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Juan

San Francisco, CA, US, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • Sudden Threat

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By A. J. Tata
    • Narrated By Patrick Baur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    In December 2001, CIA paramilitary operative Matt Garrett is mysteriously pulled from Pakistan as he closes in for the kill of Al Qaeda senior leadership and is reassigned to a low-profile mission in the Philippines. But as he sifts through the wreckage of a downed C-130 in the tangled jungle, he finds a dead U.S. Special Forces paratrooper who is not supposed to be there and is thrown into a contest of wits and resiliency in the uncharted rainforests of Mindanao.

    Juan says: "Not what I expected!"
    "Not what I expected!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was deeply disappointed with this one. The narrator was absolutely horrible and the story line seemed a bit confusing and hard to follow.


    Would you ever listen to anything by A. J. Tata again?

    Probably not.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Extremely distracting and added to the confusion.


    Any additional comments?

    First time with this author and not likely to repeat it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Enraged: Jonathan Quinn, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (265)

    The rescue on Duran Island did not go as planned. Jonathan Quinn knows that someone is responsible. That someone decided throwing people Quinn cares about into the line of fire in a cold-hearted act of self-preservation was a good idea. He also knows that this someone has made a serious mistake. Because when Quinn gets mad, the last place anyone should ever be is in his crosshairs. He will not stop until the guilty pay. Sometimes revenge is best served now.

    Kathryn says: "Quinn is back"
    "Just when you think you figured it out!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Enraged the most enjoyable?

    Great novel. Brett Battles continues to hit the mark.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Quinn.


    Any additional comments?

    The story line flows and I like how the author takes you thru the story as if you are right there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kill Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (886)
    Performance
    (762)
    Story
    (770)

    After the assassination of his wife and son, Gabriel Allon retires from his brutal anti-terrorist career and loses himself in his previous cover job: art restoration. But when Tariq al-Hourani, the Palestinian terrorist responsible for his family’s death, begins a killing spree designed to destroy Middle East peace talks, Gabriel once again slips into the shadowy world of international intrigue. In a global game of hide-and-seek, the motives of Gabriel and Tariq soon become more personal than political.

    Snoodely says: "Reluctant Assassin"
    "I could not stop listening!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Kill Artist in three words, what would they be?

    Gabriel is awesome!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sense of loyalty and the need to see something to the end no matter the cost.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    Absolutely fabulous! Can't imagine listening without him reading.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep it coming!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hostage: A Presidential Agent Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (640)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (426)

    Charley Castillo works with the Department of Homeland Security, but more and more is the man to whom the President turns when he needs an investigation done discreetly. And no situation demands discretion more than the one before them now. An American diplomat's wife is kidnapped in Argentina, and her husband is murdered before her eyes.

    Kevin says: "Another Tasty Griffin Confection"
    "Definitely a Page Turner"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Hostage in three words, what would they be?

    More Research Please!


    If you’ve listened to books by W. E. B. Griffin before, how does this one compare?

    This is my second book by W.E.B. Griffin and I was a little disappointed in terms of US Embassy infrastructure. I am a Former Special Agent of the US State Department and the author referred to the Ambassador and Chief Of Mission (COM). Last I checked this was one in the same and it made reading a bit confusing. The number two at an Embassy is the DCM or Deputy Chief Of Mission. There was also a reference to the Embassy Security Officer. This position is staffed by members of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and the training is rather impressive. A reference was made that the only investigative experience that the Security Officer would have was minimal. Having been there and done that I could not disagree more. The last part was the use of Marine Security Guards. I have nothing but respect for Marines however when they are posted to Embassy Duty they are not allowed to do the things depicted in the book which would be contrary to their mission. Overall I did like the book and plan to continue listening to the rest of the series.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Dick's performance was outstanding!


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

    As outlined above and I may be getting too technical and a bit of professional pride when the Security Officer was portrayed in the wrong way as if to say that he was not qualified.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ballistic: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2848)
    Performance
    (2502)
    Story
    (2512)

    Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust - and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried. Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted.

    Jean says: "Action Packed"
    "Definitely a page turner from the first page on."
    Overall
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    Where does Ballistic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have to put him at even as there is only a limited number of authors I listen to.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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