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  • The Informationist

  • A Thriller
  • By: Taylor Stevens
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,620
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 994
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,007

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

Highly Entertaining and Well Read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-11

Fast action in a leisurely setting. The heroine is not like Lisabeth Salander re: computer, chess, and photographic memory, but is very smart and is one tough chick. The main area of action is throughout equatorial Africa making it exotic. Hilary Huber read the book well speaking calmly while all hell is breaking loose. Not believable in parts, but still captivating. The book would make a great film with the action star being a female for once instead of the usual male.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Live Wire

  • A Myron Bolitar Novel
  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914

Myron Bolitar has always dreamed about the femme fatale walking into his office and asking for help. The woman standing in his doorway has killer curves all right: She’s eight months pregnant, which kind of ruins the fantasy. Former tennis star Suzze T and her rock star husband, Lex, are both clients, and over the years Myron has negotiated his share of contracts for the power pair. But now Lex has disappeared and Suzze is in tears, fearing the online rumors questioning the baby’s paternity have driven away Lex.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator is important

  • By Donald on 04-05-11

Highly Entertaining

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-11

Mr. Coben is a master at this genre. His stories are well written, fast paced, hilarious yet intriguing. He gets better with each book and never could his works be called dull or mediocre. A great story combined with an inspired reading by Mr. Weber make this a top Audible selection for those seeking entertainment.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Fall of Giants

  • The Century Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,084
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,027

Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it and learned alot.

  • By Louis on 10-19-10

Wildly entertaining and educational too

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-10

I primarily listen to books on tape as I jog or take a long car trip. With a work like this, I am sorry when my exercise or trip is done. Mr. Follett is a master story teller, and if some complain about his politics, they are missing the point of this entertaining and gripping book. I can hardly wait to read the next in the trilogy. The reading by John Lee is a perfect complement to the book.

30 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • Freedom

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Franzen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux
  • Length: 24 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,744
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,353
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,362

Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable book. Really liked the narration.

  • By R. Spangler on 12-13-10

Enthralling Book With Narration to Match

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-10

Incredible book with great plot turns, vividly realized characters and unforgettable scenes. Bravura writing. You will be in awe as you listen to it. In addition, the narrator, David LeDoux, is exceptional. He caught the essence of the characters perfectly. A great book with great reading.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Bel Canto

  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,773
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,783

Ann Patchett’s award winning, New York Times best-selling Bel Canto balances themes of love and crisis as disparate characters learn that music is their only common language. As in Pratchett’s other novels, including Truth & Beauty and The Magician’s Assistant, the author’s lyrical prose and lucid imagination make Bel Canto a captivating story of strength and frailty, love and imprisonment, and an inspiring tale of transcendent romance. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Opera Has Charms to Soothe the Savage Guerillas

  • By Mel on 03-01-13

Odd Novel But Reading Excellent

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-10

The story at times was too precious but still overall was fascinating. The reading by Anna Fields was among the best I have heard.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • North and South

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,593

Written at the request of Charles Dickens, North and South is a book about rebellion that poses fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. Gaskell expertly blends individual feeling with social concern and her heroine, Margaret Hale, is one of the most original creations of Victorian literature. When Margaret Hale's father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience she is forced to leave her comfortable home in the tranquil countryside of Hampshire....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Sally on 01-04-10

Narrator Annoying: Text Good

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-10

Ms. Stevenson has such a breathy voice that it makes the reading wildly affected and indistinct when listening in a car. Due to the flatness of the pronunciation, if there is any background noise, such as when driving, it makes it hard to discern words. In addition, the reading sounds so much like someone trying to be very upper class that it is very off putting.
The text itself is interesting but the reading is awful.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • 61 Hours

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,495

A tour bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces. If she's going to live long enough to testify, she'll need help. Because a killer is coming to Bolton, a coldly proficient assassin who never misses.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cliffhanger was disappointing

  • By JV on 05-28-10

Not Great and Reading Indistinct at Times

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-10

I like Connelly and Coben better in this genre, but story was interesting. Reading was muddled and too soft making it very hard to hear when listening in a car. Probably would have enjoyed it more if I didn't have such difficulty hearing it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

  • The Millennium Series, Book 3
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,421
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,008

Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect.

  • By B.J. on 06-15-10

Great Series with Wonderful Ending

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-10

A moving ending to a thrilling tale. It is tragic that Larsson died so young and will not be able to finish the other 6 novels he outlined.
The reading of all three audible books in the series was superb and enhanced the narrative.
Well done.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Freedom (TM)

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,703
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,727

Daemon is firmly in control, using an expanded network of real-world, dispossessed darknet operatives to tear apart civilization and rebuild it anew. Soon civil war breaks out in the American Midwest, in a brutal wave of violence that becomes known as the Corn Rebellion. Former detective Pete Sebeck, now the Daemon's most powerful - though reluctant - operative, must lead a small band of enlightened humans toward a populist movement designed to protect the new world order. But the private armies of global business are preparing to crush the Daemon once and for all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow - a must read

  • By James on 07-11-10

Incredible Sequel With Dynamite Ending

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-10

I was afraid that the sequel might not hold up to the strong beginning, but instead, it was even more satisfying.
Should be read by all concerned with the potent threats to democracy that the misuse of technology can create.
To those who go on in this book, the question posed by Matthew Sobel at the end is thrilling.
Daniel Suarez is to be congratulated on his thought-provoking classic.
The Audible rendition is wonderful. The readers are great and the special sound effects augment the text well.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Daemon

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,911
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,954

When the obituary of legendary computer game architect Matthew Sobol appears online, a previously dormant daemon activates, initiating a chain of events that begins to unravel our interconnected world. This daemon reads news headlines, recruits human followers, and orders assassinations. With Sobol’s secrets buried with him, and as new layers of his daemon are unleashed, it’s up to Detective Peter Sebeck to stop a self-replicating virtual killer before it achieves its ultimate purpose - one that goes far beyond anything Sebeck could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever

  • By Erica on 01-22-09

Must Read on Technology As Liberator or Enslaver

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-10

Terrific novel as is its sequel, "Freedom." Gory at times, but its message is important: that technology enables ruthless corporations, with only profit as their goal, to take away individuals' rights across the globe, and that we as citizens of the world must guard against this.
The technology described is lots of fun to explore, but also chilling in the nefarious applications it can be used for.
Great novel that's highly imaginative with a topic that couldn't be more relevant.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful