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  • Catalyst

  • Breakthrough, Book 3
  • By: Michael C. Grumley
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574

In 1984 a doomsday vault was constructed on a remote island in the Arctic Ocean. Its purpose was to preserve Earth's genetic history in the event of a global catastrophe. Now, decades later, a second vault has been uncovered. This one resting where no one ever expected. And the problem is, it's not ours. Yet even more curious than the vault itself is what lies inside. Seeds. Millions of seeds. Each with a genetic embryo untouched and perfectly preserved. Waiting. No one knows who built it. Or when. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This series just keeps getting better and better!

  • By Shearyan60 on 04-16-18

Breakthrough Series Highly Recommended

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

A thoroughly enjoyable series even if you are not typically a fan of the genre. Never heard of the author but took a chance when Book 1 was on sale and I am really glad I did. Listened to all 3 books in the series, really need to do in sequence to be able follow the plot and character development. The first book in particular has plenty of new subplots, which follow through en each book and tie together nicely. I hope Book 4 Ripple will be available on Audible soon!

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  • First to Kill

  • By: Andrew Peterson
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,286
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,286

When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well Worth The Time, Great Listen

  • By cindersmom on 07-20-09

Love the character and the narrator, BUT

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

Reviewed: 07-23-17

I like the main characters, especially McBride & Harv. And of course, superbly narrated, as always, by Dick Hill. I also liked the character development and the relationship between McBride & Harv. However, the book was a disappointment for me, as the plot simply failed to engage. FBI and special agents chasing after bad guys with Semtex, domestic terrorists, etc. Although this is a recurring plot in many books, it could have still worked, but it failed to engage me in this book. I just didn't care, since I knew McBride would be OK anyway. Maybe the story just had too many words? Not sure I would try another book by the author, although he's obviously very popular. Only reason I didn't return it is because i bought it on 2 for 1 credit sale.

  • 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 5,516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,043
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,024

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

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 06-26-17

I read the reviews but ended up disappointed. Glad I bought this book as 2 for 1 credit! I love thrillers, spy and action novels, Mark Greaney, Tom Clancy, Ben Coes, etc. But nothing really happens in this book until almost one-third into the book, I almost gave up. The action sequences are good, but somehow you just don't care about the characters, they don't draw you in. Too cookie cutter, for both the good guys and the bad guys. Not sure I would get another book by this author. Still gave it a 2 star for overall because I'm a fan of Ray Porter's narration, but even he seems bored reading this book, not as great as his other narrations.

  • Tom Clancy Point of Contact

  • Jack Ryan Jr., Book 3
  • By: Mike Maden
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,128

Former U.S. Senator Weston Rhodes is a defense contractor with an urgent problem. His company needs someone to look over the books of Dalfan Technologies, a Singapore company—quickly. He turns to his old friend Gerry Hendley for help. Hendley Associates is one of the best financial analysis firms in the country and the cover for The Campus, a top-secret American intelligence agency. Rhodes asks for two specific analysts, Jack Ryan Jr., and Paul Brown, a mild-mannered forensic accountant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Give the guy a break!

  • By shelley on 06-15-17

OK not as good as Mark Greaney's writing bad audio

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

Reviewed: 06-26-17

Audio production Needs EDITING!!!! clicks and cutting out of words, the audio needs some work and released again. First time I had this with Audible, not acceptable quality!!! I love the Clancy books, and the ones written by Mark Greaney. The writing by Mike Maden was ok. But it took too long to get going, the end was not totally explained, sort of rushed through.

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,902
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,969

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Scott on 04-10-08

Not a sci-fi fan but narration made this rock!

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

Reviewed: 05-25-17

I don't usually read/listen to Sci-Fi books, but of course Dune is a classic. What made it so enjoyable, entertaining, and a roller coaster ride was the incredible narration. I highly recommend this listen even if you usually avoid the sci-fi genre.

  • I Shot the Buddha

  • By: Colin Cotterill
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 192

Laos, 1979: Retired coroner Siri Paiboun and his wife, Madame Daeng, have never been able to turn away a misfit. As a result they share their small Vientiane house with an assortment of homeless people, mendicants, and oddballs. One of these oddballs is Noo, a Buddhist monk who rides out on his bicycle one day and never comes back, leaving only a cryptic note in the refrigerator - a plea to help a fellow monk escape across the Mekong River to Thailand. Naturally, Siri can't turn down the adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I am a big fan

  • By Rena on 08-07-16

Ok but not as good as The Coroner's Lunch

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

Reviewed: 01-19-17

I listened to The Coroner's Lunch first, which I quite enjoyed, and which is earlier in the series. This is alright and has some great insights and funny moments, but the plot is at times confusing with various monks in story, takes some effort to keep them straight and I got lost somewhere along the way. I would gladly listen to another book in this series, and I would probably enjoy it.

  • The Heist

  • A Novel
  • By: Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,929
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,943

FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!!

  • By Amanda on 09-17-13

Entertaining and well narrated

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

Reviewed: 01-19-17

Enjoyed listening to this book. This book is entertaining from start to finish and well written. Light "suspense" with lots of wit. Impeccably narrated by Scott Brick, at times laugh out loud funny.

  • The Wrong Side of Goodbye

  • Harry Bosch, Book 19
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,763

Harry Bosch is California's newest private investigator. He doesn't advertise, he doesn't have an office, and he's picky about who he works for, but it doesn't matter. His chops from 30 years with the LAPD speak for themselves. Soon one of Southern California's biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire has less than six months to live and a lifetime of regrets. He hires Bosch to find out whether he has an heir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Connelly Delivers Everytime

  • By Charles Atkinson on 07-19-17

Probably the best of Connelly and Harry Bosch

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

Reviewed: 01-19-17

I enjoy most of Michael Connelly's books and the Harry Bosch series. This particular story-line was slightly a departure from his usual books, but it is one of his best books. Highly recommend. Greatly narrated.

  • The Guilty

  • Will Robie, Book 4
  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,341

Will Robie escaped his small Gulf Coast hometown of Cantrell, Mississippi, after high school, severing all personal ties, and never looked back. Not once. Not until the unimaginable occurs. Unlike the missions Robie undertook in the service of his country, where his target was clearly defined, digging into his father's case only reveals more questions. Robie is drawn into the hidden underside of Cantrell, where he must face the unexpected and possibly deadly consequences of the long-ago choices made by father and son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fabulous next installment, Robbie &Reel are back

  • By GH on 11-18-15

Enjoyed the book but not last few chapters

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

Reviewed: 01-19-17

I have read most of Baldacci's books, so I'm mostly a fan. Most of the book is excellent, until you get near the end. Finding out the identity of the "murderer" was a huge disappointment. Really? I don't want to give away the plot, but the great revelation near the end requires a major suspension of belief. The denouement is totally implausible, as if written by a high school student, not worthy of Baldacci's talent. It's unfortunate as the rest of the book is great!

  • Summit

  • A Novel
  • By: Harry Farthing
  • Narrated by: Harry Farthing
  • Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,433

In the autumn of 1938, Germany's reichsführer, Heinrich Himmler, is growing frustrated at the British using their regional power in India to block the passage of an SS expedition to Tibet. Determined to spite them, he plots to steal something the British hold dear and have failed for the seventh time that spring to achieve: a first summit of Mount Everest. Seventy years later, seasoned mountain guide Neil Quinn's ninth visit to the top of the world's highest mountain, this time in charge of the 16-year-old son of a Long Island billionaire, begins to unravel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction at its Very Best!

  • By Paula on 08-23-16

Unusual plot and suspenseful. Highly recommend.

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

Reviewed: 01-19-17

I probably wouldn't have thought of getting this book if not for the 2 for 1 credit sale, but I am so glad I bought it. It is well narrated even though it is read by the author, I tend to usually stay away from those. Imaginative plot, not cookie-cutter, well written. Lots of suspense and you find yourself rooting for the main characters. You do not need to know or enjoy mountain climbing books to enjoy this one. Highly recommend.