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  • The Amateur: A Novel of Revenge

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (117)

    Charlie Heller is an ace cryptographer for the Company. He's a quiet man with a quiet job in a back office. But when terrorists shoot his fiancee in cold blood and Heller learns that the Agency has decided not to pursue those responsible, his life takes an abrupt turn. He was not a blackmailer but he will force the CIA's hand. He was not an assassin but he will penetrate the Iron Curtain with the intent to kill. Heller is an amateur with a one-in-a-million chance of success.

    Pamela says: "Robert Littell is no amateur"
    "More CIA from Littell"
    Overall

    Not quite as good as "The Company" but excellent nevertheless. Great ending. Wished it were longer.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    A blisteringly paced tale of one family's struggle to stay together in the face of the most terrifying psychotic killer to haunt a novel in some time, Mr. Murder is one of Dean Koontz's most harrowing, thought-provoking stories.

    Salty says: "Enjoy Dean's visual imagination"
    "Fascinating and Frightening"
    Overall

    A great story with a very frightening character in Alfie. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I enjoyed Koontz's rather long and detailed descriptions, and the formal, advanced vocabulary. I even learned a few new words. The multiple threads put the reader into the middle of the action, but don't make it difficult to follow. The narrator is one of the best I've heard. Highly recommended if you like it weird.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Closers: Harry Bosch Series, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2271)
    Performance
    (804)
    Story
    (817)

    In Los Angeles in 1988, a 16-year-old girl disappeared from her home and was later found dead of a gunshot wound to the chest. The death appeared at first to be a suicide, but some of the evidence contradicted that scenario, and detectives came to believe this was in fact a murder. Despite a by-the-book investigation, no one was ever charged.

    Wheelman says: "Thoroughly enjoyable....."
    "Bosch is getting old."
    Overall

    A good book if you like murder mysteries, but be advised that most of the story is interviewing witnesses, searching for clues, and developing theories. There is almost no action. Think of it as a mental exercise in "Who Done It?" I prefer the previous wilder and crazier Harry. For example, I enjoyed "The Narrows" and "City of Bones" more. "The Closers" was interesting, but a little dull at times.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Night Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2439)
    Performance
    (925)
    Story
    (927)

    Five years after the crashof TWA Flight 800, the government has declared it a result of mechanical failure. But John Corey, an ex-NYPD detective who is now a contract agent with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is persuaded by Kate Mayfield, his wife and task force partner, that the case deserves a second look.

    Ms Discus says: "Addictive mix of fact & intriguing storyline"
    "Addendum"
    Overall

    If you are new to DeMille, you should definitely read "The Lion's Game" and "Up Country" first.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2040)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (471)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "Fair and Balanced"
    Overall

    After reading this book, you'll never think about "global warming" the same again. Crichton has done his homework and he presents a view of the global warming theory that is different from the usual scripted drivel preached by the environmental extremists and parroted back by the mainstream media. As a fellow physician, I agree with Crichton that our opinions should be based on facts and evidence, not pop culture. Although self righteous and self proclaimed "environmentalists" will squeal, those of you who want to hear both sides of the issue will appreciate this book.

    That said, Crichton's characters aren't really well developed and I didn't feel involved with them as people. I didn't much care what happened to them in the end. I had the same impression of "Prey"--technically fascinating, but not much human interest. Nevertheless, I gave this book a "5" because of the facts Crichton contributes to the global warming controversy. Read it and decide for yourself.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Narrows: Harry Bosch Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (1734)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (493)

    FBI agent Rachel Walling finally gets the call she's dreaded for years: the one that tells her the Poet has returned. Years ago she worked on the famous case, tracking down the serial killer who wove lines of poetry into his hideous crimes. Rachel has never forgotten Robert Backus, the killer who called himself the Poet, and apparently he has not forgotten her either.

    Jon says: "Bosch again"
    "Best Connelly So Far"
    Overall

    Great new story about an old villain. Nice balance among story line, character development, action, mystery, suspense, and violence. Varied settings include Vegas, California coast, LA, and the desert. I've read lots of Connelly and this is the best so far. Buy it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paranoia: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1530)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (378)

    Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems.

    Karen says: "Clever and interesting."
    "Hard To Swallow"
    Overall

    The plot is completely implausible, the portrayal of life in a big corporation is a wild caricature, the lead chacacter is a shallow, dishonest underacheiver, and most of the other characters are unpleasant or downright nasty. Downbeat and cynical, but moderately entertaining if you don't mind being a little depressed by its portrayal of the darker side of human nature.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4923)
    Performance
    (2035)
    Story
    (2029)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "One of the best I've purchased from Audible"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this work. Even after 40 hours, I wanted more. The inner workings of the CIA were fascinating and often spellbinding. I especially enjoyed the "historical fiction" accounts of famous spies, the Russian invasion of Hugary, the Bay of Pigs, the attempted Castro assasination, andthe JFK/Mafia connection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jolie Blon's Bounce

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (166)

    Return to James Lee Burke's "timeless, parallel universe" with detective Dave Robicheaux, as he investigates the murders of two women, tries to prove one man's innocence, and faces an enemy unlike any he has ever known. Gothic, dense, brutal, touching, and always compelling, Jolie Blon's Bounce is classic storytelling from a writer who has been dubbed "the Faulkner of crime fiction."

    JD. says: "Sorry I was wrong"
    "Authentic Louisiana"
    Overall

    Fascinating characters, especially "Legion". The characters really came alive for me. I also loved the narration which captures Louisiana atmosphere.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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