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  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1338)
    Performance
    (1135)
    Story
    (1135)

    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

    Stoker says: "Fun and Informative"
    "Very interesting take on history"
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    This book brings history close to home through it's examination of the influence the stuff we chose to drink had on world development, from water through to harder stuff.
    It makes me think of books like "Salt", but was less exhaustive - as well as shorter and more to the point.
    While not the deepest book about history, it was very interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Degree

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (974)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (423)

    When a cop's body is found burned and decapitated, the last thing Andy Carpenter expected is for a stranger to waltz into his office and admit to the crime. For the wise-cracking millionaire defense attorney suffering from "lawyer's block", the case looks like a no-brainer...until the cops pick up another suspect: Andy's lead P.I., Laurie Collins, who happens to be the love of his life.

    A. Wright says: "Read series in order"
    "Sympathetic protagonists"
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    Very well read by Grover Gardner, this story is engaging and I kept listening to see how everything was going to unfold.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Open and Shut

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1575)
    Performance
    (728)
    Story
    (727)

    Whether dueling with new forensics or the local old boys' network, irreverent defense attorney Andy Carpenter always leaves them awed with his biting wit and winning fourth-quarter game plan. But the fun stops the day Andy's dad, Paterson, New Jersey's legendary ex-DA, drops dead in front of him at a game in Yankee Stadium.

    pewter says: "Does Anyone Else Notice the Missing Content?"
    "Great introduction to a great series"
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    I read this after book #8 of this series, and am glad that while it cleared up some finer points of the 8th book, no harm was done to my enjoyment through reading them out of order.
    The protagonist Andy Carpenter is a dog-loving attorney with enough self-deprecating humour that I can forgive him living in a world without all the niggling problems we mere mortals encounter everyday. Then he inherits 22 million $. Thankfully he puts his money to good use to help unfortunate victims of crime.
    The who-dunnit part is interesting but not terribly surprising, which doesn't bother me as I listen to books more to have a glimpse into other people's life than to give my brain a work-out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dog Tags

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (701)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (382)

    A German Shepherd police dog witnesses a murder and if his owner - an Iraq war vet and former cop-turned-thief - is convicted of the crime, the dog could be put down. Few rival Andy Carpenter's affection for dogs, and he decides to represent the poor canine. As Andy struggles to convince a judge that this dog should be set free, he discovers that the dog and his owner have become involved unwittingly in a case of much greater proportions than the one they've been charged with.

    Tim says: "Wanna have some fun?"
    "Intelligent Who-dunnit with Dog"
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    Only got this because it was a special and am so glad I discovered it. While it is certainly no hard exercise for one's brain it is an engaging story with sympathetic protagonists.
    I will be getting the rest of this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cemetery Yew: A Martha's Vineyard Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Cynthia Riggs
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    There's more than one reason why the new West Tisbury police chief officially made 92-year-old Victoria Trumbull her deputy. For one thing, Victoria knows just about everything about everyone in Martha's Vineyard, not to mention their ancestors. She may be 92, but she is as sharp and as sharp-eyed as the proverbial tack. So when Victoria is the only one who spots something amiss among the gravestones of the West Tisbury cemetery, it's no surprise that the police chief listens.

    Sharon in Surrey says: "Victoria solves another one"
    "Ideallistic view of a small community"
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    I love women sleuths, especially older ones, and I adore Davina Porter as reader.
    In this book, the first I read, but not the first in this series, the protagonist didn't strike me as extraordinary so much as the police chief as rather not extraordinary. But I liked the writing style and the descriptions of the land and the weather.
    It will not give your brain a big work-out but rather transport you elsewhere for a couple of hours.
    I'll definitely try another book of this series, although right now I am not sure I'll commit to reading all of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And One Last Thing...

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2725)
    Performance
    (2082)
    Story
    (2078)

    Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

    Ducky says: "For me this was such a HOOT!!!"
    "A nice light read"
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    This book was not quite as funny, nor the heroine quite as sassy, as I hoped for. Still, it was a nice relaxing listening experience.
    The only thing that aggravated me, but which is not specific to this book, is that everybody seems to have plenty of money. Who will write a boy-gets-girl story where the protagonist-s have to work and scrimp and save?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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