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Lucile

Salem, OR, United States

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  • 9 purchased in 2015
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  • Courting Trouble

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    Anne Murphy is smart, gorgeous, and young, the red-headed rookie at the Philadelphia law firm of Rosato & Associates. She leaves town for Fourth of July weekend to prepare for a high-profile trial, but when she buys her morning newspaper, her own photo is plastered all over the front page. And the headline, "Lawyer Murdered", supposedly refers to her. Anne sets out to find her killer, playing dead in order to stay alive.

    Rhonda says: "Excellent book!"
    "Banal"
    Overall

    After the first 30 minutes which promised interest ( I gave this travesty one star so the powers-that-be wouldn't think I had skipped that step--it deserves zero stars), this was the worst written piece of trash I have ever listened to (and I have stuck with some junk); actually, I could not stand listening to the last 45 minutes and just quit. Happily I had something better to turn to: Wodehouse's 'A Damsel in Distress' which is marvelous. So your choice is clear: do you want to listen to a cliche ridden piece of nonsense or a classic.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1825)
    Performance
    (1633)
    Story
    (1644)

    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

    Jan says: "Sorry John... wanted to like it... love you anyway"
    "Grisham, really?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Altho I agreed with the politics (very heavy-handed, tho), the story was execrable; so the question is 'is Grisham getting his acolytes to write the books or has he just run out of ideas?'

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (7900)
    Performance
    (7160)
    Story
    (7179)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Long time listener, first time reviewer"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I wouldn't bother to write now if this book had gotten the reviews that it deserves, but it didn't. Maureen Corrigan played it way down and I didn't bother to listen for a long time, but for the genre, this is top drawer. The characters are excellent, and it is well plotted. What I am really hoping is that this will become a series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ireland

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Frank Delaney
    • Narrated By Frank Delaney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (652)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (192)

    One evening in 1951, an itinerant storyteller arrives unannounced at a house in the Irish countryside. In exchange for a bed and a warm meal, he invites his hosts and their neighbors to join him by the wintry fireside, and begins to tell formative stories of Ireland's history. Ronan, a 9-year-old boy, grows so entranced by the storytelling that, when the old man leaves abruptly under mysterious circumstances, the boy devotes himself to finding him again.

    S. Marie says: "A wonderfully read history of Ireland"
    "Boring"
    Overall

    All the other reviews make this book sound entrancing, but, in fact, it is boring. It loosely strings together stories, not in any particular order or of any particular interest from Irish history or folklore. The uniting principle is contrived (a young man looks for a story teller). Although the book is well written and well read, the material is tiresome.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2131)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (557)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "political rant"
    Overall

    This is the same kind of relentless political rant that one finds in Atlas Shrugged; not only do I disagree with the philosophy, but the action which one expects from Crichton was far-fetched (actually, I guess living dinosaurs are pretty far-fetched too but this was unbelievable action in a believable setting). Probably I could have suspended my credulity, if I had not been so put off by Creighton's preaching: e.g. Environmentalists are likely to be terrorists, DDT should never have been banned and LOTS more in that vein. Sometimes I disagree with the criticisms of the narrator (Anna Fields is always wonderful it's JCO's latest book that is bad), but in this case, they are justified.

    7 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Protector

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By David Morrell
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (91)

    Cavanaugh, a former member of Delta Force, is hired by a brilliant scientist named Prescott who needs protection from a drug lord seeking the highly addictive drug he has invented. At least that is what Cavanaugh is led to believe. After Cavanaugh trains the scientist in escape and evasion, the unthinkable occurs: Cavanaugh's team is viciously attacked and entirely wiped out - and Prescott seems to be in collusion with the attackers.

    Barbara A. Russell says: "Excellent story, not a dull moment."
    "I no longer trust reader reviews"
    Overall

    An unbelievable, unrealistic plot, one dimensional characters, one ridiculous chase scene after another make this novel a waste of time. I am really nervous now about heeding reader reviews since this book got good ones. The only almost accurate remarks were that this would make a good action movie (TV is more like it) as some of the escapes from implausible situations were at least ingenious. One star is actually generous for this book.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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