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Ms Debora Picone

Sydney, NSW, AU
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  • Threat Vector

  • By: Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Length: 18 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Has to be one of the best

  • By Ms Debora Picone on 09-10-2018

Has to be one of the best

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

Reviewed: 09-10-2018

I thoroughly enjoyed Threat Vector. The story-line & sub plots were both intriguing and compelling.
It is a great feeling to look forward to getting back to a captivating narrative.
The narration was outstanding.

I thoroughly recommend this book to you.

  • Tom Clancy Commander in Chief: Jack Ryan, Book 11

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 20 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Abandoned by other international leaders, Jack Ryan alone counters the threat posed by Russian president Valeri Volodin. This isn't the first time that the dictator has threatened world peace, but this time he's playing a very nuanced game, moving chess pieces around the board while isolating Ryan from the rest of the international community. Fortunately, Jack Ryan, Jr. and the rest of his Campus team find themselves in the middle of action with a vital clue to the Russian's intentions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best

  • By Ms Debora Picone on 20-09-2018

One of the best

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

Reviewed: 20-09-2018

I just loved Commander in Chief has to be one of the best in the series. Wonderful story lines that kept me on the edge of my seat.

  • 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 338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299

The inside story on President Trump, as only Bob Woodward can tell it. 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. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Well researched, but Trump is a boring topic.

  • By Maria S. on 26-10-2018

This gives you the measure of President Trump

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

Reviewed: 13-09-2018

A very concerning account of the modus operandi of President Trump. Let us hope that he is never left unsupervised by the law.

Thank you Bob Woodward.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Unhinged

  • By: Omarosa Manigault Newman
  • Narrated by: Omarosa Manigault Newman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28

Few have been a member of Donald Trump’s inner orbit longer than Omarosa Manigault Newman. Their relationship has spanned 15 years - through four television shows, a presidential campaign, and a year by his side in the most chaotic, outrageous White House in history. But that relationship has come to a decisive and definitive end, and Omarosa is finally ready to share her side of the story in this explosive, jaw-dropping account.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • One of the poorer stories I've heard.

  • By Miss Amy V on 05-09-2018

What a story

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

Reviewed: 18-08-2018

If only half of it is true we ought to be very concerned. Certainly is worth a read.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Shelter in Place

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Then the shooters arrived. The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait - and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Story is ok, performance good.

  • By Amanda on 06-07-2018

A fantastic thriller

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

Reviewed: 05-08-2018

Thank you Nora Roberts for this wonderful thriller. So well paced it kept me on the edge of my seat. I could not put the book down.
It also taught me a great deal about the trauma people experience after mass shootings.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Queen's Gambit

  • By: Elizabeth Fremantle
  • Narrated by: Georgina Sutton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

The court of Henry VIII is rife with intrigue, rivalries, and romance - and none are better placed to understand this than the women at its heart. Katherine Parr, widowed for the second time aged 31, is obliged to return to court but, suspicious of the aging king and those who surround him, she does so with reluctance. Nevertheless, when she finds herself caught up in a passionate affair with the dashing and seductive Thomas Seymour, she believes she might finally be able to marry for love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely wonderful

  • By Ms Debora Picone on 02-08-2018

Absolutely wonderful

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

Reviewed: 02-08-2018

A fantastic story - gripping at times. Wonderful story lines. Great narration. Buy this book you will love it!

  • The Jefferson Key

  • A Novel
  • By: Steve Berry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Four United States presidents have been assassinated--in 1865, 1881, 1901, and 1963--each murder seemingly unrelated and separated by time. But what if those presidents were all killed for the same reason: a clause in the United States Constitution--contained within Article 1, Section 8--that would shock Americans?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Steve’s best

  • By Ms Debora Picone on 30-07-2018

Not Steve’s best

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

Reviewed: 30-07-2018

This book was such a disappointment - weak story and plot. Very unlike Mr Berry’s work.

  • Executive Orders

  • Jack Ryan, Book 8
  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 51 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

The US President, along with most of the Cabinet and Congress, is dead. Dazed and confused, the man who only minutes before had been confirmed as the new Vice-President of the United States is told that he is now President. President John Patrick Ryan. With stunning force, Ryan's responsibilities crush on him. He must calm an anxious and grieving nation, all while attempting to reconstitute a Cabinet and a Congress with the greatest possible speed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A great epic story

  • By Ms Debora Picone on 27-07-2018

A great epic story

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

Reviewed: 27-07-2018

A wonderful story that you will enjoy - thank you Mr Clancy. Sometimes the story went on for too long & lost momentum. If only the world had a Jack Ryan. There was some gratuitous homophobic references that were not Jack Ryan like ‘fag’ bag & racist views ‘glad my family were taken from Africa’ really? Why do that?

  • Coretta

  • My Life, My Love, My Legacy
  • By: Coretta Scott King, Barbara Reynolds
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy, Phylicia Rashad
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

The life story of Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr and a singular 20th-century American civil and human rights activist. Born in 1927 in the Deep South, Coretta Scott always felt called to a special purpose. After an awakening to political and social activism at college, Coretta went on to study at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she met Martin Luther King Jr - the man who would one day become her husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most wonderful inspiring story

  • By Ms Debora Picone on 07-07-2018

The most wonderful inspiring story

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

Reviewed: 07-07-2018

I have often wondered about Coretta King, what was her story.
This is the story. Told in the most humble way. Thank you so much Coretta Scott King - you have lifted me up.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The World As It Is

  • By: Ben Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Ben Rhodes, Mark Deakins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

Random House presents the audiobook of The World As It Is by Ben Rhodes, read by Mark Deakins with and introduction read by the author. This is a book about two people making the most important decisions in the world. One is Barack Obama. The other is Ben Rhodes. The World As It Is tells the full story of what it means to work alongside a radical leader, of how idealism can confront reality and survive, of how the White House really functions and of what it is to have a partnership, and ultimately a friendship, with a historic president. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This about President Obama’s foreign policy

  • By Ms Debora Picone on 01-07-2018

This about President Obama’s foreign policy

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

Reviewed: 01-07-2018

I learnt a great deal from this book. I recommend it to those interested in US foreign policy.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful