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  • Devils in Exile

  • A Novel
  • By: Chuck Hogan
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

Neal Maven returns to Boston from his tour in Iraq only to discover that the country he vowed to protect has little use for him now. Armed with a highly specialized set of skills he can't use and bitter toward the rest of his generation -- the men and women who remained stateside, and are therefore years ahead of him both personally and professionally -- Maven fears he is near his breaking point.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, but feels rushed.

  • By Chris on 12-04-14

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

This story had potential. But the characters became an interesting, mostly because they weren’t believable. Another attempt by an author to make people interesting by overdoing their personalities and character. The narration started to sound like… Blah blah blah. I have to admit I didn’t even finish it

  • The Winner

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Frances Cassidy
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,046
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,046

She is 20, beautiful, dirt-poor, and hoping for a better life for her infant daughter when LuAnn Tyler is offered the gift of a lifetime, a $100 million lottery jackpot. All she has to do is change her identity and leave the U.S. forever. It's an offer she dares to refuse...until violence forces her hand and thrusts her into a harrowing game of high-stakes, big-money subterfuge. It's a price she won't fully pay...until she does the unthinkable and breaks the promise that made her rich.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner

  • By Sally on 09-21-12

A 2 rating is a gift - the story has potential

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

I remember listening to this years ago, I though it was better. David needs to do more research before writing a book like this. The story has potential. I listened on Audible, the narrator was a bit annoying. But the lack of having a sense that this could happen the way it is laid out, weak plots, coupled with scenes and events that just didn't make sense or lack believe-ability, just go to be to much. I didn't even finish it. Cut the theatrics in an attempt to create an interesting story, let the people and their everyday lives be interesting.

  • Her Final Hour: An absolutely unputdownable mystery thriller

  • Detective Gina Harte, Book 2
  • By: Carla Kovach
  • Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Melissa Sanderson is the perfect wife and mother. She dotes on her daughter and lives in her dream home in a quiet cul-de-sac in the suburbs. But looks can be deceiving. Something is amiss in that house - all the neighbors think so. Some say Melissa is having an affair. Others say she’s been drinking too much. Then one night, sirens wake up the whole neighborhood. Melissa Sanderson is dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thriller with interesting characters

  • By Mrs. Ryan on 08-30-18

Which is worse, the story or the narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

First off the story just gets annoying, like it is trying for conflict and excitement... but there's nothing there. The narrator did a good job here of making the characters annoying, the victim, her husband (especially annoying) and even the investigator. My fist hour with this book was my final hour... Had to return it. Suggestion to author... let the people be interesting, don't try to make them interesting.

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  • Something in the Water

  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,976
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,890

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

Not to exciting, but OK

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

In some ways th book doesn't make much sense. A little to dramatic. If there's nothing else, read this.

  • The Guards

  • By: Ken Bruen
  • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 181

Still stinging from his unceremonious ouster from the Garda Siochana, and staring at the world through the smoky bottom of his beer mug, Jack Taylor is stuck in Galway with nothing to look forward to. He is teetering on the brink of his life's sharpest edges, his memories of the past cutting deep into his soul and his prospects for the future non-existent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is literature, not just crime fiction

  • By John on 08-09-13

A little to much drunk

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

The story has potential, I got tired of the guy being drunk all the time. It seemed more a story of an alcoholic and his troubles than a murder mystery.

  • The Templar Legacy

  • By: Steve Berry
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,963
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,964

The ancient order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute power over kings and popes until the Inquisition, when they were wiped from the face of the earth, their hidden riches lost. But now two forces vying for the treasure have learned that it is not at all what they thought it was, and its true nature could change the modern world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dan Brown... eat your heart out

  • By Bonnie-Ann on 07-22-12

Way to many close calls

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

Close calls can be intriguing. They can create excitement. But when there are too many of them, when the bad guys have this extraordinary luck to see the prey 'just as they slip around a corner' or get the drop on an ex DIA agent who's behind them with a gun drawn....

Here's an analogy... this book took the scenes from a bunch of bad '70's detective shows like Manix...

  • Looking Glass

  • By: Andrew Mayne
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,092

Professor Theo Cray caught one of the most prolific serial killers in history using revolutionary scientific methods. Cut off from university research because of the shroud of suspicion around him after the death of his former student and the aftermath of catching his quarry, Cray tries to rebuild his life but finds himself drawn into another unsolved case. The desperate father of a missing child, ignored by the authorities and abandoned by his community, turns to Theo for help. The only clues are children's drawings and an inner-city urban legend about someone called the Toy Man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent follow up to The Naturalist...

  • By shelley on 03-14-18

Potentially good but fails to deliver

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

It starts off interesting. Although the narrator is a bit annoying, he sounds sounds nerdy, but what the heck, he's playing the role of a biologist. So in that vein he's perfect, just not someone you want to listen to for 8 hours. The story line becomes the real problem, it is just to far fetched, the combative lead investigator, the bones in the dirt, the murdered wife to the missing child. It just doesn't have a flow that works. Not much else to say other than, skip this one. I'm getting a refund, only made it a 1/3 of the way through.

  • Jurassic Park

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,884
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,872

Audie Award, Science Fiction, 2016. An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind's most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them - for a price.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • CHAOS THEORY

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 01-30-16

If you think it's about dinosaurs, you are wrong

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

Crichton is a genius. The background for showing mans arrogance in attempting to control his environment is brilliant, dinosaurs. Add to this another great human talent, making mistakes and the comedy of errors we seem to be uniquely capable of pulling off. All this comes together in what can be called the Malcolm Effect - makes Murphy look like an optimist.

Enjoy this book and remember, we can't destroy the Earth, but we sure sure make it inhabitable for mankind.

  • The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,958
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,102

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent.

  • By Amy Snider on 06-13-18

Si-Fi done right - Can't wait for the next in seri

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

Denis does it again. Faster pased than the Bobverse series which just keeps you hanging on. Can't say to much without spoiling, so I'll just say ... READ THIS ONE if you like to let you imagine fly and stories about people work whether it's on the prairie in the 2000's or out in space in 2200.

  • The Naturalist

  • The Naturalist, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Mayne
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,198

Professor Theo Cray is trained to see patterns where others see chaos. So when mutilated bodies found deep in the Montana woods leave the cops searching blindly for clues, Theo sees something they missed. Something unnatural. Something only he can stop. As a computational biologist, Theo is more familiar with digital code and microbes than the dark arts of forensic sleuthing. But a field trip to Montana suddenly lands him in the middle of an investigation into the bloody killing of one of his former students.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic! I loved this book!!

  • By shelley on 10-02-17

Book #1 was enough

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

The story drags but is interesting enough to see it to the end. Not interesting enough to read another. I was intrigued to find out who or what the killer was. Then it got to obvious, as you get to the end, you can see exactly what is going to happen. If there's an abriged go that direction.