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  • The Border

  • The Cartel Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 29 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,198
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,146

For over 40 years, Art Keller has been on the front lines of America's longest conflict: the War on Drugs. His obsession to defeat the world's most powerful, wealthy, and lethal kingpin - the godfather of the Sinaloa Cartel, Adan Barrera - has left him bloody and scarred, cost him people he loves, even taken a piece of his soul. Now Keller is elevated to the highest ranks of the DEA, only to find that in destroying one monster, he has created 30 more that are wreaking even more chaos and suffering in his beloved Mexico.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! What a way to end a brilliant trilogy

  • By Stu Ruwe on 03-06-19

Shocked at Spew of Far Left Lies / Hate Propoganda

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

Reviewed: 02-27-19

Good grief! Winslow has put together a far, far left piece of garbage and lies spewing Trump hate and just ruined a great series just to fit the spurious narrative against Trump. Completely untrue and even more fake than a Jussie Smollet narrative. I have read and loved each and every book Winslow has written until this piece of lies and hate propaganda. Apparently he thinks we are stupid and can't fact check. It is not even a story, it's a far left rant. Apparently any lie and fake facts are ok if it fits sick narrative now days.

22 of 82 people found this review helpful

  • Sovereign

  • By: Jeff Hirsch
  • Narrated by: Jesse Einstein
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,249
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10,398
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,396

Micah Cole has been in deep space for three years while his parents chase their obsession with finding intelligence to the far corners of the universe, but Micah dreams of the friends he left behind and counts the days until they return home. When a devastating meteor shower nearly destroys their ship, Micah is separated from his family and stranded on Sovereign, a vast planet of raging rivers, towering forests, and deadly creatures. If Micah ever wants to see his family or his home again, he’ll have to learn to how to survive on a hostile alien world, all alone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • NOT like the Martian

  • By TrustedReviewer on 02-21-19

Like Twilight Zone TV - Suddenly Thinking Required

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

I think many readers who gave this book low ratings did not stick with it long enough. I almost gave up for the reasons stated by others, but I challenge those who did give up to listen again and keep going as it is likely to surprise them.

Initially, I thought this was the usual story geared primarily for teens about a teen who made countless questionable, emotion based decisions as to his current crisis and who maintained an interior, petulant (my adjective) monologue as to memories of his family, friends and situation. These all are combined with fantastical situations and bizarre acts of crazy courage/stupidity, resulting outcomes that strained my credibility, until it didn't !

Suddenly, I realized I was in the midst of an actual challenge requiring me to expand my level of 'magical thinking' as to possible realities/truth going on. Via deft, quiet plotting, interesting reveals (many realized in retrospect) and subtle twists of the narrative, the author surprised and intrigued me and repeatedly kept on doing so. I am still not entirely sure … I need to review and think...I do think this story could/should continue! I'm happy to see Twilight Zone level stories again!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Titanborn

  • By: Rhett C. Bruno
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696

After decades hunting wanted offworlders throughout the solar system, Corporate Bounty Hunter Malcolm Graves doesn't bother asking questions. So long as the pay is right, he's the man for the job. And he always works alone. But when a high-profile bombing on Earth has Pervenio Corp clamoring for answers, they force him to team up with a strange, cyber-augmented partner. A young man more interested in statistics than instinct. Their assignment: Track down a suspected group of extremists from Titan who will go to any length to free their moon from the grip of Earth's corporations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Mystery Sci-fi

  • By Bryan on 02-08-19

Best Story and Bray Narration Since The Martian!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

Great first book setting up characters you deeply care about who play exciting roles in an interesting and fully realized future time in our solar system. After reading most all such books in this genre, it’s exciting to discover new and interesting beginning again. plus there is no weird play to current political correctness either way, just a fun, interesting story. I already look forward to the sequel next month. I must find out what happens to the characters, as each are both good and not so good but I am interested and care to share their future.
Everything about the writing, dialogue and tone is classic Bray. I know many buy stories solely because Bray narrates. I do, mostly to good result. This is the best Bray and Story combo I’ve heard since The Martian. Join Kindle unlimited and you may purchase Audible audio for under $2.00!!!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Reset

  • By: Brian Andrews
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,071
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,070

Deep in the Afghan mountains, Sergeant Michael Pitcher discovers an object with powers that defy explanation. After interacting with it, he suffers a traumatic seizure and is flown home for evaluation. Cleared by the doctors, Michael goes home to his relieved wife, Josie. But he’s a changed man. The once-loving husband is now coldly withdrawn. When a team of scientists connected to Sergeant Pitcher vanishes without a trace, CIA agent Dean Ninemeyer comes to him for insight - only to find that the recovering soldier has also disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll never see it coming

  • By Angela M Bacon on 05-02-18

Support for Mass Murder of Human Population?

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

Spoiler and Violence Promoting Political rant alert:

I support the authors' contention that as human adults we are charged to shepherd protect our children as well as the planet and all life thereon. Yet, I am uncomfortable in his fierce threatening tone and forthright hate speak about the human over population of the planet and the human ethos that nature must be conquered and spiteful comparisons of human over-births to the numbers of remaining gorillas tigers, polar bears etc. He virtuously proclaims the moral imperative to equate animals as kin to humans and equal in value to humans especially human children. He does not directly specify his solution, but I am uncomfortable that this diatribe comes as the actual last chapter after an vague end describing the repeated secret attempts by 5 elite people in the near future who successfully have sent technology back in time to tailor (but thus far failing to enact) the mass extinction of most human beings on the planet even if success would mean their instantaneous death due to killing their parents. Think about that. This book seems to support mass human extinction as a solution to plight of animals and climate change. Hopefully this book does not justify eco-terror against humans acts by similarly minded who read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Forever

  • The Forever, Book 1
  • By: Craig Robertson
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,008
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 956

Jupiter, thrown off orbit, will destroy Earth in less than a century. Jon Ryan volunteers for the most ambitious, desperate mission ever conceived: His consciousness must be transferred into an experimental android host, where he'll live an immortal - and lonely - life. Jon's only companion on his 50-year voyage is his ship's irritable AI. The US president wants Jon dead and is willing to sacrifice his own people to eliminate Jon. An alien species has vowed a holy war to eliminate all humans, either on Earth or wherever they might run. Only Jon can protect humans from their enemies.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Pass if you want smart sci-fi

  • By Ian McCurdy on 09-04-18

Anti Trump Pro Clinton Virture Signaling

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Apparently hundreds of years in the future people still spew hate, hate and more hate on Donald Trump to the extent the key character physically and almost uncontrollably shudders at the thought of Trump. Clinton’s descendants are still running to control society. The USA is the evil party only saved by the UN.
The story was not exceptional, but has many elements interest, humor and world building.
For the 51% of readers who don’t cheer at Trump hate suddenly showing up mid story, beware. The author’s hate speak is not repetitive so it is possible to just ignore it. The author has every right to his virtue signaling, informed readers have the choice to read or not.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Deep Silence

  • A Joe Ledger Novel
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,299
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,186

Terrorists-for-hire have created a weapon that can induce earthquakes and cause dormant volcanoes to erupt. One terrifying side effect of the weapon is that prior to the devastation, the vibrations drive ordinary people to suicide and violence. A wave of madness begins sweeping the country beginning with a mass shooting in Congress. Joe Ledger and his team go on a wild hunt to stop the terrorists and uncover the global superpower secretly funding them. At every step the stakes increase as it becomes clear that the endgame of this campaign of terror is igniting the Yellowstone caldera.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deep Silence Shines Loudly!

  • By Tracy P. on 11-13-18

Must even fiction be Anti-Trump?

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

I find it intriguing that even successful authors of wildly successful, fun spirited book series find it necessary to alienate over 50% of their readers with Anti-Trump anything. So, if you want to add such to your dose of daily rage, go for it. Ray Porter does his usual, funny job of narrating. He truly embodies Joe Ledger. I just can't stomach more politics of any ilk. Up to you. I tried to ignore it, but it did get extreme. Wonder if this review will be censored … will I? Strange times.

17 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • Age of War

  • The Legends of the First Empire, Book 3
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,657
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,231

The epic battle between humankind and their godlike rulers finally ignites in the masterful follow-up to Age of Myth and Age of Swords. The alliance of humans and renegade Fhrey is fragile - and about to be tested as never before. As the Fhrey overlords marshal their army and sorcerers to crush the rebellion, old loyalties will be challenged while fresh conspiracies will threaten to undo all that Persephone has accomplished. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History re-written

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-16-19

This series is Officially a Failure, Sadly

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

Even if you loved and have been entertained by Sullivan's other series, and if you haven't invested in this series, I recommend that you seriously read many more of the other reader reviews than you usually do. We all wanted to love this new series by an autyh0r who has entertained us for so may hour's previously, but considering where this series stands currently, I don't know how Sullivan could rescue it. I feel a bit ripped off to be truthful. The first book was very good, and while the world building was weak, I was hopeful I would meet characters I liked or hated or were at least interesting to follow. In book 2, I started to slightly disrespect most of the characters but still had hope to care and hoped once the series got interesting, I would enjoy their journey. Upon barely sticking with book 3 to finish, there is not even one character who I find likeable or worth disliking nor has the story advanced much if at all from what could easily be predicted from the first book. The book is written at such an embarrassing a pre-juvenile grade school boy-girl level, it is a bit insulting as most readers are adults. Also, apparently the human society was at a pre-discovery of the wheel, pre invention of writing state, then one ""genius invents this and the pocket and other silly (not cute or interesting) "inventions" inconsistent to the medieval level of sophisticated farming, animal husbandry and post migratory culture mixed with sophisticated science creation art??? I'm happy to suspend disbelief, but not here. For me, unlikable characters, no plot progress from book 1 and nothing to make me want to read the next book. So disappointed to find the series expensive and bland, bland, bland.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • All the Little Children

  • By: Jo Furniss
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 773

Struggling with working-mother guilt, Marlene Greene hopes a camping trip in the forest will provide quality time with her three young children - until they see fires in the distance, columns of smoke distorting the sweeping view. Overnight, all communication with the outside world is lost. Knowing something terrible has happened, Marlene suspects that the isolation of the remote campsite is all that's protecting her family. But the arrival of a lost boy reveals they are not alone in the woods, and as the unfolding disaster ravages the land, more youngsters seek refuge under her wing.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Anti climactic

  • By Ronald J. Chasse (jrchase6@aol.com) on 09-10-17

Worst book of my 5,000 Audible.

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

The protagonist is perhaps the most stupid, self absorbed character ever portrayed. Horrible waste of time and credit.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Tangled Lands

  • By: Paolo Bacigalupi, Tobias S. Buckell
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 168

Khaim, The Blue City, is the last remaining city in a crumbled empire that overly relied upon magic until it became toxic. It is run by a tyrant known as The Jolly Mayor and his devious right hand, the last archmage in the world. Together they try to collect all the magic for themselves so they can control the citizens of the city. But when their decadence reaches new heights and begins to destroy the environment, the people stage an uprising to stop them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More, please!

  • By Mark Hancock on 03-06-18

Repeat of Alchemist with Unsatisfying Additions

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

Just thought I'd alert readers that this is a repeated take on "The Alchemist and The Executionist" with more with additions to three storylines, non of which came close to any plausible end. Just more hanging threads. Will they come out in a couple years and take the stories to another non-conclusion? I support authors repeating good story themes and returning to worlds they built for their readers, but, for me, the repeat was ok but the additional material was very depressing without knowing what all the angst and sad events was relevant to. Perhaps they have a direction for these hanging threads and plan another book repeating this and adding to it. At best this is a weird mid book. Do read all other Paolo B's work on Audible. I especially admire and love The Windup Girl.

14 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 6
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,746
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,636

Belfast, 1988. A man is found dead, killed with a bolt from a crossbow in front of his house. This is no hunting accident. But uncovering who is responsible for the murder will take Detective Sean Duffy down his most dangerous road yet, a road that leads to a lonely clearing on a high bog where three masked gunmen will force Duffy to dig his own grave. Hunted by forces unknown, threatened by Internal Affairs, and with his relationship on the rocks, Duffy will need all his wits to get out of this investigation in one piece.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing better than a Duffy tale!

  • By 6catz on 03-10-17

Best in Series-Powerful Poetic Profound

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

I demurred a bit before buying, as I had wondered if the author could keep me engaged and in awe in yet a sixth journey with the evermore edgy Sean Duffy. McKinty blew it out of the park with this story. Gerard Doyle's narration is magnificent! The union of McKinty and Doyle is what Audible is all about. Very close to the end I loudly screamed NO in a very public place-Twice.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful