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  • H.M.S. Unseen

  • By: Patrick Robinson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

The H.M.S. Unseen is one of the most efficient, lethal submarines ever built. But suddenly, on a training mission off the English coast, it vanishes, baffling military intelligence on both sides of the Atlantic, including national security adviser Admiral Arnold Morgan. A missing weapon is dangerous enough. But then the unthinkable begins to happen.... Planes begin blowing up across the skies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish Audible had the entire series!!!

  • By hj skip fowler on 03-16-17

I wish Audible had the entire series!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-16-17

Where does H.M.S. Unseen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is excellent and there is no better narrator than George Guidall. As an ex-submariner, I was impressed with the story and the knowledge of the author. I really hated for the story to come to an end. I wish Audible had the entire series but they are a few novels short. I will get all of the ones that they do carry though.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Admirable Morgan is a no bs character and he's not afraid to make decisions.

What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

George Guidall does an excellent job of giving the characters life. His performance in this book is up to the high standards that I have come to expect from him. I look for books that he narrates and just like the Admiral Morgan series, I have purchased books simply because he narrated them.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hermit's Peak

  • By: Michael McGarrity
  • Narrated by: J. Ed Araiza
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 164

Filled with breakneck action and authentic detail, Hermit's Peak is Michael McGarrity's most involving novel yet.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • worst narration I have ever encountered

  • By Elizabeth on 11-16-13

The narrator ruins this book

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

Reviewed: 05-31-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would choose a different narrator. If I could give the performance zero stars I would. I am a big fan of Michael McGarrity's Kevin Kerney books and have listened to about half of them so far. This production is absolutely the worst one I have listened to only because the person reading the book is so terrible. He speaks with very little inflection to the point of being a monotone. Of all the narrators that I have listened to he is the worst and I will never listen to another that he has performed. On the other hand if the publisher wants to increase sales he should have George Guidall read the Kerney series. He is the best I have ever heard. His reading of other in the Kerney series brings the book to life much like his reading of Craig Johnson's Longmire novels. Take my advice and skip this book and any other read by J. Ed Araiza.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I can't say I was on the edge of my seat because the reader delivered the story in such a bland way.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of J. Ed Araiza?

George Guidall

Could you see Hermit's Peak being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes. The star should be Robert Taylor. He fits the character and he pulls off the Walt Longmire character almost like it was made for him. Longmire is a lot like Kerney.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Border War

  • By: Lou Dobbs, James O. Born
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

The border is a tough place to work, especially for FBI agent Tom Eriksen. With a history of violence, he cannot afford any on-duty screw-ups. So when an investigation ends in a bloody shootout and the shooting is deemed "questionable", the bureau reassigns Eriksen to an office known as "the Island of Misfit Cops": A resting place for those who have screwed up enough to warrant being dumped in El Paso. But when his partner is murdered, Eriksen must take charge and solve the case, wading through corruption and betrayal to discover the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really Good Story, Action Packed, Well Read

  • By K. Foster on 10-23-18

I was really hoping for a good book

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

Reviewed: 08-10-14

Would you try another book from Lou Dobbs and James O. Born and/or Jeff Gurner?

I was really hoping for a good book. I like Lou Dobbs but this is the last book of his that I will waste money on. The story is weak and disjointed. He could have done a better job of showing what the border enforcement people deal with day to day.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Butcher's Boy

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,150

Thomas Perry's Edgar Award-winning debut novel follows a professional hitman on the run from both the mafia and the government.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • FUN gripping and very well-written

  • By CBDC on 03-05-10

Good book, interesting character

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

Reviewed: 08-20-12

What did you like best about The Butcher's Boy? What did you like least?

The narrator leaves a lot to be desired. I am used to really good narrators like George Guidall, Scott Brick and Dick Hill. I like the character of the story but the narrator detracted from the story. I have already bought the second book in the series but after listening to the first book, if I hadn't already bought "The Informant" I would have bought the book and read it instead of listening to Kramer again.

Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Kramer’s performances?

No. I am sorry that I bought the first two books in this series at the same time. If I hadn't done that I would have opted to read the second book instead of listening to Kramer again.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Headless Corpse
    Scream, Book 1
    
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        Chet Cunningham
    
    


    
    
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        Matthew Pine
    
    


    
    Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
    5 ratings
    Overall 3.2
  • Headless Corpse

  • Scream, Book 1
  • By: Chet Cunningham
  • Narrated by: Matthew Pine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Police are worried when a series of corpses show up in the San Diego area without their head or hands. They intensify their search to identify the bodies, hoping to find an explanation for the murders. Quickly a third victim turns up and then the fourth; the son of the San Diego Mayor, identified by a college swim team tattoo. Who is the killer? Why the murders? One glaring clue is the professional way the decapitation is done.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story Terrible Narrator

  • By hj skip fowler on 02-25-11

Good Story Terrible Narrator

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-11

I really liked this story and I thought the author did a good job with the characters especially with the sexual tension between two of the main characters. Be warned however that the narrator is the worst I have ever listened to. It sounded like he was narrating the book while working around his kitchen or something. Between the background noises and his total inability to do a female voice I almost quit listening to the book. I will be sure that I NEVER buy another audiobook that uses this narrator for any part of the narration. It appears that the author intends on writing more in this series. I would advise him to get a different person to read his books. I would buy them if they we narrated by someone else. I won't buy them if they are read by this narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful