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  • Trust No One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (147)

    As Nick peels back layer after layer of lies and deception, buffeted between the buried horrors of the past and the deadly intrigues of the present, he finds his own life - and the lives of nearly everyone he loves - at risk. And the only thing guiding him through this deadly labyrinth are his stepfather's dying words: TRUST NO ONE.

    Erin says: "Couldn't Put It Down"
    "New Favorite Author"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Trust No One to be better than the print version?

    Mr. Hurwitz is now my new favorite author. This is the 3rd of his books that I am blasting through and I can't get enough. If you like one, you will like the others. There is one that stands just a tad over the others, but Dean Koontz could take one of Mr. Hurwitz's classes! I love that he makes you identify with the characters. He understands the human element so very well, and you find yourself thinking that you'd do the same thing as the characters do. Bad guys are not just bad guys, and the good guys are just normal, decent people. I hope he branches out a bit from the same type of mystery thriller because he has that nailed and I'd love to see his take on other venue's. Like most fiction, it's just entertainment, however you really get sucked in hard and fast. He is technically right on with most everything, including creating situations that are not so far fetched. It's mostly conspiracy theory stuff, but not in the normal or usual way you would think. Any of these books would make great action movies. Mr. Hurwitz has a great ability to twist and turn on a dime, while moving at 100 MPH. If it were a book, you could not put it down. You have to know what happens next. The ending(s) are all really well done, not unrealistic. Expect to be well entertained and I seriously doubt you will be quite happy with this or his other books. The narrator on this one starts out a bit annoying and it took away from the first 1/3 of the book, but then he seemed to get much better and was fine. The other narrator, Scott Brick, does well with these books, though I could not hardly stand him in the Preston/Child books. Those two write some pretty great books too, and I've been though ten of them.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Natchez Burning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (694)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (626)

    Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.

    Carolyn says: "Can't get past reader"
    "The ending?"
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    If you could sum up Natchez Burning in three words, what would they be?

    I LOVE everything written by this author, he is literally one of my top favorites, and I was thrilled when this came out. I read the reviews and hesitated, a couple of months, and worked my way through other books. Finally I thought I'd give it a go. All the reviews were on narration rather than story and I figured I could deal with that. I found the nagar ration to be fine, at times a bit over the top, but not really an issue. The story was extremely well thought out and had great depth, I was hooked and couldn't wait to get to the next part, my attention wrapped. Then, almost 36 hours later, it came to an end, but not with and ending. In mid stride, center story, as if it were a movie that was shut off. I was amazed, stumped, and left confused. Is this part 1? Is there a sequel? Or is this just 3/4 of an excellent story that just is never to be? I'm feeling like a kid who just had his lollipop ripped out of his mouth. It's a great story, until it stops suddenly, without any warning or indication, and with 1/3 more to go. I'm going to be generous and say that I'm only disappointed it stopped at the start of the climax, and say that what was to the stopping point was very good. I'd say the narration is not a deal breaker, the instant stopping without an ending is. 36 hours and I loved it all, why not go to forty and wrap it up? I write few reviews, and have not written bad reviews save one, but I would forewarn future readers/listeners of the lack of ending especially having to invest 36 hours first. Tell me it's part 1, tell me there's more to come, but don't call the game in the sixth inning without reason and ask the crowd to leave the stadium! Dick Hill is as good as they come, Mr. Ledoux is (in this case anyway) just fine. I've heard books by Scott Brick where I couldn't stand him, and some where he was amazing. Narrators like everyone have a learning curve and they too have bad days, as do we all. I don't regret this purchase but I do feel let down. I'm going to remain hopeful that there's more coming, some sequel named, "Natchez still burns" or some such thing. I'll buy it in an instant because I really want to know the entire ending of a very long, deeply intricate story that had me hooked!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5106)
    Performance
    (2204)
    Story
    (2200)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Hours into this and I'm lost"
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    Would you try another book from Robert Littell and/or Scott Brick?

    One of the two books I have to return, I just can't follow it. I'm a huge fan of DeMille, Flynn, Eisler and the lot but this let me wondering when I'd get hooked. I never did. Maybe it's me, it gets great reviews, but I can't follow it, and I can follow Silva and Clancy!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Charm School

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1670)
    Performance
    (917)
    Story
    (910)

    Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

    Char says: "Incredibly Good"
    "I loved this story!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Charm School to be better than the print version?

    It was a bit dated, but so what? It took place during a time in history like any other. I really and truely thought that the depth of this story was amazing. I had read some of Mr. DeMille's newer work and that lead me to his older books. I went from this right to Up Country and was amazed yet again. I'm amazed at what an insight he has into the human element, how he understands people, predjudices, and desires. I've come to realize that Mr. DeMille is truely a Great American, as well as a great Author. This Country could use more, many more, men(and women) like him. This book is long, quite indepth and couldn't be any other way. 5 Stars.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moscow Sting

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Alex Dryden
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    When Finn, a former British spy, is poisoned by a Russian assassin, his ex-boss Adrian, chief of MI6, wants vengeance. He also wants answers - information that only Finn's widow, Anna, knows. Taken to America for protection and information, the former Russian agent faces her greatest test: to ensure her freedom and protect her child, she must uncover the full truth before anyone else - even as friend and foe both set her in their sights.

    richard reznichek says: "Instriguing spy story. Excellent reader."
    "More..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I saw the Author on a late night show and realized that when he said that his work was, "Truth in fiction" I realized that I was listening to something that was closer to reality than not. Reality can be boring, though I suspect he lived much of what he's written. Unfortunately it's hard to have something realistic be riviting. I wanted to be brought closer to the people in the story, rather than seeing them as chess pieces moved around. I went through both books, which I thought should have been tied together better. When I say that I wanted more, I mean I wanted more depth. More depth to the people, more intensity in the story. The endings of both were just odd. Both times I went, "What?? Seriously, it's over?? Not just going to the next section?" Someone wrote a review that said the author just seemed to get tired of writing, though I don't think that's the case. I'm not looking for a James Bond flair or level of action, just more depth. I wanted to know the people, not just listen to strangers going through life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red to Black

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Alex Dryden
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Finn is a veteran MI6 operative stationed in Moscow. In the guise of an amiable trade secretary, he has penetrated deep into the dangerous labyrinth that is Russia under Vladimir Putin to discover some of its darkest secrets, thanks to a high-level source deep within the Kremlin.

    david says: "I wanted more!"
    "I wanted more!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I saw the Author on a late night show and realized that when he said that his work was, "Truth in fiction" I realized that I was listening to something that was closer to reality than not. Reality can be boring, though I suspect he lived much of what he's written. Unfortunately it's hard to have something realistic be riviting. I wanted to be brought closer to the people in the story, rather than seeing them as chess pieces moved around. I went through both books, which I thought should have been tied together better. When I say that I wanted more, I mean I wanted more depth. More depth to the people, more intensity in the story. The endings of both were just odd. Both times I went, "What?? Seriously, it's over?? Not just going to the next section?" Someone wrote a review that said the author just seemed to get tired of writing, though I don't think that's the case. I'm not looking for a James Bond flair or level of action, just more depth. I wanted to know the people, not just listen to strangers going through life.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • False Mermaid

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Erin Hart
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (271)

    American pathologist Nora Gavin fled to Ireland three years ago, hoping that distance from home would bring her peace. Though she threw herself into the study of bog bodies and the mysteries of their circumstances, she was ultimately led back to the one mystery she was unable to solve: the murder of her sister, Trona. Nora cant move forward until she goes backback to her home, to the scene of the crime, to the source of her nightmares and her deepest regrets.

    Dreamwatcher says: "Fantastic Book"
    "Just OK"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't do many reviews, and usually only ones where I loved it. I'm glad I only paid $4.95, and to be fair this book might be a lot better read than listened to. It was really hard to follow at times, and made no sense at others. The people were not that likeable, not well developed. The underlying story was merely an annoyance and turned out to really have nothing to do with anything. I was looking for more of the supernatural angle, and the ending was just flat. It passed the time, but that's about all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Defector

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1031)
    Performance
    (418)
    Story
    (425)

    Six months after the blood-soaked conclusion of Moscow Rules, Allon is in Umbria, trying to resume his honeymoon with his new wife, Chiara, when a colleague pays him a shocking visit. The man who saved Allon's life in Moscow and was then resettled in England has vanished without a trace. British intelligence is sure he was a double agent all along, and they blame Allon for planting him.

    Paul says: "Paul"
    "I really like this!"
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    Where does The Defector rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A really good story, well told. As good as this was, I plan to work my way through all of Mr. Silva's books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breach of Trust

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David Ellis
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (288)

    Jason Kolarich has spent the past year struggling to recover from the horrific deaths of his wife and baby daughter. On the night of their deaths, Kolarich was at the office, awaiting a call from a confidential informant named Ernesto Ramirez — a call that never came. Kolarich blames himself not only for the deaths of his wife and child, but for the informant’s murder as well. He can’t bring back his family, but he can find out who killed Ramirez and bring the killer to justice.

    Mama bear says: "Kept me listening."
    "Really well done!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Breach of Trust to be better than the print version?

    I wasn't sure...never read this author before, but got it on the $5 deal. I'd have been happy with it at full price! Really an enjoyable story. Very well done by the narrator, realistic and not over the top. I really love the wit of this author, he's quite sharp. As I type this I'm downloading another from Mr. Ellis. If it's like this one, I'll be quite happy!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (656)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (327)

    "In wartime," Winston Churchill wrote, "truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies." For Britain's counterintelligence operations, this meant finding the unlikeliest agents imaginable - including a history professor named Alfred Vicary.

    Margaret says: "The Unlikely Spy"
    "Amazingly well done!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Unlikely Spy the most enjoyable?

    After 200+ audiobooks, FINALLY! This one was far and away the best listen ever. Period. What an amazing job. The voices were done perfectly. It was like listening to a play, or a movie. The story was really good, but made spectacular by the way it was produced. Scott Brick could take lessons from Mr. Page! I was not so sure I wanted to get this, took the chance. So glad I did. Cudo's to Mr. Silva and Mr. Page, as well as to those who worked on making this a total joy.


    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2030)
    Performance
    (1000)
    Story
    (1012)

    The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires, and he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames. He never questioned anything, until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do.

    Casey says: "Still Relevant"
    "Timeless-"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fahrenheit 451 the most enjoyable?

    My 17 year old daughter recently exclaimed that this is her favorite book. She's extremely well read, with many classics under her belt. I figured at over 50 myself I should take her advice and give it a go. Glad I did. I won't say it's my favorite, but I will say that this was truely a timeless story. The human spirit will not be denied, nor repressed. Mr. Bradbury was a lot like Mr. Verne, ahead of his time. Much of his peering into the future was pretty close to the mark, and he's scary close in this one when it comes to how books have gone away...replaced by media. No one has time to read, but time to catch the news in a few brief minutes. This book gave me pause, I think I'm going to be more inclined in the future to read instead of watch. Mr. Bradbury just passed away a few days ago, may his new future be blessed


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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