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  • The Nowhere Man

  • Evan Smoak, Book 2
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,160

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. Evan Smoak is the Nowhere Man.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Liked the original, moaned over the second!

  • By John on 01-24-17

Quite disappointing

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I enjoyed the first installment of the Evan Smock series "Orphan X" as an interesting story line and different sort of character. However, the rather frustrating elements of the first book that I was able to deal with were amplified several times over in "Nowhere Man." I won't spoil the storyline for those who decide to read it, but the story drags on and on, the interaction with Rena and his henchmen becomes both tedious and absurd. It so bogs things down that when you finally get to some action or progress, its doubly disappointing because the action is so clinically described that it lacks interest and you just want it to move on. I really tried, but when each day I keep checking to see if this book is almost over (please, let this move on or end) and it isn't there's a serious problem.

Would you ever listen to anything by Gregg Hurwitz again?

Probably not, unfortunately.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

Scott Brick is very good and I've listened to a lot of his books, but I've found that on a poor book that goes on and on like this one did, he actually makes it worse by dragging out every last scene, emotion, reaction, etc. His narration becomes so slow and tedious that it makes a so-so book rather poor.

Did The Nowhere Man inspire you to do anything?

It inspired me not to do this again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Extreme Ownership

  • How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
  • By: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Narrated by: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 30,269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,075
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,967

An updated edition of the blockbuster best-selling leadership book that took America and the world by storm, two US Navy SEAL officers who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War demonstrate how to apply powerful leadership principles from the battlefield to business and life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I don't read SEAL Books...

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-21-17

Interesting and didn't want it to end

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

Reviewed: 12-20-16

What did you love best about Extreme Ownership?

The concept of "extreme ownership" isn't just a title of a book, but a concept for leadership and management. It's challenging, but makes perfect sense. Similar to the "buck stops here," but deployed with vigor. Real leaders must truly own everything they are responsible for, the failures and successes, with a focus on solving problems.

  • It's Even Worse Than It Looks

  • How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism
  • By: Thomas E. Mann, Norman J. Ornstein
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 228

Congressional scholars Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein identify two overriding problems that have led Congress—and the United States—to the brink of institutional collapse. But they offer a panoply of useful ideas and reforms, endorsing some solutions, like greater public participation and institutional restructuring, while debunking others, like independent or third-party candidates. Above all, they call on the media as well as the public to focus on the true causes of dysfunction rather than just throwing the bums out every election cycle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A No-Nonsense Look at our Current Political Crisis

  • By Scott on 09-03-12

Interesting start, flops on rampant partisanship

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

Reviewed: 08-21-14

Any additional comments?

As a conservative Republican, I really enjoy and benefit from reading across a variety of ideologies. This book started out on a theme/analysis that was interesting and compelling to all sides of the political equation. However, it quickly moved into rewriting recent (back 30 years) political history to support a very liberal/progressive view and it slips into a repetitive smear of the GOP and conservatives. A more balanced analysis assigning real blame to both sides (deservedly so) would have been a much more persuasive read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It

  • By: Kamal Ravikant
  • Narrated by: Kamal Ravikant
  • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,751
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,338

In December of 2011, I gave a talk to an audience of scientists, Pentagon officials, politicians, and CEOs on the secret of life and how I'd figured it out the previous summer. Afterward, people came up individually and told me how much what I'd shared meant to them. This book is based on the truth I spoke about. It's something I learned from within myself, something I believed saved me. And more than that, the way I set about to do it. This is a collection of thoughts on what I learned, what worked, what didn't. Where I succeed and importantly, where I fail daily.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • C

  • By Mike on 12-29-16

Simply awful

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

Reviewed: 08-21-14

Any additional comments?

The entire premise of this book comes down to you should just keep telling yourself over and over and over again that you love yourself. Literally. This is not self-help, self-development, or anything akin to value. It's an author who took a ridiculous whiny essay and built a social media and online campaign (including Audible reviews, it appears) to sell this thing to a lot of people (stupid me!) for almost $3. Lesson learned. Simply awful.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Steelheart

  • The Reckoners, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,630
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,671

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He got the idea from a near traffic accident

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-26-13

Sci-Fi for the non sci-fi reader

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

Reviewed: 08-12-14

Any additional comments?

I'm honestly not sure how I stumbled across this book, but the scoring and reviews were so good I had to give it a try. I don't regret it. Set into the future after a completely fantastical change in the planet with a race of super-human villains, the story has enough action to keep it moving, enough character development to interest, enough humor to please, and that bit of hope in a hero prevailing to keep you wanting for more.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Bully Pulpit

  • Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 36 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,378

Goodwin describes the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft. With the help of the "muckraking" press, Roosevelt had wielded the Bully Pulpit to challenge and triumph over abusive monopolies, political bosses, and corrupting money brokers. Roosevelt led a revolution that he bequeathed to Taft only to see it compromised as Taft surrendered to money men and big business. The rupture led Roosevelt to run against Taft for president, an ultimately futile race that gave power away to the Democrats.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes You Forget You Live in the 21st Century Good

  • By Cynthia on 01-11-14

Fascinating histories separate and woven together

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

Reviewed: 08-12-14

Any additional comments?

A well-written concept to briefly tell the histories of both men running separately, woven with their times in history and then their own paths. So much more has been written about TR than has been about Taft that the TR history here seems brief and the Taft history was quite enlightening. Herrmann's narration was spot-on. A must listen/read for anyone interested in either President or that period in time.

  • White Fire

  • Agent Pendergast, Book 13
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,354

Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Corrie Swanson is the WORST character EVER

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-24-15

A run of the mill Pendergast story

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

Reviewed: 08-12-14

Any additional comments?

A bit different story than the typical Pendergast series, it brings a former character Corrie Swanson to the forefront as the main character. Interesting, unexpected turns and predictable at times, it's likely to appeal to a broader audience than the typical Pendergast-focused book. Abandon historical and quasi-supernatural story lines and think crime drama.

  • Dead Mountain

  • The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident
  • By: Donnie Eichar
  • Narrated by: Donnie Eichar
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,387
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,200

In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident—unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes—have led to decades of speculation over what really happened.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery & Intrigue In The Ural Mountains

  • By Sara on 06-30-15

A gem from an largely unknown (Soviet) history

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

Reviewed: 08-12-14

Any additional comments?

Eerie story of wildly mysterious disappearance and deaths of a group of Soviet climbers during the height of the Cold War. A mystery so shocking with hints of the supernatural or horrible crime, woven with an investigation into what really happened with a conclusion that's both surprising and sensible. Amazing that it was "solved" to the author and this reader's satisfaction. Read by the author which usually not the ideal, here it works because of the compelling mystery that draws you in.

  • The Fifth Witness

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,450

Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You can't put this one down

  • By Dan on 05-10-11

Another solid Mickey Haller story

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

Reviewed: 08-12-14

Any additional comments?

With a story well-placed in the mortgage meltdown window of time and news stories, Connelly weaves another good Mickey Haller crime/courtroom story. There's just something intriguing about a client you can't find a reason to like and a main character in Haller who is complicated, damaged and highly interesting. It won't disappoint to new or series Haller listeners.

  • The Graves Are Walking

  • The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People
  • By: John Kelly
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 283

It started in 1845 and lasted six years. Before it was over, more than one million men, women, and children starved to death and another million fled the country. Measured in terms of mortality, the Great Irish Potato Famine was one of the worst disasters in the 19th century-it claimed twice as many lives as the American Civil War. A perfect storm of bacterial infection, political greed, and religious intolerance sparked this catastrophe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unforgettable, Haunting, and a Compelling Warning

  • By Carole T. on 08-22-12

Poor audio quality

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

Reviewed: 10-02-13

Any additional comments?

The volume on the recording varied so wildly I found myself having to adjust it almost continually, as well as the median volume on this was abnormally low to start with. Although the book might have had promise, I finally had to give up after a couple of hours of real frustration.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful