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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 4,622
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,360
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,341

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

Another Orphan X winner

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

Almost as good as the first book. Well written and Scott Brick as narrator is excellent as always.

  • Orphan X

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,323

Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He's also a man with a dangerous past. Chosen as a child, he was raised and trained as part of the off-the-books black box Orphan program, designed to create the perfect deniable intelligence assets - i.e. assassins. He was Orphan X. Evan broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Distraction

  • By A. Musser on 06-03-16

Excellent story and character

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

Reviewed: 03-06-17

I really enjoyed this audiobook. The storyline was intriguing and kept me wanting to know more.
Orphan X was very interesting and I look forward to future books on this individual. Excellent read.

  • 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 20,366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,368

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good plot BAD edit and mixiing

  • By Amazon Customer V on 04-30-15

Different character.

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

Reviewed: 05-14-15

I enjoyed the storyline and how the character evolved. Should be great for future audiobooks.
I look forward to the next story

  • Steelheart

  • The Reckoners, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,311

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He got the idea from a near traffic accident

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-26-13

A surprisingly good book

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

Reviewed: 10-01-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I listened to the free 5-chapter preview, probably no intending to buy the book. So glad I did, as this was a well written, creative, really interesting book.

What did you like best about this story?

Well read, interesting characters and interesting story.

Which scene was your favorite?

The final chapter, the showdown with SteelHeart.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

absolutely.

Any additional comments?

I hope there's more in the future.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Monster Hunter Legion

  • Monster Hunter, Book 4
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,727
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,090

When hunters from around the world gather in Las Vegas for a conference, a creature left over from a World War Two weapons experiment wakes up and goes on a rampage across the desert. A not-so-friendly wager between the rival companies turns into a race to see who can bag the mysterious creature first. Only there is far more to this particular case than meets the eye, and as Hunters fall prey to their worst nightmares, Owen Zastava Pitt and the staff of Monster Hunter International have to stop an ancient god from turning Sin City into a literal hell on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What A Shock...

  • By Sandi on 09-08-12

Not so much

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

Reviewed: 10-16-12

What disappointed you about Monster Hunter Legion?

To many situations, too many characters, story was way out there....crazy weird.

Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Correia again?

Depends on story, probably not another Monster Hunter story.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Oliver Wyman?

Sure

What character would you cut from Monster Hunter Legion?

Gee, let me choose. Several.

Any additional comments?

Really couldn't get into it that much, like someone was on drugs when they wrote this.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31,521
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26,714
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,345

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Fifty Shades of Bad Writing

  • By Susan on 05-04-12

I must be missing something

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

Reviewed: 06-25-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better narrator, more plausible characters, better storyline.

Would you ever listen to anything by E. L. James again?

I would consider it, if it was compelling.

How could the performance have been better?

Less of Annastasia's thoughts like "OMG", felt she acted like a teenager while involved in very adult situations.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom, disappointment, uninteresting characters.

Any additional comments?

I invested several hours of listening in this book before giving up entirely.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Witness [Brilliance Audio Edition]

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,860
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,818

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • JUST SIMPLY FANTASTIC LISTENING ! !

  • By Gary on 04-24-12

Abigail Lowery is one unique heroine...

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

Reviewed: 06-19-12

Would you consider the audio edition of The Witness to be better than the print version?

N/A

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

yes, I kept waiting for her to be discovered.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the girls went to the club.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Very much so.

Any additional comments?

One of the better books I have listened to recently. The characters were outstanding and the storyline intriguing.

  • The Informationist

  • A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel, Book 1
  • By: Taylor Stevens
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,613
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 988
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,000

Vanessa “Michael” Munroe deals in information - expensive information - working for corporations, heads of state, private clients, and anyone else who can pay for her unique brand of expertise. Born to missionary parents in lawless central Africa, Munroe took up with an infamous gunrunner and his mercenary crew when she was just fourteen. As his protégé, she earned the respect of the jungle's most dangerous men, cultivating her own reputation for years until something sent her running. After almost a decade building a new life and lucrative career from her home base in Dallas, she's never looked back. Until now....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a start!

  • By Diana - Audible on 04-17-12

She's interesting, but she's no Lizabeth Salendar

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-11

I enjoyed this book for the most part, but expectations of Michael Munroe being another Lizbeth Salander fall short. Looking forward, however, to Taylor Stevens next book in the Informationist series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Cypress House

  • By: Michael Koryta
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 659
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 382

Arlen Wagner has an awful gift: he can see death in the eyes of men before it strikes. He's never wrong. So when Arlen awakens on a train one hot Florida night and sees death's telltale sign in the eyes of his fellow passengers, he tries to warn them. Only 19-year-old Paul Brickhill believes him, and the two abandon the train, hoping to escape certain death. They continue south, but soon are stranded at The Cypress House - an isolated Gulf Coast boarding house run by the beautiful Rebecca Cady - directly in the path of an approaching hurricane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book read by a great narrator!

  • By Michele on 01-28-11

Well written, suspenseful

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-11

This is one of my favorite audible books to date. The narrator did a nice job with the plot and characters. Kept my interest though out and kept me guessing.Highly recommended.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Eclipse

  • The Twilight Saga, Book 3
  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ilyana Kadushin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,294

As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob - knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twilight Series

  • By Christy L on 09-07-07

Pretty Good...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-09

Although by the end of three books, I am getting a bit weary of hearing Bell's inner thoughts on everything...I still enjoyed the book. Not as good as the first, better than New Moon. Moving on to number 4.