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  • Dead Moon

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,905
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,825
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,823

In the year 2243, the Moon belongs to the dead. The largest graveyard in the solar system, it was the perfect solution to the overcrowding and environmental problems that had plagued mankind for centuries. And the perfect place for Cali Washington to run away from her past. But when a mysterious meteor crashes into one of the Moon’s cemeteries, Cali and her fellow Caretakers find themselves surrounded by a terrifying enemy force that outnumbers them more than a thousand to one. An enemy not hindered by the lack of air or warmth or sustenance. An enemy that is already dead.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Why did you do this? Just why?

  • By Veronica on 03-02-19

oh, come on--zombies?

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

I didn't see anything in the reviews that mentioned zombies. Maybe I just didn't look closely enough, so I'm making sure this review mentions zombies. Lunar zombies. Despite attempts to make it all OK by attempted clever allusions to Night of the Living Dead, nothing separates this from any other typical boilerplate zombie narrative. It's on the moon, of course, and weapons are banned, so there are many pages of zombies being beaten to death with whatever is available in a minimal environment . . . so I guess, for zombie lovers, that's the main attraction: page after page of undead people having their brains beaten out of them. Yippee.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Buried in Black

  • Task Force Orange Series, Book 1
  • By: J.T. Patten
  • Narrated by: Steve Marvel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

In the clandestine world of shadow ops, he's known as The Man From Orange. A master of surveillance, signals intelligence - and silent killing - special operative Drake Woolf has been groomed and trained by the old-guard intel community after his CIA father and mother were murdered in Tunisia. Now he works for Task Force Orange, handling cases the government doesn't want its fingerprints on. Woolf can always be relied on to carry out an assignment with surgical precision - and exterminate a threat with extreme prejudice. But his latest mission is different.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible start to a new series

  • By stuartjash on 03-07-19

good enough

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

I will read at least one more in this series to see where it goes, though I have to admit I didn't really pay a lot of attention to the details . . . this book is probably 3 hours longer than it needs to be.

  • The Bayern Agenda

  • Galactic Cold War, Book 1
  • By: Dan Moren
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Simon Kovalic, top intelligence operative for the Commonwealth of Independent Systems, is on the front line of the burgeoning Cold War with the aggressive Illyrican Empire. He barely escapes his latest mission with a broken arm and vital intel that points to the empire cozying up to the Bayern Corporation: a planet-sized bank. There’s no time to waste, but with Kovalic out of action, his undercover team is handed over to his ex-wife, Lt. Commander Natalie Taylor. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spycraft in space

  • By M. Mcfee on 03-22-19

tedious

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

The book starts off well, but rapidly devolves into a leisurely soap opera. Given that this is book 1, it seems the author is practicing milking the agenda for several drawn-out volumes; I will pass, thank you.

3 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Ruins

  • A Taskforce Story
  • By: Brad Taylor
  • Narrated by: Rich Orlow
  • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

Deep in the Maya Biosphere Reserve, a huge protected tract of rain forest in Northern Guatemala, lies the mythical Temple of Priests. Only one man knew of the temple's location, but he was killed before he could relay the coordinates. Now, newly reinstated Taskforce operator Pike Logan has the grid location of the ruins, and he's convinced Jennifer Cahill to travel to Guatemala in search of the Mayan temple her uncle died trying to find. But Pike and Jennifer are not the only ones heading into the rain forest in search of hidden treasure. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • still awful after all these years

  • By itinerant on 01-29-19

still awful after all these years

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

I read a couple of these books some years ago, and did not like them at all. When I saw that this one was not only short but cheap, I decided to check back in--to see if either my tastes or the series had evolved. Nope, still awful. Unpleasant characters read in a suitably unpleasant voice. A weird mix of ammosexualism and prim victorian sex. A book not to be taken seriously, but alas apparently taken very seriously by author, reader and audience base. This book makes me sad.

1 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Night Agent

  • A Novel
  • By: Matthew Quirk
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

To save America from a catastrophic betrayal, an idealistic young FBI agent must stop a Russian mole in the White House in this exhilarating political thriller reminiscent of the early novels of John Grisham and David Baldacci. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A spellbinding White House thriller set in the capital.

  • By Kimintx on 03-04-19

Corny

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

The book is old-fashioned corny translated into a contemporary setting. The reader puts heavy emphasis on the corny parts. While not unlistenable, the combination makes this a weak narrative.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tear It Down

  • A Peter Ash Novel, Book 4
  • By: Nick Petrie
  • Narrated by: Stephen Mendel
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

Iraq war veteran Peter Ash is restless in the home he shares with June Cassidy in Washington State. June knows Peter needs to be on the move, so she sends him to Memphis to help her friend Wanda Wyatt, a photographer and war correspondent who's been receiving peculiar threats. When Peter arrives in Memphis, however, he finds the situation has gone downhill fast - someone has just driven a dump truck into Wanda's living room. But neither Wanda nor Peter can figure out why. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • going downhill fast

