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  • Hawke: Three Black Ops

  • Alex Hawke Series
  • By: Ted Bell
  • Narrated by: John Shea
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

This set includes Crash Dive, What Comes Around, and White Death, three Alex Hawke novellas never available before on audio. In Crash Dive, Alex Hawke is on a highly covert mission to enter another nation’s airspace undetected and find a way to avert a global war. In What Comes Around, two CIA officers are found dead. Hawke discovers that the victims are connected through one man: Spider Payne, a rogue intelligence officer. In White Death, M16 suspects a bizarre conspiracy when two bankers are found dead, and vast sums are plundered from the Queen of England’s accounts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 2 good, 1 bad

  • By Trudy Owens on 09-18-18

2 good, 1 bad

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

The first two stories are well done but the last one is all talk and no action, and boring talk at that.

  • In Such Good Company

  • Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox
  • By: Carol Burnett
  • Narrated by: Carol Burnett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557

Who but Carol Burnett herself has the timing, talent, and wit to pull back the curtain on the Emmy Award-winning show that made television history for 11 glorious seasons? In Such Good Company delves into little-known stories of the guests, sketches, and antics that made the show legendary as well as some favorite tales too good not to relive again. Carol lays it all out for us, from the show's original conception to its evolution into one of the most beloved primetime programs of its generation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Memories of a Great Show!

  • By Jami on 10-01-16

not as funny as the show, but very interesting

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Carol does a good job keeping us interested in revisiting the 11 years of her TV show, talking about the writers, the actors, the guests, the costumers, the sound people, and even the audience. It is not as funny as watching her show, but it is fascinating to see how it was put together, and to finally realize the genius of so many people involved.

  • The Cold Dish

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,565

Introducing Wyoming's Sheriff Walt Longmire in this riveting novel from the New York Times best-selling author of Dry Bones, the first in the Longmire series, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire. Johnson draws on his deep attachment to the American West to produce a literary mystery of stunning authenticity, full of memorable characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)

  • By Dataman on 09-12-12

It feels so real!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

The world and the characters are unbelievably realistic and lovable. You will want to hang out with Walt Longmire and Standing Bear. You will want to fight for justice for the Indians (this is an old book), for abused women and girls; you will want to move to Wyoming. All the people are incredibly fully-fleshed.

There is humor, trauma all around, and pathos, and "spiritual bul..t" that is actually one of the best scenes in the book. George Guidall brings it all to full-color life, whether the character be a huge lawman, a petite foul-mouthed deputy, a wormy youth, or a diner waitress.

  • Orion Fleet

  • Rebel Fleet, Book 2
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,584
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,414

A year ago the Kher Empire was forced to retreat, but they were not beaten. In Orion Fleet, they return with a new weapon. A huge ship driven by AI begins methodically grinding inhabited worlds to dust. This unstoppable enemy is without fear or remorse, and the Rebels begin a desperate battle just to slow its advance. Leo Blake takes Earth's first warship into space to find a counter to this deadly new attack. The Imperial Fleets take notice of Earth's interference, and they're intent upon revenge. Even if he wins, Blake might have doomed our homeworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally B.V. Larson is back!

  • By Anders on 03-03-17

undistinguished story

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

I love BV Larson. I love Mark Boyett. If this is your first series with them you will love it as Larson is stupendous at aliens, battles and causes.

However, if you have read his other things, specifically his Undying Merenaries series, it may be hard to get into this one. I read the first volume over a year ago, and finally got around to this one. The problem is not the writing or the narration; the problem is it all sounds the same. You won't remember if you are listening to Campbell, Larson, or Nuttall (except for the moral politics). Mark Boyett is a master at creating voices, but even he can't make that many new ones.

  • Infinite

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,825
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,334

The Galahad, a faster-than-light spacecraft, carries 50 scientists and engineers on a mission to prepare Kepler 452b, Earth's nearest habitable neighbor at 1400 light years away. With Earth no longer habitable and the Mars colony slowly failing, they are humanity's best hope. After 10 years in a failed cryogenic bed - body asleep, mind awake - William Chanokh's torture comes to an end as the fog clears, the hatch opens, and his friend and fellow hacker, Tom, greets him...by stabbing a screwdriver into his heart. This is the first time William dies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a rather complex science fiction story

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-26-17

Infinite gets really boring

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

After some interesting events, there doesn't seem to be a point to existence. RC Bray can't fix dull.

  • The Whole Art of Detection

  • Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes
  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,142

Internationally best-selling author Lyndsay Faye became enamored with tales of Sherlock Holmes and his esteemed biographer, Dr. John Watson, as a child and later began spinning these quintessential characters into her own works of fiction - from her acclaimed debut novel, Dust and Shadow, which pitted the famous detective against Jack the Ripper, to a series of short stories for the Strand Magazine, whose predecessor published the very first Sherlock Holmes short story in 1891.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yay! More Sherlock!

  • By KadySiga on 03-13-17

a good try

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

These stories are a really, really good try to bring more life to our beloved Holmes. They almost make it. The period scenes seem believable, but the conversations and detection lack humor and sparkle. It is really easy to become distracted while listening and miss an entire story. The narration is quite good.

  • Dark World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 9
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,750
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,570

Two expanding interstellar powers are about to meet in battle. After the collapse of the Cephalopod Kingdom, Humanity claimed the 300 rebellious worlds it left behind. But light years away on the far side of a disputed region, a rival power has begun to move. They're stealing our planets, one at a time. Earth Command decides to invade the center of the frontier to set up an advanced base. The mission to DARK WORLD is highly classified and deadly. Legion Varus spearheads the effort, and James McGill journeys to the stars again. How many ships do they have? How advanced is their tech? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The “Juice Box” Gambit

  • By Don Gilbert on 07-02-18

The story's a little dull but still pretty good

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

Pit the two commanding women against each other and watch the sparks fly! Verus is supposed to capture a manufacturing site, but it ends up there are huge complications! MaGill is still pulling his shenanigans, but his strong sense of fair and right come into play here regarding both the wormy Vulvites and the Blood World warriors. The story ends on a clear, but non-frustrating cliff-hanger, so we can expect another World installment.

Mark Boyett is still fantastic at gibing personality to all the characters.

  • Jury Master

  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685

David Sloane is the best wrongful death attorney in San Francisco. He's a lawyer who can make juries do anything. But despite his professional success, he's plagued by a nightmare of a childhood he cannot consciously remember. When he receives a package from a White House confidant who then turns up dead by apparent suicide, the contents reveal a history he never could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Storytelling

  • By Eddie Renz on 05-19-15

interesting and full of action!

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

However, it has nearly nothing to do with the title or his job as an attorney, literal or allegorical.

Sloane wins a case for a corrupt, mobster-like client who really was responsible and should have paid millions (but this is incidental to the rest of the book), recurring nightmares and migraines, a dead cop, a dead friend of the President, Mexican oil summit. It seems it will be impossible to work this all together, but the non-stop action finally does. There are some wonderful people and relationships, but lots of violence and some sad deaths.

The narration is spot-on and makes it very enjoyable.

  • Passenger 19

  • A Jammer Davis Thriller
  • By: Ward Larsen
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271

Jammer Davis has spent most of his life investigating aircraft accidents. When a small regional jet disappears over the jungles of Colombia, it is a tragedy like dozens of others he has seen...but for one terrible detail, his young daughter, who was en route to a semester abroad in South America, is listed on the passenger manifest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Feel guilty but I really enjoyed this

  • By anonymous but sincere on 03-17-17

my favorite Jammer story yet!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

This one is exciting and funny, with several hero types, and some serious scumbags. If you like your cavalry Han Solo Rambo style, this is the book for you. Colombian drug lords and kidnappers, US coverup, a plane crash, and corruption in the police. There will still be a few surprises even after you've pegged the bad guy. The narrator did a great job with both the French and Spanish accents, except for the hard g in Cartagena. And I can't tell if the beer-sandwiches-and-stories "siesta" was an author mistake or a narration mistake. Nobody's perfect, and I enjoyed the book.

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  • The Caves of Steel

  • Robot, Book 1
  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,774

A millennium into the future two advancements have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain. Isaac Asimov's Robot novels chronicle the unlikely partnership between a New York City detective and a humanoid robot who must learn to work together. Like most people left behind on an over-populated Earth, New York City police detective Elijah Baley had little love for either the arrogant Spacers or their robotic companions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci-Fi Mystery at its Best!

  • By HL on 09-16-14

Seminal work in Sci-fi Robotics

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

If you love robots or space or Star Trek or Star Wars or anything like that, you must become familiar with Isaac Asimov. His I Robot and other early stories about the development of the positronic brain, the Three Laws of Robotics, and the robo-psychologist Susan Calvin (not the one in the movie) are the basis of all we just now accept as natural and true about robots.

This book and its 2 sequels are brilliant in their ability to present a future Earth in such a way that you understand the society and personalities. Then you follow Detective Elijah Bailey as he learns to confront his own assumptions, biases, and cultural fears in order to understand the world of The Spacers. He must learn how to function as a person, and then as a detective, in a culture that should be similar but is so very very different. There is so much here to delight--the linguistic differences, the cultural clash, the workings of robots within a society, and then the murder.

Asimov and his books have stood the test of time and are just as believable today as they were 50 years ago. As I divest myself of physical books and count more on the library and audio books, this is one of my keepers. I love this book. I love R Daneel Olivaw.

Since I have read this book many times over the last 5 decades, I have my own voice for the characters which makes it nearly impossible for any narrator to satisfy my expectation. If you haven't read the book and are just listening for the first time, the narration will probably be perfect.