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  • The Night Trade

  • Livia Lone, Book 2
  • By: Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 719
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661

For sex-crimes detective Livia Lone, a position with a government anti-trafficking task force is a chance to return to Thailand to ferret out Rithisak Sorm, the kingpin behind her own childhood ordeal. But after a planned takedown in a nightclub goes violently awry, Livia discovers that she's not the only one hunting Sorm. Former marine sniper Dox has a score to settle, too, and working together is the only way to take Sorm out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dox and Livia - does it get any better than this?

  • By shelley on 01-24-18

Book is Great...

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

Southern accent needs work! But book was fantastic. Love the meshing of characters, I missed Dox

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mean Streak

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,409

Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her. While police suspect Jeff of "instant divorce," Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won't even tell her his name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ms. Brown's book far exceeds usual quality.

  • By KC in Lex on 09-08-14

Harlequin

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

It's a bodice ripper disguised as a thriller. Wasn't my cup of tea, but if one is into novels about a refined woman being savaged by a brute with a tender heart, then it will fit that bill.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Process of Elimination

  • A Thriller
  • By: Arthur T. Bradley
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 102

A powerful international organization wants to tip the balance of global power by infiltrating the White House. At the direction of its mastermind, alias Pecos Bill, presidential candidates have become unwitting targets of a world-class sharpshooter. A martial arts expert, a greedy corporate attorney, and a self-proclaimed conspiracy theorist form a shaky alliance initially intent on solving a missing persons case, only to get caught up in a bigger political plot in which they must uncover the assassin’s identity....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • unlistenable

  • By itinerant on 11-28-17

One of the Worst...

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

I've been a member for 10 years or so and this toes with one other book I've listened to as the worst. Pure schlock. Another reviewer said it perfect when they described the narrator as sixties voice over. Seemed only to make a crappy plot and unrealistic circumstances worse.

  • Sold Out

  • By: Stan R. Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 401

This is the book you've been looking for: a deep, dark conspiracy that should delight those who loved the Jason Bourne movies, as well as fans of authors Vince Flynn, Tom Clancy, and Stephen Hunter. You won't believe what happens when free speech slams into the messy realities of national security. Meet Nick Woods, a former Marine Scout Sniper, who used to be one of our country's greatest operatives. Meet Allen Green, a ballsy reporter in his fifties, who's desperate to break the biggest story since Watergate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like Greaney or Woods this book for you...

  • By shelley on 01-17-16

Schlock.

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

Reviewed: 03-18-17

Avoid this book! The main character is terribly stupid. The storyline is shallow. I love an intelligent thriller, Vince Flynn was/is my favorite. Plausibility was non-existent. The main character kills everyone, good guys, neutral guys and bad guys. One dimensional macho schlock.

  • Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 6
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,629
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,523

Belfast, 1988. A man is found dead, killed with a bolt from a crossbow in front of his house. This is no hunting accident. But uncovering who is responsible for the murder will take Detective Sean Duffy down his most dangerous road yet, a road that leads to a lonely clearing on a high bog where three masked gunmen will force Duffy to dig his own grave. Hunted by forces unknown, threatened by Internal Affairs, and with his relationship on the rocks, Duffy will need all his wits to get out of this investigation in one piece.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing better than a Duffy tale!

  • By 6catz on 03-10-17

Fooking Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 03-12-17

Any additional comments?

This author and this narrator are an amazing match. I feel I know the characters well, to the point I could have a pint with them and discuss the troubles, despite having grown up in Florida. This is the best in the Duffy series and all have been FOOKING BRILLIANT! (will probably come off as a tosser for saying that)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tier One

  • By: Brian Andrews, Jeffrey Wilson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,065
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,046

John Dempsey's life - as an elite Tier One Navy SEAL named Jack Kemper - is over. A devastating terrorist action catapults him from a world of moral certainty and decisive orders into the shadowy realm of espionage, where ambiguity is the only rule. His new mission: hunt down those responsible for the greatest tragedy in the history of the US Special Ops and bring them to justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This One's a Keeper!!!

  • By shelley on 09-11-16

Female characters are so bad it detracts from the story.

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

Reviewed: 11-21-16

Could have been a good book except the female characters are so shallow and unilateral that it makes the book distracting. The narrator didn't help the cause either, he made each one of them sound shrill, panicked and weak. Normally I don't even consider thing like this, I'm not into chick lit. But this was so bad it's an outlier.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Cold Blood

  • By: Alex Shaw
  • Narrated by: David Bufton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

SAS trooper Aidan Snow is in charge of training a new Polish unit when he is called to lead the barely-trained men into an operation to foil a bank robbery. Disaster strikes when the criminals blow the convoy to hell, and Snow is left fighting for his life in a car's wreckage. A green-eyed soldier stands over him and watches what he believes are Snow's last breaths; but he doesn't pull the trigger. Ten years later, Snow is teaching in Ukraine, keeping a low profile. But events will force Snow into a life-or-death chase.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent Story, I Think.

  • By S. Swann on 02-23-16

Decent Story, I Think.

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

Reviewed: 02-23-16

What did you like best about Cold Blood? What did you like least?

The story seemed to be a good international thriller, but the narration is so poor, and so inflectionless that it is tough to figure out who is who.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator used the same tone for every character, it sounded like a 4th grader reading a book report. I could never pick up when on character stopped talking and another began. Also the recording quality was very poor. You could hear birds in the background at some parts, and other parts swear words were bleeped out.

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

Actually, yes. But don't hire the narrator to be in it.

  • Tom Clancy Commander-in-Chief

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 20 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,794

When Russian President Valeri Volodin's ambitions are foiled in Dagestan, he faces a difficult choice. The oligarchs who support him expect a constant flow of graft, but with energy prices cratering, the Russian economy sputters to a virtual halt. Unable to grow the Russian market at home, his hold on power relies on expansion abroad—a plan that has been thwarted by the United States in the past. But this time Volodin has determined that an indirect approach is the best.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This one will be a Jack Ryan classic!

  • By Deborah on 12-09-15

Great Story, Poorly Told

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

Reviewed: 01-05-16

What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

I've finally found the solution to Scott Brick. I listen at 1.25 speed! This greatly reduces his over enunciation. I was less frustrated with his narration this way, I've avoided many titles because of this and now I can go check them out.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man

  • Book 1 of the Repo Man Series
  • By: W. Bruce Cameron
  • Narrated by: George K. Wilson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477

Ruddy McCann, former college football star, has experienced a seismic drop in popularity; he is now Kalkaska, Michigan’s full-time repo man and part-time bar bouncer. His best friend is his low-energy Basset hound Jake, with whom he shares a simple life of stealing cars. Simple, that is, until Ruddy starts hearing a voice in his head. The voice introduces himself as Alan Lottner, a dead realtor. Ruddy isn’t sure if Alan is real, or if he’s losing his mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As Good As It Gets

  • By Charles Atkinson on 11-09-14

Didn't Want This One to End!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-14

Any additional comments?

Thought everything about this book was funny and interesting. Great plot provided for comedic interactions between interesting small town characters.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Storage, Alaska

  • By: John Straley
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

Cold Storage, Alaska, is a remote fishing outpost where salmonberries sparkle in the morning frost and where you just might catch a King Salmon if you're Zen enough to wait for it. Settled in 1935 by Norse fishermen who liked to skinny dip in its natural hot springs, the town enjoyed prosperity in the mid-20th century, at the height of the frozen fish boom. But now the cold storage plant is all but abandoned and the population is shrinking every day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't leave this book in Cold Storage!

  • By Kathy on 05-01-15

I'm Packing for Cold Storage Now!

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

Reviewed: 02-08-14

What other book might you compare Cold Storage, Alaska to and why?

Similar authors would be Elmore Leonard, but the writing is smarter. Or Carl Hiasson but the characters are much more defined and enjoyable. The book has the same quirky humor as those authors but the story flows better and the funny parts seem more genuine.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I enjoyed the interaction between the brothers, the upstanding one is scared to make a wrong move and the scoundrel is fearless, I also enjoyed the bonding that took place between Clive and Little Brother, the distrusting scarred up pit bull. In fact the characters in this book are all interesting and I'm looking forward to a sequel in order to get know them better. The characters are quirky and funny.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful