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  • 2 reviews
  • 61 ratings
  • 936 titles in library
  • 69 purchased in 2014

  • Mystery Man

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Colin Bateman
    • Narrated By Stephen Armstrong

    He’s the Man With No Name and the owner of No Alibis, a mystery bookshop in Belfast. But when a detective agency next door goes bust, the agency’s clients start calling into his shop asking him to solve their cases. It’s not as if there’s any danger involved. It’s an easy way to sell books to his gullible customers and Alison, the beautiful girl in the jewellery shop across the road, will surely be impressed. Except she’s not – because she can see the bigger picture.

    Toby says: "Mystery, humor & literary nuances - GREAT"
    "At least one grunt or groan per page"

    There is at least one grunt or groan per page as the Mystery bookstore owner turned PI in this clever novel jabs you with tight-lipped one liners, followed by roundhouse silly/fun shaggy dogs. This book is loads of fun and the narrator is perfect for it.

    1 of 1 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

    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.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Great find!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    This book is great fun. It's a courtroom drama inside a courtroom drama; the main courtroom story is told by a witness to a grand jury. The writing is very precise, just shy of the primness that makes some of the best lawyer novelists kind of annoying. Any too neat-and-tidiness is offset by the fact that the main characters are not good people. And, the protagonist, a lawyer, has backbone, without having to defend himself as a man of the people. He doesn't come off as holier-than-thou, or apologetic, like a lot of lawyer protagonists.

    I'm in the midst of reading the rest of Landay's books -- I like him as well as I like Turow. Maybe more.

    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Grover Gardner is plain fun to listen to. He reads almost as though he's pitching a bunch of Henny Youngman one-liners, pausing frequently when he puts a little zinger in there, so you can catch up to his fun, slightly ironic tone. If you have not listened to Gardner reading Ross MacDonald's books, try those, too, they are great fun.

    Any additional comments?

    The way this narrative is told from the point of view of a grand jury witness, gives this book a real noir-confessional feel. Tons of hostility between the witness and the prosecutor, for reasons that keep revealing themselves as the narrative moves along. Loved it!

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