn's sister and Nate' girlfriend Liz. During much of this novel Nate is no longer with Quinn as he seeks to come to grips with his loss.

As usual with this series Scott Brick narrates as only he can.

The Fractured is a must listen audio novel which has my strong recommendation. It is standalone, but getting to know the characters well requires listening to earlier series novels first.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Red War

  • A Mitch Rapp Novel, Book 17
  • By: Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,065

When Max Krupin - Russia's leader - discovers that his kidney cancer has spread to his brain, he's determined to hide his diagnosis. He begins by getting rid of anyone threatening to him - as well as creating chaos in the region to keep the world's attention diverted. Soon, Krupin's illness becomes serious enough that he needs a more dramatic diversion, prompting him to invade the Baltics. Desperate to understand what's causing Krupin's unusually erratic behavior and Russia's aggressive moves in the region, America begins working with Russia's disgraced prime minister to stage a coup.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Bad

  • By Linda H. on 09-29-18

Not my favorite in the series but still 5 star

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

After four Mitch Rapp series by Kyle Mills I continue to be impressed by his ability to write in the style of Vince Flynn. George Guidall's narration is even more terrific when on considers he is an octogenarian. For a more complete review of RED WAR read that of top reviewer Shelley.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Rising Force

  • A Jesse McDermitt Novel (Caribbean Adventure Series, Volume 13)
  • By: Wayne Stinnett
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

Retired Marine and charter skipper Jesse McDermitt takes on a passenger in Nassau, a young woman who is a breath of fresh air. She introduces him to the laid-back cruising crowd on an idyllic small cay in the Berry Islands. Living each day on its own terms is a new experience for Jesse, but it doesn't last long. When Jesse gets word that someone is destroying nearby patch reefs and poaching sea turtles - and that all this is happening in the same area where a trio of sadistic murderers may be hiding - it triggers his instincts for investigation.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Change of pace for Jessie McDermitt...

  • By shelley on 09-14-18

Another wonderful Jesse McDermitt series novel

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

I want to reiterate a point made in another review: This novel will make more sense if Book 12 in the series is listened to first. The listener needs the background.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,883
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,815

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely Depressing...

  • By Sena on 09-11-18

Gossip from disenchanted Trump haters

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

I'm a Republican who was a "never Trump" activist who considered Trump with contempt until he started to produce results. I'm certain that Bob Woodward in FEAR faithfully and accurately reported every quote he provides in this book. But Woodward does not in any case say whether the quotes were furnished by the person being quoted or came from some biased second or third party source. Of the many hundreds of specific quotations of Donald Trump, except those from his public comments and tweets, we know all are based on non-Trump sources because Woodward writes that he did not interview Trump.

Indeed, there is overwhelming evidence that many, perhaps most, of the quotations in FEAR are simply gossip. My issue is whether to believe Secretary of Defense and retired US Marine four star general James Mattis when Mattis specifically denies quotes attributed to him by sources in in Woodward's book. Should I believe the persons who supplied quotes to Woodward from White House Chief of Staff and retired 4 star US Marine general John Kelly or should I believe Kelly when he specifically denied quotes? Others who have denied quotes or actions attributed to them by Woodward's anonymous sources include key persons such as General HR McMaster, Rex Tillerson, Gary Cohn, Lindsey Graham, Rob Porter, etc. (Remember that book was just released yesterday so there are likely more denials to come.) At the beginning of his book Woodward says that he recorded most of his interviews and that he believes that the people who gave him the quotations were honest because the people he interviewed had no reason to be dishonest; come on Bob most of those people had an ax to grind and you must be aware of that; they were merely gossipers who were assured they would never be named as sources.

I accept that the Trump White House and his administration are chaotic; indeed, I believes he prefers it that way. Trump is a world-class narcissist and an ass of classic proportions. After 20 months in office he has been uniquely successful at implementing his agenda including the parts I like as well as those I dislike. He won an election that most considered unwinnable and his success at implementing his agenda is without equal among his 44 predecessors even as he was under attack by the media, almost all Democrats and many Republicans, the executive branch permanent bureaucracy, several left-wing federal judges, and the Mueller/Comey cabal. Like it or not there is a strong element of genius to his unexpected success. It could all blow up at any time, or as they say, "past performance are not a guarantee of future results".

In sum, FEAR should be re-titled WOODWARD'S BOOK OF TRUMP GOSSIP.

11 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • The Diversity Delusion

  • How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture
  • By: Heather Mac Donald
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward, Heather Mac Donald - intro
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 75

The Diversity Delusion argues that the root of this problem is the belief in America’s endemic racism and sexism, a belief that has engendered a metastasizing diversity bureaucracy in society and academia. Diversity commissars denounce meritocratic standards as discriminatory, enforce hiring quotas, and teach students and adults alike to think of themselves as perpetual victims.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definition of the campus 'diversity' issue

  • By Wayne on 09-10-18

Definition of the campus 'diversity' issue

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

It seems unlikely that two books so similar as The Diversity Delusion and The Coddling of the American Mind would be released on the same day. Author Heather Mac Donald goes into far more detail in her citing of examples of the negative impact of the campus diversity delusion than Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff while they offer specific prescriptive solutions that she does not. Along the way in The Diversity Delusion Mac Donald dismantles a central premise of The Coddling of the American Mind that the current campus lack of tolerance began in 2013 as the first of the Internet generation (I-gen) became college freshmen. She also does a much better job of describing how the politicization of the social sciences has already made huge inroads into the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines.

Despite my issues with the proposed solutions in the Haidt/Lukianoff book and despite the my lower rating for it, if the listener has time for just one of the two books I recommend The Coddling of the American Mind over The Diversity Delusion. But consider listening to both.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Coddling of the American Mind

  • How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
  • By: Jonathan Haidt, Greg Lukianoff
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Haidt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 575

The culture of “safety” and its intolerance of opposing viewpoints has left many young people anxious and unprepared for adult life. Lukianoff and Haidt offer a comprehensive set of reforms that will strengthen young people and institutions, allowing us all to reap the benefits of diversity, including viewpoint diversity. This is a book for anyone who is confused by what’s happening on college campuses today, or has children, or is concerned about the growing inability of Americans to live and work and cooperate across party lines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enrich Understanding

  • By Lee Gilner on 09-22-18

Ambitious and worthwhile social psychology book

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

The three great untruths: (1) That which does not kill us makes us weaker. (2) Trust your feelings. (3) Life is a battle between good people and evil people.

I listened to The Coddling of the American Mind because I'm a fan of the work of the two authors. Social Psychologist Jonathan Haidt released The Righteous Mind in 2012. It is easily the best social psychology book I have ever read. The subtitle promise, Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, is fully delivered in The Righteous Mind. Greg Lukianoff in the founder and current leader of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). FIRE is a very effective organization that takes on cases of individuals who have suffered abusive punishments by universities. In 2015 Haidt and Lukianoff wrote a very long article in The Atlantic magazine with the same title as this book. The book expands the article dramatically by delving further into both the definition of the issues and recommendations for solutions.

I rate The Coddling of the American Mind only 3 stars because it seems to me that some of the recommendations lack adequate scientific basis, specifically for its over-dependence on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)and its questionable redefinition of igen (Internet generation or Generation Z). But make no mistake; I strongly recommend The Coddling of the American Mind although I consider it a work in progress. My comment about the authors' use of CBT should not be taken as a criticism of CBT itself. CBT is the gold standard of modern psychotherapy.

My Audible library now consists of approximately 2500 books, 90% fiction mostly of the mystery/thriller genre, and I have now written 2160 reviews. I've decided to stop reviewing all books I listen to choosing instead to write only occasional reviews. However, as I have done for several years I continue to follow Audible listener Shelley's reviews for recommendations of novels of my favorite fiction genre.

25 of 36 people found this review helpful

  • Heart of a Lion

  • A Lone Cat's Walk Across America
  • By: William Stolzenburg
  • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

Late one June night in 2011, a large animal collided with an SUV cruising down a Connecticut parkway. The creature appeared as something out of New England's forgotten past. Beside the road lay a 140-pound mountain lion. Speculations ran wild, the wildest of which figured him a ghostly survivor from a bygone century when lions last roamed the eastern United States. But a more fantastic scenario of facts soon unfolded.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding story

  • By Hutto on 09-28-16

Fascinating!

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

Using the "Connecticut cougar" story of 2011 the author make a very strong case for bringing back the eastern US cougar to control deer populations which are damaging our forests (and motor vehicles). The book also makes the case that cougars are not natural human predators.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful