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Gerald S. Gold

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  • Trial of Passion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William Deverell
    • Narrated By John Morgan
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Arthur Beauchamp, a heralded criminal lawyer, has moved to a quiet island off the British Columbia coast. While trying to recover from a marriage gone sour, his retirement is interrupted by his former law partners - they want Arthur to take charge of the defense trial of Jonathan O'Donnell, the acting dean of a law school. O'Donnell has been accused of rape by one of the students, Kimberley Martin, a smart but arrogant woman who is engaged to a rich businessman.

    Michele says: "A poet writes a legal drama. Who knew!"
    "My best legal read in years"
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    Where does Trial of Passion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best legal "listen" to date. I have been doing audio books as well as my regular reading for a number of years. The performance was as good or better than the story which I liked as well. I adore the main character whose droll hunor and love of poetry conflict with tough advocate he is.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Trial of Passion?

    The cresendo builds up to the finale in the court room I felt that a little hokey. I enjoyed his inner struggles with his past and future as well as his thoiughts during the legal proceedings. I have been a criminal defense lawyer for well over 50 years and really comisserated with the feelings so beautifully expressed.I have had many trials that had great emotion and some with much press but I could never tell the story as well as the author. I am a big fan of Grisham, Turow as well as Rumpole. I don't know how I missed Mr Deverell til now.


    Have you listened to any of John Morgan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Noi, but he's wonderful


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

    I actually laughed out loud while listening to the book. The wit of the Barrister turned farmer and his island adventures was most entertaining.The drama of the trial cannt be ignored.Handling trancript and courtroom colloquoys is an art. He has it.He weaves in his own feelins ,introspection and fears very well.


    Any additional comments?

    I intend to listen to Mr Morgan as often as I can and Mr Deverell has an 82 year old trial lawyer as a new fan

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (938)
    Performance
    (804)
    Story
    (808)

    The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar or a parking lot or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world.

    W. Perry Hall says: ""Well, Mr. Secret Revealer!""
    "Not a real Coben"
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    What would have made The Stranger better?

    Good beginning but gets so unbelievable that I wished I hadn't started. I love his main character who is the same New Jersey lawyer in most of his books, and can't believe he put him through this. The ending is absurd.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Life or death, by the Australian writer


    Which character – as performed by George Newbern – was your favorite?

    I love the smart quips of the main character but that was it.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Stranger?

    The whole second half.


    Any additional comments?

    It seems to me an avid reader and former big time criminal lawyer that he sold a great idea for a story and didn't know how to finish without getting really wierd.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mightier than the Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (442)

    Harry Clifton is more successful than ever as a novelist, and has just been elected president of PEN Britain. He learns of a writer in Russia whose memoir of life inside Stalin's palace has landed the writer in prison for life, his book taken off shelves and destroyed. Harry becomes obsessed with freeing the writer and telling his story. His wife Emma, meanwhile is the chair of Barringtons Shipping, having escaped a plot to destroy their company by bombing one of their luxury liners, and now the company is thriving.

    Ruth M. Penson says: "Better then the last one!"
    "I was warned"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    As usual Archer moves at a good pace with fun characters, either really good or totally evil


    What could Jeffrey Archer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Provided a real ending not a come back next week repeat


    Which character – as performed by Alex Jennings – was your favorite?

    No question but that the author in redoing the Uncle Joe story by memory (little hard to believe)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Turning Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (840)
    Performance
    (641)
    Story
    (636)

    As two of the most prominent citizens of Natchez, Drew Elliott and Penn Cage sit on the school board of their alma mater, St. Stephen's Prep. When the nude body of a young female student is found near the Mississippi River, the entire community is shocked - but no one more than Penn, who discovers that his best friend was entangled in a passionate relationship with the girl and may be accused of her murder.

    Sharon says: "Boring, too long and drawn out"
    "good read but unbelievable plot"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    If Iles kills any more people Natchez will be empty. In a town of 13k 10 a book seems high


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Does all voices well


    Was Turning Angel worth the listening time?

    Sorta


    Any additional comments?

    Iles has great talent but a wired imagination. How many more murder trials are left in this tiny town?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Neon Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Victor Methos
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (94)

    With money and hope in short supply, newly minted attorney Brigham Theodore decides it’s time to lower his standards. He joins a seedy fly-by-night firm in Salt Lake City out of desperation. After he loses his first case - a speeding ticket - he’s convinced his career is over. But to his shock, his boss hands him a slightly more complex case: capital murder.

    R. Pontiflet says: "Good Court Room Drama!"
    "Good Story , I hope the writer is not a lawyer"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Neon Lawyer the most enjoyable?

    The narration is great, the story builds up and is exciting. I listened til 3AM.


    What could Victor Methos have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    If he had some idea how one of these cases is tried. There were glaring legal errors and the idea of a Judge permitting a tyro lawyer to try a death case is impossble. But..the story carries it well and a few more corrections he could have made. eg the Jury would have to be death qualified, the prosecution cannot put on psychiatrists until the defendant goes forward.. Any criiminal lawyer would know this was never a "death case"


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Lawyers opening statement. His closing was limp.


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

    No just enjoyed flaws and all.


    Any additional comments?

    The writer knows how to keep you into the story. He should have had legal advice to avoid the major flaws. We know its not a death case and the offer is impossible to accept.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Magazine: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Michael Hastings
    • Narrated By Ramiz Monsef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    The year is 2002. Weekly news magazines dominate the political agenda in New York and Washington. A young journalist named Michael M. Hastings is an intern at The Magazine, wet behind the ears, the only one in the office who has actually read his coworkers' books. He will stop at nothing to turn his internship into a full-time position and has figured out just who to impress: Nishant Patel, the international editor, and Sanders Berman, managing editor - both vying for the job of editor-in-chief.

    Darwin8u says: "CURRENT and ENERGY that is hard to contain"
    "An amusing, telling epitaph."
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    What did you love best about The Last Magazine?

    The humourous responses to the seriousness of a news magazine. In particular the alcohol, drugged antics of the foreign correspondent.


    Which character – as performed by Ramiz Monsef – was your favorite?

    The correspondent.


    If you could take any character from The Last Magazine out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Any of the people would be most intersting. The high power people of the press make good dinner dates.


    Any additional comments?

    The trip to NY in first class is hilareous.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2161)
    Performance
    (1926)
    Story
    (1936)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Sara says: "Love, Strength & Survival"
    "A beatifully sad story well told and well acted."
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    What did you love best about The Lost Wife?

    I liked the way the author wove the two young lovers into a pattern of separate life times. The lost wife lived through the most unimaginal horrors but was able to survive through her art. The story of what happened to Jewish Art during the holocaust is not often told.


    What other book might you compare The Lost Wife to and why?

    Sarah s Key


    What about George Guidall and Suzanne Toren ’s performance did you like?

    I thought she was really special. He came across best when he described himself before his grandsons wedding


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

    I did .


    Any additional comments?

    Don't read this if you don't expect to cry.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Terry Hayes
    • Narrated By Christopher Ragland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1012)
    Performance
    (893)
    Story
    (900)

    An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Smartest Novel I've Heard or Read in Long time"
    "Tom Clancy revisited"
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    Where does I Am Pilgrim rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top for suspense, action and excellent writing. I can't wait for his next book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pilgrim, the master intelligence agent who is a combiation of sophistication and intellectual analysis.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Ragland’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    It kept me up til 3 AM


    Any additional comments?

    no

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Back to Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (567)
    Performance
    (464)
    Story
    (470)

    As a police launch speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay - with officer Nestor Camacho on board - Tom Wolfe is off and running. Here is a big, panoramic story of the new America, as told by our master chronicler of the way we live now. Based on the same sort of detailed, on-scene, high-energy reporting that powered Tom Wolfe's previous best-selling novels, Back to Blood is another brilliant, spot-on, scrupulous, and often hilarious reckoning with our times.

    Joanna says: "I get it, I get it, I GET IT!!!!!"
    "Great performance by Lou Diamond Phillips"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Back to Blood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten


    What other book might you compare Back to Blood to and why?

    Bonfire of the Vanities


    Any additional comments?

    The acting by the reader was far better than reading the book. I

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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