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  • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,043
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22,019

Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks to Audible and Hachette Audio for...

  • By Wayne on 09-01-17

Written by an AI bot ...

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

I joined those who did not like the book. Yeah, if you are stuck in an air port or a traffic jam and you have few hours to burn then you might listen to it. And only because I got it for free from Audible (probably a kind of a marketing scheme to make it a best seller ...) I listened it to the end and did not return it. But it is so 'flat' and looks like it was generated by an AI bot. All the right ingredients are inside, but nothing new, nothing original. The same hero with the same unrealistic demons which are kind of tend to glorify him than to draw a complex and interesting personality. . A super high tech investigative operation which does not entail that superfluous high tech for such simple cases. And the twists ... oh they are so expected and nothing is original here.

So the only logical conclusion I could get is those AI bots now you can find any where were used to author that story. Hopefully AI will improve over time so we can get better books than this one.

  • The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard, Shelley Atkinson, Laural Merlington, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,498
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,484

From best-selling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional voice cast, unconventional format

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-03-17

You will not regret the journey!

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

Reviewed: 07-23-17

It is a long book. As such I hardly remember when it started. It was such a long and enjoyable journey. Its very difficult to pinpoint and identify the type of the book. Is it a science fiction? Well it deals with time travel but also with ancient witches. Is it a fantasy story? Well, not exactly. At the end of the day its the attempt to save science and technology. Is it a satire on a secretive bureaucratic government agency and how it deals with witches on its payroll? Well, that definitely part of the more hilarious and funny themes withing the story. So the short answer is that you will find in it so many themes and subjects, woven brilliantly together into a great and enjoyable adventure with a lot of fun and leave you with a lot to think about.. .

One of the more interesting (though definitely not necessarily a main theme) is how a small startup can succeed against all odds, and when it finally become successful, the 'processes and structures' put in place on top of its enthusiastic founders bring it to a spectacular fall down (and seeing what's happening to Uber these days, it is a kind of an eye opening parable).

Some readers were critics about the format of the book. I believe that the format which is kind of constructed of 'communication logs', diaries, etc' where there is not a single 'know all' author make the reading / listening much more rich and enjoyable experience. The superb audio production with so many narrators, each with its own unique accent add so much to the 'written' story, makes it not just a 'for driving time' experience but the recommended format to consume this book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Prisoner

  • A John Wells Novel, Book 11
  • By: Alex Berenson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,333
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,221

Evidence is mounting that someone high up in the CIA is doing the unthinkable - passing messages to ISIS, alerting them to planned operations. Finding out the mole's identity without alerting him, however, will be very hard, and to accomplish it Wells will have to do something he thought he'd left behind forever. He will have to reassume his former identity as an al Qaeda jihadi, get captured, and go undercover to befriend an ISIS prisoner in a secret Bulgarian prison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Winner from Berenson

  • By Snoodely on 02-04-17

Disappointing - unbelievable plot

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

Reviewed: 05-13-17

I read most of John Wells series, and quite enjoyed them. However, I join some other reviewers commenting on the sloppiness of the ending as well as the unbelievable framework story, signifying probably a weariness by the author. While the general plot has enjoyable parts (as always) the framework story of a betraying high rank CIA officer is so ridiculous and unbelievable that it leaves a strident feeling. Alex Brenson could come up with a much better motive to carry John Wells through a detention camp than that ridiculous plot which was weaved in such a sloppy manner.

Still if you are looking for the usual fast pacing John Wells plots you will get it but set your expectations accordingly.

  • The Cinderella Murder

  • By: Mary Higgins Clark, Alafair Burke
  • Narrated by: Jan Maxwell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,085
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,834
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,830

In a first-time collaboration, "Queen of Suspense" Mary Higgins Clark partners with best-selling author Alafair Burke to deliver a brand new suspense series about a television program featuring cold case murders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping!

  • By Eva Gannon on 01-04-15

Very disapointing ending

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

Reviewed: 02-11-17

I decided to give this book a chance although some preceding reviews mentioned that the characters are flat and are depicted as cliche. But overall, the idea of building the story around a reality show was something I considered unique and interesting.

I would even say that most of the book is enjoyable. The suspense is built in an Agatha Christie style with each of the involved characters is a potential suspect. However the story deteriorates to an end which justifies the 'cliche' attribute given to it. .

  • Redefining Reality

  • The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science
  • By: Steven Gimbel, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven Gimbel
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,556

No subject is bigger than reality itself, and nothing is more challenging to understand, since what counts as reality is undergoing continual revision and has been for centuries. The quest to pin down what's real and what's illusory is both philosophical and scientific, a metaphysical search for ultimate reality that goes back to the ancient Greeks. For the last 400 years, this search has been increasingly guided by scientists, who create theories and test them in order to define and redefine reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • mind = blown

  • By Bailey on 09-13-15

Great journey into the elusiveness reality

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

Reviewed: 10-27-16

What did you love best about Redefining Reality?

One of the best courses I have listened to. Prof. Gimbel takes you to a fascinating journey from the depth of the atom and quantum mechanics, to the forces that affect our galaxy, to the deep of our mind and to how our culture and society are all intertwined together to show you the complexity of our reality, and how much we are actually in a 'cave' of shadows.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The many type of glimpses it shows you to the different faces by which we understand our environment, our culture and our existent.

What does Professor Steven Gimbel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The way Prof. Gimpel shows you, through the eyes of art, how reality is expressed in the eyes of artists. He opens the window to understanding how art was affected by our great scientific discoveries and how it helps us understand the complexity and beauty of the human experience.

  • The Marco Effect

  • Department Q, Book 5
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,813

All fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson wants is to become a Danish citizen and go to school like a normal teenager. But his uncle Zola rules his former gypsy clan with an iron fist. Revered as a god and feared as a devil, Zola forces the children of the clan to beg and steal for his personal gain. When Marco discovers a dead body - proving the true extent of Zola's criminal activities - he goes on the run. But his family members aren't the only ones who'll go to any lengths to keep Marco silent - forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Well Written, So Well Narrated

  • By Bob on 09-15-14

Good start but disappointing ending

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

Reviewed: 03-23-16

I listened to most of J. Adler-Olsen books. I am used to the non- sophisticated ending. Still i was hooked to the main characters - Karl, Asaad and Rose so that i could forgive the kind of 'brute force' ending. However, in this book you feel like being thrown to a Charles Dickens copy cat author. Even as a parody it is not a successful one. Bottom line - quite disappointing.

  • The Android's Dream

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,825
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,820

A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams

  • By James on 07-26-11

Quite disappointing

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

Reviewed: 11-05-15

I came to listen to that book after reading the author newer book - lock in which very enjoyable. Unfortunately, this book left me very disappointed. The book seems to have been written a year or so before the iphone and Facebook and the plot exists in a very far future of intergalactial flights, yet the futuristic scene seems so outdated that you doubt about the skill of the author to imagine that future, wher people still uses colt 45 as a weapon, and this is just one sample. The plot is so unrealistic - and of course you are not expecting a scifi genre to be realistic but you do expect it to be coherent and consistent. Lock in got you to really think on the situation and what it expresses. Here the author is forming such a sloppy plot with flat characters full of twitsts that do not really make sense so that you dont leave this book with some insight but with a bad taste. Also the narrator speaks too fast which also contributing to an unpleasemt experience.

Saying that - go read lock in. Its much better.

  • A Case of Redemption

  • By: Adam Mitzner
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,857
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,507
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,531

A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By cristina on 05-20-13

Only if you are terribly bored

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

Reviewed: 06-04-13

This is the 2nd book of Mitzner I am reading. I kind of liked his previous book, and reading several praising reviews, especially talking about the shocking end, I started listening to the book. I actually read it to the end but almost at the middle I already knew how its going to end. I am sorry to say but it is a just another John Grisham wanna'be but not close to the sophistication of Grisham's novels. Readable and page turner but nothing more. At the end I was quite disappointed and thought I should balance the other readers enthusiastic reviews.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Potato Factory

  • The Australian Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 23 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,219

Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audiobook of the year!

  • By karen on 11-30-05

Excellent for both the history part and the story

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

Reviewed: 05-25-13

An excellent portrait of the 19th era both depicting the criminal life of Dickensian London and then the new life at the Australian colony. Well intertwine real historical figures and believable fictitious characters. The narration is one of the best performance experience I had on audible

  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,082
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,060

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I've never read a book quite like this one

  • By Joey on 04-23-12

Nov 2011 - the month I will never forget

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

Reviewed: 12-09-11

I listened to this book for the entire month. What an experience had it been. I have read several critics saying that the book is too long. It indeed like reading 3 books, but what an experience it was. I felt that I was pulled into this fascinating stpory, to this amazing world of 1q84, never wishing to leave this world.

A quote which will probably become eternal - "if you can't understand it with out explanation you will not understand it with an explanation".

This is a rare masterpiece, but is very accessible. No dull moment and still leaves you with so much to absorb and think.

I only regret I could not listen to it in its native language. However the narration is superb. One of the most exciting experiences of any audible book I listened to was when the narrator started to sing from a Bach Passion (if my memory does not betray me).

To summarize, highly recommended!