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ALLEN

Retired former trial and corporate lawyer practicing his craft for over 40 years. Loves legal thrillers, mysteries, and dog related stories.

Tulsa, OK, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 61 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    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....

    sizematters says: "My First Balducci"
    "Baldacci Delivers Again"
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    Any additional comments?

    Ron McLarty is an exellent reader and Baldacci continues to crank out novels that are still entertaining. This had an interesting plot with some good twists and turns which made for an intersesting listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (42)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    ALLEN says: "Grisham Continues to Excel"
    "Grisham Continues to Excel"
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    What made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row the most enjoyable?

    I have listened to all of Grisham's books and they are all good with some being better than others. I felt this was one of his best books and many plot twists and turns.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Beck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Michael Beck couldn't have read this any better - just brilliant.


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

    Not particularly. I like to enjoy the suspense and look forward to the next listen when I walk my dog.


    Any additional comments?

    You will not be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1410)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (405)

    The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark best seller Presumed Innocent, Innocent continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, 20 years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.

    Suzn F says: "Terrific Book"
    "Probably Turow's Best Yet"
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    What made the experience of listening to Innocent the most enjoyable?

    Turow is just a brilliant writer and he understands the human condition. You don't have to have any legal training to feel his passion and his ability to comment on things we all have pondered in the past.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It had to be Rusty but the character development for all in the book was just phenomenal.


    Which character – as performed by Edward Hermann and Orlagh Cassidy – was your favorite?

    Probably Tommy. It was interesting how this old prosecutor had changed over the years and I thought Turow made a wonderful example of his integrity.


    Any additional comments?

    It's difficult to quit listening to as the plot development always leaves one to start second guessing their preconceived conclusions. This is one of the very best books I have listened to and Edward Hermann is just fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3641)
    Performance
    (3251)
    Story
    (3251)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "A Must Read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Suspect to be better than the print version?

    I normally always consider the audio version to be better as the narrators breath a life into a book that you cannot get from just reading the written word.


    Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I am not sure if I have listened to him before but he did an EXCELLENT job in narrating this book.


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

    Certianly the last 1/4 of the book. My walk kept getting extended and extended as I had to listen to the conclusion.


    Any additional comments?

    The way the author mixed in the dog's story with the police officer's was masterful. He wove a relationship that affected the listener plus the plot of the story was excellent. I would rank this book in my top 10 to listen to. I promise you will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Assassin

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (35)

    Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorists worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world . . . and then tragedy struck.

    nelson says: "Best Rapp Yet"
    "One of the Best Mitch Rapp Stories"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of American Assassin to be better than the print version?

    Yes - audio usually breaths life into the story personalyzing it to the extent the written word usually can not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Limitations

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Life would seem to have gone well for George Mason. His days as a criminal defense lawyer are long behind him. At 59, he has sat as a judge on the Court of Appeals in Kindle County for nearly a decade. Yet, when a disturbing rape case is brought before him, the judge begins to question the very nature of the law and his role within it. What is troubling George Mason so deeply? Is it his wife's recent diagnosis? Or the strange and threatening e-mails he has started to receive?

    Suzn F says: "behind the scenes in the courthouse"
    "An Interesting Listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to Limitations the most enjoyable?

    Turow is always an intelligent writer and this book is no exception. It is an introspective look at decision making that we all are faced with in daily life. Some decisions are more important than others and this story points out how past experiences can certainly influence our future thinking.


    What does Stephen Lang bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Stephen Lang is simply one of the best narrators out there.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Good Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Susan Wilson
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (313)

    Adam March is a self-made “Master of the Universe.” He has it all: the beautiful wife, the high-powered job, the glittering circle of friends. But there is a price to be paid for all these trappings, and the pressure is mounting—until the day Adam makes a fatal mistake. His assistant leaves him a message with three words: your sister called.

    Shelby says: "A cynic and a cynical dog - PERFECT!!"
    "Don't Miss This One"
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    If you could sum up One Good Dog in three words, what would they be?

    Better than expected


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chance - the pit bull. His reflections on life mirror those of all of us who have struggled to survive on occasion.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Chance was put in the pit bull ring the last time.


    Any additional comments?

    It took me several chapters to fully engage with the two primary characters as this was my first experience listening to a book about pit bulls. I thought the author did a wonderful job with the perspective of the dog ("Chance") and the ending was.................well, you will have to listen to it but I promise you will like this book. It wasn't quite as good in my opinion as "The art of racing in the rain" but came close.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Personal Injuries

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Robbie Feaver (pronounced Favor) is a successful personal injury lawyer, with a burgeoning practice, a way with the ladies, and a wife he loves - who is dying of an irreversible illness. He also has a secret bank account where he deposits funds which make their way into the pockets of the judges who decide Robbie's cases. Robbie is apprehended, and in exchange for leniency, agrees to wear a wire as he continues to try to fix decisions. The FBI agent assigned to supervise him goes by the alias Evon Miller. The FBI agent assigned to supervise him goes by the alias of Evon Miller. She is stocky, lonely, and impervious to Robbie's charms.

    ALLEN says: "ANOTHER GREAT BOOK BY SCOTT TUROW"
    "ANOTHER GREAT BOOK BY SCOTT TUROW"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Turow is one of the best in writing legal thrillers and you can't get any better than having Joe Mantegna be the reader.


    Any additional comments?

    Turow's books always highlight different aspects of the practice of law. Being a former prosecutor myself I always find his writings to be on point and beliveable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pursuit of Honor: Mitch Rapp Series

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    The action begins six days after a series of explosions devastated Washington, D.C., targeting the National Counterterrorism Center and killing 185 people, including public officials and CIA employees. It was a bizarre act of extreme violence that called for extreme measures on the part of elite counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp and his trusted team member, Mike Nash.

    ALLEN says: "MITCH RAPP STRIKES AGAIN"
    "MITCH RAPP STRIKES AGAIN"
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    What made the experience of listening to Pursuit of Honor the most enjoyable?

    I thought the story line was good. These books are pretty predicable by now but Vince Flynn still manages to keep it interesting enough to make you want to listen to more.


    Any additional comments?

    This would be an easy read on an airplane..................

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sixkill

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (139)

    On location in Boston, bad-boy actor Jumbo Nelson is accused of the rape and murder of a young woman. From the start the case seems fishy, so the Boston PD calls on Spenser to investigate. Things don't look so good for Jumbo, whose appetites for food, booze, and sex are as outsized as his name. He was the studio's biggest star, but he's become its biggest liability...

    Jean says: "SixKill"
    "Parker Goes Out a Winner"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sixkill to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sixkill?

    As always, Parker's mixture of humor, mystery and action was present.


    Any additional comments?

    Since this is Robert Parker's last book prior to his death, it is appropriate that it either contained, or at least mentioned, practically all of the characters that have been in and out of the Spenser series novels. I only wish Hawk would have been able to have played a more prominent role but he was

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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