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Chuck

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  • The Bonfire of the Vanities

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1039)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (599)

    Tom Wolfe's best-selling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader who has it all: wealth, power, prestige, a Park Avenue apartment, a beautiful wife, and an even more beautiful mistress - until one wrong turn sends Sherman spiraling downward into a humiliating fall from grace. A car accident in the Bronx involving Sherman, his girlfriend, and two young lower-class black men sets a match to the incendiary racial and social tensions of 1980s New York City.

    JOHN says: "TEN STARS"
    "One of the best ever!"
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    Read this book when it first came out. Then listened to it many years ago and just listened again. It gets better and better. Brilliant writing and one of the best narrations I've ever heard. Joe Barrett is an outstanding reader. His voices truly enhance a very clever book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Suspicion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Steven Kearney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (168)

    When single father Danny Goodman suddenly finds himself unable to afford the private school his teenage daughter adores, he has no one to turn to for financial support. In what seems like a stroke of brilliant luck, Danny meets Thomas Galvin, the father of his daughter’s new best friend, who also happens to be one of the wealthiest men in Boston. Galvin is aware of Danny's situation and out of the blue offers a $50,000 loan to help Danny cover his daughter's tuition. Uncomfortable but desperate, Danny takes the money, promising to pay Galvin back.

    Amanda says: "How did this get published?"
    "Couldn't Finish It"
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    Plastic characters in a fantastical story. With about 20 minutes left I decided I didn't care what happened. Sorry I wasted so much time.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Steady Running of the Hour: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Justin Go
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    In 1924, the English mountaineer Ashley Walsingham dies attempting to summit Mount Everest, leaving his fortune to his former lover, Imogen Soames-Andersson - whom he has not seen in seven years. Ashley's solicitors search in vain for Imogen, but the estate remains unclaimed. Nearly 80 years later, new information leads the same law firm to Tristan Campbell, a young American who could be the estate's rightful heir. If Tristan can prove he is Imogen's descendant, the inheritance will be his.

    Helen says: "Disapointing"
    "Pretty Disappointing"
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    After living with these people for so many hours and finding the whole thing pretty interesting when I got to the end I thought my iPhone had skipped something. To end with an "oh well, it didn't work out . . ." is, I believe, pretty inconsiderate of the author. I can imagine all sorts of possible reasons why this might be so, but that's not my job. With all of this laborious sleuthing and traveling and unbelievably serendipitous meetings that Tristan went through I don't think it's asking too much for a little more explication at the end. Or am I being too prosaic and unsophisticated? I wasn't that crazy about that French Chick to begin with and she just came off as a petulant whiner. Their story was not developed sufficiently for me to care very much whether or not they ended up together.

    Steve West was terrific and made the hours go by luxuriously.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Doing Hard Time: Stone Barrington, Book 27

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (198)

    When Stone Barrington embarks on a trip to Bel-Air to check in on some business and personal concerns, he expects a relaxing break from the fast pace and mean streets of New York. But trouble never takes a vacation, and it has a way of finding Stone. A case that had seemingly been resolved has returned in full force - with lethal results. And this deadly situation makes for strange bedfellows when Stone finds himself teamed with the least likely ally…a gentleman of unique abilities, who can fly below the radar and above the law.

    k. says: "Done With Stone..."
    "The Worst Stuart Woods EVER"
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    Don't waste your time or money. They buy expensive cars and planes and whatever they want and live in luxury and now Teddy is the good guy and the good guys win with no problem and who cares? No surprises. No mystery. No excitement. No drama. Nothing. It should be a new genre in literature. Awful. I'm embarrassed that I got sucked into buying this nonsense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Second Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (735)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (352)

    Marc Seidman awakens to find himself in an ICU, hooked up to an IV, his head swathed in bandages. Twelve days earlier, he had had an enviable life as a successful surgeon, living in a peaceful suburban neighborhood with his beautiful wife and a baby he adored. Now he lies in a hospital bed, shot by an unseen assailant. His wife has been killed, and his 6-month-old daughter, Tara, has vanished. But just when his world seems forever shattered, something arrives to give Marc a new hope: a ransom note.

    Ed says: "Really"
    "What's happened to Harlan?"
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    This book was a huge waste of time. I used to like Harlan Coben but haven't read one of his books in a long time and will probably avoid any future attempts. What a tedious slog this one was. It seemed to have been written by a child and lacked any sense of believability. Can't remember rolling my eyes more while listening to a book. Just wanted it to be over. And the over-the-top emoting style of Scott Brick is always abrasive. Save your money and try something else.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Letts
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (403)

    November 1958, New York. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden comes the most unlikely of horses—a drab white former plow horse named Snowman—and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.

    eddie says: "When will this story become a movie"
    "One of the Best Ever"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The writing could have used some editing but the story more than made up for that. It's still hard to believe that this was a true story. Very much enjoyed the reading by Bronson Pinchot. Considering, however, that this is a book about the horse show world it is inexcusable that no one could help Mr. Pinchot correctly pronounce the names of Adolph Mogavero and Frank Chapot, two icons of the horse show world. That having been said this is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Absolutist

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Boyne
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (113)

    It is September 1919: Twenty-one-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver a package of letters to the sister of Will Bancroft, the man he fought alongside during the Great War. But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan's visit. He can no longer keep a secret and has finally found the courage to unburden himself of it. As Tristan recounts the horrific details of what to him became a senseless war, he also speaks of his friendship with Will - from their first meeting on the training grounds at Aldershot to their farewell in the trenches of northern France.

    Dennis says: "A Thin Red Line Between Love and Hate"
    "A Most Satisfying Book"
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    Excellent book. Beautifully written. The reading by Michael Maloney is absolutely perfect. Can't imagine a finer interpretation of this lovely book. You won't be disappointed.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Willful Behavior: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    Mystery lovers everywhere are addicted to Donna Leon's ever-honorable Commissario Guido Brunetti and her portrayal of Venice's beautiful but sinister byways and canals. In Willful Behavior, Brunetti is approached for a favor by one of his wife's students. Intelligent and serious, Claudia Leonardo asks for his help in obtaining a pardon for a crime once committed by her now-dead grandfather.

    Lawrence says: "Leon Audio Fans Beware!!"
    "A terrible change of narrator"
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    Having listened to David Colacci's readings of Donna Leon's books for these many years it was certainly jarring to listen to Steven Crossley. For me, David Colacci IS and WILL ALWAYS BE the voice of Guido Brunetti. Steven Crossley is a fine narrator but with his extreme British accent, he is totally miscast as a replacement (for whatever unfathomable reason) for Senore Colacci. And whoever allowed him to mispronounce the name of Brunetti's daughter ought to be fired or shot immediately. Everyone responsible for this production should be ashamed of themselves. After you get past the production flaws the books wasn't bad.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Blood: A Virgil Flowers Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1958)
    Performance
    (1070)
    Story
    (1064)

    One late fall Sunday in southern Minnesota, a farmer brings a load of soybeans to a local grain elevator - and a young man hits him on the head with a steel bar, drops him into the grain bin, waits until he's sure he's dead, and then calls the sheriff to report the "accident." Suspicious, the sheriff calls in Virgil Flowers, who quickly breaks the kid down...and the next day the boy's found hanging in his cell. Remorse? Virgil isn't so sure....

    Bob says: "EXCELLENT!"
    "Excellent book and well read"
    Overall

    Best book I've listened to in a long time. Well constructed, logical and intelligently plotted. Eric Conger's reading is flawless. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 61 Hours: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (2563)
    Performance
    (1295)
    Story
    (1288)

    A tour bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces. If she's going to live long enough to testify, she'll need help. Because a killer is coming to Bolton, a coldly proficient assassin who never misses.

    Gustavo says: "Make sure you have time before you start"
    "Not the best Reacher"
    Overall

    A fairly boring Reacher adventure. May try to never listen to another Dick Hill Narration. His emotional chortles are annoying as are his dramatic affectations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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