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    Length: 21 hrs and 10 mins
    2,942 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • Nineteen Minutes

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda
  • Length: 21 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,487
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,513

Jodi Picoult delivers the riveting tale of one small town's entanglement with high-school violence.

New York Superior Court Judge Alex Cormier is assigned to preside over the case of the alleged Sterling High School shooter. Lawyer Jordan McAffee represents Peter, the boy who, on the day of the shooting, was found in the corner of the gymnasium holding a gun to his head with a shaky hand. Detective Patrick DuCharme has one star witness, but her story keeps changing. And then there's the biggest problem of all: the star witness happens to be Judge Cormier's daughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mesmerizing

  • By Suze Weinberg on 03-23-07

Sensitive and important

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-07

Picoult delivers again. What causes bullied kids to become killers? What kind of parent fails his kids so badly? How do kids find their places in society? Picoult handles family function and dysfunction with empathy and careful balance. Highly recommended.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Prince of the City

  • Giuliani, New York, and the Genius of American Life
  • By: Fred Siegel
  • Narrated by: Brian Emerson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

In the first post-9/11 account of the career of the man who established himself as "America's Mayor" in the dark days after America was attacked, Fred Siegel shows how Rudy Giuliani's successes in New York set a promising example for the rejuvenation of our major cities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Urban History

  • By James on 02-20-07

Urban History

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-07

Far more than a Guliani bio, this is a fascinating tale of NYC. Definitely the best book I've read in months!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The River of Doubt

  • Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
  • By: Candice Millard
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,971
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,706

At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • River of Doubt

  • By Steve1290 on 11-12-05

A Glorious Listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-24-05

This is the story of Teddy Roosevelt's trip through the Amazon rain forest to explore the newly discovered River of Doubt in 1913. If I were teaching school I would use this book for almost any subject: science, geography, political science, history, etc. Lots more fun than textbooks.

The narrator is Paul Michael, who is as good as Scott Brick or George Guidall. Audible indicates it is read by Richard Ferrone, but that applies to the abridged version. This is one of those rare non-fiction books that reads like the best novel. I find it very hard to believe that this is by a first time author.

One nit I have to pick is that there is no mention of Tweed Roosevelt, Teddy's great grandson, who repeated the trip in 1992 (finding that the cannibals by then were watching satellite TV!).

This is a book I would never have opened in paper, and I would have been much the poorer for it.

This is not a biography, but an exploration of a region that even today we don't know much about, incidentally undertaken by a former US president.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Lincoln Lawyer

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,049
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,718

Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Narration

  • By Vishruth on 06-18-08

3-dimensional characters take Connelly to the top

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-05

Any Connelly novel is "unputdownable." This entry into courtroom drama begs comparison to John Grisham, but I found it better than any Grisham since The Firm. I recommend The Lincoln Lawyer, or any Michael Connelly novel to readers who like interesting character development along with a gripping mystery plot. Good narration makes it even better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Her Father's House

  • By: Belva Plain
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

 

It is the spring of 1968 when Donald Wolfe, a young graduate of a Midwestern law school, arrives in New York. Filled with ambition and idealism, he is dazzled not only by the big city, but by the vivacious, restless Lillian, whom he marries in the heat of infatuation. Surely theirs is no marriage made in heaven, but they have a child, Tina, and she is the love of Donald’s heart. For her he would give up everything - his home, his distinguished career, and his freedom. When his flawed marriage begins to fail, a choice must be made. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator Awful!

  • By Penny on 10-09-04

Listen to the sample!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-05

Karen White is one of the worst readers I have ever heard. Wait for a better narrator or just read it for yourself.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Preservationist

  • By: David Maine
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat, Tyler Bunch, Full Cast
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26

In this brilliant debut novel, Noah's family (or Noe, as he's called here), his wife, sons, and daughters-in-law, tell what it's like to live with a man touched by God, while struggling against events that cannot be controlled or explained. When Noe orders his sons to build an ark, he can't tell them where the wood will come from. When he sends his daughters-in-law out to gather animals, he can offer no directions, money, or protection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A frolicking tale

  • By Sharon on 06-14-05

Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-05

Funny, dirty, thought-provoking.

600 year old Noe (Noah) is a grouchy old man. Who'd a thunk it? This is a delightful retelling of The Flood, filling in imaginary details the Bible never mentioned, but never really straying from the outline we read in Genesis (except maybe for the bright and sassy women, and who's to say otherwise?).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • So B. It

  • By: Sarah Weeks
  • Narrated by: Cherry Jones
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

You couldn't really tell about Mama's brain just from looking at her, but it was obvious as soon as she spoke. She had a high voice, like a little girl's, and she only knew 23 words. I know this for a fact, because we kept a list of the things Mama said tacked to the inside of the kitchen cabinet. Most of the words were common ones, like good and more and hot, but there was one word only my mother said, soof.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exquisitely written; perfectly read

  • By Becky on 07-11-05

Audio books don't get better than this

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-05

In fact, no book gets better than this. It is beautiful, sad, thrilling and perhaps the best book I have read/heard in years. Sarah Weeks tells more story in 4 and 1/2 hours than most best selling authors tell in a lifetime.

The narrator is every bit as good as the author--a perfect match. Don't hesitate. This is a surefire winner for your next download.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow Divers

  • The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II
  • By: Robert Kurson
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,901

In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GRIPPING!

  • By Douglas on 07-03-04

Prichard drones through again

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-05

My interest in diving, submarines and WWII is limited, and I really dislike the narration of Michael Prichard (droning newsreel monotone) yet I was still captivated by this true life adventure. Actually this may be the most appropriate material for Prichard's voice, but I'd still love to hear it read by Scott Brick or George Guidall. Great writing apparently can overcome bad reading.

  • Company Man

  • By: Joseph Finder
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 329

Nick Conover, the son of a factory worker, is the CEO of a major corporation in a company town. Nick, once the most admired man in Fenwick, Michigan, is now, having presided over massive layoffs, the most despised. A single parent since the recent death of his wife, he's struggling to insulate his 10-year-old daughter and angry 16-year-old son from the town's hostility.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nail-biting suspense

  • By James on 04-20-05

Nail-biting suspense

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-05

For the first hour or so I believed the plot was so transparent that I would not finish the book. Even so there was plenty to keep me going until I realized there were layers and layers of plots and that I should ignore what I thought I knew.

It's a good thing I did because this novel delivers a lot of bang for the buck. It's a thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat (or driving around and around the block) with very human characters that really grab you. There are a number of characters I hope the author follows in later books, but to protect the suspense I won't say who they are.

<i>Paranoia</i> was good, <i>Company Man</i> is great.

Joseph Finder is now on my list of favorites authors along with Nelson Demille, ahead, even, of Robert Ludlum.

108 of 112 people found this review helpful

  • The Egyptologist

  • By: Arthur Phillips
  • Narrated by: Gianfranco Negroponte, Simon Prebble, Gerard Doyle, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 58

Howard Carter has just made one of the great discoveries of all time, the unveiling of Tutankhamun's tomb. At the same time, Egyptologist Ralph Trilipush finds himself in a slightly less spectacular position. He has staked everything on a scrap of hieroglyphic pornography. Halfway around the world, an Australian detective sets off on a globetrotting quest to find a murderer. Or two. Or three. These events, seemingly unrelated, are about to collide in a spectacular yet utterly unpredictable fashion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I gave it another chance and WOW.

  • By Lea on 05-27-05

Save yourself the trouble of downloading a loser

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-05

I haven't made many poor choices of audible books, but his one is a real lemon. There may be a story here, but I sure didn't find it. Some audio books I have to restart several times to really get hooked into, but nothing could have made this one worthwhile.

Save your credits and get the wonderful two part novel, "The Egyptian" instead. That one is a jewel; this one is trash.