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  • Madness Treads Lightly

  • By: Polina Dashkova, Marian Schwartz - translator
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Only three people can connect a present-day murderer to a serial killer who, fourteen years ago, terrorized a small Siberian town. And one of them is already dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good

  • By Nita on 10-02-17

Pretty good

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

I liked this book.
I got a bit frustrated with the narrator switching over to the other characters and not realizing she did until I missed half of what was said.
Overall it was a decent book.

  • Break You

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 112

Somehow, Luther Kite has found them. Following the events of Desert Places and Locked Doors, Andy Thomas and Violet King are hiding out in the wilds of northern Canada, where Violet has a four-month-old son and a burgeoning romance with Andy. On a cold, rainy night at their cabin in the woods, the promise of an idyllic life that seems just around the corner is shattered when a man from their past, a monster of pure malevolence, returns.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I felt like a SUCKER. More S&M than thriller.

  • By HistoryBoy on 08-05-15

I'm so disturbed.

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

Reviewed: 02-11-17

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

I don't know.

What could Blake Crouch have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Have good overcome evil.

What does Eric G. Dove bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brings it to life. He puts me there as an observer.

Could you see Break You being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No.

Any additional comments?

I may be one of those sappy people who likes good to overcome evil. This book left me depressed, sorrowful, and disturbed. It was just time badly invested in a trilogy that regressed.

  • The Operative

  • Ryan Kealey, Book 5
  • By: Andrew Britton
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Finally settling into a peaceful life after more than a decade on the deadly frontlines of the war on terror, Ryan Kealey believes he’s put danger behind him - and some of his demons to rest. But his calm is shattered when he’s swept into a highly organized and merciless terror attack during a charity gala in downtown Baltimore. Dozens are dead and critically injured, including the wife of CIA Deputy Director John Harper, whose investigation of the ambush is hampered by suspicion.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good read

  • By Jocelyn on 01-10-15

I really loved this book

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

Reviewed: 06-26-14

What made the experience of listening to The Operative the most enjoyable?

The narrator is one of my favorites. Of course I also liked the content of the book.

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

Yes. Although I knew at the beginning who the bad guy was, there were many twists and turns that were interesting and surprising.
I liked how we were able to get into the mind of the bad guys to see what their motives were.

Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favorite?

I liked Jonathan Harper...I pretty much like every character Christopher Lane performs. He brings all the characters to life and makes them very believable.

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

A bit.....right at the end I got a bit of a lump in my throat.


Any additional comments?

I get a bit annoyed when people pick apart something that should just be enjoyed.
Too many people are hyper critical about the ghostwriter. I think the ghostwriter has done a terrific job with these books.
Admittedly, I hesitated to listen to the rest of the series after reading the critical reviews of the books written by the ghostwriter. I'm very glad I decided to listen to them. I really like how all the characters in the book have developed and have gotten attached to them.

  • The Seventh Child

  • By: Erik Valeur, K. E. Semmel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 26 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 44

On September 11, 2001, on a desolate beach on the outskirts of Copenhagen, police begin investigating the strange death of an unidentified woman. Surrounding the body are what appear to be offerings to the deceased: A book, a small noose, a dead golden canary, a linden tree branch, and a photo of the Kongslund Orphanage. As the police puzzle over their bizarre findings, the Twin Towers fall in walls of flame and the case is quickly overshadowed by the terror half a world away.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Thank goodness for a good narrator

  • By Nita on 04-21-14

Thank goodness for a good narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-21-14

Would you try another book from Erik Valeur and K. E. Semmel (translator) and/or Mikael Naramore?

Maybe Erik......I would like to give him another chance.
I definitely liked the narrator. He kept me listening when I was ready to give up. I would listen to him again if the book was in my genre.

Would you recommend The Seventh Child to your friends? Why or why not?

No.....unless people like long, long overly detailed books.

What does Mikael Naramore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I always like a narrator who can read the opposite sex and not be able to notice that it is the opposite sex trying too hard to sound like the opposite sex!.....I hope that isn't too redundant!
He was able to really bring to life all the different characters in the book. Even if the character wasn't announced, I knew it was that particular person.
He had a perfect tone of voice for the book. I always dislike narrators that make a mystery or thriller sound like a dumb joke....Mikael did not do that and I would listen to his narration again in a minute if he were to narrate another mystery/thriller.
His narration kept me hoping this book would actually get more interesting.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Seventh Child?

So much of the background of each character. There was so much repetition to each characters background that I got exhausted listening to it.

Any additional comments?

This book could have been so much better if it was half the length.
Even though there was a "twist" in the last part of the book.....it came as no surprise at all. I knew the ending less than a quarter of the way in the book.
I know that some books mean for you to know....but I don't believe it was the authors intention for us to know.....unfortunately the cat was out of the bag because of too much information.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nameless

  • By: Joe Conlan
  • Narrated by: Tracy Thibodeaux
  • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel Falcone unwittingly steps onto course for a head-on collision with a frighteningly brilliant psychotic serial killer, whose harrowing childhood abuse and neglect left him devoid of humanity and salivating for revenge. Framed for a brutal murder on a commercial cruise ship, and fighting for the right to raise his sons and clear his name, Falcone races against the clock and struggles to keep his eyes on the prize, even while his profound guilt and self-loathing threaten to destroy him faster than his maniacal adversary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't think twice - NAMELESS is a Great find!

  • By shelley on 09-26-14

Good book

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

Reviewed: 04-13-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It was pretty good and I liked the way the author gave some background to the characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There really wasn't a character that I liked the best.
I can say that Annie was my least favorite character. No one deserves to go through what she did in the end, but she brought so much of it on herself. Through it all she never grew on me like some characters do. I just can't get attached to a character that can switch "values" so quickly.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tracy Thibodeaux?

I would have cast Scott Brick.

Any additional comments?

I want to say that narrators make such a difference between an okay book and a great book......or a great book and a bad book. If the narrator didn't sound like he was a 1st grader reading out of a book during the narrations....I would have really liked him.
He did well with the voices, but definitely not the narration. At times it was like fingers on a chalkboard.
I would like to see this author succeed because he does write a good story.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Counterfeit Agent

  • A John Wells Novel, Book 8
  • By: Alex Berenson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,356

In an Istanbul hotel, a deep source warns a CIA agent that Iran intends to kill a CIA station chief. Quickly, John Wells is called in to investigate, but before he can get far, the tip comes true. Which means that the next warning the source gives will be taken very seriously indeed. And it’s a big one. We’ve put a package on a ship from Dubai to the United States. A radioactive one. A bomb? Not yet. It’s a test run.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OH COME ON THAT WAS STUPID

  • By vishal on 02-26-14

Another winner!

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

Reviewed: 02-13-14

Who was your favorite character and why?

John Wells of course!
He is great at getting out of tough situations and when he has to be ruthless, he is. But not without thought. He doesn't like to kill but knows its necessary when he does. He is all about problem solving and doing the right thing. He does a lot of internal thinking and at times doesn't like what he sees in himself but is pragmatic enough to move on.
I really like the fact that he has a conscience and has a faith. At times he struggles with it, but knows in the end that's all he really has left.

What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Personality.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

I really have a deep fondness for this series. I skipped a couple books and regret it. I can only be excited to listen to the next book!

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Blooded

  • The Nick McCarty Series, Book 1
  • By: Bernard Lee DeLeo, RJ Parker Publishing Inc
  • Narrated by: Mike Dennis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

Nick McCarty decides after ten years of black ops assassinations it's time for a change. Against the wishes of his shadow government bosses he has inexplicably managed to become a best-selling author. The novels have made him world famous and provided a cover for his overseas sanctions. But Nick feels something's missing. An employer orders the death of a woman in the witness protection program. Nick sees something in the woman's picture reminding him of someone he knew long ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great book

  • By Marianne on 04-18-18

Disappointing and shallow book.

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

Reviewed: 01-27-14

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

Everything about the story just seemed too flippant. I gave 2 stars because this story could have had more depth. There could have been so much more potential for this book if the plot would have been more in depth. It was like- Killer gets hired to shoot girl- killer meets girl- killer likes girl- killer decides not to kill girl- killer protects girl- killer then has lots of sex with girl...and by the way, girl has 7 year old daughter. daughter sees and knows too much....oh and by the way the reason girl is being hunted is because she has information that could get her killed....and in between there is a lot of joking around about the killing and sex.I listened to the whole story because I kept waiting for the book to have some meat to it.I just could not care about what happened to any of the main characters because none of them seemed to be worth caring for.....including the little girl because of the flippant way they treated everything that happened.I like humor well enough in thrillers.....the humor just seemed to be there all the time and at the most inappropriate moments. I wish the author could go back and rewrite the story and make it more meaningful. I bought this audio book because it had such a tantalizing plot. It was a lot like when you see a beautiful cake and when you take a bite, the flavor is just not there.it could have been delicious but the baker was too concerned about the outside of the cake that he didn't take the time to put in the ingredients that would have given it a delicious flavor.

What was most disappointing about Bernard Lee DeLeo and RJ Parker ’s story?

I didn't care what happened in the end......because I didn't care about the plot line or the characters. The book just fizzled in the end.

How could the performance have been better?

I didn't care for the narrator. I don't know if it was because of the book or because he would be monotone for a while then a bit more animated when they made a joke out of everything. I dint know if I have heard any of his other performances but this book just didn't seem to fit his narration style.

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

The plot. That's why the book was disappointing though. It could have been a five star book if it had more depth.

Any additional comments?

I feel cheated!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bad Wolf

  • Bodenstein & Kirchhoff, Book 2
  • By: Nele Neuhaus
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 342
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 301

On a hot June day the body of a 16-year-old girl washes up on a river bank outside of Frankfurt. She has been brutally murdered, but no one comes forward with any information as to her identity. Even weeks later, the local police have not been able to identify her. Then a new case comes in: a popular television reporter is attacked, raped, and locked in the trunk of her own car. She survives - barely - and is able to supply certain hints to the police having to do with her recent investigations into a child welfare organization and the potential uncovering of a child pornography ring with members from the highest echelon of society.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Grim Tale

  • By Mel on 01-26-14

I want more of Nele Nelhaus!

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

Reviewed: 01-26-14

Any additional comments?

This was a good second book. It definitely makes you want to trust no one with your children.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Hidden Order

  • By: Brad Thor
  • Narrated by: Armand Schultz
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,234

Action-packed from the start, Hidden Order demonstrates yet again why Brad Thor is the "master of thrillers". A string of high-profile kidnappings has Washington, D.C., in a frenzy. When the victims begin turning up dead, frenzy turns to panic. And when the ransom demand is finally made public, panic will turn to terror. In Brad Thor's riveting new thriller, the stakes have never been higher, nor the lines between good and evil so hard to discern.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected from the author

  • By Kennard on 07-11-13

Very slow

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

Reviewed: 09-02-13

Any additional comments?

It just seemed like there was a lot of unnecessary information.....like the author was putting it in there to make the story long enough....it turned out to be a drag.

  • Tier One Wild

  • A Delta Force Novel, Book 2
  • By: Dalton Fury
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,780
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,766

Former disgraced Delta Force commander Kolt "Racer" Raynor has earned his way back into The Unit after redeeming himself during an explosive operation at a black site in Pakistan. But he is about to face his deadliest challenge yet. The most wanted man in the world, American al Qaeda commander Daoud al Amriki, and his handpicked team of terrorist operatives, have acquired stores of Russian-built, shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles (SAM's) from ex-Libyan spies in Cairo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just as good second time

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-18-13

Another great book!

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

Reviewed: 09-02-13

Any additional comments?

Dalton Fury is such a great story teller. He is able to convey what is going on and keep it simple enough so people (me) can understand the different aspects of military operations...and make it an excellent story.
Ari Fliakos is such a great narrator. I really hope he does more work. Narrators can make or break a book and he definitely made this book even better...if that's possible!
You can always tell a great narrator when you don't think about the way they are making the opposite sex sound when they are reading that part....he is one of them.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful