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  • The Detachment

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1047)
    Performance
    (868)
    Story
    (871)

    John Rain is back. And “the most charismatic assassin since James Bond” (San Francisco Chronicle) is up against his most formidable enemy yet: the nexus of political, military, media, and corporate factions known only as the Oligarchy. When legendary black ops veteran Colonel Scott “Hort” Horton tracks Rain down in Tokyo, Rain can’t resist the offer: a multi-million dollar payday for the “natural causes” demise of three ultra-high-profile targets who are dangerously close to launching a coup in America. But the opposition on this job is going to be too much for even Rain to pull it off alone.

    Andrew Stone says: "Fast paced read..."
    "Excellent diversion from typical John Rain story"
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Detachment the most enjoyable?

    The author narrates this book and does an outstanding job. I have listened to 5 John Rain books and up until this read, the first, Rain Fall, narrated by Brian Nishii was by far my favorite experience. But Barry Eisler does an amazing job of bringing the five main characters alive.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot flows nicely and there are enough unexpected twists and subplots to keep the story really interesting.


    Which character ??? as performed by Barry Eisler ??? was your favorite?

    Dox was spot on. However he did a very good job of narrating all of the characters.


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

    I laughed out loud several times. Usually at the witty and ironic observations of Dox.


    Any additional comments?

    Note to Eisler and Brilliance - one narrator for a series. It is grating to hear a favorite character in a new voice. No one will match Eisler's

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Total Control

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (598)

    Sidney Archer has the world. A husband she loves. A job at which she excels, and a cherished young daughter. Then, as a plane plummets into the Virginia countryside, everything changes. And suddenly there is no one whom Sidney Archer can trust.

    Rachel says: "Go back to your old narrator!!"
    "Worse Baldacci ever"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The naration was a boring monotone. This must have been Baldacci's first novel because the annoying use of adjectives one right after the other was sophomoric. Baldacci's later work is much better


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    An intriguing story line with surprising plot twists. Some of the coincidences were implausible but once I got beyond the annoying semantics I did get caught up in the plot.


    What didn’t you like about Jonathan Marosz’s performance?

    Monotone


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

    Anger at how many stupid choices the heroine made - placing herself and her family in repeated danger. Disappointment because of the naration and the maddening superlatives.


    Any additional comments?

    A rewrite with crisp editing would make this a very interesting story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2668)
    Performance
    (2207)
    Story
    (2202)

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    Steve says: "There will be more of Puller ...."
    "A good listen. Hope this is a new series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Ignore the naysayers who claim this is a rip off of Lee Child's Jack Reacher character. John Puller is far more believable than Reacher, a West Point graduate who travels around with nothing but a folding toothbrush. Puller is human, vulnerable, and realistic.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was riveting. It sort of rushes to a conclusion but it is very interesting


    Which character ??? as performed by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ??? was your favorite?

    I though Orlagh Cassidy did sister


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rain Fall: John Rain Thrillers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Brian Nishii
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1227)
    Performance
    (790)
    Story
    (787)

    Haunted by the past, John Rain kills to order and leaves no trace, but the death at his hand of an old man has unforeseen complications - and soon Rain is trying to protect not just his carefully preserved anonymity but his own life and those of the people he cares for. A stunning, page-turning reinvention of the hitman thriller, Rain Fall marks the introduction of a compelling new series character and major new thriller writing career.

    George says: "Great new take on the Assassin Genre"
    "Excellent introduction to the John Rain series"
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    Would you listen to Rain Fall again? Why?

    John Rain is an intelligent, introspective assassin, with a soft spot for women and kids. He spends a lot of time soul searching and normally I quickly get turned off by characters studying their navels, but Rain is so smart and the analogies he uses are so apt, that it remains captivating throughout the novel.
    Eisler puts in so much accurate detail that the novel takes on a sense of docu-drama, rather than pure fiction.
    Brian Nishii does an excellent job bringing Rain and Midori to life. His facility with the Japanese language adds to the authenticity of the novel and was my favorite narrator of the Rain series until I listened to The Detachment read by the author. I highly recommend that book as well, but caution you that it is down line in the series and unless you listen to the books in order you have a lot of gaps.
    I really am disappointed that Brilliance Audio didn't stick with Nishii or Eisler for all the books. Some of the other narrators are frankly awful and it takes a while to make the mental shift necessary able to visualize the characters with those narrators harsh accents and affectations after listening to Nishii and Eisler's dead-on presentations.
    Great book, great presentation, great characters.


    What does Brian Nishii bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Brian's facility with the Japanese language helps personalize Rain and Midori. You can visualize their Asian features and cultural customs when you listen to Brian's narration, unlike the other harsh American accents.


    Any additional comments?

    Note to Eisler and Brilliance - pick one narrator to read a series. It is plainly irritating to hear a character you have come to like suddenly take on a whole new voice.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Separation of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Ken Kilban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1670)
    Performance
    (1408)
    Story
    (1405)

    Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

    Renda says: "Horrible Narration"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    I enjoyed Transfer of Power and Third Option by Vince Flynn and narrated by Nick Sullivan. I was looking forward to the next book in the series. Boy was I disappointed. George Guidall's whinny narration sucked all of the anticipated pleasure out of this listen. In Transfer and Third Option Mitch Rapp is a confident steady force that the listener can readily accept as capable of carrying out the dangerous and deadly escapades he is immeshed in. With Guidall's whinny narration, Rapp becomes a petulant angry person. I don't look forward to the remaining Rapp series with Guidall's narration. I may have to buy the paperback and read them the old fashioned way.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Option: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2125)
    Performance
    (1758)
    Story
    (1743)

    CIA counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp falls prey to government forces with an agenda of their own after Dr. Irene Kennedy is named the successor to dying CIA Director Thomas Stansfield—a choice that enrages many inside the world’s most powerful intelligence agency. Her detractors will resort to extreme measures to prevent her from taking the reins—which makes Rapp an expendable asset. But Mitch Rapp is no one’s pawn, and he will stop at nothing to find out who has set him up.

    William says: "A great novel nearly ruined by the reader."
    "Excellent story"
    Overall

    I enjoyed Mitch Rapp's continued efforts to rid America of evil people. Nick Sullivan does a great job of narration.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Sixth Man

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (2220)
    Performance
    (1310)
    Story
    (1313)

    Edgar Roy - an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility-is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy's attorney, Sean's old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, to help work the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins-en route to their first meeting with Bergin, Sean and Michelle find him murdered. It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered....

    Anthony says: "Somebody needs to be fired..."
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    The story line is unique and intriguing. This is a typical Baldacci mystery and his fans will enjoy reading the book. Unfortunately the narration by Orlagh Cassidy is so grating at first that it really detracts from the listening experience. Only several hours into the book after getting caught up in the story was I able to ignore my irritation at Ms Cassidy's stilted delivery.

    I have listened to 30+ Audible books and this is by far the worse narration. Sorry Ms. Cassidy but maybe you should look into another line of work.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Brass Verdict: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4207)
    Performance
    (1770)
    Story
    (1761)

    Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

    Jeff says: "Five Star Book; Three Star Narration"
    "The Brass Verdict"
    Overall

    A good legal novel. Interesting plot twist at the end. Connelly introduces his characters well and builds the suspense nicely. As an attorney I found his legal references and his analysis of the trial process very accurate. I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes legal mysteries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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