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  • Satori

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599

It is the fall of 1951 and the Korean War is raging. Twenty-six year-old Nicholai Hel has spent the last three years in solitary confinement at the hands of the Americans. Hel is a master of hoda korosu or "naked kill," fluent in seven languages, and has honed extraordinary "proximity sense" - an extra awareness of the presence of danger. He has the skills to be the world's most fearsome assassin and now the CIA needs him. The Americans offer Hel freedom, money, and a neutral passport in exchange for one small service: go to Beijing and kill the Soviet Union's Commissioner to China.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not the same caliber as The Force

  • By Keith on 12-07-17

unbelievably bad

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

shibumi was a true original. Don Winslow is an excellent author, but frankly, this book is sheer torture. I cannot fully express just how cliched,, trite and unimaginative this book is.

  • The Border

  • The Cartel Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 29 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534

For over 40 years, Art Keller has been on the front lines of America's longest conflict: the War on Drugs. His obsession to defeat the world's most powerful, wealthy, and lethal kingpin - the godfather of the Sinaloa Cartel, Adan Barrera - has left him bloody and scarred, cost him people he loves, even taken a piece of his soul. Now Keller is elevated to the highest ranks of the DEA, only to find that in destroying one monster, he has created 30 more that are wreaking even more chaos and suffering in his beloved Mexico.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story ruined by Trump Derangement Syndrome

  • By Adam on 03-17-19

sprawling and moving

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

I love don Winslow's work and this trilogy is an exceptional, but it suffers though from too many characters and too much complexity

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Through Fiery Trials

  • Safehold, Book 10
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 32 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 636
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 593
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 589

Those on the side of progressing humanity through advanced technology have finally triumphed over their oppressors. The unholy war between the small but mighty island realm of Charis and the radical, Luddite Church of God's Awaiting has come to an end. However, even though a provisional veil of peace has fallen over human colonies, the quiet will not last. For Safefold is a broken world, and as international alliances shift and Charis charges on with its precarious mission of global industrialization, the shifting plates of the new world order are bound to clash.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I miss Oliver Wyman

  • By Ofer on 01-12-19

distinctly mediocre

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

I only finished this book because I enjoyed the previous books so much. I don't know how the author managed to get his publisher to approve this. Overall, too many characters, too little action, and very dull...

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • To Sail a Darkling Sea

  • Black Tide Rising, Book 2
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Tristan Morris
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,357

With human civilization annihilated by a biological zombie plague, a ragtag fleet of yachts and freighters known as Wolf Squadron scours the Atlantic, searching for survivors. Within every abandoned liner and carrier lurks a potential horde, safety can never be taken for granted, and death and turning into one of the enemy is only a moment away. Yet every ship and town holds the flickering hope of survivors. One and two from lifeboats, a dozen from a fishing village, a few hundred wrenched by fury and fire from a ship that once housed thousands....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Post-ZA Story

  • By Sara Marie Dalke on 07-03-14

imaginative but flawed

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

John Ringo can sure spin a story and develop characters. He is clearly an intelligent writer. However, there are none too subtle strains of racism, sexism and antisemitism in his work. He is also rabidly political, all of which baffled me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Red Inferno

  • 1945
  • By: Robert Conroy
  • Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

In April 1945, the Allies are charging toward Berlin from the west, the Russians from the east. For Hitler, the situation is hopeless. But at this turning point in history, another war is about to explode. To win World War II, the Allies dealt with the devil. Joseph Stalin helped FDR, Churchill, and Truman crush Hitler. But what if "Uncle Joe" had given in to his desire to possess Germany and all of Europe? In this stunning novel, Robert Conroy picks up the history of the war just as American troops cross the Elbe into Germany. Then Stalin slams them with the brute force of his enormous Soviet army.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story - narrator makes it barely tolerable

  • By William on 04-19-18

barely OK

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

This author simply doesn't understand much about WW2. He repeatedly describes the German invasion of the Soviet Union as having taken place in 1940, not 1941. He also doesn't get the balance of forces in place in 1945. The narration is simply terrible. He's no Harry Turledove.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Ninety Percent of Everything

  • Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate
  • By: Rose George
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

Rose George, acclaimed chronicler of what we would rather ignore, sails from Rotterdam to Suez to Singapore on ships the length of football fields and the height of Niagara Falls; she patrols the Indian Ocean with an anti-piracy task force; she joins seafaring chaplains and investigates the harm that ships inflict on endangered whales. Sharply informative and entertaining, Ninety Percent of Everything reveals the workings and perils of an unseen world that holds the key to our economy, our environment, and our very civilization.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I was quite mislead by the title.....

  • By Steve on 10-20-17

astonishingly good!

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

Rose George is a truly amazing writer. This book opened my eyes to an industry essential to everyone's existence but otherwise invisible. I think I would read anything she chooses to write about next!

  • Nine Pints

  • A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood
  • By: Rose George
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Blood carries life, yet the sight of it makes people faint. It is a waste product and a commodity pricier than oil. It can save lives and transmit deadly infections. Author Rose George is renowned for her intrepid work on topics that are invisible but vitally important. In Nine Pints, she takes us from ancient practices of bloodletting to modern “hemovigilance” teams that track blood-borne diseases. She probes the lucrative business of plasma transfusions and looks to the future, as researchers seek to bring synthetic blood to a hospital near you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • astounding!

  • By Clayton on 12-11-18

astounding!

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

I had to fight to turn off my phone to get some sleep. This book is incredibly well researched and written. It is also poignantly funny at times. How I wish I could thank the author in person for this gift!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Past Tense

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,733
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,694

Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn't get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. He thinks, What's one extra day? He takes the detour. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FIVE STAR BOOK And NARRATION!!!!

  • By shelley on 11-05-18

not the best in the series

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

Lee Child is one of my favorite authors, but at this point I wish he would move on from Reacher novels and and create a new character. This novel drags, pure and simple.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • War of the Wolf

  • A Novel
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,341
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,231

While Uhtred might have regained his family’s fortress, it seems a peaceful life is not to be - as he is under threat from both an old enemy and a new foe. The old enemy comes from Wessex, where a dynastic struggle will determine who will be the next king. And the new foe is Sköll, a Norseman, whose ambition is to be king of Northumbria and who leads a frightening army of wolf-warriors, men who fight half-crazed in the belief they are indeed wolves. Uhtred, believing he is cursed, must fend off one enemy while he tries to destroy the other. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the End

  • By Nicole Porter on 10-04-18

not as good as the rest of the series

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

Still enjoyable, but I think that this series should have ended at the last book.

  • Choosers of the Slain

  • Paladin of Shadows, Book 3
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483

Lust, Vengeance and Non-stop Action.

Mike Harmon's commando-quality retainers agree: their leader, code-named Ghost, is a peculiar one. An ex-Navy-SEAL, there is no stronghold he cannot penetrate, no target he can't take out. But Ghost is also a man struggling to keep the animal inside at bay and his twisted sexual desires satisfied with a rock-hard integrity and incredible force of will. Now Harmon and his militia have been hired to rescue the daughter of a powerful political mover in America, kidnapped into the Eastern Europe sex trade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heroes,Beauties, Bad guys, Good Guys

  • By Uncle Dale on 05-14-18

puerile and ridiculous

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

I expected a good yarn with its quotient of sex and violence, but for Ringo, every woman is a whore and every Muslim deserves painful death. His non-stop demonization of all things liberal and Democrat is astonishing and offensive.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful