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  • Debt of Honor

  • A Jack Ryan Novel
  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: John MacDonald
  • Length: 36 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,969
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,552
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,541

Clancy plunges hero Jack Ryan into nonstop high adventure, as two seemingly unrelated occurrences being a chain of events that will stun the world. Called out of retirement to serve as National Security Advisor to the president, Ryan, with the help of CIA officers John Clark and Domingo Chavez, must prepare the untested president to meet the challenges of a new world order.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator not so great

  • By Louann on 02-10-11

enjoyable book, good narrator, bad accents

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

enjoyable as a Clancy novel can be. narrator was engaging and his Russian and japanese accents were forgivable but domestic accents such as Boston for Portigee or Trent were awful ! if you're bad at an accent, what's the point of memorializing it in a book on tape ? I don't get it.

still recommend this edition of the book. best way to read Clancy

  • Into the Shadows

  • Assassination Corps
  • By: Michael Brady
  • Narrated by: J. C. Jacobson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Michael Brennan is back and joined by John Dearlove, a career British MI6 operative. China has fired a new missile toward an American spy satellite in high earth orbit. A few days later, North Korea fires an intercontinental ballistic missile nearly 400 kilometers off the coast of Hawaii. The President wants answers and orders the CIA to investigate. Michael Brennan and John Dearlove arrive in China. What they soon uncover is a deadly organization once thought to have perished in 1912. The Assassination Corps has plans to cripple China's Communist party, including a daring attack on North Korea's reclusive leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By Katie on 11-29-18

good story but poor production value, narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

very much enjoyed the book but the narrator is bland and monotone. there seems to be a lack of attention to detail as 54 minutes in we can hear him read "formerly known as zhongzhang province *loud exhale into microphone* zhonhzhang plaza" which was not edited out as it would have in a professional production.

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  • Man of War

  • An Eric Steele Novel
  • By: Sean Parnell
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

Eric Steele is the best of the best - an Alpha - an elite clandestine operative assigned to a US intelligence unit known simply as the "Program". A superbly trained Special Forces soldier who served several tours fighting radical Islamic militants in Afghanistan, Steele now operates under the radar, using a deadly combination of espionage and brute strength to root out his enemies and neutralize them. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed!

  • By john christy on 09-15-18

really really well executed !

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

great first installment in the Steele Saga -- the plot keeps you on your toes and the action is presented in a way that doesn't require the total suspension of disbelief of some other novels centered around singleton and SOF operators. the author kept the book mostly apolitical which I appreciate in a genre that can dip in to ideological soap-box rants of the author's own politics which can be a real turn off as someone who enjoys these books for the way they take a Jason Bourne or a James Bond and add layers to the character (and supporting characters too) deepening the reader's relationship with the cast and adding a their own research and (in Parnell's case) experience to make the technical tactical aspects flow with the more realistic representation of how special operations forces operate and communicate/shoot the shit with each other -- especially when it comes to the role that strategy, tactics, and careful planning must play in executing a operation -- elements that are often washed over.

I really feel as though Parnell could have done a better job at setting the scene and painting a picture of the environment in which the characters are operating (Greany with Cort Gentry and even Ted Bell w/ Alex Hawkeye are a great example of how painting that picture with words can really help the reader visualize and understand both the challenges our main characters are facing and also understand what the author's vision of the "way-point(s)" or the compound in Malaga, or Boudin's airfield, or the terrain and features of the battlefield are supposed to look like in my mind's eye.

I think this was a great first fiction book and I'm looking forward to the continuation of the series (I tore though this one in a day). I know book 2 has already been submitted for editing and I hope you were able to expand a bit on the exposition and "scene-setting" which I believe are the only elements keeping Eric Steele from joining the "Alpha Program" elite of this genre.

keep it up !! I really enjoyed your interview on SpyCast and downloaded the book immediately after you got the Vince Houghton seal of approval (and Vince is - understandably - a rough critic of the genre considering how many of the books that cross his desk are a bad on the technical elements (the "reality" and plausibility of people's behaviors in a combat environment) or are just shitty writing.

lyour novel nails both of these elements, and with little tweaks to the exposition and scene-setting-- well this might be my new favorite series !!

thank you for this and keep keeping these books where they belong -- as action thrillers steeped in spycraft and house of cards-*lite* politics. the political intrigue is fun just please keep this series fun and engaging without making the same mistake as other great authors of this genre who lost sight of what made this genre so funny to read and so captivating by taking her focus away from what we love about the book : action, "realness," engaging characters (both good guys and bad) who aren't 2D, and a sprinkle of house of cards-esque conspiracy.

solid work

  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service

  • James Bond, Book 11
  • By: Ian Fleming
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349

In his Alpine base, Blofeld is developing biological weapons that will devastate Britain. Unaware of the danger, James Bond is about to marry Teresa di Vicenzo, the daughter of a Corsican Mafioso. But then he is sent to Switzerland. Bond's marriage and Blofeld's schemes disintegrate in a blizzard of gunfire and high-explosives from which neither man emerges the victor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Real Treat

  • By Scott Fogg on 11-01-14

perfect !!!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

excellent book and David Tennant is a master narrator. highly recommend to any fan of both Flemming and Tennant's work

  • Broken Angels

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,893
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,660
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,671

Cynical, quick-on-the-trigger Takeshi Kovacs, the ex-U.N. envoy turned private eye, has changed careers, and bodies, once more, trading sleuthing for soldiering as a warrior-for-hire and helping a far-flung planet's government put down a bloody revolution.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gritty, hard-boiled space action

  • By Ryan on 08-23-14

excellent

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

anotger winner by Morgan. engaging and wellpaced -- more thought-provikig than book 1 definitely worth the purchase. best played at 1.1-1.2x

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  • Dinner at the Center of the Earth

  • A Novel
  • By: Nathan Englander
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

A prisoner in a secret cell. The guard who has watched over him a dozen years. An American waitress in Paris. A young Palestinian man in Berlin who strikes up an odd friendship with a wealthy Canadian businessman. And The General, Israel's most controversial leader, who lies dying in a hospital, the only man who knows of the prisoner's existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Many Roads to Peace, Blocked

  • By Joe Kraus on 09-15-17

excellent realistic spy novel

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

liked it very much. well researched with relevant cultural references. highly recommended for espionage enthusiasts

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  • Deep Black

  • A Tom Locke Novel
  • By: Sean McFate, Bret Witter
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot, Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Disillusioned after a mission in Ukraine goes tragically wrong, military contractor Tom Locke is on the run from Apollo Outcomes, a private military corporation run by the treacherous Brad Winters. While working undercover with his surviving team members on the frontlines of ISIS-infected Iraq, they are approached by a Saudi middleman who offers good money to find the missing son of a high-ranking government official.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid thriller

  • By Sean on 08-14-17

great story, so-so narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-26-17

Sean mcfate knows what he is talking about and his story is captivating. I wish the producers hadn't chosen a narrator who felt compelled to breathily-growl every line. it detracts from the quality of the writing.