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  • Operator Down

  • A Pike Logan Thriller
  • By: Brad Taylor
  • Narrated by: Rich Orlow, Henry Strozier
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683

Former Delta Force Officer and New York Times best-selling author Brad Taylor delivers a heart-pounding thriller where Pike Logan's search for a Mossad agent and ally puts him on a collision course with a ruthless military coup in Africa - and tests his loyalties to the Taskforce.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wait, I have to catch my breath...

  • By shelley on 01-18-18

I kept rewinding, just so it would last longer.

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

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

Not sure... I am a voice over artist and read for a living all day. This is why I enjoy audio books, so that I can have someone read to me. I am sure the print version is great, the Pike Logan series is. But, I truly have a hard time waiting for another Brad Taylor book after I finish one.

What other book might you compare Operator Down to and why?

This series is as close to Vince Flynn as I think one can get, but on a different character set... and, in some ways better.

What does Henry Strozier and Rich Orlow bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The character depth. Yes, it takes time to understand the 2 person narration in the beginning of the series, but once you get it, it is fantastic. I think any change now to the narration set up would be, well... terrible.

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

I totally could have run it in one sitting. But, it would be like opening all of your Christmas and Birthday presents at one time when you are 10 years old, then have nothing to look forward to for the rest of the year. This is why I find myself rewinding chapters. Not because I am confused, but because I don't want it to end.

Any additional comments?

Mr. Taylor - I have never met you and I doubt I would ever have the opportunity. But, I am truly a fan. Not in a stalker way, but in a "thank you for your service and sharing great stories with me" kind of way.

Now, stop reading this review and get back to the next book please.

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  • Use of Force

  • By: Brad Thor
  • Narrated by: Armand Schultz
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,589

As a storm rages across the Mediterranean Sea, a terrifying distress call is made to the Italian Coast Guard. Days later, a body washes ashore. Identified as a high value terrorism suspect (who had disappeared three years prior), his name sends panic through the Central Intelligence Agency. Where was he headed? What was he planning? And could he be connected to the "spectacular attack" they have been fearing all summer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Thor classic

  • By stuartjash on 07-09-17

Not the best

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

Wrapped up so quick it was as if the author just wanted to be done with the book.

My least favorite of the series.

  • 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 6,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,727

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

Always Good. Love the series.

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

Reviewed: 09-24-17

While I felt that some details normally associated with a Mitch Rapp book were a bit rushed, this book still kept me interested and intrigued.

I would recommend.

  • Nigerian Terror

  • By: Stan R. Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

Nick Woods and his elite band of shooters from Shield, Safeguard, and Shelter (S3) deploy to Africa on their next mission to deal with an out-of-control terrorist group that now holds more than 20,000 square miles of land. This terrorist group, called the Boko Haram, has finally gotten the attention of America's leaders. Its tactics of abducting children and ruthlessly expanding its territory pose a threat to Nigeria and the countries surrounding it.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Just end it

  • By David on 09-11-17

Just end it

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

I wish the author would've killed off the main characters of the series would come to a close. This is the last book I listen to from the author.

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  • Separation of Power

  • Mitch Rapp Series
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ken Kliban
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,005
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6,343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,322

Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator turns Rapp into a snooty, cranky man

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-02-11

What were producers thinking when they hired Ken..

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

Would you try another book from Vince Flynn and/or Ken Kliban?

Ken Kilban's narration is abysmal. What on earth where they thinking when they said.. "this is the guy." He makes Mitch sound like a whining 6 year old. Come to think of it, everyone in the book sounds like an irritated child.

Additionally, his constant staccato delivery is mind blowingly annoying. I wish Mitch would have shot me.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the Vince Flynn / Mitch Rapp series, this is just the absolute WRONG guy to put as the narrator. Let him do children's books.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Every single thing about this Narrator was wrong. Ken should never have been the voice of this book. George was great, others could do good work, but this guy Ken is a terrible narrator. I was speed listening JUST so I could get through the book, on to the next away from his annoying "one whiny voice" fits all characters delivery. SO BAD

Do you think Separation of Power needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I love the series. Yes, more please.... just... NOT KEN.

  • The Third Option

  • Mitch Rapp Series
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,017
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,096

CIA counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp falls prey to government forces with an agenda of their own after Dr. Irene Kennedy is named the successor to dying CIA Director Thomas Stansfield—a choice that enrages many inside the world’s most powerful intelligence agency. Her detractors will resort to extreme measures to prevent her from taking the reins—which makes Rapp an expendable asset. But Mitch Rapp is no one’s pawn, and he will stop at nothing to find out who has set him up.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If it had an ending, I'd give it a 5.

  • By Henry on 06-07-11

I thought "No Ending" reviews were a joke.

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

Reviewed: 06-18-17

Would you try another book from Vince Flynn and/or Nick Sullivan?

Nope

Would you ever listen to anything by Vince Flynn again?

Yes

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nick Sullivan?

George G.

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

Anger.

There is no ending. I mean, this book leaves everything in the air! I think the author had some kind of seizure and just stopped writing. How does this get published?

Any additional comments?

I am really ticked. Not in an entertained way... It's like watching a TV show for 2 seasons, then on the season finally, there is a huge cliff hangar and the show is canceled.

What a joke. This one sucked.

  • Ghosts of War

  • A Pike Logan Thriller
  • By: Brad Taylor
  • Narrated by: Henry Strozier, Rich Orlow
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691

With Russia expanding its influence from Syria to the Baltic States, the Taskforce is placed on stand-down because of the actions of one rogue operator. Meanwhile Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill travel to Poland, hired to verify artifacts hidden for decades in a fabled Nazi gold train, only to find themselves caught amid growing tensions between East and West. A Russian incursion into Belarus under the facade of self-defense is trumped by a horrific attack against the United States.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pumpkin King?

  • By Joe Bloggs on 10-07-17

Awesome

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

Loved the book start to finish. Great narration. Humor. Action. Such a great series.

I would recommend this book to anyone.

  • Night School

  • A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 21
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,200
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,166

It's 1996, and Reacher is still in the army. In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school. That night he's off the grid. Out of sight, out of mind. Two other men are in the classroom - an FBI agent and a CIA analyst. Each is a first-rate operator, each is fresh off a big win, and each is wondering what the hell they are doing there. Then they find out: A jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has received an unexpected visitor - a Saudi courier seeking safe haven while waiting to rendezvous with persons unknown.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Phil on 11-13-16

Soooo Boring.

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

Reviewed: 12-10-16

What disappointed you about Night School?

It just drug on. NO excitement what so ever.

I wanted this book to end sooner. Worst Reacher book to date.

What do you think your next listen will be?

No sure. But, if I get a Reacher book again and the first 2 hours are this lame, I won't finish it like I did this one.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Narrator was fine. Story sucked.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Let me think... I could blather on with no point to my review or thoughts... but then that would be as boring as this book.

Any additional comments?

Lee... seriously. Were you on a gallon of Nyquil when you wrote this? It is really a sleeper.

  • Hot Start

  • The Cordell Logan Mysteries, Book 5
  • By: David Freed
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 762

A notorious, international big-game hunter and his beautiful, former dental hygienist wife are gunned down at long range late one sweltering summer night, while swimming naked on their seaside estate in opulent Rancho Bonita, California. Police investigators are convinced that the killer is a strident, outspoken animal-rights activist, with both military experience and a criminal record. The evidence against him would appear overwhelming - until rumors begin to surface that others may have had their own reasons for committing murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm a new fantastic of David Freed!

  • By shelley on 09-20-16

Awesome narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-01-16

Love his delivery and style. One of my new favorite narrators. Thank you Ray for bringing the story to life.

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  • Kill Zone

  • A Sniper Novel
  • By: Jack Coughlin, Donald A. Davis
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 831

An American general is captured by Islamic extremists in the Middle East. They threaten to behead him within days. One strange fact: Moments before he is rendered unconscious during the attack, the general notices that his unseen captors speak American English. What's going on?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fast moving action

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-11-15

This Narrator Ruins The Book

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

Reviewed: 07-15-16

Would you try another book from Jack Coughlin and Donald A. Davis and/or Luke Daniels?

Not if Luke Daniels is the Narrator. I am not even 3 hours into this book and the Narrator just ruins the story. Every 'character voice' this clown reads is always in a gruff, mysterious, rough, breathy, ridiculous tone. It's like every single moment in this book, he believes, requires a ridiculous accent and voice. It's maddening.

What was most disappointing about Jack Coughlin and Donald A. Davis ’s story?

I am disappointed that I wont be finishing it. I would rather stab pencils into my ear than listen to this wanna-be narrator read any longer.

What didn’t you like about Luke Daniels’s performance?

Every single thing that comes out of his mouth is annoying. The audio is WAY over processed. The EQ is too high. He makes every character breathy and annoying. I just want to grab him by the collar and shake the daylights out of him. Very few narrators are truly THIS awful. He should try his luck at Japanese animation where every word requires some dark, ridiculous accent that is so far of the mark of reality it's stupid. This guy needs to have a muzzle on his mouth.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

With Luke at the helm, there are no redeeming factors at all.

Any additional comments?

I am disappointed to see that he narrates the other books in the series as well. I doubt I can finish this book, which means there is NO WAY I can tolerate his ridiculous drone through a series... I would probably have to pour acid into my ears the relieve the pain of this guy.

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