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  • The Burglar

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

Elle Stowell is a young woman with an unconventional profession: burglary. But Elle is no petty thief - with just the right combination of smarts, looks, and skills, she can easily stroll through ritzy Bel Air neighborhoods and pick out the perfect home for plucking the most valuable items. This is how Elle has always gotten by - she is good at it, and she thrives on the thrill. But after stumbling upon a grisly triple homicide while stealing from the home of a wealthy art dealer, Elle discovers she is no longer the only one sneaking around. Somebody is searching for her.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • From breaking the law to helping the law....

  • By shelley on 01-09-19

A fun suspense mystery!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

THE BURGLAR is Thomas Perry's 24th or 25th novel. The old man still has it. His first novel, The Butcher's Boy, is still his best, but he has never released a bad one. The protagonist is 24 year old Elle Stowell who makes her living as a burglar of high end homes in southern California seeking mostly small expensive items. She approaches her job by planning every detail, but she suddenly finds herself with a price on her head forcing her to start being an investigator to find out who wants her dead. Christina Delaine narrates wonderfully.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Where Have All the Young Girls Gone

  • Maria Kallio, Book 11
  • By: Leena Lehtolainen, Owen F. Witesman - translator
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

After completing a dangerous mission training police officers in war-torn Afghanistan, Detective Maria Kallio returns to Finland as the head of a new special crimes unit. But what awaits her in her home country is her most challenging and unsettling case yet. Three immigrant Muslim girls, all members of the same social club, have gone missing under mysterious circumstances. When the body of a fourth girl is found in the snow, strangled with her own headscarf, the investigation takes on a grim new urgency. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Weakest novel of the Maria Kallio series

  • By Wayne on 01-11-19

Weakest novel of the Maria Kallio series

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

I have been a fan of this Finnish modern detective series since Book 1. Book 11 is disappointing. However, Amy Rubinate's narration is stellar.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Whistleblower

  • A Short Story
  • By: Brad Parks
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Mitchell Dupree has finally landed his dream job: compliance director for the Latin American division at Union South Bank. It's a comfortable place to work, with a family-like atmosphere. Except this family has secrets. Mitch quickly notices a string of suspicious transactions that he worries may be coming from a notorious Mexican drug cartel, the brutal and fast-growing New Colima syndicate. As he probes deeper into the bank's dealings, Mitch must play a dangerous and complicated game, figuring out who to trust and how safe his job and life really are.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted MORE!

  • By shelley on 01-10-19

Too short!!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

At 90 minutes in length THE WHISTLEBOWER is a short story prequel to The Last Act which will be released on March 12. The audio of the short story also includes the first two chapters of The Last Act. The Last Act will be Brad Parks' third standalone novel after Say Nothing and Closer Than You Know. He has also released the 6 novel journalist Carter Ross series. All of his novels are in my Audible library; Brad Parks never disappoints!

This was my first exposure to narrator Graham Halstead. He does an excellent job.

I appreciate this short story being priced at $1.95. An audio short story less than 30 minutes in length in the Evan Smoak series by Gregg Hurwitz was released last month for $6.99 (I purchased and read the Kindle version which was overpriced at 99 cents).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tell Your Children

  • The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence
  • By: Alex Berenson
  • Narrated by: Alex Berenson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

An eye-opening report from an award-winning author and former New York Times reporter reveals the link between teenage marijuana use and mental illness, and a hidden epidemic of violence caused by the drug - facts the media has ignored as the US rushes to legalize cannabis. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The case against cannabis

  • By Wayne on 01-10-19

The case against cannabis

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

Author Alex Berenson is a former New York Times reporter who is best known for his 12 novel John Wells espionage thriller series. In this non-fiction book TELL YOUR CHILDREN he aggressively takes on marijuana use as a potentially major cause of mental illness and violence. At age 75 and having never used marijuana or any other illegal drug it may seem that I have no basis for expressing an opinion on the topic. However, I attended college at a time when marijuana was rampant and I had a roommate for a time who was a very heavy cannabis user who developed schizophrenia (possibly unrelated?). Also, I was later president of a company which had many employees who were Vietnam War veterans over half of whom were still regular marijuana users. As our policies were successful at requiring they stop marijuana use (or lose their jobs) the vets became much more productive employees.

My observations provide the basis for a hypothesis based on anecdotal evidence, but they do not scientifically prove that cannabis use is negative. Berenson's arguments against cannabis also depend heavily on anecdotal evidence with a limited numbers of scientifically valid studies. The case for legalizing marijuana also depends almost exclusively on anecdotal evidence. What Berenson's book does is make a strong case for parents warning their children that cannabis use is potentially very risky to their health. My wife and I did that with our children and I trust they are doing the same with our grandchildren. The fact is that after more than 50 years of heavy THC (the primary, but not only, psychoactive chemical in marijuana) use we still do not know if it is safe nor if it medically useful.

I strongly recommend TELL YOUR CHILDREN and I commend author Alex Berenson on his newly released book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Thick Crimson Line: A Mike Walton Thriller

  • Mike Walton Series, Book 3
  • By: Simon Gervais
  • Narrated by: Adam Hanin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

1979 Iran: Hours before the fall of the Pahlavi dynasty, eight American-trained SAVAK intelligence officers defect to the United States carrying with them a secret that could one day propel Iran to the rank of superpower. 2018 United States: When another series of peace talks over Iran's nuclear program fails and a rogue Iranian general flees to Greece to meet with a high-ranking CIA officer, the Iranian Supreme Leader, who's determined to redraw the map of the Middle East, orders the execution of an operation decades in the making.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • End of the Mike Walton espionage series?

  • By Wayne on 01-10-19

End of the Mike Walton espionage series?

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

THE THICK CRIMSON LINE is Book 3 in the Mike Walton series. Each novel has been better than the prior one. Canadian author Simon Gervais is rapidly rising to the elite of action thriller writers. The publisher's summary sets up the novel very well.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • WAR

  • By: Sebastian Junger
  • Narrated by: Sebastian Junger
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951

Junger turns his brilliant and empathetic eye to the reality of combat - the fear, the honor, and the trust among men in an extreme situation whose survival depends on their absolute commitment to one another. His on-the-ground account follows a single platoon through a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why we fight re-visited

  • By J on 09-20-10

Raw!

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

WAR was the Audible Daily Deal on 1/8/2019. The downloadable PDF file makes WAR viable as an audiobook.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The First Conspiracy

  • The Secret Plot Against George Washington
  • By: Brad Meltzer, Josh Mensch
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Taking place during the most critical period of our nation’s birth, The First Conspiracy tells a remarkable and previously untold piece of American history that not only reveals George Washington’s character, but also illuminates the origins of America’s counterintelligence movement that led to the modern day CIA. In 1776, an elite group of soldiers were handpicked to serve as George Washington’s bodyguards. Washington trusted them; relied on them. But unbeknownst to Washington, some of them were part of a treasonous plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly written and narrated!

  • By Wayne on 01-09-19

Brilliantly written and narrated!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

There is little new in THE FIRST CONSPIRACY, but this is the first book to provide this level of detail about the 1775 - 1776 secret plot against General George Washington the newly appointed leader of the American forces against British rule of the American colonies. Even in his wonderful 42 hour biography Washington historian Ron Chernow is forced to give short shrift to this conspiracy topic. We owe authors Meltzer and Mensch a debt of gratitude for this work. Since Scott Brick has narrated all of Brad Meltzer's novels it is no surprise that he narrates this non-fiction masterpiece.

THE FIRST CONSPIRACY will appeal to students of US history and it should also appeal to lovers of espionage thrillers.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Daughter of War

  • A Pike Logan Thriller, Book 13
  • By: Brad Taylor
  • Narrated by: Rich Orlow
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 79

Hot on the trail of a North Korean looking to sell sensitive US intelligence to the Syrian regime, Pike Logan and the Taskforce stumble upon something much graver: the sale of a lethal substance called Red Mercury. Unbeknownst to the Taskforce, the Syrians plan to use the weapon of mass destruction against American and Kurdish forces and blame the attack on terrorists, causing Western nations to reassess their participation in the murky cauldron of the Syrian civil war. Meanwhile, North Korea has its own devastating agenda: a double cross that will dwarf the attack in Syria.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another 5 star espionage thriller from Brad Taylor

  • By Wayne on 01-08-19

Another 5 star espionage thriller from Brad Taylor

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

Pike Logan, Jenifer Cahill, and the rest of the Taskforce are joined in Europe by a 13 year old girl named Amena who is an orphan from Syria in the 13th novel in the Pike Logan series by Brad Taylor. DAUGHTER OF WAR works well as a standalone for those listeners not familiar with the Pike Logan series. Amena, the daughter of war, is at least as much a hero in this novel as as any of the Taskforce members. The publisher's summary does a nice job of setting up this novel. I've listened to all of the novels and short stories in this series and I believe this is my favorite.

Until Book 13 all novels in the Pike Logan series after Book 1 the narrating duties are shared by Rich Orlow reading the Pike Logan first person portion and Henry Stozier narrating the rest. Brad Taylor writes DAUGHTER OF WAR with virtually all of the novel being first person Pike Logan, so Rich Orlow narrates the entire novel. It works extremely well.

DAUGHTER OF WAR has my highest possible recommendation.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • A Red Dotted Line

  • A Mike Walton Thriller
  • By: Simon Gervais
  • Narrated by: Adam Jeffrey Hanin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Mike and his wife Lisa - both covert assets of the International Market Stabilization Institute, a privately funded organization operating outside official channels to protect North America's financial interests - are sent to Russia after an attempt on their superior officer's life. It is a mission fraught with peril and one that becomes exponentially more dangerous when their covers are blown within hours of setting foot in Moscow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Improvement over The Thin Black Line

  • By Wayne on 01-07-19

Improvement over The Thin Black Line

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

THE RED DOTTED LINE shows significant improvement in both the plot and narration compared to the first novel in the Mike Walton which was titled The Thin Black Line. This novel is an outstanding espionage thriller. With The Daughter of War the new Pike Logan espionage thriller by Brad Taylor being released tomorrow morning and the Alabama-Clemson game on tonight I likely will not have time to complete the next novel in the Mike Walton series titled The Thick Crimson Line for a couple of days.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Thin Black Line

  • A Mike Walton Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Simon Gervais
  • Narrated by: Adam Hanin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 90

Mike Walton had experienced terrorism from every angle. As a covert field operations officer, he thought he'd seen it all, but that was before terrorism struck him directly at home. Suffering devastating physical injury and unthinkable personal loss, Mike had one of two choices: give up or fight back, and giving up wasn't in his makeup. Mike and his wife, Lisa, a medical doctor and fellow counter-terrorism expert, are recruited to lead a hastily assembled team to Europe to stop the madness before time runs out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent espionage thriller; barely OK narration

  • By Wayne on 01-07-19

Excellent espionage thriller; barely OK narration

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

I became aware of Canadian author Simon Gervais late in 2018 when his most recent novel Hunt Them Down made a huge splash in the book publication world. THE THIN BLACK LINE, first published almost four years ago, is not nearly as good as Hunt Them Down, but it is excellent and complex espionage thriller. Few suspense thrillers are as good as hunt Them Down. I look forward to to listening to the other novels in the Mike Walton series and I look forward even more so to future novels in the Pierce Hunt series.

I have down rated the narration by Adam Hunin for two reasons. The first is that I had just listened to Hunt Them Down which was narrated by RC Bray (narrating as Bon Shaw) who is one of the best narrators in the English world. The second is he made a few horrid narration errors. One is he referred the Florida Atlantic coastal highway A1A as AiA. The second, and more serious, is that he repeatedly mispronounced the name of the major southern Spanish city of Málaga. Málaga is one of the oldest cities in the world and he should have looked up the correct pronunciation.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful