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  • Button Man

  • By: Andrew Gross
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Andrew Gross delivers a stirring story of a Jewish family brought together in the dawn of the women's garment business and torn apart by the birth of organized crime in New York City in the 1930s. Morris, Sol, and Harry Rabishevsky grew up poor and rough in a tiny flat on the Lower East Side, until the death of their father thrust them into having to fend for themselves. Morris, the youngest, dropped out of school at 12 and apprenticed himself to a garment cutter in a clothing factory; Sol headed to accounting school; but Harry, scarred by a family tragedy, fell in with a gang of thugs as a teenager.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent historical suspense HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

  • By shelley on 09-19-18

Even better.

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

I didn’t really think Gross could better "One Man" but he has indeed done just that. Characterizations were right on and his plots are always fine.
It could have been broadened with more details of his life and family with Ruth. How about the in-laws, what did the class differences do to their life. I could have enjoyed another hour or so. That's a good thing isn’t it?

  • Sleepers

  • John Milton, Book 13
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

When a Russian defector is assassinated in a sleepy English seaside town, Group Fifteen agents John Milton and Michael Pope find themselves in a rush to uncover the culprits and bring them to justice. Their investigation leads them to Moscow and a confrontation with Directorate S, the agency responsible for seeding Russian sleeper agents around the world. When lies and double crossing mean that no-one is what they seem, the two agents - alone and without backup - struggle to achieve their goals under the most dangerous of circumstances.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A younger John Milton

  • By Wayne on 10-20-18

This is a long awaited prequel.

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

Dawson can go back as far as he likes in John Milton's life I'll read every one. This one is prime Milton, fast, clever and full of twists to keep you turning pages. Loved it.

  • News of the World

  • A Novel
  • By: Paulette Jiles
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,325

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful story....but not True Grit

  • By DenGig on 04-14-17

Fine Tale

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

This western story runs an expected course. It is told by a fine reader with all the necessary voices. I would have enjoyed a longer recivilization of Johanna. Altogether a pleasure.

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 43,843
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40,234
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 40,180

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it's the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run - and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry's tea leaves.... But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jim Dale at his best

  • By rottndachs on 01-12-16

Above and beyond

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

No words of mine are needed to embellish perfection. But it is perfection and along with Lord of the Rings and the Wardrobe this series is here to stay from childhood to old age. I must know because I am 87 and I read these books about once a year at least.

  • The Call of the Canyon

  • By: Zane Grey
  • Narrated by: Jim Gough
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Deep in the Arizona wilds, a shell-shocked war veteran realizes he can never return to his former life in New York, even if giving it up also means leaving the love of his life behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A favorite

  • By Joyce Eriksen on 08-10-18

A favorite

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

This story is a love story but not just two people... it praises extravagantly America's west. Its dated but lovely.

  • Redeemer

  • John Milton, Book 12
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

Rio de Janeiro. Brazilians call it Cidade Maravilhosa - the Marvellous City - but crime festers in its favelas like cancer. John Milton is visiting an old friend who runs a close protection business guarding the city's elite. Milton offers to stand in when one of his bodyguards doesn’t turn up for work. The job? Take the wife and daughter of an anticorruption judge to a school recital and bring them back again. Simple? Not so much. The girl is snatched off the street, and Milton is nearly killed. As he recovers at a Group Fifteen safe house, he decides on two objectives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another terrific novel in the John Milton series!!

  • By Wayne on 06-07-18

Gets bettter

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Dawson is one of the few "quick writers" who get better all the time. I finish and stat waiting for the next one that same day!

  • Mark Dawson

  • Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview
  • By: Mark Dawson, Robin Morgan
  • Narrated by: Mark Dawson, Robin Morgan
  • Length: 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Mark Dawson talks about his career as a self-published author. Providing an insight into not only his books and the marketing behind them but the process of getting them onto the Audible site. Mark also discusses the challenges of writing a crime series, how he keeps it original and how he keeps consistency throughout his work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interview with self publishing megastar

  • By Wayne on 01-14-17

He is one of the best entertainer writg today

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

Right now there isn’t a better action author. My favorite series is John Milton. Not one of the series has disappointed. I find that i am waiting for every new one. Move over Lee Child, this hero has a lot more heart on offer!

  • The Four Feathers

  • By: A. E. W. Mason
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

Just before his regiment sails off to war in the Sudan, British officer Harry Feversham quits the military. He is immediately given four white feathers as symbols of cowardice, one by each of his three best friends and one by his fiancée. To disprove this grave dishonor, Harry dons an Arabian disguise and leaves for the Sudan, where he anonymously comes to the aid of his three friends, saving each of their lives. Having proven his bravery, Harry returns to England, hoping to regain the love and respect of his fiancée.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deep Realistic Story Masterfully Read

  • By Kappavpi on 07-05-04

Jolly good !

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

After six makes as a movie...some good more not so good .....it was a pleasure to read this book.. well worth the read and no doubt another few reads.

  • Memento Mori

  • Roman Empire Series, Book 8
  • By: Ruth Downie
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

A scandal is threatening to engulf the popular spa town of Aquae Sulis (modern-day Bath). The wife of Ruso's best friend, Valens, has been found dead in the sacred hot spring, stabbed through the heart. Fearing the wrath of the goddess and the ruin of the tourist trade, the temple officials are keen to cover up what's happened. But the dead woman's father is demanding justice, and he's accusing Valens of murder. If Valens turns up to face trial, he will risk execution. If he doesn't, he'll lose his children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great outing! Can't wait for the next one

  • By Paula A. Rossi on 04-15-18

Both reader and book five stars.

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

As i have read all the Russo books and enjoyed each one, i am glad this one is fine. The story is a "lesser" tale. The characters are not as fleshed out as in other books but the tale itself was interesting. I really hope the Dr. goes back into practice soon.

  • Faithful Place

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508

Back in 1985, Frank Mackey was a nineteen-year-old kid with a dream of escaping his family's cramped flat on Faithful Place and running away to London with his girl, Rosie Daly. But on the night they were supposed to leave, Rosie didn't show. Frank took it for granted that she'd dumped him-probably because of his alcoholic father, nutcase mother, and generally dysfunctional family. He never went home again. Neither did Rosie. Then, twenty-two years later, Rosie's suitcase shows up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a life

  • By Joyce Eriksen on 02-16-18

What a life

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-18

This is a Dickens family, So ugly you cant stop reading. The mystery is as usual in French's books a really good tough one. It is the setting that rules in this one though. A truly terrific writer.

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