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  • The Fifth Witness

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,962

Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable read

  • By Xavier on 08-17-11

Big Connelly fan...but not because of this book.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-20-11

I have read/listened to everything Connelly has put out and this just isn't up to his standards. I'm not a tough critic, and I'm not expecting great "literature" but this book follows a similar pattern to the others in the Lincoln Lawyer series which would be be fine if done in an interesting way. This just didn't deliver for me. Peter Giles has read other books in the Lincoln Lawyer series, so I didn't have a problem with his narration. I am surprised by the volume of positive reviews...to each their own, I guess.

I'm still a Connelly fan, but I couldn't wait for this one to end.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,877

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic story to be read by all!

  • By Gina on 07-25-09

40+ hours never went by so quickly

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-11

I found the characters and the story very compelling. I could have lived without the explicit sexual violence, but if Follett's objective was to make me loathe the antagonist, it worked very well. I'm not sure Follett can top this book, but I am looking forward to sequel nonetheless.

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,401
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,314
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,331

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

Not my usual cup of tea

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-11

This is my first time listening to a story using multiple readers and this isn't my usual genre, but I absolutely loved this story. I became very invested in the stories of these women and their struggles and triumphs. At times I would laugh out loud, at times I cried. In the end I was crying, but I wasn't sure if it was about the content or the loss of my new found "friends". A rare book that I didn't want to end.

  • Last Man Standing

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 22 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,220

With vividly realized characters and a breathtaking pace, Last Man Standing is another spellbinding title from David Baldacci, best-selling author of Wish You Well. When the FBI Hostage Rescue Team is ambushed, it is up to sole survivor Web London to find the killer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I liked it, but not for everyone

  • By K. Lewis on 03-22-05

I liked it, but not for everyone

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-05

A lot of complaints about this book are about the detail. Personally, I didn't find that at all disturbing. The protagonist is a fully developed character that the reader comes to know very well. I was surprised by the ending, and I wondered why I didn't suspect it. It did get a little longwinded for my taste at the end, but there were many loose ends to tie up, and even though not every storyline is resolved, I felt satisfied with the ending.

34 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • Night Fall

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,967
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,321

Five years after the crashof TWA Flight 800, the government has declared it a result of mechanical failure. But John Corey, an ex-NYPD detective who is now a contract agent with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is persuaded by Kate Mayfield, his wife and task force partner, that the case deserves a second look.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive mix of fact & intriguing storyline

  • By Ms Discus on 11-28-04

I really want to rate it higher

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-05

I thought the concept was interesting and I have started reading more about TWA Flight 800, I thought the characters were amusing and sarcastic.

For me, it was just too straightforward. I didn't find anything that happened surprising or shocking, it was a very basic detective story and DeMille told you what you were looking for and how he was going to find it, it was just a matter of getting there.

I got the feeling that DeMille began this work without any idea of how he was going to end it, which is a shame. I suppose he felt that he couldn't "officially" contradict the governments findings regarding Flt 800 and he just used 9/11 as a device to suddenly end the story/investigation, as now the key evidence has been destroyed.

This story had me extremely intrigued, but in the end it turned out to be more of a twinkie than a satisfying meal.

  • Digital Fortress

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,362
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,375

When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage, not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh...

  • By Amy on 06-19-04

Really more like 2 1/2

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-05

I really liked Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code, but this really was a weaker effort. I am not a person who normally sees who the "bad guy" is right away, but if it was obvious to me, than I would guess most people would see right through it.

I won't reiterate some of the technical flaws that have already been discussed in detail.

The only redeeming quality is Paul Michael, he brings the characters to life in a way that makes me care about what happens to them. Rare quality.

  • Split Second

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,580

Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • not a bad read

  • By David on 11-14-03

Entertaining but flawed

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-05

The outcome was a bit contrived and if you can suspend your disbelief, then you may actually enjoy it. I liked the twists and turns, but in the end I was like, "Get real".

I was interested in the characters, but Baldacci chose to keep them more 2 dimensional.

Scott Brick, in my opinion, is not a very strong narrarator, if you aren't giving it your full attention (i.e. driving) you may lose track of who is speaking because he doesn't have enough differentiation between characters.

  • The Janson Directive

  • By: Robert Ludlum
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 20 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 726

Peter Novak, one of the world's greatest men, has been kidnapped! Running out of time and hope, Novak's people turn to Paul Janson, legendary covert operative and assassin. Janson is retired, and nothing could lure him back - nothing except Peter Novak, who once saved Janson's life. " Ludlum's best since The Bourne Identity," raves Kirkus Reviews.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivated me from the beginning

  • By A Grady Williams on 01-14-03

Great action

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-25-04

At times a bit long-winded, but pretty well done. I really did enjoy Paul Michael's narration, all the characters are very distinct. I had never read/listened to any of Ludlum's work before but may read his other works.

This isn't high art, but I found it to be very entertaining.

  • The Rule of Four

  • By: Ian Caldwell, Dustin Thomason
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 746
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 438
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 447

Princeton. Good Friday, 1999. On the eve of graduation, two students are a hairsbreadth from solving the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Famous for its hypnotic power over those who study it, the 500-year-old Hypnerotomachia may finally reveal its secrets to Tom Sullivan, whose father was obsessed with the book, and Paul Harris, whose future depends on it. As the deadline looms, research has stalled, until an ancient diary surfaces.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely A Great Book

  • By Lucas on 08-31-05

Save your time

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-04

I got this title because I was told by a family member that she had friends that liked it better than "The Da Vinci Code".

Well...with friends like that, who needs enemies.

This book was incredibly slow, and was more of a self-indulgent coming of age story than the thriller I anticipated. I have no interest in further exploring the "Hypnerotomachia Poliphili."

If operating under the premise that it is a coming of age story, you typically have to like the characters. Not only were most of the characters hard to like, they were fairly annoying.

In defense of the book, it may be a better read than an audio book. I thought the narration was below average. Many of the women characters sounded like 80s Valley Girls (OMG!) and not Ivy League women, and much of that had to do with his tone than the written dialogue. Many of the men's voices were laughable.

This book was very disappointing, and I wouldn't dream of suggesting a friend read it.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Da Vinci Code

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,881

While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Adjust Your Perspective...

  • By E. Baxter on 11-13-03

Entertaining

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-04

After reading some reviews, I was pretty surprised that a work of FICTION would upset people so much. If your faith is threatened by the book of one author, you shouldn't look at the author, you should look in the mirror.

I thought Brown presented some very interesting ideas, things that I researched more on my own after reading. That said, the book isn't a "timeless classic", and I didn't expect it to be. It is what I call "book candy" most authors that make the New York Times bestseller list write "book candy". It doesn't mean that you don't enjoy it, it just means the satisfaction doesn't last very long. Unlike most, Brown piqued my intellectual curiosity, and for that I applaud him. I see that others had a similar response.

I didn't have a problem with the narrarator, although the pilot was originally was done as a Brit with more of a Cockney accent and then he became French. Oops. The narration didn't keep from enjoying the work.