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  • 7 reviews
  • 281 ratings
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  • 6 purchased in 2015

  • The Associate: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Kyle McAvoy grew up in his father's small-town law office in York, Pennsylvania. He excelled in college, was elected editor-in-chief of The Yale Law Journal, and his future has limitless potential. But Kyle has a secret, a dark one, an episode from college that he has tried to forget. The secret, though, falls into the hands of the wrong people, and Kyle is forced to take a job he doesn't want, even if it's a job most law students can only dream about....

    JoAnn says: "Good, but not nearly as good as The Firm""
    "Not his best"

    I agree with several other reviewers about feeling let down with the ending. There were so many good plot lines started but never finished. However, I think there are issues other than plat that the author had in mind when writing this book.

    "The Appeal" was apparently intended to bring attention to the state of political affairs for State Supreme Court judges in a very realistic way. Grisham was very adept at this and the plot was absolutely fantastic. The end, while disappointing, was - in fact- an end.

    "The Associate" is apparently supposed to call attention to the sweat-shop environment of the big law firms. As a lawyer who worked in a medium-size firm, I can appreciate that. Grisham did a great job of capturing the sources of stress in the law firm environment along with the ethical dilemmas. However, as other reviewers have stated, the story just stops. Perhaps he is planning a sequel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The 500: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Matthew Quirk
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A year ago, fresh out of Harvard Law School, Mike Ford landed his dream job at the Davies Group, Washington's most powerful consulting firm. Now, he's staring down the barrel of a gun, pursued by two of the world's most dangerous men. To get out, he'll have to do all the things he thought he'd never do again: lie, cheat, steal - and this time, maybe even kill. Mike grew up in a world of small-stakes con men, learning lessons at his father's knee. His hard-won success in college and law school was his ticket out.

    A. Avins says: "A Good Listen - Lots of Action"
    "A refreshing break"
    Would you listen to The 500 again? Why?

    I almost never listen to a book twice. But in this case, I think I would make an exception.

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

    Why is it that we have gotten away from protagonists who work hard and outwit their opponents? Instead, we have mostly dormant characters who allow the world to spin around them, and out of control, until they make one decision to do something or other that potentially fixes the mess of a life they have made. Gone are the days of brilliant Forsyth characters who proactively make complicated plans to defeat their foes. At least until now. Quirk's quirky, ex-con character Ford fits the bill. He's wily, sarcastic, cynical and engaging. I loved every minute of this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Plea Bargain

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Randy Singer
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    “You learn early that you don’t get to prove your case with Boy Scouts and nuns. Yes, convicted felons will say anything to get out of jail, but they also know a lot.” Plea bargains may grease the rails of justice, but for Jamie Brock, prosecuting criminals is not about cutting deals.

    Shawn says: "good listen"
    "Narration ruins what could have been mediocre"
    What would have made The Last Plea Bargain better?

    A better narrator.

    Would you be willing to try another book from Randy Singer? Why or why not?

    Aside from the narration, the story - or what I could get through - was not really pulling me in. But, it may have picked up after I stopped listening. Having said that, the setting chosen by the author - of a fictitious county in the heart of Atlanta - was unrealistic and uncreditable. Anyone who knows, or lives in the Atlanta area, would agree that politics just isn't the way the author describes it here.

    What didn’t you like about Tavia Gilbert’s performance?

    Maybe the narrator is from the South, I don't know. But her version of a Southern accent was so bad, I couldn't listen anymore.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • False Impression

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Byron Jennings

    When an aristocratic old lady is brutally murdered in her English country home on the night before September 11, 2001, it will take all the resources of the FBI and Interpol to work out the connection between her death and a priceless Van Gogh, which is stolen that night.

    A says: "Very disappointing"
    "OMG! The accents!"

    First, I should say that I do not write reviews very often. Second, I must say I am a big fan of J. Archer, the author. The book was good - cute and somewhat predictable - but good. On to the bad. The narration was horrible ... awful ... the worst I have ever heard ... ever. The narrator was trying to do a Romanian accent, but ended up sounding like a cross between an Irish lilt and mid-western Norwegian. He attempted to do a Japanese accent, failed miserably. I really do not know what the producers were thinking. It was just painful to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Grimwood
    • Narrated By William Dufris

    In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

    Tim says: "Groundhog's Day, It's Not!"
    "Awesome story, but difficult to listen to"

    The premise and ultimate theme of this novel are profound. I found myself making excuses to get in the car and listen to more.

    My only gripe is the narration. The narrator is outstanding in other contexts. But in this one, I felt like he was barely suppressing a laugh the entire time, like the book was a comedy. I found this to be distracting in light of the profound sadness and sense of loss that the author was trying to convey.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • O Jerusalem: Day by Day and Minute by Minute the Historic Struggle for Jerusalem and the Birth of Israel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre
    • Narrated By Theodore Bikel

    O Jerusalem! is the epic drama of 1948, when Arabs and Jews fought for control of the city of Jerusalem. This story traverses centuries and continents, covering the time between WWII and the creation of the independent state of Israel. Based on five years of intensive research and thousands of interviews, this is a story of courage, terrorism, heroism, and ultimately, war.

    Aaron says: "Excellent book!"

    I have read many books on the Arab-Israeli conflict. But none has given the background of the personalities like this author has. I was completely enthralled throughout the telling of this story. It has the perfect blend of historical facts (that tend to bore one) and anecdotes (making it more interesting) that is rare in today's literature.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Dune: The Butlerian Jihad

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Frank Herbert's Dune is one of the grandest epics in the annals of imaginative literature. Now Herbert's son, Brian, working with Kevin J. Anderson and using Frank Herbert's own notes, reveals a pivotal epoch in the history of the Dune universe: the Butlerian Jihad, the war that was fought ten thousand years before the events of Dune - the war in which humans wrested their freedom from "thinking machines."

    Brian says: "enoyed premise but not execution"
    "Huge Letdown"

    I wish I had read the "Full of sound and fury..." review before getting this book. I was so disgusted with the general lack of creativity and constantly regurgitated token phrases that I quit listening. I think Frank Herbert is rolling over in his grave at such a mockery of his masterpiece.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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