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  • Sycamore Row

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

Fight them, Mr Brigance. To the bitter end. We must prevail. In the long-awaited successor to the novel that launched his phenomenal career, John Grisham brings us the powerful sequel to A Time to Kill. As filled with twists as it is with legal mastery, Sycamore Row proves beyond doubt that John Grisham is in a league of his own. Jake Brigance has never met Seth Hubbard, or even heard of him, until the old man's suicide note names him attorney for his estate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham is all about the craft

  • By Madeleine on 12-04-13

Alonzo

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

Reviewed: 01-01-14

John Grtsham has returned at his best. Sycamor Row is certainly of a similar genre to Time to Kill and every bit as entertaining. The naration is excellent, as is the plot. Grisham has bought the South alive again; the location is entirely believable, painting as it does the post intergration (race) issues, some of which appear to live on

The courtroom scenes are engrosing, and include the reader, the twists and turns of the issues involved maintain an interest. In short well done

  • The Hanging Judge

  • By: Michael Ponsor
  • Narrated by: Rich Orlow
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

When a drive-by shooting in Holyoke, Massachusetts, claims the lives of a Puerto Rican drug dealer and a nurse at a neighborhood clinic, the police arrest a black drug dealer. With no death penalty in Massachusetts, the US attorney shifts the double homicide out of state jurisdiction into federal court so that he can pursue the death penalty.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fresh, engaging courtroom drama

  • By Mark on 11-27-14

alonzo

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

Reviewed: 01-01-14

I bought this book (credit) on the basis of previous reviews, it was in my view little short of appauling, I have obviously missed the point. For me it was tedious, the characters shallow much of the dialogue trite, in short I am sorry I used a credit.

The plot lacked all credibility. On the evidence presented how the defendant could be bought to trial is beyond me,the use of history the 19th. century murder trial was surely a book filler; for me it contributed nothing to the case in point .

The naration did nothing to improve the book

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Letters from a Murderer

  • By: John Matthews
  • Narrated by: Piers Wehner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

New York, 1891: a rapidly changing city, torn between lamplight and electric light, where the burgeoning steel and railway industries attract a flood of humanity from every corner of the globe, fuelling cutthroat gangs, corruption and vice. A prostitute is found brutally murdered. Immediately fear starts to spread. The victim bears the same hallmarks as Jack the Ripper's recent killing spree in England. Could it be that the Ripper has crossed the Atlantic to fresh killing grounds? Or is this simply a copycat murder?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's a ripper!

  • By IceDancingKaren on 10-20-13

ALONZO

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

Reviewed: 10-31-13

Unqestionabley a great story, strong plot' well performed, however there were lapses in sound level on rare occasions but certainly not enough to spoil the story. i kept telling myself this is a story, a fictional work, but it is so well pt together and presented that you will begin to feel that is history. I can only say past reviewers got it right, a story well worth five stars

  • The Road

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,795
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,822

America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I tried to like it

  • By lavalleem on 10-07-18

Alonzo

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

Reviewed: 10-13-13

ONCE AGAIN A GREAT BOOK FROM COMAC McCARTHY. SUPERBLY WRITTEN, SUPPORTED BY GREAT NARRATION.
IN REAL TERMS THE READER FEELS HE TOO IS ON "THE ROAD". ALTHOUGH THE CHARACTERS ARE FEW THIS BOOK IS RICH IN DIALOGUE THE PRINCIPLE CHARACTERS ARE STRONG . THE SITUATIONS ENCOUNTERED ARE WELL SCOPED.
IN SHORT EXCELLENT. DESERVING OF A FIVE STAR RATING.

1 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Kill List

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

The Kill List: a top-secret catalogue of names held at the highest level of the US government. On it, those men and women who would threaten the world's security. And at the top of it, The Preacher, a radical Islamic cleric whose sermons inspire his followers to kill high-profile Western targets in the name of God. As the bodies begin to pile up in America, Great Britain and across Europe, the message goes out: discover this man's identity, locate him and take him out.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • ALONZO

  • By lloyd on 10-06-13

ALONZO

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

Reviewed: 10-06-13

I have read all of Forsyths' books and can't remember having read one that I haven't enjoyed except this one. Where does one start?

Plot; Frankly I felt there wasn't one, rather the book miandered all over the place, an over use of synamims interrupted the flow of the book, (why not use descriptive titles)

Characters: I thought these were badly drawn, in all, very shallow, to good to be true.

Quite obviously I didn't like this book at all, quality not in the same street as The Fist of God, Icon, or The Forth Protocol
.
Would I buy another Forsyth book? of coarse. I will regard this (book) as an aberation

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Alex Cross, Run

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Michael Boatman, Steven Boyer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Detective Alex Cross arrests renowned plastic surgeon Elijah Creem for sleeping with teenage girls. Now, his life ruined, Creem is out of jail, and he's made sure that no one will recognize him - by giving himself a new face. A young woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window, and Alex is called to the scene. The victim recently gave birth, but the baby is nowhere to be found. Before Alex can begin searching for the missing newborn and the killer, he's called to investigate a second crime.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Alonzo

  • By lloyd on 08-27-13

Alonzo

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

Reviewed: 08-27-13

I THINK I HAVE READ MOST OF THE ALEX CROSS BOOKS AND I CONFESS THIS LATEST BOOK IS A LOT LIKE MOST OF THE OTHERS IE. NOT A LOT OF ORIGINALITY, BUT LISTENABLE, THE NARRATOR, EXCELLENT.
VERY MUCH A BOYS OWN ADVENTURE STORY BUT FOR ALL OF THAT, AS STATED ABOVE A LISTENABLE BOOK.
DON'T LOOK FOR ANYTHING MORE THAN A GOOD LISTEN NOT GREAT, BUT GOOD

  • Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World

  • By: Glenn S. Holland, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Glenn S. Holland
  • Length: 24 hrs and 37 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

Step back to a time when the mysteries of the universe could seem overwhelming. Cycles of nature kept predictable time with the sun, the moon, and the stars, yet crops failed, disease struck, storms ravaged, and empires fell without warning. In the region surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, people responded to such tumult with a rich variety of religious beliefs.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some good moments, but ultimately disappointing.

  • By Christopher on 11-11-13

alonzo

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

Reviewed: 08-24-13

I am sure there will be courses that apeal, but this was not for me. I found the beginning and early stages to be tedious and far to academic. I acknowledge the fault may well have been mine however I did not finish it and would be pleased to take advantage of your return policy. My 4 star (performance ) rating goes to the narator

0 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Executive Treason

  • By: Gary Grossman
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 21 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

The mugging and murder of a female White House staffer leads Secret Service agent Scott Roarke to the elusive and mysterious assassin who manages to always stay one step ahead of him. But as the plot unfolds, new clues about the assassin's past come to light, and they just may give him the tools he needs to catch his quarry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Things happen in threes

  • By Allen Anthony on 11-27-15

ALONZO

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

Reviewed: 07-11-13

THIS IS A REAL PAGE TURNER. A DETAILED PLOT, STRONG CHARACTERS, A THRILLING STORY LINE. I WILL CERTAINLY LOOK FOR MORE FROM THIS TEAM

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Touch of Deceit

  • Nick Bracco, Book 1
  • By: Gary Ponzo
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

FBI agent Nick Bracco can't stop a Kurdish terrorist from firing missiles at random homes across the country. The police can't stand watch over every household, so Bracco recruits his cousin Tommy to help track down this terrorist. Tommy is in the Mafia. Oh yeah, it gets messy fast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Fun Listen

  • By G. Plude on 08-05-13

ALONZO

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

Reviewed: 06-23-13

I BOUHT THIS BOOK ON THE BASIS OF PREVIOUS REVIEWS. IT SHOULD HAVE GOT 4 STARS, INSTEAD (AS I SAW IT ) THE OVERALL DETAIL MADE IT TEDIOUS. THIS WAS A GREAT PITY, THE CHARACTERS ARE STRONG, THE STORY EXCITING, BUT IN MY VIEW THE AUTHOR MUST LEARN TO PRECIS.
THE ENDING SEEMED TO LAST FOR EVER UNTIL IT BECAME ANTI CLIMATIC . I STILL BELIEVE IT CAN OFFER ENTERTAINMENT IF YOU HAVE THE TIME.BUT IT COULD HAVE BEEN A LOT BETTER

0 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Nomonhan, 1939

  • The Red Army's Victory that Shaped World War II
  • By: Stuart D. Goldman
  • Narrated by: John FitzGibbon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Stuart Goldman convincingly argues that a little-known, but intense, Soviet-Japanese conflict along the Manchurian- Mongolian frontier at Nomonhan influenced the outbreak of World War II and shaped the course of the war. The author draws on Japanese, Soviet, and western sources to put the seemingly obscure conflict - actually a small undeclared war - into its proper global geo-strategic perspective.The book describes how the Soviets, in response to a border conflict provoked by Japan, launched an offensive in August 1939 that wiped out the Japanese forces at Nomonhan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nomonhan: Why Japan Demurred

  • By William R. Toddmancillas on 08-03-14

ALONZO

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

Reviewed: 06-18-13

Well written, brings to light a page in history little known in the West. One would have to suggest this campaign may well have been a reason for Japan not entering the war against Russia, this in spite of Hitlers frequent requests. Once again highlights the preparedness of the Russian military to sacrifice all in defence of the Motherland. It has been suggested it kept Zukov out of Stalins way during the great purges of the late thirties. Well done the author and narrator

1 of 1 people found this review helpful