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  • Dewey Andreas, Book 1
  • By: Ben Coes
  • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,764
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,762

There was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana oil platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW.COULD NOT PUT THIS ONE DOWN. MUST READ!

  • By Constance on 11-09-10

All-time Best Narrator!!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

The story is top notch no doubt, but the reader is the best of the best of the best narrators in my experience of listening to thousands of books since the late 80s. Impeccable, non-distracting accents & voices, as well as perfect cadence, pace and intonation enhancing each scene’s mood and excitement level. I hope he’s signed up to read all upcoming novels from DanBrown, Clancy, V Flynn et al that fall in this genre.

  • The Secrets of Wishtide

  • By: Kate Saunders
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,778
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,552
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,542

Mrs. Laetitia Rodd, aged 52, is the widow of an archdeacon who makes her living as a highly discreet private investigator. Her brother, Frederick Tyson, is a criminal barrister living in nearby Highgate with his wife and 10 children. Frederick finds the cases, and Laetitia solves them using her arch intelligence and her immaculate cover as an unsuspecting widow. When a case arises involving the son of the highly connected Sir James Calderstone, Laetitia sets off for Lincolnshire undercover as the family's new governess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical intrigue-

  • By Shirley on 04-16-17

Good story but...

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

..: the narraror's voice and tone are unnecessarily melancholic, making going back to the story to continue listening a bit uninviting. The mystery itself however, gave enough incentive to finish the book. A good story if you like this reader. Not a "cozy mystery" by any measure though!

  • Shogun

  • The Epic Novel of Japan: The Asian Saga, Book 1
  • By: James Clavell
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 53 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,361

A bold English adventurer; an invincible Japanese warlord; a beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love - all brought together in an extraordinary saga of a time and a place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust, and the struggle for power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazingly well done!

  • By Ruby Dickson on 04-24-15

Oscar-worthy Performance! Excellent Story

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

Any additional comments?

An "Epic" in the true sense of the word. The book covers many many more details, intrigues and plots than the mini-series (as is always the case...); try listening here and watching bits on youtube concurrently for a multimedia experience.

Ralph Lister's narration is on par with the best of the best -- as much of a gold standard as Jim Dale w Potter series in terms of the perfection of "voice characters" and everything else (M Brando and Merril Streep wrapped into one :-) as Lister expertly renders both male and female voices and carries the tone of the book to perfection).

The story is not a faced-paced spy thriller but a slow-smoldering web of events. Probably a man's story more than one for the lady listener, unlike Gabaldon's Outlander that almost led me to slit my wrist to put me outta the misery of finishing book one (agony factor of 1000).

Anyway, what a story!! And in the bargain, it schools the reader on the Japanese philosophy of life, at least circa 17th century. 50+ hours of entertainment for 1 credit ;-)

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  • Daemon

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,781
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,436

Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever

  • By Erica on 01-22-09

1 of the BEST of the Best in this genre!!!

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

Reviewed: 06-18-16

If you could sum up Daemon in three words, what would they be?

As good as, if not fresher, more innovative and satisfying than the best work by the likes of Clancy, Dan Brown, Daniel Silva, Vince Flynn et al.

Which character – as performed by Jeff Gurner – was your favorite?

Excellent job for all characters!

Any additional comments?

Must concur with others "Possibly the best techno thriller of all time" [so far]

  • Murder in the Sentier

  • An Aimée Leduc Investigation, Book 3
  • By: Cara Black
  • Narrated by: Carine Montbertrand
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Anthony Award nominee Cara Black has garnered international acclaim for the authentic characterization and tantalizing suspense of her Aimée Leduc series. In this third entry—set in 1994 Paris—Aimée fears that a 1960s Communist gang is on the loose—and her long-lost mother just may be one of them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific story in present and past

  • By Malena on 03-05-12

Liked book 1, but gave up on 2

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

Reviewed: 05-22-16

The story is good enough w ample twist and unpredictable plot. I suspect 70s hippies would relate to the theme and timeframe of this story but by less than 2hrs left I could no longer ignore the nasal unpleasant voice of the reader and deleted the book.
Also, one doesn't "fall in love" w the protagonist in the sense of rooting for her or wanting her to win; I just didn't care about her or her woes--the writer's failure to have us depose her enemies or even sympathize with her.

  • Decisive

  • How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work
  • By: Chip Heath, Dan Heath
  • Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912

In Decisive, the Heaths, based on an exhaustive study of the decision-making literature, introduce a four-step process designed to counteract these biases. Written in an engaging and compulsively listenable style, Decisive takes readers on an unforgettable journey, from a rock star’s ingenious decision-making trick to a CEO’s disastrous acquisition, to a single question that can often resolve thorny personal decisions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Wothwhile Advice - get you WRAP on

  • By GH on 03-27-13

Excellent; Necessary Reading; A bit too long

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

Reviewed: 05-01-16

If you could sum up Decisive in three words, what would they be?

highschool mandatory reading

What does Kaleo Griffith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Business books are ORDERS of magnitude more pleasant when listened to

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

Absolutely Not. Too much info to digest/retain in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

If the abridged version comes out, I'll gladly pay for it to listen to the book again--the current version is a bit too tedious and is mis-balanced between story and actionable advice... authors go on and on before they throw you a morsel of tip/how-to.

  • Threat Vector

  • By: Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,122

Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Needs an Editor

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 12-27-12

As Good as "Debt of Honor" ...

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

Reviewed: 03-28-16

... If not even mo' better. 5++ stars. I'm concerned if I elaborate, I may give away the plot or set incorrect expectations--immensely satisfying Clancy story! I highly recommend it and I recommend reading the series in proper sequence.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Villa in Italy

  • By: Elizabeth Edmondson
  • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 721

Marvellously atmospheric tale of strangers summoned to a grand but neglected villa on the Italian coast. Each of them has been named in a will, but nobody knows their benefactress.... Four very different people are named in a will. Delia, an opera singer robbed of her voice by illness; George, an idealistic scientist who cannot face what his skills have created; Marjorie, desperately poor and unable to dislodge her writer’s block; and Lucius, ostensibly in control but whose personal life is in chaos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gentle mystery.

  • By LisaG on 08-19-16

Very slow

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

Reviewed: 11-26-15

Not riveting. I found The first 6 hours quite boring with no significant plot to speak of. The mystery unravels in the last hour; soap-operesque. Good if you'd like a stress-less , non-violent mystery that won't get your heart pulsating before bed

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • A Call to Duty

  • Book I of Manticore Ascendant
  • By: David Weber, Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,075

Growing up, Travis Uriah Long yearned for order and discipline in his life...he two things his neglectful mother couldn’t or wouldn’t provide. So when Travis enlisted in the Royal Manticoran Navy, he thought he’d finally found the structure he’d always wanted so desperately. But life in the RMN isn’t exactly what he expected. Boot camp is rough and frustrating; his first ship assignment lax and disorderly; and with the Star Kingdom of Manticore still recovering from a devastating plague, the Navy is possibly on the edge of budgetary extinction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Blend of Military Sci-Fi and Space Opera

  • By lykanthrope on 12-03-14

Boooooring

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

Reviewed: 11-13-15

Nothing happens in the first two hours of the story. Not exactly a spy thriller. The story moves along excruciatingly slowly

  • The Patriots Club

  • By: Christopher Reich
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59

Thomas Bolden grew up on the streets, his childhood a blur of fragmented memories. But now he's managed to put his past behind him, find the woman he wants to share his life with, and carve out a successful career on Wall Street. Until, in the blink of an eye, his world is turned upside down. A bizarre kidnapping sends him fleeing for his life, his face everywhere on the TV news, and a violent, shadowy organization is framing him for crimes he did not commit.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Poor Writing with disconnected action

  • By Charles on 08-27-10

A bit too much torture details

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

Reviewed: 10-01-15

Excellent story. Dan Brown-esq. Page turner. Skillful narration. Reich's "rules of ..." Trilogy reads like a story written by Dan brown and tom Clancy. Outstanding!