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  • The Last Templar

  • By: Raymond Khoury
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,685
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,127

As the burning city of Acre falls from the hands of the West in 1291, a young Templar knight, his mentor, and a handful of others escape to the sea carrying a mysterious chest. In present day Manhattan, four masked horsemen dressed as Templar Knights steal a strange device. In the aftermath, an FBI investigation is led by anti-terrorist specialist Sean Reilly. Soon, he and archaeologist Tess Chaykin are drawn into the dark, hidden history of the crusading knights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Michael on 05-17-07

Very Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

I had heard about this book in positive terms. This is just unrealistic clap trap. Weak story telling in a pretty good idea. The main character, Tess Chaykin, is an untrustworthy, lying scammer who is only worried about herself and what is good for her. Her paramour the wimpy Sean Reilly who gets his butt kicked by all the bad guys despite his elite FBI training. Tess lies about this, lies about that and he just as a wimp forgives her outrageous idiotic behavior.

Then we have what all weak adventure novels have. The Superman villain . Like the ever ready bunny he just can’t die. Always has a weapon. They always try’s him and he always threatens and holds them hostage. Yawn. What a cliche. Of course he is really an archeologist .

Then we gave the Cardinal sanctioned hitman. A Monsignor and all. Come on with this doo doo.

This is a really bad book with predictability all over it. Save yourself the time and skip it.

  • Guilty Minds

  • By: Joseph Finder
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 556

The chief justice of the Supreme Court is about to be defamed by a powerful gossip website called Slander Sheet, which specializes in dirt on celebs and politicians. Their top reporter has written an exposé claiming that the chief justice had liaisons with an escort, a young woman willing to appear on video and tell the world her salacious yet convincing tale. But the chief justice is not without formidable allies, and his greatest supporter is determined to stop the story in its tracks.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond stupid!

  • By FRITZ STOOP on 07-24-16

Same old weak tea

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

This guy lost his fastball books ago. Once again I got drug into one of these last page case solved Nick Heller pos. Where to start? This guy is the dumbest idiot in security. His characters are written read programmed to do the absolute extreme most wrong dumbass behavior. Merlin leaves THE file they need behind on a break in. Mandy the reporter refuses to be protected then gets kidnapped. Bad people get away with everything. Cops as usual are corrupt or worthless. Heller lets the call girl stay unguarded so she can be killed. Constant second guessing and whining from his IT person Dorothy. Oh oh should we be doing this.

You get the idea. A competent security/investigator solves this in less than a day. A 10 hour audio book needs more padding.

Weak weak weak. Returning.

  • No Coming Back

  • By: Keith Houghton
  • Narrated by: Scott Merriman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,939
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,941

Eighteen years ago, Jenna Luckman disappeared, presumed murdered. Her boyfriend, Jake Olson, hasn't been home since. Now he's coming back to find her killer. When a body is discovered at the frozen Hangman Falls, Jake is beset by a snowstorm of anger and revenge. Hounded by grudges and feared by the townsfolk, Jake is determined to uncover the truth behind his girlfriend's disappearance. But he still has enemies in town and they have other plans for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally twisted tale!

  • By shelley on 12-02-15

So Bad I have no words!

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

Reviewed: 12-20-17

I listened to this book the whole way through just to force myself in the exercise. The premise of the book is weak. The plot was easily deduced from almost the beginning. The plot dribbles and drabs out. The character is just almost unlikable. In fact most of the characters are unlikable. He was clearly framed on a very thin easily unproven circumstantial case, much more so as a juvenile. Then all these surprises in the last 10 minutes.

He returns and all these people show up dead. An angry Barney Fife for a chief of police. He keeps talking about what a milquetoast he was and how he survived prison, but cant defend himself.

Bottom line, this book sucks.

  • The Aggrieved

  • Jonathan Quinn, Book 11
  • By: Brett Battles
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496

The unthinkable has happened. A life has been extinguished - one belonging to someone Jonathan Quinn and his partner Nate care about more than almost anyone else in the world. Those responsible will pay. No matter how long it takes, no matter how far and wide the search, Quinn, Nate, and their colleagues will stop at nothing to exact the appropriate justice. Because if there is one thing those in the shadow world should know, you do not mess with Quinn's people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Battles, Brick and Quinn = :)

  • By shelley on 10-11-17

Derivitive and oops lost the bad guy again!

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

I guess the only thing I can say is that this story is way below the usual Cleaner standards. Starting with the funeral for Quinn's sister where his mother boots him out forever to chasing an operative that killed her for EVER. We have here oh no she got away. We have all these highly trained people on our team and she beats them all up. I just wanted it to be over. The little poopy face argument between quinn and nate got old fast. It is clear that Battles was under pressure to get something out there and used this as a character introduction and lead in to the next book where Nate and Quinn come back together. This series has run it's limit.

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  • The Cuban Affair

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,828
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,804

Daniel Graham MacCormick - Mac for short - seems to have a pretty good life. At age 35 he's living in Key West, owner of a 42-foot charter fishing boat, The Maine. Mac served five years in the army as an infantry officer, with two tours in Afghanistan. He returned with the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, scars that don't tan, and a boat with a big bank loan. Truth be told, Mac's finances are more than a little shaky. One day Mac is sitting in the famous Green Parrot Bar in Key West, contemplating his life....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun read with a continuous build, ok finish

  • By Lily on 09-22-17

Completely Unbelievable

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

As a reader the suspension of belief is a necessary component of reading fiction. However, Nelson DeMille has gone over the top here. He basically turned a research vacation to Cuba into a book. Having lived in South Florida I am very aware of stories of the repressive government in Cuba. I am also aware of the Cuban's expat communities desire for the complete removal of the Castro brothers. Hey they are monsters.

Now to the story. Protagonist Daniel McCormack is a former infantry captain in Afghanistan. If the way he approached the entry into Cuba and illegal efforts to recover money and property documents is an example, he probably would have gotten all of his people killed. Of course he was offered a large amount of money from a lawyer representing the Cuban anti-Castro group from Miami. And of course there is a beautiful Cuban woman he is working with to provide additional motivation.

He antagonizes everyone. When the anti-Castro people lie to him over and over again about the mission, he still goes along. He manages to come onto the radar of the police and the border guards. De Mille has him do stupid stuff you would never do in real life just to move the plot along and provide some sort of suspense. I just wanted it to be over. A shoot out in a swamp where crocodiles are famously living, but no crocs only jeep after jeep of border guards shootin AK47s . A last minute save from a Cuban Patrol boat by a US Blackhawk Helicopter and surprise surprise the whole thing was a CIA plot.

Pleaaaaaaassssssseeeeeee! This book is just stupid, but DeMille got a tax dediuction vacation. He is clearly in the Americans should not visit Cuba because it is a police state thing. I agree, but come on. Have to put him in the just writing for the mill group of authors with Patterson. Too bad, he really had some winners previously.

  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,515

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely not my favorite scalzi

  • By pat on 03-25-17

Enjoyable, but, trying to set the follow on series

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

Reviewed: 10-17-17

I like his style. I like the harsh language and the female characters who kick ass. I like that smarmy uptight bad guys get beat down, except for here. Interesting concepts for space travel and good humor. I'll read more but this series needs a bit more spark.

  • The Swiss Spy

  • By: Alex Gerlis
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 395

It's not unusual for spies to have secrets, but Henry Hunter has more than most, and after he is stopped by British Intelligence at Croydon airport on the eve of the Second World War, he finds that he has even more. From Switzerland he embarks on a series of increasingly perilous missions into Nazi Germany, all while having to cope with different identities and competing spymasters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great WWII Espionage Story.

  • By Celt on 02-18-16

Not good. Excessive Triteness.

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

Reviewed: 10-03-17

Hmmmmmmmm. What a waste of listening time. I love these pedople who go into repressive police states and then it is all about the get away after they do something stupid. Then poof. A miracle and in this case a completely implausible set up by British Secret Service ends in their killing their asset. Ooooops gave away the end. Saved you some time though.

  • The Winter of Frankie Machine

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,900
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,902

Frank Machianno is a late-middle-aged ex-surf bum who runs a bait shack on the San Diego waterfront. An affable Italian with a love of people and life, he's a stand-up businessman, devoted father, and a beloved fixture in the community. He's also a hit man - specifically, a retired hit man. Back in the day when he was one of the most feared members of the West Coast Mafia, he was known as Frankie Machine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Winter of Frankie Machine is a ray of sunshine

  • By The Lance Gifford on 10-30-10

What a great Character!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

Frankie Machine is a great character who is really a villain that you can totally get behind. He put the bad old days behind him, but, someone always wants to mess with him. In his case a very complex set of history and sometimes confusing. Again the book ending is the last five pages, but I enjoyed his search for answers. Pretty good side characters but a lot of stereotypes. Very funny in parts. Just goes to show you cant trust anyone from your past.

  • The Kill Society

  • A Sandman Slim Novel
  • By: Richard Kadrey
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,090
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,021

Sandman Slim has been to Heaven and Hell and many places in between, but now he finds himself in an unknown land: the far, far edge of the Tenebrae, the desolate home of the lost dead. Making his way inland with nothing but his unerring instinct for trouble to guide him, he collides with a caravan of the damned on a mysterious crusade, led by the ruthless Magistrate. Alone and with no clue how to get back home, he throws in with this brutal bunch made up of human souls, Hellion deserters, rogue angels - and Father Traven.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 stars as usual

  • By Think about this on 06-15-17

Getting Repetitive Now

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

Going to have to stop reading the series. Too bad, I love the Sandman. Kadrey has clearly run out of ideas for the character. Not going to wait for him to be tortured and talking his way through hell again to have the solution in the last five pages. I'm done. Another character series going the way of the trite.

  • The Wrong Side of Goodbye

  • Harry Bosch, Book 19
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,168

Harry Bosch is California's newest private investigator. He doesn't advertise, he doesn't have an office, and he's picky about who he works for, but it doesn't matter. His chops from 30 years with the LAPD speak for themselves. Soon one of Southern California's biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire has less than six months to live and a lifetime of regrets. He hires Bosch to find out whether he has an heir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Connelly Delivers Everytime

  • By Charles Atkinson on 07-19-17

Best Bosch in a while.

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

Reviewed: 11-19-16

Titus Welliver the definitive Bosch delivers another stellar performance on a pretty original ( read as not derivative) and believable Bosch story.