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  • Calico Joe

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Erik Singer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,163

Whatever happened to Calico Joe? It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a 21-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short but worth at least 2 credits

  • By Marjean on 04-21-12

A Brief Baseball Lover’s Dream

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

Grisham’s brilliance and versatility are on display in this wonderful historical fiction written primarily for the nostalgic baseball fan. It reminded me of that fateful evening in 1967 when Jack Hamilton ended for all intensive purposes Tony Conigliaro’s career. While the main characters are fictional, players are generally the ones active in the day surrounding the Joe Castle and Warren Tracy era. I highly recommend this to baseball fans everywhere.

  • Tenemental

  • Adventures of a Reluctant Landlady
  • By: Vikki Warner
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Mitchell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 232

Detouring from the traditional timeline of marriage-kids-house, 26-year-old Vikki Warner skips straight to homeownership. She buys a run-down three-story house in Providence, Rhode Island, and suddenly finds herself responsible for a rotating cast of colorful tenants. Adulthood comes with unforeseen challenges: backed-up sewage, gentrification, global economic downturn. Tenemental is a candid portrait of how sharing space profoundly reshapes our lives, and forces us to grow into ourselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tenemental is a Great listen

  • By Meredith on 08-09-18

Well done, Ms. Warner!

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

This is a well written and original account of a landlady/house mom’s tireless and passionate commitment to an over one hundred-year-old typical New England tenement. What is atypical is the neighborhood. A thriving underworld cornerstone in the 1950s and 60s, federal a.k.a. “Fregdra” Hill as the neighborhood was referred to back then, emerged into an inner-city melting pot of those just short of the American dream. The author, herself, is a 1960s hippie at heart in a generation X body. Her story is reap with realism and will hit home with anyone who lived in those cramped edifices growing up and with any landlord who has tried for many years to simply do the right thing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,487

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Off the track

  • By James Ray on 06-28-18

Tedious Audio

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

Like all Stephen King books, it starts out like it is going to be a good read. Many finish that way. Unfortunately this one drags on and on with an extremely tedious and often annoying narrator. The voice of Holly is simply excruciating.

38 of 45 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Blooded

  • By: Toni Anderson
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Disgraced investigative journalist Pip West is devastated when she discovers her best friend’s body facedown in a tranquil lake. When cops and federal agents determine her friend overdosed and then drowned, Pip knows they’re mistaken and intends to prove it. Pip is thrown off her game by grief and her unexpected attraction to the handsome federal agent on the case. The more Pip digs, the closer she gets to both the sexy FBI agent and to a bioweapons terrorist who’s more than capable of cold-bloodedly sacrificing anyone who gets in his way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The series keeps on rolling!

  • By JohnFern0813 on 07-29-18

The series keeps on rolling!

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

This is the 10th installment of the cold justice series. It’s hard to say which one of the 10 is best, but cold blooded is right up there. Actually, they are all outstanding thrill rides coupling FBI investigations and unlikely love. Toni Anderson and Dove continue to make this series one of the most listenable and engaging fictions in recent years.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Trial

  • McMurtrie and Drake Legal Thrillers
  • By: Robert Bailey
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697

McMurtrie’s old nemesis, Jack Willistone, is found dead on the banks of the Black Warrior River. Willistone had his share of enemies, but all evidence points to a forgotten, broken woman as the killer. At the urging of the suspect’s desperate fourteen-year-old daughter, McMurtrie agrees to take the case. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely one of the best legal thrillers!!

  • By shelley on 05-09-18

Another Virtuoso Professor Performance

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

Over the past three years, the professor series has become what I believe the most intriguing legal thriller series in a long long time. The last trial is a fitting sequel to its predecessors. My only chagrin is the wait for another installment or comparable series to be published. Until then, I will go back and listen again to the first two books in the series: the professor and between black and white. Great narration complementing superb writing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Oxford Year

  • A Novel
  • By: Julia Whelan
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,781

American Ella Durran has had the same plan for her life since she was 13: study at Oxford. At 24, she’s finally made it to England on a Rhodes Scholarship when she’s offered an unbelievable position in a rising political star’s presidential campaign. With the promise that she’ll work remotely and return to DC at the end of her Oxford year, she’s free to enjoy her Once in a Lifetime Experience. That is until a smart-mouthed local who is too quick with his tongue and his car ruins her shirt and her first day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By Karen on 05-03-18

Poetic and Poignant

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

My Oxford Year is not just a romance novel, it is a powerful drama depicting the realisation of life unexpected. Having listened to dozens of Julia Whelan’s performances, it was not surprising to hear the depth of her character engagement and heartfelt voice that brings wonderful characters to vivid life. What was truly startling in her debut as a novelist was the strength of her writing and storytelling. Julia Whelan is not only a Hall of Fame narrator(Audible Editors?), but she is now one of the most exciting new authors of 2018.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Malice

  • Cold Justice, Book 8
  • By: Toni Anderson
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

ASAC Steve "Mac" McKenzie is out to prove himself by leading a task force investigating a series of murders in the heart of Washington, DC. His undercover work in an anti-government compound twenty years earlier is related - as is the sweet, innocent girl he befriended back then. Now that girl is a beautiful woman, and she has something to hide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hang on it is a wild ride you will love

  • By Cyn on 12-25-17

Keeps getting better and better!

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

Cold malice, cold justice series book 8, just might be the best of a consistently engaging series. Toni Anderson’s impeccable writing and clever plotting, coupled with Eric G. Dove’s outstanding narration, have made this series one of my all-time favorites. Enjoy them all.

  • Sisters First

  • Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life
  • By: Jenna Bush Hager, Barbara Pierce Bush, Laura Bush - foreword
  • Narrated by: Barbara Pierce Bush, Jenna Bush Hager
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,645

Born into a political dynasty, Jenna and Barbara Bush grew up in the public eye. As small children, they watched their grandfather become president; just 12 years later they stood by their father's side when he took the same oath. They spent their college years being trailed by the Secret Service and chased by the paparazzi, with every teenage mistake making national headlines. But the tabloids didn't tell the whole story of these two young women forging their own identities under extraordinary circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Family & Global Connection: It Is Wonderful

  • By Herstory buff on 12-05-17

Ah, the Good Old Days

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

Reviewed: 10-31-17

Sisters First brings you back to the kind and loving times the Bush twins have experienced and reminds the listener of the good intentions of its nation’s leading families. In these days of constant political bickering, Jenna and Barbara have crafted an account of their family’s lives which should give us all hope of returning to a compassion-filled world.

  • Only Time Will Tell

  • The Clifton Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,454

From the internationally best-selling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words "I was told that my father was killed in the war"....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Archer

  • By cristina on 10-21-11

An incomplete story

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

I wouldn't have wasted nearly 13 hours on this book if I'd known that it was simply a chapter in a series. It is not a standalone listen. One would have to continue the series much like a television miniseries. If you are interested in completing the novel in the 13 hours of this production, you will be severely disappointed.

  • The Trapped Girl

  • The Tracy Crosswhite Series, Book 4
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,091
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,076

When a woman's body is discovered submerged in a crab pot in the chilly waters of Puget Sound, Detective Tracy Crosswhite finds herself with a tough case to untangle. Before they can identify the killer, Tracy and her colleagues on the Seattle PD's Violent Crimes Section must figure out who the victim is. Her autopsy, however, reveals she may have gone to great lengths to conceal her identity. So who was she running from?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in series so far

  • By hrhjones on 01-30-17

Saved by the bell!

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

Reviewed: 01-31-17

The fourth in the Tracy Crosswhite series is somewhat of a letdown. Not nearly as exciting as her final breath or book one, my sisters grave, it is somewhat plodding. The narration is mundane and I often found myself daydreaming. But Dugoni saves the day at the end with an excellent finish. So there is still some hope for Tracy Crosswhite. Still, there needs to be more energy and interest injected into the heroines character and the narrator must improve her delivery so that Tracy can shine a little brighter. Worth a listen if only for Dugonr's strong finish.