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  • Forced to Kill

  • By: Andrew Peterson
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,771
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,206

Bravery. Honor. Sacrifice. These are more than mere words to trained Marine sniper Nathan McBride. He’s never backed away from danger and he’s not about to start now, even if it means confronting the cold-blooded interrogator who tortured him to the brink of death more than a decade ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awsome sequel!!!

  • By 1BookJ on 11-02-12

Another great installment.

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

The first book in a series is sometimes great, but then subsequent books begin to lose their steam. Not so with this series. I've enjoyed this installment as much as the first and believe the rest will not disappoint. Dick Hill is a stellar reader and adds much to the characters in this story. Looking forward to the rest! Happy Reading!

  • First to Kill

  • By: Andrew Peterson
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,291
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,292

When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well Worth The Time, Great Listen

  • By cindersmom on 07-20-09

Great read!

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

Nathan McBride HAS to be Jack Reacher's long-lost cousin. I love his character, and how Dick Hill brings him to life. This is my newest favorite series!

  • Righteous

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,684

For 10 years something has gnawed at Isaiah Quintabe's gut and kept him up nights, boiling with anger and thoughts of revenge. Ten years ago, when Isaiah was just a boy, his brother was killed by an unknown assailant. The search for the killer sent Isaiah plunging into despair and nearly destroyed his life. Even with a flourishing career, a new dog, and near-iconic status as a PI in his hometown, East Long Beach, he has to begin the hunt again - or lose his mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joe Ide can write!

  • By 6catz on 10-20-17

Not the same....but still good!

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

I loved the first book in this series, IQ, but this one was not quite of the same caliber. The story line was great, but less gripping than the first installment. I find this to be true all too often in sequels. They rarely shine as brightly as their predecessors. I definitely enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down, but IQ is still my favorite. Once again, the reader knocked it out of the park. He has so much depth in his embodiment of the characters and is remarkably consistent in the voices he gives them. You can tell he is acting, not just reading. I will likely read the next installment just because this author is so good at discussing worlds in which he doesn't live (he can't inhabit them ALL!). I recommend this book for mature readers once again due to violence, subject matter, and language. Happy Reading!

  • IQ

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,989
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,664
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,646

A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IQ way better than OK

  • By green ice cream garden on 12-21-16

Wow. Just...wow.

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

This is not the type of book I would normally read but BOY am I glad I did. I listened to the preview and thought I'd give it a shot. I could return it after all if I didn't like it. But I loved it! After the last word in the book, I exhaled an audible "wow". The writer displayed an thorough understanding of the worlds he wrote about but never over played it. The characters were genuine, believable, and even the "bad guys" became relatable...and dare I say loveable...although maybe from across the room and behind a bullet proof vest. And there aren't enough complimentary words in the English language to describe the performance of the reader. The mark of a good book for me is the ability to 'forget' that I'm reading (listening to) a book. This book, along with the skill of the reader, accomplished that from the first sentences. I am sad that it is over and will think about this book for many tomorrows. There are a lot of lessons to be learned from the story without it ever being preachy. I would definitely recommend this book for adult readers due to the inherent violence and language. Usually I find the gratuitous use of both to be a cop-out or filler for a weak plot line. In this case it was absolutely necessary and did not detract from the story, but served to make it brutally authentic. Get ready for a ride! Happy Reading!

  • Commune

  • Commune, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,780
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,583
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,572

For dinosaurs, it was a big rock. For humans: Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). When the Earth is hit by the greatest CME in recorded history (several times larger than the Carrington Event of 1859), the combined societies of the planet's most developed nations struggle to adapt to a life thrust back into the Dark Ages. In the United States, the military scrambles to speed the nation's recovery on multiple fronts including putting down riots, establishing relief camps, delivering medical aid, and bringing communication and travel back on line. Just as a real foothold is established in retaking the skies (utilizing existing commercial aircraft supplemented by military resources and ground control systems), a mysterious virus takes hold of the population, spreading globally over the very flight routes that the survivors fought so hard to rebuild.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Endless Descriptions

  • By Paul T on 01-05-18

Great doomsday book

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

Grabbed me right away and never let go. Hated for it to end. Glad there's more. Will be reading the next installment(s) AND getting my bug out supplies in order. Life, after all, imitates art. Happy Reading!

  • Mean Streak

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,401

Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her. While police suspect Jeff of "instant divorce," Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won't even tell her his name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ms. Brown's book far exceeds usual quality.

  • By KC in Lex on 09-08-14

Great read.

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

I really enjoyed this book. It was suspenseful and there were some great twists I didn't see coming. There was a bit of predictability, but not enough to distract from the tension. This was a great book to listen to while I did my house cleaning. I didn't have to concentrate too hard and it made the time fly. Due to adult scenes, I would recommend it for mature readers. Happy Reading!

  • No Second Chance

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,899

Marc Seidman awakens to find himself in an ICU, hooked up to an IV, his head swathed in bandages. Twelve days earlier, he had had an enviable life as a successful surgeon, living in a peaceful suburban neighborhood with his beautiful wife and a baby he adored. Now he lies in a hospital bed, shot by an unseen assailant. His wife has been killed, and his 6-month-old daughter, Tara, has vanished. But just when his world seems forever shattered, something arrives to give Marc a new hope: a ransom note.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really

  • By Ed on 07-05-07

What a ride!

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

I don't know how Harlan Coben does it, but he's done it again. This book is one emotional roller coaster ride. We are not one person in life. We are friend, lover, parent, and self at different times and simultaneously. Our roles, and responsibilities, are different depending on what hat we're wearing. What would you do as a parent who's lost a child, a spouse who feels wronged, a lover who feels jilted? We all know what we'd like those answers to be. What we HOPE we would do. But we never know till we're in the midst of a crises the likes of which we never imagined. This book asks those questions, and comes up with surprising answers. I was less than five minutes into this book before I was engrossed, forgetting that I was reading a book, but knowing I was in for a ride. This book got a rare five stars from me, only because I couldn't give six. Read it. And ask yourself what you're capable of. Especially before you judge others. Happy Reading!

  • Kill Decision

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,539

Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Daemon/Freedom, but still good Thriller

  • By T. Menefee on 07-21-12

Recommended if you like spy novels

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

This was a new author for me in my favorite genre. I enjoyed this book thoroughly and will read more if his work. The only things that distracted me were (1) the weird, unexplained sound effects at the beginning of each chapter, and (2) the strange accent the reader used for one of the main characters. He sounded just like a funny little character in one of my daughter's favorite Disney movies, although the name of the character and movie escapes me at the moment. It made it hard for me to take the character in this book seriously since the Disney character was a wise-cracking sidekick, but unless you are an avid Disney fan, this likely won't be an issue for you. I intentionally omit the name of the character in the book so as not to influence any readers who might not hear this likeness for themselves. That aside, this was a suspenseful, well-researched, "spy" novel that only required a slight suspension of logic to make the plot work. (Sadly, it's probably more plausible than I want to admit.) I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys the spy genre. Happy Reading!

  • Harvest

  • By: Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602

In Harvest, the book that introduced us to Tess Gerritsen's unique blend of medical expertise, harrowing suspense, and brilliantly crafted plot twists, the dark side of medical research is exposed. Harvest vividly portrays a young woman doctor challenging a world where medical miracles and greed fuel a lethal conspiracy - and the bright lights of the O.R. conceal the ultimate corruption of genius.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • When things aren't as they seem...

  • By AudioAddict on 10-02-14

Great Suspense novel

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

Tess is channeling Robin Cook in this one, but dare I say even better? I really could not put this one down! Great story and well written. I loved where she broke from crisis to crisis leaving you hanging and waiting to see what happens next with those particular characters. The "back and forth" was great and added much to the suspense. I recommend this book. Happy Reading!

  • House Rules

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Mark Turetsky, Rich Orlow, Nicole Poole, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677

Jacob Hunt is a teen with Asperger's syndrome. He's hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, though he is brilliant in many ways. But he has a special focus on one subject - forensic analysis. A police scanner in his room clues him in to crime scenes, and he's always showing up and telling the cops what to do. And he's usually right. But when Jacob's small hometown is rocked by a terrible murder, law enforcement comes to him. Jacob's behaviors are hallmark Asperger's, but they look a lot like guilt to the local police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Haveenoughstuff on 12-12-17

Great drama with poignant realism

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

I love Jodi Picoult novels for their honesty and forthrightness in dealing with difficult issues. This one was no exception. It combines the drama of a "whodunit" with the realities of life with someone on the autism spectrum and how it effects every member of the family, not just the one with the diagnosis. I was exhausted by the end, but sad to see these characters go. This novel would be appropriate for mature young adult readers on up. Happy Reading!