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T. M. Crane

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  • Enemy of the State

  • A Mitch Rapp Novel, Book 16
  • By: Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,746
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,731

After 9/11, the United States made one of the most secretive and dangerous deals in its history. The evidence against the powerful Saudis who coordinated the attack would be buried. In return, King Faisal would promise to keep the oil flowing and deal with the conspirators in his midst. When the king's own nephew is discovered funding ISIS, the president suspects that the Saudis never intended to live up to their agreement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sorely Missed the Voice of Mitch Rapp (George Guidall)

  • By james on 09-06-17

Still Great

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

This was a bit of a departure for Mitch Rapp, and a great read (or listen). Nice collection of characters. Kyle Mills continues the adventures in a great way.

Regarding the performance. I really like Scott Brick..... BUT not here. I told myself it was just a change that I'd get used to, but, no, it's not like that. The Guidall presentation is so perfect. He is part of the Mitch Rapp we're used to, and he presents all the other characters and paints scene in a certain way that "makes it". It's just not the same. Please bring George Guidall back to make the story whole again.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Extreme Prey

  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,237

After the events in Gathering Prey, Lucas Davenport finds himself in a very unusual situation - no longer employed by the Minnesota BCA. His friend, the governor, is just cranking up a presidential campaign, though, and he invites Lucas to come along as part of his campaign staff. "Should be fun!" he says, and it kind of is - until they find they have a shadow: an armed man intent on killing the governor...and anyone who gets in the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sandford does it again!

  • By Wayne on 05-01-16

Cannot Get Enough of the Prey Series.

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

Reviewed: 10-14-16

What made the experience of listening to Extreme Prey the most enjoyable?

Sandford's stories are the best - full of suspense and interest, full of great characters, just enough humor sprinkled in - - masterful. Richard Ferrone is the perfect narrator for the stories. Couldn't be a better match.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Extreme Prey?

Sorry for this cop out - - the whole thing was great.

What does Richard Ferrone bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His narration is perfect. He makes John Sandford's already fabulous character development, even fuller and richer. Richard Ferrone brings the main character, Lucas, to life in exactly the right way. He makes listening to the book a much bigger experience than reading the hard copy. He's also spot-on at delivering the humor in Sandford's books.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Deep and Dark and Dangerous

  • By: Mary Downing Hahn
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Just before summer begins, 13-year-old Ali finds an old photograph. She recognizes the two children in it; one’s her mother, the other her aunt Dulcie - but who is the third person, the one who’s been torn out of the picture? Ali will have two months to figure it out, since she’s spending the summer with her aunt and her cousin in the same house her mom and aunt used to visit when they were kids. Then Ali meets Sissy. Sissy is mean, spiteful, and determined to ruin Ali’s summer. Sissy also has a secret. Could it have something to do with the old photo? Ali is dying to find out - though, if she’s not careful, that may be exactly what happens to her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Engaging Read

  • By T. M. Crane on 10-14-16

An Engaging Read

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

Reviewed: 10-14-16

Where does Deep and Dark and Dangerous rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the upper 30% - and I have listened to hundreds of audio books.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Deep and Dark and Dangerous?

The canoe ride into the lake.

Have you listened to any of Rachel Dulude’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first of Rachel Dulude's performances I've listened to.
I had to admit it, but I typically dislike listening to female narrators. Rachel Dulude did a very good job with this book and it was a pleasant experience.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Winter Prey

  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,261

Few writers have explored the human dark side with as much insight and power - and in Winter Prey, his shattering New York Times best-seller, Sandford tells his most ice-blooded tale of all. Minneapolis Lieutenant Lucas Davenport has tracked killers in cities across America. But even he may be unprepared to face the savage murderer hunting human prey in the Wisconsin woods this winter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Wayne on 11-26-18

Classic Sanford and Ferrone

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

Reviewed: 09-16-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Winter Prey to be better than the print version?

Don't know - never read the print version. I would think it's better. Listening to Richard Ferrone narrate a great story is a wonderful experience.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Winter Prey?

Too many to list.

Having listened to all available books in this series, re-listening to this was special. Revisiting Lucas's first meeting Weather was really cool.

Which character – as performed by Richard Ferrone – was your favorite?

Lucas, of course.
And Weather.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Having listened to all available books in this series, re-listening to the time when Lucas first meat Weather was really good.

Any additional comments?

A great book; well worth the time to listen.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,550
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,552

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me...

  • By Kristin on 08-30-12

Worth the "Read"

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

Reviewed: 10-14-15

Would you consider the audio edition of 14 to be better than the print version?

