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  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,514

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Hooked on a new author

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I kept seeing good reviews for this book, then discovered it was a series with a recurring protagonist. The lead character is still in college in this book, but the author and narrator make him more believable and likable then many people I know in real life. Mr. Eskens has the ability to truly help you understand his characters and especially care about the hero and heroine. I will be devouring the rest of the series in short order. This is a skillfully written and narrated work.
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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 6,190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,729

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

Losing Vince Flynn was a terrible tragedy.

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No, Kyle Mills was a good choice to take over the series, but replacing George Guidall as the narrator makes this seem like an entirely new series and not nearly as captivating as the old pairing of Guidell and Flynn

Would you recommend Enemy of the State to your friends? Why or why not?

No, I think I am done with Mitch Rap unless the narrator is brought back. It helped keep the memory and sense of Mr. Flyn alive in the books.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Scott Brick as always is articulate and dramatic but not a good fit for the Mitch Rap story

Could you see Enemy of the State being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

Bring George back as the narrator and I will try again.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Monster Hunter Siege

  • Monster Hunter, Book 6
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,756
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,273

When Monster Hunter International's top hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, was given a tip about some hunters who had gone missing in action, he didn't realize their rescue mission would snowball into the single biggest operation in MHI's history. Their men are being held prisoner in a horrific nightmare dimension, and the only way to reach them is through the radioactive ruins of a monster-infested war zone. As if that wasn't bad enough, it's also the home base of the powerful creature behind the devastating attacks on the Last Dragon and Copper Lake.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No conclusion some continuation

  • By Ronald on 09-09-17

The series just keeps getting better

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

Reviewed: 08-15-17

Mr. Correia keep the theme of the series intact, character development is more solid each entry. I was sad to see the Grimnoir series end after only three books, but know that the author is involved in so many projects the wait for the next MHI installment is frustrating. Hope he can rededicate himself to this series for a while so the next installment comes out sooner. I don' think he makes any royalties each time I reread the earlier releases. As usual the dialogue is entertaining and
Mr. Wyman does his usual award quality narrating. Oh, lots of new guns and monsters in ''tis one as well. Sometimes I worry about how scary the inside of the authors head s to bring the monsters and alternate dimensions to such vivid life. Thanks again Mr. Correia for the enjoyment your stories bring. Now I will read the hard cover edition which I actually got just before the audible edition came out.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Orphan X

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,503

Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He's also a man with a dangerous past. Chosen as a child, he was raised and trained as part of the off-the-books black box Orphan program, designed to create the perfect deniable intelligence assets - i.e. assassins. He was Orphan X. Evan broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book by Hurwitz

  • By Nancy Chilton-Kendrick on 07-25-16

Basically Unbelievable but a Great Story

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

Reviewed: 07-18-16

What made the experience of listening to Orphan X the most enjoyable?

The hero is sort of a involuntary student of all the arts of death and mayhem, believes he has achieved self actualization but there is a clear sense that he recognizes some part of his humanity is missing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Orphan X?

When he breaks training to save a young child.

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

Orphan X is fascinating, we want to learn more about how he became who he is, how he will develop and what challenges await him. If this is not the first in a series I will be sorely disappointed.

Any additional comments?

Hurry up with the follow up.

  • The Steel Kiss

  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141

Amelia Sachs is hot on the trail of a killer. She's chasing him through a department store in Brooklyn when an escalator malfunctions. The stairs give way, with one man horribly mangled by the gears. Sachs is forced to let her quarry escape as she jumps in to try to help save the victim. She and famed forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme soon learn, however, that the incident may not be an accident at all, but the first in a series of intentional attacks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deaver is back on top!

  • By Trudy Owens on 03-10-16

Back to what made the Rhyme series great

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

Reviewed: 04-28-16

What made the experience of listening to The Steel Kiss the most enjoyable?

Mr. Deaver returns to the basic premise of what made the Rhyme series great. Lincoln Rhyme is irascible, angry at his disability, but committed to using forensic skills to solve a series of crimes that at first were seen as unrelated, but thanks to the work of Rhyme and his team we soon learn they are committed by one person who seems alarmingly skilled at covering his or her tracks.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rhyme makes the series work so he has to be the on-going favorite. Mr. Deaver had taken him out of character in the last work and in this book he returns to form and the return is welcome.

Which scene was your favorite?

When we discover the truth about Amelia's former lover who has been in prison for a crime he may not have committed.

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

There is a side story about Officer efforts to deal with his lingering brain injury symptoms and his desperate attempt to convince Rhyme to return to his work with NYPD.

Any additional comments?

Very enjoyable Lincoln Rhyme, Amelia Sachs murder mastery.

  • Deadly Coast

  • By: R. E. McDermott
  • Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

As Tom Dugan and Alex Kairouz, his partner and best friend, struggle to ransom their ship and crew from murderous Somali pirates, things take a turn for the worse. A US Navy contracted tanker with a full load of jet fuel is also hijacked, not by garden variety pirates, but by terrorists with links to Al Qaeda, changing the playing field completely. With a possible link between piracy and terrorism now in play, the US and British governments order the halt of all negotiations for captive ships, and enraged pirates ratchet up the mistreatment of the captive crews.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story<br />

  • By J. Smith Harrison, Jr. on 01-08-18

Non stop action

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

Reviewed: 03-07-16

Would you listen to Deadly Coast again? Why?

May have done a disservice to the author by reading this as my first in the series. There a lot of characters to keep track of, and the author provides e.nough detail that you care for some of the protagonists. Unfortunately, at times there are so many cliffhangers you can,t keep track of who is in what crisis.

If you’ve listened to books by R. E. McDermott before, how does this one compare?

First one, but I intend to finish the series.

What about Todd Haberkorn’s performance did you like?

Excellent character separation, good affective range and convincing accents. All in all a real positive addition to the story.

Any additional comments?

The outcome pursued by the author appears in a final form more quickly and perfectly than large problems in real life who seldom if ever are so easy to solve

  • The 6th Extinction

  • Sigma Force, Book 10
  • By: James Rollins
  • Narrated by: Christian Baskous
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,040
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039

A remote military research station sends out a frantic distress call, ending with a chilling final command: Kill us all! Personnel from the neighboring base rush in to discover everyone already dead - and not just the scientists, but every living thing for 50 square miles is annihilated: every animal, plant, and insect, even bacteria. The land is entirely sterile - and the blight is spreading. To halt the inevitable, Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma must unravel a threat that rises out of the distant past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Third Rollins book in a row diminished by Narrator

  • By Craig on 08-14-14

Ruined by Narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-13-14

What would have made The 6th Extinction better?

I join the majority of reviewers in calling for an upgrade of narration for the the Sigma Force novels

Would you ever listen to anything by James Rollins again?

Not if Mr. Baskous is the narrator. Otherwise, I have enjoyed most of James Rollins' work.

Would you be willing to try another one of Christian Baskous’s performances?

Absolutely not.

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

I think there may be an interesting story buried behind the atrocious narration. I expect we were going to learn more about the director's struggles with his fathers alzheimers. It appears that DARPA is not impervious to successful outside attack and I would have enjoyed learning more about how this developed but I could not finish the book.

Any additional comments?

I think I tried six or seven different times to get past my dissatisfaction with the narrator, but could not and I gave up on finishing the novel. I will eventually buy the kindle version and read that to catch up. I appreciate Audible's return policy, but this book was so badly narrated I felt it was more important to try to warn people before they waste a credit. So I am keeping the book in order to make it clear how strongly I fell about the narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,128
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,551

Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Winner

  • By Sez on 07-12-14

building toward an epic conclusion

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

Reviewed: 07-31-14

As much as Mr. Correia has been dismissed as writing pulp fiction, it should be apparent by now to anyone who has given him a chance that he has a long vision for this series and is dripping out clues oh so slowly. Meanwhile. character we have have grown to love or hate develop more nuance and purpose. It remains at its core a good guys vs bad guys story but never shies away from the complexities that can be encompassed in good in bad. As his popularity has grown, we seem to have to wait longer between installments, only downside I can see to Mr. Correia's well earned susses Do your self a favor and read the Monster Hunter and Grimnoir books in order. I just finished a second reading and found them even more enjoyable that the first time through.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 162,960
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,407
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150,245

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

Impressive human story

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

Reviewed: 04-04-14

A great blend of story and narration. Mr. Weir writes a novel tale not only of an individuals' will and ingenuity in fighting for survival in an un-serviveable situation, but in a larger sense a novel about our willingness to reach out to help an individual or group when they need us.

He develops the secondary characters in a believable manner and manages to inject a good deal of humor into a dire situation.

I will put this one on a short list to listen to again.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Warbound

  • Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,130
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,652

Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Started Strong-Finished Strong

  • By Don Gilbert on 08-07-13

Noir Fantasy, approaching epic status

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

Reviewed: 08-21-13

If you have passed on Mr. Correia's books because you are not a sci-fi or fantasy fan. Please reconsider. He has developed a story with depth, intrigue, action, and characters it is impossible not to care about. I really believe that if Mr. Correia had started out with a big publishing company rather than self publishing he would be credited as one of our best new thriller/action/fantasy writers. There is something for everyone in the Grimnoir trilogy, I know that I will be revisiting the stories both in print and on audible (outstanding performance by Bronson Pinchot on all three volumes).

Give him a try, you can always ask for your credit back, but I suspect you will be hooked after the first one. I have 532 title in my audible library, and no one has please me as a reader/listener as much as Mr. Correia. If you are hesitant, I do suggest you start with the Grimnoir trilogy before moving on to the Monster Hunter opus (but I suspect you will be anxious to give that a try as well).

2 of 3 people found this review helpful