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  • Stay Hungry

  • By: Sebastian Maniscalco
  • Narrated by: Sebastian Maniscalco
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 701

At 24, Sebastian Maniscalco arrived in LA with a suitcase and saved up minimum wages. He knew no one and nothing about standup comedy, but he was determined to go for it anyway. At 44, he's on the Forbes' list of highest earning comedians, sells out arenas, and has starred in four hit comedy specials including Why Would You Do That? on Showtime. Stay Hungry tells the story of the 20 years in between.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different perspective on success!! Good stuff!!

  • By ChiWax on 03-22-18

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

I saw Sebastian's special completely by accident. I wondered where this guy has been and how he got to be as good as he is. I just spent the last seven and a half hours finding out. This is a great great story.

  • Enemy of the State

  • A Mitch Rapp Novel, Book 16
  • By: Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,977

After 9/11, the United States made one of the most secretive and dangerous deals in its history. The evidence against the powerful Saudis who coordinated the attack would be buried. In return, King Faisal would promise to keep the oil flowing and deal with the conspirators in his midst. When the king's own nephew is discovered funding ISIS, the president suspects that the Saudis never intended to live up to their agreement.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Scott brick

  • By mikeyfacerva on 09-19-17

Ugh

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

Reviewed: 09-23-17

Vince was great. Kyle was good. Scott Brick ends this series for me now. Just can't do it with him anymore.

64 of 68 people found this review helpful

  • Every Deadly Kiss

  • By: Steven James
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers grapples with a baffling series of murders in Detroit - and discovers a terror plot whose roots stretch back centuries. Consulting on a case, Patrick encounters the work of a killer who displays a stunning degree of ruthlessness. Patrick is shocked to find that the slayings are linked not just to his own history with a known terrorist but to a former lover as well - and that her secret past might hold the key to stopping the countless deaths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Early years Patrick Bowers- EXCELLENT!

  • By shelley on 07-06-17

Meh.

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

Not what I expected. This was supposed to be next in the series. It was inserted and is penultimate. Kinda ticked me off.

  • The Love Killings

  • Detective Matt Jones, Book 2
  • By: Robert Ellis
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477

For the past six weeks, LAPD detective Matt Jones has been recovering from the wrong end of a hit man's bullet. Before he can look for payback, Jones finds himself enlisted in the manhunt for an old foe. Dr. George Baylor, the serial killer who escaped after murdering three coeds in LA, resurfaces on the East Coast. This time, an entire family has been slaughtered in their home outside Philadelphia, and the doctor's fingerprints are all over the crime scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyed 2nd book in Matt Jones series..

  • By shelley on 08-06-16

This is doubly awful.

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

Reviewed: 12-25-16

If this was a book I could burn it. The story is formulaic and stupid. As an audio the performance is cartoonish and just terrible. It's that simple. I can't remember what spurred me to try it. Not sure if I'll finish the last two hours or not. Very painful.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Palace of Treason

  • A Novel
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,132

Captain Dominika Egorova of the Russian Intelligence Service (SVR) has returned from the West to Moscow and the Center, the headquarters of her service. She finds things worse than when she left. She despises the men she must serve, the oligarchs and crooks and thugs of Putin's Russia. What no one knows is that Dominika is working for the CIA as Washington's most sensitive penetration of SVR and the Kremlin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator's inconsistency

  • By Bruce P. Woodward on 10-23-16

I wish I had done the other one first!

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

Reviewed: 09-29-16

This is right up there with Sandford and Connelly for me. The performance is worthy of a Guidall award. I got this after seeing a WSJ ad and really do wish I had done them in order. Even knowing a lot about how the first one ends up I'll still have to do it. Good characterization. Good pacing. Believable. I love the recipes as dividers. I have over 800 titles now. This is likely in the top 25 or 30.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Redemption Road

  • A Novel
  • By: John Hart
  • Narrated by: Scott Shepherd
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,969
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,958

Imagine: A boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother. A troubled detective confronts her past in the aftermath of a brutal shooting. After 13 years in prison, a good cop walks free as deep in the forest, on the altar of an abandoned church, a body cools in pale linen.... This is a town on the brink. This is Redemption Road.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Darkly Disturbing

  • By Ted on 09-21-16

John Hart is a Fantastic Author.

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

Reviewed: 05-19-16

Story, characters, performance all of his books have been great. This one is his best yet. So complex without being contrived. I am now going to be waiting for whatever is next. And Scott Shepherd... I need to go see what else he has done. He's one of those readers so good I mostly forget he is there which is the best thing I can say.

  • Rogue Lawyer

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,241
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,229

On the right side of the law. Sort of. Sebastian Rudd is not your typical street lawyer. He works out of a customized bulletproof van, complete with Wi-Fi, a bar, a small fridge, fine leather chairs, a hidden gun compartment, and a heavily armed driver. He has no firm, no partners, no associates, and only one employee: his driver, who's also his bodyguard, law clerk, confidant, and golf caddy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Rogue indeed

  • By Margaret N. Chase on 10-22-15

Better Than Nothing?

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

Reviewed: 11-21-15

I told myself this as a statement every time I hit play. By the end it was a question instead of a statement. John Grisham is still John Grisham but this is more like recognizing him in a bar and watching him stumble out drunk to puke in the gutter. He has ripped off Michael Connelly's Haller character and turned him into a nearly worthless human being. Nearly all the other characters are completely unsympathetic. I'd hate to live in his world. I salute his ability to make money but this is the definition of 'resting on laurels'. Mark Deakins was a great performer though. If he hadn't been so good I'd never have found out how crappy and unsatisfying the ending was.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Saturn Run

  • By: John Sandford Ctein
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,563

The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope - something is approaching Saturn and decelerating. Space objects don't decelerate. Spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: Whatever built that ship is at least one hundred years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Sci-Fi Book in a While!

  • By Ted on 05-29-17

I wrote this on John Sandford's Facebook Page

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

Reviewed: 10-23-15

It' also what I want to say here and I am only a third of the way through the book. Initially I was one of those wondering "Why Sci Fi?" Not any more...

Anyone missing Virgil , Lucas and anyone else needs to just have a little faith in you. I am about 3 hours into the Eric Conger Audible of Saturn Run and am just (I'll use) gobsmacked (because it isn't overused here). If I have to wait a year for Virgil I might happily wait another if there's more if this. I have said in my Audible "Prayer Review" that as long as you write I really trust it'll be better than what I was hoping you write. Saturn Run is amazing, delicious, entertaining, thought provoking and just SO wonderful in the senses of what all those words mean when I take a minute to relate each one to the book. It's that good. The place beyond "can't put it down" is "pick it up only when I can REALLY appreciate it" because I may not be able to make it last until the next 'anything' comes out. The science is SO interesting and the questions is give me are just as interesting. Sometimes I just stop and wonder things like "Google's there but not Amazon?" or "Will the Houston flash" turn out to be an EMP event?"How many people are on the ship?" "How many on the Chinese ship?" I'll watch a movie if they make it but they'll probably screw it up. This is just too good. Thank you ,thank you,thank you.

13 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Homefront

  • Phil Broker, Book 6
  • By: Chuck Logan
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Reunited with estranged husband and undercover cop Phil Broker, Nina Pryce takes an extended medical leave from the army to recover from the injuries - physical and psychological - she sustained at the hands of a vicious psychopath. The Broker/Pryce household relocates to a remote resort town of Glacier Falls, MN, where daughter Kit is enrolled in second grade at the local elementary school. Everyone assumes that Kit is adjusting well - until she punches Terry Clump, the terror of the second grade, in the face.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Audible sales!

  • By shelley on 04-20-18

I was waiting for another Broker novel.

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

Reviewed: 09-16-15

I don't know where this was or how I missed it. I'd love to see another one. I believe Chuck is a friend of John Sandford. If you like Sandford's work you'll like Chuck Hogan just as much. They are not the same. That would be unfair to both of them...but close enough that I am hoping for more of anything from Chuck Logan. Broker would be nice but anything. And Joe Barrett is perfect as usual.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Country

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael McGarrity
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,126

National best-selling author and New Mexico native Michael McGarrity takes listeners to the wild territory of the late 19th-century American Southwest for this epic tale. After the deaths of his wife and brother, John Kerney gives up his West Texas ranch and heads south in search of a new home. Soon Kerney is offered work trailing cattle to the New Mexico Territory - a job that will forever change his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard Country lives up to it's title.

  • By mar on 12-14-12

Move over Lonesome Dove!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-15

Having recently done all but one of the modern Kerney series I wasn't sure what to expect. Such rich storytelling by George Guidall relaying the drama of just trying to exist just made me appreciate life as we have it now all the more. I used to want things like this to be turned into movies or series. In this case I almost think it would just somehow be less. Maybe Kevin Costner could do it. Following these characters through their lives and seeing how childhood lessons/events played out through adulthood and how promising lives didn't always live out (or up) to promise is just priceless. I was about to start this when Mr. McGarrity said there'd be a third before he revisits Kevin Kerney. I wasn't excited about that. Now I am and I am happy to wait for both as I start Backlands.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful