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  • The Hit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2989)
    Performance
    (2591)
    Story
    (2603)

    Will Robie is a master of killing. A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst - enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.No one else can match Robie's talents as a hitman...no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she's gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency.

    Rodney says: "I couldn't Stop Listening"
    "sound effects??"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I don't know who decided to "spice up" the recording with sound effects but I hope it is not a trend in audiobooks. Keep the performance to the artist. Door slams, gunshots, screeching tires and such are distracting and cheesy.

    I haven't actually finished the book yet; just needed to vent about the extraneous sounds effects. Yeah.

    43 of 54 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4279)
    Performance
    (3681)
    Story
    (3660)

    For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard. Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes.

    Elle says: "I'd listen to Guidall read the tax code, so..."
    "Thank goodness for George Guidall."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Please, please, please, have George go back and redo the early books butchered by Nick Sullivan.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    Timing, inflection. He may not have a broad range of voices but he is a first rate reader.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Transfer of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2659)
    Performance
    (2212)
    Story
    (2221)

    On a busy Washington morning, the stately calm of the White House is shattered in a deadly terrorist attack on the executive mansion. The president is evacuated to an underground bunker, but not before nearly one hundred hostages are taken. Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative, is sent in to take control of the crisis and determines that the president is not as safe as Washington’s power elite had thought....

    Michael says: "Great Story-Bad Narration"
    "Terrible narration - all the others ARE right."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you're familiar with Vince Flynn's books and George Guidall as reader, you will be VERY disappointed. If you have nothing to compare it too, then maybe. Sullivan's style misses the mark. I tried, really tried to listen but couldn't - and I'm a big fan of Flynn.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Transfer of Power?

    When Sullivan wasn't speaking.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nick Sullivan?

    George Guidall.


    What character would you cut from Transfer of Power?

    Nick Sullivan


    Any additional comments?

    Go back to original review format. These questions are silly and stupid.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Roughneck Nine-One: The Extraordinary Story of a Special Forces A-Team at War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Frank Antenori, Hans Halberstadt
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (199)

    On April 6, 2003, 26 Green Berets, including those of Sergeant First Class Frank Antenori's Special Forces A-Team (call sign Roughneck Nine One), fought a vastly superior force at a remote crossroads near the village of Debecka, Iraq. The enemy unit had battle tanks and 150 well-trained, well-equipped, and well-commanded soldiers. The Green Berets stopped the enemy advance, then fought them until only a handful of Iraqi survivors finally fled the battlefield.

    Tomio says: "Excellent First-Hand Accout of SF in Iraq"
    "Pass on this one"
    Overall

    Black Hawk Down was far more urgent and dire than this account. The main theme for this story was, it's a wonder anything gets done with all the turf battles and chain of command conflicts. Special Forces are indeed well trained and hard charging and while these guys were in fact outnumbered, they had far superior technology. With all the missles and CAS at hand, one team could have handled the situation. Hunker down on the hillside and lob pin point, high tech ordinance at the enemy. The friendly fire caused more death and havoc than the Iraqis did. Overall the writing was dry, repetitive and uninvolving. While any battlefront is inherently dangerous, picture multiple news crews trying to interview the soldiers in Mogadishu. This was work to listen to.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Camel Club

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (3130)
    Performance
    (1289)
    Story
    (1293)

    It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions.

    Alex says: "The Good, Bad, and the So-So"
    "overly simplistic"
    Overall

    First of all don't ever, ever, ever get an abridged version of any book. This one was bad enough unabridged. If this is his best then I'm done. I think he wrote it with a movie plot in mind. Never mind good prose. The action scenes were simplistic and everything else plodded along. We have the most sophisticated electronics network on the planet, yet we can only communicate with ONE nuclear sub and you better hurry up before bad weather moves in. Give me a break. I don't think this guy researched his subject matter and if he did, it was a scan job. This book was all about making money and a possible movie deal. Disappointing!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3422)
    Performance
    (1622)
    Story
    (1632)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "refreshing sf"
    Overall

    This was my first Richard Morgan book. What a great story! Tremendous wordcraft. Impressive first novel. While the reader had limited range for other characters I thought he was perfect for Takeshi and I'm glad they had him do Broken Angels, my next listen. Morgan crafts a "just over the horizon future" that is fantastic and yet very believable with just the right amount of technical detail. I like varied genres so I can't compare it to other SF fare but this one was great.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Luck in the Shadows: Nightrunner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lynn Flewelling
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (242)

    Spy, rogue, thief, and noble, Seregil of Rhiminee is many things, none of them predictable. And when he offers to take on Alec as his apprentice, things may never be the same for either of them. Soon Alec is traveling roads he never knew existed, toward a war he never suspected was brewing. Before long he and Seregil are embroiled in a sinister plot that runs deeper than either can imagine and that may cost them far more than their lives if they fail. But fortune is as unpredictable as Alec's new mentor.

    David says: "A really good story. (What homosexuality?)"
    "narration is undoing"
    Overall

    I chose this title based in part on the synopsis and the high reviews. All I can say is thankfully I wasted a book credit and not $60.00 on this tedious tale. I have trudged through other books where the reader was an obstacle, but this one was the worst. I can't quite put my finger on it but the readers tone and tempo were to much to overcome. The lack of any real action made it all the worse to endure. It was all I could do to make it to Seregils recovery before giving up. The other reviews allude to a gay relationship which I must say went over my head unless it developed later in the book. I have never heard the term "harrassing the horses" in conjunction with same sex love. Was that supposed to be a major underlying theme? Sorry, I'm on to better fare.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Last Light

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Andy McNab
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    When Secret Intelligence Service deniable operator Nick Stone aborts an officially sanctioned assassination attempt at the Houses of Parliament, having realised who the target is, he is given a chilling ultimatum by his bosses: fly to Panama and finish the job, or Kelly, the 11-year-old orphan in his guardianship, will be killed.

    Pat says: "braegon"
    "doug"
    Overall

    The action sequences were few, and were mere snipets, sandwiched in between overly wordy descriptions of everything else the protagonist encountered. You can comfortably skip large chunks of narration and not miss anything. While I suppose the author is accomplished in his trade craft, this was not a satisfying example of the action/spy/commando genre. The reader was also distracting. Not the kind of voice you would expect from a deniable, covert, special forces trained assasin. Try Ludlum and Paul Michael.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Greatest Science Fiction Stories of the 20th Century

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Greg Bear, Terry Bisson, David Brin, and others
    • Narrated By David Ackroyd, Wil Wheaton
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (99)

    A walk around the block, a quick drive, before shutting down your PC ? these short story collections are perfect for when you only have a few minutes to listen."

    Greg says: "Biased toward the last 20 years of sci-fi"
    "If this is the greatest, what's left?"
    Overall

    I agree Richard. Thank goodness it was only $10. Maybe the readers were culpable but these stories were boring and pointless. I'd comment in further detail but I didn't make it through any of the stories completely.

    0 of 25 people found this review helpful

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