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Doctor Steven

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  • 10 reviews
  • 17 ratings
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  • 31 purchased in 2014
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  • Violets Are Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Daniel Whitner, Kevin O'Rourke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (135)

    Detective Alex Cross confronts his most terrifying nemesis ever - and his own worst fears - in this electrifying new thriller from the master of suspense, James Patterson.

    Doctor Steven says: "Overrated by the Author"
    "Overrated by the Author"
    Overall

    Paterson spent several minutes at the beginning of this audio book tell us how good the book is. Clearly he did not listen to it.

    It is bloody for the sake of being bloody. It has ?Police Activities? that make no sense, such as, exhuming a body to look at it, then doing nothing else with it. The protagonist is utterly unbelievable, though the crimes are only partially so.

    All in all it is not a book to bother with.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Associate: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1792)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (381)

    Kyle McAvoy grew up in his father's small-town law office in York, Pennsylvania. He excelled in college, was elected editor-in-chief of The Yale Law Journal, and his future has limitless potential. But Kyle has a secret, a dark one, an episode from college that he has tried to forget. The secret, though, falls into the hands of the wrong people, and Kyle is forced to take a job he doesn't want, even if it's a job most law students can only dream about....

    JoAnn says: "Good, but not nearly as good as The Firm""
    "Dull, Dull, Dull"
    Overall

    Grisham is typically an OK author, but this is a badly written, poorly conceived book with a dull plot and poorly executed characters. My wife and listened to this book on a trip and both of us commented--several times--on how bad it was. Mr. Singer added little to it as well. All in all I suggest you look elsewhere for a good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3256)
    Performance
    (1593)
    Story
    (1593)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "An excellent book, superb narrator"
    Overall

    My title says it all. This was a fascinating book read by what I believe to have been the best narrator or reader I have experienced in over 100 Audible.com books. Humphrey Bower moved from seamlessly from one character voice to another and from one accent to another that made an excellent story simply superb.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3627)
    Performance
    (955)
    Story
    (964)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "I liked and enjoyed it"
    Overall

    This is a very interesting and well written book. It is easy to imagine yourself there and in your mind's eye you can see the countryside and have a sense of the culture. Read the book, you will enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Everyman

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    The hero of Everyman is obsessed with mortality. As he reminds himself at one point, "I'm 34! Worry about oblivion when you're 75." But he cannot help himself. He is the ex-husband in three marriages gone wrong. He is the father of two sons who detest him, despite a daughter who adores him. A masterful portrait of one man's inner struggles, Everyman is a brilliant showcase for one of the world's most distinguished novelists.

    JOHN says: "Full Frontal Roth"
    "Not fun"
    Overall

    This is not a fun book. Depressing.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Solomon vs. Lord

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Paul Levine
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    She's old-money Miami. He's barefoot Coconut Grove. The only thing they had in common was the law, until they faced each other in the steamiest murder trial of the century, a case that would make sparks fly, headlines scream, and opposites attract. Surrounded by crooks, con men, and a cast of colorful characters, Steve Solomon and Vickie Lord must solve the crime before they end up in ruin, in jail, or, worse, in bed.

    S. Johnston says: "thoroughly delightful"
    "fun for a long ride"
    Overall

    A work of art? No. But, it is a fun listen on a long ride.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Alienist

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Caleb Carr
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Best-selling author Caleb Carr deftly combines historical detail with spine-tingling chills. The year is 1896, and a serial killer is loose in New York City. His targets are poor young boys working as transvestite prostitutes. The general public has little interest in the victims, but Chief of Police Theodore Roosevelt wants the murderer stopped. He assembles a clandestine group of amateur detectives to track the killer, but there are powerful forces at work who don't want the crimes solved.

    Julie says: "Excellent historical thriller"
    "Give it a while"
    Overall

    It takes more than an hour to get into this book, but once you do it is a very good "read". The mystery itself is good, but even better is beginning to understand where and how science began in solving murders. For those who happen to be interested in the political history of New York there is an added interest. Read it, it is worthwhile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Potshot

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (48)

    Boston P.I. Spenser is back! He's traveled west to investigate a murder in Potshot, Arizona, a former mining town reborn as a hangout for Los Angeles millionaires. A motley band of thieves, lead by The Preacher, is wreaking havoc, and Spenser must find a way to beat the gang at their own dangerous game.

    Daniel says: "A 'POTSHOT' at Potshot"
    "Delete"
    Overall

    Not a particularly good story, poorly written but well read. If the author deleted the word ?SAID? the book would be about 1/3 shorter and much improved. Listening to phrases such as, ?he said??Jack said? ?Jane said??? Tom Said?.and everybody else said. It just never stopped?.

    Don?t waste your time or money.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Audiobook): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jon Stewart, The Writers of The Daily Show
    • Narrated By Jon Stewart
    Overall
    (3667)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (601)

    Jon Stewart, host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show, and his coterie of patriots deliver a hilarious look at American government.

    Connie says: "Runs hot and cold..but when it's hot...it's hot"
    "Not bad --- TERRIBLE"
    Overall

    This may be the worst book I have ever listened to. It is not funny. It is not entertaining. It is not educational. It is not useful. It is an utter waist of time and money. It is one of the only books I felt I had to dispose of after getting only 37 minutes into it.

    1 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5037)
    Performance
    (2144)
    Story
    (2136)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "A novel you believe is true"
    Overall

    This was one of the best books I have ever "read". Everything about it from character development to plot keeps you, if not on the edge of your seat, so fully involved that it was difficult to stop listening. If there was a downside it was that the book made me worry that the CIA made and continues to make very costly mistakes. You will learn a lot and perhaps believe you "learned" even more.
    A Fantastic listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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