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  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3883)
    Performance
    (3266)
    Story
    (3290)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Entertaining"
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    Lots of twists and turns. Excellent plot. Believable characters. Even when the author does something wholly illogical, you don't think twice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister's Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Robert Dugoni
    • Narrated By Emily Sutton-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    Tracy Crosswhite has spent 20 years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House - a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder - is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.

    Mary says: "If you're considering this book, just don't."
    "If you're considering this book, just don't."
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    The book started out great. Nice characters, nice plot. About a quarter of the way in, it started to sputter a bit: the characters began to contradict themselves. A few chapters earlier the character thought "this", now the character thinks "not this"? ...or, wait! Why did the character do *that*?

    About 2 hours from the end, everything went to hell. The story suddenly changed from a fairly decent police procedural to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I stopped listening.

    Wish I could get my credit back.

    19 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • The River Is Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Joe Hart
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    In a small town along the Mississippi River, separate but nearly identical attacks have left two married couples brutally murdered in their homes. A young boy—the lone survivor of the killings—now lies comatose in the hospital. And the police’s only lead is the boy’s terrified description of the assailant: a “monster."

    Susan says: "Monsters?"
    "A waste of time and money"
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    I don't know who this guy is, but he needs to find another profession.
    This book is written according to a formula. The characters actions are twisted to fit the formula, and make no sense in the context of the character.

    I'm not opposed to formula fiction, but at least the dialogue has to be engaging, and the characters believable.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Walking Homeless

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Al Lamanda
    • Narrated By Dwight Goldman
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    John Tibbets is not just another homeless man living in New York's Bowery. He also suffers from advanced amnesia and has no idea how he arrived at the most famous mission in America. A recluse, he lives a quiet life of desperate isolation. While wandering the Bowery streets one summer night, Tibbets comes upon three men mugging a police officer. Acting on unknown instincts, Tibbets intervenes.

    Mary says: "Can't get past the absolutely horrible narration"
    "Can't get past the absolutely horrible narration"
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    The story line is typical and might even be enjoyable, but focus is impossible. The narration sounds like one of those artificial phone voice systems. The word spacing is choppy and the inflection is all wrong. My brain has to work hard to even understand the sentences and follow the plot. It's impossible to imagine characters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5998)
    Performance
    (5591)
    Story
    (5592)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Didn't stop until I reached the end"
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    This one is a bit different for King. Not as much horror, more police procedural. But he does it better than most. Just enough of that twist that makes you shudder...and with King you never know if all the good guys will still be standing in the end. Chances are they won't.

    Will Patton is my favorite narrator. I could listen to him read the phone book. So, this gave me flashes of James Lee Burke. I half expected Dave Robicheaux to show up in the story.

    For this one, I had the headphones on for 14 hours straight -- almost! Finished in 2 days. I couldn't stop.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • QB VII

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Leon Uris
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    In Queen's Bench Courtroom Number Seven, famous author Abraham Cady stands trial. In his book The Holocaust - born of the terrible revelation that the Jadwiga Concentration camp was the site of his family's extermination - Cady shook the consciousness of the human race. He also named eminent surgeon Sir Adam Kelno as one of Jadwiga's most sadistic inmate/doctors. Kelno has denied this and brought furious charges. Now unfolds Leon Uris' riveting courtroom drama - one of the great fictional trials of the century.

    Craig says: "An Important Revisit to a Dark Era"
    "I have no idea if this is a good book or not..."
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    All I know is that I chose this book based on the summary. It's supposed to be about a trial. I think it was called "the greatest fictional trial of the century".

    Problem is, I'm 4 hours into the book and....no trial yet. Not even a hint. So far, all I've heard are the life stories of two characters, tedious bit by tedious bit. If I wanted to read a biography (fictional or not) I'd buy a biography.

    And worse, neither character is even likeable. There's not much about character, thoughts, or values. It's more like a list of first he did this, then he did that, next he moved here, then he moved his family there. Enough already.


    I give up.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Son: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (712)
    Performance
    (642)
    Story
    (638)

    Sonny Lofthus is a strangely charismatic and complacent young man. Sonny’s been in prison for a dozen years, nearly half his life. The inmates who seek out his uncanny abilities to soothe leave his cell feeling absolved. They don’t know or care that Sonny has a serious heroin habit - or where or how he gets his uninterrupted supply of the drug. Or that he’s serving time for other peoples’ crimes. Sonny took the first steps toward addiction when his father took his own life rather than face exposure as a corrupt cop. Now Sonny is the seemingly malleable center of a whole infrastructure of corruption....

    Charles Atkinson says: "Maybe The Best Mystery Novelist Anywhere"
    "Much more than I expected!"
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    I am a Harry Hole fan, so I expected a good story. This was so much more.

    Built on the same format--police, criminals, an evil plot--but unexpected twists and turns with every page. Then the story became more about the people than the plot. Nesbo doesn't write 3-dimensional characters; he takes them even further.

    You will never guess the ending!

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Snow White Must Die

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nele Neuhaus
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1365)
    Performance
    (1184)
    Story
    (1180)

    On a rainy November day, police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: a woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer. On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace.

    C. Vincent says: "Great narrator, unbelievable, never-ending story"
    "It had potential."
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    This is my second try at this book. The first time, I got bored after an hour or two. Thought I'd give it another shot.

    This time, I got 4 hours in, but I can't take it anymore. I love a good mystery, but this author is cheating. The fun is trying to deduce who's the bad guy. The author doesn't use his wits to deceive the reader. He just leaves out information. Like a secret meeting, where he doesn't identify a single character. Everyone is "he" and "she" and "a second man" with no identifying thoughts even.

    On top of that, a whole town where not one person picks up the phone and rats out the bad guy because eleven years ago they "agreed to keep a secret"? Really??

    Too bad. It could've been a really great book. The plot was almost but not quite there. If only the author had a more devious mind.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Natchez Burning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (728)
    Performance
    (651)
    Story
    (655)

    Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.

    Carolyn says: "Can't get past reader"
    "Really Disappointing!"
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    Although I normally like this writer very much, this story left me frustrated.

    In 35 hours of narration, he couldn't manage to solve the mystery or round up the bad guys or draw a conclusion in most of the story lines.

    It's like he hit the 35 hour mark and said that's a wrap. It would be bad if it was a normal length book, but after 35 hours invested the reader deserves an ending. Not just a stopping.

    (and to add...I didn't think the narrator was bad. But then, I don't much like Dick Hill and a cannot stand Scott Brick.)

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Firefly Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1175)
    Performance
    (667)
    Story
    (673)

    Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the mainstay of their lives. For 30 years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship: jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all, until a single act of betrayal tears them apart...and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

    Cherri says: "slow read"
    "To create a good story, there must be at least one"
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    ...smart character. There weren't many in this. The main characters were so stupid I had an incredible urge to shake some sense into them both.

    I only listened to half the book and gave up. That tells you how tedious it was. I never give up on a book.

    The narrator, however, was excellent. Most likely why I stuck for an extra couple of hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sleight of Hand: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (76)

    Ten years ago, Horace Blair fell in love with Carrie, the prosecutor during his DUI trial. After a torrid courtship, he persuaded her to marry him and to sign a prenuptial agreement guaranteeing her twenty million dollars if she remained faithful during the first 10 years of their marriage. The week before their 10th anniversary, Carrie disappears, and Horace is charged with her murder. Desperate to clear his name, the millionaire hires one of D.C.'s most brilliant and ruthless defense attorneys - Charles Benedict.

    Mary says: "It should've been a better book"
    "It should've been a better book"
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    Margolin might mature into a very good writer one day. He has a great imagination and the ability to weave a good plot. Dialogue and character development can't be faulted.
    His failures are subtle but brings the book from a good read to just something to burn time on an airplane.
    He needs a good editor. Someone who can tell him when something's not working. A couple of places in the book, I winced. Nope. That won't work. If I can see that, why can't the writer? To be a good read, the author has to be at least a bit smarter than the reader.
    He needs to stop writing from every character's point of view. I realize it's a popular concept, but you can't let your hero get lost in the mix. More from the hero, less from minor characters.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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