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Encino, CA, United States
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  • Flat Spin

  • A Cordell Logan Mystery
  • By: David Freed
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,376
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,360

The irresistible David Freed’s first mystery is a stay-up-late-to-finish thriller. Based in sunny Rancho Bonita - “California’s Monaco”, as the city’s moneyed minions like to call it - Cordell Logan is a literate, sardonic flight instructor and aspiring Buddhist with dwindling savings and a shadowy past. When his beautiful ex-wife, Savannah, shows up out of the blue to tell him that her husband has been murdered in Los Angeles, Logan is quietly pleased. Savannah’s late husband, after all, is Arlo Echevarria, the man she left Logan for.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wunnerful: But... why the plane stuff?

  • By Ted on 07-02-16

Cliches galore

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

The main characters lack depth--she's a former model and he's an ex-military hotshot. The humor occasionally made me smile but otherwise it was an odd combination of sarcasm and a slightly snider version of dad jokes. Listened to the end, but couldn't get into it-- it just didn't ring true.

  • Criminal Minded

  • A Novel
  • By: Tracy Brown
  • Narrated by: Nicole Small
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334

Lamin Michaels learned at his mother's knee the importance of chasing paper, so it's no surprise he gets into the drug game when he's just a teenager. When he meets Zion, a product of the New York City foster care and prison systems, Lamin knows he's met the perfect partner in crime. Together they build a huge narcotics empire.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't Finish

  • By IN_Erin on 03-05-16

Cliché

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

Reviewed: 03-23-16

The best part of this book was the ending. I don't want to spoil it, but it's a different way to end what could have been just another cliché. The characters and plot line did fall under this category, however, which made the whole thing pretty tedious at times. The most realistic character was Papa.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend it. I think you can find something of a similar nature that's just better written and doesn't fall flat, as this does.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fourth Deadly Sin

  • By: Lawrence Sanders
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 164

Here is the gripping story of a brutally-murdered New York psychiatrist, the ex-cop who must crack the high-profile case, and the only six suspects: the doctor's own patients. It's a blockbuster with twists and turns that will keep you up nights and suspense that "never lags" ( The Washington Post). And it is a crowning achievement - by the man who wears the crown as king of the thriller.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Never dissapointed.........................

  • By John on 03-21-13

Too predictable!

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

Reviewed: 02-18-15

I guessed who the killer was early on, which was disappointing. The book also has shades of misogyny which really bothered me. I won't go into detail because it might be a spoiler.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Laughing Without an Accent

  • Adventures of an Iranian American, at Home and Abroad
  • By: Firoozeh Dumas
  • Narrated by: Firoozeh Dumas
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 135

In the best-selling memoir Funny in Farsi, Firoozeh Dumas recounted her adventures growing up Iranian American in Southern California. Now she again mines her rich Persian heritage in Laughing Without an Accent, sharing stories both tender and humorous on being a citizen of the world, on her well-meaning family, and on amusing cultural conundrums, all told with insights into the universality of the human condition. (Hint: It may have to do with brushing and flossing daily.)

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sigh

  • By Sara on 01-29-14

Horrible narration!

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

Reviewed: 09-13-13

Occasionally it is fine when authors decide to narrate their own books, but there is a reason why they have professionals for this sort of thing. I wanted to listen to the whole story because it seemed like it would have been interesting, but I couldn't get past the first couple of chapters because of the narrator's voice.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Speaks the Nightbird

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 30 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,654
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,095

The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!

  • By aaron on 06-05-12

captivating

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

Reviewed: 09-13-13

While there are a few grisly scenes in McCammon's books I could do without, overall the whole series is excellent. It is such a pleasure to listen to a well-fleshed out plot and engaging characters while picking up quite a bit of history along the way. It is narrated beautifully, too.

  • The Crazy School

  • By: Cornelia Read
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Madeline Dare has traded in the drudgery of life in backwoods Syracuse, New York, for work as a teacher at Santangelo Academy, a boarding school for emotionally disturbed teenagers in the Berkshires. Behind the ornate gates of the academy, she finds a disturbing realm where students and teachers must follow the dean's bizarre therapies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration

  • By Molly on 08-13-10

Great narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-10

While deviant psychotherapeutic techniques can be fascinating regardless of plot or character development, this story is quite compelling. But what really makes it worthwhile is Huber's smooth and alluring narration. This book made me look for other books read by the same narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful