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cristina

cristina Somerville, MA, United States Member Since 2009
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  • "Excellent"

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    I loved this book.The only reason I took one star away from the "story" is because I saw the ending coming a little earlier than I would have liked. That said, everything else was fantastic. The character development. The plot. The twists and turns as the two attorneys keep uncovering more and more lies their client has told. And the PERFORMANCE! Mr. Collins does an absolutely phenomenal job with each and every line, each and every voice, bringing the story to life almost like if you were watching it happen.

    I really liked Mr. Mitzner's first book. This one is even better. As I said in my review for his first, I hope he writes fast!

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    A Case of Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
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    A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

    cristina says: "Excellent"
  • "Excellent story"

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    A mystery built more on character development than on the plot itself. And, while some of the relationships seem a tad too pat (the divorced couple that gets along like few married couples do, for example), overall I thought it was extremely entertaining. Quite frankly, I had a hard time putting it down and was sorry when it was over.

    As others have said, there is a feud between two towns, a murder, and the ex-wife calls her husband (the main character) when their daughter is arrested as the #1 suspect. At first, it seems like an open and shut case...except our guy starts uncovering layer upon layer of deceit. By the end, I was quite glad i did not live in a small town!

    I thought the narrator was excellent. Yes, he overdid the Minnesota accent a couple of times...but, not being from there, I could live with it. He did an amazing job with all the rest.

    Yes, I would definitely recommend this.

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    Spilled Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Brian Freeman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    Linked by the Spirit River, the two towns couldn’t be more different: in affluent Barron, a powerful and secretive scientific research corporation enriches its residents, while downriver in blue-collar St. Croix, victims of that company’s carcinogenic waste struggle to survive. The bad blood between the communities escalates into open warfare when the beautiful Ashlynn, daughter of the corporation’s president, is found shot dead—and a St. Croix girl, Olivia Hawk, is accused of the crime.

    cristina says: "Excellent story"
  • "Excellent debut. Can't wait for #2."

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    Thank you, Audible, for recommending this debut thriller. It was well written. Full of unexpected but mostly believable twists. Amusing without the humor getting in the way. Excellently read. Hope Mr. Mitzner is a fast writer.

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    A Conflict of Interest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
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    Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Melinda says: "My 2 Cents"
  1. A Case of Redemption
  2. Spilled Blood: A Novel
  3. A Conflict of Interest: A...
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A Peek at Marva's Bookshelf

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Gaithersburg, MD, United States 18 REVIEWS / 24 ratings Member Since 2013 2 Followers / Following 0
 
Marva's greatest hits:
  • A Time to Kill & The King of Torts

    "The Undisputed King of Legal Stories"

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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Time to Kill & The King of Torts to be better than the print version?

    Yes and No. Yes, because it allows me to hear it anywhere - anytime and I love the talented voice of Michael Beck. No, because books allow my vivid imagination to roam. :)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    A Time to King: Jake, Carl-Lee, Ozzie and the Judge (hahah!) - they all held my interest from start to finish; King of Torts: J. Clay Carter was the King of Torts. I like his character because he was young, inexperienced but learned fast among the big boys.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Beck – was your favorite?

    Time to Kill: Same as above, I loved the Judge. Beck really work all of the characters. Must have been a mammouth task. Torts: Max Pace... lol!


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

    Time to Kill: Of course! The raping and brutalizing of a 10 year old. Ugh!
    The King of Torts: A powerful ending...though he lost much, he gained more.


    Any additional comments?

    Way before Audio Books: I've racked up about 15 books. Love me some John Grisham. Can somebody add me to his guest or visitor's list. I desire to meet him - shake his hand for helping so many of us to understand more about the legal world. What a writer!!!

  • The Runaway Jury

    "JURY"

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    Would you listen to The Runaway Jury again? Why?

    Yes. Great storyline, kept my interest.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Favorite: NicolasReason: Very smooth


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    STELLAR! I have listened to 98% of his books. GREAT, GREAT VOICE.


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

    No...not an extreme. I was sorry the blind man was bumped but other than that...no.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book and another good one for John G. Though this book was written years back, I enjoyed it more than Sycamore Row (S.R.) And though S. R. was a great book, it became a major disappointment when I became suspicious of Judge Rubin Atlee, who was alive, (ALIVE), sitting on his porch talking about his two sons, Ray and Forrest. Ray and Forrest? Aren't they in the Summons? In the book, the Summons, Rubin Atlee died and his two sons were called home to handle his estate, found a boat load of money in the house and Forrest, ran off with it (though the book doesn't say he did. What? Really John? Awww, now that was a major disappointment for me ... MAJOR!!!

  • The Brethren

    "The Judges"

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    What made the experience of listening to The Brethren the most enjoyable?

    All of the intertwines of those involved.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lake until he became stupid.


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

    As stated each time this questions is asked: Michael Beck (Like John Grisham) is simply the best narrator…there is no comparison.


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

    When Lake decided to be ultra stupid and write Ricky the final letter and, the end, when it is assumed the judged were still appearing to be running the scam.
    Oh how true much of this book was to real and modern life. Wow.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great book. Somebody just need to pay Michael Beck and get on with business. :)

  • The Summons

    "The Summons"

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    Where does The Summons rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    2/3rds


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

    Practically...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end;
    the effort Ray took to locate Forest.


    If you could take any character from The Summons out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Ray… would love to know what he would do now that he's met with Forest.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. Just wished Ray had taken at least a $M and left the rest.

Livelightly

Livelightly 02-09-11 Member Since 2009
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  • "Worth going back to"

    8 of 8 helpful votes

    I enjoyed so much the sequel to this book ( Innocent) that I went back to the original, also read and very well by Edward Herrmann, whom I had not heard before. It's an even better book than the sequel and Herrmann captures Rusty Sabich's (spelling? I never saw it in print) anguish as well as can be imagined. Never thought I would compliment a reader except Frank Muller so extravagantly. Read this again. We all did in the 1980s when it was a unique venture into courtroom drama, and it is just as fresh today. You will have forgotten the detail that make it such fine literature.

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    Presumed Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
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    Presumed Innocent brings to life our worst nightmare: that of an ordinary citizen facing conviction for the most terrible of crimes. Prosecutor Rusty Sabich is transformed from accuser to accused when he is handed an explosive case - that of the brutal murder of a woman who happens to be his former lover.

    Glen says: "Excellent Book, Gripping Entertainment!"

What's Trending in Legal Thrillers:

  • 4.4 (8360 ratings)
    Sycamore Row (






UNABRIDGED) by John Grisham Narrated by Michael Beck

    Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
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    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
  • 4.3 (6606 ratings)
    The Lincoln Lawyer (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Connelly Narrated by Adam Grupper

    The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
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    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
  • 4.3 (4205 ratings)
    The Brass Verdict: A Novel (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Connelly Narrated by Peter Giles

    The Brass Verdict: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
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    Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

    Jeff says: "Five Star Book; Three Star Narration"
  • 4.3 (3698 ratings)
    The Reversal: Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3) (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Connelly Narrated by Peter Giles

    The Reversal: Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
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    Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Brilliantly executed"
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  • 4.3 (2961 ratings)
    The Gods of Guilt (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Connelly Narrated by Peter Giles

    The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
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    (2961)
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    (2624)
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    (2608)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Jane says: "Definitely entertaining. I had some smiles."
  • 4.4 (1160 ratings)
    Play Dead (






UNABRIDGED) by David Rosenfelt Narrated by Grover Gardner

    Play Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    Few can rival attorney Andy Carpenter's affection for golden retrievers, especially his own beloved Tara. After he astonishes a New Jersey courtroom by successfully appealing another golden's death sentence, Andy discovers that this gentle dog is a key witness to a murder that took place five years before. Andy pushes the boundaries of the law even further as he struggles to free an innocent man by convincing an incredulous jury to take canine testimony seriously. It will take all the tricks Andy's fertile mind can conceive to get to the bottom of a remarkable chain of impersonations and murder, and to save a dog's life - and his own - in the process.

