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  • Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1968)
    Performance
    (1729)
    Story
    (1729)

    Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.

    D says: "Odd Apocalypse; Oddly Great"
    "KOONTZ BECOMES THE NEW BORING STEVE KING-TERRIBLE!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The long awaited next Odd Thomas book was not worth toilet paper. Koontz has become as boring as King. What a let down and I'm only halfway through. Normally, I can't put an "Odd Thomas" book down. There is a serious drought in good reads over the last sixth months. I'm on my 90th book this year, that's since 1/1/2012 and this book will become or should have become toilet paper, not a novel. Is Koontz smoking the crack pipe? Talk about boring and ridiculous! Here is some good advice Dean-TAKE A VACATION, GET DRUNK, DO SOMETHING BUT WRITE- BECAUSE YOUR IMAGINATION IS CRAP LATELY! Anyone who states diferently, is a liar or on the publishers payroll, because this book stinks. It's unrealistic even in neverland.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dean Koontz again?

    ABSOLUTELY! I hope it doesn't suck like this trash.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator always performs "ODD THOMAS" well.


    What character would you cut from Odd Apocalypse?

    ALL OF THEM! GO BACK TO PICO MUNDO!


    Any additional comments?

    If you're hoping this will be the next great book in the "ODD THOMAS" series, forget this one. It's not even worth it for free.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Justice: A Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Faye Kellerman
    • Narrated By Mitchell Greenberg
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (110)

    The cruel and bizarre slaying of a beautiful teen leads Detective Decker into the dark heart of an exotic subculture: the seamy, sometimes violent world of Southern California's rootless, affluent youth. But even the confession of a disturbed kid with cold "killer eyes" cannot soothe Decker's inner torment. For he knows in his gut this crime goes much deeper and higher than anyone expects - and that true justice, brutal and complete, has yet to be done.

    Carol says: "Great Story but Not Typical of the Series"
    "Good book-Worth buying!"
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    This book was interesting and a good listen. I would buy it again if given the choice again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelfth Imam: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Tensions are rising in the Middle East. Iran’s president vows to annihilate the United States and Israel. Israel’s prime minister says someone must hit Iran’s nuclear sites “before it’s too late.” The American president warns against a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities and says negotiations are the key to finding peace. And amid it all, rumors are swirling throughout the region of a mysterious religious cleric claiming to be the Islamic messiah.

    Andrew says: "Very thought provoking and entertaining!"
    "GREAT-YOU MUST READ PART 2 "THE TEHRAN INITIATIVE!"
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    This is a great book. HOWEVER, AND THIS IS VITAL TO GETTING FULL SATISFACTION!
    When this book ended, I thought the narrator was retarded because the ending simply wasn't there. I was extremely discouraged. THAT WAS UNTIL I REALIZED THE ENDING IS IN THE NEXT BOOK BY THE AUTHOR CALLED "THE TEHRAN INITIATIVE.

    You must buy both books or none. They go together. This is a point that Audible needs to make clearer to prospective readers because I only bought the "Tehran Initiative" because it was on sale or I've read everything else. It was by luck at best that I stumbled into it. It would be very dissapointing to any reader to simply buy the first book and not the second. In my opinion, the two books should have been made into one book. Perhaps the author could not meet the publisher's deadline and that's why the reader is left hanging after book one- "THE TWELFTH IMAM. Once you get into "THE TEHRAN INITIATIVE" the author picks up right where he left off. The narrator also did a great job. The accent is more Indian than Persian, but most readers do not know the difference anyway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House Justice: A Joe DeMarco Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Mike Lawson
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    When an American defense contractor goes to Iran to sell missile technology, the CIA knows all about it, thanks to a spy in Tehran. But when the story is leaked to an ambitious journalist, the spy is burned, brutally tortured, and executed. The director of the CIA isn’t about to let the callous sacrifice of his valuable spy go unpunished.

    Robert says: "Fast-paced adventure with rich characters"
    "Great Book-My first by this author!"
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    Great book. Good plot, funny dialogue, mystery, decent amount of violence, however not messy. This is my first time reading this author. I think he has a very unique sense of humor, especially how he wraps it around the minor violence areas in the plot. After 92 books this year, I would definetly buy this one again. Also, I'm not on Audible's or the Publisher's payroll like that chick with the damn cat!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lock Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (906)
    Performance
    (611)
    Story
    (622)

    Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now 18, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in 10 years, he discovers the one thing he can somehow do better than anyone else. Whether it's a locked door without a key, a padlock with no combination, or even an eight hundred-pound safe...he can open them all. It's an unforgivable talent. A talent that will make young Michael a hot commodity with the wrong people.

    G. Sabin says: "A decent story, a little slow"
    "I ENJOYED MY FIRST BOOK BY HAMILTON"
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    I would buy it again. It was worth it. Many of my reviews do not make it to the website because if a book is bad I say it's bad. This is a decent book, worth buying.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Survivors: The Morningstar Strain, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Z. A. Recht, Thom Brannan
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (712)
    Performance
    (648)
    Story
    (651)

    Survivors is the all-new soul-shattering climax to the postapocalyptic trilogy, featuring a deadly virus, military action, global devastation - and zombies. A lot can change in three months: Wars can be decided, nations can be forged...or entire species can be brought to the brink of annihilation. The Morningstar Virus, an incredibly virulent disease, has swept the face of the planet, infecting billions. The infected hosts rampage, attacking anything that remains uninfected.

    Ben says: "Good. But could have been so much better"
    "This is my 2ND review-First one was censured."
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    This story has been done several times over. The "OMEGA MAN", starring Charlten Heston was the first in my lifetime, then Will Smith starred in the next "virus gets out" type story; I forget that titles name.

    Anyhow, my problem is I've listened to so many books, I need to find new authors. This book is a simple, redundant, same old virus wipes out everyone, but like usual, one guy is immune. Big surprise there.

    In conclusion, the book wasn't terrible. If you have not read "OMEGA MAN" or have seen the latest Will Smith movie, then this book is a 5 on a scale of 10. I have also found a "SERIOUS" drought in truly captivating plot lines or story lines in the last six months. Selfishly, I hope some new books come out which the reader can not stop listening to it.

    NOTE:***** I am finding this in "The Twelfth Imam", followed by "The Tehran Inituative!" Go buy them. They are my first two books by this author. I am impressed which is not an easy thing for an author to get from me.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Black List: Scot Harvath, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1111)
    Performance
    (971)
    Story
    (966)

    Somewhere, deep inside the United States government, is a deadly list. Members of Congress never get to see it and only the president has the final say over it. Once your name is on the list, it doesn't come off - until you're dead. Someone has just added counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath's name to the list. Somehow, Harvath must evade the teams dispatched to kill him long enough to untangle who has framed him and why they want him out of the way.

    Joshua says: "A Worthy Successor to 'Full Black'"
    "Scott Harvath shoots, kills, shoots kills"
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    What did you like best about Black List? What did you like least?

    What I liked best=I liked when it ended. What I liked least=When I bought a new book. It's time to have Harvath whacked and get a new superhero for this author. Being prior SOG, nobody goes into harms way time and time again and comes out unscathed. My suggestion is Scott Harvath's time in this author's plot setting is over. Time to "whack him" and start a new series. It's become simply more and more of the same. Harvath gets screwed, kills everyone, Nicolas' dogs eat a couple of people and uses his creative intelligence in cyberworld. Last, one SOG Operator dies-THE END.


    What was most disappointing about Brad Thor’s story?

    Same old stuff


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    Did Black List inspire you to do anything?

    Buy a new book


    Any additional comments?

    Buy a different book. The author has enough money.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Criminal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1437)
    Performance
    (1206)
    Story
    (1213)

    Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and he is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda's motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before - when Will's father was imprisoned for murder - this was his home....

    Melinda says: "Heart Pounding, Gripping Thriller"
    "Difficullt to go back and forth over time in plot"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No, I see what the author was trying to do. It just took forever to get there. The book was ok. I would try the author again, but would not buy this one again, if given the chance to turn back the clock. Sorry, Ms. Slaughter.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Karin Slaughter again?

    Yes.


    What three words best describe Kathleen Early’s voice?

    OK.OK.Ok.


    Did Criminal inspire you to do anything?

    Go buy a new book to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    Relatively boring. Kind of a chick book for chicks who like criminal dramas. Also, multiple plots but definetly not a page turner.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Target: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Howard Gordon
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (89)

    Gideon Davis has settled into the quiet life of an academic and is weeks away from being married when he discovers evidence of an impending terrorist attack on U.S. soil. He brings his suspicions to his ex-girlfriend, FBI Agent Nancy Clement, but her bosses are leery of Gideon’s source: a meth-head informant affiliated with a white supremacist group. Both Gideon and Nancy become increasingly convinced that a serious plot exists, but their informant is murdered before they can get more details from him.

    Ron says: "Entertaining"
    "Worth buying! Well narration. Good story!"
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    What did you love best about Hard Target?

    I rate books by how excited I am to get back to listening to them. I found this book to be above average and worth buying.


    What other book might you compare Hard Target to and why?

    It's a typical "home grown terrorism" plot. I share some of the same feelings the "Father character" in this story had. Our government politicians are for the most part on the "take." It also shows what war really does to soldiers who get severely injured. As a prior special forces soldier, I do not believe most people enlist believe this can happen to you. Especially, in a war time environment like we have now, with a war in the middle east already started covertly. (meaning-most americans are not aware our CIA Agents, as well as, Special ops soldiers are already inside Iran. Think hard before you enlist because the next stop after boot camp and "AIT" training is IRAN!

    As the worst public speaker we have ever had for a president, yes, I am referring to George Jr., who said it so well for the first time- "BOMB, BOMB, BOMB, BOMB, BOMB IRAN! It's just a matter of time. Iran must NOT be able to have NUKES. Either Israel or the USA or both must and I say MUST take out Iran. I still remember 1978-1979. They need to pay for that too!


    Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First one by this author.


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

    Home grown terrorism is here to stay!


    Any additional comments?

    I would buy this book again if I had to choose between two books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Case: A Short Story Featuring Detective John Corey

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (600)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (517)

    "The Book Case" is a story that features Nelson DeMille's most famous (and successful) character, Detective John Corey, who has appeared in six DeMille novels: Plum Island, The Lion's Game, Night Fall, Wild Fire, and The Lion. In this story, we see John Corey in his early years as an NYPD Detective, before he became involved with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force.

    Christina says: "They never disappoint"
    "worth buying. Then listen to DeMille's MAYDAY!!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Book Case the most enjoyable?

    I have bought 80 books YTD from Audible.com. I have not listened to one bad book by DeMille. I am listening to MAYDAY by DeMille now and it scares the crap out of me. It reminds me of that flight 700, I think it was &00 that went down in the Atlantic after the Navy shot it down accidentally then covered it up.Government cover-ups!!! NOTHING NEW THERE.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Detective like always in this series


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes! Brick does a fine job in most of his work, although when he has to perform or act like a "whiny guy" it doesn't suit him. He sounds like a "bitch." It like George Goodell is the only guy to read for Randy Wayne White and Ron McClarty for the author, I forget his name, maybe Silva, but the main character was an ex spook who lives in the cemetary across from the White I mean Black house.

    Whoever read Lynsey Boxer's character in Patterson's latest book was mediocre at best. The other woman is better. I know every narrator. I have what people have told me is a "tonographic memory". I never forget a voice, ever! I have even been tested. i use to be able to tell anyone where somebody was born and grew up down to a five zipcode range, anywhere in the country. It was a hobby for me.

    You will think I am insane for saying this, but I will bet anyone $100,000 that Brad Pitt is Robert Redford illigitamate son. I can tell by his voice. Anyone else who has intelligence training in facial recognition or behavior sciences with a specialty in in recognition will agree with me if they take fifteen minutes and compare their facial movements, ie., lip movement, cheek movements, leg stances etc. I bet $100,000. I know I'm correct.

    Also, the "guy" who narrates the low testosterone commercials on tv for that "egomaniac neurosurgeon, Jacob jewenstein, from Hopkins, or whatever the asshole's name is, the narrator is a biological relative of former governor Mike Huckabee.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Book Case and why?

    Gotta go for now.


    Any additional comments?

    Yeah! I know youwill think I'm a nut but check out what I said. You will see I'm correct.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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