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  • The Reckoning

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,662
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,645

Pete Banning was Clanton's favorite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, a father, a neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning in 1946, he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Worst Grisham novel.

  • By Jonas on 11-26-18

Wasn't worth the wait

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

This has to be the worst book written by John Grisham. If this had be billed as a historical drama written by an unknown author,
it would have filled the bill. In the future I will not be in a rush to purchase a new Grisham book, I'll wait for reader reviews.
A big disappointment.

  • The Golem of Hollywood

  • By: Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 297

Detective Jacob Lev wakes one morning, dazed and confused: He seems to have picked up a beautiful woman in a bar the night before, but he can't remember anything about the encounter, and before he knows it, she has gone. But this mystery pales in comparison to the one he's about to be called on to solve. Newly reassigned to a Special Projects squad he didn't even know existed, he's sent to a murder scene far up in the hills of Hollywood Division.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing.

  • By Dianna L. Storck on 09-26-14

not worth your time

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

Reviewed: 11-19-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This story is such a mess I don't even know how to explain how bad it is.
One of my big problems is I am a big fan of the Alex Delaware series written by Jonathan Kellerman. This book is written about different characters, but is read by the same narrator, John Rubinstein, and follows the same story line. When listening I am hearing Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis instead of the new characters. I am afraid this will be the first Jonathan Kellerman book that I am unable to finish.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman again?

I will give them another chance since I have liked all of Jonathan's other works.

How could the performance have been better?

Should have used a different narrator,

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Golem of Hollywood?

All of them

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fifth Assassin

  • By: Brad Meltzer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,752
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,752

From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, there have been more than two dozen assassination attempts on the President of the United States. Four have been successful. But now, Beecher White - the hero of the number one New York Times best seller The Inner Circle - discovers a killer in Washington, D.C. who's meticulously re-creating the crimes of these four men. Historians have branded them as four lone wolves. But what if they were wrong?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I had to stop listening a little bit into the book

  • By Janice on 01-17-13

Very confusing story

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

Reviewed: 03-02-13

Would you try another book from Brad Meltzer and/or Scott Brick?

Liked many of Meltzer's other books. Scott Brick is my favorite narrator.

Would you ever listen to anything by Brad Meltzer again?

I will give him another chance as along as it's not about the Culper ring.
I couldn't figure out if they were protecting the POTUS or trying to kill him.
I understand that most stories don't confirm the bad guy until well into the story, but you
usually know at least one good guy from the beginning.

What three words best describe Scott Brick’s performance?

Too many characters sounded the same.

  • Dreams of Joy

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,077
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075

In her beloved New York Times best sellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and, most recently, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country. Now, in her most powerful novel yet, she returns to these timeless themes, continuing the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s strong-willed 19-year-old daughter, Joy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dreams of Joy and all of Lisa See's books

  • By maida smith on 06-03-11

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-11

One of the best books I've read this year. I can't believe there aren't more
novels written about this time in history. Lisa's writing is so descriptive , I felt
I was watching a movie in my head as I listened. I still can't get some of the
passages out of my mind. Highly recommend.

  • Guilt by Association

  • By: Marcia Clark
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 655

Los Angeles D.A. Rachel Knight is a tenacious, wise-cracking, and fiercely intelligent prosecutor in the city's most elite division. When her colleague, Jake, is found dead at a grisly crime scene, Rachel is shaken to the core. She must take over his toughest case: the assault of a young woman from a prominent family. But she can't stop herself from digging deeper into Jake's death, a decision that exposes a world of power and violence and will have her risking her reputation - and her life - to find the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT!

  • By TexasLady on 04-21-11

Great first book. Hope there will be more.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-24-11

Well thought out plot. Great character development. Hope this turns into a series.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Richard Thomas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 933

In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he’s only 13 years old, Theo Boone thinks he’s one of them. Theo knows every judge, policeman, court clerk - and a lot about the law. He dreams of being a great trial lawyer, of a life in the courtroom. But Theo finds himself in court much sooner than expected. Because he knows so much - maybe too much - he is suddenly dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic for young audience, Good for adults

  • By Brian on 05-12-11

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-11

A very engrossing story. I liked this even better than his other recent book, The Confession.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Fifth Witness

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,975

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

The Fifth Witness

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-11

Excellent. Sorry I didn't take longer to finish it. Now I'll have a long time to wait for another Haller book.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Deadly Housewives

  • By: Sara Paretsky, Nevada Barr, Marcia Muller, and others
  • Narrated by: Shannon Engemann, Henrietta Tiefenthaler
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

Wisteria Lane has nothing on these grandes dames of mystery. In the expert hands of two of the mystery world's top storytellers, being a housewife takes on a whole new meaning.These two never-before-published stories by Nevada Barr and Sara Paretsky explore the dark side of the housewife psyche and are guaranteed to delight.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Susan on 04-13-08

Very bad

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-25-09

Can't believe they even bothered to publish this. At least it was short. I don't usually write reviews, but I felt the need to warn others to not waste their time and/or money on this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful