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Michael R. Rainey

Sarasota, FL
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  • Hunt the Lion

  • Sam Callahan Series, Book 3
  • By: Chad Zunker
  • Narrated by: Noah Berman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

Once a key player in a clandestine CIA squad, Sam Callahan thought he had finally found a safe, normal life as a rookie lawyer in DC with the woman he loves. But when called to a covert intelligence mission in the heart of Russia, he can’t refuse risking it all once more. This time, he’d be joining his estranged father, the Lion, a deep-cover agent Sam never even knew existed. When the operation goes wrong and his team is ambushed, Sam fears a setup. At least he escaped with his life. And so did his father. But why?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great start but poor finish

  • By Michael R. Rainey on 02-23-19

Great start but poor finish

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

The first chapters were full of action-packed excitement and a massacre of a safe house followed by a narrow a escape. Our hero Sam is chased over Moscow, Salzburg and southern France and then to London. In most locations he is hunted by a Russian assinator who had a machine pistol. In most of these chases he doesn't have a gun and the Ruscsciaxn so show knows where to find Sam in all these cities. In two of the narrow escapes with the Russian just 30 feet away from him he knows he can't move fast enough to run away from him but he does have time to jump into a nearby car a drive it at the Russian who manages to get four shots into the car and crashes around the next corner. At the end the CIA Director asked Sam to work for him as he feels Saxm in the smartest person he has ever seen. If he is the smartest and most brilliant operative he has seen then the VIA IS doomed. I will never read anything more by Zunker despite the many books he has about this Sam Callahan

  • Cold Blood

  • John Jordan Mysteries, Book 13
  • By: Michael Lister
  • Narrated by: Jason Betz
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

A young woman hundreds of miles from where she's supposed to be, surrounded by several witnesses, vanishes from the face of the earth in just seven minutes. Can John Jordan find her or the person responsible for her disappearance? Or has he finally met his match?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Read this book

  • By Michael R. Rainey on 01-30-19

Don't Read this book

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

This is my first and last book by Michael Lister. i struggling ed thru 10 slow moving action waiting gor something to click. There are many books i couldnot put down but this became a book i could not pick up i thought with 13 books in this series i might find anothrt author to follow. This is not one of them

  • Weddings Can Be Murder

  • Charlie Parker Series, 16
  • By: Connie Shelton
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Cook
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Charlie's brother, Ron, is ready for the happiest day of his life when he will marry longtime girlfriend Victoria Morgan. Charlie will be matron of honor, her husband Drake the best man. But when Charlie stops by the bride's house to pick her up for the ceremony, the place is in disarray, and Victoria is missing. And Ron has no proof of where he was the night before, after he and his fiancée had a terrible argument. Was the fight nothing more than pre-wedding jitters, as Ron claims? Or did the unthinkable happen?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Charlie Parker Bore

  • By Michael R. Rainey on 01-30-19

Charlie Parker Bore

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

Twice I started and never finished. This book skipped around and never got interesting. can't believe there are 14 or more in this series. I was hoping for coming across a new author to follow BUT thix is not one. i struggled to listen to it and had to give up. Don't listen to any of these books

  • The Bone Tree

  • A Novel
  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 32 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,753

Former prosecutor Penn Cage and his fiancee, reporter and publisher Caitlin Masters, have barely escaped with their lives after being attacked by wealthy businessman Brody Royal and his Double Eagles, a KKK sect with ties to some of Mississippi's most powerful men. But the real danger has only begun as FBI Special Agent John Kaiser warns Penn that Brody isn't the true leader of the Double Eagles.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok but definitely could put it down.

  • By R. Ford on 06-24-15

Another Penn Cage Super Story be Greg Iles

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

This book was interesting every minute of this 32 houtr audiobook. The plot was very involved and was a "can't put down book". The characters were all believable and complex personalities. I would rate this a four and 1/2 stars but there is no such rating. The story was great but a few things were not likely to happen including the ending But it is a work of fiction and it's possible that something like this may have happened However I still loved this book and somehow manages to finish it in a week. I can't wait for his next book.

  • The Criminal Lawyer

  • A Novel
  • By: Thomas Benigno
  • Narrated by: Dan Triandiflou
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

A serial killer is littering the South Shore beach of Long Island - the bones of his victims stuffed into burlap bags. Nick Mannino, The Good Lawyer, is living off the ill-gotten gains of his deceased mobster uncle, when, without warning, a brutal serial killer turns on him, and worse, his family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent suspense thriller!

  • By Wayne on 06-25-17

Superb Legal Thriller

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Everything about this book is fabulous. An original plot that gets more complex as it goes. Intensive action events. Characters are developed with excellent detail with believable paths to follow. The narrator was also super and he delivered the dialogue with surprised tones when required as well as fearful or passionate tones as indicative of the situation. This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to in a few years. I hope he writes many more books as I will buy them all.

  • To Die in Vienna

  • By: Kevin Wignall
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 194

He’s seen something that could get him killed. But what? Freddie Makin is a spy for hire. For a year he’s been watching Jiang Cheng, an academic whose life seems suspiciously normal. To Freddie it’s just a job: he never asks who’s paying him and why - until the day someone is sent to kill him, and suddenly the watcher becomes the watched. On the run from whoever wants him dead, Freddie knows he must have seen something incriminating. The only trouble is, he has no idea what. Is the CIA behind all this - or does it go higher than that? Have his trackers uncovered his own murky past?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An adequately enjoyable book

  • By Maine Knitter on 02-17-19

Slow Moving Thriller

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

This I'd the second book that I have listened to.The first one moved a long quicker and with morecaction The characters were not developed well. There was a lot of moving through several locations and a mix of good guys and bad guys. I am going to try one more by Wignall. His prior book was well written and if moved quickly from action scenes to consolidating follow-ups. I have found almost all of the readers to be very professional and include pitch and excitement levels that match well with the dialogue.

  • Code Name: Camelot

  • Noah Wolf, Book 1
  • By: David Archer
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 574

After witnessing the murder-suicide of his parents as a child, Noah Wolf suffers from a form of PTSD that has left him without emotion, without a conscience, and without the ability to function as a normal human being. With the help of childhood friends, he learns to watch others around him and mimic their behaviors, in order to conceal the fact that his mind operates more like a computer that he has spent years programming. That program is what allows Noah to pass himself off as normal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Family Friendly Assassin

  • By shelley on 05-12-16

Dud

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

This was a struggle to finish. The plot started out good but as it progressed it got weaker. The dialogue was juvenile especially for Moose and the computer tech whose name was Neal, I think. The voices for Moose, Neal and sometimes Alison were immature. The action was slow and didnot exist when the bad guys were being captured. I listened to one other Noah Wolf book which was maybe the fourth or fifth in the series where the good guys keep getting captured in obvious situations. Not a smart group of super heroes. I have read my last book by this author and by this reader.

  • A Crime of Passion

  • Joe Dillard, Book 7
  • By: Scott Pratt
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546

In the seventh installment of Scott Pratt's best-selling Joe Dillard series, Dillard is hired to travel to Tennessee's capital city to defend Paul Milius, a record company baron accused of strangling Kasey Cartwright, his label's young star. Dillard navigates Nashville's unfamiliar legal system and the world of country music in search of the truth, but he soon finds himself confronted with a web of lies so masterfully woven that he fears he may never find any answers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good solid story, fine narration

  • By Barbara on 04-22-15

Joe Diilard Not Your Typical Lawyer

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

Joe Dillard is a great lawyer series. I love all of them because there fast moving with some twists here and there. He encounters call the ups and downs of an average family. However I was disappointed in this one because I did not like the ending. I will continue to read all the futures books in this series. I highly recommend this series and love the twists in the overall plots and sub plots. Scott Pratt is one of my favorite authors.

  • Kickback

  • DI Nick Dixon, Book 3
  • By: Damien Boyd
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 162

A trainee jockey has been kicked to death by an aggressive stallion at the local stables. Deemed an accidental death, the case is closed. But when the jockey's brother returns from active service, he sparks an armed siege, demanding the investigation be re-opened and the truth uncovered. Still recovering from the physical and mental scars of his last case, Detective Inspector Nick Dixon is dragged deep into a murky world of betting scams and murder, where people will do anything to keep their secrets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Racing, Roadies & Ruin Abound!

  • By MobileMinx on 04-24-15

Slow Moving Racetrack Murder

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

This was an average murder mystery. It started out fine but slowed as it developed. The reader was excellent with a level of suspense as he spoke. The plot was fine but there was not an exciting movement of action. too much traveling the racetrack and environment. I was hoping for some quicker action scenes as there are many books in the series.

  • Holy Ghost

  • A Virgil Flowers Novel
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,711
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,484

Pinion, Minnesota: a metropolis of all of 700 souls. Nothing ever happened there - until the mayor of sorts (campaign slogan: "I'll Do What I Can") and a buddy come up with a scheme to put Pinion on the map. They'd heard of a place where a floating image of the Virgin Mary had turned the whole town into a shrine, attracting thousands of pilgrims. And all those pilgrims needed food, shelter, all kinds of crazy things, right? They'd all get rich! What could go wrong? When the dead body shows up, they find out, and that's only the beginning of their troubles - and Virgil Flowers'....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • F*****G Flowers and Frozen Pot Pies!!!!

  • By shelley on 10-10-18

ANOTHER VIRGIL FLOWERS ADVENTURE

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

I didn't think this story was as good as prior books. While I rated it at four stars I thought it was a three and one half story. It did not have the usual zip. There was a lot of suspense so I was anxious to hear how it solved the mystery of who was the killer and why.