    Amazon Customer says: "Brilliant, Funny, a GREAT READ"
  • 4.4 (1110 ratings)
    The Rainmaker (






UNABRIDGED) by John Grisham Narrated by Frank Muller

    The Rainmaker

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (1110)
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    (518)
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    (524)

    It's summer in Memphis. The sweat is sticking to Rudy Baylor's shirt and creditors are nipping at his heels. Once he had aspirations of breezing through law school and punching his ticket to the good life. Now he doesn't have a joy or a prayer...except for one: an insurance dispute that leaves a family devastated and opens the door for a lawsuit, if Rudy can find a way to file it.

    Mike Andrews says: "Excellent Story..."
  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By To Be Announced
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    The Great Recession of 2008 left many young professionals out of work. Promising careers were suddenly ended as banks, hedge funds, and law firms engaged in mass lay-offs and brutal belt tightening. Samantha Kofer was a third year associate at Scully & Pershing, New York City's largest law firm. Two weeks after Lehman Brothers collapsed, she lost her job, her security, and her future. A week later she was working as an unpaid intern in a legal aid clinic deep in small town Appalachia.

  • Sycamore Row (






UNABRIDGED) by John Grisham Narrated by Michael Beck

    Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8360)
    Performance
    (7544)
    Story
    (7539)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
  • The Quiet Game (






UNABRIDGED) by Greg Iles Narrated by Tom Stechschulte

    The Quiet Game

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
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    (8)
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    (7)
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    (7)

    When former prosecutor Penn Cage returns to his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi, he doesn't find the peace he desperately craves. He finds that his own father is being blackmailed by a corrupt ex-cop. And when Penn investigates, he uncovers a murderous secret - and the small town's violent past.

    shelley says: "Much better unabridged"
  • The Gods of Guilt (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Connelly Narrated by Peter Giles

    The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (2961)
    Performance
    (2624)
    Story
    (2608)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Jane says: "Definitely entertaining. I had some smiles."
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  • The Hanging Judge (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Ponsor Narrated by Rich Orlow

    The Hanging Judge

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Michael Ponsor
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
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    (18)
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    (18)
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    (18)

    When a drive-by shooting in Holyoke, Massachusetts, claims the lives of a Puerto Rican drug dealer and a nurse at a neighborhood clinic, the police arrest a black drug dealer. With no death penalty in Massachusetts, the US attorney shifts the double homicide out of state jurisdiction into federal court so that he can pursue the death penalty.

    lloyd says: "alonzo"
  • The Racketeer (






UNABRIDGED) by John Grisham Narrated by J.D. Jackson

    The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
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    (3959)
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    (3341)
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    (3327)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ed says: "Grisham Light"
  • The Summons & The Brethren (






UNABRIDGED) by John Grisham Narrated by Frank Muller, Michael Beck

    The Summons & The Brethren

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller, Michael Beck
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    (440)
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    (391)
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    The Summons: Once Judge Atlee was a powerful figure in Clanton, Mississippi. Now the judge is a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home. Knowing the end is near, Judge Atlee has issued a summons for his two sons to return to Clanton to discuss his estate. The Brethren: They call themselves the Brethren: three disgraced former judges doing time in a Florida federal prison. In prison these judges-turned-felons can reminisce about old court cases, dispense a little jailhouse justice, and contemplate where their lives went wrong. Or they can use their time in prison to get very rich, very fast.

    Michael says: "Great Performance"
  • The Litigators (






UNABRIDGED) by John Grisham Narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris

    The Litigators

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
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    (3819)
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    (3112)
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    (3075)

    The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

    June says: "Typical Grisham, entertaining"
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  • The Fifth Witness (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Connelly Narrated by Peter Giles

    The Fifth Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (4575)
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    (2585)
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    (2564)

    Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

    Bob says: "Compelling and difficult to put down"
  • The Lincoln Lawyer (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Connelly Narrated by Adam Grupper

    The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
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    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
  • The Woods (






UNABRIDGED) by Harlan Coben Narrated by Scott Brick

    The Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again. Four families had their lives changed forever. Now, two decades later, they are about to change again.

    Ted says: "WHOA! This was totally good!"
  • The Reversal: Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3) (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Connelly Narrated by Peter Giles

    The Reversal: Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
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    Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Brilliantly executed"