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  • Hellbent

  • An Orphan X Novel
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,037
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,686
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,661

Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as an off-the-books government assassin: Orphan X. After he broke with the Orphan Program, Evan disappeared and reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, a man spoken about only in whispers and dedicated to helping the truly desperate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easily earns 5 stars!

  • By Wayne on 01-31-18

Orphan X series keeps getting better.

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

Evan is one of the most human and likable of these types of invincible antiheroes. If you're a fan of this genre, all you need to know is, he is so worth it.

  • The Nowhere Man

  • Evan Smoak, Book 2
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,763
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,278

Spoken about only in whispers, it is said that when the Nowhere Man is reached by the truly desperate, he can and will do anything to save them. Evan Smoak is the Nowhere Man.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This book is awful!

  • By sekaly on 01-23-17

My New Favorite Writer in this genre

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

Intricate details, expertly integrated in this this tense thriller. I welcome more stories with a lead character I've grown attached two in ony two novels. We'll done, Mr. Hurwitz


  • The Late Show

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,779
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,962

Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, the narration!

  • By Destry on 07-20-17

Connelly's Newest Blue - Rings True

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

A Smart, Consistently Inconsistent, Dogged, Investigative Policewoman - Los Angeles' latest hero on the job.

  • Gunmetal Gray

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,610
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,941
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,894

After five years on the run, Court Gentry is back on the inside at the CIA. But his first mission makes him wish he had stayed on the outs when a pair of Chinese agents try to take him down in Hong Kong. Normally the Chinese prefer to stay eyes-only on foreign agents. So why are they on such high alert? Court's high stakes hunt for answers takes him across Southeast Asia and leads to his old friend, Donald Fitzroy, who is being held hostage by the Chinese.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book, Overshadowed by its Perfect Predecessor

  • By Derek on 02-16-17

The Best of Them All

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

Reviewed: 11-23-17

Greaney has not allowed himself to rest on the success of the previous titles on this series. He has raised the bar for Cort, adding more backstory and more texture to our hero-as well as giving him a new friend and hopefully future ally. Left me wishing there were more; a good end to a fantastic listen. Very well done.

  • Dogs of War

  • A Joe Ledger Novel
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,643
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,453

A freelance terrorist uses the latest generation of robot dogs to deliver WMDs into cities across America. Sophisticated military weapons systems turn on their human masters. A technological apocalypse is coming, and we may be too late to stop it. Joe Ledger and a newly rebuilt Department of Military Sciences square off against this new and terrible threat.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the Best in a FANTASTIC Series

  • By Bradley on 04-27-17

Can Mayberry's Ledger series get any better?

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

Apparently not! l remain a tie-died in the will D.M.S. novel fan. In many ways, a typical political thriller series, with over the top villians and fiercely good looking heroes. Each book in the series, however, takes its time... not only reaquainting the reader with established characters, but building solid back stories for new blood. And of course, the reader is key and this one ticks every box: versatile, skilled, energetic and just friggin' good! Bravo!

  • Sleeping Dogs

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760

He came to England to rest. He calls himself Michael Shaeffer, says he's a retired American businessman. He goes to the races, dates a kinky aristocrat, and sleeps with dozens of weapons. Ten years ago it was different. Then, he was the Butcher's Boy, the highly skilled mob hit man who pulled a slaughter job on some double-crossing clients and started a mob war. Ever since, there's been a price on his head. Now, after a decade, they've found him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Or... How I Fell in Love With a Hit Man

  • By Charles Atkinson on 03-21-12

As Xclnt as the First Listening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-17

My 2nd listening of the Butcher's Boy trilogy. Remains an A+. Unforgivingly terse. Emotionally stirring.

  • The Redbreast

  • By: Jo Nesbø
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,660
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,658

It is 1944: Daniel, a soldier, legendary among the Norwegians fighting the advance of Bolshevism on the Russian front, is killed. Two years later, a wounded soldier wakes up in a Vienna hospital. He becomes involved with a young nurse, the consequences of which will ripple forward to the turn of the next century. In 1999, Harry Hole, alone again after having caused an embarrassment in the line of duty, has been promoted to inspector and is lumbered with surveillance duties. He is assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different For Nesbo, But Still Great

  • By Joe on 06-03-12

Second listen twice as good!

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

Reviewed: 02-13-17

I love having an online library.
Every so often, I rifle through the titles and latch on to one for a relisten. This was the case with The Redbreast, which was even better than my memory of it. Whether a Nesbo, Nordic Noir or detective fare lover, there should be no hesitation about choosing this one. Intricately woven plot that ultimately plays out to a believable conclusion. The story, though written at the end of the '90s into 2000, could have been penned today, the themes are so current. There is an unsolved element which is probably addressed in the next title of the Harry Hole series. Robin Sachs is an excellent interpreter of Nesbo's words; descriptive narrative and characterizations. My next choice will be another Nesbo title.

  • 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 13,426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,218

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

Wholly, Believable, Intriguing Espionage Drama

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

Reviewed: 08-29-16

Compelling read. Thoughtful, fully developed characterizations for leads. Subtle, deliberate interweaving of multiple plotlines. And there's a follow-up! I'm in.

  • Sharp

  • A Mindspace Investigations Novel, Book 2
  • By: Alex Hughes
  • Narrated by: Daniel May
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 529

As a Level Eight telepath, I am the best police interrogator in the department. But I’m not a cop - I never will be - and my only friend on the force, Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino, is avoiding me because of a telepathic link I created by accident. And I might not even be an interrogator for much longer. Our boss says unless I pull out a miracle, I’ll be gone before Christmas. I need this job, damn it. It’s the only thing keeping me sane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great story, I can't wait for number 3

  • By Dianne on 04-05-13

Cleverly Complex, Intensely Intriguing

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

Reviewed: 12-05-13

A cleverly constructed future based detective series. With so many writers tackling this genre right now, it's hard to believe someone could come up with (and support with intelligent writing) a novel idea about life on this planet after everything's gone haywire. I also love the 12 step issues/challenges as a backdrop. I've never seen or read this topic integrated into a story line or series quite like this or so well. Honors bestowed upon the author and, also, to the narrator, who has--after this second listen (Clean came first)--landed a place on my Best of Narrator's list.
PS--I never like to give away plot-points in my write-ups as discovery is half the fun, so suffice it to say, if noir-ish detective thrillers mixed with futuristic drama falls under your list of likes, give this a try. I'm already looking forward to the next one in the series.

  • Extinction Machine

  • The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 5
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,810
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,485

The president of the United States vanishes from the White House. A top-secret prototype stealth fighter is destroyed during a test flight. Witnesses on the ground say that it was shot down by a craft that immediately vanished at impossible speeds. All over the world, reports of UFOs are increasing at an alarming rate. And in a remote fossil dig in China dinosaur hunters have found something that is definitely not of this earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Amazing Entry in the Series

  • By Karen on 03-31-13

Heart-Pounding Pleasure of a Listen.

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

Reviewed: 06-21-13

A blend of science fiction, political underdealings, and go get 'em action with just a hint of romance to soften it all. Sounds odd, right... like a hodgepodge? Some how Jonathan Maberry makes it all work. Really smart writing on all levels.

If you're new to Maberry's Joe Ledger series you can jump into the deep end with this one just fine. The writing and Porter's reading are just that good. Once you do that, you'll just want to go back to Book One anyway (Patient Zero) where I became a fan, and work your way forward. If you're currently a Joe Ledger fan, I'm preaching to the choir. You should be downloading already!