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James

I loved reading about King Arthur and Knights of the round table when I was a wee lad. Now I am older and love Game of Thrones!

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  • Unseen: Will Trent, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (930)
    Performance
    (806)
    Story
    (804)

    Bill Black is a scary guy: a tall ex-con who rides to work on a Harley, and trails an air of violence wherever he goes. In Macon, Georgia, Bill has caught the eye of a wiry little drug dealer and his cunning girlfriend. They think Bill might be a useful ally. They don’t know that Bill is a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent named Will Trent. Or that he is fighting his own demons, undercover and cut off from the support of Sara Linton - the woman he loves, who he dares not tell he is putting himself at such risk.

    Kim Venatries says: "Another Win!"
    "Worthy of a Read- or listen to on audible."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, definately, but to start back to the beginning.. Love the way the charactors develop, I am rooting for Will and Sara.


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

    Just don't want to see Will's life or Sara's come to an end.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I do enjoy Will, Sara, and Faith.


    Was Unseen worth the listening time?

    Yes, if you love the Will Trent Series, you will come to enjoy the story, and the small parts connecting their lives.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a bit lenghy on the direction that this mystery-thriller takes us on, covering a lot of details about Lena and her husband Jarod. I never noticed it before, but I dislike one-word titles... I would prefer the detective thrillers to have a longer title. I do wish there might have been more inclusion of Faith.. maybe next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3393)
    Performance
    (2943)
    Story
    (2957)

    Will Robie is a master of killing. A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst - enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.No one else can match Robie's talents as a hitman...no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she's gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency.

    Rodney says: "I couldn't Stop Listening"
    "As good a Thriller as the first!"
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    Where does The Hit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I was pleasantly surprised with the first book, enjoyed listening to it, and the characters. I hoped it continues thru D. Baldacci's writing. Jessica is a good add in to the franchise.. and look forward to reading or listening to the third.


    If you’ve listened to books by David Baldacci before, how does this one compare?

    It was good, although I was disappointed that there wasn't enough of Julie (his teenage friend) nor SuperAgent Nikki Vance written into the book. They were introduced in the first book, but sadly, there wasn't enough mention of them or details given to them.. I would have like to read more help from Vance, as well, as input from Julie. The authors direction of Will Robie is he is conflicted to not become emotionally intertwined or care for people, yet he clearly is with Vance, and Julie.


    What about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance did you like?

    I became familiar to the characters from the first, and they become them. They add some depth to the chapters, and keep me wanting to find out what happens next.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    All the bad-ass of a squad, in one man and one woman!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4111)
    Performance
    (3471)
    Story
    (3466)

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    Steve says: "There will be more of Puller ...."
    "Good story, action packed!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Zero Day the most enjoyable?

    Good narration, fast paced.. good listening book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It kept you wanting to continue to find out how he solves the case. Least interesting is the comparison to Lee Child's "Jack Reacher". Having read Reacher, this feels like a rip off.


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

    *Spoiler* Sad that Sam died. Some parts are really implausible.. like his backpack with all the stuff you need to defuse a nuke,, and surviving a nuclear blast, hurled 100 feet in the air.. really? Try doing that.. no shattered bones, or crushed skull? really..


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the other books go on sale. Then I will buy them, or recommend them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4448)
    Performance
    (3757)
    Story
    (3780)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Will Robie is a kick-butt kind of guy!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Innocent: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    The story line was fast paced, as you ventured on, you were like peeling away layers and learning more and more.. the deeper in trouble that was unfolding for Robie and his young friend, Julie.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Innocent: A Novel?

    Will was a serious, tactile, precise man. I loved the banter between the mouthy teenager, Julie, whom he befriends and protects when her parents are murdered, and she's on the run. I also enjoyed the connection he had with Agent Vance of the FBI. I wish he and she could have continued somehow in a partnership in future books.


    What aspect of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance would you have changed?

    I disliked some of the music or sound effects added at the end of chapters. It made it cheap, or cheesy... it was unnecessary for my listening pleasure.


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

    I found this an intense thriller that made me enjoy playing it. I wanted to find out more and more.. which is what makes a good thriller/action story.


    Any additional comments?

    2/3 of this book were close to 4 stars.. some were 3 stars. I dislike how when I give a lower rating, Audible changes the questions.. and it reflects different ones when you go above 4.
    I wish they would let me select a rating of my own, like 3.5, or 3.9.
    This would make a good movie. I look forward to reading or listening to future Will Robie stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28824)
    Performance
    (25444)
    Story
    (25515)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "What a mind blower!"
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    Loved it. All the reviews base can't be wrong! A great story! Not disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23549)
    Performance
    (21643)
    Story
    (21653)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Could you Survive? Sci-fi that grasps you."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    The narration, and log style report of how things go for Mark Watley keep you wanting to find out what happens next One of my best downloaded audible books this year. His MacGyver-like style of figuring things out want you to be like him, or to be stranded with him if your ever in a situation like that. Every day is a test of survival.


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    It felt like you were right there.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    So why if he had all those potatoes, why didn't he distill vodka? Use his little plutonium canister he used making a bathtub? Overall, this story just begs for a movie to be made from it. So much more there than "Gravity" with Sandra Bullock.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3294)
    Performance
    (2715)
    Story
    (2717)

    Four years ago, assassin Court Gentry was betrayed by his handlers in the CIA. Now, an old comrade returns to haunt him - and to force him on a mission against his will. With his ruthless employers on one side, his former friends on the other, and a doomed mission ahead, Court Gentry would kill to get out of this one alive.

    Clayton says: "really impressive"
    "The impossible becomes possible."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have made less mistakes by the villain in the story and by the hero. Some of the trouble that Court Gentry gets into is too apparent, for the author. It is a good follow up to the first book, however, there were just some short comings for me.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Thought provoking, yet there were annoying questions that weren't answered. Obviously it forces you to want to read the next books looking for answers... like what did Court do that got him burned, and he becomes this lone wolf.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Saving the lady in distress at the airport customs.


    Do you think On Target needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Well, duh.. there are already 4.


    Any additional comments?

    Its a good series if you aren't faint of heart for violence.

    0 of 0 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
    (3235)
    Performance
    (2834)
    Story
    (2839)

    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.

    Jean says: "Action Packed"
    "Move over Jason Bourne!"
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    Would you try another book from Mark Greaney and/or Jay Snyder?

    Yes!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Okay, the bad guys are BAD GUYs, but maybe not so much patriotic stuff... just get back to Court Gentry being an ex-CIA assassin, and being hunted. Beginning started out slow, less violence, but if I asked to remove it, it wouldn't be the Grey man series.


    Could you see Ballistic being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, cable tv series picked up by Showtime, HBO, or Netflix where they can push the sensors with violence. I would use an older man, not some baby faced kid. Det. Vega from Motive, Louis Ferreira, or Javier from Castle,Jon Huertas ?


    Any additional comments?

    I will get the next book!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2849)
    Performance
    (2541)
    Story
    (2561)

    Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before. A killer who is just like him. Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry.

    Julius Butcher says: "Fits well into the series"
    "Very Intriging, thrilling read."
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    What did you like best about Dead Eye? What did you like least?

    I was impressed with M Greaney's deep passion for well researched, action packed story. He doesn't over-define, but let's the reader feel like your looking over the gray man's shoulder through the story. I was impressed with his ability to escape being killed. I liked the least of his friend Ruth that was written out.


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

    Yes, from Court's first assignment, to chapter after chapter of being chased.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jay Snyder?

    Yes.


    Do you think Dead Eye needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would like to see him get picked up by the Israeli's special intelligence agency.


    Any additional comments?

    Much more modern day action, as opposed to Jason Bourne series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30311)
    Performance
    (23806)
    Story
    (24026)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "A waste of $, a chore to finish!"
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    What did you like best about Mockingjay? What did you like least?

    I was thoroughly disappointed that Ms. Collins let me down. She originally wrote about a resourceful, strong willed, brave young girl who was meant to survive in the district and become a leader of many districts. She made HG a page turner, or I hungered to keep listening to my audiobook! CF was good, but I expected more for the last book, instead it became a drag to finish. Katniss kept her family alive by hunting, with survival skills and raw energy. HG, Katniss was a selfless girl who saved her sisters' life by sacrificing herself. Instead by CF she starts to loose that control, to the third, MJ , what do we get? *(spoiler) A girl who's can't make up her mind who she loves, is just a pawn or puppet used by others, and becomes this spineless, whiney girl, who's drugged on morphfling, much way that Haymitch strayed in character as a drunk though out the trilogy. Just as the action gets exciting, she gets knocked out, and ends the buildup, the rebels won, we read or are told the Capitol fell, and no Katniss in it.. What a let-down. Prim is barely in the story, but yet we are supposed to feel remorse when she dies. Prim dying meant nothing, I don't know why Ms. Collins portrayed Katniss this way. It turned me off, and was left wishing the story would move on, and tired of people around her dying. . By the time the back third of the story was upon me, I just wanted it to end. I felt disattached. I felt no joy that the Capitol fell, or the rebels won.
    She didn't choose Peeta, she ended up with him because he was the only one who stayed.
    Just to have kids because Peeta wanted them, and raised them on the ashes of her people in the bombed district. I felt that Ms. Collins wrote this book just as if pushed to finish it for a big movie deal.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Suzanne Collins again?

    I need to read reviews.


    What three words best describe Carolyn McCormick’s voice?

    Very good.


    Did Mockingjay inspire you to do anything?

    If I ever write a book or trilogy, then I am going to make sure I have a prepared answers for why I chose to write it, or follow the direction of that book or series. I am not impressed with the let down of the trilogy.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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