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  • Patient Zero

  • The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,004
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,981

When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more.

  • By Kim Venatries on 10-05-12

Not your average Zombie book!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I am not sure why I waited so long to listen to this book. I think at the time I was saturated with stories from the zombie genre. I just couldn't imagine how someone could tell a unique tale that wouldn't be the same old same old. Finally, after months of this book popping up in my recommendations, I decided to heed the ratings and reviews and give it a listen. Man, am I glad that I did! This is not your average Zombie book. I am not even sure if it is a zombie book. In any case, it sent me on a binge listening spree of The Joe Ledger Novels. Here is what I loved:

1.) You can't ignore the amazing performance of Ray Porter. He can make a technical book sound riveting (and he has)! As Joe Ledger, he embodies the complexity and depth of the character. His narration drips with emotion like a method actor at his finest. Further, his dynamic range in unmatched. I tried to count once how many "voices" Ray had. I supposed that he recycled a few, but I am hard pressed find exact matches in the characters he narrates. For example, Rudy's voice *could be borrowed from his narration of the Don Winslow books, but it's not! I could go on forever about the talents of Mr. Porter, but let's just end by saying that his knowledge of other languages, dynamic range to narrate both male/female/child characters, and full embodiment of the characters emotions make him unmatched as a narrator.

2) Jonathan Maberry is an amazing writer. Plot aside, his use of imagery and analogy is excellent. In these types of books, it is easy to regurgitate the same language as other action authors; however, it is like Maberry comes up with his own language to illustrate the action, inner conflict, and overall storytelling. After listening for five or more Ledger books, I never get tired of his writing. In fact, I sometimes pause the books and replay the last few sentences because the imagery is so unique and beautiful.

3) The plot of this and other Ledger books is extremely creative and unique. I mean, who comes up with this stuff?! The way he tells the story is also unique as the plot crescendoes at a different point than most authors. It is often right before most authors would reach the climax. However, this shows that Maberry uses violence to illustrate plot points and not to be the center of it. The theme of the books are also very complex and much deeper than just an action thriller. I mean deep!

4) Now for Captain Ledger - He is probably one of the most complex characters I have ever known, and I have read Don Winslow books, Lee Child, Bernard Cornwell, Vince Flynn, and Pierce Brown. Ledger ranks up there in my favorites with Uhtred of Bebbanburg, Mitch Rapp, and Darrow of Lykos. And if those names ring a bell with you, then you should be reading the Joe Ledger series if you haven't already! I like the depth of Ledger and his admission that he is a flawed hero, almost an anti-hero. His inner conflict and dialogue is mesmerizing. As an action hero, he is one-of-a-kind... perhaps I like him because he is a practitioner of jiu-jitsu! Overall, I love his "fight to win" mantra and his smartass quips.

Overall, if you are an action novel buff, science nerd, or Ray Porter fan, this series is for you! And while this is not a zombie book/series, it's got that too! #JoeIsMyHero #MaberryIsDaMan #PorterPerforms #NotYourAverageZombieBook #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Infinite

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,003
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,370
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,357

The Galahad, a faster-than-light spacecraft, carries 50 scientists and engineers on a mission to prepare Kepler 452b, Earth's nearest habitable neighbor at 1400 light years away. With Earth no longer habitable and the Mars colony slowly failing, they are humanity's best hope. After 10 years in a failed cryogenic bed - body asleep, mind awake - William Chanokh's torture comes to an end as the fog clears, the hatch opens, and his friend and fellow hacker, Tom, greets him...by stabbing a screwdriver into his heart. This is the first time William dies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a rather complex science fiction story

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-26-17

Dind't love it and didn't hate it

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

This is my first book by Jeremy Robinson. Overall, the complexity of the story is impressive. If you are a fan of this genre, then I am sure you will enjoy this book. However, there are a number of elements that stopped me short of loving it. First, while complex, it was somewhat predictable. I surmised the plot twist ending well before the reveal... like right when it was set up. Second, there were a lot of borrowed plot elements from other similar works in this genre: fleeing a failing earth, humanities last hope, a mishap, virtual reality, etc. Also, the "Gal"/"Hal" nod was a little too on the nose. Last, I am not sure I liked the ending. There are a lot of ways the author could have taken it, but I was still left feeling the need for some resolution. Perhaps that was the intention though. In the end, I will likely listen to more Robinson books. #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes #NotMyReality #FTLspeed #BombShell

  • The Power of the Dog

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,512

This explosive novel of the drug trade takes you deep inside a world riddled with corruption, betrayal, and bloody revenge. From the streets of New York City to Mexico City and Tijuana to the jungles of Central America, this is the war on drugs like you've never seen it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Drama

  • By Deborah on 01-06-11

So good, I had to put it down!

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

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

Yes, because Ray Porter's performance was amazing.

What did you like best about this story?

How gripping it is and how well author develops each character before their life collides with another.

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

I ability to mount tension, speak in multiple accent/dialects/languages, and passion for his work.

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

I had to stop reading at several points because it was so intense.

Any additional comments?

"I couldn't put the book down" is what you usually hear people exclaim. However, this book is such a riveting emotional rollercoaster that you can't binge listen to it! I found myself feel anxious and concerned about the characters. So much so that I had to take a break and decompress. I think that is the definition of a good book! It was all made even better by Ray Porter's amazing performance!

  • 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 8,491
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,794

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

Good story, but just not the same.

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

Reviewed: 10-16-16

What did you like best about Order to Kill? What did you like least?

Best: The return of Mitch Rapp. Least: The lack of depth, character development, and flat plot development.

Would you recommend Order to Kill to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, to those that love Rapp.

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

I would not be a Mitch Rapp book without George Guidall!

Was Order to Kill worth the listening time?

Yes

Any additional comments?

I know there is a lot of discussion on wether this matches up to Vince Flynn's version of Rapp. I have listened to all of the Mitch Rapp books and have enjoy them all. While I greatly enjoyed the return of Rapp and the story, I just had an overall sense that this was not the same Rapp. Vince Flynn had a gifted ability to build tension in his novels until the plot reached an action packed crescendo. For example, books like Extreme Measures had my heart racing, and even though I knew the protagonist would come out on top, there was a sense that he might not. And in every book, there was character development. Even though we all knew Rapp like our high school best friend, he continued to grow. While new relationships emerged in this book, there was no depth or growth. Last, I feel that some of the decisions Rapp made in this book, Flynn's version would not have done. I could point out several examples, but I don't want to give away spoilers. Now, having said all that, I am glad that Mills in carrying the torch. I would happily listen to any book about Rapp than none at all, and I am excited to see where Rapp's story goes. I just want to see more of Flynn's Rapp.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Term Limits

  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,379

In one bloody night, three of Washington’s most powerful politicians are executed with surgical precision. Their assassins then deliver a shocking ultimatum to the American government: set aside partisan politics and restore power to the people. No one, they warn, is out of their reach—not even the president. A joint FBI-CIA task force reveals the killers are elite military commandos, but no one knows exactly who they are or when they will strike next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Term Limits

  • By David Share on 06-26-11

Wonderful story, horrible narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-06-16

Why so monotone? This was a great book, ruined by the sub-par performance of the narrator.

  • Guns, Germs and Steel

  • The Fate of Human Societies
  • By: Jared Diamond
  • Narrated by: Doug Ordunio
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,215
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,360

Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A story all should know, not all can endure

  • By Daniel on 12-19-11

Please retitle "Plants, Animals, and Agriculture"

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

What would have made Guns, Germs and Steel better?

Trimming 100 pages and several hours of narration by omitting endless lists of plant and animal species.

Any additional comments?

I am thoroughly interested in this topic as I am an evolutionary biologist who has taken coursework on molecular anthropology. I was highly recommended this book and decided to give it a try. It has good material and does a okay job of addressing all the important milestones throughout civilization, but it is tremendously boring. It should be retitled "Plants, animals, and agriculture" as these topics dominated the text. Since 1998, there has been a wealth of genetic data published as a result of the human genome project. These data more clearly address the questions raised in this book. While these data are more recent, there was still available studies on human genetic data in the 1990's that could have illustrated some of these points better. At the end of the book I will still unable to answer Rowlie's (sp?) question. If I had the time, I would go through an identify all the hypotheses in the text that have been subsequently refuted by genomic data.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Winter King

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,864
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,719

The tale begins in Dark Age Britain, a land where Arthur has been banished and Merlin has disappeared, where a child-king sits unprotected on the throne, where religion vies with magic for the souls of the people. It is to this desperate land that Arthur returns, a man at once utterly human and truly heroic: a man of honor, loyalty, and amazing valor; a man who loves Guinevere more passionately than he should; a man whose life is at once tragic and triumphant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Might be my favorite take on Arthur

  • By Allen Young on 06-12-16

Slow start, but so worth the investment!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

Any additional comments?

The beginning of this book is like Game of Thrones... so many characters it is hard to keep track. But it is totally worth the investment, as this series is amazing! It rivals the Saxon Chronicles as my favorite Cornwell series, and Cornwell himself has said these are his favorite books. This series is a must for Cornwell fans!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Excalibur

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 18 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,319
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,222
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,218

In Excalibur, we follow Arthur and Derfel to that enormous struggle and incredible victory. It not only throws the Saxons back, but reunites Arthur and Guinevere. He might hope now to be left alone, to have a time of peace after gaining a great victory, but new enemies arise to destroy all he has achieved. First is Mordred himself, the crippled king who owes everything to Arthur and now tries to kill his benefactor. Mordred's ally is Nimue who has come to hate her mentor, Merlin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Original Story from a legend?

  • By Laurel on 04-08-15

No Epilogue!? I need more!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

Any additional comments?

This trilogy is reportedly the personal favorite of Cornwell. Deservingly so! It is so masterfully written and performed that you are sucked into post-Roman Britain. By the end I was desperately hoping for an epilogue or a flash-forward to learn Dervel's fate!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Death of Kings

  • Saxon Tales, Book 6
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Stephen Perring
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,097
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,915
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,919

As the ninth century wanes, Alfred the Great lies dying, his dream of a unified England in danger and his kingdom on the brink of chaos. While his son, Edward, has been named his successor, there are other Saxon claimants to the throne - as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north. Uhtred, the Saxon-born, Viking-raised warrior, whose life seems to shadow the making of England itself, is torn between his vows and his desires....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love Cornwell. Hate this reader

  • By Bill on 04-13-15

Excellent book & series but keep reader consistent

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

Reviewed: 02-15-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely, this series is amazing. I can't wait to read the next book as well as his other series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Death of Kings?

The culmination before the ending.

What three words best describe Stephen Perring’s performance?

I think Stephen Perring did excellent if I had listened to this book individually and not listened to all of the other books. The same reader read the first few books and they have had different readers for the last couple. Stephen's probably fell in the middle of the readers. I understand that it must be difficult to keep the reader consistent; however, I think the new reader should at least listen to one or two of the other books so that the pronunciations stay the same. In this book the characters names (including the city the main character is from) and several of the city names had different pronunciations.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful