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  • Out of the Dark

  • An Orphan X Novel (Evan Smoak, Book 4)
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,879
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,733
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,722

Taken from a group home at age 12, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as part of the Orphan Program, an off-the-books operation designed to create deniable intelligence assets - i.e. assassins. Evan was Orphan X. He broke with the Program, using everything he learned to disappear and reinvent himself as the Nowhere Man, a man who helps the truly desperate when no one else can. But now Evan's past in the Orphan Program is reaching out to him. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SMOAKIN' HOT!!!!

  • By shelley on 01-30-19

Out of the Dark

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

Gregg Hurwitz Orphan X series gets more interesting with each book. This was his best. But only until his next one.
Scot Brick is so consistent with his narration he could be Evan Smoak.

  • Hellbent

  • An Orphan X Novel
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,730
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,401
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,377

Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as an off-the-books government assassin: Orphan X. After he broke with the Orphan Program, Evan disappeared and reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, a man spoken about only in whispers and dedicated to helping the truly desperate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easily earns 5 stars!

  • By Wayne on 01-31-18

Hell Bent

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

This is my favorite Evan Smoak book. I am fascinated with the changes in Evan's affectless personality. And enjoying the humor that came from those changes.
I'm going to reread all three books,take more notes, try to find some of that luscious Vodka that he can afford but I cannot, and listen to Mozart's #3 Concerto.
Hopefully Hurwitz has more of Evan Smoak to share with us.
Great book from a very fine series.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Crossing

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,280

Detective Harry Bosch has retired from the LAPD, but his half-brother, defense attorney Mickey Haller, needs his help. The murder rap against his client seems ironclad, but Mickey is sure it's a setup. Though it goes against all his instincts, Bosch takes the case. With the secret help of his former LAPD partner, Lucia Soto, he turns the investigation inside the police department. But as Bosch gets closer to discovering the truth, he makes himself a target.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I just loved this book; every last bit of it

  • By Michele B on 11-10-15

The Crossing

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

Great book. Excellent narrator. Started reading this afternoon and finished it at 2 am .

  • The Idiot

  • By: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Narrated by: Constantine Gregory
  • Length: 24 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

Prince Lyov Nikolayevitch Myshkin is one of the great characters in Russian literature. Is he a saint or just naïve? Is he an idealist or, as many in General Epanchin's society feel, an "idiot"? Certainly his return to St. Petersburg after years in a Swiss clinic has a dramatic effect on the beautiful Aglaia, youngest of the Epanchin daughters, and on the charismatic but willful Nastasya Filippovna. As he paints a vivid picture of Russian society, Dostoyevsky shows how principles conflict with emotions - with tragic results.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Moments of surprise.

  • By Theo on 05-02-18

The Idiot

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

Reviewed: 10-03-17

This was translated very well. The narrator was superb. The characters are very interesting. And it is my 2nd favorite Dostoyevsky.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • My Absolute Darling

  • A Novel
  • By: Gabriel Tallent
  • Narrated by: Alex McKenna
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,254
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,251

Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At 14, she roams the woods along the Northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous. Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Weird and completely underwhelming

  • By Chris on 10-10-17

My absolute darling

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

Reviewed: 10-03-17

Very very well written. Love the bvpook. Read it twice. I highly recommend this book

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,618
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,813

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Reprieve Amidst Ugly News, Relentless Negativity

  • By Cathy Lindhorst on 08-27-17

A gentleman in Moscow

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

Reviewed: 08-26-17

Such a well written and Interesting book filled with quirky characters and lots of good food

  • Don't Close Your Eyes

  • A Novel
  • By: Holly Seddon
  • Narrated by: Mandy Williams, Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

In a bustling suburban neighborhood in Kent, England, sits an unassuming house. There is no sign of life behind the unwashed windows, but Robin Marshall is inside. Driven by fears and obsessions, racked by anxiety, Robin is frantically pushing her body through punishing workouts, eating little, haunted by what happened to her family when she was a girl. Robin's only connection to the outside world is through her rear windows and the lives she spies upon in the apartment house across the way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just okay

  • By Olivia on 07-15-17

Don't close your eyes

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

A very well written book about redemption and tenacity. The characters have very big hearts.

  • We Were the Lucky Ones

  • By: Georgia Hunter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati, Robert Fass
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,695
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,669

An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who are separated at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive - and to reunite.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love it but...

  • By Roz on 07-19-17

We were the lucky ones

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

Reviewed: 04-17-17

This is one of my favorite books of all time. The story is about a Jewish family during the war. Taken from notes and letters, it is a super historical story about family, traditions,grief, and love.

  • A Fall of Marigolds

  • By: Susan Meissner
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,472

September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries...and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions she's made. Will what she learns devastate her or free her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful!

  • By R. Burnham on 03-29-15

A Fall of Marigolds

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

Reviewed: 04-15-17

This very well written book deserves many more reads from me. The characters and story aer very interesting and the messages timeless. I am so happy to learn about so many authors I have not yet read. Thank you Audible and Amazon for you're amazing author introductions based on my reading history.

  • Tooth and Nail

  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 174

John Rebus is on a train from Edinburgh to London, where he has been drafted for his expertise in the modus operandi of serial killers. The Wolfman could be his toughest case yet - a serial killer named by the press due to a terrifying trademark of taking a bite from each victim. Rebus' Scotland Yard opposite number, George Flight, isn't too happy at yet another interference in the investigation - especially from an upstart jock hounding him at every turn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Listen

  • By John on 04-25-08

Tooth and Nail

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

Reviewed: 04-13-17

I enjoyed the characters and the writing. I read it in one sitting. I am not thrilled with the narrator.