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  • Dark Winter

  • Jake Mahegan Thriller Series, Book 5
  • By: Anthony J. Tata
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

A dark network of hackers has infiltrated the computers of the US military, unleashing chaos across the globe. US missiles strike the wrong targets. Defense systems fail. Power grids shut down. Within hours, America's enemies move in. Russian tanks plow through northern Europe. Iranian troops invade Iraq. North Korea destroys Seoul and fires missiles at Japan. Phase 1 of ComWar is complete. Enter Jake Mahegan and his team of highly trained operatives. Their mission is to locate the nerve center of ComWar and to shut down the operation through any means necessary. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth reading. Great narration & unique story

  • By Greg Anderson on 12-24-18

Jonathan Davis reads a video game.

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

Evil computer hacker tries to dominate the world. YAWNi
Do yourself a favor ... don’t waste your time, or a credit.

  • The Retreat

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,427
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,425

Two years ago, Julia lost her family in a tragic accident. Her husband drowned trying to save their daughter, Lily, in the river near their rural home. But the little girl’s body was never found - and Julia believes Lily is somehow still alive. Alone and broke, Julia opens her house as a writers’ retreat. One of the first guests is Lucas, a horror novelist, who becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Lily. But within days of his arrival, the peace of the retreat is shattered by a series of eerie events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • sum is greater than its parts.

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-06-18

I used to think War and Peace was the most tedious book ever ...

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

A tedious tale of ghosts, ghouls, and things that go bump in the night.
Save your credit!
Simon Mattacks does an admirable job narrating despite not having much to work with.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Shell Game

  • V.I. Warshawski Series, Book 19
  • By: Sara Paretsky
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 191

Legendary sleuth V.I. Warshawski returns to the Windy City to save an old friend’s nephew from a murder arrest. The case involves a stolen artifact that could implicate a shadowy network of international criminals. As V.I. investigates, the detective soon finds herself tangling with the Russian mob, ISIS backers, and a shady network of stock scams and stolen art. In Shell Game, nothing and no one are what they seem, except for the detective herself, who loses sleep, money, and blood, but remains indomitable in her quest for justice. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging

  • By Jean on 11-08-18

V.I. Officially jumps the shark

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

It seems to me that Sara Paretsky is beginning to rewrite the same plot line over and over.
Stop me if you’ve heard this ... V.I. gets some case via an unknown family member, she gets in over her head, gets shot at, or gets the crap beaten out of her, spends time in the hospital, makes a miraculous recovery, and solves the case.

Memo to Sara Paretsky ... enough of the psycho, dog-hating woman in 2B. Her character is annoying, and adds nothing to the storyline.
Also, it’s time to write-out Jake.

  • Fire on the Fens

  • DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 9
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

The Fens are burning, and Detective Nikki Galena faces a cat-and-mouse battle with a killer arsonist. Someone is lighting fires. First they target homes and businesses, but then a body is found at one of the crime scenes. More fires are lit. And at each one a single person dies. But the victims have led spotless lives, and apparently there's no connection between them. Meanwhile, the town is facing a very peculiar threat from a group of sinister Satanists led by a charismatic businessman. Who is burning with anger, and can Nikki stop them before anyone else dies? 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I'm a fan of this series, but...

  • By Wayne on 11-17-18

Another winner for Joy Ellis.

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

The book is very well written but, I found the overall plot a bit hard to follow at times.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Deadly Lies

  • DI Mariner Series, Book 1
  • By: Chris Collett
  • Narrated by: Liam Gerrard
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

DI Tom Mariner thinks he's seen it all, but now he faces an investigation which will push him to the limit. Journalist Eddie Barham is found dead in his home. A syringe in his arm and a note by his side reading, "No More". Open and shut case of suicide? Not for DI Mariner. Hours before, he saw Barham picking up a prostitute in a bar. And then Mariner discovers Barham's younger brother, Jamie, hiding in a cupboard under the stairs. Mariner is determined to connect with Jamie and get to the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent rookie effort!

  • By Michael on 09-14-18

An excellent rookie effort!

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

Great characters, an easy to follow plot line and, not too many plot twists.
An after thought ... I hope DI Mariner gets laid in the next book. He needs it!

  • Stalker on the Fens

  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387

Detective Inspector Nikki Galena's close friend Helen Brook is involved in a serious accident where she is trapped in a collapsed cellar. After her hard-won recovery, Helen is still getting flashbacks to a man she says was down there with her and who confessed to a murder. But no trace of this man can be found. Then Helen tells Nikki that someone is watching her. But is all this in her friend's imagination and part of her post-traumatic stress?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this English police procedural series!

  • By Wayne on 08-29-17

Meh

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

So far this has been the clinker in the series.
It deals with a bunch of numerology and astrological B.S.
Really struggled to complete this one. Hopefully the next installment is better.

  • Terminal Rage

  • By: A.M. Khalifa
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

"The audio production of Khalifa’s twisty thriller begins with a terrorist takeover of a Manhattan skyscraper and features a spirited reading by Brick. Former FBI agent Alex Blackwell initially sounds annoyed as he is dragged from retirement to handle a hostage situation in a New York City high-rise. His attitude shifts to that of a determined professional when Seth, the terrorist leader, demands a safe escape and a trade."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scott Brick narrates this Pulse Pounding Debut!

  • By shelley on 05-22-18

A surprisingly good listen!

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

Went into this thinking; just another of “Die Hard.” One guy trying to take out a terrorist group.
SURPRISE!!!

It’s worth the credit ... Why? Because I said so.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Bring Me Flowers

  • Detectives Kane and Alton, Book 2
  • By: D.K. Hood
  • Narrated by: Julia Vita
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

Hidden deep in the forest, schoolgirl Felicity Parker is found carefully laid out on a rock with nothing but a freshly picked bunch of flowers next to her lifeless form. Detective Jenna Alton is called in to investigate the gruesome discovery. With the body found just off a popular hiking route, Jenna believes the killer is a visitor to the town...until a second local girl is discovered.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The narration ruins this one!

  • By bele88 on 03-06-18

Totally amateurish drivel

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

My guess is, the author is a high school or college student with pretentious aspirations of being an author.
The story was easy to follow because it was a rewrite of his/her first book.
As for the reader ... with all the mispronunciations, I doubt the reader excelled in the Language Arts.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Warning Light

  • By: David Ricciardi
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

When a commercial aircraft makes an emergency landing at an Iranian military base, it looks like a crisis has been narrowly avoided. But for undercover intelligence analyst Zac Miller, the CIA-staged crash landing is the only part of his assignment that goes right. What was supposed to be a simple surveillance mission quickly heads south when the Iranians apprehend the smooth-talking American. Never trained to be a field operative, Zac's in over his head, especially when it turns out escaping from captivity is only the beginning of his problems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Excellent Superb etc etc etc...

  • By shelley on 04-23-18

A Jack Ryan rip-off

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

Untrained CIA Analyst gets pressed into being a, field operative in Iran. The fit hits the shan and on and on.
I think Tom Clancy’s poor hillbilly step-cousin, ripped off the Jack Ryan character and called the work, his own.

PS: Jonathan Davis does a commendable job reading this train wreck.

  • Twisted Prey

  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,982

Lucas Davenport had crossed paths with her before. A rich psychopath, Taryn Grant had run successfully for the US Senate, where Lucas had predicted she'd fit right in. He was also convinced that she'd been responsible for three murders, though he'd never been able to prove it. Once a psychopath had gotten that kind of rush, though, he or she often needed another fix, so he figured he might be seeing her again. He was right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterpiece!

  • By Steven Allgood on 04-27-18

Not one of Sandford’s better efforts.

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

Lucas needs to go back to the MNBCA. The US Marshall thing is kind of boring.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful