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Paul

Hanover, MA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Litigators

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (36)

    The partners at Finley & Figg—all two of them—often refer to themselves as “a boutique law firm.” Boutique, as in chic, selective, and prosperous. They are, of course, none of these things. What they are is a two-bit operation always in search of their big break, ambulance chasers who’ve been in the trenches much too long making way too little. Their specialties, so to speak, are quickie divorces and DUIs, with the occasional jackpot of an actual car wreck thrown in. But then change comes their way....

    Craig says: "WHAT HAPPENED TO JOHN GRISHAM?"
    "Suspenseful story with a disappointing conclusion."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Litigators again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again on a long trip in a car mainly because the characters are interesting and entertaining.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David was the most likeable character. While some of the other characters were quirky and interesting, in the end this is a story without a real hero and with an ending that just fizzles.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My daughter and I laughed outrageously at several points as we reacted to crazy characters and as we tried to figure out which turn Grisham would take us on next.


    Any additional comments?

    A good listen, well told, but not Grisham's best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1280)
    Performance
    (977)
    Story
    (992)

    On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s best-selling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through.

    Janice says: "Facinating history"
    "A Gem of a Rescue Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Lost in Shangri-La again? Why?

    I would gladly listen to Lost in Shangri-La again because the author's devotion to detail brought me into another world of hidden tribes, courageous survivors and heroic rescuers.


    What other book might you compare Lost in Shangri-La to and why?

    In some ways, this book reminds me of UNBROKEN, with its attention to detail, understanding of military honor and discipline, adding in personal sketches of the individuals involved on all sides that cause the reader or listener to feel like you know the people in the story.


    Which character – as performed by Mitchell Zuckoff – was your favorite?

    The quiet courage and determination of Margaret, the Queen of of Shan-gri-la obviously made this a Hey-Martha story back in 1945 and an amazing account today as well.


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

    I listened to this audiobook while I was driving, and found myself sitting in a parking lot on several occasions, wanting to here more before my next meeting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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