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  • Alex Cross, Run

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Steven Boyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (870)
    Performance
    (715)
    Story
    (724)

    Top plastic surgeon Elijah Creem is renowned for his skills in the operating room, and for his wild, no-expense-spared "industry parties", bringing in underage exotic dancers and models for nights of drugs, champagne, and uninhibited sex. That is, until Detective Alex Cross busts one of Creem's lavish soirees and ruins his fun. Now Creem is willing to do anything to avoid going to jail. But Alex doesn't have time to dwell on that case. A beautiful woman has been found murdered in her car, a lock of her hair viciously ripped off. Then a second woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window with a brutal scar slashed across her stomach....

    Cris says: "Ugh!"
    "Finally a book without stacks of F bombs!"
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    What did you love best about Alex Cross, Run?

    It definitely kept my attention, holding my breath as he was being set up by the bad guy with a grudge.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The good people resolution.
    The inclusion of softer feelings, morals
    along with the contrasting very, very bad people.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Boatman and Steven Boyer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    NA


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

    Yes. I couldn't but I kept it on much longer than I should.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm just grateful to find an author who can leave out the F bombs which are very degrading to me as the listener. I realize that this would be included in people' regular on the job speech, but I'm glad someone doesn't use it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Command Authority

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    Overall
    (1985)
    Performance
    (1784)
    Story
    (1790)

    There's a new strong man in Russia but his rise to power is based on a dark secret hidden decades in the past. The solution to that mystery lies with a most unexpected source, President Jack Ryan.

    Marci says: "Great story with a couple of flaws"
    "Talk about ripped from the headlines!"
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    If you could sum up Command Authority in three words, what would they be?

    Too close to reality.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Command Authority?

    It certainly kept my attention! It was so true to life, I realize it was fiction, but not too far off our current reality.


    What does Lou Diamond Phillips bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't know, I just read the whole think on Kindle.


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

    It was definitely suspenseful. I thought the President's son's activity was a bit over the top,but who cares, when reading fiction we should be able to "suspend disbelief"


    Any additional comments?

    Right after I finished reading I turned on the news and saw the book being shown in real life with the blazzing fires from the protesters and the warring in Urkraine with their people fighting to keep their freedom instead of being sucked back into Russian style of life.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Tehran Initiative

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (963)
    Performance
    (830)
    Story
    (847)

    The world is on the brink of disaster. Iran has just conducted its first atomic weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah — known as the Twelfth Imam — has arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam’s spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second Holocaust and the annihilation of Israel.

    Susan says: "Rosenberg does it again - couldn't put it down!"
    "No profanity-refreshing. Right from Headlines"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Tehran Initiative?

    It moved well and kept moving; had a good mix of intrigue with the right amount of romance and family sprinkled into an almost impossible situation.


    What did you like best about this story?

    So close to current events it really grabbed my attention.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    Inflection of his voice was well done, definitely not boring.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole series moved me but some parts definitely had me holding my breath until resolved.


    Any additional comments?

    Portrayal of "President Jackson" made me nuts, I actually got so frustrated that he could be so blind in such an important crisis.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (280)

    When John Rain, the Japanese/American "contract killer with a conscience" (Entertainment Weekly), learns that his former lover, Midori, has been raising their child in New York, he senses a chance for reconciliation, perhaps even for redemption.

    Angel says: "enjoyable"
    "Great Story except for the frequent F --- words"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Barry Eisler and/or Michael McConnohie?

    See full review for Killing Rain


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Wrapped up the lose ends of the story and didn't leave you hanging, but clearly left it open for the next book in the series.


    Did Michael McConnohie do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Fair


    Do you think The Last Assassin needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has a whole series


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    Overall
    (693)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (289)

    In Killing Rain, Rain has a new employer, the Mossad, which needs an operator who can remove 'problems' in Asia, and a new partner: Dox, the ex-marine sniper and party animal first introduced in Rain Storm. He also has a new hope, that by using his fearsome talents in the service of something good, he might atone for all the lives he has already taken.

    Amazon Customer says: "I give this book my highest rating."
    "Great Story except for the frequent F --- words"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Barry Eisler and/or Michael McConnohie?

    Wouldn't try another book even though I would like too. The constant F--- word is too much. There are a few other swear words here and there, but he seems to use this as punctuation and exclamation when no explitive would not only be preferred, but leaving it out would increase the impact of the scene. If those were gone, I would read all of his books.


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

    Not quite on the edge of my seat, though engaging. The same basic story lines as the character Gabriel Allon in Daniel Silva's series as a killer and an art restorer. This story is a weaker version of the Silva novels.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael McConnohie?

    I probably would listen, but he is not my favorite author. Many times during the reading, the voices of 2 people were so much the same that I couldn't figure out who was talking except for later context.


    Any additional comments?

    The story runs in such huge chunks that if it gets pushed forward or backwards you have to listen to 25 or 20 minutes again just to find your place. If you just skip to the next chapter, you miss way too much of the detail of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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