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  • Nathan's Run

  • By: John Gilstrap
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

This raw and vivid portrait of juvenile detention centers and life on the run catapults John Gilstrap to the forefront of the crime thriller genre. Nathan Bailey is a 12-year-old juvenile-hall orphan with a problem. Covered in blood, he is caught on videotape fleeing from a murder scene. Will the boy evade the police long enough to tell the truth? Or will a hit man kill him before he gets the chance?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Run Nathan Run!!

  • By R. Pontiflet on 01-14-18

Hard to turn off

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

The first few chapters were difficult to get through, but after that it was difficult to put down. Front that point on the book along with excellent narration, keep the reader ever involved the in Nathan's plot. It comes together with a satisfying end.

  • The Escape Artist

  • By: Brad Meltzer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, January LaVoy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,837
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,812

Who is Nola Brown? Nola is a mystery. Nola is trouble. And Nola is supposed to be dead. Her body was found on a plane that mysteriously fell from the sky as it left a secret military base in the Alaskan wilderness. Her commanding officer verifies she's dead. The US government confirms it. But Jim "Zig" Zigarowski has just found out the truth: Nola is still alive. And on the run.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not His Best

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-18

Not up to Brad Meltzer's previious book.

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

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

I listen to this book and was at loosing the plot, characters and time period. This book would be better if read and not listen to.

If you’ve listened to books by Brad Meltzer before, how does this one compare?

I have either read or listen to nearly all of Brad Meltzer's books and I found "the Escape Artist" one of the least favorable . I would not recommend this book to be listened to, but read

Which scene was your favorite?

There was not one.

Could you see The Escape Artist being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I might make a good movie, with the flash back in time.

  • The Saboteur

  • A Novel
  • By: Andrew Gross
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

Kurt Nordstrum, an engineer in Oslo, puts his life aside to take up arms against the Germans as part of the Norwegian resistance. After the loss of his fiancée, his outfit whittled to shreds, he commandeers a coastal steamer and escapes to England to transmit secret evidence of the Nazis' progress toward an atomic bomb at an isolated factory in Norway. There, he joins a team of dedicated Norwegians in training in the Scottish Highlands for a mission to disrupt the Nazis' plans before they advance any further.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow at times but great ending

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-15-18

Excellent historical fiction book

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

Any additional comments?

I presume the book was based on a true event that occurred during WWII.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fogbound

  • By: Joseph T. Klempner
  • Narrated by: David de Vries
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

A Lincoln Navigator carries three well-dressed people through the barren New Jersey salt flats. The trip is uncomfortable but necessary. Their target has no phone, certainly no email, and never answers his mail. But August Jorgenson is no country bumpkin. Before retiring, he was one of the most famous judges in the country, and only opinions like his fierce opposition to the death penalty kept him from a seat on the Supreme Court.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great book. Great in many ways. I loved it.

  • By Richard Delman on 12-11-17

Anti-death pently book

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Fogbound to be better than the print version?

I did not read the print version, but the narration was excellent.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fogbound?

The incite into the character with autism

Which scene was your favorite?

Do not have one

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

Not necessarily

Any additional comments?

I thought the plot kept you involved though out the book. I was not disappointed with the ending.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,066
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,531
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,461

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, heartfelt, inspiring

  • By Jon K. Rust on 07-24-17

I could not get into the story.

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

Reviewed: 12-17-16

Would you try another book from Amor Towles and/or Nicholas Guy Smith?

NO as far as Towles. It was read well by Smith.

Which character – as performed by Nicholas Guy Smith – was your favorite?

I did not have a favorite

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

Boredom

Any additional comments?

I have been a member for over 15 years and this is only the second book I could not get involved in the plot, if there was one. I stopped at 20%. The story is filled with minutia that is more commentary of the time in Russia. I gave up before there was a plot.

  • The Verdict

  • By: Nick Stone
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,040

Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk desperately trying to get promoted when he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite. The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, is not only someone he knows but someone he loathes. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of THE best audiobooks ever!

  • By Sarah on 05-22-16

Excellent court romm drama

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

Any additional comments?

It is a long book, but difficult to put down. You develop your own feeling for the different characters and they change during the book.
For a long book it is thoroughly enjoyable

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fatally Bound

  • McRyan Mystery Series, Book 5
  • By: Roger Stelljes
  • Narrated by: Johnny Peppers
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

A brilliant, methodical, and vicious killer is on a mission leaving a trail of women's bodies behind with little or no evidence. The hunt for the killer will put Mac McRyan and Dara Wire in harm's way testing their partnership, resolve and endurance like never before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I sure hope there is more!

  • By shelley on 01-20-15

McRyan mystery continue to be great

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

If you could sum up Fatally Bound in three words, what would they be?

Keeps you interest

What did you like best about this story?

It is the typical McRyan mystery with a fresh plot that is unique to this book.

Which scene was your favorite?

It was a continuous plotthe kept yur interest

Any additional comments?

All 5 of the McRyan books have been page turners and different scenario and added characters in each book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,999
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,952

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun premise, great performance, weak story

  • By J. Klinghoffer on 08-06-15

Too much computer sciernce fiction

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

Reviewed: 10-06-15

Would you try another book from Peter Clines and/or Ray Porter?

I might, but I would probably read and not listen to it. You have to think about the dialog and audio does not give you the time.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The plot did not keep my interest, and I would drift off and come back and did not feel I had missed significant story.

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

The narrative was appropriate and allowed you to identify the characters.

Do you think The Fold needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

OProbably will as the end left that open,

Any additional comments?

I thought about quiting

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Assassin

  • An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 8
  • By: Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,918
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,715

As Van Dorn private detective Isaac Bell strives to land a government contract to investigate John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil monopoly, the case takes a deadly turn. A sniper begins murdering opponents of Standard Oil, and soon the assassin - shooting with extraordinary accuracy at seemingly impossible long range - kills Bell's best witness, a brave and likable man. Then the shooter detonates a terrible explosion that sets the victim's independent refinery ablaze.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, timeline a bit confusing

  • By Ross on 03-17-15

Not the best of the Isaac Bell series

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

Reviewed: 03-29-15

Would you try another book from Clive Cussler and Justin Scott and/or Scott Brick?

Yes, I have enjoyed most of them.

If you’ve listened to books by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott before, how does this one compare?

Not up to standard

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

He is always a excellent narrator. Voice change allows you to follow character change.

Was The Assassin worth the listening time?

I stuck with it, but not my favorite Cussler book.

Any additional comments?

My main problem with the book, there was to much filler. As you listened to the book, one has the impression that the plot was written and then a lot of filler was added. The filler really did not add to the story, in fact at times it was distraction or caused loss of interest.

  • Moriarty

  • Sherlock Holmes, Book 2
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 923
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 848

Internationally best-selling author Anthony Horowitz's nail-biting new novel plunges us back into the dark and complex world of detective Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty - dubbed the "Napoleon of crime" by Holmes - in the aftermath of their fateful struggle at the Reichenbach Falls. Days after the encounter at the Swiss waterfall, Pinkerton detective agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Always Enjoy Horowitz

  • By Bryan Stern on 06-02-18

NOT Sherlock Holmes

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

Reviewed: 02-15-15

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

No.
I expected a typical Sherlock Holmes book with Dr. Watson as it was labeled as such.

What was most disappointing about Anthony Horowitz’s story?

The ended was disappointing and not fulfilling fo the plot. The will be a sequel or more using Moriarty in the U.S.

Have you listened to any of Julian Rhind-Tutt and Derek Jacobi ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The reading was excellent

Do you think Moriarty needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No! this one was enough.