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  • Zero Sum

  • By: Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 891
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 831
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 823

Returning to Tokyo in 1982 after a decade of mercenary work in the Philippines, a young John Rain learns that the killing business is now controlled by Victor, a half-Russian, half-Japanese sociopath who has ruthlessly eliminated all potential challengers. Victor gives Rain a choice: kill a government minister or die a grisly death. But the best route to the minister is through his gorgeous Italian wife, Maria.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Welcome back John Rain!

  • By shelley on 06-28-17

An Average Listen

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

I stayed until the end, but wouldn't read this again. The plot was marginal and the characters didn't resonate with me.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Rooster Bar

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,064
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,048

Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place. But now, as third-year students, these close friends realize they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a third-tier, for-profit law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specializing in student loans, the three know they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sticking it to the Man

  • By Mel on 11-11-17

So So Listen

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

The fact that I could start this book, then put it aside and listen to podcasts for a month, says something. It took a while to finish this book.

Grisham has written some really good books. He has written others that I consider meh. This one is in the meh category.

On the plus side, his pacing is quick. Simple sentences. Minimal descriptions. Limited character building. Sounds like I just slid into the minus category.

I will say that Grisham as an author always seems to know exactly where he's going. The ending was satisfying and felt plausible. Perhaps that has become my favorite thing about him these days.

  • The Science of Natural Healing

  • By: Mimi Guarneri, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mimi Guarneri
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496

Delve into the world of holistic healthcare, the range of nature-based methods and treatments that are both clinically proven and readily available to you-and that provide an alternative way for you to nurture your own optimal health, disarm stress, and deepen the experience of well-being.These 24 compelling and practical lectures offer a rich spectrum of choices and possibilities for your own healthcare, as well as practical tools for creating a truly healthful lifestyle.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Uneven, several problems

  • By ViennaMom on 06-17-14

Excellent Resource

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

Reviewed: 11-24-17

As far as Great Courses go, I found this lecture to be a wonderful resource. Delivered by a cardiologist, this doctor has embraced and explained functional medicine in excellent, easy to follow terms. If you have any interest at all in your health and wellbeing, this is worth the credit.

  • The Man with the Getaway Face

  • By: Richard Stark
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark's eponymous mystery novels, is one of the most unforgettable characters in hardboiled noir. Lauded by critics for his taut realism, unapologetic amorality, and razor-sharp prose-style, Stark is a master of crime writing, his books as influential as any in the genre. Parker goes under the knife in The Man with the Getaway Face, changing his face to escape the mob and a contract on his life. Along the way he scores his biggest heist yet.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 3 ½ stars. There were some good parts.

  • By Jane on 04-14-13

Not One of His Finest

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

Reviewed: 11-24-17

Definitely a quick read. There was nothing about this book that really stood out. I've enjoyed several of the Donald Westlake books (the Dortmunder series in particular.) This book fell short of those standards, but I don't consider it a waste of a credit. I'm rating it as an "average" Stark novel.

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,381
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,274

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Makes Me Want to Visit Barcelona

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

Reviewed: 11-24-17

I enjoy Dan Brown's books for the settings more than anything. This book did not disappoint. While the plot wasn't riveting, this is still a good, solid read. I could see myself doing a marathon re-read of all of his books, thus the 5-star rating.

  • 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 2,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,916
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,919

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

A Fun Listen

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

Any additional comments?

This was an enjoyable, quick listen. I liked Frankie and thought the author did a good job of building the character. I'll try another by this author.

  • The Seventh Angel

  • By: Jeff Edwards
  • Narrated by: Craig Good
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

A military revolt in southeastern Russia puts a former hard-line Soviet leader in command of a ballistic missile submarine and its arsenal of nuclear weapons. His goal: re-ignite the communist revolution, and recapture the might and glory of the fallen Soviet Union. Without warning, Russia, Japan, and the United States become hostages in a scheme of international nuclear blackmail. When the warheads start falling and people begin dying, no one can pretend that it's a bluff.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful techno thriller

  • By Mike From Mesa on 05-06-16

Almost had to bail

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

Any additional comments?

While this narrator has a nice voice, he doesn't have characters. This felt more like a textbook reading and definitely diminished the enjoyment of the book. As to the book, the premise was OK but nothing about it made me want to pursue this author's next book.

  • The Cartel

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 23 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,978

From the internationally best-selling author of the acclaimed novel The Power of the Dog comes The Cartel, a gripping, ripped-from-the-headlines story of power, corruption, revenge, and justice spanning the past decade of the Mexican-American drug wars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best ever…

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-24-16

Ugh

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

Any additional comments?

I put about six hours into this book before hanging it up. Keeping track of all of the cartels and where their territory was and who their bosses were got to be tedious. Nothing about this book made me think that it was going to get any better if I hung in there. This was a waste of a credit for me.

  • Dark Matter

  • A Novel
  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,004
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,547

"Are you happy with your life?" Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason's never met smiles down at him and says, "Welcome back, my friend."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Schrödinger's box gets opened. Meh steps out.

  • By Darwin8u on 09-19-16

Not that Great

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

Any additional comments?

I liked the premise of this book, but it started falling apart about mid-book. By the end, I was just glad it was over.

  • The Nowhere Man

  • Evan Smoak, Book 2
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,078

Spoken about only in whispers, it is said that when the Nowhere Man is reached by the truly desperate, he can and will do anything to save them. Evan Smoak is the Nowhere Man.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This book is awful!

  • By sekaly on 01-23-17

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

Any additional comments?

I'd have probably quit listening to this book were it not for the strength of the narrator. The plot was just ridiculous. I listened to the first of this series and thought the premise was good enough to make me want more. After this book, I'm done.