  • By itinerant on 01-19-19

going downhill fast

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

The one about the pot growers was pretty good, so I bought this newest entry in the series. It's an interesting sign when the author feels the need to write a disclaimer at the end of the book: he knows it's a mess, and tries to justify it with 'it's fiction, folks.'
The annoying girlfriend quickly became a harridan, so why does Our Hero seem to enjoy it so much? The backstory starts out strongly enough, but the coincidences start right up, gf sends Hero away, he lands in the middle of two different plots, the plots get unified when the crook steals Hero's truck. Second plot much sillier than first, but offers lots of mayhem. Hero brings in old friend to provide the arsenal, then things get really silly. as in ridiculous. Maybe just plain dumb.
Maybe Petrie had to rush out a book to fulfill a contract, and stole something his teenage daughter was working on, added lots of guns, and ran with it. He has the decency to apologize at the end . . . but if no one calls him on it he'll think this is good enough and the rubes will keep paying money for this pap.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Memory Man

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,051

Amos Decker's life changed forever - twice. The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good and left him with an improbable side effect - he can never forget anything.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Most annoying narration ever

  • By katherine wolfe on 04-21-16

unoriginal, unimaginative, trite

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

This book is almost completely boilerplate, a lot of recycled plot lines and strings of cliches making for very familiar--if utterly tedious--dreading. The protagonist with his nifty brain trick misses lots of obvious clues everyone who has read this book has been shouting to him to notice since the first copies were distributed to reviewers. The book was on sale, so I listened all the way though to see if it could be redeemed . . . but no.

  • White River Burning

  • Dave Gurney
  • By: John Verdon
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Tensions have been running high in White River as it approaches the anniversary of a fatal shooting of a black motorist by a local police officer. The economically depressed, racially polarized city is on edge, confronted with angry demonstrations, arson, and looting. In the midst of the turmoil, a White River police officer is shot dead by an unknown sniper. As the town spirals out of control, local authorities approach Dave Gurney to conduct an independent investigation of the shooting. But when he zeroes in on peculiar aspects of the individual murders that follow, his involvement is suddenly terminated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Layers upon layers...

  • By shelley on 07-07-18

ripped from the headlines

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

It doesn't matter whether or not this book is a cynical ploy or well-meaning effort to tap into current events and old anxieties: the results are the same. The book is almost unbearably tedious, despite having inherently interesting events taking place. The tedium comes from the ham-handed effort to echo the rhetoric generally heard on combating talk show networks, planting the familiar inflammatory verbiage in the empty vessels of representative characters. The ostensible protagonist pretends to a neutral stance, simply questioning the zeitgeist, but is obviously a well-meaning empathetic soul amidst a town with an amazing number of right-wing nutjobs.

So this isn't drama, but dogma, not prose but pedantry. There are some good lines scattered throughout the book, but none of them is original; it's more like eavesdropping on a cocktail party full of relatively well-read people mouthing their favorite pieties.. . . and is just as predictable and boring. While it is possible to write topical fiction about current events, I recommend checking out TC Boyle and letting this guy stew in his own juices for a while.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Forgotten

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,783

Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case - but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really liking PULLER

  • By Diana on 11-30-12

Puller ain’t Reacher

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

This book is heavily derivative of Lee Childs’ work, a dim carbon copy of the oversized military man kicking assessment and taking names. The story is a lame string of coincidences strung together like mismatched Cmas lights blinking erratically on a threadbare tree. Gratuitous sex, gratuitous military nonsense, none of the peculiarly logical underpinnings of the Reacher books. I finished this book to be polite.

  • The Excoms

  • By: Brett Battles
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 365
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 365

Ananke thought her week couldn't get worse, but as she hunts for the man who screwed up her previous job, things really go sideways. Turns out, she's not the only one having problems. Rosario can acquire anything for anyone, but can she obtain freedom for herself when her latest assignment goes awry? Dylan's sure his new gig will be a walk in the park - or rather, a drive, given that he's a courier. Unfortunately, the road is a bit bumpier than he expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another very entertaining Brett Battles series

  • By shelley on 01-14-17

oh, come on, Brett

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

I like this book. Battles tells a good yarn, and things move along at a nice clip. Derring-dos are done.

I thought I was going to like this book as it got started because of the setting: Yosemite, tioga Pass, the Eastern Sierra. Where I live, my stomping grounds, and one of the most dramatic and beautiful places on earth.

But to read this book, you would never suspect that any of these locations was anything more than a name on a map. The characters don't observe anything about their setting; though they drive a great deal on very real roads, no one seems to notice that they've just descended or ascended several thousand feet of narrow, winding, steep tortuous road though unbelievably dramatic landscape, the kind postcards and harrowing tales of survival rely upon.

Either Battles has in fact never been to these places where he set his story, or he listened to some editor who told him to remove all evidence that the setting is important to a book set in known and loved and well-traveled places. The book could as well have been set in Iowa or Kansas or Illinois, or Any of flyoverland anywhere.

That's a real problem.