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  • The Fixer

  • Justice Series, Book 1
  • By: T. E. Woods
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,681
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,667

Never a doubt. Never a mistake. Always for justice. Never for revenge. She's the person you hire when you need something fixed-permanently. With a strict set of criteria, she evaluates every request and chooses only a few. No more than one job per country, per year. She will only step in if it's clear that justice will not be served any other way. Her jobs are completed with skill and precision, and never result in inquiry or police investigation. The Fixer is invisible - and quite deadly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Assassin with a morals and criteria...

  • By shelley on 12-30-16

Enjoyed the heck out of this one

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

Reviewed: 06-23-17

Lots of nice twists and turns. Characters worth caring about. I'm likely to read more by Woods.

  • Presto!

  • How I Made over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales
  • By: Penn Jillette
  • Narrated by: Penn Jillette
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,494
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,392

Legendary magician Penn Jillette was approaching his 60th birthday. Topping 330 pounds and saddled with a systolic blood pressure reading over 200, he knew he was at a dangerous crossroads: If he wanted to see his small children grow up, he needed to change. And then came Crazy Ray. A former NASA scientist and an unconventional, passionate innovator, Ray Cronise saved Jillette's life with his wild "potato diet". Outspoken, frank, and bitingly clever, Presto is an incisive, rollicking listen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tall, Fat and Funny Tales

  • By Tim on 08-23-16

Just Make Sure You Really Like Penn...

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

Look, I like Penn Jillette. He's an entertaining personality and a hell of an entertainer. I bought this book because I was impressed with his weight loss transformation, and I wanted to find out more about it. I've been listening to it most of the day, and I am just finishing up Chapter 22...which is about half the book. But, I'm done. This was an exhausting listen. I like a lot of the content here...in addition to the small amount of actual weight loss info included, you get little show biz tidbits and stories, his view on atheism (and corresponding need to dump on people of faith), are treated to a full-on overdose of profanity and graphic sexual imagery, and get to play witness to his need to be recognized as a full-on a-hole. No, I didn't make that up. He calls himself that and "fat f*ck" probably a thousand times in the first 22 chapters. OK, I got the point. So, here's my review. If you love Penn, you'll probably love the book. If you just want to listen to a story, maybe try the Abridged version (if there is one). This was like a bad first draft that needed to pass through an editor's hands about a half-dozen times before being unleashed on the public. Insanely repetitive...even two or three incredibly repetitive sentences back to back to back...and this was kind of a non-stop thing. I have a hard time believing there was an editor involved in the process at all. Pure stream-of-consciousness (as seen from the inside of a mildly manic mind). I could easily have cut this thing in half and you still would have thought it was all over the board. So, for me...I got what I needed. Not sad that I bought the book. Penn is entertaining. I now know more about his bodily functions and genitalia than I ever knew I wanted to know. He's a fun guy. But, enough for me. ;)

21 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • Born Standing Up

  • A Comic's Life
  • By: Steve Martin
  • Narrated by: Steve Martin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,591

In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Andrew on 11-30-07

A Wonderful Memoir

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

Reviewed: 10-03-16

Didn't feel forced at all. Not self-aggrandizing. Just what happened, why, and how he felt about it. Informative and enjoyable!

  • The Hypnotist

  • By: Lars Kepler
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 767
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 632
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 633

Tumba, Sweden. A triple homicide—all the victims from the same family—captivates Detective Inspector Joona Linna. The killer is at large, and it appears that the elder sister of the family escaped the carnage; it seems only a matter of time until she, too, is murdered. But where can Linna begin? The only surviving witness is the boy whose mother, father, and little sister were killed before his eyes. He has suffered more than 100 knife wounds and lapsed into a state of shock. He’s in no condition to be questioned....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Suspense for suspense's sake

  • By Watson on 07-09-11

Good Story, Amazing Narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-15-16

This was an interesting story. A psychological thriller. Dark. A little bit of everything. I found some of the dialogue sort of simpering...hard to believe that reasonable adults would be so wimpy and even predictable...so some of the dialogue was a bit hard to take.

HOWEVER, Mark Bramhall is an amazing narrator. My favorites are usually George Guidall and Will Patton. But, just based on this performance, I'd have to say that he belongs in a similar category. An incredible mastery of dialects and characterizations. I definitely want to hear more of his work.

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,618

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

A Nice Discovery

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

Reviewed: 04-09-16

This was a great story. Engaging and well-written. I really enjoyed it.

Was even more impressed with Zach Villa. First time I've heard him read anything. It will not be the last. He brought a very personal connection to his narration with his tone and pacing. He didn't have amazing voice characterizations or anything. More like gentle shifts in tone. But they worked just fine. I look forward to hearing more from him in the future. He was a nice discovery.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Crossing

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,632

Detective Harry Bosch has retired from the LAPD, but his half brother, defense attorney Mickey Haller, needs his help. The murder rap against his client seems ironclad, but Mickey is sure it's a setup. Though it goes against all his instincts, Bosch takes the case. With the secret help of his former LAPD partner, Lucia Soto, he turns the investigation inside the police department. But as Bosch gets closer to discovering the truth, he makes himself a target.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I just loved this book; every last bit of it

  • By Michele B on 11-10-15

Very Good

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

Reviewed: 11-24-15

It's easy for crime stories to get "same-y" after awhile. I've enjoyed many of the Bosch novels in the past, but this was no let-down in that regard. Bosch is playing against type here...working for a defense attorney instead of the police. There were several opportunities where it could have slid into predictability, but restraint won out...so I was never quite sure where things were going.

Titus Welliver, who is a terrific actor (Deadwood, The Good Wife and many others) did an excellent job. Comfortable in the role, articulate, nice handling of gentle accents. And, in case you weren't aware...he IS Harry Bosch in the Amazon Prime series Bosch, which is very much worth watching. I say check it out...both the book AND the show! :)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Starling Project

  • An Audible Drama
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina, full cast
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,578
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,436
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,427

Audie Award, Original Work, 2016; Audie Award Finalist, Audio Drama, 2016. An aborted raid targeting a major arms dealer. A hostage standoff at a bank that may not be what it seems. A plot to spring a former African dictator from prison. What is the threat that connects them all? And just who is the mysterious mastermind, The Starling? From Mexico to Washington – from London to Marseille to Prague – war crimes investigator Harold Middleton and his team of Volunteers risk their lives to follow the trail of clues. But how can they stop The Starling – when he always seems one step ahead?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a DRAMA, not a book!

  • By Writrix on 11-25-14

The Pacing Ruined It For Me

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

Reviewed: 05-03-15

People do not talk at this pace. You don't step all over the words of the previous speaker when your words are supposed to represent wit or thoughtfulness. This was an exhausting and disappointing listen. Molina's work was solid, as were most of the other actors. But the story was rather mediocre, and the pacing sounded like something out of Japanese cartoon for adolescents...not an audio drama performed by adults for an audience of adults.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Escape

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,093
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,075

John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice. But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Agonizing

  • By Bobby on 01-15-15

Good Story. Narration A Bit Underwhelming.

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

Reviewed: 11-30-14

This is one of Baldacci's better stories. Plenty of plot, with tasty twists and turns. A satisfying listen.

McLarty has a great voice, but is pretty sloppy....misses the plain meaning of many sentences (or is distracted), mispronounces words, etc. This project needed a producer riding herd to catch these things.

  • Option to Kill

  • A Nathan McBride Novel, Book 3
  • By: Andrew Peterson
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,786

When Nathan McBride receives a text message from someone who claims she’s been kidnapped, it triggers a deadly chain of events that has the potential to haunt him for the rest of his life. Nathan will soon learn that nothing from his past could ever prepare him for the crisis he’ll soon be facing. The girl’s name is Lauren and she’s just 12 years old.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect combination

  • By Kathryne on 12-18-12

Can't Take Any More Dick Hill

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

Reviewed: 08-30-14

I've never enjoyed Dick Hill's work...but sometimes the material made it worth tolerating his bizarre tough-guy affect. But the more I hear him, the more he just sounds like a caricature of a human being. And when the writing is as cheesy as it feels in this one, well, I'm just done. I enjoyed some of his Peterson's earlier work, but this felt like paint-by-numbers writing. I made it to Chapter 8...just because I was too busy to turn it off. But, as of now...stick a fork in it...this one's done. *sigh*

  • King and Maxwell

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,570

It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father...after his supposed death. Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target? Sean and Michelle soon realize that they've stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Come on guys, lighten up! This was a good book!

  • By JR Parrow on 11-27-13

Average All Around

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

Reviewed: 08-22-14

I've enjoyed Baldacci's work in the past, and wanted to like this one.

I felt that much of the dialogue (especially between the two leads) was sappy...pure drivel. Not worthy of my time. And while I have enjoyed some of McLarty's work in the past...I didn't enjoy this one. Especially his terrible character voice for the teenage kid and the computer sleuth. Cassidy was OK, but not impressive. Just felt like another day's work for the voices.

I nearly bailed on this a few chapters in...but ended up sticking with it. It picked up somewhat around Chapter 70. But there were just too many dead spots for me to recommend it. Pretty disappointing. A very average experience.