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  • The Teeth of the Tiger

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (860)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (457)

    Charged with spotting terrorist threats, the top-secret "Campus" has its hands full when Middle East thugs and Colombian drug lords join forces. New Campus recruits include Jack Ryan Jr., son of master spy John Patrick Ryan, now President.

    John says: "NOT CLANCY'S BEST"
    "A little implausible"
    Overall

    I enjoied this book. I would like to read the next book in the series. I definitely felt as if I knew these people. My only complaint is that it seems unlikely that three rank amatures would be sent against seasoned terrorists. What chance could new, raw recruits possibly have against experienced, tempered, cold-as-stone assassins? This is not a joke. These people are for real. They are monsters. They can smell you coming miles away. There is no smiling at them across the hallway and hoping they don't make you.
    I liked the main characters and I thought the beginning of the book was strong. The action scenes seemed a little rushed, though. And the ending. The ending happened to fast it was almost anti-climatic.

    I don't want to pan this book. I just want the next one to be better. Now that you don't have to re-introduce the main chacters, hopefully we can hit the ground running in the next one. And soon, please.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder in the Deep

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Joe Buff
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The Challenger is the weapon of the future, a ceramic-hulled nuclear submarine with the most advanced electronics ever created. Acting captain Jeffrey Fuller's mission is to rescue the fast attack sub Texas, now lying on the bottom of the Atlantic. But a newly resurrected and fanatically militaristic Germany knows where the Texas is, too, and it knows the Challenger is coming. It is the Challenger the Germans want, dispatching their own high-tech supersub to destroy her.

    Todd says: "Just didn't cut it!"
    "Steven Segal would star in the film"
    Overall

    It's hard to review this book because I don't want to trash it. But it's true that this is a "B" story at best. Lots of bang and slash, but not a lot of story behind it. Still, it was entertaining in a mindless kind of way.
    In the end, I didn't care about any of the characters, so I wasn't 'involved' in the story and every now and then I would catch myself heckling it, but that said, it was mindless entertainment, so it wasn't so bad.
    What's worse, an action packed story that isn't trying to take itself seriously, or a truely badly written plot trying to pass itself off as quality? Thunder in the deep isn't trying to preach to you or take itself seriously. It's kind of like a Bond film without the exotic women.
    Listen, enjoy, just don't expect too much from it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lance Armstrong, Sally Jenkins
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (122)

    People around the world have found inspiration in the story of Lance Armstrong - a world-class athlete nearly struck down in his prime, who fought back to win the world's most grueling test of cycling, the Tour de France. It's Not About the Bike is the amazing story of Armstrong's journey from inauspicious beginnings, through triumph, tragedy, transformation, and transcendence.

    Brenda says: "Inspirational"
    "Inspiring"
    Overall

    I cannot say that I am a fan of Lance's, and honestly I don't care at all about cycling. But what I have heard about Lance was always positive, so I thought I'd listen to his story. In one session I'm almost half way through and I will probably finish this tonight. This is an amazing story told with sometimes uncomfortable candor.
    I know that I do not know Lance, but through listening to this story I almost feel like I do. His courage and matter-of-fact personality is a positive example of someone taking horrendous circumstances and finding the postive time after time. If Lance can take death stareing him in the face with such grace and fortitude no race on earth could scare him ever again.
    His story is an inspiration.

    3 of 3 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
    (1149)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (210)

    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.

    Grady says: "Captivated me from the beginning"
    "Far better than I expected"
    Overall

    I was a little nervous to listen to Ludlum books. I was afraid that the books may be too dated. I'm happy to say I was wrong. I found it very hard to shut this book off. I went through this rather long book in record time. The characters are believeable, the action is gripping and I throughilly enjoied listening to it.
    The plot is very, very similar to "The Bourne Identity" instead this time instead of not knowing whom he is, he is unaware of what is going on around him. A top field agent is suddenly besought by friend and foe alike. It seems like the whole world wants him dead and he has no idea why. The details are quite a ride.

    Give it a chance, if you liked 'Bourne' at all, I think you'll enjoy this, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Torts

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1130)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (192)

    As Clay Carter digs into the background of his client, a young man charged with a random street killing, he suddenly finds himself in the middle of a complex case against one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, looking at the kind of enormous settlement that would totally change his life - that would make him, almost overnight, the legal profession's newest king of torts...

    Lisa says: "The King of Torts"
    "It's all about the money"
    Overall

    This book was enjoyable. The beginning was a little slow. I was left wondering why for the first 2 hours were spent delving in to his family melo-drama but quickly this changed to the pursuit of money. And what big money it is. These lawyers don't give a damn about thier clients of the harm done to them. This is about doing 6 months of work and walking away with a fat commission.
    It's hard to care about people who's smallest purchase is a $2.3 million dollar beach house and who's most painfull soul-searching involves whether to buy the $32 million dollar personal jet, or the $45 million dollar model.
    The wealth being thrown around is unimaginable and that all of this comes from the backs of innocent victims is alarming. The world is clear and interesting. I felt as if I were sitting along side the main characters. The ending seemed a little sudden. I think this will make a good movie. It might do for mass Tort law what Oliver Stone's "Wall Street" did for the stock market. I do know that now every time I see an advertisement on TV by a big law firm looking for clients (who took bad medications), I laugh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1260)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (336)

    In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles (micro-robots) has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

    Mary says: "Terrifying"
    "Jurassic Park part 4"
    Overall

    Let's see, you wanna have "monsters" and you want to have them escape from thier holding facility and then you need specialized talent to get a hold of them again. Haven't we done this plot before?

