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  • Out of the Dark

  • An Orphan X Novel (Evan Smoak, Book 4)
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,637
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,561
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,554

Taken from a group home at age 12, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as part of the Orphan Program, an off-the-books operation designed to create deniable intelligence assets - i.e. assassins. Evan was Orphan X. He broke with the Program, using everything he learned to disappear and reinvent himself as the Nowhere Man, a man who helps the truly desperate when no one else can. But now Evan's past in the Orphan Program is reaching out to him. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SMOAKIN' HOT!!!!

  • By shelley on 01-30-19

Perfect !

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

A superb series and this is a perfect book. Great balance of action, character development, emotion, plot, suspense .. the complexity of weaving humanity through the story pulling the threads together - the book is PERFECT ! ! I thought The Intern was great, Out of the Dark is even better. I also like that Gregg doesn't keep dragging plots/villains on forever - there is resolution at least some levels. Scott Brick flawlessly performs this story as well. Thank you Gregg for writing this series. I can't wait for the next book

  • Tear It Down

  • A Peter Ash Novel, Book 4
  • By: Nick Petrie
  • Narrated by: Stephen Mendel
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

Iraq war veteran Peter Ash is restless in the home he shares with June Cassidy in Washington State. June knows Peter needs to be on the move, so she sends him to Memphis to help her friend Wanda Wyatt, a photographer and war correspondent who's been receiving peculiar threats. When Peter arrives in Memphis, however, he finds the situation has gone downhill fast - someone has just driven a dump truck into Wanda's living room. But neither Wanda nor Peter can figure out why. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • going downhill fast

  • By itinerant on 01-19-19

Disappointed, Lost All Sense of Reality

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

I understand that fiction isn't reality and that authors take license in having heroes accomplishing the impossible but there are some basic tenants that make regular fiction 'just' fiction and not fantasy or comic book heroes. Mr. Petrie crossed the line in this novel from 'regular' fiction into comic book heroes and I think he knows he did or why else would he have to write some fiction disclaimer after the story? I will try not to give any of the plot away in the event someone downloads this book. Let me say that I can often overlook one outrageous foray into fantasy or comic book realm but this book is filled with them. The time frame for this work is contemporary or around 2018. If we have learned anything since 9-11 it is that terrorists type activities garner a quick and relentless law enforcement response. And all over the news these days starting with the Boston bombing the realization of all the cell phone videos and CCTV cameras there are all around us will be used to identify anyone involved. So how can you have a gun fight, car chase, IED event over multiple states and around a metropolitan city happen with no police response? No helicopters, no police cars in the chase, none joining the chase via on-ramps - there is no police presence. And then only 2 cops know who was involved (not because of their sleuthing and technology) and they walk away - yea like the FBI wouldn't be all over this and Homeland Security? So there are 2 major examples where the reader is asked to suspend reality. A third is the detective who can't go investigate but shares info and encourages our hero to go? Never happen; a third ask of the reader to suspend reality. And there are more. Then there is the strange 2 plots that don't tie together ... This story is a mess. It makes little to now sense. And to top it all off the hero of our story Peter, has to do the stereo typical mano a mano event near the end. This book was a Dukes of Hazard with Bruce Willis cross. Not the thoughtful artful well crafted story line of "The Drifter" that started this series. I do not recommend this book. I do recommend "The Drifter" and "Burning Bright".

  • Daughter of War

  • A Pike Logan Thriller, Book 13
  • By: Brad Taylor
  • Narrated by: Rich Orlow
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 322

Hot on the trail of a North Korean looking to sell sensitive US intelligence to the Syrian regime, Pike Logan and the Taskforce stumble upon something much graver: the sale of a lethal substance called Red Mercury. Unbeknownst to the Taskforce, the Syrians plan to use the weapon of mass destruction against American and Kurdish forces and blame the attack on terrorists, causing Western nations to reassess their participation in the murky cauldron of the Syrian civil war. Meanwhile, North Korea has its own devastating agenda: a double cross that will dwarf the attack in Syria.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another 5 star espionage thriller from Brad Taylor

  • By Wayne on 01-08-19

This Series is One of the Best in this Genre

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

WOW, I don't know how Brad keeps writing great plots, stories and characters book after book. They are authentic and rich with detail and great characters. Orlow does a great job narrating this book as he has done for others in the series, he is the voice of Pike Logan. Daughter of War is another very rewarding listen. Thank you Brad for writing such great original characters and stories.

  • Nightwise

  • By: R. S. Belcher
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,582
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,581

In the more shadowy corners of the world, frequented by angels and demons and everything in between, Laytham Ballard is a legend. It's said he raised the dead at the age of 10, stole the Philosopher's Stone in Vegas back in 1999, and survived the bloodsucking kiss of the Mosquito Queen. Wise in the hidden ways of the night, he's also a cynical bastard who stopped thinking of himself as the good guy a long time ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed Story And Narration

  • By Beth on 08-28-15

Dark, Good Character Development, Different Plot

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

The reviewer who said darker than Dresden is correct. The plot is sophisticated and the characters multi-denominational and complex. Many layers many layers to everything. Very well written but this is dark and at times depressing. Just when you think you can't take the 'downer' of the story Belcher adds a lighter moment - his timing is great. I love the writing, the complexity, the characters but I don't like the S&M, the darkness. Pinchot doesn't narrate books he performs them and he does a great performance here.

  • Not Just Another Fae

  • Vegas Fae Stories, Book 4
  • By: Tom Keller
  • Narrated by: Andrew S. Troth
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Ex-cop and PI Robert Hoskins knows some cases are tougher than others, especially when dark magic is involved. A call from the local pack master about some missing weres is more than it seems. Portals to the underworld have opened, and ancient creatures long thought dead have returned. As a fae, Robert's faced off with demons before but always as the hunter, never the prey. What magic force has opened the portals, and why is it travelling through the hells of the underworld releasing demons in its wake? Robert needs old friends and new allies to find out. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great read!

  • By Thomas Taylor on 02-21-19

Just the Facts Mam Just the Facts

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

That is how this book feels. Just the facts, no depth and descriptions that lack texture. Just a report. Missing is tension and suspense. I like listening to series and generally find that with each new book the writer's story telling improves but that isn't the case with Mr. Keller. In his stories he reports about Robert's adventures but we don't really get to experience them. If you like stories where the good guys always come out on top and you aren't concerned with character development and depth you may enjoy this series. I like richer character development, tension, suspense, and story telling vs reporting.

  • Twist of Fae

  • Vegas Fae Stories, Book 3
  • By: Tom Keller
  • Narrated by: Andrew Troth
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

As an ex-cop and PI, Robert Hoskins thought he'd seen it all. Then, while working a simple case, his world changed. The next thing he knew, he was battling wizards, demons, and even the occasional dragon. Now, with government agents closing in on him in the human world and the ancient dwarves threatening the Fae lands, he's got to prepare himself for his most daunting task of all: telling his adult children they are the descendants of Greek gods!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Lost Opportunity

  • By Kathryn on 01-07-19

Lost Opportunity

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

I really don't understand why Keller doesn't spend the time to write more depth and richness into his story line. The premise of this series of a well established retired cop now detective living a normal human life only to find out he is not only a Fae but High Fae provided a rich opportunity for a great series. Instead, Keller's stories feel like outlines or abridged stories. There are opportunities for tension and suspense but they are squandered with quick resolutions written in sentences rather than paragraphs or chapters. Due to the lack of depth, briefest of descriptions, and lack of full character development, even though told from 3 different first person perspectives, I really don't care about Roberts daughter or son - they are simply there, pawns in the story line but not people I care about as the story unfolds and moves. The book really does feel like an outline and not a complete story. Very disappointing - I was so hoping for a good urban fantasy series with characters that i cared about, a series where I just couldn't wait for the next book to be published. Sadly after listening to the third in this series, the quality of the story telling has actually declined, the story has become skimpier and my interest in the characters lost. Regarding Audio quality since book 2 was horrible - the quality of the narration and recording is similar to book 1.

  • Of Gods and Fae

  • Vegas Fae Story, Book 2
  • By: Tom Keller
  • Narrated by: Andrew Troth
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

You see plenty of strange things when you're a PI in Las Vegas, but even that couldn't prepare ex-cop Robert Hoskins for what was to come. At first he couldn't believe that all those stories he'd been told as a child were true. But hearing that the fae had taken the casinos over from the mob was something else. Elves, dwarves, werewolves and faeries were just the beginning and battling dark mages, the opening act.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • what a shame

  • By neichan on 04-09-17

Audible how can you be ok with the quality ?

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

I enjoyed book 1 and really wanted to hear what happened next. I read the reviews and thought how bad can it be, Audible/Amazon wouldn't sell an inferior product, maybe people just didn't like the way the Troth read the book. Believe it or not Audible/Amazon are selling an Audible book that sounds like it was recorded in someones garage in the 1970s. Kinda causes me to rethink the standards of Audible. So enough about the recording quality of the product - which sucks. The story it self is good, not great but good - it is enjoyable. The second book is even more of a 'report' with minimalist detail.

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  • Return of the High Fae

  • Vegas Fae Stories
  • By: Tom Keller
  • Narrated by: Andrew Troth
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 330

Ex-cop turned private investigator Robert Hoskins always enjoyed the stories his grandmother had told him as a child, stories of the Dryad that lived in the tree, the Faeries in the garden, and the magical world that was created in his imagination. He always enjoyed them; he just never thought that they were true. Robert's childhood world of magic becomes real when a chance encounter with a local casino mob boss introduces him to the world he was born into, the world that was hidden from him, the world of the Fae.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I Must Be Butter 'Cause I'm On a Roll!

  • By David on 02-04-14

Creative Premise to a Series

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

I have listened to a number of urban fantasy series and lets face it Jim Butcher's is by far a class above them all but still some of the others in this genre are good. Keller is no Butcher and this is no Dresden but the story is fun. The story moves right along but lacks much detail or tension, it is told more like a report - or as the old Dragnet series 'just the facts mam'. There isn't a great deal of build up and when there is an opportunity for suspense and tension, Mr. Keller dismisses/resolves it quickly. Actually many elements of the story and characters are mentioned but never developed more or taken advantage of to create suspense or tension. The story telling has a minimalist feel. One of the more delightful aspects of this story is the maturity and financial security of the hero. Unlike others in this genre, Robert is financially secure, in his 50s, has 2 grown children.

  • Kill for Me

  • Victor the Assassin Series, Book 8
  • By: Tom Wood
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386

Victor is the killer who always delivers...for the right price. And Heloise Salvatierra, patron of Guatemala's largest cartel, is ready and willing to pay him just that to eliminate the competition: her sister. Heloise has been battling Maria for control of the cartel in an endless and bloody war. Now, Victor decides who survives. An easy job if it weren't for the sudden target on his back.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • CAPTIVATING!! Victor is amazing in this one!

  • By shelley on 11-29-18

Clever

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

I don't want to give away anything but Mr. Wood cleverly wove an assassin's tail into a good guy? Well maybe. I also like the personal interactions. This is a much better story than the last 2 in the series. If you liked the first few Victor books you will like this one.

  • Signature

  • A David Wolf Mystery, Book 9
  • By: Jeff Carson
  • Narrated by: Sean Patrick Hopkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

Chief Detective David Wolf is called to a crime scene next to the Chautauqua River, where a woman resident of Rocky Points has been murdered. The killer has left a well-known signature not seen for years - a severed ear. For Wolf, the gruesome display is a surprise, but so is the FBI beating the local department to the scene. Three days earlier a truck is unearthed from south of Durango, Colorado. Within it is DNA evidence linking to killings in southwest Colorado that have stumped the FBI for years.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enough of the Politics ...

  • By Kathryn on 12-15-18

Enough of the Politics ...

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

Overall decent installment in the series. It is pretty good but every book seems to have this cloud of politics twisted in. I work for a government agency and I know politics and elections filter into SOME of the events but it seems to happen in every David Wolf story, can't we have just a good old fashion detective story? I think it does help to have read the earlier books and read them in order.