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Henry

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DERWOOD, MD, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • 48 purchased in 2014
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  • The Professionals

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Owen Laukkanen
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (189)

    Four friends, recent college graduates, caught in a terrible job market, joke about turning to kidnapping to survive. And then, suddenly, it's no joke. For two years, the strategy they devise - quick, efficient, low risk - works like a charm. Until they kidnap the wrong man. Now two groups they've very much wanted to avoid are after them - the law, in the form of veteran state investigator Kirk Stevens and hotshot young FBI agent Carla Windermere, and an organized-crime outfit looking for payback.

    Richard Delman says: "A thrilling new voice in thrillers"
    "Above average story; great narration"
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    What did you love best about The Professionals?

    It was exciting. I found myself sitting in the driveway trying to finish a chapter in my car.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pender--flawed, but interesting.


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

    Ballerini is now in my top three narrators--the others being Scott Brick and Dick Hill. A great find!


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was sad, but just and inevitable!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Lawyer's Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By James Sheehan
    • Narrated By Rick Zieff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    Jack Tobin, the main character of The Mayor of Lexington Avenue returns in this non-stop novel that combines enthralling plot twists with some of the best coutroom fiction being written today. Tobin, known as the lawyer's lawyer - the guy the best lawyer's say they'd want to represent them in a courtroom battle - undertakes the representation of a serial killer who he believes to be innocent.

    Ted says: "AWFUL! Writer's terrible! Pass this up! UGH!"
    "Nice story as usual, but melodramatic and flawed."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I was really looking forward to James Sheehan's next book, having read or listened to the first couple. It's worth a listen, but be prepared to deal with and suspend belief in the behavior of the "saintly" characters. Some of it is a real stretch, especially considering people have their lives on the line.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The Perry Mason-type ending was both predictable and unrealistic. I found myself thinking, "Here it comes!", then, "Oh no! He actually went through with it!!!!" More suitable for Days of Our Lives than for one of Mr. Sheehan's books.


    What about Rick Zieff’s performance did you like?

    His voice is very listenable. Does a nice job with the different characters.


    Did The Lawyer's Lawyer inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, write this review.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappearance

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J. F. Freedman
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    On a soft summer night, she vanishes. With her friends sleeping nearby, with her parents’ wealth and power guarding her, someone walks into her bedroom and takes 14-year-old Emma Lancaster away. That is the first crime....

    Henry says: "Couldn't put it down!"
    "Couldn't put it down!"
    Overall

    The book started out as a mystery, with a supposed kidnapping, but it turned out to be an excellent courtroom drama. The book and narration were both excellent, in my opinion. On one occasion, I found myself listening for about 6 hours straight while I went about my daily routine (I'm retired). Some books are long, but only just interesting enough to keep you hooked for the long run. When finished, one isn't convinced they were worth the time. Others are long, but so engrossing that one is sad to see them end. This is one of the latter!! Well done.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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