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  • Death on a High Floor

  • By: Charles Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,542
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,546

On the 85th floor of a glittering high-rise in Los Angeles, Robert Tarza steps into the lobby of the Marbury Marfan law firm to discover his partner Simon Rafer lying in a pool of blood - an ornate dagger plunged into his back. Robert had worked with Simon for decades, and their relationship was fraught with conflict. But he never imagined he would wind up as the prime suspect for his colleague’s murder. As the evidence stacks up against him with frightening speed, he quickly falls from his respected position to that of a criminal dragged through the tabloids.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Mystery, Brilliant Narration

  • By Chip Atkinson on 02-23-14

Legal twists and turns. Great performance!

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

I listen to a lot of thrillers and this one was excellent- cerebral & unpredictable. The narrator did a great job differentiating characters with his voice.

  • Jane Doe

  • A Novel
  • By: Victoria Helen Stone
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,166

Jane’s days at a Midwest insurance company are perfectly ordinary. She blends in well, unremarkably pretty and extra efficient. She’s just the kind of woman middle manager Steven Hepsworth likes - meek, insecure, and willing to defer to a man. No one has any idea who Jane really is. Least of all Steven. But plain Jane is hiding something. Nothing can distract Jane from going straight for his heart: allowing herself to be seduced into Steven’s bed, to insinuate herself into his career and his family, and to expose all his dirty secrets. So she can take it all away. Just as he did to her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but Jarring

  • By TammyR on 02-05-19

wow!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

I listened to this book faster than any other before. It was riveting. and unrepentant- many truths about what women deal with regularly. It was extreme and but also simultaneously, truthful. The protagonist is a sociopath- but her reactions to many situations are completely relatable. Scary. Wow.

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  • The Space Merchants

  • By: Frederik Pohl, C. M. Kornbluth
  • Narrated by: Dan Bittner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 190

In a vastly overpopulated near-future world, businesses have taken the place of governments and now hold all political power. States exist merely to ensure the survival of huge transnational corporations. Advertising has become hugely aggressive and boasts some of the world’s most powerful executives. Through advertising, the public is constantly deluded into thinking that all the products on the market improve the quality of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a SciFic classic done really well

  • By John Laudun on 05-06-12

Inventive and Modern Science Fiction!

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

Reviewed: 04-25-17

Any additional comments?

Many people urged me to read this classic by Frederick Pohl, but I resisted. Then, I finally gave it a listen and it was great! It was much more "modern" than a lot of the sci-fi from the 70s and it is relevant to issues that are important today. For example, we now have the technology to create Chicken Little and alleviate widespread hunger - but should we? There are also aspects about business, marketing and advertising that are more relevant and insightful today than ever. The story itself is a bit formulaic as compared to the world in which the characters are living. However, it was good enough to move the story along and keep the book interesting.

  • Slow Getting Up

  • A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile
  • By: Nate Jackson
  • Narrated by: Nate Jackson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 196

Nate Jackson’s Slow Getting Up is an unvarnished and uncensored memoir of everyday life in the most popular sports league in America - and the most damaging to its players - the National Football League. After playing college ball at a tiny Division III school, Jackson, a receiver, signed as a free agent with the San Francisco 49ers, before moving to the Denver Broncos. For six seasons in the NFL as a Bronco, he alternated between the practice squad and the active roster, eventually winning a starting spot - a short, tenuous career emblematic of the average pro player.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great inside look

  • By Jonathan on 12-23-15

If you love football, you should listen to this

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Everyone knows that football is dangerous and players often play while hurt, but this book gives new insight into what the average player endures to be part of the NFL. The narration (by Nate himself) is not so great but it is OK and doesn't detract too much from the story. This story manages to give insights into the NFL player life for non-superstars, while not being too graphic or explicit.
Highly recommended if you are a football buff!

  • Legacy of the Dragon

  • A Paul Chang Mystery, Book 2
  • By: J. Gregory Smith
  • Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

With the police on his back and his agency taking sleazy cases he never thought he’d have to, Paul Chang erupts under the job’s pressures and sees his personal demon, an alter ego he calls the dragon, emerge. Only the training from his martial arts teacher and old friend Shu keeps Chang sane. But his ex-wife Colleen and a journalist are being stalked by someone trying to make it look like Chang is the aggressor, and when the harassment turns deadly, the lives of everyone close to him are in danger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great but TOTALLY different from gory 1st book!!

  • By Midwest Bibliophile on 10-23-15

Great but TOTALLY different from gory 1st book!!

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

Reviewed: 10-23-15

If you could sum up The Legacy of the Dragon in three words, what would they be?

Cat and mouse thriller

Any additional comments?

The first book in the series (which I loved), was so gory that I took a break for a while and waited to read the second book. I needn't have done that, however, because the second book was so different; this book is more like an espionage novel and is more about the background and emotional legacy of the Dragon that got Paul to where he is.

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  • Shady Palms

  • By: Allen Dusk
  • Narrated by: Rose Caraway
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 470
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 425

A sleazy motel, burrowed on the edge of town, is haunted by rumors of dead hookers found between mattresses and peep holes drilled through walls. When Special Agent Daniels targets the motel during an investigation, the nefarious owner, Sanjay, must scramble to conceal evidence of his own dark deeds. Just when he believes things can't get any worse, motel guests begin to vanish without a trace.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay.

  • By PJPackwood on 05-12-14

Sexually explicit, gory & grisly Fun

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

Reviewed: 06-10-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This story focuses on many of the seamy aspects of modern life and the people living it. The genre is best described as a combination of murder mystery & thriller laced with science fiction elements. I am no prude but the author has no holds barred when it comes to portraying prostitutes, homosexual sex and masturbation (among other things - including the excruciatingly gory descriptions of each murder). I spent a good deal of time cringing through the details of this book - but the story was so compelling that it was (just) worth it. The fact that the narrator's voice was rather girlish exacerbated the discomfort of listening to such a grisly story.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes! This would make a very good film if you are inclined towards gore-filled thrillers.

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  • The Unfinished Clue

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Clifford Norgate
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

The Unfinished Clue is a clever and humorous murder mystery set at a British country estate in the 1930s. There, each of the invited guests, along with the victim's wife and the estate's staff members (the butler, the maids, the gardener), had good reason to hate the arrogant and abrasive victim. Sir Arthur Billington-Smith had successfully alienated each and every one of them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • There are more Georgette Heyer mysteries!!

  • By Karen on 01-17-12

Typical Victorian who-dunnit

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

Reviewed: 04-12-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This a good, solid mystery in the Victorian England, houseful of suspects who-dunnit genre.
The narrator is good at voicing the different characters and so, although the story often plods along, he keeps things interesting. It is not a modern thriller with anything too outlandish; there are no guns, car chases, international spies...this is just a solid murder mystery with strongly written characters. I must admit that I found myself nodding off at times during this listen - but it was very good.

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

Good ending - unexpected.

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  • The House of Silk

  • A Sherlock Holmes Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,860

Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • PLEASE tell me there are MORE !

  • By Debra J Pekin on 01-17-12

As good as the originals!

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

Reviewed: 02-03-13

Any additional comments?

This book was as true to the original Sherlock Holmes as can be imagined - thrillng, intelligent, rich in late Victorian-age detail - and Jacobi's performance was perfect. The only reason why I gave this one less than 5 stars was that I deduced what the "House" was and the ultimate perpretrators of the criime very (too) early in to the listen.

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  • Very Good Jeeves

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622

Jonathan Cecil, described as having “one of the best-loved voices in audiobooks” by the P. G. Wodehouse Society, narrates this collection of brilliantly entertaining stories featuring Jeeves and Wooster, including: "Jeeves and the Impending Doom", "Jeeves and the Kid Clementina", "The Inferiority Complex of Old Sippy", "The Love That Purifies", "Jeeves and the Yule-Tide Spirit", "Jeeves and the Old School Chum", "Jeeves and the Song of Songs", "Indian Summer of an Uncle", "Episode of the Dog McIntosh", "The Ordeal of Young Tuppy", and "The Spot of Art."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very, Very Good Jeeves

  • By Carole T. on 01-18-13

Dry Listen..best for ardent PG Wodehouse Fans

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

Reviewed: 01-19-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I must say that I listened to the first 80 minutes or so and just had to turn it off. The narration was so very dry and upper-crust British that I had to concentrate to follow the storyline and cath the dry and wry humour at the same time. I love the PG Wodehouse books and writing style...but I did not think it would be so different to listen to it. I listen to books while I am driving - fiction, business, thrillers, comedy and even science...but this combination went in one ear and out the other unless I paid complete attention to it (which I could not - while driving).

If you’ve listened to books by P. G. Wodehouse before, how does this one compare?

No listening - only reading (and I love them).

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jonathan Cecil?

It is such a very British series that it must have a British narrator- but perhpas a more delicate British narrator with more dramatic inflection could help,

1 of 3 people found this review helpful