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Wayne

Matthews, NC | Member Since 2018

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  • American Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (11429)
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    (11402)

    Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorist's worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world...and then tragedy struck.

    lesley says: "Flynn never disappoints"
    "The "first" novel in the Mitch Rapp series"
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    American Assassin is the 11th of Vince Flynn's 13 Mitch Rapp books in order written, but it is the first the chronological order of Mitch Rapp's life. It is definitely the first that should be read by anyone new to the Mitch Rapp series. Audible's Mitch Rapp page has the books in the correct order to read.

    Vince Flynn said on many occasions that Stan Hurley is his favorite character he created. In American Assassin the CIA (Irene Kennedy and her boss Thomas Stansfield) recruit Mitch Rapp straight out of college and turn over his training to old, crusty CIA operative Stan Hurley despite Hurley's objections. Hurley, who appears in several of the Mitch Rapp novels, decides to give Rapp very special attention to assure Rapp drops out of the training. It does not work, of course. Rapp's and Hurley's relationship is bad throughout the book and Irene Kennedy removes Hurley as trainer for a period to allow him to calm down. It is in the second book in the series, Kill Shot, that the Rapp/Hurley relationship begins to change before becoming very positive later.

    Dr. Irene Kennedy is Rapp's recruiter and is his boss throughout the entire series, even after Stansfield dies and she becomes CIA Director. Rapp is the main character but Irene Kennedy shares that role throughout.

    George Guidall narrates American Assassin and 9 other books in the Rapp series. He is superb.

    I highly recommend this book and the other 13 Vince Flynn novels. Flynn sets the standard against which modern action thriller authors are judged. He is quite simply the best. Since Flynn died of prostate cancer at age 47 in 2013 Kyle Mills was selected to continue the Rapp series for at least five books the first of which is The Survivor which will be released on October 6, 2015. I have read several Kyle Mills books and am disappointed with his selection, but hope I am wrong. I was hoping that Mark Greaney would be selected.

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • The Boardwalk Trust

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Avery Duff
    • Narrated By James Patrick Cronin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

     With the flawless sky above and the boardwalk below, Robert Worth has set up shop on Venice Beach with an eye on Delfina Famosa, his unexpected first client. A whip-smart homeless kid, Delfina reaches out to Robert to keep her father, Teo, out of trouble. The pair claim to be beneficiaries of the seven-figure Famosa trust, and Delfina wants him to have their backs in court. But in a city of illusions, nothing is what it first appears to be. 

    Wayne says: "Unfit for human consumption!"
    "Unfit for human consumption!"
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    I finished this damned book hoping to find some redeeming quality. Next to espionage thrillers, legal thrillers are my favorite fictional genre. For me The Boardwalk Trust is simply and endlessly boring. In this case it seems to me that narrator James Patrick Cronin has the perfect voice for silent films. I've listened to him before and found him to be excellent. Mine is the first Audible review, but the average of 5 ratings is 3.8 stars. At Amazon the nine reviews average 4.8 stars. At Goodreads 20 ratings average 4.2 stars. Other readers/listeners clearly disagree with my take.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Lies: Alex Mercer Thrillers Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Stacy Claflin
    • Narrated By Rachel Dulude
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (3)
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    (3)
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    (3)

    He's dedicated his life to saving missing persons, but will it be enough to save himself? Alex Mercer traded in his troubled past to protect the powerless. His blog for tracking down missing persons got his foot in the door at the police academy. But on his first day of training, a heroic act drops him into the hands of the captors he once hunted. Zoey planned to tell Alex how she felt the night he disappeared. As she and Alex's family discover the bloody signs of his fate, past regrets and dark secrets begin to come to light. It's enough to tear Alex's loved ones apart.

    shelley says: "Could be a very good series..."
    "Lots of suspense; very satisfying conclusion!"
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    Little Lies, Book 3 in the Alex Mercer thriller series, is an excellent addition. Narration is excellent. I expect Book 4 in the series, Against All Odds, to be released in audio format next month.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Warning Light

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Ricciardi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
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    Overall
    (6)
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    (6)
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    (6)

    When a commercial aircraft makes an emergency landing at an Iranian military base, it looks like a crisis has been narrowly avoided. But for undercover intelligence analyst Zac Miller, the CIA-staged crash landing is the only part of his assignment that goes right. What was supposed to be a simple surveillance mission quickly heads south when the Iranians apprehend the smooth-talking American. Never trained to be a field operative, Zac's in over his head, especially when it turns out escaping from captivity is only the beginning of his problems.

    Wayne says: "Espionage thriller with a history!"
    "Espionage thriller with a history!"
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    Warning Light was originally self published by the author and released in paperback format only (no Kindle ebook release!) on June 28, 2014. The novel sold reasonably well considering the format limitation and received rave reviews, but the paperback only release severely limited sales. So this week Random House re-released the book as an original release in multiple formats and with all of the marketing power of the publisher. The marketing included very positive blurbs from Lee Child, Mark Greaney, Alex Berensen, Steve Berry, James Abel, and Grant Blaackwood. They've scheduled an extensive book signing tour with the author and several other famous espionage thriller authors.

    Warning Light is an excellent espionage thriller with a refreshing protagonist in young CIA analyst Zac Miller who finds himself trapped and hunted as a spy in Iran without the ability to speak Farsi. The plot is clever and complex. The Iranian regime is also clever as it sets up Miller to also be hunted by his own and allied agencies after escaping Iran. Jonathan Davis narrates superbly. I highly recommend Warning Light as a action filled and very suspenseful espionage thriller. The hype is justified.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • No Time Left

    • UNABRIDGED (35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (509)
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    (403)
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    (400)

    Frank Becker is a highly sought after, expert assassin. When Becker takes a mysterious job, he has no idea that it will force him to delve deeply into his own past. Undeterred by obstacles he is determined to complete his assignment. But he may realize too late that his success will permanently alter his future.

    Scott says: "I don't understand how people feel ripped off"
    "Doesn't sound like Baldacci!"
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    This 35 minute gem of a short story was released in 2010. It's a superb little story with great narration. No Time Left was first released in 2010 as an add on to the audio recording of Absolute Power by David Baldacci. Absolute Power was released in 1996 and was Baldacci's first novel, but the audio version was released in 2010. I've read or listened to every book Baldacci has written and No Time Left is not typical of his works.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Rapture in Death: In Death, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
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    Overall
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    (2590)
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    They died with smiles on their faces. Three apparent suicides: a brilliant engineer, an infamous lawyer, and a controversial politician. Three strangers with nothing in common - and no obvious reasons for killing themselves. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas found the deaths suspicious.

    Wayne says: "Suspense (with sex scenes)!"
    "Suspense (with sex scenes)!"
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    On October 16, 2016 I purchased six books of this 46 book "In Death" series while on sale in case I ever ran out of good novels to listen to. They have sat in my Audible library since. It's time to delve into them beginning with Rapture in Death. My first observation is that this novel is an excellent suspense mystery with superb narration. Protagonist NYC Detective Eve Dallas and her new husband and rogue Irish billionaire Roarke are on the honeymoon strolling in the evening on a French beach as the novel opens when a romantic mood strikes. So the book with sex on the beach, the act not the alcoholic cocktail by that name. During the sex scene a murder with a gun is committed near them. So less than 10 minutes into the novel there is a sex scene and a murder, so the novel starts with two bangs. The sex scene was the first of more than a dozen as the newlyweds act like...newlyweds and the author dutifully reported each in varying degrees emotional and anatomical detail.

    The In Death series is by Nora Roberts using her J. D. Robb nom de plume. The series books are police procedurals set possibly 50 to 100 years in the future. This allows Eve, Roarke, and others to utilize technologies that do not currently exist.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (172)

    Something sinister is going on in Baronville. The rust belt town has seen four bizarre murders in the space of two weeks. Cryptic clues left at the scenes - obscure Bible verses, odd symbols - have the police stumped. Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are in Baronville visiting Alex's sister and her family. It's a bleak place: a former mill and mining town with a crumbling economy and rampant opioid addiction. Decker has been there only a few hours when he stumbles on a horrific double murder scene.

    Wayne says: "Baldacci in back with memory man Amos Decker!"
    "Baldacci in back with memory man Amos Decker!"
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    Fallen in Book 4 in David Baldacci's super cop Amos Decker series. Both the novel and the narration earn solid 5 star ratings. (Pay no attention to the three early low ratings which were posted before the persons could have listened to the audio novel.) Narration by Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy is outstanding although I still prefer Ron McLarty to Brewer for the male voices.

    Fallen is set in the fictional town of Baronville in northwestern Pennsylvania where Amos Decker and his partner Alex Jamison are on vacation visiting Alex's sister and her husband and young daughter. It is no surprise that the economically depressed area is suffering from abuse of opiate drugs and the violent crimes associated with their procurement and distribution. The novel features action, intense suspense, and plot twists. Do not assume you know who the good guys and bad guys are until the end of the novel.

    No author does a better job of developing characters than David Baldacci. All of his six adult series (The Camel Club, King and Maxwell, Amos Decker, John Puller, Will Robie, and A. Shaw) books are standalone, but the first book in a series should be read first to better understand the wonderful protagonist characters. One can never go wrong with a David Baldacci novel! (There are 38 Baldacci books in my Audible library.)

    25 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Ramsey's Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Russell Blake
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2851)
    Performance
    (2663)
    Story
    (2648)

    When a forgotten journal materializes decades after Drake Ramsey's father vanished in the Amazon jungle, Drake decides to follow in his footsteps and search for the legendary treasure of the Inca empire hidden in the lost Inca city of Paititi.

    Diane L. says: "Exciting book!!"
    "Great narration of excellent suspense mystery!"
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    Ramsey's Gold is Book 1 in the Drake Ramsey series by Russell Blake. The novel is a lot like Clive Cussler's books including especially those Fargo Adventures series novels coauthored by Cussler and Blake. My favorite Russell Black novels are those of his JET series and his Black series. For those who like the post-apocalyptic genre The Day After Never is also excellent. Ray Porter's narration of Ramsey's Gold is superb!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Rising Darkness: Rylee Adamson, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Shannon Mayer
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    When children go missing and the humans have no leads, I'm the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot. One last salvage and the final battle with Orion and the demon hordes will be upon me. I don't know the name of the person I'm Tracking or what she looks like, so finding her is going to be...impossible. But she is the key to defeating the demons.

    Wayne says: "The issue is me not the book!"
    "The issue is me not the book!"
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    I purchased this book 11 months ago by mistake. My tolerance for the supernatural is limited to the witches of The Wizard of Oz and those of Macbeth. I quit 3 hours and 10 minutes into the book. It seems the witches are the protagonists as they fight daemons, dragons, vampires, and zombies. I'm simply not part of the target audience for books of this genre.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Flat Lake in Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Joseph T. Klempner
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Deep in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains sits a mansion, its image reflected perfectly on the still water of Flat Lake. Inside that estate are the savagely murdered bodies of a wealthy elderly couple. All evidence points to Jonathan - their mentally handicapped twenty-eight-year-old grandson - but Matt Fielder, his appointed defense lawyer, isn't convinced.

    Richard Delman says: "Way more people should read this book."
    "A haunting murder mystery"
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    Flat Lake in Winter, first released in 1999, is a murder mystery that contains far too little action and suspense to be classified as a thriller. But it is an interesting and compelling story of damaged siblings from a horribly dysfunctional family. I did not enjoy the novel, but it is not intended to be enjoyed. There is a major plot twist at the end, but that cannot be a major surprise considering the family dynamics. People who like very dark psychological mysteries are most likely to find this novel to fit their taste. Narration is excellent.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Gone to Dust

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Matt Goldman
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (476)

    A brutal crime. The ultimate cover-up. How do you solve a murder with no useable evidence? Private detective Nils Shapiro is focused on forgetting his ex-wife and keeping warm during another Minneapolis winter when a former colleague, neighboring Edina Police Detective Anders Ellegaard, calls with the impossible.

    wisconsinclark says: "Above Average"
    "Excellent detective novel!"
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    Gone to Dust is an excellent detective novel while McLeod Andrews' narration is even better than the book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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