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James

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  • The Last Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Smith
    • Narrated By Lee Smith
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (12)

    On a bright June day in 1965, a dozen girls - classmates at a Blue Ridge women's college - launch a ramshackle raft on a trip down the Mississippi. Their journey, inspired by Huckleberry Finn, is duly reported in the Paducah, Kentucky newspaper. 35 years later, four of the "girls" reunite to cruise the river again. This time, it's on the luxury steamboat The Belle of Natchez. This time, when they reach New Orleans, they'll give the River the ashes of a fifth rafter: Margaret ("Baby") Ballou.

    Carmela08 says: "Ear candy book"
    "Slow down!"
    Overall

    I'd have enjoyed this more if the reader had paused for breath occasionally. You'd think she wrote with no punctuation at all, much less in chapters! Other than 12 hours of non-stop dialog, the story is light but enjoyable "chick-lit" for the boomer generation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nineteen Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2258)
    Performance
    (876)
    Story
    (893)

    Jodi Picoult delivers the riveting tale of one small town's entanglement with high-school violence.

    New York Superior Court Judge Alex Cormier is assigned to preside over the case of the alleged Sterling High School shooter. Lawyer Jordan McAffee represents Peter, the boy who, on the day of the shooting, was found in the corner of the gymnasium holding a gun to his head with a shaky hand. Detective Patrick DuCharme has one star witness, but her story keeps changing. And then there's the biggest problem of all: the star witness happens to be Judge Cormier's daughter.

    Suze says: "Mesmerizing"
    "Sensitive and important"
    Overall

    Picoult delivers again. What causes bullied kids to become killers? What kind of parent fails his kids so badly? How do kids find their places in society? Picoult handles family function and dysfunction with empathy and careful balance. Highly recommended.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince of the City: Giuliani, New York, and the Genius of American Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Fred Siegel
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In the first post-9/11 account of the career of the man who established himself as "America's Mayor" in the dark days after America was attacked, Fred Siegel shows how Rudy Giuliani's successes in New York set a promising example for the rejuvenation of our major cities.

    James says: "Urban History"
    "Urban History"
    Overall

    Far more than a Guliani bio, this is a fascinating tale of NYC. Definitely the best book I've read in months!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1917)
    Performance
    (883)
    Story
    (896)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "A Glorious Listen"
    Overall

    This is the story of Teddy Roosevelt's trip through the Amazon rain forest to explore the newly discovered River of Doubt in 1913. If I were teaching school I would use this book for almost any subject: science, geography, political science, history, etc. Lots more fun than textbooks.

    The narrator is Paul Michael, who is as good as Scott Brick or George Guidall. Audible indicates it is read by Richard Ferrone, but that applies to the abridged version. This is one of those rare non-fiction books that reads like the best novel. I find it very hard to believe that this is by a first time author.

    One nit I have to pick is that there is no mention of Tweed Roosevelt, Teddy's great grandson, who repeated the trip in 1992 (finding that the cannibals by then were watching satellite TV!).

    This is a book I would never have opened in paper, and I would have been much the poorer for it.

    This is not a biography, but an exploration of a region that even today we don't know much about, incidentally undertaken by a former US president.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6717)
    Performance
    (3012)
    Story
    (3026)

    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
    "3-dimensional characters take Connelly to the top"
    Overall

    Any Connelly novel is "unputdownable." This entry into courtroom drama begs comparison to John Grisham, but I found it better than any Grisham since The Firm. I recommend The Lincoln Lawyer, or any Michael Connelly novel to readers who like interesting character development along with a gripping mystery plot. Good narration makes it even better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Her Father's House

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Belva Plain
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Her Father's House is Belva Plain's most powerful and unforgettable novel yet. Donald Wolfe, a young lawyer, arrives in New York City. Idealistic and ambitious, he marries Lillian out of infatuation and little else. Their marriage is shaky, but they have a child, Tina, and for her, Donald would give up everything. When his flawed marriage begins to fail, he must consider a step that would force him into flight and a life of hiding.

    Penny says: "Narrator Awful!"
    "Listen to the sample!"
    Overall

    Karen White is one of the worst readers I have ever heard. Wait for a better narrator or just read it for yourself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Preservationist

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Maine
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Tyler Bunch, Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    In this brilliant debut novel, Noah's family (or Noe, as he's called here), his wife, sons, and daughters-in-law, tell what it's like to live with a man touched by God, while struggling against events that cannot be controlled or explained. When Noe orders his sons to build an ark, he can't tell them where the wood will come from. When he sends his daughters-in-law out to gather animals, he can offer no directions, money, or protection.

    Sharon says: "A frolicking tale"
    "Brilliant"
    Overall

    Funny, dirty, thought-provoking.

    600 year old Noe (Noah) is a grouchy old man. Who'd a thunk it? This is a delightful retelling of The Flood, filling in imaginary details the Bible never mentioned, but never really straying from the outline we read in Genesis (except maybe for the bright and sassy women, and who's to say otherwise?).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • So B. It

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sarah Weeks
    • Narrated By Cherry Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    You couldn't really tell about Mama's brain just from looking at her, but it was obvious as soon as she spoke. She had a high voice, like a little girl's, and she only knew 23 words. I know this for a fact, because we kept a list of the things Mama said tacked to the inside of the kitchen cabinet. Most of the words were common ones, like good and more and hot, but there was one word only my mother said, soof.

    Becky says: "Exquisitely written; perfectly read"
    "Audio books don't get better than this"
    Overall

    In fact, no book gets better than this. It is beautiful, sad, thrilling and perhaps the best book I have read/heard in years. Sarah Weeks tells more story in 4 and 1/2 hours than most best selling authors tell in a lifetime.

    The narrator is every bit as good as the author--a perfect match. Don't hesitate. This is a surefire winner for your next download.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2102)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (581)

    In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

    Douglas says: "GRIPPING!"
    "Prichard drones through again"
    Overall

    My interest in diving, submarines and WWII is limited, and I really dislike the narration of Michael Prichard (droning newsreel monotone) yet I was still captivated by this true life adventure. Actually this may be the most appropriate material for Prichard's voice, but I'd still love to hear it read by Scott Brick or George Guidall. Great writing apparently can overcome bad reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Company Man

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (727)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (170)

    Nick Conover, the son of a factory worker, is the CEO of a major corporation in a company town. Nick, once the most admired man in Fenwick, Michigan, is now, having presided over massive layoffs, the most despised. A single parent since the recent death of his wife, he's struggling to insulate his 10-year-old daughter and angry 16-year-old son from the town's hostility.

    James says: "Nail-biting suspense"
    "Nail-biting suspense"
    Overall

    For the first hour or so I believed the plot was so transparent that I would not finish the book. Even so there was plenty to keep me going until I realized there were layers and layers of plots and that I should ignore what I thought I knew.

    It's a good thing I did because this novel delivers a lot of bang for the buck. It's a thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat (or driving around and around the block) with very human characters that really grab you. There are a number of characters I hope the author follows in later books, but to protect the suspense I won't say who they are.

    Paranoia was good, Company Man is great.

    Joseph Finder is now on my list of favorites authors along with Nelson Demille, ahead, even, of Robert Ludlum.

    101 of 105 people found this review helpful
  • The Egyptologist

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Arthur Phillips
    • Narrated By Gianfranco Negroponte, Simon Prebble, Gerard Doyle, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Howard Carter has just made one of the great discoveries of all time, the unveiling of Tutankhamun's tomb. At the same time, Egyptologist Ralph Trilipush finds himself in a slightly less spectacular position. He has staked everything on a scrap of hieroglyphic pornography. Halfway around the world, an Australian detective sets off on a globetrotting quest to find a murderer. Or two. Or three. These events, seemingly unrelated, are about to collide in a spectacular yet utterly unpredictable fashion.

    Lea says: "I gave it another chance and WOW."
    "Save yourself the trouble of downloading a loser"
    Overall

    I haven't made many poor choices of audible books, but his one is a real lemon. There may be a story here, but I sure didn't find it. Some audio books I have to restart several times to really get hooked into, but nothing could have made this one worthwhile.

    Save your credits and get the wonderful two part novel, "The Egyptian" instead. That one is a jewel; this one is trash.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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