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Brenda Widener

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  • Poseidon's Arrow: A Dirk Pitt Novel, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (689)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
    (584)

    It is the greatest advance in American defense technology in decades - an attack submarine capable of incredible underwater speeds. Nothing else in any other nation’s naval arsenal even comes close. There is only one problem: A key element of the prototype is missing - and the man who developed it is dead. At the same time, ships have started vanishing mid-ocean, usually never to be found again, but when they are, sometimes bodies are found aboard... burned to a crisp.

    Karen says: "Another great adventure for Dirk"
    "Dirk does it again"
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    Where does Poseidon's Arrow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It fits well into the top level of audiobooks I have listened to. The story was entertaining and enjoyable throughout the entire length.


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

    There were several times during the story some of the background became too noise. But overall the story keep me interested and listening. I really never felt my thoughts wonder as has happen when listening to other books


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

    Yes, in fact I work 12 hour shifts and couldn't wait to get my headphones in just so I could find out what would happen next.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    Overall
    (533)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (217)

    Only Thomas Ward is left. He's the last hope; the last apprentice. Can Thomas succeed? Will he learn the difference between a benign witch and a malevolent one? Does the Spook's warning against girls with pointy shoes include Alice? And what will happen if Thomas accidentally frees Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the county?

    Mark says: "Loved it!"
    "Good entry book for a young reader series"
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    This is the beginning of Tom's story, his apprenticeship. Tom is nervous and prone to make mistakes and he has just made two of the worst of his early career and his not even sure he wants this career. Tom is the seventh son of a seventh son and he just was given the opportunity to apprentice with the Spook. What is a Spook you ask? He is the man deals with all that bumps in the night and wakes up children when they scream. But as the first month of his apprenticeship is finished Tom has made a mistake and hides it from the Spook. So after Tom fails to convince his mom to let him quit and move home he is left to deal with the mistakes by himself untrained as he is, so begins his adventures.
    Delaney has brought a darker side of the young reader’s side of fantasy with this book and hopefully the next books in the series to come. As a reader from a young age of fantasy novels it’s nice to see some new ideas come out that I can share with my kids. Christopher Evan Welch does a great job of narrating this book and I look forward to listening to more books in which he narrates. I recommend this book to fantasy readers of all ages it is a quick read or listen with more to offer than it first appears to offer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3718)
    Performance
    (3185)
    Story
    (3166)

    For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard. Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes.

    Linda says: "I'd listen to Guidall read the tax code, so..."
    "Gonna Miss this Guy."
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    Sitting here writing this review is bittersweet. Yes, this was another good Mitch Rapp book. No, it wasn't the best, but unfortunately for me it will be the last. Due to the untimely death of Vince Flynn I will not get to enjoy anymore banter between Mitch and Irene or Hurley, and of course the late great Stansfield. But I digress; this book takes off after the events in American Assassin. Rapp is set out on his own to take down (ok, Kill, assassinated, eliminate, or whatever you want to call it) a list of known terrorist or associates/helpers of terrorist groups. Everything has been going just fine for Rapp, even his love life is looking up, until Paris and now his not sure who to trust or if he should trust anyone. During a routine even easy assassination Rapp is ambushed and starts to think that he is set up. In fact, he was set up just not by who he thought. Using the skills Hurley has taught him Rapp turns the tables and tries to find out if he was set up. Unfortunately, one of Hurley's own men goes above and beyond and tries to take out Rapp. After several tense days, Mitch reaches out to Irene and with Stansfield in tow the whole story comes out and true to Rapp, Hurley, and Flynn standards justice is swift and permanent. If you enjoy spy thrillers then you will like Vince Flynn and take it from some one who listened to all the books and you haven't read or listened to any start with "prequels" and start the originally published series I think you'll enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4962)
    Performance
    (2496)
    Story
    (2505)

    Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorists worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world . . . and then tragedy struck.

    Lesley says: "Flynn never disappoints"
    "A good beginning to a long journey."
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    What other book might you compare American Assassin to and why?

    Being American Assassin is a prequel to an already established series it is hard to compare this to another series without comparing it to the series itself. Mitch Rapp is a man among men who has a no-nonsense look at life especially with the burning desire for retribution for his girlfriend's and many other's deaths during a terrorist attack. This book starts out as Rapp is recruited and trained for the future career as an off the books CIA wet man. He has to prove himself not only to instructors but in several incidents to himself that he can do this work and live through it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    At the beginning of Rapp's training he tells Hurley "Let's get this over with." and in the next few paragraphs Hurley and Rapp beat each other bloody. Because according to Hurley this recruit without military training at worth his time, but in fact Hurley has to break his own rules and grab Rapp by the gonads to not lose the fight.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed listening to all of the Mitch Rapp series via Audible and Audible’s mobile App. I feel the narrator does a great job making each character different and discernible when listening for a long period of time and when your mind might wander briefly it is easy to catch back up. The material (plot) is relevant to now and really not something so unbelievable it's hard to follow. So if you enjoy military thrillers check out the Mitch Rapp series of books by Vince Flynn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of the Union

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (837)
    Performance
    (647)
    Story
    (649)

    The most unlikely terrorist enemy of all now holds a knife against the country’s throat. With both diplomatic and conventional military options swept from the table, the president calls upon Navy SEAL turned Secret Service agent Scot Harvath to disable a brilliantly orchestrated conspiracy intended to bring the United States to its knees. Teamed with beautiful Russian Intelligence agent Alexandra Ivanova and a highly trained CIA paramilitary detachment, Harvath embarks on an adrenaline-fueled search that spans the world.

    Tomas says: "Thrilling!"
    "The REDs are coming,,, the REDs are coming"
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    What did you love best about State of the Union?

    Love is a big word. I enjoyed the majority of State of the Union. The plot was interesting, character development for the key players was done effectively, and the overall pace was perfect for a book in this particular genre. This is the 1st book of Brad Thor's that I have listened to, but it is the 3rd I have either read or listened to. I really enjoy reading this genre of super soldier, super spy, or action hero (if you will) steps up takes charge and gets the job done despite the odds or sometimes the mysterious ways fate lets the impossible be possible. Thor does a great job of pushing the boundaries of the believable with the over-the-top action. I really don't remember thinking, "what the ..." "how they do that" as I was listening to this particular story.


    What other book might you compare State of the Union to and why?

    State of the Union is like most action adventure thrillers books. Brad Thor is like Vince Flynn and the late and great Tom Clancy in where they take a particular person and develop the character into an all American hero who will go above and beyond to protect America and her citizens. You can look at Harvath (Thor), Rapp (Flynn), Ryan Sr/Jr (Clancy) and seeing the similarities and differences very clearly but they all have the central theme of putting America's best interest over their own lives and in some cases the lives of multiple people because killing 100 can still save millions no matter how you do the math.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A speech could turn America's future back 200 years or make America unlivable for thousands.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the second series of audio books I have listened to in which George Guidall was the narrator. I really enjoy his voice control, pace of speech, and the inflections he is able to do to make each character's voice different. I look forward to continuing to listen/read this series of books by Thor and cross my finger Guidall continues to narrate these books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Relic: Pendergast, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3757)
    Performance
    (2243)
    Story
    (2270)

    Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

    Snoodely says: "Non-Perishable"
    "Impressive New Old book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this audiobook to any mystery-thriller reader. In fact, this book was recommended to me by my brother and I greatly appreciate the recommendation as this is a series I will continue to read/listen to in the future.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Margo Green as an inexperience investigator who has to put the pieces together, and is a doctoral candidate working in a museum in which people are being killed, so along with her advisor she works to put the pieces together as to what is killing people and why. Even though this book was an introduction into the Pendergast character I felt the star of this book was Margo.


    What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

    David did an amazing job at making each character separate from other by the way he inflicts his voice and adds accents to those who in reality would have an accent i.e. Pendergast and one of the museum curators.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A mystery, an enigma, and serial killer lurking in the shadows, come and enjoy the museum exhibits at your own risk.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3362)
    Performance
    (2407)
    Story
    (2391)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Jason Spencer says: "Action packed, edge of your seat "page-turner""
    "Always in the shadows"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Gray Man the most enjoyable?

    Good storyline with good character development which engages the reader/listener. The tempo made the listening easy going and easy to follow. The nature of the action and background flowed really well and the backstory was just as intriguing as the current plot line.


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

    Yes even though I knew or thought I knew the ultimate outcome of this book because I knew there were more books with the same character published. The action was fact paced and concise in area in which it needed to be and when there was an area in which the author could spend his time creating a overall "battle" scene it is was a good listen.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Are you a good guy Jim? I am good guy who was taught how to do bad things to bad guys.


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

    Yes, I spent several hours just sitting and listening to this book and look forward to the next book in the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guilty Pleasures: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1122)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (635)

    Published almost 10 years ago, Guilty Pleasures marked the debut of a writer who was destined to grow from cult favorite to a major bestselling author. Now, for long-time Anita Blake aficionados and newfound fans, Guilty Pleasures makes its debut in downloadable audio

    Jeanette says: "In the beginning"
    "Kill or be Killed...Definitely Kill"
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    If you could sum up Guilty Pleasures in three words, what would they be?

    Betrayal, Badass, Fast-Paced


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definitely have to say Anita by far is the best character of the book but when the subtitle to the book is "Anita Blake..." You kind of to realize she will be the most developed of the characters you are going to be reading about, but the side characters even the ones killed off are not just words on paper so I definitely give credit to the author for great character development. Anita knows what she and what she does or so she thinks at the beginning of the book but after being betrayed, mental and physical violated, and confused she really knows who and what she is and guess what she is a badass vampire hunter and a zombie raiser who if you screw with her or betray her you aren’t going to get away with it.


    Any additional comments?

    The story starts out well written and easy to follow. The narrator does a great job of keep each character's voices consistent through out the book so if you didn't catch when you were told about someone speaking you were able to tell you it was by the narrator's voice. I look forward to reading/listening to more of the Anita Blake serious, and thanks to my little brother for recommending the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hunted: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2890)
    Performance
    (2698)
    Story
    (2697)

    For a 2,000-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt - Artemis and Diana - for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is...run like hell.

    D says: "Another Serving of Hilari-tea"
    ""Duck, Damn that arrow was close""
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    If you could sum up Hunted in three words, what would they be?

    Action-packed, Funny, and Adventurous


    What other book might you compare Hunted to and why?

    Comparing Hunted to other books is hard because I feel Hearne has made such stand alone book series with characters who you rout for and want the outcome to be a happy ending even when you can't see how its going to happen. If I had to compare Hunted and the Iron Druid Chronicles than I would have to say Jim Butcher and the Dresden Files would be a close comparison. The main characters are magic users and really truly wanted to help even though they struggle with their own perceptions and shortcomings but that really makes them enjoyable stories and series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Actually, it’s kind of funny but the last scene in the book was getting Oberon an Irish Wolf Hound bitch and his reaction and the whole scenario had me spitting my milk across the table. In fact, due to that reaction my oldest child is currently listening to Hounded, which is an endorsement all by itself.


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

    ***SPOILER ALERT***
    The death of Atticus was a tough scene to listen and experience. Even though we learn that his soul catching charm in which he hadn't test (for obvious reasons-He would've had to die) before works as he thought it would. Maybe he should make another and while he is at it make one for "Clever Girl" and Oberon too. But the whole period of not knowing what was happen was a little much I would say. Made a little harder to detect the outcome because in this book we get "Clever Girl" narrating which is new to me, I didn't read/listen to Hearne's novellas so I don't know if she had in previous books.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy any magic, fantasy, or just plain funny adventure books then you will enjoy the Iron Druid Chronicles to include Hunted

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Blinding Knife: Black Prism, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (522)

    Gavin Guile is dying. He'd thought he had five years left - now he has less than one. With 50,0000 refugees, a bastard son, and an ex-fiancée who may have learned his darkest secret, Gavin has problems on every side. All magic in the world is running wild and threatens to destroy the Seven Satrapies. Worst of all, the old gods are being reborn, and their army of color wights is unstoppable. The only salvation may be the brother whose freedom and life Gavin stole 16 years ago.

    David Streeter says: "Much Better"
    "I like this book"
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    I have enjoyed this series and am looking forward to the next chapter. The character development by Weeks is amazing and the new narrator for this book was amazing and made the book come alive

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Invincible: The Chronicles of Nick

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (442)

    Nick Gautier’s day just keeps getting better and better. Yeah, he survived the zombie attacks, only to wake up and find himself enslaved to a world of shapeshifters and demons out to claim his soul. His new principal thinks he’s even more of a hoodlum than the last one, his coach is trying to recruit him to things he can’t even mention and the girl he’s not seeing, but is, has secrets that terrify him.

    Simi says: "FABU Listen"
    "You're a what? And demons what to kill me, nice."
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    If you could sum up Invincible in three words, what would they be?

    Sarcastic, fast-paced, and more-wanting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nick and Simi - They are just so funny. Nick in the way his teenage mind faces his environment and situations is so funny in narcissistic way. Simi in the way she just is..."Demons taste better with BBQ sauce" her comments will just make you laugh.


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    Holter has been the perfect narrator for this series. The way he is able to change tone, pitch, and pace of his voice fits the book well. I would listen, and plan to, to more from Holter, even books by different authors. He has a good voice for fantasy and young adult books.


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

    Yes, this book never really had a long enough pause in the action or storyline for a convenient pausing point. In fact, I listened to this book going back and forth on my 1.5 hour commute and found my speed a lot slow listening to this book and others in the series than with other books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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