    This book was more aggrivating than interesting. Throughout I had the overwhelming urge to smack the main character. I have no idea how such a supposedly smart guy can be so throughilly stupid! I would never have put up with the double-talk his wife gave him. The instant I suspected someone was lieing to me, I would have gotten to the bottom of it. But this guy just takles it in stride and ignores every single warning sign.

    The heart of every good book gives you a character or group of people whom you can identify with and (hopefully) like. It's increasingly hard to like people who do the stupid thing every single time and then the author pawns that off as action.

    It's like saying "Well, we're in a house with a raving homicidal madman...I know! Let's all split up!" How many times can someone almost die from thier own foolish behavior and on some level you think that they probably deserve thier fate. This book wasn't all bad, but it was far from what I hoped it would be. I think that for this book, Crichton forgot that describing cool technology is not enough. You need to tell a strong story or all the techno-babble means nothing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Death in Vienna

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (748)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (298)

    Sent to Vienna to authenticate a painting, the art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is sidetracked by a photograph that throws his world upside-down. Could it really be the face of a man who during the last days of World War II had brutalized his mother on the Death March from Auschwitz?

    Leonard says: "Another Fine Silva Novel"
    "This is a mystery novel, not a documentary!"
    Overall

    I am very disappointed by this book. Instead of the historical intrigue / mysterious thriller I signed on for, what I found was a thinly veiled documentary. The book goes on and on and on AND ON about the horrors of the holocaust.
    YES--we know! The Nazis were terrible people. They killed millions of people. WE KNOW. Now, do you have anything else to say? Because my impression of this book was that I was going to be entertained by interesting characters and a well meshed storyline with several different layers and as much intrigue as action.
    What this book gives is frequently two characters alone in a room going on and on and on about their personal experiences under Nazi captivity. If I wanted to know about the horrors of WWII, I'd watch the Discovery Channel. Worse than that, you have one character "teaching" another about the holocaust. Therefore the reader has to delve in to every disgusting nuance of what was war.

    If the author wants to write about Nazi concentration camps, then great, by all means do that. But don't write that same book and call it "A Death in Vienna." This in ENTERTAINMENT. Not your personal soapbox.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Angels and Demons

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (6143)
    Performance
    (1727)
    Story
    (1752)

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

    Phillip says: "I couldn't put it down...5 STARS"
    "When enough is enough"
    Overall

    I really enjoied 80% of this book. The descriptions were very good, I really felt as if I were walking down hallowed halls, dusty catacombs and looking through ancient books. It is obvious that Dan Brown did a lot of research for this book. Like I said, I loved most of it.
    My only problem was that at the very, very end I think lost it's way. I would have loved to sit down with Mr. Brown and say "No no no, you don't need to do this at the end. Just do this and keep that the way it is and you'll have a great story...and possibly even a sequel. Now you don't."

    My advice to you is right after the big "bang" just turn off the book and then fast forward to the last five minutes. The story is over. Other than that, I loved it. Oh, and the narrator is fantastic. It felt like I was listening to a whole cast.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Eaters of the Dead

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Victor Garber
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Join a stunning adventure in 922 A.D. to a mysterious land where the day's length does not equal the night's...where after sunset the sky burns in streaks of color...where a powerful Viking chieftain and his band of brothers must lock in mortal combat with monstrous brutes who threaten to empty the land. With an introduction and running commentary by Michael Crichton!

    Ben says: "Come take this journey!"
    "Come take this journey!"
    Overall

    Journey to new lands. Make new Norse friends. See new customs and be won over to thier way of thinking. This is a wonderful story. All the more exciting because it has historical roots.
    This book is enthralling. My only complaint is that I wish there would have been a little more action. But perhaps because there is such loving detail to the mundane, it helps bring the world alive.
    If possible, I would recommend that the "reader" seek out the unabridged version as I have done. The longer you can journey with the story, the more the delight.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Bourne Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1012)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (331)

    In Robert Ludlum's ground-breaking career, no other character so captured the world's imagination as Jason Bourne. He appeared in three of Robert Ludlum's own best-selling novels, his best-selling works to this day. Now, with the major motion picture adaptation of Ludlum's The Bourne Supremacy, the Ludlum estate has finally acceded to the demands of readers around the world, turning to best-selling writer Eric Van Lustbader to create a brand new Jason Bourne novel, The Bourne Legacy.

    Linda says: "It sure reads like a Ludlum book!"
    "Fantastic"
    Overall

    I was a little afraid that this book wouldn't live up to my high expectations. I was wrong. I thought this was very enjoyable! I think I blasted through it in only 4-5 days. Once you get going, it's hard to stop! My only complaint is that I had a hard time inserting my image of Matt Damon into this story in my mind. Bourne in the movies is different than written here. Which is a little upsetting...But, I guess that's okay. I can have the books and the movies be two separate people/stories.

    I can't wait for the next book!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Meg

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Steve Alten
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Anthony says: "A Perfect example of a great book for Audio"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    It was obvious from the intro 15 minutes that I was going to love this book. Far from just being a "Jaws" rip-off, "Meg" offers a different slant to the "big shark" genre. The characters were real. I cared about them and I enjoied the plausable way he brought the ancient monsters back from the historical abyss.
    I even found myself reasearching the real Mariana Trench online. If I had a complaint, it would be that the unabridged version is not available. I even went out and found, bought and listened to the second book in this series "The Trench." It was unabridged and it was also great. I would whole heartedly recommend this series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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