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Justin P. Anderson

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  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2848)
    Performance
    (2426)
    Story
    (2411)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "Some Issues Here...."
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    I am being intentionally vague because I hate placing a spoiler in a review.

    I had some issues with this story. It felt unfinished to me, and some of the plot mechanisms used were unnecessary or ill suited to their intended purpose. There are characters that go under developed but we expect them to play a big role in the story, and the author does little to reconcile that.

    The story moves along like a slow burning match you held too long and eventually burns you, but only because you forgot you were holding it.

    Just know it is a slightly above mediocre effort that is not terrible, but not great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Extinction Machine: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1348)
    Performance
    (1271)
    Story
    (1260)

    The president of the United States vanishes from the White House. A top-secret prototype stealth fighter is destroyed during a test flight. Witnesses on the ground say that it was shot down by a craft that immediately vanished at impossible speeds. All over the world, reports of UFOs are increasing at an alarming rate. And in a remote fossil dig in China dinosaur hunters have found something that is definitely not of this earth.

    Karen says: "Another Amazing Entry in the Series"
    "It was good enough BUT I Love you Ray Porter!"
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    Okay, I really enjoy all of the Joe Ledger books, this one included. Yes, it requires some suspension of belief; yes, it has some plot hiccups; YES, it has some weird stuff that happens and some un or under developed characters.

    It is still good stuff and thoroughly entertaining. The issues are minor and easily ignored unless you are OCD or a whiney punk.

    However, RAY PORTER IS AN ABSOLUTE MASTER. This book is beautifully narrated. Period. Porter is that good.

    Take a listen and find out. If you are new to the series, starting at the beginning will make things more clear to you, as Mayberry is not huge on back filling some of the holes that exist if you are not familiar with the characters or the story arc.

    It's not my favorite Joe Ledger, but it was good enough and I can't say I didn't enjoy it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Assassin's Code: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1615)
    Performance
    (1517)
    Story
    (1518)

    When Joe Ledger and Echo Team rescue a group of American college kids held hostage in Iran, the Iranian government then asks them to help find six nuclear bombs planted in the Mideast oil fields. These stolen WMDs will lead Joe and Echo Team into hidden vaults of forbidden knowledge, mass-murder, betrayal, and a brotherhood of genetically-engineered killers with a thirst for blood.

    Melinda says: "Hang On To Your Shorts!"
    "Now we're in Business"
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    Okay, I have now listened to all 4 Joe Ledger novels and this is a doosey. I wont spoil it for anyone, but as things progress the listener is like "Wait, WHAT just happened?" and it should be unbelievable. However, the characters reaction, the bad guys actions and the sheer force of Ray Porter suspends all disbelief. Plus, the imagination shown by the author is nothing short of an achievement. It was a real joy to plug in and be a part of that, and I would recommend not just this book but the whole series to any fan of escapist fiction/action thrillers. Squares Beware: if you take your self too seriously {you know who you are} then don't bother- no one wants to hear your griping about using a credit on a book you KNEW you wouldn't enjoy in the first place.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Plagues: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (1918)
    Performance
    (1702)
    Story
    (1700)

    Saturday, 0911 hours — A blast rocks a London hospital and thousands are dead or injured. 1009 hours — Joe Ledger arrives on scene to investigate. The horror is unlike anything he has ever seen. Compelled by grief and rage, Ledger rejoins the Department of Military Sciences, and within hours he's attacked by a hit team of assassins and sent on a suicide mission.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "THIS ISN'T A SODDEN COMIC BOOK"
    "A Solid Joe Leger Addition"
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    I have listened to the other Joe Ledger novels, and this is a solid addition to the series. Ray Porter once again kills it as the reader and really brings the story and characters to life. With that said, I think this was my least favorite Joe Ledger novel. I just didnt really like the bad guys. Joe and his compatriots were excellent, but the evil masterminds were a little hard to get behind on this one. It's a good book and I enjoyed, but showed its colors a little as a "bridge" addition for the author to add dimension to the characters moving forward. Still worth a listen for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon Factory: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2315)
    Performance
    (2038)
    Story
    (2044)

    In The Dragon Factory, Ledger and his team from the Department of Military Sciences square off against two separate groups of corrupt scientists. The beautiful but twisted Jakoby Twins are creating transgenic monsters and genetically enhanced mercenaries for sale to the highest bidder. Their father, who takes evil to an entirely new level, is using cutting-edge science to complete the Nazi master-race program.

