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  • Gangster

  • A Novel
  • By: Lorenzo Carcaterra
  • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Love. Violence. Destiny. These powerful themes ricochet through Lorenzo Carcaterra's new novel like bullets from a machine gun. In Gangster, he surpasses even his best-selling Sleepers to create a brutal and brilliant American saga of murder, forgiveness, and redemption.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mantegna is great!

  • By ron smith on 07-02-12

I love Joe in the movies but not as a narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-09-16

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

It's not a bad story but not told very well, if you like gangster stories it'll entertain.

How could the performance have been better?

Joe didn't do a great job telling the story. He's not good with accents and he has limits with voicing his characters.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I would wait for the unabridged version. This story is a bit choppy

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  • The Burning Land

  • The Saxon Chronicles, Book 5
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,203
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,843

In a clash of heroes,the kingdom is born.A t the end of the ninth century, King Alfred of Wessex is in ill health; his heir, an untested youth. His enemy, the Danes, having failed to conquer Wessex, now see their chance for victory. Led by the sword of savage warrior Harald Bloodhair, the Viking hordes attack. But Uhtred, Alfred’s reluctant warlord, proves his worth, outwitting Harald and handing the Vikings one of their greatest defeats. For Uhtred, the sweetness of victory is soon overshadowed by tragedy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • MapLady

  • By Erin on 06-28-11

Great story terrible narrator, but worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 06-20-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Burning Land to be better than the print version?

Only if Jonathan Keeble read it.

What didn’t you like about John Lee’s performance?

Terrible because it's such a let down compared to Jonathan Keeble narration. Keeble is just a better story teller and does such a great job of getting into character.

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  • Sharpe's Eagle

  • Book VIII of the Sharpe Series
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 497

Here is one of those rare novels, the first in an epic series, that completely transports the listener to an unforgettable time and place in history. At Talavera in July of 1809, Captain Richard Sharpe, bold, professional, and ruthless, prepares to lead his men against the armies of Napoleon into what will be the bloodiest battle of the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great and you don't have to have read the others

  • By Nicholas Winn on 02-18-03

great story

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

Reviewed: 05-05-16

This is one of the best Sharpe novels and can be read out of turn.

  • The Chase

  • By: Clive Cussler
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,831
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,816

A no-nonsense detective is on the trail of the sharpest and deadliest criminal mind he has ever encountered: a serial robber who murders any and all witnesses in cold-blood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Opener to Cussler's Isaac Bell Series

  • By ftmgal on 04-05-15

not a bad book.

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

Reviewed: 04-11-16

It's a bit cheesy & a little predictable but not a bad story. Save it in case you need to burn a credit but there better Cussler books available.

  • The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,853
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,750

With unforgettable characters, a sweeping backdrop, and passionate storytelling, this is a fantasy debut to rival that of Robert Jordan. Filled with adventure and bloodshed, pageantry and piracy, mystery and menace, Assassin's Apprentice is the story of a royal house and the young man who is destined to chart its course through tempests of change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Jake on 03-16-10

Fantasy thriller

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

Reviewed: 08-26-15

Would you try another book from Robin Hobb and/or Paul Boehmer?

yes

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

good ending

Could you see The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

no, the book's always better

Any additional comments?

Good story, a little predictable, in parts disappointing and a little long. However I do recommend it because it does have twists and turns that make it enjoyable and make you want to listen to the story.

  • The Long Hunt

  • The Strongbow Saga, Book 4
  • By: Judson Roberts
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

The victorious Viking army has returned to Denmark from Frankia, after capturing Paris and extracting an enormous ransom from the Franks in exchange for leaving their kingdom in peace. Now Halfdan, with the aid of Jarl Hastein and his warriors, is ready to bring Toke, the chieftain who murdered Halfdan's brother Harald, to justice. The Strongbow Saga is an epic tale of one man's unstoppable quest for justice and vengeance that carries him across the 9th century world of the Vikings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fourth Time is the Charm

  • By Sean Murray on 06-14-15

Good story but is really a bridge

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

Reviewed: 04-28-15

Would you listen to The Long Hunt again? Why?

No - This book is just a bridge between book 3 and the last book, 5.

Would you recommend The Long Hunt to your friends? Why or why not?

If you are reading the Strongbow series then yes. I would not recommend it as a stand alone book.

Have you listened to any of Jeff Hays’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes the first 3 books of the series. This is the weakest one of the series. This book should have been cut back and combined with the last book or book 5. But this one solidifies Halfdan as one of the leaders in Hastein's crew and war band. It also hints at Halfdan's hand to hand abilities that might play a factor in the last book.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

This is a good series but this is the weakest book in the series so far. There are 2 other books coming out, book 5 and the Beast of Dublin that are also relevant to this story. Obviously book 5 completes the story but Beast of Dublin is a related book that precedes the series and sounds like it will be worth reading as well.

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  • Fire in the East

  • Warrior of Rome, Book 1
  • By: Harry Sidebottom
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 133

A.D. 255. The Roman imperium is stretched to the breaking point, its authority and might challenged throughout the territories and along every border. One man is sent to marshal the defenses of a lonely city and to shore up the crumbling walls of a once indomitable symbol of Roman power, a man whose very name means war: a man called Ballista. So unfolds an epic drama - a story of empire, heroes, treachery, courage, and most of all, of brutal, bloody warfare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Was a Bit Sharpe-ish

  • By Cisco Rivera on 03-03-14

Okay if you need a book to listen to

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

Reviewed: 12-16-14

Any additional comments?

Not the best action book I've listened to. The places and people are very well described but the story dragged and the climax of the story was not very riveting. It could would have been better with more fighting and a better ending. Save your book credit for another book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful