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  • Tell No Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (583)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (516)

    The scion of an old-money San Francisco family, Daniel Brasher left his well-paying, respectable money-manager position to marry his community organizer wife and work at a job he loves, leading group counseling sessions with recently paroled violent offenders. One night he finds an envelope - one intended for someone else that was placed in his office mailbox by accident. Inside is an unsigned piece of paper, a handwritten note that says, "Admit what you've done or you will bleed for it."

    karen says: "The purgatory of group therapy"
    "Too dark. Gave up after 2 hours"
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    What would have made Tell No Lies better?

    author needs to make the characters more likeable/interesting. The crime story simply kept on grinding on.


    Has Tell No Lies turned you off from other books in this genre?

    not at all.


    How could the performance have been better?

    scott brick was ok. His inflections and histrionics tend to detract


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I like books based in SF.


    Any additional comments?

    this was my 1st book by this author. Possible I do not like his style

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Canada

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Ford
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (553)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (464)

    When 15-year-old Dell Parsons' parents rob a bank, his sense of normal life is forever altered. In an instant, this private cataclysm drives his life into before and after, a threshold that can never be uncrossed. His parents' arrest and imprisonment mean a threatening and uncertain future for Dell and his twin sister, Berner. Willful and burning with resentment, Berner flees their home in Montana, abandoning her brother and her life. But Dell is not completely alone. A family friend intervenes, spiriting him across the Canadian border.

    Susan C. S. says: "After the last word, went right back to beginning"
    "Thoughtful story but very slow moving."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    not sure anything could. its the authors deliberate style, or his story line that did not work for me.


    Has Canada turned you off from other books in this genre?

    likely, I would not listen to any of the authors books


    What three words best describe Holter Graham’s voice?

    very good. did great job with various characters


    What character would you cut from Canada?

    creepy character at the inn in canada


    Any additional comments?

    very well developed characters and monologue. while thoughtful, story was not exciting in the least.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper: Dismas Hardy, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (161)

    On the evening before Thanksgiving, Hal Chase, a guard in the San Francisco County Jail, drives to the airport to pick up his step-brother for the weekend. When they return, Hal’s wife, Katie, has disappeared without a clue. By the time Dismas Hardy hears about this, Katie has been missing for five days. The case strikes close to home because Katie had been seeing Hardy’s wife, a marriage counselor. By this time, the original Missing Persons case has become a suspected homicide, and Hal is the prime suspect.

    Jean says: "A fun book to listen to."
    "One of slower stories of the Dismas Hardy series"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The first 7 hours of this story are quite slow. A 2 or 3 paragraph synopsis/summary would have been adequate for that length of the story.

    The plot finally picked up around hour 8 and got interesting. Lescroart is a favorite author but I feel he should have abbreviated or added better pacing to the majority of this 12 hour ( audio length) story


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Lescroart again?

    Yes. I have listened to all the Hardy stories over the years and some of Lescroarts other work


    What does David Colacci bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Collacci is excellent. Hi 'voicing ' is superb.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The end had a good plot twist. Just not quite worth the time to get there.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2672)
    Performance
    (2272)
    Story
    (2259)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "Too dark. Overemphasis on character angst"
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    What disappointed you about You're Next?

    Difficult to listen of 12 hours of the main character's suffering and obstacles. Author should have altered it or employed some type of pacing or relief.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gregg Hurwitz again?

    No, if this is his standard writing style


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Scott Brick is usually excellent. I don't think he should have sung nursery rhymes as 1 of the characters. It sounded like a difficult story for him to maintain.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    ending was acceptable and somewhat predictable. The plot finally turned and made sense with the visit to the casino.


    Any additional comments?

    Should have been a shorter book, as 85% of the story was about the main characters suffering and angst

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15337)
    Performance
    (12661)
    Story
    (13302)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Complete Waste of Time"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is so horribly written and the narrator is just awful. Total waste of time. I could barely make it through the first eight chapters before I had to throw in the towel. Thank goodness it was free but I shouldn't have wasted a credit on this piece of trash.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Robber Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (104)

    Margaret Atwood's The Robber Bride is inspired by "The Robber Bridegroom", a wonderfully grisly tale from the Brothers Grimm in which an evil groom lures three maidens into his lair and devours them, one by one. But in her version, Atwood brilliantly recasts the monster as Zenia, a villainess of demonic proportions, and sets her loose in the lives of three friends.

    Mariah says: "Captivating Story with Great Narration"
    "if you Like Margaret Atwood, this is a must listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    great story and fascinating characters


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Xenia, who was mysterious and impacted the lives of all in this story


    What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?

    convincing depiction of different characters


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Motive: A Dismas Hardy Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (84)

    It starts with a double homicide. Because of the high profiles of the victims - a politically connected socialite and his glamorous fiancée - the mayor of San Francisco herself demands that a high-ranking detective be put on the case. And so Abe Glitsky is thrust into the controversial investigation.

    Ed says: "Last hour lost it a star"
    "Outstanding legal/crime drama.1 of the series best"
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    Where does The Motive rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    its in my top 5 , maybe top 3 for the Dismas Hardy/Abe Glitzky series


    What did you like best about this story?

    The court room scenes are terrific. I enjoyed the corrupt police angle. Excellent pacing and it held my interest.


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

    Another great job by Colacci


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing but the Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (237)

    When San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy gets a call saying his wife never picked the kids up from school, he's worried. Frannie's a great mother. Turns out there's a good explanation: She's in jail. Unbeknownst to her husband, Frannie has just appeared before a grand jury - and refused to share a crucial piece of information about her friend Ron, who's accused of killing his wife.

    MEMcL says: "Disappointing"
    "Not the best from author"
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    What would have made Nothing but the Truth better?

    the main theme of marital difficulties revolved around 4 main characters. There was too much focus and content on marital issues. The pacing was also slow, IMO. Franny Hardy was in jail for 4 days which made this a somewhat depressing listen.


    Did David Colacci do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Colacci is excellent.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Nothing but the Truth?

    franny should have been released on day 2, and the other sub plots could have been better developed, esp the killers in this story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Chair: A Dismas Hardy Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (68)

    Dismas Hardy is finally on top: as a managing partner at his thriving, newly reorganized law firm, he's a rainmaker and fix-it guy for clients leery of taking their chances in a courtroom. Now Hardy's up-and-coming associate, Amy Wu, brings him a high-profile case: Andrew Bartlett, the 17-year-old son of a prominent San Francisco family, has been arrested for the double slaying of his girlfriend and his English teacher.

    Snoodely says: "An insider's view of law-enforcement"
    "My Favorite Dismas/Abe Legal Drama"
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    Where does The Second Chair rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    See my title. I greatly enjoyed this audiobook


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

    Suggest you listen to First Oath , then Second Chair, for continuity.

    This audio book was so good, I did not want it to end !


    Which character – as performed by David Colacci – was your favorite?

    Dismas has evolved and matured in this book. His character is the lead in this legal drama.


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

    I don't think thats possible with a 16 hour audio book. However, the last 2 hours will hold you.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The First Law: A Dismas Hardy Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By Robert Lawrence
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    At last recovered from a near-fatal gunshot wound, Lieutenant Abe Glitsky is back at work. But instead of returning to his old job as chief of homicide detail, he's assigned a desk job in the payroll department, where he has no business investigating murders -until his father's closest friend is shot dead in a downtown pawn shop.

    Pam Sturgess says: "Good book + horrible performance = waste of money"
    "Top Notch Legal/Crime Drama"
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    Where does The First Law rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This might be my favorite of the Dismas Hardy/Abe Glitzky series


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Glitzky is my favorite character in this audio book, as the embattled former lieutenant in this thrilling story. The author did a great job with the Glitzky character, who has no official authority in this story, but had to take charge in a complex case with corruption and incompetence in the SFPD.


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

    as usual, the ending is thrilling, pulling the multiple themes together. The various settings in San Francisco are well documented and life like, as I lived in or near the city for 20 years .


    Any additional comments?

    this audiobook is a must have for your collection.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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