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  • Assassin's Fate

  • Book III of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Elliot Hill
  • Length: 39 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,336
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,332

More than 20 years ago, the first epic fantasy novel featuring FitzChivalry Farseer and his mysterious, often maddening friend the Fool struck like a bolt of brilliant lightning. Now New York Times best-selling author Robin Hobb brings to a momentous close the third trilogy featuring these beloved characters in a novel of unsurpassed artistry that is sure to endure as one of the great masterworks of the genre.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart wrenching

  • By Diane on 05-14-17

Love the first series. Can't finish this.

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

It's just too long and depressing. Combine that with a lack of much action and I just couldn't finish the book, even at 1.5x speed.

  • The Thief

  • By: Megan Whalen Turner
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481

Eugenides, the queen's thief, can steal anything - or so he says. When his boasting lands him in prison and the king's magus invites him on a quest to steal a legendary object, he's in no position to refuse. The magus thinks he has the right tool for the job, but Gen has plans of his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is wrong choice

  • By Katie on 09-09-17

Boring as heck

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

I got the impression that I should have read some of the other books before this one. Was that the case? Because maybe some of the things that happened or that were said would have been surprising or some kind of amazing revelation. I didn't see anything that was best-seller worthy or award-worthy here.

The book begins with a LONG section (chapters 2-7) which consists mostly of a lot of boring mythological stories. None were interesting.

You can tell she is a good writer so do the other books have more political intrigue and more action? (Those are two things I love.)

SO:
Chapter 1 starts off great! Thief in prison is asked to steal something but prison is a bit of an ordeal first. Excellent!
Chapters 2-7 consists of a lot of rather uninteresting travel and a lot of mythology. Bah! (Remember there are only 12 chapters.)
After that, more interesting things start happening. More travel. Sigh. But then they finally arrive at their destination. And there it is VERY interesting and very well done.
A couple of plot twists later there are what I suspect are some very cool revelations to readers of the others books. (I am not one of those.) They were interesting but not Earth-shattering to me. OK fine.

The book reader was great! I don't know what other reviewers were complaining about.

I see talent in the writer and I'm wondering if I would enjoy the other books much more than I did this one. Maybe I'll put one on my wish list and see if I can get it on sale someday for $4 or $5.

  • Treasure Island

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson, Marty Ross - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Philip Glenister, Daniel Mays, Catherine Tate, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,464

Audible Originals takes to the high seas to bring to life this timeless tale of pirates, lost treasure maps and mutiny. When weathered old sailor Billy Bones arrives at the inn of young Jim Hawkins' parents, it is the start of an adventure beyond anything he could have imagined. When Bones dies mysteriously, Jim stumbles across a map of a mysterious island in his sea chest, where X marks the spot of a stash of buried pirate gold.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A reflective adventure

  • By Tad Davis on 09-12-17

Qutstandin’!

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

As fine a dramatization of this story as can be done, says I. And I won’t be entertainin’ arguments to the contrary!

Pitch perfect voice acting of an excellent script.

So don’t ya hesitate to spend yer credit or yer doubloon. Then sit yerself comfortable like and enjoys the fun!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Gray Ghost

  • By: Clive Cussler, Robin Burcell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,399
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,275

In 1906, a groundbreaking Rolls-Royce prototype known as the Gray Ghost vanishes from the streets of Manchester, England, and it is only the lucky intervention of an American detective named Isaac Bell that prevents it from being lost forever. Not even he can save the good name of Marcus Peyton, however, the man wrongly blamed for the theft, and more than 100 years later, it is his grandson who turns to Sam and Remi Fargo to help prove his grandfather's innocence. But there is even more at stake than any of them know.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as previous works

  • By Mountain Heart on 06-06-18

The best of the recent books in the series

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

I love these characters and I always enjoy the books but this one is the best of the last few in the series.

One thing that is especially cool is the crossover with the Issac Bell books. Double cool since those books are also read by Scott Brick. If you enjoy the Bell books like I do you’ll love the intersection of this Sam and Remi adventurer with a case that Bell worked on in England in 1906.

Well done!

  • The Amazing Adventures of Mr. Tinker

  • A Time Travel Novel
  • By: Paul Ibbetson
  • Narrated by: Darren Stephens
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Follow the amazing Mr. Tinker, an inventor who, while working for Nikola Tesla, discovers time travel. After nine of his time traveling devices, called chronoboxes, are stolen by criminal scientists, he must travel through time to retrieve the boxes and safeguard the future. With the help of his young assistant Jovan, both will risk their lives in this exciting time travel novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A nice short story that ends with a cliffhanger

  • By GLENNO on 04-12-18

A nice short story that ends with a cliffhanger

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

It was a very fun story and anyone who loves time travel stories should enjoy it.

But I gave it 4 stars instead of five because it ended with a cliffhanger and I don't see any sequel. I'm very sad!

  • The List

  • By: J. A. Konrath
  • Narrated by: Benjamin L. Darcie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 463

THE LIST is a bit of a departure for Konrath, who is known for his Jack Daniels mystery series. It's a technothriller about a group of ten people who each have tattoos of numbers on the bottoms their feet, and don't know why. One of them, a Chicago Homicide cop named Tom Mankowski, has had one of these strange tattoos since birth. When he investigates a violent murder and discovers the victim also has a tattooed number, it sets the ball rolling for an adventure of historic proportions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen!

  • By Chris on 12-17-11

Falls Flat

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

This book has a really interesting premise but it sort of fizzled out.

It has some hilarious one-liners but they don't save the mediocre story. The villainous mastermind is a cardboard cutout--hardly the menacing person you might expect considering his technological accomplishments, his riches, and the power at his disposal.

I liked the heroes but the villains were just eye-rolling.

The author sets us up for a sequel at the end which I won't read.

The narrator worked well for some character but not very well for the villains.

The bottom line is that it showed lots of promise but ended up being weak tea.

  • The Gangster

  • By: Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,990
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,764

It is 1906, and in New York City, the Italian crime group known as the Black Hand is on a spree: kidnapping, extortion, arson. Detective Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Agency is hired to form a special Black Hand Squad, but the gangsters appear to be everywhere - so much so that Bell begins to wonder if there are imitators, criminals using the name for the terror effect. And then the murders begin, each one of a man more powerful than the last, and, as Bell discovers to his dismay, the ultimate target may be the most powerful man of all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great new release in the Isaac Bell series!

  • By Wayne on 03-02-16

Worst of the series

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

I really like this series of books but this one wasn't all that great. The subject matter and the villains were just not all that interesting.

Scott Brick is awesome of course so this review is no fault of his.

I'll read the next one in the series but this one was a bit disappointing.

  • Trap the Devil

  • Dewey Andreas, Book 7
  • By: Ben Coes
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,119

A group of some of the most powerful people in the government, the military, and the private sector has begun a brutal plan to quietly take over the reins of the US government. They've begun to remove the people who stand in their way - and replace them with their own sympathizers and puppets. They've already taken out the Speaker of the House - whose death was made to look like an accidental drowning - and the president and vice president are next.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jay Snyder show become familiar with nomenclatures

  • By Luke on 08-17-17

I LOVE these books!

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

Reviewed: 01-19-18

And they would make great movies.

With every book, it seems like Coes comes up with a bigger problem to solve. Great action and a great story.

The reader is not quite as good as the usual readers of this book but he is really good at female voices for a guy with a baritone voice. Don't let that stop you from listening to the great book though!

Ben Coes books are now on my list of must-read authors as soon as the book is released.

  • First Strike

  • A Thriller
  • By: Ben Coes
  • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,589

Deep within the Pentagon, a covert multibillion arms-for-influence program was created. The objective was to protect the United States and its allies from terrorist acts by secretly enabling a handpicked man to emerge as the most powerful leader in the Middle East. But the charismatic Tristan Nazir double-crosses America, twisting the program for his own violent ends to create ISIS. Now America is at great risk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • His best book ever

  • By Sally E. Sasser on 07-08-16

Outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

All of the books by Ben Coes are great but this is the best one yet.

It would make a fantastic movie but then again so would his other books. Producers: Get on that!

  • House of Spies

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,842

Four months after the deadliest attack on the American homeland since 9/11, a terrorist plot leaves a trail of carnage through London’s glittering West End. The attack is a brilliant feat of planning and secrecy, but with one loose thread. The thread leads Gabriel Allon and his team to the south of France and to the gilded doorstep of one of the richest men in the country, Jean-Luc Martel, and his companion, Olivia Watson. A beautiful former British fashion model, Olivia pretends not to know the true source of Martel's enormous wealth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • YES! This is what I want and expect!

  • By Dr. Meggin McIntosh on 08-27-17

Not enough action for my taste.

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

I love all of these books and read them as soon as they come out but this one had a little too much talking and not enough action for my taste.

The reader is perfect for Gabriel Allon. Something maybe a little off for other characters.

I will read the next one as soon as it comes out too. This was just slightly disappointing.