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  • Narrows Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jim Fusilli
    • Narrated By Joe Pantoliano, Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (81)

    A powerful epic novel in the spirit of The Godfather and On the Waterfront, Narrows Gate follows the lives of three men as they clash with the dangerous and seductive environment of a Mob-riddled New Jersey waterfront town before, during, and after World War II.

    James says: "Great fun!"
    "Gotta read"
    Overall

    Stupendous story! Well written, well narrated and totally engaging! The characters are so believable you wonder if this really happened.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Son of Stone: A Stone Barrington Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (286)

    A new addition to the New York Times best-selling Stone Barrington series. After an eventful trip to Bel-Air and a reunion with his sophisticated (and very wealthy) former love, Arrington Calder, Stone Barrington is back in New York, and he's looking to stay closer to home and cash in on his partnership at Woodman & Weld. But Arrington has other plans for Stone... including introducing him to the child he fathered many years ago.

    michael says: "Very, very poor"
    "Trash"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The review I mistakenly wrote for Lee Child is meant for Stuart Woods. The Affair lived up to its buildup and reputation whereas Lee Child now writes trash.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3101)
    Performance
    (2555)
    Story
    (2552)

    Everything starts somewhere. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover - to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control. Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justice - and an appetite for secrets.

    Melinda says: ""All Aboard!""
    "Trash"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Lee Child's writing which is spiraling downwards quickly is insulting to any adult reading his work.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Question of Belief: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (34)

    Commissario Guido Brunetti must contend with ingenious corruption, bureaucratic intransigence, and the stifling heat of a Venetian summer. As he plans a trip to the mountains with his family, he learns that cases at the local court - hardly known as a model of efficiency - are being delayed to the benefit of one of the parties. A creative new trick for corrupting the system, perhaps, but what can Brunetti do about it?

    William says: "Spoiled by Pretentious Narration"
    "It's boring"
    Overall

    The book moves at an agonizingly slow pace. It's apparent up front what the ending is. And not much scenery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood from a Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    On a cold Venetian night, shortly before Christmas, a street vendor is killed in a scuffle in Campo San Stefano. The closest witnesses are the tourists who had been browsing the man's wares: fake handbags of every designer label. The dead man had been working as a vu cumpra, one of the many African immigrants purveying goods outside normal shop hours and without work permits. Commissario Brunetti's response is that of everybody involved: why would anyone kill an illegal immigrant?

    connie says: "genre surprise"
    "Great book!"
    Overall

    One of her best! Detective Guido Brunetti is someone you'd love to have espresso with!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Victory Square: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Olen Steinhauer
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Upon reaching the tumultuous 1980s, Olen Steinhauer's literary crime series set in Eastern Europe comes full circle as one of the People's Militia's earliest cases reemerges to torment its inspectors, including militia chief Emil Brod, the original detective on the case.

    Darwin8u says: "Collapse of E. Block Nation's Moral/Social Order"
    "Goes on and on....."
    Overall

    Why was it so drawn out? Could have been so much better with a lot of editing.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Judas Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jack Higgins
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    A disturbing audiotape has made its way to General Charles Ferguson, adviser to the Prime Minister, and from him to the President of the United States: battlefield chatter from an ambush in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in which twelve U.S. Army Rangers and a British medical team died. Most of the Taliban voices are Afghan, but not all of them — shockingly, some of them are British, and one in particular, the voice of the commander, bears an Irish accent.

    Patricia says: "Great intrigue"
    "disappointing"
    Overall

    Hard to believe that Tom Clancy of previous Sean Dillon novels is the same author of this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4299)
    Performance
    (2330)
    Story
    (2310)

    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"
    "like Swiss Cheese full of holes"
    Overall

    Connelly has written a book which has so many flaws in it it is like Swiss Cheese! The book is insulting to the reader.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Strategic Moves

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (144)

    Stone Barrington is enjoying his usual dinner at Elaine's when his boss at Woodman & Weld, the law firm where Stone is "of counsel," walks in, sits down, and hands Stone a check for one million dollars. It seems Stone's undercover dealings with MI6 have brought in a big new client for the firm, and they're willing to pay Stone a huge bonus and make him a partner. But almost as soon as he's taken the deal, Stone gets wind of an impending scandal that might torpedo his big promotion.

    Matt says: "Skip it!"
    "Pure garbage"
    Overall

    The actions and words of Barrington are preposterous. The dialogue is trite. There are so many flaws in the plot I'm surprised the publishers let it all pass.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Death and Judgment: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (76)

    A truck crashes and spills its dangerous cargo on a treacherous road in the Italian Dolomite mountains. Meanwhile, in Santa Lucia, a prominent international lawyer is found dead aboard an intercity train. Suspecting a connection between the two tragedies, Commissario Guido Brunetti digs deep for an answer, stumbling upon a seedy Venetian bar that holds the key to a crime network that reaches far beyond the laguna.

    Anne says: "Escape to Northern Italy if you dare..."
    "So slow.............."
    Overall

    This book is agonizingly slow to read. The story is good but overall it is loaded with minutiae unnecessarily.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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