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Dan

Fayetteville, AR, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • King and Maxwell

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1821)
    Performance
    (1590)
    Story
    (1598)

    It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father...after his supposed death. Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target? Sean and Michelle soon realize that they've stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined.

    JR Parrow says: "Come on guys, lighten up! This was a good book!"
    "Well worth a listen"
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    Baldacci had a string of below par efforts but he seems to have come back with King and Maxwell. They are good characters and, while not a good as the Camel Club crew, not many are. Baldacci has improved the dialog at least for King. It is hard to tell if the Maxwell dialog is as bad as it seems or whether Cassidy is making weak dialog look worse than it is. The sound effects are irritating but there aren't that many of them. The premise is far out but you have to expect that in the thriller genre. Baldacci has proved again that he can tell a story and keep the reader's interest up to the final page. This book is worth your time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3614)
    Performance
    (3152)
    Story
    (3132)

    The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent.

    K says: "Couldn't be better...except"
    "Vince Flynn returns to his glory days"
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    Vince Flynn spent more time than was necessary in his last 3 books not only describing and legitimating torture but giving the reader more of his political views that the reader needs to know and "need to know" is an important theme in spy thrillers. In The Last man, Flynn saved his politics for the voting booth and only used torture to move the story. As always, there are enough thrills for most thriller fans and the bad guys get their just deserves. Mitch Rapp even showed a little human frailty but quickly recovered. Irene Kennedy, who has gotten stronger with each book since she became head of the CIA, almost entered the world of the covert operative in this book, taking some of the pressure off Mitch Rapp to always be the one who chose to shoot first and ask questions later. The book is stronger on action scenes in the beginning but even the slow scenes move fast enough for the average reader. If you liked the Mitch Rapp series in the past, you will like this book. Flynn brings back some of the good guys from earlier books, some of the bad guys and as Flynn does so well quite a few who are both good and bad at the same time. The FBI is treated with more balance than is usual. If it is your first in the series, it is good enough to entice you to read earlier works.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down.

    Dan says: "Better than expected"
    "Better than expected"
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    This is only my second abridged audio book. Both were mistakes on my part, a victim of clicking without looking. In the case of The Panther, the mistake was buying it not listening to it. I knew it was abridged before starting to listen so went in expecting the worst. I was pleasantly surprised. I could not tell what was left out and didn't feel I missed anything. They certainly didn't seem to leave out any of John Cory's wise cracks. If you like John and his wife, Kate, you will like this book. The author even throws in a couple of new characters to like as well. The good guys are good and the bad guys, which for Cory always include the CIA and to a lesser extent the FBI, are very bad. The book ran over 13 hours which is just about as long as most books in this genre. Worth your credit.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rainbow Six

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1462)
    Performance
    (1162)
    Story
    (1179)

    Ex-Navy SEAL John Clark is the newly named head of Rainbow, an international task force dedicated to combating terrorism. In a trial by fire, he must stop a terrorist group of men and women so extreme that their success could literally mean the end of life on earth as we know it.

    Brodie says: "Tom Clancy (Top Cat)"
    "Entirely too many words"
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    I do not think that an author ever before wrote so many words in support of such an outlandish plot using such interesting good-guy characters. The bad guys were simply unbelievable. I have never before recommended that anyone purchase an abridged version but I do in this case. Many of the past reviews criticized the narrator unmercifully. While I didn't think he did a great job, he was so much better than the author. Save your credit and read one of Clancy's books that are well done. There are lots of them. This isn't one of the well done books.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Conflict of Interest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2185)
    Performance
    (1778)
    Story
    (1792)

    Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Melinda says: "My 2 Cents"
    "Hard to put down"
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    Conflict of Interest interested me from the very beginning. The characters were well drawn and each had enough good and bad to keep you interested. No one was able to keep on a white or a black hat for long. The plot continued to unfold to the very end. And while some of the mysteries were a little easy to anticipate, it is a credit to the author that he could keep your interest even if your suspicions were well founded time after time. This book gave me more driveway/garage moments that I have had in a while. The narrator was different from what you usually get in mysteries and thrillers but was a welcome relief from the norm. It's not great literature and probably not an instructional manual for courtroom behavior but it is a good listen.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1449)
    Performance
    (1163)
    Story
    (1156)

    Richard Coulter is a man who has everything. His beautiful new wife is pregnant, his upstart airline is undercutting the competition and moving from strength to strength, his diversification into the casino business in Macau has been successful, and his fabulous Art Deco house on an Irish cliff top has just been featured in Architectural Digest. But then, for some reason, his ex-wife Rachel doesn’t keep her side of the custody agreement and vanishes off the face of the earth with Richard’s two daughters. Richard hires Killian, a formidable ex-enforcer for the IRA, to track her down before Rachel, a recovering drug addict, harms herself or the girls.

