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Dan

Simi Valley, CA, USA

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  • Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2667)
    Performance
    (1269)
    Story
    (1262)

    In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

    Andrew says: "Fantastic"
    "Pretty Much What You Expect"
    Overall

    It was interesting to have Steve tell you the whole story. It was pretty much like watching one of those old VH-1 biographies. A lot of facts, and several fun anecdotes.

    If your looking for something light, to break up a couple larger novels, this is it. If you really like Steve Martin (I do), you'll enjoy this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Color of Law: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Mark Gimenez
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (37)

    A poor-boy college football hero turned successful partner at a prominent Dallas firm, who long ago checked his conscience at the door, catches a case that forces him to choose between his enviable lifestyle and doing the right thing in this masterful debut legal thriller.

    MEMcL says: "Carlsbad reader"
    "Wanted to Like It, But..."
    Overall

    I decided to tolerate the John Larroquette - style condescending narration long enough to determine that this legal thriller was headed in the same direction as Grisham's last five or so; good-hearted destitute street criminal falls prey to the callous, educated oil moguls.

    In spite of what I anticipated to be yet another lecture on social injustice, the use of language and story structure is quite good. This might appeal to many readers; I just couldn't see myself being glad that I spent my time on it.

    I suppose this review might stir the emotions of a few folks that might feel I'm an embittered, selfish conservative. I might remind them that they are dropping a fair amount of dough into a website so that they can download entertainment into some sort of high-tech digital device worth much more than the cost of a warm meal in Harlem. Cancel the subscription, sell the iPod, donate the funds, then we'll talk.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Street Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (641)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (253)

    Michael was in a hurry. He was scrambling up the ladder at Drake & Sweeney, a giant D.C. firm with 800 lawyers. The money was good and getting better; a partnership was 3 years away. He was a rising star with no time to waste, no time to stop, no time to toss a few coins into the cups of panhandlers. No time for a conscience. But a violent encounter with a homeless man stopped him cold. Also available abridged.

    Nelson says: "A Gem"
    "Heaven Forbid Someone Earn a Living"
    Overall

    Realistic? Uh, no. This one was so entirely slanted, I could barely endure finishing it (just a personal weakness: I finish the ones I don't care for, because I hope for a bit of redemption).

    Whenever anyone who worked for a living appeared on the scene, they virtually grew horns and became the spawn of Satan.

    Example: The protagonist is walking down the street and sees a shocking headline on a newspaper. He grabs the top paper and it falls apart, scattering on the street. The newsstand attendant sternly asks, "Are you going to PAY for that?" Okay, the written word doesn't do it justice; you gotta hear this part.

    A huge double standard arises with law enforcement. In one chapter, Grisham (inaccurately) portrays the brute cops as Nazis sweeping the streets of defenseless, innocent homeless. In another chapter, he slams police for failing to enforce laws against homeless sleeping in areas where they might be harmed by the elements.

    Grisham's gotten lazy. He needs to do a bit of research...well-rounded research. Yes, spend some time in a homeless shelter, but spend some time in a black and white, too. Find out the whole story. I've been around the judicial system for decades, Pal, and I've seen a whole lot more charitable giving from the law enforcers than I have from defense lawyers.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Associate: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1817)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (406)

    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""
    "It had so much potential, but..."
    Overall

    It was an average Grisham novel, which actually says a lot. The problem, as others have noted was the end...or lack thereof. And don't dare tell me it was artistic license for the reader to choose his/her own ending; that's a cop-out.

    I propose that we form a group of Audible listeners to develop a final chapter! We have to at least find out more about the bad guys. C'mon!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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