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  • The Hit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (2508)
    Performance
    (2169)
    Story
    (2180)

    Will Robie is a master of killing. A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst - enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.No one else can match Robie's talents as a hitman...no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she's gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency.

    Rodney says: "I couldn't Stop Listening"
    "Another Home Run!"
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    What did you love best about The Hit?

    The way Mr. Baldacci weaves the roller coaster ride of intrigue is second to none!!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Absolutely! The non-stop twists that keep you guessing at who are the good guys and who are the bad guys is enough to drive you crazy!


    Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy – was your favorite?

    Robie. As always, Mr. McLarty has the kind of voice that is both captivating and sexy all rolled up into one. He really does an excellent job at bringing out the manly characteristics of the people in the stories he narrates.


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

    Definitely!


    Any additional comments?

    More authors need to employ Ron McLarty!!!

    6 of 7 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
    (514)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (456)

    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.

    Jean says: "three novellas"
    "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
    (167)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (151)

    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.

    David Costello says: "What a Great Adventure!"
    "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!

    2 of 2 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
    (339)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (289)

    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
    (530)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (486)

    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
  • Ghost: Paladin of Shadows, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Jeremy Arthur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (445)

    Former SEAL Michael Harmon, Team Name ''Ghost'', retired for service injuries, is not enjoying college life. But things are about to change, if not for the better. When he sees a kidnapping, a series of, at the time logical, decisions leave him shot to ribbons and battling a battalion of Syrian commandos with only the help of three naked co-eds who answer to the names ''Bambi,'' ''Thumper'' and ''Cotton Tail.'

    Jenassecret says: "Military-Erotica! I want MORE!!!"
    "60 to 0 in a Few Chapters!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It would have been better if the author, who may have a sex related disorder, actually wrote about the character and his missions instead of his sexual indiscretions with underage girls. His descriptions about every woman in the book was distasteful to the point of becoming a buzz kill when decent parts of the story were told.


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

    If the author is going to write about our SEALs, do more research and maybe hang around them for awhile so you can get a more accurate idea of who they are and how they live. Our guys actually have a lot more decency then the character portrayed in this ridiculous story.


    What three words best describe Jeremy Arthur’s voice?

    Calm, steady and flexible


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Definitely a disappointment. It started out fast paced, keeping you on the edge of your seat, then fizzled out when the main character, who by the way is nothing like any Navy Seal I have had the honor to work with, picked up 2 under age girls for some fun on the sea. Several chapters were wasted on his adventure with them, which I fast forwarded through due to sheer boredom and by the time it got interesting again, my desire to complete the book dissipated.


    Any additional comments?

    I will not be wasting money on this author again when there are extremely talented writers to enjoy.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Black Fridays

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael Sears
    • Narrated By Erik Bergmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    Sometimes a man can be redeemed. But not in the way he expects. Jason Stafford is a former Wall Street hotshot who made some bad moves, paid the price with two years in prison, and is now trying to put his life back together. He’s unemployable, until an investment firm asks him to look into possible problems left by a junior trader who died recently in an accident. What he discovers is big - there are problems, all right, the kind that get you killed. But it’s not his only concern. Stafford has another quest as well: to reclaim his five-year-old son, "the Kid", from his unstable ex-wife, and then learn just what it means to make a life with him.

    L. O. Pardue says: "Lots of Intrigue and Charm"
    "Excellent in Every Aspect!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Black Fridays the most enjoyable?

    Besides the outstanding narration, the story was very well written and enveloped the reader with a never ending desire to read on.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was truly impressed with the authors ability to grab and maintain your attention with a story packed with intrigue while at the same time highlighting the difficulties of caring for an autistic child. The main character demonstrated a shining example of the love and understanding needed to successfully raise an autistic child.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when father and child were reunited of course. :)


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

    I was truly moved by the scene where Jason first saw his son in the dark room and made the instant decision to protect him at all cost.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book brought to life by a very talented narrator!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Study: An Anna Pigeon Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (192)

    It is January, and Park Ranger Anna Pigeon is sent to Isle Royale in Lake Superior to learn about managing and understanding wolves, as her home base of Rocky Mountain National Park might soon have its own pack of the magnificent, much-maligned animals. But what was once an idyllic refuge becomes a place of unnatural occurrences and danger beyond the ordinary.

    W. Black says: "Perhaps better than reading it"
    "A Real Snoozer"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The first half of the book lacked in excitement and intrigue. It was so dull I found it very difficult to remain engaged. If not for the excellent skills of the narrator, I would have stopped listening to it. A captivating event that occurred at the beginning of the book then maintained throughout may have made this a 4 or 5 star experience.


    What could Nevada Barr have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The author needed to provide more intrigue sooner and more often....it was way too drawn out and boring. Although the information concerning wolves was very interesting, the plot seemed to be out shined by her need to provide sooooo much background on the plight of wolves.


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    If not for this narrators superb skills at bringing each character to life and filling in the blandness with wonderful tone inflection, this book would be a flop.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, it highlighted the excellent skill set of the narrator and enlightened the reader on the nature of wolves.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trigger City

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Sean Chercover
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (118)

    A routine investigation of an open-and-shut case is just what PI Ray Dudgeon needs to recover from the physical and emotional consequences of confronting the Chicago Outfit - until "routine" spirals out of control. The victim was no quiet, unassuming, unlucky single woman; she lived a double life in the shadowy realm of covert intelligence...and she died for the truth.

    Russell says: "Entertaining All the Way Through"
    "Great Narrator..oh and the Story was OK"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    In todays world, actively and enthusiastically promoting cigarettes as well as drinking and driving can be a buzz kill. I would recommend limiting the many lines promoting smoking to a rare few. There's nothing wrong with one or 2 characters lighting up, but when the majority does, it takes away from enjoying the book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The twist as the story progresses towards the climax. The nearly constant references to cigarettes.


    What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Absolutely awesome!!! He definitely has it.


    Do you think Trigger City needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really, the ending says it all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Separation of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Ken Kilban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1640)
    Performance
    (1380)
    Story
    (1378)

    Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

    Renda says: "Horrible Narration"
    "Who is this guy??"
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Vince Flynn again?

    Yes, I actually adore Flynn, unfortunately this was not one of his better works. However, I will carefully read feedback comments before I buy again.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ken Kilban’s performances?

    NO! The narrator failed miserably in depicting the persona of Mitch Rapp as well as Irene Kennedy. Instead of the competent, husky and sexy character who exudes confidence as well as a human side, this narrator made Rapp sound like a whiny whipped man who quit doing what he loves because of a woman. It was ridiculously cliche.He killed the excitement, attraction and intrigue of Rapp, and the confident strong character of Irene Kennedy.


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

    The entire romance build up of Rapp and Anna was over the top. If I wanted a romance novel, I would have bought one. The character of Rapp was greatly diminished by his subservience to Anna.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read nearly every Flynn books and have come to expect a distint Rapp character. This book did not come even close, it was boring with way too many details and the narrator was too whiny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Highway

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By C.J. Box
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (233)

    When teenagers Danielle and Gracie Sullivan take a clandestine car trip to visit their friend in Montana, little do they know it's the last time anyone will ever hear from them again. The girls and their car simply vanish. Cody Hoyt, who's just lost his job and has fallen off the wagon after a long stretch of sobriety, is in no condition to investigate. But his son Justin, who the girls were going to visit, and his former partner, Cassie Dewell, convince him to drive south to their last known location. As Cody makes his way to the remote stretch of Montana highway where the girls went missing, Cassie discovers that there have been scores of similar disappearances in the state.

    Lorrie says: "No, No, No!!!!"
    "Not the usual CJ Box Greatness..."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Absolutely! The opportunity to demonstrate the power of change from a irresponsible drunk to a reformed law enforcement officer was prematurely eliminated. I won't ruin the story for others, but I am sure the author could have highlighted the protagonist not just in this story but in many more to follow.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I think the author could have once again made the protagonist the "hero" and once again demonstrate that justice will be served.


    Which character – as performed by Holter Graham – was your favorite?

    Cody!!


    Could you see The Highway being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. With what happened in the book, I believe it will be a buzz kill.


    Any additional comments?

    I fell in love with the Cody character because he showed that even when your life seems like it is headed in a disastrous direction, it can be turned around with the right motivation. I was very disappointed by the outcome of this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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