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J. Carver

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  • The Ghost War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (760)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (419)

    CIA agent John Wells returns, in a novel that reaches beyond today's headlines to foretell dangers yet to come, from the author of The Faithful Spy.

    Timothy Spokony says: "This is my new series..."
    "Unfinished business at the end"
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    I enjoyed everything it about the book but the ending. It was a bit anticlimactic and left much unfinished business with the arms dealer and the mole.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8689)
    Performance
    (7837)
    Story
    (7841)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "I Almost forgot how good Grisham is"
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    John Grisham is a masterful storyteller. His grasp of law, the southern culture is unparalleled. His ability to describe things is never over the top and always specific enough I can smell the grits and taste the coffee. He is an American treasure and this book is another in a long line of emotional, twisted plots with characters you love, despise and want to meet. I would rather be in a courtroom with Grisham than Johnny Cochran!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Power Down: Dewey Andreas, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1544)
    Performance
    (1184)
    Story
    (1193)

    There was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana oil platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun....

    Tommy says: "The best thing to happen since Mitch Rapp!"
    "Coes is a welcome addition to Thor, Clancy, Flynn"
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    What made the experience of listening to Power Down the most enjoyable?

    Loved Dewey and the complexity of the story. The plot was predictable but the development was awesome and surreal.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dewey. He is complex and interesting. His backstory is good and I look forward to the development of the character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Weird, but the scene where he broke up the fight on the rig. I could feel his authority as I listened.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really, but it kept me listening for sure.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to seeing how his efforts to be out of the public eye serves him in future roles.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ballistic: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2519)
    Performance
    (2205)
    Story
    (2214)

    Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust - and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried. Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted.

    Vicky says: "The Gray Man only slows down for Red Lights"
    "Another Grey Man thriller!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Ballistic the most enjoyable?

    The unbelievableness of the situations Cort Gentry is constantly into. His experiences keep me ont he edge of my seat.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole idea of the drug cartels and the likelihood of the reality of the corruption they can bring to the table. It is a reasonable idea to be reality.


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

    He's pretty good. He's no George Guidall but he is pretty good. He has Gentry down for sure.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope this series goes further than 3 books. While the plots and experiences are a bit over the top, they are what makes them interesting. I would also love to see Gentry reconciled with the U.S. government.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Executive Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2212)
    Performance
    (1707)
    Story
    (1697)

    Returning from a covert mission, Mitch Rapp was publicly hailed by the president for his role in the fight against terrorism. After years of working in the shadows, Rapp was caught in the media spotlight - and marked for death by virtually every terrorist in the world. Now a CIA advisor, Rapp is ready to battle terror far from the front lines. But when a Navy SEAL team in the Philippines is ambushed, all evidence points to a leak within the U.S. State Department. And a greater threat lurks....

    Annie says: "A great wow!"
    "Another terrific book"
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    Would you listen to Executive Power again? Why?

    The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is because of the overall direction and development of the character of Rapp. The marriage seems to be taking Rapp into a person that I didn't fall in love with. He has always been on the front line and I relished int he details of his use of weaponry and methodology of his assassin work. I miss that. I am less enthralled with the political maneuvers with him being involved on this side of it as opposed to being the real tip of the spear.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not as much as in the past. It was very good, but not as complex. I figured it out less than halfway through the book.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    He could read the dictionary to me. He does justice to the character of Mitch Rapp. I won't listen to anyone else do him anymore.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really. It didn't bring me to laughter, or dread, or complexity. It was good.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Rapp's marriage fails and he goes back to being an assassin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4127)
    Performance
    (3543)
    Story
    (3523)

    For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard. Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes.

    Elle says: "I'd listen to Guidall read the tax code, so..."
    "I am now a Flynn FAN"
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    What did you love best about Kill Shot?

    The detail and development of the characters of Mitch and the others. It was slow and deliberate but never lost me for a second.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Absolutely. It was riveting and I could feel the future assignment coming.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The inevitable showdown between Rapp and his trainers who thought he had went rogue. I felt the betrayal and cunning and imminent revenge Rapp felt as it approached. The scene when Rapp gets to exact his revenge in the last scene was incredible.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The capture of Stan was PRICELESS! His interaction with his captors was hilarious. I laughed out loud almost the whole time.


    Any additional comments?

    I have only listened to the first 2 so far but I am disappointed Stan did not return and there was a 10 year gap and his absence.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Transfer of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    Overall
    (2533)
    Performance
    (2096)
    Story
    (2104)

    On a busy Washington morning, the stately calm of the White House is shattered in a deadly terrorist attack on the executive mansion. The president is evacuated to an underground bunker, but not before nearly one hundred hostages are taken. Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative, is sent in to take control of the crisis and determines that the president is not as safe as Washington’s power elite had thought....

    Michael says: "Great Story-Bad Narration"
    "Where's George Guidal on this one?"
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    What made the experience of listening to Transfer of Power the most enjoyable?

    Biggest complaint was no George. Story was fairly riveting as a plotline. I am not sure how believable it is but entertaining nonetheless. I found myself most lost in the details of the insane American politics and Aziz' assessment of the political landscape. He hits it head on. The one complaint I had for the book that I felt was a gaping hole is there was ZERO mention of the undoubtedly tireless interviews the FBI would have performed on the hostages first released by Aziz. I could not believe this was not mentioned as part of the rescue plot line.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Overall. Mitch is pretty much the best but Stansfield is also very close second.


    Did Nick Sullivan do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes I suppose. But I found his attention to detail in diction and enunciation annoying. He does not provide the drama Guidal does.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not quite. But close.


    Any additional comments?

    Nick Sullivan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Black

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1656)
    Performance
    (1330)
    Story
    (1340)

    Born in shadow and kept from heads of state, there are some missions so deadly, so sensitive, that they simply don't exist. so deadly, so sensitive, that they simply don't exist. When one such mission goes horribly wrong, a wave of dramatic terrorist attacks is set in motion. Their goal: the complete and total collapse of the United States. With the CIA's intelligence abilities hobbled, former Navy SEAL Team 6 member turned covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath launches an audacious plan to infiltrate the terrorists' network and prevent one of the biggest threats the U.S. has ever faced.

    Sean says: "More More"
    "Best so far! Very believable!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Full Black the most enjoyable?

    First of all, Armand Schultz needs a raise. He has made Scot Harvath come to life in this series. Second, while not as complicated in plot development, it was no less thrilling. The progression of the story made it impoosible to stop listening! Finally, the believability of this story was intriguing. I was glued to in part because I think the thought processes have a scary reality. Outstanding. Already downloaded the next one..


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Full Black?

    The ending. I loved the interrogation of Ashford and Scot disposing of Standing.


    What about Armand Schultz’s performance did you like?

    His characterizations are spot on. Love his energy and pace.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. But I do gesture occasionally while listening. And, I do give an occasional..."Yeah"!


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. Please keep writing these Brad!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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