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  • Pushing Brilliance

  • By: Tim Tigner
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,196

Framed for murder and on the run, former Olympic biathlete Kyle Achilles is also in the crosshairs of assassins' guns. Why? He has no idea. He's fighting blind against two master strategists and one extraordinary invention - known as Brillyanc. Achilles' only ally is the other prime suspect, a beautiful Russian mathematician who is either the best or worst person to ever enter his life. Katya was engaged to Achilles' brother - before he died.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic author with best narrator. Get this!

  • By Real Director on 09-11-16

Great first book in a series

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

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

Great paced fun

What did you like best about this story?

Character development between two main protagonists

What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

Everything

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

Were my commute long enough, yes.

Any additional comments?

Nice work, totally recommended!

  • Power Down

  • 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 5,336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,708

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

An Irish FBI agent though?

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

Reviewed: 11-01-16

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

GREAT STORY SPEED
but
author needs to learn a lot about guns and how they work... considering the subject material he gets so many annoying details incorrect!! Hopefully he'll get some help on this because everything else was excellent.

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

Constant fast pace

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

Unique narration style, excellent character voicing.

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

No, it's really not that kind of book.

Any additional comments?

BUY BUY BUY

  • Sold Out

  • By: Stan R. Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 393

This is the book you've been looking for: a deep, dark conspiracy that should delight those who loved the Jason Bourne movies, as well as fans of authors Vince Flynn, Tom Clancy, and Stephen Hunter. You won't believe what happens when free speech slams into the messy realities of national security. Meet Nick Woods, a former Marine Scout Sniper, who used to be one of our country's greatest operatives. Meet Allen Green, a ballsy reporter in his fifties, who's desperate to break the biggest story since Watergate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like Greaney or Woods this book for you...

  • By shelley on 01-17-16

TRY THIS OUT - you will not regret it

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

Reviewed: 08-25-16

Where does Sold Out rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is right up there with Mark Greaney writing Gray Man and Clancy books.

This is a solid start to what is an excellent series. Give the author chance to develop the character, give the story time and you'll be rewarded.

The lead character is not like any character you're used to but by the end of the book you will want more and you'll want to share a beer with the guy.

The pacing is fast, no unnecessary verbiage. This is definitely an action book but it doesn't rely on overly graphic fight scenes or language.

Expect to see a LOT from this author in the coming years.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well, the lead, of course!

Which scene was your favorite?

I cannot reveal any scene without potentially spoiling the story.

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

This isn't your Dad's action movie.

Any additional comments?

Buy now!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mexican Heat

  • By: Stan R. Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 302

Nick Woods is tired of waiting. America's greatest sniper has spent the better part of two years up in the mountains of Montana, waiting for the government to double-cross him and try to come get him. But what Nick doesn't know is that the Mexican government stands on the verge of complete collapse. A brilliant madman has united the drug cartels into a deadly alliance, and the Mexican president holds a perilous grip on power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG - Mitchell goes from strength to strength here

  • By James Tiberius Kirk on 08-25-16

OMG - Mitchell goes from strength to strength here

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

Reviewed: 08-25-16

Would you listen to Mexican Heat again? Why?

Stan R Mitchell is a top author who will thoroughly entertain you and draw you into a detailed world with Mexican Heat!

This story builds upon the last book without making it required reading. You can just as easily dive into this book without reading the first. The pacing is fast. I enjoyed listening to an action movie in my mind.

Mitchell has really found his stride in Mexican Heat. The characters, not just the lead but the ancillary ones as well, are detailed and have enough depth that you are interested in them and can actually see them as real folks.

Mitchell has a skill that I rarely see in modern action fiction. He successfully balances an effectively paced story with enough detail and background that you don't feel spoon fed but also don't feel like you missed a page somewhere.

His development of Nick in this book is superb. I'm hooked and you will be too.

As I've said in a review of book one in this series, if you enjoy Mark Greaney, especially the Gray Man series - you'll LOVE this series. Give it a try!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nick Woods, but let's not forget our ninja either...

What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

Jay never fails to embrace a story and bring it to life with effective dialog voicing and solid vocal rendering. His involvement in this series is a real coup.

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

Not that I can reveal here without spoiling the story for others.

Any additional comments?

BUY THIS BOOK! You will not regret it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Radiant Angel

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,114

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG - surveilling Russian diplomats working at the UN Mission - is thought to be "a quiet end", he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another John Cory Success

  • By R. Warren on 05-31-15

Yawn. First time Scott Brick sent me to sleep

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

Reviewed: 07-01-16

If you're looking for John Corey go elsewhere. He isn't in this book.

The familiar wise cracking NY detective left the building and Scott Brick phoned in the narration.

A REAL DISAPPOINTMENT!

  • Night Fall

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,179

Five years after the crashof TWA Flight 800, the government has declared it a result of mechanical failure. But John Corey, an ex-NYPD detective who is now a contract agent with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is persuaded by Kate Mayfield, his wife and task force partner, that the case deserves a second look.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive mix of fact & intriguing storyline

  • By Ms Discus on 11-28-04

What a nice surprise this was

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

Reviewed: 04-28-16

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

Solid First Person

What did you like best about this story?

The smart arse narrator.

Which scene was your favorite?

The final scene at the place we're heading all the way through the book. You'll know it when you get there.

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

It made me think.

Any additional comments?

I had no ideas about the author or the story going in. It's written in the first person, which nearly turned me off right away. Once I got used to the style I found myself drawn in.

Great one liners throughout.

  • The Parsifal Mosaic

  • By: Robert Ludlum
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 28 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 228

Michael Havelock's world died on a moonlit beach on the Costa Brava. He watched as his partner and lover, Jenna Karats, double agent, was efficiently gunned down by his own agency. There was nothing left for him but to quit the game, get out. Until, in one frantic moment on a crowded railroad platform in Rome, Havelock saw his Jenna alive. From then on, he was marked for death by both U.S. and Russian assassins, racing around the globe after his beautiful betrayer, trapped in a massive mosaic of treachery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lumbering Ludlum

  • By Harley on 07-26-12

Slow and terrible

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

Reviewed: 04-28-16

Good lord. This book just never gets going. Scott Brick is excellent but this plodding snore fest just can't find its feet. If you want a good exciting Cold War spy novel go elsewhere.

  • Ghost Wars

  • The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001
  • By: Steve Coll
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 26 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 921
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803

The explosive first-hand account of America's secret history in Afghanistan. With the publication of Ghost Wars, Steve Coll became not only a Pulitzer Prize winner, but also the expert on the rise of the Taliban, the emergence of Bin Laden, and the secret efforts by CIA officers and their agents to capture or kill Bin Laden in Afghanistan after 1998.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Exceptional Accomplishment

  • By Joe on 11-08-13

Badly edited audio spoils it

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

Reviewed: 05-27-15

Where does Ghost Wars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's a decent enough book but it's heavily aimed at Afghanistan with a sprinkling of information on the CIA and Bin Laden.

Has Ghost Wars turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not at all.

What about Malcolm Hillgartner’s performance did you like?

Excellent narrator, let down by sloppy editing. Sentences cut off before words are finished. Lines repeated.

If you could give Ghost Wars a new subtitle, what would it be?

A history of Afghanistan

Any additional comments?

Overly long.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record

  • By: Leslie Kean
  • Narrated by: Heather Henderson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 366

With the support of former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, investigative reporter Leslie Kean draws on her research to separate fact from fiction and to lift the veil on decades of U.S. government misinformation. Throughout, she presents irrefutable evidence that unknown flying objects - metallic, luminous, and seemingly able to maneuver in ways that defy the laws of physics - actually exist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Best Books on UFOs That Is Out There

  • By Niels J. Rasmussen on 08-19-14

So wanted to like this book

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

Reviewed: 04-28-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

More evidence and less citing of dodgy witness reports and tired old stories that have been debunked multiple times from multiple angles.

Has UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

She did well with the subject matter but whether consciously or not she adopted to use slightly humorous voices when quoting people.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record?

Anything by Nick Pope would have been cut, along with the born again UFOlogist Fife Symington. Oh good lord and that whole Rendelsham Forest bit.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Tom Clancy Support and Defend

  • A Campus Novel
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,188

Dominic Caruso. Nephew of President Jack Ryan. FBI agent and operator for The Campus, a top secret intelligence agency that works off the books for the U.S. government. Already scarred by the death of his brother, Caruso is devastated when he can't save a friend and his family from a terrorist attack. Ethan Ross was a mid-level staffer for the National Security Council. Now he's a wanted fugitive on the run with a microdrive that contains enough information to wreck American intelligence efforts around the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great action packed spy novel!

  • By James on 07-25-14

Rather predictable but exciting all the way

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

Reviewed: 12-08-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Tom Clancy Support and Defend to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version

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

This is the first audio book by Mark Greaney I have heard

Which scene was your favorite?

The action scenes were all very well done. Some of the scenes were incredibly immersive.

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

Adrenaline was certainly pumping during some of the latter action scenes.

Any additional comments?

The narrator has an unusual style that takes a little getting used to. Once you adjust to this he is rather enjoyable.