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  • The Rented Mule

  • A Novel
  • By: Bobby Cole
  • Narrated by: David de Vries
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 267

Cooper Dixon should have it made, with a beautiful wife, Kelly, two great kids, and a thriving business, the Tower Agency. But for Cooper, things aren’t turning out how he expected. He and Kelly are caught in a never-ending cycle of arguments - Cooper can’t remember the last time they had sex. And Cooper’s troubled business partner, Gates Ballenger, is scheming to sell the Tower Agency out from under him. When a gang of criminals is hired by a mysterious client to kidnap Kelly and set up Cooper to take the fall, Cooper’s life goes completely off the rails.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Plot Twists Galore!

  • By Andy on 03-13-14

Interesting setup fizzles in the third act

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

Reviewed: 06-27-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It depends on the friend - it plays out a little like a TV movie at times.

Would you be willing to try another book from Bobby Cole? Why or why not?

His characters are interesting, so I would probably try one more title to see how he handles other ideas.

Which character – as performed by David de Vries – was your favorite?

Don Daniels!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

No idea!

Any additional comments?

Great narration, great characters (though a few silly ones) and an over-the-top ending that spoils an interesting setup.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Silent Echo

  • By: J. R. Rain
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51

Not much could drag Jim Booker out of a peaceful, if lonely, retirement and back to late nights, crime scenes, and chases. Jim Booker is done with detective work and would just like to enjoy a cup of coffee on a sunny day. But when an old friend shows up with a case about an old flame, Booker can’t say no.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listening while sweeping the patio.

  • By John Coppolella on 04-22-18

A different spin on the serial killer genre

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

Reviewed: 06-27-14

What did you love best about Silent Echo?

The narration was fantastic. The book got a little repetitive about the protagonist's health condition, but Phil Gigante made it sound important and urgent.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Silent Echo?

No spoilers!

Which scene was your favorite?

No spoilers!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The very end!

Any additional comments?

The book has a lot of the usual serial killer tropes, such as the killer explaining exactly why and how he/she did what they did and another common twist that will go unmentioned. All in all it was a well narrated and interesting spin on the serial killer genre.

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92,993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80,166
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 80,107

In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

A master class in narration...

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

Reviewed: 01-13-14

What made the experience of listening to A Game of Thrones the most enjoyable?

Roy Dotrice is the perfect narrator for A Game Of Thrones. Believable and consistent character voices delivered with passion and context. A gold standard - this excellent series is in good hands. Now hurry up with the last two books Mr. Martin!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful