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  • Queen of Fire

  • A Raven's Shadow Novel
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 26 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,886
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,891

After fighting back from the brink of death, Queen Lyrna is determined to repel the invading Volarian army and regain the independence of the Unified Realm. Except to accomplish her goals, she must do more than rally her loyal supporters. She must align herself with forces she once found repugnant - those who possess the strange and varied gifts of the Dark - and take the war to her enemy's doorstep. Victory rests on the shoulders of Vaelin Al Sorna, now named battle lord of the realm. However, his path is riddled with difficulties.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Completion of the Collapse of Potential

  • By Joe Chad on 07-14-15

Epic and polished like The Lord of the Rings.

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

Reviewed: 01-16-18

An excellent well crafted and cohesive story. Best fantasy trilogy that I have read in years.

  • Dead Shot

  • By: Jack Coughlin, Donald A. Davis
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475

In this follow-up to the highly successful Kill Zone, former marine sniper Kyle Swanson faces his most deadly enemy yet, a legendary enemy sniper working with a fringe Islamic organization that has created a terrifying new weapon of mass destruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great read

  • By Michael Blazey on 05-16-16

Very simple minded; story gets lost and stays lost

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

Reviewed: 10-30-15

Would you try another book from Jack Coughlin and Donald A. Davis and/or Luke Daniels?

Maybe. The first book in the series was alright. Very cliched writing, but entertaining nonetheless.

Has Dead Shot turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Character voices are good. Narrator's voice is not. Weird.

Any additional comments?

The story starts well enough, but about half way through goes completely off-track and just becomes moronic. The hero, having very limited time, has to choose between trying to stop a wmd from being deployed and being tortured by his eventual teammates. So what does he choose? You guessed it: Torture! I deleted the book shortly after this.

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  • Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Retribution

  • By: Eric Van Lustbader
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 181

Bourne's friend Eli Yadin, head of Mossad, learns that Ouyang Jidan, a senior member of China's Politburo, and a major Mexican drug lord may have been trafficking in something far more deadly than drugs. Yadin needs Bourne to investigate. Bourne agrees, but only because he has a personal agenda: Ouyang Jidan is the man who ordered Rebeka - one of the only people Bourne has ever truly cared about - murdered.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, terrible choice for a narrator.

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-17-14

Narrator has 2 accents: Marlon Brando & American

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

Reviewed: 01-21-15

What did you like best about Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Retribution? What did you like least?

The story seems pretty good. There is action and some suspense. There are some odd plot choices such as when the protagonist claims being low profile is paramount, and immediately thereafter intentionally initiates a massive city wide car chase in a stolen car leaving many causalities in his wake. Not sure how that is low profile.

As others have mentioned, the narration is terrible. The narrator has two accents at his disposal American and Marlon Brando's godfather. All non-Americans sound like the GodFather (including the women). It so bad that it can be difficult to understand which character is speaking since they all sound like an out-of-breath Godfather.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration is great so long as you like the idea of all the non-English speaking characters sounding like Marlon Brando's Godfather. This includes women. Its hard not cringe when you hear a female character speaking with what sounds like Marlon Brando doing a Chinese accent. Other than that the narration is spot-on.

  • The Innocent: A Novel

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,062
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,038

Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disliked all the Sound Effects.

  • By Stan on 07-16-14

Liked the book. Hated the 2nd nar. & snd effcts

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

Reviewed: 07-16-14

What did you like best about The Innocent: A Novel? What did you like least?

Story was pretty good. I like lots of action. I would have been happy to have more action especially of the hand-to-hand combat variety of which there was none.

How could the performance have been better?

Only one narrator. I kept thinking the second female narrator was my bluetooth earpiece talking to me. I found the second narrator and sound effects distracting and detracting from the story. The sound effects so nothing but alert you to early to the possibility of a plot twist. Also the main male narrator sounds a little old for the main character.

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  • The Gray Man

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,077

Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Move Over Jack Reacher

  • By Ed on 03-25-17

Like a teenager copied the John Rain series

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

Reviewed: 10-24-12

This book reads like it was written by a teenager who read and then tried to replicate Barry Eisler's John Rain series. Its so corny its almost funny. Here is an example: the main character, the gray man, is described by the narrator as having motivations beyond simple comic book stimuli, and in the next sentence the gray man's motivations are summarized to the effect that "some dudes just need to die". I don't know what all the other reviewers are raving about? Maybe I'm too old at 42, but I do really like action thrillers. This one is just ridiculous. If hearing the 36 yr old main character and supposed top assassin in the western hemisphere repeatedly call people "Dude" bothers you, than look elsewhere. If that doesn't bother you, maybe you'll like this.

  • Double Dexter

  • A Novel
  • By: Jeff Lindsay
  • Narrated by: Jeff Lindsay
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,139

Dexter Morgan is not your average serial killer. He enjoys his day job as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department... but he lives for his nighttime hobby of hunting other killers. Dexter is therefore not pleased to discover that someone is shadowing him, observ­ing him, and copying his methods. Dexter is not one to tol­erate displeasure... in fact, he has a knack for extricating himself from trouble in his own pleasurable way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Doting Daddy Dexter Delivers D'goods!

  • By phillip on 10-20-11

Should be titled: Dexter is Dumb

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

Reviewed: 05-03-12

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

In this latest book of the series, Dexter's intelligence seems to drop by an order of magnitude. Dexter blunders around the book overlooking the most obvious of possible deductions and seems almost intent on letting the villains get the better of him. I found Dexter's uncharacteristic idiocy so frustrating that I started rooting for the villain to put Dexter (and by extension me) out of his misery. Speaking of misery, Dexter spends far too much time bemoaning his present circumstances. I'm not sure why Jeff Lindsay decided to dumb down Dexter in this book, but whatever the reason, the result is a new Dexter that is only a very pale shadow of his previous colorful and sharp-edged persona.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration and disappointment.

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