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The Green Line Audiobook

The Green Line

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Publisher's Summary

Abby Donovan’s decade-long dream of partnership at her prestigious Chicago law firm is just months from fruition. But it’s all about to change because of one misstep. One step onto a late-night train headed in the wrong direction. Headed into Chicago’s west side, where gangs and violence and drugs fill the streets. In this engaging debut, E.C. Diskin, a former Chicago attorney, takes us on a fast-paced thrill ride with a believable and flawed heroine. Listeners will relate to her, fear for her, and get a glimpse inside Chicago’s best and worst. From the roughest streets of the west side to the estates of the North Shore, Abby Donovan and the unexpected villains of The Green Line will keep you listening late into the night as they shine light on a little-known, often-used, and widely-abused legal maneuver.

©2013 E.C. Diskin (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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    Wayne Matthews, NC 06-09-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 06-09-16 Member Since 2016

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "Interesting narration!"

    Narrator Jeff Cummings tries to reflect the emotions, voices, and accents of all of the many characters who have dialog. He does a horrible job which irritated me for the first hour. But then it became funny and added to my enjoyment of the book.

    The Green Line is an excellent legal thriller. The protagonist is a lawyer but all of the action is outside the courtroom. I would definitely read other books by this author.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Njiwa 01-25-16
    Njiwa 01-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Narration distracts from the story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    If you can get past the narration, which is very silly and borderline racist when voicing certain characters, the story itself is actually pretty smart and interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Smartly written. Since the author is an actual lawyer the legal part of the story was convincing.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeff Cummings?

    Literally anyone.


    Could you see The Green Line being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Perhaps Anna Kendrick as Abby, Shemar Moore as Marcus.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Han 04-13-15
    R. Han 04-13-15 Member Since 2016

    I work from home so enjoy audio books primarily for the 'company'. I tend to listen to the same books repeatedly if I really like them.

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    "I couldn't listen to this..."
    Would you try another book from E. C. Diskin and/or Jeff Cummings?

    Yes...my review is purely on the narration of the audiobook.


    Would you be willing to try another book from E. C. Diskin? Why or why not?

    Yes...see above.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeff Cummings?

    Annoying. If the narrators voice doesn't work for me, I just can't listen.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Green Line?

    Needs a different narrarator.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. Lucy Fairfield, California 03-18-14
    Ms. Lucy Fairfield, California 03-18-14 Member Since 2016

    I rarely give myself the time required to sit down and do nothing else except read a book. Thank goodness for Audible!!

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    "Horrid narration"
    Would you try another book from E. C. Diskin and/or Jeff Cummings?

    From the publisher's summary I WANTED to read this book, especially since I grew up in Chicago. Very unfortunately the narrator was really the worst I have ever heard (and my collection of audio books is in the hundreds), so, regardless of how good the story may have been, I wasn't able to enjoy it. After approximately an hour of ear assault I was forced to stop.


    Would you ever listen to anything by E. C. Diskin again?

    I would consider another book by this author ONLY IF THE NARRATOR WAS DIFFERENT.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His ability to do different voices was a joke. He REALLY messed up the main character - she is from the south and the narrator had trouble doing a woman, let alone one with a southern accent. It wasn't even funny - it was just BAD. Because there was a fair amount she had to "say", the narrator had to do her voice a lot and he simply couldn't. Someone should have stopped him.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Green Line?

    I couldn't say because I was stuck - hearing the narrator was truly an audible assault.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not listen to anything narrated by Jeff Cummings.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CDJSNERY04 11-12-16
    CDJSNERY04 11-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story suspenseful. Love it!"

    A story that rings with some truth of today. Police are there to help us, but there can be abuse out there with some. Sometimes people can be judged by their color or race. And in this story you feel what's unfair to those that can't fight back. But there are good police out there helping and fighting those that break the law. Read and find out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mamibella 10-27-16
    Mamibella 10-27-16 Member Since 2014

    Mamibella

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    "too much bad language not worth my time. it's sad"

    There is too much bad language, and I barely started it. It is not worth my time. It's sad people feel the need to do so. You can come up with more intellectual words.

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    Melissa 08-31-16
    Melissa 08-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good read"

    Slow start but if you hang in there it is worth it. I have a hard time listening to a man try to do a woman's voice.

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    Patrick McGuire Stevensville, MI United States 08-11-16
    Patrick McGuire Stevensville, MI United States 08-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who likes long drawn out endings.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was too damn long.


    What three words best describe Jeff Cummings’s voice?

    Enjoyable


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

    I was enjoying it until the ending lasted forever.


    Any additional comments?

    Shorten up the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C Reese 07-29-16
    C Reese 07-29-16
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    "Hard to listen to"

    The narrator ruined this book for me. He was HORRIBLE! His neutral reading voice wasn't the worst I've heard, but every last one of his character voices were awful. It was cartoonish actually. His voices for the urban characters were absolutely ridiculous. It was the auditory equivalent to watching actors perform in black face in old movies. Inner city thugs and prostitutes don't talk like Alabama sharecroppers from the early 1900s. The voice of the main villain and the attorneys and police were also super obnoxious. And don't even get me started on the voice he used for Abby. I started this book multiple times over the last 6 months or so and was never able to get more than a few chapters in. I finally gritted my teeth and finished it. The story is actually ok once you try to ignore the narrator's voices. Except there was one thing that really irritated me.... The baby was only 4 months old, but the author kept writing about ppl feeding her Cheerios and cereal, and also said she recognized a stranger's face from across the room and reached out for her and started laughing. That's absolute nonsense. My advice is either read the book yourself, or just skip it altogether. Unless obnoxious character voices don't bother you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christine 07-29-16
    Christine 07-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story; terrible narrator "

    Story was good and easy to follow. A little predictable at the end, but still entertaining. The narrator was TERRIBLE though. He made the main character sound like an absolute idiot when he was speaking in falsetto. Even the men's voices were awful. I almost stopped listening because it was so bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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