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  • The Talbot Odyssey

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 745

For 40 years Western intelligence agents have known a terrible secret: the Russians have a mole - code-named Talbot - inside the CIA. At first Talbot is suspected of killing European agents. Then a street-smart ex-cop uncovers a storm of espionage and murder on the streets of New York, while in a Long Island suburb a civic demonstration against the Russian mission masks a desperate duel of nerves and wits. Engineered by Talbot, a shadow world of suspicion and deceit is spilling onto the streets....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too bloody

  • By ANNE C LONIS on 01-20-11

Just Couldn't Get Into This Book

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

I really lile DeMille, but this book seemed to meander. I liked the first 2 chapters, but then it just got uninteresting. Gave up on chapter 12. Maybe I should have hung in there longer, but my experience with other DeMille books is that they are hard to put down.

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  • The Unsung Hero

  • Troubleshooters, Book 1
  • By: Suzanne Brockmann
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 906
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 510
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 508

After a near-fatal head injury, Navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a terrifying glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the Navy dismisses the danger as injury-induced imaginings. In a desperate effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorist team, assembling his most loyal officers, two elderly war veterans, a couple of misfit teenagers, and Dr. Kelly Ashton - the sweet girl next door who has grown into a remarkable woman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Hero to the Very End!

  • By Maria on 04-22-13

Chick Terrorist Book

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

Reviewed: 02-23-14

After several chapters, I could not go on. There was just too much fawning and fantasizing over the two main characters by each other.

The first chapter had some nice action, but then it became a chick book about a Navy Seal who returns to his home town and renews an old romance. I kept waiting for the action to restart, but there were just lots of thoughts about each other bodies, etc.

I finally abandoned the book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Diamondhead

  • By: Patrick Robinson
  • Narrated by: Charles Leggett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 234

When Navy SEAL Mack Bedford's fellow officers are brutally killed by Iraqi insurgents using a cruel, new anti-tank Diamondhead missile, Mack avenges their murders by gunning down the then-unarmed attackers, ultimately getting himself court-martialed and kicked out of the Navy. To make matters worse, Mack then learns that the Diamondhead missiles were sold illegally by French industrialist and infamous politician Henri Foche.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A Disastrous Departure of Style and Genre

  • By GH on 01-09-13

First Rate

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

Reviewed: 10-18-12

I've only recently began listening to Patrick Robinson. This is my third book featuring Mac. The narration was first rate! It stands out as one of the best I've heard.

Robinson is a great story teller and seems to understand the warrior psyche. Not being a SEAL, I have to say "seems."

This is a wonderful "thriller" type of book and a standout for those who like spy / terrorist / special ops type of books.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Captains

  • The Brotherhood of War Series, Book 2
  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832

It was more than an incident: It was a deadly assault across the 38th parallel. It was the Korean War. In the fear and the frenzy of battle, those who had served with heroism before were called again by America to man the trenches and sandbag bunkers. From Pusan to the Yalu, they drove forward with commands too new and tanks too old, brothers in war, bonded together in battle as they had never been in peace....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent second book

  • By Mike From Mesa on 12-31-12

Get The Lieutenants First

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

Reviewed: 05-06-12

What made the experience of listening to The Captains the most enjoyable?

The history of the characters that was started in The Lieutenants.

What other book might you compare The Captains to and why?

Semper Fi and Call To Arms. These books are very much like The Lieutenants and The Captains in style, but the stories are different. All 4 of these books are all 5 star reads. The are similar in that they tell their stories through the experiences of the principal characters. You're right in the action with these guys.

Which scene was your favorite?

General Black chewing out the Captain of the hospital ship. Black, you find, really takes chewing out officers to the level of art. He really knows how to be a general.

Any additional comments?

To really enjoy this book, you'll want to get The Lieutenants first. I just noticed that The Majors joined Audible and will be downloading that one next.If you liked Semper Fi and Call To Arms, you love this series.

  • The Lieutenants

  • Book One of the Brotherhood of War Series
  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168

They were the young ones, the bright ones, the ones with the dreams. From the Nazi-prowled wastes of North Africa to the bloody corridors of Europe, they honorably answered the call. War - it was their duty, their job, their life. They marched off as boys and they came back - those who made it - as soldiers and professionals forged in the heat of battle....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Series!! One of W.E.B. Griffn's best.

  • By Ron on 01-05-12

Leaves you ready for The Captains

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

Reviewed: 05-06-12

What did you like best about this story?

The character development isn't rushed, but still very interesting. Each character is unusually rich and you really feel that you know them.

Have you listened to any of Eric G. Dove’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The Captains & The Disciple. Eric Dove is a really good narrator and he doesn't call attention to the narration. He does the accents and voices and the transitions from one character to another without you're realizing that it's the same person reading.

Any additional comments?

The way Griffin weaves in actual history, accurate descriptions and the way soldiers talk to one another make the story come alive. Each character is living their own life, but they come into contact with one another and then go their separate ways as history moves forward.

When I finished this book, I immediately downloaded The Captains, and it was even better because you become even more involved with these guy's lives.

  • Born to Darkness

  • By: Suzanne Brockmann
  • Narrated by: Melanie Ewbank, Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 612
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 538
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 542

Dishonorably discharged, former Navy SEAL Shane Laughlin is down to his last ten bucks when he finally finds work as a test subject at the Obermeyer Institute, a little-known and believed-to-be-fringe scientific research facility. When he enters the OI compound, he is plunged into a strange world where seemingly mild-mannered scientists - including women half his size - can kick his highly skilled ass.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Suzanne Brockmann at her best!

  • By sweetgrassfarmgirl on 04-04-12

Unneeded sex, gay and straight

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

Reviewed: 04-21-12

What would have made Born to Darkness better?

Edit it by 25 percent. Move the plot of finding the young girl forward.

Would you ever listen to anything by Suzanne Brockmann again?

Probably not.

Which character – as performed by Melanie Ewbank and Patrick Lawlor – was your favorite?

Mac and Shane

Any additional comments?

I wasn't ready for the gay sex and the men spooning. I'm fine with gay characters in the story, but this could have been a very interesting science fiction boo. It got off on graphic sexual tangents. I felt there was too much nuance on the various psychic powers. I abandoned the story about 8 hours in. The main plot was the rescue of a kidnapped teen, and I kept waiting for that plot to move forward, but it kept dwelling on how various touching and sexual contact increased the powers of the characters. I was in the middle of a research study. To me, that got old.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Semper Fi

  • Book One in The Corps Series
  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,837
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,646

From Shanghai to Wake Island, the Corps was America’s first line of defense as the winds of war exploded into the devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. This is the story of the men of the Marine Corps, their loves and loyalties, an elite fraternity united by courage and honor, as they steel themselves for battle, prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Cannot Believe I Passed Up Griffin For Years!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 04-02-12

Extraordinary Story Told Through Rich Characters

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

Reviewed: 03-12-12

If you could sum up Semper Fi in three words, what would they be?

This is one of W E B Griffin's best. I immediately downloaded Book 2 in the series and requested that Audible get Books 3 thru 6 ASAP. Griffin weaves fictional characters with historical figures and events to tell a great story.

What other book might you compare Semper Fi to and why?

Some of Griffin's other books on the OAS.

Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Dick Hill does a great job with these books. It makes me think that he may have been in the Corps at one time. I've listened to the John Rain series by Barry Eisler and the Reacher series by Lee Child.

This performance is 5 stars start to finish.

Any additional comments?

Get the full series on Audible ASAP.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Hell Is Empty

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,315
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,854

Spur Award-winner Craig Johnson has garnered critical acclaim for his Walt Longmire mysteries. In this riveting seventh entry, Wyoming’s Absaroka County sheriff, Walt Longmire, is pushed beyond his limits. When three hardened convicts escape FBI custody in a mountain blizzard, an armed psychopath leads them up Big Horn Mountain. As Longmire struggles to track their treacherous ascent, he’ll need all the help he can get from the tribal spirits of the towering summit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The MOST exciting and suspenseful book in the seri

  • By PlantCrone on 07-11-15

Too Much Mysticisim

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

Reviewed: 02-13-12

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I'm a huge Craig Johnson fan and George Guidall did his usual great job on these books, but the book seemed to get bogged down in too much mysticism to the point of getting boring during those passages. This book just didn't have the debth of the others.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Turning the Tide

  • How a Small Band of Allied Sailors Defeated the U-Boats and Won the Battle of the Atlantic
  • By: Ed Offley
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

The U.S. experienced its most harrowing military disaster of World War II not in 1941 at Pearl Harbor, but rather in the period from 1942 to 1943, in the frigid North Atlantic and American coastal waters from Newfoundland to the Caribbean. Nearly seven decades after the event, the Battle of the Atlantic still stands as the longest-running and most lethal clash of arms in naval history.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just The Facts

  • By PismoPat on 05-15-11

Just The Facts

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

Reviewed: 05-15-11

I listened to this book for about 1.5 hours. The first 15 minutes was very interesting, but then I noticed that it seemed to be lots of facts and minutia, but no real story. It was obvious that Mr. Offley did lots of research and this book is very much a reference and compendium of North Atlantic shipping during WWII. I just didn't see a plot becoming organized or story line developing. If you are a WWII history buff, you may find it very interesting.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • American Assassin

  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,265

Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorist's worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world...and then tragedy struck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twenty Questions

  • By Toulon Belle on 11-22-15

The Best Vince Flynn Novel To Date

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-10

I made the mistake of starting to listen to this book at about 11pm. Finally turned it off at 4am so I could get 3 hours sleep before the alarm went off. After 5 minutes, you're into it.

I had hoped the book would have gone on for a couple more chapters, but the ending was appropriate and well done.

The easiest 5 stars ever assigned. This is actually a good first read for those new to Vince Flynn. Then do the Vince Flynn books in order.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful