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wally

grand rapids, michigan, United States

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  • 33 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2014
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  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4293)
    Performance
    (3678)
    Story
    (3675)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "a rare listening experience"
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    What made the experience of listening to Defending Jacob the most enjoyable?

    Grover Gardener's stellar reading, nothing like a seasoned expert performer


    What other book might you compare Defending Jacob to and why?

    to kill a mockingbird, the story grabs you by the throat, and won't let go. I felt like I was right in that courtroom.


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    His performance here was just as good as others. He never disapoints.


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

    a no holds barred, compelling story


    25 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • The Pusher: 87th Precinct Series

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ed McBain
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    A bitterly cold night offers up a body turned blue - not frozen, but swinging from a rope in a dank basement. The dead teen seems like a clear case of suicide, but Detective Steve Carella and Lieutenant Peter Byrnes find a few facts out of place, and an autopsy confirms their suspicions. The boy hadn’t hung himself but OD’d on heroin before an unknown companion strung him up to hide the true cause of death.

    wally says: "classic mcbain, can't put it down"
    "classic mcbain, can't put it down"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Pusher the most enjoyable?

    it's the way mcbain tells the story, with his own unique voice


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    steve corella. He has a sensitivity other cops wouldn't have. For him to have a deaf girlfriend really speaks highly of his character


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dick Hill?

    certainly not. Hill used to be an excellent reader, but the old guy is fading.


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

    gritty, compelling. g,


    Any additional comments?

    Dick Hill should retire gracefully. I think he must have had a stroke, he no longer speaks with ease.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Private: #1 Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By Scott Shepherd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1080)
    Performance
    (895)
    Story
    (912)

    Since former Marine Jack Morgan started Private, it has become the world's most effective investigation firm--sought out by the famous and the powerful to discreetly handle their most intimate problems. Private's investigators are the smartest, the fastest, and the most technologically advanced in the world--and they always uncover the truth.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Listen"
    "a dud story from a usually stellar author"
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    What disappointed you about Private: #1 Suspect?

    i couldn't get in to the story, and the naration was terrible.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    not sure at this point


    How could the performance have been better?

    narator replaced with someone who can do an authentic Irish accent, also someone who doesn't sound like he is straining himself.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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