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  • Capitol Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (77)

    Private investigator Dana Cutler and attorney Brad Miller have overcome more than a few daunting challenges and powerful enemies to see justice done. Now wicked threats old and new are about to bring them together once again. Convicted serial killer Clarence Little has escaped from death row in Oregon, and Brad receives threatening messages in D.C., where he is working for Senator Jack Carson, a high-ranking member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

    Charles Atkinson says: "They're back! A Really Fun Series."
    "Great Series"
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    There are several great characters in this lawyer series. The plots are interesting and fast paced. The narrator is pretty good too.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Round House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Gary Farmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (861)
    Performance
    (728)
    Story
    (727)

    One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

    Melinda says: "Heavy in My Heart"
    "Great writer and great narrator"
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    Most of the story is told from the perspective of a twelve year old boy who I grew to love, flaws and all (due in part to the skillfull narration). The author has obviously done her research and her description of the complexities of life on a reservation are very realistic. The only parts I did not enjoy were the sidebars where she told a story within the story. I think she was trying to write in an "authentic" native voice but the sidebars were very distracting. It was really hard to discern the message she was trying to convey with them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nano

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (210)

    Pia Grazdani, the embattled medical student from Death Benefit, decides to take a year off from her medical studies and escape New York City. Intrigued by the promise of the burgeoning field of medical technology and the chance to clear her head, Pia takes a job at Nano, LLC, a lavishly funded, security-conscious nanotechnology insititute in the picturesque foothills of the Rockies. Nano, LLC is ahead of the curve in the competitive world of molecular manufacturing, including the construction of microbivores, tiny nano-robots with the ability to gobble up viruses and bacteria. But the corporate campus is a place of secrets.

    RK says: "This better be part 1"
    "Not a very good story"
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    I liked the first spinoff from the Jack Stapleton/Lori Montgomery Series but this one wasn't as well written. The Pia Grazdani character is well developed but she and her sort of sidekick George Wilson don't seem to have gelled as a team and this is Book 2. While I can handle an ending that leaves one in suspense, this book went a little too far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3325)
    Performance
    (2855)
    Story
    (2825)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "A Really Thought Provoking Book"
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    The book was well written and well narrated. Whether you are an extrovert or introvert, it is worth reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Political Suicide

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Michael Palmer
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (119)

    Lou Welcome, from Palmer's bestselling Oath of Office, is back in this heart stopping medical thriller. A desperate phone call embroils Lou in scandal and murder involving Dr. Gary McHugh, known around the Capital as the "society doc." Lou has been supervising McHugh, formerly a black-out drinker, through his work with the Physician Wellness Office. McHugh has been very cavalier about his recovery, barely attending AA and refusing a sponsor. But Lou sees progress, and the two men are becoming friends.

    Kitty says: "Unusual story line..."
    "Not as Good as the First Novel"
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    This novel was more on the macho side and less on the cerebral side. The characters were not well developed. Some of the medical information in the book was wrong.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alone

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (843)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (457)

    As a sniper with the elite Massachusetts State Police SWAT Team, Bobby Dodge saved a woman and her young son by shooting her armed husband. But vicious rumors begin to circulate the next morning when Bobby loses his gun and his privileges. It turns out the dead man was the son of a prominent Boston judge and had accused his wife of poisoning their son.

    Sherry says: "I know I'm not Alone . . ."
    "More romance than mystery"
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    When I purchased the title, I thought it was a mystery. However, it was part romance part mystery and I found myself cringing on hearing some of the bad writing and breathless narration.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inside

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Alix Ohlin
    • Narrated By Tandy Cronyn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    A critically acclaimed, award-winning author, Alix Ohlin pens a masterpiece of emotional complexity with Inside. In this literary tour de force, a therapist named Grace attempts to help a man recover from his failed suicide attempt. Meanwhile, Grace’s teen patient Annie runs away from home to reinvent herself in New York, and Grace’s ex-husband leaves the comfort of a successful relationship to attempt to help native peoples in the bleak Arctic.

    RITU says: "A Good but not Great Debut"
    "A Good but not Great Debut"
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    I found the novel hard to follow as it jumps back and forth in time and between characters. The various narratives are interesting and there are some intersections of characters. However, the book doesn't hang together well. It would have been better as a collection of short stories. The narrator is wonderful though and I could listen to her forever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cutting Season: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Attica Locke
    • Narrated By Quincy Tyler Bernstine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (211)

    Caren Gray manages Belle Vie, a sprawling antebellum plantation that sits between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, where the past and the present coexist uneasily. The estate's owners have turned the place into an eerie tourist attraction, complete with full-dress re-enactments and carefully restored slave quarters. Outside the gates, a corporation with ambitious plans has been busy snapping up land from struggling families who have been growing sugar cane for generations, and now replacing local employees with illegal laborers. Tensions mount when the body of a female migrant worker is found in a shallow grave on the edge of the property.

    C. Telfair says: "Mystery + Atmosphere = A Definite Winner!"
    "Phenomenal"
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    Complex plot and characters. Part mystery part social commentary on race relations in the American south. Tight story (until the very end when it stretches the imagination). Excellent narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Damage Control: A Jonathan Grave Thriller, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Gilstrap
    • Narrated By Basil Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    The hostages are young: a bus full of teenagers on a church mission. The ransom demands are explicit: deliver three million dollars - with zero involvement from law enforcement - or all captives will be executed. But rescue specialist Jonathan Grave doesn't believe in ultimatums. For him and his elite team at Security Solutions, it's all about protecting the innocent. Now Grave must face the chilling possibility that someone within the U.S. government has a deadly secret to protect - one that could jeopardize national security like never before...

    Susan says: "Mexico to US -- or BUST"
    "No real plot - mostly guns and violence"
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    We had listened to the previous three books and were looking forward to an interesting plot and character development/exploration in this book. Instead we were treated to long descriptions of guns and violent ambushes and fights. If you like that kind of stuff, this book is for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3553)
    Performance
    (3026)
    Story
    (3020)

    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.

    Shauna says: "Defending Jacob"
    "A well written legal mystery"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The novel is well written and Grover Gardner is one of my favorite male narrators. The storyline is quite believable until the last 1/3 of the book when it veers off into the unbelievable. But by that point, I was hooked and so listened until the very end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32524)
    Performance
    (23850)
    Story
    (24175)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Amazing"
    Overall
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    This is worth listening to in one sitting. The plot is interesting. The narrator is spectacular.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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