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sew72

Sachse, TX | Member Since 2004

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  • Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1496)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (477)

    The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark best seller Presumed Innocent, Innocent continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, 20 years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.

    Suzn F says: "Terrific Book"
    "Wish it had never ended!"
    Overall

    I read Presumed Innocent over twenty years ago and always considered it one the best books I'd ever read. It definitely turned me in to a Scott Turow fan and I have read everything he's written since then.
    This new book "Innocent" is a great follow-up to Presumed Innocent but I would recommend that if you haven't read Presumed Innocent you should do so before starting Innocent. You will be able to relate to the characters and follow the story line much better.
    Scott Turow has created a terrific story to bring all these old characters back to life. The plot was entirely believable but had enough twists and turns to keep you guessing almost until the end. I did not want the book to end.
    Also Edward Hermann is a masterful narrator. The fact that he is an esteemed actor really comes through.
    I listen to a lot of books (and read even more)and this is by far one of the best books
    I've read (heard) in several years.
    I hope that they make a movie of it. Harrison Ford could still play the lead!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Best Defense

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By A. W. Gray
    • Narrated By Rebecca Mitchell
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    At a gala event in downtown Dallas, lawyer Sharon Hays runs into an old friend turned Hollywood star who is in town promoting her most recent film with her current lover - a Hollywood bad boy. But when a brutally murdered corpse is discovered in her posh hotel suite, the starlet finds herself accused of the crime. Sharon is all too eager to take up her friend's defense, but the facts of what happened that night in the hotel room are far from clear.

    SEW says: "Pleasantly surprised"
    "Pleasantly surprised"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed this book more than I expected to from reading other reviews. I enjoy legal thrillers and this one kept my interest all the way through. Living in Dallas I could relate to some of the areas mentioned though a large part of the book took place in Los Angeles. I think I will try another book by this author. The story took place in 1996 so I had to keep that in mind while I was listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Bob Spitz
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (194)

    From Pasadena to Cambridge to New York, Washington, D.C., India, Ceylon, Paris, Marseilles, Santa Barbara, and Maine, Bob Spitz re-creates an extraordinary life. He takes us beyond the image of Julia as the tall, eccentric woman with a funny voice who taught America how to cook, to establish her as a genuine rebel and beloved icon, a woman who redefined herself in middle age, helped to change the role of women in America, set the standard for how to create a public personality in the modern media world.

    S. Vann says: "Deeply mixed feelings"
    "Delicious!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I absolutely loved this book. I think the author gave the readers a true picture of Julia Child - warts and all. She was an amazing character, someone I would love to have met.
    This is a very long book but that was one of the things I enjoyed most. When I knew I was getting close to the end I was wishing it could go on.
    One thing I would say is that "don't listen to this book if you are hungry"! The descriptions of the recipes and the food had my drooling all over my car!
    If you are at all in to food, cooking or just remember Julia from your childhood I think you will enjoy this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Conflict of Interest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2092)
    Performance
    (1699)
    Story
    (1716)

    Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Melinda says: "My 2 Cents"
    "Not a likable character"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am a big fan of any kind of legal thriller or procedural. In that category this book did not disappoint. I enjoyed the courtroom scenes though the author repeated many legal cliches I have heard in other books.
    My main problem throughout the entire book was the fact that the protagonist was not a very likable person. And I usually want the main character of a book to be someone I can be sympathetic to. Alex Miller was not that guy.
    Overall I enjoyed the book and felt the narrator did an excellent job, But the whole time I was listening I was just annoyed with Alex Miller!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Litigators

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3850)
    Performance
    (3138)
    Story
    (3102)

    The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

    Amazon Customer says: "Typical Grisham, entertaining"
    "Still hoping for another "Pelican Brief""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Grisham's early books were so good that I have remained a fan even though I feel the quality has fallen off quite a bit. I enjoyed this book but there was certainly never any suspense. It was interesting more for the information about litigation lawyers. I wish Grisham would write another book like "The Firm" or "The Pelican Brief". Still I felt this was worth the credit and it kept me listening. However the final wrap-up seemed very contrived.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblatt
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Two years ago, Eva Khatchadourian's son, Kevin, murdered seven high-school students, a cafeteria worker, and an algebra teacher. Because he was only 15 at the time, he received a lenient sentence and is now in a prison for young offenders. Telling the story of Kevin's upbringing, Eva addresses herself to her estranged husband through a series of letters. Fearing that her own shortcomings may have shaped what her son has become, she confesses to a long-standing ambivalence. How much is her fault?

    Sherry L. Wright says: "Fantastic!"
    "Disturbing"
    Overall

    Listening to this book was difficult. At times I thought I couldn't take much more because the author did such a masterful job in portraying the characters and the characters were not very nice (putting it mildly). But I think this is what made the book so good.
    One of the main reasons why this book resonated with me was the reader. Barbara Rosenblatt's reading is so exactly right. She projects the anger and dismay and frustration of the protagonist perfectly. This is one book that I feel is much better in the audible format than it would be if just read. In just reading the prose I'm not sure I would have felt such a visceral connection to the characters.
    The only reason I only gave it four stars is that I feel the subject matter is so disturbing that some might not be able to get past it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Digging to America: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Two families, who would otherwise never have come together, meet by chance at the Baltimore airport: the Donaldsons, a very American couple, and the Yazdans, Maryam's fully assimilated son and his attractive Iranian wife. Each couple is awaiting the arrival of an adopted infant daughter from Korea. After the instant babies from distant Asia are delivered, Bitsy Donaldson impulsively invites the Yazdans to celebrate.

    Everett Leiter says: "Life in transition"
    "Warm and Charming"
    Overall

    As a lover of all of Anne Tyler's books I probably have a predisposition coming in but I felt this book was wonderful. The characters are so real and believable. Blair Brown's reading really makes the story come alive. I didn't want it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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