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Tundrabeast

Grand Forks, ND United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 67 reviews
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  • Luther: The Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neil Cross
    • Narrated By David Bauckham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (147)

    Meet Detective Chief Inspector John Luther. He’s a murder detective with an extraordinary case clearance rate. He’s obsessive, instinctive, and intense. Nobody who ever stood at his side has a bad word to say about him. And yet there are rumors that Luther is bad - not corrupt, not on the take, but tormented. He seethes with a hidden fury that at times he can barely control. Sometimes it sends him to the brink of madness, making him do things he shouldn’t - things well beyond the limits of the law.

    David says: "Scapegoat"
    "Luther's Beginnings"
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    I'm guessing that the majority of people who get this audio book are fans for the BBC mini series "Luther" like I am. If so then this book is really for you. This is the story of Luther that's alluded to in the very first series. That series begins with Luther hanging on to a serial killer up in a warehous and the either losing his grip or letting him go. This book is the story that led up to that beginning.

    This should have been the first series, but someone said this wasn't developed until later. None the less this is a great introduction to the brilliant and very troubled Luther. In the series we get the impression that some of the guilt is because of the actions in that first scene, but in this book we find his psychological break down was occuring long before that scene. That Luther was both driven and pained from all that he'd seen as a homicide detective. what we get a small bit of in the series is brought up in force in this book.....If you're a fan...You want this book...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Crew

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (251)

    Best-selling author John Sandford takes all the action and suspense of his acclaimed Prey novels and heads west to the dark gleam of L.A.- where the Night Crew works. A mobile unit of video freelancers, they prowl the midnight streets to sell to the highest network bidder. Murders. Robberies. High-speed chases. For them, it is an exhilerating life. But tonight, two deaths will change everything.

    Zoe says: "I listened because it was John Sandford"
    "I Think This Is Just The First"
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    I had a bit of trouble warming up to this in the beginning, but as it progressed I got to like the lead hereon in the story. Like Lucas Davenport she's no nonsense and a bit damaged so she's willing to go to the dark side if that's what it takes.

    Although it's a complete story....The very ending sort of hinted at a possible second story on the horizon.

    Being a trucker from ND I prefer stories with Lucas or Virgil from MN and the region because I know many of the areas. But Sanford does a damn good job on location in CA too. In fact I also heard another new book with characters out of the Washington, DC area...He sounded well versed from there too.

    John Sanford is one of my all time greatest authors because I can chew up a lot of asphalt listening and staying awake. Not all authors in this gents can do that

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Watch

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (898)
    Performance
    (575)
    Story
    (585)

    In Washington, D.C., a cell phone rings. The White House chief of staff needs Jacob Winter now. His chief investigator and an Army Intelligence veteran, Winter knows how to move quickly and decisively, but he's never faced a problem like this. The disappearances are bad, but when the blackened body shows up barbed-wired to a tree, Winter knows there is much worse to come. And soon enough, there is. Large forces are at work, determined to do whatever it takes to achieve their ends.

    Barb Schmidt says: "Political Thriller"
    "Not Davenport, But Good"
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    I think it has to be difficult to write a book with a different lead character than one you've been using for quite some time. There's Virgil, but the locations are the same so I think he sort of thinks like he's a young Lucas

    Jacob is a different character in a different location. Neither Sanford's writing or Ferone's reading the part ever made me think of Lucas. Except all of Sanford's main characters are very clever, brave, and good at figuring things out. A very good listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enemy of the State: A Mitch Rapp Novel, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4389)
    Performance
    (4092)
    Story
    (4077)

    After 9/11, the United States made one of the most secretive and dangerous deals in its history. The evidence against the powerful Saudis who coordinated the attack would be buried. In return, King Faisal would promise to keep the oil flowing and deal with the conspirators in his midst. When the king's own nephew is discovered funding ISIS, the president suspects that the Saudis never intended to live up to their agreement.

    james says: "Sorely Missed the Voice of Mitch Rapp (George Guidall)"
    "Don't Let The Purists Scare You"
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    After I listened to volume one of the series I bought the entire series. All but one recording was George Guidell. That one was a bit tough to get used to because that reader didn't do parts very well like George could. Scott Brick is nothing like that reader
    He like George is a performer instead of a mere reader.

    I haven't heard George perform Mitch Rapp since the last book a couple of years ago, but I've heard Scott read several books since that time so for me there was absolutely no issue.

    As for the story. I really liked the way so many characters from past books were brought back in this book. I thought that was a very clever way for the writer to establish writing cred with us hard core fans. But intertwining the past with the current it's easier to hop on board as if it's a Vince Flynn writing.

    I'm looking forward to more adventures....Or is this family man Mitch Rapp sort of an unofficial completion of the series? I for one think he'll at least be teaming up with the Russian again. Imagine the damage the two could do.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Equalizer

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Michael Sloan
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (612)

    Robert McCall is a former covert operations officer for the CIA who tries to atone for past sins by offering, free of charge, his services as a troubleshooter (often literally), a protector, and an investigator. People in need find him through a newspaper ad: "Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer.” Aided by a group of sometimes-mysterious contacts (some of whom date back to his spying days), McCall traverses the streets of New York City, visiting justice upon those who prey upon the weak.

    Ann C says: "Look! It's another Nike product!"
    "Nothing Like The Movie"
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    This is the story they should have made the movie from instead of that foolish script they did use. Had they done it right it would have been a blockbuster like Bourne.


    I really liked the story, an it's set up for future stories where he uses his skills to help people

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3258)
    Performance
    (2888)
    Story
    (2879)

    The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

    He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting.

