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  • Seek and Destroy

  • An Eva Driscoll Thriller, Book 2
  • By: Alan McDermott
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Eva Driscoll is on the run. She has a new identity, and the best part of $20m liberated from the CIA. Henry Langton is dead but his sinister allies are circling, and not even a presidential pardon can help Eva against an organization that operates above the White House. With agents around the globe and no tactic off limits, Langton’s men are calling the shots. When they track down ex-CIA computer expert Farooq Naser and threaten Andrew Harvey and Tom Gray, Eva knows they will come for her next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent Alan McDermott thriller

  • By Wayne on 11-14-18

Another excellent Alan McDermott thriller

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

The named protagonist Eva Driscoll plays a slightly smaller role in Seek and Destroy than does Tom Gray who was the named protagonist in the prior Alan McDermott series. British author McDermott does a great job of weaving an outstanding plot while providing lots of action and suspense. His novels are short at 6 to 7 hours because he does not waste useless words. His novels are very faced paced.

As Seek and Destroy approached its end I was unsure there would be more novels in the series, but during the closing 15 minutes McDermott sets up the next Eva Driscoll novel nicely. I'm becoming accustomed to the narration of Angela Dawe. I doubt she will ever become one of my favorites, but she does an excellent job in Seek and Destroy.

  • Long Road to Mercy

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley, Kyf Brewer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. Catch a tiger by its toe. It's seared into Atlee Pine's memory: the kidnapper's chilling rhyme as he chose between six-year-old Atlee and her twin sister, Mercy. Mercy was taken. Atlee was spared. She never saw Mercy again. Three decades after that terrifying night, Atlee Pine works for the FBI. She's the lone agent assigned to the Shattered Rock, Arizona resident agency, which is responsible for protecting the Grand Canyon. So when one of the Grand Canyon's mules is found stabbed to death at the bottom of the canyon - and its rider missing - Pine is called in to investigate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Baldacci still has it!!!!

  • By shelley on 11-14-18

Damn, Baldacci is good!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Great story with outstanding narration! LONG ROAD TO MERCY is the best novel that I have read or listened to this year. FBI Special Agent Atlee Pine is a new David Baldacci character and I suspect this the first novel in the Atlee Pine series. Just get Long Road to Mercy and listen to it. You will not regret it.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Run and Hide

  • Eva Driscoll Thriller Series, Book 1
  • By: Alan McDermott
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Eva Driscoll is used to chasing down bad guys, but now the bad guys are chasing her. She knows they won’t stop until she’s dead. After her brother is killed in a faked suicide, Driscoll teams up with ex-soldier Rees Colback, the one person who can help her find answers. Together they’re determined to uncover why members of his Special Forces squad are dying in mysterious circumstances. But with every agency in the country in hot pursuit, their only choice is to flee. The clock is ticking. They can’t run forever. It’s time to make a choice: kill or be killed...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action and intense suspense!

  • By Wayne on 11-13-18

Action and intense suspense!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

RUN AND HIDE starts a new series with a new protagonist by British author Alan McDermott. McDermott introduces CIA agent Eva Driscoll who is out for retribution for the death of her brother. The unlikely story is extremely fast paced and action packed. I really like McDermott's Alan Gray series; this one promises to be as good. I am not a fan of narrator Angela Dawe whose narration here is okay.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,806
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,801

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but a bit overproduced

  • By Grant on 11-04-18

Fascinating content with noisy background sound

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

The four free Audible Originals I have received so far have some great content, but the background sound has been very distracting on all. I'd like the narration without the distracting background noise please.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Reason to Kill

  • Jack Widow Series, Book 3
  • By: Scott Blade
  • Narrated by: Alan Philip Ormond
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Drifting along a sweltering Texas landscape, former undercover NCIS agent turned drifter, Jack Widow waits at a dusty bus depot when he meets Claire Hood, a grandmother, apparently in distress. Claire is on a solo mission to rescue her abducted granddaughter. If that wasn't hard enough, Claire drops dead of natural causes. Widow isn't the kind of guy to let wrongs go. He picks up her bus ticket and takes her place on a simple quest that brings him head to head with a group of deadly enemies who will kill to keep their deadly conspiracy secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of action and intense suspense

  • By Wayne on 11-12-18

Lots of action and intense suspense

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Author Scott Blade does it again with with his Jack Widow series. As usual the narration is superb.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Winter Territory

  • Jack Widow Series, Book 2
  • By: Scott Blade
  • Narrated by: Alan Philip Ormond
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Following the road ahead, Jack Widow is thrown neck-deep into a conspiracy that spans from Washington's most secretive agency to the mountains of Wyoming. Deep in Northern Wyoming, in the dead of winter, CIA Agent Alex Shepard is desperate. A few days ago, he sent an undercover agent to the Red Rain Indian Reservation to investigate a secret terrorist plot. But when his man was supposed to check-in, Shepard heard nothing. No report. No communication. No sign that his agent was still alive. With a major snowstorm fast-approaching, Shepard's secret mission is in peril.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 2 equally as good as the first! 5 Easy Stars!

  • By shelley on 09-01-18

Jack Reacher Jr.

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

The Jack Widow series continues as Widow begins his wandering/drifting into Yellowstone and on to a Native American reservation in winter where he gets mixed up with a rogue CIA operative. Great listening! Alan Philip Ormond does a nice job of narration.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Do No Harm

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Someone is stalking the UCLA Medical Center - a depraved madman who is preying upon the staff, particularly those who are young and female. No stranger to the terrible ravages of senseless violence, E.R. Chief Dr. David Spier must keep the emergency room running smoothly and efficiently, even as his terrified co-workers wonder who will be the next victim. But when the monster himself is dragged into the E.R. in handcuffs - hideously burned, suffering, and begging for mercy - the nightmare is far from over. It has only just begun.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay plot; great narration!

  • By Wayne on 11-11-18

Okay plot; great narration!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I was disappointed to learn this novel was published during the year 2002 and the audio version was released 16 years later. The plot is not up to Hurwitz's current standards. Scott Brick's narration is outstanding.

I look forward to the release of Book 4 of Hurwitz's Orphan X/Evan Smoak series on January 29, 2019.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • I'm From the Sun

  • The Gustafer Yellowgold Story
  • By: Morgan Taylor
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 820
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 759
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 764

Ride along with 9-year old “sunling” Gustafer, in this otherworldly, melancholy musical comedy that takes place entirely on our closest star - The Sun! As if the stress of the annual Tiger Face holiday season wasn’t enough, the young sun-dweller Gustafer must face the nasty neighborhood bullies and overcome his fear of telling his father the awful truth: he doesn’t want to inherit the family raisin-butchering business. Despite help from his best friend Ellen and over-achieving big brother, Ben, Gustafer faces the ultimate crossroad when he sees a darker opportunity to control his own destiny on the Sun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this! Beatles meet Queen on the SUN.

  • By Andrew Vladeck on 10-08-18

Creative

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

For those familiar with Gustafer the excellent quality of this production comes as no surprise. Unfortunately, all of our grandchildren are too old for this and our neighbors' young children are too young. I enjoyed it.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Gone Forever

  • A Jack Widow Novel, Book 1
  • By: Scott Blade
  • Narrated by: Alan Philip Ormond
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Jack Widow is an elite NCIS Agent. He's the guy sent to hotspots all over the world, undercover among the Navy SEALs. He investigates the kinds of crimes that no one wants to speak of. Until he is pulled off assignment after someone shot his sheriff mother in the head. Now, in order to solve a very personal murder, Jack Widow is forced to return home to a town he hasn't seen in sixteen years. Taken-to-be a worthless drifter, Widow discovers more than his mother at her deathbed. He finds a distraught husband, a missing wife, and the small town of Black Rock, Mississippi, where the people harbor a horrifying secret that they will die to protect. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is an exceptionally good MUST READ book...

  • By shelley on 08-31-18

Is Jack Widow the son of Jack Reacher?

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

OK, the timing does not work out with their ages, but almost everything else does. Book 16 in the Reacher series, titled The Affair and set in 1997, has Major Reacher in Carter Crossing, Mississippi where he has an affair with female Sheriff Deveraux who is an ex-Marine. A railroad runs through the town and by the motel where the sheriff lives. Reacher and Deveraux use the heavy vibrations from the speeding trains to enhance their sexual acts. In The Affair there is a nearby US Army base named Camp Killian.

In GONE FOREVER (this novel) Jack Widow's mother (ex US Marine Sheriff Deveraux) dies of a gunshot wound. She tells her son that his dad was a drifter who carried only a tooth brush. She mentions the train coming through town when his dad was there and the heavy speeding train vibrations enhancing their sex acts. The town is now named Killian Crossing, Mississippi and Camp Killian, now closed, is nearby.

What does not fit other than Widow's age is that when Reacher was in Carter Crossing he was still in the US Army and he was not yet a drifter so he did not travel with only his toothbrush. Nevertheless, this novel hints very strongly that Reacher is Widow's father. Widow's mother, Sheriff Deveraux, is a very small woman while Widow is a Reacher-size man.

Jack Widow, surname from a marijuana plant species,is certainly very similar to Jack Reacher.

In any case this 2016 novel is excellent and Alan Philip Ormond's narration is stellar.Thanks to Audible listener Shelley for her reviews recommending this series.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Hi Bob!

  • By: Bob Newhart
  • Narrated by: Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,503

In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well edited, funny, sincere

  • By RCC on 09-24-18

Some great Newhart comedy clips!

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

I wish there had more Newhart and much less of the seven very boring narrators. But there were enough Newhart clips to keep me interested. I cannot believe he is 89 years old. Nevertheless, it was a worthwhile freebie.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful