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C. Rogers

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  • Mystery Writers of America Presents The Prosecution Rests: New Stories about Courtrooms, Criminals, and the Law

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Linda Fairstein (editor)
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Best-selling author Linda Fairstein, who "makes legal issues more exciting than any high-speed chase" (The New York Times), presents these thrilling stories of lawyers under pressure, criminals facing the needle, and heartbroken families who hope for justice and who sometimes take it into their own hands.

    C. Rogers says: "No Reasonable Doubt Here"
    "No Reasonable Doubt Here"
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    I know, we're supposed to hear all the evidence before we reach a decision . . . but I felt morally compelled to stop when I realized, after the first story, that I'd be returning the book to the Penitentiary of Refunds.

    It was. . an implausible, uninteresting story made up of cartoon-like characters lacking in even rudimentary skills of deduction. The idea that an editor would select such a yarn, from the hundreds or thousands available, is bad enough. To put it first in the series of stories is astoundingly bad judgment.

    Not sure what it means, but I also found it a bit peculiar that although the editor is described as being a best-selling author of legal thrillers, my search on audible found nothing under her name but this sad volume.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (907)
    Performance
    (827)
    Story
    (809)

    In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not up to par"
    "Criticisms are All Too True"
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    I love Connelly's books and the Bosch series, but this one is a disappointment. The story is fairly good, though not up to what we've come to expect from Connelly, but as others have said a poor narration can ruin even a great story, and this narration is truly bad. Remember those college professors who read their lectures? There's ;not a lot of action in the story, and it's easy to miss the times it occurs because the narrator never imparts even a trace of emotion. I had to re-listen to several chapters to confirm my impression that something had happened. Maybe my criticisms are harsh -- I've just come to expect much more from this talented writer.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1083)
    Performance
    (987)
    Story
    (1000)

    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

    Marci says: "So Disappointing"
    "What's Up with Early Reviewers?"
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    I was prompted to write this review to counter the first couple of inexplicable one- and two-star denouncements of this book as uninteresting "chick lit." It is, quite simply, a well-told and well-written story about believable people and actual legal and social issues. Yeah, it's not the verbal equivalent of Terminator, and spends more time talking about thoughts and emotions than guns and ammo. But chick lit it isn't, nor is it anything like a one-star book. If you like Grisham, legal thrillers, well-developed characters and a story that deepens understanding of legal issues most of us our fortunate enough to never see, invest a credit!

    65 of 86 people found this review helpful
  • Mean Streak

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (742)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (673)

    Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her. While police suspect Jeff of "instant divorce," Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won't even tell her his name.

    KC in Lexington says: "Ms. Brown's book far exceeds usual quality."
    "The Mean Streak Belongs to the Author"
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    This is my first really negative review, but this one earned it. Imagine a romance mystery written by a 10-year-old. Then imagine a book that's far worse. I commend the narrator, who somehow managed to read it all.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What She Saw: Forensic Handwriting Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sheila Lowe
    • Narrated By Aria McKenna
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    What She Saw is a audiobook of psychological suspense that follows a young woman through the terrifying labyrinth of amnesia, where no one is who or what they appear to be.

    Claudia Rose, Zebediah Gold, and Joel Jovanic of the Forensic Handwriting Mystery series play an important role in unraveling the web of mystery.

    GiGi says: "Awesome story! Awesome listening experience!"
    "A Pleasant Surprise"
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    Maybe not great literature, but a nice twist on familiar amnesiac stories, with enjoyable characters and plenty of suspense. I didn't know what to expect, having never heard of the author, but I'm impressed with this effort and will look for more. Narration is also very well done. A good investment of a credit!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10267)
    Performance
    (9769)
    Story
    (9789)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Reacquainted Me with My Imagination"
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    What did you love best about The Martian?

    I wholeheartedly agree with all who have said this book is well-written, funny, suspenseful and engaging.

    It is also one of those rare imaginative efforts that unpretentiously creates its own genre. Remember getting lost in the elaborate fantasies of childhood, when the only "proof" you needed of the world you imagined was how real it felt for you? Listening was a refreshing travel back to those times. Makes you feel damn lucky, and grateful.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Line of Vision

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Ellis
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (123)

    Marty Kalish is a young man suffocating in the heat of an affair with a married woman named Rachel. When Rachel's husband disappears one night, Marty is one of the first to be questioned. With few likely suspects, the police arrest him for murder. We want him to be innocent, but the more he tells us, the more we fear he is guilty. And as the twists and turns of the plot unfold, we can't be completely sure.

    Cynthia says: "Outstanding!"
    "Gripping and Authentic Legal Thriller"
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    Where does Line of Vision rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 20


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development is impressive, and the legal maneuvering plausible and well-crafted. The frequent flashbacks are deftly handled, elucidating rather than distracting.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    In a word, perfect.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really a particular moment.


    Any additional comments?

    Without any apparent pretension, at its best, the story the story has echoes of Crime and Punishment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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