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  • The Forbidden Door

  • (Jane Hawk, Book 4)
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,620

She was one of the FBI’s top agents until she became the nation’s most-wanted fugitive, a happily married woman before becoming a devastated widow. Now Jane Hawk may be all that stands between a free nation and its enslavement by a powerful secret society’s terrifying mind-control technology. She couldn’t save her husband, or the others whose lives have been destroyed, but equipped with superior tactical and survival skills - and the fury born of a broken heart and a hunger for justice - Jane has struck major blows against the insidious cabal. But Jane’s enemies are about to hit back hard.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing...

  • By Lori on 11-13-18

Maybe it is a “Mars” versus “Venus” thing

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

Maybe it is a “Mars” versus “Venus” thing. I don’t like science fiction or mystery books which have only 10% action and 90% inner dialogue. There is not enough talk about the actual science. This book feels like it had a good idea and the author did not have enough material for a story line. I was not able to finish it.

  • The Butterfly Garden

  • By: Dot Hutchison
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo, Mel Foster
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,972
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,932
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,939

Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden. In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees...and a collection of precious "butterflies" - young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't let the negative reviews fool you...

  • By Angela Lee on 03-24-17

Not enough suspense

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

Pretty much everything was clear from the beginning besides a minor twist at the end. I really don’t like books which state the gist of the matter right from the start and then spend 9 hours during a police interview filling in the blanks. I did not need to read about the details of the girls’ treatment but wanted to be more surprised. In summary not enough suspense for me.

  • Red War

  • A Mitch Rapp Novel, Book 17
  • By: Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,906
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,876

When Max Krupin - Russia's leader - discovers that his kidney cancer has spread to his brain, he's determined to hide his diagnosis. He begins by getting rid of anyone threatening to him - as well as creating chaos in the region to keep the world's attention diverted. Soon, Krupin's illness becomes serious enough that he needs a more dramatic diversion, prompting him to invade the Baltics. Desperate to understand what's causing Krupin's unusually erratic behavior and Russia's aggressive moves in the region, America begins working with Russia's disgraced prime minister to stage a coup.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This was not a Mitch Rapp novel! He's a tag-along.

  • By Avid Reader on 10-02-18

Not as good as previous ones

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

I am a big Mitch Rapp fan and will continue to read Vince Flynn. Mitch Rapp is always tons of suspense and action and some lecturing over global political climate. This one was focusing too much on global political climate, a personal vendetta with current Russian leader no suspense at all and too little action for me. In short this book did not follow the formula I like so much about the series. BTW funny that a leader with terminal cancer is also the plot of Ben Coes - Bloody Sunday I am listening next. Different country leader and nut case same egoistic behavior portrait.

  • Gatefather

  • The Mithermages, Book 3
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,698
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,702

Danny North is the first Gate Mage to be born on Earth in nearly 2,000 years, or at least the first to survive and claim his power, for families of Westil in exile on Earth have a treaty that requires the death of any suspected Gate Mage. The wars between the families had been terrible until at last they realized it was their own survival in question.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Orson Scott Card has gotten weird... really weird

  • By Jeffrey on 10-25-15

Just not that exiting

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

Reviewed: 11-10-15

To be honest this last installment did not have a lot of action going for it. There were countless long philosophic dialogues which bordered on monologue. If I ever hear the word "Ba and Ka" again I will loose it. After long boring passages I was suddenly surprised that it was the end of the book.

  • The Athena Project

  • A Thriller
  • By: Brad Thor
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Marvel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,503
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,280
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,285

Tucked away in a remote corner of North Carolina's Fort Bragg, behind rows of razor wire and heavily armed guards, lies the headquarters of the nation's most elite counter-terrorism unit - the United States Army's 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta. Here, a brilliant new approach to combating terrorism has just been born. Its codename: The Athena Project.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just Not Good

  • By James on 12-19-10

Missing Scot Harvath

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

It does not feel the same to me when "Amazonian Women" do the dirty work Scot Harvath used to do. Some of the torture was already hard to swallow under Scot but when women do it does create another level of sour taste to me. That aspect aside I always like the mystic or science element and the story behind the story in Brad Thors books and I read many of them.

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  • Pathfinder Series, Book 3
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Emily Rankin, Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,914
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,912

Rigg’s journey comes to an epic and explosive conclusion as everything that has been building up finally comes to pass, and Rigg is forced to put his powers to the test in order to save his world and end the war once and for all.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I really wanted to love this book

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-04-14

Very little action. Too many long dialogues about

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

Reviewed: 01-29-15

Very little action. Too many long dialogues about what could happen while time traveling before attempting to do it.

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  • Ballistic

  • A Gray Man Novel
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,260

Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust - and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried. Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comparable to the first in this series

  • By Ed on 10-30-17

Not enough of a plot

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

Reviewed: 10-09-14

I like and read all the grey man novels. This one has too many long dragging out fight scenes and simply not enough surprises or a good "make you guessing" plot. I casually read ballistic while working out but not with great passion or interest.

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  • The 6th Extinction

  • Sigma Force, Book 10
  • By: James Rollins
  • Narrated by: Christian Baskous
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,040
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039

A remote military research station sends out a frantic distress call, ending with a chilling final command: Kill us all! Personnel from the neighboring base rush in to discover everyone already dead - and not just the scientists, but every living thing for 50 square miles is annihilated: every animal, plant, and insect, even bacteria. The land is entirely sterile - and the blight is spreading. To halt the inevitable, Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma must unravel a threat that rises out of the distant past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Third Rollins book in a row diminished by Narrator

  • By Craig on 08-14-14

Narrator is fine

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

Reviewed: 09-10-14

I read many of the reviews and nearly did not want to buy this audio book from my favorite mystery author. I have no idea what the other reviews did not like about the narrator I think he is very good and easy to follow. I like the book.

  • The Gate Thief

  • Mithermages, Book 2
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Rankin
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,525

Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of 13 centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can’t control him - and they can’t control him; he is far too powerful. On Westil, Wad is now nearly powerless - he lost everything to Danny in their struggle. Even if he can survive the revenge of his enemies, he must still somehow make peace with the Gatemage Daniel North, for when Danny took that power from Loki, he also took responsibility for the Great Gates.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Flashes of Great, Ok, and Bad. Overall: Meh.

  • By Benjamin on 04-04-13

How long will you make me wait...

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

Reviewed: 07-10-14

How long will you make me wait for the last installment Orson Scott Card? I t really has been a long time!

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  • Ruins

  • Pathfinder, Book 2
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Emily Janice Card
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,629
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,654

When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see. Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable, Vadesh - a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive - but they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another. But they will have little choice. Because although Rigg can decipher the paths of the past, he can’t yet see the horror that lies ahead: A destructive force with deadly intentions is hurtling toward Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too much arguing between the characters.

  • By Arthur on 01-13-15

How long will you make me wait....

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

Reviewed: 07-10-14

How long will you make me wait for the last installment Orson Scott Card? I t really has been a long time!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful