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  • Labor Day

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Joyce Maynard
    • Narrated By Wilson Bethel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (220)

    In a manner evoking Ian McEwan's Atonement and Nick Hornby's About a Boy, acclaimed author Joyce Maynard weaves a beautiful, poignant tale of love, sex, adolescence, and devastating treachery as seen through the eyes of a young teenage boy - and the man he later becomes - looking back at an unexpected encounter that begins one single, long, hot, life-altering weekend.

    Justin says: "Seemed like a hell of a holiday."
    "Simply wonderful"
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    A very compelling story with well thought out and extremely likable characters. The narration is well done. I was very surprised by this novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (20256)
    Performance
    (18029)
    Story
    (17994)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Truly Exceptional"
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    I just finished listening for the third time. The story is fantastic, as are the characters. The narration is very well done.

    In my opinion, there are some moral questions concerning the "mission", but for the most part are resolved in the end.

    Obviously, having been through this three times, I am a fan.

    Strongly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Measure: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By T. Jefferson Parker
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Patrick Norris has seen the worst that Afghanistan has to offer - excruciating heat, bitter cold, and death waiting behind every rock as comrades are blown to pieces by bombs and snipers. He returns home exhilarated by his new freedom and eager to realize his dream of a sport fishing business. But he is shocked to learn that the avocado ranch his family has owned for generations in the foothills of San Diego has been destroyed by a massive wildfire and the parents he loves are facing ruin.

    John C. says: "Magical Unrealism"
    "Trite, predictable"
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    I am a fan of most of the authors other works. This one did not grab and as a result did not hold my attention. I found it to be formulaic.

    I tried to return the listen, but for some reason Audible would not let me. I soldiered through it for this reason.

    I did not enjoy the narrator or his performance.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Festive in Death: In Death, Book 39

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1571)
    Performance
    (1417)
    Story
    (1422)

    Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn't count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest. Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who'd been loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. While Dallas sorts through the list of Ziegler's enemies, she's also dealing with her Christmas shopping list - plus the guest list for her and her billionaire husband's upcoming holiday bash.

    BG853 says: "A Feast for In Death devotees"
    "Another very solid listen"
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    Enjoyable characters with a good plot line equalled another pleasant experience listening to the stories of Eve, Roarke, and Peabody. I have only been involved with the last three novels but the storyline is advancing well for me. Looking forward to the next in the series with this group.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Perfidia: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (57)

    It is December 6, 1941. America stands at the brink of World War II. Last hopes for peace are shattered when Japanese squadrons bomb Pearl Harbor. Los Angeles has been a haven for loyal Japanese-Americans - but now, war fever and race hate grip the city and the Japanese internment begins.

    Andrew says: "Rough beginning, softer landing"
    "Rough beginning, softer landing"
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    Out of the gate, this was a rough listen. The first section of the book was off-putting to the point where I nearly cashed it in. I am very glad I did not. The listen smoothed out shortly after the open and evolves in to a really good listen. In my opinion, there are likable though multi-flawed characters, a very good story line, and good narration. (Note: the narrator is the same on another great listen of 11/22/63 by Stephen King).

    I look forward to the follow up books in this four-part series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7335)
    Performance
    (6434)
    Story
    (6433)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    horslovr says: "Very entertaining!"
    "wonderfully done"
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    At the risk of losing my "man card", this book was delightful. Very likable characters, inventive time line structure, and very well narrated.

    To me, a good book is one where I hope the book does not end because I become so attached to the characters. I know that I will miss them; this is one of those books.

    Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Top Secret: Clandestine Operations, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (212)

    In the first weeks after World War II, a squeaky-clean new second lieutenant named James D. Cronley Jr. is spotted and recruited for a new enterprise that will eventually be transformed into something called the CIA. One war may have ended, but another one has already begun, against an enemy that is bigger, smarter, and more vicious: The Soviet Union. The Soviets have hit the ground running, and Cronley's job is to help frustrate them, harass them, and spy on them any way he can.

    Luck8 says: "Not up to the Hi STD set by the Honor Bound Series"
    "Unable & or unwilling to listen"
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    I have been an avid listener of most if not all of Griffin's series of books. Unfortunately, I am unwilling to listen past the 44 minute mark of this one due to the new narrator. I don't mean to be a hater, but the voices he does for various characters are really irritating. The voice for the young woman in the story is best described as "Valley Girl" speak.

    Your mileage may vary.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Carnal Curiosity: Stone Barrington, Book 29

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (258)

    Stone Barrington seems to have a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. When Manhattan’s elite are beset by a series of clever crimes - and Stone is a material witness - he and his former partner Dino Bacchetti find themselves drawn into the world of high-end security and fraud, where insider knowledge and access are limited to a privileged few, and the wealthy are made vulnerable by the very systems meant to keep them safe.

    Catherine says: "Boring"
    "Book 29"
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    The hits just keep on coming. In my opinion, always a good read. The relationships the author has developed keep me coming back for more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Target

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3444)
    Performance
    (3043)
    Story
    (3024)

    The president knows it's a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel. Together, Robie and Reel's talents as assassins are unmatched. But there are some in power who don't trust the pair.

    L.W. says: "Several Stories in One Book..So Good!"
    "Brilliant"
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    An author that knows his stuff. Action packed, well told, and great characters. Look forward to the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1961)
    Performance
    (1723)
    Story
    (1722)

    The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

    He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting.

    Ed says: "Sandford and Ferrone deliver"
    "Tried and True"
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    The formula works. Like-able characters, tight writing, and good story-telling make this a continuation of the series I enjoy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Starfire: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dale Brown
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (74)

    With the death of his heroic father, bomber and space warfare veteran Patrick McLanahan, Bradley McLanahan must now fly solo, leading a team of young engineers designing Starfire, the world’s first orbiting solar power plant. Starfire will not only deliver unlimited and inexpensive electricity anywhere on planet Earth, it can also transmit power to the moon, and even to spacecraft and asteroids. It’s a crucial first step in the exploration of the solar system, and Bradley and his team are on the cutting edge.

    W C. says: "Poor!"
    "Jumped the shark"
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    Too many attempts to "tug at the heartstrings," and way too corny.
    Fonzie is in the house.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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