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  • Ranger's Apprentice, Book 9: Halt's Peril

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Flanagan
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (454)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (342)

    The renegade outlaw group known as the Outsiders may have been chased from Clonmel, but not before killing Halt's only brother. Now Rangers Halt and Will, along with the young warrior Horace, are in pursuit. The Outsiders have done an effective job of dividing the kingdom into factions and are looking to overtake Araluen. It will take every bit of skill and cunning for the Rangers to survive. Some may not be so lucky.

    Cleone says: "Purely great"
    "Great Story...poor narration."
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    Flanagan continues doing a great job at bringing the Rangers story to life, however he might consider getting a better narrator. Keating lacks the skill in making each character distinctive. All the voices sound the same and the pitch of his voice never changes. Halt should be a low, level voice of reason and confidence, but Keating makes him sound like a questioning naive youngster. I was very disappointed when I first started listening to the story but hung in there because I enjoy Flanagan's excellent work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soft Targets: A Jonathan Grave Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Gilstrap
    • Narrated By Basil Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    Four children's lives hang in the balance. A vicious criminal is on the loose. With law enforcement at a dead end, there's only one man who can recover the hostages: Jonathan Grave.

    FBI Special Agent Irene Rivers is horrified to learn that because of mistakes made by agents under her command, a murderer and child molester will walk free. When Irene's own daughters become the monster's next targets, she reaches out in desperation to an elite Special Forces operator.

    shelley says: "Well written, fast paced Jonathan Graves novella"
    "Excellent!!"
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    Mr. Gilstrap is a master at what he writes and the narrator completes the package. You will not be disappointed by this well written well read book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Execution

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Dick Wolf
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (77)

    NYPD Detective Jeremy Fisk hunts an assassin working for a shadowy cartel in this action-charged second installment of Dick Wolf's New York Times best-selling series, a masterful thriller that blends politics, intrigue, and twisting suspense. A number of bodies are discovered on the United States' border with Mexico, each carved with a bizarre symbol: a hummingbird. Detective Cecilia Garza, dubbed the Ice Queen among her colleagues at the Mexican intelligence agency because she's famous for never showing an ounce of weakness, arrives at the scene and recognizes the image immediately; it is the calling card of a killer called Chuparosa.

    Piotr says: "could not finish it"
    "Well deserved rating!"
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    Dick Wolf strikes again! Well written to capture and retain the listeners attention! And the narrator breaths life into the excellent storyline!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thief: A Robin Monarch Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    Robin Monarch is a man with a complicated past and dangerous present. He's been a soldier, a CIA agent, and freelance operative, but first and foremost, Robin Monarch is a thief of the highest order. Orphaned at 12, Monarch originally stole for survival, then he stole for his friends and cohorts, now he steals to order and to give back to the to the woman who saved his life many years ago.

    Mel says: "Dirk Pitt / Mitch Rapp = Robin Monarch"
    "Another home run!"
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    Once again Sullivan brings it to the reader at a pace that's guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat! The narrator does a great job at bringing each characters personality to life and reveals the storyline in a manner designed to please. Well done!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Force and Effect: A Jack Ryan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1211)
    Performance
    (1062)
    Story
    (1064)

    A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr., and his fellow Campus agents precious time. Time they don't have.

    R. Conley says: "Thank You Mark Greaney!"
    "Another Excellent Book!!!"
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    Once again Mark Greaney has pulled out all of the stops and written a masterful thrill packed story that keeps the listener on the edge of their seat. And as usual, the never ending talent of the narrator brings all the characters to life. Fantastic!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silent Assassin: A Dan Morgan Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Leo J. Maloney
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Code named Cobra, former CIA agent Dan Morgan is pulled in when every other option has failed. His mission: find Nikolai Novokoff, a ruthless KGB officer turned international arms dealer. Locate the weapons of mass destruction that the rogue terrorist is threatening to unleash on the world. And terminate with extreme prejudice.

    Jill says: "Mediocre at best"
    "Mediocre at best"
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    Story was inconsistent and took a long time to develop the plot. Certain aspects were cheesy and the title was not represented by the main character. There was nothing Silent about him and he was more like a puppet controlled by a cold hearted power crazed female who lead from the comfort of her cozy desk. Overall, this book doesn't hold a candle to the greats like Clancy and Greaney.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eyes of Prey: The Lucas Davenport Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (814)
    Performance
    (697)
    Story
    (699)

    The “Prey” novels by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist John Sandford consistently make the best-seller lists, but they are not for the faint of heart. Featuring Minneapolis Lieutenant Lucas Davenport, these thrillers are raw, graphic, and impossible to put down. In Eyes of Prey, a depressed and unfocused Davenport takes on a macabre case, tracking down a serial killer who maims the eyes of his victims after he has murdered them.

    mindusq says: "Sí. Oui. Yup. Uh huh. Oh hell yeah.Yes."
    "Surprisingly disappointing....Boring Even!"
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    What disappointed you about Eyes of Prey?

    The Lucas Davenport character was portrayed as an immoral borderline dirty cop who made deals with the press for implied sexual favors and slept with as well as discussed case information potential witnesses. He is not the same Davenport I had come to admire in past books.


    What could John Sandford have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It could have been more enjoyable if it had read like an intrigue filled mystery thriller instead of a sex starved dishonest cop's pathetic relationship novel. There is more dialogue about Davenports failed and current female love interests then the actual murder mystery, which by the way, isn't a mystery at all since we already know who the killers are. This book lacked excitement and I really wanted to feel that "sitting on the edge of your seat" anticipation.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator was good, but did not seem to have much to work with as far as storyline and characters went. The only thing I felt was off was Davenports voice, it seemed to vary throughout the book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Eyes of Prey?

    I would limit the Casey/Davenport scenes and heighten the pursuit of the killers.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Sanford has always been one of my favorite authors, however this novel did not live up to his usual high standards. The only reason I listened to the entire book was because I paid for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unlucky 13: Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (905)
    Performance
    (789)
    Story
    (789)

    The Women's Murder Club is stalked by a killer with nothing to lose. San Francisco Detective Lindsay Boxer is loving her life as a new mother. With an attentive husband, a job she loves, plus best friends who can talk about anything from sex to murder, things couldn't be better. Then the FBI sends Lindsay a photo of a killer from her past, and her happy world is shattered. The picture captures a beautiful woman at a stoplight. But all Lindsay sees is the psychopath behind those seductive eyes.

    Jennifer Bailey says: "Pointless Waste Of Time"
    "More like another romance novel...."
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    What would have made Unlucky 13 better?

    Less romance and more thrilling investigative dialogue


    What could James Patterson and Maxine Paetro have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    No offense, but this author team is not a good mix. Patterson has been one of my favorites for as long as I can remember, but when he teams up with Paetro, the novels become more seated in romance then Pattersons signature thrillers.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Use a different narrator. This one doesn't seem to understand the need to vary tone and voice projection depending on the situation. She is "bubbly" all the time, even during tense or unpleasant circumstances.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Unlucky 13?

    Yuki's entire honeymoon dialogue and Lindsay's 'over the top' declaration of love for her husband...it was ridiculous. It's not a bad thing, but the narrator really ruined it. Lindsay has always been a calm cool yet intense detective and this narrator made her sound like a cheerleader. The same with Yuki.


    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately, this type of team doesn't work and has the very real potential of losing fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kill Switch: Tucker Wayne, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Rollins, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (366)

    The mission seems simple enough: Extract a pharmaceutical magnate from Russian soil. But nothing is as it appears to be. A desperate call thrusts Captain Tucker Wayne and his stalwart military dog, Kane, into a frantic race to rescue the brilliant-but-deluded Abram Bukolov from a cadre of skilled assassins. Hunted and betrayed at every turn, Tucker and Kane must discover the truth behind a horror out of the ancient past that can be weaponized to terrorize the modern world. As time rapidly runs out, the deep and intimate bond between dog and soldier will be tested to the extreme.

    Lawrence says: "A good start to a series"
    "Magnificent!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes indeed! If you thrive on being pulled from one thrill to the next while enjoying the excellent picture /plot being narrated by a true pro...you'll love this book!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tucker, hands down. His confidence and abilities as well as his deep loyalty and love for Caine is awesome!


    Have you listened to any of Scott Aiello’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I am soooo glad I got to experience his talent in narration. He truly knows how to bring each character to life in their own unique way...even Caine the canine.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Every time Tucker expressed his deep devotion to Caine, I felt a certain kinship. I too have two wonderful German Shepards I feel the same love and devotion.


    Any additional comments?

    To the author I say...Excellent book and I look forward to the next Tucker/Caine adventure. To the narrator I say...Well done and then some!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Soft Target: Ray Cruz, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen Hunter
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (329)

    New York Times best-selling author Stephen Hunter is back with another breakneck thriller, in which ex-Marine sniper, Ray Kruz, must outwit a group of murderous Somali terrorists who’ve laid siege to the Mall of America. Recently retired marine sergeant Ray Kruz has been talked into a mall trip by his fiancé, the beautiful Molly Chan. For Ray, Molly represents a way to reconnect with normal life, something his 20 years in the service and five tours in two combat zones have prevented.

    Jean says: "Another Action packed story from Hunter"
    "Great Reality Check and Terrifying Possibility.."
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    What did you love best about Soft Target?

    I really enjoyed the strength and conviction demonstrated in the Ray's character. Being retired military I can relate to his sense of HCC.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The details, I thought the author did a great job at revealing the brave men and women who also serve our country, but receive no recommendation for their efforts. (FBI, police etc.) In addition, Hunter did a great job at exposing the very true nature of how politics can hinder the extraordinary efforts of these courageous heroes.


    Have you listened to any of Phil Gigante’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first time listening to Gigante's and he is definitely very good at what he does. He has a firm understanding of the importance of providing each character their own personality as well as a unique voice. Well done!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Without a doubt!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Site: A Delta Force Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dalton Fury
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (739)
    Performance
    (674)
    Story
    (679)

    Meet Kolt Raynor. A Delta Force operator and one-time American hero, he is still trying to make sense of his life - and duty - after a secret mission gone bad. Three years ago, in the mountains of Pakistan, Raynor made a split-second decision to disobey orders - one that got some of his teammates killed and the rest captured. Now he’s been given a second chance to do right by his country, his men, and himself. But Raynor’s shot at redemption comes at a price.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "Loved the novel"
    "Edge of Your Seat Thriller!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Black Site to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version so it wouldn't be fair to compare. However, I will say that if the print version is as awesome as the audible, it must be an excellent read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kolt of course!! I have the honor of working with SOF members and Kolt is an excellent depiction of these very special individuals.


    Which character – as performed by Ari Fliakos – was your favorite?

    Kolt. The Narrator really brings the book to life with each character given a distinctive persona. Well done!!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A True Eye Opener for the Uninformed, Untested and Unrealistic Thinkers!


    Any additional comments?

    Dalton Fury is definitely right up there with Mark Greaney, David Baldacci, James Patterson and so many more extraordinary authors. His book literally has you gripping the sides of your seat the entire time!! The action and suspense is nearly heart stopping and I found it extremely difficult to push the pause button when I had to force myself to focus on work!! Yes, It is THAT good! I won't fill in any details because they need to be experienced by the listener. You will not be disappointed...I promise!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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