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Cory

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  • The Broker

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (15)

    In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems Backman, in his power broker heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world's most sophisticated satellite surveillance system.

    Cory says: "Best Grisham to date!"
    "Best Grisham to date!"
    Overall

    I have listened to or read every Grisham book available and I like them all. Somehow the author manages to make the listener get giddy with excitement about the most menial tasks. This book is no exception, the story deviates slightly from the usual 'main character is a lawyer' premise but does so for the better. This is by far the most addictive Grisham title to date.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9319)
    Performance
    (4294)
    Story
    (4321)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "First King was good"
    Overall

    Avid reader but surprisingly I have never read Stephen King before. King and Under the Dome get great scores in all the areas I care about: No boring spots, interesting characters, realistic dialog. I am looking for another Stephen King book to read now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4284)
    Performance
    (1591)
    Story
    (1592)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey. And listen to Mayday, by DeMille and Thomas Block, the most terrifyingly realistic air disaster thriller of all time.

    CoCo says: "Excellent and engaging"
    "One of my all time favorites"
    Overall

    A great book read very well by Scott Brick. The book moves right along with a great story, a good bad guy and a solid funny main character. If you like this book try the other John Corey books by the author. So good I have listened to it 4 or 5 times over the last few years usually when a book I am listening to starts to fizzle I'll put this one on.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hannibal

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Thomas Harris
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    In the highly-anticipated sequel to The Silence of the Lambs and the final book in the trilogy that started with Red Dragon, seven years have passed since Dr. Hannibal Lecter escaped from custody, seven years since FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling interviewed him in a maximum security hospital for the criminally insane.

    W. Max Hollmann says: "Poorly abridged"
    "Best audiobook I own"
    Overall

    Out of the 100's of books in my library, I have listened to this book the most, about 15 times. Every time I listen I hear a new subtle piece of trivia or nuance about the story. I have read and listened many books and I have never read an author that crams as much detail and interesting trivia into their work. It is almost as if Harris thought out every sentence carefully to make sure it contained everything that goes into writing a great book. I know it's not for everyone, but I cant say enough good things about this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Under and Alone

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By William Queen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (124)

    In 1998, William Queen was a veteran law-enforcement agent with a lifelong love of motorcycles and a lack of patience with paperwork. When a "confidential informant" made contact with his boss at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, offering to take an agent inside the San Fernando chapter of the Mongols (the scourge of Southern California, and one of the most dangerous gangs in America), Queen jumped at the chance.

    Richard says: "Great Listen"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    One of the better audio books I have listened to. The author was all business but also very real and the sharp details kept me listening almost nonstop to this book. My only complaint is that it was only 7 hours long.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hannibal Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Thomas Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (160)

    Hannibal Lecter emerges from the nightmare of the Eastern Front, a boy in the snow, mute, with a chain around his neck. He seems utterly alone, but he has brought his demons with him. Hannibal's uncle, a noted painter, finds him in a Soviet orphanage and brings him to France, where Hannibal will live with his uncle and his uncle's beautiful and exotic wife, Lady Murasaki.

    Bev says: "Surprised"
    "Good book, good narration"
    Overall

    I thought the book was..quite good. The author is well read, and does very thorough research. This book, like Hannibal, has multiple levels. You can listen to the story, the words and verse, or the imagery. I know I get a good feeling knowing that despite paying close attention, there is no way I will be able to hear everything the first time around and will be able to listen to it again and get the same enjoyment as the first time.
    There were some reviews complaining about the author’s narration of the book. I fell in love with Harris’s unbiased, eloquent drawl in Hannibal even after listening to it many times. In this book Harris knows exactly how to read each character and performs as good as any other professional narrator I have heard, and better than some.
    If you are new to Hannibal, I would suggest reading the ‘silence of the lambs’, and ‘Hannibal’ first.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A History of Rome, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Cyril Robinson
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    A History of Rome is the story of a tiny market town on the Tiber, its rise to world domination, and then its slow, terrible plunge to utter ruin. It is the single greatest event in all human history.

    Mark says: "A superb survey of Ancient Roman History"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    Very good listening, a complete recount of the rise and fall of the Roman empire.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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