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  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3605)
    Performance
    (3019)
    Story
    (3041)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Captivating but not without flaws"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, enough said!


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

    Very much. Even though I pretty much had the main players and bad guys identified early in the book, I wasn't SURE I was right but still there was enough action that it was never boring.


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I found the tag-team reading more palitable than others but I prefer a single reader.


    Any additional comments?

    Though I am not a fan of tag-team reading, that is to say a male narrator for male characters and a female narrator for female characters, this book???s performers do a good job. Usually I find the often badly weaved audio editing of two narrators distracting. Here however, the performance, editing and really strong story far outweigh that little issue which may be more mine than a performance flaw. Orlagh Cassidy who handles the female voices has chosen what I think is an odd mixture of Tennessee and Brooklyn accents for the lead female FBI agent. I have listened to her work in other books and it is always southern, so I assume it is a southern speaker attempting to speak Brooklyn which comes out pretty laborious, but again, that is me. Somewhat difficult is that she sounds like she has smoked 3 packs a day, so when she uses an only slightly modified character voice for that of a 14 year girl it is a bit more grating.
    The story itself has a slight weakness in that for all of the bits to work, very early on the main male character (Agent Will Robbie) and the 14-year-old streetwise child victim/witness must come together at a place and time willed by the bad guy but ONLY possible through impossible feats of luck and guesswork by the plotter.
    Get by the story weakness and assuming I am the only one in the world so picky and critical as to try an dissect the genesis of the dialects used, this is a REALLY compelling and fun book. I really hated to put it down and for my entire diatribe about faults; I had a hard time pausing for bed and regretted hitting the end of the book. I discovered that I had really come to like the characters and wanted more. David Baldacci is a magnificent penman. He has the ability to throw minor details into the storyline in a way that is flowing and easy, almost invisible, and always provides my imagination a perfect picture of exactly what he is describing. It doesn???t matter if I am reading the printed book or listening to the audible, I ALWAYS find myself reeled in, on the hook, and caught between bed and one more chapter. This is no exception and may in fact prove the rule! This is another Great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mirage: The Oregon Files, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (666)
    Story
    (663)

    In October 1943, a U.S. destroyer sailed out of Philadelphia and supposedly vanished, the result of a Navy experiment with electromagnetic radiation. The story was considered a hoax - but now Juan Cabrillo and his Oregon colleagues aren't so sure. There is talk of a new weapon soon to be auctioned, something very dangerous to America's interests, and the rumors link it to the great inventor Nikola Tesla, who was working with the Navy when he died in 1943. Was he responsible for the experiment? Are his notes in the hands of enemies?

    Matthew says: "Hey, where did my ship go???"
    "Cussler is the King of Historical Fiction"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is absolutely a book to pass on to friends, if for no other reason than to have someone to talk to about it. It is the type book that seems worthy of discussion and inspection. I actually asked a friend who retired from the Navy if some aspects were "nautically correct": They were.


    Any additional comments?

    Full disclosure I love mysteries, histories, any writer that can weave the two into one story. So please understand I am a Clive Cussler devotee and think everything he writes is good. This however, surpasses that. As you read/listen to this story unfold, you see it playing out in your mind. Imagine the story that has as an outline: The Philadelphia Experiment, Russian Mob, Russian Navy, Ultra-Rich spy hero with his own spy-ship and gadgets, disappearing ships, super yachts, and a bit of death and destruction. How can that recipe NOT turn out good?
    In reality, it does. It has a way of sucking you in until you are immersed in the naval history which may or may not be completely true. Real or not, it is captivating how Cussler manages to weave a story most people know something about (The Philadelphia Experiment) with modern events to tell a completely new story that seems to acknowledge the old story was legend and the new story is reality.
    Excellent and thought provoking, but caution: Do Not Drive a Vehicle while listening! You will be so enraptured with the story that you will visualize the books action instead of the road.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2404)
    Performance
    (2145)
    Story
    (2127)

    Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

    Donna M Thomas, Author of From Pebbles to Pathways says: "My favorite Reacher story yet"
    "The decline of success"
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    Any additional comments?

    I hate to say it because I REALLY like the series and the writer, Lee Child. I even take into account that I get bugged by small things sometimes. However, this is just mediocre at best and truly a poor addition to the series. If you don't need or want further thoughts, let me just say for you, this strikes me as "McMillan and Wife team up with Rockford Files while being pursued by The A-Team".
    The main character, Jack Reacher, has always been a “flawed” hero. Any summary of this character should include the key phrases of Obsessive Compulsive, borderline Schizophrenia, Anti-Social Personality Disorder… and a few more that escape me now. You have to face facts; anyone that simply buys new clothes rather than washing old ones, claiming it is cheaper, has a loose screw or two. Also, give some room to the idea that anyone that, in his 40’s lives hand to mouth hitchhiking all over the Country and ALWAYS seems to find trouble, cannot be all good or all innocent. But that always seemed to flow into the story because although sometimes cartoonish, in a “6 Million Dollar Man” kind of way, the story was not over the top ridiculous. You only needed to suspend reality, not torture it before abolishing it all together.
    In this book, we have Reacher returning to metro DC to see a woman that he never met, but in previous stories, had aided him via telephone. He arrives at his former military post where the woman he comes to see is now the commander of his former Military Police unit. Reacher is immediately recalled to active duty after being discharged for 16 or so years. Ostensibly, this significant impossibility is so that the evil guys can take control of him. Of course, they have already trumped up charges against the female Major Turner, whom Reacher was coming to see. Oh, throw in to that, Reacher had never told anyone he was coming to see her… he just hitchhiked from the great Northwest to Arlington Virginia “because she had an interesting voice” (Can you say stalker?), yet they were ready.
    So they seemingly frame-up charges on Reacher that he assaulted a man 16 years ago and he just died as a result of the injuries, making Reacher a killer. In addition, they throw in a recently filed paternity suit claiming Reacher is the father of a now 14-year-old girl and the mother just came forward to claim her child support. As long as you are in the “it’s a frame” mode, what the heck, put $100K in an offshore account belonging to the female Major (that in reality she knows nothing about it) and then arrest her for taking bribes. If only the basis of the story were the downfall, I would not be so disappointed.
    The story is written with truly annoying “OCD” stuff that makes me wonder if Lee Child is not OCD and writing a bit of himself into the script. Things like repetitive recitation of “catch phrases” in the form of drifting thoughts, such as “Sam, a daughter, 14-years-old” over and over, even in the middle of a prison escape. But the OCD isn’t just Reacher; it is also in the narrative. “Romeo called Juliette, because something’s are her responsibility” and “Juliette called Romeo, because something’s are his responsibility” each time the narrator introduces a conversation between the cloak and dagger characters of Romeo and Juliette. Then there is the insane obsession of counting, everything, no matter how unimportant it is to the story and then explain the count. Things such as “…he parked 8 spaces down from the door, not 1 and not 3, but 8” and then explaining the odds of a car parked directly in front of a motel door that the driver/car’s owner went into, versus the door 1, 2, or even 3 doors down might be.
    For me the ridiculous compounded the insane making it difficult to finish despite wanting to like the story. Ridiculous in concept since nowhere in the United States do Military Police “hunt” anyone or anything. MP’s do not do deep undercover, they do not investigate or arrest civilians or even have power of arrest off base. No, that is left to Army CID, or Navy NCIS, or Air Force OSI, all of whom are sworn Federal Officers. Ridiculous in logic such as when someone, on a remote hunch, flags all credit cards and ID’s contained in an Army Military Police “Undercover Vault” (see previous statement indicating NO SUCH THING could exist) which results in the bad guys being able to track Reacher and Turner. Yes, they can do that, but as Reacher steals more and more of the bad guys credit cards and uses them to fund his treck to find “Sam, a daughter, 14-years-old”, they cannot call the credit card company and get the cards shut off because the bad guys that own them are off the grid. Oh, how about the completely bizzar idea that someone (here two people) break out of an Army brig where they are held presumably on high felonies, and their first thought is to run to California to find “Sam, a daughter, 14-years-old”. More insane is that the bad guys anticipate that the hero would break out and go to track down the girl because of a paternity suit (even assuming that was a crime of adultery, the punishment is discharge (did I mention Reacher had been out of the Army for 16-years?). In fact, most of the obstacles thrown up would require the bad guys to be either genius or clairvoyant, and the hero to be an idiot or on drugs.Overall, I can only give it middle of the road and keep the bad feeling that the recent release of Jack Reacher to the big screen, made Lee Child so hungry for a follow-up, that he rushed and gave us an updated version of the “A-Team” or some other equally bad 70’s prime time show.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8690)
    Performance
    (7838)
    Story
    (7842)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Grisham is just too good for words!"
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    Where does Sycamore Row rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As a legal thriller, this is clearly at the top of the heap... but it is a heap created by all the other works of John Grisham. AMAZING!


    What other book might you compare Sycamore Row to and why?

    This really stands alone in the legal thriller genre. Do not come looking for the death threats or car chases a la The Firm, The Pelican Brief, or even The Bleachers, No, this is a completely mundane legal topic, Wills and Estates, that is so boring even lawyers yawn at the thought of it. Yet, it is so compelling, so wonderfully written, told and read, that you actually hate to stop for the night. It is by itself but very much in or above the quality of PT Deutermann, John Grisham, or Michael Connely.


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    He is absolutely, spot on perfect. The performance was just the right combination of performance and reading. I often find myself distracted by readers that insinuate them self into the book either by overacting or by giving no character definition at all. Here, at some point you forget there is a "performance" and are magically there, experiencing the author’s story. There is no insane attempt to make a man sound like a woman, and yet female parts are clearly feminine. The reading has a perfect balance to remain in the background and allow the story to take center stage.


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

    It is 20 hours long... so in real terms, NO. And given the underlying legal topic...Hell No. You can only take so much minutae about wills and estates and probate. For that matter, raise your hand if you want to think about LAWYERS for 20 hours straight! It is however, tough to decide where you want to take the breaks and I did find myself looking forward to the ride home from work just so I could get my next installment.


    Any additional comments?

    Only John Grisham has ever been, in my opinion, routinely able to skillfully turn what is realistically boring and mind numbing, into thought provoking, gee I am sad it is over, edge of the seat thrillers. Here he does it again in seamless perfection, sowing together estate and financial planning (yeyyyy; yawwwwwn) and old Southern racists. Starting with a very secretive man hanging himself from a Sycamore tree in rural Mississippi in 1987, Grisham takes us back and forth through the decades to answer that single question of WHY. Why did the rich white guy hang himself and leave a will, handwritten just before his death that supersedes all other prior wills. Why did he cut his family out and leave all his wealth to his black maid. I had it mostly figured out by about the middle of the book, more or less... ok so maybe less, but I still could not skip to the end or put it away for the night.This was a great listen, and I am sure it will be a great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hostage: A Presidential Agent Novel

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Charley Castillo works with the Department of Homeland Security, but more and more he is the man to whom the president turns when he needs an investigation done discreetly. And no situation demands discretion more than the one before them now.

    Mark says: "Uninspired and Unfulfilling"
    "Slightly Below Average for Griffin"
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    Any additional comments?

    I like this series even if it has a litterary feel of say the 1980's TV Show "The A Team". This is more for entertainment than education like the more serious writing of Baldacci or Deutermann. Ignore the fact that the main character Castillo can do anything (he is a jet pilot, a sniper, a surgeon, basically, he is every 13-year-old boy's fantastical self portrait) and the story has a clever fun plot and a nice pace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coup d'Etat: Dewey Andreas, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (969)
    Performance
    (848)
    Story
    (838)

    When a fragile peace breaks down and promptly devolves into a rapidly escalating shooting war between Pakistan and India, the U.S. must intervene. With only hours remaining before the conflict reaches a deadly point of no return, the White House must find a way to shut it down immediately or risk the likelihood of a new global war. A radical cleric has become the democratically elected president of Pakistan and uses a brutal incident in the Kashmir region as an opportunity to ignite war with India. The highly lethal conventional war spins out of control when Pakistan initiates a nuclear attack.

    Susan says: "Dewey Andreas Saves the Day ... Again!"
    "Intellectual Thriller - Awsome"
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    Where does Coup d'Etat rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Definitly in the Top 10% which is saying something, since all I read or listen to are political thrillers.


    Any additional comments?

    Ben Coes is clearly a man that does in depth research before writing his books. This is the second book in the Dewey Andreas series. Andreas is the hero that was introduced in Coes first book of the series Power Down, where Andreas is a supervisor on an Oil Rig off South America when terrorists attack and destroy the platform, throwing the hero into action to protect his country (the United States) and seek revenge. In Coup d?????tat, Andreas is "Called to Action" by the President of the United States, who following the events of the previous book, now sees Andreas as a National Asset and the only man that can carry out the mission. Andreas, leading a quiet life on a ranch in Australia, is tasked with overthrowing the corrupt leader of Pakistan before he drops another nuclear warhead on India.
    Like most people, I am not clear on all of the inter-relations and workings of the various Middle East groups and governments. What Ben Coes describes and paints in this book, certainly "feels" right and because of that, the reader is almost immediately sucked in to the idea that a corrupt leader brought to power in a nuclear State like Pakistan really could drop a bomb on a nuclear India and throw the world into irrevocable war.
    If there is a criticism, I would have to say it is in the unnecessary detail that at some points causes the story to labor (just a bit) and distracts from the action. For example, it seems our hero, Dewey Andreas, cannot get into a shootout with anyone without a full catalog description of the weapons everyone is using including Manufacturer, Model, sub-models, iterations of the weapon not involved in the battle but available if one were to have wanted it, the ammo, rate of fire, etc. etc. etc. Now I like detail, but at some point, I found myself just wanting a nice simple good guy bad guy shootout.
    That said, all of the details, be they true or fiction I don't know, seem to be plausible if not true. The cause and effect of the various action choices seem to be realistic, and the flow of the story is so seemingly possible that one wonders if the story plot is actually drawn from real plans once uncovered by intelligence people somewhere.
    Good, fun, thought provoking story.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Secret Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James W. Huston
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    In the dead of night, Lieutenant Kent "Rat" Ratham and his secret Special Forces counterterrorism team parachute into the Sudanese desert, where an arms merchant is delivering weapons to Wahamad Duar, the world's most wanted terrorist. Eventually Duar is captured. But an enemy within Rat's own government sells him out - a cold-blooded act of betrayal that could lead to horrifying destruction for the United States, for Duar's organization is planning a major strike.

    Lynn says: "GREAT READ ! RAT IS A SUPERDUDE !"
    "Unrelenting on your blood pressure"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely... this book has just the right combination of politics and heros to keep your blood pressure topped out.


    What other book might you compare Secret Justice to and why?

    Marine One and Falcon 7 both also by Huston have the same tenor, tempo and feel... I love it. Comparing to another author, I would say Full Black by Brad Thor or I, Sniper by Stephen Hunter are the same level of


    Any additional comments?

    This truly is an author and a book that can raise your blood pressure to dangerous levels no matter which side of the political bent you fall. In fact, I truly cannot figure out if the author is a liberal or conservative thinker, which I love. Often, knowing the authors personal political view point turns me off to a book because I then see an agenda in every turn of the plot. Here, Huston does a masterful job arguing both sides of the coin... but to tell you who wins, if there is a winner, would ruin the fun.
    The setup is simple: Navy SEAL trying to find the #1 terrorist in the world, tortures one of his minions to get information. Minion dies, but people are saved... is this good or bad? Meanwhile, bad guys plot the death of more Americans and all the while our SEAL hero is on trial, the #1 terrorist is being tried in a special court just for that purpose.
    While the plot seems simple, there are many moments to make you at least ponder the correctness of your belief while at the same time, not being able to turn the pages fast enough.
    Pile on top of the real world dilemma a big heaping of

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Plague of Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (208)

    The first victim is Dylan Vogler, a charming ex-convict who manages the Bay Beans West coffee shop in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district. When his body is found, inspectors discover that his knapsack is filled with high-grade marijuana. It soon becomes clear that San Francisco's A-list flocked to Bay Beans West not only for their caffeine fix. But how much did Maya Townshend - the beautiful socialite niece of the city's mayor, and the absentee owner of the shop - know about what was going on inside her business?

    Stephen says: "A 'Law and Order' Type Story"
    "Solid and Gripping"
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    What did you love best about A Plague of Secrets?

    John Lescroart is quickly becoming one of my favorites. As a gauge, my


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No question, Dismas Hardy, the defense attorney. As much as you hate liking a defense attorney, in this series, he is always right and defending an innocent person. Rare though that may be in the real world, it is fun to think about.


    Have you listened to any of David Colacci???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but in this book, he does a great job. No annoying ticks, no strange breathing, no odd pauses. Just a great read.


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

    No, not that kind of book really, unless it is the discussion of Chief Abe Glitsky taking his eyes of his 3-year-old son for 5 seconds, during which the boy is struck by a car. Any parent's nightmare and the discussion certainly makes the listener/reader contemplate how they would react or if they have ever given rise to similar chances where the phrase


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pursuit of Honor: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2942)
    Performance
    (1549)
    Story
    (1550)

    The action begins six days after a series of explosions devastated Washington, D.C., targeting the National Counterterrorism Center and killing 185 people, including public officials and CIA employees. It was a bizarre act of extreme violence that called for extreme measures on the part of elite counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp and his trusted team member, Mike Nash.

    Jason J Preston says: "Another Outstandung Vince Flynn Book"
    "Captivating beginning to end"
    Overall

    Don't wait for the unpredictable here, it won't be forthcoming. If it is the suspenseful, the twisted "gee I never saw that coming" story you are looking for, pass this by. This is a straight, brute force, hooray for the good guys action packed book that makes going to sleep impossible. The story moves very predictably, read that to mean realistically. With the exception of the quiticential Mitch Rapp hero deciding to make a poster boy out of his long time CIA covert operative best friend, Mike Nash. The idea of a tactical person not seeing the danger in making a public hero of Nash, allowing true identity to be printed in papers, is ludricous and wouldn't happen. But once done, predictably, the bad guys come for Nash. There is good action and spy stuff through out and the story is strong, the production and narration flawless. This is Vince Flynn at his best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Against All Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Peter Telep
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1948)
    Performance
    (1324)
    Story
    (1341)

    For years, ex–Navy SEAL Maxwell Moore has worked across the Middle East and behind the scenes for the Special Activities Division of the CIA, making connections, extracting valuable intelligence, and facing off against America’s enemies at every turn. And then...news of a potentially devastating coalition: What if two of the greatest threats to the security of the United States were to form an unholy alliance?

    Jean says: "Against All Enemies"
    "I give, PLEASE make it STOP!"
    Overall

    I give, I haven't finished, but I really have to give up before I feel a need to throw myself on a grenade. I keep waiting for the story to develop, a point to it all would be REALLY great. I would settle for simply having a main character,, good or evil, that portends of something good in the near future. I have listened to endless descriptions of Seal training (Thanks but I got that on History Channel) and background of love lost drug lords in Mexico (Thanks again but I got that on nightly news). Hours and Hours and I still have no villain or hero which is OK because I also still have no plot. It is just too bad to keep going. Thank heaven I am not reading the book (which I assume is as thick as the New York Yellow Pages) because I would have to beat myself with it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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