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  • Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance

  • A Jack Ryan Novel, Book 17
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,716

It begins with a family dinner in Princeton, New Jersey. After months at sea, US Navy commander Scott Hagan, captain of the USS James Greer, is on leave when he is attacked by an armed man in a crowded restaurant. Hagan is shot, but he manages to fight off the attacker. Though severely wounded, the gunman reveals he is a Russian whose brother was killed when his submarine was destroyed by Commander Hagan's ship. Hagan demands to know how the would-be assassin knew his exact location, but the man dies before he says more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Faith In The Series - Cyber Terrorism & Islamic State

  • By Derek on 12-07-16

Best yet!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

I'm really more of a Daniel Silva fan than a Tom Clancy one, but I liked the great early Clancy ones, enjoying them only in movie form. I've read a few of the ones with the newer authors, some better than others. But this one!!! OUTSTANDING.. A great story, believable characters, some out loud laughs and wonderful contemporary references. As much as I enjoy books from other periods, there is something you can really connect with when there are so many elements of today in a story. That might be the best thing about it: robots, social media, bitcoin, all female Kurdish fighting units, Romanian orphans, now grown up, and most of all, cybercrime. I have 2 chapters left and I've stopped for awhile just to postpone getting to the end. Worth spending a credit on, folks, even if you're not a diehard Clancy fan. And I do think most who are would feel this approaches the excitement of the early books. It's a longish book, but at a third of the way through I started dreading when it would end. Enjoy!

  • Extinction Code

  • By: James D. Prescott
  • Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 824

Geophysicist Jack Greer believes he may finally have found the resting place of the meteorite that wiped out the dinosaurs sixty-five million years ago. A few miles off the Yucatán coast, Jack and a team of scientists tow an aging drilling platform over the impact crater with the aim of securing a sample. But buried deep beneath the earth lies a shocking discovery that threatens to shatter everything we think we know about the origins of our species.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • the story is solid and entertaining

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 04-04-18

I like the narrator's voice, but not much else

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

Not for me. Too many characters, I'm not that interested in science and the writing isn't very good. Let me clarify that: in the hands of a great writer, like Michael Crichton, I like science just fine!! But that's what it takes for me. Then, seeing the reviews, some say there are plot weaknesses so I'm packing it in early. I do like the narrator's voice and nearly continued for that, the same way that you're having a story read to you while you fall asleep. It just sounds nice and who cares what's going on. I don't think that's enough for an 8 hour book. It was on sale, so it was worth a try.

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  • Suicide Six

  • By: Bobby Akart
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253

We'll live to fight another day! With those words, a hero rose to the challenge and a family found the strength within themselves to face the unthinkable. The forces of evil have descended upon Armstrong Ranch. The family had worked this ranch since the 1800s and now invaders from a faraway land had plans to take it away. Will the Armstrongs persevere in the face of a well-trained, deadly enemy which intends to steal their home and end their lives?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Finale

  • By Brian on 08-03-18

I'm glad I stuck it out

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

I nearly quit after book 3, but I'm glad I stuck it out. The last 3 books go in a different direction which I enjoyed, bringing in the political realities. It was a little maudlin at times, but that's o.k. These aren't certainly books at the highest level of writing and one sign of that was how little humour there was. However, I laughed very hard at a couple of spots. More sophisticated writing has more irony in it, I think, and this has very little of that. Overall it was a good experience, but I'm not rushing to dive into another of his series. You feel a bit resentful that you keep buying book after book and spending so much, but I did enjoy that immersion into that place, time and concept. I'm writing mostly to help those who aren't sure about this series, as I was. I do like the old fashioned values which we need more of and that, despite the essentially violent times they were in, it didn't go out of its way to revel in the gore.

  • Lines in the Sand

  • By: Bobby Akart
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379

Major and Lucy Armstrong's four children are spread around the globe and are in a race against time to return to Texas before societal collapse takes America to the depths of human depravity. They use their ingenuity, grit, and faith to persevere but find themselves facing a most unexpected enemy. The Lone Star Series is a thought-provoking, gut-wrenching look into a postapocalyptic country devastated by nuclear destruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of Action

  • By Brian on 05-02-18

Considered stopping after this one.......

