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Jenna with love... Spain

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  • Boardwalk Empire

  • The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City
  • By: Nelson Johnson
  • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna, Terence Winter (foreword)
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

From its inception, Atlantic City has always been a town dedicated to the fast buck, and this wide-reachinghistory offers a riveting account of its past 100 year, from the city's heyday as a Prohibition-era mecca of lawlessness to its rebirth as a legitimate casino resort in the modern era.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Note: This is NOT a fictional novel!

  • By Mikey on 10-08-14

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 26-12-13

I was expecting a fast paced novel on which the TV series of the same name was based. Instead, this book is a narrative and not all that edifying really. I returned it.

Brian

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Whitey Bulger

  • America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice
  • By: Kevin Cullen, Shelley Murphy
  • Narrated by: James Colby
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Raised in a South Boston housing project, James "Whitey" Bulger became the most wanted fugitive of his generation. In this riveting story, rich with family ties and intrigue, award-winning Boston Globe reporters Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy follow Whitey’s extraordinary criminal career - from teenage thievery to bank robberies to the building of his underworld empire and a string of brutal murders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gangsters and guns - A real life story.

  • By Jenna with love... Spain on 08-07-13

Gangsters and guns - A real life story.

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

Reviewed: 08-07-13

It seems that the successful American Boston family had a Polititian and a ne'er do well. A policeman and a gangster. And Whitey Bulger's was no different. I was amazed to see he was still active right up into the recent past! Only in June 2012, at 83 he was in Court on numerous counts of murder.

This is a man who's past had to catch up with him. His life as a gangster in the 50's and 60's in Boston was not for the faint hearted and the biggest surprise is that the Feds. took so long to get him permanently in prison.

A great book and really well narrated. Thank you.

Brian

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Adventures of the Mountain Men

  • True Tales of Hunting, Trapping, Fighting, and Survival
  • By: Stephen Brennan
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

The “mountain men” were the hunters and trappers who fiercely strode the Rocky Mountains in the early to mid-1800s. They braved the elements in search of the skins of beavers and other wild animals, to sell or barter for goods. The lifestyle of the mountain men could be harsh, existing as they did among animals, and spending most of their days and nights living and camping out in the great unexplored wilds of the Rockies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST FOR ALL ADVENTURE LOVERS!!

  • By Jenna with love... Spain on 08-07-13

A MUST FOR ALL ADVENTURE LOVERS!!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-13

What a fantastic storyline. I love these sort of stories. True adventure that gives the listener a real idea of what the trappers faced. Indians are the least of their problems but probably the most murderous.

I would rate this as a 'must' for anyone wanting to get involved in the lives of men who took risks for profit.

Up there with How the West was Won!!

Brian

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Deception Point: A Novel

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 17 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589

When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 100 impossible things to do before breakfast

  • By Jill on 22-03-06

Gradually unbelievable

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

Reviewed: 21-06-13

Exceptionally well thought out storyline but, like most Dan Brown, finally nods to the unbelievable. The naration is excellent. I was left feeling bewildered to say the least.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Chosen One

  • By: Sam Bourne
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

In the game of Washington politics, the stakes are as high as they get - and not everyone is prepared to play by the rules.... Newly elected US President Stephen Baker is flying high after signing a popular bill giving new rights to victims of domestic violence. But in Vic Forbes he has a ruthless enemy who is in possession of a crucial piece of knowledge that could destroy his career. When Forbes is found murdered the conspiracy theorists go into overdrive. Did the President order his killing?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought Provoking and Clever

  • By Scullywag on 22-11-10

Another Bourne success

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

Reviewed: 21-05-13

In my opinion not quite as good as The Final Reckoning but absorbing non the less.

Brian in Spain

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Final Reckoning

  • By: Sam Bourne
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Tom Byrne has fallen from grace since his days as an idealistic young lawyer. So when the UN call him in to do their dirty work, he accepts without hesitation. A suspected bomber shot by UN security staff has turned out to be a harmless old man and Tom must placate the family. In London, Tom meets the dead man's alluring daughter, and learns that her father was not as innocent as he seemed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much more than a mere detective story

  • By Kirstine on 05-02-14

Seriously good

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

Reviewed: 21-05-13

This should be heard by everyone over the age 25. Apart from being a brilliant audiobook it gives a greater understanding of recent history

Brian in Spain

  • How the West Was Won

  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: Joe Morton
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

They came by river and by wagon train, braving the endless distances of the Great Plains and the icy passes of the Sierra Nevada. They were men like Linus Rawlings, a restless survivor of Indian country who’d headed east to see the ocean but left his heart - and his home - in the West. They were women like Lilith Prescott, a smart, spirited beauty who fled her family and fell for a gambling man in the midst of a frontier gold boom. These pioneering men and women sowed the seeds of a nation with their courage....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic read for western lovers

  • By Jenna with love... Spain on 21-05-13

A fantastic read for western lovers

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

Reviewed: 21-05-13

This is a seriously good audio book. The naration and storyline are excellent. A fantastic followup to the movie of the same name. Beware of the varmits!!!!!

Brian in Spain

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Pantheon

  • By: Sam Bourne
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind Tutt
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

The darkest secrets of World War II… finally revealed. Europe is ablaze. America is undecided about joining the fight against Nazism. And James Zennor, a brilliant, troubled, young Oxford don is horrified. He returns one morning from rowing to discover that his wife has disappeared with their young son, leaving only a note declaring her continuing love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Joe on 23-11-12

Fantastic read!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-03-13

Another terrific novel by Sam Bourne. I can't wait to read more of his books. This is on a par with The Final Reckoning which I just loved.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last of the Mohicans

  • By: James Fenimore Cooper
  • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

The Last of the Mohicans has all the elements of a classic frontier adventure: massacres and raids, innocent settlers, hardened soldiers, renegade Indians, and a doomed love affair. It is a memorable portrait of fierce individualism and moral courage. But what draws readers and listeners again and again to this panoramic novel is its deep insight into the symbols of American consciousness.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tomahawks to the fore

  • By Jenna with love... Spain on 23-06-12

Tomahawks to the fore

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-06-12

Fantastic story but terribly difficult to listen to. Written in 19c english and therefore very flowery and needs 100% concentration. I didn't finish it.

Brian