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  • Spencerville

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 21 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 743

Back from the Cold War, intelligence officer Keith Landry returns to his hometown of Spencerville, Ohio. Twenty-five years after their last encounter, Keith runs into his first love, Annie, now unhappily married to the town's chief of police--an abusive alcoholic. In his efforts to reclaim Annie, Keith will have to draw on all the skills of a violent lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book if you like tautness and suspense

  • By Marilyn on 04-26-11

To many 'close calls' the ending drags

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

I listen to this book back in the mid 90's. First time for a DeMille novel. I remember think that the ending went on-and-on, with impossible scenarios. But I couldn't remember the details, have liked much of DeMille over the years so I bought it to listen again. A word of advise, if you chose to listen to this one, don't judge DeMille by this book. While he seems to have included every possible narrow escape and chance scenario (to the point you are just wishing for someone, anyone to die ad end it all) his future books are much better. Maybe this was an experiment of character development, slot to sub plots and of course chase scenes. DeMille learn that less is more, keep it simple and make the story believable. While the story needs to be exciting, when to far fetched (as it is here) you find yourself saying ... boy I couldn't see that coming (sarcasm)

I think if it was any other writer I have given up and returned it. Fortunately DeMille does a good job of telling the story and creating interesting people.

Overall, I gave it a 3 cause it is OK, the performance is good, the story is somewhere between a 2 & 3.

  • Palace of Treason

  • A Novel
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,783

Captain Dominika Egorova of the Russian Intelligence Service (SVR) has returned from the West to Moscow and the Center, the headquarters of her service. She finds things worse than when she left. She despises the men she must serve, the oligarchs and crooks and thugs of Putin's Russia. What no one knows is that Dominika is working for the CIA as Washington's most sensitive penetration of SVR and the Kremlin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator's inconsistency

  • By Bruce P. Woodward on 10-23-16

Headline - Read this series - this is good

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

A sequel is hard to do. Such a challenge, to create a new story. New narratives. New Subplots. All the while holding true to the original story. Jason nailed it. Just finished it and I'm missing Dominika , Nate, Gable and the whole crew. Jason has a knack for creating people you know, you've seen these people before or at least thought of them.

It is difficult not to heap praise on this book, this series. Palace of Treason continues where Sparrow left off, but we were all wondering what would happen to Dominika. I wasn't surprised by the twist Archer presented, that all I will say. You could see it coming but it still came across with a sense of reality.

If you like a clandestine smooth paced story, like Clancy, but better character development. Like a little humor in the story.
Want interesting twists. Here you go. Me, now I have to wait for The Kremlin's Candidate: A Novel (The Red Sparrow Trilogy Book 3).

  • Red Sparrow

  • A Novel
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,590

Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Spy Novel (with a few quirks)

  • By Aaron on 01-12-14

Brilliant! A masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

A couple things to know before you listen. One, be ready for a ride. Make sure you have lots of time, you won’t want to stop... ever. And lastly, don’t read hungry. That last suggestion you’ll understand after a few chapters.

Enjoy this book. I certainly did.

  • Alien: Covenant Origins

  • The Official Prequel to the Blockbuster Film
  • By: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 674

The Covenant mission is the most ambitious endeavor in the history of Weyland-Yutani. A ship bound for Origae-6, carrying 2,000 colonists beyond the limits of known space, this is a make-or-break investment for the corporation - and for the future of all mankind. Yet there are those who would die to stop the mission. As the colony ship hovers in Earth orbit, several violent events reveal a deadly conspiracy to sabotage the launch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Corporate Espionage, No Monsters

  • By Admiralu on 02-13-18

This prequal to Alien is the better of the two

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

Interesting prequil. The story is obvious, Alan Foster need to figure out how to make a story more interesting with less predictable action events.

  • Alien: Covenant

  • A Novel
  • By: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created with Alien: Covenant, a new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien adventure. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise. But it is actually a dark, dangerous world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as great as I hoped

  • By James Lee Owings III on 05-31-17

WOW! I didn't see that comming!

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

Well, those are five words you won't say with this story. There are absolutely NO surprises here; no real mystery, nothing that you don't see coming.

The story has potential, but it ends up as an insult your intelligence. Kinda like Halloween. For example. You’re on a deep space mission to another planet to start a colony. While in route you find what looks like another habitable planet. So you go to investigate. When you arrive there is a hurricane. You have one, exactly one, landing module. Do you send that landing module down to the planet in the hurricane? Or do you wait for good weather? Well these guys take their only landing module down in 200 mile an hour winds. Really!

Then you get to the planet and discover thesex foreign creatures that are almost indestructible and grow inside your body until they are ready to burst out, you remember the movie. You also discover one surviving android on the planet. He’s from earth. Very much like the Annedroids on your ship. But something's off with him. You are the captain go walking down into the cellars with this Android - ALONE. You discover the android has been experimenting with these alien creatures. Instead of going for help you stick your face into an alien pod because the android assures you the everything is OK. We all know humans do stupid things, it’s what we’re good at. But I think we have to agree that this is beyond stupid.

The story continues with more typical bad luck for the crew, and good luck for the alien monsters. I'm sure you'll be totally fooled when David, the android that's been on the planet and manipulating the creatures, defeats the good guy android and then impersonates him so he can get onboard the colony ship.

Truth is I am not sure how I'd write the story, but there are authors who could make it interesting.

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  • Along Came a Spider

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Charles Turner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,548

Along Came a Spider first introduced Alex Cross, the brilliant homicide detective. When the daughter of a Hollywood actress and the son of the Secretary of the Treasury are kidnapped, Cross and the Secret Service are pitted against Gary Soneji, a murderous serial kidnapper who wants to commit the crime of the century.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely disappointing

  • By Robert on 06-02-09

This could've been a good story...but

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

First the back story. I listened to this when it originally came out and thought it was a great book. Several years ago I listened, or tried to, the other books in the Alex Cross series. They were horrible. In a nutshell I found the series to be unrealistic to the point that James insults my intelligence. And the stories were sappy, the drone on with exaggerated conflict. I as perplexed how they be so bad when I remembered Along Came a Spider as being pretty good. Well, I must have been thinking of the movie.

This story drags. To the point that I would listen to the 1st couple of minutes of each chapter and then skip to the next. The only thing I missed was, well, nothing. I didn't waste my time. The love story between Jesse and Alex is sappier and more drawn out than needed.

If it is available in unabridged, that might be worth the listen, if you got nothing else.

  • The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage

  • Book of Dust, Volume 1
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,120
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,860
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,834

Renowned storyteller Philip Pullman returns to the parallel world of Lyra Belacqua and His Dark Materials for a thrilling and epic adventure in which daemons, alethiometers, and the Magisterium all play parts.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing differences from print text

  • By Damon D. Hickey on 10-24-17

Cool story, everyone has a demon

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

There is a lot going on, a lot to make this book interesting. I did get tired of the chase scene. Malcolm and Lisa escape with the baby, barely. They are pursued by a tormented and demented guy... can't remember his name... with a hyena demon. As they try to navigate the flood waters and dangers of night and authorities who are seeking the baby; every where they go he's there with his hyena. Or he show up. And the escape scene repeats itself several times. I was looking forward to the end. I migh do the abridged versions of the remaining books.

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,064

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

  • By Tracey on 05-26-13

Thankfully it’s over

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I skipped 20 chapters. Had to. The story drags on and on and on. It got boring. Funny part is, I didn’t miss the chapters I skipped. I’d pick another author, unless you just need a story to fill time.

  • The Second Life of Nick Mason

  • By: Steve Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 860
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 855

Nick Mason has already spent five years inside a maximum security prison when an offer comes that will grant his release 20 years early. He accepts - but the deal comes with a terrible price. Now, back on the streets, Nick Mason has a new house, a new car, money to burn, and a beautiful roommate. He's returned to society, but he's still a prisoner. Whenever his cell phone rings, day or night, Nick must answer it and follow whatever order he is given.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rock and hard place plot

  • By Lesia on 06-01-16

Disappointing - Good start then fades

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

There's no such thing as an interesting book without conflict. It is conflict that makes a story interesting. However, its also true that when every character and situation is another conflict, more drama, the story gets annoying.

Nick is an interesting guy at first. A small time crook who end up in a big time drug deal that goes south. A DEA agent is killed so Nick goes to jail for homicide. But enter Darius Cole, the inmate in charge at the prison. A little far fetched. Cole arranges for Nick's sentence to gt reversed. Turns a good cop bod. With Nick out he has to do Cole's bidding. But he gets to drive a 68 Mustang Fast Back, then a 68 Camaro SS. Then his ex-wife marries into upper society. So we have the drama with the daughter and the step father, Steve forces the the conflict and drama rather than letting the people just be normal interesting people. Then there's the detective. He's the guy who put Nick, the small time crook turned $50-Million drug dealer - away on the DEA murder charge. He somehow makes a connection to a cop, in Chicago being murdered to Nick the guy who was released from prison yesterday. Unfortunately Steve never solidifies the story.

The roommate at Cole's house is also a drama story. The DEA agent leaves a wife and three children behind, and is a friend of the detective... more drama. The drama between the detective and the drug task force is over played.

Steve overplay the conflict and drama to the point where after 17 chapters I couldn't takes it anymore. I turned this one in to find a more interesting story.

  • Holy Ghost

  • A Virgil Flowers Novel
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,730
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,502

Pinion, Minnesota: a metropolis of all of 700 souls. Nothing ever happened there - until the mayor of sorts (campaign slogan: "I'll Do What I Can") and a buddy come up with a scheme to put Pinion on the map. They'd heard of a place where a floating image of the Virgin Mary had turned the whole town into a shrine, attracting thousands of pilgrims. And all those pilgrims needed food, shelter, all kinds of crazy things, right? They'd all get rich! What could go wrong? When the dead body shows up, they find out, and that's only the beginning of their troubles - and Virgil Flowers'....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • F*****G Flowers and Frozen Pot Pies!!!!

  • By shelley on 10-10-18

This one will fool you

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

We can keep it simple at the beginning of the book you’re wondering where it’s going. He just can’t picture what’s happening. Then as the story progresses you’re Wondering what’s happening. It’s a great ending it’s a phenomenal book. enjoy!