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  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3174)
    Performance
    (2776)
    Story
    (2786)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "A Clancy novel that was easy to read."
    Overall
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Lately, I have to read Clancy books twice to be able to follow it. This book had fewer characters to try to follow.


    Any additional comments?

    While this book didn't have the magic of his earlier books, it was still an interesting book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hazardous Duty: Presidential Agent Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (216)

    Mexican drug cartels are shooting up the streets of Laredo and El Paso. Somali pirates are holding three U.S. tankers for ransom. The President of the United States is fed up and, as Commander in Chief, has what he thinks is a pretty bright idea — to get hold of Colonel Charley Castillo and his merry band and get them on the case. Unfortunately, that will be difficult. Everybody knows that the President hates Castillo’s guts, and has just had him forcibly retired from the military, and now Castillo’s men are scattered far and wide, many of them in hiding.

    Michael says: "TRIPE!!! Utter Tripe with horrible editing."
    "This series started so well"
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    This series started so well. It is sad to see this book and the last one where nothing at all happens. Refund please!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Quest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (364)

    From the locked archives of the Vatican to the overgrown jungles of Ethiopia, an unlikely trio begins a deadly search for the Holy Grail. Two journalists and a beautiful photographer are traveling together in a broken down Jeep while covering the 1975 Ethiopian civil war. Both men fall in love with the woman and that complicates things. When the trio winds up lost in the jungle, in the no man's land between the fighting factions, they take cover and dig in for the night. In their hiding place, they encounter a dying man who tells them an amazing and quite unbelievable story. But for some reason - one that they grapple with for the rest of their journey - that night they believe.

    Andy says: "The Quest to make money"
    "Why?"
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    Why was this book published? I rarely walk away from a book after investing several hours, but I have no interest whatsoever in finishing it. I think I will go back and read some of his older books to remember why he is one of my favorite authors

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (4850)
    Performance
    (4417)
    Story
    (4428)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "I don't get it"
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    I don't get all the hype about this book. I gave up halfway through. It just rambles on and on and on. Bored me to tears

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Merry Christmas, Alex Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Stephen Kunken, Cristin Milioti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (645)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (506)

    It's Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who's robbing his church's poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway before his phone rings again - a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family.

    Gayle A. Orner says: "Yawn!"
    "OK if you have some time to kill"
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    Would you be willing to try another book from James Patterson? Why or why not?

    Though his books are hit and miss these days, I will usually give them a try.


    Was Merry Christmas, Alex Cross worth the listening time?

    It was just OK. Nothing special, but maybe a good book for a long drive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1808)
    Performance
    (1532)
    Story
    (1512)

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

    Priscilla says: "Disappointing"
    "I am glad that I read this book"
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    Would you listen to The Black Box again? Why?

    Sure, a couple of years from now.


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

    Yes, it was actually rather unpredictable. It was nice to have a Quality book that I didn't want to stop reading after all the other turkeys I have read recently.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I got a few laughs out of it.


    Any additional comments?

    Michael Connelly seems to be able to come up with fresh stories every book. I have been disappointed by several of my favorite authors recently (Tom Clancy, James Patterson, Nelson Demille) , but Connelly and and few others (John Sandford, Ken Follett, Vince Flynn) are still putting out 4 and 5 star books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kyle Idleman
    • Narrated By Kyle Idleman
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (360)

    Pastor Kyle Idleman doesn't just want to be a fan of Jesus, he wants to full heartedly commit to him and be a follower of Jesus. But how can you make the leap from fan to follower? In Not a Fan Idleman uses biblical examples to show how the people who met Jesus also had to decide if they were fans or followers, and what it meant for them to then become followers.

    Author Matthew Robert Payne says: "I am a follower and not a FAN"
    "Good message, but not enough for a book."
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Not a Fan? What did you like least?

    The message is very good, but the message is repeated over and over for 6 hours.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Castro's Bomb

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robert Conroy
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Set in 1963 after the Cuban Missile Crisis, Castro and his army use weapons left behind by the Russians to seize the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay and then plan missile strikes against the U.S. This high-voltage novel follows the bloody fighting and struggles on the ground while never losing sight of how war can transform people and set in motion some highly unexpected consequences.

    stephen says: "Had potential, but fizzled"
    "Had potential, but fizzled"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Parts were very interesting involving the political realities of the day. But other parts just dragged on.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Conroy? Why or why not?

    Possibly


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dennis Holland?

    Unsure


    Do you think Castro's Bomb needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was a little odd. There were no separations between scenes. It could be a full minute before you could figure out that the book had switched to a different scene with different characters.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1886)
    Performance
    (1588)
    Story
    (1583)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    Judi says: "Disappointing and slow"
    "21 hours of my life I will never get back"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different book. There is no way to save this turkey.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nelson DeMille again?

    Absolutely, he is one of my favorite authors. I am hoping this book was just a fluke.


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

    Serious disappointment. I have read all of his other books and loved them. It is hard to believe that DeMille actually wrote this.


    Any additional comments?

    If you fall asleep at night listening to this book and miss 8 hours of it, don't worry. You probably didn't miss anything. Seriously, nothing happens for hours at a time. This could have been a 30 minute book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cartel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ashley & Jaquavis
    • Narrated By Cary Hite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (185)

    The port of Miami brings in millions of dollars worth of cocaine every year, and the Cartel controls 80 percent of it. The Diamond family is a force to be reckoned with, but all hell breaks loose when they lose their leader. The most ruthless gangster Miami has ever seen, Carter Diamond, leaves behind a wife, twin sons, a daughter, and a secret - his illegitimate son, Carter Jones. When young Carter learns of his father’s death, he comes to town and is introduced to the legacy of the Cartel.

    Dream says: "Entranced and ready for more"
    "Just a bunch of porn and violence"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It has high ratings, so somebody must have liked it


    What was most disappointing about Ashley & Jaquavis’s story?

    Paying for it


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

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    I quit reading this garbage about halfway through.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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