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Ronn

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  • Riptide

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1739)
    Performance
    (1045)
    Story
    (1042)

    A centuries-old, cursed pirate's treasure, valued at over $2 billion, lies deep within the treacherous waters off the coast of Maine. Men who have attempted to unearth the fortune have suffered gruesome deaths. Will a high-tech expedition meet the same fate?

    Allan says: "very cinematic. high tech meets pirate treasure."
    "A worthy spin on an old topic"
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    Preston and Child introduce Treasure Hunting 2.0, but are there some mysteries that even 21st century science should leave alone?

    Hubris and the need for closure drive two very different men to join forces in an attempt to extract a well-hidden treasure off the coast of Maine that has eluded treasure hunters for centuries.

    Would make a great movie IMO.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Half the Blood of Brooklyn

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Charlie Huston
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    There’s only so much room on the Island, only so much blood, and Manhattan’s Vampyre Clans aren’t interested in sharing. So when the Vyrus-infected dregs of New York’s outer boroughs start creeping across the bridges, the Clans want to know why. Bad luck for PI Joe Pitt. Joe used to be a Rogue, work off his own dime, pick his own gigs, but tight times and a terminally ill girlfriend pushed him to the renegade Society Clan. Now he has all the cash and blood he needs, but at a steep price.

    James says: "another solid installment"
    "Book #3 is usually when I start to get bored..."
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    ...but the Joe Pitt books are no ordinary series and Charlie Huston is no ordinary writer. This book shines on every level.Huston evolves both the story and his characters fluidly and in deliciously unexpected directions. Apologies for the cliché but (so far) each book is better than the book before it - and each one has been fantastic.

    My only complaint? I am now forced to buy extra credits as I cannot wait another 30 days to begin book #4.

    Narrator Scott Brick is at the top of his game with this series. Channeling his inner NYC.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Island: Gideon Crew, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David W. Collins
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (107)

    Gideon Crew, brilliant scientist, master thief, is living on borrowed time. When his mysterious employer, Eli Glinn, gives him an eyebrow-raising mission, he has no reason to refuse. Gideon's task: steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City and protected by unbreakable security. Accomplishing the impossible, Gideon steals the parchment - only to learn that hidden beneath the gorgeously illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks.

    Poconos says: "Want my money back! Just plain HORRIBLE!"
    "A promising beginning, then...?"
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    First of all, let me say that I consider myself a Preston/Child fan and have thoroughly enjoyed the Pendergast series as well as many of their stand-alone novels. This was my first Gideon Crew book and I think it will also be my last.

    After a very intriguing start (a virtually impossible art heist) the book quickly deescalates into a clichéd treasure hunt with some rather fantastical twists that the authors treat in an almost cursory manner. Perhaps most disappointing of all were the lead characters themselves who, when compared to the characters in the Pendergast series, seem thinly drawn and off-the-rack. The dialogue is forced, the action sequences (following the heist) are disappointingly predictable, and the dialogue between the characters is (at times) painfully hackneyed.

    My negative review notwithstanding, I will remain a P&C fan as their body of work has been outstanding. I will, however, be bidding the Gideon Crew series 'adieu.'

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1312)
    Performance
    (1152)
    Story
    (1149)

    The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

    He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting.

    J. Eastham says: "It is sad (Spoilers)"
    "Not for the faint of heart"
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    I like virtually everything that Sanford writes but certain parts of this story are pretty brutal. Unless you like reading about folks like the BTK killer, you might want to consider passing on this one. On the plus side, Davenport and Letty are as sharp as ever.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Smoke-Filled Rooms: Smokey Dalton, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kris Nelscott
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    On the run after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Private Investigator Smokey Dalton and Jimmy, the young boy he rescued, have settled under assumed names in Chicago. But history won’t leave him alone. His job in security at the Chicago Hilton places him in the center of the protests at the 1968 Democratic Convention. Worse, a killer works his South Side neighborhood, killing children. Smokey can’t ignore the crimes, any more than he can ignore the tension building in the city that hot August. He has to take action, before he loses everything.

    Cindy says: "Smoke Filled Rooms"
    "Solid follow-up to "A Dangerous Road""
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    Any sequel to a great book concerns me. Will it measure up to the first book? Will the story peter out? Will the characters become tiresome and predictable?
    I am happy to report that "Smoke-Filled Rooms" was more than up to the challenge. Smokey Dalton and Jimmy are on the run following the assassination of Dr. King Jr. and end up in Chicago but they are being watched. And unfortunately, a person like Mr. Dalton with his exceptional skill set has difficult time keeping a low profile.
    There are seven Smokey Dalton books in this series (to date) and I can now say with confidence that I will be purchasing extra credits to listen to each and every one of them.
    Narrator Mirron Willis continues to shine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Illegal Alien

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (124)

    When a disabled spaceship enters Earth's atmosphere, seven members of the advanced Tosok race are welcomed by the world. Then a popular scientist is murdered, and all evidence points to one of the Tosoks. Now, an alien is tried in a court of law -and there may be far more at stake than accounting for one human life.

    Joyce E McBride says: "What more could you want?"
    "Not a sci-fi fan...but a huge Sawyer fan"
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    It takes a gifted writer to pull off an alien murder mystery/courtroom drama and make it remotely believable, much less compelling. RJS succeeds on both counts with "Illegal Alien." No spoilers from this reviewer. Just read the book summary,spend the credit, and enjoy the ride.
    Joe Barrett (narrator) gives a seamless read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Road: Smokey Dalton, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kris Nelscott
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (115)

    Private Investigator Smokey Dalton works for Memphis, Tennessee’s black community. He has almost no interaction with the white hierarchy, even though they exist only blocks away. So he’s surprised the day a white woman walks into his Beale Street office. Laura Hathaway has sought him out because he’s a beneficiary in her mother’s will, and Laura wants to know why. So does Smokey. He’s never heard of the Hathaways, but his search will take him on a journey that will change everything he’s ever known.

    Leslie says: "Smokey Dalton"
    "Great Audible find!"
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    Nelscott has accurately re-created a racially divided Memphis of the early 60's as the backdrop for this unique detective novel. The plot is well-conceived and kept me guessing throughout. Smokey Dalton has quickly become one of my favorite detectives and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (2958)
    Performance
    (2622)
    Story
    (2606)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Jane says: "Definitely entertaining. I had some smiles."
    "Connelly at the top of his game (again)"
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    The Gods of Guilt is another great addition to the Mickey Haller series and on par with The Lincoln Lawyer. Per vintage Connelly, there is a dynamic balance between the action inside and outside of the courtroom as Haller continues to seek solace from his work while his personal life remains in a state of disrepair. I especially like seeing Haller's increasing reliance on 'Team Haller' and in particular on his mentor, 'Legal' Siegel.

    Peter Giles provides another seamless read; would be very hard to imagine another actor doing this series justice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6798)
    Performance
    (5996)
    Story
    (5992)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "'Men In Black' with a conservative undertone"
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    This book was a series of hits and misses for me.

    The hits? An interesting if familiar premise - monsters secretly living among us and secretive groups battling them. The protagonist is a likable, self-conscious guy with a complicated past. The back story of the bad guy is well-crafted. And the narrator is quite good with his range of voices.

    The misses? Whole lotta gunporn - cool for a while, then tedious. An anti g-man subplot that portrays the monster-hunting feds as largely incompetent losers. (Really? The elite gov't paramilitary forces battling the most evil beings on the planet are bumbling bureaucrats?) And like many books, the progression of the main character from simple everyman to uber-hero feels rushed and (at times) overly predictable.

    Overall, this book deserves 3.5 stars. I'm still on the fence as to whether I'll continue with the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • No Dominion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Charlie Huston
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (184)

    Joe Pitt's life sucks. He hasn't had a case or a job in God knows how long, and his stashes are running on empty. What stashes? The only ones that count to a guy like Joe: blood and money. The money he uses to buy blood; the blood he drinks. Hey, it's that or your neck, buddy.

    crazybatcow says: "Even better than the first!"
    "Not your average vampire story"
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    I downloaded this title based on listener reviews alone, though still skeptical that there were many fresh twists on the vampire genre. I am happy to say that I was wrong - WAY wrong. "No Dominion" does not disappoint on any level.

    Joe Pitt is a complex anti-hero and the hidden turf wars of the various vampyre clans in Pitt's New York City are a cross between "The Godfather" and "Gangland." Great plot (and plot twists) and Scott Brick's narration was even better than usual - and his 'usual' is great.

    This title is easily worthy of a full credit but at $4.95, it is a no-brainer. You will NOT be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • White Fire: Agent Pendergast, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1725)
    Performance
    (1539)
    Story
    (1547)

    Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Grand Slam Tale of Terror"
    "Another solid Pendergast story"
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    A fascinating historical subplot involving Sir Arthur Conan Doyle makes White Fire an especially fun listen. Special Agent Pendergast remains one of the most interesting anti-heroes in the genre. Kudos to Preston and Child for keeping this series fresh and compelling.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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