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  • Killing Floor

  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,521
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,509

All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Comic book tough guy

  • By Ed on 06-21-08

Love Jack Reacher!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-09

I think Lee Child has created a wonderful, cozy character in Jack Reacher. I have read several of his books, and while I would not rate them as top notch, "human condition" literature, I would rate them as top-notch detective fiction. I like Jack Reacher and am happy to have him as a companion now and then, especially as read by the fabulous Dick Hill.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Tenth Justice

  • By: Brad Meltzer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 362

Ben Addison, fresh from Yale Law, is a new clerk for one of the Supreme Court's most respected justices. But when he accidentally reveals the secret outcome of an upcoming decision, a blackmailer makes millions and Ben starts to sweat. Big time. He turns to his co-clerk, Lisa, and his housemates, Nathan, Eric, and Ober, for help.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than anticipated

  • By Sally on 04-23-09

Better than anticipated

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-09

This book is a good read. I didn't expect as much depth as there is. The characters are developed, the plot is interesting, and the reader is outstanding. What could have been a bland story about four friends (plus one) is thoughtful and engaging. Recommended!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • At the Center of the Storm

  • My Years at the CIA
  • By: George Tenet
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 149

In the whirlwind of accusations and recriminations that has attended the post 9/11 world, one man's vital testimony has been conspicuously absent. Candid and compelling, At the Center of the Storm is George Tenet's memoir of his life at the CIA - a revelatory look at the inner workings of America's top intelligence agency and its dealings with national leaders at home and abroad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Karen on 05-05-07

Well Worth the Read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-07

I was thoroughly interested in hearing the perspective of this participant in the goings-on before and after 9/11. It's sometimes difficult to find one's own opinion amidst the sound-bites, slants, takes, and, imo, downright lies. Mr. Tenet, as well, has his "slant"; but it's an honest one and can be deciphered without the difficulty of much confusion and muddle. Thank you, Mr. Tenet!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Hit Man

  • By: Lawrence Block
  • Narrated by: Robert Forster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,690
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 742

Keller possesses all the qualities of a professional killer. He's cool, confident, reclusive, icy, and ruthlessly efficient. But this seasoned hit man is also prone to self-doubt as he finds himself caught in the clutches of a mid-life crisis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Terrific

  • By Sunshine on 02-15-03

Great Bargain!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-06

An entertaining story, with a bit of philosophy and wit, nicely written and even funny at times. Other times, it's deadly serious. You are reminded that what this man (The Hit Man) does for a living is dreadful, but can't help but empathize with him, especially since he is a careful, not cold, but thoughtful character.

  • The Big Heat

  • By: William P. McGivern
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

It started almost innocently when a cop committed suicide. It was worry over ill health, said his wife. Detective Dave Bannion wasn't so sure, but when he started digging, he was told to lay off¿fast! Instead, he turned in his badge and started stalking the city streets and bars in search of the truth where he uncovers a red-hot story of murder and corruption that would blow Philadelphia's underworld sky high.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good 1950's Cops and Thugs Story

  • By Sally on 07-08-06

Good 1950's Cops and Thugs Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-06

This was a wonderful read! Fun cops and thugs 1950's affair, very fifties, decent plot. I enjoyed noting the differences in our society between then and now. All "PC" (political correctness) is out the window; anyone of "color" is not referred to by his name but a "negro" or "colored person". Women are made to believe they haven't a brain in their head. But taken in its venue, it's just a hardy good against evil, cops and robbers suspense story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of Job

  • By: Stephen Mitchell (Translated by)
  • Narrated by: Peter Coyote
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Perhaps no other Biblical tale penetrates so deeply into the everyday travails of the common person as The Book of Job. It tells the story of a righteous man beset by torment and misfortune through no fault of his own. This parable of bad things happening to a good person addresses the eternal question of why we are here, and why we suffer. This translation is by Stephen Mitchell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenominal !!!

  • By Kirill on 08-10-04

Wonderful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-06

I really enjoyed the experience of hearing Job, as dramatized in this narrative. Hearing the words as presented here adds power to the awesomeness of G*d, as this book always portrays.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Founding Father

  • The Story of Joseph P. Kennedy
  • By: Richard Whalen
  • Narrated by: Richard Whalen
  • Length: 26 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Boldly original and fully documented, this unauthorized yet definitive biography tells the almost incredible story of Joseph P. Kennedy, grandson of a poor Irish immigrant, controversial founder of a great American fortune, and father of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Read the book, don't listen to it.

  • By Boston Harbor on 10-12-05

Extraordinary Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-05

Provides an intimate portrayal of a complex man who fathered a dynasty of American politicians. In addition, the activities of Joe Kennedy, and the background from whence he came are finely yet enthrallingly revealed. I learned much more depth about this period of American history, from the treatment of the Irish immigrants, to the stock market, to his inside experience in England, to the nurturing and care of his 9 children. Stimulating and engrossing read. Highly recommended!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Big Bad Wolf

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Peter J. Fernandez, Denis O'Hare
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572

Alex Cross' first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues stymied. Across the country, men and women are being kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappearing completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realizes. They are being bought and sold. And it looks like a shadowy figure known as the Wolf, a master criminal who has brought a new reign of terror to organized crime, is behind this business in which ordinary men and women are sold as slaves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Alex Cross returns

  • By Ed on 11-24-03

Good time with Alex Cross, story not worth it.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-16-04

I really like the Alex Cross character that Jonathan Kellerman has developed and, in fact, he's at his very best in this novel. But the story is just brutality and one act of banal evil after another. Turns the stomach. Too much acting out of just sheer torment, not so much that it's graphic, just that it IS. Nobody wins. That may be realistic (?) but I prefer a bit of redeeming happiness, joy or triumph in my reads. There is some effort made towards that end in this book, but then even that is spoiled. Sorry, but this is no heart-warming, victory-laden story. Not at all.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Bible: The New Testament

  • The King James Version
  • By: Phoenix Audio
  • Narrated by: Gregory Peck
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

The parables and lessons of the New Testament resonate through much of our religious, literary, and cultural history. Written by the disciples and contemporaries of Jesus Christ, this work is a source of wisdom and solace for millions around the world. It includes the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, which record the life and teachings of Christ, as well as the Book of Acts, Revelation, and other fundamental biblical writings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Worth The Purchase

  • By R. on 06-08-07

Best reading of the Bible I've heard

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-04

Just voice. The word stands alone. No music or artistic to-do needed. And what a voice! Gregory Peck is wonderful in his reading. I would love to hear James Earl Jones read the New Testament and was thrilled to see it was available until I read in the reviews there was piano music in the background. I don't want that. One thing, I can't read this all the way through in one time period. I've been listening over about 6 months, and may listen again. Recommended!

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Pompeii

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 786
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 788

All along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman Empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas, enjoying the last days of summer. But the carefree lifestyle and gorgeous weather belie an impending cataclysm, and only one man is worried. The young engineer Marcus Attilius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay of Naples. His predecessor has disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brought my visit to Pompeii back to life

  • By Marty-Seattle on 12-11-03

Loved this book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-04

I learned about Pompeii in 7th grade, and I thought it was that nobody knew from one moment to the next that the volcano was going to blow. They somehow all froze in time, baking bread, leading horses, and it came on so suddenly that the whole city was flash-frozen for historians to study. Here is presented a personal and up-close look at the goings-on prior to the "big blast". There were signs and symptoms, which provided "mystery" to the book. There are people that are developed well enough for you to care about them or despise them, or at least to wonder what makes them tick. This was a good intro to volcanology, signs and symptoms prior to a volcano, and a sweet love story as well. Kept my interest throughout.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful