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Linda

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  • Fantasy X: A Collection of Five Erotic Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Miranda Forbes (editor), Penelope Friday, Angela Meadows, and others
    • Narrated By Katy Anderson
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    A collection of five erotic stories with mixed and varied themes, including 'Fantasy X': Long time married, Dee and Kyle know how to keep the passion between them alive. Every so often, they have a fantasy night, and this time it's a fantasy of Dee’s....

    Linda says: "Not As Erotic as 50 Shades of Grey"
    "Not As Erotic as 50 Shades of Grey"
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    Would you try another book from the authors and/or Katy Anderson?

    The narration was good but some of the stories were lame.


    If you’ve listened to books by the authors before, how does this one compare?

    This was my first time for the authors and the performer.


    Did Katy Anderson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. She did a good job but sometimes she sounded unsure as to how to say the lines. She didn't detract from the story but she didn't add any 'heat' to the descriptions either.


    Did Fantasy X inspire you to do anything?

    Not sure what you mean by this question. It is supposed to inspire the listener to fantasize and it didn't work as well as 50 Shades of Grey. I find short story erotica not nearly as intriguing as the way it is presented in other ways. The good thing about a collection of erotica is that you know for sure its purpose and you don't have to hunt through the story for the 'erotic' parts.


    Any additional comments?

    The best stories were:
    Victoria's Discipline
    The woman on the train

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • London Twist: A Delilah Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (65)

    For Delilah, the Mossad's top seductress, the parameters of the assignment were routine. The contractor: MI6. The objective: infiltrate a terror network, this one operating out of London. The stakes: a series of poison gas attacks on civilian population centers.There's just one wrinkle. The target is a woman - as smart, beautiful, and committed as Delilah herself. And for a cynical operative thrust suddenly out of her element, the twists and turns of the spy game are nowhere near as dangerous as the secrets and desires of the human heart.

    Linda says: "Delilah Is Too Demsnding"
    "Delilah Is Too Demsnding"
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    Where does London Twist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the low third. It's a short story and you must have read all,the previous John Rain novels to understand its significance.


    What other book might you compare London Twist to and why?

    It is similar to,the earlier John Rain novels since she is introduced through this story. She and John have a lot in common altho,she accepts her lifestyle easier then he accepts his.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When John asks her if she can handle two then takes off down the street and beard up,the other four. The last man was damaged more than I thought necessary but he us an assassin after all.


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

    I was sorry that Delilah and John split. I hope they reconnect in a new John Rain book.


    Any additional comments?

    Great series. Kudos to Barry Eisler for creating the characters and then bringing them to life with his voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Coast: A Larison Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    For Larison, a man off the grid and on the run, the sleepy northern California town of Arcata, gateway to the state's fabled Lost Coast, seems like a perfect place to disappear for a while. But Arcata isn't nearly as sleepy as it seems, and when three locals decide Larison would make a perfect target for their twisted sport, Larison exacts a lifetime of vengeance in one explosive evening.

    Douglas says: "NOT EXPECTED/ENJOYED"
    "Not My Favorite Character in the Series"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I was glad it was a short story. I don't like bashing people for their beliefs and this book crossed the line for me. I am open to all lifestyles and would have preferred consensual activities.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Larison but because he was the main character. He didn't play off of anyone else.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No one.


    Could you see The Lost Coast being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't care for this story. I'm not sure why it is relevant to the other story lines. Stick to John Rain and all is well. Let Larison fade away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Time Like the Past: The Chronicles of St. Mary, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (106)

    Jodi Taylor’s best-selling series The Chronicles of St. Mary is back with a bang…St. Mary’s has been rebuilt, and it’s business as usual for the history department. But first there’s the little matter of a 17th-century ghost that only Mr. Markham can see. Not to mention the minor inconvenience of being trapped in the Great Fire of London…and an unfortunately timed comfort break at Thermopylae, leaving the fate of the Western world hanging in the balance.

    DarleneL says: "Ms. Taylor Does it Again!"
    "Max and Leon"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. But first read books 1-4. Love the characters. The author makes you feel like you are there.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of No Time Like the Past?

    When Bitchfaced Bsrkley shows up and confronts Max. We are all susceptible but Max seems to have more than her share. I live the way the entire group rally around each other in tines of crisis.


    Which character – as performed by Zara Ramm – was your favorite?

    I love them all but especially Max and Dr. Barstow. The narrator is excellent with every one.


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

    No crying but the scene in the barn and the last scene were especially poignant.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd recommend this book and this author to anyone who enjoys light adventure with a sophisticated twist. Yet there is romance, mayhem, and time travel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Out: Ben Treven, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (175)

    Torture. Ghost Detainees. And a massive cover-up that continues even today. Marooned in a Manila jail after a bar fight fatality, black ops soldier Ben Treven gets a visit from his former commander, Colonel Scott Horton, who explains the price of Ben's release: find and eliminate Daniel Larison, a rogue operator from Ben's unit who has stolen 92 torture tapes from the CIA and is using them to blackmail the U.S. government. But other players are after the tapes, too.

    shelley says: "Excellent Series I hope Book 3 is going to be soon"
    "Ben Is In The Thick Of It"
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    Well, I feel like I might know too much about how the top,echelons operate. Barry Eisler creates characters that become real. Probably based on composites of real people. This story fills in the reason Ben is looking for Rain and Dox in book 7 of the Rain series. Every one of these books adds to the complex world that Eisler created when he wrote his first John Rain novel. If you like intrigue, corrupt individuals, cover ups and general mayhem you'll love these books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fault Line: Ben Treven, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (246)

    In Silicon Valley, the eccentric inventor of a new encryption application is murdered in an apparent drug deal. In Istanbul, a cynical undercover operator receives a frantic call from his estranged brother, a patent lawyer who believes he is the next victim. And on the sun-drenched slopes of Sand Hill Road, Silicon Valley's nerve center of money and technology, old family hurts sting anew as two brothers who share nothing but blood and bitterness wage a desperate battle against a faceless enemy.

    Jerry says: "Boy was I wrong"
    "Ben Is Good But No John rain"
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    I'm glad I got this book to find out more about the characters in Barry's world. It was intriguing but Sarah got to be a drag and so did Alec. I know they had to be dumb about black ops so Barry could explain how things really are but they grew heavy. I was happy to see it all play out and resolve the cyber events. It was nice to learn about the life of Ben. Overall it was a good read and I gave it four stars because it wasn't John Rain.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Graveyard of Memories: John Rain, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (374)

    What makes a legendary assassin? For John Rain, it was the lessons of love, war, and betrayal he learned in Tokyo in 1972. Fresh from the killing fields of Southeast Asia, Rain works as a bagman under the watchful eye of his CIA handler, delivering cash to corrupt elements of the Japanese government. But when a delivery goes violently wrong, Rain finds himself in the crosshairs of Japan’s most powerful yakuza clan.

    katelyn says: "Eisler does it again"
    "History of How John Rain Became An Assassin"
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    Did you wonder how John earned his reputation? This story is essential to understanding how a 20 year old vet turned into the assassin he ultimately was. It shows how his sense of "reason" was formed and how his mentor guided him even when he was not living in Japan. A very good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Khmer Kill: A Dox Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (166)

    For former Marine sniper Dox, a long-range hit in Cambodia was supposed to be just business as usual. But when you find yourself mixed up with rogue intelligence operations, gorgeous bar girls, and the world's worst human-trafficking heart of darkness, business is anything but usual. And making it personal is the most dangerous business of all.

    Traci says: "Good Short Listen"
    "Too Short and Not Enough Analysis on Dox's Part"
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    If you could sum up The Khmer Kill in three words, what would they be?

    Dox is too distracted until the very end. Dox is a very likeable sniper and you know he can shoot just about anyone from any distance so you knew he was going to walk away.


    Would you recommend The Khmer Kill to your friends? Why or why not?

    Hmmm. I don't like short stories but would recommend to anyone who has read the earlier John Rain books. It doesn't stand alone.


    Which character – as performed by Barry Eisler – was your favorite?

    Dox, of course. He is the bit burly sniper who everyone underestimates and thinks is a southern hick. But, he is smart and all of that is his cover. I love Dox. Apparently all the women do!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. It was too short not to listen to in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciate the short story as fillers between the bigger novels but Rain could have made a cameo appearance.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Killer Ascendant: John Rain, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (130)

    Hunted and finally cornered, John Rain faces his deadliest enemy ever: himself. For Rain, "the most charismatic assassin since James Bond" (San Francisco Chronicle), getting out of the life was never going to be easy. But with a new identity in Paris, and the help of his lover, Mossad agent Delilah, he was beginning to leave the killing business behind. And then he receives a message from rogue CIA operative Jim Hilger: we have your friend Dox. Do as we tell you, or he dies.

    shelley says: "Barry Eisler narrates perfectly"
    "Even Assassins Have Friends and a Moral Compass"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Killer Ascendant to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version but the audio is always better when read by a good narrator and Barry Eisler is a very good narrator. The author as the narrator breathes life into his character and knows how to make the man sound real.


    What other book might you compare The Killer Ascendant to and why?

    I have read all of Eisler's John Rain books so I know they are all excellent. Vince Flynn's books about Mitch are similar but with a slightly different slant. I think I like John Rain better. He has more baggage and seems to be more conflicted with getting out of the life and trying to get back into normal until his best friend Dox is kidnpped that is.


    What does Barry Eisler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He knows what his characters are supposed to do and he can read the text so that the listener is there with him. He is very good as a narrator.


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

    Never under estimate your hired help.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Detachment

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1135)
    Performance
    (947)
    Story
    (950)

    John Rain is back. And “the most charismatic assassin since James Bond” (San Francisco Chronicle) is up against his most formidable enemy yet: the nexus of political, military, media, and corporate factions known only as the Oligarchy. When legendary black ops veteran Colonel Scott “Hort” Horton tracks Rain down in Tokyo, Rain can’t resist the offer: a multi-million dollar payday for the “natural causes” demise of three ultra-high-profile targets who are dangerously close to launching a coup in America. But the opposition on this job is going to be too much for even Rain to pull it off alone.

    Andrew Stone says: "Fast paced read..."
    "Not Enough Rain But Still Intriguing"
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    If you could sum up The Detachment in three words, what would they be?

    Too many thoughts going on inside heads of four killers and not enough Rain...The two new guys introduced become books in their own right but they aren't John Rain and Dox. The book was very well written and I'm sure it is hard to write a book about four big bad guys so kudos to Barry Eisler. Larison and Treven just weren't in the same league even though they have their own individual books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Detachment?

    There were quite a few but the one I liked best was the beginning when Rain spotted the two guys observing him in his workout and then he set about to turn the tables. This was Rain at his best. There wasn't enough of this in this book.


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

    I've listened to Barry Eisler's performances in all of his other Rain books. This one is just as good as the other. He is an excellent narrator and did a fine job with all the voices.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I almost listened to it all in one day but had to do some chores around the house and I did have to sleep. All of Eisler's books keep your attention 100%.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope there will be another pure John Rain book soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extremis: John Rain, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (112)

    Even for an average citizen, a love triangle is dangerous business. For assassin John Rainn - "one of the most compelling lead characters in the genre" (USA Today) it's going to be downright deadly. When Rain learns that his former lover, Midori, has been raising their child in New York, Rain senses a chance for reconciliation, perhaps even for redemption. But Midori and the child are being watched by Rain's enemies, and Rain's sudden appearance puts them in terrible danger. To save them, Rain is forced to use the same deadly talents he had been hoping to leave behind.

    pscs says: "Every book BARRY writes is Excellent!"
    "Love The Angst in Rain"
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    If you could sum up Extremis in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, compelling, and sad.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Extremis?

    When John returns to New York to save Midori only to be confronted at the airport by two thugs. Hope did they know? He disposes of them only to be turhed away by Midori. When he realizes what has happened to,his carefully constructed but impossible dream, it is sad. Then he returns to find his friend dying. The ending gives hope though.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The one where it dawns on him that there is life and it is up to him to find it. Dox and Delilah are waiting.


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

    Assassins are human. Check Out Rains.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Barry Eisler's narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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