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J.

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  • Finding Mercy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Karen Harper
    • Narrated By Gracie Peters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Quiet, cautious Ella Lantz has spent her entire life in the close-knit Amish community of the Home Valley. Tending her lavender fields, she finds calm and serenity in purple blooms, heavenly scents and a simple life. But the sudden arrival of a strange visitor to her parents' home heralds a host of new complications. Alex Caldwell is unlike any man Ella has ever met - clearly, he's no "Pennsylvania cousin", whatever the elders may say. In fact, Alex is a Wall Street whistle-blower under witness protection…and he's brought a world of trouble to the Lantz doorstep.

    J. says: "Good mesh of Amish and English"
    "Good mesh of Amish and English"
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    This was a good listen overall. The story was good however somewhat predictable. The characters were very stable especially the Amish based ones. The "englisher" made his way into the community much to his chagrin. Without being a spoiler it's difficult to discuss more about the characters and the outcome. The narrator was easy to listen to for the most part.

    As mentioned overall it was a good easy listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Partner

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (936)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (435)

    From a short distance away, Patrick watched his own burial. Then he fled. Six weeks later, a fortune was stolen from his ex-law firm's offshore account.

    Reg says: "Movie material"
    "The narrator sure does make a difference"
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    I can't bring myself to finish this one - second recent John Grisham audiobook that I simply can't tolerate the narrator. The inflections in the voice are terrible and he is not versatile enough to change characters. The author has done some great works in the past - this one being an older thankfully their is a better narrator on board now.

    I will be returning this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Testament

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1602)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (670)

    Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States. He is also eccentric, reclusive, confined to a wheelchair, and looking for a way to die. His potential heirs, to no one's surprise - especially Troy's - are circling like vultures. But Troy shocks them all when he leaves his fortune to an estranged, illegitimate daughter.

    Richard says: "Best Grisham Ever"
    "Simply can't finish it"
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    I am at chapter 7 and will be baling on this one. I simply can't finish it. The narration is the worst I have ever heard to the point that I have no desire to even read the book. I normally like the author and for all I know and will never find out this may be a decent book.

    Based on the few chapters I endured the main character is using greed to punish his family upon his death. The lawyer with substance abuse problems sent to Brazil to find his illegitimate daughter is more of a loser than the deceased family.

    I have listened to two of the authors recent books and that narrator was great.

    Save your money.....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chamber

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (630)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (311)

    In the corridors of Chicago's top law firm: 26-year-old Adam Hall stands on the brink of a brilliant legal career. Now he is risking it all for a death-row killer and an impossible case.

    George says: "Best of Grisham"
    "Surprised me"
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    I picked this as a filler while waiting for some new releases. This was well done and had plenty of twists and turns that I did not foresee. The characters were strong Adam the grandson and Sam the death row inmate grandfather. Forgiveness for some horrible crimes was the center of this story for me. I especially appreciate the pastoral consultations the inmate received. It was very candid and biblically realistic. The performance was good - I had recently listed to Sycamore Row by the same author and narrator.

    I will have to say the ending left me unfulfilled. Maybe I wanted him to do more -- and will leave at that so no spoiler.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Child of Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Beverly Lewis, David Lewis
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (37)

    Jack Livingston has been raising his nine-year-old adopted niece, Natalie, since the accident that took her parents' lives. While he travels for work, Natalie is lovingly cared for by Laura, an Amish nanny who loves her as her own. Kelly Maines is nearing the end of her rope. Her baby was kidnapped, the apparent victim of a black market adoption ring, and for eight years, Kelly has tirelessly pursued every lead to its bitter end. Now, there's one last lead from a private investigator: Just a few miles away lives a girl who matches the profile....

    Wendy says: "Excellent book and narration!"
    "Not the best from Beverly Lewis"
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    I had stopped reading Beverly Lewis as it seemed most of the stories were basically the same with just a different name to the characters. This one is based mostly in the "Englisher" world but there are Amish traits that weigh into the story.The guts of this story takes place in the last half of the second download. I really did not care for this narrator - she does not do male voices well at all - almost to the point of stopping the listen. The ending was okay and good for the characters. Did this keep me enraptured and on the edge of my seat waiting for the next chapter? No.

    So me this was "just okay".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Target

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2798)
    Performance
    (2483)
    Story
    (2468)

    The president knows it's a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel. Together, Robie and Reel's talents as assassins are unmatched. But there are some in power who don't trust the pair.

    L.W. says: "Several Stories in One Book..So Good!"
    "Unsettling content but the Target was worth it"
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    I am for the most part a big David Baldacci fan. I think the synopsis doesn't convey the real content of this book. Some of it was focused on North Korean prison camps with some graphic disturbing scenes. I wasn't prepared for this and there was more vulgar language than necessary. These prison camps don't treat females well and this was hard to listen to. Once that portion was over and the focus went to Will Robey and Jessica Riehl it was more like what I am use to with previous David Baldacci books. Most of the real action took place in the last 25% of the book and it will suffice to say the end surprised me greatly. I won't say more without being a spoiler.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dread Champion

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brandilyn Collins
    • Narrated By Laura Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Chelsea Adams has visions. But they have no place in a courtroom. As a juror for a murder trial, Chelsea must rely only on the evidence. And this circumstantial evidence is strong - Darren Welk killed his wife.Or did he? The trial is a nightmare for Chelsea. The other jurors belittle her Christian faith. As testimony unfolds, truth and secrets blur. Chelsea's visiting niece stumbles into peril surrounding the case, and Chelsea cannot protect her. God sends visions - frightening, vivid. But what do they mean? Even as Chelsea finds out, what can she do?

    J. says: "Dreading the process of finishing this one"
    "Dreading the process of finishing this one"
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    This story was difficult to finish - but I am stubborn enough to not waste my money. There was a lot of back and forth in this story line and at times hard to follow which character was being focused on. The main character who has visions from God was weak in my opinion. I think the reason I pursued and finished was I liked the idea of using our relationship with God to know which direction to move in life. The underdog was the teen couple and the story of their daughter. So without being a spoiler I will just say if you start it - hunker down to finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eyes of Elisha

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Brandilyn Collins
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    The murder was ugly. The killer was sure no one saw him.Someone did. In a horrifying vision, Chelsea Adams has relived the victim's last moments. But who will believe her? Certainly not the police, who must rely on hard evidence. Nor her husband, who barely tolerates Chelsea's newfound Christian faith. Besides, he's about to hire the man who Chelsea is certain is the killer to be a vice president in his company.

    Nyoka says: "I think it really happen's"
    "Good twisted plot"
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    This was a good story based on a strong lead character who is a staunch Christian. This plays a pivotal role in many aspects of the story. For once it was a story that did not have such a happy ending. Now the narrator is another story. If I was not so interested in the outcome of the story I would have bailed. She can not do the multiple gender narration at all.

    If you can get past the narration you will enjoy the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Dahlia: In the Garden, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Susie Breck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1154)
    Performance
    (852)
    Story
    (853)

    Trying to escape the ghosts of the past, young widow Stella Rothchild, along with her two energetic little boys, has moved back to her roots in southern Tennessee - and into her new life at Harper House and In the Garden nursery. She isn't intimidated by the house - nor its mistress, local legend Roz Harper.

    bluebelle says: "Wonderful!"
    "Mixed Feelings about Blue Dahlia"
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    This was a slow go for me - I would say I was a good 50% thru the listen before it really captured me. The dynamics of the characters who lived in Harper house were really good. I especially like Stella and her unexpected beau. The ghost was interesting and without being a spoiler I will say I was disappointed and felt like I was left hanging with the ending. I guess I will have to continue to read the series.

    Sidebar - I wish these talented writers would understand they can still have successful careers without using the unnecessary vulgar language. That is why I did not give it 5 stars.

    0 of 0 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
    (9245)
    Performance
    (8326)
    Story
    (8334)

    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)"
    "Wish there were 6 stars!"
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    I loved this and was so sad to hear it end! It is difficult to describe, there were times when I felt like I had a handle on where the story line was going, but oh no...Mr. Grisham put a different spin and I found myself in a totally different train of thought! My favorite characters turned out to be the lawyer for Lettie, Judge Atley, Lucian (even though he was a drunk) and Ansel. I can't say much about the actual story without being a spoiler. It's safe to say that I found myself transported to the era when the story took place, feeling empathy for the characters and most importantly being pleasantly surprised with the ending and feeling like I was there!

    I can't say enough good about this! Kudo's to John Grisham and the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King and Maxwell

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1777)
    Performance
    (1553)
    Story
    (1560)

    It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father...after his supposed death. Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target? Sean and Michelle soon realize that they've stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined.

    JR Parrow says: "Come on guys, lighten up! This was a good book!"
    "Surprisingly pleased -"
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    At the beginning I was unsure if I was going to like this but I was surprised overall. I really like both of the narrators, they have done many David Baldacci books that I have listened to from Audible. This story had many twist and turns, very intertwined. I listen on my daily commute and it was so good I didn't want the commute to end each day! King and Maxwell make a great pair. Their shared history adds many interesting aspects to the story. So as not to be a spoiler I will say the last few chapters were crazy good! I hope there are more adventures planned for K&M.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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