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  • The Fifth Assassin

  • By: Brad Meltzer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,796
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,796

From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, there have been more than two dozen assassination attempts on the President of the United States. Four have been successful. But now, Beecher White - the hero of the number one New York Times best seller The Inner Circle - discovers a killer in Washington, D.C. who's meticulously re-creating the crimes of these four men. Historians have branded them as four lone wolves. But what if they were wrong?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I had to stop listening a little bit into the book

  • By Janice on 01-17-13

Very Good Book Ruined by Ridiculous Twists

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

This was a great story with a lot of very fascinating historical information. The details about presidential assassinations, playing cards, church/state conflict were awesome. The story had some back and forth timing that worked very well to add suspense, though some may find it off-putting. The narration was impeccable.

So, given that, why just 3 stars? Two main reasons. First, none of the characters were particularly likable. Second, but most important, was the winding down of the tale. A realistic series of final events would have easily made this book 5 stars, given the research and suspense. Without spoiling the story, I'll just say that the detention of the hero was weak, the interaction between Nico and the knight was odd and convoluted...but the main let down was the explanation of the mystery of who murdered the priests, and how. It was totally ridiculous and really bummed me out, as I love mystery/suspense that is believable, and this was not. This book had a lot of promise, but stumbled badly at the end.

  • The Equalizer

  • By: Michael Sloan
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,088
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083

Robert McCall is a former covert operations officer for the CIA who tries to atone for past sins by offering, free of charge, his services as a troubleshooter (often literally), a protector, and an investigator. People in need find him through a newspaper ad: "Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer.” Aided by a group of sometimes-mysterious contacts (some of whom date back to his spying days), McCall traverses the streets of New York City, visiting justice upon those who prey upon the weak.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Look! It's another Nike product!

  • By Ann C on 09-08-14

Good For Awhile...

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

Book was enjoyable for awhile, with main character helping people using his skills from previous CIA work and training. However, when he went back to CIA, it got ridiculous. I quit listening when he took the place of a Soviet torturer - by taking the guy out in the middle of lunch by snapping his neck in the bathroom, donning the guy's clothes and a hairpiece, returning to the meal in his place, and fooling the guy's companion, who happened to be a long time live in aide who was rumored to have an affair with the torturer. That's Mission Impossible, plastic-face stupid stuff. I prefer stories that actually could realistically happen. If you like fantastical adventures, you may well like this book. If you look for stories that are within the realm of possible, look elsewhere.

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  • The Fourth Monkey

  • By: J. D. Barker
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Graham Winton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,923
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,575

Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel from the author Jeffery Deaver called "a talented writer with a delightfully devious mind". For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one that proves he has taken another victim, who may still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twisted Knives And Killer Humor

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-15-17

Excellent Story

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

Reviewed: 10-03-17

Great suspenseful story, very well written. Yes, you can usually guess some of the 'surprises' well ahead of time - I won't ruin anything here, though. I still highly recommend it. Some other reviewer mentioned it was Thomas Harris-like, and that's a reasonable comparison. Narration was also outstanding.

  • Private

  • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,772
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,746

Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks to Audible and Hachette Audio for...

  • By Wayne on 09-01-17

Surprised I Liked It

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

Reviewed: 10-03-17

I'm not a big Patterson fan, but this was offered for free by Audible, and I'm cheap. I was surprised that I liked it. Story moves along at a good pace, and there is enough suspense to keep you listening. There were some mistakes in the book - 20% vig on $600k debt is NOT $12k. But, those were easy to overlook.

  • Don't Look Back

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,079
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,069

Eve Hardaway, newly single mother of one, is on a trip she’s long dreamed of - a rafting and hiking tour through the jungles and mountains of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. Eve wanders off the trail, to a house in the distance with a menacing man in the yard beyond it, throwing machetes at a human-shaped target. Disturbed by the sight, Eve moves quickly and quietly back to her group, taking care to avoid being seen. As she creeps along, she finds a broken digital camera, marked with the name Teresa Hamilton.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Strong characters in a weak story

  • By WWaltonG on 05-04-16

Yawn

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

Reviewed: 10-03-17

Very slow story. Characters are all very unlikable. I don't know if back story for villain will be provided or not, and it looks like I won't get far enough to find out. Scott Brick does usual excellent job of narration, but Cassandra Campbell sounds like she's reading a children's book.

  • Radical Acceptance

  • Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha
  • By: Tara Brach
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,076
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,052

"Believing that something is wrong with us is a deep and tenacious suffering," says Tara Brach at the start of this illuminating book. This suffering emerges in crippling self-judgments and conflicts in our relationships, in addictions and perfectionism, in loneliness and overwork - all the forces that keep our lives constricted and unfulfilled. Radical Acceptance offers a path to freedom, including the day-to-day practical guidance developed over Dr. Brach's 20 years of work with therapy clients and Buddhist students.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sublime Guidance

  • By Rich on 11-21-15

This Book is For...Who?

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

Reviewed: 01-06-17

What disappointed you about Radical Acceptance?

It started out to be pretty good, and I was excited. Then, it rambled off topic until I quit when she started talking about giving birth...after she'd talked about her relationship with her child, and even her difficulty in becoming pregnant. The idea was good, but Ms. Brach decided she could talk about anything she wanted...and frankly, I don't care about that stuff.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Go back to mysteries and thrillers, probably another David Freed. I've been massively disappointed in all the self-help books, tho the semi-self-help Breakfast with Buddha was good.

What does Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She does come across as 'becoming' the author.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment in its lack of focus.

Any additional comments?

Progression of my thoughts as I listened:

Early chapters: "This book is for me!."

Little later: "This book might be for me."

Later: "Is this book for me?"

And later: "Who the heck is this book for?"

Chapter 7: "The description of giving birth has nothing to do with the topic. Remove book, file for refund."

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  • The One That Got Away

  • By: Simon Wood
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,039
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,813
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,807

Graduate students Zoë and Holli only mean to blow off some steam on their road trip to Las Vegas. But something goes terribly wrong on their way home, and the last time Zoë sees her, Holli is in the clutches of a sadistic killer. Zoë flees with her life, changed forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Done Suspense Novel

  • By qpj100 on 02-12-16

Shallow Story, Valley Girl Narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-27-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who go for simple thrillers, like Stephen King stuff, might like it.

Has The One That Got Away turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, just need to be more careful.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator had 'valley girl' sound. May have applied to dialogue of main character, but very distracting otherwise. I will avoid her in the future.

What character would you cut from The One That Got Away?

The main heroine was very unlikable. The bad guy was more likable than her.

Any additional comments?

The story was very shallow and unbelievable. Characters were not well defined. I found myself rooting for the bad guy to make it, his animal lover tendencies were very likable. The girl had no real redeeming qualities. The only reason I didn't return it was because I listened while staining the deck, and it at least passed the time.

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  • Under the Skin

  • By: Michel Faber
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 676
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 673

A “fascinating psychological thriller” ( Baltimore Sun), this entrancing novel introduces Isserley, a female driver who scouts the Scottish Highlands for male hitchhikers with big muscles. She herself is tiny—like a kid peering up over the steering wheel. Scarred and awkward, yet strangely erotic and threatening, Isserley listens to her passengers as they open up to her, revealing clues about who might miss them should they disappear—and then she strikes. What happens to her victims next is only part of a terrifying reality.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Something Different!

  • By Brenda J. Duge on 07-13-14

Interesting Start, then Stalled

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

Reviewed: 07-13-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Not sure.

What was most disappointing about Michel Faber’s story?

Got boring very shortly in. Waited for something interesting, but got silly on top of boring. Maybe this is a sci-fi thing, but I couldn't make it past Chapter 4.

What didn’t you like about Fiona Hardingham’s performance?

She was Ok. No one could save this story.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Under the Skin?

All of it.

Any additional comments?

As noted, not sure what this book was ultimately about, but I didn't have the patience to stick around. Grabbed my attention at the start, but it stalled out quickly.

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  • Ready to Kill

  • Nathan McBride, Book 4
  • By: Andrew Peterson
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,296
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,310

When a mysterious note referencing a top-secret US operation is tossed over the wall of the embassy in Nicaragua, Nathan McBride and his old pal Harv are called out of retirement by CIA Director Rebecca Cantrell and sent to Central America. Cantrell wants the situation resolved quickly and knows that Nathan is the man to do it; after all, he has a history with the place. The jungle he and Harv are about to land in is the same one that Nathan barely escaped with his life decades before, an ordeal that left him physically and psychologically scarred.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Hill on 06-21-14

One of the Worst Recorded Books I've Listened to

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

Reviewed: 05-08-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who like elementary-level stories, such as Stephen King fans, may go for it.

What do you think your next listen will be?

David Levien, City of the Sun

Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, listened to many by Dick Hill. He's awesome, but had no hope to save this ridiculous, and ridiculously simple, story.

What character would you cut from Ready to Kill?

Scrap the whole thing. Never should have been published.

Any additional comments?

I've listened to a couple Nathan McBride books, and they were ok. This one came across as the writing of a 14 year old boy. As noted before, some people might go for this. I absolutely felt sorry for Dick Hill, who had to narrate this horrible story. Premise was dumb, characters were awful, and dialogue was embarrassing. I don't review many books, but felt obligated to save people from this one.

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