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  • The Bone Labyrinth

  • Sigma Force, Book 11
  • By: James Rollins
  • Narrated by: Christian Baskous
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,660

A series of strange events throws the world into turmoil. As a manned Chinese rocket explodes upon launch, three American astronauts, each separated by thousands of miles, are murdered. Then an archaeologist in Croatia uncovers a new cavern system that reveals elaborate primitive paintings by a tribe of Neanderthals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another good read from Rollins

  • By Kat Kruse on 12-26-15

Man, I loved these books, but this was not good

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

Reviewed: 04-14-16

I've defended Christian Baskous before, but this was horrible narration.

Then, the story was okay, a little strange, a little less like what DARPA would do, but, I was enjoying it. The ending was a killer. "Tying up the lose ends" might have worked had it not been so many years in the future. I kind of liked the scientist and the gorilla, at the end, but, did he kill off Kowalski (or did they break up), why was this 10 years after the book, why aren't there more stories about Maria and Kowalski between now and then? Is the next book going to be 10 years in the future too? Will all the characters be in their 40s and 50s?

I'm not sure I want to read any more of these, and I am not at all pleased with this ending.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 158,690
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 146,453
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 146,293

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

First sentence grabbed my attention

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

Reviewed: 01-18-16

About half-way through the book, I was listening to a radio show with people from NASA. One of them said this was the best book they'd read, it is true to life, and could happen like this.

I was reading it purely for fun, but this guy from NASA said it could really happen! made the book even better. I've read it, and listened to it. It is an amazing book. R.C. Bray does a great job. Andy Weir created a world I could believe in. I don't usually do books more than once. I've done this one three times.

A great read!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Covert Warriors

  • Presidential Agent Series, Book 7
  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 726

At a Mexican roadblock, a U.S. Embassy SUV is stopped at gunpoint, three of its passengers murdered, and a fourth kidnapped. Everything points to the drug cartels, especially when the kidnappers say they will return the hostage if a cartel kingpin is released from U.S. federal prison.But when word gets to Charley Castillo and his group of “retired” spies and special operators, they have their doubts.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By RevRick on 01-10-12

Charlie/Carlos is back to form

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

Reviewed: 06-30-14

I liked this one, again. Not that I didn't like the last one I reviewed, I just didn't like how the characters changed. But, now they are back close to normal.

The story is interesting, even though the author keeps repeating the entire story, which slows it down a bit. The narrator is no Dick Hill, but once you get used to the new voices, it goes well.

I don't like the new President, but, I don't think I'm supposed to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Black Ops

  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747

The first disturbing reports reached Delta Force Lieutenant Colonel Charley Castillo in the form of backchannel messages concerning covert U.S. intelligence assets working for a variety of agencies suddenly gone missing and then, suddenly, inexplicably, found dying. Or dead. One in Budapest, Hungary. One in Kiev, Ukraine. One in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, mere klicks from the Iran border.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of Presidential Agent Series

  • By Luck8 on 01-07-11

How can you begin to hate a character you loved?

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

Reviewed: 06-26-14

Charlie is becoming a whiny little boy. He was always a superhero (kind of unbelievable, but it's fiction). Now, not to give it away, his self-reflection is silly. He's supposed to be a grown man, and a warrior, with a gentle side, not a teenager who doesn't know life.
The other thing is, why are they making all the women leave him? As a woman, it wouldn't bother me if that strong lady cop, had been strong enough to deal with his life. But, not only does she flake out on him, he just lets her. She's supposed to be the love of his life, come on Charlie, be a man.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Blood Gospel

  • The Order of the Sanguines, Book 1
  • By: James Rollins, Rebecca Cantrell
  • Narrated by: Christian Baskous
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 939
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 833
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 842

An earthquake in Masada, Israel, kills hundreds and reveals a tomb buried in the heart of the mountain. A trio of investigators - Sergeant Jordan Stone, a military forensic expert; Father Rhun Korza, a Vatican priest; and Dr. Erin Granger, a brilliant but disillusioned archaeologist - are sent to explore the macabre discovery, a subterranean temple holding the crucified body of a mummified girl. But a brutal attack at the site sets the three on the run, thrusting them into a race to recover what was once preserved in the tomb's sarcophagus: a book rumored to have been written by Christ's own hand....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Surprising Disappointment

  • By Jean on 01-15-13

I like it

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

Reviewed: 04-13-14

Okay, it's different for James Rollins. He does like history and science, and then to go beyond the bounds. In this one, he goes far afield. I like the idea of vampire priests, the speculation of alternative histories. The story is interesting, and always kept me guessing. It had many surprises, twists, and turns. It is the beginning of a new series, with new characters. They are well developed and likable.

Christian Baskous does a good job with voices and accents. He makes the story believable, and makes it move.

I am already listening to the next one, and hope there are more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Eye of God

  • A Sigma Force Novel, Book 9
  • By: James Rollins
  • Narrated by: Christian Baskous
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060

In the wilds of Mongolia, a research satellite has crashed, triggering an explosive search for its valuable cargo: a code-black physics project connected to the study of dark energy...and a shocking image of the eastern seaboard of the United States in utter ruin. At the Vatican, a package arrives containing two strange artifacts: a skull scrawled with ancient Aramaic and a tome bound in human skin. DNA evidence reveals that both came from the same body: the long-dead Mongol king Genghis Khan.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Newest Sigma Force is a little off

  • By Patricia on 07-06-13

I respectfully disagree

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

Reviewed: 03-28-14

There were three narrators before Mr. Baskous, each had their own strengths. I have not yet finished this story, but I like the tying together of the stories. I love Mr. Rollins history, science-fiction, and story. I like that Mr. Baskous just reads the book, not trying to do voices or accents. I am enjoying this story and can't wait for more.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Paris

  • The Novel
  • By: Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by: Jean Gilpin
  • Length: 38 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 939

Internationally best-selling author Edward Rutherfurd has enchanted millions of readers with his sweeping, multigenerational dramas that illuminate the great achievements and travails throughout history. In this breathtaking saga of love, war, art, and intrigue, Rutherfurd has set his sights on the most magnificent city in the world: Paris. Moving back and forth in time across centuries, the story unfolds through intimate and vivid tales of self-discovery, divided loyalties, passion, and long-kept secrets of characters both fictional and real, all set against the backdrop of the glorious city.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • And I thought I knew Paris, a fascinating read!

  • By Janels on 06-06-13

A different format than Rutherford's other books

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

Reviewed: 03-08-14

Paris goes back and forth in time, instead of the straight timeline of Rutherford's other books. Still, it is a beautiful story. Jean Gilpin read beautifully and performed the voices and accents flawlessly.

As always I was entranced. Before Paris, I had read most of Rutherford's books, listening was a new experience. An experience I enjoyed so much, I bought another Audible Rutherford book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Genghis

  • Birth of an Empire
  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,326

He was born Temujin, son of a khan, raised in a clan of hunters migrating across the steppe. Temujin's young life was shaped by a series of brutal acts: the betrayal of his father by a neighboring tribe, his family left to die on the harsh plain. But Temujin endured, and from then on, he was driven by a fury to survive in the face of death, to kill before being killed, and to conquer enemies from beyond the horizon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Move over Bernard Cornwell

  • By David on 01-29-10

Very Interesting Story

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

Reviewed: 02-17-14

An interesting fable, a tale of how Genghis might have come to be. I don't know the history of this era, so I can't vouch for it's authenticity. But, I liked the story, and believed it while listening. I also wanted it to go further, and document the part of Khan's life we do know about.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Kill Artist

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,441
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,432

After the assassination of his wife and son, Gabriel Allon retires from his brutal anti-terrorist career and loses himself in his previous cover job: art restoration. But when Tariq al-Hourani, the Palestinian terrorist responsible for his family’s death, begins a killing spree designed to destroy Middle East peace talks, Gabriel once again slips into the shadowy world of international intrigue. In a global game of hide-and-seek, the motives of Gabriel and Tariq soon become more personal than political.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reluctant Assassin

  • By Snoodely on 10-30-13

This series is wonderful on so many levels.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-13

First, George Guidall is one of my favorite readers.
Second, Daniel Silva has created a believable character, believable dialogue, and relatively believable adventures. I mean, they are spy stories, they aren't supposed to be totally believable.
Third, Daniel Silva presents a small bit of information about classical painters, their styles, and their histories. One book features a painting by Mary Cassatt. Of course that painting is a figment of Silva's imagination. But, as described, it could be a Cassatt.
Lastly, Gabriel is a wonderful character. He is not a young man, he has years of experience. He has a history that reflects in everything he does. I want to know this man, and his friends. I want to spend time with them.

Because I listen at work, while I do my graphic illustrations (not creative), one book takes about a day to listen to. I can't wait to get to the next one. I have listened to all the Silva books available on Audible, and am eagerly awaiting more.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • 1636: The Kremlin Games

  • Ring of Fire
  • By: Eric Flint, Gorg Huff, Paula Goodlett
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

Acclaimed as "a technothriller set in the age of the Medicis" by Publishers Weekly, Eric Flint's best-selling Ring of Fire series has redefined the alternate-history genre. In this 10th novel, auto mechanic Bernie Zeppi heads to Moscow to bring Russia into the Industrial Revolution, 300 years ahead of schedule. War with Poland looms, but Bernie is more focused on a beautiful Russian noblewoman. Can he protect them both from the power struggles raging inside the Kremlin?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series

  • By Barbara on 03-26-13

I love this series

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

Reviewed: 03-26-13

I thought I could get this series in order, but between Audible not having all volumes, and the randomness of the volumes, that's impossible.

The premise is wonderful, a West Virginia town transplanted to 1633 Germany, during the 30 years war. You can't follow it in order, because the 30 years war was so fragmented, you study the Pope, Germany, Sweden, etc. all separately, there isn't a lot of continuity.

The characters are well done. The history, I don't know, I haven't really studied it. The suppositions are very interesting, and well done.

George Guidall is my second favorite narrator, and he does a great job keeping accents and characters straight, and helping me move with the story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful