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  • The Night Trade

  • Livia Lone, Book 2
  • By: Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 664
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663

For sex-crimes detective Livia Lone, a position with a government anti-trafficking task force is a chance to return to Thailand to ferret out Rithisak Sorm, the kingpin behind her own childhood ordeal. But after a planned takedown in a nightclub goes violently awry, Livia discovers that she's not the only one hunting Sorm. Former marine sniper Dox has a score to settle, too, and working together is the only way to take Sorm out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dox and Livia - does it get any better than this?

  • By shelley on 01-24-18

Another winner!

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

If you enjoyed the John rain series, you will be in for a treat with this one. Not only is the livia lone series and equal to that earlier one but he even brings in some of the characters from the John rain series and weaves them together with Livia lone story. it's also interesting in all of these stories that Barry Eisler is not only the author but is one of the best narrators in the business and naturally does an exceptional job narrating his own work. this one is highly recommended. Can't wait till the next one comes out.

  • Livia Lone

  • By: Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,590

Seattle PD sex-crimes detective Livia Lone knows the monsters she hunts. Sold by her Thai parents along with her little sister, Nason; marooned in America; abused by the men who trafficked them...the only thing that kept Livia alive as a teenager was her determination to find Nason. Livia has never stopped looking. And she copes with her failure to protect her sister by doing everything she can to put predators in prison. Or, when that fails, by putting them in the ground.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a heartbreaker that makes u want 2 hit someone!

  • By shelley on 10-27-16

Great start of a new series.

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

If you enjoy stories of the downtrodden who find the courage and will to rise up and become a hero, this is a great one. Barry Eisler is already one of my favorite authors and I have the entire John Rain series and if you have enjoyed that excellent series, this one will not disappoint. In fact, as this series progresses, several of the characters from the John Rain series make appearances and it is delightful. Highly recommended for anyone who loves the thriller/black ops type genre.

  • Saint Odd

  • Odd Thomas, Book 7
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,413

Odd Thomas is back where it all started…because the time has come to finish it. Since he left his simple life in the small town of Pico Mundo, California, his journey has taken him to places strange and wonderful, mysterious and terrifying. Across the land, in the company of mortals and spirits alike, he has known kindness and cruelty, felt love and loss, saved lives and taken them - as he's borne witness to humanity's greatest good and darkest evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I smiled as I again recognized his mannerisms

  • By Derek B. on 05-16-15

This one deserves more than five stars!

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Every book in this entire series is a five star masterpiece, in my opinion. I have seldom encountered an author that has such Clarity of vision of the deep nature of reality but in Dean Koontz that is combined with one of the best storytelling Masters of our age. His ability to clearly and compellingly express his deep spiritual and mystical insights is remarkable, especially since he does so in the context of one of the best thriller genre stories you'll ever find. I recommend this entire series. And the best thing is, even though there are seven books, it will only cost you 5 credits because the 4th 5th and 6th books are combined in one anthology. You will not regret purchasing this series and, like me, you will probably listen to it more than once.

  • Dean Koontz - The Odd Thomas Series

  • Odd Interlude, Odd Apocalypse, Deeply Odd
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 26 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381

Odd Interlude: Nestled on a lonely stretch along the Pacific coast, quaint roadside outpost Harmony Corner offers everything a weary traveler needs - a cozy diner, a handy service station, a cluster of motel rooms...and the Harmony family homestead presiding over it all. But when Odd Thomas and company stop to spend the night, they discover that there's more to this secluded haven than meets the eye - and that between life and death, there is something more frightening than either.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen for Odd fans

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-14-16

just keeps getting better!

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

this Odd Thomas series turns out to be one of the most amazing ongoing stories I've ever read. I've always loved Dean Koontz for the spiritual depth of his writing but this particular story is the most spiritual of any of the books I've read other than perhaps of Innocence. Highly recommended, the entire series.

  • Elysium Fire

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540

Ten thousand city-state habitats orbit the planet Yellowstone, forming a near-perfect democratic human paradise. But even utopia needs a police force. For the citizens of the Glitter Band that organization is Panoply, and the prefects are its operatives. Prefect Tom Dreyfus has a new emergency on his hands. Across the habitats and their hundred million citizens, people are dying suddenly and randomly, victims of a bizarre and unprecedented malfunction of their neural implants.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Reynolds fan left cold

  • By Zach on 01-25-18

Good but not his best work

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Alastair Reynolds has been one of my favorite science fiction authors for a long time but in this series he's drifting more toward fantasy and less science-based fiction. you could tell the same story by imagining that a couple of boys were given a magic wand that has powers to shape reality. it makes for an interesting story and the mystery and detective action to solve the mystery is as usual, very well done.

  • How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog)

  • Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution
  • By: Lyudmila Trut, Lee Alan Dugatkin
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428

Tucked away in Siberia, there are furry, four-legged creatures with wagging tails and floppy ears that are as docile and friendly as any lapdog. But, despite appearances, these are not dogs - they are foxes. They are the result of the most astonishing experiment in breeding ever undertaken - imagine speeding up thousands of years of evolution into a few decades. In 1959, biologists Dmitri Belyaev and Lyudmila Trut set out to do just that, by starting with a few dozen silver foxes from fox farms in the USSR and attempting to recreate the evolution of wolves into dogs in real time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome story, fantastic book!

  • By Illyria on 11-21-17

I want a fox pet!

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

this is such an amazing story, I highly recommend it to anyone who has ever had a beloved pet. quality of the research being done is astounding, especially considering the kinds of political and environmental challenges the early researchers had to go through. This one will bring a smile to your face.

  • Tai-Pan

  • The Epic Novel of the Founding of Hong Kong: The Asian Saga, Book 2
  • By: James Clavell
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 32 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,502
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,387

It is the early 19th century, when European traders and adventurers first begin to penetrate the forbidding Chinese mainland. And it is in this exciting time and exotic place that a giant of an Englishman, Dirk Struan, sets out to turn the desolate island of Hong Kong into an impregnable fortress of British power - and to make himself supreme ruler: Tai-Pan!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story brilliantly read

  • By Steve Margitan on 06-23-15

Tedious but worth it in the end

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

I loved Shogun and went into this book expecting something similar only to find that the character development was extremely slow and there was very little action in the first third to half of the book. if you're expecting an immediate culture shock between the westerners in the Chinese culture you'll be disappointed but in the end the story eventually redeems itself and becomes interesting and action-packed. Still I think this could be written in about one third the length. I'm not sure if I would recommend this book though I admit it became compelling through the last quarter.

  • The Black Book

  • By: James Patterson, David Ellis
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,219

Billy Harney was born to be a cop. The son of Chicago's chief of detectives, whose twin sister is also on the force, Billy plays it by the book. Alongside Detective Kate Fenton, Billy's tempestuous, adrenaline-junkie partner, there's nothing he wouldn't sacrifice for his job. Enter Amy Lentini, a hard-charging assistant state's attorney hell-bent on making a name for herself - who suspects Billy isn't the cop he claims to be. They're about to be linked by more than their careers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT STORY!

  • By Artkeep on 07-03-17

Brilliantly Crafted

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

This book surprise me. right from the start it was engaging. The character development was not only excellent but was perfectly crafted to lead the reader to the same conclusions everyone else had about what was going on, none of which turned out to be correct. this is a very complicated story and yet every event was crafted to make the conclusions and perspectives of each of the different characters seem plausible, even though they all turned out to be wrong in the end. highly recommended if you are into mystery thrillers.

  • The Three-Body Problem

  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,639

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They create a computer using a 30 million man Army

  • By Josh P on 12-07-14

Pure fantasy

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

this book is interesting from the point of view that it gives you some insight into Chinese culture and way of thinking. unfortunately the science is mostly imaginary. from what I've read the same fantasy scientific breakthroughs that were started in this book carry through the rest of the series. I found it somewhat boring and a bit too intellectually complicated but not satisfying as far as the actual scientific explanation of things is concerned. the narrator is good, but not so much for this particular story. it would have helped if the majority of the Oriental characters had some amount of Oriental accent. He's good with French Russian and even German accents but all the rest was just American accents.

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  • Good Intentions

  • By: Elliott Kay
  • Narrated by: Tess Irondale
  • Length: 22 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,859
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,727

He knew it was a dumb stunt from the start. A midnight run through a cemetery to impress a couple of girls is hardly the stuff of legend, but Alex Carlisle longs to escape the crushing mediocrity of life after high school. Then he stumbles upon the ritual, and the cultists, and two bound and bloodied women. Alex intervenes and the ritual blows up in his face, leaving him bound to them both: Rachel and Lorelei, an angel and a succubus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done with a side of porn?

  • By Sean O'Meara on 09-15-15

A fun romp.

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Hopefully you will be able to listen to this at least halfway through before you give up on it. Some people are offended by the explicit sexuality but that's not really what the book is about. Those scenes are an elaborate and very effective way of character development with the result that I as a reader end up caring very much about each of the main characters what they're going through and what's going to happen to them. the real core of the story is about love overcoming self-centeredness and good overcoming evil and it is one of the most complex story structures I've run into. In addition it's downright fun, with lots of humor and an exceptional narrator. I'll be buying the next one in this series and I recommend you give it a try.