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  • Why She Left Us

  • By: David Dennis
  • Narrated by: Natalie Eaton, Travis Henry Carter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

An explosive family of three young sisters and their promiscuous mother descends into suicide and murder in this tragic tale told in five different characters' points of view, chronicling a critical period of time in the lives of a tormented family of women and their men. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story of love, loss and tragedy

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 03-14-19

A story of love, loss and tragedy

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

David Dennis, an English teacher born, raised, and educated in Providence, Rhode Island, seems to be a very talented author as well. After delighting his fans with the Brett Cornell series of comedy mysteries, he delivers a dramatic story of love, loss and tragedy with Why She Left Us.

The story is told from the first person perspective of five different narrators and as we meet each of them we unravel another layer of this well thought out plot. The action revolves around a troubled family in the mid ’80s and it is cleverly delivered through highly detailed excerpts from journals and memoirs of those involved.

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These are the day to day problems of a family that seems cursed, as the characters can’t seem to catch a break from their tragic lives. Although the story is told through those journal entries I mentioned above, not all involved are truthful and sincere, so we, as listeners, will have to find out their reasons for being deceiving.

This is not a novel for those looking for a happy ending, as there is too much drama and tragedy involved, but it is a very good, well written piece of literature that will make you appreciate David Dennis as an author.

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The audiobook version of Why She Left Us is brought to life with talent and passion by two great voiceover artists, actors and narrators, Natalie Eaton and Travis Henry Carter. They deliver and excellent performance, reading, acting and infusing every chapter with their undeniable love for this form of art and their enthusiasm. They give different personalities to each character with specific voices and subtle changes in tone and cadence, while keeping each of them clearly differentiated in the listener’s mind.

The only way this could have been better is if we had five distinct narrators, one of them for every the main characters, but I know how expensive the production of an audiobook is, so I understand the choice made here.

After experiencing Why She Left Us as an audiobook, I am left with a need to listen to more books by David Dennis and am curious to discover his other series, which I understand are very funny and interesting.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mission Critical

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,505
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,362

Court Gentry's flight on a CIA transport plane is interrupted when a security team brings a hooded man aboard. They want to kick Gentry off the flight but are overruled by CIA headquarters. The mystery man is being transported to England where a joint CIA/MI6 team will interrogate him about a mole in Langley. When they land in an isolated airbase in the UK, they are attacked by a hostile force who kidnaps the prisoner. Only Gentry escapes. His handlers send him after the attackers, but what can one operative do against a trained team of assassins?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!! Mark Greaney is at the top of his game!

  • By Wayne on 02-21-19

The Sum of All Fears

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

Reviewed: 02-26-19

Mark Greaney is the #1 New York Times Best-selling co-author of more than six books in the Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series and one of my all time favorites authors. This month he released the 8th thrilling novel in his own, original, Gray Man series and if you’ve followed my reviews over the years, you may know that I’m a big fan of Mark‘s and that I always devour his works with abandon.

The story follows, once again, Court Gentry aka The Gray Man, the deadliest assassin in the World. He is recalled to the United States by his handler at the Central Intelligence Agency, but when the secret CIA plane is attacked by hostile forces in the United Kingdom and the others onboard killed or injured, Court takes things into his own hands and gets into the fight with guns and even a grenade launcher blazing.

Mission Critical is one of the best books from Mark Greaney and that’s saying something because all his previous works are great! I’m thinking about Back Blast when I make this statement, since that one was a blast from start to end, just like this one is. Filled with over the top action and scenarios, espionage, covert operations, moral dilemmas, betrayals and incredible gun fights, all driven by a solid narrative and vivid lifelike characters, Mission Critical is a book all Thriller fans should experience for themselves.

The audiobook version of Mission Critical is performed by Jay Snyder, just like all the other books in this awesome series. He is the perfect narrator to give life to Court Gentry. Jay fills the listener with a sense of urgency and keeps him glued to the earbuds for hours on end. If you choose the audiobook, you will find yourself immersed in Court’s adventures, ignoring phone calls, people talking around and with you and forgetting that you still had some work scheduled, at least that is what happened to me in the three days it took to finish the book.

Jay Snyder handles accents very well, he gives different voices to the characters and keeps it easy for the listener to differentiate between them. You can feel the intensity of the action and you’ll hold your breath many times during the performance.

This book should satisfy any hardcore fans of Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, Daniel Silva or Vince Flynn. I am looking forward with much enthusiasm to the next Mark Greany thriller.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Ancient Echoes

  • Ancient Secrets Series, Book 1
  • By: Joanne Pence
  • Narrated by: Tim Paige
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

Over 200 years ago, a covert expedition shadowing Lewis and Clark disappeared into the wilderness of central Idaho. Now, seven anthropology students and their professor vanish in the same area. The key to finding them lies in an ancient secret, one involving alchemy, gold, and immortality...a secret that men throughout history have sought to unveil. Michael Rempart is a brilliant archeologist whose colorful and controversial career has earned him admiring fans and implacable foes, but he is plagued by a troubling sense of the supernatural and a mysterious spiritual intuitiveness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great first book in a promising series

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 02-06-19

Great first book in a promising series

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19


Ancient Echoes is the first book in the Ancient Secrets series of adventures by award-winning and best-selling author Joanne Pence. I am a big fan of this kind of stories and, after spending a few hours daily this week with Ancient Echoes, I thought to post a review because I liked it a lot.

The book opens with a tour de force that introduces the main characters and, at the same time, moves the action swiftly from Mongolia, to Jerusalem, to Paris, back again through all locations so that in the end we stop in the United States. Here, all involved, a group of students with their teacher, two special agents, one with Immigration and US Customs Enforcement and one from the Central Inteligence Agency, a renowned archaeologist, like a younger version of Indiana Jones, a local sheriff and a group of special operators want to discover a secret buried for thousands of years. They all travel to a remote mountain range in Idaho where bad things start to happen.

The students get lost, the authorities alongside with the archaeologist are looking for them, but at the same time, the special ops team is up to no good, as their mission is very important to a powerful individual and they can use all means necessary to ensure success.

The novel is very well written, with strong characters, a vividly portrayed world and a story that manages to combine perfectly this exciting adventure with the thrilling supernatural aspect that will give you goosebumps... I won't say anything more, as I don't want to spoil any of this great plot for you, but I will add that I can't wait to listen to more audiobooks by Joanne Pence.

The audiobook version of Ancient Ecoes is narrated by Tim Paige, a voiceover artist that is relatively new to this industry, but he does an excellent job. This is the first time I experienced his narration and I can say that I liked it very much. He brings all the characters to life with ease, sounding natural, and keeps them differentiated in the listener's mind with different voices, accents and subtle tone modulations. He has a pleasant voice, reminds me of Vikas Adam, which I think is a good thing, as Vikas is a great narrator.

There are a few problems with the quality of the recording in the sense that sometimes, between chapters there are areas of white noise that can be annoying. I passed this on to the author and she assures me that it will be taken care of as soon as possible...

I hope to be able to bring you more reviews for books written by Joanne Pence and performed by Tim Paige as I enjoyed Ancient Echoes tremendously. Fans of Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Clive Cussler and James Rollins will find Ancient Echoes  very satisfying. Also, those who like the Uncharted series of video games or the Indiana Jones movies will feel right at home with this novel.

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  • House of Assassins

  • Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, Book 2
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,651
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,553

Ashok Vadal was once a member of the highest caste in all of Lok. As a Protector, he devoted his life to upholding the Law, rooting out those who still practiced the old ways and delivering justice with his ancestor blade Angruvadal. None was more merciless than he in stamping out the lingering belief in gods and demons among the casteless. His brutality was legendary and celebrated. But soon Ashok learned that his life to that point had been a lie. He himself, senior member of the Protector Order, was casteless. He had been nothing more than an unwitting pawn in a political game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Conan meets Musashi meets Geralt

  • By Jason on 02-10-19

The Saga Continues

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19



House of Assassins is the second book in the best-selling Saga of the Forgotten Warrior series by award-winning author Larry Correia and it is brought to life in audio format by the amazing Tim Gerard Reynolds. Three years ago I discovered both this writer and this narrator when I listened to Son of the Black Sword, the first book in this series, and since then I spent many excellent hours with their works. It was great to be back in this beautiful world again for the last 16 hours.

In order to put things in perspective we need a little insight into the first book, which I strongly suggest that you read as it is absolutely amazing and doing so will help you understand much better House of Assassins. Don't worry, there are no spoilers.

The story of Son of the Black Sword revolves around Ashok Vadal, the most renowned warrior in the Protector’s Order and he defends The Law! The Protectors are called in to defuse conflicts between the Great Houses, they fight Sea Demons and, from time to time, they hunt down and execute traitors and religious fanatics. The Law is the most important thing to Ashok! He will never do something that goes against the letter of the law! Everything is black or white, there is no middle ground, no excuses, no exceptions. If someone breaks the law, Ashok will be there to deliver the appropriate punishment, and yet, all he knows to be true is a lie… it’s against the law.

House of Assassins picks up right where the previous book left off and we see a changed Ashok Vadal, stripped of his rank, of his powers, but fighting to help his very few friends as The Protectors and other enemies hunt him down.

This is a World filled with swords, warriors, casts, slaves, politics, magic, wizards and shape-shifters. Its history is as impressive as that found in The Wheel of Time series of A Song of Ice and Fire, aka Game of Thrones. The book is fast-paced, the action switches between Ashok and some other important characters and the story is nothing short of amazing. Although Ashok is a coldblooded murderer, I really cared about him and I absolutely loved the entire idea… Don’t want to spoil anything for the potential readers and I hope that newcomers will take the time to experience the first book before jumping into this one. For me, House of Assassins was thrilling, unputdownable, immersive and very, very entertaining.

As I said above, the audiobook version of House of Assassins is narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds. He delivers a great performance bringing all the characters to life with his refined British accent and a huge array of different voices and tones. I spent hundreds of hours in the last three years listening to Mr. Reynolds reading and acting great fantasy books and I think he is the best narrator for works in this beloved genre.

I said it before and I'll say it again, Larry Correia is an amazing author and always manages to deliver great entertainment for his fans.  If you like A Song of Ice and Fire, Ryiria Revelations and The Wheel of Time, you’ll LOVE The Son of the Black Sword and House of Assassins,the first and second  books in the Forgotten Warrior Saga. 

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  • Verses for the Dead

  • A Pendergast Novel
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,137
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,990
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,981

After an overhaul of leadership at the FBI's New York field office, A. X. L. Pendergast is abruptly forced to accept an unthinkable condition of continued employment: the famously rogue agent must now work with a partner. Pendergast and his new teammate, junior agent Coldmoon, are assigned to Miami Beach, where a rash of killings by a bloodthirsty psychopath are distinguished by a confounding M.O.: cutting out the hearts of his victims and leaving them - along with cryptic handwritten letters - at local gravestones, unconnected save in one bizarre way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Verses for the Dead

  • By Jesse on 01-02-19

Agent Pendergast is back

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

Another excellent thriller, performed with passion by the amazing Rene Auberjonois.

This audiobook can be experienced as a stand alone novel in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Out of the Dark

  • An Orphan X Novel (Evan Smoak, Book 4)
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,302
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,191
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,182

Taken from a group home at age 12, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as part of the Orphan Program, an off-the-books operation designed to create deniable intelligence assets - i.e. assassins. Evan was Orphan X. He broke with the Program, using everything he learned to disappear and reinvent himself as the Nowhere Man, a man who helps the truly desperate when no one else can. But now Evan's past in the Orphan Program is reaching out to him. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just some comments

  • By Wayne on 02-01-19

A Time to Kill

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

Out of the Dark is the 4th fantastic book in the Evan Smoak series of page-turning adventures by The New York Times best-selling thriller writer Gregg Hurwitz. When I reviewd Orphan X a few years ago, I fell instantly in love with Gregg‘s work and I found myself backtracking through many of his previously released ”on the edge of your seat” thrillers, enjoying them very much and now I am glad to be able to say that I listened to all of the them.

Spoken about only in whispers, it is said that when the Nowhere Man is reached by the truly desperate, he can and will do anything to save them, but now, he is the one who puts the fear of God into his enemies.

The story follows Evan Smoak  a.k.a The Nowhere Man. He is a skilled assassin trained in the, now defunct, off the books, Orphan program. Usually, Evan uses his knowledge, resources and talents to help desperate people that have nowhere else to turn, to find solutions for their, seemingly, unsolvable problems, but now everything is personal. The most deadly assassin in the World is hunting the most unavailable and well protected man in the World, but, at the same time, this man is hunting Evan as well...

Filled with non stop, over the top action, Out of the Dark is unputdownable and you’ll find yourself holding your breath from time to time as you cheer Evan on his quest. Gregg Hurwitz did a great job preparing this book for first timers to the series, but I highly suggest that you treat yourself to all other previously released books, as there are great and you will understand the story arc better.

As always, Scott Brick is the narrator of choice for almost all Gregg Hurwitz’s thrillers and he delivers another amazing performance in Out of the Dark. The entire book is filled with anxiety, tension, urgency, drama and paranoia. Scott will make you feel and live all of them. I found myself holding my breath, feeling anxious and, at some points, scared. I felt sad and angry, I smiled and almost cried… Out of the Dark is definitely better experienced as an audiobook, in the detriment of its paperback or Kindle Edition.

Scott Brick is one of the best narrators in the Audiobook Industry and every book recorded by him is great! He gives life to all the characters and, at the same time, he paints a vivid picture of everything happening in the story. The immersion is total, while his narration is mesmerizing and unparalleled.

If you like thrillers, if you like The Bourne Identity, One Shot, Back Blast, The English Spy and American Assassin, you’ll love what Gregg Hurwitz has done with Out of the Dark. I listened to the entire audiobook in the last 24 hours because I could not stop! Now, I will await the next adventure. The good news is that Mr. Hurwitz has signed a deal for three more Orphan X novels!

17 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Freedman

  • Tales From a Revolution Series, North Carolina, Book 9
  • By: Lars D. H. Hedbor
  • Narrated by: Shamaan Casey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

The Freedman is Hedbor’s standalone novel set in North Carolina from his Tales From a Revolution series, in which he examines the American War of Independence as it unfolded in each of the colonies. If you like enthralling stories of familiar events from unfamiliar viewpoints, you’ll love The Freedman.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book about freedom, war, and friendship

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-19

A book about freedom, war, and friendship

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19


I recently received for review The Freedman by Lars D. H. Hedbor and I enjoyed it very much! This is the 9th book in the Tales From a Revolution Series, North Carolina, but it can be experienced as a standalone novel and that's exactly what i DID.

I listened to The Freedman in one session because the story is very interesting and moves along at a fast pace. The audiobook is a little over 5 ours in lenght and I could not stop it until the very end. The story follows a freedman, a black slave that is free after his master releases him. His name is Calabar, but everybody calls him Jupiter, as his original name is hard to pronounce by white folks. The action is set against the backdrop of the American Revolution in North Carolina and it was the perfect listen for me as I was always attracted by that period in history.

When he sees himself free, our hero has to buy his family from the plantation owner, but he has no money. This is a story about freedom, about war, about hard times, about friendship, loyalty, love, but at the same time, about evil men and ugly consequences. How can a black freedman find a way to save his family? Who, if anyone, would help him?

I really liked the way this book is written, with interesting characters, a vivid world and with a perfect atmosphere. I cared about all the main characters, I am always sad to discover how white people treated slaves and black men in that dark age of slavery and I think that books like this one will be a reminder for all those who want to forget...

The audiobook version of The Freedman is read by Shamaan Casey and although this is the first performance by this tallented narrator and voice over artist that I had the pleasure of listening to, I can say that I am impressed by his great delivery.

Shamaan Casey gives life to all the characters with diffrent voices and accents, while at the same time, he moves the story along seamlessly. He has a really good voice, just perfect for this narration, and he always manages to switch between characters with ease and makes it easy for the listener to keep them differentiated.

I recommend The Freedman to all the fans of Roots, Uncle Tom's Cabin and to those interested in the American Revolution as this was a very entertaining narrative experience for me. This is a book that will stay with me for a time, I'll be wondering what happened to these men and women after the end of the story... I find it that I cared for them a lot.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Age of War

  • The Legends of the First Empire, Book 3
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,315
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,954
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,922

The epic battle between humankind and their godlike rulers finally ignites in the masterful follow-up to Age of Myth and Age of Swords. The alliance of humans and renegade Fhrey is fragile - and about to be tested as never before. As the Fhrey overlords marshal their army and sorcerers to crush the rebellion, old loyalties will be challenged while fresh conspiracies will threaten to undo all that Persephone has accomplished. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History re-written

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-16-19

History re-written

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

Michael J. Sullivan is one of my favorite Fantasy writers out there, alongside Justin Cronin, George R.R. Martin and Robert Jordan. He is the bestselling author of the Riyria Revelations series, Riyria Chronicles series and his latest release is the third volume in the Legends of the First Empire series, called Age of Swords.

Before I get into the review thing, I want to tell you that I listened to all of Mr. Sullivan‘s books and that I enjoyed each and everyone of them tremendously. There are 6 in the Riyria Revelations collection with them packed 2 by 2 on Audible, so you get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. After that, we have 4 prequels in the Riyria Chronicles series and 6 more in the Legends of the First Empire, of witch 3 are already out now. If you want to fall in love with Michael J. Sullivan‘s work, read or listen to the books in the way I mentioned above, although you could start every series at its beginning. There are two Free short stories which I suggest that you grab to see how good this team of author and narrator really is.

Age of War continues the epic adventure started in Age of Myth and Age of Swordsin which a group of humans fight for their lives as they try to survive an all out war between them and the Fhrey, the almost immortal beings that we know as Elves. To find out how and why this conflict began you have to read the first two books because I don’t want to spoil anything for you, but let me assure you that it this third book is excellent as well. 

Our heroes have to find a way to fight and defeat a more powerful enemy, equipped with better weapons and commanding The Art (magic). Luckily, heroes will rise, they will fight an epic battle in a legendary city, but the are outnumbered and they need help and weapons.

This new adventure is filled with deadly perils at every step. Will they survive? Do they have a chance to succeed in their endeavors and win an unwinnable war?

As always when it comes to books written by Michael J. Sullivan, the story is great, very well written and delivered with such vividness that you can imagine everything in your minds eye. The characters feel alive and I deeply cared for them, the threat is terrible, the enemy is merciless and the fate of the human race is in the balance once again.

I found myself instantly immersed into this new spellbinding story set in the world of Elan and that’s in part because of the fantastic performance delivered by Tim Gerard Reynolds and part thanks to the riveting storytelling abilities shown once again by Michael J. Sullivan. The fact that all the other audiobooks by Mr. Sullivan are narrated by Tim has to be mentioned in this review, as you may know that we, the audiobooks fans love the same narrator on all books set in a certain universe.

The amazing narrator, voice over artist and actor Tim Gerard Reynolds brings every character to life with passion and professionalism. He uses different voices, accents and subtile changes in tone and cadence to help the listener easily differentiate who is talking at a specific time. He can be in once scene a worried Elf, a frightened child, a ruthless warrior and a treacherous dwarf, switching between them with ease and style.

I want to say once again a big Thank You to both Michael and Tim for the respect with witch they treat the audiobooks community and for the amazing time spent in to this magical world they created and brought to life, with love and passion, for us!.

For me, Age oF War is another epic adventure in the world of Elan, and this perfect team of author and narrator is amazing as always I already pre-ore-ordered book 4 and can't wait to wrap it around my ears when it comes out this Summer.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Spider Season

  • By: Billy Hanson
  • Narrated by: Various
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Spider Season is the debut collection by Billy Hanson. Deeply haunting and immensely enjoyable, these stories are sure to leave you wide-eyed and breathing heavily.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling, Chilling and Immersive

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-15-19

Thrilling, Chilling and Immersive

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

Last week I received for review Spider Season, a short stories collection by writer and filmmaker Billy Hanson, and I dove right into the audiobook although it was almost midnight. After 10 minutes with the first story, Light Sleeper, I stood up in bed, pulled my earpods out and hit stop. I resumed the audiobook the next day, with the sun shining and the drapes wide open.

As you might have guessed, Spider Season is a collection of short stories in the horror genre, but the subjects are leaning more towards the psychological thriller area. There are seven such awesome stories, each of them with their own characters, setting and atmosphere, and all are great, thrilling, chilling, entertaining and scary as hell.

