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Tom

Austin, TX, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • Dirty Blonde

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    Cate Fante is strong and smart, but when she gets appointed a federal judge, even she wonders if she can do the job justice. She's in her 30s, and she feels like she's joining the world's most exclusive retirement village. But Cate keeps her doubts a secret. And, as it happens, much else. For she leads a dark, double life that she hides from everyone.

    Babs says: "Blonde of little brain"
    "Don't Waste Your Time"
    Overall

    It was one of those books that, once I put it down, I couldn't pick it back up again. Like one of the other reviewers, about the only thing interesting about the book was its title. Otherwise terrible plot, unsympathetic characters...I've liked other Scottoline books, but this was her worst.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bourne Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1028)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (345)

    In Robert Ludlum's ground-breaking career, no other character so captured the world's imagination as Jason Bourne. He appeared in three of Robert Ludlum's own best-selling novels, his best-selling works to this day. Now, with the major motion picture adaptation of Ludlum's The Bourne Supremacy, the Ludlum estate has finally acceded to the demands of readers around the world, turning to best-selling writer Eric Van Lustbader to create a brand new Jason Bourne novel, The Bourne Legacy.

    Linda says: "It sure reads like a Ludlum book!"
    "Simply Awful..."
    Overall

    This book is so terrible that halfway through the book I started rooting for someone to kill Jason Bource and put ME out of my misery.
    If you must read it, read the abridged version; you won't want to be stuck with this pig any longer than absolutely necessary.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Torts

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1148)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (211)

    As Clay Carter digs into the background of his client, a young man charged with a random street killing, he suddenly finds himself in the middle of a complex case against one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, looking at the kind of enormous settlement that would totally change his life - that would make him, almost overnight, the legal profession's newest king of torts...

    Lisa says: "The King of Torts"
    "An extremely tedious book"
    Overall

    Grisham writes a long and tedious story about a character who is not particularly likeable in a profession that's not particularly likeable doing things that are not particularly likeable and ends up with a book that's not particularly likeable. The story was predictable (thus effectively over) after the first dozen or so chapters. If we have to follow the main character on his way down, the story of his demise could at least have been entertaining, but it's not. I struggled to listen to the last third of the book, and dogged determination got me to the end of the book.

    In Grisham's early books (Pelican Brief, Client, Firm, Street Lawyer, Testament, etc) one is encouraged to actually like (thus care about) the main characters. This keeps the reader in the story. He seems to have lost this critical component in his later books (King of Torts, Summons, Bretheren). These stories suffer badly as a result.

    This book would have been panned if Grisham had not written it (or had written it under a pen name). His early books have earned him a loyal readership, who will make a best seller out of just about any book he writes. I wish he would reward that loyalty with good stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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