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  • Agent in Place

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,587
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,093
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,059

Fresh off his first mission back with the CIA, Court Gentry secures what seems like a cut-and-dried contract job: A group of expats in Paris hires him to kidnap the mistress of Syrian dictator Ahmed Azzam to get intel that could destabilize Azzam's regime. Court delivers Bianca Medina to the rebels, but his job doesn't end there. She soon reveals that she has given birth to a son, the only heir to Azzam's rule - and a potent threat to the Syrian president's powerful wife. Now, to get Bianca's cooperation, Court must bring her son out of Syria alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Court Gentry, baby & diaper bag hmmmm...

  • By shelley on 02-21-18

Agent in (last) Place

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

To say that this book is Mark Greaney‘s best ever (as some initial reviews have stated) is truly unfair to Mark. He is my favorite writer in this genre and I own every volume he’s published. “Agent in Place” is dead in the middle of the pack between the Tom Clancy books he authored and the weakest Gray Man titles.

That said, I thoroughly enjoyed the book, especially his treatment of the Syrian Civil War. He animated this conflict including how mercenary groups are coordinated and deployed.

Unfortunately, the suspense that grips the reader in the other Gray Man adventures was lacking. There was a drought of likable characters as the author introduced a, “heart of darkness” style litany of bad actors (including some that are supposed to be sympathetic). That doesn’t make the book bad, just not as fabulous as some of the others.

Technical aspects of the production such as the narration were excellent (as always).

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the series. Although, you may want to start with, “Back Blast” if you’re a first timer.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Grant

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 48 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,477
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,937
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,906

Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow reveals in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book (BUT WHERE IS THE PDF FILES)????

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-25-17

The Ultimate Grant Biography by the Ultimate Biographer - Chernow’s Best Yet!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-17

I thought I knew about U.S. Grant before reading this biography and I was wrong! The arch of Grant’s life story is well known, but there are many gaps in other biographies. Ron Chernow masterfully fills in the missing details from many sources to create a rich story that captures the human side of a man referred to by both his friends and enemies as a sphinx. This is his best biography yet!

I walked away feeling as if I personally knew Grant, his challenges, decisions, successes and failures. I feel a new respect and admiration for his courage and quest to do what is right. The author emphasizes the General’s good faith efforts to help the downtrodden that are so often overlooked. He was victorious in many battles, but his honorable approach to freed slaves, Native Americans and people in distress make him worthy of being called a hero. Grant is truly the most misunderstood president!

The narration is solid despite the fact that a lot of things can go awry in 50 hours. I get irritated when narrators botch names and places as it messes up the flow of the story. I was impressed that Mark Bramhall was able to get the pronunciations correct unlike the majority of narrators of Civil War titles on Audible.

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Gunmetal Gray

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,755
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,080
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,033

After five years on the run, Court Gentry is back on the inside at the CIA. But his first mission makes him wish he had stayed on the outs when a pair of Chinese agents try to take him down in Hong Kong. Normally the Chinese prefer to stay eyes-only on foreign agents. So why are they on such high alert? Court's high stakes hunt for answers takes him across Southeast Asia and leads to his old friend, Donald Fitzroy, who is being held hostage by the Chinese.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book, Overshadowed by its Perfect Predecessor

  • By Derek on 02-16-17

Great Book, Overshadowed by its Perfect Predecessor

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

Reviewed: 02-16-17

I stayed up all night to finish, "Gunmetal Gray!" The story is fluid, with a heavier emphasis on action/adventure than espionage compared to the last 2 books. It is an enjoyable read, although it suffers from the fabulous success of the previous Gray Man, "Back Blast."

Without giving away spoilers, I loved the interplay between the shadowy criminal organizations, spy services, hacking, government commandos and exotic locales. Frankly, I liked it so much that I would have enjoyed a few more hours worth of details.

Jay Snyder did a superb job with the narration. His many voices, accents, and tones make the characters come alive. If they ever make a movie, they better dub in his voice to make sure the movie is as realistic as the book!

P.S. Not that it matters, but "Back Blast" was the best action/adventure/espionage thriller that I've read since Ian Fleming's most outstanding achievement, "From Russia with Love." It occurred to me while writing this review that the 5th James Bond book and the 5th Gray Man book were also the best in each series. Both books were hard, if not impossible acts to follow!

52 of 55 people found this review helpful

  • Goodnight Smartphone

  • By: Arianna Huffington
  • Narrated by: Arianna Huffington
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,415
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,259

Exclusively written for Audible, available only in audio. Sleep is central to every part of our lives, and a good night's sleep begins by putting aside the day's worries. But in today's technology-saturated world, saying goodnight to the day is harder than ever. Allow author Arianna Huffington (Thrive, The Sleep Revolution) to guide you to a peaceful night's slumber as she performs Goodnight Smartphone: a classic tale reborn for the modern age.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quick Ideas About Sleep

  • By Sara on 02-07-17

Short Reminder - Cute Format

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

Reviewed: 01-17-17

Whether you love or hate Arianna, this dinky, little book has a good message. The author plays off the children's classic, "Goodnight Moon" to suggest that readers practice good sleep hygiene by leaving their smart phone charging in another room. If you're intrigued, she mentions early on that she's written a full length treatment on the importance of sleep. It was worth the 7 minutes I spent listening. There was nothing included that you haven't read in articles about quality sleep, but the composition brought a smile to my face throughout the presentation.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Ian Fleming

  • The Man Behind James Bond
  • By: Andrew Lycett
  • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
  • Length: 21 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Sportsman, womanizer, naval commander, world-traveler, spy, this suave Old Etonian creator of the Cold War's archetypal secret agent was infinitely more complicated and interesting than his major fictional character, Agent 007.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, unlistenable audiobook

  • By Melissa on 12-29-08

Excellent Book with Solid Narration

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

Reviewed: 12-12-16

I wish I had read this book sooner! I put off buying and reading it because the reviews were not stellar. Admittedly, like most biographies, this book begins with the Fleming family history, which is a little bit slow. But, the book picks right up as soon as they start telling Ian's story. Skip to World War II if you want to get right down to the most interesting times in Ian Fleming's life. There are no slow spots during or after the war.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance

  • A Jack Ryan Novel, Book 17
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,664
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,082

It begins with a family dinner in Princeton, New Jersey. After months at sea, US Navy Commander Scott Hagan, captain of the USS James Greer, is on leave when he is attacked by an armed man in a crowded restaurant. Hagan is shot, but he manages to fight off the attacker. Though severely wounded, the gunman reveals he is a Russian whose brother was killed when his submarine was destroyed by Commander Hagan's ship. Hagan demands to know how the would-be assassin knew his exact location, but the man dies before he says more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Faith In The Series - Cyber Terrorism & Islamic State

  • By Derek on 12-07-16

New Faith In The Series - Cyber Terrorism & Islamic State

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

Reviewed: 12-07-16

Mark Greaney has produced the best Jack Ryan Jr. book to date. I don't want to drop spoilers into this review, other than to say that the author does a splendid job working in many interesting current issues such as cybercrime and hacking in a way that is suspenseful, entertaining and educating. There is enough tech for the techies without feeling like overkill. What's more, the story is interesting, readable and believable. This book has given me new faith in the jack Ryan series.

2 authors produce this series in biannual installments. The non-Greaney books have been real stinkers, especially for the last few years. I almost quit the series 18 months ago because I couldn't handle it. I'm thankful that I kept reading because this book was a fun read! Highly recommended to new readers as well as those who have read all the Tom Clancy books from Red October on!

It almost goes without saying that Scott brick did a fantastic job with narration. This was an exciting story and I noticed that the volume seemed to go up in some of the more suspenseful scenes.

31 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • Unter Killern

  • The Gray Man 1
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Otto Strecker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Court Gentry ist ein guter Mensch. Und er ist ein perfekter Killer... Er bewegt sich lautlos von Auftrag zu Auftrag und vollbringt Unmögliches. Er trifft immer sein Ziel - und dann, wie ein Schatten, ist er verschwunden: The Gray Man. Im Auftrag der Regierung der USA hat Court die blutigen Jobs in Syrien und dem Irak erledigt. Doch zu seinem Entsetzen erfährt er, dass das Team, das ihn retten sollte, ihn nun beseitigen will.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • German Production, English Review...

  • By Derek on 09-13-16

German Production, English Review...

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

Reviewed: 09-13-16

The title is in German, the description is in German, and a critical review is in German: Why would you download this book, and then have the bad manners to review it poorly if you don't speak German? Mark Greaney is the new Ian Fleming. You'd better start reading descriptions because they will be translating his works into many foreign language audiobooks. This book is great in English and excellent in Deutsch. 5 Stars!!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Grant Takes Command

  • By: Bruce Catton
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 25 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 103

This conclusion of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Bruce Catton's acclaimed Civil War history of General Ulysses S. Grant begins in the summer of 1863. After Grant's bold and decisive triumph over the Confederate Army at Vicksburg - a victory that wrested control of the Mississippi River from Southern hands - President Abraham Lincoln promoted Grant to the head of the Army of the Potomac.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Writing, Poor Narration

  • By Derek on 06-29-16

Fantastic Writing, Poor Narration

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

Reviewed: 06-29-16

Any additional comments?

The Narrator makes it difficult to listen to this masterpiece. That's unfortunate, but I powered through the constant mispronounced names and places because the story is gripping and the author is famous for his historical accuracy and masterful storytelling. That said, be warned that many of the Narrator's mistakes are cringeworthy.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Down the Rabbit Hole

  • Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny
  • By: Holly Madison
  • Narrated by: Holly Madison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,470

The shocking, never-before-told story of the bizarre world inside the legendary Playboy Mansion - and finally the secret truth about the man who holds the key - from one of the few people who truly knows: Hef's former number-one girlfriend and star of The Girls Next Door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Mean girls", magicians, mansions, and more!

  • By Brianna Gallagher on 06-24-15

Don't Expect Too Much

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

Reviewed: 04-17-16

I typically lift an eyebrow when any author tells you that they're intelligent, especially when it's not evident by their actions, story telling ability or insight. You'll find Holly petty, moody, and deeply lacking the wisdom and insight that the ghost writer tries to assign her. The text is often repetitive and devoid of pertinent details, much like a verbal account that is later transcribed. If the author is to be believed, she pulls back the curtain on the routines of the playboy mansion and reveals them to be very similar to other hareems throughout history. What saves this book from being a total snooze fest is the excellent narration. 5 stars for narration and 3 overall.

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  • Thunderball

  • By: Ian Fleming
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360

James Bond is in disgrace. His medical report is critical of the high living that is ruining his health, and M packs him off for a fortnight to a health farm to be tuned up to his former pitch of exceptional fitness. Bond expects a trying two weeks. The last thing he expects is an adversary more deadly, more ruthless even than SMERSH.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impeccable

  • By MHRBVH on 04-19-08

Top Bond Book! Superb Narration!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-16

Ian Fleming and Simon Vance team up to make this one of the most enjoyable Bond books!