Category Archives: Dramatic Story

Beloved Enemy – Eric Van Lustbader 

This is the third book in Eric Van Lustbader’s Jack McClure series. Narrated by Peter Berkrot, this performer does a great job with the voices of all the characters and their many accents. Peter is really the strength of this audiobook. I started this series and really enjoyed the first two books. They involved the Presidents Daughter and her interaction with Jack McClure. Circumstances have come to pass since the previous book that has put Jack on the run. The government thinks he has murdered the Secretary of Homeland Security Dennis Paul and are trying to kill him. Enemies from the previous two books are looking for revenge and his love Annika Demertieva may once again lead to his downfall. Jack is looking for the real killer as he is himself the hunted.
Several story lines converge in this book that involve issues and characters from the first two books. There is a lot of action but the story did not grab me or keep me interested. It’s almost a where are they now filler book for what I hope is a better 4th book. 

Clay – Tony Bertauski

Narrated by David Dietz this science fiction novel is performed in an clear and  emotional form that presents the writers prose well. The story isn’t so far out of reality. This book follows Tony’s previous book in this series Halfskin. Biomites are enhanced cells that when added to humans enhance their abilities. They can give special computer like abilities to a users vision, vocabulary, strength and stamina. Some are given a boost at birth and can continue to receive boosts until they reach 49.9% biotite. Once over the 50% threshold the person is no longer considered human and forgoes all their rights, such as living. The government can kill you as soon as the catch you and it’s not murder, because you are not human. This is the basis for the adventure of this story. What if 49.9% wasn’t enough to keep you alive. What would you do? 

Along comes Nixes, black market bio mites not detectable by the Government. So many things going on in this book you have to listen to catch them all. I recommend Clay for a fun listen. I have questions but that is what makes science fiction fun.

Birth of an Assassin – Rik Stone

A book about Russia, that takes place in Russia with an English Narrator. Dennis Kleinman does an excellent job with the Narration but I would have preferred Soviet Accented Voice. That being said up front, Tim Stone has written an excellent book. I listen and see the books as a movie in my mind. This would be a great movie. The twists, deception and betrayal is legendary. This is one of the few books after listening to the audiobook I want to read the book again on paper.

A young Russian boy who is small and a threat to know one has a dream of being a soldier. He is Jewish but wants nothing more than to serve the Motherland. He is chosen by a General to be part of a secret program. He is taught in all the ways of the Special Forces fighting and weaponry. He is placed in the field of battle and excels. After being trained in intelligence he works a normal government job while spying on his own military for the military. It sounds confusing but really is explained and told in a way that is easy to follow.

I was surprised at how invested I was as a listener to the characters. I highly recommend this audiobook. 

Nothing Gold Can Stay – Dana Stabenow

Nothing Gold Can Stay is the third book in the Liam Campbell series. Set in the Alaskan Bush you get a sense of the people and atmosphere of the small community. Marguerite Gavin once again brings the characters to life and the feel of the community comes across in her performance. 

Dana Must Love Robert Frost because her book titles come from the Names of his Poems or phrases within his poems.  

This book and the series as a whole could be titled “Love and Murder and Murder and Murder”. I for one will not visit the Alaskan Outback because there are just too many dead people. 

I like the character interaction and the real life drama but I hope that maybe there are other crimes in Liam Campbell’s future. 
Dana is a good writer and I enjoy here stories. I am more intrigued by the relationships than the solving of the crimes. That is the Gold in this series.

So Sure Of Death – Dana Stabenow

This is the second book in the Liam Campbell series. We pick up right after the first book ends “Fire and Ice”. This book is Narrated by Marguerite Gavin. The ability to voice each character, accents included, is done excellently.
It seems death and murder is an everyday occurrence in the Alaskan Bush. This time Trooper Campbell must solve the brutal murder of 8 people who were burned and left to the elements and the Ocean on a burned out boat left afloat on the water. Who would kill a family and crew, and most important to the community and Liam is Why?
I like these adventures and descriptions of Alaskan Life. The books keep a good pace and keep me interested and wanting to listen to the rest of the story.
There is crime, love, loss, and betrayal in this audiobook. Enjoy at Audible.com 

Tesla – W. Bernard Robinson

This scientific book about Nikola Tesla Narrated by Allan Robinson and written by W. Bernard Carlson is a great overview of Tesla, his inventions and his humanity. This book explores his ideas, his successes and his failures. It reads like a History Channel Documentary, but Allan Robinsos’s narration makes it an enjoyable listen. I would suggest you have Internet access when listening so you can see pictures of Tesla’s inventions to give you visual of what you hearing about.
I found out many things I did not know about Tesla.  I was surprised that Tesla traveled as much as he did as travel was difficult in early 1900’s. This story is not a puff piece but looks at Tesla’s flaws and success equally drawing no conclusions but presenting the facts.
If you are a history buff this book is a great listen.
I purchased this book for my own entertainment.

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Lady Ace – Sandra Farris

Lady Ace is an audiobook narrated by Lia Fredrick and written by Sandra Farris. Lady Ace is the nick name given to the main character Kasey O’Brian. After her fathers plane crashed into a Colorado Mountain Side she was left with running the family airplane business. When her plan looses power on final approach she lands the plane with her passengers in one piece.

Upon further inspection she finds her oil line was cut and begins to question what is going on. Is someone trying to kill her and if so did they succeed in killing her father also, or was it her passenger they were after. Who can she trust on this Oregon Ranch she flew too and can she keep her business and herself Alive?

Lia Fredrick does an excellent job narrating this audiobook.  The story is short, only six hours, and very intriguing. A great listen for a rainy day.

This audiobook was a gift in return for an honest review. Available on Audible.com

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