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  • Heads You Win

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 666

Leningrad, Russia, 1968. Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age, it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen. But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The twists earn 5 stars

  • By Wayne on 11-15-18

A little cliche' and campy

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

Overall decent listen, the narration was good. The story was a little formulaic. Much like The Clifton chronicles but not as good. Not a waste of time but nothing to get excited about either.

  • Hunt Them Down

  • (Pierce Hunt, Book 1)
  • By: Simon Gervais
  • Narrated by: Bon Shaw
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

Former Army Ranger Pierce Hunt is no stranger to violence. Fresh off a six-month suspension, he’s itching to hit a notorious Mexican drug cartel where it hurts, even if that means protecting crime boss Vicente Garcia, a witness in the case against sadistic cartel leader Valentina Mieles. But things spiral out of control when the cartel murders Garcia and kidnaps his granddaughter and an innocent bystander, Hunt’s own teenage daughter. Mieles wants the new head of the Garcia family on a plate - literally. Hunt has seventy-two hours to deliver, or Mieles will execute the girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great start to a new series...

  • By shelley on 01-02-19

Overall Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

The narration was good but a bit monotone at times. The story was good but some hyperbole and exaggeration of metaphors at times. The title says it all, it's a Death Wish style book without much deviation from what you would expect. Overall entertaining if you like that type of book, so I'll give it a positive recommendation

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,730

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Incomplete Story

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

Make sure you realize this is only a 2 hour audio book. The story felt incomplete and definitely felt like a short story. It should have been combined with other short stories. It was not worth a full credit.

  • Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 6
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,684
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,577

Belfast, 1988. A man is found dead, killed with a bolt from a crossbow in front of his house. This is no hunting accident. But uncovering who is responsible for the murder will take Detective Sean Duffy down his most dangerous road yet, a road that leads to a lonely clearing on a high bog where three masked gunmen will force Duffy to dig his own grave. Hunted by forces unknown, threatened by Internal Affairs, and with his relationship on the rocks, Duffy will need all his wits to get out of this investigation in one piece.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing better than a Duffy tale!

  • By 6catz on 03-10-17

Best Yet

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

Reviewed: 03-29-17

This is the best Duffy series story to date. I'm a big McKinty fan so that is saying a lot.

This was the book in the series where all of the plot elements and story lines coupled with all the years of character development and simply came together just right.

The personal side of the character has developed quite well which contributes to the story lines involving his professional strife as a cop and of course a very intriguing story.

I can't believe no one has mentioned the following:

WHY, WHO AND WHAT IS THE REASON FOR THE NAME OF ONE OF THE CHARACTERS BEING BLEEPED OUT IN THIS BOOK???

No one else mentioned it, there was obviously a legal reason. What character in 1988 is still relevant to get his n Anne bleeped out???

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The One Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Andrew Gross
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,493

It's 1944. Physics professor Alfred Mendel and his family are trying to flee Paris when they are caught and forced onto a train along with thousands of other Jewish families. At the other end of the long, torturous train ride, Alfred is separated from his family and sent to the men's camp, where all of his belongings are tossed on a roaring fire. His books, his papers, his life's work. The Nazis have no idea what they have just destroyed. And without that physical record, Alfred is one of only two people in the world with his particular knowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You gotta have a STRONG stomach.

  • By Richard Delman on 09-22-16

Good Writer Telling a Good Story

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I tried it based on reviews alone, which does not always work.

I've read a lot of good books in the WWII genre so I'm always a little skeptical of stories about the same topic I've read many times.

I really enjoyed the authors writing style and ability to tell a story and keep the reader/listener intrigued throughout.

The narrator also does a done job.

Overall highly recommended!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Redemption Road

  • A Novel
  • By: John Hart
  • Narrated by: Scott Shepherd
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,127

Imagine: A boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother. A troubled detective confronts her past in the aftermath of a brutal shooting. After 13 years in prison, a good cop walks free as deep in the forest, on the altar of an abandoned church, a body cools in pale linen.... This is a town on the brink. This is Redemption Road.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilled John Hart is Back

  • By L. O. Pardue on 05-09-16

Hart tells a good story

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

Reviewed: 05-27-16

I've enjoyed all of Hart's books so far. Not to give anything away, but there are three story lines mixed across the main characters, which at times was a little hard to figure out where the plot was going. One of them turns out to be a good story line and provides a good 5th act, but the other two fell a little flat for me.

Not one of my favorites of his, but still worth the time and purchase. The narrator does a good job as well.

Overall recommended and look forward to his next one.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Blackout

  • A Thriller
  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Jeff Steitzer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 250

New Jersey state police officer Doug Brock has been after infamous criminal Nicholas Bennett for years. When Bennett kills someone close to Doug, Doug's investigation - and his life - start spiraling out of control. He's placed on indefinite suspension from the police force and breaks things off with his fiancée, but he can't let the case go, and he continues an off-the-books investigation on his own.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hated the Narrator!

  • By Cathy on 04-16-16

Missing Carpenter

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

Reviewed: 05-07-16

I did not enjoy this one nearly as much as the Andy Carpenter books. This may have been my least favorite Rosenfelt book.

Having said that it is still above average to average. I saw several people say they would like to see more of these characters, but I'll pass. The story and characters are straight forward and there is not a lot of witty dialogue. I saw some reviews saying this one had witty dialogue but they must have been confused

The narrator is decent and not as bad as I see in other reviews. He is simply not the witty satirical voice of Grover Gardner, who is perfect for the Carpenter books. He would not have fit this book as the characters and story were completely different.

Overall a slight thumbs up. Just missing Andy.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Beast in the Red Forest

  • Inspector Pekkala, Book 5
  • By: Sam Eastland
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

A soldier returns from the front line of battle to report that Pekkala's charred body has been found at the site of an ambush. But Stalin refuses to believe that the indomitable Pekkala is dead. On Stalin's orders, Pekkala's assistant, Kirov, travels deep into the forests of Western Russia, following a trail of clues to a wilderness where partisans wage a brutal campaign against the Nazi invaders. Unknown to Kirov, he is being led into a trap.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good tale, poor naration

  • By Prof Dee on 12-01-17

Another Good one from Easton

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

The entire Inspector Pekkala series has been a good one.

I would recommend starting from the first one, but it's not an absolute and I think the book stands on its own as a solid story.

The stories are loosely based on historical fact but I'm not sure about this one. I'll have to do a little research to verify or not.

I always say a book is good if it makes me want to either research or want a sequel, and this one does.

The narrator might be good if I had heard him narrate from the first, but he is not nearly as good at voice inflection as the narrator in previous books - Pekkala's voice is a particular disappointment and it's hard to distinguish who is talking in rapid dialogue scenes. He has a good voice and narrates well so it's not grating in the least.

Overall recommended and looking forward to the next one!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

What can an Oxford don, a respected society physician, a chic French art dealer, and a charming English lord have in common? Very little, except they've all been swindled out of every cent they had by Harvey Metcalfe, the man who wrote the book on international stock fraud. They haven't a prayer of ever seeing their money again. Or have they?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So so.

  • By Evert on 03-12-15

None better than John Lee

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

Reviewed: 03-24-16

John Lee turns an average story into an enjoyable listen.

With touches of a Count of Monte Christo type revenge plot, the story is enjoyable but just not as gripping as some of Archer's other efforts. The let down comes with the way the story winds down and concludes.

Overall it's a decent story with a great narrator so I'd recommend it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rain Dogs

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 5
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,829
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,704
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,690

When journalist Lily Bigelow is found dead in the courtyard of Carrickfergus castle, it looks like a suicide. Yet there are a few things that bother Duffy just enough to keep the case file open, which is how he finds out that Bigelow was working on a devastating investigation of corruption and abuse at the highest levels of power in the UK and beyond. And so Duffy has two impossible problems on his desk: Who killed Lily Bigelow? And what were they trying to hide?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator IS the Story

  • By Craig on 03-15-16

Another good Sean Duffy book

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

Reviewed: 03-13-16

The entire series has been a good one and this one does not disappoint. It starts a little slow but the story is another interesting and ingenious mystery with witty dialogue along the way.

Narration from Doyle is terrific as usual. Recommended along with the series.



7 of 7 people found this review helpful