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  • Assassin

  • An Alex Hawke Thriller
  • By: Ted Bell
  • Narrated by: John Shea
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 946

A shadowy figure known as the Dog is believed to be the ruthless terrorist who is systematically and savagely assassinating American diplomats and their families around the globe. As the deadly toll mounts inexorably, Hawke, along with former NYPD cop and Navy SEAL Stokely Jones, is called upon by the U.S. government to launch a search for the assassin behind the murders.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • made for the movies

  • By Matthew on 08-04-08

made for the movies

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-08

This was my first experience with this writer and narrator. The writing is enthralling and entertaining. The flow feels like one of the great older James Bond movies... Sean Connery of course. The characters are a little clich? but this actually works as positive instead of a negative. There are a few unneeded twists and turns and maybe a few unnecessary characters but the overall strength of the writing makes it all worth while. You will laugh out loud, get mad at the bad guys and cheer for the heroes.

The narrator instantly became one of my favorites. His deft handling of so many different accents is something I'll look forward to every time I listen to him in the future. You will also find that he had an interesting tendency to maintain the characters speaking voice after the quotation marks ended. I think it added to the performance. It created a kind of faux first person perspective. I will be downloading other works by both this writer and narrator. Count on it.

25 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • The Innocent

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,908
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,296

Some mistakes can change your life forever. For Matt Hunter, that mistake came in one terrible moment when his attempt to help a friend and stop a fight resulted in an accidental death. Matt was convicted of manslaughter and sent to prison. Time that his peers spent in college, Matt endured behind bars.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Coben and Brick....How could you not listen?!!

  • By Bethany on 05-06-05

Solid as a Brick

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-08

This book is filled with well developed characters whose arrays of virtues and flaws makes you both cheer them and scold them. The story evolves at a pace that is never too hurried or too slow. I mostly listen while commuting. I was so enthralled on one commute that I truly did not remember driving home. Please also note that Scott Brick's narration is often flawless. This performance does not disappoint. His juggling of so many voices often makes me think he must be afflicted (or blessed) with a multiple personality disorder. He is that good.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Requiem for an Assassin

  • A Novel
  • By: Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,042
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 378

If you had to kill three people to save your best friend's life, would you do it? When John Rain decides to get out of the business, his hand is forced by rogue CIA operative Jim Hilger. Hilger kidnaps Dox, Rain's trusted partner and closest friend, and offers Rain a choice: carry out a final assignment, or bear the responsibility for Dox's murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An ear full and a mind full

  • By Matthew on 06-04-07

An ear full and a mind full

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-07

Seldom have I ever been so captivated by a work of fiction. The level of detail, the character development and the near-perfect pace made it a joy for both ear and mind. Mr. Eisler has instantly moved to the top my list as an author. Mr. Brick’s narration was also equal to the task by adding just enough and not trying improve a well crafted work. I found myself sitting in the car after reaching my destination just to listen to this wonderful book. I highly recommend it. Take a listen.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • London Bridges

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Peter J. Fernandez, Denis O'Hare
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,049
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521

In broad desert daylight, a mysterious platoon of soldiers evacuates the entire population of Sunrise Valley, Nevada. Minutes later, a huge bomb detonates a hundred feet above the ground and lays waste to homes, cars, and playgrounds: a town annihilated in an instant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a ride!!!

  • By Girlbos on 02-27-05

mstar

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-07

Because so many of the reviews of this piece were less than stellar, I ordered it with lowered expectations. Much of the criticism was valid but I still found it to be an enjoyable listen. The main flaw was continuing the Wolf's character. There was no plausible explanation for him evolving into a Super Terrorist. Good fiction still needs a certain amount of believability. I think a new villain performing the same misdeeds would have made the work more credible. I think Mr. Patterson wrote this with the noble intention of giving his loyal readers a sense of closure. In many ways he accomplished this...but in the end I found myself asking the same question that I had after the final episode of Seinfeld, “Did he really have to go there?”

4 of 4 people found this review helpful