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  • Zero Sum

  • By: Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752

Returning to Tokyo in 1982 after a decade of mercenary work in the Philippines, a young John Rain learns that the killing business is now controlled by Victor, a half-Russian, half-Japanese sociopath who has ruthlessly eliminated all potential challengers. Victor gives Rain a choice: kill a government minister or die a grisly death. But the best route to the minister is through his gorgeous Italian wife, Maria.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Welcome back John Rain!

  • By shelley on 06-28-17

Short but sweet

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

I always like the relationship scenes because they are always so deep, passionate and personal.

Although I don’t condone violence or killing on most if not all levels, it is interesting to follow Rain’s rational, his preparations and need to maintain certain allegiances as well as personal principles. A dangerous yet emotionally vulnerable man.

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  • Zero Hour

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 5
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,787
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,412

United Nations Special Operations Command sent an elite expeditionary force of soldiers and pilots out on a simple recon mission, and somehow along the way they sparked an alien civil war. Now the not-at-all-merry band of pirates is in desperate trouble, again. Their stolen alien starship is falling apart, thousands of light years from home. The ancient alien AI they nicknamed Skippy is apparently dead, and even if they can by some miracle revive him, he might never be the same.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Monkeys kick A**, but......

  • By Beachcombers on 02-14-18

Happy Surprise 😀

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

Loved the humour, the voice of the performer, and the rhythm of the telling. The storyline was great.

This would make an interesting tv series similar to “Firefly” with Nathan Fillion.

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23,161
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,145
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,051

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, fairly bi-partisan if you're into that.

  • By Alex Fuller on 12-11-18

Here is a sanity check!

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

I had watched the tv airing of the Comey speech. Not having enough background on the man nor the situation, I had no opinion one way or the other. His book was eye opening, decent, well written and shows him to be the type of man we want leading our law related organizations. That there are people who can help to “mind the shop” is at least some comfort in these abnormal political times.

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,543
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36,430

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

Typical Dan Brown

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

What made the experience of listening to Origin the most enjoyable?

As a Dan Brown story fan, I found the story to be typical Dan Brown. The sound, the feel, the plot, the characters. But I liked them.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Origin?

I loved the interaction between "the voice" and the main characters.

Which scene was your favorite?

When everyone is in the showing room at the beginning for the introduction and the audience is told to lay on the floor and look at the images being projected around them.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Outside of Asimov's Foundation series, can humans live in harmony with computerized beings?

  • BrainWeb

  • By: Douglas E. Richards
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326

Nick Hall, an unwilling recipient of brain implants, can surf the Web with his thoughts and read minds. And while this makes him one of the most formidable men on Earth, he is determined to stay off the grid. But when terrorists seize control of the Academy Awards and vow to butcher the world's most beloved stars one by one in front of an international television audience, Hall is forced to reveal his astonishing capabilities.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very Preachy

  • By Seydon on 11-20-15

Scary Thought

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

What did you love best about BrainWeb?

The fact that I could easily imagine a situation like this becoming a truth in the future.

What was one of the most memorable moments of BrainWeb?

The end when all becomes clear and the accused is off the hook.

What about Adam Verner’s performance did you like?

Well done!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

There is good evolution and bad!

  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

  • By: Jack Weatherford
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,265

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, insightful, intriguing.

  • By Peter on 03-05-10

Genghis Khan was so much more!

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

I believe that the author was objective about his take on the life, beliefs and accomplishments of Genghis Khan.

Based on my belief in the author, I consider myself lucky to have stumbled on this book. All humans are flawed in one way or another, however the contribution of Genghis and later Kublai are in my opinion the greatest the world has ever seen. Their avant- garde and prescient understanding of empire building and maintaining on the part of Genghis and world growth and evolution on the part of both is miraculous. Thanks to the author for his persistence in finding and recording the truth. Great book!

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,144
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57,999

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Rosario Dawson as Jasmine

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

While the story was interesting there was a lot of welding explanation along with other scientific-type jargon which could have slowed down the story. However Rosario made the story live with her various voices, sense of humour and timing.

  • The Chosen

  • A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,659
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,432

Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier's fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla. Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor's life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A FINGER-LICKING BANQUET FOR ALL BDB FANS

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 04-07-17

Great Story

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

Reviewed: 04-29-17

Typical J. R. Ward! Great character depth. Clear opening for several more stories to include Treize, Vicious and follow-ups on those other's not mentioned much this time around.

  • Fingerprints of the Gods

  • The Quest Continues
  • By: Graham Hancock
  • Narrated by: Graham Hancock
  • Length: 18 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,729

Fingerprints of the Gods is the revolutionary rewrite of history that has persuaded millions of listeners throughout the world to change their preconceptions about the history behind modern society. An intellectual detective story, this unique history audiobook directs probing questions at orthodox history, presenting disturbing new evidence that historians have tried - but failed - to explain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book with excellent narration!

  • By Linda SB on 10-27-16

Interesting perspective

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

Reviewed: 04-21-17

Many of the questions asked have occurred to me over time. I would add that popular preoccupation with mythical creatures, vampires, various levels of human hybrid robotics, forensic and other science based tv-movie shows and books and even zombies demonstrate ongoing and increasing growth of the concern of people worldwide. Particularly the youth and young minded people.

I wish that the book had ended on a more positive note geared to motivate research .

  • Ink and Bone

  • The Great Library
  • By: Rachel Caine
  • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,457
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,455

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly - but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden. Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poor, Poor Protagonist

  • By Hopeisananchor on 04-08-16

Entertaining but felt unfinished

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

I wasn't sure of the names of the antagonist as it seemed two were named Magnus. Since I only listened to the book and did not read it, I didn't check.
The characters were given enough depth that one would find them recognizable. There were scenes of humour despite the clearly bad state of affairs.