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  • Deadly Straits

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By R. E. McDermott
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    When marine engineer and very part-time spook Tom Dugan becomes collateral damage in the War on Terror, he's not about to take it lying down. Falsely implicated in a hijacking, he's offered a chance to clear himself by helping the CIA snare their real prey, Dugan's best friend, London ship owner Alex Kairouz. Reluctantly, Dugan agrees to go undercover in Alex's company, despite doubts about his friend's guilt. Once undercover, Dugan's steadfast refusal to accept Alex's guilt puts him at odds not only with his CIA superiors, but also with a beautiful British agent with whom he's romantically involved.

    Robin says: "A must read Suspense Thriller!"
    "This book had a little bit of everything"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had a little bit of everything: espionage, intrigue, comedy, , likable characters, insane freaking terrorists and best of all, heart pounding action. Can audio books be described as page turners?

    I loved the narration too. I listen to A LOT of audio books and the narration can break a book. Todd did a fantastic job with all the dialogue and all the accents he had to do.

    This is my first review on Audible even though I've been a member for well over a year. McDermott is self published so I wanted to be sure and give my support. I can't wait to start "Deadly Coast" today!

    I haven't listened to too many books in this genre, the only other one I can think of being "The Hunt for Red October" and I enjoyed "Deadly Straits" much much more. The narration especially was a thousand times better.

    The volume fluctuated quite a bit at times I noticed in the production of this audio book so if you're using headphones, just be careful. Aside from that, this book is well worth the credit! Go get it! Oh and stay tuned after the book is over for a special treat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ragtime

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By E. L. Doctorow
    • Narrated By E. L. Doctorow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (314)

    The story opens in 1906 in New Rochelle, New York, at the home of an affluent American family. One lazy Sunday afternoon, the famous escape artist Harry Houdini swerves his car into a telephone pole outside their house. And almost magically, the line between fantasy and historical fact, between real and imaginary characters, disappears.

    Catherine says: "Ragtime and Doctorow are compelling"
    "I just don't get it"
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    I bought this when it was a daily deal and the publisher's summary caught my attention. I love historical fiction and immediately told a friend about it and he went and got it too. We listened together and neither one of us could get through it.

    Based on the reviews I read I was expecting a good job of narrating from the author though most authors make terrible narrators. I guess my friend and I are just picky. We both said it was like listening to someone read the phone book.

    I don't know if the narration just distracted me from the story or what but I couldn't follow it. It bounced all over the place like a cat playing with a lazer light.

    The production was terrible, some chapters louder than others, some clear and some garbled. This reminded me of way back when I tried a free audio book read by a volunteer. It was that experience that made me sign up for Audible since I'm blind and rely on audio books.

    I just don't get the good reviews on this. I really don't. I rarely write reviews but felt compelled on this one. If you like good narration, just be prepared that this one is lacking. I sped up the narrating trying to get through it but I fell asleep with an hour and a half to go last night and I'm not gonna bother finishing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Coast

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By R. E. McDermott
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    As Tom Dugan and Alex Kairouz, his partner and best friend, struggle to ransom their ship and crew from murderous Somali pirates, things take a turn for the worse. A US Navy contracted tanker with a full load of jet fuel is also hijacked, not by garden variety pirates, but by terrorists with links to Al Qaeda, changing the playing field completely. With a possible link between piracy and terrorism now in play, the US and British governments order the halt of all negotiations for captive ships, and enraged pirates ratchet up the mistreatment of the captive crews.

    Robin says: "Could Not Stop Listening"
    "McDermott Does It Again"
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    I wasn't sure Deadly Coast could live up to its big brother Deadly Straits but I was happy to find it did. The beginning was a bit slower to start than the first book but once it did, it kept rolling right along. Deadly Coast was rather terrifying since I couldn't help but think about the real pirates out there on our seas. Stay tuned at the end for some excellent history lessons and information on pirates.

    This book had a bit of an X-Files feel to it for me, due to the underlying possible terrorist plot involved. Nothing paranormal, more along the lines of conspiracy. I recently listened to an audio book about Area 51 so the truths in this book were all too scary. I loved it! I was so sad when it was over and I had no more Dugan to read.

    If you liked Deadly Straits, you simply can't miss this one. We've gotta get the word out about R. E. McDermott!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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