LISTENER

Don

LELAND, NC, United States
  • 39
  • reviews
  • 127
  • helpful votes
  • 95
  • ratings
  • American Operator

  • A Tier One Story (Tier One Thrillers, Book 4)
  • By: Brian Andrews, Jeffrey Wilson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,756
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,653

A shocking attack in Ankara leaves the US Ambassador to Turkey dead and his chief of staff, Amanda Allen, in the hands of brutal terrorists. But Allen is no ordinary diplomat. She’s undercover CIA. The DNI and the President turn to Ember, America’s premier black-ops task force, and its deadliest weapon, former Tier One Navy SEAL John Dempsey, for help. To find Allen, Ember gets embedded in the most dangerous battlefield on Earth: Syria. But when all communications are disabled by an attack in Turkey, Dempsey finds himself with no backup.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Andrews and Wilson have done it again!

  • By shelley on 11-08-18

These books are AMAZING!

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

If you like anti-terrorist stories, you have to try these books. The characters are great and continue to grow. The stories are exciting, and riveting. The narration is exceptional. John Dempsey and the Ember team keep the world safe by putting their lives on the line and successfully completing their mission. 4 books in and I cannot wait until the next one is released. Try this series, you wont be disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tier One

  • By: Brian Andrews, Jeffrey Wilson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,835

John Dempsey's life - as an elite Tier One Navy SEAL named Jack Kemper - is over. A devastating terrorist action catapults him from a world of moral certainty and decisive orders into the shadowy realm of espionage, where ambiguity is the only rule. His new mission: hunt down those responsible for the greatest tragedy in the history of the US Special Ops and bring them to justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This One's a Keeper!!!

  • By shelley on 09-11-16

One of my new favorites!

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

I bought this on a whim, and couldn't be more pleased. I love these anti-terrorist books and this is one of the best. No one beats Mitch Rapp, but John Dempsey is carving out a place of his own. The team he leads, the personal struggles he faces, all make him an endearing hero. The stories the authors create for Dempsey, and the delivery of the narrator are all fist rate. My only complaint is that there are so far only two books. Now I have to wait for the next installment to come out, but I will try to be patient.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mississippi Blood

  • A Novel
  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 28 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,028
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,009

The endgame is at hand for Penn Cage, his family, and the enemies bent on destroying them in this revelatory volume in the epic trilogy set in modern-day Natchez, Mississippi - Greg Iles' epic tale of love and honor, hatred and revenge that explores how the sins of the past continue to haunt the present.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good ending to the trilogy

  • By Taryn on 06-17-17

Another masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 07-16-17

Loved it. I've grown up with these characters since Isles first introduced them. They way he has developed them over the series is amazing. The reveals in this conclusion were astounding. Of you are an Isles fan, you have to read this one, if you are just getting started go back to the beginning.

As for narrative, Scott Brick makes the story come alive. I drive down the road and feel like I'm watching a movie in my mind. One of the best narrators working games today.

Please, Mr. Isles, keep them coming. What is Pen Cage going to get himself into next.

  • The Fix

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,018
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,986

Amos Decker witnesses a murder just outside FBI headquarters. A man shoots a woman execution style on a crowded sidewalk, then turns the gun on himself. Even with Decker's extraordinary powers of observation and deduction, the killing is baffling. Decker and his team can find absolutely no connection between the shooter - a family man with a successful consulting business - and his victim, a schoolteacher.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Where is Ron Mcclarty?

  • By jason adams on 04-28-17

Amos Decker does it again!

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

Reviewed: 06-14-17

Decker is one of my favorite characters Baldacci has created. Orlagh Cassidy and Kyf Brewer make the story come alive as the narrators. I also love the way Baldacci is developing characters and bringing some along from previous stories. It gives the story depth and realizism. I can't wait for the next one to come out to find out what Decker and Jamison get into next.

  • Back Blast

  • A Gray Man Novel
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,186
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,312

From the number-one New York Times best-selling coauthor of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels comes an all-new explosive thriller featuring the lethal assassin known as the Gray Man.... Court Gentry was the CIA's best agent. Until the day the agency turned against him and put out a kill-on-sight order. That's when the enigmatic international assassin called the Gray Man was born - and Court has been working for himself ever since.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forget about Jason Bourne, The Gray Man is here

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 02-26-16

Thrilling

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

Reviewed: 04-13-17

Amazing! I was hoping the Gray Man backstory would be exciting and I was not disappointed. Greatly has outdone himself. I can't wait to read the next installment and see where Gentry goes from here.

  • Tom Clancy Commander-in-Chief

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 20 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,029
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,012

When Russian President Valeri Volodin's ambitions are foiled in Dagestan, he faces a difficult choice. The oligarchs who support him expect a constant flow of graft, but with energy prices cratering, the Russian economy sputters to a virtual halt. Unable to grow the Russian market at home, his hold on power relies on expansion abroad—a plan that has been thwarted by the United States in the past. But this time Volodin has determined that an indirect approach is the best.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This one will be a Jack Ryan classic!

  • By Deborah on 12-09-15

Carrying the torch for another generation

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

Reviewed: 07-12-16

I started reading Clancy with Red October and was hooked. I've read all the Jack Ryan series, and at this point these characters are as real to me as my own family. This one is no different, and I'm so glad that Mark Greaney has picked up Clancy's mantle and is carrying it forward for a new generation of readers. The detail, the suspense, the plots, all are incredible and make you hate to put the book down. In our current political climate, I wish we had someone like Jack Ryan Sr. at the helm of this country. My only complaint is that I miss Lou Diamond Phillips as the narrator. I like Scott Brick just fine, but Phillips just seemed to bring a little something extra to the presentation..

  • The Escape

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,533

John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice. But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Agonizing

  • By Bobby on 01-15-15

2 Pullers is Awesome!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-02-14

If you could sum up The Escape in three words, what would they be?

Family trumps all!

What other book might you compare The Escape to and why?

The Escape is the continued evolution of the Puller saga. It compares to the best of Baldacci.

What about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance did you like?

McLarty and Cassidy are incredible. They work together so well and bring the story to life with their voices. They are 2 of my favorite narrators.

Any additional comments?

The Puller character is one of my favorites now. I can't wait until the next volume.

  • The Devil's Punchbowl

  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 23 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,797
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,786

As a prosecutor in Houston, Penn Cage sent killers to death row. But as mayor of his hometown - Natchez, Mississippi - Penn will face his most dangerous threat. Urged by old friends to try to restore this fading jewel of the Old South, Penn has ridden into office on a tide of support for change. But in its quest for new jobs and fresh money, Natchez has turned to casino gambling, and now five steamboats float on the river beside the old slave market, like props from Gone With the Wind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Southern Thriller

  • By Brad on 10-01-13

Back in Natchez

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

Reviewed: 08-23-14

If you could sum up The Devil's Punchbowl in three words, what would they be?

Intense, intriguing, informational

Who was your favorite character and why?

Penn Cage. So much turmoil he dealt with in a short period of time, coming from all directions. Just when you think he is going to give in and fold under the pressure, he stands up and does the right thing, knowing it will be far from easy.

Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

Jonathan Sans. Loved the Irish accent and Hill did it so well.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

International drama in a small southern town.

Any additional comments?

I've read nearly all of Iles's books and enjoyed every one. This one was no exception. I'm glad to see that there are others in the pipeline. It's been a long dry spell from Iles. Also, Dick Hill is outstanding when narrating these books. I'm about to start the new short story, The Death Factory, and hope the change in narrator is not a huge mistake.

  • The Lincoln Myth

  • A Novel
  • By: Steve Berry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,058
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,056

New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry returns with his latest thriller, a Cotton Malone adventure involving a flaw in the United States Constitution, a mystery about Abraham Lincoln, and a political issue that’s as explosive as it is timely - not only in Malone’s world, but in ours. September 1861: All is not as it seems. With these cryptic words, a shocking secret passed down from president to president comes to rest in the hands of Abraham Lincoln.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The title made the book sound interesting to me

  • By BklynBabe on 06-19-14

Lincoln, Mormons, and the end of the Union?

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

Reviewed: 06-26-14

Would you listen to The Lincoln Myth again? Why?

Yes! The story is so well crafted that it really grabs your attention and won't let go. Scott Brick presents the story with such enthusiasm, and the characters have become real for me.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

What kind of secret could be so big that it could threaten everything we know about the US Government/? The way this onion was peeled back, giving you just enough to keep wanting more. I love these stories.

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

Cotton Malone is such a great character. He's my favorite.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Nor really a moment, but the interaction between Cotton and Cassiopeia is tense. I was not expecting the direction this story took for them.

Any additional comments?

I've read most of the Steve Berry books, and loved nearly every one. A Berry book is a solid investment of a token.

  • The Forgotten

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,784

Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case - but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really liking PULLER

  • By Diana on 11-30-12

Great new character from Baldacci

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

Reviewed: 01-16-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

ABSOLUTELY! John Puller is a great character. You learn more about him in this second installment. The story-line is good and very well delivered by McLarty and Cassidy. Puller is a combination of Jack Reacher, Oliver Stone, and Sean King; Tough, analytic, but has a side that actually cares about people he comes in contact with. Be sure to read Zero Day first to understand some of the references .

What did you like best about this story?

I like the continued interaction between Puller and the continuing characters, like his father, brother, and a certain 1 star General.

Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

McLarty and Cassidy do a marvelous job in this presentation as well as others. They add a level of realism that is not found when one narrator attempts to do all characters.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

After reading Zero Day, I was very happy to pick back up with John Puller and see that he was ok, but still trying to work through the issues from the previous story. This 2nd outing with John has made him very real for me.

Any additional comments?

I'm a big Baldacci fan, having read nearly all his books. I was very excited to see this new character and share his journey. I still like his older characters like Stone and King and Maxwell, but it's always good to to meet new heroes.