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  • Certain Prey

  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,294

Her name is Clara Rinker, a southern woman, trim, pleasant, attractive, and the best hit woman in the business. She isn't showy; she just goes quietly about her business, collects her money, and goes home. It's when she's hired for a job in Minnesota that things become complicated for her. A defense attorney wants a rival eliminated, and that's fine. But then a witness survives, the attorney starts acting weird, this big cop Davenport gets on her case, and loose ends begin popping up faster than on an unraveling sweater

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved every minute

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-12-14

Great book as always but the narrator needs help!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

Another great Davenport book but as a person who grew up in MN and spent 8 years in "the cities", I cringe at some of the pronunciations. Place names and street names are especially badly done. Examples (from this and other books) are Lake Pokegama, Edina, and many more.

Please let someone from Minnesota listen to Davenport/Flowers books before release! I am sure the author knows exactly how to pronounce these (being from MN) but the narrator is another matter.

  • Chasing the Demon

  • A Secret History of the Quest for the Sound Barrier, and the Band of American Aces Who Conquered It
  • By: Dan Hampton
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

In the aftermath of World War II, the United States accelerated the development of technologies that would give it an advantage over the Soviet Union. Airpower, combined with nuclear weapons, offered a formidable check on Soviet aggression. In 1947, the United States Air Force was established. Meanwhile, scientists and engineers were pioneering a revolutionary new type of aircraft which could do what no other machine had ever done: reach mach 1 - a speed faster than the movement of sound - which pilots called "the demon."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not at all what it purports to be

  • By John A Stevenson on 11-20-18

Not much meat, lots of salad.

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

This title was very deceptive. This book is 8 1/2 hours long and only about 45 minutes are actually about the subject of breaking the sound barrier and there is very little actual detail in even that. The rest is character history and general WW I and WW II and US history. I really could have done w/o the first 7 hours.

I would suggest that listeners should find another book on the sound barrier subject - this one just does not cut it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Extracted

  • Extracted, Book 1
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,887

In 2061 a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world. A desperate plan is formed: recruit three heroes, ordinary humans capable of extraordinary things, and change the future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fast-Food Science Fiction

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 04-07-17

Nice but too slow

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

A pretty good book but there was a lot of unnecessary detail and it went pretty slow which detracted form the overall impact

  • The War Planners Series, Books 1-3

  • The War Planners, The War Stage, and Pawns of the Pacific
  • By: Andrew Watts
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

From a secretive jungle-covered island in the Pacific, to the sands of the Middle East. From the smog-filled alleyways of China, to the passageways of a US Navy destroyer. The War Planners series follows different members of the military and intelligence community as they uncover the beginnings of a Chinese invasion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic story!

  • By Mitch Kirkwood on 02-15-18

More spy thriller than military - I gave up.

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

Reviewed: 11-18-17

I don't give up on many books but I got thru the first book and part way thru the second and said to myself "this is 95% spy story and 5% military". Not my cup of tea and not all all as described.

If you want spy action, you may like this, if you want military action look elsewhere.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,516
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36,403

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

OK but a bit obvious

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

Reviewed: 10-22-17

Reasonably well written and well narrated. Typical Dan Brown. It would have been even better if I did not have the plot figured out about 20% of the way thru the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wrong Side of Goodbye

  • Harry Bosch, Book 19
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,078

Harry Bosch is California's newest private investigator. He doesn't advertise, he doesn't have an office, and he's picky about who he works for, but it doesn't matter. His chops from 30 years with the LAPD speak for themselves. Soon one of Southern California's biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire has less than six months to live and a lifetime of regrets. He hires Bosch to find out whether he has an heir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Connelly Delivers Everytime

  • By Charles Atkinson on 07-19-17

Great Book and Great Narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

OK, I know there has been whining by folks that like the Dick Hill versions. I also love Dick Hill - he is one of the best Audible narrators. But Welliver also does a great reading, if different from Dick Hill. His flat delivery has appeal and is very film-noirish, making him a good fit for both the TV and the book versions.

If you fail to buy the book because you believe the negative reviews, you are missing out on
a great listen.

Sure, this may be a commercial move by the publishers but that does not make it a bad move unless you are dead determined to hate anything just because it is commercial instead of evaluating it on it's merits.

  • Ocean of Storms

  • By: Christopher Mari, Jeremy K. Brown
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 534

In the near future, political tensions between the United States and China are at an all-time high. Then a catastrophic explosion on the moon cleaves a vast gash in the lunar surface, and the massive electromagnetic pulse it unleashes obliterates Earth's electrical infrastructure. To plumb the depths of the newly created lunar fissure and excavate the source of the power surge, the feuding nations are forced to cooperate on a high-risk mission to return mankind to the moon.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just not very good

  • By Astroman on 12-11-16

Just not very good

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

Reviewed: 12-11-16

I think the author just read a book on the Apollo program and that is about the extent of his knowledge on the subject of space travel. Things could simply not be done the way he suggests - totally and utterly impossible. Read this only if you have no technical knowledge about the space program, if you have any such knowledge, the book will upset you time after time. Characters are stereotypical on steroids and not well developed.
The bottom line is that it is not well written and boring and disrupted by tech errors. The narrator is also not very good.

I gave up about 1/3 of the way into the book and I rarely do that.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66,136
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 62,075
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,945

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Great Humor,, Great SF, Great Narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-18-16

Got this on a whim and was very pleased. The plotline is original, the hero a real "person" and his "brothers" just as good. The humor reminded me somewhat of "The Martian". Narration and accents (Homer especially) were great. Cannot wait for book 2 and hopefully 3 and 4 and....

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Coup d'Etat

  • Dewey Andreas, Book 2
  • By: Ben Coes
  • Narrated by: David de Vries
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,601

When a fragile peace breaks down and promptly devolves into a rapidly escalating shooting war between Pakistan and India, the U.S. must intervene. With only hours remaining before the conflict reaches a deadly point of no return, the White House must find a way to shut it down immediately or risk the likelihood of a new global war. A radical cleric has become the democratically elected president of Pakistan and uses a brutal incident in the Kashmir region as an opportunity to ignite war with India. The highly lethal conventional war spins out of control when Pakistan initiates a nuclear attack.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dewey Andreas Saves the Day ... Again!

  • By Susan on 03-18-12

Horrible attention to detail!

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

Reviewed: 09-13-16

I just had to stop listening to this book! The author writes well but has no clue whatever about military technology. He calls the muzzle of a gun a "nozzle" like it was a garden hose. He has helicopters made of steel (they would be too heavy to fly). He has air-to-air missiles demolishing ground targets (he apparently does not understand why they are called "air-to-air" missiles)!

He either needs a consultant that can explain this to him or needs to stop writing about military matters.

Bottom line is if you know anything about the military, avoid this book. If you do not and want to be misinformed, go ahead and listen!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Making of the Atomic Bomb

  • 25th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Richard Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 37 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,733
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,724

Here for the first time, in rich human, political, and scientific detail, is the complete story of how the bomb was developed, from the turn-of-the-century discovery of the vast energy locked inside the atom to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan. Few great discoveries have evolved so swiftly - or have been so misunderstood. From the theoretical discussions of nuclear energy to the bright glare of Trinity, there was a span of hardly more than 25 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow... Grade A+ ... Exceptional.

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-15-16

I have been waiting for this for years

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

Reviewed: 02-10-16

I have not listened to the whole audiobook yet, it just came out today, but the narration so far is good and the book itself is great - I read it on paper several years ago.

12 of 20 people found this review helpful