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  • Burning Bright

  • By: Nick Petrie
  • Narrated by: Stephen Mendel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437

War veteran Peter Ash sought peace and quiet among the towering redwoods of Northern California, but the trip isn't quite the balm he'd hoped for. The dense forest and close fog cause his claustrophobia to buzz and spark, and then he stumbles upon a grizzly long thought to have vanished from this part of the country. In a fight of man against bear, Peter doesn't favor his odds, so he makes a strategic retreat up a nearby sapling. There he finds something strange: a climbing rope affixed to a distant branch above.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love the Characters, Action & Plot

  • By Kathryn on 01-22-17

Read, but Not Performed

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

The narrator really beat up this book. His sing-song, one size fits all treatment of each character left the story without a sense of direction. I will read the rest of Nick Petrie’s books on my own.

  • The Spy

  • Jed Walker Series, Book 1
  • By: James Phelan
  • Narrated by: Mulraney Adrian
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 634
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 579
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 580

A sinister group - code-named Zodiac - has launched devastating global attacks. Twelve targets across the world, 12 code-named missions. Operating distinct sleeper cells, they are the ultimate terrorist organisation, watching and waiting for a precise attack to activate the next group. It is a frightening and deadly efficient way to stay one step ahead. And cause the most chaos. For ex-CIA operative Jed Walker, chaos is his profession. On the outer, burned by his former agency, he is determined to clear his name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible Performance

  • By Robert on 06-08-18

Really Wrong Narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

Why an Australian narrator? This is a story about an American character. Mispronunciations reverberated throughout the book, dismantling any possible credibility the book might have had. The story is just OK. There are many details the writer is just not familiar with in order to write believable fiction. I am sorry, but this book is not worth the credit.

  • The Burning Land

  • The Saxon Chronicles, Book 5
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,532
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,137

In a clash of heroes,the kingdom is born.A t the end of the ninth century, King Alfred of Wessex is in ill health; his heir, an untested youth. His enemy, the Danes, having failed to conquer Wessex, now see their chance for victory. Led by the sword of savage warrior Harald Bloodhair, the Viking hordes attack. But Uhtred, Alfred’s reluctant warlord, proves his worth, outwitting Harald and handing the Vikings one of their greatest defeats. For Uhtred, the sweetness of victory is soon overshadowed by tragedy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I got used to Jonathan Keeble

  • By JohnE on 09-27-16

John Lee Is Not Johathan Keeble

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

Reviewed: 12-13-17

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

Not at all. After finally getting through the audio version, I have decided to just read the rest of the series, as Jonathan Keeble introduced an energy to this series that cannot be duplicated or replaced.

What other book might you compare The Burning Land to and why?

This book is just an "in-between" story in the series and really cannot stand on its own.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

John Lee was great in the "Pillars of the Earth" series, but his energy is far below that of Jonathan Keeble'. He is just too civilized for this series.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was just never moved, as the energy was "damp".

Any additional comments?

I regret that you ditched Jonathan Keeble.

  • Lords of the North

  • The Saxon Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Tom Sellwood
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,963
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,543

The year is 878, and the Saxons of Wessex, under King Alfred, have defeated the Danes to keep their kingdom free. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, but now he is disgusted by Alfred's lack of generosity. Uhtred flees Wessex, going north to search for his stepsister in the formidable stronghold of Dunholm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Different reader

  • By Tracy Moshier on 05-14-15

Unfortunate Choice of Talent

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

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

Just keep Jonathan Keeber. Tom Sellwood's performance is less than professional. His talent is simply not up to the task.

If you’ve listened to books by Bernard Cornwell before, how does this one compare?

This one is so hard to listen to because of the poor effort of the narrator.

How could the performance have been better?

Tom Sellwood is just the wrong choice for this book.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Lords of the North?

It is too difficult to get into this book. The narration gets in the way of the story.

Any additional comments?

This production is wasted, unfortunately. If Cornwell decided to re-record this one with Keeber, I would buy it.

  • The President's Assassin

  • By: Brian Haig
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477

Shortly after Army lawyer Sean Drummond starts working for the Office of Special Projects, a CIA cell which handles the most dangerous threats, the White House Chief of Staff is found brutally murdered. A note left by the killer promises more victims, including the President.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The President's Assassin--A Killer Read!

  • By William on 04-18-05

The Energy Was A Bit Off

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

Reviewed: 04-11-17

Would you listen to The President's Assassin again? Why?

Yes, I did listen to it again. I have enjoyed many of Scott Brick's performances, but Sean Drummond is a funny guy and his lines require great timing. Scott Brick does serious and ominous really well, but not funny. It was not funny the second time, either. I miss Sean Dummond - the funny guy that Joe Barrett does.

What other book might you compare The President's Assassin to and why?

I enjoyed the unpredictability of the plot. This reminds me somewhat of Steven King's Tower series.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Not really. Sorry, Scott.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A funny, action-packed psychological thriller

Any additional comments?

Please bring back Joe Barrett

  • Private Sector

  • Sean Drummond Series, Book 4
  • By: Brian Haig
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314

Wherever Sean Drummond goes, it seems that the JAG officer leaves a trail of political fallout in his wake. So when his superiors get an opportunity to loan him to a prestigious law firm, they jump on it, hoping he'll soak up the nuances of civilian lawyering. But almost immediately, dark clouds appear when Sean's predecessor in the loan-out program is murdered. Then Sean begins to sense something amiss with the firm's biggest client, a telecom behemoth with large defense contracts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen

  • By Kathryn on 02-28-17

First Class Entertainment

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

Reviewed: 02-19-17

What did you love best about Private Sector?

Brian Haig's relentless wit forced me laugh out loud in the most embarrassing moments.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The lead character, Sean Drummond, though sharing some fairly predictable traits with central characters of my most favorite series, excels in humor. Of course, Joe Barrett's timing delivers masterfully.

Which scene was your favorite?

After about a half hour of thought, I can't single out one scene. It is all hugely entertaining.

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

That would be a delicious opportunity.

Any additional comments?

I am looking forward to listening to the complete series over and over.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Secret Sanction

  • Sean Drummond Series, Book 1
  • By: Brian Haig
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596

A battalion of Serbs has been senselessly murdered in Kosovo, and the Green Berets stand accused. Now, Major Sean Drummond, a top Army lawyer, is assigned to investigate this unspeakable atrocity. But of course, no one saw anything. Drummond gets consistently suspicious depositions from all of the Green Berets: Supposedly pursued by Serb soldiers, they left the engagement with wounded Serbs firing at them, and no one can explain the number of deaths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want the rest of the Sean Drummond series!

  • By shelley on 11-10-16

A First Rate Beginning

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

Reviewed: 02-15-17

Would you listen to Secret Sanction again? Why?

I look forward to listening to Secret Sanction again. I often go back and listen to a complete series, but only by the best; the best authors and the best performances. I rank Secret Sanction among those and plan to enjoy this series for many years to come.

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

The plot was thoughtfully crafted, with unexpected but believable twists - almost as if one were following a story in the news, as it might have been.

What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

I really like Joe Barrett's performance. His delivery anticipates the nuances of Haig's characters, freely eliciting the listener's emotions.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

An intellectual thriller

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to many more adventures in this series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 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 631
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 583
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 577

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

Not Mitch Rapp

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

Reviewed: 10-21-16

The premise was interesting, but the story ended up uni- dimensional. The narrator was not at the level of George Guidall or Scott Brick, and his lack of inflection slowed the pace of the production. I will give David Archer 1 more try, though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pushing Brilliance

  • By: Tim Tigner
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,991
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,788

Framed for murder and on the run, former Olympic biathlete Kyle Achilles is also in the crosshairs of assassins' guns. Why? He has no idea. He's fighting blind against two master strategists and one extraordinary invention - known as Brillyanc. Achilles' only ally is the other prime suspect, a beautiful Russian mathematician who is either the best or worst person to ever enter his life. Katya was engaged to Achilles' brother - before he died. Chasing clues while dodging bullets, Achilles and Katya race around the globe, uncovering a conspiracy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRILLIANT!!

  • By shelley on 08-31-16

Intellectually Stimulating

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

This story did not have an ounce of fat on it. It whipped the reader through so many unexpected turns, it was very difficult to put down. As always, Dick Hill provided a masterful performance. I can't wait for more adventures with Achilles.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Chasing Ivan

  • By: Tim Tigner
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 376

Rumor has it there's a Russian you can turn to if you're very rich, and need dirty deeds done without a trace. The CIA calls him Ivan the Ghost because he's operated for years without leaving a trail or revealing his face.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best Tim Tigner Thriller

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 03-25-16

A Great Beginning

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

Reviewed: 10-09-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Chasing Ivan to be better than the print version?

Did not read the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the careful, tight, story line, with a satisfying twist accomplished within the short format of the novella.

What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

He is always great! A top performer, adding his own "brand" to the production draws plenty of listeners - including me.

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

It was hard to leave it once started. Wonderful entertainment.

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to a long Achilles series - all performed by Dick Hill.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful