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  • Becoming Quinn

  • Jonathan Quinn Series Prequel
  • By: Brett Battles
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,623

Meet Jake Oliver. The day will come when he's one of the best cleaners in the business, a man skilled at making bodies disappear. At the moment, however, he's a 22 year old rookie cop, unaware his life is about to change. In a burning barn a body is found--and the fire isn't the cause of death. The detectives working the case have a pretty good idea about what went down. But Officer Oliver thinks it's something else entirely, and pursues a truth others would prefer remain hidden - others who will go to extreme lengths to keep him quiet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Battles and Brick - a great combination

  • By AudioAddict on 04-24-14

You Scott Brick marks are the worst

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

This book is ridiculous. I could hardly get through chapter 1...

Let’s start with Scott Brick. Every sentence he speaks for a character sounds like it’s the most important statement ever uttered. Breathy and dramatic.

The beginning of this book says enough. A guy goes into an ambush - Knowing it’s an ambush - Brings a friend to help deal with it. Dives behind some cover when the guy starts shooting. And it’s never said that the guy even pulled his gun. So the other guy runs up and shoots him in the head. Then they find (2) guns on the guy. This is all after they have their dramatic conversation about throwing the gun out... Who’s doing that?! Stupid dialogue.

Drawn out and boring.

Keep buying Bricks audio books. I will never buy another one.

  • A Gambler's Jury

  • By: Victor Methos
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

Attorney Dani Rollins is bullish in the courtroom - pushing judges and prosecutors to their limits in defense of the innocent. So when she meets Teddy Thorne, a mentally challenged teen accused of selling drugs, Dani knows she’s got this in the bag. She can easily settle the case with a couple of court appearances. But when prosecutors move for an adult felony conviction, Dani suspects Teddy’s being used as a pawn in a sinister game. As the case moves forward, Dani is certain the judge and district attorney’s office have motivations beyond the crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book based on the sad realities ...

  • By shelley on 03-03-18

Victoria Methos?

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

I’m just playing. But seriously. I’m all for the me too movement, but this book was a little too mushy. A little less relationship drama and a little bit more court room action would be nice. I gave it four stars overall because it was pretty good Mostly. Reads a little like a Nora Roberts book. At least with Nora Roberts, I know what to expect.

I don’t know if there was supposed be a surprise ending - But to me it was glaringly obvious who was responsible. That’s all I’ll say

  • Black Hills

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,835

A summer at his grandparents' South Dakota ranch is not 11-year-old Cooper Sullivan's idea of a good time. But things are a bit more bearable now that he's discovered the neighbor girl, Lil Chance, and her homemade batting cage. Even horseback riding isn't as awful as Coop thought it would be. Each year, with Coop's annual summer visit, their friendship deepens from innocent games to stolen kisses, but there is one shared experience that will forever haunt them: the terrifying discovery of a hiker's body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • black hills

  • By Lorraine on 07-09-09

Nora Roberts is obviously a great writer - But

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

This book was entirely too long. Filled with more fluff than substance- Which is fine - If you have virtually nothing do do and like the more sappy parts of this story. Just a little less fluff and this book would have been better In my personal opinion. I got to an I don’t care anymore mindset with a couple hours to go and skipped chapters till the last 30 minutes. I don’t feel like I missed anything other than the more obvious and predictable parts.

Nick Podehl is a great narrator and saved this book from even an earlier ending than the one given.

  • The Line of Illeniel

  • Mageborn, Book 2
  • By: Michael G. Manning
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 999
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919

Mordecai has discovered his heritage and must take up the mantle of a lord of the realm, while figuring out what it really means to be a mage of the line of Illeniel. He is beset on both sides by allies and enemies trying to control or destroy his future. Gods and kings both seek to manipulate him for their own ends, and no matter what he chooses his loved ones will suffer. Will he risk destroying his love with a bond that might be her death, or face the madness that comes to wizards who embrace power without restraint?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Read

  • By Jeremy on 05-01-15

Some good mixed with terrible - Books 1 & 2

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

The first person narration of this story is annoying. Lots of internal dialogue that wastes time just to put more words on paper I guess. Then regurgitated again to whoever the internal dialogue was about.

Todd McLaren has a good voice when speaking normally - But when doing certain voices - Especially female - It gets to be extremely grating.

I listened to Embers of Illeniel series first - I guess I got spoiled because this seems like 2 different writers.

The romantic interaction between Mordecai and Penelope couldn’t be more distracting. I am surprised by the feministic writing style around that. I would think that the target audience for these books were young to adult males - But a lot of this story is over dramatic bickering and wanted tear jerking dialogue which never hits its mark. They should make a new category for this series ‘Romantic Epic Fantasy’ - And not romantic like Romeo and Juliet. More like 2 bickering old people married for 45 years.

I bought the first book of the Champions of Dawning Dragons not even knowing that this was connected to the Embers of Illeniel series - So I went backwards to Mageborn hoping to get the background to the series and it has been a total disappointment.

I could write more - But I think you get it.



  • Hard Road

  • A Jon Reznick Thriller, Book 1
  • By: J. B. Turner
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,251
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,253

Jon Reznick is a "ghost": a black-ops specialist who takes his orders from shadowy handlers, and his salary from the US government. Still mourning the loss of his beloved wife on 9/11, he's dispatched to carry out a high-level hit. Reznick knows only that it must look like suicide. It's textbook. But the target is not the man Reznick expected. The whole setup is wrong. In an instant the operation is compromised, and Reznick is on the run with the man he was sent to kill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Plenty of Action

  • By shelley on 01-01-18

Ohhhh come on

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

This is the book that led to a series?

I stopped listening when the main guy was waterboarding someone for interrogation, and when the guy stopped breathing he gave up on him. Desperate for information, and you don’t try to resuscitate the person two seconds after he dies?

The typical tough guy book with lots of tears mixed in...

Done


  • Nimitz Class

  • By: Patrick Robinson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391

It's as big as the Empire State Building, a massive floating fortress at the throbbing heart of a US Navy carrier battle group. Its supersonic aircraft can level entire cities at a stroke. Its surveillance gear can track every target within thousands of square miles - in the air, on the surface, and under the sea. Its crew of 6,000 works night and day to keep this awesome military machine at peak performance. It's a Nimitz-class nuclear carrier, the most powerful weapons system on the planet. Nothing can touch it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It and I'm Not a Military Book Fan, Usually!

  • By Paula on 10-30-16

I just stopped caring

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

Four hours left and I realized that I didn’t care anymore. The idea has some promise - But after the explosion - It was tough to stay interested. The investigation is long and tedious.

P.S. Huge fan base of the US and our military. Mitch Rapp is my favorite terrorist killer - I’m a big fan of his work. But even I was surprised by how many times you can use towel head in a sentence and how dominating the American view was towards other nations.

Anyway - I won’t be finishing this book

  • Deceptions

  • Ascendant, Book 3
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,351
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,022
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,995

Koren Bladewell now knows he is a wizard, but he is lost in the wilderness, cut off from help, and unable to use his powers. The enemy is poised at the border with an overwhelming invasion force, and it will take wizards, soldiers and a young, untested princess to hold off defeat long enough for Koren to be trained and grow into his power. But he might not wish to help those who deceived him and destroyed his life. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • First two books; really good!

  • By Johan on 04-29-18

40 minutes of substance and 15 + hrs of dribble

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

I could walk away from this book and come back 3 hrs later - And it still be on the same subject! Just minute little details and random thoughts droning on and on.

I fast forwarded the last 4 hrs of this book till I got somewhere partly interesting.



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  • Hawke

  • By: Ted Bell
  • Narrated by: John Shea
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,236

Lord Alexander Hawke is a direct descendant of the legendary English pirate Blackhawke and highly skilled in the cutthroat's deadly ways himself. While still a boy, on a voyage to the Caribbean, Alex Hawke witnesses an act of unspeakable horror. Hidden in a secret compartment on his father's yacht, Alex sees his parents brutally murdered by three modern-day pirates. It is an event that will haunt him for the remainder of his life. Now, fully grown and one of England's most decorated naval heroes, Hawke is back in the same Caribbean waters on a secret mission for the American government.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excelent

  • By Steve on 02-25-18

Is the narrator the voice for Winnie the Pooh?

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

My god... I feel like my grandfather is telling me this story. The writing is terribly old school & Not in a good way.

I really do feel like Christopher Robbins was going to pop up in the story somewhere, The narrator wants to put me to sleep.

I listened for an hour hoping... But I'm calling it quits

8 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Free the Darkness

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 1
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,202
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,703
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,679

Raised and trained in seclusion at a secret fortress on the edge of the northern wilds of the Kingdom of Ashai, a young warrior called Rezkin is unexpectedly thrust into the outworld when a terrible battle destroys all that he knows. With no understanding of his life’s purpose and armed with masterful weapons mysteriously bestowed upon him by a dead king, Rezkin must travel across Ashai to find the one man who may hold the clues to his very existence.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What the heck people?

  • By Mbot on 03-12-17

Really? For adults only? PG 13 at best

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

I have listened to the 1st 3 books and now understand that these book are made to go on forever - And Ever....

The 3rd book is by far the slowest. I didn't know if I was going to be able to finish due to lack of interest. Did you every have someone telling you a good story - but at some point you start looking at your watch thinking - Speed it up Kade! Every series must come to a conclusion or at least a story line in that series. Lets wrap it up please..

Also - It's nonsense to introduce this book as some kind of adult book. I guess they wanted to pull in more readers. There was no more or less violence than any other fantasy book and the sexual innuendos are PG > Not even PG 13... You want a hard core book with innuendos - Check the series > Embers of Illeniel...

Having said all that - Reskin is a very interesting character.. And the writing is pretty good... Nick Podehl is a crazy good narrator!

Side thought - I wish Reskin wouldn't go from taking on an entire assassin guild to tripping over his own feet sometimes..






  • Tier One

  • By: Brian Andrews, Jeffrey Wilson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,084
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,066

John Dempsey's life - as an elite Tier One Navy SEAL named Jack Kemper - is over. A devastating terrorist action catapults him from a world of moral certainty and decisive orders into the shadowy realm of espionage, where ambiguity is the only rule. His new mission: hunt down those responsible for the greatest tragedy in the history of the US Special Ops and bring them to justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This One's a Keeper!!!

  • By shelley on 09-11-16

Better the second time around

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

I guess the old timers is really getting to me. I didn’t remember listening to this book. As I relistened, it started coming back.

Rat Porter is in my top five so that part is easy..

The characters were all pretty good. The storyline was believable. What more can be said? On to book 2

J

2 of 2 people found this review helpful