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  • Limitless

  • By: Alan Glynn
  • Narrated by: Bryan Bounds
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Imagine a drug that made your brain function to its full potential. A drug that allowed you pick up a foreign language in a single day. A drug that helped you process information so fast you could see patterns in the stock market. Just as his life is fading into mediocrity, Eddie Spinola comes across such a pill: MDT-48 - a sort of Viagra for the brain. But while its benefits materialise quickly, so do certain unwelcome side-effects.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific! Really well written and a great reader.

  • By Mark on 06-25-17

Terrific! Really well written and a great reader.

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

Reviewed: 06-25-17

Thoroughly recommend this unusual and fascinating book. Never once lost interest and the reader was excellent. My first Alan Glynn. Read with the same pace and rhythm with which it was written. One of the best books of the year so far for me.
A touch of the Stephen King about the story without the weird and unbelievable stretches. I always had a belief that this could be possible and the story tied me to it until the last words. One of those rare books that was disappointing to finish.
Well worth a credit. Go ahead and get it, you won't be sorry.
Very well done.

  • See How They Run

  • By: Tom Bale
  • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 387

It's often said that when tragedy strikes, the victims were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. But not Harry and Alice French. Assaulted by masked men looking for a mysterious package and a man named Renshaw, Alice and Harry manage to convince them that there has been a terrible mix-up. But nothing prepares Alice and Harry for the web they find themselves trapped in after their assailants leave. Especially as Alice hasn't been completely honest.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • What a dreadful book. One of the worst so called 'thrillers' I've ever laboured through.

  • By Mark on 07-18-16

What a dreadful book. One of the worst so called 'thrillers' I've ever laboured through.

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

Reviewed: 07-18-16

Imagine a bunch of desperate thugs terrorising a young couple and a ruthless chase to catch them on the run as all manner of violent and sadistic things occur. Now add a baby. The most annoying character ever to appear in a book, baby Evie.
In what I can only assume is one of the least successful attempts at a school writing project ever, we are taken on a terrifying and thrilling journey filled with intrigue and danger with the constant irritation of baby Evie who needs a nappy change or a feed. A vicious and violent attack in this awful storyline, rather than grip and bind the listener to the plot will more than likely be interrupted by another crushingly boring observation on how the mind of a little baby might work. It may even startle or worry her. Bloody fights and vicious gangsters are of less of a concern here than formula milk and regular, undisturbed sleep for Evie. I congratulate the author for becoming a first time parent obviously, but keep your lovely baby observations for another book or maybe a Women's Weekly magazine please.
My advice to all my fellow Audibles...... Give this a big miss. It fails on every level.



128 of 139 people found this review helpful

  • 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 11,013
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,150

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

Terrific. Well written, great narration.

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

Reviewed: 03-22-16

Great narration and action packed story line. Kept me interested from start to finish.
One of the best of the 'Gray Man' series. Well worth the credit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Am Pilgrim

  • A Thriller
  • By: Terry Hayes
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 22 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,414

An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please let this all be fiction.

  • By B.J. on 08-08-14

Agent chases down terrorist to save the world.

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

Reviewed: 02-20-16

I was purposely looking for a new author and a thriller ride and I'm pleased to say I got it with "I Am Pilgrim". This book was terrific. The writing was flowing and interesting and, most important in this type of chase-down plot, believable.
Scott Murdoch was one of the best investigators and agents around and after writing the book on how to solve the hardest of crimes, was brought out of retirement by the President to track down a formidable terrorist known as 'The Sarizan' who is intent on releasing smallpox in the USA.
I was warned by Audible reviewers that it was pretty hard going to get through the first nine hours of background and set-ups, but I'm glad I stuck with it because after that it got really interesting and action packed.
The narration was very good and I will look for more from both author Hayes and reader Ragland both of whom I really liked. Having said that, I did think that the narrators voice sounded a tad too young to be the killer agent with all the experience of our main character.
I so wanted to avoid yet another book with all the 'inch allah' and 'allah ooh acbars' and the wicked Muslim stereotypes usually so abundant in this genre, but this book didn't turn out to be a comic version of goodies versus baddies (ie America v The Muslims) instead it was a very sensibly written detective plot with an adult perspective and a really great listen.
One of the best books of the past year for me. Congrats to author and narrator. Had me riveted for days.
Highly recommend this one to all my Audible buddies out there.






  • Dry Bones

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,742
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,738

What happened to Jacques Gaillard? The brilliant teacher at the École Nationale d’Administration, who trained some of France’s best and brightest as future prime ministers and presidents, vanished ten years ago, presumably from Paris. This ten-year-old mystery inspires a bet—one that Enzo Macleod, a biologist teaching in Toulouse, France, instead of pursuing a brilliant career in forensics back home in Scotland, can ill afford to lose.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging hero, stellar narration

  • By Janice on 11-01-13

Too cryptic By far.

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

Reviewed: 12-15-15

A murder investigation with clues and evidence plucked from the sky. Wasted a credit here.

  • Mercy

  • Department Q, Book 1
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

The unabridged, digital audiobook edition of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Mercy, Scandinavia’s new bestselling crime phenomenon. Read by the actor Steven Pacey. At first the prisoner scratches at the walls until her fingers bleed. But there is no escaping the room. With no way of measuring time, her days, weeks, months go unrecorded. She vows not to go mad. She will not give her captors the satisfaction.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Stereotypes Spoilt It

  • By Janice Dunlop on 09-27-15

Premise for cruel, tortuous revenge absurd.

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

Reviewed: 03-16-15

Believability and credibility crucial for me to really enjoy a book like this. My first time with this author and I probably won't go back. All the Danish towns and landmarks mentioned only added to my disinterest. I thought the narrator did a good job and I was particularly drawn to the Syrian cohort and police enthusiast Assad. After a steady diet of Clancy, Flynn etc where every Arabic character is a bitter,fundamentalist thug who spits on the rest of the world and the 'infidels' in it, a more sympathetic Arab character was a most refreshing change. Loved Assad. The story though was daft. The authors attempt to find a reason for the horrendous torture he wanted to describe was just lame and hard to accept. Don't waste your credit.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Stand

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 47 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,953
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,955

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My First Completed Stephen King Novel

  • By Meaghan Bynum on 02-20-12

Very disappointed With this one.

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

Reviewed: 10-26-14

After 11.22.63 I was so pumped up with Stephen King I was ready to tackle another of his very lengthy works. After all, the fabulous time travel story of going back to 1963 and observing Lee Harvey Oswald and the build up to the JFK assassination was so fascinating and superbly written I was willing to trust in the author and in the good reviews I'd read for The Stand. Having just finished this one I have to say it was not in the same league. I thought King missed a lot of opportunities to explore a world where anything you wanted was available behind a shop window and free to take. Outside of a nice moment when Stu organised a cinema experience for his simple travelling companion near to the end, this was hardly explored. The whole embodiment of Good and evil was briefly interesting but not enough for a fifty hour story. At times it was like a daft kids tale or parable and though King is great at characters and did make me believe in some of them, I eventually became indifferent to most of their destinies. The ending was tame and not at all worth waiting for and with such an investment in time listening, was scant payment and small reward. 11.22.63 fairly raced by and was constantly engrossing. It is a master work. The Stand is at best average and felt like 50 long hours.
Not worth the wait. Try four other titles for your credit. I still have faith in Stephen King so I'm going to try Dumas Key. Fingers crossed.

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,263

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What book did others hear?

  • By Tenizmom on 09-20-12

Absolutely amazing book. First time ever 5-star x3

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

Reviewed: 09-29-14

What an astonishing book. In 5 years of audiobooks and hundreds of books from every type and genre, this is the best one ever. My first Stephen King book, though I was well aware of his work through the various films, ("The Green Mile" is one of my favourites.)
11.22.63 or 22.11.63 as we Brits would understand it, is really amazing. First of all the fact that anyone could keep my attention for more than 30 hours is incredible. On the subject of the credible- the story, based on travelling back to the 1960's to try and stop the JFK
assassination is one I would have thought of as laughable and not really one that could so totally capture my interest for five minutes let alone get me to invest with great pleasure hour after hour of listening to such a wonderful story. The skill of the author first of all for being able to convince me to easily and so completely believe in the concept combined with a narration so expertly convincing that now only hours after finishing the book I already miss the characters and places described in this unreal world.
I picked this out as I was driving across the vast Australian continent and wanted a long book. Before the first rest stop I realised I was hooked. I have to confess to being slightly shell-shocked at just how much this book meant to me. Simply terrific. I have never seen fit to rate three five stars but if anything deserved it 11.22.63 did.
Best book I've ever listened to on Audible.
Made me laugh and cry, made me think in new ways and never once lost interest or my support for the characters. Even in the sub story lines and incidental descriptive scenes the writing is extraordinary. Please, everyone, trust me.
This book is sensational.
My sincere thanks to the author and narrator. First class.

3 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Mark of the Assassin

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,247
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,246

When a commercial airliner is blown out of the sky off the East Coast, the CIA scrambles to find the perpetrators. A body is discovered near the crash site with three bullets to the face: the calling card of a shadowy international assassin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth your time

  • By Dennis on 02-14-10

Drivel

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

Reviewed: 09-20-14

Awful narration. Gave up on this one when the fourth rate James Stewart impersonation began. What do these guys think a listener will do when they hear that? Wait for the John Wayne character to come along? Not me, I'm off. This narrator joins a growing black list of story tellers to avoid. Rubbish.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Equalizer

  • By: Michael Sloan
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,088
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083

Robert McCall is a former covert operations officer for the CIA who tries to atone for past sins by offering, free of charge, his services as a troubleshooter (often literally), a protector, and an investigator. People in need find him through a newspaper ad: "Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer.” Aided by a group of sometimes-mysterious contacts (some of whom date back to his spying days), McCall traverses the streets of New York City, visiting justice upon those who prey upon the weak.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Look! It's another Nike product!

  • By Ann C on 09-08-14

Lame, over explicit descriptions of weapons.

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

Reviewed: 09-20-14

Just say "gun" every now and then. OK we get it, you're another Tom Clancy.
Not everyone in the world is as familiar or concerned with the make, model and number of every single firearm available. The story is slower for the constant pandering to the US obsession with weapons and the detail is annoying and unnecessary unless you are in the marines.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful