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Gavin

Bayside, NY, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 12 reviews
  • 36 ratings
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  • Night Soldiers

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (341)

    Widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel, New York Times best-selling author Alan Furst takes listeners back to the early days of World War II for a dramatic novel of intrigue and suspense.

    Theresa says: "Chilling..Fantastic"
    "Furst's Best"
    Overall

    Definitely his best book, Polish Officer comes in second. A spy novel is supposed to be complicated, some of the other reviewers should be reading Dan Brown rather than Alan Furst.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Dominion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Charlie Huston
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (200)

    Joe Pitt's life sucks. He hasn't had a case or a job in God knows how long, and his stashes are running on empty. What stashes? The only ones that count to a guy like Joe: blood and money. The money he uses to buy blood; the blood he drinks. Hey, it's that or your neck, buddy.

    crazybatcow says: "Even better than the first!"
    "Great sequel"
    Overall

    Great book, but he cover that Audible uses is embarrassing. The narrator grew on my in the second book. A little predictable, kind of simple, but engrossing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden River

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (306)

    Alexander Lawson is a former detective for Northern Ireland's police force. After a disastrous six-month stint in the drug squad, he became addicted to heroin and resigned in disgrace. Now 24, sickly, and on the dole, Alex learns that his high-school love, Victoria Patawasti, has been murdered in America. Victoria's wealthy family sends Alex to Colorado to investigate the case, and he seizes the opportunity for a chance at redemption.

    Dawn says: "Gerard Doyle Is Terrific!"
    "Good, but not close to the Dead books"
    Overall

    The writing was great, so was the narration. The subject just wasn't there. I can't put my finger on it?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guards

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ken Bruen
    • Narrated By Gerry O'Brien
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (81)

    Still stinging from his unceremonious ouster from the Garda Siochana, and staring at the world through the smoky bottom of his beer mug, Jack Taylor is stuck in Galway with nothing to look forward to. He is teetering on the brink of his life's sharpest edges, his memories of the past cutting deep into his soul and his prospects for the future non-existent.

    John says: "This is literature, not just crime fiction"
    "Great book for alcoholics"
    Overall

    ThIs is basically about drinking. The author is pretty funny, and the main character is likable. But something was missing.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3078)
    Performance
    (1875)
    Story
    (1870)

    New York Times best-selling author James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels began with this first hard-hitting entry in the series. In The Neon Rain, Detective Robicheaux fishes a prostitute's corpse from a New Orleans bayou and finds that no one, not even the law, cares about a dead hooker.

    S. Sand says: "The perfect combination of author and narrator"
    "Great Narrator"
    Overall

    It was well worth the discount price. Pretty good detective story. Not wildly realistic though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4456)
    Performance
    (2610)
    Story
    (2610)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Very good book"
    Overall

    Although it was no "Naked and the Dead"' it was great. It starts off a little slowly, you should get absorbed. Definitely worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill the Dead: Sandman Slim, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1064)
    Performance
    (899)
    Story
    (904)

    James Stark, a.k.a. Sandman Slim, crawled out of Hell, took bloody revenge for his girlfriend’s murder, and saved the world along the way. After that, what do you do for an encore? You take a lousy job tracking down monsters for money. It’s a depressing gig, but it pays for your beer and cigarettes. But in L.A., things can always get worse. Like when Lucifer comes to town to supervise his movie biography and drafts Stark as his bodyguard.

    Mike Naka says: "good enough for me to buy book 3"
    "Actually a better audiobook than Sandman Slim"
    Overall

    I don't know if was just better production or the narrator was better this time, but it was better than the first book. That is pretty rare, but the book was very good. Definitely worth a credit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Already Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Charlie Huston
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (247)

    From the Battery to the Bronx, Manhattan is crawling with Vampyres. Joe Pitt is one of them, and he's not happy about it. Yeah, he gets to be tough as nails and hard to kill. But spending his nights trying to score a pint of blood to feed the Vyrus that's eating at him isn't his idea of a good time.

    Flavius says: "A Pleasant Surprise"
    "Good book, bad choice of narrator"
    Overall

    I should have read the actual novel. Scott Brick does a poor New York accent, he is just too classy and nerdy for the characters in this book. But the story is very good, and still worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Supper

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charles McCarry
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    To Paul Christopher, the world of espionage had become a region of the mad, in which men and women lived without conviction and were compelled by a craving for conspiracy. But now, he has to find the "mole" in the Outfit and demand justice from enemies, past and present. As he follows the twisting path of this secret American intelligence group, he discovers a trail of betrayal and violence that leads backward to the horrors of the Nazi era and plunges forward beyond the Vietnam War's labyrinth of lies.

    Cayce says: "Rich and intricate"
    "Written before "The Company""
    Overall

    Multi generational CIA book, definitely influenced Littell's "The Company"
    Although the Company is a better book, Mccarry deserves credit. There aren't many good writers in this genre, so you have to take what you can get. None of these guys compares to Alan Furst, LeCarre's first "Call for the Dead" was his best, still no where near Furst.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chopin Manuscript: A Serial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lee Child, David Corbett, Joseph Finder, and others
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2138)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (518)

    15 thriller masters. 1 masterful thriller! Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, within it's handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to the U.S. to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins.

    BSquared67 says: "A rollicking thriller"
    "Chick Book"
    Overall

    I'm not very familiar with the many authors who collaborated to write this book. But I would have to imagine that most of them are women. Not a terrible book, just written by women for women. Also alittle disjointed, but what do you expect with 34 authors?

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The War with the Mein: Book One of the Acacia Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Anthony Durham
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (871)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (429)

    A deadly assassin sent from a race called the Mein, exiled long ago to an ice-locked stronghold in the frozen north, strikes at Leodan Akaran, ruler of the Known World, while the Mein also unleash surprise attacks across the empire. On his deathbed, Leodan puts into play a plan to allow his children to escape, each to his separate destiny. And so his children begin a quest to avenge their father's death and restore the Acacian empire, this time on the basis of universal freedom.

    Glen says: "Thumbs up!"
    "Very Good Book"
    Overall

    I will make this simple for you. Excellent George R.R. Martin clone, and when he got stuck for ideas (or was too close to having the same exact story line as GRRM), he borrows some Robert Jordan.
    This is still a very good book, just dont be suprised when you notice the glaring similarities. And no, its not "just you"....its totaly like Game of Thrones, with an attack of Aiel led by Manse Raider thrown in for good measure. LOL

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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