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  • G-Man

  • Bob Lee Swagger, Book 10
  • By: Stephen Hunter
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365

1934 was a pivotal year in the ongoing battle between the FBI and America's most famous outlaws - it was a year of giant personalities and huge shoot-outs, and it marked the deaths of John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, and Pretty Boy Floyd, among others. But that year, FBI agent Sam Cowley's priority was to nab the most dangerous gangster this country has ever produced, a man so violent he scared Al Capone and was booted from the Chicago mob - Baby Face Nelson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Don P on 05-25-17

A tour de force. Wow.

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

I am familiar with Hunter’s work, and have read others in this series, but this is unprecedented. Tying in the history of gangsters in the 30’s, Hunter has introduced Charles Swagger, grandfather of Bob Lee, and woven a brilliantly plausible re-think of the history of that era. His best work so far, and worth every second of your read or listen

  • End of Days

  • ARKANE, Book 9
  • By: J. F. Penn
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

A marble tablet found in the ruins of Babylon warns of the resurrection of a banished serpent in the final days. A sarcophagus is discovered in the deepest ocean, locked by seven seals scattered throughout the ancient world. As the Brotherhood of the Serpent race to find the seals before a rare lunar eclipse over the heart of Jerusalem, ARKANE agents Morgan Sierra and Jake Timber battle to find them first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well told the snakes didn't even trouble me

  • By Cyn on 04-30-17

Well written, but

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

it’s just not that interesting a story. Not as a stand-alone, anyway. I don’t care about the characters, and the story is one I’ve heard a thousand times. Even the crises were the same (cave-ins) both times. This is a good writer, uninspired.

  • The Last Hellfighter

  • By: Thomas S. Flowers
  • Narrated by: Rick Gregory
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34

In the year 2044, reporters from the Public Relations Ministry gather at the home of Benjamin Harker, the last surviving member of the Harlem Hellfighters. At the age of 144, he is the oldest recorded man alive. Hidden among them, Clyde Bruner is looking for a different kind of story. Across the US, despite the Great Walls and patrol drones built to keep America secure, something has found its way in. Now, towns are vanishing during the night. Entire populations, gone, only to return after the sun sets, changed, unholy, and lethal. Whatever this evil is, its spreading west. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining!

  • By erobbins33 on 10-03-18

Great book, terrific writing

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

Traces of Steven King with intricately woven backstories. I enjoyed the nods to other vampire novels (and even movies) thru the names of main characters. The reader, however, left a good deal to be desired, with an appalling attempt at a Germanic-type accent, many annoying misreads, (i.e. Tommy Dorset’s (sic) band), and an unpleasant sing-song-y style.

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  • Bad Karma

  • By: Douglas Clegg
  • Narrated by: Liz Thompson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

At Darden State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, psychopath Agnes' rage is triggered when her psychiatrist Trey leaves town for a family vacation. She'll ensure his vacation is anything but restful in this twisted thriller. "A sleek, smooth, and constantly surprising page-turner..." Bad Karma is a fast-paced, full-length suspense thriller of heart-pounding terror and reincarnation from critically-acclaimed, award-winning novelist, Douglas Clegg. Book #1 in the Criminally Insane series.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste your time...

  • By shelley on 01-12-18

4 stars for style, 2 for story

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

Mr. Clegg can WRITE. Unlike a lot of modern authors, he has some real skills, but his story is formulaic and oh-so-predictable. C’mon, Doug. You can do better than this!.

  • The Devil's Triangle

  • A Brit in the FBI, Book 4
  • By: Catherine Coulter, J.T. Ellison
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews, Renee Raudman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,072
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 962
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 961

FBI Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine are the government's Covert Eyes - leading a top-notch handpicked team of agents to tackle crimes and criminals both international and deadly. But their first case threatens their fledgling team when the Fox calls from Venice asking for help. Kitsune has stolen an incredible artifact from the Topkapi Museum in Istanbul, and now the client wants her dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Miss the Old Coulter

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-22-17

A good plot

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

Ark of the Covenant, weather control and global disaster- how could you go wrong? Well, by wasting major characters who had received a great setup, by interjecting useless and nonsensical back story and adding dialogue that is stilted and inane. A good editor could have saved this book. The performance was reasonably good, except for that accents, which were laughable. Either master them or don’t use them. The performance definitely outshines the material.

  • The Remains

  • By: Vincent Zandri
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wiley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 283

It’s been 30 years since the terrifying abduction of twin sisters Rebecca and Molly Underhill by a deranged man who lived in a cabin behind their house. Fearful of retribution against their family, the girls kept the incident secret. Rebecca, now a painter and art teacher, suddenly begins getting mysterious text messages. Is Molly - long lost to cancer - trying to communicate? It couldn’t be their attacker from so many years ago; he was imprisoned for a similar crime at about that same time. Surely he’d still be in jail or dead by now - wouldn’t he?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WONDERFUL NARRATION

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-03-16

A good book, a spectacular performance

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

There is a formula to this sort of book. Everyone knows it. Thousands of painters portray the same still life, but the true artists shine through, like a speck of sunlight on the apple. This book contains many beautiful, thoughtful specks, and although it contains few real surprises, the artful brush strokes of the author make it superb reading...or listening. The voice actor featured in this particular performance is uniquely gifted. She reads each line as though she is relating her memory of the events for the first time. Absolutely gripping.

  • Diary of the Displaced Omnibus

  • Books 1-3
  • By: Glynn James
  • Narrated by: Josiah John Bildner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

There is a place where nightmares are real. A dark and terrifying place that is hidden from the world we know, by borders that only the most unfortunate of souls will ever cross. James Halldon wakes up in a strange and dark place, surrounded by endless junk and debris. He has no idea where he is, or how he got there. No food. No water. No light. Almost no memories of his past. And there are things moving in the darkness around him. Things that growl.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Gulliver travels the junkyard dimensions

  • By Doc Taylor on 04-10-18

Gulliver travels the junkyard dimensions

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

Disjointed, almost stream-of-consciousness writing about characters you will never care about, read by a narrator who seems surprised by every sentence. A terrible waste of over 12 hours...

  • Disturbed

  • By: Jennifer Jaynes
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 371

On Halloween night five years ago, Chelsea Dutton's college roommates were viciously stabbed to death, and Chelsea was critically injured. She was found hiding in her apartment's bathtub, barely clinging to life. With only fragments of shattered memory, she's been trying her best to move past the nightmares ever since. Now in Boston, she lives a somewhat reclusive life, working from home as a medical transcriptionist and bingeing on mindless television shows.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Foster families BEWARE!

  • By shelley on 11-09-17

Predictable

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

Reviewed: 03-24-18

Well written, with characters you care about, but you see the twist coming from a mile away.

  • The Abduction

  • By: Mark Gimenez
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

Ben Brice lives alone in the New Mexico wilderness where he battles memories of Vietnam with oceans of Jim Beam. Miles away in Texas, his estranged son, John, an internet geek-turned-billionaire, half watches his daughter Gracie’s soccer game while conducting business on his cell phone. When her mother Elizabeth arrives, the coach reports that her uncle has already collected Gracie. But Gracie has no uncle - she was kidnapped.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining Story, Disappointing Narration

  • By R. Warren on 06-29-13

Characters you care about.

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

Great character development, even though they are a little cliched. You care about them, you like them, and you root for them. A nice twist slowly reveals itself. I thoroughly enjoyed both the book and Mr. Schirner’s performance.

  • Indexing

  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,052

For most people, the story of their lives is just that: the accumulation of time, encounters, and actions into a cohesive whole. But for an unfortunate few, that day-to-day existence is affected - perhaps infected is a better word - by memetic incursion: where fairy tale narratives become reality, often with disastrous results.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The X-Files meets Grimm meets Law and Order

  • By Erin - Audible on 03-06-14

Unique

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

An interesting and ingenious story, well told. The Brilliance Audio performance lives up to its name. It is, in fact, brilliant. A fascinating look at an alternate reality. What if the Brothers Grimm were not story tellers, but historians....?

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