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David Costello

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  • Hour Game

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4055)
    Performance
    (2676)
    Story
    (2684)

    A woman is found murdered in the woods with a very special watch on her wrist, and what seemed a simple case soon escalates into a nightmare. The criminal methods of some of the most infamous killers of all time are being replicated by a new predator who stalks and strikes victims with a cunning brilliance. No one can understand the murderer's motives or who the next victim will be.

    Wayne says: "Weakest novel in Baldacci's King & Maxwell series!"
    "Great whodunit!!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Keeps you guessing until the very end. Intricately woven plot with great action and a great reader!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rooster Bar

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10013)
    Performance
    (8968)
    Story
    (8942)

    Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place. But now, as third-year students, these close friends realize they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a third-tier, for-profit law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specializing in student loans, the three know they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam.

    Mel says: "Sticking it to the Man "
    "Grisham is back! "
    Overall

    I've been pretty disappointed with Grisham's last few books and had almost decided not to read them anymore but I'm glad I gave him one more chance! This book is what I think is classic Grisham, a great story about the little guy fighting corruption in the law in a very unusual way, full of twists and turns and very suspenseful. Great read!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Whistler

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12521)
    Performance
    (11266)
    Story
    (11196)

    Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. She is a lawyer, not a cop, and it is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption. But a corruption case eventually crosses her desk. A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business with a new identity. He now goes by the name Greg Myers, and he claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen more money than all other crooked judges combined.

    Elle says: "It's John Grisham, right?"
    "About as disappointing as a book you can read"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What disappointed you about The Whistler?

    Can't believe Grisham actually wrote this book, it seems like a beginning author's attempt. It was boring and predictable. Very disappointing. And the reader is terrible.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Grisham again?

    I doubt it. Last couple have been bombs.


    How could the performance have been better?

    different reader would have helped some but couldn't save this book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    boredom


    Any additional comments?

    save your money

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man's Fight for Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Bill Browder
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5021)
    Performance
    (4608)
    Story
    (4614)

    Red Notice is a searing expose of the wholesale whitewash by Russian authorities of Magnitsky's imprisonment and murder, slicing deep into the shadowy heart of the Kremlin to uncover its sordid truths.

    Amazon Customer says: "This is an absolute "YES" as your next read/listen"
    "Should be a required read for Business and Finance"
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    A non-fiction that reads like an edge-of-your-seat intrigue novel. If you might have some thoughts that Putin is a character to be admired, this book will swiftly destroy those thoughts. He's a thug and a murderer and one realizes after reading this book that our current administration and state department doesn't have the fortitude to stand up to him. A thoroughly disturbing but excellent read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2957)
    Performance
    (2506)
    Story
    (2513)

    America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

    Allison says: "Thought provoking for preppers"
    "Incredibly boring"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What disappointed you about Patriots?

    Was expecting a novel, not a Survivalist manifesto


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Wesley Rawles again?

    no


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    very monotone


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    sheer boredom


    Any additional comments?

    avoid unless you need a primer on survival

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Force and Effect: A Jack Ryan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5875)
    Performance
    (5218)
    Story
    (5192)

    A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr., and his fellow Campus agents precious time. Time they don't have.

    Chris C says: "Thank You Mark Greaney!"
    "High adventure"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Full Force and Effect in three words, what would they be?

    dives right in


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Full Force and Effect?

    same


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    North Korea is an enigma, sheds light on structure of government


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    nothing


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fast-paced, non-stop action read. Clancey would be proud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Melt Down: Breakers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Edward W. Robertson
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (213)

    In upstate Idaho, Ness Hook is run out of his mom's house by his bullying brother Shawn. In Redding, California, Tristan Carter is graduating college, but with no job and no prospects, she'll have to move back in with her parents. Then the world ends. After Ness discovers his best friend dead of disease, Shawn takes their family to the mountains to wait out the plague.

    Russ says: "A let down from Book 1"
    "save your money"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The first book was quirky enough to interest me. I found this one a rehash of the first book with different characters introduced and the third book is just tedious. Don't bother.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Conceit

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (181)

    After the New York grand jury indicts the national presidential campaign chairman and the NSA spymaster for the murder of the CIA chief, Karp engages in an unforgettable courtroom confrontation with the defendants who have the full weight of the US administration, a hostile judge, and a compliant media supporting them. These sinister forces will stop at nothing to prevent Karp from bringing out the truth, even if they have to resort to murder.

    Hill says: "Fatal not hardly"
    "good read"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This is another in a long line of recent get the Muslim terrorists, but with great courtroom drama to go along with it. Well-paced action with everyone's favorite target, politicians.
    One can read many comparisons to our current administration in this book and I think it's pretty deliberate but that makes it that much enjoyable! Narrator also does a great job handling many characters with ease.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Clancy Support and Defend: A Campus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3532)
    Performance
    (3156)
    Story
    (3154)

    Dominic Caruso. Nephew of President Jack Ryan. FBI agent and operator for The Campus, a top secret intelligence agency that works off the books for the U.S. government. Already scarred by the death of his brother, Caruso is devastated when he can't save a friend and his family from a terrorist attack. Ethan Ross was a mid-level staffer for the National Security Council. Now he's a wanted fugitive on the run with a microdrive that contains enough information to wreck American intelligence efforts around the world.

    James says: "A great action packed spy novel!"
    "This was a fun read!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I hesitated to purchase this book because I thought Clancy's recent novels were getting a little mundane. I'm glad I got this one because it's one of Clancy's better ones in a long time. Fast paced, great plot, and lots of action. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Wayfaring Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2643)
    Performance
    (2418)
    Story
    (2412)

    It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when 16-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde’s stolen automobile. Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp.

    Alan says: "Almost a bullseye"
    "One of The Best Books I've Read in Years"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I always grab every Burke book that comes out, knowing I won't be disappointed, but this one caught me by surprise. This turned out to be an incredible journey back in time to the 30's & 40's, to the dust-bowl era through WWII and the boom afterwards with characters that Burke brings to life reminiscent of Faulkner. And with Will Patton voicing the book, you don't just listen, you become emotionally involved. I won't forget this book.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24957)
    Performance
    (22819)
    Story
    (22801)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "IT'S ALL AS LEGAL AS LOTTERY TICKETS"
    "A Chilling Read"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    Stephen King didn't rely on anything supernatural in this book, which I think is a first. But he does a masterful job in showing the real terror that can be inflicted from the mind of a psychopath. This book will have you rooting for the good guys, a total unlikely bunch of misfits, but also give you unique insight into the mind of a killer. This is a great, edge-of-your-seat story that will keep you listening until the wee hours. And no one delivers better than Will Patton.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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