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  • A Novel
  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 908

An aging but formidable strip-club owner, Claudiu "Manco" Kapak, has been robbed by a masked gunman as he placed his cash receipts in a bank's night-deposit box. Enraged, he sends his half-dozen security men out to find a suspect who is spending lots of cash and is new enough to Los Angeles not to know he was robbing a gangster.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not A Waste Of Time But...

  • By Ted on 10-27-13

Worth more than one listen.

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

For me, there's a kind of sameness about a lot of the new fiction. Lazy, high school level writing, lots of bad narrative and long, story killing, descriptions -- like these "authors" were getting paid by the word. Don't writers/editors care about plot and pacing any more? Anyhow, this book tells an interesting story, with interesting characters, a good plot, and very little wasted ink. It moves right along, it's fun to listen to, the reader does a great job overall and with the different voices, and I've given it 5 stars straight across. Way to go, Thomas Perry and Audible. And think about raising your editorial standards, Audible. I know you're there to sell stuff, but IMHO selling poorly written junk isn't the best long term business plan....at least I hope not. And using readers who mis-pronounce key words associated with the story doesn't help either. Come on, guys, use Google if you see an unfamiliar word. Don't just guess at it. OK. Rant over. This is a very good book. Get it and read it. Enjoy!

  • Blue Darker than Black

  • A Thriller
  • By: Mike Jenne
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 20 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 52

In the second book of the Blue Gemini trilogy, air force majors Scott Ourecky and Drew Carson continue to fly highly classified missions to intercept and destroy suspect Soviet satellites. But after experiencing numerous close calls in orbit, the astronauts soon discover that not all perils reside in the sky. With his marriage already at risk because he cannot explain his frequent absences and strange activities to his wife, Ourecky learns that his unborn child may be in grave danger as a radiation consequence of his flights into space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The 70's Space Cold War continues!

  • By Matthew on 05-04-17

This is a 5 star book

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

Reviewed: 05-24-17

One of the few really good series to come along recently. I'll be watching for anything by Mike Jenne in the future.

  • Never Split the Difference

  • Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It
  • By: Chris Voss
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,574
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,178
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,023

After a stint policing the rough streets of Kansas City, Missouri, Chris Voss joined the FBI, where his career as a hostage negotiator brought him face-to-face with a range of criminals, including bank robbers and terrorists. Reaching the pinnacle of his profession, he became the FBI's lead international kidnapping negotiator. Never Split the Difference takes you inside the world of high-stakes negotiations and into Voss' head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Needs PDF companion file

  • By John L. Pinkowski on 03-07-17

Life changing book and tools

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

Reviewed: 05-24-17

Use some of the tools in this book and you can turn your life, work and marriage around -- whatever you might want to be working better.

One of the most valuable books I've read in a long time, and, at 70+ years old, I've been reading for a long time.

Great book!

  • When the Air Hits Your Brain

  • Tales from Neurosurgery
  • By: Frank T Vertosick Jr. MD
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,666

With poignant insight and humor, Frank Vertosick, Jr., MD, describes some of the greatest challenges of his career, including a six-week-old infant with a tumor in her brain, a young man struck down in his prime by paraplegia, and a minister with a .22-caliber bullet lodged in his skull. Told through intimate portraits of Vertosick's patients and unsparing-yet-fascinatingly detailed descriptions of surgical procedures, When the Air Hits Your Brain illuminates both the mysteries of the mind and the realities of the operating room.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sensitive and Enlightening

  • By Largactil on 02-03-17

Great book

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

Reviewed: 05-24-17

You're right there with the surgeon as you listen to this book. Great read.

  • Blue Gemini

  • A Thriller
  • By: Mike Jenne
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

The year is 1968: The Cold War is far from over, and nuclear annihilation is always only a heartbeat away. America is racing the Soviet Union to land men on the moon, a war is raging, and a pivotal presidential election looms on the horizon. A child of the early space age, Lieutenant Scott Ourecky joined the air force with aspirations of going to flight school.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Conservatively Tagged 'A Thriller'

  • By Steve S. on 10-09-15

I was surprised to see how long this book was

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

Reviewed: 05-24-17

One of the few really good series to come along recently. I'll be watching for anything by Mike Jenne in the future.

  • Altered Carbon

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,823
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,818

In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Altered Carbon

  • By Jake Williams on 09-22-07

What happened to you, Richard?

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

Reviewed: 05-09-13

IMHO, Altered Carbon, Broken Angels and Woken Furies (The "Altered Carbon Trilogy") are still the best hard, dark, violent, fun, and thought provoking sci-fi books ever written.

I've listened to each of them around 5 times. Then Richard dropped Tak Kovacs and the whole altered carbon theme and wrote a sappy fantasy story. Then he disappeared.

I couldn't believe how bad the fantasy book was after the *great* other books Richard had written. I didn't even finish it. I got about halfway through and then threw it away.

Maybe Richard was burned out? Or ashamed? Or maybe the other books had been ghost written?

Whatever it was, Richard, do whatever you have to do and start writing about Tak and Altered Carbon again. I'm sure I'm not the only reader who loved those books and misses them. So if you start writing about Tak again, your readers will be happy and you'll make lots of money. Better than a sharp stick in the eye, right?

You found a winning formula Richard. Most authors would kill for one. Why did you abandon it?

Bring Tak Back!!!

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  • A Warrior's Heart

  • The True Story of Life Before and Beyond 'The Fighter'
  • By: Micky Ward, Joe Layden
  • Narrated by: Mickey Ward, Bill Lobley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

With the success of the critically acclaimed, Academy Award-winning film The Fighter, the world stood up and cheered for the inspiring true story of Micky Ward - a heart-and-soul warrior who overcame the odds to make history in the ring. But that was only part of the tale.… Now, in his own words, “Irish” Micky Ward tells his inspirational life story as only he can. From his first bout at the age of seven, Micky Ward was known first and foremost for giving as good as he got, and for leaving absolutely everything he had in the ring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love Micky Ward even more after reading this!

  • By Kelli on 08-23-17

A good story for one listen.

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

Reviewed: 02-18-13

This is a feel good story and it made me feel good.

I enjoyed listening to it once, but I wouldn't want to listen to it again. It held my interest all the way through -- more than a lot of books these days -- and the end was interesting. But that's it. One time was enough.

This review made me think about how I "star" a book for the "overall" category:

Would I want to listen to it over and over again? That's a 4 or 5 star book.

Made it all the way through one time but that's all? 3 stars.

Put it down before I got to the end the first time through? 1 or 2 stars, depending on how far I got and what else I didn't like about the book.

So Micky and "Warrior's Heart" gets 3 stars overall. The performance was very good. I gave it 5 stars. But performance can't replace story. And for me, the book overall can't be better than the story. So if the "Warrior's Heart" story gets 3 stars, then the book overall gets 3 stars, too.

There's nothing that stands out, got me excited, or makes me want to tell you about it in this review.

I'm guessing it will be sitting on my hard drive for a long time before it gets played again. Maybe when my kids are older they'll enjoy it. I'll probably save it for them.

  • The Drowned Cities

  • By: Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Narrated by: Joshua Swanson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 717

In a dark future America where violence, terror, and grief touch everyone, young refugees Mahlia and Mouse have managed to leave behind the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities by escaping into the jungle outskirts. But when they discover a wounded half-man - a bioengineered war beast named Tool - who is being hunted by a vengeful band of soldiers, their fragile existence quickly collapses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another grim, gripping collapsed-world adventure

  • By Ryan on 09-01-12

It's from Paolo Bacigalupi! Read it!!

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

Reviewed: 02-18-13

I'm retired, so I have time to read a lot of books. Sometimes the stories and authors kind of run together. Then there's PB (and a few other authors**) whose books and stories are in a whole different class.

I think PB is a genius. I'd bet his IQ is right up there with Einstein's. These days, PB is my favorite author. My only complaint is that I haven't seen any new books from him for a while.

Most of the other "Drowned Cities" reviews nail the specifics of this book. There's no need for me to rehash what they've already written, so I'll just add a few comments:

Great book!

Great story!

Great character development and story arcs!

Great ending!

Grabbed me and held me all the way through.

Not always fun to listen to. Some of the suffering is pretty graphic, but it's necessary and makes the rest of the story work.

Tool and Sgt. Ocho were my favorite characters.

I cheered when the bad guys finally got theirs.

It's from Paolo Bacigalupi! Read it!!

P.S. I kept seeing "dystopic" in the other PB reviews. I didn't know what it meant, so I looked it up. It means a society in which there is something frightening or undesirable, like depression, oppression or terror. OK. Now I get it. And I agree. Most of PB's stories are set in dystopic societies, including "Drowned Cities".

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** The lists of my other favorite authors are in my reviews of "Tough Sh*t" and "Winter of Frankie Machine".

  • Tough Sh-t

  • Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good
  • By: Kevin Smith
  • Narrated by: Kevin Smith
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,367
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,130

Take one look at Kevin Smith: He's a balding fatty who wears a size XXL hockey jersey, shorts, and slippers year-round. Not a likely source for life advice. But take a second look at Kevin Smith: He changed filmmaking forever when he was twenty-four with the release of Clerks, and since then has gone on to make nine more profitable movies, runs his own production company, wrote a best-selling graphic novel, and has a beautiful wife and kids. So he must be doing something right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bow at the feet of Kevin Smith!

  • By january on 05-24-12

Worth A Listen

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

Reviewed: 07-23-12

Interesting listen. Held my attention all the way through, but I don't want to listen to it again, which is my way of distinguishing a good listen from a great listen.

I don't know what this book is missing. It's good. Anyone interested in how films get made should buy it. It's just not a great listen like the ones from some of my favorite authors like Michael Connelly, Alistair Reynolds, Paolo Bacigalupi, Ken Follett, Michael Crichton, Peter Hamilton, Richard K. Morgan (Altered Carbon trilogy), etc. The books they write I can listen to over and over again. And I do.

So 4 stars, Kevin. And good luck on your next projects.

  • The Winter of Frankie Machine

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,881
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,883

Frank Machianno is a late-middle-aged ex-surf bum who runs a bait shack on the San Diego waterfront. An affable Italian with a love of people and life, he's a stand-up businessman, devoted father, and a beloved fixture in the community. He's also a hit man - specifically, a retired hit man. Back in the day when he was one of the most feared members of the West Coast Mafia, he was known as Frankie Machine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Winter of Frankie Machine is a ray of sunshine

  • By The Lance Gifford on 10-30-10

Five stars straight across the board

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

Reviewed: 06-28-12

This is an understated but GREAT story. Also a subtle and insightful look into the people who make up "organized crime".

I enjoyed this story all the way through, but I only realized how good it was after I finished it the first time. It kept coming back in flashbacks to this scene or that scene, as well as the overall mood and feel. Winslow says a lot without saying it all the way through the story, and for me, that's one of the marks of a good writer.

I've listened to "Winter" 3 times now and plan to listen to it again soon. I've also read all of Winslow's other books and keep watching for new ones. If the values of people who live on the edge bother you, this isn't a book for you. Otherwise, enjoy!

P.S. I don't know whether I'd put Don Winslow at the top of my favorite writers list, but he's close. Maybe other people would enjoy listening to these writers, too. Here's a short list:

Don Winslow (everything),
John Grisham (before Theodore Boone),
Peter Hamilton (complex and interesting hard sci fi),
Michael Crichton (books like "Prey" make learning fun and scary),
Nelson DeMille (especially "By The Rivers Of Babylon"),
Christopher Reich (especially "The Big Short"),
Greg Bear (long, complex, fun hard sci fi stories),
Alastair Reynolds (great hard sci fi),
Richard K Morgan (Altered Carbon trilogy and Thirteen. After that he seemed to lose it.)
Paolo Bacigalupi (Windup Girl, Ship Breaker, Pump Six etc). Paolo is great!
Michael Connelly (just about everything he's ever written).
Lee Child, Lincoln Child, & Ken Follett

Hope you find some authors here you enjoy. And hope I got my spelling right. :)
Cheers --

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