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  • Foreign Influence

  • By: Brad Thor
  • Narrated by: Armand Schultz
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,173

Buried within the black ops budgets of the Department of Defense, a new spy agency has been created. Unfettered by the oversight of self-serving politicians, it reports only to a secret panel of military insiders. Its job is to target Americas enemies - both foreign and domestic - under a charter of three simple words: Find, Fix, and Finish.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Armand reads...

  • By Susan on 08-17-10

Slow start but gets better

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

Reviewed: 05-04-15

I struggled with this audio book at first it seemed to be going nowhere and the narration was extremely slow. I increased playback to 1.5x speed, and that made a huge difference, around the same time the storyline improved too.

once the story got going I enjoyed it.

Imperium
    
    
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        Robert Harris
    
    


    
    
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        Bill Wallis
    
    


    
    Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
    40 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • Imperium

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

When Tiro, the confidential secretary of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events which will eventually propel his master into one of the most famous courtroom dramas in history. The stranger is a Sicilian, a victim of the island's corrupt Roman governor, Verres. The senator is Cicero, a brilliant young lawyer and spellbinding orator, determined to attain imperium - supreme power in the state.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing narration

  • By Danesen on 03-30-10

Thoroughly enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 12-04-12

This is the first Robert Harris book I have read and I have to say I enjoyed it very much. In fact I have just purchased the follow up Lustrum and look forward to listening to that.

Cicero is someone from history I was aware of but did not appreciate, this book has provided me with a different perspective. I really enjoyed how the story was told by secretary after the event.

I would have to say that narrator did a great job too.

  • The Secret Soldier

  • By: Alex Berenson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

The brand new John Wells thriller from New York Times best seller Alex Berenson. Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah fears he is fast losing control of his family and his people. A series of terrorist attacks has put his kingdom on edge and, with powerful factions operating against him, the king must turn to the one man he has been told will make the difference. Ex-CIA operative John Wells knows all too well how covert internal battles can undermine a nation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic but frightening storyline

  • By Calum on 10-13-12

Fantastic but frightening storyline

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

Reviewed: 10-13-12

Although this is book 5 from a series, it stands alone with a fabulous storyline and great characters. As the publishers summary intimates this story is set in the middle east and provide a fascinating insight to life in the region.

I mention in the heading 'frightening', I guess I was thinking about this from two perspectives, how oppressed life can be there, but also how easily things can get out of hand if we were to allow that to happen.

So a great story narrated by one of the best, George Guidall makes for a fantastic package.

  • Pale Horse

  • Project Eden Thriller, Book 3
  • By: Brett Battles
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496

A simple push of a button and the world will never be the same. Martina Gable returns home from college to spend Christmas break with her family, but the relaxing vacation she expects is not even close to what she'll get. Sanjay, a young man in Mumbai who knows more than he should about Project Eden’s plan, will do whatever he can to keep Kusum, the girl he loves, alive and safe. boy named Brandon Ash runs for his life in the hills of Montana, wanting only to see his family again. But first there is Daniel....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pale Horse is Project Eden Book 3

  • By Wayne on 09-01-15

Better and Better

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

Reviewed: 10-13-12

This is the third book in the fantastic 'Project Eden' series and it just get's better and better. So many twists and turns from beginning to end, with new characters and story streams being subtly introduced as you read along.

You can't help but be sucked into the world of the wonderful characters and their individual stories.

This was the first book I 'read' with Audible and Kindle using their whispersync for voice, in all honesty, this is something I have been hoping would come along for a long time and it did not disappoint - it really is a fantastic way to read books.

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  • The Girl Who Played With Fire

  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 20 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,041

Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. Two Millennium journalists about to expose the truth about sex trafficking in Sweden are murdered, and Salander's prints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable and vengeful behaviour makes her an official danger to society - but no-one can find her. Mikael Blomkvist, Millennium magazine's legendary star reporter, does not believe the police. Using all his magazine staff and resources to prove Salander's innocence, Blomkvist also uncovers her terrible past....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Joe on 10-12-09

Absolutely Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 06-19-12

You know how the second book in a trilogy is often just a bridge between the first and the third, well this isn't the case here. Crash, bang, wollop - that's pretty much the pace from the start of this book, and the action continues straight through to the end.

In some respects this story is more about the Lisbeth character and helping us understand what makes her tick and why. This coupled with a very strong storyline makes for compelling reading.

You can't complete a review of this book without praising Saul Reichlin's incredible narration, he really is first class.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow of Betrayal

  • By: Brett Battles
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783

The meeting place was carefully chosen: an abandoned church in rural Ireland just after dark. For Jonathan Quinn--a freelance operative and professional "cleaner" - the job was only to observe. If his cleanup skills were needed, it would mean things had gone horribly wrong. But an assassin hidden in a tree assured just that. And suddenly Quinn had four dead bodies to dispose of and one astounding clue - to a mystery that is about to spin wildly out of control.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator Makes the Book

  • By Robert E. Scarcelle on 09-04-09

Thoroughly enjoyable story, great narration

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

Reviewed: 06-14-12

Brett never fails to deliver with his Jonathan Quinn series, I think they are a very clever perspective on the assassin / thriller genre. Fantastic narration from Scott Brick once again. A great package story by Brett, narration by Scott. Would I recommend - hell yes!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Zero Hour

  • By: Joseph Finder
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 161

When an ominous, digitally encrypted telephone call is intercepted by the NSA's spy satellites high over Switzerland, FBI Special Agent Sarah Cahill -- irreverent, outspoken, a brilliant counterterrorism expert, a divorced mother of an eight-year-old boy -- is urgently summoned to New York to investigate an imminent terrorist attack on lower Manhattan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intense

  • By Jacki on 08-13-12

Brilliant Story, great narration

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

Reviewed: 06-14-12

Yet again Joe Finder delivers another great story with plenty of twist and turns keeping you going from page one straight through to the very end of the story. I would call this a real page turner (if it makes sense to say that about an audio book). The narration really complimented the story very well. Would I recommend this, yes absolutely. In my opinion Joe Finder is one of the best thriller writers at the moment.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Conqueror

  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Richard E Grant
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

The one and only Conn Iggulden takes on the story of the mighty Kublai Khan. An epic tale of a great and heroic mind; his action-packed rule; and how in conquering one-fifth of the world’s inhabited land, he changed the course of history forever.A scholar who conquered an empire larger than those of Alexander or Caesar.A warrior who would rule a fifth of the world with strength and wisdom.A man who betrayed a brother to protect a nation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Bit repetitive

  • By E.M. Biggs on 06-13-17

Another Great Story, An Epic Really

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

Reviewed: 06-14-12

Yet again Conn Iggulden conjures up another fabulous historical fiction story centred around the Gengis Khan dynasty. For me this was one of those audiobooks where you don't mind getting stuck in a traffic jam, it just gives you more time to enjoy the story. I felt the narration by Richard was a little weak and didn't do the story the justice it deserved. That said would I recommend, yes.

  • The Romanov Prophecy

  • By: Steve Berry
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 395

In 1917, Nicholas II, Tsar of Russia, was executed by revolutionaries. Now, in response to the collapse of the country's economy, the people have voted to instate a new Tsar, one who will be chosen from the descendents of Nicholas II. But a powerful group of Western businessmen want to make sure he is a candidate they can control, and hire African-American lawyer Miles Lord, with his knowledge of Russian language and history, to check the background of their chosen man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was well worth it.

  • By Christopher on 09-29-04

Fantastic Story

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

Reviewed: 06-14-12

Another fantastic story from Steve Berry, a nice mixture of history of the Russian monarchy and fiction suggesting a fascinating possibility what could have been. The narration was very good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Cardinal of the Kremlin

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 25 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,824

Two men possess vital information on Russia's Star Wars missile defense system. One of them is Cardinal -- America's highest agent in the Kremlin -- and he's about to be terminated by the KGB. The other one is the American who can save Cardinal and lead the world to the brink of peace . . . or war. Here is author Tom Clancy's heart-stopping masterpiece -- a riveting novel about one of the most intriguing issues of our time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The most under rated book of the Jack Ryan series

  • By Thomas on 03-15-12

Good story, takes too long to get there!

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

Reviewed: 06-14-12

As ever with Tom Clancy; why use 10 words when you can drag it out and use 100! The stories are good but you tend to lose interest throughout as the book it into so much irrelevant detail. It's a real shame as the general story was enjoyable. Narration was fine.