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Murdo

EDINBURGHUnited Kingdom | Member Since 2003

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  • Special Circumstances

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Sheldon Siegel
    • Narrated By David Dukes
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Mike Daley is an ex-priest, ex-public defender, ex-husband, and most recently an ex-partner at Simpson & Gates, a prominent San Francisco law firm. He's on his own and setting up a private practice on the wrong side of town. Then his best friend and former colleague is charged with a brutal double murder involving one of Simpson & Gates's most powerful partners and a young associate. Mike's got to clear his friend's name, but time is running out.

    Murdo says: "Fine story bizarrely read"
    "Fine story bizarrely read"
    Overall

    Sheldon Siegel is a good storyteller, and his central characters Mike Daley and his ex wife partner Rosie are excellent. He writes with pace and humour, and his courtrooms scenes do exactly what they are designed to do - move the story forward in an entertaining way. I thoroughly enjoyed this but I deducted a star because of the reading, which was eccentric at best. The reader's characterisation of the voices of Skipper Gates and the judge were just bizarre and a bit offputting. Otherwise, great stuff.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Juror

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Vincent Marzello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    In 1970, the future of one of Mississippi's more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper. The murderer, Danny Padgitt, was tried before a packed courtroom, but it came to a startling and dramatic end when the defendant threatened revenge against the jurors if they convicted him.

    Maria F says: "Great listen"
    "A welcome return to form"
    Overall

    Over time, Grisham's books have become less and less appealing. They start well but fade badly, and often any tension dissipates about halfway through. However, this was a wonderfully atmospheric story, well read and easily able to sustain interest over the unabridged length. Unfortunately, The Broker turned out to be more like his other recent work.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Secret Sanction

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Brian Haig
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    In a remote war at Europe's center, somebody has committed a cold-blooded massacre - 35 victims shot in the head at close range. Sean Drummond, one of the Army's most brilliant lawyers, is heading the investigation. The deeper he probes, the more he discovers how duty, honor, and country can clash.

    George says: "A FUN ENJOYABLE BOOK"
    "Splendid effort all round"
    Overall

    I share something in common with the author of this book, apparently, in that I know absolutely nothing about the US Army. As a result, mistakes of detail didn't trouble me. The story was much more complex and interesting than I had anticipated, and the reader was brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Man

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    Murdo says: "A guilty pleasure"
    "A guilty pleasure"
    Overall

    Campbell Scott (what a fine Scottish name!) reads this story with well-judged dramatic emphasis. The story builds to a surprise climax, and in general it works very well. At one stage, however, it takes a turn which can generously be described as supremely daft, in a police interrogation scene. Ordinarily it would turn me completely off but for some reason I really like this audiobook and couldn't do so. This is why it is a guilty pleasure - it's embarrassing to admit how much I like it but there it is!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Silent Witness

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    When seventeen-year-old Tony Lord was accused of the murder of Alison Taylor, his friends turned against him. Now he is a San Francisco lawyer dedicated to the defense of his clients, but his new client is one of those fair-weather friends...and he is suspected of murdering of a female student. Tony must confront not only the fear that his friend is a murderer, but the buried truths that underlie Alison's death so long ago.

    Murdo says: "Unbearably tense"
    "Unbearably tense"
    Overall

    Richard North Patterson here wrings every drop of tension out of a tremendous story, culminating in an ending which could not come soon enough. Beautifully read, this is a fantastic audiobook, but the sound quality is very poor, even at the highest byte level. Don't expect to find the characters particularly likeable, but get into the story and you're away!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Man in Full

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By David Ogden Stiers
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (47)

    A decade ago, The Bonfire of the Vanities defined an era - and established Tom Wolfe as the prime fictional chronicler of America at its most outrageous and alive. Now Wolfe is back with a pitch-perfect, coast-to-coast portrait of our wild and woolly, no-holds-barred, multifarious country on the cusp of the millennium.

    Casey says: "Not A Book In Full"
    "An amazing piece of work"
    Overall

    This book, which I had read and thus knew already, was an extremely enjoyable listen. The reading by David Ogden Stiers was extraordinary, and did full justice to a unique story and the characters therein.

    Wonderful!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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