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  • Sea of Greed

  • The NUMA Files Series, Book 16
  • By: Clive Cussler, Graham Brown
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 861
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 791
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787

After an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico destroys three oil rigs trying to revive a dying field, Kurt Austin and the NUMA Special Projects Team are tapped by the president of the US to find out what's gone wrong. The trail leads them to a brilliant billionaire in the alternative-energy field. Her goal is the end of the oil age; her company has spent billions developing the worlds' most advanced fuel-cell systems. But is she an environmental hero...or a rogue genetic engineer? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A battle for energy

  • By Steve Manke on 11-08-18

Classic Cussler

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

I have loved every Clive Cussler book. The good guys always win, and the bad guys always die. Very clear cut. I also love the ocean settings. Great for escaping an airplane seat or a crowded gym. Scott Brick is one of the best narrators ever.

  • Order to Kill

  • Mitch Rapp Series
  • By: Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,400
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,715

Mitch Rapp is used to winning. But in this follow-up to number-one New York Times best-selling The Survivor, the CIA operative finds himself chasing false leads from continent to continent in an effort to keep Pakistani nukes from falling into the hands of terrorists. Together with friend and colleague Scott Coleman, Rapp struggles to prevent the loss of these lethal weapons, particularly because Russia is also interested in the nukes, though not for the same reason as Rapp and Coleman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strong, fast paced, good vs. evil story

  • By ScottG on 10-27-16

Mr. Flynn would be proud of this one.

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

Reviewed: 11-03-16

If you could sum up Order to Kill in three words, what would they be?

Exciting, timely, satisfying

What was one of the most memorable moments of Order to Kill?

When Mitch threw the corrupt foreign military officer out of the helicopter in flight.

What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The drama and personality of the characters. Any book Mr. Guidall narrates is better for having him.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The respect Mitch showed to the woman given to him in the Iraqi village.

Any additional comments?

It may seem corny, but I like the Mitch App books because the good guys always win, and the bad guys always die.

  • Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Janus Reprisal

  • By: Jamie Freveletti
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

After a WHO conference is attacked by terrorists and samples of virulent bacteria and viruses are stolen, Army microbiologist Lt. Jon Smith must identify and stop the culprits before they can unleash biological warfare on the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smith, John Smith.... shaken, not stirred

  • By Terri on 07-20-13

Mr. Ludlum would be proud of this one.

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

Reviewed: 09-09-16

Would you listen to Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Janus Reprisal again? Why?

Yes, I would listen to it again. The plot is complicated, and some of the names are confusing to me, so I probably missed parts of the story that I would catch the second time. It is also a great story, and well worth a second listen.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Janus Reprisal?

The last half hour is the most satisfying but I would give the ending away if I described it. There are a number of exciting scenes throughout the story. It is never slow or dull.

What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

He is great with voices and accents. You forget it is all the same person.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The story is too involved for a tag line, and a movie would have to cut the book to shreds to fit the time requirements. That's the best part of a book - you don't have to give up the details.

Any additional comments?

I have now listened to every one of the Covert One books. They are all outstanding, with just one exception, but this may be the best of all of them. I will be looking for other books by this author.

  • Robert Ludlum's The Geneva Strategy

  • By: Jamie Freveletti
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 234

On one evening in Washington, DC, several high-ranking members of government disappear in a mass kidnapping. Among the kidnapped is Nick Rendel, a computer software coding expert in charge of drone programming and strategy. He is the victim with the most dangerous knowledge, including confidential passwords and codes that are used to program the drones. If revealed, his kidnappers could reprogram the drones to strike targets within the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well read

  • By Romancebooklover on 05-02-15

Excellent Story, Great Performance

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

Reviewed: 09-01-16

If you could sum up Robert Ludlum's The Geneva Strategy in three words, what would they be?

Complex, exciting, entertaining.

What did you like best about this story?

There are many facets to the story that are very current, and a few new characters that play interesting roles in the story. I also like the fact that the author has not taken the easy way out by creating a romance between John and Randy.

What does Jeff Woodman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mr. Woodman is outstanding with voices and accents. He has dramatic ability and timing that are perfect for this type of story. There is one character I actually began to hate, and the sound of his voice made me want something bad to happen to him. That is the talent of this narrator.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A tag line would do a disservice to a complicated story.

Any additional comments?

No.

  • Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Enigma

  • By: Eric Van Lustbader
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 449

On the eve of Russian general Boris Karpov's wedding, Jason Bourne receives an enigmatic message from his old friend and fellow spymaster. In Moscow, what should be a joyous occasion turns bloody and lethal. Now Bourne is the only one who can decipher Karpov's cryptogram. He discovers that Karpov has betrayed his sovereign to warn Bourne of a crippling disaster about to be visited on the world. Bourne has only four days to discover the nature of the disaster and stop it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I Miss Robert Ludlum!

  • By Otto on 07-13-16

A Robert Ludlum book should not need an X rating

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

Reviewed: 08-23-16

What disappointed you about Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Enigma?

I have read and listened to many, many Ludlum books over the years. What idiot decided the stories would benefit from gratuitous scenes of masturbation, rape, incest, including between thirteen year old twins, and sexual torture? Ludlum's stories have always been able to stand on their own without a need for shock value or pornography that add nothing at all to the story.

What do you think your next listen will be?

It will be one of the Covert One books I have already downloaded.

Have you listened to any of Holter Graham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to any of his other performances.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

If you leave out all the inappropriate scenes, the story is a good one, but there are so many other Robert Ludlum books and authors that I would skip this one in favor of any of the others. I will avoid this author in the future.

Any additional comments?

No.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Romanov Cross

  • By: Robert Masello
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 316

Army epidemiologist Frank Slater is facing a court-martial, but after his punishment is mysteriously lifted, he is offered a job no one else wants - to travel to a small island off the coast of Alaska and investigate a potentially lethal phenomenon. The permafrost has begun to melt, exposing bodies from a colony that was wiped out by the dreaded Spanish flu of 1918. Frank must determine if the thawed remains still carry the deadly virus in their frozen flesh and, if so, ensure that it doesn't come back to life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Anne on 01-09-16

Good author, terrible narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-23-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I liked the story, but the narration made it painful to listen to. It was better near the end, but it started our very badly.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Romanov Cross?

It would give away the story.

Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Boehmer’s performances?

No.

Was The Romanov Cross worth the listening time?

Yes. It was a very good story. I had listened to another book by this author and enjoyed it very much.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Survivor

  • By: Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,269
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,609

Top-secret data has been stolen from the CIA, and the only man who knows its hiding place is dead. CIA operative Mitch Rapp must race to find the classified information in this blistering novel that picks up where The Last Man left off in Vince Flynn's New York Times best-selling series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seamless Mitch Rapp truly honors the Vince Flynn l

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-08-15

As Good As All the Others

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

Reviewed: 10-15-15

If you could sum up The Survivor in three words, what would they be?

Exciting, satisfying, patriotic

Who was your favorite character and why?

As much as I love Mitch Rapp, my favorite character is the always calm, unflappable, focused, Irene Kennedy.

What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

George's acting ability is amazing, as is his ability to give voices to different characters. During tense parts of the story I can feel my pulse starting to race. When the bad guy is doing something rotten I can feel myself getting angry, and when the bad guys lose in the end, I feel a sense of relief and satisfaction, all courtesy of George's dramatic delivery. He is the best there is for this type of book.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed at Hurley in the freezer. He seems like the type of character who would like that. The rest was the excitement of the story. As stupid as it sounds, I get tense when Mitch goes into dangerous situations because George's voice for Mitch brings him to life.

Any additional comments?

I have listened to every one of Vince Flynn's books at least twice. If I had not read of his untimely passing, I would not have know this book was the work of someone else. Kyle Mills was absolutely true to Mr. Flynn's history and vision for these books. I look forward to the next one, and to George Guidall's next performance. Outstanding.

  • Tom Clancy Under Fire

  • A Jack Ryan Jr. Novel
  • By: Grant Blackwood
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,034
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,036

On a routine intelligence gathering mission in Tehran, Jack Ryan, Jr., has lunch with his oldest friend, Seth Gregory: an engineer overseeing a transcontinental railway project. As they part, Seth slips Jack a key, along with a perplexing message.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointment

  • By Dennis Hamel on 07-07-15

Very disappointing

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

Reviewed: 06-23-15

What disappointed you about Tom Clancy Under Fire?

Someone has apparently decided that Jack Jr. should be a bumbling, emotional wimp compared to past books. Based on the stupid mistakes he made, he should have been killed several times. It just doesn't compare the all the past books.

Would you ever listen to anything by Grant Blackwood again?

Absolutely. All the books have been great until now, and if I hadn't read every book in the series, this one would have been fine, too. I'm just disappointed in how the characters were changed for this book.

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Scott Brick is the best there is for this type of book. I have lost count of all the ones I have listened to. There is no one better. He did the best he could with the story and the characters he was given.

What character would you cut from Tom Clancy Under Fire?

Seth. He was such an idiot that I was almost glad when he got killed, but it was too close to the end of the book for the story to recover.

Any additional comments?

If the author is going to continue portraying Jack Jr. this way, maybe Isabelle should be the star of the next book. She seems to be the one with the backbone.

10 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Separation of Power

  • Mitch Rapp Series
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ken Kliban
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,838
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6,187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,166

Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator turns Rapp into a snooty, cranky man

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-02-11

Great story, horrible narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-01-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Separation of Power to be better than the print version?

Normally yes. I listen to these in the car, at the gym, or at home alone. The ones done by
George Guidall are outstanding -dramatic, suspenseful, exciting. This one is like listening to someone read the tax code aloud. He may be fine for history or business books, but not this type.

Would you be willing to try another one of Ken Kilban’s performances?

Not in this genre.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. I didn't really want to finish it at all.

Any additional comments?

Stick with George.

  • Poseidon's Arrow

  • A Dirk Pitt Novel, Book 22
  • By: Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,588

It is the greatest advance in American defense technology in decades - an attack submarine capable of incredible underwater speeds. Nothing else in any other nation’s naval arsenal even comes close. There is only one problem: A key element of the prototype is missing - and the man who developed it is dead. At the same time, ships have started vanishing mid-ocean, usually never to be found again, but when they are, sometimes bodies are found aboard... burned to a crisp.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great adventure for Dirk

  • By Karen on 01-07-13

Not up to Cussler's Usual Standards

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

Reviewed: 08-25-13

Would you try another book from Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler and/or Scott Brick?

I have read almost all of Clive Cussler's books, and this is the only one I haven't really liked.

What was most disappointing about Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler ’s story?

Cussler's characters are always very sharp and alert, or at least they have been until now. Most of the key figures in this book repeatedly walked stupidly into risks that they would never have in past books. It was as if they were all rank beginners at their jobs again. The parts of the story that were the most unbelievable were the ones that should have been easy to fix.

Could you see Poseidon's Arrow being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Not a good one.

Any additional comments?

I don't know what went wrong with this book. I have loved all the other books by Clive Cussler, and I will continue to read any new books he puts out, but I was very disappointed by this one.