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  • The Case of the Beautiful Beggar: A Perry Mason Mystery

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Erle Stanley Gardner
    • Narrated By Perry King
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    In this mystery classic, Perry Mason takes on the case of a young woman whom the authorities accuse of exploiting her wealthy uncle. The Case of the Beautiful Beggar is part of Erle Stanley Gardner's massively popular, always compelling Perry Mason series. Everyone's favorite crusading attorney must use all his investigative and interrogatory skills to crack the case and win the trial.

    Patricia says: "Parts of this recording are out of order"
    "Classic Perry Mason/Bad recording"
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    I gave the stars based on the story....which is classic Perry Mason and can't be beat. However, audible really should remove the recording or get it fixed. As a previous reviewer stated, the order is somehow messed up. Suddenly about an hour from the end, the last segment including the "thank you for listening" ending are inserted and then it jumps back to the point where it left off. Very annoying...but not the book or narrator's fault, so I didn't mark it down for that. The narrator was okay, just didn't sound like Perry Mason to me, but maybe I'm simply expecting Raymond Burr.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Quiet Game

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (103)

    Penn Cage is no stranger to death. As a Houston prosecutor he sent 16 men to death row, and watched seven of them die. But now, in the aftermath of his wife's death, the grief-stricken father packs up his four-year-old daughter, Annie, and returns to his hometown in search of healing. But peace is not what he finds there.

    Ed says: "Great story even if it is abridged"
    "Mixed Reactions"
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    This review applies to the audible versions of both The Quiet Game and Turning Angel, the first two Penn Cage novels. Greg Iles is a talented author, no doubt about that. He draws you in and it's a "can't put it down" kind of ride. However, I find some of the graphic crude sex and disturbing scenes totally unnecessary, and at times abhorrent. Dick Hill is one of the best narrators out there, but he should research the pronunciations of the locale of a book. I've lived in Mississippi 50+ years and never heard any locals pronouncing Natchez the way he does. That's central to the book, and it grated on my nerves every time he said it. [We Southerners rarely put the emphasis on the last syllable. We do not say "NatCHEZ", but "NATchez", rhyming with matches.] There were other words like this...Biloxi, kudzu, pecan. And he gave a Cajun sort of pronunciation to Baton Rouge. That would be more appropriate in a southern Louisiana setting. I do not like it when Southern writers sell books by perpetuating the negative stereotypes of the South, but I'm simply confused at times by the racial content of these books. All that being said, I probably would enjoy these books more in the printed form....where my ears would not be annoyed, and I could skim more easily past some of the more offensive descriptions.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Exclusive

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (358)

    Barrie Travis is a damn good reporter stuck at a low-budget television station when the First Lady calls her—and offers her the opportunity of a lifetime. Stunned by the loss of her infant son, the president’s wife hints he may have been murdered. Barrie sets out to find the truth, fighting for the exclusive story with the help of Gray Bondurant, a mysterious former presidential aide.

    Rurouni says: "Had promise but...."
    "Ridiculous"
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    I hadn't read any Sandra Brown books in years and decided to give her another try when it was on sale. She has skill as a writer, no doubt about that. But the ridiculous sex scenes thrown in throughout are disgusting and reminded me of why I don't read her books. Why cheapen good writing with sophomoric sexual fantasies? The plot on this book was about as implausible as a book can get. I can't even decide which character was the most annoying and unrealistic. I wanted to slap all of them. And then at the end, she throws out the most ridiculous twist of all.....no way that twist fit the "facts" of the story. I won't buy another Sandra Brown book, even on sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cross My Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Tom Wopat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (559)
    Story
    (563)

    Detective Alex Cross is a family man at heart--nothing matters more to him than his children, his grandmother, and his wife Bree. His love of his family is his anchor, and gives him the strength to confront evil in his work. One man knows this deeply, and uses Alex's strength as a weapon against him in the most unsettling and unexpected novel of James Patterson's career.

    juliet says: "Worst Story EVER!"
    "Cross My Heart, I'm THROUGH with Patterson"
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    The minute I finished this book I got right on the computer to write a review. I would give it a 0 if I could. I was furious.

    I've been disappointed in Patterson for a long time...not that I believe he writes everything he puts his name on....he's just raking in money on reputation, not caring about his fans. I've threatened to quit reading him for some time, but this is the last penny he gets of mine. The book was actually kind of boring to me, simply because it's the same old Alex Cross story with different names for the villains. They all seem to be able to bug his house, track his every move, and his family's, and he never catches on. No family could live with all the drama the Cross family does, they'd be insane. But I kept right on to get the ending....oh, what? There is no ending. He just walks into the blue with his ENTIRE family still held captive. And then Patterson tries to tell us that this sort of disappointment is good for us? Well, I hope the disappointment of decreased sales are good for him. I think he's blown it this time.

    The narrators were as good as usual, can't blame them for the lousy story....except that I would be ashamed to narrate it myself.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Missing You

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1876)
    Performance
    (1660)
    Story
    (1671)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben set huge sales records with last year’s Six Years - and he’s poised to do it again in his next breathtaking stand-alone thriller. Harlan Coben, author of six consecutive instant number-one New York Times best sellers and a total of 24 award-winning, best-selling, and internationally acclaimed novels, returns with another ripped-from-real-life thriller full of impossibly high emotional stakes and the real-to-life characters for which he has become famous.

    Susan says: "I Ain't Missing You"
    "Missing You, Coben!"
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    I'm a big Coben fan, but this was more like a Stephen King book. It was full of violence and sick behaviors, a horror story more than a mystery His writing skills are still there to keep the story going, but it sidetracks in too many directions. Like all modern authors it seems, he feels a need to put in some gay and cross dressing characters just to be pc, that didn't really fit into the story well or add to the book. I've seen this same trend with many authors.....the more popular they become, the more gruesome they get. I often wonder...do they add the gore because they think they need to in order to keep selling books....or do they feel comfortable enough in their success to write what they always wanted? Whatever, I move on to other authors when they start this nonsense.

    28 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • MacNamara's Woman: Family Secrets, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (43)

    Three siblings searching for the truth about their family are about to find more than they bargained for. When Tamara Allistair lost her family, she quickly learned that the only person she could rely on was herself. Now Tamara wants revenge against the man who wronged her. But going after a target with far-reaching connections is a dangerous gamble, and soon Tamara is the one being threatened. A man with his own share of family issues, ex-marine C. J. MacNamara knows that protecting Tamara is the right thing to do.

    Mabel says: "don't waste you money"
    "What a disappointment"
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    I kept trying to listen to this book to find out what happened, but it was just way too annoying. Tamara has to be one of the most annoying characters I've encountered....alternating constantly between whining, attacking, loathing (self and others), lusting, rejecting, encouraging. I just wanted to slap her and couldn't imagine any man being attracted to her, let alone so patient with her. But the ridiculous sex scenes finally did me in. I like mysteries. I would buy Harlequin romances if I wanted this nonsense. I want my mind stimulated, not my libido. No more Lisa Gardner/Alicia Scott books for me. I didn't finish it....rare for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3497)
    Performance
    (2902)
    Story
    (2907)

    Everything starts somewhere. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover - to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control. Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justice - and an appetite for secrets.

    Melinda says: ""All Aboard!""
    "Very Disappointing"
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    I have enjoyed several Jack Reacher books. He's totally implausible to real life, but a fun character for reading. But this may very well be my last Reacher read.

    First, I hate when authors perpetuate negative stereotypes about any state or region. His 1997 description of Mississippi might have been accurate in 1957 or 1967, but not 1997. It was unnecessarily demeaning. Example: describing a man as "the result of four generations of eating squirrels". That is not only an obnoxious description, it's just plain stupid. If an author describes one place like this, then I don't trust any of his descriptions.

    Second, I also hate when authors feel the need to live out their sexual fantasies in the middle of a good novel. His train sex scenes were little more than bad porno. Way too graphic and way too long.

    But if you don't mind either of those flaws, it's a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Persuader

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3308)
    Performance
    (2466)
    Story
    (2452)

    Jack Reacher. The ultimate loner. An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he's moved from place to place...without family...without possessions...without commitments.

    Joanna says: "Child at His Best! A Must Read for Reacher Fans!"
    "Let's have a tad of realism"
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    Okay, I understand it's fiction in the thriller genre and one can't expect total realism, but this one really stretched believability at times. The scene where he falls in the ocean has to be the most dramatic sequence I've ever encountered in a book. It was so ludicrous that I laughed out loud instead of being tense. I thought that scene would never end. He had time to drown several times over, let alone think it all through in such graphic detail.

    But I like Dick Hill as the narrator for Jack Reacher and in general I like the character. The overall plot was good, just too far fetched at times to be very believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King and Maxwell

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1818)
    Performance
    (1588)
    Story
    (1596)

    It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father...after his supposed death. Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target? Sean and Michelle soon realize that they've stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined.

    JR Parrow says: "Come on guys, lighten up! This was a good book!"
    "Another good King & Maxwell"
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    I particularly enjoyed this after the TV series and I could "see" them in my mind from the series (Why did it get cancelled????)

    Not crazy about the female narrator, but overall they did a good job.

    The story is far fetched, but it's fiction and to be expected in a "thriller".

    The main reason I gave it a 4 though was because I hate the sound effects. Just read the dang book, it's not a movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New York Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (182)

    Everyone is always telling Stone Barrington that he’s too smart to be a cop, but it’s pure luck that places him on the streets in the dead of night, just in time to witness the horrifying incident that turns his life inside out. Suddenly he is on the front page of every New York newspaper and his life is hopelessly entwined in the increasingly shocking life (and perhaps death) of Sasha Nijinsky, the country’s hottest and most beautiful television anchorwoman.

    Richard Delman says: "Mr. Woods should expand his horizons."
    "Ridiculous"
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    If you like a book that is 25% sappy sex scenes and 25% profane and vulgar language and 50% actually story plot, this is the book for you!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9417)
    Performance
    (8482)
    Story
    (8489)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Time to Kill, Part 2"
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    I didn't really care for this book for the same reason I didn't care for Time to Kill. It perpetuates negative sterotypes of Mississippi. It is set in the 80's, but the racial atmosphere is more like the 50's or 60's. Either way, folks in other places read this type thing and think things are still that bad here. The other reason I didn't care for either book is that they are totally implausible at times....legally and socially.

    Having said that, Grisham is a master of the written word. Even though I got weary of the tale about half way through, and just wanted it to be over....it was still easy to contnue. With some books, you get tired and just quit and feel no loss. With Grisham's books, he draws you into the story in spite of yourself.

    And the ending wasn't as lame as some of his books. My personal opinion is still that his best three books were The Firm, Pelican Brief, and The Client. None since have just really really grabbed me.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful

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