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  • The David Wolf Mystery Thriller Series: Books 1-4

  • By: Jeff Carson
  • Narrated by: Sean Patrick Hopkins
  • Length: 28 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340

If you love mysteries with action, suspense and a touch of humor and romance, then the David Wolf series is for you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Plenty of good listening with four books in one!

  • By shelley on 07-22-18

Enhanced download is messed up begins chap 10

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

Title says it all. The book probably is good but you cannot tell from the messed up download.

  • Pushing Brilliance

  • By: Tim Tigner
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,745

Framed for murder and on the run, former Olympic biathlete Kyle Achilles is also in the crosshairs of assassins' guns. Why? He has no idea. He's fighting blind against two master strategists and one extraordinary invention - known as Brillyanc. Achilles' only ally is the other prime suspect, a beautiful Russian mathematician who is either the best or worst person to ever enter his life. Katya was engaged to Achilles' brother - before he died.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book of the Year!

  • By Brad on 08-26-16

Needless contrivances make the book annoying

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

Tigner tried to create suspense with every situation such as opening a piece of paper. He forgets we can skim to see the 4 photos are of the protagonist. That type of aggravating prose adds unnecessary length and distraction to the main plot line when it is repeated again and again as it is here. The suspense here is contrived not genuine like it is in Sandford or Connolly novels. I won’t read anymore in the series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Silence

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 995
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 988

Six years ago, Jack Till helped Wendy Harper disappear. But now her ex-boyfriend and former business partner, Eric Fuller, is being framed for her presumed murder in an effort to smoke her out, and Till must find her before tango-dancing assassins Paul and Sylvie Turner do. With masterful plotting and unnerving psychological insight, Thomas Perry delivers another mesmerizing thrill ride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SILENCE

  • By shelley on 01-13-18

Seems rushed and then abandoned

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

Reviewed: 01-17-18

It seemed like Perry was setting the Jack Till up to be a younger Harry Bosch then abandoned the idea. There are surprising contradictory details. Jack Till is described at 42 years old in chapter one. Later he is noted to have been a detective for 20 years and a PI for 7 so he started as a detective at age 15!!! I think Perry gave up on the idea of developing Jack Till and rushed the whole novel for a payday. It shows.

  • The Second Life of Nick Mason

  • By: Steve Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 854
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 849

Nick Mason has already spent five years inside a maximum security prison when an offer comes that will grant his release 20 years early. He accepts - but the deal comes with a terrible price. Now, back on the streets, Nick Mason has a new house, a new car, money to burn, and a beautiful roommate. He's returned to society, but he's still a prisoner. Whenever his cell phone rings, day or night, Nick must answer it and follow whatever order he is given.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rock and hard place plot

  • By Lesia on 06-01-16

Hamilton specializes in slooooow suspense

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

Reviewed: 06-16-17

This novel is the Tai Chi of action books. I always hate flashbacks and this book has chapters of them. I believe most of the time they are just filler for an author who has trouble moving a plot along, is short of material, or has a limited sense of thematic continuity. All three apply here.

Hamilton establishes the premise very early on then revisits the protagonist's early life complete with the wife bitching at him again and again. He anguishes over the lost contact with his daughter while he is in prison, again and again. You just get tired of listening to him complain about his sad life. Any action is slow in developing. This is definitely not the Grey Man or Lucas Davenport. If you are expecting that look elsewhere. On a positive note it lulled me to sleep.

  • Red, White, and Blood

  • The President's Vampire, Book 3
  • By: Christopher Farnsworth
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759

The presidential campaign trail, 2012: A political operative and a volunteer are brutally murdered while caught in a compromising position. Written in their blood on the wall of the crime scene: IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK. And with that, a centuries-old horror known only as the Boogeyman returns to taunt Nathaniel Cade, the president's vampire. Against the backdrop of the 2012 presidential race, with the threat of constant exposure by the media, Cade and Zach must stop the one monster Cade has never been able to defeat completely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow he does it again!

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-10-12

Bloody good combo of Horror, Humor and History

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

Reviewed: 04-22-17

This is my favorite series when compared to those starring Mitch Rapp, Court Gentry, Longmire, and Dave Robicheaux, so that says a lot. I love the tongue in cheek humor Zack brings the the stories and intense action sequences interspersing the suspense. I do all my running to audio books and these three books have made me run extra miles. Do yourself a favor and listen to them all.

  • The One Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Andrew Gross
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,497

It's 1944. Physics professor Alfred Mendel and his family are trying to flee Paris when they are caught and forced onto a train along with thousands of other Jewish families. At the other end of the long, torturous train ride, Alfred is separated from his family and sent to the men's camp, where all of his belongings are tossed on a roaring fire. His books, his papers, his life's work. The Nazis have no idea what they have just destroyed. And without that physical record, Alfred is one of only two people in the world with his particular knowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You gotta have a STRONG stomach.

  • By Richard Delman on 09-22-16

A lot of action based on a contrived premise

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

Reviewed: 11-05-16

I found the premise behind the protagonist's behavior implausible. In addition a number of scenes, like the opening chapter, are totally too long. There is another chapter, a violent confrontation that goes on way toooooooooo looooooooong. If this were a 9 hour book it would be much better. However if you like gratuitous violence, this is your book.

  • Blood Trail

  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,149

Former game warden Pickett is now a special agent reporting directly to the governor. With someone targeting elk hunters, Pickett must head off a potentially deadly showdown when a flamboyant anti-hunting activist rolls in to town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Each book better than the one before

  • By Bergerhoo on 12-20-15

CJ Box is like Fedex, he always delivers

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

Reviewed: 07-24-16

I have listened to eight Joe Pickett novels and they are consistently entertaining. Box's strength is that he knows how to move a story along. Other than the occasional chapter spent with Pickett's daughters, the plot is like the arrow of time and always moves forward. Plus Joe is not a flawed hero. I hate listening to stories about one time alcoholics and how they ruined their lives or protagonists with complicated pasts. There are enough complications in real life without having to be confronted with it in my escape fiction. My only concern is what happens when I get to novel number fifteen?

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl in the Spider's Web

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,337
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18,304

In this adrenaline-charged, up-to-the-moment political thriller, Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are back. The troubled genius hacker and crusading journalist thrilled the world in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which have sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So thankful we still have Lizbeth!

  • By AudioAddict on 09-04-15

A Great Reprise With a Different Author

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

Reviewed: 10-23-15

This fourth novel in the series is almost indistinguishable in style from the other three. There are some slight differences, in that the chapters seemed shorter and choppier with many little cliff hangers that may frustrate some readers, but others may find exciting. I don't remember being aware of this "device" in the first three. Aside from that the characters remain consistent in their portrayal and the plot is superb if a little bit worn. The magazine is having its usual upheavals, but Lisbeth and Mikael are in fine form. It would seem there is plenty of room for book five and probably more given the way the book ends, and that is a very good thing.

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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 160,956
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 148,542
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 148,378

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Best Audible Book I ever listened to #1/300+

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

Reviewed: 06-12-15

The narration and writing are flawless, the dialogue had me laughing out loud numerous times. I can't wait to see the movie. I saw the trailer on YouTube and if you like the book see the trailer.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Black Cross

  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 21 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,277

It is January 1944 - and as Allied troops prepare for D day, Nazi scientists develop a toxic nerve gas that will repel and wipe out any invasion force. To salvage the planned assault, two vastly different but equally determined men are sent to infiltrate the secret concentration camp where the poison gas is being perfected on human subjects. Their only objective: destroy all traces of the gas and the men who created it - no matter how many lives may be lost...including their own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really good WW II yarn

  • By Old Hippy on 04-24-10

Dick Hill cannot do accents

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

Reviewed: 05-03-15

I gave up about one third of the way through because the narrator's English accent sounded like Bela Lugosi. The story seems decent but it is slow getting started. Of course I can't say how well it is in total because I could not get past the dismal performance. Since it is a World War II period piece it is full of English accents. I know a lot of people like Dick Hill, so if you do I suspect you may like this book a great deal.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful