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Lee

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  • Privileged Information

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stephen White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Alan Gregory is a clinical psychologist with a thriving practice in Boulder, Colorado. His life begins to unravel when one of his female patients is found in an apparent suicide and the local paper begins printing accusations from an unnamed source of sexual impropriety between the woman and Dr. Gregory. He launches a psychological and personal quest for the truth that rapidly intensifies when more of his patients die untimely deaths, and Gregory suspects not only that the deaths are related but that another one of his patients may be somehow involved. Lacking facts but roused by suspicion and troubled by seemingly random acts of terror around him, Gregory starts to fear for the safety of the people he loves. The question of the inviolability of confidential disclosures made to Gregory by his patients - privileged information - becomes crucial as the psychologist pursues an unsettling romance with Lauren Crowder, a lovely deputy district attorney investigating one of the deaths. Bound to silence, Gregory follows the psychological tracks of someone he fears may be a cunning and disturbed killer, while turning to his enigmatic but supportive partner, Diane Estevez, for counsel, and to his tart-tongued female urologist neighbor for support. The sinister, surprising drama unfolds against Boulder's Rocky Mountain backdrop, in the arresting natural beauty of Aspen, and in the midst of a baroque Halloween costume party in downtown Boulder. Finally, in a lonely mountain lodge enshrouded in menace, the story comes to its breathtaking climax.

    Paula says: "Psychological Thriller. . . and More!"
    "Love the Alan Gregory series"
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    What did you love best about Privileged Information?

    It was well plotted and thought out. Not an easy one to figure out.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It did, I kept waiting for the clue that would help figure out what was going on!


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Dick Hill is one of my favorite narrators. He does the perfect Alan Gregory


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

    Suspense to the end!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Deception: A Cotton Malone Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (367)

    Cotton Malone and his 15-year-old son, Gary, are headed to Europe. As a favor to his former boss at the Justice Department, Malone agrees to escort a teenage fugitive back to England. But after he is greeted at gunpoint in London, both the fugitive and Gary disappear, and Malone learns that he’s stumbled into a high-stakes diplomatic showdown - an international incident fueled by geopolitical gamesmanship and shocking Tudor secrets.

    Carol says: "First Book Mr Berry fell flat on."
    "Steve Berry is a great historical writer."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The King's Deception to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. The Tudors fascinate me from a historical perspective. This story puts a really cool twist to the reign of King Henry the Eighth.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Anybody but the dramatic contortions of Scott Brick. I don't think I can listen to another book narrated by him. His whining got to me this time and added nothing to the story. It detracted a lot. Problem is I like most of the authors he narrates, so I guess I will have to read them. Don't the authors listen to the narration of their books?


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

    No, it was too long. Did love the story though!


    Any additional comments?

    Find another narrator!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Conflict of Interest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2059)
    Performance
    (1670)
    Story
    (1684)

    Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Ted says: "Twistier Than A Twizzler"
    "TWISTS AND TURNS ABOUND!!"
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    If you could sum up A Conflict of Interest in three words, what would they be?

    Lots of surprises!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oleg. It was always a mystery as to who he really was and how guilty he was or wasn't.


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

    This was my first listen to this narrator. Enjoyed his performance. He added alot to the quality of the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The revelation of the job loss. Don't want to give away too much.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a pretty well thought out work of mystery. It seemed that just when you think you are figuring out the story and characters, another twist gets thrown at you!!
    Pretty cool!! Liked the story and the "hard to put down" continual story line.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Reversal: Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (3650)
    Performance
    (1801)
    Story
    (1810)

    Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Brilliantly executed"
    "AGAIN!! THIS IS THE WORST NARRATOR EVER!!"
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    What did you love best about The Reversal?

    Michael Connelly is the best author of crime thrillers. Always enjoy his characters and the way he builds the story. Look forward to his books!!!


    What other book might you compare The Reversal to and why?

    Similar to the Fifth Witness in that is another Mickey Haller and I like the character. Adding Harry Bosch is never a bad thing!!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The only thing wrong with Michael Connelly is his ability to choose a narrator!! After listening to Peter Giles on The Fifth Witness, I swore I would NEVER again listen to his books. However, this one was on sale so I thought, well I will give it another try.NEVER AGAIN!! This narrator has no concept of inflections or that every sentence is NOT a question!! Also he is NOT Harry Bosch. UGH!!


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

    No, couldn't take the narrator all in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch. I will read any other of these books narrated by Peter Giles or miss them altogether!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4533)
    Performance
    (2546)
    Story
    (2524)

    Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

    Bob says: "Compelling and difficult to put down"
    "When will they find a better narrator?"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fifth Witness to be better than the print version?

    I always love the audio version because it is so flexible for entertainment within my lifestyle.


    What other book might you compare The Fifth Witness to and why?

    I enjoy all the Mickey Haller books. I am a fan of Michael Connelly. Harry Bosch is also a great character.


    What didn???t you like about Peter Giles???s performance?

    I generally don't order audio books by Michael Connelly because of Peter Giles narration. I ordered The Fifth Witness because it was one of the special order offers from Audible. After listening to him in Brass Verdict, which was my first book narrated by Mr. Giles, I was so disappointed, I chose no more of them, planned to read them.
    My attitude about this was not changed by listening to him again!!

    His inflections are so out of character. Everything ends on an up note like a question. His voice is not strong enough to carry the hard driving character of a defense lawyer. He also does not carry off the different voices very well, they all sound like him, the female voices are more like his voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, when the end was revealed and I turned out to have guessed right!!


    Any additional comments?

    Please find another narrator. I really enjoy these stories, but will not order another audio with this narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brass Verdict: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4162)
    Performance
    (1724)
    Story
    (1714)

    Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

    Jeff says: "Five Star Book; Three Star Narration"
    "Brass Verdict"
    Overall

    I love the Mickey Haller character and really wanted to read this one. However, I decided I could listen to it for the price to purchase on Kindle. Great story line, Enjoyed it as expected. HOWEVER, the narrator ruined it. The monotone of his voice and lack of expression with different characters was very distracting. If I had it to do over again I would read this one. I will read his new Mickey Haller novel because I will not listen to another narration of this poor quality. Doesn't the author listen to the narration before approving it for publication?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (2174)
    Performance
    (790)
    Story
    (796)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

    Gardner says: "Best Yet... Almost"
    "Felt like I was back in wonderful Louisiana!!"
    Overall

    This was the first James Burke novel I had listened to or read. I was overwhelmed by the descriptive writing and the narration by Will Patton.. Having spent alot of time in Louisiana and understanding the culture, this story was pure Cajun country down to the pronunciation of the words and the description of the area.

    You know how you hate to have a really good book end? Well this was one for me. The story line was intriguing and held my interest to the end. I found myself smiling alot at the dialect and descriptions, and the story made the package complete.

    Will be listening to all of the Burke novels that are narrated by Will Patton . Can't put them down!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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