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James

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  • The Killer's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Floyd
    • Narrated By Isabel Keating
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Six years after her ex-husband is sentenced to death for a series of gruesome murders, Leigh Wren has almost succeeded in putting her past to rest. But the new life she has created for herself and her young son is shattered when the father of one of her ex-husband's victims begins stalking her and publicly exposes her past.

    glamazon says: "Great Concept"
    "Literary Hokum"
    Overall

    Despite a predictable outcome, this novel really appealed to the voyeur in me. The author has a way with words and the narrator has a way with hysteria. I know, 5 stars seems a tad excessive, but I really enjoyed this listening experience. There are not many books to be enjoyed while scrubbing the bathtub.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Tolliver Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Armistead Maupin
    • Narrated By Armistead Maupin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (87)

    Michael Tolliver, the sweet-spirited Southerner in Armistead Maupin's classic Tales of the City series, is arguably one of the most widely loved characters in contemporary fiction. Now, almost 20 years after ending his groundbreaking saga of San Francisco life, Maupin revisits his all-too-human hero, letting the 55-year-old gardener tell his story in his own voice.

    Everett Leiter says: "Worthy epilogue to Tales"
    "Sweetly Unsentimental"
    Overall

    Michael "Mouse" Tolliver has always been the voice of reason in AM's The Tales of the City, but he comes to full maturity in this latest effort: Michael Tolliver Lives. Michael, once unabashedly youthful, has slipped into upper middle age with all the vigor and wit we'd expect. He lives comfortably with his much younger lover in the shadow of 28 Barberry Lane in what could be described as a "new" life, but the past is unalterably present.

    This novel shakes him and things up when he's forced to choose between his logical and biological family. In doing so, Michael and the reader come to realize the heart has room to hold dearly more than we had ever thought.

    There is sadness in Michael Tolliver Lives, as well as sweetness and sentiment and beautiful prose. With the wisdom that comes from experience, AM provides a resolution that makes for powerful insight into the human condition.

    I loved this book and all it represents. Read it and and weep (or maybe smile!).

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Oh the Glory of It All

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Sean Wilsey
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    "In the beginning we were happy. And we were always excessive. So in the beginning we were happy to excess." With these opening lines Sean Wilsey takes us on an exhilarating tour of life in the strangest, wealthiest, and most grandiose of families.

    Sherry L. Wright says: "STOP! DON'T DO IT!"
    "Oh the Pity of it ALL"
    Overall

    Too bad, but this compelling story is ruined by an unfocused author. I would love to read the real book buried somewhere inside the repetitious claptrap. Still, Scott Brick makes the most of this unfortunate situation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship, and Musical Theater

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Marc Acito
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    From syndicated humor columnist Marc Acito comes a wildly inventive and hysterically funny novel that is equal parts Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Fame, Risky Business, Dead Poets Society, and The Catcher in the Rye.

    Lee says: "Funny funny funny"
    "The Surreal Life ... Sorta"
    Overall

    Hey, Marc Acito didn't write the most insightful novel about alienated youth attempting to make peace with the big bad world. He leaves that to more prolific scholars. What he did write was a hilarious look at a group of people, young and old, who live life to the extremes. None of the youth in this novel will die wishing they had gone for the heights with more gusto. And, oddly, I was moved by the genuine pathos between children and their parents. The protagonist, Eddie, in the course of ten hours of listening, grew from a silly twit of a lad to an adult with much to offer and high hopes for the future. I loved this comedic take on coming of age and recommend it highly.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Marker

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    Twenty-eight-year-old Sean McGillin is the picture of health, until he fractures his leg while in-line skating in New York City's Central Park. Within 24 hours of his surgery, he dies.

    Martin says: "A bit too predictable"
    "Robin Cook Redux"
    Overall

    I bought Marker because I really really want Robin Cook to write another winner. Coma is one of my all time favorite in the thriller genre. Alas, however, Marker isn't Coma - unless you consider that's the state of consciousness to which it renders the reader.

    Cook can still come up with a passably credible plot, but he can't write believeable dialogue. Someone's got to tell him (editor, pay attention here) that all characters don't talk in the same idioms and same speech patterns. I sit (stand, walk, run, ride) appalled at his immature attempt at dialogue.

    But I won't give up on him! I won't ... I won't ... I won't! However, I think I'll borrow his next from the library and save my $'s for a sure thing audible.com dowload.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hollywood Animal: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Joe Eszterhas
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    He spent his earliest years in post WWII refugee camps. He came to America and grew up in Cleveland, stealing cars, rolling drunks, battling priests, nearly going to jail. He became the screenwriter of the worldwide hits Basic Instinct, Jagged Edge, and Flashdance. He also wrote the legendary disasters Showgirls and Jade. The rebellion never ended, even as he became the most famous, or infamous, screenwriter in Hollywood.

    J. says: "MEMO to JOE ESZTERHAS"
    "A Winner Despite Itself"
    Overall

    Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed the book Joe Eszterhas buried inside all the hyperbole. But I guess we shouldn't consider it strange that a writer is so in love with his words that he refuses to give way to an editor. Eszterhas has led an exciting and provocative life, both in Cleveland and in his dreaded Southern California, he's met many talented Hollywood denizens, he's written some of the best and worst screenplays ever to make it to the silver screen. It's just too bad one had to slug through all the repetitious crapola to get to the good stuff.

    Still, Scott Brick is so wonderful as the narrator, it almost made it all worthwhile.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trick of the Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jane Stanton Hitchcock
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Trick of the Eye is a suspenseful novel in which artist Faith Crowell, a painter of illusionary images, is hired by a wealthy New York society matron to repaint the ballroom of her Long Island mansion. When Faith learns that the woman's daughter had been murdered years ago and that Faith herself strongly resembles the dead girl, she becomes obsessed with finding the truth about the past.

    KATHY says: "Another Must Listen!!!!"
    "Quite A Trick"
    Overall

    Preposterous story line, but first-rate characters. Jane Stanton Hitchcock has the gift of perception. She spins outlandish tales, but the deepest, most real people inhabit these storylines. As in Social Crimes, Ms. Hitchcock weaves a complex and mesmerizing look at deceit and intrigue in the land of the rich and privileged. I wish there were more of her books to add to my queue.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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