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  • The Killer Collective

  • By: Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942

When a joint FBI-Seattle Police investigation of an international child pornography ring gets too close to certain powerful people, sex-crimes detective Livia Lone becomes the target of a hit that barely goes awry - a hit that had been offered to John Rain, a retired specialist in “natural causes.” Suspecting the FBI itself was behind the attack, Livia reaches out to former Marine sniper Dox. Together, they assemble an ad hoc group to identify and neutralize the threat. There’s Rain. Rain’s estranged lover, Mossad agent and honeytrap specialist Delilah. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • All of Eisler's key characters together

  • By Wayne on 02-03-19

Never Disappoints

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

Barry Eisler is not only one of my favorite thriller/assassin novelist because of his realism but also because he gives me a lot to think about. He is also a wonderful reader of his books and I look forward to each. Another great great one.

  • Something Wonderful

  • Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution
  • By: Todd S. Purdum
  • Narrated by: Todd S. Purdum
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

They stand at the apex of the great age of songwriting, the creators of the classic Broadway musicals Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music, whose songs have never lost their popularity or emotional power. Even before they joined forces, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II had written dozens of Broadway shows, but together they pioneered a new art form: the serious musical play.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rediscovery of an innovative team of artists

  • By Brian T. Cahill on 04-14-18

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

This was a great book about my favorite Broadway musical composers and writers. I was hesitant to get it but was swept up in their story. Great reader also. If your thinking of getting it you won't be disappointed.

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  • The Reckoning

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,770
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,726

Pete Banning was Clanton's favorite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, a father, a neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning in 1946, he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Would make a 5 star four hour novella, ...

  • By Wayne on 11-03-18

Saddest John Grisham Book I've Ever Read

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

First let me say Michael Beck is the best reader for John Grisham books. He has done many and he always does an incredible job with just the right amount of southern in his voice. I always miss him when he doesn't do one of his books.

The book is sad from beginning to end about a family tragedy. Usually I don't like these type of books but like always John got me glued and occasionally with tears in my eyes. The "LAW" as always is a depressing but necessary institution that by magic he makes interesting not to mention exciting.

While I recommend the book for those that are looking for a drama those that are looking for a thriller might be disappointed unless that are die hard Grisham fans like me.

  • Autonomous

  • A Novel
  • By: Annalee Newitz
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,089
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,089

Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who can't otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Robots, future drugs, slavery, and patent reform

  • By Platypus Man on 10-25-17

Fun but a bit convoluted

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

I liked the story but, to me, the story didn't flow to smoothly. It was easy for me to drift off or loose my train of thought as the author skipped around to much with genetic scientists that are also killers, a man sexually attracted to a METAL robot with no sex organs, back stories that instead of filling out a character made them harder to understand, and more. However the story was entertaining but choppy. Reader was good.

  • Hippie

  • By: Paulo Coelho, Eric M. B. Becker - translator
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

Drawing on the rich experience of his own life, best-selling author Paulo Coelho takes us back in time to relive the dreams of a generation that longed for peace and dared to challenge the established social order. In Hippie, he tells the story of Paulo, a young, skinny Brazilian man with a goatee and long, flowing hair, who wants to become a writer and sets off on a journey in search of a deeper meaning for his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touchingly beautiful

  • By Albert Bates on 12-02-18

Tells It Like It Was

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

Tells about the average "Hippie" more like we were than movies and conservatives would have you believe. For example what was called "Free Love" is what most adults do when dating with someone they like these days. The long hair and colorful clothes where about not having to be like everyone else not about rebellion. Paulo tells his own story to illustrate a time that opened our horizons, made us be more world focused than just our own tribe, and he tells about just learning to get to know ourselves to be better human beings. What a great journey. Wish I could go back and make road trip he did but lacked the self confidence in those days. Great book and reader. Don't miss.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,277
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,644

Yuval Noah Harari's 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a probing and visionary investigation into today's most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good stuff, but mostly repeats

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-13-18

His Best So Far

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

Mr. Harari continues to challenge what we think and what we think we know but this one, more than his 2 previous, he strikes closer to home. As always you will not be the same after you've read this but this one will challenge your personal philosophies more than your world outlook. Amazing. Derek Perkins does a great job making the book exciting and attention grabbing.

  • WIRED

  • By: Douglas E. Richards
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 655
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 604
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 605

Kira Miller is a brilliant genetic engineer who discovers how to temporarily achieve savant-like capabilities in all areas of thought and creativity. But what if this transcendent level of intelligence brings with it a ruthless megalomania? David Desh left the special forces after his team was brutally butchered in Iran. Now he has been reactivated for one last mission: find Kira Miller, the enigmatic genius behind a bioterror plot that threatens millions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great story

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-23-16

Fun Lite Science Fiction Thriller

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

Fun SciFi about enhancing our brains. Writers heroes are always a bit too lucky and pure but I like them anyway because they have a type of 60's comic book personality about them. Enjoy all the authors books and this is fun entertainment also with a bit of science to help one feel they learned something too.

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  • The Rogue Agent

  • The Agent Series, Book 2
  • By: Daniel Judson
  • Narrated by: Pete Simonelli
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

Former covert ops agent Tom Sexton is living quietly in rural Vermont. Running a diner with his girlfriend, Stella, he thinks that the worst he's seen, done, and suffered is finally behind him. But when a long-hidden specter from his troubled past emerges, Tom is shaken out of his safe, furtive life. With no choice but to lock and load, Tom falls back into a world where valor and violence collide...and his isn't the only life in danger.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of action, action, action and more action!

  • By Wayne on 08-01-17

Thriller wit ha bit to much gun porn

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

Story a bit far fetched but fun. Loads of gun porn and vigilante fantasy but fun in a super hero type way. Way to much gun porn but they did make it entertaining at least.

  • The Temporary Agent

  • The Agent Series, Book 1
  • By: Daniel Judson
  • Narrated by: Pete Simonelli
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414

Five years after his life was saved in Afghanistan by Marine Force Recon Leader Charlie Cahill, former Navy Seabee Tom Sexton lives a bleak, nomadic existence, haunted by the debt he can never repay. Salvation appears in Stella - a woman as damaged, and resourceful, as he. But when a coded distress call from his former CO leads him to a shadowy NSA operative, Tom is recruited for a "black op" to bring back the now-rogue man who saved his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected Pleasure!

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-23-16

Excessive Gun Porn but Fun Thriller

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

Fun entertaining thriller but way overboard on gun porn. Characters use a bunch of different weaponry and author describes every one like he's talking about fine wine. Also the primary character are supposed to be among the best of the best but if so they sure makes lots of dumb calls. Fun book for basic Reacher type characters but with a ton more guns.

  • Full Service

  • My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars
  • By: Scotty Bowers, Lionel Friedberg
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 263

Newly discharged from the Marines after World War II, Scotty Bowers arrived in Hollywood in 1946. Young, charismatic, and strikingly handsome, he quickly caught the eye of many of the town's stars and starlets. He began sleeping with some himself, and connecting others with his coterie of young, attractive, and sexually free-spirited friends.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • My ears!

  • By Kimberly Brooks on 10-26-12

Great Book on the Real Hollywood Behind the Scenes

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

Great book about the real lives (particularly sex lives) of famous Hollywood actors and icons. I think it also speaks to the varied sex lives, that unlike the very rich and famous, that most of us keep repressed or hidden. In other words straight monogamy for most is still a myth that our culture and religions push even though we are anything but. Note I'm a straight guy with nothing like most interests of Scotty but in him I recognize a person that I envy because of his ability to love and appreciate (not just sexually) most people. Book very enlightening and very very entertaining. Highly recommended.

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