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Aaron

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  • The Scar

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko, Elinor Huntington (translator)
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (648)
    Performance
    (576)
    Story
    (574)

    Sergey and Marina Dyachenko mix dramatic scenes with romance, action and wit, in a style both direct and lyrical. Written with a sure artistic hand, The Scar is the story of a man driven by his own feverish demons to find redemption and the woman who just might save him. Egert is a brash, confident member of the elite guards and an egotistical philanderer. But after he kills an innocent student in a duel, a mysterious man known as “The Wanderer” challenges Egert and slashes his face with his sword, leaving Egert with a scar that comes to symbolize his cowardice.

    Robert says: "Highly, highly, Highly Recommended"
    "Harry Potter, but more realistic and (not cheesy)."
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    When I was younger I would have really liked this story. Probably would have been my favorite, and I have read a lot of books from the fantasy genre.
    This would make a good movie, but as it was, I a getting too old for this kind of sword and sorcery novel.

    Some good morals were attempted at throughout this book. The writing was above average to excellent.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Beneath the Dark Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Greig Beck
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (268)

    When a plane crashes into the Antarctic ice, exposing a massive cave beneath, a rescue and research team is dispatched. Twenty-four hours later, all contact is lost. Captain Alex Hunter and his highly trained squad of commandos are fast tracked to the hot zone to find out what went wrong - and to follow up the detection of a vast underground reservoir.

    Bob says: "A fun and interesting read."
    "Jules Verne meets X-man."
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    I don't know when or why I purchased this audio book. I just found it in my library. ?

    One fine day I started listening...

    It started out (aside from unnecessary preface by author - I advise skipping that!), as a somewhat interesting adventure story with a fantastical creature element and a government agent back-story. All was okay until the last half when the story lagged and the narrator sounded like he was drinking.

    By the end of the story I was no longer able to suspend disbelief (eg.,takes place Antarctica), and the plot held no more surprises.

    Verdict: skip it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eye of the Needle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Eric Lincoln
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1855)
    Performance
    (941)
    Story
    (945)

    One enemy spy knows the secret of the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin - code name: "The Needle" - who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory.

    Scott says: "A Classic WWII Spy Thriller"
    "Historical WWII Fiction"
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    - skip the preface-

    "Eye of the Needle" is a study of one German Spy, who is deeply embedded in enemy territory. The secrets he has access to are important enough that both sides are willing to do almost anything to protect them. And while these events take place, the world moves on around them, occassionaly drawing-in people who happen to get in the way.

    The author immerses us in a world of Bakelite, checkered skirts, and the impending war machine. However, for all of the descriptive backdrop, and rich details, he creates believable characters, exciting action sequences, and intriguing plot twists.

    In short, it is everything you could want in an espionage novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1250)
    Performance
    (1078)
    Story
    (1076)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Maximum Thrill and Fabulous Characters"
    "Do it for Denmark!"
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    A better alternative to Jo Nesbo

    "Lost Causes" is about a detective who is placed as head of the newly minted "Dept. Q" - if only to keep him, and his brash manners, away from everyone else. The Force won't fire him, however, because of his exemplary past...and he knows it.

    So, he is instead relegated to a tiny basement office in a such a way that one cannot help feeling a humorous empathy with the aging detective. Cold-case files, and Dead-ends are his company... that, and a Middle-eastern man with fire and talent, and umm, a Transylvanian accent (sorry, couldn't help it).

    Detective Carl Morck's past is anything but funny, and serves to bring gravity to the story.
    The mystery to be solved leads to a harrowing conclusion, with real-life consequences. The ending is not as happy as most 'western' endings, but not as dark as some Scandinavian books. All-in-all Olsen did an admirable job of eliminating gratuitous and tasteless filth, and what was included was handled in such a way as to not glorify it needlessly.

    Det. Morck was a likable protagonist. The Antagonist, when he was discovered, was despicable in equal measure. It was a good versus evil in the end, which can add so much to a mystery. It wasn't the greatest book I've ever read in this genre, but it was enjoyable, and I will likely read another Olsen novel.

    Bottom Line: recommended to fans of the genre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rendezvous

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 2 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (171)

    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"
    "OK Short."
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    This was a short novel, that was atmospheric and well-written, but perhaps lacking in depth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
    (576)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Amanda says: "SHOCKED!"
    "A Page out of the X Files."
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    Secret Service Agent Ethan Hunt is investigating the disappearance of missing agents in a small town in ...the Pines somewhere, maybe Idaho...
    Strange things are happening, and it may be more than the result of concussive head trauma. To his credit, author Blake Crouch does not feel the need to overly explain things, although, sometimes I wished for more "showing".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rain Fall: John Rain Thrillers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Brian Nishii
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1152)
    Performance
    (730)
    Story
    (728)

    Haunted by the past, John Rain kills to order and leaves no trace, but the death at his hand of an old man has unforeseen complications - and soon Rain is trying to protect not just his carefully preserved anonymity but his own life and those of the people he cares for. A stunning, page-turning reinvention of the hitman thriller, Rain Fall marks the introduction of a compelling new series character and major new thriller writing career.

    George says: "Great new take on the Assassin Genre"
    "Disclaimer"
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    'Rain Fall' tells the story of a hired Assassin through first-person narrative.
    The protagonist uncovers complications connected to a recent contract. His morals are beginning to settle into an uncomfortable ambivalence. To further compromise his position, he has allowed himself to become emotionally close to someone who is drawn dangerously into a thickening plot.

    The pacing is slow, but interesting. It speaks in what I would call a "quiet, but powerful voice". The narration by Brian Nishi is exceptional, and the authentic Japanese-American tone and inflection melds harmoniously.

    I appreciated the blow-by-blow account of Judo and Aikido. The author obviously speaks from a place of understanding. In addition, his observations of Tradecraft were realistic and engaging. It was similar in many ways to a modern-day James Bond, except (big except) that the main character kills people for money, as opposed to the very fine line of killing acknowledged enemies in the interests of National Security and in the sometimes necessary call of duty.

    *Disclaimer -
    If you have looked at my profile you will see that I try to review books only after I have listened to them carefully and completely. I did not know this was a novel about an Assassin. I chose to stop halfway through, because I do not like to read stories about Assassins. I thought this was about espionage, so the fault lies with me and not the author.

    I enjoyed Eisler's writing, and would certainly try another book by him. I would recommend* this book to fans of the genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woodcutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1022)
    Performance
    (729)
    Story
    (725)

    Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

    Diana says: "One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!"
    "The Victim - or was he?"
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    The plot snaps quickly into the story. By page two we are already wondering what's happened.

    In this exciting mystery-drama (that reads like a police procedural), we follow the hero as he is stripped of his riches and covered in filthy rags. His good name is dragged through the mud. Uncomfortable accusations are made against him. Evidence supporting those allegations are uncovered. He is thoroughly dishonored, and locked away in prison to the relief of everyone around him. Then we learn who he really is...




    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Running for My Life: One Lost Boy's Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Lopez Lomong
    • Narrated By Brandon Hirsch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (154)

    Running for My Life is not a story about Africa or track and field athletics. It is about outrunning the devil and achieving the impossible: faith, diligence, and the desire to give back. It is the American dream come true and a reminder that saving one can help to save thousands more. Lopez Lomong chronicles his inspiring ascent from a barefoot lost boy of the Sudanese Civil War to a Nike sponsored athlete on the US Olympic Team. Though most of us fall somewhere between the catastrophic lows and dizzying highs of Lomong's incredible life, every reader will find in his story the human spark to pursue dreams that might seem unthinkable.

    AudioAddict says: "Interesting and Inspirational"
    "Inspiring Feel-good"
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    This is the remarkable story of a young African child who is stolen from his home by rebel troops, his eventual journey to America, and then to the Olympics (twice representing USA in track).
    Lopez writes with a simple faith that Christians will enjoy, yet won't offend listeners of other faiths.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Build a Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By Jack London
    • Narrated By Peter Husmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    "He travels fastest who travels alone...but not after the frost has dropped below zero 50 degrees or more." (Yukon Code) Jack London’s best short story.

    Aaron says: "never go alone in -50°"
    "never go alone in -50°"
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    Written as only Jack London can...

    A man traveling alone across a winter-scape where temps are colder than -50 below.
    His legs accidentally go through a soft spot where natural spring waters remain free of ice regardless of temps. Now the emergency! He must start a fire, but his hands are not working, and his legs are starting to freeze.

    As I write this review, the midwest has been experiencing record cold temps as cold as -50°. School is cancelled and weather advisories go into effect. People are warned to stay indoors.

    In this book, his friend warns him not go out alone, but he doesn't listen...
    It is not London's best work, but he does manage to capture a certain poignancy.

    Narration was fine- Husmann has a classic, crisp tone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2826)
    Performance
    (1642)
    Story
    (1638)

    New York Times best-selling author James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels began with this first hard-hitting entry in the series. In The Neon Rain, Detective Robicheaux fishes a prostitute's corpse from a New Orleans bayou and finds that no one, not even the law, cares about a dead hooker.

    S. Sand says: "The perfect combination of author and narrator"
    "met expectations"
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    Neon Rainbow was enjoyable for what it was: a slightly over-the-top detective procedural that didn't stand still for very long.

    Will Patton is one of my favorite narrators. I think he is born for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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