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Dave Staats

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  • 65 reviews
  • 655 ratings
  • 695 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2018
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  • No Mercy

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Gilstrap
    • Narrated By Jeremy Gage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (514)

    No names. No Feds. No trace evidence. That's how Jonathan Grave operates. As a freelance specialist in covert rescues, he has to work outside the law to get things done - especially in highly sensitive hostage situations. But when an Indiana college student is abducted, and Jonathan's meticulous plan explodes into a deadly shooting spree, the local authorities are out for blood - and they're not alone. Someone wants to control a devastating secret...Someone rich and powerful.

    Pamela says: "Good story; terrible narration."
    "I LOVE finding a new series..."
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    Glad I started with book one on this. I have around 15 or 20 authors I have to wait on to have new material. It is really fun to follow a recommendation and get at least 4 books to keep me going when the first one is this good. If you like this kind of thing in general you'll enjoy this new character. I especially enjoyed the way the whole thing started and was built out with respect to who Jonathan Grave is.
    I see some of the series has a different performer. Jeremy Gage was fine but I am interested in hearing what Basil Sands brings to the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stay Hungry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sebastian Maniscalco
    • Narrated By Sebastian Maniscalco
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (421)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (382)

    At 24, Sebastian Maniscalco arrived in LA with a suitcase and saved up minimum wages. He knew no one and nothing about standup comedy, but he was determined to go for it anyway. At 44, he's on the Forbes' list of highest earning comedians, sells out arenas, and has starred in four hit comedy specials including Why Would You Do That? on Showtime. Stay Hungry tells the story of the 20 years in between.

    ChiWax says: "A different perspective on success!! Good stuff!!"
    "Wonderful! "
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    Story

    I saw Sebastian's special completely by accident. I wondered where this guy has been and how he got to be as good as he is. I just spent the last seven and a half hours finding out. This is a great great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enemy of the State: A Mitch Rapp Novel, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4394)
    Performance
    (4095)
    Story
    (4080)

    After 9/11, the United States made one of the most secretive and dangerous deals in its history. The evidence against the powerful Saudis who coordinated the attack would be buried. In return, King Faisal would promise to keep the oil flowing and deal with the conspirators in his midst. When the king's own nephew is discovered funding ISIS, the president suspects that the Saudis never intended to live up to their agreement.

    james says: "Sorely Missed the Voice of Mitch Rapp (George Guidall)"
    "Ugh"
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    Vince was great. Kyle was good. Scott Brick ends this series for me now. Just can't do it with him anymore.

    50 of 51 people found this review helpful
  • Every Deadly Kiss

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Steven James
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers grapples with a baffling series of murders in Detroit - and discovers a terror plot whose roots stretch back centuries. Consulting on a case, Patrick encounters the work of a killer who displays a stunning degree of ruthlessness. Patrick is shocked to find that the slayings are linked not just to his own history with a known terrorist but to a former lover as well - and that her secret past might hold the key to stopping the countless deaths.

    shelley says: "Early years Patrick Bowers- EXCELLENT!"
    "Meh. "
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    Not what I expected. This was supposed to be next in the series. It was inserted and is penultimate. Kinda ticked me off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Love Killings: Detective Matt Jones, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Robert Ellis
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (503)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (437)

    For the past six weeks, LAPD detective Matt Jones has been recovering from the wrong end of a hit man's bullet. Before he can look for payback, Jones finds himself enlisted in the manhunt for an old foe. Dr. George Baylor, the serial killer who escaped after murdering three coeds in LA, resurfaces on the East Coast. This time, an entire family has been slaughtered in their home outside Philadelphia, and the doctor's fingerprints are all over the crime scene.

    shelley says: "Thoroughly enjoyed 2nd book in Matt Jones series.."
    "This is doubly awful."
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    If this was a book I could burn it. The story is formulaic and stupid. As an audio the performance is cartoonish and just terrible. It's that simple. I can't remember what spurred me to try it. Not sure if I'll finish the last two hours or not. Very painful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Palace of Treason: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jason Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3003)
    Performance
    (2780)
    Story
    (2762)

    Captain Dominika Egorova of the Russian Intelligence Service (SVR) has returned from the West to Moscow and the Center, the headquarters of her service. She finds things worse than when she left. She despises the men she must serve, the oligarchs and crooks and thugs of Putin's Russia. What no one knows is that Dominika is working for the CIA as Washington's most sensitive penetration of SVR and the Kremlin.

    Bruce P. Woodward says: "Narrator's inconsistency"
    "I wish I had done the other one first!"
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    This is right up there with Sandford and Connelly for me. The performance is worthy of a Guidall award. I got this after seeing a WSJ ad and really do wish I had done them in order. Even knowing a lot about how the first one ends up I'll still have to do it. Good characterization. Good pacing. Believable. I love the recipes as dividers. I have over 800 titles now. This is likely in the top 25 or 30.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Redemption Road: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Shepherd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2047)
    Performance
    (1892)
    Story
    (1882)

    Imagine: A boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother. A troubled detective confronts her past in the aftermath of a brutal shooting. After 13 years in prison, a good cop walks free as deep in the forest, on the altar of an abandoned church, a body cools in pale linen.... This is a town on the brink. This is Redemption Road.

    Ted says: "Darkly Disturbing"
    "John Hart is a Fantastic Author."
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    Story, characters, performance all of his books have been great. This one is his best yet. So complex without being contrived. I am now going to be waiting for whatever is next. And Scott Shepherd... I need to go see what else he has done. He's one of those readers so good I mostly forget he is there which is the best thing I can say.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10014)
    Performance
    (9022)
    Story
    (9008)

    On the right side of the law. Sort of. Sebastian Rudd is not your typical street lawyer. He works out of a customized bulletproof van, complete with Wi-Fi, a bar, a small fridge, fine leather chairs, a hidden gun compartment, and a heavily armed driver. He has no firm, no partners, no associates, and only one employee: his driver, who's also his bodyguard, law clerk, confidant, and golf caddy.

    Alrello says: "The worst Grisham EVER"
    "Better Than Nothing?"
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    I told myself this as a statement every time I hit play. By the end it was a question instead of a statement. John Grisham is still John Grisham but this is more like recognizing him in a bar and watching him stumble out drunk to puke in the gutter. He has ripped off Michael Connelly's Haller character and turned him into a nearly worthless human being. Nearly all the other characters are completely unsympathetic. I'd hate to live in his world. I salute his ability to make money but this is the definition of 'resting on laurels'. Mark Deakins was a great performer though. If he hadn't been so good I'd never have found out how crappy and unsatisfying the ending was.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Saturn Run

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Sandford Ctein
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2119)
    Performance
    (1965)
    Story
    (1956)

    The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope - something is approaching Saturn and decelerating. Space objects don't decelerate. Spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: Whatever built that ship is at least one hundred years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete.

    Justin Messer says: "I kept waiting for this book to disappoint me..."
    "I wrote this on John Sandford's Facebook Page"
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    It' also what I want to say here and I am only a third of the way through the book. Initially I was one of those wondering "Why Sci Fi?" Not any more...

    Anyone missing Virgil , Lucas and anyone else needs to just have a little faith in you. I am about 3 hours into the Eric Conger Audible of Saturn Run and am just (I'll use) gobsmacked (because it isn't overused here). If I have to wait a year for Virgil I might happily wait another if there's more if this. I have said in my Audible "Prayer Review" that as long as you write I really trust it'll be better than what I was hoping you write. Saturn Run is amazing, delicious, entertaining, thought provoking and just SO wonderful in the senses of what all those words mean when I take a minute to relate each one to the book. It's that good. The place beyond "can't put it down" is "pick it up only when I can REALLY appreciate it" because I may not be able to make it last until the next 'anything' comes out. The science is SO interesting and the questions is give me are just as interesting. Sometimes I just stop and wonder things like "Google's there but not Amazon?" or "Will the Houston flash" turn out to be an EMP event?"How many people are on the ship?" "How many on the Chinese ship?" I'll watch a movie if they make it but they'll probably screw it up. This is just too good. Thank you ,thank you,thank you.

    13 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Homefront: Phil Broker, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Chuck Logan
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Reunited with estranged husband and undercover cop Phil Broker, Nina Pryce takes an extended medical leave from the army to recover from the injuries - physical and psychological - she sustained at the hands of a vicious psychopath. The Broker/Pryce household relocates to a remote resort town of Glacier Falls, MN, where daughter Kit is enrolled in second grade at the local elementary school. Everyone assumes that Kit is adjusting well - until she punches Terry Clump, the terror of the second grade, in the face.

    shelley says: "Love Audible sales!"
    "I was waiting for another Broker novel."
    Overall
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    I don't know where this was or how I missed it. I'd love to see another one. I believe Chuck is a friend of John Sandford. If you like Sandford's work you'll like Chuck Hogan just as much. They are not the same. That would be unfair to both of them...but close enough that I am hoping for more of anything from Chuck Logan. Broker would be nice but anything. And Joe Barrett is perfect as usual.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Country: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael McGarrity
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1043)
    Performance
    (962)
    Story
    (954)

    National best-selling author and New Mexico native Michael McGarrity takes listeners to the wild territory of the late 19th-century American Southwest for this epic tale. After the deaths of his wife and brother, John Kerney gives up his West Texas ranch and heads south in search of a new home. Soon Kerney is offered work trailing cattle to the New Mexico Territory - a job that will forever change his life.

    Nancy says: "A fine tribute to New Mexico"
    "Move over Lonesome Dove!"
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    Having recently done all but one of the modern Kerney series I wasn't sure what to expect. Such rich storytelling by George Guidall relaying the drama of just trying to exist just made me appreciate life as we have it now all the more. I used to want things like this to be turned into movies or series. In this case I almost think it would just somehow be less. Maybe Kevin Costner could do it. Following these characters through their lives and seeing how childhood lessons/events played out through adulthood and how promising lives didn't always live out (or up) to promise is just priceless. I was about to start this when Mr. McGarrity said there'd be a third before he revisits Kevin Kerney. I wasn't excited about that. Now I am and I am happy to wait for both as I start Backlands.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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