The Brainrush Trilogy: Box Set

Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Series: Brainrush, Book 1-3
Length: 33 hrs and 41 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (444 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Over 2,000 5-star reviews! Called "A Terrifically Entertaining Thriller!" by Publishers Weekly, Book-1 of the Brainrush series was named The Wall Street Journal #1 Bestselling Action/Adventure in their "Guide to Self-Published Big Sellers", while Book 2 held a death grip on the #1 or #2 slots of the Amazon Top-Rated (best reviewed) Mystery/Thrillers list for 10 straight months. This set the stage for the blockbuster release of the final book in the trilogy, which was heralded by Suspense magazine as "part science fiction, part thriller, part suspense, part love story, and part mystery. It's got it all and that's what makes this novel one of the best."

Before he slid into the MRI machine, Jake Bronson was just an ordinary guy with terminal cancer. But when an earthquake hits during the procedure, Jake staggers from the wreckage a profoundly changed man, now endowed with uncanny mental abilities. An ocean away, Luciano Battista wants a piece of Jake's talent. Posing as a pioneering scientist, the terrorist leader has been conducting cerebral-implant experiments in a sinister quest to create a breed of super jihadist agents...and Jake's altered brain may be the key to his success. But Jake refuses to play the pawn in an unholy war - and when an innocent woman and autistic child are taken hostage to force his cooperation, he embarks on a jihad of his own.

Jake and his band of loyal friends are thrust into a deadly chase that leads from the canals of Venice through Monte Carlo and finally to an ancient cavern in the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan - where Jake discovers that his newfound talents carry a hidden price that threatens the entire human race.

The wild ride continues from the beaches of California to a raging underground river in Mexico, the rain forests of Venezuela, the Mediterranean coast, the Swiss Alps, and finally to a secret southeast Asia island, where Jake must lever every scrap of his failing brain to prevent an apocalyptic disaster.

©2011. 2013, 2016 Richard A Bard (P)2016 Richard Bard

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Grew Tiresome

The narrator did a great job but he can only do so much with the story he has to work with. I purchased the trilogy because it was a box set, 3 for 1, and it had some decent reviews. By 2 hours into the second book it was like relistening to book 1 again, same plot, same bad guy, same stupidity by the protagonist.

The hero is supposed to be the most evolved, most intelligent man alive, yet is constantly out witted by the bad guy, who won't die. This super smart person allows himself to be druged and lose his faculties, which puts him in bad situations, over, and over, and over again. He finds himself at the hands of his enemies that desperately want him dead, but instead of killing him, they monologue, over, and over, and over this allowing the hero to escape.

Book 3, more of the same. The super human hero is out witted, druged, trapped by monologuing bad guy. I got to the point where I have spaced out but don't care to go back and relisten to what I missed. Wrapped up in the middle of it alllove 2 super cheesy love stories.

At this point, I have 4 hours left and I am just trying to make myself finish. I have over 150 books in my library and have only struggled this much with 1 other book. R.C. Gray does a great job, just not a lot to work with in my opinion. I cannot see it garnering the praise described in the publishers summary.


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Tedious

The never ending drama grew tedious very early. The narrator is the only saving grace.

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Shake my head

I just couldn’t finish the second book. The story line was pitiful. I was hoping for something a little more than an inept bunch of heroes trying to stay ahead of the terrorists. R. C. Bray did a very good job of narration considering what he had to work with.

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They keep getting out of impossible situations

after the second book it becomes predictable. Character are two dimensional and stereo types. Like the premise of the story and the first book was pretty good

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Very Good

Good story great job by RC Bray as usual. Looking fwd to listening to the next book

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Great story - if you're 12.

What disappointed you about The Brainrush Trilogy: Box Set?

Not a bad premise, but very amateurish writing. Sorry to see RC Bray step down to have to read this book.

What three words best describe R.C. Bray’s voice?

Best narrator on Audible.

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Not even RC Bray could save this. Don't buy!

Don't. Just don't. Filled with every lone man, evil Islam, threat to the American way, cliche there is, this very poor peice of writing reads like a bad 1963 television show.

Not even RC Bray's narration could save this set.

It's not a good example of any of the genres it touches: not political thriller, action mystery or sci-fi.

I just couldn't take it anymore.

It's bad. Don't waste your credit.

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Dumb fun!

This isn't great literature by a long shot, (more like an endless wanna-be Tom Cruise Mission Impossible tale) *but* the 3-book box set is fun if you can suspend reality for a while & just go with it. I listened while doing barn chores.

My previous two reviews have been pretty hard on the narrators - speaking from experience in the job. I'm happy to give kudos to R.C. Bray's reading. For starters, he the rare narrator who actually speaks fast enough. Thank you Mr. Bray! Even for fabulous narrators like Stephen Fry i had to raise the playback speed for proper listening.

Next, his vocal flexibility - I believe it's quite difficult for a resonant bass voice to do kids and women without resorting to falsetto caricatures. Bray did as good a job as I've heard.

Lastly, accents. Bravo! He deftly voiced Italian (adults & children, male & female, words and accented English), Australian, American (including regional variations) and German (words and accented English) among major characters in each others presence, each persona consistent. Props to you, Mr. Bray, and also to the editing that allowed your performance to shine.

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  • RJ
  • 01-12-18

Slow start, but exciting conclusion.

Book one Brainrush, opens with our protagonist Jake Bronson preparing for an MRI to determine the extent of a reemerging cancerous brain tumor. An earthquake interrupts the procedure tumbling the MRI machine to its side. The accident causes remarkable changes to take place in Jake’s brain giving him mental abilities way beyond the norm. Thus begins the adventure Jake embarks upon. Unfortunately his new abilities are soon made public and people with evil intentions are made aware of Jake’s existence. We are introduced to your typical wannabe world-controlling terrorist known as Luciano Battista whose plan is to create super terrorists via brain implants. Jake’s new abilities are too tempting to resist and plans are set to capture Jake and experiment upon him to expand the terrorist’s goals. The story starts out pretty slow with background information and much conversation. On the verge of calling it quits the story began to pick up with much appreciated action. From that point I am happy to say the interest and pace of the tale increased considerably and consistently.
Book two Enemy of my Enemy, begins by informing us that Battista was still alive, continuing with his evil plans, and wanted nothing better than to have Jake killed. The story line moves forward with the central plot of Battista executing his horrendous plan and Jake attempting to stop him. The glaring plot hole being that the fate of the world’s population is in the hands of four men, two women, and two children; one of the men having increased mental abilities. If you continue to overlook that fact the rest of the story is actually pretty good. The action is fairly consistent and the author maintains interest with numerous twists and turns.
Book three Beyond Judgment, raises the bar on excitement and action. Jake's enhanced abilities continue to get him out of tough spots while inexplicably failing him at the worst times. The mysteries of the pyramids are uncovered which explains the threat to the world’s population. Jake and company pull out all the stops, calling in every favor to foil the terrorist and stop the countdown to destruction. Great story with excellent narration.

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Action Packed!

I could not put my phone down! I can't wait to download the next one in the series.

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  • kanundra
  • 12-04-16

Really enjoyed.

Really enjoyed this book set. I was a little unsure going in, as it seemed a little more fantasy than my usual books, but I was highly surprised.

There was lots of action from the get go, no sooner had we met Jake and his dire circumstances than the whole world was rocked apart and his life drastically changed.

There was intense character development, and interaction between friends, and those who just seemed to get involved, especially those in the military side of the story.

Through all 3 books there were huge obstacles, and fights. It got more Sci-Fi than fantasy and I was very happy with the outcome, most of the time I was sat on the edge of my driving seat while listening. So much to go wrong, so many of our fav characters to get injured, or die! eeek.

Almost tempted to get the next few in the series, but I've just got them on my wishlist for now, as I've more than a few to get through. :) I'll defo be back for some more, thanks Richard and of course to RC I'm a huge fan.

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  • Helen W.
  • 01-23-17

Far fetched nonsense

Well narrated but just a silly, overblown, over emotional fantasy rather like a kids comic.

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  • Author Ray Ronan
  • 10-27-16

thoroughly enjoyed this

Thanks Richard for an entertaining series. I like the characters.
Fast paced and again super narration from RC Bray.

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  • MAGGS
  • 11-21-16

The Brainrush Trilogy - this is not a Suspense novel

The Brainrush Trilogy - this is not a Suspense novel
The novel is a action triller with some sci-fi
Not my cup of tea as I'm not really into action/military novel, I
would have given up on book 1 if it wasn't for the excellent
narration by RC Bray

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  • nigel
  • 07-21-19

alright! a bit predictably

alright! a bit predictably. found it quite hard to belive in the characters, very little depth to them.

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  • Kelly S.
  • 07-08-19

thrilled by spye action stories

absolutely loved it ... hinged the whole trilogy. just wish there was more. would recommend to any book lover

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  • johan
  • 02-15-19

Fun but silly

I enjoyed this box set fast paced but a bit to predictable. I would like to listen to more but I'm not willing to buy them separately if the rest came out as this did I would but untill that happens this will be the last I hear of jake and his conveniently skilled friends

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  • Mrs A Hardcastle
  • 11-21-18

A Fast-food story

All in all I enjoyed these books. It is non-stop and I found the cliches funny. It’s so non-stop, though, that there’s not much space to digest it and I found myself zoning out at times and finding I didn’t know what was going on. It didn’t matter really. It’s not the most deep or mature of stories but it kept me amused.

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  • Jiboye
  • 08-19-18

Great series

Engaging writing and a great performance. Story line is quite different which makes it even more absorbing.

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  • Inglewood Jack
  • 03-05-17

Not suitable for adults.

If you like deus ex machina where the only twists in the story are the reveal of the new and exact skills/resources the characters need right now this is for you.

If somebody got James Bond, McGuyver, Star Trek Voyager and Neo melted down into one ridiculous universe it would be Brainrush. Only better. But it would still be terrible. RC Bray can't carry much blame here, he's just making his dollars. But this book has too many different people far too often in the same scene. it really stretches his narration as he does like to have an accent for everybody. The source material was just too poor to start with he should never have tried.

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  • Reece
  • 11-21-16

It never gets boring

The Brainrush Trilogy is predictably American, but I loved it. It is a very fun series to listen to and the author has made the characters and relationships within those character believable and he draws you into their particular debacle. It is an "on the edge or your seat" story that had been narrated beautifully. I like the science fiction and geeky elements.
Well done Mr Bard!
I will download Brainchild next

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  • Greg McMahon
  • 07-23-17

The master of the simile (unfortunately)

These books (I've finished 2 books in this trilogy) are an OK read. Bard's writing style is maturing as the books progress I'm happy to admit. A good overall story with room to grow over many books. I was initially constantly distracted by the endless similes but, after accepting that this is how he described EVERYTHING, I managed to press on. I'm warming to his style and enjoying the books. Just started book 3 and can't wait to get into it.

R C Bray has never let me down. Manages a plethora of voices so well. His accents are pretty good and not cheesy. I find myself searching for books that he has narrated. Still a great narrator, if not the best. He makes even an ordinary story a fun read.

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  • Debbie
  • 11-07-19

Loved it

Lots of adventure keeps you entertained and to me that’s what I’m looking for in my books. As usual Mr Bray is awesome in narration, he does need to improve his Aussie accent.

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  • westy50
  • 06-11-19

Very Repetitive

I think this could have been an excellent book if it had been just 1 book. I found myself listening more to finish than to find out how it ended.

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  • Rosemary Hughes
  • 03-12-18

One incredible series

This is espionage and supernatural senses incorporated in to a story, which is both feasible and current in today’s world political climate.
Each book in the series is a development on the last, but a seperate storyline as well. I enjoyed the audiobook of this series and found the rendition enhancing the experience of the story.

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  • andrew
  • 05-08-17

Paper Mache

Would you try another book written by Richard Bard or narrated by R.C. Bray?



A cartoonish 'bad guy' cutting his nails with a 9 inch hunting knife should have stopped me earlier, but incredibly I read on until this 'little gem' stopped me cold.

"Flesh and bone spread in a circle around the pair like the splatter of a Jackson Pollock painting."

I've read better plots off my 4 year old daughters paper mache bowls and, if the artistic simile had not already turned me green, the nauseating right wing undertow would probably have finished me off.

In an age when you can't carry anything more dangerous than nail clippers through an airport, it's a shame writers like Mr Bard don't have to check their ideology at the gate.

Straight onto my No-Fly list.

What will your next listen be?

I'll listen to better book reviews...

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I have heard RC Bray perform with better material.
He's clearly not the problem here.

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

Amazement.
There are people who enjoy recycled cliches.

Any additional comments?

With writers so eager to sell books laced with islamic stereotypes, is there any hope we'll find the human intersection between these clashing cultures in time to save the next generation from repeating our mistakes?

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  • Paul
  • 06-01-17

Don't bother

This book is so underwhelming and full of cliches that I nearly didn't finish it. In the end I made a game of guessing the next plot line and got it right every time. Richard Bard has clearly watched James Bond fills way to much. The un originality shone through. To my amazement there's more books! Not for me!! RC Bray deserves to work with better material.