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Mark

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Tallahassee, FL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 10 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 122 titles in library
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  • Whodunnit?: Murder in Mystery Manor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Zuiker
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1547)
    Performance
    (1421)
    Story
    (1416)

    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.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Bored Billionaire Psychopath Behaving Badly"
    "Diamond in the rough! Not what I expected..."
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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
  • Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor, Tim Russell, Sue Scott
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (175)

    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.

    Darryl says: "funny noir spoof"
    "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
    (621)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (332)

    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
  • The Tehran Initiative

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    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.

    B. Adair says: "Exciting and Scary at the same time"
    "Disappointed. I hope other titles are better."
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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
    (1091)
    Performance
    (907)
    Story
    (910)

    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
  • Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4285)
    Performance
    (3686)
    Story
    (3666)

    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..."
    "Loved it! Flynn can do no wrong."
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    If you could sum up Kill Shot in three words, what would they be?

    Rapp Continues Transforming


    What did you like best about this story?

    Continues with the early days of Mitch Rapp back story.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    Overall a very good voice artist.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Young Assassin Comes of Age


    Any additional comments?

    More Mitch Rapp stories. Audible.com please lower prices of Vince Flynn's back catalog and other Spy genre titles (Stephen Coonts, Tom Clancy, Brad Thor)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saint

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Kevin King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (88)

    He's an assassin. The most effective killer in the world. And yet...Carl Strople struggles to retain fleeting memories that betray an even more ominous reality. He's been told part of the truth - but not all of it.

    Jim says: "Fun Read"
    "Typical Dekker Style and Story"
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    Would you try another book from Ted Dekker and/or Kevin King?

    Yes. I really like the Military/Espionage genre and this was Dekker's attempt to marry his stylized writing and the Spy type story. He can be a little over the top and this book is no different.


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

    The X Project story thread, the back story of the agency that supplied assassins to all comers for a high price and used experimental drugs and treatments to train them. I'd like to see what Vince Flynn or Stephen Coonts could do with this idea.


    What about Kevin King’s performance did you like?

    Didn't seem forced, natural. Played individual parts very well.


    Could you see Saint being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Only if they kept to the spy story arch.
    Stars?....don't know who I would cast off the top of my head


    Any additional comments?

    Not Dekker's best title, but I did enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Wave: Deep Black, Book 9

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stephen Coonts, William H. Keith
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Deep within the NSA is Desk Three, a top-secret unit of special operatives inserted into the field when the threat is great and the response demands sensitivity and invisibility. Charlie Dean, a former Marine sniper, is a senior officer. With his colleagues Lia DeFrancesca and newcomer Ilya Akulinin, they form the core of a high-tech team known as Deep Black.

    Mark says: "Okay, but not the best 'Deep Black' title"
    "Okay, but not the best 'Deep Black' title"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Love the Stephen Coonts series Deep Black and I enjoyed this one okay, but not his best story.


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

    It's been a few books ago, but I don't recall disliking this performance.


    Do you think Death Wave needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no. Not the best story line.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible.com needs to provide more lower priced audiobooks in this genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lions of Lucerne

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (225)

    In a daring and chilling debut, Brad Thor draws us into a sinister labyrinth of political intrigue and international terrorism, serving up an explosive cocktail of unrelenting action and a shattering climax, as one man is pushed to the edge.

    On the snow-covered slopes of Utah, the unthinkable has just become a nightmarish reality. Thirty Secret Service agents have been viciously executed, and the vacationing president of the United States has been kidnapped.

    Don says: "Great listen"
    "Not bad, not his best either"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    not sure


    What other book might you compare The Lions of Lucerne to and why?

    I love most of Brad Thor's titles and he has other titles that are much better.


    What three words best describe Armand Schultz’s performance?

    Average


    Could you see The Lions of Lucerne being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    not sure


    Any additional comments?

    Somewhat disappointed but, every book is a risk. Other titles by much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liars & Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated By Guerin Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (174)

    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

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