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  • The Chef

  • By: James Patterson, Max DiLallo
  • Narrated by: Micheal Ziants
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 787
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 705
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 700

In the Carnival days leading up Mardi Gras, Detective Caleb Rooney comes under investigation for a murder he is accused of committing in the line of duty - as a major crimes detective for the New Orleans Police Department. Has his sideline at the Killer Chef food truck given him a taste for murder? While fighting the charges against him, Rooney makes a pair of unthinkable discoveries. His beloved city is under threat of attack. And these would-be terrorists may be local. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Chef

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-02-19

Flat James Patterson.

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

Reviewed: 03-29-19

Bad narrator. Pedestrian story, but quit book after an hour. Disappointing effort, well below what I expect from the James Patterson brand.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Island

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 64

This riveting and entertaining thriller by Thomas Perry follows a husband-and-wife con team on the run from the Mob, a soldier of fortune between jobs, a two-bit operator with grandiose dreams of tribal dynasty, a sultry CIA operative with divided loyalties, the most dazzling defector ever to hurl a split-fingered fastball, and 20th-century buccaneers who wash up on a tiny island in the Caribbean and turn it into a multinational cash machine. But then the shooting starts.   

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not good Thomas Perry

  • By Sean Cunningham on 08-26-18

Not good Thomas Perry

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

Nobody writes this fun goofy what's-going-to-happen-next better than Donald Westlake. But Thomas Perry is no Donald Westlake! ISLAND is forced, implausible, and not fun or funny. To be fair, Perry wrote ISLAND more than 30 years ago and it doesn't have the storytelling wit and style which characterize everything else of his I've read. I remain a Thomas Perry fan, but not a fan of ISLAND.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Myron Bolitar Series, Book 11
  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,954
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,928

A decade ago, kidnappers grabbed two boys from wealthy families and demanded ransom, then went silent. No trace of the boys ever surfaced. For 10 years their families have been left with nothing but painful memories and a quiet desperation for the day that has finally, miraculously arrived: Myron Bolitar and his friend Win believe they have located one of the boys, now a teenager. Where has he been for 10 years, and what does he know about the day, more than half a life ago, when he was taken?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Win comes home. So does Harlan Coben.

  • By Carol on 10-26-17

Harlan and Myron and Win, oh my!

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

Reviewed: 10-23-16

Just as warm, comfortable and inviting as meeting old friends by a campfire. Loved it.

  • Never Go Back

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,142

Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Expect the Best

  • By David Shear on 09-06-13

Good old boy Jack Reacher at it again...

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

Reviewed: 06-20-16

We have heard it before, we will hear it again. It is a delight to spend time around the campfire listening to Jack Reacher's war stories.

  • War and Remembrance

  • By: Herman Wouk
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 56 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,572
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,092
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,073

Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What can I say that hasn't already been said??

  • By aaron on 01-31-12

So Very Good

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

Reviewed: 01-20-13

Taken together, Winds of War and War and Remembrance are an enormous undertaking which succeeds marvelously. I read these books when I was much younger and I liked them a lot. Today I like them even more. At the risk of being hyperbolic, I think these are the best stories about war I've ever read. I have no reservations about recommending them. They are a marvel of modern storytelling.

Special thanks to the narrator, Kevin Pariseau, who is terrific. Pariseau is a varsity player, up there with Jim Dale, John Lee, Scott Brick, Lou Diamond Phillips, Barabara Rosenblatt, Davina Porter, and Ed Hermann.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Informationist

  • A Thriller
  • By: Taylor Stevens
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,629
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,004
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,016

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

Taylor Stevens not in the big leagues yet.

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

Reviewed: 06-24-12

This novel is about a fiercely driven female action heroine playing on the world stage of espionage and intrigue. The author's feminism demonstrates that badly written women can be just as dopey as badly written men. To be fair, Taylor Stevens comes up with some great action bits and plot twists. But unfortunately the story and characters didn't feel human. The Informationist is much more plot driven than character driven and at its core I don't find the humanity that's the hallmark of the really good writer.

Hilary Huber as narrator is fine, and gives a plausible interpretation of wildly improbable material.

  • Wild Thing

  • A Novel
  • By: Josh Bazell
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff, Stephanie Wolfe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 515

It's hard to find work as a doctor when using your real name will get you killed. So hard that when a reclusive billionaire offers Dr. Peter Brown, aka Pietro Brnwa, a job accompanying a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world's worst field assignment, Brown has no real choice but to say yes. Even if it means that an army of murderers, mobsters, and international drug dealers-not to mention the occasional lake monster-are about to have a serious Pietro Brnwa problem.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Lot Like Cotton Candy

  • By Dr. on 02-24-12

Disappointing Second Effort

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

Reviewed: 03-05-12

I loved Bazell's first novel, Beat the Reaper. It was wry, funny, unpredictable and gritty. Wild Thing is an attempt to continue the series, but not a very good one. It feels like he wrote it for Movie executives. I hope he'll be back with better stuff.

The production and narration were very good. It was the story that bugged me.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Boomerang

  • Travels in the New Third World
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,981
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,995

The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An easy intro to the global financial crisis

  • By Diana - Audible on 04-17-12

Both Pertinent and Fun. A great read.

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

Reviewed: 11-22-11

Imagine reading "The Big Short" in 2006, before the financial collapse. Loved it. It's Michael Lewis at his best. Don't miss it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful