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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-18

Every story has three sides ...

In this well-written, edited and creditably narrated account, Comey gives Trump wary (and weary) readers insight into his motivations and machinations contributing to the most traumatising political era the world has experienced since Nazi Germany. Most compelling, however, is Comey's commentary on the values, traits and competencies of ethical leadership and how, as perfectly illustrated in his own controversial actions as FBI Director - actions which I think I now better understand but still deeply regret, these ideals can and do exist in flawed individuals who must make tough choices in impossible circumstances. He also reminds us of the absolute peril of partisan tribalism and willingness to abandon integrity in pursuit of narrow self-interest and greed. Happy the book ends on a hopeful note. 5 Stars.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-17

A compelling and contemplative listen ...

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

As a professional mid-career woman I can relate to much of the experience and advice shared in this book and I know many of my friends would too.

What other book might you compare Grow Your Value to and why?

I have not read books in this (personal development) genre for many years so I have no immediate comparison except to say that it has brought me a better appreciation of the author's on-air persona (I am a fan, but have never read any of her books till now) and I will chuckle every time her colleagues quip about her off-days as 'holidays to the south of France'.

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

I am unfamiliar with Ms. Gallo but thoroughly enjoyed her smooth, well paced and mellow read.

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

My extreme reaction had to do with my current work experiences where the themes of gender bias and sexism in management culture feature strongly, and where my discontent with not being permitted to fully contribute and achieve have spurred my drive to move on to a more fulfilling point in my journey, which has already included junior and senior leadership positions and entrepreneurship. This read has primed me for the next step.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book to any woman driven to achieve her full personal and work potential.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-16

Just okay ...

I bought this book because I had been impressed with Mills' work on the Mitch Rapp series and wanted to read a novel that was all this author, from conception to completion.

The novel has a great setup, SEAL assassin turned hermit with a debilitating 'slow death' injury gets caught up in a (was it CIA?) recruitment plot gone wrong and fights his way out with sharp skills and a blonde bombshell police-chick sidekick by his side. However, all that promise is lost in snappy, out of place dialogue that makes the main character more corny than compelling and the author spending more time inside the head of the story's nemesis than that of our hero for the last 70% of the story. The whole thing then ends abruptly with a Wikileaks styled data dump, a lazy way to climax the story.

Mills can write but this was disappointing.

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-28-16

Kinda Painful To Listen To ... Had To Give Up

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A more compelling, faster moving plot, and a more expressive narrator.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I think I will go back to the tried and true masters of the suspense genre ... Vince Flynn, Mark Greaney and the like.

Would you be willing to try another one of Conor Hall’s performances?

Probably not ... this performance was pretty sterile, at times extremely stilted.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hunter?

I have been spoilt by the 'un-putdownable' Sparrow, Mitch Rapp and Gray Man series filled with irresistibly flawed characters, exciting plots twists, immersive descriptions of action, intrigue and emotion, and really compelling narration.

Nothing about this book held my interest and I kept forgetting what happened in the story between listens, so I finally gave up.

Any additional comments?

I am in search of a new addictive spy thriller series; pity 'Hunter' wasn't it.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-16

What a thrill ride ...

Well researched, irresistibly absorbing in storyline, characterisation and prose, and expertly narrated, seldom does an audiobook deliver true artistic value in both the literary and theatrical sense. It is 5:00 am, I've just finished 'Travellers' and I am searching for my next Pavonne listen. Nuff said.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-16

Great read after Hurwitz's 'Orphan X' ...

Okay, I admit I've a weakness for real-life Smoakes and Gentrys, that's why I loved both these characters ... Men of action, rebels with a cause, isolated yet self-contained, barely banked aggression, observant, intelligent, unrepentantly human. Oh, and able to shoot your left nut off from 800 yards.

In a way I am glad I read this one first - the last in the series so far. After five years on the run, Gentry returns to the States to face his most dangerous predator and figure out exactly why he is on the CIA's shoot-on-sight list. Taut action, tons of suspense, lots of characters you'll love to hate even more than JR from Dallas, a day fair deal of humour delivered by the inimitable Jake Snyder, man of many voices.

You will love this book!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-16

When will Nowhere Man be back?

The was my first Hurwitz read ... and I enjoyed it immensely. Evan Smoake is as compelling a friend, neighbour and lover as he is deadly in this entertaining 'damned if you do' page-turner about an orphan turned deadly CIA operative gone rogue championing strangers in desperate, deadly situations.

When his latest client turns out to be seductive bait dangled to draw him out and into a trap set by an equal, he uses his every wit, physical talent and tech savvy to stay a step ahead. Fast-paced, great plot twists and a satisfying take-no-prisoners climax, plus a brilliantly atmospheric read by the inimitable Scott Brick, made this unputdownable (lol) for me.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-29-15

A thrilling end to an addictive series

I loved the entire Wayward Pines series. Compellingly flawed characters, a taut atmosphere and briskly moving storyline emotively and expertly narrated.

I hope the author revisits the Pines saga someday soon.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-12

The Rip-Roaring Fun of Falling in Love

What did you love best about Natural Born Charmer?

The richness of the characters, plot and setting will charm you out of sleep for a night or two, at least.

Early on I felt like I was commiserating with one or another of them. Susan's characters are always charming and full of love, even the most hon'ry ones - you'll meet a doozie of a woman in this book. Of course, it was ridiculously witty, some dry, most sarcastic, all good-natured.

An honorable mention must go to the EXCELLENT narration of Anna Fields, who brought every character - whether aged eleven or seventy-much - to life. I actually read 'Charmer' on the strength of her narration of another author's work.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Natural Born Charmer?

It's a good-length book, and the story bounces and dashes along. There are, literally, no dull moments (thank goodness!).

Without spoilers my three picks for memorable moments would be "The Arrival of Wild Jack", "Neeta Teaches Riley To 'Walk'", and "Dean Expects The Worst". Read the book and you'll find each one.

Which scene was your favorite?

It should be a romantic one, but I choose 'Catfight at the 'Grill Barn'" .... Hi-larious!

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

Hahaha ... "Country Strong" Meets "Taming of the Shrew" meets "Cheers (If It Was Set on an Old Farm in Kentucky)". Sorry, best I could do.

Any additional comments?

You will not regret the credit spent on this fabulous novel. It's funny, full of wisdom, and of course, lots of love.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-12

A Red Herring Romance ...

Would you listen to Welcome to Temptation again? Why?

Probably not, but only because this is not my favourite audiobook genre. This said, the narrator was EXCELLENT. I have come to realise that the narrators who focus on voice affectation and emotion rather than differentiation are extremely good.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is very funny from start to finish, and because it is set in an small town, it has a quirky retro charm that most mature readers will enjoy.

Which scene was your favorite?

I can speak to favourite scenes, and I can honestly say that the banter between Sophie and Finn is absolutely heartwarming and funny.

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

Laugh, definitely laugh. It would actually make a great Rom-Com, as the story reads like a cross between Sweet Home Alabama, Bridget Jones' Diary and Jerry McGuire.

Any additional comments?

The overarching theme of the book is the conflict between modern and old-fashioned attitudes towards intimacy, relationships and power. It also hints at the benefits and pitfalls of living in a broken family. All in all, an easy, entertaining read.

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