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I'm constantly listening to recorded books. Right now I'm a bit sick and weak, but can still enjoy a good listen. I'm so glad I have this resource available.

Salisbury, MD | Listener Since 2008

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  • Blood Work

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (2108)
    Performance
    (1323)
    Story
    (1334)

    Thanks to a heart transplant, former FBI agent Terrell McCaleb is enjoying a quiet retirement, renovating the fishing boat he lives on in Los Angeles Harbor. But McCaleb's calm seas turn choppy when a story in the "What Happened To?" column of the LA Times brings him face-to-face with the sister of the woman whose heart now beats in his chest.

    Andrew Stone says: "A Darn Good Book"
    "Another winner"
    Overall

    Some of Connelly's books are better than others. This is a really good listen. There are some new characters in this story and lots of exciting action. I believe tis is the only Connelly novel that has been made into a movie.

    5 of 5 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
    (445)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (396)

    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"
    "Wonderful story!"
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    Where does The Eighty-Dollar Champion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is high on my list of favorite audiobooks. Started listening late afternoon and listened throughout the night and into the morning. I absolutely loved this book. I'm a horse lover, but the backstory will appeal to everyone who enjoys a good rags to riches story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Snowman was my favorite character---he had so much personality--AND TALENT.


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    ALL


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes---and I did.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish all books were this good!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Busy Body

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Brian Holsopple
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Al Engel had worked his way up to being Nick Rovito’s right-hand man, near the top of the syndicate. And this was a delicate job that Rovito had given him: retrieving a very important jacket, loaded with heroin, from the fresh grave of the drug mule who was accidentally buried wearing it. There was just one problem (at least - just one to begin with): It turned out the grave was empty. Suddenly Engel was the one finding himself “in deep”.

    Thomas says: "Comic criminal caper"
    "A good listen"
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    What did you love best about The Busy Body?

    This was my first listen to a Westlake book and I enjoyed it. It was a good little mystery with amusing characters and humorous incidents. I plan to listen to more by Westlake.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Member of the Wedding

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Carson McCullers
    • Narrated By Susan Sarandon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (189)

    The best way to experience this classic of the American South is by joining five-time Academy Award nominee and Best Actress winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, Thelma & Louise) as she guides the listener on a journey through the anguish of adolescence and isolation.

    FanB14 says: "It's a Classic People"
    "engaging coming of age story"
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    Would you listen to The Member of the Wedding again? Why?

    No. It was good, but this 60-something listener only needs to hear it once.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the interaction of the characters who were very likeable and the interesting storyline.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    no favorites


    Any additional comments?

    no

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    Dave Robicheaux is dried out, back on the force, and remarried. When the ghost of a long-dead Confederate general begins to haunt his latest murder case, Dave's new found peace is threatened with mayhem and madness.

    Eva Gannon says: "Good, Although Not His Best"
    "Engrossing story as usual with a ghostly twist."
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    Where does In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    It's not at the top, but it was good. This author generally DOES NOT disappoint.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No, not exactly on the edge of my seat. It had the usual violence associated with this series, which gets old.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure . . .


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a fan of this series, you'll enjoy this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Schirmer Inheritance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Eric Ambler
    • Narrated By Eric Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    Former bomber pilot George Carey becomes a lawyer and his first job with a Philadelphia firm looks tedious - he is asked to read through a large quantity of files to ensure nothing has been missed in an inheritance case where there is no traceable heir. His discoveries, however, lead to unforeseen adventures and real danger in post-war Greece.

    Jean says: "Hunting for an heir"
    "Engaging, but over written."
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    Would you try another book from Eric Ambler and/or Eric Meyers?

    Maybe--I would want to see how long it is.


    What other book might you compare The Schirmer Inheritance to and why?

    Currently, I can't think of any.


    What aspect of Eric Meyers???s performance would you have changed?

    None it was OK


    Was The Schirmer Inheritance worth the listening time?

    Most of it was---it just took too long to hit the climax. Too many little distractions and sub-plots.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Cleaner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1268)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (401)

    Meet Jonathan Quinn: a freelance operative with a take-no-prisoners style and the heart of a loner. His job? Professional "cleaner". Nothing too violent, just disposing of bodies. But his latest assignment will change everything. The job seemed simple enough: investigating a suspicious case of arson. But when a dead body turns up, and Quinn's handlers at "the Office" turn strangely silent, he knows he's in over his head. With only a handful of clues, Quinn struggles to find out why someone wants him dead.

    Bernie says: "excellent from start to finish"
    "Pretty good adventure"
    Overall

    This is my first Brett Battles book and I found it pretty enjoyable. I learned a lot about CLEANERS and this story was basically believable and interesting. I'll try another bllk by him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Hour: A Lincoln Perry Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (100)

    Whisper Ridge, a multimillion-dollar architectural project built to house paroled murderers, was the passion of Alexandra Sanabria, the daughter of a deceased Mafia don. But the program never got off the ground. Uninhabited but also kept off the market, with taxes paid by a legal trust that Sanabria established just before she and her husband left town, the home remains as a strange monument to dangerous secrets.

    Dave Staats says: "Scott Brick cost this one a star."
    "Strange Mystery"
    Overall

    This story was a little strange--but it kept my interest. Many writers use too much filler, descriptions, unnecessary stuff--but Koryta was pretty much to the point. This was an involved mystery with a "backstory" that was eventually revealed. While interesting, it was basically unbelievable. However, I am planning to read more of his books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Strip: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (94)

    An aging but formidable strip-club owner, Claudiu "Manco" Kapak, has been robbed by a masked gunman as he placed his cash receipts in a bank's night-deposit box. Enraged, he sends his half-dozen security men out to find a suspect who is spending lots of cash and is new enough to Los Angeles not to know he was robbing a gangster.

    Richard Delman says: "Marvelous romp thru colorful LA gangsterland."
    "Entertaining."
    Overall

    I'm not necessarily a Perry fan, but this book's description appeared interesting so I gave it a try. I wanted to see how this story ended. There was a lot of action and it was entertaining. Some of the action was a bit far-fetched, but after all, it's a STORY. I'm sure I'll be reading another Perry book again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4616)
    Performance
    (2618)
    Story
    (2599)

    Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

    Bob says: "Compelling and difficult to put down"
    "Connelly's latest doesn't disappoint!"
    Overall

    This is another of Michael Connelly's excellent stories. Gripping from start to finish it totally involves the listener. This latest book is by far much better than last year's "The Reversal". A MUST READ for Connelly fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Burden of Proof

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (131)

    Presumed Innocent was the fiction debut of the decade - a magnetic work of suspense that earned Turow acclaim for his unparalleled storytelling gifts. Now, in a brilliant follow-up, Scott Turow stakes his claim as an American master, in a mesmerizing novel of law, family and deceit. Alejandro "Sandy" Stern - the brilliant defense lawyer from Presumed Innocent - comes home to discover that his wife of 30 years has committed suicide, leaving behind a web of mystery, money, and guilt.

    Suzn F says: "The Best Yet"
    "Turow still has it!"
    Overall

    It's been A LONG TIME since I've read a book by Turow, so I really didn't know what to expect. I was very pleased with this book. It was much more than a legal drama. It detailed the drama going on in the life of the main character, whose life changes drastically in the opening paragraphs of this story. We're introduced to his family, friends and neighbors; all told interestingly. It's not necessarily high drama, but it is a "page turner". I've already lined up 2 more of Turow's books to follow.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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