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  • Machine World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 4
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,892
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,506

In the fourth book of the series, James McGill is up for promotion. Not everyone is happy about that, and McGill must prove he's worth his stripes. Deployed to a strange alien planet outside the boundaries of the Galactic Empire, he's caught up in warfare and political intrigue. Earth expands, the Cephalopod Kingdom launches ships to stop us, and a grand conspiracy emerges among the upper ranks of the Hegemony military.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • McGill's Way

  • By Don Gilbert on 05-16-15

A great series, perfectly narrated.

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

Really enjoying this series, this and the previous books. I'd recommend them to anyone who enjoys military sci fi. Personally, though other new releases are waiting to be bought and downloaded, I have to get through this series first, they are very compelling, and a really fun listen.

Mark Boyett is an excellent narrator, he really owns the characters and is one of the best. He sounds like he likes what he does, compared to some other narrators who can be flat and dull and can totally kill a potentially good story.

  • Life or Death

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

Why would a man escape from prison the day before he's due to be released? Audie Palmer has spent a decade in prison for an armed robbery in which four people died, including two of the gang. Seven million dollars has never been recovered and everybody believes that Audie knows where the money is. For 10 years he has been beaten, stabbed, throttled and threatened almost daily by prison guards, inmates and criminal gangs, who all want to answer this same question, but suddenly Audie vanishes, the day before he's due to be released.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!

  • By Heather on 11-05-15

A very well woven story

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

This was one of my favourite books of 2017. I really liked the way the story worked to complete the total picture, weaving memory, evidence and present day. I have never listened to John Chancer before, but he was excellent at performing different characters and genders, always with an ear to the urgency and pace of the story. I would reccomend this book.

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  • Path of the Assassin

  • A Thriller
  • By: Brad Thor
  • Narrated by: Armand Schultz
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,052

After rescuing the President from kidnappers, Navy SEAL turned Secret Service agent Scot Harvath shifts his attentions to rooting out, capturing or killing all those responsible for the plot. As he prepares to close out his list, a bloody and twisted trail of clues points towards one man - the world's most feared, most ruthless terrorist, Hashim Nidal. Nidal has assembled an international league of Islamic terrorist networks in an ingenious plot to topple both Israel and America.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Does not measure up

  • By Scott on 04-23-13

A bit heavy on the patriotism

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

Reviewed: 11-18-17

It was a good story, but the whole US flag waving patriotism was a bit much, fine if you live there I guess.

  • Heavier Than a Mountain

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 3
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 21 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,564
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,363

A freak accident casts Joe Colsco naked onto another planet inhabited by humans with technology circa 1700. In time, Joe, now known as Yozef Kolsko, makes the difficult acceptance of a new life. But he has become embroiled in a struggle beyond any dream he could have had. The Narthani are a militant society intent on subjugating the Caedelli, the people he's come to identify with. Unwittingly, the Narthani themselves are creating an opponent unlike any they have ever faced, an enemy beyond their conceptions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • And Even Heavier to Read

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 10-15-17

Very much enjoying this series

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

Jonathan Davis has a great character range, not forced, doesn't detract from the listen.

Any additional comments?

Its generally a very interesting and fun concept. Anyar got Kolsko, Earth got DaVinci? Awaiting the next in the series.

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  • Trust No One

  • X-Files, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Maberry - editor/author
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot, Hillary Huber
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,344

We all want to believe. The truth is still out there. The X-Files have been reopened. IDW Publishing and series creator Chris Carter have authorized new investigations into the weird, the strange, and the mysterious. New York Times best-selling author and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner Jonathan Maberry brings together some of today's top storytellers for a series of anthologies featuring all-new stories from the X-Files. Scully and Mulder continue their journey into darkness as they face aliens, monsters, shadow governments, and twisted conspiracies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mulder and Scully are at it again

  • By Diana Hart 33 on 11-23-15

Good stories, let down by inconsistent narration

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

Reviewed: 12-23-16

Any additional comments?

When I saw two narrators for this book, I thought good, they have a reader each to play Mulder and Scully - but no, I was disapponted to find they just took turns reading all the parts in a story. In some stories they each read the whole thing, in others it was bits of each - with both narrators playing both characters, really distracting and a lot annoying. The consistency of performance let this book down, even though there was some good X file worthy writing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Back Blast

  • A Gray Man Novel
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 18 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,061
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,275

From the number-one New York Times best-selling coauthor of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels comes an all-new explosive thriller featuring the lethal assassin known as the Gray Man.... Court Gentry was the CIA's best agent. Until the day the agency turned against him and put out a kill-on-sight order. That's when the enigmatic international assassin called the Gray Man was born - and Court has been working for himself ever since.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent next step in this series.

  • By Brad Currie on 02-19-16

Good series, all good books

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

Reviewed: 03-19-16

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed Jay Snyders narration, seamless characters, excellent stuff. Story was as good as the first four, lots of suspense and retribution. Looking forward to the next book in the series if there is one.

  • Fear the Survivors

  • The Fear Saga, Book 2
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,111
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,702
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,676

The Earth lies shaken in the aftermath of a conspiracy. Some of the smartest minds on the planet have striven for and died in an effort to scour the skies of four vast alien satellites, but their success has brought a terrible vengeance down upon us. While alien agents stalk the Earth, a team of exhausted scientists and military outcasts struggle to fight them among a planet on the brink - the brink of plague, the brink of war, and the brink of an invasion larger than they can possibly imagine. But they have allies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!

  • By Terra on 01-29-16

Enjoyed the story and performance

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

Reviewed: 02-13-16

What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Interesting listen. RC Bray did a great job of reading - his delivery was such that I could enjoy the characters and story without thinking about or noticing the performance. So many times a reader will mispronounce foreign words or get accents or genders wrong which is distracting - RC Bray delivered this one well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Survivor

  • By: Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,662
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,088
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,050

Top-secret data has been stolen from the CIA, and the only man who knows its hiding place is dead. CIA operative Mitch Rapp must race to find the classified information in this blistering novel that picks up where The Last Man left off in Vince Flynn's New York Times best-selling series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seamless Mitch Rapp truly honors the Vince Flynn l

  • By Lynnett on 10-08-15

Good story but character portrayals confusing

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

Reviewed: 11-23-15

What aspect of George Guidall’s performance would you have changed?

George Guildall reads a story well, but more and more, his characters - especially American males, all sound the same. A room full of Stan Hurleys, there were a few points in this book I had no idea who was saying what, a bunch of angry old guys. Foreign and female characters at least sounded different enough though, fortunately.

  • Black Flagged Vektor

  • Black Flagged, Book 4
  • By: Steven Konkoly
  • Narrated by: John David Farrell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

With the most recent bioterrorism threat against the United States neutralized and it's architect, Dr. Anatoly Reznikov, in custody, CIA Deputy Director Karl Berg proposes a more permanent solution to prevent future attacks: A covert raid by General Sanderson's Black Flag unit against Vektor Labs, deep inside Russia. When a Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) investigation takes a turn that could threaten the mission against Vektor, Berg goes "off the books" like never before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • There are still Soviet style secrets

  • By Simon L on 06-01-15

There are still Soviet style secrets

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

Reviewed: 06-01-15

What did you love best about Black Flagged Vektor?

Gives a fairly good impression of how drab and different Russian cities and apartment buildings, and life in them, can be. It can be an amazing country, but sometimes also very grey.

Did John David Farrell do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

The narrator's characters are very good. The story bits between characters are not so good, a bit wildlife documentary. One thing I can't get past, and the reason for this review is I hate his consistent mispronunciation of Spetsnaz - its an S (from the cyrillic C, pronounced Ss) not Shhhhpetsnaz. Its really annoying. The SF group in Russia is Vimpel, not Vymepel, but that's less annoying as it doesn't get used as much. There are some other Russian words which are a bit off too, which is sort of understandable - but you'd think with key storyline elements such as how you say 'special forces' correctly in Russian would be kind of important.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • White Lies

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Dan "Spider" Shepherd is used to putting his life on the line - for his friends and for his job with MI5. So when one of his former apprentices is kidnapped in Pakistan, Shepherd doesn’t hesitate to join a rescue mission. But when the rescue plan goes horribly wrong, Shepherd ends up in the hands of al-Qaeda terrorists. His SAS training is of little help as his captors torture him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good stand-alone story

  • By Simon L on 12-21-14

A good stand-alone story

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

Reviewed: 12-21-14

What did you like best about this story?

This is part of a series, but as my headline says, it works by itself. Stephen Leather does his research and weaves an interesting storyline of fictional characters into real places and events.

Which character – as performed by Paul Thornley – was your favorite?

Paul Thornley's characters are all superb - his accents and genders are all individual. Often sounds like more than one person reading. One of my favourite audiobook performenrs.