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  • The Collectibles

  • The Collectibles Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: James J. Kaufman
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,903
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,897

"Do what the other fella can't. Be what the other fella ain't. And then help the other fella." Joe Hart has never let go of his uncle's words. An orphan from the unspoiled Adirondack Mountains, Joe leaves his humble beginnings and goes on to distinguish himself, first as a navy submarine commander, then as an attorney unequaled in his field. But Joe's world crashes with an unexpected tragedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is a MUST READ!

  • By shelley on 05-10-16

What a surprise.

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

Reviewed: 07-17-16

Loved it! Not a mystery exactly but a great listen. Looking forward to the rest of the trilogy.

  • Gray Mountain

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,992
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,224
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,230

The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Painful to listen to

  • By Toni on 10-24-14

What a let-down

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

Reviewed: 10-29-14

What would have made Gray Mountain better?

A plot that could be reconciled.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Disappointment.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Catherine Taber?

I don't know many female narrators but I think it was the story that caused her to be less than compelling for me.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Too much political focus. It was beaten into the listener / reader too many times. Some times less is more.

  • The Dark Horse

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,094
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,243

The Denver Post hails Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mystery series as a must-read. Joining the four previous novels - all of which have been Book Sense picks - The Dark Horse puts a unique Wyoming twist on the classic British village mystery. When Longmire meets a woman jailed for her husband's death, he travels outside his usual haunts to discover the truth behind this unusual murder case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another outstanding book from Johnson

  • By V. Sharol on 05-31-09

Love all of them

Overall
out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-09

Good writing, great characters, tremendous narration.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • First to Kill

  • By: Andrew Peterson
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,477
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,477

When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good

  • By Vida T. Yancy on 07-12-09

Bad Writing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-09

Maybe I shouldn't have listened right after Lee Child's latest, but this book made no sense to me. The dialog is forced and the character development was improbable. The story itself was too outlandish to be remotely believable.

Couldn't finish it.

4 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Associate

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Erik Singer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,082

Kyle McAvoy grew up in his father's small-town law office in York, Pennsylvania. He excelled in college, was elected editor-in-chief of The Yale Law Journal, and his future has limitless potential. But Kyle has a secret, a dark one, an episode from college that he has tried to forget. The secret, though, falls into the hands of the wrong people, and Kyle is forced to take a job he doesn't want, even if it's a job most law students can only dream about....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Associate

  • By Caroline on 02-27-09

Not his best work

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-09

Perhaps I was anticipating too much here. The story really never paid off. There were too many characters that didn't matter.

He used to set the bar on the genre....

Narration was good.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Shades of Blue

  • By: Bill Moody
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

After months of successful work in Europe, musician Evan Horne returns to settle in the San Francisco Bay area, where he makes inroads into the jazz scene. Life is good until he gets a phone call from a Los Angeles attorney. Evan's old friend and former mentor, pianist Calvin Hughes, has died and left Evan all of his possessions, including some mysterious sheet music.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • good reading of book I could NOT get into

  • By Kelly Howard on 09-17-13

Not much there, man

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-28-08

First one I have heard by this guy. Plot was weak. Dialogue was odd (too much "man" and "baby" - not sure people really ever spoke that way). No Connelly, Crais, Coben, or Child. Maybe I only like authors who's last name starts with "C"?

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Double Play

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert B. Parker
  • Narrated by: Robert Forster
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

It is 1947 when Joseph Burke, ex-Marine, ex-husband, ex-somebody–is hired as a bodyguard to protect Lauren Roach, 25 and spoiled rotten. The unlikely duo becomes entangled with Burke’s boyhood hero, color-barrier breaking baseball player Jackie Robinson, in a story that is both thrilling and engaging. It is in the historical character Jackie Robinson that Mr. Parker finds inspiration and Joseph Burke may find his redemption. This is a work of fiction about a real man. Most of what I’ve written I’ve made up. I have, however, attempted to render Jackie Robinson accurately. As he was, or as I imagined him to be, in 1947, when I was turning 15, and he was changing the world. The rest is altogether fiction. It may be more Burke’s story then Jackie’s story. But, without Jackie, Burke would have had no story. And neither would I. Robert B Parker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator Makes the Difference

  • By Deborah on 08-25-06

Baseball Lover

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-04

This is a story of Parker's love of baseball set around the story of Jackie Robinson.

It put you right in the time, and has enough interesting charcters, and a good story.

I loved it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful