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Ruth

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  • Back Story

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    In 1974, a revolutionary group calling itself the Dread Scott Brigade held up the old Shawmut Bank in Boston's Audubon Circle. Money was stolen. And a woman named Emily Gordon, a visitor in town cashing traveler's checks, was shot and killed. No one saw who shot her. Despite security camera photos and a letter from the group claiming responsibility, the perpetrators have remained at large for nearly three decades. Now it's up to Spenser to solve her murder.

    Ruth says: "...he's Baa-a-ack!"
    "...he's Baa-a-ack!"
    Overall

    okay: I haven't enjoyed a Parker novel in awhile, but this one, although not the most innovative, is fun and witty. His last few books have felt forced and written "just because..." Narrator is also excellent and gives each character a voice of his own.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Motor Mouth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (67)

    It's the last race of the season, the wheels are smoking, and the temperature is rising at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Alexandra Barnaby is NASCAR-driver Sam Hooker's raceday spotter, his eye-in-the-sky, telling Hooker when to pass and when to let off the gas. From her vantage point high above the grandstand, she's also seeing goings-on in the infield that will change her life.

    Sue Ryals says: "AWFUL"
    "Not exactly a Plum..."
    Overall

    A long long series of events leading to a cute but usual ending. Seems the Evanovich books that are not part of the Stephanie Plum series are just carved out methodically and lack any real lustre. Have always been disappointed by books that aren't real Plums.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • An Unacceptable Death

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Barbara Seranella
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    After a history of drug abuse and prostitution, Munch Mancini now works as an automobile mechanic, work she loves and does so well that even her male co-workers acknowledge her skill, if somewhat grudgingly. She has a daughter, a little girl left in her care by a dying friend. And she is about to marry a police officer she loves deeply.

    Ruth says: "more L.A., less Santa Barbara"
    "more L.A., less Santa Barbara"
    Overall

    This latest in the Munch Mancini series (I wish Audible would get the previous books) is what Kinsey Milhone used to be -- but with "more LA and less Santa Barbara" in the action.
    All books in this series are entertaining and well-written, but this narration is especially good. You will enjoy the other characters because of the narration-even some of the bad guys!

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Nicky Deuce: Welcome to the Family

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Steven R. Schirripa, Charles Fleming
    • Narrated By Joe Grifasi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Nicholas's father grew up in Brooklyn, but you'd hardly know it. An Italian dinner at Nicholas's house in the suburbs is whole wheat pasta, organic tomato sauce, and, if he's lucky, a tofu meatball. And Brooklyn? Well, Brooklyn is the place his father left and never talks about. Nicholas has never been there, and he doesn't want to go now.

    Ruth says: "Just Great ~ Enjoyable for all Ages !"
    "Just Great ~ Enjoyable for all Ages !"
    Overall

    I wish this book was also offered in the adult section, as it is fun for all ages! Kudos to the narrator who absolutely brings this to life: you can smell the marinara sauce cooking! The storyline is great; the authors bring you all the color and character of the neighborhood and those who live there --again, you feel like you know them and might bump into them on the street.
    Whether you are more like Nicky and his father, or like Uncle Frankie or the goombas, you can relate to this warm, quickly-paced narrative that is also thought-provoking and nostalgic....and no, you don't have to be Italian to enjoy ~ I'm a grown woman from Missouri via Hawaii. Loved it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6490)
    Performance
    (2803)
    Story
    (2814)

    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
    "He's Done It Again!"
    Overall

    Michael Connelly is a darn good writer who shines in this genre. This is not a Harry Bosch story, but new protagonist Micky Haller is not as dark or flawed as Bosch, and seems to have given Connelly a new enthusiasm for writing. This is better crafted than many of the author's recent works and though more free-wheeling, is sophisticated and tight-- as 'concrete' as ever. Bravo! Great Audio!

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • School Days

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    Lily Ellsworth, erect, firm, white-haired, and stylish, is the grand dame of Dowling, Massachusetts, and possesses an iron will and a bottomless purse. When she hires Spenser to investigate her grandson Jared Clark's alleged involvement in a school shooting, Spenser is led into an inquiry that grows more harrowing at every turn. Though seven people were killed in cold blood, and despite Jared's being named as a co-conspirator by the other shooter, Mrs. Ellsworth is convinced of her grandson's innocence.

    Anthony says: "Spenser at his Best"
    "Rolls Along Nicely ..."
    Overall

    This is a typical Spencer adventure with fewer--thank goodness-- "I said"/"she said"s. Parker has offered a storyline that amalgamates 3 top news stories of the last several years, and it is evident what the author's opinions are regarding these themes, but this does not detract from an offering that rolls along nicely.
    The fact that Susan and Hawk are not in the thick of things also does not detract,and although not spectacular, this narrative is much more fluent than some of his recent books. Enjoyable.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Swing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Rupert Holmes
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Two-time Edgar Award-winner Rupert Holmes, author of the critically acclaimed Where the Truth Lies and creator of the Tony Award-winning musical whodunit The Mystery of Edwin Drood, now fuses gripping suspense and evocative music in an innovative novel of intrigue set in 1940, during the very heart of the Big Band era.

    Becky says: "Grab this one at the highest resolution"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    Both previous listener reviews are dead on : this is a treat to listen to, as both the music and the writing are very high-quality!
    The descriptive narrative is superb and I wonder where the author or audio programmers got the music (?) Listening to this was like seeing a night flower unfold...

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Goodbye

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Reed Arvin
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Sleeping with a client's gorgeous girlfriend may have been the gutsiest move in Jack Hammond's formerly booming law career, but it wasn't the smartest. Booted from his elite law firm, Jack now scrapes by as a court-appointed attorney, his client list a revolving door of small-time drug offenders and petty thieves.

    Ruth says: "Excellent , Fun and Surprisingly Touching ..."
    "Excellent , Fun and Surprisingly Touching ..."
    Overall

    This is a well-written, hip narrative read by a perfect-for-the-part narrator. I read tons of crime/mystery and this one is entertaining, surprising, and a darn good story! The title is unfortunate in that it is so trite, but don't let this mislead you. A satisfying and enjoyable selection, like a good TV movie...

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Bury the Lead

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (708)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (210)

    Northern New Jersey has a new local hero on its cultural crime turf. He's Andy Carpenter, the Paterson defense attorney who can sling a quip as fast as he can outmaneuver a snarling prosecutor. Acclaimed author David Rosenfelt's first novel was nominated for an Edgar Award. Now, in this new novel, the intrepid lawyer is thrust into the spotlight where he risks becoming a media victim...of the most fatal kind.

    Rajesh says: "Thoroughly enjoyable"
    "Big Fun!"
    Overall

    Well-done Abridgement and great first-person narration. This is a contemporary, very human cast of characters and a delightful romp.
    You will also enjoy "Sudden Death," the next book in the series.
    Wish Audible would offer up the first two books in this author's
    4 book (so far) feature of this nonheroic hero!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sudden Death

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (158)

    Edgar-nominated author David Rosenfelt returns with his hero, Andy Carpenter, who must defend a football player accused of murder. The Giants' running back Kenny Schilling stands accused of killing Troy Preston, a wide receiver for the Jets. As Andy investigates, he finds that Troy is not the only football player who was killed after contact with Kenny...and his snooping starts to set off alarms with a drug king.

    Rob says: "Why must it be abridged?"
    "More Big Fun !"
    Overall

    Another fun contemporary mystery from David Rosenfelt. G.G. is perfect as the first-person narrator, and you will also enjoy Rosenfelt's "Bury the Lead" which preceeds this book in the series.
    Like others who have enjoyed these, I wish Audible would offer
    his two other books and would present them Unabridged.
    Still...delightful!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Falls the Shadow

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By William Lashner
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    A beautiful young woman is dead, her husband convicted of the murder. In seeking a new trial for the husband, defense attorney Victor Carl must confront not only a determined prosecutor and a police detective who might have set up his client, but also a strange little busybody named Bob.

    Ruth says: "Lasher gets better and better ..."
    "Lasher gets better and better ..."
    Overall

    Very Entertaining! The narrator is superb and makes this a better book to listen to than to read. He truly "becomes" the main character, and his narrative skill makes this almost like a radio /theatre presentation.Don't be afraid of the fact that this is Abridged: you will never know. This author is a very good writer whose writing has gotten better and even more lyrical ... you will enjoy this audio book with it's layers of strong plot, great assortment of characters, and hip but not grating black humor.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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