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  • Out of Spite, Out of Mind

  • Magic 2.0, Book 5
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,519
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,171
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,157

When you discover the world is a computer program, and you figure out that by altering the code you can time travel and perform acts that seem like magic, what can possibly go wrong? Pretty much everything. Just ask Brit, who has jumped around in time with such abandon that she has to coexist with multiple versions of herself. Now, Brit the Elder finds that her memories don't match Brit the Younger's.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A nonsensically funny story becomes nonsense

  • By Keela on 07-13-18

Last one

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

Sorry, but this is my last book in this series. I know it's a spoof/farce and supposed to be comedy, but it's not funny - just annoying. No character development, except the men all get more stupid.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Fight and Flight

  • Magic 2.0, Book 4
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,765
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,218
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,194

Martin and his friends discovered that their world is computer generated and that by altering the code they could alter reality. They traveled back in time to Medieval England to live as wizards. Almost everything they've done since then has, in one way or another, blown up in their faces. So of course they decide to make dragons. It does not go well.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Major stumble in a great series

  • By Virgil on 05-11-17

If you can't say something nice...

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

Actually, I can say something nice. Luke Daniels does a fantastic job narrating the worst, most predictable and tedious story ever written by Scott Meyer.

BLUF: You can skip this entry in the Magic 2.0 series and not miss it.

On to the story itself.
Predictable.
Cliched (though in fairness, all his stuff is cliched.)
TEDIOUS.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first three books in this series, though they had their own times of being predictable, tedious, etc.
This book? Meyer somehow crams a (very) short story into a full length book. And doesn't make it work.
Additionally, it does nothing to advance any long-term storylines nor does it show any character growth.
Sorry, but this one isn't worth the time, let alone the Audible credit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Terminal List

  • A Thriller
  • By: Jack Carr
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,054
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,405

On his last combat deployment, Lt. Cmdr. James Reece's entire team was killed in an ambush that also claimed the lives of the aircrew sent in to rescue them. But when those dearest to him are murdered on the day of his homecoming, Reece discovers that this was not an act of war by a foreign enemy but a conspiracy that runs to the highest levels of government. Now, with no family and free from the military's command structure, Reece applies the lessons that he's learned in over a decade of constant warfare toward revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Make way for Jack Carr!!!!

  • By shelley on 03-08-18

Great first book

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Like many in this genre there are some over-the-top coincidences and situations, but it’s well-written and a good listen.

  • The Authorities

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,945
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,700
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,696

Sinclair Rutherford is a young Seattle cop with a taste for the finer things. Doing menial tasks and getting hassled by superiors he doesn't respect are definitely not "finer things". Good police work and bad luck lead him to crack a case that changes quickly from a career-making break into a high-profile humiliation when footage of his pursuit of the suspect - wildly inappropriate murder weapon in hand - becomes an Internet sensation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you liked Magic 2.0, get this book

  • By Elizabeth J Grogan on 02-10-16

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

Really hope there are sequels. Loved the characters and the premise. And, of course, the narrator rocked.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Icarus Agenda

  • By: Robert Ludlum
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 29 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 810

Colorado Congressman Evan Kendrick is trying to live out his term of office quietly—when a political mole reveals to the world Kendrick's deepest secret: that Kendrick was the anonymous man in Masqar, the man who courageously freed the hostage held in the American embassy by Arab terrorists; the unknown hero who performed an act of outrageous daring then silently disappeared. Now, suddenly, Kendrick is a living target pursued by the terrorists he outwitted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Politician or not. A real hero.

  • By Lawrence on 05-01-13

Everyone is always angry

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

Reviewed: 10-19-16

Would you try another book from Robert Ludlum and/or Scott Brick?

No

What was most disappointing about Robert Ludlum’s story?

Everyone seemed angry with each other.

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Interesting inflections.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Plot seemed interesting.

Any additional comments?

Enjoyed the Bourne series, but that was years ago. I may have forgotten, but it seems all of Ludlums characters are always p-o'd. Makes for an unhappy book and a bad listen.

  • The Lost Starship

  • By: Vaughn Heppner
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,715
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,427
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,428

Ten thousand years ago, a single alien super-ship survived a desperate battle. The vessel's dying crew set the AI on automatic to defend the smashed rubble of their planet. Legend has it the faithful ship continues to patrol the empty battlefield, obeying its last order throughout the lonely centuries.In the here and now, Earth needs a miracle. Out of the Beyond invade the New Men, stronger, faster and smarter than the old. Their superior warships and advanced technology destroy every fleet sent to stop them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Old school-style scifi with dreary narration

  • By dtamayob on 03-18-16

Had to stop listening

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

Reviewed: 10-06-15

What would have made The Lost Starship better?

A better narrator and less archaic language. Odd areas of emphasis and a terrible Scottish accent made this a very difficult listen.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Characters seemed uneven, couldn't get a grasp of the personalities.

Would you be willing to try another one of David Stifel’s performances?

No

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Lost Starship?

Didn't finish listening to it, so it's hard to say.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The King of Plagues

  • The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 3
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,830
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,360

Saturday, 0911 hours — A blast rocks a London hospital and thousands are dead or injured. 1009 hours — Joe Ledger arrives on scene to investigate. The horror is unlike anything he has ever seen. Compelled by grief and rage, Ledger rejoins the Department of Military Sciences, and within hours he's attacked by a hit team of assassins and sent on a suicide mission.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Entertaining

  • By Eugenia on 05-14-17

Sorry, no.

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

Reviewed: 05-22-14

A number of things wrong with this book, the series and the character of Joe Ledger. Really? A psychiatrist on staff that the hero needs to call in the middle of an op? Super duper at combat just because he was a grunt years ago? I know, everything is over-the-top in books like this, but this stretched too far.
Then, he goes and starts playing politics in this book. He was commendably neutral in his first two, but Mayberry decided to send a message in this one. I'm done with his books and which he never got a penny from me for the first two.

On a positive note, the Ray Porter does a great job, and I've enjoyed his work with other books.

12 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38,223

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super solid listen!!

  • By Magpie on 06-24-12

Pleasant surprise!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-13

Not sure why I was surprised, I thoroughly enjoy Peter's "Ex" series, and this was even better. Characters are nicely developed (maybe a little cliched, but it works), story is interesting with well placed twists and turns, and the narrator is great.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Charm School

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 24 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,672

Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredibly Good

  • By Char on 11-07-09

Great Cold War thriller!

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

I am thoroughly enjoying this book. Well-written, interesting and seemingly well researched DeMille captures the feeling of the cold war accurately. Scott Brick is a fantastic narrator. If I were to be critical on one part of the reading, it's that there are times he may want to add a little more urgency to his voice (fight scenes, etc.) The characters are interesting and have enough depth to be realistic.

Bottom line: This is a top-notch listen!

  • The Grail

  • Area 51, Book 5
  • By: Robert Doherty, Bob Mayer
  • Narrated by: Martin Gollery
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 223

Special Forces officer Mike Turcotte has paid his dues in battle and in blood. Now assigned to Area 51, he fights the toughest enemy of his career: the alien race who arrived on Earth millennia ago and have returned to claim the planet. Mike has dodged bullets and faced weapons of mass destruction to give humanity another day of reprieve. But when his lover, scientist Lisa Duncan, falls into evil hands, Mike must decide which prize means the most to him - the woman he loves or the legendary Grail.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Martin Gollery (Narrator) should be avoided!

  • By John Fernandes on 04-23-13

Painful

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

"If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." The only thing good I can say about this title is... Never mind, can't think of anything. The narrator was awful, the story has taken the Area 51 storyline and absolutely jumped the shark. Fo anyone considering spending money or credits on this pile of manure - DON'T!!!!