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Steven

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  • I, Sniper: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Stephen Hunter
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (768)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (302)

    Four famed '60s radicals are gunned down at long range by a sniper. Under enormous media scrutiny, the FBI quickly concludes that Marine war hero Carl Hitchcock, whose 93 kills were considered the leading body count tally among American marksman in Vietnam, was the shooter. But as the Bureau, led by Special Agent Nick Memphis, bears down, Hitchcock commits suicide. But Nick is suspicious and asks his friend, the retired Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger, to examine the data.

    Steven says: "from a former MOS8541 and Hunter reader"
    "from a former MOS8541 and Hunter reader"
    Overall

    First off, Carlos Hathcock, whom I have met, as a guest instructor at the school in 86 WAS NOT demeaned, etc. Read it to the end!. Yes it has a little too much gun tech jibber jabber, and there were a few plot/continuity flaws. Why we Snipers are getting all this TV and Movie and Book press is beyond me. Hunter has been writing since before gulfwar 1 and def. knows his stuff. At least his subjects and characters AGE! Some writers got jason bourne , jack ryan etc. aging 10-15 years over a 30 year period! or worse aging 30-40 years over a 10 year period! Without spoiling the plot/end the "Irish" team were a little too obvious.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Beijing Conspiracy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Adrian d'Hage
    • Narrated By Jim Daly
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    The countdown has begun... The message on the Al-Jazeera television network is chilling. Dr Muhammad Bashir, the mastermind behind some of al-Qaeda's most deadly bombings against the West and a close confidant of Osama Bin Laden, has warned of a single horrific biological attack on civilization. There is no cure for what al-Qaeda threatens to unleash, and there are no vaccines.

    April says: "Not one of my favorites"
    "horrible naive british cartoon version of the US"
    Overall

    This book is advertised as a spy thriller, terrorism type book in the likes of Flynn, Baldacci etc. It is clearly written by a brit with little or no actual expericence of the United States. The characters are complete stereotypes and cartoons. The president is a dope, the VP is the secret power behind him and the secret CEO of a huge pharma company. The members of the military are all kooks. The one sane and open minded person is a foreigner on the white house staff. The academics are all knowing open minded independent thinkers. They voluntarily work for USAMRID which is a military organization while ridiculing it. Quit if you dont like it. The terrorists are portrayed as these worldy open mined types who pine for the days of all religions getting along. Jesus this book is straight from the Neville Chamberlain school of being an ostrich.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Medusa Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jack Du Brul
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Ten years ago, the spy satellite Medusa burned upon re-entry - but not before its sensors revealed a secret buried deep in the earth. A priceless discovery that some would die to find - and kill to possess. With a quick intelligence matched by savvy and courage, Philip Mercer is fast becoming a legend in powerful circles around the world. And at least two groups in those circles need his help. One group snatches and holds hostage his oldest friend, forcing Mercer to help them.

    Steven says: "OH BOY WHERE TO START"
    "OH BOY WHERE TO START"
    Overall

    Generally OK but the mine scenes are incredibly hard to follow and the reason might be they are this way on purpose. I'm no mine expert but good heavens this guy is lucky. Of course he's also a great mercenary fighter type too. I am an expert in that area and you can not be an expert shot, tactician, expert martial artist, world class geologist, etc. all at the same time before the age of 40 and in top shape. Maybe I should read other types. Pretty good reading, accents and voices.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hour Game

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2019)
    Performance
    (843)
    Story
    (855)

    A woman is found murdered in the woods with a very special watch on her wrist, and what seemed a simple case soon escalates into a nightmare. The criminal methods of some of the most infamous killers of all time are being replicated by a new predator who stalks and strikes victims with a cunning brilliance. No one can understand the murderer's motives or who the next victim will be.

    Patricia says: "Disappointing"
    "OK BUT NOT GREAT"
    Overall

    More people died in this tiny town in VA than I could keep up with. The names, characters were extenstive and I often found myself asking ok this person was who? and was married to whom? and owed who money? etc. Also, I ALWAYS wonder like everyone else why Maxwell and King never get together. Great reading, accents, voices etc. Some leaps of faith, example the M.E. has time to spy on a person all day while in full medical practice. There are several of these.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Daughter: A Jack McClure Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    Jack McClure lost his daughter. Now it's his job to make sure the president-elect doesn't lose his. A new administration is on its way in, but the president has a few power moves left to see his legacy solidified. Moderate conservative Edward Carson is taking the reins, hoping to set America on a new course. But weeks before Inauguration Day, Carson's daughter, Alli, goes missing from her college dormitory.

    Steve says: "Not worth the read"
    "anti Bush anti religion bigotry"
    Overall

    I liked the book in general but every single chapter had as the current president a religious zealot who was a war monger and wanted to change the US into a theocracy. As if. It was one bigoted stereotype after another. I am NOT religous thats for sure. I can see a Bush bashing book when I read one. All the "reformers" and "moderates" are wonderful and anyone willing to be religious (conservative christians only mentioned not jews or islamics) etc. are the evil bad guys. HORRIBLE BIGOTRY THINLY WRAPPED IN A STORY.

    18 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (130)

    Fatima, Portugal, 1917: The Virgin Mary appears to three peasant children, sharing with them three secrets, two of which are soon revealed to the world. The third secret is sealed away in the Vatican, read only by popes, and not disclosed until the year 2000. When revealed, its quizzical tone and anticlimactic nature leave many faithful wondering if the Church has truly unveiled all of the Virgin Mary's words, or if a message far more important has been left in the shadows.

    Jim says: "What a waste!!"
    "became anti catholic diatribe"
    Overall

    I hate to write this, but I have no choice. What could have been a davinci type pseudo religious thriller degenerated into anti Catholic pontificating (pun intended). Near the end the author uses highly convoluted logic to biblically justify among other things, abortion. NO MAJOR RELIGION OF ANY TYPE CONDONES ABORTION. Whether or not one agrees, the fact is religions do not approve of it. This is but one example. A WASTE OF MONEY.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8973)
    Performance
    (3400)
    Story
    (3437)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "good overal but alot of sex"
    Overall

    to read other reviews you would think this was some masterpiece, it was ok, but i will say there was alot of sex scenes which is ok but some rape scenes too, which frankly i fast forward through, as a former Marine and Cop im no sissy but damn some of that stuff was a bit too graphic and hard for me to listen to for relaxation or pleasure, also, the author seemed to be negative towards nobility using their positions to their advantage with edicts , etc. but when the heroine did it, he seem to make seem just fine and wonderful, tyranny is tyranny, no matter the intention

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Power Play

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (794)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (158)

    When a band of backwoods hunters crash a corporate retreat in the wilderness, executives find themselves held hostage by men who will do anything to get the largest ransom in history. The corporate big shots hadn't wanted junior exec Jake Landry there. But now he's the only one who can save them.

    Art says: "I really wanted to give it four stars!"
    "not that good"
    Overall

    the premise of corporate intrigue and espionage was typical but the details were ridiculous, trained mercenaries are taken down by some guy from engineering, um no. the gymnastics needed to allow some people to have internet/cell access while others couldnt get reception or what not was just silly and the CEO of this big time aerospace company was a woman, um no.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Acid Test

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ross LeManna
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    What if the world was suddenly rocked by widespread murder, political chaos, and the peril of nuclear attack? The ruthless Batu Khan has forged an empire across Mongolia and central Asia. He has developed a frightening arsenal of weaponry and uses mind-altering drugs to give his minions superhuman strength. When Khan invades the Ukraine, the president of the United States issues an ultimatum: get out or else. But the president harbors a dark and deadly secret that may put countless lives at risk.

    James says: "Cinematic Thriller!"
    "not bad"
    Overall

    the premise was a bit far fetched, there seems to be a deluge of books centering on some sort of central asian federation or alliance threatening europe, or china or the US., not gonna happen , this one was a ganghis kahn follower, the other was an alexander the great follower, the over all reading was ok but not great

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Venetian Betrayal: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (246)

    Locating Alexander the Great's final resting place, unknown to this day, remains a tantalizing goal for archaeologists and treasure hunters - as well as a cunning despot with the single-minded desire to surpass Alexander as history's ultimate conqueror. Cotton Malone, former U.S. Justice Department agent turned rare-book dealer, learns from his friend, Cassiopeia Vitt, that a suspicious blaze was part of a campaign of arson masking a diabolical plan to find Alexander's grave - and a miraculous serum.

    W says: "Ok, not great"
    "hard to follow"
    Overall

    i am a very experienced many year memeber of audible and i found this book very hard to follow, the author switched between first and last names, and had almost no character development in the beginning for the listener to use later as a basis for their relationships with each other, i often got lost and had to re listen

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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