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j Wilson

jw

Chicago | Member Since 2006

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  • Black Orchids

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (114)

    A remarkably rare black orchid at a flower show lures Nero Wolfe from his comfortable brownstone. But before the detective and his sidekick, Archie Goodwin, can stop and smell the roses, a diabolically daring murder puts a blight on the proceedings. The murderer to be weeded out is definitely not a garden-variety killer.

    Brian says: "Great words and performance - HORRIBLE audio!"
    "Fantastic, especially on audio!"
    Overall

    You can't stop at just one. the plots, the humor, the characters all fit so well. Prichard is great as well.
    I like more serious reads, but what a nice escape. got me through my marathon training!

    0 of 0 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
    (2898)
    Performance
    (2363)
    Story
    (2364)

    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"
    "Best Action Read out there"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about On Target?

    Intelligently written. Action packed. no fluff. Highly recommended, better than Reacher books, Clancy, etc.


    What other book might you compare On Target to and why?

    Geaney writes the Clancy books now, which have become nonsensical in my opinion. The president's son doing that stuff? give me a break.

    The Reacher books are ok, but after reading a gray man book they almost put you to sleep. You can tell Geaney just puts a lot more thought into his books and keeps the plot moving forward, rather than spending a lot of time on unimportant detail, which adds little to the plot.


    Any additional comments?

    Please stop wasting time on the Clancy books, and focus on Gray Man....

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

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (954)
    Performance
    (647)
    Story
    (648)

    Tensions are rising in the Middle East. Iran’s president vows to annihilate the United States and Israel. Israel’s prime minister says someone must hit Iran’s nuclear sites “before it’s too late.” The American president warns against a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities and says negotiations are the key to finding peace. And amid it all, rumors are swirling throughout the region of a mysterious religious cleric claiming to be the Islamic messiah.

    Mike From Mesa says: "An almost perfect book, with one caveat"
    "Entertaining, but...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The author knows how to write and does a great job on the character development. The narrator also does a very good job. My issues are with the plot and ending (or lack thereof). This novel mixes in the supernatural, which provides for all sorts of "leaps of logic". The protagonist's successes are not due to his acts, insights, or intellect; but rather due to supernatural revelations. Further nothing ends in this book; you have to read the sequel I guess, which I'm not going to. I think the author focused too much on preaching his religious views, and the storyline came in second. Now if you're looking for a Christian Triller then you will probably like this book.

    1 of 2 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
    (2836)
    Performance
    (2490)
    Story
    (2500)

    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"
    "Another great story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you like this series, you will not be disappointed. Well written. Good pace. Plot well thought out.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By James Bradley
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    In 1905 President Teddy Roosevelt dispatched Secretary of War William Howard Taft on the largest U.S. diplomatic mission in history to Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, China, and Korea. Roosevelt's glamorous 21 year old daughter Alice served as mistress of the cruise, which included senators and congressmen. On this trip, Taft concluded secret agreements in Roosevelt's name.

    Kent says: "Over the Top - Why did I waste my time?"
    "a rant"
    Overall

    Rarely do I ever not finish a book, but I just couldn't take this one. A one-sided rant. No balance or context. The conclusions drawn are bizarre. A very anti-American leftist bent. Not even American missionaries are spared damnation by this author.

    10 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • A Coffin for Dimitrios

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Eric Ambler
    • Narrated By Alexander Spencer
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    An early classic of espionage fiction. Through the cafés, trains and nighttime cities of Europe, Charles Latimer follows a twisting trail of drug-smugglers, thieves and assassins that will lead him to Dimitrios.

    WriterGirl says: "A most enjoyable history and geography lesson"
    "A well written neat classic adventure"
    Overall

    A very interesting trip through the old Europe. A detective spy novel that takes you on a trip. characters well developed, a logical plot, and satisfying ending.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Siege

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Stephen White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    As a lovely weekend approaches on the Yale campus it appears that a number of students - including the sons of both the secretary of the army and newest Supreme Court justice - may have gone missing. Kidnapping? Terrorism? The authorities aren't sure. But the high-profile disappearances draw the attention of the CIA and the FBI's vaunted Hostage Rescue Team.

    L. Edgar says: "Hunh!!!??"
    "disappointing"
    Overall

    I must agree, a soap opera, thank goodness for fast forward.The protagonist(s)did nothing (little) that altered the outcome. flawed dependent whiny protagonists are not my cup of tea. All they did was understand what the bad guys motives were before anyone else. Very good concept and plot, if cut back on the whining, and worked on the ending some, it could have been a very good story.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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