Besides Light Sleeper I tremendously enjoyed The Clearing, Music from the Gun Room and Everyone Else is Asleep, the last two being performed by the author himself. The rest of this collection is also good, but I wanted to tell you about these favorites of mine, because I’m still thinking of them after I have finished the audiobook. The characters were very well developed and the plot lines were more then interesting.

One other thing that I appreciated is the fact that Mr. Billy Hanson also produced the audiobook and composed the music for it. I really hold in high esteem all the authors involved in the production of their audiobooks. Mr. Hanson and all of the other narrators involved in this production are clearly professionals and all the stories are excellently performed. All the characters come to life, the level of immersion is complete and the atmosphere is just perfect!

As you may know already, I’m not into short stories, actually, this is my second collection that I’ve listened to from the beginning to the end, and I’m glad I accepted the challenge. Now, after more than 6 hours spent in the company of the rich characters created by Mr. Hanson, all that I can say is: I hope you’ll take the plot from The Clearing, expand it, and write a thrilling novel. I will keep an eye out for any new releases from Billy Hanson.

From the man that awakes in the middle of the night drenched in sweat after he hears strange sounds in the house, to the cursed clearing in the woods, to a person so obsessed by the way he will die, to the first days of a unhealthy relationship, to a beautiful and smart Business woman fearing for her life in Paris and at the end from a father remembering deeply buried secrets when his son shows him an object from the past, all these stories and characters are unique and will stay with you and haunt you for a long, long time…

Fans of Stephen King, Richard Matheson and Ray Bradbury should find Spider Season by Billy Hanson more than satisfying and very entertaining!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Tom Clancy Oath of Office

  • Jack Ryan Novel Series, Book 19
  • By: Marc Cameron
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,690
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,546

Freedom may have finally arrived in Iran. As protests break out across the country, the media rejoices over the so-called Persian Spring. Western leaders are ecstatic. Members of Congress and the Cabinet clamor to back the rebels. Only President Jack Ryan remains wary. Meanwhile, he has plenty to handle at home. A deadly strain of flu is ravaging the United States as spring floods decimate the Southeast. An unethical senator wants to bring down the Ryan presidency and is willing to lean on fabricated bot-planted stories to do it.

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  • By shelley on 11-28-18

Another great Jack Ryan adventure

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

Tom Clancy Oath of Office is the latest book in the #1 New York Times Best-Selling Jack Ryan series of Thrillers and I am very glad to report that Marc Cameron did a fantastic job writing the new adventure and that Scott Brick delivers another perfect performance.

As you might know, if you follow my reviews, I hate spoilers so, without me giving any of the key plot points away, I will tell you that Jack Ryan is back for another heart stopping adventure! Oh, yeah, and it’s not only Jack, since we have the entire Campus team back in action. The story is great and the plot is strong and very well thought out.

The plot is filled with twists and turns, the action moves at breakneck speeds from the United States to Iran, from Portugal to Russia and after that from Cameroon to Afghanistan and so on.

The story is so good and so brilliantly written that I found myself keeping my breath from time to time… Near the end are some explosive moments, filled with non stop action that will keep you on the edge of your seat… There are guns, terrorists, gadgets, hackers, espionage, tech details about weapons, aircrafts and computers, there are spies, hand to hand combat, hostage rescue missions, helicopters, planes, boats, bombs, politics and lots of fast paced drama…

Beware, once you start reading, you might not want to stop!

Scott Brick is one of the best narrators out there, in an industry full of talented artists, and his contribution to this series makes it even more immersive and highly enjoyable!

The amazing Scott Brick returns once more to the Jack Ryan universe and brings to life old friends. He reads, he acts, he uses his accents in order to help the listener differentiate between the vast variety of characters of different nationalities. At the same time it’s clear that he enjoys the story and has a good time delivering another Stellar performance. Scott changes with ease between President Ryan, Jack Jr., John Clark, Ding, a Russian spy, a sadistic Iranian assassin and many others.

If you are a Tom Clancy / Jack Ryan fan, or just prefer thrillers and espionage, you will absolutely love Tom Clancy Oath of Office. Mr. Cameron is on his second Jack Ryan book, after he took over from the talented Mark Greaney in 2017, but he manages to deliver a great Jack Ryan adventure in the style of its original creator...

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