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  • American Assassin

  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,247

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

So idiotic I could not finish it

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

Bad ass idiot who is going to go create terror for Islamic terrorists? Really disturbing, since it’s idiotic to think that just because you kill a terrorist or two that you’re going to make a difference. Duh. And this was a scheme supposedly hatched by government officials at the highest levels of the intelligence agencies? Double duh.

Story is completely unbelievable and writing is moronic and sophomoric. It paints the bad guys as all evil and the good guys as all perfect. Didn’t even make it 30% thru book. Torture scenes were graphic.

Only positive is that George Gudiall does his usual excellent thing in narrating - but that just isn't enough to get me past the eye-rolling logic foibles, amateur plot line and unlikeable protagonist and his idiot bosses.

  • Agent in Place

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,885
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,487

Fresh off his first mission back with the CIA, Court Gentry secures what seems like a cut-and-dried contract job: A group of expats in Paris hires him to kidnap the mistress of Syrian dictator Ahmed Azzam to get intel that could destabilize Azzam's regime. Court delivers Bianca Medina to the rebels, but his job doesn't end there. She soon reveals that she has given birth to a son, the only heir to Azzam's rule - and a potent threat to the Syrian president's powerful wife. Now, to get Bianca's cooperation, Court must bring her son out of Syria alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Court Gentry, baby & diaper bag hmmmm...

  • By shelley on 02-21-18

One of the Best Spy/Thriller Authors

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

This series is excellent. In particular, the last three in the series have been phenomenal.

Mark Greaney writes intelligent stories that are logical and do not have silly "rambo" antics, but are still packed full of action, suspense and a lot of twists and turns. Love the protagonists' moral character, the believable plot, and the technical details that are very credible.

I also like how his books are long - they are detailed and well fleshed out.

Narration is perfect. Jay Snyder does an excellent job.

Easily one of my top 5 favorite authors. And this installment is a great one. If you haven't read any in the series, then do yourself a favor and start with the first one! But this would be fine as a stand alone too.

Hope this helps. Happy reading!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Robert Crais - The Elvis Cole Series

  • The Monkey's Raincoat, Stalking the Angel, Lullaby Town
  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor, Mel Foster
  • Length: 21 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

When Ellen Lang's husband disappears with their son, she hires Elvis Cole to track him down. A quiet and seemingly submissive wife, Ellen can't even write a check without him. All she wants is to get him and her son back - no questions asked. The search for Ellen's errant husband leads Elvis into the seamier side of Hollywood. He soon learns that Mort Lang is a down-on-his-luck talent agent who associates with a schlocky movie producer, and the last place he was spotted was at a party thrown by a famous and very well-connected ex-Matador.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged

  • By Jason on 02-18-17

Highly likeable characters

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

Reviewed: 05-29-17

Great books! I had read some of the more recent in the series and have now gone back to the first books and am very happy that these books are just as good.

They were written in the late 80's and 90's, so are a little dated, but the writing is solid. No illogical foibles and the action is quick and dialog good.

Elvis and Joe are highly likeable characters and you end up caring about them, which for me is what makes a story great.

Some people mentioned that the first book was abridged. If it was, I didn't miss anything. All 3 books were complete with no gaps.

Absolute bargain to get the 3 books for 1 credit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Morning Star

  • Book III of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,425
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,633
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,582

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society's mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It doesn't get much better than this!

  • By Audre on 03-24-16

skip it

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

Reviewed: 05-14-17

Book 1 - excellent
Book 2 - okay
Book 3 - ridiculous (absolutely lacking in logic!!!) Characters all of a sudden doing outrageous and stupid things. And the self ruminations of the protagonist go on and on.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,533

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, what a performance and what a story

  • By Jared G on 08-27-16

excellent

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

Reviewed: 05-07-17

20K+ ratings are believable - it's a great book.
All the reviews prior do a better job at explaining, so mine will be simple...
Logical, smart and creative world building.
Likeable characters. Good and credible twists and turns (for the vast majority of the time).
Excellent book.

56 of 60 people found this review helpful

  • The Daredevil Snared

  • The Adventurers Quartet, Book 3
  • By: Stephanie Laurens
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Captain Caleb Frobisher, hedonistic youngest son of a seafaring dynasty, wants to be taken seriously. Seizing the next leg of the covert mission his brothers are pursuing, he acts decisively and effectively in securing the mission's objectives. But responsibility has taken root, and he remains in the jungle to ensure the mission's ultimate goal.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The most boring ever

  • By Emily on 07-10-16

The most boring ever

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

I enjoy Laurens. She writes intelligent, logical and interesting romance. And she is one of the most talented technical writers in the genre. But this story was boring and way too slow. I wanted to scream every time I heard the phrase "we have to open the second tunnel" or "we have to monitor production." Who cares after the first time you've said it?! You don't need to say it a hundred times. It's like the same phrases and conversations were repeated over and over to up the page count.

But the most disappointing aspect of this book is that there was NO tension between them - NONE. No conflict, no danger, no spark, no sparing - nada, zip, zilch, nothing. And neither were interesting characters - absolutely nothing special about either of them. His friend that came along for the adventure was more interesting than the hero!

The second book in this series was okay - not her best but at least held my attention. I hope the last one - about the oldest brother, who has been set up to be the most ruthless and dangerous - will make up for this one.

One last note: the pace was too slow - maybe because the story was so boring. I tried listening to it in fast mode, but that was too much "chipmunks" style and I couldn't do it. Don't know if it was the narrator's fault, but I kept willing him to talk faster so I could hurry up and be done with the book.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Escape

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,254

John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice. But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Agonizing

  • By Bobby on 01-15-15

SOUND EFFECTS & MUSIC!

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

Reviewed: 03-29-15

I really hate it when sound effects and music are used in an audio book. It is very distracting and totally unnecessary. All it does is take the reader out of the narrative and then you're paying attention to stupid sound effects and have no idea what was written.

And it's only done during action scenes - and once when a letter is read.

Please, please, editors or producers or authors or whomever makes these production decisions - DO NOT use sound effects or music!!!

Aside from that, the story was fairly straight forward and predictable. An easy way to pass the time. There were a few eye-rolling moments and some corny lines. Weak female protagonist.

Did not care for the narrators - could not tell which brother was speaking when the male was speaking. And I do not like it when gender specific narrators are used.

I would pass on this unless you are really desperate.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,666

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

zombies

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

Reviewed: 02-15-15

This is the first post apocalyptic book I have read - for that reason, it was interesting and very different for me. I thought the pace was good, the writing very good and the performance was excellent, but the story....

******SPOILER******

If I spend time reading fiction, I want a HEA ending. If I want reality, I turn on the news read a paper, read non-fiction, or look out my front door - I do not want to pay money for someone else's fabricated unhappy ending.

If it had a different ending, then I would have given it 4-5 stars, the rest of it was that good.

4 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Flash Boys

  • A Wall Street Revolt
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,610

Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely A Worthwhile Learning Experience

  • By T Spencer on 07-14-15

The difficult made understandable

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

Reviewed: 02-15-15

I love everything that ML writes, and this one was no exception. He makes these difficult to understand topics understandable and interesting. He weaves in personal narratives that make the technical parts interesting.
An excellent read about a topic that every American should have a basic understanding of.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,620

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

  • By Tracey on 05-26-13

Liked it

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

Reviewed: 02-15-15

I bought the book without knowing who the real author was - I found out about half way through listening to it, and was surprised.
It was a very entertaining listen. A solid murder mystery that kept my attention and made me want to listen to more.
Some surprising twists and turns. I would recommend it to anyone that likes the private investigator/cop/murder type genre.
(And I always like a physically flawed protagonist who has honor.)