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  • Twisted Prey

  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,861
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,865

Lucas Davenport had crossed paths with her before. A rich psychopath, Taryn Grant had run successfully for the US Senate, where Lucas had predicted she'd fit right in. He was also convinced that she'd been responsible for three murders, though he'd never been able to prove it. Once a psychopath had gotten that kind of rush, though, he or she often needed another fix, so he figured he might be seeing her again. He was right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterpiece!

  • By Steven Allgood on 04-27-18

Davenport - on the job again

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

Coming back to Lucas Davenport, his family and cronies is like coming home to old friends.

A good plot and well worked details this is another slam dunk in the Prey series. Hope for many more.

  • Spider Mountain

  • By: P. T. Deutermann
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

Summoned by a friend, ex-cop Cam Richter agrees to do a favor: investigate the assault of a young woman in a remote area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cam knows the misty hills and shadowed hollers of the park, and his outdoor skills might break a case that local cops can't - or maybe don't want to - solve.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Them All

  • By Char on 06-02-09

Just keeps getting better

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I’ve now read all of PT’s WW2 stories which are excellent, The Last Man, Firefly and now the first two in the Cam Richter series. The man knows how to spin a good story. The only reason I don’t give it 5 stars are some niggling little nits like the protagonist leaving his cell phone in the car and always seeming to have less than what would be called for in terms of firepower when going after guys he knows are trying to kill him. Plus, it’s obvious Richter loves his dogs but he constantly exposes them to possible deadly danger with the apparent view it’s better they get it than him. It, it’s a novel, the dogs are heroes as much as the humans and everything turns out ok in the end dogwise.

Now for the narrator. Before I started this and his WW2 series I never liked Dick Hill. I thought that sometimes he seemed to struggle with breath control like he was a heavy smoker who runs out of breath at the end of a sentence and clips his words short to finish the sentence or phrase. I no longer think this. Dick Hill has grown on me and listening to him is sheer pleasure as if greeting a long lost friend. His narration sinks into the background to the point you forget about critiquing his delivery and it becomes the character. I hope that makes sense. He has now become one of my favorite narrators and I believe I’d listen to anything he does much like RC Bray, Kevin Pierce, Scott Brick, George Guidall, etc,etc. well done Mr Hill. You have a new fan. Mr Duetermann as well. Don’t want to listen to anything you write without Dick Hill narrating.

  • The Last Man

  • By: P. T. Deutermann
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370

David Hall, an American nuclear engineer, arrives in Israel on a mission of truth. Believing that the defenders of Masada killed themselves to protect a great secret, Hall plans to explore the heavily guarded site and discover the real reasons behind the dramatic end of the Roman siege. Hall is shadowed by an Israeli archaeologist, Judith Ressner, a reserved professor with an agenda of her own. There is more than history hidden within the mountain, and Hall soon finds himself the target of ferocious Israeli security forces.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Something Different for PT

  • By Mel on 02-07-15

Slow build up

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

Another Dan Brown missing Christian artifact style story. Don’t know if this one was written before or after Brown’s Davinci Code.

The story takes place in Israel mostly at Masada, the site of the first century mass suicide of the Jewish Zealots as the Roman 10th legion closed in after a 3 year siege. There’s an undiscovered cistern, 2nd Temple artifacts, heavy water and modern day zealots. And a curious American egged on by his ex Israeli girlfriends fascination with Masada.

The story builds slowly and you really get the sense that David Hall is going to try something supremely stupid, dangerous and possibly impossible to pull off - all over a very nebulous theory. The tension builds as the story approaches the climax. A decent enough story with a somewhat unsatisfying ending as do most stories (novels) purporting to prove the divinity of Christ. And that’s all I’ll say.

Christopher Lane is superb in the narration with an excellent handle on Hebrew accents and pronunciation . He seems to have a real talent for accents in the stories he narrates. I’ll be looking for more of his work.

All in all a decent story. Worth a credit. P. T. Deutermann is a prolific writer and has written some excellent fictional WW2 stories based on real events. (I highly recommend Pacific Glory and The Commodore) Since he was a real destroyer Captain he brings a sense of realism to those stories. I’m becoming a fan.

  • The Disappeared

  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,563

Wyoming's new governor isn't sure what to make of Joe Pickett, but he has a job for him that is extremely delicate. A prominent female British executive never came home from the high-end guest ranch she was visiting, and the British Embassy is pressing hard. Pickett knows that happens sometimes - these ranches are stocked with handsome young cowboys, and "ranch romances" aren't uncommon. But no sign of her months after she vanished? That suggests something else.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sheridan takes a lover!

  • By Richard Delman on 04-11-18

Interesting, good story

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

A lot of loose ends that I hope will be tied up in the next episode.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Deceivers

  • By: Alex Berenson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144

When John Wells is called to Washington, he's sure it's to investigate the carnage in Dallas, but it isn't. The former CIA director, now president, Vinnie Duto has plenty of people working in Texas. He wants Wells to go to Colombia. An old asset there has information to share - and it will lead Wells to the deadliest mission of his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Topical political/espionage thriller!

  • By Wayne on 02-07-18

Another home run for Berenson

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

Berenson just keeps getting better and better with each John Wells story. The plot is fresh and the characters believable. John Wells continues to grow. Hope to see him become the spymaster and mentor as he grows older.

  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,320
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,977
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,961

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart and original

  • By J. OBrennan on 12-29-17

Should be a Hugo Nominee

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

One of the best science fiction stories I've read in a long long time. Reminiscent of Heinlein, Asimov and Clarke's best. If this story is not in the running for the Hugo then the Hugo is no longer representative of the best in Sci-Fi literature. And that is what this is...Literature.

Imagine being able to go back and relive your life from the age of 10 with all the knowledge and experience gained through 80 years of life. And that's the starting premise for this masterful time travel story. Along the way we contemplate what it means to be human, the depth of love, the best and worst of humanity, immortality and heaven. I haven't read anything as intriguing or engaging in a long long time.

This is no serialized sci-fi adventure story, although it's an adventure to be sure. This is a standalone novel. With well-developed characters, an engaging plot and thoughtful ideas that will have you wondering about our human existence and the possibilities for immortatilty for a long time. Nothing seems contrived. The science is close enough to enable you to readily suspend disbelief in time travel or the possibility of a galaxy-wide virtual reality that promises immortality to those who accept it. But with that, we are treated to what that sort of existence lacks. And that's all I'll say about that (in my best Forrest Gump voice).

Christopher Lane is absolutely perfect in the reading with his southern style and excellent characterizations of each voice. Few audio actors are able to do female voices well but Lane brings them to life. Lovely Pebble is given just the right balance between alien construct and human voice and his Aunt Sealy is otherworldly.

Simply superb.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Enemy of the State

  • A Mitch Rapp Novel, Book 16
  • By: Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,281

After 9/11, the United States made one of the most secretive and dangerous deals in its history. The evidence against the powerful Saudis who coordinated the attack would be buried. In return, King Faisal would promise to keep the oil flowing and deal with the conspirators in his midst. When the king's own nephew is discovered funding ISIS, the president suspects that the Saudis never intended to live up to their agreement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sorely Missed the Voice of Mitch Rapp (George Guidall)

  • By james on 09-06-17

Just Ok. Miss George...

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

This is just an "ok" Mitch Rapp novel. Nothing close to the real Vince Flynn.

For those who miss George Guidall, the reason he is not on this book is because the publisher sold the rights to Random House Audio. George Guidall works exclusively for Recorded Books and would not have been available to read this one. And it's a shame. Scott Brick is an accomplished reader and once was one of my favorites; but his sardonic delivery gets old after awhile and was totally wrong for this book. If they insist on continuing the series without George by producing at Random House then I won't be listening to anymore.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Trackers

  • Trackers, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,098

Estes Park police chief Marcus Colton and tracker Sam "Raven" Spears have never liked one another, but when a young girl goes missing in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colton hires Spears to help find her. Their search ends after a night of devastating horror. When word reaches Estes that the nation has been hit by a coordinated electromagnetic pulse attack, Colton and Spears are forced to work together again. But they quickly realize they aren't just tracking a killer - they are tracking a madman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • makes you think

  • By N.W.Wisniewski on 02-19-17

A good start to the series but...

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

I have some issues on technical matters.

Firstly, the emp attack itself. According to the story the North Korean Russian Planes masquerading as Chinese airliners only climbed to 50,000 feet before detonating the nukes. Two problems with that: the emp umbrella would be far smaller than necessary to knock out the entire grid even with 2 planes.

http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1549/1


Emp tests conducted in the 50s were 40-50 miles up before the effects were widespread enough to cause the entire country to go dark. Also, the fallout from an air burst that high (50,000 ft) would not be anywhere near the amount depicted in the book. In fact it would be negligible if the fireball did not touch the ground. Which it would not at 50,000 feet. Nagasaki and Hiroshima were airbursts at less than 2000 feet and the residual fallout was negligible.

http://blog.nuclearsecrecy.com/2013/08/02/what-the-nukemap-taught-me-about-fallout/

So the basic premise of the book is somewhat flawed. If you accept that then dealing with the aftermath is what the rest of the story is about.

As for the narration. I've listened to Pinchot before and he's a good narrator but he got off to a very rough start in this book. Some (most) of his character voices are terrible with wrongly placed emphasis to the point that some characters are caricatures. Especially President Diego but others as well. Fear not though, he improves and by book two these flaws are corrected and most characters are sounding like normal psychopaths.


Overall a good story line if you can accept the technical flaws. Book 2 is a definite improvement. ( although I have issues with a force recon Marine team being ambushed and taken out by a bunch of skinheads, you'll have to read the story to find out how that turns out. )

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Passage

  • A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy)
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,578

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A new type of vampire

  • By Randall on 06-29-18

This one takes some getting used to

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

Reviewed: 05-17-16

An immense cast of characters and a somewhat slow storyline. Cronin creates a complete world of the survivors of a military bioweapon experiment gone wrong. Down to the smallest details it seems. The world, at least the US, has been virtually wiped out by vampiric like creatures that result from the experiment and who feast on the living - what's left of them. In some places it's so slow that it's almost like describing someone cutting their fingernails. I almost didn't continue after the first few hours but stuck with it and I'm glad I did. But...did you have to kill the dog?

0 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Renegade

  • Spiral Wars, Book 1
  • By: Joel Shepherd
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,513

One thousand years after Earth was destroyed in an unprovoked attack, humanity has emerged victorious from a series of terrible wars to assure its place in the galaxy. But during celebrations on humanity’s new homeworld, the legendary Captain Pantillo of the battle carrier Phoenix is court-martialed then killed, and his deputy, Lieutenant Commander Erik Debogande, the heir to humanity’s most powerful industrial family, is framed for his murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Politics?

  • By ochoavida102 on 06-18-17

Now this is a story!

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

Reviewed: 01-24-16

Space Marines battle aliens and treacherous humans at the highest levels who have allied with the aliens. The Captain of the good ship Phoenix is dead; murdered at the hands of his own superiors. The second must take over and navigate treacherous waters. Good character development. This is hard sci-fi in the grand tradition. Excellent writing and plot development. Cannot wait until the next installment is out.

The narration is excellent once you get used to John Lee's clipped British accent.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful