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  • The Charm School

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 24 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,319

Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love to predict plot? Forget it! What a thriller!!

  • By Xavier on 12-05-11

Too slow. Needed more espionage intrigue. Less romance.

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

I get DeMille’s appeal. I have read every one of his books. This book rests upon the plausible story which explains that some of our MIAs may have been taken by foreign powers. It is a good premise with some well conceived plot points. DeMille has a nice way with words and there are many points of interest. However, I found there be too many stretches of relative inactivity, boring relationship issues and blase sex scenes. Character development and a sense of place is critical but this book spends too much time on these matters. I will remember the great plot but also the boredom.

  • Red Sparrow

  • A Novel
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,738
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,792
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,765

Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Spy Novel (with a few quirks)

  • By Aaron on 01-12-14

A modern cold war thriller

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

The first of a trilogy, Red Sparrow runs hot with intrigue, dramatic escapes, fight scenes and enough romance to develop the character but not too much to make the book a Harlequin. I liked that I was unable to predict what would happen page to page. Would the agency find the spy? Was the last action the final clue needed by the spymasters? What will the protagonist decide? I liked that a woman plays such a strong role in the book. Her character was well-developed and sympathetic. While her physical invulnerability stretched logic, the story still runs believable. Sadly, this cold war novel is as fresh and relevant today as if it were written thirty years ago.

  • The President Is Missing

  • By: Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,562
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9,699
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,657

The White House is the home of the president of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a US president vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's best-selling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted it to be so much better

  • By K. Moeller on 06-18-18

More Clatterson!

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

This book was an easy, fun read and I was sorry not to have a sequel to start right away. You can see the fingerprints of the two co-authors and the compelling view only a former President could bring. There was good character development in the President and two other people. With a character list this large, however, there was at least one character I felt I needed to know better. The central concept if cyber-warfare is timely and I hope this book helps to put the spotlight on this most significant of threats. As in some other Patterson novels, there is sometimes a need to suspend the critical eye and just enjoy the story but, for the most part, the storyline holds and it creates an exciting and, at times, edge-of-your-seat feeling. I would like to see more.

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  • Gun Meister Online: Adult and Uncensored

  • By: Noah Barnett
  • Narrated by: Annie Ellicott, Justin Thomas James, Jeff Hays
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 652
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625

Gun Meister Online is a recently released virtual-reality combat simulator. Players assume the role of a Meister; fighting in matches and ranking up into higher divisions. Within the game, weapons take on human shape. These NPC's use a new Dynamic Distributed Personality System recently implemented, and many are excited by how life-like the AI characters are becoming. Charlie has only just begun to play, and he struggles to grow as a Meister. At the same time, he starts to take charge of his real-life outside. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesome book

  • By ryan on 06-01-18

Poor storyline 3 hours in

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

I don’t get it. Sorry. The narration was very good but the story had no substance. Maybe later it comes together but after three hours of listening, I should have more of a story line than a purient gun video gamer/car salesman. I feel like it was a creative idea for a gun to be a girl in the video game but the storyline was weak. Life is too short when so many other books are out there.

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  • Fizzlesprocket: Everybody Loves Large Chests - Vol. 2

  • By: Neven Iliev
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,827
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,734
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,731

Things are not well within the Lodrak Empire. An entire city goes up in smoke and ash, and an entire province is slowly being consumed by an ever-expanding cloud of death. But while the humans rally to contain the fallout of this disaster, they are much quicker to pin the blame for it on their elven neighbors to the north. With centuries' worth of strife and bad blood between the two nations flaring up, all out war is rapidly becoming an inevitability.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tasty!

  • By Grunkle Tiro on 03-18-18

More! More! More!

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

This was very tasty. Write more. Now please. Teach me writing skill. Bring back my summoned demons.

  • Morningwood: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.1)

  • By: Neven Iliev
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,128

Large chests are said to encompass all manner of hopes and dreams. Men covet them. Women envy them. But one fact holds true - everyone wants to get their hands on some big ones. The same holds true for one intrepid adventurer - a strapping young lad by the name of Himmel. Armed with his grandfather's trusty longsword and the dream of being the strongest, he sets out on the journey of a lifetime!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Entertaining

  • By HeatherY on 11-23-17

Excellent narration of a fun RPG story

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

I have to start off with kudos for a terrific performance by Jeff Hays. It is actually hard to believe I was listening to the many voices of one man instead of an ensemble cast. The story is fun and does not require gaming experience to enjoy. It is a take on a Dungeons and Dragons role playing adventure. Characters are brought to life by Iliev’s imagination. I look forward to the next book.

  • Supreme Court Decision on Florida Recount

  • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 11

Own a piece of history! Audible reads you the Supreme Court decision on Bush v. Gore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • primary sources

  • By Anonymous User on 03-04-10

We need more of this

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

This was well done; a very good reading of the entire opinion. I encourage more supreme court decisions to be prepared for audible. Properly organized and marketed, I think people woukd pay a few bucks to hear key decisions from each term. Thank you for this one Audible. Being a lawyer-geek, it is my third listen.

  • The Faithful Spy

  • By: Alex Berenson
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,594
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,573

John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Faithful Spy

  • By Margaret on 12-14-09

The first of a superb spy-hero series

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Alex Berenson has crafted a tight espionage thriller which starts popping from page one. I was drawn to the knowlege and detail imparted throughout. Whether it be the workings of the CIA duty desk or the intricacies of plague biochemistry, Benenson includes just the right amount of detail. His research and/or broad knowlege is impressive and it helps develop a very good story.

  • The Deceivers

  • By: Alex Berenson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,106

When John Wells is called to Washington, he's sure it's to investigate the carnage in Dallas, but it isn't. The former CIA director, now president, Vinnie Duto has plenty of people working in Texas. He wants Wells to go to Colombia. An old asset there has information to share - and it will lead Wells to the deadliest mission of his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Topical political/espionage thriller!

  • By Wayne on 02-07-18

Clever, well-written and fast-paced

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

Berenson shoots this one out of the park. Guidall is excellent with a seasoned and nuanced performance, if a little slurred/hurried at times. I loved it. The initial plot line elicits an oooo and ahhh and it lasts until the end. I did get the feeling, however, that the book ended suddenly and incompletely as if Berenson had to meet a deadline. The ending for the main protagonist is immensely satisfying but the “understory,” well developed before, comes to a screeching halt with a throw-away hand swat. Regardless, the story itself is riveting and another wonderful performanceby George Guidall.

  • IQ

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,585
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,568

A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IQ way better than OK

  • By green ice cream garden on 12-21-16

Well-performed and Compelling

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

I enjoyed this category-defying novel. The protagonist is a young African-American teenager named IQ, from the hood who becomes a crime-solving hero type. Imperfect and struggling with his identity, IQ is not the ideal tough guy of most espionage and crime thrillers; rather, he is a real, flawed guy who is defined by his environment and circumstances. The book is believably written and read with the language of young black men from a poor, crime-ridden neighborhood. As a middle-aged, middle-class, white guy, I’m no expert but it was believable and compelling and it seemed the author was down with that culture. The book goes back and forth about ten years and you see character development and a well-paced story that kept me engaged throughout. Im going right into the next book. i’m really glad to have found this.

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