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  • Losing Faith

  • By: Adam Mitzner
  • Narrated by: David Marantz
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,044
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 944
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 945

Aaron Littmann, the chairman of one of the country's most prestigious law firms, has just been contacted by a high-profile defense attorney whose client is Nikolai Garkov, a Russian businessman arraigned on terrorism charges for pulling the financial strings behind recent treasonous acts. The attorney informs Aaron that Garkov is looking to switch representation and will pay $100,000 just to take the meeting.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Could not suspend disbelief.

  • By Will on 06-25-15

I kept wanting it to end! Awful book! Torture!

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

I'd swear Mitzner wrote this book before he wrote Conflict of Interest. It is slow, tedious, boring ... it just wanders around. Characters are unrealistic and unlikeable. The narrator is ok ....male voices good, female voices really bad. I kept thinking "Is this never going to end!?!" And then it dawned on me. It wasn't a punishment that I had to endure. I could stop listening and return it.

  • The Short Drop

  • By: Matthew FitzSimmons
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,457

A decade ago, fourteen-year-old Suzanne Lombard, the daughter of Benjamin Lombard - then a senator, now a powerful vice president running for the presidency - disappeared in the most sensational missing-person case in the nation's history. Still unsolved, the mystery remains a national obsession. For legendary hacker and marine Gibson Vaughn, the case is personal - Suzanne Lombard had been like a sister to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hidden gem hiding among all the generic crap

  • By Justin Messer on 12-27-15

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-17

Any additional comments?

I absolutely loved this book. I finished it in 3 days, the last 3 hours this morning at 4 a.m because I couldn't go to sleep before I knew how it ended. It is an excellent story with great characters. There are many twists and turns and I don't want to say anything more because I don't want to give away any of them. The next thing I'm going to do is buy his next book.

  • The Verdict

  • By: Nick Stone
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,996

Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk desperately trying to get promoted when he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite. The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, is not only someone he knows but someone he loathes. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of THE best audiobooks ever!

  • By Sarah on 05-22-16

A love/hate relationship

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

Reviewed: 05-29-17

Any additional comments?

I really don't like the way this book is written. It lazes along for hours -- literally -- gets to an "ending" (in quotes because I don't want to reveal anything) and then in the last hour goes to a series of newspaper headlines that the narrator reads to tell you how everything resolves. I wish this writer's editor had had him cut some of the wasted and laborious conversations, especially with his daughter, that add absolutely nothing to the story, his inter-office conflicts (who cares that his office competition is eating his lunches!) and use the "time" to develop more of the content. Instead, he gets to some end point and throws the rest of the feature into headlines, which the narrator throws at you so quickly you may want to listen twice! I give this book 1 star for structure, 4 stars for character development and 4 stars for the story. It's better than that but I think you'll feel robbed having invested more than 20 hours into it only to have the story stood on its end in the last 30 minutes. Should you read it? Probably. I do like the story and the characters -- most of them. I will read another book by him but if he uses the same structure, I'll return it. This one I"m keeping.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Injustice For All

  • Joe Dillard Series, Book 3
  • By: Scott Pratt
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 768

A criminal court judge is found hanging from a tree. A young employee of the district attorney's office goes missing. In this third book of the acclaimed Joe Dillard series, Dillard finds himself in the middle of two volatile mysteries. The primary suspect in the judge's murder is Dillard's son's best friend, and Dillard's wife may have destroyed evidence. Meanwhile, the missing girl turns out to be a mystery far deeper than anyone imagined...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Is there a 6th star option

  • By Addicted to Amazon on 05-08-16

Good. Better. Best.

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

Any additional comments?

Loving this series. After a VERY rough first book that I didn't like until the last few chapters. I've enjoyed books 2-3 & 4 and I just purchased 5 & 6. I like the writing style, main character and narrator more and more.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • In Good Faith

  • By: Scott Pratt
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 982
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853

A family of four is slaughtered in rural Tennessee. Two weeks later, a retired high school principal and his wife are brutally slain. Two Satan-worshipping teens stand accused. It's up to prosecutor Joe Dillard to convict them. A former defense attorney who spent way too much time defending people he knew were guilty, Joe is determined to win this case to atone for his past. But an evil young woman named Natasha is responsible for the slayings and Joe knows it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but has some lumpy parts

  • By Kathi on 01-04-18

Start the series here!

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

Reviewed: 04-01-17

Any additional comments?

This book is SO much better than the first in the series. And I'm getting used to the narrator.Now I'm going to book 3.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • An Innocent Client

  • Joe Dillard, Book 1
  • By: Scott Pratt
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,213
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,943
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,931

A preacher is found brutally murdered in a Tennessee motel room. A beautiful, mysterious young girl is accused. In this Mystery Readers International finalist for "Best Debut Mystery" criminal defense lawyer Joe Dillard has become jaded over the years as he's tried to balance his career against his conscience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Legal Thriller!

  • By Wayne on 12-03-15

Start with #2 in series. you won't miss anything.

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

Reviewed: 04-01-17

Any additional comments?

All through the book I thought how much I didn't like this book....the main character...the narrator and had planned to return it. Then in the last few chapters I liked it ... very much. And I've already listened to the second in the series which I'll give a higher rating. My recommendation: Skip this one and start with Book 2.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Coercion

  • By: Tim Tigner
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536

The phone rings and the offer is made, leaving you only seconds to decide. Betray your country, or watch your family drop dead before your eyes. After the Iron Curtain's collapse, Russia appears to be finished as a superpower. But KGB general Vasily Karpov is secretly working to restore Russia's status by forcing Americans into traitorous acts of espionage and sabotage, with the aid of a new secret weapon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Tigner espionage thriller!

  • By shelley on 08-26-16

A new author for me! And a great first book to try

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

Any additional comments?

It's great to discover a new author I haven't read and I already love Dick Hill so it was worth a credit. It's a good read (listen?). A very strange premise (at least I hope nothing at all like that exists) and a great main character. Wish Tigner had used him in a series... but if he did I'm not finding it. So I went on to another stand-alone Tigner book (Betrayal) and I don't like it at all so I'm returning it now (which means I can't review it). Betrayal's main characters are twins that are brilliant but act really stupid at times. They're likable enough but they make really bad choices. And the story is absurd. So back it goes and I'll go on to another Tigner book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Heretic's Treasure

  • Ben Hope, Book 4
  • By: Scott Mariani
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

An ancient fortune has lain hidden for thousands of years, one so powerful that men will kill to protect it. And only one man can unearth it.... Ex-SAS operative Ben Hope is living a peaceful life in rural France - until a phone call from an old army comrade turns his world upside down. Eminent Egyptologist Morgan Paxton has been brutally murdered while working on the mysterious Akhenaten Project in Cairo, and Colonel Harry Paxton wants Ben to find his son's killer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Think ... Indiana Jones

  • By Pam Sturgess on 02-23-17

Think ... Indiana Jones

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

Reviewed: 02-23-17

Any additional comments?

I bought this book because I like narrator Colin Mace so much. And he did an excellent job and improved the overall quality and my rating of the book. The story reminds me of Indiana Jones...racing from place to place in search of a treasure. Lots of people die and most of them in really unnecessarily violent ways but you can skip through that. There are lots of interesting facts about Egypt and tombs and rulers, which I enjoyed. Ben is very likable and very competent (ex-SAS man with all the incumbent skills) who has started a school to train people in hostage rescue skills. Then an old friend calls in a favor and the story is off. I would have to say Ben is a terrible judge of character and that I don't believe he is a love-at-first-site kind of guy, but that's the author's choice. So now I'm going to listen to the next one in the series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Murder Bag

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 496

Twenty years ago seven students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe follows the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the corridors of power. As the bodies pile up, Max finds he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THERE SHOULD BE MORE THAN 5 STARS FOR THIS 1

  • By Diana on 08-21-14

Good book+Excellent narrator = Very good audiobook

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

Reviewed: 02-21-17

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book but I do think Colin Mace's performance made a good book very good. Main character Max reminds me of Luther (television show) and my husband, who is English tells me it's because Colin Mace has the same accent. But I think it's more than that. Like Luther, Max never backs down, runs head long into trouble, and keeps going until he figures out what's going on. Well, anyway, if you liked Luther, I think you'll like this book. After reading the reviews and subject of Book 2, I've decided to skip that one and I am already listening to Book 3.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dead or Alive

  • By: Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
  • Narrated by: Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Length: 20 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,009
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,003

Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb! More Clancy/LDP!

  • By smb072 on 12-10-10

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 02-14-17

Any additional comments?

I read the reviews and skipped the Blackwood books. But I'd listened to all of the Greaney books and I really like Lou Diamond Phillips so I thought I'd give one a try and I loved it. I don't understand all of the bad reviews. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and will be buying the next Blackwood book in the series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful