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  • Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor

  • By: Dick Couch, George Galdorisi
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,078
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,077

Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good performance, boring story

  • By Ole on 06-14-12

Great picture of the life

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

Reviewed: 04-09-19

I've seen some of the negative reviews which took me by surprise. Then again, having lived as a military wife with a deep love and respect for our country I realize my perspective is going to be maybe a little lopsided. The men and women who give all and everything for our country are a bit of a different breed. Certainly not perfect but I hate to think where we'd be without them.

Although I am only related to the Navy branch through family members and "served my time" under a different branch, I've never really differentiated one from the other. To me they're all one big corporation where each department serves a vital function.

So I found this story intensely interesting to gain a little insight as to how other families lived and loved and braved their way through deployments. I appreciated an account from a personal perspective and enjoyed every moment of the listen.

  • Badlands

  • A Novel of Suspense
  • By: Richard Montanari
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282

Philadelphia police detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano are working a new beat: the Special Investigations Unit, aka the cold case squad. Ironic, given that it's the height of a blazing hot August. But even these hardened homicide veterans are chilled to the bone as a dormant murder case stirs to life - leading Byrne and Balzano into the dark heart of their city, their souls, and a psyche of pure evil.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good with some left dangling

  • By Lupo on 05-07-09

Ho Hum - Just another great listen

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

Montanari has become one of my favorites but I've discovered that if you don't pay attention, you don't truly enjoy. I listened to one while I was distracted at points and ended up with an "eh" opinion. Then for some reason decided to listen again. This time I paid attention and as usual, it was a great listen.

Badlands falls right in line with the previous books in the series and I'm on my way to the next after a couple of in betweens. I've learned that for me, going directly from one author's book to the next dilutes the enjoyment.

I definitely recommend the series but as someone else pointed out in a review, you can pick up anywhere and enjoy the listen. You lose a little history but not enough to affect the book. They can all stand alone.

  • New York to Dallas

  • In Death, Book 33
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,216

It was one of Eve Dallas’s earliest takedowns, back in her uniform days. A monster named Isaac McQueen had been abducting young victims and leaving them scarred in both mind and body. Thanks to Eve, he wound up where he belonged, removed from civilized society in Rikers. But he’s not behind bars anymore. After his escape, McQueen has two things in mind. One is to take up where he left off, preying on the young and innocent - when necessary, with the help of a female partner all too willing to be manipulated and to aid and abet his crimes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NY to Dallas

  • By Debbie Woodruff on 09-18-11

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

Before I found Audible I read a couple of Nora Roberts mystery/romance novels and not bad. The romance wasn't overdone and I thought the murder/mystery story was good so when I saw the JD Robb stories I decided to give it a try. This was before 2008 so don't really remember anything other than "Not for me" and never went back. Nora got a bit heavy on the romance so I moved on to Mitch Rapp.

Soooo, since times and people change I decided to try JD Robb one more time and shame on me. Should have learned. I've just never been heavy on graphic sex or gore so this is only based on my preferences. Lots of people love the books or they wouldn't keep coming so think I've learned to stick to what I enjoy.

  • The Tower

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,080

Allander Atlasia is an infamous psychopath whose heinous crimes have earned him a lifetime stay at the Tower, the world's most extreme maximum-security prison. But after a brilliant and brutal escape, the criminal mastermind begins a killing spree that is intensely personal. Jade Marlow is an ex-FBI profiler and tracker whose fearlessness is only surpassed by the severity of his own inner demons. With a record of irrational behavior and a genius for putting himself into the mind of a criminal predator, he may be the one man diabolical enough to catch Atlasia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not his best. (Spoilers)

  • By Taryn on 01-02-19

Entry wasn't what I expect from Hurwitz but then,

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

Intro portion was interesting but I could have done with less of that. But once the story began to roll with a character to follow I began to take notice. I can see why reviews weren't spectacular but if there were a follow-up I'd strongly consider the listen. Not wild about the amount of gore but other than this dip in excellence, Hurwitz usually doesn't fail to excel.

Watching the Gregg Hurwitz / Scott Brick video was most interesting but shall say no more.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Sacred Night

  • A Ballard and Bosch Novel
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin, Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,584

Renée Ballard is working the night beat again and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out but then checks into the case herself, and it brings a deep tug of empathy and anger. Bosch is investigating the death of 15-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally murdered and her body left in a dumpster like so much trash. Now, Ballard joins forces with Bosch. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So So

  • By Paul Beer on 11-16-18

For Connelly, eh...

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

Been reading Connelly for years and love Harry but this one just didn't make the grade for me. Characters were OK, story was OK but I just didn't connect with it. Granted, Harry has been at it a long time but I hate seeing the character degraded. Old age may slow you down a bit but the mind can grow even sharper with the experience to boot.

If Connelly wants to expand I'd rather read about Harry and Mickey.

  • Out of the Dark

  • An Orphan X Novel (Evan Smoak, Book 4)
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,959
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,810
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,800

Taken from a group home at age 12, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as part of the Orphan Program, an off-the-books operation designed to create deniable intelligence assets - i.e. assassins. Evan was Orphan X. He broke with the Program, using everything he learned to disappear and reinvent himself as the Nowhere Man, a man who helps the truly desperate when no one else can. But now Evan's past in the Orphan Program is reaching out to him. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SMOAKIN' HOT!!!!

  • By shelley on 01-30-19

Write on Hurwitz..... Worth the wait!!!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

I don't do book reports but for me, money well spent. Evan does all the action but with hesitation in spots which upped the grade. Spots for future relationships, other Orphans involved and even if we look for the Nowhere Man to do the impossible, I enjoy the scope and logistics.

Held my attention the entire listen and I plan a repeat performance to see what I may have missed the first time around. That's how much I enjoyed it. There were a couple of points I wondered about but probably spots where I didn't listen closely enough. What a trip it would be to crawl into Hurwitz's mind.

  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,677
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23,614

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a work that I highly recommend

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 05-02-16

Surprised at how much I enjoyed it

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

This one called for more imagination and involvement than the average book. Not that I don't get involved in the books I listen to but I don't have to call on my imagination at the same level. Picturing an alien with only minor references to appearance as you go along isn't quite as easy as picturing a human monster. Those I've run into. So it turned out to be a fun listen although I wasn't wild about the ending. I'd like to know what happened after that.

This was more of an adventure listen for me than I expected and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Cathedral

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 394

St. Patrick's Day, New York City. Everyone is celebrating, but everyone is in for a shock. Born into the heat and hatred of the Northern Ireland conflict, IRA man Brian Flynn has masterminded a brilliant terrorist act: the seizure of Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Among his hostages: the woman Brian Flynn once loved, a former terrorist turned peace activist.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not even close to DeMille's other books

  • By NorahsLA on 01-07-10

For once I've run across a book better read

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

Although I love Nelson DeMille for his biting sarcasm, he's a pretty versatile writer. I read this book years back and thought it was spectacular so thought I'd re-visit. Tough to listen to even for a fan. It's just so long and involved and I couldn't form the same connection. Most of my reading friends at the time I read it passed because of the length but loving DeMille I jumped in. Not light reading but for me, well worth the time.

I recommend the book since I couldn't even finish the listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Twisted Prey

  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,075
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,078

Lucas Davenport had crossed paths with her before. A rich psychopath, Taryn Grant had run successfully for the US Senate, where Lucas had predicted she'd fit right in. He was also convinced that she'd been responsible for three murders, though he'd never been able to prove it. Once a psychopath had gotten that kind of rush, though, he or she often needed another fix, so he figured he might be seeing her again. He was right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterpiece!

  • By Steven Allgood on 04-27-18

It's like the old Davenport is back - Loved it

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

Not to throw a negative at the family ... but this was more like the old Lucas. Weather, the little ones and Lettie were there but not overwhelmingly so. Sanford seemed to focus on the family aspect for a while more than rough, tough Lucas who was such a "jerk" since The Rues of Prey. I just gave up on his books. Virgil Flowers was good, especially with Ron McLarty but not the same quality of story - for me - as the old Lucas. But this, yep it was mainly Davenport. I like Lettie and Weather and they were there just the right amount for me.

I'm crossing my fingers that this continues since there was a gap without Lucas. Have another lined up so shall see.

Good listen....

  • One Clean Shot

  • Rookie Club Series, Book 2
  • By: Danielle Girard
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Hailey Wyatt's life is finally settling into a sort of normalcy after the tragedy that struck her family. Or it seems that way until an investigation into the homicide of two powerful San Francisco residents is suddenly the center of a media frenzy. Because someone is taking a strong stance against guns... and they're willing to kill to make sure they're heard. The department has a message for Hailey, as well. Solve the case. Quickly. Or else. Worse, the only connection between the victims is a friendship with Hailey's father-in-law.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 2 in the Rookie Club suspense series

  • By Wayne on 04-24-18

Enjoyed every listening minute

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

I've grown shallow in my old age and as much as I still love spy novels, suspense and drama, I love to be entertained. And everything I've read by Danielle Girard has been exactly that. She has just about everything in her novels and I usually learn something along the way. Her books have just about everything. Suspense, mystery, just the right amount of romance (she alludes to it rather than going into details which makes me want to skip pages), betrayal, justice and on and on.

I have little speakers in all my rooms and use an MP3 so with her books I take her around the house with me. If I'm not long in one place I grab the ear buds and simply take her with me, not to mention the car. So there you go. I'm a fan and look forward to her next book. And, although not feminist I still enjoy books about the gals getting ahead.

You go girl!