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PAR-TEE

Bongoman

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  • 71 reviews
  • 74 ratings
  • 192 titles in library
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  • The Mugger

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ed McBain
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (22)

    A beat cop winds up on the trail of a deadly mugger, but when it suddenly gets personal, his own life might be the next thing to be snatched….

    PAR-TEE says: "NYPD BLUE of 1950..."
    "NYPD BLUE of 1950..."
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    The book is an easy, enjoyable read. Nostalgic for those that grew up in the 50's. literary work it is not, a hard core police procedural it is. Characters are multi faceted and being developed further with each novel. Not much to add to all the previous accolades, just sit back and let the stories take you back to a simpler time before CSI forensics, when cops ruled, women wore skirts, and bulls were gods... Dick Hill provides a theatrical narration that brings you back to the days of radio, great job. Enjoy!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cairo Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Olen Steinhauer
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (88)

    Sophie Kohl is living her worst nightmare. Minutes after she confesses to her husband, a mid-level diplomat at the American embassy in Hungary, that she had an affair while they were in Cairo, he is shot in the head and killed. Stan Bertolli, a Cairo-based CIA agent, has fielded his share of midnight calls. But his heart skips a beat when he hears the voice of the only woman he ever truly loved, calling to ask why her husband has been assassinated.

    Darwin8u says: "In the widening gyre"
    "A complex cerebral espionage tale..."
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    I use the word cerebral not to insult but to make it clear this is no Court Gentry, Gray Man type ACTION thriller. I do enjoy Court Gentry... This is not a thriller but an complex espionage story that involves many characters that are developed fully, locations that the author takes the time to give you the atmosphere and history of the location, and a plot that is twisted with many possible scenarios as to the true betrayal... I did not give it 5 stars because I did feel it was a little too long and could have been brought to conclusion about 50 or so pages sooner. As most have indicated this is a story in the style of le Carré, Silva. and Furst. I do highly recommend this book, but only if you are a fan of those authors and genre...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tonight I Said Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (295)

    Investigator Wayne Weston is found dead of an apparent suicide in his home in an upscale Cleveland suburb, and his wife and six-year-old daughter are missing. Weston’s father insists that private investigators Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard take the case to exonerate his son and find his granddaughter and daughter-in-law. As they begin to work, they discover there is much more to the situation than has been described in the prevalent media reports.

    Ed says: "Amazingly good for a debut book"
    "Good story, great characters, narration so - so..."
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    Enjoy the book. good mystery with a twist. narration is a little off the pace, to dragged out. Bogged down!!! ...but an enjoyable read!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • FREE The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (1058)
    Performance
    (937)
    Story
    (956)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Rollin says: "Gripping, unremitting action"
    "Too much super human escapades..."
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    entertaining but unrealistic... If you enjoy the impossible and verisimilitude is not important than this is the protagonist for you!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tourist: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Olen Steinhauer
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (194)

    In the vein of John le Carré and Graham Greene, this contemporary international thriller follows Milo Weaver as he is drawn into a conspiracy that links riots in the Sudan, an assassin committing suicide, and an old friend who's been accused of selling secrets to the Chinese. Once the CIA and Homeland Security are after him, the only way for him to survive is to return, headfirst, into Tourism.

    Derek says: "I loved this book"
    "What a tangled web we weave...."
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    This is an espionage spy novel. This is not an action thriller with fireworks every other page and feats of a super human strength... This is a novel that requires patience and thought as the story develops into an plot of intrigue and mystery. This novel is not for folks looking for Mitch Rapp or "The Gray man" type of action, this is more on the order of Silva and le Carre.... The characters are complex, the plot complex, and the ending fulfilling. Someone once said you can tell the quality of the novel by how long after you finish the book you continue to think about the characters; I won't forget these characters anytime soon!!! If you are into espionage novels that are complex cat and mouse spy stories I recommend you give this novel a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2845)
    Performance
    (2329)
    Story
    (2344)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Nothing special..."
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    A good read, the sound effects in the audible edition were distracting and amateurish... Characters were shallow and forgettable... A good beach read, that is about it!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Sparrow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jason Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (813)
    Performance
    (734)
    Story
    (738)

    Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

    Melinda says: "Sexy Saucy Spies"
    "The novel oozes with verisimilitude!!!"
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    Caveat: If you are looking for Court Gentry, Mitch Rapp, or any other similar figure you will not find those super human characters and exploits in this book. What you will find are characters that are very well developed, plots that are well developed, relevant background information on locations, techniques, and trade craft. This is not an action based thriller, but a novel of espionage, betrayal, evil, and sacrifice. The protagonists are very real and easy to empathize with as they struggle with the dangers and moral dilemmas they face. As one reviewer already said "an indicator of how good a novel is written is when you finish the novel, the protagonist stay with you and you think about them, their situation, and future". I will not forget these characters.... Patience is required when starting this novel, but that patience will be rewarded. The narrator is good, I would have liked him to use more acting in portraying the different characters. Different accents, etc for each character, otherwise he did a good job. I hope the author is working on another novel in the same tradition as "Red Sparrow". Highly recommended!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3402)
    Performance
    (2446)
    Story
    (2429)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Jason Spencer says: "Action packed, edge of your seat "page-turner""
    "Superman on steroids..."
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    First things first: there is no realism, plausibility, or reality in this novel. I realize it is fiction but nothing rings true, and everything is on steroids... That said it is one heck of a roller coaster ride. Gentry is thrown into predicament after predicament and blast thru them, but never comes away unscathed. The man is beyond super human and so are his exploits. As one reviewer said " Poorly developed characters doing exactly what you expect...a villain that will make you go "ho hum" At times the story is soooo predictable you get the urge to quit so you skim. The climax is soooo over the top, unreal, it is almost comical. Sad because at times the characters are there for the author to develop and allow the reader to relate, and empathize with, instead you are thrown into another action sequence. This is a good novel to read to take a break from cerebral espionage novels that force you to think and at the end exhaust you with emotion. This is definitely not that type, more so written to be an action movie with a Bruce Willis type as the protagonist. If you are an action junkie, than this is your read. I found the narration to be excellent.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Command Authority

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1261)
    Performance
    (1137)
    Story
    (1139)

    There's a new strong man in Russia but his rise to power is based on a dark secret hidden decades in the past. The solution to that mystery lies with a most unexpected source, President Jack Ryan.

    David says: "Brilliant but borderline non-fiction!"
    "A great improvement over Clancy's stand alone work"
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    Command Authority & Threat Vector were so good I decided to go back and read Cardinal of the Kremlin. I have read some of Clancy's earlier novels enjoyed some but gave up on later novels as to much data, subplots that were difficult to follow and were confusing, just very difficult to follow and boring at times that lead to skimming. After several hours of listening to Cardinal I realized how much Greaney improved upon Clancy's work. I gave up on Cardinal for the reasons above... Greaney's addition to the Clancy franchise has done away with all that I disliked about Clancy's style. I highly recommend these two novels and hope you enjoy the action, concise subplots, and the characters that continue to amaze and entertain...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fourth Watcher: A Poke Rafferty Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    The author of the Looking for Trouble travel book series, Poke Rafferty is ready to settle down in Bangkok with his fiance, Rose, and his newly adopted daughter, Miaow. But trouble isn't ready to let him go; it's back in Poke's life with a vengeance, in the guise of his long-estranged father, Frank, the last person he ever wanted to see again. And Frank hasn't come empty-handed, arriving with a box of rubies, a wad of fraudulent identity papers, and one of the most dangerous gangsters in China in hot pursuit.

    David says: "Immersive"
    "Not what I expected..."
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    I could not finish this book... Just not what I expected based on the reviews...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3169)
    Performance
    (2771)
    Story
    (2783)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Just Great!!!"
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    The collaboration of Mark Greaney with Tom Clancy has made for a very tight concise action packed novel. If you have read some of Clancy's earlier works you know he is a master at plots, sub plots, and bringing them all together at the end. I found in Clancy's later works that the plot, sub plots became wrapped up in Minutiae, information in such detail that skimming would not detract from the plot. I could not finish some of his later works, too slow, too VOLUMINOUS... In Threat Vector you find none of that, just a great action pack story with the sub plots you come to expect and characters that just jump off the page with realism... Hopefully Command Authority will be as good... Highly recommended. The narration is super!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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