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Mark

Grand Rapids, MI, United States | Member Since 2002

ratings
222
REVIEWS
15
FOLLOWING
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HELPFUL VOTES
30

  • No Mercy

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Gilstrap
    • Narrated By Jeremy Gage
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (229)

    No names. No Feds. No trace evidence. That's how Jonathan Grave operates. As a freelance specialist in covert rescues, he has to work outside the law to get things done - especially in highly sensitive hostage situations. But when an Indiana college student is abducted, and Jonathan's meticulous plan explodes into a deadly shooting spree, the local authorities are out for blood - and they're not alone. Someone wants to control a devastating secret...Someone rich and powerful.

    Pamela says: "Good story; terrible narration."
    "No Mercy for No Mercy"
    Overall

    I think if you read this book it would move along and be acceptable. However, I listen while I work out and like books with action that rapidly evolve like Ludlum or Stone. The narrator totally kills this book. Having listened to over 150 books in the last 8 years I have never said that about a narrator. He imbues every word with drama and after about one hour it will drive you crazy. Stay away from this book and narrator.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Director

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Ignatius
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (134)

    In David Ignatius' gripping new novel, spies don' t bother to steal information...they change it, permanently and invisibly. Graham Weber has been director of the CIA for less than a week when a Swiss kid in a dirty T-shirt walks into the American consulate in Hamburg and says the agency has been hacked, and he has a list of agents' names to prove it. This is the moment a CIA director most dreads. Weber isn' t sure where to turn until he meets a charismatic (and unstable) young man named James Morris who runs the Internet Operations Center.

    Charles says: "Well Done."
    "Very Enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is one of the better books I have listened to in a long time. The topic is of deep concern and this work of fiction explained a great deal of reality. The story is riveting and the characters very believable. I want to read the author's other books. Recommend highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kill List

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (155)

    In Virginia, there is an agency bearing the bland name of Technical Operations Support Activity, or TOSA. Its one mission is to track, find, and kill those so dangerous to the United States that they are on a short document known as the Kill List. TOSA actually exists. So does the Kill List. Added to it is a new name: a terrorist of frightening effectiveness called the Preacher, who radicalizes young Muslims abroad to carry out assassinations. Unfortunately for him, one of the kills is a retired Marine general, whose son is TOSA's top hunter of men....

    Frances says: "Where's The Fire?"
    "Excellent listen GG does a great job narrating"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story moves along crisply and has very measured action and suspense. Guidall does his usual masterful job with narration. At the end there are no loose strings and it wraps up in a very satisfying manner. Recommend highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shock Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1516)
    Performance
    (1256)
    Story
    (1251)

    The thrilling new Virgil Flowers novel from the #1 New York Times best-selling author. The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but two very angry groups want to stop it: local merchants, fearing for their businesses, and environmentalists, predicting ecological disaster. The protests don't seem to be slowing the project, though, until someone decides to take matters into his own hands.

    aaron says: "Not the best Virgil ~ but it is still Virgil!"
    "Average Virgil is better than no Virgil at all"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    John Sandford never disappoints, even an average story is better than the best by most other authors. Shock Wave starts fast and accelerates. The problem is that Sandford has set the bar so high it is difficult to say this is a great book by comparison. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it and looked forward to exercising. That is when I allow myself to listen. Kept me very motivated to go for walks or lift weights.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    Overall
    (740)
    Performance
    (649)
    Story
    (650)

    In an ancient tunnel underneath New York City a charnel house is discovered. Inside are 36 bodies all murdered and mutilated more than a century ago. While FBI agent Pendergast investigates the old crimes, identical killings start to terrorize the city. The nightmare has begun. Again.

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable, but not my favorite"
    "This book should be 12 hours tops"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There is a lot of fluff in the story that really bogs it down. The authors need an editor. I skipped all the sections not relevant to the main story line and that helped some.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Buried Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (1213)
    Performance
    (668)
    Story
    (660)

    Joseph Finder introduced Nick Heller, a “private spy” who finds out things powerful people want to keep hidden, to widespread acclaim from the critics and wild enthusiasm from the readers, in the New York Times best-selling novel Vanished. Now, in Buried Secrets, Nick Heller returns, finding himself in the middle of a life-or-death situation that’s both high-profile and intensely personal.

    Amazon Customer says: "Entertaining and Riveting Listening"
    "Not nearly Finder's best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you are not easily annoyed by irritating teenagers this is the book for you. Unfortunately for me there are three of them in this book and it gets tiresome. They clearly bog the plot down. Nick Heller could be a great protagonist, but he clearly needs to stop hanging around anyone under the age of 25. Not nearly as good as Vanished, the prior Nick Heller saga, which also suffered from Gabe, Heller's insufferable nephew.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Horse: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (2013)
    Performance
    (1412)
    Story
    (1391)

    The Denver Post hails Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mystery series as a must-read. Joining the four previous novels - all of which have been Book Sense picks - The Dark Horse puts a unique Wyoming twist on the classic British village mystery. When Longmire meets a woman jailed for her husband's death, he travels outside his usual haunts to discover the truth behind this unusual murder case.

    V. Sharol says: "Another outstanding book from Johnson"
    "A total Disappointment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have listened to each Walt Longmire novel prior to this one and each one has gotten progressively less interesting. Reading the reviews of this one I thought the trend had been reversed and bought it on hope. This is the worst one yet, boring like listening to paint dry. Two and one half hours into it and Henry Standing Bear is no where to be found. When Walt started singing some horrible song from his youth I threw in the towel and went shopping for something else. This is good bedtime listening, it should put you asleep in about 5 minutes, quicker than Ambien with no hangover.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunting Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (34)

    In an unprecedented literary feat, Steve Hamilton’s debut novel, A Cold Day in Paradise, captured both the prestigious Edgar and Shamus awards. Now the best-selling author presents the third installment in his critically acclaimed mystery series: a complex, atmospheric tale that will plunge listeners back into icy, unpredictable Alex McKnight territory, where the private investigator finds himself doing a favor for an old friend – but this favor could cost him his life.

    Fritz says: "A Long, Tedious Road To Nowhere"
    "Like listening to paint dry"
    Overall

    Boring, I listened for 1.5 hours of an 8 hour book waiting for it to take off and it never did. The two protagonists get to a library in Detroit to do some background research and the library is closed. They were looking for help with a name. Could this book move any more slowly???!!!! Don't buy this book unless you are looking for a snooze fest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secret of the Seventh Son

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Glenn Cooper
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (381)

    Nine people have been slain in New York City, nine strangers with nothing in common - the apparent victims of a frighteningly elusive serial killer. Only one thing links the dead: postcards they received, mailed from Las Vegas, announcing the day they would die.

    Rebecca says: "An Ear Burner"
    "A Disappointment"
    Overall

    This book leaves too many unanswered questions at the end and is also anticlimactic. There are many better thrillers out there, I would not waste the credit unless you really like this author. It is also too long and could be at least one to two hours shorter.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hunting Season

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (780)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (299)

    When college kids hiking near an abandoned military industrial complex in West Virginia mysteriously disappear, special agent Janet Carter - earnest, honest, and fed up with the stifling chauvinistic environment at the Roanoke FBI headquarters - is called in to investigate. Unfortunately, there are no leads - it's as if the three just vanished into thin air.

    Sharon says: "Hunting Season"
    "Needs an editor"
    Overall

    This book is way too long and Dick Hill is an acquired taste. While there is a lot of action, Hill's voice is too emotive and wears thin after a short time. Be sure to listen to a sample before you buy. Scott Brick manages to set a scene without the exaggerated voices and inflections the Hill serves up. I finally gave up with 4 hours to go and fast forwarded to the last 30 minutes. Even the last 30 minutes were aggravating.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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