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  • The Judge Hunter

  • By: Christopher Buckley
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

London, 1664. Twenty years after the English revolution, the monarchy has been restored, and Charles II sits on the throne. The men who conspired to kill his father are either dead or disappeared. Baltasar “Balty” St. Michel is 24 and has no skills and no employment. He gets by on handouts from his brother-in-law Samuel Pepys, an officer in the king’s navy. Fed up with his needy relative, Pepys offers Balty a job in the New World. He is to track down two missing judges who were responsible for the execution of the last king, Charles I. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprise!

  • By mary j aboughadareh on 06-12-18

Surprise!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-18

I had no idea this book would be so funny and engaging. I couldn’t stop listening. What a good book. I highly recommend it.

  • Meridon

  • Wideacre, Book 3
  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Charlie Sanderson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

The third volume in the best-selling Wideacre trilogy. Set in the 18th century, they launched the career of Philippa Gregory, the best-selling author of The Other Boleyn Girl and Three Sisters, Three Queens. Meridon, a desolate Romany girl, is determined to escape the hard poverty of her childhood. Riding bareback in a travelling show while her sister, Dandy, risks her life on the trapeze, Meridon dedicates herself to freeing them both from danger and want.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than book 1 & 2

  • By mary j aboughadareh on 01-28-18

Better than book 1 & 2

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-28-18

I honestly didn’t like book 1 & 2 but by this time I felt I had to finish the series. Book 3 is much better and I can say I did like it. I’m glad to say it had a good ending. Still, if I had it to do again I’d skip the whole series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Column of Fire

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,359
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,692

In 1558 the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty, and love. Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious divide sweeping across the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Follett is a Master Storyteller

  • By Charles Atkinson on 10-11-17

It does not get any better than Ken Follett and John Lee

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-27-17

It was worth the wait for this book. It was so interesting and entertaining. I listened every chance I got but now I’m sad it’s over. John Lee is my favorite reader. I think he could make the most boring topic interesting. The story is alive. The characters are alive. This is one I think anyone would enjoy even if they haven’t read the previous books in the series although you shouldn’t miss them. I highly recommend it.

  • Adam's Empire

  • By: Evan Green
  • Narrated by: Richard Aspel
  • Length: 34 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

He thought he had everything until tragedy struck... Adam Ross, orphaned at nine, cherished a dream - that one day he would have land of his own. The opal fields of Coober Pedy offered his first glimpse of riches - and Nellie, a dusky beauty, provided his first taste of love... From the western plains of New South Wales to the balmy waters of Sydney Harbour, from the grinding heat of a West Australian cattle station to the eerie desert shores of Lake Eyre, Adam was driven by his ambition.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A little too long winded

  • By Jeanette on 04-03-15

Excellent in every way

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-15

I enjoyed this book so much. It reminded me of the late Bryce Cortenay's writings. A really good story that kept me engaged from very first word until the last.

  • At the Water's Edge

  • A Novel
  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,328
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,192
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,202

After disgracing themselves at a high society New Year's Eve party in Philadelphia in 1944, Madeline Hyde and her husband, Ellis, are cut off financially by his father, a former army colonel who is already ashamed of his son’s inability to serve in the war. Ellis and his best friend, Hank, decide that the only way to regain the colonel's favor is to succeed where the colonel very publicly failed - by hunting down the famous Loch Ness monster.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Julie Angles on 04-20-15

Great story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-15

This was a very good story and I loved the reader. It picks up immediately and will keep your interest the whole time.

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  • Mightier than the Sword

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,967
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,944

Harry Clifton is more successful than ever as a novelist, and has just been elected president of PEN Britain. He learns of a writer in Russia whose memoir of life inside Stalin's palace has landed the writer in prison for life, his book taken off shelves and destroyed. Harry becomes obsessed with freeing the writer and telling his story. His wife Emma, meanwhile is the chair of Barringtons Shipping, having escaped a plot to destroy their company by bombing one of their luxury liners, and now the company is thriving.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Better Then the Last Two

  • By Joel on 04-26-15

Lots of loose ends

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-15

I've listened to and loved this entire series but this one left too many loose ends making it not very satisfying. I guess the good news is there's got to be another one coming.

  • Undeniable

  • Evolution and the Science of Creation
  • By: Bill Nye
  • Narrated by: Bill Nye
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,184
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,760
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,741

Sparked by a provocative comment to BigThink.com last fall, and fueled by a highly controversial debate with Creation Museum curator Ken Ham, Bill Nye's campaign to confront the scientific shortcoming of creationism has exploded in just a few months into a national crusade.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Leasurly read for those who don't want equations

  • By StefP on 02-05-15

Excellent world view

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-15

Bill Nye is so enthusiastic. He makes you want to rush out and take a biology class. I didn't see the debate that resulted in this book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Jack of Diamonds

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 26 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 997
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 995

Born and raised in a poor, working-class family in Toronto, Jack Spayd is the son of an unhappy marriage. After being taken under the wing of "Miss Frostbite", the owner of a local jazz club, Jack becomes a gifted musician, playing piano and harmonica. Fame and the allure of gambling takes him to Vegas, and prospects of fortune take him to the Belgian Congo, where he's heard it's possible to earn big money working in the most dangerous parts of the local copper mines.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • On the Day we lost Bryce

  • By Brodie on 11-23-12

Sadly not Courtenay's finest

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-13

Would you listen to Jack of Diamonds again? Why?

My favorite author and of course I would read anything he wrote.

What did you like best about this story?

The best part is the ending. His stories never leave you hanging, even the ones with sequels.

What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

Humphrey bowers is me favorite reader. He's perfect. He can switch back and forth from male to female and do so many accent perfectly. I'm always amazed at his southern accent which no body can get right. You never get the chara ters mixed up because every one will have a different voice. I could listen to him read anything.

Who was the most memorable character of Jack of Diamonds and why?

The parrot. Just kidding. Jack. The story is about Jack.

Any additional comments?

I rolled my eyes more than once and sadly though that it would be the last of his I'd listen to. I thought it was his same old storie in different clothes. Imagine how bad I felt when I found out it WAS the last one I would listen to! I'm so sad he died. Still, dont let this be your first Courtenay's book. Go with The Power of One or the Potato Factory.

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,805
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30,757
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30,828

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

Don't miss this one

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-11

What a good book! What a story! It was so well told. I learned quite a bit from it, too. I liked how she finished the book, too. She tells you "the rest of the story". There's never a dull moment. You'll love the good guys and hate the villians.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Whistling Season

  • By: Ivan Doig
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Hogan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 937
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 652

When a widowed rancher hires a housekeeper to help with his three young sons, he finds her to be cheerful and competent. Yet she is concealing a colorful and infamous past. Filled with humor and hardship, this novel sings with what the author calls "a poetry of the vernacular". A finalist for the National Book award, Ivan Doig, who has published 11 books, has been hailed as the "West's preeminent literary novelist" by the Denver Post.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wordplay

  • By Rick Just on 12-21-06

NOT a pity party

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-11

How refreshing to listen to a good story about a family that's no disfunctional. I enjoyed the book very much. They characters were engaging, the reading was good. A few good laughs and a little mystery.