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Nicole

Montgomery, AL, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • When the Thrill Is Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    How can Leonid McGill say no to the beautiful young woman who walks into his office with a stack of cash? She's an artist, she tells him, who's escaped from poverty via marriage to a rich collector who keeps her on a stipend. But she says she fears for her life, and needs Leonid's help. Though Leonid knows better than to believe every word, this isn't a job he can afford to turn away, even as he senses that - if his family's misadventures don't kill him first - sorting out the woman's crooked tale will bring him straight to death's door.

    Nicole says: "No The Thrill is not Gone"
    "No The Thrill is not Gone"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was first introduced to Leonid McGill about three weeks ago after hearing about this book on the Tom Joyner Morning show. I am so thrilled to have been listening because I have not been able to get enough of this character. A man who knows that he must make up for his past by doing what he can to help people is such an attractive man!

    Mr. Willis is an EXCELLENT narrator. He moves with ease when changing characters. I'm not sure if I am in love with Leonid McGill, Walter Mosley or Mirron Willis.

    Start from the first bood to know and appreciate who Mr. McGill and his family are.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4613)
    Performance
    (2616)
    Story
    (2597)

    Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

    Bob says: "Compelling and difficult to put down"
    "Wow!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have read/listened to most of Mr. Connelly's books and loved them all. He always pulls the storyline together at the end, but this one... He got me good! I usually just listen on my Ipod in the car, but with this book I started eating lunch with headphones so I could listen and I was taking extra trips in the car even with today's gas prices!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    His name is etched on the door of his Manhattan office: LEONID McGILL , PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR. It's a name that takes a little explaining, but he's used to it. Ex-boxer, hard drinker, in a business that trades mostly in cash and favors: McGill's an old-school P.I. working a city that's gotten fancy all around him. Fancy or not, he has always managed to get by - keep a roof over the head of his wife and kids, and still manage a little fun on the side - mostly because he's never been above taking a shady job for a quick buck.

    Matthew says: "constant back story to do the heavy lifting."
    "I am N love!"
    Overall

    It's been a while since I fell in love with a character. Mr. Leonid McGill is a self persecuted PI that believes he must atone for his past faults, and what woman wouldn't want a man with that much heart to do the right thing? The characters are believable and Mr. Mosley paints a picture so rich with colors and hues that you are drawn into this colorful and dangerous world.
    I am on book 3 in less than 3 weeks! This is while working full time and taking 2 online classes.
    Leonid come rescue me!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ring of Solomon: A Bartimaeus Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (839)
    Performance
    (510)
    Story
    (509)

    Bartimaeus, everyones favorite (wise-cracking) djinni, is back in book four of this best-selling series. As alluded to in the footnotes throughout the series, Bartimaeus has served hundreds of magicians during his 5,010 year career. Now, for the first time, fans will go back in time with the djinni, to Jerusalem and the court of King Solomon in 950s BC. Only in this adventure, it seems the great Bartimaeus has finally met his match.

    Alia says: "Quirky and Fun"
    "He's back! Thank You"
    Overall

    I love Bartimaeus! Jonathan Stroud is a genius at how he gives us a history lesson riddled with humor! Yes I am 46, but this is how I bond with my 13 y/o. Laughing outloud, and often!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2393)
    Performance
    (1526)
    Story
    (1548)

    After saving Olympus from the evil Titan lord, Kronos, Percy and friends have rebuilt their beloved Camp Half-Blood, where the next generation of demigods must now prepare for a chilling prophecy of their own.... In a brand-new series from blockbuster best-selling author Rick Riordan, fans return to the world of Camp Half-Blood. Here, a new group of heroes will inherit a quest. But to survive the journey, they'll need the help of some familiar demigods.

    Matthew says: "Great Book, The Narrator Was Alright"
    "Did Mr. Riordan OK the Narration?"
    Overall

    My 13 y/o and I are into the first 3 hours of the book and are struggling to get through this. The narrator does not read as though he is part of the story. It's robotic at times and seems as if he is encountering words for the first time and just taking a stab at how to pronounce them. When he said the word "nada" and Hercules we had to cut the recording off and laugh outloud. My son wants me to purchase the hardcopy so he can read it. We enjoy Rick Riordan, but if Joshua Swanson is the narrator for any more of his books we will pass.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Reversal: Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (3734)
    Performance
    (1872)
    Story
    (1881)

    Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Brilliantly executed"
    "Brothers"
    Overall

    Loved the book. After the wild ride of 9 Dragons, I needed to settle down.
    I like the way the story was told from both Harry's and Mikey's point of view.

    Lou Cariou did not narrate this one, and that was the only setback for me (-one Star). I like it when a story is told by the same narrator especially if they are good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27145)
    Performance
    (20976)
    Story
    (21182)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Not the ending we want, but is it what we need?"
    Overall

    I have read the reviews for this book and I am saddened by the negative points of view since this is the end of the series, and everyone can't be satisfied.

    Every story can't have the ending that we want and I believe that Ms. Collins stayed with what really could happen in this type of society ravaged by war and pure greed. I took this as a lesson for "here and now" and discussed the negative elements with my 12 year old on how greed and arrogance can go terribly wrong.

    I believe that the book covers HOPE in the ending and remember let's teach our children to love and not hate, exercise tolerance of others that are different because in the end we all do the same thing. Die.

    Read the book and don't think of an ending you would like, but accept the one the author wrote for us. Myself I wish there could have been more or maybe a branchoff of the offspring from this society.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Darkness More than Night: Harry Bosch Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2195)
    Performance
    (986)
    Story
    (999)

    A movie director is charged with murdering an actress during sex, and then staging her death to make it look like a suicide. In a seemingly unrelated case, a loner is murdered, leaving the sheriff's department with no clues. One unsettling revelation after another leaves a retired FBI agent and an L.A. detective thinking they've unmasked a most frightening killer with almost inconceivable calculation.

    Aaron says: "Terrific Pairing of Connelly's best Detectives."
    "Narrator was AWFUL"
    Overall

    I loved the book so much I went and purchased it to keep from having to listen to the narrator. I love Harry, but man the listen was bad!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The 6th Target: The Women's Murder Club

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    When an attack leaves one of the members of the Women's Murder Club struggling for her life, the others fight to keep a madman behind bars before he hurts anyone else. And Lindsay Boxer and her new partner in the San Francisco police department try to stop a series of kidnappings: children and their nannies are being plucked off the streets.

    Nicole says: "Classic Women's Murder Club"
    "Classic Women's Murder Club"
    Overall

    This was a very good listen. I ususally don't listen to my books, but the sound effects, voices and plot kept my attention and the twist at the end was classic!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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