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Patrick

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  • Graveyard of Memories: John Rain, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (310)

    What makes a legendary assassin? For John Rain, it was the lessons of love, war, and betrayal he learned in Tokyo in 1972. Fresh from the killing fields of Southeast Asia, Rain works as a bagman under the watchful eye of his CIA handler, delivering cash to corrupt elements of the Japanese government. But when a delivery goes violently wrong, Rain finds himself in the crosshairs of Japan’s most powerful yakuza clan.

    katelyn says: "Eisler does it again"
    "A MUST READ for any Rain fan!"
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    This is the back story concerning how John Rain became a hired assassin. To be fully appreciated, the reader needs to have knowledge of Rain's methods and later life which will only be gained from reading several of the earlier books in the series.
    This book deftly guides the reader through Rain's earliest development as an assassin. It puts in perspective his relationship with Tots, his need for emotional distance (his first true love), Rain learning to be proactive and brutal and the "rules" under which he accepts assignments. Rain's relationship with Tots as well as his first love experience creates a very complex character who is at once a brutal killer but also a man with great empathy and a longing for a different life. Maybe a bit of Dexter as an assassin rather than a psychopathic serial killer. The story integrates very well with the other Rain novels. It ends leaving the reader to wonder about the decade between the events of this novel and Rain's later emergence as a for hire killer. I hope Barry Eisler writes a book about the decade as a mercenary. This is an enormously entertaining book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Richard Hooker
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (512)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (466)

    Before the movie, this is the novel that gave life to Hawkeye Pierce, Trapper John, Hot Lips Houlihan, Frank Burns, Radar O'Reilly, and the rest of the gang that made the 4077th MASH like no other place in Korea or on earth. The doctors who worked in the Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals (MASH) during the Korean War were well trained but, like most soldiers sent to fight a war, too young for the job. In the words of the author, "a few flipped their lids, but most of them just raised hell, in a variety of ways and degrees."

    Trish says: "I Wanted to Love it--and I DID!!"
    "Better than the movie or TV series!"
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    If you, like me, think the TV series was among the best ever, you will absolutely love the book. A great reading. Humorous with incredible characters and a bit of Korean War history. In my opinion, MASH is the medical drama against which all others should be measured. Truly a timeless masterpiece.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4322)
    Performance
    (3286)
    Story
    (3264)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Michael says: "High Energy Ride!"
    "Too Far Out - Ridiculous and Tedious!"
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    The constant action and tension of the story is well written and in some moderation might even be enjoyable but each hour of this audiobook found me saying "you've got to be kidding me, this so ridiculous". Fiction requires some suspension of reality but this book goes into crazy territory. The many, many, many deadly situations and their resolutions are so far over the top , I found it impossible to enjoy the suspense and action. I feel fortunate that the first book I enjoyed (greatly) in this series was Dead Eye. If The Gray Man were the first, I would never have tried another. There is a lot of background buildup to paint Colt Gentry ("The Gray Man") as a character but it's very much overdone and somewhat boring. The background is not necessary to enjoy the later books. My advice is to skip this one.

    0 of 0 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
    (2356)
    Performance
    (2109)
    Story
    (2129)

    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"
    "A Better Twist on "Get Him Before He Gets You""
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    The "Gray Man" is or will soon become a legendary character. A smart and ruthless killer, he is vulnerable and human. He is a reluctant freelancer with a "code" and a desire to return to legitimacy but someone at the CIA desperately wants him dead. His personal angst and conflicts are deftly written into the story - not preachy or overdone - just woven in to build a complex character. A similarly trained and skilled operative is searching for the Gray Man as part of a CIA contracted kill team. The story develops in a well constructed and complicated way to a mano e mano between the two killers.The intensity, twists and action are enormously well crafted until the final showdown which, in my opinion, was very contrived and went on for much too long. This is a fast paced thriller that will be difficult to turn off. Like me, I'm sure you will be eager to move on to the next Gray man novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sniper Elite: One Way Trip: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Scott McEwen, Thomas Koloniar
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (507)

    The President of the United States can’t decide how to respond to a classified video showing the Taliban’s brutal treatment of their captive - a female helicopter pilot of the Army’s elite Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Afraid that a botched rescue will further destabilize foreign policy and end his presidency, the Commander-in-Chief falters. But when the Special Ops community learns that one of their own is being tortured and will almost certainly be killed, no executive order will stop them from attempting a rescue mission.

    CyndiB says: "A FIVE STAR READ"
    "This Book's WOW for Military Action and Heroics!"
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    There is not a single slow moment in this book. The situations and characters are believable. The basic story line- feckless political leaders and an evil enemy will make ones' blood boil. The final confrontation (actually all of the heroic military action) is completely unrealistic - BUT it sure is enjoyable and exciting. The story is written in a crisp style. The dialogue, while a bit crude (you won't listen to this one with small kids in the car) fits the situation and adds to the tension and color of the characters. The military technical details are well explained and not overdone. They add greatly to the mental picture the book evokes. It was a great twist to have an Afghan hero(s). The twist at the end, in my opinion, elevated the story and underscored the personal commitment of the heroes and small mindedness of the politicians. If you like action and lots of wasted bad guys - this is for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Discover Magazine's Vital Signs: True Tales of Medical Mysteries, Obscure Diseases, and Life-Saving Diagnoses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Dr. Robert A. Norman
    • Narrated By Mark Moseley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    From a case of hysterical paralysis to a pregnancy puncturing a lung, twenty-five of the most thrilling medical mysteries known to man (and doctor)."Vital Signs," a popular column featured in Discover Magazine, has long been a favorite of readers, showcasing, each month, fascinating new tales of strange illnesses and diseases that baffle doctors and elude diagnosis. Each tale is true and borders on the unbelievable. It's no wonder that throughout the years the column has become an unofficial textbook for medical students, interns, doctors, and anyone interested in human illness and staying healthy.

    ashley says: "Unique and entertaining"
    "Not for a hypochondriac!"
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    The incorrect pronunciation of many medical terms was very irritating. Please re-record this correctly. Many of the stories were very basic and will bore those with some medical background but most are fascinating and all well presented, succinct and suspenseful for any layman. Beware that everyone will identify with symptoms in some of the stories so anyone with hypochondriac tendencies should avoid this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hot Springs

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen Hunter
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (142)

    Earl Swagger is tough as hell. But even tough guys have their secrets. Plagued by the memory of his abusive father, apprehensive about his own impending parenthood, Earl is a decorated ex-Marine of absolute integrity — and overwhelming melancholy. Now he’s about to face his biggest, bloodiest challenge yet. It is the summer of 1946, organized crime’s garish golden age, when American justice seems to have gone to seed for good.

    Jonathan says: "Good start to a series"
    "Loved this book!"
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    This is a wonderfully crafted story of corruption, gangsters and heroic police action. The descriptions and action are vivid and moves along briskly. One tends to identify or at least understand the underlying pathos and motivations of all the main characters, good guys and bad guys. In a no excuses fashion it does paint corruption in the evil colors that it deserves. I found the book much in the style of Elmore Leonard, in terms of subject, the crisp, realistic dialog and the complexity of the story which seems to unravel naturally and with ease. My only complaint is the final few chapters of the book seem to drag a bit tediously in exploring the psychology (prior experiences & motivation) of Earl Swagger, the main character, leading to the final "showdown". Except for this indulgence, I would be seriously tempted to give the book 5 stars. Earl Swagger and post WW2 America are such unique and interesting subjects, I truly hope Stephen Hunter follows this with more "swagger".

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Taken: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (652)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (561)

    When Nita Morales hires Elvis Cole to find her missing adult daughter, she isn’t afraid, even though she’s gotten a phone call asking for ransom. She knows it’s a fake, that her daughter is off with the guy Nita will call only “that boy,” and that they need money: "Even smart girls do stupid things when they think a boy loves them." But she is wrong....

    R. Conley says: "One of the best"
    "Exciting & Complex. More, please!"
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    This is a complex, fast moving and exceptionally well constructed story with two legendary characters. The evil of the bad guys (bajadores -- criminals who prey on other criminals) and terror of the kidnapped comes through vividly. Crais presents a wide range of interesting characters that one must either hate or love - there is no middle ground. I found myself developing genuine concern for the main kidnapped characters, Krista Morales and her boyfriend Jack Berman. The addition of Jack's aunt - an ATF bigwig was a great stroke of genius, adding an extra layer of interest and tension to the story. Human trafficking, kidnapping, and a "good guy" organized gang of Korean killers - it all works! Only Crais could weave this together in such a masterful way. It was great to get more of Joe Pike in Taken versus most other novels from the series. In fact one could argue that Joe is the main character this time. (The Pike character, however, is too one dimensional to carry a story on his own. The story must be built around him, as Taken seems to be. Pike is the solution not the suspense.) The narrative bounces back and forth in time quite a bit, especially at the beginning, and switches narrative perspective a few times. I'm not sure this technique was necessary and it makes it a bit difficult to follow as an audiobook - I was probably 90 minutes into the audio before I developed a sense of what the book was about and knew enough to follow the story without long pauses and rewinding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Heat

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (835)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (570)

    In the sequel to the New York Times bestselling Heat Wave, Richard Castle does it again with his thrilling new mystery. Tough, sexy, professional, NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat carries a passion for justice as she leads one of New York City’s top homicide squads. In what’s sure to be another smash sensation, listeners will once again follow Nikki Heat and hotshot reporter Jameson Rook as they trade barbs and innuendos all while on the trail of a murderer!

    Blanche says: "enjoyable mystery"
    "Drags on tediously."
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    The only strong points in this book are the main characters and their interplay, Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook. They are fundamentally strong voices for any book. The story itself turns too many times and the other characters are too much of a formula. The book seems to drag with far too long, descriptive passages. I found myself pausing far too often so I could recall where I was in the story and the significance of a character or passage. It struck me that the writer was trying to hard to hide the motives of the killer(s) to create suspense or a surprise ending. It served only to make the story drag. The narration was pretty slow through most of the book but at "normal" speed in some parts. I suspect it is a problem with the recording as opposed to the narrator who's voice seemed to fit the book well.This is my third Richard Castle book. If it were my first, I would never have discovered the two much better ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Transfer of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2658)
    Performance
    (2211)
    Story
    (2220)

    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"
    "WOW!!! This must be the best Vince Flynn novel."
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    This is an incredibly well constructed and fast moving story. It has no weak spots or moments. While it is fiction and the unfolding of events is not realistic, it has enough reality that the listener will begin to wonder if it might be real. The main characters are interesting. The interplay among characters and various government agencies creates both an pathos and tension that adds depth to the story. The narration is neutral. The reader is not at all dramatic in the presentation - he does not get in the way of the story. It could be a bit better, but the neutral tone fits the rapid story - and the written words seem to speak well for themselves. I am not a fan of the ending but it is interesting and written at the same level as the rest of the book. The ending does not detract from the book - it fits and flows well with the whole story. Caution: I found myself so engrossed that I kept listening longer than I should at times when I had other things to do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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