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  • Beach Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Avery Duff
    • Narrated By James Patrick Cronin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (597)

    After five grueling years, Robert Worth is just days away from making partner at a powerful Santa Monica law firm. When a client confides in him that senior partner Jack Pierce sexually assaulted her, Robert breaks two of his mentor's cardinal rules: Never let yourself get emotional about clients. And never make an enemy of Jack Pierce. Robert crosses Pierce and is fired on the spot, losing not only his job but also his reputation. Advised to go quietly, Robert vows revenge against the ruthless man who betrayed him.

    Tracy T says: "Great Story! Great Narration!"
    "Bad Boy Lawyers Galore"
    Overall

    Lots of action and twists in the plot with a So Cal backdrop. Never knew how bad a "bad" lawyer could be. A little too much sex which seemed a distraction at times.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Telex from Cuba: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Rachel Kushner
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (88)

    Rachel Kushner's mother grew up in Cuba in the 1950s, in the United Fruit Company enclave where Telex from Cuba takes place. Calling on a rich trove of family letters, photos, meticulously kept journals, and historical research, Kushner sets free her brilliant imagination in this profoundly resonant story of a world that was paradise for a time and for a few.

    Magin La Grave says: "Nostalgic and great history"
    "Sad but wonderful story of pre-revolution Cuba"
    Overall

    Cuba is both mythical and monstrous as told through the eyes of a young American child whose father helped to run United Fruit Company's operations during the fifties. The story is bittersweet, knowing that Castro's revolution was inevitable. A disturbing yet compelling read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Honest Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Andreas Kollender, Steve Anderson - translator
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (123)

    In the tradition of Schindler's List comes a thrilling novel based on the heroic true story of Fritz Kolbe, a widowed civil servant in Adolf Hitler's foreign ministry. Recognizing that millions of lives are at stake, Kolbe uses his position to pass information to the Americans - risking himself and the people he holds most dear - and embarks on a dangerous double life as the Allies' most important spy.

    Wayne says: "Beautifully written and narrated WWII story of..."
    "Interesting fictionalization"
    Overall

    Spy stories are fascinating because they reflect how brave and useful a spy can be. Fritz Kolbe's story as a WWII spy for the Allies can never be fully verified because of the inherent nature of secrecy needed to become a successful spy. The book shows the more human side of Kolbe with the inclusion of Kolbes love for his daughter and paramour. Well written and encourages further reading about other unsung WWII heroes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flesh & Bones: Jake Lassiter, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Paul Levine
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (135)

    "I was sitting at the end of the bar sipping single-malt Scotch when I spotted the tall blond woman with the large green eyes and the small gray gun."

    The next thing Jake Lassiter knows, the woman pumps three bullets into the man on the next barstool. Lassiter, the linebacker-turned-lawyer, has a new client. She's a stunning South Beach model; the dead man is her wealthy father; and the murder case is a slam dunk for the prosecution. Or is it?

    "Lassiter is smart, tough, funny, and very human...one of the most entertaining series characters in contemporary crime fiction." - Booklist

    Moonchild says: "Jake is Great"
    "Great whodunit"
    Overall

    Jake Lassiter as lawyer and rescuer of a damsel in distress makes for an exciting read. The author's use of Jake's "asides" add humor to a convoluted plot. Looking forward to reading more in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Maggie's Turn

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Deanna Lynn Sletten
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (208)

    Maggie has always put her family's needs in front of her own, until one day - without forethought - she drives away, leaving behind her indifferent husband and two sulking teenagers. As she begins a quest of self-exploration, she meets new people, enjoys new adventures, and rediscovers long-neglected passions. For the first time in years, Maggie contemplates what she wants from life and soon realizes that her deteriorating marriage can no longer continue as it is. Can she and Andrew repair their broken relationship, or is their marriage over?

    Valdeene G. Miller says: "Good enjoyable book."
    "Predictable and Enjoyable! "
    Overall

    This story of life and love was well paced and nonpartisan,meaning both sides of a long-standing marriage were presented. Writer keeps you wondering right to the end, but doesn't drag it out. Family life is a challenge which requires work, dedication but not always self sacrifice. Author presented these thoughts well without being too mushy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edinburgh Twilight: Ian Hamilton Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Carole Lawrence
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (319)

    Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is no stranger to Edinburgh's darkest crimes. Scarred by the mysterious fire that killed his parents, he faces his toughest case yet when a young man is found strangled in Holyrood Park. With little evidence aside from a strange playing card found on the body, Hamilton engages the help of his aunt, a gifted photographer, and George Pearson, a librarian with a shared interest in the criminal mind.

    Huckleberry says: "Unfortunate Narration"
    "Riveting Story of Murder in Edinburgh"
    Overall

    Serial murderers are scary enough, but when set in 19th century Edinburgh amid its slums and grey weather, the reader hopes for the best as DI Hamilton deals with his own devil's solving the case. Keeps you engaged right to the end. Characters are complex especially Hamilton's alcoholic brother.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26279)
    Performance
    (23949)
    Story
    (23952)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Heather says: "A heartwrenching story read absolutely brilliantly"
    "Startling futuristic tale of subjugation"
    Overall

    Interesting but repetitive writing style. Play on words was overused; a little goes a long way. Last chapter was the best.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Burning Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Alan Russell
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (472)

    When LAPD detective Michael Gideon and his police-dog partner, Sirius, are assigned to the Special Cases Unit (SCU), Gideon knows their work lives will be anything but ordinary. SCU gets the cases no one else wants, the unusual and bizarre crimes that need special handling and special investigators. When a high-school student is found crucified in a local park, Gideon and Sirius must face up to the gruesome tableau and the motivation behind the murder. Complicating matters is a nightmare from their past, the scars of a terrible fire that nearly cost them their lives.

    karen says: "Best book in a long time!"
    "Interesting storyline and great dog"
    Overall

    Author provided lot of background about firefighting and effects of fire on victims caught in one. The plot kept my interest while the author's use of contemporary song allusions was a nice touch. And who doesn't love a dedicated dog to make this tale enjoyable? Look forward to reading more in this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In the Market for Murder: Lady Hardcastle, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By T E Kinsey
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Knowelden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1985)
    Performance
    (1791)
    Story
    (1780)

    Spring, 1909, and Lady Hardcastle, amateur sleuth and all-round eccentric, is enjoying a well-deserved rest. But a week after a trip to the cattle market, Spencer Caradine, a local farmer, turns up dead in the pub, face-down in his beef and mushroom pie. Once again, it is up to Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, to solve the case.

    Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe says: "Clever intertwining of three fun mysteries"
    "Plenty of murder suspects in English countryside"
    Overall

    Once again Lady Hardcastle and her lady's maid tackle a murder investigation in the country. Plot is thick with suspects and paranormal activity,and keeps the reader busy trying to guess who and why someone would want a villager or two dead. A little more complicated plot than the previous adventure, but worth the read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Quiet Life in the Country: A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By T E Kinsey
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Knowelden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4447)
    Performance
    (4003)
    Story
    (4002)

    Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they've just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life. But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement. There's a dead body in the woods, and the police are on the wrong scent. Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation...

    Yvonne says: "A nice cozy read!"
    "Engaging murder mystery in British countryside"
    Overall

    Collection of interesting characters leave you guessing up to the end. Relationship between Lady Hardcastle and her lady's maid creates great teamwork in solving a murder in British countryside. Will continue on with the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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