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  • Legacy

  • By: David L. Golemon
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 20 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289

The United States is ready to make a triumphant return to the moon, striking out boldly into the solar system in an attempt to regain the confidence of the heady days of the Apollo program. But a shocking discovery at Shackleton Crater brings the first Prometheus mission to an abrupt halt. Remote robots have uncovered human skeletal remains - and forensic analysis at NASA reveals the corpse to be over 700 million years old.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hooked

  • By Al Foster by wife on 01-06-15

Almost a "binge read". It's THAT good!

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

I had read all the others but somehow missed this one. Hard to pick a favorite Event Group adventure but Legacy is on the short list. As other reviewers have said... I choked up a bit at the end too.

I don't know what genre this is I just know I enjoy the High Adventures. Yes... there are predicable elements in each story and I'm fine with that. Yes... the adventures stretch the limits of reality... which is one of the reasons I enjoy them so.

As for the reviewers that pan this book, I bet we disagree on many other subjects too. PLEASE WRITE FASTER MR GOLEMON!

  • No Tomorrow

  • Victor the Assassin, Book 4
  • By: Tom Wood
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,221

When Victor is called to meet with an old friend who ultimately betrayed him, what he thought was an ambush is in fact a plea for help. As a Russian gangster, Norimov is accustomed to death threats, but now an unknown enemy wants more than his life. They intend to kill everyone he cares about, including his missing daughter Gisele. This time, Victor's job is not to kill but to protect. Unfortunately, locating Gisele is his first mistake - because someone is watching his every move.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wood's Dunnit Again! 15 Stars!

  • By Ted on 01-27-16

Victor KICKS BUTT!

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

"Victor The Assassin's" only comparable in his genre is Gregg Hurwitz' Evan Smoak. I am working my way thru Tom Wood's terrific series reluctantly as I do not want to reach the dreaded "I've listened to them all... what do I do now?" point. KEEP WRITING TOM... stay ahead of me...

The body count in every Victor story will be high... if that bothers you, go elsewhere. All the bodies are "really bad guys" if that helps.

  • Last Prophecy of Rome

  • Myles Munro, Book 1 (Prequel)
  • By: Iain King
  • Narrated by: Tim Bentinck
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 47

Rome: maverick military historian Myles Munro is on holiday with girlfriend and journalist Helen Bridle. He's convinced a bomb is about to be detonated at the American embassy. New York: a delivery van hurtling through Wall Street blows up, showering the sky with a chilling message: America is about to be brought down like the Roman Empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Borderline

  • By Katherine on 12-03-16

A bit Far-Fetched but that's OK...

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

The premise was a bit far-fetched but that's OK in an action-thriller novel. I am reading the author other book.

  • The Hunted

  • Jed Walker Series, Book 2
  • By: James Phelan
  • Narrated by: Adrian Mulraney
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

When the hunters become the hunted, ex-CIA agent Jed Walker is the man you need. In 2011, Seal Team Six killed Osama Bin Laden. Now, four years later, someone is eliminating Team Six - one by one they are turning up dead. Jed Walker, ex-CIA, is an outsider back in the game. He's been chasing down a sinister group code-named Zodiac that the big guns - MI5, CIA, the Pentagon - have failed to eradicate. Walker follows the trail of bodies, uncovering secrets and making connections he's not supposed to make.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good series

  • By Gman on 05-07-18

Walker REALLY IS "like Reacher"

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

It's 2018 and every solitary spec ops rogue agent has to be touted as "like Jack Reacher". At my last count there are 126 "like Reachers" floating around the Audible cloud. Jed Walker REALLY IS "like Reacher". This is the 2nd and my 2nd book in this series. I will be reading the rest.

I am familiar with Missouri so I knew where the action was talking place... AND I figured out the final target with three hours to go ... but it was still a hair-raising mano a mano duel to the death.

It is a cliche with characters like Jed Walker that if the odds are 5 bad guys with big knives and Walker has a jelly doughnut... Advantage Walker. Yes he is jut a tad SuperHuman but thats OK. I REALLY like this series!

  • Bluff

  • By: Michael Kardos
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

At 27, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. Shunned by the magic world after a disastrous liaison with an older magician, she now lives alone with her pigeons and a pile of overdue bills in a New Jersey apartment. In a desperate ploy to make extra cash, she follows up on an old offer to write a feature magazine article - on the art of cheating at cards. In the process, Natalie is dazzled by a poker cheat's sleight of hand and soon finds herself facing a proposition - to help pull off a $1.5 million magic trick that, if done successfully, no one will ever even suspect happened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hell of a story! Easily worth 11 stars!

  • By Wayne on 04-09-18

The Last Hour is AWESOME!

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

A stand-alone story... with a TERRIFIC final hour that catches every listener totally by surprise. You never suspect what is coming and then WHAM!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Terminal List

  • A Thriller
  • By: Jack Carr
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,307

On his last combat deployment, Lt. Cmdr. James Reece's entire team was killed in an ambush that also claimed the lives of the aircrew sent in to rescue them. But when those dearest to him are murdered on the day of his homecoming, Reece discovers that this was not an act of war by a foreign enemy but a conspiracy that runs to the highest levels of government. Now, with no family and free from the military's command structure, Reece applies the lessons that he's learned in over a decade of constant warfare toward revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Make way for Jack Carr!!!!

  • By shelley on 03-08-18

James Reece = Paul Kersey ("Death Wish")

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

Coincidentally I saw the latest movie "Death Wish" the same week I listened to this book. Lt Col. Reece is a bit more creative in his vengeance than Dr Kersey (Bruce Willis). ... I figured this story would have an underlying political theme. Jack Carr and I seem to share the same "politics" so no problem for me. .... I figured out the "who dunnit" about 2/3 thru, but I read a LOT of this genre. ... Without revealing a spoiler, I look forward to the likelihood of a 2nd similar book.

.... IMO, Ray Porter is the BEST narrator going. Joe Barrett is 2nd. Mr Carr... Keep Ray as your narrator!

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Killed in Action

  • An Equalizer Novel
  • By: Michael Sloan
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439

Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer. McCall’s first client is a distraught mother who is desperate to locate her young daughter, drawn into the shadowy world of white slavery. But this client may not be all she appears to be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding book! Hope there will be more...

  • By shelley on 02-01-18

Another "knight errant" thriller... A Good One!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

I have listened to / enjoyed this series. Will definitely purchase the next one. If any "issue" it would be too many subplots in play that got confusing.

This genre niche - solitary knight errant w/ spec ops skills - is getting crowded with fine series such as Lee Childs' "Reacher" and Gregg Hurwitz' "Evan Smoak" and "John Milton" and others. It is a solid concept that has a strong audience.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • God of Vengeance

  • The Rise of Sigurd 1
  • By: Giles Kristian
  • Narrated by: Philip Stevens
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706

Norway, AD 785. It began with the betrayal of a lord by a king.... King Gorm puts Jarl Harald's family to the sword but makes one fatal mistake - he fails to kill Harald's youngest son, Sigurd. His kin slain, his village seized and its people taken as slaves, Sigurd wonders if the gods have forsaken him. Hunted by powerful men, he is unsure who to trust, and yet he has a small band of loyal followers at his side.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Amazing!

  • By Amy Wakefield on 05-27-16

Proably a fine "yarn" but....

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

I'm sure this is a fine "adventure yarn" and I might someday return to it... but ... too many "Scandinavian / Norse" words that are impossible to understand in an audible version. Probably works fine in print but I simply cannot follow audibly...

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Outlaw

  • By: Angus Donald
  • Narrated by: Graham Padden
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377

When he's caught stealing, young Alan Dale is forced to leave his family and go to live with a notorious band of outlaws in Sherwood Forest. Their leader is the infamous Robin Hood. A tough, bloodthirsty warrior, Robin is more feared than any man in the county. And he becomes a mentor for Alan; with his fellow outlaws, Robin teaches Alan how to fight - and how to win.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As Fine a "Fictional Saga" as Lonesome Dove!

  • By Mel on 01-13-18

As Fine a "Fictional Saga" as Lonesome Dove!

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

I have "binge-listened" to the entire 8-book Outlaw Chronicles series over two weeks. ... OUTSTANDING! As engrossing a historical fiction saga as McMurtry's Lonesome Dove. As high a compliment as I can bestow.

That there was never "a Robin Hood" is of no more consequence than there was never a Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler" or a Corleone Family. Early 13th Century Europe was a violent time and Angus Duncan's masterpiece reflects that reality.

DEFINITELY read this series in chronological order as each book builds on previous events. I shall miss Sir Alan and The Earl of Locksley... "WESTBURY !!!"

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Those in Peril

  • By: Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 182

Hazel Bannock is heir to the Bannock Oil Corporation, one of the major global oil producers. While cruising the Indian Ocean, her yacht is hijacked by Somalian pirates and her nineteen-year-old daughter, Cayla, kidnapped. The pirates demand a crippling 20-billion-dollar ransom for her release, and complicated political and diplomatic sensitivities render the major powers incapable of intervening.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Like a B Movie

  • By Suzanne K Russell on 05-16-11

CAUTION: Excellent Series... BUT!

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

I've "read" (Audible) Wilbur Smith's entire 3-book Hector Cross series. As an action-adventure series it rivals Ted Bell... Vince Flynn... Daniel Silva et al. Hector Cross embodies all the testosterone-overload qualities of the modern day rogue operative "hero". The scope of Cross' adventures is "all over the world"... $$$ and resources no object... and the villains are among the most despicable in literary fiction. That said...

Tread softly as these stories contain borderline XXX-rated snuff-film porn. Definitely not for the squeamish to extreme violence, torture and graphic sex scenes. Would the stories be the same if Smith had dialed back on the graphic torture / sex scenes? I'm not qualified to say. .... just be warned and remember "I told you so" ...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful