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  • The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Toobin
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (142)

    From the moment John Roberts, the chief justice of the United States, blundered through the Oath of Office at Barack Obama's inauguration, the relationship between the Supreme Court and the White House has been confrontational. Both men are young, brilliant, charismatic, charming, determined to change the course of the nation - and completely at odds on almost every major constitutional issue. One is radical; one essentially conservative. The surprise is that Obama is the conservative.

    Jean says: "A look at the Supreme Court"
    "Don't miss this one."
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    How often are you entertained and educated at the same time. Riveting expository writing, character development, and fresh writing style. However the chronical of the high jacking of the court by the political right often made me so angry. if my ipod were not so expensive, I would have thrown it out the window. Wonderfully told cautionary tale.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Taste for Death

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (104)

    When two men are discovered, with their throats cut, in the vestry of St Matthew’s Church, the police are faced with an intriguing challenge for one of the victims was ex-Government minister Sir Paul Berowne, the other, Harry Mack, a local tramp and alcoholic.

    connie says: "one of her best"
    "Real time story telling"
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    Slow but riveting. I like her pacing of stories but my guess it is an acquired taste. The characters are interesting, plot is fresh. As always PD James resists cliches. Recommend it to anyone who is a fan of hers.,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Dervish: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ayad Akhtar
    • Narrated By Ayad Akhtar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (181)

    Hayat Shah was captivated by Mina long before he met her: his mother's beautiful, brilliant, and soulfully devout friend is a family legend. When he learns that Mina is leaving Pakistan to live with the Shahs in America, Hayat is thrilled. Hayat's father is less enthusiastic. He left the fundamentalist world behind with reason. What no one expects is that when Mina shows Hayat the beauty and power of the Quran, it will utterly transform the boy.

    David says: "a complex, rewarding book"
    "Compelling performance and story"
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    This little novel stunned me into immobility,and until I finished the epiloge I was in the world of Pakistani newcomers in the midwest. When I refer to the novel as "little" I am only referring to its length. It is a powerful big story of family, faith, love, hate and all the universal themes that make good fiction the moral compass for the 21st century. I have searched for a novel that could give the reader a look at what it is like to be a Muslim in America. Although that is too large a task for one little Muslim community, it does give the curious a direction to follow.It doesn't suprise me that the reader is the author.This is one of the most riveting performaces I have ever enjoyed. Please read this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2170)
    Performance
    (1915)
    Story
    (1903)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Elizabeth McGovern could read the phone book!!"
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    Gripping story, wonderful reader, deeply etched characters whom you care about. What more could you ask

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sense of an Ending

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    Overall
    (837)
    Performance
    (704)
    Story
    (699)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Melinda says: "'Something Happened'..."
    "Wonderful writing"
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    Such wonderful prose, character development, made me buy the book so I could reread portions of it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Brass Verdict: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4207)
    Performance
    (1770)
    Story
    (1761)

    Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

    Jeff says: "Five Star Book; Three Star Narration"
    "Brass Verdict; one of Connely's best"
    Overall

    Connely manages to stay clear of the genre's cliches and formulas in this one and the narrator is well matched to the material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen Moons

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Charles Frazier
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (677)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (241)

    This magnificent novel by one of America's finest writers is the epic of one man's remarkable journey, set in 19th-century America against the background of a vanishing people and a rich way of life. At the age of 12, under the Wind Moon, Will is given a horse, a key, and a map, and sent alone into the Indian Nation to run a trading post as a bound boy. It is during this time that he grows into a man, learning, as he does, of the raw power it takes to create a life, to find a home.

    P. Bergh says: "A fascinating, great epic tale"
    "Thirteen Moons even better than Cold Mountain"
    Overall

    I thought Cold Mountain was a strong, original book but Thirteen Moons surpasses it in character development and the sheer beauty of his descriptions of nature. Thirteen Moons might have seemed better because I was listening to the wonderful interpretation of Will Patton instead of my puny interior voice that I hear when I read.
    If you love beautiful prose, don't miss this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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