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  • Island

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

This riveting and entertaining thriller by Thomas Perry follows a husband-and-wife con team on the run from the Mob, a soldier of fortune between jobs, a two-bit operator with grandiose dreams of tribal dynasty, a sultry CIA operative with divided loyalties, the most dazzling defector ever to hurl a split-fingered fastball, and 20th-century buccaneers who wash up on a tiny island in the Caribbean and turn it into a multinational cash machine. But then the shooting starts.   

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not good Thomas Perry

  • By Sean Cunningham on 08-26-18

I could not hear this one through

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

It started off well enough and parts were amusing. It started to wear me down. Not my kind of island.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Innocent: A Novel

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,272

Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disliked all the Sound Effects.

  • By Stan on 07-16-14

What a plot!

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

Reviewed: 02-19-17

It is a plot with an enigma within the plot of an enigma. Well done.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Man from Berlin

  • Gregor Reinhardt, Book 1
  • By: Luke McCallin
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 398

In war-torn Yugoslavia, a beautiful young filmmaker and photographer - a veritable hero to her people - and a German officer have been brutally murdered. Assigned to the case is military intelligence officer Captain Gregor Reinhardt. Already haunted by his wartime actions and the mistakes he's made off the battlefield, he soon finds that his investigation may be more than just a murder, and that the late Yugoslavian heroine may have been much more brilliant - and treacherous - than anyone knew.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of this genre!

  • By Nukkles on 08-01-14

Good Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-16

This might make a good movie. At times it had too much detail that the author enjoyed more than i did. Even so it was a wished for nazi era story that might have a little truth. Good plot with some surprises.

  • Back Blast

  • A Gray Man Novel
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,006
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,144

From the number-one New York Times best-selling coauthor of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels comes an all-new explosive thriller featuring the lethal assassin known as the Gray Man.... Court Gentry was the CIA's best agent. Until the day the agency turned against him and put out a kill-on-sight order. That's when the enigmatic international assassin called the Gray Man was born - and Court has been working for himself ever since.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent GRAY MAN book - I can't wait for more...

  • By shelley on 02-17-16

What a great plot masterfully written and superb

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

Reviewed: 02-25-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Back Blast to be better than the print version?

Having never read the print version, I will say that this audio version was nothing short of fantastic. I could not stop listening and will wake a month to listen again!

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of the characters...had character. Zach Hightower was a great addition to Gentry.

What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

His voice as Gentry and the others made the book come alive in a 3-dimensional manner. At times you could literally imagine everyone, the situations, ... even the killer Saudi assassins.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was enthralling it was so well done.

Any additional comments?

Ok, so when is the next one? I look forward to Hong Kong, which is where this book left off. Having been to Hong Kong, I can't wait!

  • Cuba Libre

  • By: Elmore Leonard
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

War in Cuba isn't Ben Tyler's concern. Still, sailing mares and guns into Havana harbor in 1898 - right past the submerged wreckage of the U.S. battleship Maine - may not be the smartest thing the recently prison-sprung horse wrangler ever did. Neither is shooting one of the local Guardia, though the pompous peacock deserved it. Now Tyler's sitting tight in a vermin-infested Cuban stockade waiting to face a firing squad....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Leonard + Guidall = great listening

  • By Kathy on 03-02-11

Fun Listen

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

Reviewed: 11-24-15

What made the experience of listening to Cuba Libre the most enjoyable?

I went to Cuba (legally) a decade + ago. It certainly sounded the same as in this book. No campesinos per se and no people in white peasant garb. Poor none the less. This book is a great prelude to what happened many years before Castro. Having been to the island this was especially fun.

Which scene was your favorite?

when they grabbed the hammock from the train.

Who was the most memorable character of Cuba Libre and why?

Raleigh - the classic capitalist bad guy. Most suitable for a book set in Cuba. Too bad Castro turned out to be far worse.

  • Another Man's Moccasins

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,494
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,801
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,778

Craig Johnson's mystery stories have earned him an esteemed position in the pantheon of contemporary crime novelists. In this fourth installment, Longmire is called to investigate a dead Vietnamese girl found along the Wyoming highway.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best writer and the best reader get together

  • By Patroo on 09-30-08

Enjoyable and is a story to savor

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

Reviewed: 11-06-15

What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

I really enjoy George Guidall in this story and in the Daniel Sylva series. He has a great voice.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The flash backs at "ton son ute 1968" got me.

  • The Prodigal Spy

  • By: Joseph Kanon
  • Narrated by: Boyd Gaines
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

The Prodigal Spy is a story of fathers and sons and the loyalties that transcend borders, and of a young man's search for the truth buried in his own past, when a national drama was made personal and history itself became a crime story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very Bourne Identity ish

  • By Julia Aryeh on 03-11-05

Bad audio

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-15

this recording had garble issues so I gave up on it. not recommended by me. the story may be fine.

  • The Name of the Rose

  • By: Umberto Eco, William Weaver - translator
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Nicholas Rowe, Neville Jason
  • Length: 21 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200

The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. But his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths that take place in seven days and nights of apocalyptic terror. Brother William turns detective, and a uniquely deft one at that. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon-- all sharpened to a glistening edge by his wry humor and ferocious curiosity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The meaning of the mystery & mystery of meaning

  • By Ryan on 02-14-14

More Absorbing than a Starch Gel!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-15

Where does The Name of the Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have not finished listening and reading this book. If you like words, this is the book for you. Before now, I had never heard of Umberto Eco and had no idea what his style might be. This was his first book of many years ago and was a sensation. I can easily see why.

This is a detective story set in the 1300s at a monastery. The story is seen through the eyes of a young monk whose master is a brilliant ex-inquisitor. There are two murders. There is an extraordinary library most are not allowed to enter. There are secret passages. Spiritualism. Mysticism.

What is so absorbing for me is the vocabulary. I find myself loving the dictionary on my Kindle that allows me to look up all sorts of words. The story uses a lot of old world terms along with words you never hear in our speech today. Learn some Latin in the process!

What did you like best about this story?

I love the setting and viewing 14th century Christianity.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

This narrator puts you right there. His voice transports you back hundreds of years.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I never listen in one setting. What is the fun in that? This is a book you savor.

Any additional comments?

This is a great book for those who like Italy or might wish to travel to Italy. This book has certainly been read and the style copied by more modern authors. This is a book for people who like to think. Eco crafted this story masterfully.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The American

  • By: Martin Booth
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 311

The locals in the southern Italian town where he lives call him Signor Farfalla - Mr. Butterfly - for he is a discreet gentleman who paints rare butterflies. His life is inconspicuous: mornings are spent brushing at a canvas, afternoons idling in the cafés, and evenings talking with his friend, the town priest, over a glass of brandy. Yet there are other sides to this gentleman’s life.... Part thriller, part character study, part drama of deceit and self-betrayal, The American shows Martin Booth at the very height of his powers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow burning, but leaves a warm glow

  • By Brendan on 09-07-10

Superb! As precise as hand made mercury ammunition

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

Reviewed: 02-25-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I saw the movie and thought it was marginal. As I got into the audio book it simply got better and better. There is no comparison with the movie, which I'd give 1 star. The book is 100x better than the movie plot - the two are not even remotely the same. And there is the person in the shadows.

What did you like best about this story?

The tapestry of details is amazing.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I never listen to a book in one sitting. I also don't gulp down a good key lime pie either. And like our hero, I don't jump out of bed right after sex!

Any additional comments?

If you are new to audio books and over 21, this will make for a great first book. If they had 6 stars, I'd give them.

  • Worth Dying For

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,633
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,612

There’s deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska... and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing child, already decades-old, that Reacher can’t let go. The Duncans want Reacher gone - and it’s not just past secrets they’re trying to hide. They’re awaiting a secret shipment, and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm hooked!

  • By Dave on 11-17-10

Bad A** Reacher!

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

Reviewed: 01-01-15

What made the experience of listening to Worth Dying For the most enjoyable?

Reacher beats the cr** out of all sorts of bad guys. He is impervious to beatings. Trucks can't even run the guy over. And when it comes to pulverizing rednecks he is the best! Even football players.

What other book might you compare Worth Dying For to and why?

Jack Reacher is in a world all his own. Suggesting otherwise might get me black and blue.

What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

Dick Hill is awesome - the whole thing.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh? Cry? No, I was hanging on every word to see who was going to be run over, punched through a wall, left with a brain condition, or given an advanced case of memory loss.

Any additional comments?

Yeh, Just remember that Jack Reacher is an ex-army military policeman - not a Navy Seal. Reacher is in a league all his own. If you see a big guy on a bus, ...he likes coffee and be nice.