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J. Lawrence Porter

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  • Enemy of the State

  • A Mitch Rapp Novel, Book 16
  • By: Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,632

After 9/11, the United States made one of the most secretive and dangerous deals in its history. The evidence against the powerful Saudis who coordinated the attack would be buried. In return, King Faisal would promise to keep the oil flowing and deal with the conspirators in his midst. When the king's own nephew is discovered funding ISIS, the president suspects that the Saudis never intended to live up to their agreement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sorely Missed the Voice of Mitch Rapp (George Guidall)

  • By james on 09-06-17

New narrator / New co-author - Excellent results!

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

Been a Mitch Rapp fan for several years and have listened to all the books in the series. The addition of Brick as narrator caused my brain a bit of adjustment as I was used to him as the voice of John Corey in Nelson DeMille's books. I miss the rasp of Guidall, but love the sarcasm Brick's voice naturally brings to Rapp's character. It is more keeping in line with the smart-ass voice I believe he would speak through.

The storyline is an excellent continuation and the action continues to be at the Flynn level. Hopefully there are a few more stories in the pipeline.. and maybe a couple more movies. New media is catching on.. the Bosch series on Amazon, the American Assassin movie (Rapp Book 1)... there are so many good stories a shame Hollywood has been regurgitating the same ole same.. Here's hoping.

  • The Quest

  • A Novel
  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 891
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 887

From the locked archives of the Vatican to the overgrown jungles of Ethiopia, an unlikely trio begins a deadly search for the Holy Grail. Two journalists and a beautiful photographer are traveling together in a broken down Jeep while covering the 1975 Ethiopian civil war. Both men fall in love with the woman and that complicates things. When the trio winds up lost in the jungle, in the no man's land between the fighting factions, they take cover and dig in for the night. In their hiding place, they encounter a dying man who tells them an amazing and quite unbelievable story. But for some reason - one that they grapple with for the rest of their journey - that night they believe.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Quest to make money

  • By Andy on 10-07-13

In the vein of the "John" character...

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

Reviewed: 11-11-13

What did you love best about The Quest?

Demille has developed the sarcastic John character so well and in this novel uses a derivative of him. You can hear John Corey and John Sutter in Frank's words as you listen to the book. I found the story to be intriguing in a Dan Brown way of mixing history with mystery and love the "john" characterization.

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Consistency in the author's "voice" from other DeMille books.

  • Chasing the Dime

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,390
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,391

The messages waiting for Henry Pierce when he plugs in his new phone clearly aren't intended for him. They indicate something has gone terribly wrong for a woman named Lilly. Pierce probes, investigates, and then tumbles through a hole, leaving behind a life driven by work to track down and help a woman he's never met. Connelly's latest is "a grabber from the beginning...utterly compelling."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nobody Could Be That Stupid That Many Times!

  • By David on 05-29-05

Enjoyable listen...excellent story.

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

Reviewed: 11-11-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Great storyline. I found Connelly after Lincoln Lawyer movie and have gotten all his books going through them chronologically. This is a departure from the Bosch character and his half brother, however it is an absolutely great listen. Great character development.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No..during several car trips.

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  • Inferno

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,798
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20,872

Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last 36 hours, including how he got there...or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings. Langdon's world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping, compelling

  • By Happy Woman on 09-15-16

Simple and Sweet

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

Reviewed: 06-24-13

What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

Narrator did an excellent job with the accents, characterizations and pace.

What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

The book follows the traditional formula for the Langdon novels.

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

No

Any additional comments?

The book was an easy "read" mixing entertainment and learning together and broaching a topic of increasing interest. The narrator did an excellent job and not once did the plot line drag or slow.

  • The Last Refuge

  • Dewey Andreas, Book 3
  • By: Ben Coes
  • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,540

p>With time running out to stop the nuclear destruction of Tel Aviv, Dewey Andreas must defeat his most fearsome opponent yet. Off a quiet street in Brooklyn, New York, Israeli Special Forces commander Kohl Meir is captured by operatives of the Iranian secret service, who smuggle Meir back to Iran, where he is imprisoned, tortured, and prepared for a show trial. What they don’t know is that Meir was in New York to recruit Dewey Andreas for a secret operation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Last Refuge but hopefully not the last of Dewey!

  • By Susan on 08-21-12

Excellent Listen

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

Reviewed: 11-12-12

What about Peter Hermann’s performance did you like?

Glad they returned to the original narrator from the first book. He captures the inner voice and nuances of Andreas, Jessica and Calabreze well.

Any additional comments?

I found this series after listening to Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series and Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series. I like to find an author who can develop characters and then take them through various plots. In addition to the previous mentioned two, DeMille's John Corey and John Sanford's Virgil Flowers and Lucas Davenport come to mind.

When an author can create such a realistic character...well the reading/listening audience is in his palm so to say. Excellent and relevant plot lines by Coes...I hope he keeps Andreas going for some time to come.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,971
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,956

For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My 2nd Time Through the Series

  • By L. O. Pardue on 07-30-15

A Good "Read"

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-11

I had never heard of Connelly before the Lincoln Lawyer movie. I know movie scripts are a bastardization of books usually but the story in the movie was pretty good and since Sanford was between books in the Prey series and his new Flowers series, Demille with his Khoury novels hasn't a new one - so I got this one.

Connelly does as good a job as Sanford in building the characters in his story and the interactions between them are realistic and not contrived. This story had a nice flow to it..multiple story lines which came together nicely at the end, and teases to the surprise without ruining it. I was left impressed and liking Harry...enough that I will be on to the next books in Harry Bosch series.

My personal opinion is that the reader has much to do with the enjoyment of an audio book...they can truly make it or kill it. The reader for this book does a great job with voice, inflection and the use of a slight tunnel effect for phone calls to add realism to the book and draw the listener in...I hope he is reading the future ones.

I'd rank this overall a 9 out of 10, especially if you like Character driven detective or mystery books.