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David

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  • Stick

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (70)

    After serving time for armed robbery, Ernest "Stick" Stickley is back on the outside and trying to stay legit. But it's tough staying straight in a crooked town - and Miami is a pirate's paradise, where investment fat cats and lowlife drug dealers hold hands and dance. And when a crazed player chooses Stick at random to die for another man's sins, the struggling ex-con is left with no choice but to dive right back into the game. Besides, Stick knows a good thing when he sees it....

    Richard Delman says: "Can't beat this with a stick (sorry)."
    "Classic Elmore Leonard with fantastic narration."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Stick rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Right up at the top of all my Audible experiences.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stick?

    When he took the Rolls Royce to visit his daughter.


    Have you listened to any of Frank Muller???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I know that I've heard Frank Muller before but this time it was memorable. His command of accents, syntax and nuance are just unbeatable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Oh, the laughs just kept coming.


    Any additional comments?

    I was extremely sad when it ended.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3842)
    Performance
    (3241)
    Story
    (3223)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ed says: "Grisham Light"
    "Caution! The narrator will put you to sleep."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Racketeer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    J. D. Jackson reads so slowly I felt myself age as I listened. This audiobook ranks at the bottom of my list.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Couldn't make it to the ending. I'm old and don't have that much time to waste.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Jackson should listen to Gerald Doyle to learn how to read an audiobook.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Heavens no!


    Any additional comments?

    Please don't use this narrator again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brass Verdict: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4137)
    Performance
    (1700)
    Story
    (1689)

    Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

    Jeff says: "Five Star Book; Three Star Narration"
    "Horrible Narration"
    Overall

    What happened to Dick Hill? This guy Peter Giles is horrible. Constantly emphasizing the wrong words in the sentence. Why oh why was this guy hired?

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2599)
    Performance
    (1345)
    Story
    (1337)

    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

    ben capozzi says: "...Though Hitchens Is!"
    "Barely Audible"
    Overall

    Well, I thought the purchase of this book would be a no-brainer but I was wrong. I had heard Christopher Hitchens on various interview shows and found him quite entertaining but hearing him read his own book was a disaster. I shouldn't say "hearing him read" because that's not the experience. "Trying to hear him" would be more like it. A common problem with non-professional narrators. He reads too fast, swallows the end of sentences (and phrases) and the level is all over the map. The audio engineer must have gone nuts. I was very disappointed. Please don't make the same mistake.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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