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  • The Last Plea Bargain

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Randy Singer
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (35)

    “You learn early that you don’t get to prove your case with Boy Scouts and nuns. Yes, convicted felons will say anything to get out of jail, but they also know a lot.” Plea bargains may grease the rails of justice, but for Jamie Brock, prosecuting criminals is not about cutting deals.

    Shawn says: "good listen"
    "Just ok."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This was not as good as some of his previous books. It was just ok. Not as much suspense as I came to expect from Randy Singer.


    What three words best describe Tavia Gilbert’s voice?

    Nothing memorable.


    Do you think The Last Plea Bargain needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heirs and Graces: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1516)
    Performance
    (1363)
    Story
    (1354)

    As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable light murder mystery"
    "Hated it"
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    Bought this based on the reviews but this was nothing I execred just not my cup of tea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Inner Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1385)
    Performance
    (749)
    Story
    (747)

    When Clementine Kaye, archivist Beecher White's first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help, Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the president of the United States privately reviews classified documents. They accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact - and find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder.

    Joseph says: "VERY WELL DONE"
    "Boring!"
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    I found this book boring. I think this is one of the very few I did not bother to finish. I did not find the historic parts of the book all that interesting and the mystery part was not very interesting. The characters were not at all likeable. Don't waist your credits on this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beach House

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Peter de Jonge
    • Narrated By Gil Bellows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1050)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (193)

    Patterson's latest is "a slick, vastly enjoyable thriller." Jack Mullen's relentless crusade to discover the truth behind his younger brother's death puts him into a head-on collision with one of the most powerful and ruthless men in New York. As it unfolds that his brother was involved with some of the richest women and men in America - in ways Jack never imagined - his dream of justice fades. Only if he can somehow beat the rich at their own game will he be able to avenge his brother.

    B. Estes says: "Adventure and excitment"
    "Better then I anticipated"
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    I usually do not like Patterson's books, they tend to be without much substance, however in this case I was pleasantly surprised. The story was interesting, the characters engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4191)
    Performance
    (3534)
    Story
    (3528)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ron says: "Very Enjoyable Grisham"
    "Better Grisham, but not at his best"
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    It took me a while to get engaged in this book, and I think that was Grisham's intent not to reveal all the details of the plot. First part of the book is all about Malcolm Bannister state of affairs - he is a lawyer in prison on racketeering charges. He is busy planning on how to get him self out of his current predicament. Second part of the book is how he plans and executed his revenge scheme. It is a much better book by Grisham then his other recent attempts, but oils does not compare to his earlier work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Shot: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2493)
    Performance
    (1748)
    Story
    (1767)

    Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: "You got the wrong guy". Then he says: "Get Reacher for me". And sure enough, from the world he lives in - no phone, no address, no commitments - ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child's astonishing thriller, Reacher's arrival will change everything - about a case that isn't what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot - and by doing so gives Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.

    Carol says: "Reacher said..."
    "Did not live up to my expectations!"
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    It is possible that I expected too much from this author, or maybe I just picked a wrong book out of this series to start with. I have never read any of the books by this author, however with all the buzz around the Tom Cruise movie, I was intrigued and started thread the reviews of the Jack Reacher series and they were very impressive, so I decided to try out with this book. I was not as impressed. The story was ok, the main character was not in anyway intriguing or even very interesting. After reading all the wonderful reviews about this character I expected more.

    I am not sure that I would want to go back and read any of the other Jack a reacher books. It is unfortunate, as I was really looking forward to discovering a new series of books that would keep me interested...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4285)
    Performance
    (3686)
    Story
    (3666)

    For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard. Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes.

    Elle says: "I'd listen to Guidall read the tax code, so..."
    "Excellent"
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    I am a big fan of Mitch Rapp series. The last two books with young Mitch Rapp are excellent. It seems that Flynn has been reenergized with the new take on Rapp, going back to Rapp beginnings. This second installment was particularly good. The suspense and pace of the book has been breathtaking. I listen to the books while I walk my dogs, with this book I found I could not wait to go for the next walk.The book brings back several characters from the first book, as well as added political intrigue.

    Guidall is fantastic as usual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5641)
    Performance
    (3125)
    Story
    (3133)

    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.

    Lesley says: "Flynn never disappoints"
    "Fantastic"
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    What did you love best about American Assassin?

    This installment in Mitch Rapp series takes us back to the beginning - how Mitch Rapp became Mitch Rapp.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Story line was interesting, enough action to keep you in the edge of your seat.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2118)
    Performance
    (1791)
    Story
    (1783)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    John says: "Exciting Nelson DeMille novel with great narration"
    "Disappointing"
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    What would have made The Panther better?

    This was unfortunate. I love Nelson DeMille and especially John Corey books. This one was not one of his best works. The wisecracking John Corey was just ways too much, the story was too long at some point I was just no longer interested in the story, and tired of wise cracks.

    I waited with great anticipation for this book and was very disappointed. I hope Mr. DeMille figures out what went wrong with this book and does not make the same mistake in the next one.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    Scott Brick is great as always, but even he could not keep me interested in this book.


    0 of 1 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
    (4719)
    Performance
    (2709)
    Story
    (2693)

    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"
    "Fast read - Mickey Haller does not disappoint"
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    What did you like best about The Fifth Witness? What did you like least?

    I read a number of books by Connelly and my favorites are with Mickey Haller. The story lines are usually interesting but what I enjoy the most are the characters - Mickey is a likable character and Connelly makes sure that there is growth and change with each book he writes. This makes the books more interesting, not just the "who done it", but the character growth in each book. The story it self is set against the current foreclosure landscape - making it current and relevant to today's headline stories. The woman accused of the murder is not a likable character, but does that mean she committed murder?


    Would you recommend The Fifth Witness to your friends? Why or why not?

    If you are a fan of Lincoln Lawyer - you will like this book.


    What aspect of Peter Giles’s performance would you have changed?

    He was not my favorite, but it did not distract from the story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21088)
    Performance
    (18909)
    Story
    (18978)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Interesting"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    So I picked up this book, after it was mentioned on a few TV shows. This was my first books by Gillian Flynn.

    I was not impressed with the first part of the book, it dragged a bit. The book is written from two different perspectives - the wife, who suddenly disappears and the reader is introduced to her story through her diary, and her husband who is suspected in her disappearance. I did not like either character. I was about to forget struggling through this book and the came book 2 and everything changed. A twist in the story I did not anticipate. There will be no spoilers in this review.

    This was an interesting study of the psychopathy and the relationships they form. I raced through the rest of the book and found it interesting but disappointing. It did seem like the author just run out of ideas. Part three of the book was rushed, the ending unsatisfying.

    I am not sure that I would pick up another book by this author.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performances?

    No. I disliked the narrators. In the beginning of the book I had hard time telling the two narrators apart.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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