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  • The Simple Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (551)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (440)

    Michael Fiske broke the law when he took Rufus Harms's prison letter from the Supreme Court. But he also sealed his own fate. Now Michael's brother, a cop turned attorney, is coming to Washington to find out why his brother was murdered - and what it had to do with a crime that Rufus Harms committed 25 years before.

    Ted says: "Disappoint? Balcacci? Not Likely!"
    "Pleas help this narrator"
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    A good narrator enhances a good book. A great narrator can even make so-so book better.
    Jonathan Marosz has wonderful diction and a pleasant voice but, he has a fault that if corrected would make him a much better narrator. At the beginning of each sentence he vocally sits on the first and sometimes second word which becomes very annoying. I feel certain that he is unaware of this habit and, if advised, it could easily be rectified. While distracting it does not detract from a very interesting story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (963)
    Performance
    (878)
    Story
    (861)

    In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not up to par"
    "Dreadful Narrator-"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book when and if it is re-recorded by Hill or Carrieu or any of the other wonderful previous narrators. Welliver's flat delivery destroys Connelly's Harry Bosch.This series would never have become the success it is if he had been Bosch's voice.in the past.


    Would you recommend The Burning Room to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book when and if it is re-recorded by Hill or Carrieu or any of the other wonderful previous narrators. Welliver's flat delivery destroys Connelly's Harry Bosch.This series would never have become the success it is if he had been Bosch's voice.in the past.


    What didn’t you like about Titus Welliver’s performance?

    Dead delivery. He isn't even believable in the Amazon film version. He is not Harry!
    I would have given it "no stars" if it was possible.


    Did The Burning Room inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, I request it be re-recorder and a credit be made to my account so I could purchase the new production.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, I request it be re-recorder by any one of the previous narrators, preferably Hill.I so looked forward to this new book and more of Harry Bosch's adventures. He is like an old friend you meet and can not wait to hear what he has been up to since you last met.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9444)
    Performance
    (8506)
    Story
    (8514)

    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)"
    "Compelling Story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sycamore Row to be better than the print version?

    I cannot judge since I have only listened to the book.


    What other book might you compare Sycamore Row to and why?

    A Time to Kill, since both are beautifully written with a cohesive story line and fully developed characters.


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    Perfect


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

    It is a very human story causing very human reactions


    Any additional comments?

    Best Grisham book since A Time to Kill.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1155)
    Performance
    (1054)
    Story
    (1064)

    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

    Jan says: "Sorry John... wanted to like it... love you anyway"
    "Disappointing"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I do not know any serious reader who would enjoy this dull story or boring narrator


    What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

    After three hours I have not found anything worth my time-there is no story and I have my doubts that it even was written by John Grisham who is an extraordinary writer. I hope he is not suffering some illness.


    How could the performance have been better?

    With a different narrator, though I doubt even George Guidall could save this book.


    What character would you cut from Gray Mountain?

    All of them since you cannot develop interest or empathy for any one of them. The main character is colorless.


    Any additional comments?

    Just out of curiosity I wonder who chooses the narrator and hope it is not the author. . I am sorry that I wasted $26.22 (tax inc.) for this book..

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Guilt: Department Q, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    Following the international No 1 bestsellers Mercy and Disgrace, Guilt is the fourth heart-stopping Department Q novel from Jussi Adler-Olsen, and a gripping treat for all fans of the Scandinavian crime thriller.1987. Nete Rosen thought she'd put her traumatic youth behind her. Her caring foster parents and loving husband helped her start again. However, when a man from her past reappears one night, Nete's new life could be shattered.

    Craig says: "This is the Book "The Purity of Vengeance" Renamed"
    "Excellent book"
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    Where does Guilt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Beware of title changes. This Book is presently being offered as The Purity of Vengance


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Walk in the Dark: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gianrico Carofiglio
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (158)

    When Martina accuses her ex-boyfriend - the son of a powerful local judge - of assault and battery, no witnesses can be persuaded to testify on her behalf. Guido Guerrieri knows the case could bring his legal career to a premature and messy end, but he cannot resist the appeal of a hopeless cause. Nor can he deny his attraction to Sister Claudia, the young woman in charge of the shelter where Martina is living, who shares his love of martial arts and his virulent hatred of injustice.

    Sherri says: "Heartfelt tale with an Italian Rebus as hero."
    "Great Writer"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up A Walk in the Dark in three words, what would they be?

    Difficult to express how involved you can get in a story.


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

    Yes, it was compelling.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett – was your favorite?

    Guido Guerrieri, a most interesting character, well developed.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "A Lawyers Tale"


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that the author continues with this series and look forward to his next novel. Guido is a very clever advocate. I loved the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Identical

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (304)

    Identical, based loosely on the myth of Castor and Pollux, is the story of identical twins, Paul and Cass Giannis, and the complex relationships between their family and their former neighbors, the Kronons. The audiobook focuses principally on events in 2008, when Paul is a candidate for Mayor of Kindle County, and Cass is released from the penitentiary, 25 years after pleading guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Athena Kronon.

    Jacqueline says: "Courtroom Drama Takes a Back Seat"
    "Not worth the cost or time used to listen."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I have no idea


    Has Identical turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, there are many great authors.


    How could the performance have been better?


    The narrator can only read the written word. If it isn't good neither will be the narration.


    What character would you cut from Identical?

    All of them. They have no identity.


    Any additional comments?

    Please do not neglect to listen to the sample; it does not get any better and it was my mistake. Turow has written good books way back. He should go there and try again..
    He missed here. This book is boring. The reviews are correct.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart of Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By William J. Coughlin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The federal judge has before him a case of epic proportions and enormous implications - an unprecedented corporate takeover war. In a staggering turn of events, Judge Murray finds himself trapped by his love for his new wife and his dedication to the law. His decision, no matter how it turns out, will change the course of his life with everything on the line: his honor, his reputation, his marriage, even his own skin. First as a man, then as a judge, he must confront what is at the heart of justice.

    A User says: "Not Beating"
    "Sad"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Don't know


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Brad Thor


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?

    Dick Hill is great but even he could not save this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish I could get my money back

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sixth Man

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2292)
    Performance
    (1376)
    Story
    (1379)

    Edgar Roy - an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility-is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy's attorney, Sean's old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, to help work the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins-en route to their first meeting with Bergin, Sean and Michelle find him murdered. It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered....

    Anthony says: "Somebody needs to be fired..."
    "Decent Baldacci-poor female narrator"
    Overall

    I preface this review with the statement that I am a Baldacci fan, and that I will purchase and read the book since it is an interesting concept,
    What is the matter with the editorial staff at Audible? You have ruined another Baldacci book with third rate dramatization. Ron McLarty does his usual fine narration and then you add Orlagh Cassidy who is, I mean no offense to her personally, ill equipped for this production or any narrating position. A high school drama student would have done a more professional reading.
    All said I will never purchase another Audible book that is ???dramatized??? and not simply read as in the past. There is an old adage ???if it ain't broke don???t fix it???. Why have you departed from your normal format?
    Unfortunately I purchased The Collectors and The Sixth Man in the same time frame and did not realize that this was another "pseudo drama" and not a straight narration. You do McLarty a great disservice. I have 162 novels in my Library, more than a casual listener, but I will never purchase another if I see that it is not straight narration and I certainly will pay attention to the perceptive and excellent reviews. They are really on the money.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Collectors

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By LJ Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1762)
    Performance
    (668)
    Story
    (673)

    The U.S. Speaker of the House is assassinated in a terrifyingly precise execution in the heart of Washington, D.C. In a quieter corner of the nation's capital, the rare book room of the Library of Congress, a reclusive, wealthy scholar drops dead under mysterious circumstances that leave no clues. Following on the heels of the natural death of the Speaker of the House, the city and the nation begin to tremble.

    Nicole says: "Great plot twist...."
    "Just Awful"
    Overall

    I should have paid attention to the existing reviews. Perhaps it is an interesting book but it is hard to tell the narration is so distracting.
    Waste of my time and money and it is too frustrating to even finish..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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