?? I didn't read the print. Enjoyed the audio just fine.

What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

Can't compare. Very cool concept.

Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Haven't listened to others.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The whole thing was very good. I always wanted to hear more; never "endured" the experience.

Any additional comments?

This was very entertaining and suspenseful. I enjoyed it a great deal.

1 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 162,985
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,429
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150,267

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

No Wonder it's a Movie!!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-15

If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

Totally awesome book!!

What other book might you compare The Martian to and why?

No comparison! Refreshingly different.

What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

Love the performance! Bray did a GREAT job with all the emotions and situations. Super job with character differentiation and emotional range.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The whole thing was very gripping.

Any additional comments?

This is not a book I would have chosen on my own. My husband wanted to see the movie and then I heard a podcast that shared really cool things about the book's creation and it's accuracy (maybe feasibility is a better word). So I got it and I'm SO glad I did. I couldn't stop listening. Great book.Great performance.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 212,391
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198,313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197,900

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Hooked from the start!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

YES! This book was a blast from the opening lines. Loved every second. Just a super fun book. I'll certainly "read" it again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ready Player One?

The end of the "game" and when the gifts were bestowed.

Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton – was your favorite?

The main character was my favorite, though I really liked H also.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I don't know how this book would NOT become a movie. It seems perfect. I don't do tag lines....sorry.

Any additional comments?

The book is great and the performance is excellent. There was no confusion in the book as to who was talking, where they were, or what was going on. The character differentiation was very well done and the voice was very pleasing to listen to (at least for me - I know that's a personal thing...). This book went down easy and I'll listen to it again.

  • Gathering Prey

  • Prey, Book 25
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,374

They call them Travelers. They move from city to city, panhandling, committing no crimes - they just like to stay on the move. And now somebody is killing them. Lucas Davenport's adopted daughter, Letty, is home from college when she gets a phone call from a woman Traveler she'd befriended in San Francisco. The woman thinks somebody's killing her friends, she's afraid she knows who it is, and now her male companion has gone missing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I feel as if I've traveled this road before.

  • By Andy Bachand on 04-30-15

Another Great Book and Performance

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

Reviewed: 06-12-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! I would and do recommend John Sandford's books at every opportunity.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Gathering Prey?

Lucas's reaction to Letty's driving.

Which character – as performed by Richard Ferrone – was your favorite?

Lucas. Flowers. Letty. Weather. Can't decide - I love them all.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and pretty much did

Any additional comments?

I love these books - - always checking in to see if there is a new one. Richard Ferrone does such an amazing job of making the story and the characters come to life.
I've listened to many of these books multiple times. They catch my interest in the first minutes and keep me intensely tuned in the entire time. I'm totally spoiled with how Richard Ferrone makes the characters unique and I'm never confused as to who just did or said what. Just fabulous.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133,225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,533

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

Sorry, but I didn't like it...

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

Reviewed: 06-12-15

What would have made The Girl on the Train better?

Less time spent in the sad misery of the main character's life. I kept feeling like, "the gal is a mess; I get it already."

What could Paula Hawkins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The time spent in the main character's misery was a bit much. I know there needed to be character development and a build-up, but it went on a bit long.

Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

In my humble opinion, the character differentiation was poor. I had to work harder than usual to listen for names rather than having the sounds provide that for me.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration. During the first half, I was thinking I'd had enough and I was going to return the book (something I've done only once before in my many years and many books with Audible). The high ratings made me stick with it, thinking, "it's got to get better." The end was pretty decent, but it wasn't worth the ride for me.

Any additional comments?

My tastes are obviously much different than those who rated this book. It was not a pleasant listening experience for me.

  • Storm Front

  • Virgil Flowers, Book 7
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,056

In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an Israeli cop, and she's tailing a man who's smuggled out an extraordinary relic - a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon. Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses? He looks at the cop. She's not laughing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Flowers for Sanford

  • By FRITZ STOOP on 12-08-13

Another Hit

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

Reviewed: 11-16-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely YES!!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

As usual, I was engrossed from the start and had a hard time not listening.

Have you listened to any of Eric Conger’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've listened to all the Sandford books. Eric Conger is a fabulous narrator and he makes the Virgil Flowers books so much richer. He hits the humor dead on. The characters are awesome much because Conger's presentation. I've been tempted to look for other books just to listen to more Eric Conger.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

As usual with Virgil Flowers books, there were many moments where I truly did LOL. With a couple of them, I replayed them because they were so funny!!

Any additional comments?

The Sandford/Conger combo is outstanding. It just doesn't get any better than these.