A private detective working in Wilmington, North Carolina, is found dead in a gas-station restroom, apparently poisoned. But when her body sets off radiation alarms in the pathologist's office, suspicion falls on the nearby Helios nuclear power plant, a heavily guarded facility with supposedly fail-safe procedures.
First of all, "where is Dick Hill"? This narrator does a decent job but I purchased this book being it was next in line from a series I have listened to and enjoyed, in large part to Dick Hill's narration. I never looked at the narrator, wrongfully assuming it would be Hill. Oh Well... The story itself was OK but nowhere close to previous books in the series. Hoping the next in the series returns to form.
Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio. The victims were biologists at Plum Island, a research site rumored to be an incubator for germ warfare. Suddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications - and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of Plum Island....
I love DeMille's writing style and the main characters of all his books. This book has all the requisite parts of a good mystery/thriller. Good guy vs Bad guy, twists and turns, throw in a love interest and top if off with John Corey's wise ass brand of humor and unwavering moral compass and I will keep coming back for more.
When a fragile peace breaks down and promptly devolves into a rapidly escalating shooting war between Pakistan and India, the U.S. must intervene. With only hours remaining before the conflict reaches a deadly point of no return, the White House must find a way to shut it down immediately or risk the likelihood of a new global war. A radical cleric has become the democratically elected president of Pakistan and uses a brutal incident in the Kashmir region as an opportunity to ignite war with India. The highly lethal conventional war spins out of control when Pakistan initiates a nuclear attack.
I liked the book, just not as much as Coes first effort, Power Down. I like the main character (think Mitch Rapp or Jack Reacher if you listen to this genre); but felt he was a bit less gritty in this book vs the first in the series. Secondly, the first book did a nice job of providing insight to an industry I knew little about (the energy industry) and I like when books are well researched and informative. This book didn't attempt to weave any historically accurate or real modern day politics into the story; which in itself is fine but it is something I appreciate. All in all enjoyable but if there is a third book in the series I hope it is closer to Power Down than Coup D'Etat.
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Savage, a former Navy SEAL and American state-of-the-art security specialist. Akira, Japan's most brilliant executive protector and a master of the samurai arts. Their mission: the retrieval of Rachel Stone, a beautiful American woman whose ruthless billionaire husband is out to destroy her.
The story isn't all that bad but in the hundreds of audiobooks I have listened to I never heard one narrated like this one. There is no narrator listed and it sounds as if computer generated voices were used to narrate this book. The editing is horrible and a credit should not be wasted on this book.
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This powerful and breathtaking novel is the story of four cadets who have become bloodbrothers. Together they will encounter the hell of hazing and the rabid, raunchy and dangerously secretive atmosphere of an arrogant and proud military institute. They will experience the violence. The passion. The rage. The friendship. The loyalty. The betrayal. Together, they will brace themselves for the brutal transition to manhood... and one will not survive.
Pat Conroy is simply one of the greatest storytellers I have ever listened to. He is able to make you feel every emotion his characters are feeling. You celebrate their victories, mourn their losses and miss them when the book is complete.
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Spanning 40 years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.
Having seen the ads for the movie I really never expected this story to pull me in as quickly as it did. Pat Conroy is by far one of the best storytellers I have had the pleasure to listen to. Frank Muller reads this story as if it was written for his voice. This book is powerful, sad, and funny all wrapped into one and I hated for it to end.
Michel de Nostredame, the French apothecary commonly known as Nostradamus, has gained a cult-like following, a loyal band of enthusiasts who credit him with predicting numerous world events - the Great Fire of London, the rise of Napoleon and Hitler, and the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima. However, his most important collection of prophetic verses has remained hidden...until now.
I was looking forward to this book as I enjoyed the previous three by this author. Dick Hill as always read this perfectly; that said, this book really never went anywhere or ever explained some of the earlier mysteries in the book. Also, I'm not sure if others had this problem but near the end of the book on at least two occasions there was a "dead spot" in the recording that lacked sound for at least 5 seconds or so. Not a huge issue but annoying. Overall, just not all that good.
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Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.
Although it's a bit slow at times it is also chilling and gut wrenching at others. If this is only 10% accurate, and I fear it is closer to 99% accurate, it is a wonder how any soldier came home with their mental faculties in order. Personally I don't have a strong grasp of military vernacular so from time to time I was a bit lost in relation to wether a platoon is larger than a battalion or a company but it's a minor point and did not take away from the amazing vivid picture painted by the author. I listen to approximately two books per week and this is the first time I have heard anything narrated by Bronson Pinchot; suffice to say, he did an outstanding job. I would very much like to hear him narrate more often.
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In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.
I listen to mysteries and thrillers primarily and normally prefer male narrators. This bood was neither and and still one of the best books I have listened to this year. Terrific story, great characters, brilliantly narrated and worth every minute I spent listening. DO NOT shy away from this book if it is not your usual genre, listen and enjoy.
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Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.
I never read anything by Irving before and after listening to this book I will listen to everything he has written. It's an outstanding book with great characters, narrated beautifully and one of those books you just can't put down. Owen Meany is one of the best single characters of all the novels I have ever listened. If I could have given this book 6 stars I would have.
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