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  • Dead Sea Rising

  • A Novel
  • By: Jerry B. Jenkins
  • Narrated by: David Cochran Heath
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

Nicole Berman is determined to find there the first concrete evidence of the biblical patriarch Abraham while leading her first archeological dig in Jordan. During the excavation, Berman discovers a 4,000-year-old complex that includes evidence she believes proves her theory. But a devastating cave-in nearly kills her and she awakens in a Saudi clinic, haunted by visions of what she may have seen - evidence of Abraham and his two sons, the half-brothers Isaac and Ishmael. One discovery leads to another, and Nicole sets off across the region to connect pieces of an ancient puzzle.  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Anticlimactic

  • By Sb on 01-07-19

Well done, as always

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

Jerry Jenkins does a brilliant job combining three stories into one book. looking forward to seeing if Book 2 is out. I'm assuming there will be a book to but I don't know that for sure.

  • The Persian Gamble

  • By: Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525

 Shot out of the air in enemy territory in the middle of the greatest international crisis since the end of the Cold War, former U.S. Secret Service agent Marcus Ryker finds himself facing an impossible task. Not only does he have to somehow elude detection and capture by Russian special forces, but he must convince his own government to grant safe harbor to the one man responsible for the global mayhem - Russian double agent and assassin Oleg Kraskin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling

  • By Anonymous User on 03-13-19

Rosenberg is Back & My Jaw Hurts

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

Other than the Iranian and Jewish characters sounding more German then their nationalities, I love this book. This one was much better than the first one. The first book had too much backstory with no adrenaline excitement.
This book, with all of its Adrenaline Rush action from beginning to end is the Joel Rosenberg of old.
And I for one like it. My jaw still hurts from the clenching that I have been doing the last hour.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Days of Noah: The Complete Box Set

  • A Novel of the End Times in America
  • By: Mark Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 24 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300

Discover a hidden conspiracy, a shadow government, and the CIA analyst who uncovers it all in this complete box set of The Days of Noah series by Mark Goodwin. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book!

  • By Christopher Van Horn on 11-11-18

Entertainment, Brilliant; Prep Message, Poor

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

Mark Goodwin's The Days of Noah:
I read the entire series because the author's character development was well done and after the 1st Novel I was hooked, even though I had major difficulties. Where I struggled with the entire series though, was because of his focus of Christians taking up arms. I see neither Jesus nor Paul's life or teachings substantiation the following words by Christians:

"Roll over or Fight, I'm gonna fight
"If there was going to be a fight I was bound and determined to fight also
"Extract their blood and pilfer their resources
"I'm not going out without a fight
"We will sabotage them. We will fight them off as long as we can.
"As long as we have breath we will fight.
"Nobody touches (name of a global leader) I'm going to kill that cocky little rooster myself.
"If we make a stand at least we take a few of them with us.

The entertainment value was wonderful, but I view the book like I do some Christian music. The words and music that are scriptural, I keep, the remainder, I don't let lodge in my mind.
I liked the afterword, where the author says, "Don't get your Eschatology from fiction."
I look forward to The Days of Elijah.
Mark Mirza

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Days of Noah

  • Book One: Conspiracy
  • By: Mark Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,466

Could we be living in a time of which there is more prophetic writings than of any period in history? Noah Parker, like many in the United States, has been asleep at the wheel. During his complacency, the founding precepts of America have been slowly, systematically destroyed by a conspiracy that dates back hundreds of years. The signs can no longer be ignored and Noah is forced to pull his head out of the sand and see things for what they really are.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The best in depth storyline in some time.

  • By GMJ on 08-08-16

Too Conspiracy Minded

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

Reviewed: 02-24-19

1st let me say I thoroughly enjoyed the character development, so much so I am listening to the entire series.
But I think the theology is too conspiracy minded.

  • Folsom Untold: The Strange True Story of Johnny Cash's Greatest Album

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Danny Robins
  • Narrated by: Danny Robins
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,064
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9,161
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,145

This is the story of one of the greatest records ever made - Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison - and its shocking and tragic aftermath. Join award-winning journalist Danny Robins on the 50th anniversary of the album as he takes you on a road trip back to 1968, a pivotal year in US history, to investigate the dramatic and unlikely friendship between Johnny Cash, American icon, and Glen Sherley, armed robber and Folsom inmate, and how that friendship was violently torn apart. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tabloid Presentation

  • By Empressive on 02-02-19

Disappointing Agenda

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

I like the concept. even the narrator's performance was good, but throughout the book was an aire of, "let's lay some of the blame on Johnny Cash."
I want going to comment on this until near the end when the narrator asks, "would it have been better for your father to never have met Johnny Cash?"

  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,795

Sir John Penlyon is planning to spend Christmas at his estate with his niece and his friend Danby, the closest thing he has to family since disowning his daughter years ago. (She eloped with the parson, who was, of course, penniless.) Danby suggests that at Christmastime the estate needs the presence of small children, and offers to find some - the “hirelings” - despite Sir John’s skepticism. Three children duly arrive, and the youngest, precocious four year-old Moppet, quickly endears herself to Sir John. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A warm and lovely Christmas story

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 12-13-18

Wonderfully Festive

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

I loved the book until 1 hour before it finished, then I started to dislike it, gravely, then there was hope, then gravity and sorrow again.
great listen. I highly recommend it.
Too bad modern books are filled with unnecessary descriptions.

  • A Darker Place

  • By: Jack Higgins
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

Russian writer and ex-paratrooper named Alexander Kurbsky has gotten fed up with the Putin government, and decides he wants to "disappear" into the West. He is under no illusions, however, about how the news will be greeted at home, having seen too many of his countrymen die mysteriously at the hands of the thuggish Russian security services....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • not the usual standard

  • By Mark Mirza on 12-11-18

not the usual standard

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

The naivete of Roper, General Ferguson and Sean Dillon was disappointing and not in keeping with Jack Higgins standards.
I also found it interesting the for a Sean Dillon book there was surprisingly little Sean Dillon in the book. I suppose it might be because this was an Abridged version.
--It was a fun read (or listen) but not up to Jack Higgins standard.

  • The Autobiography of George Müller

  • By: George Müller
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

Through faith in the Lord Jesus alone can we obtain forgiveness of our sins and be at peace with God; but, believing in Jesus, we become, through this very faith, the children of God; have God as our Father; and may come to him for all the temporal and spiritual blessings we need. When he trusted in an extraordinary God, George Müller discovered endless possibilities and helped thousands of people throughout his lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impactful book

  • By Justin Hamacher on 06-23-16

inspirational and challenging

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

being in the prayer business it is always encouraging to see and to hear testimonies of Prayer. but also, being in the prayer business it is challenging to be offered up these testimonies which should be in my life also.

  • In Harm's Way

  • The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors
  • By: Doug Stanton
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,414
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,188
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,175

On July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed in the South Pacific by a Japanese submarine. An estimated 300 men were killed upon impact; close to 900 sailors were cast into the Pacific Ocean, where they remained undetected by the navy for nearly four days and nights. Battered by a savage sea, they struggled to stay alive, fighting off sharks, hypothermia, and dementia. By the time rescue arrived, all but 317 men had died. The captain's subsequent court-martial left many questions unanswered

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Clarence Sparks on 10-22-16

Hauntingly Relevant

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

Tough read, rough read.
Brilliantly written with the historical background that says, "Yes, there some modern historical books you can trust."
The author takes no "pot-shots" but clearly let's the facts fall as they ought.
Nicely done Doug Stanton

  • The Fox

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 344

The number one New York Times best-selling master of international intrigue takes readers into the bleeding-edge world of technological espionage in a propulsive thriller that feels chillingly real. Former chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service Adrian Weston is awoken in the middle of the night by a phone call from the prime minister. Her news is shocking: The Pentagon, the NSA, and the CIA have been hacked simultaneously, their seemingly impenetrable firewalls breached by an unknown enemy known only as "The Fox".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Modern Story with Classic Prose

  • By stuartjash on 10-24-18

Espionage & Cheap Shots

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

As usual, Frederick Forsyth does brilliant job of weaving Fiction with nonfiction. But it was disappointing that he had to weave in some political cheap shots. They weren't great and certainly not overwhelming in the book, but they were unnecessary for his story.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful