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  • Nathan's Run

  • By: John Gilstrap
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319

This raw and vivid portrait of juvenile detention centers and life on the run catapults John Gilstrap to the forefront of the crime thriller genre. Nathan Bailey is a 12-year-old juvenile-hall orphan with a problem. Covered in blood, he is caught on videotape fleeing from a murder scene. Will the boy evade the police long enough to tell the truth? Or will a hit man kill him before he gets the chance?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Run Nathan Run!!

  • By R. Pontiflet on 01-14-18

Three Stars Due to Audio Quality

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

Would you try another book from John Gilstrap and/or George Guidall?

Yes.

What did you like best about this story?

Kid on the run story was somewhat unusual and a nice change of pace.

Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. Similar.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

Romance? HaHa. Not a romance.

Any additional comments?

I know this audiobook was produced in the '90s but the audio quality is pretty bad in places.Listening in earphones, which is how I usually do, I can hear lots of mouth noises and worse, almost an echo of some narration as if the mastering was not done well. I stuck it out but the audio on this one is definitely subpar.

  • Stillhouse Lake

  • By: Rachel Caine
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,981
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,954

With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband's crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace. But just when she's starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake - and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too much

  • By Patti L Langston on 07-18-17

Terrific Thriller

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

Reviewed: 07-04-17

It's a taught story that never misses a beat. Emily Sutton-Smith is the narrator and is also the reason I chose this book. This is the third book I've listened to her narrate amd she's quickly become a favorite.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Suspect

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,796

LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Page Turner!!

  • By Jacqueline on 01-22-13

Only one problem with this book

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

Reviewed: 06-16-17

It was over too quickly. This was my first Robert Ctais book but won't be the last. Great job by narrator MacLeod Andrews.

  • Flat Spin

  • A Cordell Logan Mystery
  • By: David Freed
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,397
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,381

The irresistible David Freed’s first mystery is a stay-up-late-to-finish thriller. Based in sunny Rancho Bonita - “California’s Monaco”, as the city’s moneyed minions like to call it - Cordell Logan is a literate, sardonic flight instructor and aspiring Buddhist with dwindling savings and a shadowy past. When his beautiful ex-wife, Savannah, shows up out of the blue to tell him that her husband has been murdered in Los Angeles, Logan is quietly pleased. Savannah’s late husband, after all, is Arlo Echevarria, the man she left Logan for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A whodunit with a touch of humor.

  • By Arthur on 08-07-12

Started Slowly but glad I stuck it out

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

Where does Flat Spin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Middle of the pack. To be honest I almost gave up on it early because I hated some of the narrators female characters early on. Too much 'use the high voice' for females early on. But the narrator did have a flare for the author's sarcastic quips and I'm glad I stuck with it. The narrator grew on me and overall I enjoyed the performance. In fact all but the early voicing of the female characters was excellent.

What did you like best about this story?

Like the lead character

Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

Cordell Logan

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There are a few good laughs, for sure.

Any additional comments?

I'll give this character / narrator another try.

  • The Trapped Girl

  • The Tracy Crosswhite Series, Book 4
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,751
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,739

When a woman's body is discovered submerged in a crab pot in the chilly waters of Puget Sound, Detective Tracy Crosswhite finds herself with a tough case to untangle. Before they can identify the killer, Tracy and her colleagues on the Seattle PD's Violent Crimes Section must figure out who the victim is. Her autopsy, however, reveals she may have gone to great lengths to conceal her identity. So who was she running from?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in series so far

  • By hrhjones on 01-30-17

Pretty Good Book, Very Good Narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

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

Yes. If you like detective / mysteries it's engaging.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Trapped Girl?

The twist near the end.

What does Emily Sutton-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Really outstanding narration. Kept me engaged even when somewhat distracted, working on other things. I'll definitely be looking for other titles she's voiced.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

Any additional comments?

I'll go look for other books with this character and narrator.

  • The Alexandrite

  • By: Rick Lenz
  • Narrated by: Rick Lenz
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

When Jack Cade is fired from a no-pay production of Hamlet, he has no inkling his next role will be opposite Marilyn Monroe - 40 years back in time, in 1956. As a down-and-out aging actor, Jack's luck and life change when he's anonymously sent a pawn ticket for an alexandrite ring. After his wife leaves him, a mysterious woman asks him to meet her at an old mansion deep in the San Fernando Valley. With nothing to lose, Jack decides to go.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a ride

  • By Tommy G. Kendrick on 04-01-16

What a ride

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

Reviewed: 04-01-16

A clever, delicious trip through time and Hollywood. Truth is I'm not that big on time travel stories but this one is too much fun not to like. Well done Mr. Lenz!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Secrets of Screen Acting

  • By: Patrick Tucker
  • Narrated by: David H. Lawrence XVII
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Instead of starting with what is real and trying to wrestle that onto the screen, Patrick Tucker explains how to work with the realities of a shoot and work from there toward the real. His step by step guide to the elements of effective screen acting is an extension and explanation of a lifetime of work in the field, containing over 50 acting exercises and the tried-and-tested screen acting checklist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just great!

  • By colette on 10-22-15

A MUST HAVE FOR EVERY ACTOR

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

Reviewed: 08-23-15

What did you love best about Secrets of Screen Acting?

This book goes well beyond the typical screen acting text that either focuses on the business aspects (extremely important, don't get me wrong) of the business or is over simplified fluff about pictures and resumes. This book gets technical iand deep into its examination of the camera, the actor and the visual language of screen acting. It might be a bit of a challenge as an audiobook as there are many references to visual examples in the book. Do get the accompanying PDF. David H. Lawrence XVII, an accomplished actor himself, brings clarity to the text and his narration is top drawer. The great thing about audiobooks is that you can listen at will and the material in the hard copy gets reinforced and even illuminated. This is definitely a book every actor, especially the beginning 'film' actor needs to have in his/her library. The material bears repeated examination and the audiobook version helps make that an easy task.

Any additional comments?

My suggestion: whether you're transitioning into screen acting from drama school or you've been on your own actor's journey for some time, this book is more than a worthy addition to your library. Having is available as an audiobook just increases its value. So just get both versions and know you've made a good decision.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • How Not to Make a Short Film

  • Secrets from a Sundance Programmer
  • By: Roberta Marie Munroe
  • Narrated by: Roberta Marie Munroe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

Featuring interviews with many of today's most talented writers, producers, and directors, as well as revealing stories (e.g., what to do when the skinhead crack addict next door begins screaming obscenities as soon as you call "action") from the sets of her own short films, Roberta walks you through the minefield of mistakes that an aspiring filmmaker can make - so that you don't have to make them yourself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • picked up before a 48 hour film fest

  • By norman rogers on 05-06-15

Just What I Was Looking For

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

Reviewed: 08-23-15

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

Yes. There is a lot of excellent information in here for the beginning short film producer or producer/dir. As with other books related to the movie business, I think it will be helpful to also purchase the hard copy. But I like having this to listen to while in the car. Well done for my purposes.

Any additional comments?

I'll get the hard copy as well.

  • The Glass Rainbow

  • A Dave Robicheaux Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,982
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,550

Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • God help me if I outlive James Lee Burke

  • By John M. Smith on 07-23-10

A wonderful marriage of writer and narrator.

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

Reviewed: 06-16-15

This was my first James Lee Burke audiobook but it won't be the last!