    Ed says: "Sandford and Ferrone deliver"
    "It's A Dark One"
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    It's kind of tough saying much about this book without giving away too much. Lucas is on a very strange case involving a seriel killer that's been killing since the 80's or 90's without getting caught. There's an old well that's discovered to hold many of the bodies and the story just keeps getting stranger from that point on.

    Now here's a fun fact. While listening to this story there was a couple of phone calls with Virgil Flowers where he hints at a couple cases he's working on, but Davenport and Virgil agree it's best he doesn't know too much about what he's doing......So I just recently listened to the Virgil Flowers book "Deadline" where he breaks in with his side of the phone calls. How cool is that? The same calls about another situation spread between two books with different main characters.....I never heard of something like that before

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadline: Virgil Flowers, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2500)
    Performance
    (2246)
    Story
    (2242)

    In Southeast Minnesota, down on the Mississippi, a school board meeting is coming to an end. The board chairman announces that the rest of the meeting will be closed, due to personnel issues. "Issues" is correct. The proposal up for a vote before them is whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. The vote is four to one in favor.

    MJ says: "Best in this series"
    "A Bit Of A Stretch, But Still Good"
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    Even when Sanford makes either Flowers or Davenports stories somewhat like the whoppers Flowers fishes for...They're still entertaining as hell. I'm not giving anything away here by saying the premis is a school board gone bad...In a small town...In Minnesota.....Ya..A pretty big stretch...but damn entertaining

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gathering Prey: Prey, Book 25

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3538)
    Performance
    (3164)
    Story
    (3159)

    They call them Travelers. They move from city to city, panhandling, committing no crimes - they just like to stay on the move. And now somebody is killing them. Lucas Davenport's adopted daughter, Letty, is home from college when she gets a phone call from a woman Traveler she'd befriended in San Francisco. The woman thinks somebody's killing her friends, she's afraid she knows who it is, and now her male companion has gone missing.

    Kimberly says: "Terrific as usual!"
    "Davenport In Transition"
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    This is once again a very good book by one of my favorite authors and performers. It's different in that it includes his oldest daughter quite a bit more than any book since when he first found her. It also has him working in WI and MI which if you get the next book you'll find is a transistion for Davenport. After all these years it's time he made some changes before it starts seeming too familiar.....

    The Davenport and Flowers series are my favorites for going down the road. They help me chew up a lot of pavement without getting too bored

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Degrees of Assassination: An Audible Drama

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By M J Arlidge
    • Narrated By Andrew Scott, Freema Agyeman, Hermione Norris, and others
    Overall
    (1441)
    Performance
    (1332)
    Story
    (1327)

    On a sullen, cloudy July day ten years since 7/7, the happy, confident and optimistic British Prime Minister is visiting a charity in East London. It’s just two months after the general election which saw John Campbell's government returned to power with a clear majority, the economy is on the mend and the coalition is fast becoming a bad memory. Suddenly, a man appears out of the crowd and shoots him three times in the chest.

    lynn says: "Good Original Drama Pity About the "Music""
    "Are You Kidding Me?"
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    I couldn't finish this dog. What gets me is all the great reviews this got for being so good. It's not written well, acted well, and has bad pacing. If this is an example of these audio plays that have been sold as being something special...Then count me out. I'd rather listen to one performer on one well written book than another one of these

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Independence Day: A Dewey Andreas Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2687)
    Performance
    (2467)
    Story
    (2454)

    Dewey Andreas, former Delta and current intelligence agent, is sidelined. Still drowning in grief after the tragic murder of his fiancee, Dewey has seemingly lost his focus, his edge, and the confidence of his superiors. A high-level Russian hacker, known only as Cloud, is believed to be behind a series of major terror operations, and the mission is to capture and render Cloud harmless. At the same time, a backup team is sent after the only known associate of Cloud, a ballerina believed to be his girlfriend.

    shelley says: "Worth waiting almost a year for!Most Excellent 5*s"
    "A Bit Over The Top"
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    First off I have to say it struck me funny that good old Dewy in in a funk, but he can't sit on some shrinks couch and get therapy to help him through it. Instead Dewy has to go out and kill a boat load of bad guys (And some Russian cops that are in the way) to get his head straight again. Now that's funny.

    Second...It's a bit over the top because of what I said above. He's in Russia illegally and not only kills a lot of people including cops, but his name and picture is released so the Russians know he's and American. Yet somehow there's not hell to pay for an American who did something with so much media attention. Imagine if a Russian or anyone from some other country did something like that on American soil. Regardless how good of a reason they had...We'd be talking attack.

    Ok! Over all it's still a lot of fun to listen to. It really helped me chew up a lot of highway in the Midwest. I like this series, but it does seem that Ben Cole is starting to get a bit too wordy at times. Sort of going into areas like some inner ramblings of Dewey that's supposed to help us understand what's going on, but in reality makes him seem a bit less intelligent. As long as he doesn't start doing propaganda tirades like Brad Thor who sounds like something straight out of Fox Noise I can tolerate it. I just wish he'd go back to more action like the earlier books.

    None the less...If going out kicking butt and killing a bunch of bad guys is what you need to get your head straight....Well is that really wrong?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (8143)
    Performance
    (7395)
    Story
    (7413)

    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Michael J Canning says: "Enthralling and authentic story of valor in combat"
    "Doesn't Work For Me"
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    I'm giving it such low star points because I tried listening several times but I found two problems that made it tough for me to continue. First is the reader.....He might be fine with other titles, but I really think he was mismatched on this title. He really doesn't come across as a tough special forces person.

    Second is that this story is apparently from a real account. I know it's often much harder to make a real account story interesting because you're pretty much stuck to the story without much embellishments to make the flow more interesting. Much of the story seem like something people with some military background would enjoy. I have none and basically couldn't remain interested as it continued.

    Like I said...It didn't work for me. If you like military stories this might be right up your alley, but not mine

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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