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  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"

    This was the first book I have listened to by Peterson. I have listened to many audiobooks of this genre over the last several years. This book was without a doubt on my top 2 list. Peterson is an exceptional writer if this is typical of his work. I recommended the book and audiobook to several friends and after they finished the book, they called to also agree that Peterson is exceptional.

    I must try to find his other works and hopefully ones with the same lead characters. Listen to this one and you won't be disappointed. (Note: there are very few books that I have found worthy of taking the time to write a review on.)

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Paul says: "In love with books again"
    "Same old garbage"

    I swore I'd never waste any more money on Brown's book. Like a fool I did and learned a valuable lesson - listen to your inner instincts! Same old story line, very predictable. Designed for those who really believe in conspiracies and have axes to grind with various religions. Unfortunately, many of Brown's readers actually believe that what he writes is actually true and fact! Brown must have made a general outline for his first successful book as that is his "go-by." A truly waste of time that makes him richer. There are so many other better writers.

    Long live the Masons! We should all convert immediately and the world would be perfect!!! Right. Danny Boy, keep 'em coming as there truly is, 'one born every day (second.)"

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

    Rebecca says: "Predictable Fun"
    "Very slow start"

    The first hour or so I was about to throw the tape out. The readers voice for some of the characters really turned me OFF. I found it difficult to get into and then it finally picked up and was glad I forced myself through the "rough" listening parts. I've listened to much better from this author and this wasn't on the best list.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dante Club

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Matthew Pearl
    • Narrated By John Siedman

    In 1865 Boston, the members of the Dante Club, poets and Harvard professors Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, and James Russell Lowell, along with publisher J. T. Fields, are finishing America's first translation of The Divine Comedy and preparing to unveil Dante's remarkable visions to the New World.

    Barbara says: "Fun, if a little long-winded"

    I was expecting more and got less. It gave a lot of background on the characters and the time period but the suspense was not there for me. I worked my way through it and it was OK. Everybody has different tastes and this did not move fast enough for me.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Ambler Warning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers

    On Parrish Island, a restricted island off the coast of Virginia, is a little-known and never-visited psychiatric facility. There, the government stores former intelligence employees whose psychiatric states make them a danger to their own government, people whose ramblings might endanger ongoing operations or prove dangerously inconvenient. One of these employees, agent Hal Ambler, is kept heavily medicated and closely watched. But there's one difference between Hal and the other patients, Hal isn't crazy.

    Patsy Bailey says: "What Were They Thinking?"
    "Heed the reviews!"

    I should have "listened" to the lower star reviews. They were correct. The narrator wasn't very good and the story rambled on. I had to force myself to listen as it was easy to drift off. There are a lot better books to spent your money/credits on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Split Second

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.

    John says: "Listen again"
    "A big disappointment!"

    I kept hoping for the quality of his "Last Man Standing." This sure wasn't it. I was kept interested through most of it, but as several noted, the ending was a real loser. It made me feel like I wasted my time on the whole book. "Last Man Standing" was close to a 5, this barely makes a 3 (I'm generous!)

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye

    When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead.

    Phillip says: "Summer's Best Read"
    "Very so-so"

    There was some humor. The story was predictable as were the characters. I forced my way through it as I was foolish enough to purchase it. Save your money! There is better out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angels and Demons

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe

    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.

    Mark Grannis says: "Not history, not theology, just great fiction"
    "Sad Reviews!!!!"

    This is FICTION people, with some truth mixed in. A sad commenatry for these listeners that can't even read that this book is in the FICTION section. Oh yes, there is some truth mixed in but very little. That's what makes it a good book. You don't have to believe me, just do some legitmate research and don't work from your prejudices. Read a fiction book, enjoy it, but use that one brain cell and understand it's FICTION. Another sad commentary that one would have to post this wakeup call. This should be a place for a book review, not a forum for prejudice.

    24 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • The Sigma Protocol

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Do you think you know what really happened after World War II? You don't. Sigma made sure of that. "Ludlum's trademark skills of intricate plotting, breakneck pacing, and high-wire drama are all on display in this gripping thriller," writes

    Dan says: "Good story until the far fetched ending"
    "Sigma Protocol"

    Normally I have enjoyed this author but this book is too outlandish to really get into. "The secret business organization that controls the world!" Not only that, they know everything, do anything and know what their quary is doing at all times. 2 1/2 stars is more realistic for this novel.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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