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  • Orphan X

  • Written by: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He's also a man with a dangerous past. Chosen as a child, he was raised and trained as part of the off-the-books black box Orphan program, designed to create the perfect deniable intelligence assets - i.e. assassins. He was Orphan X. Evan broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not your usual tough guy stuff

  • By Tom on 2018-09-18

I'm going to stick with it, but....

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-12

I am going to stick with it as the story is good and makes the listener want to find out what happens, however the narrator is just not for me. The combination of melodramatic detail that is intrinsic to a novel of this genre with this narrators' style makes me cringe to the point where I almost want to stop listening. It's the same problem I have with the Clive Cussler novels (same narrator) where I find the plots and stories interesting, but I can't enjoy the listening experience because the syrupy, over the top almost worshippy delivery of the narrator transports it to spoof territory.

  • Age of Swords

  • The Legends of the First Empire, Book 2
  • Written by: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but longstanding enmities dividing the Rhune make it all but impossible to unite against the common foe. And even if the clans can join forces, how will they defeat an enemy whose magical prowess renders them indistinguishable from gods? The answer lies across the sea in a faraway land populated by a reclusive and dour race who feel nothing but disdain for both Fhrey and mankind.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Completely falls apart in second book

  • By Matthew on 2018-11-17

Stunning page turner! Impossible to stop listening

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

Reviewed: 2018-08-21

This applies to every book in this gripping group of stories. I haven't taken the time to review all the books but everything I've listened to from this author and by this performer are absolutely brilliant. Like many of you i arrived here after following Hadrian's and Royce's journeys, and I've loved every minute of it.

  • Saints of the Shadow Bible

  • Written by: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James MacPherson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Sunday Times number-one best seller Ian Rankin returns with his gripping new Rebus novel. Unabridged edition featuring a bonus interview with Ian Rankin and James MacPherson. Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder. A 30-year-old case is being reopened, and Rebus' team from back then is suspected of foul play. With Malcolm Fox as the investigating officer, are the past and present about to collide in a shocking and murderous fashion?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rakin at his very best!

  • By Steven Vanderploeg on 2018-03-16

Rakin at his very best!

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

Reviewed: 2018-03-16

I think probably the best Rebus novel yet, and I've read all of them chronologically so far.