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  • Bum Rap

  • By: Paul Levine
  • Narrated by: Michael Levine
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 209

NFL linebacker-turned-lawyer Jake Lassiter has had it with shifty clients, dirty prosecutors, and a legal system out of whack. It's enough to make a man want to leave Miami and never look back - until he gets a call from Victoria Lord, the better half of hot local legal team Solomon & Lord. Her partner in life and law has been arrested for murder. What's worse: the only person who can clear him has fled the city. Now it's up to Jake and Victoria to track down the witness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My expectations were low....

  • By Wayne on 09-08-15

Another entertaining legal thriller

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-18

Jake Lassiter is his usual comic and witty self. More time spent in courtroom drama but that all the same. Enjoyed tongue-in-cheek Nadia as comic relief. This book was more courtroom drama than expected, but worth the read.

  • Telex from Cuba

  • A Novel
  • By: Rachel Kushner
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

Rachel Kushner's mother grew up in Cuba in the 1950s, in the United Fruit Company enclave where Telex from Cuba takes place. Calling on a rich trove of family letters, photos, meticulously kept journals, and historical research, Kushner sets free her brilliant imagination in this profoundly resonant story of a world that was paradise for a time and for a few.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nostalgic and great history

  • By Magin La Grave on 11-26-08

Sad but wonderful story of pre-revolution Cuba

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-18

Cuba is both mythical and monstrous as told through the eyes of a young American child whose father helped to run United Fruit Company's operations during the fifties. The story is bittersweet, knowing that Castro's revolution was inevitable. A disturbing yet compelling read.

  • The Honest Spy

  • By: Andreas Kollender, Steve Anderson - translator
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 642

In the tradition of Schindler's List comes a thrilling novel based on the heroic true story of Fritz Kolbe, a widowed civil servant in Adolf Hitler's foreign ministry. Recognizing that millions of lives are at stake, Kolbe uses his position to pass information to the Americans - risking himself and the people he holds most dear - and embarks on a dangerous double life as the Allies' most important spy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written and narrated WWII story of...

  • By Wayne on 01-18-18

Interesting fictionalization

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-17-17

Spy stories are fascinating because they reflect how brave and useful a spy can be. Fritz Kolbe's story as a WWII spy for the Allies can never be fully verified because of the inherent nature of secrecy needed to become a successful spy. The book shows the more human side of Kolbe with the inclusion of Kolbes love for his daughter and paramour. Well written and encourages further reading about other unsung WWII heroes.

64 of 72 people found this review helpful

  • Flesh & Bones

  • Jake Lassiter, Book 7
  • By: Paul Levine
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

"I was sitting at the end of the bar sipping single-malt Scotch when I spotted the tall blond woman with the large green eyes and the small gray gun."

The next thing Jake Lassiter knows, the woman pumps three bullets into the man on the next barstool. Lassiter, the linebacker-turned-lawyer, has a new client. She's a stunning South Beach model; the dead man is her wealthy father; and the murder case is a slam dunk for the prosecution. Or is it?

"Lassiter is smart, tough, funny, and very human...one of the most entertaining series characters in contemporary crime fiction." - Booklist

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jake is Great

  • By Moonchild on 07-21-17

Great whodunit

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-24-17

Jake Lassiter as lawyer and rescuer of a damsel in distress makes for an exciting read. The author's use of Jake's "asides" add humor to a convoluted plot. Looking forward to reading more in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Maggie's Turn

  • By: Deanna Lynn Sletten
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 228

Maggie has always put her family's needs in front of her own, until one day - without forethought - she drives away, leaving behind her indifferent husband and two sulking teenagers. As she begins a quest of self-exploration, she meets new people, enjoys new adventures, and rediscovers long-neglected passions. For the first time in years, Maggie contemplates what she wants from life and soon realizes that her deteriorating marriage can no longer continue as it is. Can she and Andrew repair their broken relationship, or is their marriage over?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good enjoyable book.

  • By Valdeene G. Miller on 08-28-15

Predictable and Enjoyable!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-18-17

This story of life and love was well paced and nonpartisan,meaning both sides of a long-standing marriage were presented. Writer keeps you wondering right to the end, but doesn't drag it out. Family life is a challenge which requires work, dedication but not always self sacrifice. Author presented these thoughts well without being too mushy.

  • Edinburgh Twilight

  • Ian Hamilton Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Carole Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 480

Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is no stranger to Edinburgh's darkest crimes. Scarred by the mysterious fire that killed his parents, he faces his toughest case yet when a young man is found strangled in Holyrood Park. With little evidence aside from a strange playing card found on the body, Hamilton engages the help of his aunt, a gifted photographer, and George Pearson, a librarian with a shared interest in the criminal mind.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and Depressing . . . did I say DEPRESSING!!!

  • By Glenda on 11-12-17

Riveting Story of Murder in Edinburgh

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-17

Serial murderers are scary enough, but when set in 19th century Edinburgh amid its slums and grey weather, the reader hopes for the best as DI Hamilton deals with his own devil's solving the case. Keeps you engaged right to the end. Characters are complex especially Hamilton's alcoholic brother.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,641

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Top Pick for 2012

  • By Emily - Audible on 11-30-12

Startling futuristic tale of subjugation

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-27-17

Interesting but repetitive writing style. Play on words was overused; a little goes a long way. Last chapter was the best.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beach Lawyer

  • By: Avery Duff
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 785
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 692

After five grueling years, Robert Worth is just days away from making partner at a powerful Santa Monica law firm. When a client confides in him that senior partner Jack Pierce sexually assaulted her, Robert breaks two of his mentor's cardinal rules: Never let yourself get emotional about clients. And never make an enemy of Jack Pierce. Robert crosses Pierce and is fired on the spot, losing not only his job but also his reputation. Advised to go quietly, Robert vows revenge against the ruthless man who betrayed him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story! Great Narration!

  • By Tracy T on 06-26-17

Bad Boy Lawyers Galore

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-25-17

Lots of action and twists in the plot with a So Cal backdrop. Never knew how bad a "bad" lawyer could be. A little too much sex which seemed a distraction at times.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Burning Man

  • By: Alan Russell
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 616
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 517
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 521

When LAPD detective Michael Gideon and his police-dog partner, Sirius, are assigned to the Special Cases Unit (SCU), Gideon knows their work lives will be anything but ordinary. SCU gets the cases no one else wants, the unusual and bizarre crimes that need special handling and special investigators. When a high-school student is found crucified in a local park, Gideon and Sirius must face up to the gruesome tableau and the motivation behind the murder. Complicating matters is a nightmare from their past, the scars of a terrible fire that nearly cost them their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book in a long time!

  • By karen on 01-28-13

Interesting storyline and great dog

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-17

Author provided lot of background about firefighting and effects of fire on victims caught in one. The plot kept my interest while the author's use of contemporary song allusions was a nice touch. And who doesn't love a dedicated dog to make this tale enjoyable? Look forward to reading more in this series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • In the Market for Murder

  • Lady Hardcastle, Book 2
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,097
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,085

Spring, 1909, and Lady Hardcastle, amateur sleuth and all-round eccentric, is enjoying a well-deserved rest. But a week after a trip to the cattle market, Spencer Caradine, a local farmer, turns up dead in the pub, face-down in his beef and mushroom pie. Once again, it is up to Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, to solve the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever intertwining of three fun mysteries

  • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 02-09-17

Plenty of murder suspects in English countryside

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-17

Once again Lady Hardcastle and her lady's maid tackle a murder investigation in the country. Plot is thick with suspects and paranormal activity,and keeps the reader busy trying to guess who and why someone would want a villager or two dead. A little more complicated plot than the previous adventure, but worth the read.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful