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  • Cinderella Man: James Braddock, Max Baer, and the Greatest Upset in Boxing History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jeremy Schaap
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner

    Lost in the annals of boxing is the sport's true Cinderella story. James J. Braddock, dubbed "Cinderella Man" by Damon Runyon, was a once promising light heavyweight for whom a string of losses in the ring and a broken right hand happened to coincide with the Great Crash of 1929.

    Marcus Anthony says: "Excellent"
    "Pretty good for what it is"

    This book is a documentary and reads as such, which is to say that it doesn't read like a novel. It's not a "page-turner," but it is an interesting portrayal of a tenacious boxer during the depression.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead I Well May Be

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Young Michael, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Northern Ireland is strong and fearless and clever, just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month.

    Robert says: "What an amazing book"
    "Good, but..."

    Great book, but extremely violent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Teddy says: "Did not disappoint..."

    I found the audio preview clip distracting and almost didn't download this book. However, the narrator is actually quite good and grew on me. Worth 2 credits.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Very entertaining"

    This was a "page turner" for me. It's a little trashy at times (which might turn off some), but has a lot to offer. The building of the cathedral provides a framework for the various sub plots. I found the characters reasonably realistic.

    Definitely read this book before "World Without End," which is a sub par rehash.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    John Hart creates a literary thriller that is as suspenseful as it is poignant, a riveting murder mystery layered beneath the southern drawl of a humble North Carolina lawyer. When Work Pickens finds his father murdered, the investigation pushes a repressed family history to the surface and he sees his own carefully constructed facade begin to crack.

    Scott says: "Better than a Grisham novel"
    "Not too bad"

    I picked this up having already listened to "Down River", which I recommend over this book. I didn't think all the characters were entirely believable; however, my complaints would spoil the book, so I'll leave it at that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hood: King Raven Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the imagination. Now the familiar tale takes on new life, fresh meaning, and an unexpected setting. Hunted like an animal by Norman invaders, Bran ap Brychan, heir to the throne of Elfael, has abandoned his father's kingdom and fled to the greenwood. There, in the primeval forest of the Welsh borders, danger surrounds him, for this woodland is a living, breathing entity with mysterious powers and secrets.

    RJT says: "Extremely well done ... mostly."
    "What!? The first in a trilogy!?"

    This book moves terribly slowly and is written in a rather staid style. This might be intentional (historically accurate?), but I found it boring.

    I think the trilogy could have easily fit in the 12 hours I listened to.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Not as good as the first"

    This book is practically the same as Pillars of the Earth; 90% of the characters have analogues in World Without End. It deserves 1 star for originality (and for the author wanting to double his revenue); however, Pillars of the Earth was entertaining enough to be told it again, so I'd give it 5 stars for that.

    I definitely wouldn't listen to them back to back. Perhaps a year or two in between would be appropriate.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "Not as good"

    I really liked "The Woods," which should be read first. I had to suspend disbelief too much in this book -- the main character can act like a B horror movie protagonist.

    However, the book is fairly intelligent and entertaining and I'd recommend it.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Falls: An Inspector Rebus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Samuel Gillies

    A missing student, a six inch coffin containing a wooden doll, and mysterious role-playing games on the Internet are the intriguing elements of the latest case to challenge Inspector Rebus. The missing student comes from an influential family, and Rebus begins to get a bad feeling about the case in Warsaw. While Rebus follows up a link with the distant past, his DC, Siobhan Clarke, tackles the Internet challenges set by the mysterious Quizmaster.

    Maura says: "Good Rebus book"

    This book allegedly centers around on an online RPG; however, the author clearly has no idea what an RPG is. There's no roleplaying, just a series of puzzles. That would have been okay, as I like puzzles; however, the puzzles are impossible to solve without knowing obscure facts about Scotland. The listener is forced to sit in the back seat and watch the detectives fumble around.

    Moreover, the author is rather ignorant about the internet (even the 2001 internet). This doesn't stop him from presenting erroneous (even for 2001) lectures on technical jargon.

    The author's ignorance is passed on to the detectives who make all sorts of other bad decisions. At least one character has the decision making abilities of a B horror flick.

    Having said that, I was able to finish the book, but it feels terribly dated in 2009.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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