    David says: "And now for the kitchen sink...."
    "Loved Every Minute"
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    Would you listen to The Dragon Factory again? Why?

    No, but only because I don't listen twice after I know the plot, and not because it wasn't a great book.


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

    Yes. Mayberry writes a nicely plotted thriller, with overlapping but separate elements. Ray Porter kills it as the narrator and adds to the suspense. It can get slightly predictable, but any action thriller will be, and this book is less predictable than most.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene would spoil the plot.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but again, putting it in my review would be a spoiler.


    Any additional comments?

    Look, so maybe a little suspension of belief is required to really enjoy these Joe Ledger novels. But WHO CARES. I thoroughly enjoy both Mayberry as an author and Ray Porter absolutely rocks as the narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4181)
    Performance
    (3507)
    Story
    (3502)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "Good ole escapist action flick"
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    Look, some of the other reviews of this book slash it up, and that just is not necessary- if you are not intelligent enough to understand that this book is going to be fantastical and slightly formulaic, then don't get it. Those are the same people who go to the latest Die Hard movie and complain about the fact that "no one could realistically live through that...."

    If you're one of those people, this is not the book for you. If you happen to like Die Hard, then read on my fellow action lovers.

    The book is a whole lotta fun- faced paced, just believable enough that the tension remains real through out, the bad guys are REALLY bad and the good guys are flawed but good.

    It does have a few surprises, and I wont do a plot run down because that's boring and might spoil it. Bottom line, if you enjoy action movies, you will enjoy this book. Ray Porter gives a great performance, and I think I liked it more than I would have had I read it.

    Now go blow something up and single handedly kill 20 armed men in a desperate race to uncover the clues needed to save the world- or better yet, listen to Mayberry's characters do it instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1125)
    Performance
    (1001)
    Story
    (990)

    Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

    T.D. says: "Shakes you to your very core."
    "Great Characters"
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    Would you listen to The Survivor again? Why?

    No, but only because I already know what happens. It wasn't a "listen to it again" type of book, but that doesn't mean it was not still very good.


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

    Has to be the opening bank scene.


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

    Scott Brick R-O-C-K-S. This performance was great.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    So, who is the survivor- the protagonist or the antagonist? Both?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3048)
    Performance
    (1293)
    Story
    (1285)

    Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

    John Robertson says: "What happened to Scott Brick?!!"
    "Not to be Missed"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Only if my friend enjoyed tough talking New York Cops, well intentioned but bureaucratic bumbling FBI agents, cold blooded evil S.O.B. bad guys and the sharpest performance by Scott Brick to date. And all my friends do enjoy these things, so yeah, I'd recommend it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    John Corey's simultaneous respect for and disregard of the rules that separate the good guys from the bad guys.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Answering this question would spoil the plot.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2580)
    Performance
    (2217)
    Story
    (2205)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    barbara says: "Stunned"
    "Extremely Enjoyable"
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    Would you listen to Broken Harbor again? Why?

    No, but only because it is a mystery and now I know what happens! The performance, story and writing were very good and deserve the highest praise.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken Harbor?

    Finding out my speculation as to the ending was all wrong.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The very first description of "Bryan's Town" so incredibly creepy and believable.


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

    This book deals with the murders of two small children, so there are portions of it that are hard to listen to. If I were reading it, I could skim, but the audible version makes me listen to parts that are difficult to hear but necessary for the impact of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Be wary if you are squeamish or can not handle hearing about children being killed. There are some graphic moments in this dealing with difficult subject matter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12098)
    Performance
    (10989)
    Story
    (11015)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Whoa- Murder Mystery for the new generation"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Heck yeah. This was an awesome listen. Great characters, great plotting, great performance!! I can't say much without spoiling it because of the tightness of the plot, but should you decide to take this adventure, you're in for a treat with some twists and turns.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is completely original and unexpected. Clines took everyday occurrences and people and made them interesting, scary and unpredictable. Everyone has experiences that can relate to the characters in this book, but then the story line develops and it is like a roller coaster. Great work.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Tim


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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