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  • Illegal: A True Story of Love, Revolution and Crossing Borders

  • By: John Dennehy
  • Narrated by: Joe Passaro
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

A raw account of a young American abroad grasping for meaning, this pulsating story of violent protests, illegal border crossings, and loss of innocence raises questions about the futility of borders and the irresistible power of nationalism. Illegal tells the true story of love, deception, revolutions, and deportations as it chronicles the trials of John Dennehy. A naïve New Yorker, Dennehy refuses to be part of the feverish nationalism of post 9/11 America. His search for hope takes him to Ecuador, where he falls in love with firebrand Lucia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • engaging and interesting

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 05-07-18

A Thought-provoking adventure

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

I bring you a new review for a non-fiction audiobook. After I finished listening to John’s memoire, I said to myself: This is unique, thrilling, thought-provoking! Illegal: A True Story of Love, Revolution and Crossing Borders is one of a kind and I am glad that I got the opportunity to experience this adventure on my own, through the great writing by John Dennehy and the excellent performance by Joe Passaro.

The story opens with John as he is arrested in Ecuador and set up for deportation. It is a very tense opening and the author, John himself, manages to capture the listener’s attention from the first few seconds. But, his story starts on 9/11, when the planes struck, when the towers fell, when US citizens confuse nationalism with patriotism. After George Bush is elected once again as President of the United States and the war with Iraq is on its way, our young John Dennehy leaves the US and goes to Ecuador as a professor.


As Ecuador is in the midst of a revolution, he observes the turmoil and at some point he gets involved himself, as he thinks that he can help. John fells in love and after a few dangerous adventures we find out why he was arrested and now it all makes a lot of sense. But, John‘s trials don’t end there, on the contrary, his adventure just begins…


As the subtitle claims, Illegal is indeed A True Story of Love, Revolution and Crossing Borders and sometimes I wish that I could be as smart, resourceful and contemplative as john Dennehy. His adventure inspired me and opened my eyes to some things and world problems that I have never thought about before. You can read more about the story in the Publisher’s Summary that I added below, but I don’t want to spoil anything…


The narrator, joe Passaro, does a great job and delivers John‘s memoire with talent and passion. He is very good with accents, he uses different voices and inflections while keeping every character unique in the listener’s mind. Also, Joe has the perfect voice for this audiobook performance as he instantly made me think about a 20 years old when I first heard him and that’s exactly what John could sound like.


Illegal: A True Story by John Dennehy and performed by Joe Passaro is a great accomplishment by both author and narrator alike. If you want a short read or listen for the Weekend, this adventure might be just the thing for you, and the fact that everything in it is true, makes it even more special.

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  • Nightshade

  • Shadow Warriors, Book 1
  • By: Stephen England
  • Narrated by: Colin Iago McCarthy
  • Length: 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

CIA paramilitary operations officer Harry Nichols brought his team to Ciudad del Este for a single purpose: eliminating Jean-Claude Manet, aka Ramzi bin Abdullah, the former head of al-Qaeda operations in Europe. It was supposed to be simple. But there's nothing simple about killing a man. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect starting point for this awesome series

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 05-10-18

Perfect starting point for this awesome series

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

Nightshade is a prequel for the Shadow Warriors series by bestselling author Stephen England. I enjoyed Mr. England’s writing style since I read Pandora’s Grave last year and just a few weeks back I finished Day of Reckoning. I find both of them very well written and worthy of my time. In Nightshade we see what happens when a black ops goes wrong and we meet the team!


The new narrator, Colin Iago McCarthy is just amazing and fits all requirements in order to deliver a very entertaining and truly immersive listening experience. Really glad to see more of these awesome thrillers released into audiobook format.

As I said before, in the reviews for Day of Reckoning and Pandora's Grave, Stephen England is a fantastic thriller writer that reminds me constantly of Tom Clancy, W.E.B Griffin and Daniel Silva. If you have yet to discover his works, Nightshade is the perfect starting point for you to get into the series.

  • Shadows of Africa

  • By: Wayne McCain
  • Narrated by: Dave Cruse
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

When a small team of former special operators land in Tanzania to grab a local warlord, it's business as usual. But the situation quickly changes when they learn that a pride of lions has been feeding on the local populace. Unable to walk away leaving the locals to fend for themselves, the seasoned warriors are drawn into a conflict unlike anything they've ever taken part in. As they struggle to understand their new enemy, they're led deeper and deeper into the unforgiving Tanzanian wilderness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Man eating lions.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 04-30-18

A short, but very entertaining Thriller

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

Shadows of Africa is the first book in the Shadows Trilogy by new thriller author Wayne McCain. The main plot is inspired by a terrifying true story of a pride of lions that claimed the lives of more than 1,500 men, women, and children in the late ’40s and that tale is nicely told in the opening minutes of the audiobook.

The action takes place in current days as a team of special operators are sent to Africa in order to hunt down a terrorist, but when the job is done, the local guide and a friend of theirs asks for help. It seems that a pride of lions is on a rampage, killing, hurting and mutilating anyone and everyone that gets in their way. But, as good as these special trained operators are at hunting terrorist and the mankind variety of enemies, they will find themselves facing a ruthless enemy, that calls Africa its own hunting ground!


Filled with tense action, interesting characters and many savage lion attacks, Shadows of Africa is a very well written, thrilling and entertaining book, although a little short. Wayne McCain captures extremely well all the tension present into such a hostile environment and manages to deliver a very accurate account for this fight between man and nature that takes place since times immemorial.


The audiobook is narrated by Dave Cruse and although this is the first performance of his that I’ve listened to, I found it to be enjoyable and entertaining. The narrator uses his tallent and gives life to all the characters with different voices and local, African, accents. He speaks everything clearly, the recording quality is good and his pacing and overall delivery is spot-on.


Shadows of Africa reminded me at times of some Agent Pendergast books, by bestselling authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child with all the gore, lion attacks, savage fights and the tense stalking…. I am looking forward to the next book in this series and I recommend this thrilling adventure to everyone in want of a short trip to this awesome and exotic location.

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  • Day of Reckoning (Shadow Warriors)

  • By: Stephen England
  • Narrated by: Colin Iago McCarthy
  • Length: 18 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Along the border in Texas, a deadly firefight claims the lives of two Border Patrol agents. On a highway in suburban Virginia, a bomb blast targets the director of the CIA. From the halls of power in D.C., secrets reach out, signing the death warrants of those who uncover them. For CIA paramilitary Harry Nichols, deceit has become a way of life. Fifteen years in the Clandestine Service have left him weary, recovering from a devastating betrayal. Little does he know the betrayals have only begun. With CIA Director David Lay missing and presumed dead, Nichols finds himself tasked with protecting Lay's estranged daughter and hunted by an ex-Spetsnaz kill team. His only mission is to keep her safe. Her only desire is to find the man who ordered her father's murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best Thrillers I listened to this year

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 04-25-18

One of the best Thrillers I listened to this year

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

Would you listen to Day of Reckoning (Shadow Warriors) again? Why?

Yes. Because it is a very well written book and Colin's performance is perfect.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Day of Reckoning (Shadow Warriors)?

Can't say, it would be a spoiler.

Have you listened to any of Colin Iago McCarthy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, this is as good as all the others.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, I cried.

Any additional comments?

One of the best audiobooks in the Thriller genre that I’ve listened to in recent memory, Day of Reckoning is the second book in the Shadow Warriors series by bestselling author Stephen England. I enjoyed Mr. England’s writing style since I read Pandora’s Grave last year, and this time around, the new narrator, Colin Iago McCarthy is just amazing and fits all requirements in order to deliver a very entertaining and truly immersive listening experience.

A firefight near the border in Texas, the director of the Central intelligence agency missing and presumed dead, his daughter hunted by Russian assassins, terrorists on US soil looking to strike again at the heart of America and one man trying to make sense of it all. After the dramatic events in Pandora’s Grave, CIA special operator Harry Nichols still feels the betrayal and hurt of that tragic mission, but he must protect at all costs the CIA Director‘s daughter. Nichols‘s job will get much harder as everyone, from traitors in the CIA to politicians, high up in the US government, to Russian spies and to a highly trained ex-Spetsnaz special forces team, want him and his principle dead. They will stop at nothing in thier mission to bring down Nichols and the girl, while our hero will protect her with his own life…


The story of Day of Reckoning is very well thought out, with multiple plot points and complicated characters that will draw near towards the end of the book for a very emotional conclusion. Believe me when I tell you that I cried at one point, and although I loved the characters from the begining, I didn’t realise how much I cared for them until they were in harm’s way. Stephen England is one of those rare authors who doesn’t use profanity or on needed violence in his works. His books are easy to read and it’s very clear the a lot of research has been done for them.



As I said in the intro of this review, Day of Reckoning is one of the best thriller audiobooks that I’ve listened to in recent memory and that is in part due to the excellent performance delivered by Colin Iago McCarthy. This narrator, although not as well known like others in the Audiobooks Industry can stand alongside them as he brings all the characters to life with passion and talent. Day of Reckoning is a long audiobook, over 18 hours in listening time and Mr. McCarthy keeps up the pace, changes voices and accents with ease, keeping all the characters clearly differentiated in the listener’s mind.


I hope to see even more audiobooks from this great author and narrator pair, as they do a fantastic job together. In fact, I already know that a short story in the Shadow Warriors series will be available very soon…



I love so many things about Day of Reckoning that I could write a short story myself, but, I will say this. Stephen England just climbed up to my top of favorites thriller authors and he is up there alongside Tom Clancy, W.E.B Griffin, Mark Greaney and Daniel Silva. If you want a great, unputdownable, immersive thriller with an original plot and characters that you’ll care for, Day of Reckoning is the perfect book for you.

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  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter

  • Dexter, Book 1
  • By: Jeff Lindsay
  • Narrated by: Jeff Lindsay
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,594

Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He’s a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened - of himself or some other fiend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love the show, like the book

  • By Heather on 02-14-13

Insightful

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

If you could sum up Darkly Dreaming Dexter in three words, what would they be?

Smart, Ruthless, Cold.

What other book might you compare Darkly Dreaming Dexter to and why?

The Silence of the Lambs.

What about Jeff Lindsay’s performance did you like?

Amazing performance by the author,really insightful for the listeners.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

After listening to this audiobook I realized how well made the series is.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Agent in Place

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,814
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,558

Fresh off his first mission back with the CIA, Court Gentry secures what seems like a cut-and-dried contract job: A group of expats in Paris hires him to kidnap the mistress of Syrian dictator Ahmed Azzam to get intel that could destabilize Azzam's regime. Court delivers Bianca Medina to the rebels, but his job doesn't end there. She soon reveals that she has given birth to a son, the only heir to Azzam's rule - and a potent threat to the Syrian president's powerful wife. Now, to get Bianca's cooperation, Court must bring her son out of Syria alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another intense Gray Man/Court Gentry novel!

  • By Wayne on 02-21-18

The Best one yet

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Agent in Place to be better than the print version?

Yes, because of the great performance delivered by Jay Snyder.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Gray Man, as always.

Which scene was your favorite?

The opening.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and almost did.

Any additional comments?

Court Gentry aka The Gray Man is back in action in Agent in Place, the 6th unputdownable thriller in the series with the same name by bestselling author Mark Greaney. Mr. Greaney is one of the best thriller / espionage writers of our times, with 14 amazing releases to date and a few others ghostwritten… Really curious about those as well…

The international assassin known as The Gray Man is freelancing again and he picks up a really strange job that will put him in harms way when things start going upside-down. Court Gentry is a living, breathing, killing machine, but he as a code by which he accepts or declines assignments. When he is approached by a Syrian expat in order to hire Court for a kidnapping that will disrupt the political regime in Syria, a country which has fallen in the hands of a monster who must be stopped at all costs, Court decides to help the rebels and he will come closer to death than ever before. The opening chapter is absolutely heart-wrenching for old Gray Man fans, but that one sets the pace for the entire adventure.

Agent in Place is the best book from Mark Greaney and that’s saying something because all his previous works are great! I’m thinking about Back Blast when I make this statement since that one was a blast from start to end. Filled with over the top action and scenarios, espionage, covert operations, moral dilemmas, betrayals and incredible gun fights, all driven by a solid narrative and vivid lifelike characters, Agent in Place is a book all Thriller fans should experience for themselves.

The audiobook version of Agent in Place is performed by Jay Snyder, just like all the other books in this awesome series. He is the perfect narrator to give life to Court Gentry. Jay fills the listener with a sense of urgency and keeps him glued to the earbuds for hours on end. If you choose the audiobook, you will find yourself immersed in Court’s adventures, ignoring phone calls, people talking around and with you and forgetting that you still had some work scheduled, at least that was what happened to me in the 4 days it took me to finish the book.

Jay Snyder handles accents very well, switching between French, Arabic, Russian, British, Spanish and even Australian characters with ease. He gives different voices to the characters and keeps it easy for the listener to differentiate between them. You can feel the intensity of the action and you’ll hold your breath many times during the performance.

This book should satisfy any hardcore fans of Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, Daniel Silva or Vince Flynn. I am looking forward with much enthusiasm to the next Mark Greany thriller.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Terminal List

  • A Thriller
  • By: Jack Carr
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,849
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,672

On his last combat deployment, Lt. Cmdr. James Reece's entire team was killed in an ambush that also claimed the lives of the aircrew sent in to rescue them. But when those dearest to him are murdered on the day of his homecoming, Reece discovers that this was not an act of war by a foreign enemy but a conspiracy that runs to the highest levels of government. Now, with no family and free from the military's command structure, Reece applies the lessons that he's learned in over a decade of constant warfare toward revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Make way for Jack Carr!!!!

  • By shelley on 03-08-18

Without Remorse

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

Where does The Terminal List rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is a very entertaining thriller, by an author that nailed everything right.

What other book might you compare The Terminal List to and why?

Without Remorse by Tom Clancy, the plot is similar, with the main character on a mission of revenge and with nothing to lose.

Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, many others. Ray is awesome, always.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Angel of Death

Any additional comments?

My first contact with this author. Looking forward to more from him.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Kill Circle

  • A Cordell Logan Mystery
  • By: David Freed
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392

When retired senior CIA analyst Rico Perris plunges off a cliff in his vintage Porsche while speeding through the mountains of Colorado late one snowy night, the local sheriff rules it an accident. CIA officials, however, suspect otherwise. Their suspicions are soon heightened after two other former intelligence analysts turn up dead under questionable circumstances. All three victims were once assigned to the same top-secret project: an internal review of the CIA's long-rumored involvement in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Logan Cordell for danger and sarcasm!!

  • By shelley on 11-01-17

a Very Good Mystery

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

Reviewed: 01-23-18

Where does The Kill Circle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've listened to more than 700 audiobooks, so it is hard to rank it. It is a very good mystery and I enjoyed it very much.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Logan, of course. He is badass and funny.

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

Ray Porter is one of the best narrators out there.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Murder in the Mountains of Colorado.

Any additional comments?

In The Kill Circle our hero, Cordell Logan, ex-Black Ops assassin, aspiring Buddhist and veteran pilot is very reluctant when he discovers that he has to give away his important role as a flight instructor in order to help an old buddy working for the Central Intelligence Agency. But, when a drop dead gorgeous CIA agent arrives at Logan‘s door, he has a change of heart. He drops everything including plane, cat and landlord, and off they go.

The duo must unravel the suspicious and untimely death of a retired CIA analyst, that was close to the Kennedy assassination investigation at some point in his career. What initially seems to be a regular ”car off the road and into the frozen river” accident, turns fast into a chase between Logan and some unknown party on the winding roads in the Colorado Mountains. Things go even worse when other bodies start dropping… Won’t say anything else about the story…

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  • City of Endless Night

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,244

When Grace Ozmian, the beautiful and reckless daughter of a wealthy tech billionaire, first goes missing, the NYPD assumes she has simply sped off on another wild adventure. Until the young woman's body is discovered in an abandoned warehouse in Queens, the head nowhere to be found. Lieutenant CDS Vincent D'Agosta quickly takes the lead. He knows his investigation will attract fierce scrutiny, so D'Agosta is delighted when FBI Special Agent A. X. L. Pendergast shows up at the crime scene assigned to the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The allusive Pendergast..,

  • By shelley on 01-18-18

New Mystery from two of the best thriller authors

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

Reviewed: 01-23-18

What made the experience of listening to City of Endless Night the most enjoyable?

It was simply unputdownable and the performance was great.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. Very well written and thrilling.

Have you listened to any of Rene Auberjonois’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, to all of them. This one is as good as all the others. A few issues with the recording, but nothing that would ruin the experience.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and I almost did.

Any additional comments?

This one is more a mystery thriller than what we are used to from these two great writers.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128,851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113,693
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113,543

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl on The Train

  • By BookReader on 12-30-15

A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

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

Reviewed: 01-23-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It keeps you guessing all the way.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All the characters are very well written. Rachel was my fav.

Which scene was your favorite?

The ending.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, there were a few.

Any additional comments?

Great narration by all three cast members. Highly recommending this book to all fans of Gone Girl.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful