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Leslie

East Windsor, NJ, United States

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  • Portrait of a Spy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (1331)
    Performance
    (984)
    Story
    (980)

    Haunted by his failure to stop a suicide bomber in London, Gabriel Allon is summoned to Washington and drawn into a confrontation with the new face of global terror. At the center of the threat is an American-born cleric in Yemen who was once a paid CIA asset.

    jb says: "Superb New Volume in Silva's Gabriel Allon Series"
    "Delighted With My First Daniel Silva Book"
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    I know that Daniel Silva is a popular author for mysteries related to the Middle East, but never got around to reading anything by him. I started listening to this book on CD when I borrowed someone's car and loved the book. Finished with a download from Audible. Highly enjoyable!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Plague of Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (214)

    The first victim is Dylan Vogler, a charming ex-convict who manages the Bay Beans West coffee shop in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district. When his body is found, inspectors discover that his knapsack is filled with high-grade marijuana. It soon becomes clear that San Francisco's A-list flocked to Bay Beans West not only for their caffeine fix. But how much did Maya Townshend - the beautiful socialite niece of the city's mayor, and the absentee owner of the shop - know about what was going on inside her business?

    Stephen says: "A 'Law and Order' Type Story"
    "Another Excellent Lescroart"
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    I had taken a couple of years break from "reading" Lescroart and now I wonder why. This book has an excellent plot, fine character development and just the right amount of suspense. Narrator is one of the better ones in this genre. No complaints here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (668)
    Story
    (664)

    The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career - 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: "From Powerful to Powerless"
    "Very Interesting, But Repetitive"
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    Everything you wanted to know about the life of LBJ from the late 1950s through early 1964. Some very fascinating stuff, but in some parts it completely dragged on and on. Parts very totally repetitive. Recommended, but I might go with an abridged version, if its well done.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • It Had to Be You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1247)
    Performance
    (638)
    Story
    (637)

    It's Dan Calebow's worst nightmare: Phoebe Somerville, a trendy New York knockout, inherits the Chicago Stars, the football team he coaches. And she wants to help him run it. Phoebe's sure he needs her. He's a sexist good-ol'-boy jock with a one-track mind. Surely she can straighten him out.

    bluebelle says: "Classic Susan Elizabeth Philips"
    "Predictable But Fun"
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    I would have liked a bit more suspense, but this was a fun read. Recommended for listening when you don't want to have to focus on the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Easy Does It: A Romantic Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Tanya Eby
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Julie Mills is heartbroken when her rock star wannabe boyfriend Ronny dumps her. With encouragement from her best friend Eve, Julie decides to post an online ad to attract a date. After a few too many sips of wine, Julie posts an ad entitled: “Easy Lady Requests Guy with Two Socks”. Easy Lady meets Dan the Man at an Italian restaurant. It is far from the night Julie expects, and not just because it involves an eye patch and an argyle sock.

    Leslie says: "Contrived, Predictable"
    "Contrived, Predictable"
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    I expected the chick lit formula, but this "romantic comedy" was generally tedious. The ending was predictable from the first hour and it needed more twists and turns--if the relationships were going to work out, at least have the characters go through some serious struggles, not superficial hocus pocus. I hope that Ms. Eby will develop her characters a bit more in her next novel--she did a good job with the audio, however.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4084)
    Performance
    (3447)
    Story
    (3439)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Charles says: "Eh."
    "Good, But Not Up tp Grisham Standards"
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    Grisham has set high standards in his previous books and, while this one has twists and turns, it is less well put together than some of the others. Although I liked the story, I felt the writing was a little lazy, and the ending seemed contrived.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Cure for Night

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Justin Peacock
    • Narrated By James Colby
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Yale Law School graduate Justin Peacock's legal experience serves him well for this intense novel in the tradition of such genre luminaries as Scott Turow and Richard Price. A Cure for Night features Joel Deveraux, a former corporate-law hotshot whose downward slide finds him plying his trade at Brooklyn's Public Defender's office. Thrust into a high-profile case involving black-on-white crime, Joel quickly discovers he is in over his head.

    Leslie says: "Good Description of Criminal Trial"
    "Good Description of Criminal Trial"
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    If you like legal procedurals, this is a good one. But there are some unbelievable moments in the story, so you have to be able to suspend reality to fully enjoy this one.

    0 of 0 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3791)
    Performance
    (1922)
    Story
    (1931)

    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"
    "Love Haller and Bosch Together"
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    This book combines the two characters so well, and stretches the Haller character as he changes sides for this story. I hope that Connelly keeps developing this character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Litigators

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3903)
    Performance
    (3186)
    Story
    (3152)

    The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

    Amazon Customer says: "Typical Grisham, entertaining"
    "Grisham Hit; Boutsikaris--Excellent Performance"
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    Yes, I know that we are reviewing the books at Audible, and this one is very good within the genre, but often there is little review of the narrator beyond one sentence. I will get to the book in a minute, but a little more about Dennis Boutsikaris's performance first. Boutsikaris has a quality to his voice that really kept my interest. His range and intonation are excellent. What I look for are the ability for the performer to keep his voice in character and to make voices of the opposite sex sound believable. Boutsikaris does both very well (I remember only once mistake in the entire text). Additionally, he gives the book exactly the right amount of excitement for the genre.

    If you are looking for an exciting mystery, this book is not it. The story revolves around three very imperfect lawyers and the trials and tribulations of their practice. The book contains two product liability litigations/class actions, and quite a bit of it rings true, a simplified account of what can happen in these cases.

    The Litigators is very light reading, with several of the characters being somewhat funny exaggerations of what are clients and fellow lawyers. It goes fast and held my attention. At times, it had me laughing out loud (remembering my own experiences in similar situations).

    Highly recommended as a light, yet detailed, novel about the law. Not recommended for those looking for a legal mystery with a lot of action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (3196)
    Performance
    (2607)
    Story
    (2576)

    Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

    Joanne says: "A completely satisfying listen"
    "Another Excellent Connelly Book"
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    This was my first strictly Bosch book and now I understand why everyone loves the character. The book held my interest from beginning to end, with lots of twists and turns along the way. The narrator is tremendous with just the right gravel to his voice to make Bosch's character come alive. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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