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  • A Quiet Flame

  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320

Philip Kerr’s intricate novels featuring former Berlin homicide detective Bernie Gunther have earned ahallowed place in the hearts of mystery fans. It’s 1950, and Bernie has arrived in Argentina seeking asylum after being falsely identified as a Nazi war criminal. There he investigates the murder of a wealthy banker’s daughter ina case reminiscent of one he worked in Germany 18 years before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • May be his best

  • By Greg on 08-09-12

Historical Relevance

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

Reviewed: 01-20-15

In light of the recent murder of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, this book has particular historical relevance. Some things never change. The story and narration are excellent.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 158,730
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 146,493
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 146,333

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

SCIENCE fiction

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

Reviewed: 02-13-14

This is an interesting, well told story of perseverance, ingenuity, and courage in the genre of science based science fiction. It is, however, rather boring. Where is Flash Gordon when we need him?

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Remaining

  • By: D. J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,820
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,511
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,509

In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Die Hard Meets 28 Days Later

  • By G Wallace on 01-10-14

Old in the tooth

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

Reviewed: 09-28-13

This is not the best zombie, post apocalyptic novel. Sadly, it is not the worst. The genre is getting a bit old in the teeth. How many ways can a not very smart or very personable, one dimensional protagonist relate to a bunch of former citizens and neighbors who have now turned into a bunch of psychotic, meat eating rabble? When you throw in the rabble who haven't turned and are just dreadful humans, one has a blood, guts and other gory things story written with the interest and sophistication of a killing floor.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Area 51: the Mission

  • By: Bob Mayer, Robert Doherty
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 304

Hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest is a place shrouded in mystery. It is called The Mission. And in nearby villages people are screaming in pain as they die from a virus more deadly than Ebola. They can't escape it. They can't cure it. They can't stop it from exploding into a worldwide epidemic poised to kill us all.... Scientist Lisa Duncan and Special Forces Officer Mike Turcotte suspect this new "Black Death" is actually a biological weapon in an escalating war between us...and "them".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Adrenal Pace

  • By M. Ardington on 08-14-14

Are we done, yet?

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

Reviewed: 01-04-13

This series, which began with such promise in Area 51, has become rather long in the alien's tooth. This is mindless fiction, of course, but the story is difficult to follow, and then you realize, why bother? The various good and bad aliens and their earth bound allies and clones have just become tedious.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Innocent: A Novel

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,828
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,814

Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disliked all the Sound Effects.

  • By Stan on 07-16-14

Churn, churn, churn

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

Reviewed: 06-18-12

This is another in the terrorist, evil doer government, moralist assassin genre. Unfortunately, the book is just silly and ridiculous. David Baldacci can churn them out. Spend your casual reading time with Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, or Thomas Perry instead. You will be glad you did.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • When Worlds Collide

  • By: Edwin Balmer, Philip Wylie
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 657
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 585

A runaway planet hurtles toward Earth. As it draws near, massive tidal waves, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions wrack our planet, devastating continents, drowning cities, and wiping out millions. In central North America, a team of scientists race to build a spacecraft powerful enough to escape the doomed Earth. Their greatest threat, they soon discover, comes not from the skies but from other humans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still as good as I remember!

  • By Cynthia L. Walker on 02-07-12

2012, but better

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

Reviewed: 03-09-12

It is the year of the end, but this is far better than the movie. The sociologic anachronisms are a little camp, but the story has aged very well. If you enjoy this type of older, science fiction-adventure story, read "Space Prison" by Tom Godwin. It is available for free on Kindle. You will enjoy it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Plum Island

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,586

Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio. The victims were biologists at Plum Island, a research site rumored to be an incubator for germ warfare. Suddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications - and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of Plum Island....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks Nelson for bringing an oldy to AUDIBLE

  • By Paul on 12-03-10

Not great

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

Reviewed: 02-27-12

Nelson DeMille has written many very good novels like By the Rivers of Babylon and The Lion's Game. Unfortunately, this is not one of them. The story is a bit silly, and the surly, unorthodox, Mark Hammer like detective just becomes annoying as the tale progresses.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Worldwar: In the Balance

  • By: Harry Turtledove
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 26 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475

War seethed across the planet. Machines soared through the air, churned through the seas, crawled across the surface, pushing ever forward, carrying death. Earth was engaged in titanic struggle. Germany, Russia, France, China, Japan: the maps were changing day by day. The hostilities spread in ever-widening ripples of destruction: Britain, Italy, Africa...the fate of the world hung in the balance. Then the real enemy came.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By W on 03-29-10

There are better

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

Reviewed: 10-29-11

Unless you have a deep interest in extra-terrestrial aliens who look like lizards and speak poor English, you might find some of Mr. Turtledove's other alternative histories of more interest (The American Empire trilogy, for example). This book just seems rather silly.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Third Option

  • Mitch Rapp Series
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,646
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,758

CIA counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp falls prey to government forces with an agenda of their own after Dr. Irene Kennedy is named the successor to dying CIA Director Thomas Stansfield—a choice that enrages many inside the world’s most powerful intelligence agency. Her detractors will resort to extreme measures to prevent her from taking the reins—which makes Rapp an expendable asset. But Mitch Rapp is no one’s pawn, and he will stop at nothing to find out who has set him up.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If it had an ending, I'd give it a 5.

  • By Henry on 06-07-11

Superman

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

Reviewed: 10-29-11

Mitch Rapp again fights for truth, justice, and the American way. He has a job fighting enemies, foreign and domestic. It is too bad his character probably does not exist in reality. This triller continues his saga, and it is very well done. A sequel must be in the works.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Infection

  • By: Craig DiLouie
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 435

Five ordinary people must pay the price of survival at the end of the world. A mysterious virus suddenly strikes down millions. Three days later, its victims awake with a single purpose: spread the Infection. As the world lurches toward the apocalypse, some of the Infected continue to change, transforming into horrific monsters.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Worst Book Yet

  • By Michael on 06-07-12

Nearly Finished

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-11

After listening to another zombie devastation story for nearly eleven hours, I could have finished it. However, I decided that the two hours it would have taken were better spent humming to myself.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful