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  • Falling Stars

  • Kyle Achilles, Book 3
  • By: Tim Tigner
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489

Imagine Bin Laden meets Bernie Madoff - and hold on for the ride. A mysterious summons lures Kyle Achilles to a midnight meeting that shocks the world and sets a master plan in motion. Meanwhile, his former partner also enters a terrible trap. It's ingenious and unprecedented, but just a hint of what's to follow. Achilles and Jo join forces against the cunning culprit, but time is tight and the pressure is great. The Russian is not just making millions with his clever crimes - he's waging war on the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 star espionage thriller!

  • By Wayne on 11-18-17

Outstanding! This series keeps getting better.

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

So many popular authors seem to be "phoning in" their books these days. Having captured us with crackling plots and compelling characters in their first few novels, they get by with very average followups.

Tigner, in stark contrast, just gets better and better.

Pushing Brilliance was Great! The Lies of Spies Greater still. And Falling Stars is the Greatest!

It's the innovations in his intricate plots and the way he weaves them into delightfully surprising stories that I find so impressive. I don't want to give those away here, but trust me, by the end of Falling Stars you'll be wondering why you didn't think of that, and when it's going to happen for real.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lies of Spies

  • Kyle Achilles, Book 2
  • By: Tim Tigner
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 891
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815

Journey beneath the diplomatic veneer of international politics and beyond the reach of conventional military operations into the epicenter of clandestine affairs. For the next step in its expansionist agenda, the Kremlin devises a covert coup far more devastating than Bin Laden's most dangerous dream. With the American economy in his crosshairs, Russian President Vladimir Korovin picks suitable pawns and pulls sizable levers, initiating the boldest gambit the world has ever seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening!

  • By Natalia on 12-10-16

Tigner keeps getting better!

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

Reviewed: 12-10-16

If you could sum up The Lies of Spies in three words, what would they be?

I love Achilles!

From the first chapter of Pushing Brilliance I knew this series was destined to become big. The Lies Of Spies confirms that feeling.

The characters in Pushing Brilliance were fantastic, but if anything they're even better in The Lies Of Spies. I know we'll be seeing more of Katya and Achilles, but I want to see more of the others too. (Won't spoil anything by telling you who. This story keeps you guessing.)

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lies of Spies?

Tigner puts big reveals in all his thrillers -- but it wouldn't be fair to talk about them here. And I particularly love the way he leaves things in the end, where he ties everything up in a bow while you're still breathless.

What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

As a Lee Child / Jack Reacher fan, I found Tigner through Dick Hill. He makes them feel the same, although I like Tigner's books more that Child's latest. Tigner reminds me of the way Child was before he hit it big.

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

I practically did. It's one of those books that keeps you up way past your bed time, and then you pick up again first thing in the morning.

Any additional comments?

I've enjoyed all Tigner's books, but I think these latest ones are his best. He's matured as a writer.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Pushing Brilliance

  • By: Tim Tigner
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,883
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,699
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,690

Framed for murder and on the run, former Olympic biathlete Kyle Achilles is also in the crosshairs of assassins' guns. Why? He has no idea. He's fighting blind against two master strategists and one extraordinary invention - known as Brillyanc. Achilles' only ally is the other prime suspect, a beautiful Russian mathematician who is either the best or worst person to ever enter his life. Katya was engaged to Achilles' brother - before he died.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book of the Year!

  • By Brad on 08-26-16

Best Book of the Year!

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

Reviewed: 08-26-16

What did you love best about Pushing Brilliance?

I stumbled onto Tim Tigner a few months ago, and as I did when I first found Lee Child and John Grisham, quickly gobbled up all his other books. Unlike those other authors, however, I think Tigner gets better with each book. At least this one, his new release, struck me as his best.

Tigner's plots are always two steps above most other mainstream thrillers. They're a thinking-man's books, exposing the underbelly of a 3D world and teaching the reader a thing or two. Pushing Brilliance was no exception.

Where this new release stood out to me was with the characters. Tigner's characters are always good, but these are somehow better. They're richer and more defined, but he presents them without slowing the story. He just works in colorful, memorable bits and pieces rather than devoting chapters of (boring) backstory to it as many authors do. I can't wait to spend more time with these characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Pushing Brilliance?

By the end of the novel, you're so ready for the main bad guy (there are a few) to get his comeuppance. I don't want to give anything away, but I LOVED the way Achilles dispatched that one.

What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

Dick Hill's just the best. After listening to dozens of his audiobooks, he feels like an old friend, a voice in my head as familiar as my wife's. In Pushing Brilliance, I like the way he dealt with the foreign accents, giving them a slight touch without making them disruptively strong.

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

Hard to say without giving things away (there are so many twists in this book) so let's just say the 'romantic scene' surprised and touched me. It felt very real, and left me longing for more.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for the next Achilles novel! Meanwhile, I'm looking forward to hearing Dick Hill read Lee Child's Night School.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • The 14th Colony

  • A Novel
  • By: Steve Berry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,754

What happens if both the president and vice-president-elect die before taking the oath of office? The answer is far from certain - in fact, what follows would be nothing short of total political chaos. Shot down over Siberia, ex-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone is forced into a fight for survival against Aleksandr Zorin, a man whose loyalty to the former Soviet Union has festered for decades into an intense hatred of the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 stars after I overcame my doubts!

  • By Wayne on 04-06-16

Love Cotton Malone

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

Reviewed: 08-18-16

If you could sum up The 14th Colony in three words, what would they be?

Steve Berry's Best.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The 14th Colony?

I loved it when Zorin got his comeuppance. Not fair to go into details here.

Which scene was your favorite?

It wasn't so much any particular scene, as it was the flow of the novel with all the history. This is more for history buffs and political junkies than pure action fiction fans.

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

No extreme action. Steve Berry is more of a slow and steady guy. Very satisfying without extremes.

Any additional comments?

Scott Brick is great as always. He, along with Dick Hill and George Guillaume are my favorites. I'm looking forward to the 15th whatever.

  • Coercion

  • By: Tim Tigner
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554

The phone rings and the offer is made, leaving you only seconds to decide. Betray your country, or watch your family drop dead before your eyes. After the Iron Curtain's collapse, Russia appears to be finished as a superpower. But KGB general Vasily Karpov is secretly working to restore Russia's status by forcing Americans into traitorous acts of espionage and sabotage, with the aid of a new secret weapon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Tigner espionage thriller!

  • By shelley on 08-26-16

Tigner does it again!

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

Reviewed: 08-18-16

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

I love audiobooks, and consider Dick Hill to be at the top of that game. It was through him that I found Tim Tigner in the first place, and I'm so glad that I did. I've devoured all of his novels.

I can't compare the audio to the print version, as I haven't read it, but it's fantastic.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Coercion?

I like the way Tigner leaves cliff hangers at the end of his chapters. One that will always stick with me comes from an early chapter, which ends something like "Go to Georgi's room." I was so there in that moment.

The Siberian chase scene was also phenomenal.

Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

Of course I liked Alex, the protagonist. But Tigner does a good job of making the bad guys human too. And of course Hill brings them to life if brilliant color.

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

Yes, and I practically did. Just bought it yesterday. It kept me up late, and I turned it on first thing this morning.

Any additional comments?

As I do with Vince Flynn (now Kyle Mills) and Lee Child and a few others, I'm always looking forward to Tim Tigner's next.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Betrayal

  • By: Tim Tigner
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 965

Presumed dead after a staged terrorist attack, FBI Agent Odysseus Carr is running for his life with the doctor who rescued him. Meanwhile, the same power players who sent Odi to his death are now manipulating an FBI profiler into blindly tracking him down. She's not just their best - she's also his sister. As Odi unravels a devious plot of profound political manipulation and global consequence, the hunted becomes the hunter, and the real terror begins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling unputdownable page turner

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 02-21-16

I'm eagerly awaiting the movie!

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

Reviewed: 04-20-16

Would you listen to Betrayal again? Why?

I listened to this one twice in a row. It's like a favorite movie in that regard. I wanted to spend more time with the characters, and wanted to pick up on things I might have missed. Tigner weaves such clever plots full of twists and turns and nuance that it was worth a second listen. It's also multi-dimensional in that there are stories beneath the story, driven by the complex characters, their emotions and morals (or lack thereof) and our complex geopolitical times.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I could really relate to Odi (Odysseus) because he's frustrated with the system and the rich and powerful people manipulating it. I think he brings a lot of people's fantasies to life.

Another character, Ayden, had an unexpected and amazing arc in the story. At first I was upset by it, but then I picked up on the brilliance. Tigner got me thinking about the life stories behind some of today's headlines.

Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, I first found Tigner because I'm a Dick Hill fan, and I'm so glad I did. Hill does a masterful work with Tigner, as he does with Child and Peterson.

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

Yes, this is a book that has you running longer and procrastinating your bed time.

Any additional comments?

I've now listened to all of Tigner's books, and am eagerly awaiting more.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Chasing Ivan

  • By: Tim Tigner
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 340

Rumor has it there's a Russian you can turn to if you're very rich, and need dirty deeds done without a trace. The CIA calls him Ivan the Ghost because he's operated for years without leaving a trail or revealing his face.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best Tim Tigner Thriller

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 03-25-16

Edge of Your Seat Espionage Thriller

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

Reviewed: 03-25-16

Would you listen to Chasing Ivan again? Why?

Yes! Chasing Ivan is a powerfully addictive story by an exciting new author, and Dick Hill's performance is superb.

This was my second Tim Tiger book, and it won't be my last.

What other book might you compare Chasing Ivan to and why?

I am a huge fan of this genre, reading novels from authors such as Vince Flynn, Steve Berry, Brad Taylor, Ben Coes, James Rollins, and more. Tim Tigner crafts a novel that keeps you every bit as much intrigued and on the edge of your seat as these fine authors.

This is a must listen. I'm looking forward to an Achilles sequel!

Which scene was your favorite?

The scenes kept building and building until the surprising climaxes (plural) at the end. A lot of depth and action for a novella. Great character development.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Flash

  • By: Tim Tigner
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,362
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,353

Two blood-spattered strangers awake, locked in the trunk of a car - with a murdered cop and the smoking gun. Aside from raging headaches and no idea what's happened, they appear to have nothing in common. Troy thinks it's 2001 and he's still a combat surgeon fighting terrorists in Afghanistan. Emmy believes it's 2002 and she's still grifting a living from the streets of L.A.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As promised

  • By ibrahim BURCE on 02-06-16

FLASH should be a movie!

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

Reviewed: 02-19-16

Where does Flash rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

FLASH ranks very high among the many hundreds of audiobooks I've enjoyed.

What did you like best about this story?

This story never stopped moving! I loved that it moved from one vibrant scene to the next to the exciting end without sagging in the middle.

Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

Dick does them all great! He really nailed both Troy and Emmy.

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

The opening scene, where Troy and Emmy awake without their memories, locked with a dead cop in trunk, will go down as a classic. This has to become a movie. I also loved the clever way Luther got his comeuppance.

Any additional comments?

I'm looking forward to more by Tim!

7 of 9 people found this review helpful