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  • The Third Option: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2531)
    Performance
    (2120)
    Story
    (2105)

    CIA counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp falls prey to government forces with an agenda of their own after Dr. Irene Kennedy is named the successor to dying CIA Director Thomas Stansfield—a choice that enrages many inside the world’s most powerful intelligence agency. Her detractors will resort to extreme measures to prevent her from taking the reins—which makes Rapp an expendable asset. But Mitch Rapp is no one’s pawn, and he will stop at nothing to find out who has set him up.

    William says: "A great novel nearly ruined by the reader."
    "No End In Sight..."
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    I was surprised to hear a woman's voice announcing that "This has been a recording of..". At first I thought that my download was messed up and that it was truncated. I actually went back and re-listened to the last minute to see if I missed something. As it turns out, all I missed was that the book ended. The book felt more like a murder mystery detective type book as there was no big event at the climax typical of something in the Espionage genre. The last chapter was simply a recap of the bad guys plot to other characters in Mitch Rapp's corner. No big surprises or plot twists. No real Aha! moments. It simply ended mid conversation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's The Utopia Experiment

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Kyle Mills
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (124)

    When Dresner Industries unveils the Merge, a device that is destined to revolutionize the world and make the personal computer and smartphone obsolete, Covert-One operative Colonel Jon Smith is assigned to assess its military potential. He discovers that enhanced vision, real-time battlefield displays, unbreakable security, and near-perfect marksmanship are only the beginning of a technology that will change the face of warfare forever - and one that must be kept out of the hands of America's enemies at all costs....

    Robert says: "Jon Smith's Moonraker"
    "Jon Smith's Moonraker"
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    I really had to force myself to listen to the whole book. The Utopia Experiment is to Jon Smith as Moonraker was to James Bond. I really don't know where you can take this series after this book. Once this type of technology is unleashed on the world, you cannot really put it back in the box. At least in Moonraker, Bond could come back to earth and resume a 'typical Bond' life. The Technology in this book is one step away from Halo and really pushes the Jon Smith series into another genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ben MacIntyre
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (279)

    Eddie Chapman was a charming criminal, a con man, and a philanderer. He was also one of the most remarkable double agents Britain has ever produced. Inside the traitor was a man of loyalty; inside the villain was a hero. The problem for Chapman, his spymasters, and his lovers was to know where one persona ended and the other began.

    Scott says: "Intrigue and True"
    "I can't believe it's not fiction"
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    Wow! What an incredible story. If you like WWII history, you will love this listen. It is truly amazing how many other WWII issues that Agent Zigzag touched. You won't believe that you have never heard of him in relation to all of the WWII history that you have already read about. This story and its narration keeps you interested from beginning to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dangerous Days of Daniel X

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Milo Ventimiglia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (49)

    At first glance, Lee might seem like an average 15 year old, shooting the breeze with his friends around a campfire, crushing on his friend Dana, sassing the assistant principal at school. But Lee has a little bit more responsibility than your average kid: he's the next Alien Hunter, bequeathed with the List of hidden alien outlaws living and lurking on Earth in disguise.

    Florence Peyrelongue says: "For Kids Only"
    "Very suprising... not in a good way"
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    Would you try another book from James Patterson and/or Milo Ventimiglia?

    From Patterson yes, BUT NOT from this series. Narrated by Milo Ventimiglia, definitely not.


    What could James Patterson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Writing to a more mature audience. If this was written for a younger audience, I think Patterson underestimates young readers.


    What didn’t you like about Milo Ventimiglia’s performance?

    His narration was like a novice reader practicing punctuation inflections after just learning the difference between a period and an exclamation point. It was also frustrating listening to the unexpected pauses in the middle of sentences.


    What character would you cut from The Dangerous Days of Daniel X?

    The characters weren't the problem. It was their dialogue. Golly gee shucks, it was like listening to Gomer Pyle talk.


    Any additional comments?

    I had listened to many James Patterson books and was excited to come across this series by Patterson. I have enjoyed many books that may be targeted to the younger audience, but I don’t think that anyone over the age of 10 would find this book worth more than 2 stars. I listened to the whole book in hopes that it would get better, but it never happened for me.The other problem was the narration by Milo Ventimiglia. His reading was probably one of worst narrations that I have ever heard. With unexpected stumbles and over exaggerated exclamation points, his reading sounds like that of a second grader. Listening to Milo during the dramatic or serious moments gave me the feeling of listening to a 9 yr old singing a love song.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Stone
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (939)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    When CIA "fixer" Micah Dalton's friend and mentor turns up dead, he's put on a collision course with a killer who has a penchant for intricate knife-work and Native American mysticism, a sadist who is killing ex-CIA agents. The victims are hard-nosed field men whose only link to one another seems to be a global surveillance operation called Echelon. The murders appear to be acts of retribution. But for what?

    Carmela08 says: "Excellent spy tale"
    "Narraition Hurts"
    Overall

    The story line was good enough for 3 stars, but the narration was flat for 80% of the book. At times, I found that I really had to struggle to stay interested through the largely monotone narration (especially in the beginning).

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8133)
    Performance
    (4454)
    Story
    (4511)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Karen says: "Not a King fan...BUT"
    "Song of? Ho hum? Susanna"
    Overall

    I see this book as the means to an end. I have enjoyed traveling through every door that Roland has taken us through in the DT series. However, Song of Susanna was slow and lacking in the action of the first five books. It does more to tie up a lot of loose ends than it does to progress the storyline. All I can hope is that this book sets up book seven for the climax that DT loyalists deserve. This book is largely King?s palaver about his personal journey with the Dark Tower. I?m glad to be done with this one? bring on book 7!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2212)
    Performance
    (1029)
    Story
    (1035)

    Nathaniel is eleven-years-old and a magician's apprentice, learning the traditional art of magic. All is well until he has a life-changing encounter with Simon Lovelace, a magician of unrivaled ruthlessness and ambition. When Lovelace brutally humiliates Nathaniel in public, Nathaniel decides to speed up his education, teaching himself spells far beyond his years. With revenge on his mind, he masters one of the toughest spells of all and summons Bartimaeus, a five-thousand-year-old djinni, to assist him.

    Randy says: "Terrific Trilogy"
    "Bought for the kids, hooked the parent?"
    Overall

    I purchased this book for my kids to listen to during an upcoming trip. I thought that I would check it out before letting them listen just to make sure that is was age appropriate for my 6 & 9 year olds. What I found was that I was hooked and couldn?t stop listening. I can?t wait to order book 2.

    Well written, great sense of humor and vivid imagination. I was afraid that this storyline would be too close to Harry Potter, but it is a fresh and new approach to a world in which magicians wield their powers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles, Volume I: Books 1 & 2

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tony DiTerlizzi, Holly Black
    • Narrated By Mark Hamill
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (86)

    Less than half a year ago, Tony and I received a mysterious note from Jared, Simon, and Mallory Grace, three children who have experienced authentic encounters with the beings we call faeries. As hard as it was for us to believe, we came to see that there was no alternative explanation. Now, putting aside personal concerns, we bring their stories to you.

    Don says: "Excellent!"
    "Great listen for the whole family"
    Overall


    We listened to these books on our way back from vacation. The hour long adventures seemed to fly by faster than the miles home. The stories spur on the imagination into a world where all of the fantasy creatures you have ever imagined come to life. This imaginary world overlaps the very real world of the non-traditional family of a Mother and her three children. The Spiderwick Chronicles is a classic tale where any child, or anyone who has been one, dreams of discovering a secret world that flies under the radar of the adults around them. The whole family is looking forward to the next set of books.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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