    Cheryl says: "Hold on to your seat!!!"
    "Must listen if only for the narration"
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    Adrian McKinty again proves he can tell a story. In Falling Glass, he takes a minor character from the Dead Trilogy, Killian, and give him a staring role. Killian is a great character on his own but gives the author a chance to fill in the back story on the Irish Travelers (also Pavee but not gypsy). The Travelers are easily seen in Ireland but the average tourist won't hear much about them. McKinty's writing style in Falling Glass is closer to the first of the Dead Trilogy, Dead I well Might Be, and at times he was a little too lyrical for my tastes but there is enough action to make up for the author's verbal wanderings. And he has a tendency to give the reader a little more gore than might be necessary. But the real bonus comes from connecting a good story with excellent narration. Gerald Doyle could read the Prague phone book and keep most listeners sitting in their driveways for hours. Whatever the few shortcomings, McKinty and Doyle can't be passed up.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Locked On

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3854)
    Performance
    (3307)
    Story
    (3294)

    Although his father had been reluctant to become a field operative, Jack Ryan Jr. wants nothing more. Privately training with a seasoned Special Forces drill instructor, he’s honing his skills to transition his work within The Campus from intelligence analysis to hunting down and eliminating terrorists wherever he can—even as Jack Ryan Sr. campaigns for re-election as President of the United States. But what neither father nor son knows is that the political and the personal have just become equally dangerous.

    Joseph says: "Give me more! Loved it!"
    "Jack Jr. Takes Charge"
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    Jack Ryan, Jr. is going to make sure that the Jack Ryan legend lives on. Locked On passes the torch from father to son. While Jack Sr. appears in the book, it is only a cameo role. The spotlight is on Jack Jr. as he becomes an integral part of The Campus. He still has a lot to learn from John Clark and the rest of the campus crew but he is on his way to establishing his own character and identity separate from his dad. The narration was outstanding bringing each of the characters to life. At times the technical descriptions were a little tedious and the ending was a little incomplete and not quite satisfying but certainly provided the setting for the next adventure of Jack Jr. No book is perfect and this was a very good book. With Jack Jr's father as POTUS, his girlfriend established (more or less) and Clark, Ding and Dom there to get him through the tough times, I hope the wait for the next installment is not too far off.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Forced to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (1892)
    Performance
    (1488)
    Story
    (1501)

    Bravery. Honor. Sacrifice. These are more than mere words to trained Marine sniper Nathan McBride. He’s never backed away from danger and he’s not about to start now, even if it means confronting the cold-blooded interrogator who tortured him to the brink of death more than a decade ago.

    1BookJ says: "Awsome sequel!!!"
    "Even in a thriller you can go too far"
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    I don't know what to criticize more the narrator or the author. I'll start with the author. Anyone who reads thrillers these days knows that torture is a recurring theme. Most of the good authors describe enough torture to give the reader something to think about in a very complicated means/end question. Andrew Peterson went so far over the top in describing torture and at the end of the book rationalizing the worst kind of torture imaginable that it made an otherwise average story almost unreadable. While it is hard to imagine anything worse that almost gratuitous descriptions of torture, Dick Hill's narration came close. The narration was so bad it is hard to find the words to describe it. Imagine the tough guy accents in the worst 1930's gangster Class B movie, then double it and you have the narration in Forced to Kill. But horrible, inappropriate narration is forgivable. Horrible, inappropriate descriptions of torture is not. If you want a thoughtful treatment of torture, read Daniel Silva or the early Vince Flynn. Stay away from Forced to Kill.

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Fallen Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By David Hewson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    Detective Nic Costa faces his hardest case yet. When the sins of the past echo the crimes of the present... When British academic Malise Gabriel falls to his death from a Rome apartment, detective Nic Costa suspects more than a simple accident. Nic is sure Malise's family are hiding vital information. As the investigation deepens, Rome’s seedy side is uncovered, revealing a web of deceit, treachery and corruption. The key to the truth lies with the Gabriels.

    Dan says: "A thriller to the last page"
    "A thriller to the last page"
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    The Fallen Angel is the last of several David Hewson's novels about a group of Rome police detectives. While Nic Costa is considered the lead in the group, throughout the series, Leo the Chief Inspector, Gionni the long serving detective and Teresa, Gionni's wife and the police pathologist, all have their turns as the main character in the series. Others like Agatha, a nun turned art teacher, and Emily, Nic's architect wife murdered in an earlier book, all play important roles.

    Equally important in the series are Hewson's literary device of tying each contemporary story into a parallel historical event and his use of Rome as the canvass for the action. If you haven't visited Rome, he helps you visualize it's wonder and, if you have been to Rome, he brings it back to life in your mind. In the Fallen Angel, Nic must discover whether a man's fall from a five story building was an accident or a reenactment of a tragedy that occurred on the same street in 1599. This is Hewson's best effort in the Nic Costa series. He is able to tell a story that unfolds and unfolds and unfolds and unfolds up to the final page. The story is excellent and the narration is, if possible, better. You won't be able to use you credits much better but be prepared for lots of "garage minutes."

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Portrait of a Spy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (1356)
    Performance
    (1005)
    Story
    (1001)

    Haunted by his failure to stop a suicide bomber in London, Gabriel Allon is summoned to Washington and drawn into a confrontation with the new face of global terror. At the center of the threat is an American-born cleric in Yemen who was once a paid CIA asset.

    jb says: "Superb New Volume in Silva's Gabriel Allon Series"
    "Silva hits another home run"
    Overall

    Once again Daniel Silva has written a thriller that ranks with the very best. While the book starts a little slow, it quickly hits its stride and keeps the reader on the edge until a very satisfying conclusion. In fact Silva is able to give the reader at least three conclusions, each tying up loose ends. Well worth the price. The only problem with the book is that when you finish it you realize that it will be another year until Silva writes another.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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