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Trudy Owens

Orem, UT, US
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  • Assassin's Silence

  • A David Slaton Novel
  • By: Ward Larsen
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364

When it comes to disappearing, David Slaton has few equals. Police in three countries have written off trying to find him. His old employer, Mossad, keeps no forwarding address. Even his wife and son are convinced he is dead. So when an assault team strikes, Slaton is taken by surprise. He kills one man and manages to escape. Half a world away, in the baleful heat of the Amazon, an obscure air cargo company purchases a derelict airliner. Teams of mechanics work feverishly to make the craft airworthy. On the first flight, the jet plunges toward the ocean.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who are these guys and why don't they like me?

  • By Allen Anthony on 05-25-16

very exciting, full of twists

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

The airplane made this story different from the other David Slaton books. At first you don't think anything of it, but later it changes and grows in importance and cleverness. Slaton is trying to stay dead but the world needs him! This is an exciting listen and a unique plot twist. The narration falls short on accents, but is fine for the English speakers.

  • Assassin's Code

  • A David Slayton Novel
  • By: Ward Larsen
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

Former assassin David Slaton discovers a cryptic message: on a memory stick, a photograph of the man who will soon assume command of DGSI, France's elite counterterrorism force. With that country reeling under a wave of ISIS attacks, Zavier Baland will be trusted to make the Republic safe again. The problem - Slaton has seen Baland's face before. He is Ali Samir, a terrorist Slaton is certain he killed 15 years earlier. Unable to reconcile this frightening disconnect, he attempts to raise the alarm.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I can't listen anymore

  • By Trinity on 02-06-18

high action start to end

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

David Slaton missed a shot all those years ago? Impossible! But that's the evidence, and he must investigate. Lots of action all through this from the beginning to the end. I love the character. I love the dense action. What I don't love is that he makes his wife bear the burden of his missions; he makes her decide if he should go or not. She's a doctor sworn to protect life, and he wimps out on these decisions.

The narration is not the best, but it's okay.

  • Journey

  • Sunfall, Book 1
  • By: D. Gideon
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce, Becket Royce
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624

Ripley's a tomboy at heart who has never met a stranger. Her plans were to finish her veterinary studies and take her family to the country, where life wouldn't be such a struggle. She thought the worst she'd have to deal with at the University of Maryland were the unwelcome advances and attitudes of affluent students, and the occasional East Coast hurricane. She never expected the sun to fall down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent start to a YA disaster series

  • By Marcus on 05-02-17

a quite likely scenario

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

If you look at what the lack of electricity is doing in Venezuela, you can see that no greater catastrophe is needed to destroy civilization, and turn men to beasts. In this case, a Coronal Mass Ejection wipes out all the world's electricity infrastructure. It will be a decade or more before that can be rebuilt.

This is a non-prepper's guide to prepping. It involves emergency plans, some basic skills, and an outside-the-box thinking of how to find survival supplies. (I find this part welcome and useful.) This preparation is then fairly-well woven into a story of college kids trying to get home, and what the old folks at home are facing. The problem is that in order to teach us the necessary survival skills, the group of students has a phony student friend who just happens to be a survivor of Sarajevo, and a former fighter for the Mossad! This credibility-stretching cheat brings down the realism with pedantic lectures on hand-to-hand fighting, finding food, and situational awareness.

At the risk of stereotyping, I cannot hear that several of the main characters are Black. I'm not saying they need to sound Scarlet O'Hara-ish, but even Black people have distinguishable voices for Black people. What happens in the narrations is you are startled when someone's black-ness is mentioned because you're just not hearing it.

Then the volume ends without conclusion so as to lead into the next book, not really a cliff-hanger, but still unfinished. Books such as One Second After and The Commune manage natural resolutions that satisfactorily wrap up the events in one book, and then open up again in the succeeding volume. This series is really one book split into random volumes for sale.

To my dying day, I will fight for the English language. When I'm gone, y'all can destroy it all you want, but while I have breath, I will speak out. Publishers have a responsibility to the integrity of the language. This story illustrates the breakdown of that duty. There is too much incorrect usage of lie/lay as well as between "John and I" and "John and me." Publishers need to hire better editors and make more use of them.

Sunfall is, nevertheless, interesting and I will continue to read the series. It's just not top-drawer material.

  • I Am the Traitor

  • By: Allen Zadoff
  • Narrated by: John Salwin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

The Program has sent Boy Nobody on countless missions, instructed to kill whichever target he was given. But now, after going rogue, he is on his own mission to rescue his friend, Howard, who was captured by The Program. Boy Nobody manages to free Howard as well as Tanya, a mysterious girl who was being held with him. Howard and Tanya help Boy Nobody collect information about his father, eventually revealing a dangerous secret that teaches Boy Nobody a valuable lesson - he can't trust anyone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • this is Michael Vey, not Evan Smoak

  • By Trudy Owens on 03-14-19

this is Michael Vey, not Evan Smoak

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

Perhaps I was misled at the beginning of book 1. I read it as a serious adult black operations tale similar to the Orphan X books. And I was very slow to realize that these books are really YA fiction more on a par with the Michael Vey stories where you know from the outset that this is over-the-top fiction like the Spy Kids movies. Therefore each book's quality dropped in my estimation.

Given that I didn't figure this out until the middle of this book, I found the events and skills increasingly improbable and simplistic. A lot happens in this volume, very quickly and easily. There may be more to follow, but probably not for me.

IF you read this knowing the YA genre, you may enjoy it more than I did.

  • Traitor Born

  • Secondborn, Book 2
  • By: Amy A. Bartol
  • Narrated by: Kate Reinders
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 929
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924

Secondborn Roselle St. Sismode was pressed into military service to battle the rebel uprising threatening the society that enslaves her. Now, powerful factions conspire to subvert the lines of succession, positioning Roselle to replace her mother as leader of the Republic's armed forces. But the woman who bore her would sooner see Roselle dead than let her usurp her firstborn brother's command.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-08-18

eye rolling teen angst

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

What has to happen here is Roselle will bring down the current social system of the Fates and First and Second Borns and set up some more equitable society where all people can live and love and marry and have families. We knew that in the first book, even though Roselle claims here that she didn't.

But in order for all that to happen, we have to watch her nuzzle into the necks of at least 3 guys. She lurvs Hawthorn,and he gets to say things like, "I'm lost without you," but gee, how her pulse pounds when the other hotties get her alone. Little slut. Oh, there's some yawning action where she is always the best fighter and survives all sorts of hits.

But that's not all. If the ditzy, same-voice-for-everyone narration is correct to the writing, then the author doesn't understand English. Proof:
1. The breeze tussled his hair. (No, the breeze tousled his hair. Tussle means to wrestle, fight, struggle.)
2. The length of his hair hung to his shoulders. (That's just stupid. Length doesn't hang, hair hangs.)
3. I'm not so sure my mother perpetuated this crime. (It's perpetrated, you idiot.)

I can't stand it. There are so many well-written books out there where something really happens and the strong woman doesn't constantly melt into every bulging-biceps man. There are books where the language is used correctly and actually makes sense. This is not one of those books.

  • Wrecked

  • An IQ Novel
  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598

Isaiah Quintabe - IQ for short - has never been more successful or felt more alone. A series of high-profile wins in his hometown of East Long Beach have made him notorious. Dodson, once his sidekick, is now his full-fledged partner, hell-bent on giving IQ's PI business some legitimacy. So when a young painter approaches IQ for help tracking down her missing mother, it's not just the case Isaiah's looking for but the human connection. And when his new confidant turns out to be connected to a dangerous paramilitary operation, IQ falls victim to a threat even a genius can't see coming.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointment for this once promising series

  • By Terry on 10-27-18

interesting as crime, but not as IQ

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

The story lacks the heart that IQ had in the earlier books. There's too much extraneous stuff like Datsun's phone scam job. Although it does show Datsun's maturing morality, it did not move the plot along. IQ mentions his brother, but there isn't the depth of soul that the previous books had. Sullivan Jones is great for all the voices.

  • The Sleeping Doll

  • A Novel
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Anne Twomey
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,325
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 658
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 658

Ten years ago in California, Daniel Pell, a self-styled Charles Manson, was sentenced to life in prison for murdering an entire family: husband, wife, and two children, plus one of his young male followers. He is brought to Salinas, California, to interview with Kathryn Dance after he is implicated in yet another killing. Things go terribly wrong during an interview break, and Pell escapes, intent on killing again.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Okay, just okay

  • By Deb on 02-13-08

Very complicated and thoroughly great!

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

When the case is all solved and there are still a couple hours left, you know there are some surprises to come! And the story ties up loose ends you didn't remember were there! Katherine Dance is a great character, and good to have when there is no more Lincoln Rhyme to read.

  • Lucky Suit

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,634
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,603

I'm breaking up with setups. No more “you should meet my son, nephew, grandson, the butcher, the guy down the street who mows my lawn.” People mean well, but machines know better, so I'll rely on the great dating algorithms of the web to find my ideal man, thank you very much. Soon enough, it looks like I’ve found him - his screen name is Lucky Suit, and he’s hilarious, quick-witted, and full of heart. But when we finally get together in person, I have the distinct feeling I’ve met him before. Funny enough - he says the same thing about me. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved

  • By Thai on 02-06-19

Just a bit confusing in the middle, light n sweet

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

The confusion of persons in the middle of the beginning is distracting for a long time, until it is simplistically solved. Once you get through that, it is a sweet, light romance. The narration is fine.

  • Sovereign

  • By: Jeff Hirsch
  • Narrated by: Jesse Einstein
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,657
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,003
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,997

Micah Cole has been in deep space for three years while his parents chase their obsession with finding intelligence to the far corners of the universe, but Micah dreams of the friends he left behind and counts the days until they return home. When a devastating meteor shower nearly destroys their ship, Micah is separated from his family and stranded on Sovereign, a vast planet of raging rivers, towering forests, and deadly creatures. If Micah ever wants to see his family or his home again, he’ll have to learn to how to survive on a hostile alien world, all alone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exploring strange new worlds

  • By Kingsley on 02-01-19

Yeah, better as a youth novel

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

If you've done a lot of reading, you'll see recurring themes, but if you are young or haven't read all the old stuff, this should be good. For me, it dragged a bit when it got weird in the middle, but the end saved it and I just might try the next one.

As an Audible Original, I am super disappointed at the lack of grammatical editing. The word "sank" is still the past tense of "sink", and "lie-lay-laid" should be clear to you all. If not, I expect you to pay me.

The narration is mostly good with just a few missteps.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Hanging Girl

  • A Department Q Novel
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,984

In the middle of his usual hard-won morning nap in the basement of police headquarters, Carl Mørck, head of Department Q, receives a call from a colleague working on the Danish island of Bornholm. Carl is dismissive when he realizes that a new case is being foisted on him, but a few hours later he receives some shocking news that leaves his headstrong assistant, Rose, more furious than usual.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gasp! This is marvelous!

  • By Ted on 11-21-16

surprise after surprise!

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

When you think you have it figured out, you will notice that there are still several hours left! Then the end WILL be a surprise. Your notions of who is good and who is bad will be turned topsy-turvy. As usual, the narration is wonderful.