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Mark

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Tallahassee, FL, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • 15 reviews
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  • 131 titles in library
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  • Liars & Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated By Guerin Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (230)

    Tommy Carmellini is sent to post guard duty at a farmhouse in Virginia's remote Blue Ridge Mountains, where top government operatives are debriefing a star defector: the ultimate KGB insider, a man with records on every operation and every dirty trick the shadowy intelligence agency has ever run, from Lenin to Putin.

    Andrew Stone says: "Fast Paced - Good Read!"
    "Dissapointed"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I really like the Deep Black series, but this title predates Deep Black, and is not up to par. I not sure if it's the narration or the attempt to be old Noir style, but it sounded like it wanted to be a Raymond Chandler type, but in modern day, which isn't working. Half way through listening and I wanted anyone interested to know to PASS on this title even at the $4.95 price.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None


    Would you be willing to try another one of Guerin Barry’s performances?

    No. Do not like his treatment of this title


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It's unabridged is both good and bad. May not finish if it doesn't get better soon.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've never read Stephen Coonts, pick a different title, try a Deep Black series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Clancy Support and Defend: A Campus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1353)
    Performance
    (1171)
    Story
    (1170)

    Dominic Caruso. Nephew of President Jack Ryan. FBI agent and operator for The Campus, a top secret intelligence agency that works off the books for the U.S. government. Already scarred by the death of his brother, Caruso is devastated when he can't save a friend and his family from a terrorist attack. Ethan Ross was a mid-level staffer for the National Security Council. Now he's a wanted fugitive on the run with a microdrive that contains enough information to wreck American intelligence efforts around the world.

    no says: "A great action packed spy novel!"
    "All about Dom Caruso..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    All about Dom Caruso & some of the Campus...little of Ryan Sr. or Jr. Iranian terrorists team up with journalists to attack USA: Kind of like present day reality!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Teeth of the Tiger

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1117)
    Performance
    (676)
    Story
    (685)

    Charged with spotting terrorist threats, the top-secret "Campus" has its hands full when Middle East thugs and Colombian drug lords join forces. New Campus recruits include Jack Ryan Jr., son of master spy John Patrick Ryan, now President.

    John says: "NOT CLANCY'S BEST"
    "New Beginnings"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Jack Jr. gets dipped into espionage business just like his Dad. The start of the Campus & Jack Sr. is out of govt work ...for now. A quicker listen than normal for Clancy. should be marked as Part 1 of 2. A++

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bear and the Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (1247)
    Performance
    (1028)
    Story
    (1041)

    Newly elected, Jack Ryan has found that being President is not easy: domestic pitfalls await him at every turn; there's a revolution in Liberia; the Asian economy is going down the tubes; and now, in Moscow, someone may have tried to assassinate the chairman of the SVR - the former KGB - with a rocket-propelled grenade. Were the potential assassins political enemies, the Russian Mafia, or disaffected former KGB? Or is something far more dangerous at work here?

    rlovegreen says: "Good story - Narrator tries hard to kill it..."
    "most excellent book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    1 of my favorite of Clancy . 4 th listen

    A+++. All characters active & participate in world wide plot to capture gold & oil from the Bear (Russia).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Executive Orders

    • UNABRIDGED (51 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (1593)
    Performance
    (1258)
    Story
    (1290)

    Debt of Honor ends as Jack Ryan is confirmed vice president minutes before a mammoth act of terrorism kills the President, most of his cabinet, all but a few members of Congress, the entire Supreme Court and all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Suddenly Ryan is President, which is where Executive Orders begins.

    Thomas says: "Don't some of us wish Jack ryan was real?"
    "excellent part of Jack Ryan story"
    Overall
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    Great listen, stalwart story in Jack Ryan universe. one of my favorites.
    Going through series in order for 3rd time, but 4th time reading/listening to this book. Rainbow Six is next, it doesn't have much to do with Ryan, but it is key piece in Clancy's universe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rabbit Part 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Tom Clancy returns to Jack Ryan's early days, in an extraordinary new novel of global political drama. Ryan's first days on the job at the CIA put him into a high-stakes game, playing for the life of the Pope and the stability of the Western world.

    Mark says: "Excellent Clancy Classic"
    "Excellent Clancy Classic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Atypical Clancy story with Jack Ryan about his earlier days assigned to London. Good narration moved the story along at a smooth pace.
    3rd listen, still hearing new information.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor, Tim Russell, Sue Scott
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (296)

    On the 12th floor of the Acme Building, on a cold February day in St. Paul, Guy Noir looks down the barrel of a loaded revolver in the hands of geezer gangster Joey Roast Beef, who is demanding to hear what lucrative scheme Guy is cooking up with stripper-turned-women's-studies-professor Naomi Fallopian. Everyone wants to know, and Guy faces them one by one, as he and Naomi pursue a dream of earning gazillions by selling a surefire method of dramatic weight loss.

    Eileen says: "Laugh out loud funny!"
    "Not what I expected, glad it was on clearance"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I guess if you are a big fan of Garrison Keillor, but it was just too cheesy.


    What could Garrison Keillor have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Well if he wanted a faux noir type PI story with lots of cheesy, nonsensical verbiage then he hit it on the head. Just not worth the $, even at the clearance price. Couldn't finish it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    I would not have produced this work.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    yuk.


    Any additional comments?

    I've learned by lesson with Garrison Keillor productions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mark of the Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (711)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (413)

    When a commercial airliner is blown out of the sky off the East Coast, the CIA scrambles to find the perpetrators. A body is discovered near the crash site with three bullets to the face: the calling card of a shadowy international assassin.

    Dennis says: "Worth your time"
    "Not the best from Daniel Silva"
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    What did you like best about The Mark of the Assassin? What did you like least?

    I've read/listened to half dozen of Daniel Silva's books and this is my least favorite.
    Number 1: it is not in the Gabriel Allon series which is Silva's best works.
    Number 2: the story was disjointed & I agree with another reader's review that stated: "story was improbable with a tedious subplot [actually 2 or 3] about lead character & wife's infertility". And I agree with another reader that wrote: Silva also used stereotypical relationships; Spy & his lonely but supportive wife, Spy and his unsupportive superiors that would rather hamper efforts than help, until the end when it's the only choice they have & after they've put him on suspension (yea, that's never happened before). It was hard for me to keep up with all the characters' names and place within story.

    I purchased audio-book during summer sale of 2014, so it was worth the price, but it would not be worth a full price purchase. I tend to listen to my audio-books over several sessions over a period of several days, so I will say that if you were to listen to the story in just a couple of sessions you may be able to follow story line more effectively. The Rembrandt Affair, Unlikely Spy are two of his titles that I liked more.


    Has The Mark of the Assassin turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favorite?

    Lead spy, Michael Osbourne


    Did The Mark of the Assassin inspire you to do anything?

    Not read any more Silva's titles that are not part of the Gabriel Allon series.


    Any additional comments?

    For Audible.com: Please make is so while browsing in categories we could sort by price as well as release date, relevance, length, etc... that would be so helpful for those of us on a tight budget.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whodunnit?: Murder in Mystery Manor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Zuiker
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1671)
    Performance
    (1535)
    Story
    (1533)

    Ten excited guests arrive at the Westlake Estate, expecting a lavish retreat. They are the winners of a sweepstakes to "Live Like a Billionaire for a Week." But what was supposed to be a promising escape soon turns into a horrific nightmare. Within hours of arrival, the guests sit down for an extravagant dinner. When they pull their party poppers as instructed, a loud chorus of bangs resounds, followed by earsplitting screams as the guest seated at the head of the table bursts into flames and slumps to the floor.

    aaron says: "There is no way this book should be a give away!"
    "Diamond in the rough! Not what I expected..."
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Free: Whodunnit? the most enjoyable?

    The price was the main reason I downloaded title, but after I gave it a listen, I was pleasantly surprised....


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

    Much better than the TV show...


    What about Gildart Jackson’s performance did you like?

    Great for the subject matter, kept story interesting


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't shy away from title just because it is based on a reality TV show, get it now while it's free...

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Tehran Initiative

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    The world is on the brink of disaster. Iran has just conducted its first atomic-weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah - known as the Twelfth Imam - has arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam’s spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second Holocaust and the annihilation of Israel.

    Blanche says: "Another cliff hanger...you can't put it down"
    "Disappointed. I hope other titles are better."
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Joel C. Rosenberg and/or Christopher Lane?

    Yes, if the price is right. I won't pay full price, will only purchase if title is less then $10.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Linking the current day events in Iran to his story and characters.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, if you've run out of titles from Flynn, Thor, Clancy and other top tier writers, then give Rosenberg a listen, but only if the price is right.


    Any additional comments?

    Same as above..... if you've run out of titles from Flynn, Thor, Clancy or Stephen Coonts and other top tier writers, then give Rosenberg a listen, but only if the price is right.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Detachment

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1135)
    Performance
    (947)
    Story
    (950)

    John Rain is back. And “the most charismatic assassin since James Bond” (San Francisco Chronicle) is up against his most formidable enemy yet: the nexus of political, military, media, and corporate factions known only as the Oligarchy. When legendary black ops veteran Colonel Scott “Hort” Horton tracks Rain down in Tokyo, Rain can’t resist the offer: a multi-million dollar payday for the “natural causes” demise of three ultra-high-profile targets who are dangerously close to launching a coup in America. But the opposition on this job is going to be too much for even Rain to pull it off alone.

    Andrew Stone says: "Fast paced read..."
    "1st time listener of Eisler, 4 out of 5 stars"
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    What did you love best about The Detachment?

    Story was a bit hard to follow at first, but that may have been due being a 1st time listener to a John Rain title. But I really enjoyed the book after I got into it. The best thing I liked was the idea of the 4 trained special ops guys and how they interacted while carrying out their missions and yet never really trusting each other.


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

    Not knowing who was telling the truth or where the next twist was coming from...


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Author should leave the voice over work to others, spend a little more $ and hire someone more suited for the work.


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

    moved me...? No.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to catch up on the other Eisler titles, especially the Rain series.
    He's not quite on the Vince Flynn, Brad Thor level, but he is good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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