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  • Billy Straight

  • By: Jonathan Kellerman
  • Narrated by: Alexander Adams
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

Twelve-year-old Billy Straight - precocious, heartbreakingly perceptive, relentlessly moral - has fled the chaos and abuse of his life at home and is fighting to survive on L.A.'s meanest streets. All alone, Billy has fashioned a precarious existence for himself, using principled tricks to nourish his body and his mind. Late one night he watches from his hiding place as a man viciously butchers a woman. Billy becomes the center of terrifying attention - from the media, from violent bounty hunters, and from the murderer himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterfully Kellerman

  • By Izzy32500 on 09-30-15

Rambling story, too much introspective narrative

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

Really struggled to listen 9nly because I wanted to figure out the seemingly unrelated characters and how they come together. This could have been 4 hours shorter.

  • Silent Mercy

  • By: Linda Fairstein
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 240

It's the middle of the night. Prosecutor Alexandra Cooper is called to Harlem's Mount Neboh Baptist Church, a beautiful house of worship originally built as a synagogue. But the crowd gathered there isn't interested in architecture, or even prayer. They've come for the same reason Alex has: to find out why the body of a young woman has been decapitated, set on fire, and left burning on the church steps.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to Fairstein's Usual Flair

  • By Beverly on 03-24-11

I love this performer

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

Better than Jsnney - this was average for storyline and plot, but the inclusion of historical and religious themes make it very interesting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Without Mercy

  • A Body Farm Novel
  • By: Jefferson Bass
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

Forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton has spent 25 years solving brutal murders - but none so horrific and merciless as his latest case: A ravaged set of skeletal remains is found scattered in the woods of nearby Cook County. They are all that is left of a victim who had been chained, hand and foot, to a tree on a remote mountainside. The bones tell Brockton and his longtime graduate assistant, Miranda, that the victim was a young male under the age of thirty. As they dig deeper to establish his identity, they uncover warning signs that long-simmering hatred is about to explode.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too much idealism not enough story line

  • By FJI on 03-15-17

i rarely cry when listening to books

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

This is the most recently written, and only my second, Body Farm book. i was surprised and moved to hear references to our country's most recent elections, and the surge of hate rhetoric and crime. But it was the death of Wayland and the Dr's emotion filled accounting of the mo.ents leading up to his last dying declaration of his love for his girl that opened the flood gates. The performance is astoundingly real..

  • Simple Genius

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,279

Former Secret Service agents turned private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell have seen their lives splinter around them. Michelle lies unconscious in a hospital bed after a night of suicidal violence. And Sean is forced to take on a thankless investigation into the murder of a scientist just inside the CIA's razor-wire fence near Williamsburg, Virginia. But they will need to team up again to stop a conspiracy of traitors operating in the shadow of the White House itself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Better than average

  • By Joanna on 06-09-09

A Little Slow in Spots

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

Its just a tad drawn out for my taste. i noticed how the narrator inserts which character was speaking more, which became a distraction from listening. For example, short sentences in a conversation had more "Sean remarked" and Horatio said"

  • End Game

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,837
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,309

Will Robie and Jessica Reel are two of the most lethal people alive. They're the ones the government calls in when the utmost secrecy is required to take out those who plot violence and mass destruction against the United States. And through every mission, one man has always had their backs: their handler, code-named Blue Man. But now, Blue Man is missing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keep 'em Coming!

  • By shelley on 11-15-17

Frightening

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

realizing that this is a work of fiction it still seems too close to reality to ignore.

  • Swing Time

  • By: Zadie Smith
  • Narrated by: Pippa Bennett-Warner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,381
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,373

Two brown girls dream of being dancers - but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe or makes a person truly free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early 20s, never to be revisited but never quite forgotten either....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling and instructive. A novel of the highest caliber

  • By Richmond Surrey on 07-27-17

Brilliant performance, challenging story in audio

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

I found the storyline a bit challenging to follow when she shifted from childhood to young woman and back. But other than that I really enjoyed her descriptive language and felt as if I were there in the Villages and flats and places where she traveled. At what point did her mother begin living with a woman? After the Activist surely, but I did not recall an entry point for Miriam. It is a well-written book and I'm actually going to go purchase it so that I can read it and catch the places that I missed.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Chaos

  • A Scarpetta Novel
  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,724
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,540
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,540

In the quiet of twilight, on an early autumn day, 26-year-old Elisa Vandersteel is killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River. It appears she was struck by lightning - except the weather is perfectly clear, with not a cloud in sight. Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the Cambridge Forensic Center's director and chief, decides at the scene that this is no accidental act of God. Her investigation becomes complicated when she begins receiving a flurry of bizarre poems from an anonymous cyberbully who calls himself Tailend Charlie.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Another chance, another disappointment.

  • By Lonna on 11-24-16

A Little Too Much Stream of Thought

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

Reviewed: 11-24-16

I almost stopped mid story because of the lomg narratives and descriptions of the past inside Kays mind. It overshadowed the gifted writing and narration. The span of time actually was days and hours but felt like years. Why couldn't they just finish Kerrys story? Its getting tiresome.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out

  • True Stories of Becoming a Nurse
  • By: Lee Gutkind
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435

This collection of true narratives reflects the dynamism and diversity of nurses who provide the first vital line of patient care. Here, nurses remember their first "sticks", first births, and first deaths and reflect on what gets them though long, demanding shifts and keeps them in the profession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kept my interest

  • By C Sterchele on 08-25-15

Compelling stories, but narration dry

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-16

I really loved this book, because, as the patient, as the daughter of two parents who died over months or days, and a Director of a nonclinical department who is asked to help people leverage culture and diversity in the clinical departments, I want to hear more of the nursing experience. My only observation is that the narrator spoke in clipped, controlled sentences that brought a cold tone throughout. 4/5 - good read.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Grievous Sin

  • A Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Novel
  • By: Faye Kellerman
  • Narrated by: Mitchell Greenberg
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 338

The birth of their baby girl has filled Rina Lazarus and her husband, LAPD Homicide Detective Peter Decker, with joy mingled with sorrow, since complications have ensured that they can have no more children. But the situation is grim at the hospital, which has been devastated by severe budget cutbacks and staff shortages. And when a respected nurse vanishes along with a newborn from the nursery, Peter and Rina fear for the safety of their own precious child.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Shallow plot, dragged out

  • By Brenda on 07-04-12

Good listen, good ending

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

Reviewed: 04-01-16

I enjoyed this very much, but I was a tad disappointed at not getting a solid close on whodunit.

  • Murder 101

  • A Decker/Lazarus Novel, Book 22
  • By: Faye Kellerman
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

As a detective lieutenant with the LAPD, Peter Decker witnessed enough ugliness and chaos for a lifetime. Now, he and his devoted wife, Rina Lazarus, are ready to enjoy the quiet beauty of upstate New York, where they can be closer to their four adult children and their foster son. But working for the Greenbury Police department isn't as fulfilling as Decker hoped. While Rina has adapted beautifully to their new surroundings, Decker is underwhelmed and frustrated by his new partner, Tyler McAdams, a former Harvard student and young buck with a bad 'tude.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • New Town, New Narrator, Same Saints

  • By Carol on 09-12-14

Slow.

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

Reviewed: 02-21-16

It was a struggle to listen. The narrators voice is more monotone than usual and that caused me to stop listening for entire sections.