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Los Lunas, NM US
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  • Hellbent

  • An Orphan X Novel
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,825
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,550
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,530

Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as an off-the-books government assassin: Orphan X. After he broke with the Orphan Program, Evan disappeared and reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, a man spoken about only in whispers and dedicated to helping the truly desperate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easily earns 5 stars!

  • By Wayne on 01-31-18

Hurwitz nailed it!

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

His protagonist, X, is carefully fleshed out, giving giving the listener moments to see him clearly as human being before he steps back into his survivalism. And he didn't have him do stupid things that are anti common sense! well scripted action scenes were so easy to visualize. Loved it, and sorry it ended.

  • The Enemy: Victor the Assassin, Book 2

  • By: Tom Wood
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,630

Victor, a former assassin-for-hire, has joined forces with a CIA special unit. His first assignment: Three strangers. Three hits. Fast and clean. Victor's a natural for this.It should have been simple. But with each hit Victor is plunged deeper into an unimaginable conspiracy where no one, least of all the people he knows, can be trusted.With the stakes growing higher by the minute, Victor realizes he's been forced into playing a game he never expected. Because he's the next target. And there's no way out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want to be killed by Victor!

  • By David on 01-15-14

Speaking Voice Didn't Match Action Scenes

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

Reviewed: 10-23-17

Couldn't get to G. Guidal? Sometimes I dozed through escapes or fights and had to back up.

  • Shibumi

  • By: Trevanian
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957

Nicholai Hel, born in the ravages of World War I China to an aristocratic Russian mother and a mysterious German father, raised in the spiritual gardens of a Japanese Go Master, survives the destruction of Hiroshima to emerge as the world's most artful lover and its most accomplished and highly paid assassin. Genius, mystic, master of language and culture, Hel's secret is his determination to attain a rare kind of personal excellence, a state of effortless perfection: shibumi.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Only a Russian could be this shibumi

  • By David on 07-15-12

but for the narrator... trying to sound Basque

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

Reviewed: 06-21-17

the narrator's Le Cagot voice sounded like the voice of that Great Dane cartoon character. Or that of an individual talking with a mouth full of marbles in baby talk. Otherwise a great read.

  • 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 2,217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,040

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

Stellar!

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

Reviewed: 07-14-16

Most "thrillers" neglect character development in their books, instead substituting detailed descriptions of weapons, repetitive and inane dialogs, gratuitous sex scenes, and other filler. John Hart's characters feel real, and their actions are understandable, if not logical. All the elements of a good thriller, performed so expertly, I was transported into the town and could see it all played out before me. I was sorry it had to end!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Prettiest One

  • A Thriller
  • By: James Hankins
  • Narrated by: Bon Shaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,583
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,569

When Caitlin Sommers finds herself alone in a deserted parking lot with blood on her clothes and no memory of the past few months, it seems like one of the nightmares that have tormented her for years...but it's all too real. Desperate to learn the truth about where she's been and what has happened to her but terrified of what she may find, Caitlin embarks on a search for answers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Suspense Thriller

  • By qpj100 on 01-24-16

A Good Book for Those Tired of The Same Old Plots

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

Reviewed: 04-26-16

This book rates an ok mainly because it didn't follow the tiresome , predictable, and annoying formula that hacks use. Usually they include some trite romance between detectives, FBI agents, or a mix, with some of the most nauseatingly trite and mechanical sex scenes ever written- not to mention the stereotypic hard nosed, but generous lead detective.

This book is refreshing in that the plot spares us of any of that, even though i couldn't empathize with, or care much about the characters.

But the pace was even, and the plot contained a few surprises. All in all, worth the listen.

  • The Widow

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Hannah Curtis, Nicholas Guy Smith, full cast
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,809
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,804

When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on when more bad things began to happen... But that woman's husband died last week. And Jean doesn't have to be her anymore. There's a lot Jean hasn't said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing but very good.

  • By CR on 02-18-16

painfully boring

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

Reviewed: 03-23-16

I promised myself I would find a really good Harlan Coben after this in order to slog thru to the end on this one. It is just too
sweetly read, like one might read to a child in a bit of a monotone. Although, to be fair, the book doesn't give her many exciting moments to share. save your credit, or maybe even revisit a great listen already in your lib.

  • She's Not There

  • A Novel
  • By: Joy Fielding
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 685
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 609
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 609

A lifetime ago, every year Carole Shipley looked forward to her wedding anniversary. But then a celebratory trip to Mexico for the occasion with her husband and friends ended in the unsolved kidnapping of her infant daughter, Samantha. Now, 15 years after that horrific time, divorced and isolated, Carole is forced to relive the kidnapping by reporters who call every year on the anniversary of Samantha's disappearance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good One!

  • By Yikes on 03-06-16

meh

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

Reviewed: 03-20-16

told á if it were a sweet fairytale recording for a 5 yr old. the plot could have been enhanced by having it read with enthusiasm,.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hidden Bodies

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,209
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,769

Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past 10 years, this 30-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he's heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him. In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can't stop looking over his shoulder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Approach With Caution, All Ye Who Enter Here

  • By Gretchen SLP on 02-25-16

Even better than... You!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-16

I have never given 5 Stars to any book, but have given "You" the max, and this one is even better. Ms Kepnes, please don't leave this character behind you! Love the series!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Her Final Breath

  • The Tracy Crosswhite Series, Book 2
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,706

Homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite has returned to the police force after the sensational retrial of her sister's killer. Still scarred from that ordeal, Tracy is pulled into an investigation that threatens to end her career, if not her life. A serial killer known as the Cowboy is killing young women in cheap motels in North Seattle. Even after a stalker leaves a menacing message for Crosswhite, suggesting the killer or a copycat could be targeting her personally, she is charged with bringing the murderer to justice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Suspenseful, with an admirable protagonist

  • By The Whole Truth on 10-07-15

Boring

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

Reviewed: 02-26-16

Reader was unable to imbue any excitement or enthusiasm into scenes that warranted it. the whole thing sounded as if she were reading either a bedtime story or grocery list. Of course the writing wasn't any better. Ave your credit.

  • Shutter Man

  • By: Richard Montanari
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

Plagued with a rare disease that prevents him from recognizing faces, Billy carries a photograph in his pocket that is his only way of identifying his next target. Killing is in Billy's bloodline as a member of Philadelphia's dangerous Farren crime family. While Billy stalks Philadelphia, Detective Kevin Byrne is assigned to a series of bizarre home-invasion cases and is joined by his former partner turned assistant district attorney, Jessica Balzano.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Series

  • By J.C. on 02-12-16

not up to his usual well paced plot

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

Reviewed: 02-23-16

this plot drags with a lot of repetitive scene description, and suddenly concludes the book's plot into three or four separate ones at the end. It read as if the author has taken a long break from writing, and then decided to change the plot without rewriting the first 9 tenths of the book.