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  • Inside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Eric L. Haney
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1327)
    Performance
    (1130)
    Story
    (1140)

    Delta Force—the US Army’s most elite top-secret strike force. They dominate the modern battlefield, but you won’t hear about their heroics on CNN. No headlines can reveal their top-secret missions, and no book has ever taken readers inside—until now. Here, a founding member of Delta Force takes us behind the veil of secrecy and into the action to reveal the never-before-told story of First Special Forces Operational Detachment-D (Delta Force).

    Darwin8u says: "Informative & Entertaining Memoir >|< Myth"
    "Both a How To book and a bit of history"
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    The book begins by describing Delta selection and then the process through which Delta force established its procedures and culture and how they're prepared evolve through changing times. The second half of the book describes the author's participation in several actions. I really enjoy the first part of the book because the focus on developing methods and procedures really demonstrates good management methods. The narrator for the book is excellent as well. I highly recommend the book.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • O Jerusalem: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (640)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (387)

    It is 1918. Coming out of retirement, an aging Sherlock Holmes travels to Palestine with his 19-year-old partner, Mary Russell. There, disguised as ragged Bedouins, they embark on a dangerous mission. If they fail, the holy city goes up in flames.

    connie says: "if you like Russell as theologian"
    "Loved it in Paper, Like the Audio Version Too"
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    I read this book years ago. I just purchased the audiobook, and it was spectacular. They have great narrators for these books. I love Mary Russell and Laure R. King's version of Sherlock Holmes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beating Back the Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Maryn McKenna
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    The universal instinct is to run from an outbreak of disease. These doctors run toward it. They always keep a bag packed. They seldom have more than 24 hours before they are dispatched. They are told only their country of destination and the epidemic they will tackle when they get there.

    Tim says: "Interesting Stuff - Only criticism is pacing"
    "Great Read on Training Disease Detectives"
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    This book tracks the training of the public health service's disease detectives. It's like Dick Couch's The Warrior Elite for medicine. Fabulous. Along the way, you learn a lot about the tracking down of pathogens and the 2001 anthrax outbreak.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Time to Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Peter Piot
    • Narrated By Gary Telles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    When Peter Piot was in medical school, a professor warned, "There’s no future in infectious diseases. They’ve all been solved." Fortunately, Piot ignored him, and the result has been an exceptional, adventure-filled career. In the 1970s, as a young man, Piot was sent to Central Africa as part of a team tasked with identifying a grisly new virus. Crossing into the quarantine zone on the most dangerous missions, he studied local customs to determine how this disease - the Ebola virus - was spreading. Later, Piot found himself in the field again when another mysterious epidemic broke out: AIDS.

    Helcura says: "Don't let the narrator disuade you from this book"
    "A memoir that perhaps too beurocratic"
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    The memoir of the scientist who ran the beginning of the UN's real work on AIDS/HIV. In general, great, but the end section is all about working through political mechanisms. I can imagine it would be dull for many.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spillover

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By David Quammen
    • Narrated By Jonathan Yen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (128)

    The emergence of strange new diseases is a frightening problem that seems to be getting worse. In this age of speedy travel, it threatens a worldwide pandemic. We hear news reports of Ebola, SARS, AIDS, and something called Hendra killing horses and people in Australia - but those reports miss the big truth that such phenomena are part of a single pattern. The bugs that transmit these diseases share one thing: they originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. David Quammen tracks this subject around the world.

    Lillian says: "Fascinating, but not Riveting"
    "Good story with a few slow moments"
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    A great overview of the history of modern cross-over viruses from animals to humans w/ a smattering of bacteria. Mostly, it's a great read, but there is a section of the history of HIV that gets ridiculously long.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Limits of Power: Paladin's Legacy, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (182)

    The unthinkable has occurred in the kingdom of Lyonya. The queen of the Elves - known as the Lady - is dead, murdered by former elves twisted by dark powers. Now the Lady’s half-elven grandson must heal the mistrust between elf and human before their enemies strike again. Yet as he struggles to make ready for an attack, an even greater threat looms across the Eight Kingdoms.Throughout the north, magic is reappearing after centuries of absence, emerging without warning in family after family - rich and poor alike.

    Anita says: "Great Tale badly read to gaspy death"
    "More from the series, better than book 3"
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    This is definitely a middle book in a series. It is better than book 3, in that it gives more purpose to some characters that felt like Deus ex Machina things in book 3. And, the author didn't pull any punches. I'm still not sure the Legacy series will make anyone fall in love with this world (I recommend the Deeds series for that), but it is more of a good thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Hunt for Justice: The True Story of an Undercover Wildlife Agent

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lucinda Delaney Schroeder
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    For 30 years, Lucinda Delaney Schroeder held an unusual government position: She was one of the handful of women special agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In August 1992, she accepted an assignment that forever changed - and endangered - her life. She posed as a big-game hunter in Alaska in order to infiltrate an international ring of poachers out to kill the biggest and best of that state's wildlife. A Hunt for Justice recounts her dramatic story - a story she was not legally permitted to write about until her retirement in 2004.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Real Crime PIece from the Perspective"
    "Great Real Crime PIece from the Perspective"
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    This is a great story of an investigation into wildlife crimes and a woman's explanation of what it take to be the first to break an incredibly tough glass ceiling. The narrator is strong, and the story is well written and edited. I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Control Point: Shadow Ops

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Myke Cole
    • Narrated By Corey Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (141)

    Myke Cole is an expert at ratcheting up suspense and delivering pulse-pounding adventure that leaves audiences breathless. In Shadow Ops: Control Point, the world has seemingly gone mad. People are waking up with magical powers, such as the ability to raise the dead or call forth storms. The only thing staving off a plunge into chaos is the Supernatural Operations Corps, headed by Oscar Britton. But when Oscar exhibits a power of his own, the hunter becomes the hunted.

    Eugene says: "get on with it"
    "Satire About the Contemporary Military Experience"
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    I haven't finished the book. But, I want to speak against many of the negative reviews.

    This is satire. So, when people liken the book to Haldeman's Forever War, they are really talking about the second half of that book.

    The book really thinks about social equality and inequality, the use of contractors and indigenous people in American military expeditions, and the bureaucratic messes involved in that.

    Further, the narrator is very expressive. However, he is African American and the viewpoint character is also African American. If you don't know that version of American English, then you might not appreciate his skill.

    This is good science fiction in its political, fabulous, best.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Patriot Games

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (930)
    Performance
    (781)
    Story
    (790)

    It is fall. CIA analyst Jack Ryan, historian and former Marine, is vacationing in London with his wife and young daughter. Suddenly, right before his eyes, a terrorist group launches its deadly attack. Instinctively, he dives forward to break it up, and is shot. It is not until he wakes up in the hospital that he learns whose lives he has saved - the Duke and Duchess of Kent.

    K. Masheter Deal says: "Oldie but Goodie!"
    "The first Jack Ryan Novel"
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    Where does Patriot Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love this story. I've re-read the book multiple times, and I love the book so much that I purchased the audiobook even though I practically have every bit of the plot memorized.


    What three words best describe Scott Brick’s performance?

    Scott Brick's performance is adequate, in that it does not distract from the story, but it is also not inspiring. I doubt he'll make anyone fall in love with the book.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pirate King: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (419)

    As Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes embark on their 11th adventure together, they find themselves immersed in the world of silent filmmaking. Here, the pirates are real—and unlike the shooting done with a camera, this sort can be deadly.

    Chris says: "Not my favorite Mary Russell"
    "The usual fun trip"
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    Not the best Mary Russell story as it is a bit light hearted and lacking in sophistication, but the usual magic of Laurie R. King comes through. Audible has a great narrator for these stories, so I'm always pleased.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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