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  • The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6806)
    Performance
    (3094)
    Story
    (3107)

    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
    "Excellent legal thriller"
    Overall

    I am going to see what my attorney son thinks of this... but it was hard to stop listening since the plot has many unexpected twists and turns. Recently I have been able to predict the ending of most novels but in this case, my thoughts kept changing. Well worth the read or listen.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9410)
    Performance
    (8476)
    Story
    (8483)

    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?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Long and enjoyable read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Sycamore Row?

    So many story lines intertwined into one whole. The characters of course, the legal information though I am waiting for my attorney son to read it. At times the story seemed a little far fetched but then again, that is what good novels are about. I could't
    stop listening to it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sycamore Row?

    Too many to count. Perhaps the ending was the most memorable. It brought it all together.


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

    Didn't , obviously, read the book but he certainly did a good job creating the voices of many varied characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    not sure but I think a film would be great. In fact, I thought of that often during my listening.

    Ask me later


    Any additional comments?

    not really. Best Grisham that I have read and I believe that I have read or listened to most of them

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Word of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1044)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (464)

    He is a good man, a brilliant corporate executive, an honest, handsome family man admired by men and desired by women. But a lifetime ago Ben Tyson was a lieutenant in Vietnam.There the men under his command committed a murderous atrocity -- and together swore never to tell the world what they had done. Now the press, army justice, and the events he tried to forget have caught up with Ben Tyson.

    Diana says: "Nelson does it again"
    "Vietnam and court marshals"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book was thoroughly enjoyable, and I learned a great deal about the army and about vietnam and the army legal process. It is quite long and I ended up staying up several nights because I could not stop listening.

    I thought I had listened to most of DeMille's novels but not this one. I am Vietnam age but seemed to miss much of it because of being in medical school.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (216)

    It's almost Christmas, but there is no joy in the house of terminally ill Jack and his family. With only a short time left to live, he spends his last days preparing to say goodbye to his devoted wife, Lizzie, and their three children. Then, unthinkably, tragedy strikes again: Lizzie is killed in a car accident. With no one able to care for them, the children are separated from each other and sent to live with family members around the country. But just when all seems lost, Jack begins to recover....

    Karen says: "Ebook producers, please listen!"
    "not what I like to listen to"
    Overall

    I seldom write about my listener experience... however, this novel is pretty bad... not well written and more of a "chick" flick despite the faat that I am an elderly "chick"

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1013)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (206)

    With each and every new novel, Dean Koontz raises the stakes, and the pulse rate, higher than any other author. Now, in what may be his most suspenseful and heartfelt novel ever, he brings us the story of an ordinary man whose extraordinary commitment to his wife will take him on a harrowing journey of adventure, sacrifice, and redemption to the mystery of love itself, and to a showdown with the darkness that would destroy it forever.

    David says: "Excellent read!"
    "inacurrate and repetitive"
    Overall

    The basic story is interesting but the wording is repetative and there are inaccuracies in a lot of the medical information (current treatment of migraines as an example) I accidentally listened to the second part 1st and it could have stood by itself. Much of the 1st part was unnecessary. I think it could be condensed to a much more fast paced novel. The same trees and plants are described over and over again.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Heroes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (167)

    Stewart Dubinsky knew his father had served in World War II. And he'd been told how David Dubin (as his father had Americanized the name that Stewart later reclaimed) had rescued Stewart's mother from the horror of the Balingen concentration camp. But when he discovers, after his father's death, a packet of wartime letters to a former fiancee, and learns of his father's court-martial and imprisonment, he is plunged into the mystery of his family's secret history.

    Janet C. Walker says: "Excellent"
    "Remniscent of Hemingway.."
    Overall

    I have read all of Turow's novels. My son just graduated from law school and so I thorougly enjoyed the account of Scott's year as a first year law student at Harvard. I went to Harvard medical school.

    This book though is far more complex with ideas and characters and plot than any of the previous Turow novels. It goes through WW2 including the concentration camps. I kept thinking of Hemingway since there is that sort of wartime sexuality and thinking about maleness and heros that were very much a part of Hemingway's war novels.
    this is unusual since I haven't though about the Hemingway novels for quite a few years. I suspect that Scott Turow might have thought of them too in the writing.

    The audio edition is well read with accents that seem true, but I am not a good judge of this. I'll be interested in seeing what others write since the novel is newly out.

    I enjoyed this more than I have any recent novel that I have read/oopd, listened to... and it has left me thinking about human nature and war as well as reconfirming love.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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