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  • The Short Drop

  • By: Matthew FitzSimmons
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,840

A decade ago, fourteen-year-old Suzanne Lombard, the daughter of Benjamin Lombard - then a senator, now a powerful vice president running for the presidency - disappeared in the most sensational missing-person case in the nation's history. Still unsolved, the mystery remains a national obsession. For legendary hacker and marine Gibson Vaughn, the case is personal - Suzanne Lombard had been like a sister to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hidden gem hiding among all the generic crap

  • By Justin Messer on 12-27-15

Pleasantly Surprised

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

Reviewed: 02-10-16

I have to agree on several other reviewers comments. The author really does show promise. The tech side played well, but not over played.

The narration fits the story, and book. There is a possibility for a 2nd, but yet I felt it could end there.

Worth the coin.

  • One Year After

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,795

One Year After returns to the small town of Black Mountain and the man who struggled to rebuild it in the wake of devastation: John Matherson. It is a thrilling follow-up and should delight fans in every way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected

  • By Joe on 04-23-16

The followup

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

Reviewed: 09-21-15

I was glad to see the follow up to One Second After. I purchased a print copy that I know has traveled around the globe more than once.

Let me start with the narration. I was fine with the narration. Was it as good with the previous book? No it wasn't as good but it was good enough. I am pretty picky on narration and I thought Bronson Pinchot did fine. Some of the "hillbilly" accents were strained but tolerable.

*** Spoiler Alert Going Forward***

The story picks up a year after. This is where I was hoping for something a bit different than the usual post apocalyptic pattern of us against those trying to unify for good or bad, generally bad. Well it does follow the pattern pretty closely. Bureaucrats are like cockroaches they can live through anything.

I did enjoy the news soundbites from the BBC and some explanation of who, what and where that had happened. I really think more could have been done with this part of the storyline, and maybe part of the next book if it occurs.

There is some building on relationships between the reevers and the town. The relationship between the opposing characters is something that I thought should have been built out more.

It was good to fill in what happened to the small town and how things have progressed or have not.

I have recommended this book to friends as a followup. As I mentioned to them it is a nice followup but does not hold your attention in the way the first book did.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Refuge

  • Dewey Andreas, Book 3
  • By: Ben Coes
  • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,617

p>With time running out to stop the nuclear destruction of Tel Aviv, Dewey Andreas must defeat his most fearsome opponent yet. Off a quiet street in Brooklyn, New York, Israeli Special Forces commander Kohl Meir is captured by operatives of the Iranian secret service, who smuggle Meir back to Iran, where he is imprisoned, tortured, and prepared for a show trial. What they don’t know is that Meir was in New York to recruit Dewey Andreas for a secret operation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Last Refuge but hopefully not the last of Dewey!

  • By Susan on 08-21-12

It Rolls, Building Momentum!!

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

Reviewed: 04-02-15

The series gets better and better. The first book was good, but I still had my doubts. The 2nd and this book hooked me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blue Labyrinth

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,210

A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast's most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family's sinister past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Did not want it end!

  • By Marvin R. Taylor on 05-08-15

Another listening marathon due to a great story.

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

Reviewed: 11-16-14

This is has been a great series. I have enjoyed how "different" in a good sense this story line is in a packed category. Preston and Child can each be hit or miss with their own writing depending on the book. This series just doesn't disappoint.

The narrator does a great job. Rene Auberjonois adds great character the story.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Killing Patton

  • The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Bill O'Reilly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,410

General George S. Patton, Jr., died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost 70 years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident - and may very well have been an act of assassination. Killing Patton will take listeners inside the final year of the war and recount the events surrounding Patton's tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bill O'Reilly "Phoned It In" - Poor Performance

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-28-14

Better Than I Thought It Would Be....

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

Reviewed: 09-28-14

I was a bit leary of pre-ordering this book. The book follows Patton and the major players for this part of his life. There is good background not assuming everyone has studied history that much. The conspiracy or gaps in documented history is addressed in the last ⅓. Again I thought it was well done. Myths and truths are highlighted and corrected if different.

The story was thorough enough for me and I enjoyed the book. This is a recommend.

Narration is one item that concerned me, but Mr. O'Reilly did a decent job.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Breach of Power

  • By: Chuck Barrett
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 390

A hiker finds a journal deep inside a glacier that was lost during World War II. On its frozen pages are etched the secret locations of treasures lost since the 1940s. But something more ominous is scribed in the journal, something that threatens the Presidency of the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now one of my New Favorite Authors

  • By shelley on 12-27-13

It has its moments...

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

Reviewed: 12-20-13

The story and style is right along with other novels such as Brad Thor. The story is good and the mystery does play along well. Narration with Mr. Brick is awesome as expected. I enjoyed the story and would recommend this if you like the action, mystery type books.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Hidden Order

  • By: Brad Thor
  • Narrated by: Armand Schultz
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,449

Action-packed from the start, Hidden Order demonstrates yet again why Brad Thor is the "master of thrillers". A string of high-profile kidnappings has Washington, D.C., in a frenzy. When the victims begin turning up dead, frenzy turns to panic. And when the ransom demand is finally made public, panic will turn to terror. In Brad Thor's riveting new thriller, the stakes have never been higher, nor the lines between good and evil so hard to discern.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sloooow

  • By christine on 07-10-13

Average... and Never Takes Off......

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

Reviewed: 12-20-13

The story had potential, but just slowly moves along. Narration was ok, but not the best I have heard this narrator perform in other books. On discount, or you have a credit to spare go for it.

  • Never Go Back

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,985
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,241

Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Expect the Best

  • By David Shear on 09-06-13

Reacher is back.... what if you did not read 17?

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

Reviewed: 11-19-13

I agree Reacher is back, but for me he never left as I did not read the last novel due to the reviews.

The action is heavy, and Reacher acts like Reacher. Dick Hill just does a good job. I am a big Dick Hill fan.

  • White Fire

  • Agent Pendergast, Book 13
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,524

Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Grand Slam Tale of Terror

  • By GH on 11-12-13

Love the series and this book adds

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

Reviewed: 11-19-13

I fully understand where Preston and Child are taking the story and it fits. But for me I am more interested in Pendergast's son. I must wait. I did notice the push pull going on with how Pendergast is dealing with his loss. Maybe I am not a fan of Pendergast in a small Colorado town.

Recommend it, but just didn't go in the direction I hoped.

Rene Auberjonois does a great job.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Heinrich Himmler

  • The SS, Gestapo, His Life and Career
  • By: Roger Manvell, Heinrich Fraenkel
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 155

Authors Roger Manvell and Heinrich Fraenkel, notable biographers of the World War II German leaders Joseph Goebbels and Herman Goring, delve into the life of one of the most sinister, clever, and successful of all the Nazi leaders: Heinrich Himmler. As the head of the feared SS, Himler supervised the extermination of millions. Here is the story of how a seemingly ordinary boy grew into an obsessive and superstitious man who ventured into herbalism, astrology, and homeopathic medicine before finally turning to the “science” of racial purity and the belief in the superiority of the Aryan people.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Jean on 06-02-16

Something New...

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

Reviewed: 11-19-13

Having a minor in history and heavily in WW2 I have read quite a few books and articles on the SS. This book brought out some perspectives that I had not heard yet. I will check out some of the other books out there that folks are recommending.

Joe Barrett does a great job with the narration.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful