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  • Takedown

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1348)
    Performance
    (869)
    Story
    (866)

    Best-selling author Brad Thor has crafted a must-read blockbuster featuring hard-nosed U.S. anti-terrorist agent Scot Harvath. Fiendish al-Qaeda terrorists are planning to rescue their imprisoned WMD expert during the chaos they create with their July 4th destruction of all bridges and tunnels to Manhattan. Now it's up to ex-SEAL Harvath to stop the evil-doers -- and neutralize the diabolical three-foot-tall villain known as "The Troll" who supplies their intelligence.

    Shane says: "Very Enjoyable"
    "Take a look at Takedown"
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    Where does Takedown rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well I am a Brad Thor fan. Story moves along at a good pace and mixes up the plot in an effective manner.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    Outstanding


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Too long for that


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1065)
    Performance
    (639)
    Story
    (636)

    John Wells may have left the CIA, but it hasn't left him. A mysterious call brings a surprise meeting with the aged monarch of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah. "My kingdom is on a precipice," he tells Wells. "Powerful factions are plotting against me, and my own family is in danger. I don't know who I can trust, but I'm told I can trust you."

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Curses! Islamists foiled again!"
    "Big bad John"
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    John Wells continues as a great central character. Super narration and a good, sometimes complex, story. I will continue to read Alex Berenson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Janson Directive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1185)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (244)

    Peter Novak, one of the world's greatest men, has been kidnapped! Running out of time and hope, Novak's people turn to Paul Janson, legendary covert operative and assassin. Janson is retired, and nothing could lure him back - nothing except Peter Novak, who once saved Janson's life. "Ludlum's best since The Bourne Identity," raves Kirkus Reviews.

    A Grady Williams says: "Captivated me from the beginning"
    "Unabridged is one thing, this is another"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really.
    Book was very slow. Excessive detail on detail at times. Seemed like many of the side stories went on so long, the primary plot got lost. Reduce by about 8 hours would be no loss. Not sure I would bother with another Ludlum audio myself.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narration was fair but a few of the voices came across as annoying. Not sure what he can do about that.


    Do you think The Janson Directive needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Follow-up is fine, just condense the book, unabridged or not.


    Any additional comments?

    Author needs to stay more on point and on plot. Difficult to get through this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Luck and Trouble: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2630)
    Performance
    (1744)
    Story
    (1730)

    Jack Reacher reunites with the survivors of his old Army investigative team, scrambling to raise the living, bury the dead, and connect the dots in a mystery that is growing darker by the day. In a world of bad luck and trouble, when someone targets Jack Reacher and his team, they'd better be ready for what comes right back at them.

    Patricia says: "Kept My Interest"
    "Lots of filler"
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    What would have made Bad Luck and Trouble better?

    Less focus on numbers. Less useless trivia that went no where.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not Lee Child


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?

    Not sure. Just don't think he depicted the characters very well.


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

    Disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Foreign Influence

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1145)
    Performance
    (634)
    Story
    (641)

    Buried within the black ops budgets of the Department of Defense, a new spy agency has been created. Unfettered by the oversight of self-serving politicians, it reports only to a secret panel of military insiders. Its job is to target Americas enemies - both foreign and domestic - under a charter of three simple words: Find, Fix, and Finish.

    Lesley says: "lecanady"
    "By George, where are you?"
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    What did you like best about Foreign Influence? What did you like least?

    Storyline was pretty good. The narration was a huge step down from George Guidall. Schultz is just unable to bring the characters to life. Some of the voices on a few characters are actually annoying.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Armand Schultz’s performances?

    No


    Was Foreign Influence worth the listening time?

    As mentioned above, the storyline was good but do think there was too much filler in this novel. I understand that unabridged includes a lot more detail but much of this book was just boring with useless detail.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed the previous Thor novels much more than this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3691)
    Performance
    (3217)
    Story
    (3197)

    The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent.

    K says: "Couldn't be better...except"
    "Flynn and Guidall, a lock for success"
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    Would you listen to The Last Man again? Why?

    As a rule I would not listen to an entire book a second time. But with really good authors like this one, I will go back after listening to a portion and re-listen to a specific section. Flynn takes you on a journey and you can miss some turns the first time down the road.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rapp and Kennedy, both great characters. Also enjoy the rough edge of Hurley. Vince Flynn works these characters together nicely and Guidall brings them to life.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    Hurley


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I like the pleasure to last longer than one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Mitch Rapp, fantastic series. I hope it continues soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Commandment

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (785)
    Performance
    (655)
    Story
    (650)

    When the president of the United States is blackmailed into releasing five detainees from Guantanamo Bay, a sadistic assassin with a vendetta years in the making is reactivated. Suddenly, the people closest to counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath are being targeted and he realizes that somehow, somewhere he has left the wrong person alive. With his life plunged into absolute peril, and the president ordering him to stay out of the investigation, Harvath must mount his own covert plan for revenge.

    Tara says: "Went Fast"
    "Great listen"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The First Commandment to be better than the print version?

    Big fan of Brad Thor. This book no different than the others. Fast moving, good story, great naration.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Another great job.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Dick Couch, George Galdorisi
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1512)
    Performance
    (1326)
    Story
    (1328)

    Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home.

    Ann says: "Best of America, honor and character astounding"
    "Good if you're a Navy Seal"
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    Would you try another book from Dick Couch and George Galdorisi and/or Steven Weber?

    Very technical for me. Too much description and not enough action.


    Would you recommend Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor to your friends? Why or why not?

    no, sorry fans. Thought I would try Clancy but not a fan.


    Did Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor inspire you to do anything?

    Tempted to skip the filler.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Power Down: Dewey Andreas, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1698)
    Performance
    (1326)
    Story
    (1330)

    There was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana oil platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun....

    Tommy says: "The best thing to happen since Mitch Rapp!"
    "A go for Coes"
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    Would you listen to Power Down again? Why?

    Enjoyed Ben Coes book very much. Listened to it with 3 friends on a road trip and all agreed. This new writer is very engaging and if you are a Flynn or Thor fan, give Coes a try.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Kept the listeners guessing and moved along at a good pace.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Hermann – was your favorite?

    Did a good job with all the main characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, breaks are good with unabridged.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stick

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (83)

    After serving time for armed robbery, Ernest "Stick" Stickley is back on the outside and trying to stay legit. But it's tough staying straight in a crooked town - and Miami is a pirate's paradise, where investment fat cats and lowlife drug dealers hold hands and dance. And when a crazed player chooses Stick at random to die for another man's sins, the struggling ex-con is left with no choice but to dive right back into the game. Besides, Stick knows a good thing when he sees it....

    Richard Delman says: "Can't beat this with a stick (sorry)."
    "Interesting and entertaining"
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    Where does Stick rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Stick was a good listen. I am a mystery fan so I may not rate it as high as others but I liked the audio.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Elmore Leonard? Why or why not?

    Yes, because I found it entaining


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

    Lots of laughs


    Any additional comments?

    Frank Muller was outstanding. Many different voices done well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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