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James

Retired 35 year policeman from So CA, relocated with my wife to South Carolina with "Toby" our cat. I listen to two books a week

Long Beach, NY, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 28 reviews
  • 29 ratings
  • 386 titles in library
  • 41 purchased in 2014
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  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3866)
    Performance
    (3250)
    Story
    (3274)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Great from first words to the last"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Innocent in three words, what would they be?

    Edge of seat


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

    Weaving the 14 year old girl into the story.


    What does Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great chemistry. Seems like true conversation.


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

    Tried but took two days.


    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Full Force and Effect: A Jack Ryan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (125)

    A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr., and his fellow Campus agents precious time. Time they don't have.

    R. Conley says: "Thank You Mark Greaney!"
    "Greaney keeps up the tradition with gusto"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    So nice to sit down and listen to quality entertainment from start to finish. And what can I say about Scott Brick....the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Rough Man: A Pike Logan Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Brad Taylor
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson, Neil Kaplan
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (322)

    A former Delta Force commander, Brad Taylor proves with this breathtaking debut thriller that Vince Flynn and Brad Thor have company. A collection of top operatives, the Taskforce was commissioned by the highest levels of government, kept secret from the media and even Congress. The best of the Taskforce bunch, Pike Logan knows the greatest threat to American security is one or two idealogues. Unfortunately for them, they’ve just crossed Pike’s path.

    Teresa says: "terrible narration"
    "Story very clever but Performance killed it."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I think I would have enjoyed this story. It had good detail, exciting and would have kept you on the edge of your seat BUT the performance eliminated most of my enjoyment. Jackson and Kaplan might want to look to narrating young childrens books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Neighbor: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Kirby Heyborne, Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1411)
    Performance
    (745)
    Story
    (749)

    It was a case guaranteed to spark a media feeding frenzy: a young mother, blond and pretty, disappears without a trace from her South Boston home, leaving behind her four-year-old daughter as the only witness and her handsome, secretive husband as the prime suspect. But from the moment Detective Sergeant D. D. Warren arrives at the Joneses - a snug little bungalow, she senses something off about the picture of wholesome normality the couple worked so hard to create.

    KSK says: "Listen to "Say Goodbye" first"
    "Last 5 minutes tells it all."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Now this was a difficult one to get through. But everything brought together at the last moment. Actually might have saved too much until the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Term Limits

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1055)
    Performance
    (863)
    Story
    (861)

    In one bloody night, three of Washington’s most powerful politicians are executed with surgical precision. Their assassins then deliver a shocking ultimatum to the American government: set aside partisan politics and restore power to the people. No one, they warn, is out of their reach—not even the president. A joint FBI-CIA task force reveals the killers are elite military commandos, but no one knows exactly who they are or when they will strike next.

    Tundrabeast says: "IN THE BEGINNING"
    "Some great twists and turns in this one."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Quality story, with excellent narration. If you love political dramas, this is a must listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Target

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2884)
    Performance
    (2558)
    Story
    (2542)

    The president knows it's a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel. Together, Robie and Reel's talents as assassins are unmatched. But there are some in power who don't trust the pair.

    L.W. says: "Several Stories in One Book..So Good!"
    "Best Baldacci in a while"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's been a while since I've listened to a book in a couple days, I did this time and loved every minute of it.
    Two or was it three story lines were intermingled flawlessly. This was truly a "Good one".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mike Maden
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (41)

    Troy Pearce is the CEO of Pearce Systems, a private security firm that is the best in the world at drone technologies. A former CIA SOG operative, Pearce used his intelligence and combat skills to hunt down America’s sworn enemies in the War on Terror. But after a decade of clandestine special ops, Pearce opted out. Too many of his friends had been sacrificed on the altar of political expediency. Now Pearce and his team chose which battles he will take on by deploying his land, sea, and air drones with surgical precision.

    Amanda says: "Where is Maden's next novel?"
    "Very good in every respect."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    So nice to listen to a story that grabs you at the first word and holds on to you through out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (216)

    Two years ago, Robin Monarch was a top level CIA operative—perhaps the best they had when it came to black bag operations. Then one day, in the middle of an operation, with his team around him in the field, Monarch walked away, leaving his old life and friends behind without a word of explanation. Now this ex-soldier, ex-operative, and orphan with a murky past is a thief, stealing from the super-rich and has surfaced in St. Tropez.

    Eliezer Wagner says: "Great Story, great characters!"
    "A bit long winded"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Story was very good at the start then it went on and on and ........
    BUT, I did enjoy it after taking long breaks and clearing my mind from time to time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Professionals

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Owen Laukkanen
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (221)

    Four friends, recent college graduates, caught in a terrible job market, joke about turning to kidnapping to survive. And then, suddenly, it's no joke. For two years, the strategy they devise - quick, efficient, low risk - works like a charm. Until they kidnap the wrong man. Now two groups they've very much wanted to avoid are after them - the law, in the form of veteran state investigator Kirk Stevens and hotshot young FBI agent Carla Windermere, and an organized-crime outfit looking for payback.

    Sharron says: "Painful"
    "Suprised how good this was"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book had me glued from the start to the ending. Personalizing the main characters with a bit of their non-professional home live was a nice touch.
    A very good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hazardous Duty: Presidential Agent Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (303)

    Mexican drug cartels are shooting up the streets of Laredo and El Paso. Somali pirates are holding three U.S. tankers for ransom. The President of the United States is fed up and, as Commander in Chief, has what he thinks is a pretty bright idea — to get hold of Colonel Charley Castillo and his merry band and get them on the case. Unfortunately, that will be difficult. Everybody knows that the President hates Castillo’s guts, and has just had him forcibly retired from the military, and now Castillo’s men are scattered far and wide, many of them in hiding.

    Michael says: "TRIPE!!! Utter Tripe with horrible editing."
    "Not worth your time."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Easy to review. Story was week, didn't flow and even Dick Hill couldn't make this story palatable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hour Game

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2063)
    Performance
    (889)
    Story
    (899)

    A woman is found murdered in the woods with a very special watch on her wrist, and what seemed a simple case soon escalates into a nightmare. The criminal methods of some of the most infamous killers of all time are being replicated by a new predator who stalks and strikes victims with a cunning brilliance. No one can understand the murderer's motives or who the next victim will be.

    Patricia says: "Disappointing"
    "Good from start to finish."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Solid story line that made it difficult to take breaks from listening and Scott Brick did his usual perfect performance. Really enjoyed this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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