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  • The Bomb Maker

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 560

A threat is called into the LAPD Bomb Squad, a team dispatched to a house whose owner is away, and a bomb disguised inside photography equipment exploded in the kitchen. But it is a second bomb hidden in the basement that has devastating consequences - half of the entire Bomb Squad is obliterated within seconds. The fragmented unit turns to Dick Stahl, a former Bomb Squad commander who now operates his own private security company.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bomb Maker- Life Taker!

  • By Tracy P. on 02-11-18

...are we sure this wasn't ghost written?

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

I've long been a fan of Thomas Perry's, so it pains me to leave a bad review for one of his books. It was so awful that I wasn't a quarter of the way through when I began to question whether it was really Mr Perry himself who had written this book, or if he'd hired a ghost writer to do it for him.

The book starts off interestingly enough. Unfortunately it wasn't long before the eye-rolling began. Large chunks of the book read like instructions for a manual. "First he did this thing. Then he set that aside and looked at the thing. Then he moved the thing. Finally he did something else to the thing and was done." I wish I were exaggerating, but no, it really was that boring.

Sadly, the characters were also a disappointment. Five minutes after our male protagonist meets our female protagonist she's throwing herself at him and they're having sex. Not that I care about sex in a book, mind, but this sex didn't even make any sense. There was no indication that these two characters liked each other or that there was any sort of connection. (small wonder, as the only scene they'd been in previously was one of those same "instruction manual" type chunks of time. The mediocre flavor of both characters' personalities persisted through the rest of the book. Except, perhaps for a bit of inner dialogue angst the female lead treats us to about 3/4 of the way through the book. (as a woman, this was almost insulting it was so unrealistic)

Finally, and this will only bother some reader types (unfortunately I'm one of them) but the technicalities in this book are also unrealistic. Yes, I know this is supposed to be fiction, but I prefer a modicum of realism in good thrillers.

All in all it was a frustrating read. I did finish it, because I've enjoyed Perry's work in the past. That said, I've never before read a book of his that makes me want to hesitate before purchasing another. This book has done that.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • As the Crow Flies

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 20 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,571

When Charlie Trumper inherits the barrow his grandfather used to peddle fruit and vegetables in turn-of-the-century Whitechapel, England, he inherits his enterprising spirit as well. Charlie's deeply held ambition to raise himself out of the poverty of London's East End is destined to be realized, but there are many obstacles to overcome, including a tour of duty at the front in World War I, where he encounters the man who will become his lifelong enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Becoming a Fan of Jeffrey Archer

  • By DWR on 05-04-16

Infuriating.

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

This book is lucky it's in audio format or I'd have thrown it across the room.

The characters are charming and I enjoyed reading about the hard work and tenacity of the two leading protagonists. By the end of the book, however, I couldn't help but becoming incredibly angry with the author. If you enjoy a book where justice is served to truly evil people, you will need to look elsewhere because you won't find it here.

**SPOILER**
The antagonists not only get away with the murder of the main character's best friend, and cause the death of BOTH of his children, but the "hero" of the story seems only interested in making sure that his business survives! And while, yes, seeing the thing that you built with your own two hands be nurtured and grow is a worthy ideal and I'm glad to see this one goal at least to be met by the end of the book- it simply does not justify the careless way the main characters treat the deaths of the people closest to them. By all that is holy, man, WHY did the Trumpers continually let the villains get away with so much!?

** END SPOILER**

The other fault I feel needs mentioning is that Archer relies far too heavily on the old trope of "Let us not let one character tell this other character some vitally important information for asinine (or non-existent) reasons so that later on a really horrific tragedy will strike and we'll just have to see what miraculous coincidence will save our heroes from certain doom."

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Sherlockian

  • By: Graham Moore
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 473

In December 1893, Sherlock Holmes-adoring Londoners eagerly opened their Strand magazines-- anticipating the detective's next adventure-- only to find the unthinkable: his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, had killed their hero off. London spiraled into mourning -- crowds sported black armbands in grief -- and railed against Conan Doyle as his assassin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth purchasing

  • By Snoodely on 09-07-12

Perhaps a tad over-rated.

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

This may sound harsh- though it's certainly not my intention- and I hope that those who love the story will forgive me, but I think this one is a tad over-rated. I'll have to agree with former reviewers who found the modern Sherlockian character to be unlikable, and a bit... well... stupid. I enjoyed Doyle's story much better, and found myself disappointed when we were forced to return to the modern tale. As a result, I can only honestly recommend half the book.

One last thing- for those of you who get frustrated by poor audio production, I found it odd that the publisher didn't notice that the reader switched voices around for certain characters- sometimes mid conversation! There is a police officer who, at first, is given an older, authoritative voice. Then the author describes the officer as appearing to be rather young and inexperienced- suddenly his voice changes! Clearly the narrator hadn't read the chapter before recording it. But what compounds the issue is that later on in the book, the narrator switches the voice around a third time! I quickly learned that I couldn't rely on the sound of a voice to know who it was who was speaking, as the problem cropped up repeatedly. It was very distracting.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • But for the Grace

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 2
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 985
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 985

When another resident of the Rosemary House care home is found dead in her chair one Saturday evening in December, no one is very surprised - not until the results of a routine post-mortem reveal something extraordinary. Sergeant DC Smith and his team have to tread carefully as they investigate what took place, and Smith himself has to confront some difficult memories. Others, meanwhile, seem intent on getting him to leave the force altogether.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I Like Sergeant DC Smith. He Doesn't Disappoint.

  • By Ted on 04-25-18

WARNING: Depression, suicide

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

Reviewed: 01-17-18

I was pretty disappointed in this story. I've read books 1 and 3 of the DC Smith series, and had somehow missed this one. (I usually read a series in order- so I'm not sure what happened.) When I picked it up, I'd expected to read something similar to the previous two works I'd read by Mr Grainger. What I got instead was slow moving and almost entirely lacking in humor or mystery. Since those were the two elements of Grainger's previous writing that had drawn me to buy But For the Grace, I can't help but wish I had ignored this installment.

But more than that, I feel that I should leave a warning to other would-be readers. If you suffer from depression, thoughts of suicide, or have been affected by suicide and/ or depression of a loved one- please heed my warning and skip this book.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The End of the World as We Knew It

  • By: Nick Cole
  • Narrated by: Mare Trevathan, Guy Williams, Doug Tisdale Jr.
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

In the future, an artist specializing in historical records creates a piece of art based on three separate accounts of the pandemic. What follows is a patchwork tale of survival and horror as two lovers struggle to survive the undying dead and the collapse of an America turned charnel house. Told as memos from Ground Zero, and later in the journal of a dark tower-like quest by train and foot across a nightmare landscape of ruined cities and raving corpses, the three accounts reveal more than just the grim realities of society's collapse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book stays with you long after you finish.

  • By JD on 07-13-17

This book stays with you long after you finish.

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

Reviewed: 07-13-17

I never would have labeled myself as a reader of zombie-fiction. The Walking Dead makes me roll my eyes, and I haven’t caught an episode since the end of the first season. But here I am, reading ANOTHER zombie book, and this one… this one was incredible. I’m not used to caring about characters in stories. Call me a unempathetic, or perhaps I read enough fiction that I usually see through the standard manipulation techniques. The thing is- the characters in this book feel REAL. They have flaws, they could be people I know. They could be ME. For once, I found myself absorbed in their lives rather than pondering where the author was taking me.

Good grief, I sound like a sap. People, I am no Oprah's Book Club subscriber. Do I need to remind y’all that this is a freaking ZOMBIE book?? There’s action and gore and an apocalypse. And freaking outstanding characters. Just get it.

For reference, other zombie books/ series I’ve read and enjoyed:

* Zombie Fallout series by Mark Tufo - These books are hilarious. And gross. And hilarious. Also gory. Also, also hilarious.

* Black Tide Rising Series by John Ringo - This series had me strategizing about what to do in a zombie apocalypse. (and enjoying the musical references) Preppers and thrill-ride lovers will both enjoy this one.

* White Trash Zombie series by Diana Rowland - This series is a bit “fluffier” than your average zombie novels. The narrator is outstanding, and there’s humor. If you usually prefer Urban Fantasy over Zombie-fic, you might want to check this out.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • The Hunt for Red October

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: J. Charles
  • Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,835

Somewhere under the freezing Atlantic, a Soviet sub commander has just made a fateful decision. The Red October is heading west. The Americans want her. The Russians want her back. The chase for the highly advanced nuclear submarine is on—and there’s only one man who can find her. Brilliant CIA analyst Jack Ryan has little interest in fieldwork, but when covert photographs of Red October land on his desk, Ryan soon finds himself in the middle of a high-stakes game of hide-and-seek played by two world powers—a game that could end in all-out war.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Audio quality quite poor

  • By Christian on 01-13-10

For the love of Clancy, read the reviews!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

Someone, please, pretty, pretty please- convince the publisher to re-record this book. Clancy does not deserve this.

If you're considering buying- just know that I'm usually pretty tolerant of poor narrators. And Charles is just fine as a speaker EXCEPT when he does accents. This quirk of his makes the preview a bit deceiving.

His accents are so incredibly cringe worthy, you'll spend vast swaths of this book rewinding to try to figure out what it was you missed in the story because you were too busy being gobsmacked at what a truly horrible Russian/ Southern/ English accent the narrator was just trying to voice.

Sadly, I'm going to have to return this one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Shady Cross

  • By: James Hankins
  • Narrated by: Bon Shaw
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,460
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,452

In one hand small-time crook Stokes holds a backpack stuffed with someone else's money--$350,000 of it. In the other hand, Stokes has a cell phone, which he found with the money. On the line a little girl he doesn't know asks, "Daddy? Are you coming to get me? They say if you give them the money, they'll let you take me home."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fast paced, very entertaining

  • By shelley on 03-14-15

A not a hero, hero

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

Reviewed: 06-02-16

Six year old Amanda Jenkins needs a hero. Someone who will save her from men who have kidnapped her, who have tortured her in order to manipulate her father into paying a ransom.

Unfortunately, the only person who knows about her situation is Stokes, a man who has never lifted his finger to help another person in his life. And yet Stokes decides to do everything in his power to help this little girl. You, dear reader, may understand why. But does he?

For folks looking for action story with a likable hero- this story may or may not be for you. Understand what you're getting into: Stokes is not a good man. He's selfish and has no moral compass at all. You may find yourself not rooting for him so much as you're rooting for his goals.

Personally, though the ending was anything but expected, I found it very satisfactory.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Adam Baldwin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,564
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,552

Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future? Don't let this happen to you! Rifts happen, so you should be ready when universes collide. A policy with Stranger & Stranger can cover all of your interdimensional insurance needs. Rated "Number One in Customer Satisfaction" for three years running, no claim is too big or too weird for Tom Stranger to handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Someone owes me a new keyboard

  • By Aimee M on 05-24-16

A REAL Author Wouldn't Be This HIlarious

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

Reviewed: 05-26-16

I didn't stop laughing for 2 hours.

If you follow Correia on FB or his blog- well consider this book to be written specifically for you. Still, you don't have to be an "insider" to enjoy this short story. Adam Baldwin's narration alone makes this free audio book worth its weight in manatee hoons.

Get it now. You won't be disappointed.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Mercy of the Night

  • By: David Corbett
  • Narrated by: David de Vries
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

Phelan Tierney helps people who hope to start their lives over. When a young woman he's taken under his wing disappears, the former lawyer devotes himself to finding her - despite her puzzlingly unhelpful family and his own ghosts.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Dellyn on 11-09-15

Unusual

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

Reviewed: 07-16-15

Corbett has serious writing chops, there's no doubt about it. This story flows well with no awkward hitches. But his real talent lies in his ability to "keep it real" with his reader and still keep the story mostly interesting. I say mostly because there was a point in the book where I realized that Corbett was veering dangerously into character study territory.

Grain of Salt Warning: Understand, this is purely my taste, I prefer books that have a good balance between plot and character - too far in either direction and I lose interest. Corbett definitely flirted with making this book almost entirely about what was going on in the psyche of his characters, which muddied the middle of it a bit for me. But right around the end he popped back in to move the plot along to a good conclusion.

If you're thinking about getting this book, know what you're getting into. Whether or not you like Mercy of the Night will depend largely on where your preferences lie.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

  • By: Dorothy Gilman
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,989
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,498

Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Barbara Rosenblatt: THE Voice!

  • By Barbara on 01-14-12

Refreshingly good story telling

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

Reviewed: 06-26-15

I once heard someone say that books have different messages for you depending on when in your life you read them. A book you read as a teenager will impact you differently as an adult. The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax will have a greatly different meaning for a grandmother than it will for a young mother. That said, I think I can say with confidence that you'll find this book amusing at any age.

As for the reader, she is a tad melodramatic at times and has obviously difficulty with male characters. She opts for a clenched jaw sound for one male voice that sounds painful to listen to at times. Still, she does a fine job with Mrs. Pollifax. She really should be given more around 3 1/2 stars for performance... but I bumped it up to 4 as I don't think it was entirely unlistenable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful