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  • The Lies of Spies

  • Kyle Achilles, Book 2
  • By: Tim Tigner
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865

Journey beneath the diplomatic veneer of international politics and beyond the reach of conventional military operations into the epicenter of clandestine affairs. For the next step in its expansionist agenda, the Kremlin devises a covert coup far more devastating than Bin Laden's most dangerous dream. With the American economy in his crosshairs, Russian President Vladimir Korovin picks suitable pawns and pulls sizable levers, initiating the boldest gambit the world has ever seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening!

  • By Natalia on 12-10-16

Tim Tigner is my new favorite author.

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

If you could sum up The Lies of Spies in three words, what would they be?

Keeps suspense flowing.

What did you like best about this story?

Loved the characters and that there were no holes in the plot.

Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

The Chinese guy, though not as important as other characters, works almost as the comic relief in a suspense thriller.

Any additional comments?

I am looking forward to the rest of the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Category Five

  • By: Philip S Donlay
  • Narrated by: Chris Kennedy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

In the Atlantic Ocean, hurricane Helena is gathering strength, becoming the most powerful storm in recorded history. As Helena bears down on Bermuda, Donovan Nash, along with other members of the scientific research organization Eco-Watch, are called to fly in and extract key government people who have been studying Helena. For Donovan Nash, the routine mission turns deadly when an attempt is made on the life of the lead scientist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had to finish it in one day due to the suspense.

  • By Bella on 03-04-16

Had to finish it in one day due to the suspense.

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

Reviewed: 03-04-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Category Five to be better than the print version?

I usually stick to mysteries. This was as good or better! At first I thought the narrator was going to make the listening dull, but I was pleasantly surprised. He was perfect for the part.
I totally recommend this book for its suspense, humor, and unexpected twists. Loved it.

What other book might you compare Category Five to and why?

I think this book fits in with books by Clive Cussler, but this one is more realistic. The hero is more human rather than a macho man.

Which scene was your favorite?

I enjoyed the emergency landing in Russia.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I did listen to it in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

This was a surprising and delightful surprise. I am glad I came across it and will check out more by Philip Donlay.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Midwife's Revolt

  • By: Jodi Daynard
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,839
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,417

On a dark night in 1775, Lizzie Boylston is awakened by the sound of cannons. From a hill south of Boston, she watches as fires burn in Charlestown, in a battle that she soon discovers has claimed her husband's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bravo

  • By Angela on 11-20-15

Women have a role in protecting what is theirs.

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

Reviewed: 11-19-15

What made the experience of listening to The Midwife's Revolt the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the interaction of the women and families who had to survive war and feel still feel they were strong enough to keep their lives and homes functional.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The characters were all so diverse. Each had their strengths and weaknesses. The historical characters added information I would not have thought of.

What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

She kept the pace going and has a versatile voice which expresses the emotions the characters are going through.

Who was the most memorable character of The Midwife's Revolt and why?

No favorites. I love a variety of characters who bring their own personalities to a book.

Any additional comments?

I will probably listen to this one again in the future. Very worth while.

  • Deadly Straits

  • By: R. E. McDermott
  • Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 233

When marine engineer and very part-time spook Tom Dugan becomes collateral damage in the War on Terror, he's not about to take it lying down. Falsely implicated in a hijacking, he's offered a chance to clear himself by helping the CIA snare their real prey, Dugan's best friend, London ship owner Alex Kairouz. Reluctantly, Dugan agrees to go undercover in Alex's company, despite doubts about his friend's guilt. Once undercover, Dugan's steadfast refusal to accept Alex's guilt puts him at odds not only with his CIA superiors, but also with a beautiful British agent with whom he's romantically involved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read Suspense Thriller!

  • By Robin on 01-31-13

Kept me listening without blinking.

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

Reviewed: 11-19-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book brings many seemingly unconnected plots all together with interesting characters: and still fits all the puzzle pieces together. Enjoyed the people and the plot.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The developmentally challenged girl was my hero. She lived by her rule, "That a Lady is always prepared." A very positive character in a challenging world.

Which scene was your favorite?

Refers to the above comment.Also, a great deal about the ongoings of a ship and oil prices around the world.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Intrigue, cruelty, real humans, and justice are all there. I avoid books that make me cry. I would have liked a few scenes left out or less graphic. Had a few good laughs. Some the characters' accents make you laugh, but don't really distract from the story. Just gets the character across better. Narration was varied and engaging.

Any additional comments?

It had intrigue, cruelty, real humans, and justice all put together.

  • In the Blood

  • Jefferson Tayte Genealogical, Book 1
  • By: Steve Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,889
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,710
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,701

Two hundred years ago a loyalist family fled to England to escape the American War of Independence and seemingly vanished into thin air. American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is hired to find out what happened, but it soon becomes apparent that a calculated killer is out to stop him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow beginnng but 2nd half really good

  • By Ann on 03-31-14

Kept my attention and informed me of possiblilties

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

Reviewed: 10-25-15

Where does In the Blood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I am happy to have found another series that I am excited about. Characters are real, and the historical possibilities are intriguing. It is as interesting as my usual mystery and spy novels that I usually choose.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I enjoyed the main character's encounters with new people and the process used to gain information which drives the plot as the clues are revealed bit by bit.
I figured who the main villain was about half way through, but this did not spoil the suspense, as the villain was looking for the same information as Tayte. The plot also had a few surprised scattered throughout the book.

Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

Tayte, Amy, and Kapowski who brought humor and possible complications to the plot.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Amy discovers what happened to her husband.

Any additional comments?

I recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense and mystery without the super hero or seductive scenes. A very good listen.

  • The Gate House

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 22 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 979

When John Sutter's aristocratic wife killed her mafia don lover, John left America and set out in his sailboat on a three-year journey around the world, eventually settling in London. Now, 10 years later, he has come home to the Gold Coast, that stretch of land on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America, to attend the imminent funeral of an old family servant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DeMille writes another excellent book!

  • By Andrew Stone on 11-11-08

Too much repetativeness of sex and side comments.

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

Reviewed: 07-08-15

If you could sum up The Gate House in three words, what would they be?

Dragged out story.

Would you be willing to try another book from Nelson DeMille? Why or why not?

I might try one more, as the plot was sound and interesting. If second book reads with all the extra sidelines and unrealistic relationships, then forget it.

What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

Christian Rummel read the book true to text, and loved his ability to differentiate the voices of characters to keep them identifiable. Too bad he had to suffer through all the repetitive comments, explanations, and side comments.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Was surprised by the deciding factor for the conclusion. Expected it to be quite a different reason, but through same source.

  • Power Down

  • Dewey Andreas, Book 1
  • By: Ben Coes
  • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,069

There was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana oil platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW.COULD NOT PUT THIS ONE DOWN. MUST READ!

  • By Constance on 11-09-10

Kept my attention for the entire book.

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

Reviewed: 07-08-15

What did you love best about Power Down?

Intense suspense, characters who are realistic and easy to keep track of, no fluff or sex or off topic conversations. This book just keeps tightly to the story line which is very plausible and addictive for suspense addicts.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Using the Irish accent for one character in a very American novel brought extra and unexpected flavor.

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

I've not listened to any of Peter Hermann's novels, but will start looking for them.

  • The English Assassin

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,037

Israeli art restorer and occasional secret agent Gabriel Allon has a problem. He finds a prominent Swiss banker dead in front of his Raphael, and he's the prime suspect. After some diplomatic intervention, Allon is freed. However, the banker's daughter tells him that her father's French Impressionist paintings, acquired under dubious circumstances during WWII, have been stolen by the murderers. Once Allon knows about the wartime misdeeds, he is pursued by a shadowy killer known only as "the Englishman."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm hooked...

  • By Oxi on 07-07-04

Didn't want to put it down.

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

Reviewed: 01-27-14

Would you listen to The English Assassin again? Why?

Yes, There were many details that became more significant as your read further into the book. I think I would find the story even more brilliant if listened to again.

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

When I went back to find other stories involving the main character,Anon, I was disappointed that John Lee didn't narrate the next book which interested me.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Three points; actually, but I don't want to give them away.

Any additional comments?

I will continue to follow this series.

  • Creole Belle

  • A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,146

Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Phenomenon

  • By Mel on 07-25-12

An unpredictable outcome.

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

Reviewed: 09-09-12

Would you listen to Creole Belle again? Why?

No, Now I want to begin with book one in the series.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Crete

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

Amazing character voice variations which creates more individuality for each character.

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

Two loveable tough
guys against the system.

Any additional comments?

I really get hooked on the these loveable characters who have to solve so many internal as well as external conflicts in their lives. So many "What would I do in this situation?" questions.

  • The Other Queen

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Stina Nielsen, Jenny Sterlin, Ron Keith
  • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 903
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 805
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 804

New York Times best-selling author Philippa Gregory presents a new and unique view of one of history's most intriguing, romantic, and maddening heroines. Biographers often neglect the captive years of Mary Queen of Scots, who trusted Queen Elizabeth's promise of sanctuary when she fled from rebels in Scotland and then found herself imprisoned as the "guest" of George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury and his indomitable wife, Bess of Hardwick.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing to Write Home About

  • By Theodore on 06-11-13

Interesting but repetative.

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

Reviewed: 08-21-12

What did you like best about The Other Queen? What did you like least?

The various characters are always well developed and true to themselves in Philippa Gregory's novels. This time; however, the characters repeat themselves and their thoughts over and over and over. It moved much slower than her other books in this series.

If you’ve listened to books by Philippa Gregory before, how does this one compare?

I still enjoyed the book from the historical standpoint, and she definitely got across what the politics and lives of the people of England were during this period. It also illustrates how society had to deal with changing times. I enjoyed Bess's "self made woman" approach to life. She, too, was an example of how society was in transition from royal and noble rule to people rising in status due to cleverness and hard work.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Bress remains my favorite and the character I was rooting for, but her husband was soooo noble and lost in his love and concern as well as caught up in the change of status for the nobles that my heart felt for him as well.

Did The Other Queen inspire you to do anything?

I will use this book to reinforce what life was like in England during this time frame with my fifth grade class. It is so difficult for them to understand just how trapped women of that time were as well as all the political plots which can be applied to politics just about anywhere and any time.

Any additional comments?

Philippa Gregory is a master at making history interesting. I am basically a fan of mysteries and detective novels. She fits this genre as well as historical fiction.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful