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Andrew Stone

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  • The Watchman: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (195)

    Pike commits himself to protecting the girl, but when they immediately come under fire, he realizes someone is selling them out.

    As the body count rises, Pike's biggest threat might come from the girl herself, a lost soul in the City of Angels, determined to destroy herself - unless Joe Pike can teach her the value of life...and love.

    Andrew says: "A Quick Read! Both Drama and Action!"
    "A Quick Read! Both Drama and Action!"
    Overall

    Joe Pike, ex-Sniper, ex-Policeman, ex-Mercenary... a complex, screwed-up character.

    The pace of this book is slowed down by the character development and relationships that develop between Pike and the rich 'hot' girl that he is protecting. I ended up liking both characters much more than a lot of action-hero characters like "Jack Reacher" books by Lee Child (I highly recommend Lee Child books for there extreme action). Pike and the 'babe' became more real and touching (you will actually feel for these characters).

    The plot was definitely not predictable. Especially in regards to the gratuitous sex between leading characters in most books and movies. Furthermore, the ending of the book was a bit sad.

    I purchased this book both on the reader reviews of both Amazon and Audible. "The Watchman" deserves it's favorable high ranking.

    I rounded up and gave the book 5 stars.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Paris Architect

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Charles Belfoure
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (32)

    Like most gentiles in Nazi-occupied Paris, architect Lucien Bernard has little empathy for the Jews. So when a wealthy industrialist offers him a large sum of money to devise secret hiding places for Jews, Lucien struggles with the choice of risking his life for a cause he doesn't really believe in. Ultimately he can't resist the challenge and begins designing expertly concealed hiding spaces - behind a painting, within a column, or inside a drainpipe - detecting possibilities invisible to the average eye. But when one of his clever hiding spaces fails and the immense suffering of Jews becomes incredibly personal, he can no longer deny reality.

    Ellen says: "Grows on you"
    "Could not stop listening..."
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    Book really caught my attention and held it.

    Kept listening to it till I fell asleep.

    Started up on it immediately the next day.

    Unique plot and good pace.

    "A page turner"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Corinthian

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Georgina Sutton
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    The accomplished Corinthian Sir Richard Wyndham is wealthy, sophisticated, handsome ,and supremely bored. Tired of his aristocratic family constantly pressuring him to get married, he determines to run away after meeting the delightful, unconventional heroine Penelope Creed. Penelope - literally - falls into his life late one night as she hangs from the window of her aunt's house - she too attempting to escape the pressures of forced marriage.

    Carol says: "Fun on the Run"
    "My New Favorite Heyer BOOK!"
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    This book has such an outstanding plot!

    It is such a fun story.

    My other favorite "Heyer" books are :

    1) Frederica

    2) The Grand Sophy

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Island: Gideon Crew, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David W. Collins
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (157)

    Gideon Crew, brilliant scientist, master thief, is living on borrowed time. When his mysterious employer, Eli Glinn, gives him an eyebrow-raising mission, he has no reason to refuse. Gideon's task: steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City and protected by unbreakable security. Accomplishing the impossible, Gideon steals the parchment - only to learn that hidden beneath the gorgeously illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks.

    Poconos says: "Want my money back! Just plain HORRIBLE!"
    "Waste of time to read this one!"
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    A "Clive Cussler/Dirk Pitt" type of formulated plot that is just "average".

    As the plot turns to a new twist, you can easily predict the direction of the new turn...

    I like the books when these two authors work together, but in this case they really blew it.

    I strongly suggest readers to not waste their time or money on this book.

    IF you have not read books by this author then I suggest you read my favorite book by this team "The Cabinet of Curiosities"...

    If you liked " Pendergast" series, then I recommend you read:
    "The Traveler" by John Twelve Hawks
    "Fear Nothing" by Dean Koontz
    "Sea Wolf" by Jack London and read by Frank Muller, a THRILLER & American Classic Literature.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Virginian

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Owen Wister
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Owen Wister’s The Virginian pre-dates the classic novels of Zane Grey and Max Brand and is considered by many to be the original Western. Dedicated to Wister’s friend and fellow outdoorsman Theodore Roosevelt, this timeless tale almost single-handedly established the cowboy archetype in literature. A quiet, noble foreman of a Wyoming cattle ranch in the 1870s, the Virginian falls for pretty schoolteacher Molly Wood. But when a rival suitor challenges his honor, the Virginian struggles to make his beloved Molly understand the harsh justice of the West.

    David says: "What a Stunning Surprise this novel is!"
    "Now My Favorite Western"
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    A Powerful romance.

    A lot is lost in understanding due to the culture shift of language and understanding of how people spoke at this time (1902) and just understanding every day environment of horses, ranches, terms of the day.

    My grandfather lived 1884 to 1984 and spoke the same way. I watch "The Virginian" TV shows with my grandfather & family... Picked this book up quite randomly... Such a gem of a book.

    I also highly recommend the following books:
    Lonesome Dove
    Old Yeller - YOu'll cry when your read this one....
    Shane

    Note: Shane and Old Yeller are great for younger readers in that they are short books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Heist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (516)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (460)

    Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled listeners with 16 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back - from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon - art restorer, assassin, spy - has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

    Brian says: "If new to Daniel Silva, great book. Otherwise..."
    "More of the Same"
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    Author is just not breaking new ground.
    Perhaps it is just me after reading all prior books of the series,
    The book is now just average read.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sea Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (154)

    Student glass magician Opal Cowan's newfound ability to steal a magician's powers makes her too powerful. Ordered to house arrest by the Council, Opal dares defy them, traveling to the Moon Clan's lands in search of Ulrick, the man she thinks she loves. Thinks because another man - now her prisoner - claims Ulrick's desire for blood magic has eclipsed his passion for her.

    Amy says: "Better than the First Book"
    "Average book"
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    The attraction to this book is the strong female character.

    Fantasy genre books for young girls is very important. Ones which shows the "heroine" having independent thought and self direction.

    No explicit sex scenes, but main character is fine with casual sex with various men.
    So, I classify this book for adults 18+, but the gook is targeted at 11 and 12 yr old girl readers..

    Regardless, the plot progresses pretty slowly and the reader does not help.

    In light of so many other better books choices, this one is a waste of time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ghostman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Roger Hobbs
    • Narrated By Jake Weber
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (306)

    When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry, the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favor from someone who's occasionally called Jack. While it's doubtful that anyone knows his actual name or anything at all about his true identity, or even if he's still alive, he's in his mid-30s and lives completely off the grid, a criminal's criminal who does entirely as he pleases and is almost impossible to get in touch with.

    Hassan says: "Authentic And Full of Action!!"
    "Kept my attention...Interesting Plot."
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    I liked the detail about the subject matter of theft (at a high-end) skilled level

    .Parts were a bit too grizzly!

    The tough guy the "hero" is.Kinda like a "Jack Reach" type of guy.

    Hero is smart and knows how to fight.

    I initially listened to this book a couple of years ago. Second time thru is still good.

    You will probably like Lee Child's books if you like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flashman: Flashman, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By George MacDonald Fraser
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    The story of what happened to Flashman, the caddish bully of Tom Brown's Schooldays, after he was expelled in drunken disgrace from Rugby school in the late 1830s. This is the first of George Macdonald Fraser's hilarious satires starring Harry Paget Flashman.

    ScubaTurtle says: "Flashmaniacs Rejoice!!!"
    "Spoof on Historical British Military and Culture."
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    If you ever read books of this genre like the Sharpe's Rifles Series or The Horatio Hornblower Series the hero is so "Grand", but Flashman in this book is the anti-hero.

    So funny even though it has dark shocking humor.

    It is like a tabloid talk show, total trash.

    I continued to read it is to see what the jerk (Flashman) will do next.

    Very discussing, vulgar. Like a loud fart in a quite church.

    Definitely "guy" humor only!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Lord's Fury: Codex Alera, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2711)
    Performance
    (1736)
    Story
    (1738)

    For years he has endured the endless trials and triumphs of a man whose skill and power could not be restrained. Battling ancient enemies, forging new alliances, and confronting the corruption within his own land, Gaius Octavian became a legendary man of war - and the rightful First Lord of Alera. But now, the savage Vord are on the march, and Gaius must lead his legions to the Calderon Valley to stand against them - using all of his intelligence, ingenuity, and furycraft to save their world from eternal darkness.

    Jason says: "Excellent conclusion"
    "SLOW, Drawn out ending..."
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    Pace of book got slow. Just too much to get thru.
    Fell asleep during listening...
    Got to be a bit boring...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Harbinger: Fate's Forsaken, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Shae Ford
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Seventeen years ago, a long and bloody rebellion wracked the six united regions of the Kingdom. Now the new King wields the vast and unvanquished army of Midlan with his right hand, and with his left has granted a small group of thugs, the nobles he calls his Sovereign Five, unbridled rule over the other regions. As if this weren't bad enough, the King has also outlawed the practice of whispering - which is a problem for Kael.

    Andrew Stone says: "REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK!"
    "REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK!"
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    I am a avid reader and I listen to many genre's of audio books.

    I have over 4,000 in my Audible library...

    I really have been finding it hard to find new books that are really, really good...

    This book and the sequel I liked a lot. Enough to write a small review.I highly recommend this book. And, if you are looking for books of this genre here are just a few books that are excellent but may not come to the top of the list on a audible search...


    1) Eye of the World - Robert Jordan
    2) The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
    3) The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson
    4) A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin
    5) The Warded Man - Peter V. Brett
    6) Harbinger - Shae Ford
    7) Wizard's First Rule - Terry Goodkind
    8) The Sword of Shannara - Terry Brooks
    9) The Farseer - Robin Hobb
    10) Imager - L.E. Modesitt Jr.
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    The Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson
    Poison Study - Maria V. Snyder
    Luck in the Shadows - Lynn Flewelling

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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