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Stephen

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  • The Fifth Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (590)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (494)

    From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, there have been more than two dozen assassination attempts on the President of the United States. Four have been successful. But now, Beecher White - the hero of the number one New York Times best seller The Inner Circle - discovers a killer in Washington, D.C. who's meticulously re-creating the crimes of these four men. Historians have branded them as four lone wolves. But what if they were wrong?

    Janice says: "I had to stop listening a little bit into the book"
    "Brad Meltzer - The New Serial Writer & Killer"
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    I really enjoyed this book. As a sequel to "The Inner Circle," this book builds on the characters of Beecher, Niko, and Clementine. Yet the author weaves in a new character who drives this book. I enjoyed the story line and the way the author really fleshes out each character. Brings home too many memories of growing up as a teenage boy though - LOL!

    The writing is excellent and I didn't want to stop listening.

    And I enjoyed the ending. Sets the stage for the next book in this new series and makes the reader wonder, once again, about the new character - Marshall. Whose side is he really on? Finding out in the next book will make for an enjoyable read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Witness: Badge of Honor, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    For Philadelphia homicide detective Matt Payne, investigating a young woman’s murder in a Society Hill home invasion uncovers an ugly underworld - that of Mexican drug cartels and the Russian mob. Foreign girls are being smuggled in to work in the sex trade, and now some of them are dying or just disappearing. The trail leads right to Philadelphia - and Payne learns that’s not all. Teenage American girls lured from local foster homes have vanished. And the lone living witness has gone into hiding. He knows it’s got to be connected - but how?

    Ronald says: "A Dis-Honor to the Badge of Honor Series"
    "Interesting But Predictable"
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    The Badge of Honor series has always been driven by the character of Matt Payne. The previous books bring that character out in very unique and fun ways. This book, though, does nothing to add to Matt's character. He has become predictable and boring. There is very little drama and a very predictable ending. That pattern was very disappointing. While it was a fun read, I was expecting more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Chain of Thunder: A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Continuing the trilogy that began with A Blaze of Glory, New York Times best-selling author Jeff Shaara returns to chronicle another decisive chapter in America’s long and bloody Civil War. In A Chain of Thunder, the action shifts to the fortress city of Vicksburg, Mississippi. There, in the vaunted "Gibraltar of the Confederacy", a siege for the ages will cement the reputation of one Union general - and all but seal the fate of the rebel cause.

    Dane Ilertsen says: "Why the Cut and Paste?"
    "The Horror of Siege Warfare Made Real"
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    Though I have read and listened to numerous books on the Civil War, I have seemingly ignored much of the West battles. Jeff Shaara writes an excellent presentation of the battles leading up to and around Vicksburg.

    This book focuses on a number of real people and a few fictional ones. The author interweaves an excellent story line focusing on the human events, thoughts and feelings of various officers and men as well as some civilians. This novel (and the one about Shiloh) purposefully goes light on the details of the military regiments and units. So don't expect a detailed description of the battles as found in Stephen Sears books.

    The book is well written and keeps the listener engrossed the whole way. I found myself rooting for the fictional character here even though I am confident he will survive.

    Paul Michael is a narrator well known to me. Any time I see his name listed as the narrator I smile because I know how well he does. And Paul does his usual excellent performance here.

    If you want detailed descriptions of the Battles of Vicksburg, this is the wrong book for you. If you prefer getting to know what it may have been like to be a soldier and civilian during this time, then you will enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alexander Cipher: Daniel Knox, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Will Adams
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (157)

    Egyptologist Daniel Knox's lifelong fascination with Alexander the Great and his tomb, a fabled wonder of the ancient world, could be the death of him. After construction workers excavating in Alexandria expose a catacomb dating back to ancient times, Knox eagerly sneaks in to scout the cavernous and dusty site. Among the relics he finds clues that may solve one of the world's greatest mysteries: the last resting place of Alexander the Great.

    C. Johnson says: "Very strong start to a (hopefully) lengthy series"
    "A Rollicking Fun Story."
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    I always love finding new authors who write great stories. And Will Adams fits that description perfectly. History is full of stories of people searching for Alexander the Great's body and his wealth. Will writes an excellent story that flows well and makes for a great listen. Our hero saves lives, gets the girl, and becomes the hero in the end. Well, not exactly and that is one of the best parts of the story. The ending lays the groundwork for the next story and a definite antagonist.

    An excellent narration by David Colacci as well.

    Looking forward to the next episode.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Line of Fire: The Corps Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (176)

    While the bloody battle for control of the Solomons rages on, two Marines are trapped at a Coastwatcher station on tiny Buka Island. They are there to report on Japanese air activity, and their position is becoming increasingly perilous, even while their supplies are diminishing rapidly; if they are not rescued soon, they may never make it off the island.

    Stuart Fujisaki says: "In the Sweet spot of this Series....."
    "Gets Better and Better"
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    The Corps series is definitely a man-oriented series. The characters are macho, heroic, dedicated, yet sometimes crass and disgusting. They represent the true enigma that makes the military male.

    As the son of a WWII veteran who fought the Japanese and the father of a current Marine, I have a definite bias toward these stories. yet I loved them years ago when I read them on paper.

    Dick Hill's narration just makes the stories even better.

    This book continues the storylines from Guadalcanal and Buka. The book is very well written and makes the reader root for the men and women in harm's way as well as their personal struggles, fears, and desires.

    Looking forward to the next books in the series. Mr. Griffin, keep them coming and I will keep buying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, and others
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (360)

    In the late nineteenth century a mysterious group of English martial arts aficionados provided Sir Richard F. Burton, well-known expert on exotic languages and historical swordsmanship, a collection of long-lost manuscripts to translate. Burton’s work was subsequently misplaced, only to be discovered by a team of amateur archaeologists in the ruins of a mansion in Treiste. From Burton's translations and the original source material, the epic tale of The Mongoliad was recreated.

    daniel says: "terrible ending"
    "Such a Disappointment"
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    Being Hungarian in heritage, I always try historical books that incorporate that heritage.I don't know much about the Mongolian invasion and was hoping this first novel might touch on that. It doesn't. That's OK. The actual storyline, as written, is very confusing.

    There is no clear individual to get to know and like. Nor is there a real villian to dislike. Too many undeveloped characters with seemingly disconnected plots. It seems like each author was assigned a character and tried to develop action scenes for that character. Then the editor smashed the storylines together like mashed potatoes. Thus, the story wanders across this book like the Mongols did across the steppes.

    Yet there is enough to keep me going. I have Book 2 and will continue there hoping things get better.

    Luke Daniels as a narrator is just as effective as the book is written. Just meh.

    Not horrible but not great. Just average.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Striker: An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (368)

    It is 1902, and a bright, inexperienced young man named Isaac Bell, only two years out of his apprenticeship at the Van Dorn Detective Agency, has an urgent message for his boss. Hired to hunt for radical unionist saboteurs in the coal mines, he is witness to a terrible accident that makes him think that something else is going on, that provocateurs are at work and bigger stakes are in play. Little does he know just how big they are. Given exactly one week to prove his case, Bell quickly finds himself pitted against two of the most ruthless opponents he has ever known.

    tristan says: "Excellent, really enjoyed this one."
    "A Peek Into the Early Isaac Bell"
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    Of all the series that Clive Cussler and his co-authors produce, the Isaac Bell series is far and away the best. Justin Scott writes a rollicking story with detailed characters and believable storylines.

    His lead character, Isaac Bell is determined (living the van Dorn Agency motto "We never give up!"), intelligent, and capable. Yet he is human making mistakes along the way with other people paying the price.

    Scott creates 2 excellent villians for us to dislike and describes the primary villian in exquisite detail so we can see him in our minds clearly. And the second villian hides so well in the shadows keeping us yearning to find out more about him. Yet the writing is not tedious or boring but keeps the reader engaged the whole way.

    Scott Brick is one of the best narrators in the business and adds his consistently high quality reader to this book. Whenever I see Scott Brick listed as the narrator, I know I will enjoy the book. I was once again pleased with The Striker.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Tiger: Book I of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (726)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (306)

    1799. As the British Army fights its way through India toward a diabolical trap, the young and illiterate private Richard Sharpe must battle both man and beast behind enemy lines, in an attempt to push the ruthless Tippoo of Mysore from his throne and drive his French allies out of India.

    Angela says: "Believe the Hype!"
    "Wellington's Honorable Rogue"
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    Prepare to be hooked on Richard Sharpe. From the moment our uneducated, street-smart, ruthless hero steps onto the pages, you will fall in love with Private Sharpe. He may not be book educated, but through his native cunning and ruthlessness, he sure knows how to get out of a scrape with his skin intact. An honorable rogue is our Richard too.

    Bernard Cornwell introduces the reader to a really enjoyable everyday guy who is just trying to survive the army. Lurching from one mistake after another, Sharpe almost loses it all... only to hit the jackpot in the end.

    From my first reading so long ago, I have loved every story about Sharpe. The writing is excellent, the storyline enjoyable, and the characters believable. This book is an excellent way to pass a day or two.

    Frederick Davidson is an outstanding narrator. His British accent adds realism to the story and his narration is a pleasure to hear. Yet his accent does not become a barrier to the enjoyment as I have found with Patrick Tull.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe’s Escape: Portugal, 1810

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    International best-selling author Bernard Cornwell, an undisputed master of historical fiction, is in top form for the 20th novel in his wildly popular Richard Sharpe series. In the year 1810 Napoleon is determined to conquer Portugal. But Captain Richard Sharpe leads the French directly into the Duke of Wellington’s devastating defenses at Torres Vedras, where one of the great battles of the Napoleonic wars erupts.

    Stephen says: "The Napoleonic James Bond Lives to Fight Again."
    "The Napoleonic James Bond Lives to Fight Again."
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    Before James Bond, there was Richard Sharpe. Fighting the King's enemies. Dashing about getting himself into trouble, then pulling out the miraculous escape. And always getting the beautiful girl into his bed. That is our Richard Sharpe.

    Bernard Cornwell knows how to write great stories. Yes, they tend to be formulaic, but I love these stories for their sheer bloody enjoyment. The author does an excellent job of building in the actions, patterns, and personalities of the time (as I understand them to be). He also educates you into the military thoughts and concepts of the British army during the Napoleonic Wars in Spain, Portugal, and France. And if the French leaders were are narcissistic as Cornwell suggests, I wonder how they won any battles at all.

    The only complaint I have is Patrick Tull as the narrator. I much prefer these stories read by William Gaminara or Frederick Davidson, Tull is not bad and I got used to his accent as the book progressed, but Gaminara and Davidson are better. Personal preference there.

    If you like British military history in general, and the Napoleonic Wars in particular, then you will enjoy the Sharpe novels.

    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
    (780)
    Performance
    (624)
    Story
    (630)

    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..."
    "King of the Hill - Asian Syle"
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    This was a most interesting story. One that seems fanciful when trying to imagine two communist countries like Russia and China playing "King of the Hill." In Clancy's world, there is only one true King. And that King has to be ready at all times for the unexpected. Thanks to the excellence of many small people, the evil plans of others can be thwarted.

    But turning Russia into a true ally? That is being very creative.

    The storyline is titillating, creative, destructive, and has the unknown good guy riding to the rescue at the last minute.

    As always, Clancy's stories are fun, challenging, long, and worth every minute.

    Michael Prichard is an excellent narrator and makes this book an wonderful investment in your time and a truly enjoyable read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Battleground: The Corps Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (217)

    The story of one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Pacific, the epic struggle for Guadalcanal. Daredevil pilot Charles Galloway learns the hard way to command a fighter squadron. Lieutenant Joe Howard teams up with the Coastwatchers. Jack 'No Middle Initial' Stecker leads his infantry battalion into the thickest of the fighting, at a terrible price. And Navy Captain Pickering grabs a helmet and a rifle to join the ranks at Guadalcanal....

    David Ford says: "Another great listen"
    "Why American Marines Are Without Peer"
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    What made the experience of listening to Battleground the most enjoyable?

    This book continues the excellent merging of the fabulous writing of WEB Griffin and the outstanding narration of Dick Hill. Whenever I listen to The Corps series, I always pull up the maps of the region whre the fighting is described and follow along with the narration. This combination brings the story alive.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dick renders the characters in the story believable and adds the appropriate emotion and voice inflection that makes listening to the story fun.A good narrator makes a good book fun. A great narrator makes a great book memorable and brings the listener back again and again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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