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  • The Romanov Ransom

  • A Sam and Remi Fargo Adventure, Book 9
  • By: Clive Cussler, Robin Burcell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,518
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,384

In 1918, a ransom of enormous size was paid to free the Romanovs from the Bolsheviks, but, as history knows, the Romanovs died anyway. And the ransom? During World War II, the Nazis stole it from the Russians, and after that - it vanished. Until now. When a modern-day kidnapping captures the attention of husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo, the couple soon learn that these long-lost riches may be back in play, held in trust by the descendants of a Nazi guerrilla faction called the Werewolves.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good not great

  • By USA Buyer on 10-05-17

South America for Date Night?

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

This adventure has our intrepid pair journeying throughout Europe and South America staying a step ahead of some Nazi treasure hunters. The story line is what we have come to expect in a Sam and Remi Fargo adventure—good clean reading with a few bad guys getting killed along the way. Fewer story line twists made this book more predictable than others in the series and therefore less enjoyable. Fargo fans will enjoy this book.
Scott Brick does his usual magnificent job narrating.

  • The Unravelling of Thomas Malone

  • By: Elly Grant
  • Narrated by: Kim Hughes
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

The mutilated corpse of a young prostitute is discovered in a squalid apartment. Angela Murphy has recently started working as a detective on the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. Just days into the job, she's called to attend this grisly murder. She is shocked by the horror of the scene. It's a ghastly sight of blood and despair. To her boss, Frank Martin, there's something horribly familiar about the scene. Is this the work of a copycat killer? Will he kill again?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good book but poor quality audio

  • By Gordon on 02-03-16

Good book but poor quality audio

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

Reviewed: 02-03-16

Firstly this book is a good, well written, modern day detective novel that is well worth listening to.
My only fault with this book was the quality of the audio recording. I found myself turning the volume up and down almost constantly (device independent). If you find another version of this audio book I would give that a try.
Good luck and I hope you have better experience than I had.

  • The Solomon Curse

  • By: Clive Cussler, Russell Blake
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,444

There are many rumors about the bay off Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Some say it was the site of the lost empire of the Solomon king and that great treasure lies beneath the waters. Others say terrible things happened here, atrocities and disappearances at the hands of cannibal giants, and those who venture there do not return. It is cursed. Which is exactly what attracts the attention of husband-and-wife treasure-hunting team Sam and Remi Fargo. How could they resist?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great adventure

  • By Kim Burney on 09-16-15

The adventure continues...

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

Reviewed: 09-21-15

This is your typical Sam and Remi Fargo adventure and has all the usual features; hidden treasure, bad guys shooting at our heroes, a predictable twist or two and his usual support staff. This series will never win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction but that is really not what we expect. This is another fun distraction from Cussler and Blake without all the blood and gore that is becoming more common in today’s literature. Sam and Remi fans will enjoy this book and will be wanting more as soon as is practicable.

Scott Brick gives an excellent performance.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Pagan Lord

  • A Novel
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,989
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,810

At the onset of the tenth century, England is in turmoil. Alfred the Great is dead and Edward his son reigns as king. Wessex survives but peace cannot hold: the Danes in the north, led by Viking Cnut Longsword, stand ready to invade and will never rest until the emerald crown is theirs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book, BUT, Not The End! Grrrr.. LOL

  • By G.Monie on 01-10-14

Uhtred goes to Bebbanburg

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

Reviewed: 01-16-14

This is another great story from Bernard Cornwell. The main characters from the previous books in the series return and Uhtred, now older, is just as violent and blood thirsty as he ever was. Uhtred goes to Bebbanburg to claim his birthright and goes to war with Cnut. I ran through this book and in the end I was left wanting more. I hope we get more!

Mates Bates' narration was very capable and was a great improvement over the last book in the series.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Abbot

  • The Nineteenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
  • By: Susanna Gregory
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

Matthew Bartholomew doesn't want to travel to Peterborough in the summer of 1358, but his friendship with the lovely Julitta Holm has caused a scandal in Cambridge, so he has no choice. He is one of a party of Bishop's Commissioners, charged to discover what happened to Peterborough's abbot, who went for a ride one day and has not been seen since. When the Commissioners arrive, they find the town in turmoil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Medieval Mystery with humor

  • By Judith A. Weller on 06-15-13

Took a while but...

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

Reviewed: 08-14-13

This was my first encounter with a Susanna Gregory novel and to be honest it took time for me to get into it. Initially I found it hard to stay focused and found my mind wandering to other thoughts. I believe this was my response to a somewhat tedious narration. Eventually I decided to start over and when I did my appreciation of the characters, their idiosyncrasies and relationships grew. At some point in time my appreciation for the narration and how well it fit with the characters had also performed a complete 180 degree turn. Gregory does a good job of intertwining medieval superstitions and attitudes into a creditable murder mystery. Overall the book became one of those gems you find hard to put down—then you reach for the next in the series as fast as you can.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Slingshot

  • Spycatcher, Book 3
  • By: Matthew Dunn
  • Narrated by: Rich Orlow
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Master spy Will Cochrane must catch a missing Russian defector as well as one of Europe's deadliest assassins in this action-packed follow-up to Sentinel, written by real-life former field officer Matthew Dunn. Will Cochrane monitors the nighttime streets of Gdansk, Poland - waiting for the appearance of a Russian defector, a man bearing a top-secret document. Will believes the defector is about to step out of the cold and into the hands of Polish authorities, but suddenly everything goes sideways. The target shows up, but so does a team from the Russian foreign intelligence service SVR, and they are hell-bent on keeping the man from walking.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fast paced and fun

  • By Gordon on 07-11-13

Fast paced and fun

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

Reviewed: 07-11-13

This latest book in the Spycatcher series does not rival the complex ambiguity of a John Le Carré novel nor does it require a great amount of mental dexterity to follow the storyline. But it is fun!

This is faster paced and has more action than the previous books in the series. The action begins almost immediately and continues unabated throughout the book. If you enjoyed the first two books in the series you should find this book to your taste. If you are new to this series I would suggest you read the books in sequence. The hero of these books is more in the genre of James Bond than George Smiley.

Those of you who enjoy a fast paced and entertaining distraction on the long drive home from work will find this novel and excellent buy. If you need something steeped in psychological drama such as a Le Carré novel this book is not for you.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Yellow Admiral

  • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 18
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554

While surviving life-threatening adventures at sea, Captain Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin find life on land to be even more perilous. Aubrey has dimmed his prospects of an admiralty by his erratic voting in Parliament. He is on even worse terms with his wife, Sophie, when his mother-in-law ferrets out a trove of old personal letters. Fortunately, Maturin brings news that the Chileans need the two seafaring friends to train their navy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's an Addiction

  • By Constance on 06-22-05

Wanders

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

Reviewed: 02-09-13

I have enjoyed every book in this series and looked forward to reading this chapter of the Aubrey/Maturin series. The 18th book in the series finds Jack and Stephen either dealing with politics and relatives on land or a spiteful admiral on blockade duty. Unfortunately, like blockade duty, the book wanders around with no real direction. The detail and insight into the period is up to O’Brian’s usual standard and Patrick Tull’s narration is exceptional as it has been throughout the series. Not a lot of action in this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 1356

  • A Novel
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951

On September 19, 1356, a heavily outnumbered English army faced off against the French in the historic Battle of Poitiers. In 1356, Cornwell resurrects this dramatic and bloody struggle - one that would turn out to be the most decisive and improbable victory of the Hundred Years' War, a clash where the underdog English not only the captured the strategic site of Poitiers, but the French King John II as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Story Comes To Life

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-17-13

Another Great Novel from Cromwell

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

Reviewed: 01-30-13

Over the years I have grown to appreciate Cromwell's work and although this may not be his best effort it is still worth the cost of a token. Most of the characters are very well developed and he picks up a couple of new followers who could easily add interest in future episodes (hope). The action is at times gory but that period in history was quite barbaric.

I wasn’t sure of Jack Hawkins narration and it did take some time to get comfortable with. His Scottish accent is unforgivable but forgettable.

Overall this book is a pleasant distraction.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The King's Coat

  • By: Dewey Lambdin
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373

It is 1780, and 17-year-old Alan Lewrie is a brash, rebellious young libertine. So much so that his callous father believes a bit of naval discipline will turn the boy around. Fresh aboard the tall-masted Ariadne, Midshipman Lewrie heads for the war-torn Americas, finding - rather unexpectedly - that he is a born sailor, equally at home with the randy pleasures of the port and the raging battles on the high seas. But in a hail of cannonballs comes a bawdy surprise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Sex, Swords, Sailing Ships"

  • By Andrew on 05-16-10

Errol Flynn has nothing on this guy

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

Reviewed: 11-02-12

I found this series of books after I completed the excellent Aubrey/Maturin Series by Patrick O'Brian. Lambdin has created a character (Alan Lewrie) who could be described as an over-sexed reluctant hero. The book is witty and exciting and definitely worth a read.
John Lee does an excellent job as narrator with clearly distinguishable characters.
When you finish this series try the Aubrey/Maturin Series it has less humor but should quench your thirst for high seas adventure.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Truelove

  • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 15
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 827
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605

A British whaler has been captured by an ambitious chief in the Friendly Isles, and Captain Jack Aubrey is dispatched to restore order. But Jack must first contend with an escaped convict who has stowed away on the Surprise, an attractive female convict who is driving the crew to awkward courtliness and dangerous jealousies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • AKA Clarissa Oakes

  • By Darwin8u on 11-28-17

Another Hit

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

Reviewed: 09-12-12

Those familiar with this series will not be disappointed with this book and as always the characters and story are brought to life by Patrick Tull's wonderful narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful