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  • Hurricane Hill

  • By: Chris Leicester
  • Narrated by: Roy Carruthers
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Focusing on the political unrest of the 21st century, Hurricane Hill is a fast-paced novel that examines the bond between soldiers on the battlefield and the effects that going to war has on an individual's mentality. Hurricane Hill centers on the moral dilemma: Which life is more valuable, that of a child or a brother-in-arms?  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Something Different

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 10-08-18

Something Different

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

Chris Leicester provides with Hurricane Hill a very interesting audition for those looking for a new, fast-paced, military thriller that not only addresses the drama and the thrills of young men sent to fight for their country, but also the traumatic consequences that war has on their minds. Be assured, I won't spoil anything for you, as I would like for you to discover the story on your own, but I can add that this book will mark you for at least a few weeks.


The audiobook version of Hurricane Hill is performed by Roy Carruthers. He is a good narrator, acting the entire book with passion and enthusiasm, using a multitude of different voices and accents to bring all the characters to life. Sadly, sometimes he seems to be overacting everything… and because of that I didn't connect with him as much as I usually do with other voice over ariists and narrators.

  • Lodestone

  • A Shadow Warriors Novella (Shadow Warriors, Book 5)
  • By: Stephen England
  • Narrated by: Colin Iago McCarthy
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

The year is 2006. For Harry Nichols, it isn't his first time dropping into a combat zone. But getting to the ground is only the beginning...for the woman they have come to save is the wife of a Hezbollah commander. Her husband has vowed to kill her. The CIA has promised to keep her alive. But as the mission descends into chaos - as the night explodes in fire - some promises will prove impossible to keep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Non-Stop Action

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 08-17-18

Non-Stop Action

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

Reminiscent of old-school Tom Clancy books, the Lodestone novella by Stephen England is filled with pure adrenaline inducing action from the first minute to its last, and will leave the listener wanting for more...

Harry Nichols, the leader of the CIA's Black Ops team known as the Shadow Warriors is back behind enemy lines, trying to rescue the whife of a terrorist. His mission becomes almost impossible to end with success as he and his team encounter strong resistance from the local fighters.

I listened to this story without taking any brake and the immersion was complete thanks to the terrific writing and to the awesome performance. After two full audiobooks and three short stories, all the characters feel like family to me and I can't wait for the next adventure in this excellent series.

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  • The Last Train

  • Detective Hiroshi, Volume 1
  • By: Michael Pronko
  • Narrated by: Robbie Belgrade
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Detective Hiroshi Shimizu investigates white collar crime in Tokyo. He's lost his girlfriend and still dreams of his time studying in America, but with a stable job, his own office and a half-empty apartment, he's settled in. When an American businessman turns up dead, his mentor Takamatsu calls him out to the site of a grisly murder. A glimpse from a security camera video suggests the killer was a woman, but in Japan, that seems unlikely. Hiroshi quickly learns how close homicide and suicide can appear in a city full of high-speed trains just a step--or a push--away. Takamatsu drags Hiroshi out to the hostess clubs and skyscraper offices of Tokyo in search of the killer. She's trying to escape Japan for a new life by playing a high-stakes game of insider information. To find her, Hiroshi goes deeper and deeper into Tokyo's intricate, ominous market for buying and selling the most expensive land in the world. When Takamatsu inexplicably disappears, Hiroshi teams up with ex-sumo wrestler Sakaguchi. They scour Tokyo's sacred temples, corporate offices and industrial wastelands to find out where Takamatsu went, and why one woman would be driven to murder when she seems to have it all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murder in Tokyo

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 08-12-18

Murder in Tokyo

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

The Last Train is a very entertaining murder mystery by award-winning writer Michael Pronko. He won a few awards for his non-fiction works and the reception for his first fiction release was very warm. I spent a few hours every day this week with Detective Hiroshi and I can say that I enjoyed his company very much. Below, you’ll find a short, spoiler free, review for this great story.
In The Last Train the story follows Detective Hiroshi Shimizu of the Tokyo Police Department as he is pulled from his, safe desk job into an investigation about the suspicious deaths of some very wealthy individuals, residents of Japan and even some foreigners. Working alongside his colleagues, he discovers that the victims are related and thinks they might have on their hands a case which won’t be easy to solve.

Filled with drama, murder, police work and even occasional comedy, The Last Train picks up speed from the intense begining and keeps the listener on the edge of his seat until the heartbreaking conclusion.


Michael Pronko is a Professor of literature at a prestigious Tokyo university and he is living in Japan for more than 20 years. I found his insights into the Japanese culture very interesting and it is evident how much he loves and respects their customs and beliefs. All of the above are reflected into a well written story of The Last Train, making the experience richer and completly immersive.

The audio version of The Last Train is brought to life, with talent and determination, by Robbie Belgrade and he does a good job with the characters and the story. As I understand it, this is Robbie‘s first performance as an audiobook narrator, but although he is new in the business, the end result is quite satisfying. I especially liked that he knows how to pronounce words and names in Japanese, giving an even more authentic narrative experience.

Fans of Murder Mysteries and of Police Procedurals should pick The Last Train up without hesitation. This first book in the Detective Hiroshi series reminded me of the earlier Harry Bosch novels by best-selling author Michael Connelly, but in place of the wellbitten streets of Los Angeles, United States, the action takes place in the exotic and mysterious city of Tokyo, Japan. Can’t wait for book #2!!!

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  • The Green Mile

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,855
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,689
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,693

At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, the convicted killers on E Block await their turn to walk the Green Mile and keep a date with the electric chair. Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working as a guard on the Mile, but he's never met anyone like John Coffey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent narrator and an excellent story.

  • By Bryan J. Peterson on 03-21-10

One of my favorite books from Stephen king

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This book is absolutely amazing and the narrator gives life to all the characters with different voices and accents .
The story is very well written, with life like characters, but also has a touch of supernatural .
I Laughed out loud and I cried I felt good and also felt very bad in the hours I spent with these masterpiece

  • Fever

  • By: Deon Meyer
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Nico Storm and his father, Willem, drive a truck filled with essential supplies through a desolate land. They are among the few in the world, as far as they know, to have survived a devastating virus that has swept over the planet. Their lives turned upside down, Nico realizes that his superb marksmanship and cool head mean he is destined to be his father's protector, even though he is still only a boy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Exceptional Thriller from a Master Storyteller

  • By J. Green on 04-02-18

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

Fever is a fantastic book with a great story and truly likable characters. Fans of Stephen King's The Stand, Justin Cronin's The Passage, Brett Battles's The Eden Project and Brad Manuel's The Last Tribe will absolutely love Fever.

Will Damron delivers a perfect performance, bringing the world and all its survivors to life with tallent and passion..
I can't recommend this enough! Give it a try, you will not be able to stop listening.

  • Tempus Investigations

  • A Fictional TV Show
  • By: Claus Holm
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Jim Corrigan died in 1933...but he returned to life. Now, he can’t die. Through the first season, Jim and his friends match wits with the supernatural side of San Francisco, making both new friends - and a few enemies.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book

  • By Anonymous User on 07-22-18

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

Tempus Investigations is the first audiobook release for bestselling Danish author Claus Holm and it is an excellent beginning for a really entertaining new series. You can read the publisher's summary for the plot, but I suggest that you don't. All you need to know is that the story is broken into multiple short adventures, each of them set in different seasons and that the main character is a immortal police detective gone private eye.

As he deals with his immortality, Jim thinks about death, life, talks with ghosts, while making new friends and enemies. The story is set in San Francisco and unfolds beautifully, it is very fast paced and I must admit that I listened to the entire audiobook in just one sitting, being left wanting for more.

Neil Hellegers, the narrator, does a fantastic job in bringing the characters to life with different voices and accents. He is perfect for the Tempus Investigations series and I will gladly listen to him again. Really happy to have discovered a new great voiceover artist.

I recommend this book to those who like paranormal mysteries or tv series such as Buffy or Supernatural and can't wait for the next one in the seriese, which I understand that it will be released in about one or two months.

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  • Illegal: A True Story of Love, Revolution and Crossing Borders

  • By: John Dennehy
  • Narrated by: Joe Passaro
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

A raw account of a young American abroad grasping for meaning, this pulsating story of violent protests, illegal border crossings, and loss of innocence raises questions about the futility of borders and the irresistible power of nationalism. Illegal tells the true story of love, deception, revolutions, and deportations as it chronicles the trials of John Dennehy. A naïve New Yorker, Dennehy refuses to be part of the feverish nationalism of post 9/11 America. His search for hope takes him to Ecuador, where he falls in love with firebrand Lucia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • engaging and interesting

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 05-07-18

A Thought-provoking adventure

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

I bring you a new review for a non-fiction audiobook. After I finished listening to John’s memoire, I said to myself: This is unique, thrilling, thought-provoking! Illegal: A True Story of Love, Revolution and Crossing Borders is one of a kind and I am glad that I got the opportunity to experience this adventure on my own, through the great writing by John Dennehy and the excellent performance by Joe Passaro.

The story opens with John as he is arrested in Ecuador and set up for deportation. It is a very tense opening and the author, John himself, manages to capture the listener’s attention from the first few seconds. But, his story starts on 9/11, when the planes struck, when the towers fell, when US citizens confuse nationalism with patriotism. After George Bush is elected once again as President of the United States and the war with Iraq is on its way, our young John Dennehy leaves the US and goes to Ecuador as a professor.


As Ecuador is in the midst of a revolution, he observes the turmoil and at some point he gets involved himself, as he thinks that he can help. John fells in love and after a few dangerous adventures we find out why he was arrested and now it all makes a lot of sense. But, John‘s trials don’t end there, on the contrary, his adventure just begins…


As the subtitle claims, Illegal is indeed A True Story of Love, Revolution and Crossing Borders and sometimes I wish that I could be as smart, resourceful and contemplative as john Dennehy. His adventure inspired me and opened my eyes to some things and world problems that I have never thought about before. You can read more about the story in the Publisher’s Summary that I added below, but I don’t want to spoil anything…


The narrator, joe Passaro, does a great job and delivers John‘s memoire with talent and passion. He is very good with accents, he uses different voices and inflections while keeping every character unique in the listener’s mind. Also, Joe has the perfect voice for this audiobook performance as he instantly made me think about a 20 years old when I first heard him and that’s exactly what John could sound like.


Illegal: A True Story by John Dennehy and performed by Joe Passaro is a great accomplishment by both author and narrator alike. If you want a short read or listen for the Weekend, this adventure might be just the thing for you, and the fact that everything in it is true, makes it even more special.

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Victor

  • Nightshade

  • Shadow Warriors, Book 1
  • By: Stephen England
  • Narrated by: Colin Iago McCarthy
  • Length: 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

CIA paramilitary operations officer Harry Nichols brought his team to Ciudad del Este for a single purpose: eliminating Jean-Claude Manet, aka Ramzi bin Abdullah, the former head of al-Qaeda operations in Europe. It was supposed to be simple. But there's nothing simple about killing a man. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect starting point for this awesome series

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 05-10-18

Perfect starting point for this awesome series

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

Nightshade is a prequel for the Shadow Warriors series by bestselling author Stephen England. I enjoyed Mr. England’s writing style since I read Pandora’s Grave last year and just a few weeks back I finished Day of Reckoning. I find both of them very well written and worthy of my time. In Nightshade we see what happens when a black ops goes wrong and we meet the team!


The new narrator, Colin Iago McCarthy is just amazing and fits all requirements in order to deliver a very entertaining and truly immersive listening experience. Really glad to see more of these awesome thrillers released into audiobook format.

As I said before, in the reviews for Day of Reckoning and Pandora's Grave, Stephen England is a fantastic thriller writer that reminds me constantly of Tom Clancy, W.E.B Griffin and Daniel Silva. If you have yet to discover his works, Nightshade is the perfect starting point for you to get into the series.

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  • Shadows of Africa

  • By: Wayne McCain
  • Narrated by: Dave Cruse
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

When a small team of former special operators land in Tanzania to grab a local warlord, it's business as usual. But the situation quickly changes when they learn that a pride of lions has been feeding on the local populace. Unable to walk away leaving the locals to fend for themselves, the seasoned warriors are drawn into a conflict unlike anything they've ever taken part in. As they struggle to understand their new enemy, they're led deeper and deeper into the unforgiving Tanzanian wilderness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beware the Long Grass

  • By Spooky Mike on 05-10-18

A short, but very entertaining Thriller

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

Shadows of Africa is the first book in the Shadows Trilogy by new thriller author Wayne McCain. The main plot is inspired by a terrifying true story of a pride of lions that claimed the lives of more than 1,500 men, women, and children in the late ’40s and that tale is nicely told in the opening minutes of the audiobook.

The action takes place in current days as a team of special operators are sent to Africa in order to hunt down a terrorist, but when the job is done, the local guide and a friend of theirs asks for help. It seems that a pride of lions is on a rampage, killing, hurting and mutilating anyone and everyone that gets in their way. But, as good as these special trained operators are at hunting terrorist and the mankind variety of enemies, they will find themselves facing a ruthless enemy, that calls Africa its own hunting ground!


Filled with tense action, interesting characters and many savage lion attacks, Shadows of Africa is a very well written, thrilling and entertaining book, although a little short. Wayne McCain captures extremely well all the tension present into such a hostile environment and manages to deliver a very accurate account for this fight between man and nature that takes place since times immemorial.


The audiobook is narrated by Dave Cruse and although this is the first performance of his that I’ve listened to, I found it to be enjoyable and entertaining. The narrator uses his tallent and gives life to all the characters with different voices and local, African, accents. He speaks everything clearly, the recording quality is good and his pacing and overall delivery is spot-on.


Shadows of Africa reminded me at times of some Agent Pendergast books, by bestselling authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child with all the gore, lion attacks, savage fights and the tense stalking…. I am looking forward to the next book in this series and I recommend this thrilling adventure to everyone in want of a short trip to this awesome and exotic location.

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Victor

  • Day of Reckoning (Shadow Warriors)

  • By: Stephen England
  • Narrated by: Colin Iago McCarthy
  • Length: 18 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Along the border in Texas, a deadly firefight claims the lives of two Border Patrol agents. On a highway in suburban Virginia, a bomb blast targets the director of the CIA. From the halls of power in D.C., secrets reach out, signing the death warrants of those who uncover them. For CIA paramilitary Harry Nichols, deceit has become a way of life. Fifteen years in the Clandestine Service have left him weary, recovering from a devastating betrayal. Little does he know the betrayals have only begun. With CIA Director David Lay missing and presumed dead, Nichols finds himself tasked with protecting Lay's estranged daughter and hunted by an ex-Spetsnaz kill team. His only mission is to keep her safe. Her only desire is to find the man who ordered her father's murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best Thrillers I listened to this year

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 04-25-18

One of the best Thrillers I listened to this year

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

Would you listen to Day of Reckoning (Shadow Warriors) again? Why?

Yes. Because it is a very well written book and Colin's performance is perfect.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Day of Reckoning (Shadow Warriors)?

Can't say, it would be a spoiler.

Have you listened to any of Colin Iago McCarthy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, this is as good as all the others.

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

Yes, I cried.

Any additional comments?

One of the best audiobooks in the Thriller genre that I’ve listened to in recent memory, Day of Reckoning is the second book in the Shadow Warriors series by bestselling author Stephen England. I enjoyed Mr. England’s writing style since I read Pandora’s Grave last year, and this time around, the new narrator, Colin Iago McCarthy is just amazing and fits all requirements in order to deliver a very entertaining and truly immersive listening experience.

A firefight near the border in Texas, the director of the Central intelligence agency missing and presumed dead, his daughter hunted by Russian assassins, terrorists on US soil looking to strike again at the heart of America and one man trying to make sense of it all. After the dramatic events in Pandora’s Grave, CIA special operator Harry Nichols still feels the betrayal and hurt of that tragic mission, but he must protect at all costs the CIA Director‘s daughter. Nichols‘s job will get much harder as everyone, from traitors in the CIA to politicians, high up in the US government, to Russian spies and to a highly trained ex-Spetsnaz special forces team, want him and his principle dead. They will stop at nothing in thier mission to bring down Nichols and the girl, while our hero will protect her with his own life…


The story of Day of Reckoning is very well thought out, with multiple plot points and complicated characters that will draw near towards the end of the book for a very emotional conclusion. Believe me when I tell you that I cried at one point, and although I loved the characters from the begining, I didn’t realise how much I cared for them until they were in harm’s way. Stephen England is one of those rare authors who doesn’t use profanity or on needed violence in his works. His books are easy to read and it’s very clear the a lot of research has been done for them.



As I said in the intro of this review, Day of Reckoning is one of the best thriller audiobooks that I’ve listened to in recent memory and that is in part due to the excellent performance delivered by Colin Iago McCarthy. This narrator, although not as well known like others in the Audiobooks Industry can stand alongside them as he brings all the characters to life with passion and talent. Day of Reckoning is a long audiobook, over 18 hours in listening time and Mr. McCarthy keeps up the pace, changes voices and accents with ease, keeping all the characters clearly differentiated in the listener’s mind.


I hope to see even more audiobooks from this great author and narrator pair, as they do a fantastic job together. In fact, I already know that a short story in the Shadow Warriors series will be available very soon…



I love so many things about Day of Reckoning that I could write a short story myself, but, I will say this. Stephen England just climbed up to my top of favorites thriller authors and he is up there alongside Tom Clancy, W.E.B Griffin, Mark Greaney and Daniel Silva. If you want a great, unputdownable, immersive thriller with an original plot and characters that you’ll care for, Day of Reckoning is the perfect book for you.

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