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  • Sea of Greed

  • The NUMA Files Series, Book 16
  • By: Clive Cussler, Graham Brown
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792

After an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico destroys three oil rigs trying to revive a dying field, Kurt Austin and the NUMA Special Projects Team are tapped by the president of the US to find out what's gone wrong. The trail leads them to a brilliant billionaire in the alternative-energy field. Her goal is the end of the oil age; her company has spent billions developing the worlds' most advanced fuel-cell systems. But is she an environmental hero...or a rogue genetic engineer? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A battle for energy

  • By Steve Manke on 11-08-18

A Cookie Cutter of a Different Shape...

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

The book had it's moments but was "cut by the same set of cookie cutters" as most of Cussler's later books. I suppose that when you have written as many books as Cussler has written, coming up with something new and inspiring is difficult. This was a book that I set aside a few times as it did not draw me in that much--semi believable science fiction.

Scott Brick did his usual great interpretation...

  • Heads You Win

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 681

Leningrad, Russia, 1968. Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age, it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen. But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive.  

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Confusing and depressing

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-26-18

Confusing Story Line(s)

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

I got the impression that Jeffrey Archer couldn't decide what the story was going to be about so he wrote two books interlaced into one. Don't feel you missed something when the second chapter starts, it's not you, it is Archer abruptly starting to weave the two story lines together; but it is very confusing to the reader.

Archer also uses real people, mostly politicians, to try and make the story(s) more believable; I guess this is supposed to lead you to one of the "surprises" of the ending, but it is so poorly disguised that one can see through it pretty early on. The other "surprise" is a convenient way to totally, and abruptly, separate the two story lines--just when you believe that you will find out how they will be merged.

All-in-all a weak attempt at a Steven King plot!

The one good thing about the audio book is the performance by Richard Armitage who, as usual, does a smashing job of interpreting the voices and accents of the different characters--although he could use some help with Teddy Kennedy's Boston accent :-) .

  • Children of Blood and Bone

  • By: Tomi Adeyemi
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,920
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,376

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie's Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Written

  • By Samantha on 03-09-18

Just Couldn't Get Into This Book

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

Right from the start I knew I was going to have trouble finishing this book and indeed I put it aside and never went back to it. I place my displeasure to not appreciating this genre.

Others loved it but not me, sorry.

  • The Gray Man

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,851

Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed, edge of your seat "page-turner"

  • By Jason Spencer on 09-01-10

More Than Human Is The Gray Man!

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

Highly entertaining with lots of action. What is this Gray Man who defies assault, knives, bullets, major injury and near death? And through it all he has a plan to right the wrongs of those counting on him, while hunted by every faction trying to kill him.

Jay Snyder does a great job of interpreting the action and seems to get himself involved as if he were actually taking part.

Another superior book by Mark Greaney.

  • The Enemy

  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,863
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,445

New Year's Day, 1990. The Berlin Wall is coming down. The world is changing. And in a North Carolina "hot-sheets" motel, a two-star general is found dead. His briefcase is missing. Nobody knows what was in it. Within minutes Jack Reacher has his orders: Control the situation. But this situation can't be controlled.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Made me really admire Reacher

  • By CBDC on 09-30-09

Good Who Dun It In a Different Setting

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

The story and characters were well done and the setting was somewhat unique. The thing that was confusing was that this is the middle of the series and the setting was of the early Jack Reacher. I had read some earlier books in the series and it was unexpected to find the Reacher was back in the army. I actually went back to the book previous to this one and they are totally disconnected, as is the following book.

Dick Hill did a bang-up job in performing, as is usual for him.

  • The Ploughmen

  • A Novel
  • By: Kim Zupan
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 991
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 901

At the center of this searing fever-dream of a novel are two men - a killer awaiting trial and a troubled young deputy - sitting across fromeach other in the dark, talking through the bars of a county jail cell: JohnGload, so brutally adept at his craft that only now, at the age of 77, has he faced the prospect of long-term incarceration; and Valentine Millimaki, low man in the Copper County sheriff's department, who draws the overnight shift after Gload's arrest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great language and performance

  • By Villarreal on 11-06-17

A conflagration of Verbiage...

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

The actual story was good enough to keep me interested. The underlying theme seemed to be insomnia, which got old after a while. Further, the ending left me unsatisfied; I assumed it would be more substantial, based on the buildup of the final interaction of the two main characters.

The big problem with the book is that the language is so elaborate that it actually detracts from the descriptions. I kept thinking that the author was trying to lead us to acknowledge how educated he was, or maybe he was making up for some past insecurity. I did think that some of the similes and metaphors were very creative, like out of a '60s Acid Trip.

Jim Meskimen read well. However, the beginning was clipped, maybe because of the writing but the drop of his tone at the end of each sentence was somewhat annoying.

A good book but certainly not a great book.

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  • Once Upon a Haunted Moor

  • The Tyack & Frayne Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Harper Fox
  • Narrated by: Tim Gilbert
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 985
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 905
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 910

Gideon Frayne has spent his whole working life as a policeman in the village of Dark on Bodmin Moor. His first missing-child case is eating him alive. When his own boss sends in a psychic to help with the case, he's gutted - he's a level-headed copper who doesn't believe in such things, and he can't help but think that the arrival of clairvoyant Lee Tyack is a comment on his failure to find the little girl. But Lee is hard to hate, no matter how Gideon tries. At first Lee's insights into the case make no sense, but he seems to have a window straight into Gideon's heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent start, terrific narration

  • By Annika on 01-26-18

Didn't like the story or writing.

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

My overall reaction to both the story and writing was you've got to be kidding. The story was amateurish. It lacked depth of both the plot and characters. It was just another bland detective "mystery", if you can use that term. Also, the lengthy graphic description of the homosexual sex was completely unnecessary; what ever prompted the author to include it?

Tim Gilbert did a good job of telling the story, considering what he had to work with.

I will not be getting any other books in the series...

  • Theft of Swords

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 1
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,754
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,733

Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A GOOD START TO A SERIES

  • By Randall on 12-24-18

Story superior, Tim Gerard Reynolds Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

It didn't take any time at all for me to get hooked on this book. Great characters, double plot, beasts and magicians, good and evil and most of all a great narrator.

Tim Gerard Reynolds told the story in a very appealing, relaxing and believable way. His voices were distinct, so much so that the characters were easily recognizable; although it was a little humorous that the dwarf spoke with a Welsh accent, and other characters spoke with current British accents, like Cockney, Scottish and Irish!

The story was very well done. However, I am a bit of a stickler for credibility, even in mythology, and found that the details of certain laws of physics were stretched a bit too far. Magic and spells are fine but some of these broken basic laws of nature made me question how certain actions were able to take place. I will not illustrate this as it would give too much away but I found that I had to stop my questioning and just accept them as part of the story.

All-in-all a great book; I have now started on the next one in the series.

  • Crime and Punishment

  • By: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Narrated by: Constantine Gregory
  • Length: 22 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,250

A century after it first appeared, Crime and Punishment remains one of the most gripping psychological thrillers. A poverty-stricken young man, seeing his family making sacrifices for him, is faced with an opportunity to solve his financial problems with one simple but horrifying act: the murder of a pawnbroker. She is, he feels, just a parasite on society. But does the end justify the means? Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov makes his decision and then has to live with it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By G. Green on 10-11-15

Could Not Finish

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

This reminds me of my required reading list in college; a classic that is difficult to understand why it is a classic and why we had to study it. It seemed to go on and on with spurts of progress and then bogged down with pages of endless detail and dialog. I guess if you were looking for a way to try and escape your boring life in the age when it was written, you could wade through it, and then have an "intellectual" conversation about it. However, I have better books that are entertaining escapes and not an intellectual study of Russian literature.

I might skip to the end someday to find out if he goes completely crazy or ends up confessing--maybe. I wonder if there is an abridged version, or Cliff Notes...

Gregory is an okay reader but I found it difficult to distinguish the different characters from his voice.

  • Fata Morgana

  • By: Steven R. Boyett, Ken Mitchroney
  • Narrated by: Macleod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,040
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,029

At the height of the air war in Europe, Captain Joe Farley and the baseball-loving, wisecracking crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress Fata Morgana are in the middle of a harrowing bombing mission over East Germany when everything goes sideways. The bombs are still falling, and flak is still exploding all around the 20-ton bomber as it is knocked like a bathtub duck into another world. Suddenly stranded with the final outcasts of a desolated world, Captain Farley navigates a maze of treachery and wonder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book had it all

  • By Magnus on 10-14-17

Different Time Travel Adventure

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

The premise for this time travel adventure is interesting: A WWII bomber is swept through a portal into 200 years in the future; Captain Farley and the crew must find their way back against futuristic "people" and weapons; they are helped by the "good" faction who live inside a dome and fight the "evil" faction who have the superior weapons and robots.

The writing is excellent. However, having said that, I found that the authors tend to over elaborate on describing some of the settings. This is especially true for the account of Farley's escape from the crater, which seems to go on and on with elaborate details and dream sequences that really add very little to the plot.

The characters are vivid and the one thing that the book excels at is the dialog of the crew, which contains virtually every 1940's colloquialism.

Macleod Andrews does a fabulous job with the narration, giving each character a unique voice. He adds just a slight nuance to the "dome" characters making them instantly recognizable. Although I find I have to listen to many books at 1.25 speed, this is not the case for this book as Andrews reads at a perfect pace.

Definitely a recommendation for this audio book.