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  • Rendezvous

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 2 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (168)

    In this tense, riveting mind game, New York Times bestselling novelist Nelson DeMille delivers a suspenseful short story in the tradition of his classic military novels The General's Daughter and Word of Honor. A band of soldiers in its last month of service in Vietnam goes out on a patrol through enemy territory with a female sniper in its path. Recounting the mission in shattering and sometimes gruesome detail, DeMille creates a concise masterpiece of moody suspense.

    Stevon says: "good short story"
    "Very good short story. Little overpriced ..."
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    If you could sum up Rendezvous in three words, what would they be?

    fast paced, unexpected, compelling


    What did you like best about this story?

    I didn't know what to expect and I wasn't disappointed so to speak. Like "Up Country" and "Word of Honor" it is about deMille's time in Vietnam. American Platoon vs. Vietnamese sniper. But I don't want to give anything away here. The story is short enough to ruin it for everyone reading here if I say too much.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to say really. Same as above. Don't want to call a spoiler alert.


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

    No problem here, since it's only a short story :-)


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Race: An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (760)
    Performance
    (631)
    Story
    (633)

    It is 1910, the age of flying machines is still in its infancy, and newspaper publisher Preston Whiteway is offering $50,000 for the first daring aviator to cross America in less than 50 days. He is even sponsoring one of the prime candidates - an intrepid woman named Josephine Frost - and that's where Bell, chief investigator for the Van Dorn Detective Agency, comes in.

    Clint says: "Up, Up, Josephine..."
    "Common Cussler. Entertaining but not brillian"
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    Any additional comments?

    If you expect "The Race" to be a typical Cussler you probably won't be disappointed. Like all the Isaac Bell Adventures the story is a little more obvious than the Dirk Pitt novels or the Oregon Files, but well worth the time if you don't care too much for realism and just wish to be entertained.
    I get the impression that which each new Cussler series the quality tends to drop a notch. The Fargo adventures being the absolute low point with stories far beyond the realm of believability and completely hollow unsympathetic characters. However, "The Race" as well as all the other Isaac Bell stories have a nice captivating story as well as some likeable characters which seem to have passions, feelings, ambitions and goals and thus still seem to be people you can relate to. Don't get me wrong. It's still shallow but it's fun, and that's all I need when the name "Cussler" is on the cover.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1999)
    Performance
    (1715)
    Story
    (1721)

    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"
    "A little TOO typical Baldacci"
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    Would you listen to The Hit again? Why?

    Yes I would. The story is fast paced, there are nice story twists which I most likely will have forgotten after some time and I liked the performance a lot. The duo McLarty/Cassidy makes the Baldacci audio books come alive!
    What really makes this book less than very good is the fact that it's TOO much like other recent Baldacci productions. No matter whether the characters are called "Oliver Stone (aka John Carr)", "John Puller" "A. Shaw" or "Will Robie" they all seem to be the same guy. So the loner agent/spy/killer/soldier stumbles into some conspiracy, partners up with someone even though he doesn't want to, saves a couple of people, rights some wrongs but in the end the government screws him over a little or totally. The concept still works but it starts to become a little too obvious. No harm done. The whole thing is quite enjoyable and you will have a good time if you liked other recent Baldacci audio books. So four stars overall but only three for the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther: John Corey Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    It's one of the most dangerous and volatile countries in the world: Yemen. A Middle Eastern hotbed of corruption and insurgency and the perfect training ground for Islamic terrorists. When FBI agents John Corey and Kate Mayfield are assigned to overseas posts in Sana'a, Yemen's capital city, they are tasked with hunting down a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative.

    Martin says: "My heart sank when I saw who the narrator was ..."
    "Mostly tedious, sometimes funny. Worst Corey book"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Well, yeah, there is. The plot actually. Although the basic story sounds like a no-brainer for a good book, deMille this time simply didn't manage to pull it off. Maybe it was just one "we are hunting the Arabian terrorist with a chip on his shoulder" story too much. It's hard to be precise for me here, but the story seemed a little tedious, although there was a lot going on and the desciptions in Jemen were very good and gave me a nice picture of the surroundings it seemed that the story was not really moving forward. It was a little like story for story's sake.
    In addition John Corey for the first time (read them all) really really got on my nerves and I would have liked to kick his wisecracking butt back to NYC. Introducing another alpha male - Paul Brenner - whom I liked very much in "General's Daughter" and "Up Country" was not the stroke of genius it first seemed to be. First of all he was only a supporting figure which he doesn't deserve, and second he is a wiseass too and two wiseasses where too much this time. In addition Brick uses the same intonation for both of them and that sometimes gets confusing in certain dialogs.
    What I really couldn't understand though was the bad guy. After such terrific villains as the Lion, Frederic Tobin or our favorite CIA guy Ted Nash (R.I.P.) to name only a few, this guy - the Panther - seemed to be totally pathetic and not an opponent at all to any of our three heroes. The guy is arrogant, stupid and basically only a thug and worst of all incompetent as a terrorist. I mean killing tourist is not a terribly nice thing to do but it really doesn't take a genius to accomplish it. His final hideout was a joke and the story's end beyond anticlimactic. In essence I was glad it was over but if the ending had been better it might have made the whole book a bit better. Maybe it's time for John Corey to change profession or maybe to hunt some other bad guys. Maybe really something of the "Wrong place wrong time" feel I got from Plum Island, or maybe a good detective story like in "The Book Case" Would love to hear more from Corey's NYPD days.


    If you’ve listened to books by Nelson DeMille before, how does this one compare?

    Badly. This one doesn't stand up to any of them.


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

    Quite well. Always liked the guy and he did his job as expected. His main problem was that he used the same intonation for both Corey and Brenner, which probably couln't be helped since he read all Corey as well as all Brenner books.


    Did The Panther inspire you to do anything?

    Well it didn't exactly inspire me to go to Jemen, but that most likely wasn't the intention. John Corey made a strong case for staying clear of the area.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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