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  • The Thief

  • An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 5
  • By: Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,455

On the ocean liner Mauretania, two European scientists with a dramatic new invention are barely rescued from abduction by the Van Dorn Detective Agency's intrepid chief investigator, Isaac Bell. Unfortunately, they are not so lucky the second time. The thugs attack again - and this time, one of the scientists dies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Review: An Issac Bell Piece

  • By Zack on 03-08-12

The Review: An Issac Bell Piece

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

Reviewed: 03-08-12

After the intensity of 'The Wrecker' and the adventure of 'The Race' this installation had some big shoes to fill. It fell somewhat flat, speculation leads me to believe the publisher pressured the writers to expunge sections to keep the book shorter. If that is the case then shame on them. I feel the villain was not as well developed as he could have been something I have really enjoyed from this series. Don't get me wrong I still enjoyed this book, I mean if you read the last four books your certainly can't stop now. As always great period tech and very accurate history.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Gideon's Corpse

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: David W. Collins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,202
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,218

A top nuclear scientist goes mad and takes an innocent family hostage at gunpoint, killing one and causing a massive standoff. A plume of radiation above New York City leads to a warehouse where, it seems, a powerful nuclear bomb was assembled just hours before. Sifting through the evidence, authorities determine that the unthinkable is about to happen: in ten days, a major American city will be vaporized by a terrorist attack.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Yawn! Preston & Child can do MUCH BETTER!

  • By G.Monie on 07-24-13

Gidieon's Introspection

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

Reviewed: 01-12-12

This follow up book started rather slow, dragged at times but if you were a fan of the first book it is a must read.

These are two of my favorite authors, and with this new series they are trying to break the mold they have created for themselves. I shyed away from the first book because of all the negative reviews then I found out Gideon works for EES and that Eli Glinn is featured in this series and I downloaded without hesitation.

I admit I enjoyed the first book more because the story was more broken up, somthing this novel could have benefited from. Once the action got going I settled in and enjoyed it more. Quite a few thriller cliches but I suppose those are increasingly difficult to avoid. One element of this series I particularly enjoy is the use of social engineering. I look forword to more installments.

I really wish they had just when with Scott Brick from the get go but the two different narrators so far have been passable.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Brimstone

  • Pendergast, Book 5
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,239

Art critic Jeremy Grove is found dead, his face frozen in a mask of terror. His body temperature is grotesquely high; he is discovered in a room barricaded from the inside; the smell of brimstone is everywhere... and the unmistakable imprint of a claw is burned into the wall. As more bodies are discovered - their only connection the bizarre but identical manner of death - the world begins to wonder if the Devil has, in fact, come to collect his due.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm new to the Preston Child but I'm hooked

  • By John Morgan on 03-16-15

Finally!

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

Reviewed: 12-19-11

This has been a long time coming to Audible. This is the first part of the Diogenes trilogy. Its been five years since Reliquary, D'agosta is back and well if you have made it this far in the series I don't really need to try to sell you on it, sufficed to say your in for a hell of a ride. Only one book left unabridged Cabinet Of Curiosities, Audible the fans DEMAND it!

22 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • Pirate King

  • A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 827
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 829

As Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes embark on their 11th adventure together, they find themselves immersed in the world of silent filmmaking. Here, the pirates are real—and unlike the shooting done with a camera, this sort can be deadly.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not my favorite Mary Russell

  • By chris on 10-01-11

Book eleven.

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

Reviewed: 09-09-11

This is a great series if your a Sherlock fan. Mary Russell is brought to life in a way actually reading this book could never do. Jenny Sterlin is one of the best narrators in the business. Less that enthusiastic about the cover art Recorded Books gave this title, the hard cover was attractive enough.

1 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Vengeance

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,917
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,913

Devastated by the discovery that his wife, Helen, was murdered, Special Agent Pendergast must have retribution. But revenge is not simple. As he stalks his wife's betrayers-a chase that takes him from the wild moors of Scotland to the bustling streets of New York City and the darkest bayous of Louisiana - he is also forced to dig further into Helen's past. And he is stunned to learn that Helen may have been a collaborator in her own murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful Buildup -- Best Pendergast Series Yet!

  • By GH on 11-18-12

Aloysius X. L. Pendergast

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

Reviewed: 08-04-11

This is the eleventh Pendergast novel, the second of the 'Helen Pendergast' arc. Aloysius X. L. Pendergast is an albino F.B.I. special agent who is an independently wealthy cross between Sherlock Holmes, James Bond and The Devil. His lineage is as dark and checkered as the mysteries he deftly runs to ground. He solves cases. Never mind that his methods are often incorrigible. His tenaciousness makes him a priceless ally and a disastrous enemy. His exploits have moved me from the edge of my seat to exclaiming uncontrollably in front of strangers to my embarrassment. Pendergast is doubtlessly the most exciting character in modern fiction. This volume and the arc in particular are not only among the best examples of Pendergast and Preston & Childs's work but an example of the best of the modern genre.

34 of 42 people found this review helpful

  • Acheron

  • By: Bryon Morrigan
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 81

When Capt. Nate Leathers is taken prisoner by Iraqi insurgents, he thinks things can't get any worse than that. But when he escapes, the city of Basra is covered in green fog and besieged by nightmarish monsters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable siege feel

  • By Zack on 07-14-11

Enjoyable siege feel

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-11

Light of zombies, but has a good PA feel. Set in Iraq and the Christians are the fundamentalists, delicious irony. Some plot holes but as far as zombies books on Audible this one is better than 75% of them. Narration is strong.Not Romero pure however still recommended.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Still Life with Crows

  • A Novel
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,379

For the first time in unabridged audio! A small Kansas town has turned into a killing ground. Is it a serial killer, a man with the need to destroy? Or is it a darker force, a curse upon the land? Amid golden cornfields, FBI Special Agent Pendergast discovers evil in the blood of America's heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SCARY, WEIRD, ENGAGING

  • By Polly on 11-05-12

Pendergast, Unabridged.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-11

I dislike abridged books. Resulting from that I have been reduced to reading the Pendergast series out of order, shameful really. The release of this book leaves only two Pendergast novels remaining still abridged, "The Cabinet of Curiosities" and "Brimstone". Do try to rectify this situation soon Audible. I can't decided if I prefer Brick or Auberjonois , really either is more than satisfactory. Like any Pengergast novel you will not be disappointed by this volume, and the price what more could one want.

16 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Book

  • A Humanist Bible
  • By: A. C. Grayling
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 25 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 71

Few, if any, thinkers and writers today would have the imagination, the breadth of knowledge, and the literary skill to conceive of a powerful secular alternative to the Bible. But that is exactly what A. C. Grayling has done, creating a nonreligious bible drawn from the wealth of secular literature and philosophy in both Western and Eastern traditions, using the same techniques of editing, redaction, and adaptation that produced the holy books of the Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Morality 2.0

  • By Zack on 06-30-11

Morality 2.0

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-11

In a recent discussion with an acquaintance, he admitted to not believing in religion but would indoctrinate his children into it anyway. He rationalized this by saying "How else can I teach my children to be good people?" I replied "Humanism." If only I had this book to hand him, his children might not be in catechism right now.
This volume is as poetic and beautiful as any religious text only without the incredulity. Narration is in the appropriate accent to enunciate the ascetics of the English language. It's "books" and it's short "chapters" are all segregated appropriately for easy access. This book will yield great "bedtime" stories for my children. If civilization falls and humanity resorts back to near neolithic times, I hope this is the book they find and base there lives on.

49 of 59 people found this review helpful

  • Hex

  • By: Allen Steele
  • Narrated by: Tracy Sallows, Allen Steele (introduction)
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 195

The two-time Hugo Award-winner expands the universe of his Coyote saga. The danui, a reclusive arachnid species considered the galaxy's finest engineers, have avoided contact with the Coyote Federation. Until, that is, the danui initiate trade negotiations, offering only information: the coordinates for an unoccupied world suitable for human life - a massive sphere, composed of billions of hexagons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed

  • By miki on 09-17-13

An awe inspiring saga.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-11

In order to fully appreciate this book or the series you need to understand a few things about Allen Steele as well as the last 60 years of interstellar travel fiction. 'A Mote in God's Eye','Footfall','Rendezvous with Rama','2001','The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' and its kin,'Foundation' series, are among the ranks of the best in the category. They all leave you with an immense sense of incompleteness. The 'Coyote' saga while not eradicating this feeling, at least gives you several thousand pages from 2070 AD to 2370 AD to brood about the science the author can't invent to satisfy you. Steele is not a perfect writer. However the scope and ambition of this series is palpable. All future writers in this category should aim to out do this saga, in both breadth and technical aspects. This is a must read series for any hard science fiction aficionado.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Interview with the Vampire

  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,982
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,994

Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force - a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write. From the Paperback edition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unabridged at last - First class

  • By Hilary on 08-16-11

Apropos!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-11

I've been cursing (to my uninterested wife) Audible, for at least the last year for not having Anne Rice's quintessential books unabridged. Audible has definitively and irrevocably solved that problem today. Simon Vance is a brilliant orator who satisfies this burgeoning classic for audiobookephiles (yes I [may have] just coined a new English word) of the most discriminating variety. This is a beautiful title in many facets, purchase without hesitation.

41 of 45 people found this review helpful