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  • Past Tense

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,333

Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn't get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. He thinks, What's one extra day? He takes the detour. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FIVE STAR BOOK And NARRATION!!!!

  • By shelley on 11-05-18

Solely Dissapointed

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

For being a Reacher fan I was bummbed !!!! Two stories joining in the last phases of this book. Reacher acts as if he is the law. No character building at all. I kept saying " get on with it" slow-moving plot..if you can even call one. .A really well-used theme for one story. Which is so well wone I lost interest after about 30 minutes of listening to it. Reacher has lost his charm. His gait and his place in the realm of " awesomeness" for me. Lee Child is really getting old and worn out. I hope the next book would be better.
I missed Dick Hill. The narrator was mediocre did not have the same tone and nuances. Truly disappointed!!!!!!!

  • Angels and Demons

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,136

World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Trip Inside the Vatican

  • By Rachel on 06-02-04

Exiting but wordy !

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

There was a lot of drama with just a lot of description but not a lot of plot development, until the very end. But it was enjoyable.. It started out very well. But sort of got loose in the middle.I just felt that it went on and on with this that and the other. I was a little disappointed. There was good energy that drove the story forward. But it felt like it was just a simple story, just very contrived by the author. Taking it here and there and adding drama.
I wish the plot was more intricate!! more realistic more real. Full of symbolism full of drama.entertaining!!!!

  • Pandemic

  • By: Robin Cook
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 207

After a young, seemingly healthy woman collapses suddenly on the NYC subway and dies by the time she reaches the hospital, her case is initially chalked up to influenza. That is, until she ends up on Dr. Jack Stapleton's autopsy table, where Jack discovers something eerily fishy: First, that the young woman has had a heart transplant, and second, that her DNA matches that of the transplanted heart. Strangely, two more incidences of young people with this same sudden and rapid illness follow. Something is off about these cases, and only Jack can figure it out before it's too late.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading Title & Disappointing Plot

  • By Chris H. on 12-16-18

A great read but a weak plot

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

I really enjoyed the book up to a point. The plot was really weak and did not carry the same suspense as the rest of the book had. I usually like Cook but the portrayal of characters was again not up to power.
I love Guidall so it was worth it. But could have been better.

  • Shattered Trident

  • Blood of War
  • By: Larry Bond
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 19 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 250

While trailing a Chinese nuclear attack sub, Jerry Mitchell, the captain of USS North Dakota, is shocked to see the Chinese boat torpedo a Vietnamese merchant ship. This blatant act of aggression is the opening gambit in a war that has blindsided the U.S. and quickly embroiled all nations in the western Pacific. These nations, bound together in the newly formed Littoral Alliance, have begun a covert submarine campaign aimed at crippling China’s economy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Military Techno-Thriller and Topical

  • By Brad on 12-04-13

Just a good old ramble

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

I usually enjoy his books but I just disliked this. The plot was not there. Way too many characters! It kept jumping here and there! No internalizing of methods. Just they did this and that!!!! There really was no proper story !!!!! Just a waste of time

  • The Bank of Fear

  • By: David Ignatius
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

Suspenseful, compelling, and utterly believable, The Bank of Fear is unparalleled spy fiction in the best tradition of Graham Greene and John le Carré—a twisting tale of the ruthless greed and money laundering behind today’s headlines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A never ending great - saga

  • By dilanidiva on 11-09-18

A never ending great - saga

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I really enjoyed this book. It was dynamic and interesting. Not all David's books have had the same tone and vitality. A great plot is interwoven with strong fictional characters that Guidall brought so well, to life. I am a total fan of Guidall. All or most of my library is read by him.
I loved the storyline, even though it did meander in an exciting breath of drama, it rang full of energy and adventure. A wonderful listen. Thank you

  • Body of Lies

  • A Novel
  • By: David Ignatius
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 481
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 271

Roger Ferris is one of the CIA's soldiers in the war on terrorism. He has come out of Iraq with a shattered leg and an intense mission: to penetrate the network of a master terrorist known only as "Suleiman". Ferris' plan for getting inside Suleiman's tent is inspired by a masterpiece of British intelligence during World War II: he prepares a body of lies, literally the corpse of an imaginary CIA officer who appears to have accomplished the impossible by recruiting an agent within the enemy's ranks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Body of Lies

  • By Michael on 05-10-07

Not so convincing

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

I found this book tiring and a little frustrating. The plot was weak. I liked the action and the suspense but the character development in some of its plots and unraveling of the plot, the mindset and action just did not fit a well-written novel. I enjoyed it for its fast pace. But the rest, I was just not moved

  • The Other Woman

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,887

From Daniel Silva, the number one New York Times best-selling author, comes a modern masterpiece of espionage, love, and betrayal. She was his best-kept secret....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not typical of Daniel Silva!

  • By Wayne on 07-18-18

Enjoyed Parts

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

As Adrian Mr. Along has been a true favorite of mine this story did not have the crisp precise air of a well-told tale. The plot meandered here there and everywhere. I listened to it since it was read by my Fav. Narrator but the rest did not meet my expectations.
There were portions of it that read very well, and if you are a Fan of this character, his old self-did shine through on some occasions. But I was disappointed overall. It lacked the crisp plot development and storytelling his first books boasted off. If you are a Guidall fan,I recommend it. He does an amazing job rendering it o life.
Thanks for reading and good luck with your purchase

  • Hired to Kill

  • Nathan McBride, Book 7
  • By: Andrew Peterson
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960

After simultaneous deadly terror attacks on San Diego and Washington, DC, hammer the nation, Nathan learns that the mass murders weren't random events - they targeted his family. And the threat is far from over. Part of a larger plot involving a sabotaged North Korean bioweapons facility and an ISIS training camp in northern Mexico, a third attack - bigger than 9/11 - is being hatched by cold-blooded killers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What a letdown

  • By John on 08-16-18

Not a book i would recommend

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-18

I was truly disappointed with this. The characters were not well formed, no depth to the story ! The author seemed to just create one drama after another. Just a very superficial read. unfortunately,I returned this.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Arctic Gambit

  • By: Larry Bond
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

 

Jerry Mitchell, now the commodore of submarine Development Squadron Five, is dismayed when USS Toledo is reported missing in Arctic waters, close to Russian territory. The vessel is captained by his former shipmate and close friend Lenny Berg. Eager to investigate, Jerry convinces the navy to redirect one of his squadron’s boats to find out what happened. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Novel - Great Suspense & Adventure!

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-31-18

Over all a good rendtion

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

I enjoyed this book, though I would not call it memorable. I have read a similar book with a similar plot that had a better plot and climax. However, this was NOT a bad purchase. There were sections of the read that held my attention. and other parts that just seemed to not really impact me.
It was an easy listen and I will be keeping it for another read at a later date. Good Luck with your listening pleasure.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadow Killer

  • By: Arnaldur Indridason
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Reykjavik, August 1941. When a travelling sales rep is found murdered in a Reykjavik flat, killed by a bullet from a Colt 45, the police initially suspect a member of the Allied occupation force. The British are in the process of handing over to the Americans, and the streets of Reykjavik are crawling with servicemen whose relations with the local women are a major cause for concern. Flovent, Reykjavik's sole detective, is joined by the young military policeman Thorson, the son of Icelandic emigrants to Canada. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as previous in this series

  • By Super Sue on 07-04-18

Not upto Power

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

I usually Love his books. and I came across this author because I buy as many Guidall books as I can. I enjoyed the read but the plot was disappointing.. it went on and on without much grounding.. and unraveled in a loose and non conformed way. It lacked the continues momentum of development and just went off on all directions. Not the best listen