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  • The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

  • By: Natasha Pulley
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 757

It's 1883. Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his tiny London apartment to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. Six months later the mysterious timepiece saves his life, drawing him away from a blast that destroys Scotland Yard. At last he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori, a kind, lonely immigrant from Japan. Although Mori seems harmless, a chain of unexplainable events soon suggests he must be hiding something.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Story

  • By Jennifer Wadsworth on 09-05-15

Strange

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

The narration was very good but the story is strange and creepy. At times it is hard to follow what is happening. The change in Thanial is creepy.

  • Deadly Assets

  • Badge of Honor Series, Book 12
  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 225

In Philadelphia - suffering among the country's highest murder rates - the tension between the Philadelphia Police Department and its Citizens Oversight Committee has long been reaching a boiling point. That turmoil turns from bad to worse shortly after the committee begins targeting police shootings - especially those of twenty-seven-year-old Homicide Sergeant Matt Payne, the "Wyatt Earp of the Main Line" - and then the committee's combative leader is found shot dead point-blank on the front porch of his run-down Philly row house.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I am Disappointed

  • By Jean on 08-28-15

Just Getting Through The Series

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

So disappointed in this series. I love the first books that are set in he 70’s but really don’t like the books once the time shift is made to the 2000’s. Plus , you can really tell a difference once Griffin brings on his son to hell him write. The books just lose their edge and become soft and more politically correct. I realize some of this is due to the period of time that the newer books are taking place, but the essence of the characters is gone. The storyline is shallow and not edgy. Plus, a common theme among Griffin series are small but noticeable differences in the retelling is incidences and backgrounds of characters. A book or two back in the series the original mayor has shown back up without explanation. I continue to listen because I am a sucker for getting through the entire series and following the characters. Matt is now a sappy in love suddenly all knowing Sargent who is really no longer interesting. Mutt and Jeff have completely disappeared as has Walsh and Amy. The storyline is honestly boring. I really like Scott Brick but not in this series. I have listened to him narrate other series and thought he was good, but no one compares to Michael Risotto in narrating this series. His voice was perfect for the northeast big city attitude. Even with these lame storylines, he would have made it more interesting. This is a common complaint of mine with Griffin series. The first books are just great with the later books lacking and at times just very uninteresting.

  • Final Justice

  • A Badge of Honor Novel
  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Patrick G. Lawlor
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

Detective Matt Payne - newly promoted to Sergeant and assigned to Homicide - finds himself in the middle of three major assignments. The first, a fatal shooting at a fast-food restaurant, seems simple, but rapidly becomes complicated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Final Justice - final ending

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-10-09

Painful Time Warp

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

The first time I read this book I thought I had purchased the wrong series because the previous book in the series was set around 1975 and now everyone has a cell phone and its around the millennium. There is a good explanation that Griffin gives for the time shift either on his web page or the cover of the book, but it still catches the reader off guard if it is the first time you are reading the series. Also, there are a few characters that are gone and a few new characters that are not nearly as colorful. The time period also tones down the book. The 70's was a gritty time in big city America and there was no Political Correctness to be found. The new time period is full of Political Correctness and the characters in the book reflect this new time period. I definitely prefer the 70's time period for this series. The narrator was painful to listen to. I am sure he is a good narrator, but not for this series. Michael Russotto is my preference for this series. He is able to inflect a natural sarcasm into the voices of the characters that is more than appropriate for a cop series. The other thing that bugs me is the different pronunciations of the names by narrators. There really needs to be a flow from one narrator to the next. They should listen to the previous book to get a clear idea of what they are following. If you have read any of Griffins series, you will know that events are not always retold in the following book in the series the same. Griffin retells events and stories in each of the books of the series and somehow, those events and stories always seem to be changed a little in each subsequent book. I would love to know if he does this on purpose. Overall, if you are listening to the series, you have to listen to this one, even though it will leave you wishing for a different narrator and a different time setting.

  • The Victim

  • Badge of Honor, Book 3
  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Michael Russotto
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

A brutal Mafia slaying rocks the city of Philadelphia when the only living witness is revealed - a wealthy debutante involved with the targeted mobster. One of the suspects is a cop, Matt Payne, who unwittingly takes on the ultimate battle between organized crime, upper-class power... and his own police force.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent drama, disappointing police work.

  • By Charles Atkinson on 06-04-14

Again & Again!!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

I never tire of going back to this series for a reread! The characters are great and I love the setting in the early books, 1970's Philadelphia. Growing up in the 70's, I like the setting because it reminds me how things were, especially never being able to get in touch with someone. Life before cell phones. There is a grittiness in the books that comes with the time and Griffin captures the feeling of big city 1970's turmoil. Michael Russotto is also one of my favorite narrators. Some of the characters have similar dialects by Russotto, but his voice is great for the setting and characters.

If you like Griffin's other books, you love this series.

  • Special Operations

  • Badge of Honor, Book 2
  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Michael Russotto
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

Facing a desperate public, a hostile press, and reluctant witnesses, the Philadelphia Police Department must try and stop a new reign of violence - a terrifying spree of kidnapping and assault that has plunged the city into fear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By Lady Bird on 06-16-17

Multiple Reads!!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

I never tire of going back to this series for a reread! The characters are great and I love the setting in the early books, 1970's Philadelphia. Growing up in the 70's, I like the setting because it reminds me how things were, especially never being able to get in touch with someone. Life before cell phones. There is a grittiness in the books that comes with the time and Griffin captures the feeling of big city 1970's turmoil. Michael Russotto is also one of my favorite narrators. Some of the characters have similar dialects by Russotto, but his voice is great for the setting and characters.

If you like Griffin's other books, you love this series.

  • Men in Blue

  • Badge of Honor, Book 1
  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Michael Russotto
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 344

A cop has been shot - cold-bloodedly gunned down while trying to prevent a holdup. Regulations say the investigation is to be handled like any other homicide. But when a cop is killed in the line of duty, it is different. And the brotherhood in blue will stop at nothing to bring the killer to justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tremendous Cop story with Mystery and some Romance

  • By Bevs Mom on 10-08-12

Multiple Reads!!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

I never tire of going back to this series for a reread! The characters are great and I love the setting in the early books, 1970's Philadelphia. Growing up in the 70's, I like the setting because it reminds me how things were, especially never being able to get in touch with someone. Life before cell phones. There is a grittiness in the books that comes with the time and Griffin captures the feeling of big city 1970's turmoil. Michael Russotto is also one of my favorite narrators. Some of the characters have similar dialects by Russotto, but his voice is great for the setting and characters.

If you like Griffin's other books, you love this series.

  • Matterhorn

  • A Novel of the Vietnam War
  • By: Karl Marlantes
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 21 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,204

Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Matterhorn

  • By Zachary on 04-20-10

Better Than Expected

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

Reviewed: 08-25-17

Much better than expected! The story takes you into the depths of losing comrades in battle. Toward the end I realized much time the story had covered and was shocked when I realized the main character had about 10 months left on his tour. This was shocking because of what he has already been through and was yet to face in those ten months. The needless sacrifices and killing is exposed along with tactics that make no sense. Like abandoning a hill only to allow the enemy to take take it and then a few weeks later deciding you want the hill back only to abandon it again. The lives recklessly thrown away. This books brings to life the experience of the grunts in Vietnam

  • Waiter to the Rich and Shameless

  • Confessions of a Five Star Beverly Hills Server
  • By: Paul Hartford
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,233
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,158
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,161

Waiter to the Rich and Shameless is not just a peek into the secretive inner workings of a legendary five-star restaurant; it is not just a celebrity tell-all or a scathing corporate analysis. It is a top-tier waiter's personal coming-of-age story, an intimate look into the complicated challenges of serving in the country's most elite, Hollywood-centric dining room while fighting to maintain a sense of self and purpose.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I imagined

  • By Maia C. Larkin on 02-17-17

Great telling of how life events change you!

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

Reviewed: 08-18-17

Much better book than I expected. I love the stories of the rich and famous, but how the author changes over time is the real story. You can hear the pride he has in his work which this society is sadly and quickly losing. He loves his work at the beginning and takes real pride in the establishment he works in. It's almost a privilege for him to get paid to work there. Then things begin to change and you can see how all great companies, restaurants, stores, etc lose their way because of ownership and management changes. The way he tells the story keeps it interesting and allows you to feel his agony because of the changes. The stories of the rich and famous are tasteful and revealing. The money for food and drink is ridiculous! Highly recommend this book!!!

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  • Radiant Angel

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,224
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,222

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG - surveilling Russian diplomats working at the UN Mission - is thought to be "a quiet end", he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another John Cory Success

  • By R. Warren on 05-31-15

Short & Intense

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

Reviewed: 08-18-17

This was a much shorter book than is usual in this series. It reads almost like a movie, right to the point, action after action and then boom, it's over. It is a good book though and continues the story nicely. Not really liking where the personal life story is going with John and it will be interesting to see what Nelson does in the next John Corey book. Best in the series; probably not. But a good book and a must read if your reading the series.

  • Battlefield Earth

  • Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi and New York Times Bestseller
  • By: L. Ron Hubbard
  • Narrated by: Josh Clark, Scott Menville, Fred Tatascorie, and others
  • Length: 47 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,356

In the year AD 3000, Earth is a barren wasteland, plundered of its natural resources by the millennium-long regime of taloned, gas-breathing, nine-foot alien conquerors from the planet Psychlo. Fewer than 35,000 humans survive in a handful of communities scattered across the face of a postapocalyptic Earth. From a desolate village in the Rocky Mountains near what once was Denver, Colorado, a courageous young man named Jonnie Goodboy Tyler embarks on a hero's journey to challenge the fearful myths of his people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pulp Sci-Fi Done Right! More Like This!

  • By Joel D Offenberg on 06-27-16

Second time around!! Audio version is great!!

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

I read this book many years ago and had knife that L. Ron Hubbard wrote such stories. This book is not only sci-fi, but in its own way it is a comedy. There are many places throughout the book that I fiound myself laughing either at the characters or at what they had done. The book goes on and on,, but at NJ o time is it boring. A really fun science fiction book that doesn't seem to take itself to seriously. The aliens are funny and have so many of the character traits of humans that it really makes the read fun. The audio version is very well made. At first I wasn't sure about the music and sound effects because I found them distracting. But very quickly they because part of the production and really added to the overall listening enjoyment. I would highly recommend this book as a departure from the typical audible book.