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  • Furious

  • Faith McMann, Book 1
  • By: T. R. Ragan
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,205

Faith McMann comes home to a nightmare: her husband is killed and her son and daughter are taken. Although the intruders leave her for dead, she survives. Crippling grief and fear for her children make life unbearable. Until her anguish turns to anger...and she trades victimhood for vengeance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • furious

  • By Diana Hart 33 on 04-25-16

I wonder what narrator I heard

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

The reviews here have slammed the narration. I didn't actually mind it. She is not Scott Brick, of course, but... not everyone likes voice acting and dramatic enunciation either.

It was actually not too bad a story. It is not a 5* story - the pacing is a bit odd for that, and, realistically, there is no way she would have "succeeded" if it was not fiction. But it is fiction... so... some leeway granted. I also did not mind the ending - it is not a cliffhanger, and it left room for additional books in the series without making me feel unsatisfied with this story's wrap up.

I picked it up for a change of pace in my reading and it worked for that - overall, it was a decent story, decently written, and interesting enough that I will read more in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Deep Blue Good-By

  • A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1
  • By: John D. MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,584
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,189
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,194

He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series

  • By Michael Cavacini on 06-15-12

It passes the Reacher test

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

I liked it quite a bit more than I feared I would. It is very nicely paced, and is very Jack Reacher-like (which was my goal). It is only mildly dated (this is the area I feared I would not like - but my fears were not necessary).

Sure, some of the things referenced wouldn't apply now in the world of cell phones and the internet, but...there you go.

Women in this story are pretty much helpless victims, but I don't know that they have much more power in modern books in this same genre anyway. These books are about a man's man fixing problems - sure, we can complain if the problems usually stem from women being so helpless, but then we wouldn't have very many vigilante books to read...

The narration is good. It does not have graphic content. I will read more Travis McGee stories.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hell Divers II: Ghosts

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 2
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,473
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,045
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,018

Ten years ago, Hell Diver Xavier "X" Rodriguez fell to Earth. Those he left behind went on without him aboard the airship he once called home. Michael Everheart - the boy once known as Tin - has grown into a man and the commander of Hell Diver Raptor Team. While Michael dives to help keep the Hive in the air, Captain Leon Jordan rules with an iron fist at the helm of the ship. But unrest stirs under his strict leadership as a prophecy of hope sweeps the lower decks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next book!

  • By Todd (Toad) Vogel on 07-31-17

Yeah, somehow the author pulled it off

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

I couldn't imagine how the story was continued after book one, but... it was... successfully too.

Do I believe the new captain would be so stupid? Probably... given the state of the world today: people clinging to power, regardless of the repercussions.

It was a struggle, however, to accept the fundamental premise that humankind could survive, genetically, with less than 500 individuals to reproduce, and/or that a "world" with so few survivors would risk the lives of anyone who could pass along their genes. But this struggle existed in book one too... the story here was believable, if you accept this underlying premise.

I will read the next in the series. Narration is very good. There is nothing very graphic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Crystal Whisperer

  • Spotless Series, Book 3
  • By: Camilla Monk
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

Perpetually foiled romance heroine Island Chaptal and reformed cleaning expert March - or is it Mr. November? - are enjoying a pleasant break in South Africa, after brushing with death in the inhospitable and platypus-infested mountains of Liechtenstein. That is, until a commercial flight disintegrates over the Atlantic, killing hundreds, and Island's supervillain dad makes the news as the mastermind behind the attack. Old Lion Dries is now on the run, and he calls upon his last ally - and favorite disciple - March.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! CLIFFHANGER!!!!!!

  • By Denise on 01-26-17

Story is a bit more tired than the earlier ones

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

Slightly less engaging than the first and second books but, otherwise, still pretty decent. The angst is a bit well-worn by now, and it might be time for the characters to shake it up a bit since they are just moving in the same old patterns over and over.

The tension between the characters feels strained. The use of the character from her past as the "bad guy" in this story was quite a stretch. Seems like Monk was trying to make the story more mystery-suspense driven than character relationship driven... she almost succeeded.

I will still read the next in the series. The narration is good. There is nothing graphic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Night Trade

  • Livia Lone, Book 2
  • By: Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640

For sex-crimes detective Livia Lone, a position with a government anti-trafficking task force is a chance to return to Thailand to ferret out Rithisak Sorm, the kingpin behind her own childhood ordeal. But after a planned takedown in a nightclub goes violently awry, Livia discovers that she's not the only one hunting Sorm. Former marine sniper Dox has a score to settle, too, and working together is the only way to take Sorm out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dox and Livia - does it get any better than this?

  • By shelley on 01-24-18

Pretty much what you would expect...

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

As good as any other Eisler book. It brings together Livia and Dox and both characters are pretty much exactly what you expect them to be. The story is not as... distressing... as the first Livia book, but justice is still served and the resolution is satisfactory and believable (well, as much as these black ops activities can be believable anyway).

The story does stand alone, but I don't think you would appreciate it nearly as much if you did not read the first book in the Livia Lone series. Also... having read about Dox in previous books (Rain series), makes him more relatable here as well.

All in all, I would buy this book again, and will continue to read pretty much anything Eisler publishes. His narration of his work is actually surprisingly good (and he gets better with each one he narrates).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Zero Sum

  • By: Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689

Returning to Tokyo in 1982 after a decade of mercenary work in the Philippines, a young John Rain learns that the killing business is now controlled by Victor, a half-Russian, half-Japanese sociopath who has ruthlessly eliminated all potential challengers. Victor gives Rain a choice: kill a government minister or die a grisly death. But the best route to the minister is through his gorgeous Italian wife, Maria.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Welcome back John Rain!

  • By shelley on 06-28-17

Have I mentioned I love Eisler?

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

Okay, I actually search for and buy every book Eisler releases. I particularly like the John Rain series... every one of them. This was no exception. It is a prequel and shows us a John Rain near the start of his career/learning curve.

The drawback to a prequel is that we lose the suspense of knowing if Rain will 'survive'. But the advantage of it is learning more about him and his character/skills development. And, of course, Eisler has just the right mix of suspense and vigilantism so we do want to see it through to the end to make sure the bad guys got what they deserved.

There is no graphic violence or detailed sex. I think there might have been a handful of swear words, but... maybe not, it was pretty unobtrusive if so. The narration is very good. Eisler has taken to narrating his own books and each one of them is actually better narrated that the one before.

As usual, I will buy any new Rain book, or any book by Eisler, as soon as it is released. (oh, FYI, his Livia Lone is also very good)

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Strictly Analog

  • By: Richard Levesque
  • Narrated by: Steven Jay Cohen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 600
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 551
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 554

What's a private detective to do in a future where nothing is private? That's Ted Lomax's problem. In the new California, a corporation runs the government, electric cars have drive tones, and a new technology keeps everyone constantly connected to the Internet. Almost everyone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice noir feel for a techno-mystery

  • By Kingsley on 03-14-15

Wow. Reviews are all over the place

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

I paid for this book. I do not get paid to review. It was a very solid 4 to 4.5 star book. It has a hint of noir, a hint of detective work, and a hint of future fiction. I am not sure why so many familiar reviewers, who normally like similar books to me slammed this so hard.

It is not deep fiction. It is not traditional sci-fi. It is investigator/detective fiction with a sci-fi tech component that is treated like it is a perfectly normal component of the world the story is set in. Actually, if you like Patrick Lee's Travis Chase series - this is pretty much the same kind of mystery-sci-fi blend.

The narration is fine. The pacing is good. It is not graphic and there is no sex or swearing. I did check to see if there are other books in this series and if there were, I would have bought them.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Body Reader

  • By: Anne Frasier
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,355

For three years, Detective Jude Fontaine was kept from the outside world. Held in an underground cell, her only contact was with her sadistic captor, and reading his face was her entire existence. Learning his every line, every movement, and every flicker of thought is what kept her alive. After her experience with isolation and torture, she is left with a fierce desire for justice - and a heightened ability to interpret the body language of both the living and the dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Go Jude!

  • By AudioAddict on 01-21-17

Decent detective procedural

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

Reviewed: 11-24-17

I did get this book on sale but I think it is worth the non-sale price. It has interesting characters and a decent plot (though I don't think it is particularly complex). The only negative thing I have to say is that the 'body reading' component that is 'advertised' in the book's description is not even a part of the story. Maybe they mention it once or twice, but I kept waiting for this feature to be used in the story, and it never was.

That is, of course, only a minor disappointment and the story is fine without it. Oh, and the part about her being kidnapped and held hostage is kinda a 'prologue' to the story, it is used to develop/explain her personality and responses, but is not actually detailed much in the story itself.

There is no graphic content and I don't think there was much in the line of foul language. I will read more by Frasier. The narration is good.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Mission of the Living

  • By: Rhiannon Frater
  • Narrated by: Kristin B. Allison
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

Vanguard Lindsay Rooney has faced the undead hordes of Inferi Scourge and lived to tell the tale, but she has also suffered horrible losses. Like millions of other civilians, she had hoped that The Bastion would recover after a team of modified soldiers eradicated the undead hordes of Inferi Scourge that infested their valley. Yet the city still crumbles around them, along with any chance of survival.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not good

  • By Kitty 26 on 09-20-17

Moderately bad followup to first book in series

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

Wow. This author is all over the place. This is the 3rd book of hers I have read. The first one (which was the first book in this series) was actually pretty good - slightly different take on zombies, slightly different world, and female characters who weren't completely useless.

Then I read a book from a different series by her (The First Days) and... well... we will just say that, at that time, I said I would skip this author in the future, it was that bad.

So, that brings us to this book. It is moderately-bad. Not bad-bad, just moderately bad. There is nothing about zombies in it, well, other than they exist and are the reason why any of the characters leave the city, but they do nothing in the story other than once they nearly kill the main character but, don't worry, she is saved by the knight in shining armor... I mean, by the male lead character.

The story, if we can use the word "story" here, consists of a cardboard couple trying to overcome obstacles so they can "be together" and that is about it.

If the first book in this series was an A, this one is a D, that is how different the quality of the storytelling is. I have returned to the realization that I will not be reading any of Frater's works in the future... one good book out of 3 just isn't enough.

There is no detailed sex, no gore and only minimal swearing. The narration is fine.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • JET II

  • Betrayal, Book 2
  • By: Russell Blake
  • Narrated by: Braden Wright
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Twenty-eight year old Jet, the former Mossad operative from the eponymous novel JET, must battle insurmountable odds to protect those she loves in a deadly race that stretches from the heartland of Nebraska to the corridors of power in Washington, D.C., from the lurid streets of Bangkok to the deadly jungles of Laos and Myanmar. Fans of Kill Bill, the Bourne trilogy, and 24 will be delighted by this rollercoaster of action, intrigue and suspense.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Monopolizing

  • By Jean on 10-09-16

It is "okay" if you were looking for YA flavor

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

Bit weaker than book 1 in the series... probably because the time line was "collapsed" here. Instead of writing it as a sequential series of events where the main character works her way through challenges, she just seems to miraculously jet (pun intended) from one locale to another and one urgent event to another.

And, of course, there was a "true love" hiatus mid-story which was not well done and not believable (but also not detailed or graphic).

Actually, the entire story is not graphic or detailed, which makes it feel like a young adult action novel. As such, it is a decent book. If you are looking for a mature/dark struggle-filled story line, you won't find it here.

The narration is fine. There is no sex or graphic violence and I don't recall any swearing.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful