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  • The Brotherhoods: The True Story of Two Cops Who Murdered for the Mafia

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Guy Lawson, William Oldham
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (49)

    The Brotherhoods is the chilling chronicle of the shocking crimes of NYPD detectives Stephen Caracappa and Louis Eppolito, notorious rogue cops convicted in April 2006 of the ultimate form of police corruption-shielding their acts behind their badges while they worked for the mob. Their crimes included participation in the murders of at least eight men, kidnapping, torture, and the betrayal of an entire generation of New York City detectives and federal agents

    Conrad says: "Blind Justice"
    "really interesting story performed by a bad reader"
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    I had listened to this book prior to purchase. This is a very interesting true crime book. I found the story compelling enough to overlook my dislike of the reader. I am not a fan of Dick Hill as a narrator. Listen to the sample before you buy. If this is a genre that you are into I highly recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4075)
    Performance
    (3814)
    Story
    (3823)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Disappointment!!!"
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    How can you go wrong with one of the best narrators and one of my favorite authors of all time? Write something completely different from what your audience expects from you. If the tale was a good one that would be okay but I for one didn't enjoy this story. Will Patton was as always a wonderful narrator and the only true entertainment of the book for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tiger's Curse

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Colleen Houck
    • Narrated By Annika Boras, Sanjiv Jahveri
    Overall
    (644)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (562)

    The last thing teenager Kelsey Hayes thought she'd be doing over the summer was meeting Ren, a mysterious white tiger and cursed Indian prince! When she learns she alone can break the Tiger's curse, Kelsey's life is turned upside-down. The unlikely duo journeys halfway around the world to piece together an Indian prophecy, find a way to free the man trapped by a centuries-old spell, and discover the path to their true destiny.

    F. DesBouillons says: "Great Book!!!"
    "SLOW...."
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    The story is good but moves too slowly to be enjoyed. Excellent narrator wasted on the pace of the novel. Editing could definitely helped this book. I love a good long book but this story needs a few details removed to improve the pace. IMHO.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doc: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dwight Gooden, Ellis Henican
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (97)

    A brutally honest memoir of talent, addiction, and recovery from one of the greatest baseball pitchers of all time. As a shy 19-year-old, Dwight Gooden swept into New York, lifting a team of crazy characters to World Series greatness and giving a beleaguered city a reason to believe. Then he threw it all away. Now, with fresh and sober eyes, the Mets’ beloved Dr. K shares the intimate details of his life and career, revealing all the extraordinary highs and lows: The hidden traumas in his close-knit Tampa family. The thrill and pressure of being a young baseball phenom in New York.

    William says: "...Doctor K, delivers another strike"
    "Good narrator... adequate book"
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    Terrifying story of extreme talent wasted. Very typical for the 1980's. Sad and yet triumphant in the end. All and all a good story with excellent narration. I will look for more books from this narrator. I wish the best for "Doc" and his children.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Burning Angel: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    Detective Dave Robicheaux becomes entangled in the affairs of the Fontenot family, descendants of sharecroppers whose matriarch helped raise Dave as a child. They are in danger of losing the land they've lived on for more than a century. As Dave tries to discover who wants the land so badly, he finds himself in increasing peril from a lethal, rag tag alliance of local mobsters and a hired assassin with a shady past.

    Ted says: "HAUNTING: A Mystical Bayou Cop Story..."
    "Great book!"
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    James Lee Burke is a favorite but once Will Patton began reading the tales I can't enjoy the Mark Hammer as much. Sorry, just telling the truth. Still better than almost any other fiction out there IMHO. Happy listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (4060)
    Performance
    (3545)
    Story
    (3514)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "SLOW and tedious to be sure..."
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    I really love long books but not when they move so s-lo-w-ly that you are in agony just trying to get thru them! The female narrator reads exceptionally slowly making what is already boring even worse.

    In conversations between characters the person replying repeats what the other person just said. (This happens over and over through out the book!)

    The idea behind the book sounded good so I thought I would give it a try but I certainly wouldn't recommend it to anyone!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1649)
    Performance
    (1206)
    Story
    (1196)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Corinne says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Well done!"
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    The saga takes you in and doesn't let go. Very well written and narrated. I will buy more from this author and narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1804)
    Performance
    (1573)
    Story
    (1587)

    After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old"
    "Not as juicy as I had hoped"
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    I love all of the characters and the narrator can't be beat but... the stories are wearing a bit thin. Maybe not enough Ranger in this one...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (233)

    Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Here is the now-classic novel of two women in the 1980s; of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women - of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth - who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder.

    Janice says: "Better as audiobook"
    "Loved the movie...disappointed in the book"
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    In my experience the book is ALWAYS better than the movie... except for this time! I've read other books by Fannie Flagg and was entertained by them as I was somewhat entertained by this one. The movie is one of my all time favorites so I really didn't think I could go wrong with the purchase. The book was acceptable but not exceptional. I was also unimpressed by the narrator. I guess after Jessica Tandy, (the main narrator in the movie), ANYONE would be a disappointment! If you've never seen the movie you will probably love the book.. but I would suggest you see the movie.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5110)
    Performance
    (1341)
    Story
    (1344)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "Beautiful! Moving!"
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    A thought provoking story of what the afghan women (and people) have gone through. The "Joy Luck Club" of afghanistan. The story brought me to tears. Beautifully written and well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Rielle Hunter
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    In What Really Happened, Rielle Hunter offers an extremely personal account of her relationship with John Edwards: the facts of how they actually met; how their accidental love started and escalated; what it was like to fall in love with a married man who decided to run for president; the surprise of becoming pregnant during the campaign; how the affair became public; the extensive coverup, and finally, what happened in the years after Edwards publicly admitted to being the father of their daughter, Frances Quinn.

    a_certain_regard says: "Your jaw will drop! You'll puke in horror!"
    "REALLY? or should I say Rielle....?"
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    I am not sure that I believe Rielle's account as factual....but you never know. One thing is certain, a child is in this world because of two people and she deserves the best, no matter how she got here. I've never been into politics but I was interested in the story so I bought the book and it was good enough. I can't wait 'til someone writes one about Mark Sanford (ex-governor of SC)! It's like watching a train wreck...you can't help it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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