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

I enjoyed this series up until now, but for a couple of reasons, I thought this will be my last book. First of all, I was thinking that now the family was back together, it was obvious that the next important struggle is against the 'forces' that lurk nearby and if you've read this far you know who they are. Secondly, it was getting more graphically violent, which isn't for me and I can't see that in an increasingly dangerous world, that's going improve. Also, it was a little mushy in terms of morals: they call what others do as 'looting', but when they do it,it's considered a good thing. That's what I felt when I finished this one, BUT I was going through withdrawal and got the next one, number 4. All the concerns are put aside!!! I wrote this for others having second thoughts about the series, as so many reviews are gushing and it's good for readers to get various outlooks. The 4th one, the next one, has me committed until the end, with plenty of story still continuing and little unpleasant graphic violence. I'm not even continuing because of the cliff-hangar at the end of Book 4 but because it is a great story that seems to be getting deeper in terms of character and political resonance. I think this one, Book 3, perhaps had some aspects I didn't like, but after Book 4, I'm all in for the series.

  • The Quantum Spy

  • By: David Ignatius
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 475

A hyper-fast quantum computer is the digital equivalent of a nuclear bomb: whoever possesses one will be able to shred any encryption in existence, effectively owning the digital world. The question is: Who will build it first, the United States or China? The latest of David Ignatius' timely, sharp-eyed espionage novels follows CIA agent Harris Chang into a quantum research lab compromised by a suspected Chinese informant. The breach provokes a mole hunt that is obsessive, destructive, and - above all - uncertain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Is Harry Chang A Loyal American?

  • By Linda on 12-05-17

Both/And not Either/Or

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

Because the reviews are all over the place, I thought I should try and do one to help potential readers. I am a huge lover of the spy novel genre yet don't enjoy the ones that are 'action-packed', adrenalin rushes. The spy novel readers who like that in abundance won't find that here. This seems much more character driven and, given that the human person is complex and contradictory at times. that's what we see here. That ties in with the central theme of quantum computing as well in the sense that two contradictory things can be present at the same time, but not for very long. I get that that level of ambiguity may be annoying to the crowd, which I'm in, that wants and needs to see the west as superior, despite mistakes that might be made. I loved this book and couldn't put it down, which doesn't happen often, yet a couple of times I feared it was going to slide into some anti-American outlooks or actions that didn't fit with the characters and I prepared myself to dump it if it did. I don't think it did, but I may not hunt down a lot more by this author. I don't think we see the world in the same way. For example, racism and sexism are far from the biggest issues in my opinion in today's America and I'm not too interested in reading books by people who think they are being deep by exploring these issues in novels. It came up a bit in this story but for me didn't go to far. For me, this story, the characters, the intrigue, the view into China and the easy lessons in quantum computing made it worthwhile. So, the action oriented fans may be disappointed, but those of us that did like the moral ambiguities present in writers like John Le Carre, will enjoy it. I say if I can handle learning far more about weapons than I ever dreamed possible and can actually begin to visualize hand to hand combat and be engaged in the Tom Clancy books, I'm sure some other action-oriented folks can find some unexpected pleasure in this one. I see I abandoned another book by this author because of too much violence early on and there's none of that here. The little sex there is is very light and turns out to fit into the overall story, so is not gratuitous. I know there are others like myself that like to check that out before we start a book. I hope this helps!

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  • The Inner Circle

  • By: Brad Meltzer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,666
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,653

When Clementine Kaye, archivist Beecher White's first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help, Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the president of the United States privately reviews classified documents. They accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact - and find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By FAC on 12-29-11

Addictive!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

I've just finished this hours ago and was so thrilled to discover it is number one in a series and I can keep going. There is a slight feeling of 'eating potato chips and you can't stop' about it and it's hard to explain what I mean. I guess part of me knows that somehow I'm being manipulated by the twists and the turns to keep at it, despite it not being actually 'nourishing'. I can only say that perhaps there are examples of better literature in this genre, but there are only so many writers like that and I've read them already. This is really good story telling and intrigue at a level one always suspects is going on and that's a lot!!! But I want to reserve my 5 stars for writers like Daniel Sliva who take things a little farther. That being said, I am thrilled to find another writer that I can 'devour'.

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  • City of a Thousand Spies

  • The Conor McBride Series, Book 3
  • By: Kathryn Guare
  • Narrated by: Wayne Farrell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Conor McBride has accepted a bargain he may live to regret, if he gets to live at all. Lured by the chance to resume his career as a violinist, he’s agreed to extract a defecting Iranian from Prague. He’s been promised a simple, stitched-up mission, but as he might have expected, it unravels into chaos as soon as he arrives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Thriller!

  • By Jan M on 10-22-18

Didn't grab me

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

This was a unique type of spy story, but I abandoned it midway through. The twists and turns seemed arbitrary and false and I didn't like the undercurrent of creepy sexuality. I didn't even like the narrator for awhile but he grew on me, so that was no problem. It seems like more of a romance anyway, with the rest of it kind of faked to make a story. I do apologize if somehow the plot came together later, but I stopped caring about any of it and began to forget who some of the characters were and didn't want to bother remembering. I kept waiting to find Prague beautifully described, as other viewers stated. I heard descriptions, but they didn't grab me either. I just didn't buy into any of it. I am a big fan of the spy genre, so I don't know if that is part of it. Perhaps it's a spy novel for people who don't generally like spy novels?

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  • Tinseltown

  • Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood
  • By: William J. Mann
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,349
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,355

By 1920, the movies had suddenly become America's new favorite pastime and one of the nation's largest industries. Never before had a medium possessed such power to influence; yet Hollywood's glittering ascendancy was threatened by a string of headline-grabbing tragedies - including the murder of William Desmond Taylor, the popular president of the Motion Picture Directors Association, a legendary crime that has remained unsolved until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everybody's a dreamer...

  • By Steven on 01-08-15

Pretty good

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

I bought this on sale and I wouldn't say I'm a fan of either old Hollywood or true crime. This was well done and was captivating from the beginning. You get a sense of the early days of the movies plus a lot of info about the attempts at censorship in those days, putting any scandal in context. The only criticism I had was that it seemed a bit long, so I skipped over bits near the end. If you think you're interested and it's still at a bargain price, snap it up.

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  • Hatching Twitter

  • A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Daniel May
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,449

Twitter seems like a perfect start-up success story. In barely six years, a small group of young, ambitious programmers in Silicon Valley built an $11.5 billion business out of the ashes of a failed podcasting company. Today Twitter boasts more than 200 million active users and has affected business, politics, media, and other fields in innumerable ways.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The dysfunctional foursome

  • By Jean on 08-10-16

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I had read another book by Nick Bilton which I think I prefer to this one (American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road) but I see the Twitter book was written several years earlier. .That will help explain the rather abrupt ending!!! It wasn't a problem, as it stopped when the company was clearly established, no longer being 'hatched' but for some reason I wasn't ready for it. I was left wondering about the remaining years, but that's another story.
Yes, it is more on the personalities and very light on the technical side, but I'm not sure there is a really a technical side that is significant. What was new was conceiving that people would want quick little posts and the different outlooks on what role they would function. I find all the start up stories worthwhile, as it's a combination of genius, drive, business acumen, and a host of other things that combine and they're giving us the world we're in today. It's a time like the heyday of the robber barons where great wealth and influence is springing up and the pace of change is rapid. I thought it was terrific. It makes sense that these characters brainstormed into Twitter but had struggles later. Who wouldn't?

  • Murder on Millionaires' Row

  • A Mystery
  • By: Erin Lindsey
  • Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Rose Gallagher might dream of bigger things, but she’s content enough with her life as a housemaid. After all, it’s not every girl from Five Points who gets to spend her days in a posh Fifth Avenue brownstone, even if only to sweep its floors. But all that changes on the day her boss, Mr. Thomas Wiltshire, disappears. Rose is certain Mr. Wiltshire is in trouble, but the police treat his disappearance as nothing more than the whims of a rich young man behaving badly. Meanwhile, the friend who reported him missing is suspiciously unhelpful.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable Victorian paranormal mystery

  • By Janis W on 11-10-18

Not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

I did like the overall writing ability of the author and enjoyed the narrator very much. I was caught into it right away but for me it went downhill more and more the longer it continued. There was too much action and too much of the supernatural for me and not enough substance. I would like to see how the budding romance turns out, but I suspect it will be stretched out so there can be additional books in the series. I did enjoy the look into that time period, but it seemed a bit superficial to me and not enough to put up with the non-stop twists and turns. I technically listened to the end, but was half asleep for most and don't really care to fill in the blanks. Disappointing as I think both the narrator and the writer are very good,.

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