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Linda

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  • Beastly Things: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (120)

    When the body of man is found in a canal, damaged by the tides, carrying no wallet, and wearing only one shoe, Brunetti has little to work with. No local has filed a missing-person report, and no hotel guests have disappeared. Where was the crime scene? And how can Brunetti identify the man when he can’t show pictures of his face? The autopsy shows a way forward: It turns out the man was suffering from a rare, disfiguring disease.

    Julia says: "Worth the credit"
    "Commissario Brunetti Is Still On The Job"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I'd recommend it because I just love all the stories about Commissario Brunetti. The descriptions of Venice just make the storyline even better. Probably wouldn't be as interesting if it took place somewhere else in Italy. It wasn't my favorite book in this series but it is still very readable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Commissario Brunetti, of course. He is always engaging, complicated, and cerebral. His affection for his wife and kids just make him a better detective although in this book he doesn't get to demonstrate his love for his family as much as he has in earlier books.


    What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

    His performance was very good. He depicts the characters well.


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

    No extreme reaction. I thought the book was a little slow but still engaging.


    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
    (190)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (172)

    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
    (268)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (238)

    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
    (410)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (362)

    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
    (94)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (83)

    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
    (139)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (123)

    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
    (1131)
    Performance
    (943)
    Story
    (946)

    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
    (121)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (106)

    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
  • A Lonely Resurrection: John Rain, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (155)

    All John Rain wants is to get out of the killing business. But with his discretion, his reliability, and his unique talent for death by "natural causes," no one is willing to let him just retire. So when an old nemesis from the Japanese national police force comes to him with a new job - eliminate Murakami, a killer even more fearsome than Rain himself - Rain knows he can't refuse. Aided by an achingly desirable half Brazilian, half Japanese exotic dancer he knows he shouldn't trust, Rain pursues his quarry into the heart of a shadow war between the CIA and the yakuza.

    shelley says: "Better the second time around"
    "Rain Seems Softer In This One Until....."
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    What did you love best about A Lonely Resurrection?

    I liked that we got to see the softer side of John Rain. He winds up helping his friend in the Tokyo FBI and getting even with the other side for some of their bad works. I think the back and forth between Rain and his 'friends' made the story more touching. You keep hoping that he is going to change.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Lonely Resurrection?

    When Rain goes to the aid of Naomi, the dancer he met and ultimately gets injured himself.


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

    John Rain of course. Barry Eisler is a good narrator. Who would think the author could also make the reading so good.


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

    It made me sad in places because John Rain sounds so alone and sad and unable to do anything about his situation. I keep hoping.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Heat: Alpha and Omega, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (1361)
    Performance
    (1239)
    Story
    (1237)

    For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles' role as his father's enforcer. This time their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way....

    Nikki says: "It can't get any better!!!"
    "Charles and Anna On A Horse"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dead Heat to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I always like the audio version better. More interesting to hear the characters develop.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Charles was my favorite. I also liked the old man who died too. I forget his name. He was a good friend to Charles right to the end of the book.


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

    No. I liked his narration so will be happy to listen to more books by him.


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

    Yes. I always want to listen all at once. I like that I can go back and relisten.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No One to Trust

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Julie Moffett
    • Narrated By Kristin Watson Heintz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (103)

    SWFG: Single, White, Female, Geek. "That's me, Lexi Carmichael, a reformed hacker who was gainfully employed by the National Security Agency. But a series of extraordinary events led me to leave government life behind for a fresh start with a brand-new company and an incredibly sexy boss, Finn Shaughnessy. It may not be kosher to have the hots for your boss, but he seems to have the hots for me, too. If only things didn't get so complicated...."

    Amazon Customer says: "A freaking laugh riot"
    "Neck Snapping Is For Real"
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    What did you love best about No One to Trust?

    I liked the way Lexi and Finn interacted and the way she became immersed in a murder situation with no intention of any of it happening. She seems to be a magnet for trouble as Slash says.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I wouldn't say on the edge of my seat but it did engage my interest and kept me wanting to find out more. I like that the story is about the characters and doesn't get bogged down with lots of extraneous stuff. A man disappears, Lexi is hired to find him, and then the story goes about that happening with some surprises along the way.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked everything about the book as usual. Perhaps when Finn and Lexi arrive at the brownstone and find out the location of their missing person is intriguing, especially when Lexi proceeds alone.


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

    Lexi Gets Her Man! Always.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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