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  • Running the Maze

  • By: Jack Coughlin
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356

In the aftermath of great floods, a doctor on a relief mission in Northeastern Pakistan discovers the remains of a collapsed bridge that reminds him of a bridge near his childhood home in Ohio. He snaps a cellphone picture and sends it to his sister just before his entire team is slaughtered. His sister is Beth Ledford, a Coast Guard sniper,who suspects that the answer to the mystery of her brother's death is in that cellphone picture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Kathryn on 10-14-15

Weakest link.

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

Reviewed: 03-26-16

Definitely not as good as the others. It even felt half hearted. I thought in the conclusion of the story the antagonist was going to tie the damsel to the railroad tracks loaded up with TNT while twisting his mustache.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Dystance

  • Winter's Rising
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728

From birth to death, The War is all the citizens of Dystance know. As children it is drilled into their heads that war is the purpose behind all existence. Winter doesn't agree. She's stumbled across remnants of life the way it was before The War began and now she longs to be as free as her ancestors. With help from her best friend, Cedar, and the boy she is forbidden to love, Tallow, she believes she can do it. Winter can see a life beyond the Pickets, beyond the constant hunger and the threat of death, beyond the war machine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never ceases to amaze.

  • By Brian Menard on 08-01-14

Darn Tufo can write!

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

Reviewed: 10-21-14

So you take a great writer like Tufo, a master at hooking you in with his characters. Add a good portion of George Orwell like society. A sprinkling of the Giver with a hint of Brave New World and Hunger Games an poof! Now far be it from to point out how not original the vibe of the story is. But, when the writing is this good and the format so solid, who cares. It's darn good. When the "To be continued" is declared, and you scream inwardly "NO", even though you knew it was coming.... yeah you know your hooked.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Separation of Power

  • Mitch Rapp Series
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ken Kliban
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,628
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,991
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,968

Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator turns Rapp into a snooty, cranky man

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-02-11

Read by Louis Black..?

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

Reviewed: 10-16-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not the audio version. Written form sure.

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

Not in the least. I enjoyed the plot, not as much as some of the other Mitch Wrap tales, but I never felt the intense anxiety rush that gets you all excited like "where is this going".

How could the performance have been better?

Since nothing could have made it worse... Someone else narrating. Picture Mitch Wrap, a great looking suave and brilliant assassin for the world's best and most powerful. With the voice of Louis Black. Over the top loud in an annoying nasal sixty year old man voice. To think when Ken Kilban read for the part of Mitch Wrap, someone sat in the same room listening to what sounds like Gilbert Gottfried's Father and thought to himself, "Perfect! this is our man."

Could you see Separation of Power being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No, It was really good but just nothing really hooked me in.

  • DEAD: Winter

  • By: TW Brown
  • Narrated by: Andrew McFerrin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

Winter is coming... As survivors around the world struggle to get their feet under them in a world overrun by the walking dead, a new problem rears its head. As unstoppable as any horde of zombies, the seasons march on, heedless of the fragility of the human race. The first winter is approaching.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great continuation of the story

  • By ANGIE on 08-13-14

You should be ashamed of yourself Mr. TW Brown!

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

Reviewed: 04-29-14

What would have made DEAD: Winter better?

If the Author had been concerned about his novel rather than cashing his checks. If there was a plot. If there had been some character development. If there had been some interesting scenarios the character had encountered. If the new characters introduced had any ability to make you care or be interested in them.

What was most disappointing about TW Brown’s story?

Basically this book is completely empty of substance, half hearted, and lazy. It's 11.5 hours of words strung together with out anything being said.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Andrew McFerrin?

Mr. McFerrin is fine, maybe he could read a turd of a story like this one faster to help end the listener's suffering sooner.

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

Well, I'm only 10 hours into the book so far, so there is hope that the zombies will overtake all of the current survivors thereby extinguishing the human race and this book series with it.

Any additional comments?

I thought of this series as a good B- series of zombies novels, (until this one). Sometimes even rising to a solid A. But Wow! I will certainly be asking for my credit back.

0 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Tough Sh-t

  • Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good
  • By: Kevin Smith
  • Narrated by: Kevin Smith
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,283
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,053
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,051

Take one look at Kevin Smith: He's a balding fatty who wears a size XXL hockey jersey, shorts, and slippers year-round. Not a likely source for life advice. But take a second look at Kevin Smith: He changed filmmaking forever when he was twenty-four with the release of Clerks, and since then has gone on to make nine more profitable movies, runs his own production company, wrote a best-selling graphic novel, and has a beautiful wife and kids. So he must be doing something right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bow at the feet of Kevin Smith!

  • By january on 05-24-12

No life advice here!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-13

What disappointed you about Tough Sh-t?

If you love Kevin Smith, this is for you. If you like Kevin Smith… not so much. This is his chronicled life story, which I am not interested in. I thought it would be a bunch of insights on different life topics. While his "insights" are semi woven into his biography its not what I was looking for. Even though I think him to be very clever and creative I just don't care about his story.

What do you think your next listen will be?

?

What three words best describe Kevin Smith’s performance?

Good, OK, and Meh.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment.

Any additional comments?

none.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hunted

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 6
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,388
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,633
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,608

For a 2,000-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt - Artemis and Diana - for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is...run like hell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Serving of Hilari-tea

  • By Don Gilbert on 06-25-13

Dragging this one out.

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

Reviewed: 07-01-13

Would you try another book from Kevin Hearne and/or Luke Daniels?

Fist let me say I've really enjoyed this series. I was really excited when the book was released, but the lack of intrigue and action coupled with excessive detail regarding inconsequential matters tells me they just want to extend this storyline into more books. Uhhg! I found myself skipping ahead in the chapters.

What was most disappointing about Kevin Hearne’s story?

Unnecessary drivel.

Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This book was too slow in the development in the story, much of it telegraphed long before it's completion taking any of the punch out of it.

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

It's keeping me abreast in the series.

4 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Decide to Play Great Poker

  • A Strategy Guide to No-limit Texas Hold Em
  • By: Annie Duke, John Vorhaus
  • Narrated by: Annie Duke
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420

Ask the great poker players how they'd play a hand and the answer is always "it depends." That answer can be infuriating. But guess what? It really does depend. The key to becoming a great poker player is in knowing what it depends on. At last there's a book that gives you that answer. Poker is a game of so many variables; table position, flop texture, the number of players in a hand, the personalities of your opponents, and so much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Make the Decision to Buy this Audio Book

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-25-12

So much better than expected.

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

Reviewed: 03-03-12

If you could sum up Decide to Play Great Poker in three words, what would they be?

Substance, Execution, Non-filler.

What did you like best about this story?

Not a story.

What does John Vorhaus and Annie Duke bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

N/A

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me no longer hate Annie.

Any additional comments?

I bought this audio book, not expecting much. Most, if not all of the poker literature by famous poker players is junk, with lots of fluff and self adulation. Being the poker junkie I am, I went ahead and downloaded it. Right from the start Annie jumps into discussing theory and concepts of the game in a way that shows what can only be the mind of not only a good player but a great teacher who's sole purpose was to put out a great product. And it is. A lot of

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 - Free First Chapter

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: John Glover
  • Length: 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond disappointed

  • By Lifelong Reader on 07-22-11

Someone better lose their job over this!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-11

The first person should be John Glover. I am shocked that this change of narrator was even considered let alone given the green light. I actually feel insulted, (strictly an emotional response, I know its silly) that they can have any yahoo garble this, my Dresden Files (emotion) and we should lap it up and like it. If you have listened to the previous books listen to the free preview before buying. Then after the free preview don't be swayed by your heart strings, this hack sounds awful!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful