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  • Conspiracy

  • Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue
  • By: Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659

In 2007, a short blogpost by Gawker Media outed PayPal founder and billionaire investor Peter Thiel as gay. Thiel's sexuality had been known to close friends and family, but he didn't consider himself a public figure, and believed the information was private. This post would be the casus belli for a meticulously plotted conspiracy that would end nearly a decade later with a $140 million dollar judgment against Gawker and its bankruptcy. Only later would the world learn that Gawker's demise was not incidental - it had been masterminded by Thiel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good story, bad narration

  • By Robert Levin on 03-10-18

Great story, atrocious narration from a snowflake.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-18

What did you like best about Conspiracy? What did you like least?

What I liked best is the actual story of Thiel Vs. Gawker. Was compelling and told well. What I liked the least is that he injected his Trump hate to degrade the story. He makes it seem that anything that comes from the right is evil and odd, while the left can't do anything wrong. Also, he tells one side about how the lib papers skewered Thiel, but doesn't talk much about how he became a hero to much of the country because of it. Also, his narration couldn't be worse.

If you’ve listened to books by Ryan Holiday before, how does this one compare?

Never have before.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ryan Holiday?

Anyone, even Miss piggy would have been better.

Was Conspiracy worth the listening time?

Yes

Any additional comments?

It's too bad Trump haters ruin all good things with their hate. If he never mentioned Trump, this would have easily been 5 stars aside from the narration.

  • Graveyard of Memories

  • John Rain, Book 8
  • By: Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kudos to Eisler for some real life lessons here

  • By shelley on 04-24-14

Rain and Eisler Fan

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-14

I read all of Barry Eisler Books, this is definitely up there in terms of interest, violence and story. I enjoyed it very much and finished in two days. Keep them coming.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Blood of the Assassin

  • Assassin Series, Book 4
  • By: Russell Blake
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

A German hit man has targeted a world leader for execution. In a high octane race against the clock, an unlikely alliance must track and stop the assassin before he can carry out his unthinkable scheme. The fifth of the bestselling Assassin novels, Blood of the Assassin can be heard as a stand-alone audiobook or as the continuation of the series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I hope Russell Blake is busy writing the next FEW!

  • By shelley on 03-18-14

Another great one

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-14

I've listened to all of the Russell Blake books on audible. Each one is a delight. I love the Assassin Series and the narrator. You can't go wrong with any of russell Blake's books. He's very responsive on his website when you have questions. Definitely recommend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Black Flagged

  • Black Flagged, Book 1
  • By: Steven Konkoly
  • Narrated by: Joseph Morton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 379

A graduate of the Department of Defense's experimental Black Flag program, Daniel Petrovich carries a secret he'd rather keep buried. A secret his government has hidden in the deepest vaults of the Pentagon. Someone is trying to raise Black Flag from the dead, and drag Petrovich back into the poisonous life he abandoned. Someone who knows his darkest secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed it

  • By Avid Listener on 02-11-13

Really enjoyed it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-13

The first half of the book is putting together the characters and what's going on but there is action. The second half really takes off with everything you'd ever want with an action thriller. Definitely recommend.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Mantis

  • By: Richard La Plante
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 11

In recent weeks, three young women have been brutally assaulted and murdered in the city of Philadelphia. Lt. William Fogarty, a time-toughened cop, hardened by personal tragedy, is shocked by the brutality of the crimes. His only lead comes from medical examiner Josef Tanaka. Half Japanese and half American, Tanaka, a skilled practitioner of the martial arts, claims to recognize the method used in the attacks: a karate strike known as nukite, or spear hand. Fogarty has nowhere else to turn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW!!!

  • By victoria on 06-01-13

Solid Martial Arts Thriller!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-13

Good writing, original story and not really predictable. Really enjoyed it. Would love to see the sequel on audible. I had to speed up the narration a bit but I usually do that or else I start to drift. Probably needs it more so from this reader but not too bad. Overall worth your money or credit.

  • Solo

  • By: Jack Higgins
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Piano virtuoso John Mikali’s flair as a musician is matched only by his skill as an assassin. The trail of bodies he’s left in his wake is proof. But when he kills a young woman while fleeing from a murder scene, the woman’s father, a special forces soldier in the British military, vows to avenge his daughter’s death. Now, both men are locked in a deadly game, playing for the ultimate stakes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Book

  • By Avid Listener on 02-11-12

Enjoyable Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-12

Very good book. Well developed and well told. Very good narrator, did a great job. Great characters. Recommend

  • Black Site

  • A Delta Force Novel
  • By: Dalton Fury
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,134

Meet Kolt Raynor. A Delta Force operator and one-time American hero, he is still trying to make sense of his life - and duty - after a secret mission gone bad. Three years ago, in the mountains of Pakistan, Raynor made a split-second decision to disobey orders - one that got some of his teammates killed and the rest captured. Now he’s been given a second chance to do right by his country, his men, and himself. But Raynor’s shot at redemption comes at a price.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting and Vivid!

  • By Alex - Discerning Consumer on 05-26-12

This book is awesome!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-12

I love this genre. Read or listened to all the Flynns, Silva, Eisler, Coes. This book is right up there at the top. Great story, great character, no slow spots easy to follow and semi realistic for normal people probably very realistic for spec ops people. You can't go wrong with this one, worth every penny and minute of your time. The narrator was very good, the only reason he didn't get a five is because he didn't differetiate the characters voices enough but did a fine job. He wasn't boring or too slow.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • National Security

  • By: Marc Cameron
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,379
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,250
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,256

When terrorism goes viral, one man goes ballistic. They can strike anytime, anywhere. A public landmark. A suburban shopping mall. And now, the human body itself. Three Middle Eastern terrorists have been injected with a biological weapon, human time bombs unleashed on American soil. They are prepared to die. To spread their disease. To annihilate millions. If America hopes to fight this enemy from within, it needs a new kind of weapon. Meet Special Agent Jericho Quinn.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad if there's nothing left in your wish list

  • By Samuel on 06-15-15

Excellent!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-24-11

I'm happy to report that this is an excellent book! I listen to 50 books a year, many from this genre i.e. all the Eislers, Flynn etc. This is right up there. Excellent main character, hightly skilled but not cartoonish. Great bad guys. I'm ready for the next immediately. Once I adapted to reader after first half hour or so, I found him very good. Took a little while to get used to his voice and keep from drifting. By the end I was able to differentiate all the characters clearly with his acting. I would definitely recommend this fast paced straightforward book!

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Detachment

  • By: Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,446

John Rain is back. And “the most charismatic assassin since James Bond” ( San Francisco Chronicle) is up against his most formidable enemy yet: the nexus of political, military, media, and corporate factions known only as the Oligarchy. When legendary black ops veteran Colonel Scott “Hort” Horton tracks Rain down in Tokyo, Rain can’t resist the offer: a multi-million dollar payday for the “natural causes” demise of three ultra-high-profile targets who are dangerously close to launching a coup in America. But the opposition on this job is going to be too much for even Rain to pull it off alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast paced read...

  • By Andrew Stone on 09-17-11

Fantastic Book,

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-11

Easy listen, great narration great action well researched as usual. Pretty much what you'd expect from Rain and the gang. Can't wait for the next one.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful