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  • The Final Cut

  • A Brit in the FBI, Book 1
  • By: Catherine Coulter, J. T. Ellison
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman, MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,909
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,710
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,704

Scotland Yard’s new chief inspector Nicholas Drummond is on the first flight to New York when he learns his colleague, Elaine York, the "minder" of the Crown Jewels for the "Jewel of the Lion" exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was found murdered. Then the centerpiece of the exhibit, the infamous Koh-i-Noor Diamond, is stolen from the Queen Mother’s crown. Drummond, American-born but raised in the UK, is a dark, dangerous, fast-rising star in the Yard who never backs down. And this case is no exception.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Art and Jewel Heists . . . Clever Fox

  • By Debbie on 03-11-15

Very predictable

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

Reviewed: 04-30-16

I really wanted to like this book but I found myself completing the cliched dialogue. Will not be trying any more books in the series

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • State of Emergency

  • By: Marc Cameron
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 736
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669

Two agents, Russian and American, are brutally murdered. College students, working as drug mules, die gruesome deaths from radiation poisoning. Powerful dirty bombs explode minutes apart in San Francisco and St. Petersburg, Russia - slaughtering citizens and spreading blind panic throughout the world. But this is only a warning. The next attack will be nuclear.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Having now read all three

  • By Mel on 08-13-14

Formulaic and needed multiple narrators

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

Reviewed: 01-06-16

What disappointed you about State of Emergency?

The narration was out of his depth trying to provide distinctive voices for each different character. His voice for the main villain was just "nails on a chalk board" bad to me.

What was most disappointing about Marc Cameron’s story?

The characters are very predictable in definition, interaction, and growth. Cardboard cut outs.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Near and Distant Neighbors

  • A New History of Soviet Intelligence
  • By: Jonathan Haslam
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24

Previous histories have focused on the KGB, leaving military intelligence and the special service - which specialized in codes and ciphers - lurking in the shadows. Drawing on previously neglected Russian sources, Haslam reveals how both were in fact crucial to the survival of the Soviet state. This was especially true after Stalin's death in 1953, as the Cold War heated up and dedicated Communist agents the regime had relied upon - Klaus Fuchs, the Rosenbergs, Donald Maclean - were betrayed.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Horrendous performance, interesting material

  • By Alex on 12-22-15

Narration Makes This Book Hard Work

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

Reviewed: 01-06-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The narration really got in the way of the story: choppy and disjointed. It combined the worst of Christopher Walken's phrasing with up-talk from a Valley girl. I think the narrator got paid extra to insert random pregnant pauses and commas throughout the text. I just couldn't finish the book because it was so difficult to listen to.

What could Jonathan Haslam have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I think the book was meant to be read silently to oneself, the phrasing and use of parenthetical asides hurt the ability of the narrator to tell the story in a compelling way.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Shaun Grindell?

Lots of British narrators would have done a good job, for example Frederick Davidson.

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

It's a very interesting story and I might buy the physical book but it is impossible for me to keep engaged in the audio book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • RAGNAROK (A Jack Sigler Thriller - Book 4)

  • By: Jeremy Robinson, Kane Gilmour
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287

It starts with a thunderous crack and a flash of light. Screams come next. Then the hunters. With a staccato flicker, light disappears and everything within a hundred-yard radius goes with it. All that remains is a massive crater where a chunk of the world has gone missing. As the deadly phenomenon repeats and expands amidst the world's most densely populated cities, Jack Sigler, Callsign: King, and his black ops team take action. But the team is broken, spread across the globe, and vulnerable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • another great book

  • By Trent on 04-09-16

sorry, I just can't suspend disbelief

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

Reviewed: 10-08-13

Any additional comments?

I just had a hard time with this book. I could overlook the space aliens, the shifts in time from Viking era to modern day, the techo-babble about weapons. But the story line was incredible, as in strained my credibility. I gave up about the point where a former US president was revealed as the leader of a super-secret, transnational, ex-Delta force squad. It was just too much.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Requiem for an Assassin
    A Novel
    
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        Barry Eisler
    
    


    
    
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        Scott Brick
    
    


    
    Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
    1,043 ratings
    Overall 3.9
  • Requiem for an Assassin

  • A Novel
  • By: Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 379

If you had to kill three people to save your best friend's life, would you do it? When John Rain decides to get out of the business, his hand is forced by rogue CIA operative Jim Hilger. Hilger kidnaps Dox, Rain's trusted partner and closest friend, and offers Rain a choice: carry out a final assignment, or bear the responsibility for Dox's murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An ear full and a mind full

  • By Matthew on 06-04-07

Good Story, Overdone Narration

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

Reviewed: 01-25-12

What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

The narration is overly stylized. I've listened to other books by this narrator (e.g. Devil in the White CIty) and really liked those. But this book just is too much. Bring back Brian Nishii for the John Rain series!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful