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  • Tom Clancy: Power and Empire

  • A Jack Ryan Novel, Book 18
  • By: Marc Cameron
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,526

Jack Ryan is dealing with an aggressive challenge from the Chinese government. Pawns are being moved around a global chessboard: an attack on an oil platform in Africa, a terrorist strike on an American destroyer, and a storm-tossed American spy ship that may fall into Chinese hands. It seems that President Zhao is determined to limit Ryan's choices in the upcoming G20 negotiations. But there are hints that there's even more going on behind the scenes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marc Cameron's first Jack Ryan series novel

  • By Wayne on 11-29-17

Sick of Brick

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

The Clancy franchise needs to lose Scott Brick as a narrator or I think I'm done with the Ryan-Ryan Jr books. I'm not going to criticize Brick as a narrator in general. I know he has a lot of fans, but enough is enough. My big problem with Scott Brick is that, for me, he is forever slotted or typecast as a Clive Cussler narrator. From the very first word, I felt like I was back in some long ago Dirk Pitt novel. I even found myself waiting for that inevitable cameo by the egomaniac Cussler himself.

I wonder if those in charge of the Clancy franchise ever thought of recruiting Willem Defoe as a narrator. He's got an excellent and distinctive voice for narration and, as a bonus, we'd be able to visualize the best movie version of John Clark.

I "think" Marc Cameron did a pretty good job on this book, but I can't really say for sure because I was so distracted by Scott Brick's voice and the whole Cussler thing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Between Black and White

  • McMurtrie and Drake Legal, Book 2
  • By: Robert Bailey
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,078

In 1966 in Pulaski, Tennessee, Bocephus Haynes watched in horror as his father was brutally murdered by 10 local members of the Ku Klux Klan. As an African American lawyer practicing in the birthplace of the Klan years later, Bo has spent his life pursuing justice in his father's name. But when Andy Walton, the man believed to have led the lynch mob 45 years earlier, ends up murdered in the same spot as Bo's father, Bo becomes the prime suspect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping. White supremacists live, feel right.!!

  • By Richard Delman on 10-27-17

A KKK member named Limbaugh???

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

Reviewed: 03-06-17

Would you try another book from Robert Bailey and/or Eric G. Dove?

No - I'm done with Bailey. He names a KKK member Limbaugh? What a dick.

If you’ve listened to books by Robert Bailey before, how does this one compare?

First book was much better.

Did Eric G. Dove do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes - pretty good narrator

Was Between Black and White worth the listening time?

It was ok to kill time with, except for the Limbaugh reference.

Any additional comments?

I think this guy has just lost half his audience.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Survivor

  • By: Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,826
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,201

Top-secret data has been stolen from the CIA, and the only man who knows its hiding place is dead. CIA operative Mitch Rapp must race to find the classified information in this blistering novel that picks up where The Last Man left off in Vince Flynn's New York Times best-selling series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seamless Mitch Rapp truly honors the Vince Flynn l

  • By Lynnett on 10-08-15

Kudos to Kyle Mills!

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

Reviewed: 10-21-15

Where does The Survivor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp has always been near the top for me, but ranking would be hard given the number of books to which I've listened. I will say that Vince Flynn is a very tough act to follow and Kyle Mills should be very proud of his work - very proud indeed.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Survivor?

Mitch Rapp is like Jack Bauer in that, no matter what happens, you always know that justice is on the way - you know what I mean, that really satisfying, juicy kind of justice. Ok, just call it sweet revenge. To avoid a spoiler, I'll just say the most memorable moment was the "fork" scene near the end.

Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, of course. They are all good; he is clearly one of the best, but I'd have to give the top spot to Robin Sachs (RIP). However, with this book Mr Guidall was a bit of a problem for me (not his fault). I had somehow missed Alex Berenson's entire John Wells series and had just finished binging on all of the Wells books when I started Survivor. I found myself mixing up the two characters. So, if George Guidall has a problem, it's the result of his ubiquity.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, the scene with Mitch and Mike Nash where Mitch verbally destroys the Italian banker and his lawyer. This scene made me cry ( I'm really deep, aren't I?)

Any additional comments?

I think that Mitch comes across a bit "meaner" than he has been in the past (if that's even possible). That's a good thing. More justice!

  • The Fourth Descendant

  • By: Allison Maruska
  • Narrated by: Donald R. Emero
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 117

When Michelle receives a call from a Richmond historian, she sees the chance for a much-needed adventure. All she has to do is find a century-old key. Three others - a guitarist, an engineer, and a retiree - receive similar calls. Each family possesses a key to a four-lock safe found buried in a Virginia courthouse, though their connection is as mysterious as the safe itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Story. Well-written with a Great Cast

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-04-15

Barely made it through this book

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

Reviewed: 03-29-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If the very short section involving a sexual encounter were removed, this book would be good for grade school or junior high school kids. The story idea had potential but it was never fully fleshed out. It has a Hardy Boys or a Nancy Drew feel to it.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Pretty lame. I suppose it was the only ending possible, but it was lazy as if the writer just got tired of writing. I think there were more creative ways to approach the ending by extending the story beyond where it ended.

What didn’t you like about Donald R. Emero’s performance?

It was very hard to make it through to the end of the book because of the narrator's performance. During the first third, or so, of the book, the narrator seemed to be speed reading. He did slow down later into the book, but he was still reading too fast. More problematic than the speed, however, was the narrator's seeming obsession to enunciate each word perfectly. It was like he was reading to early grade schoolers. For example, every word containing a hard "t" was pronounced with a VERY hard "t" to the point of irritation. On top of that, he had somewhat of a "valley girl" tinge to his speech. Overall, a very hard listen. He needs to lighten up on the enuciation and concentrate more on developng the differentiation between characters. And, a bit more "gravitas" would go a long way to bring the reader into the story. He sounded much more like someone just reading a book aloud as opposed to being an effective story teller.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Fourth Descendant?

None

Any additional comments?

Np

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  • Out of the Ashes

  • Tom Clancy's Op-Center
  • By: Dick Couch, George Galdorisi, Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Scott Sowers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 342

Before 9/11 America was protected by a covert force known as the National Crisis Management Center. Commonly known as Op-Center, this silent, secret mantel guarded the American people and protected the country from enemies. The charter was top secret and Director Paul Hood reported directly to the president. Op-Center used undercover operatives with SWAT capabilities to diffuse crises around the world, and they were tops in their field. But after the World Trade Center disaster, in the interest of streamlining, OP-Center was disbanded - leaving the country in terrible danger.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very Disappointed

  • By M. Herring on 07-21-14

It is impossible to listen to this narrator.

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

Reviewed: 07-19-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Possibly the narrator's own children, if he has any

What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I finally gave up on this book about a third of the way through. I might have finished it if there was a better narrator, but I would not waste a credit on another in this series if the same writers are used. Every few minutes I hear words that make me cringe knowing Clancy would never have written them. The whole thing is an insult to Clancy's name.

Somebody is just cashing in on the brand. There is a much better transition in the Jack Ryan series. I give Mark Greaney credit for this as author. I would try another Op Center if Greaney's name is attached to it and if it had a better narrator.

How could the performance have been better?

There is no way this guy could improve. If a bit of exaggeration is permitted, I would say that he sounds like Alvin the Chipmunk. He is just reading the book line by line. There is no voice distinction between characters; his attempts at emotion are not believable. In fairness, he does do an Arabic accent which, while not great, isn't horrible. But, it just sounds like Alvin the Chipmunk doing an ok Arabic accent. I have over a hundred titles in my library and Mr Sowers is by far the worst narrator. From now on, I will be listening to the sample clip before I buy waste any more credits.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

5 of 5 people found this review helpful