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  • Jailhouse Doc: A Doctor in the County Jail

  • By: William Wright
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Dr. William Wright gave up a suburban practice as an ear surgeon to become the doctor at Colorado's maximum-security prison. After that, running a medical clinic at the county jail should be a snap, right? Oh, brother. Hoards of desperate people fresh from the streets, homeless addicts, illegal aliens, and gangbangers all ruled by a corrupt sheriff and his concubine sidekick made the supermax look almost pastoral.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beware the politics of corrections health care

  • By Jan on 11-15-15

A really great book

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

Eric Martin was the perfect narrator for this book and I found the story incredibly interesting, giving an insight into how and what prison doctors need to go through. It starts off a little slow but then you really get into it and I had a hard time putting it down after a few chapters. Great story.that made me return to get William Wright's second book - Maximum Insecurity. Highly recommended.

  • Rogue Lawyer

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Worldwide best-seller John Grisham goes rogue with his most suspenseful thriller yet.... Sometimes you have to fight dirty to get clean. Sebastian Rudd takes the cases no one else wants to take: the drug-addled punk accused of murdering two little girls; a crime lord on death row; a homeowner accused of shooting at a SWAT team. l Rudd believes that every person accused of a crime is entitled to a fair trial - even if he has to cheat to get one.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • hohum

  • By Marcy on 12-30-18

Excellent novel..

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

Another of John Grisham's works of art. The man has an art of writing lawyer related books and this one didn't disappoint. Highly enjoyable read and hard to put down. Highly recommended.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 161,048
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 148,629
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 148,464

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Surprisingly Good

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

I wasn't sure I'd like this book but downloaded it because of the other reviews I'd read. It was surprisingly good. Took a little while to get into it but once I did I was hooked. An excellent read for science fiction fans that like a touch of reality to be in the story. Recommended!

  • VocabuLearn

  • Polish, Level 1
  • By: Penton Overseas Inc.
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 2

VocabuLearn is the only audio language learning system designed to teach the way you learn best...concentrating on vocabulary and helpful expressions. This three-hour program contains over 1,500 commonly-used words and expressions - the building blocks of language. Best of all, no textbook is required!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A Boring Waste of Time

  • By Bob Cochrane on 04-26-04

Look elsewhere to learn..

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

Reviewed: 02-09-17

Would you try another book from Penton Overseas, Inc. and/or the narrator?

No, Both my parents were Polish and I can speak, read and write the language. I purchased this book so that a friend could learn the language as she expressed interest in doing so. It was of no help at all. Even I had trouble understanding the spoken examples at times!

Has VocabuLearn turned you off from other books in this genre?

Absolutely.

What didn’t you like about the narrator’s performance?

The voice and spoken examples were unclear

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment in the entire course.

Any additional comments?

Look elsewhere to learn this language.

  • Why?

  • A Courtroom Drama of Self-Discovery
  • By: R. H. King Jr.
  • Narrated by: Tim Danko
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Dartmouth professor Dan Jackson did not want to murder his students. Yet, when he finds two pistols perched on top of the mid-term exams in his briefcase, he cannot resist the impulse to pull out the guns and start shooting. Now Dan struggles to find the answer to the question that haunts him: why did he kill 15 of his students? Dan's search for the answer must be pursued through his defense to the criminal charges and possible death penalty.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Average

  • By Salena on 01-19-18

An excellent drama..

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

Reviewed: 02-09-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Would recommend this book to anyone that likes a drama with a twist. I has all the elements that a good drama should contain.. suspense and mystery

What did you like best about this story?

Kept me interested all the way through with unexpected twists and turns.

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

Would absolutely love to see this book turned into a movie..

Any additional comments?

The narration could have been a little better, but enjoyable it all the same.

  • The Shawshank Redemption

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

The classic story from the Different Seasons collection. In The Shawshank Redemption, a man convicted of a bloody murder lives in a prison brutally ruled by a sadistic warden and secretly run by a con who knows all the ropes and pulls all the strings. He has more brains than anyone else in the sinister slammer and has a diabolically cunning plan of revenge that one can guess - until it's far too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • captivating

  • By Helena on 05-29-10

Better than the movie of the same name..

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

Reviewed: 11-19-16

Would you listen to The Shawshank Redemption again? Why?

Yes, once I forget it I'd definitely listen to it again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shawshank Redemption?

The details given in the book that are left out or changed in the movie, which I enjoyed all the same (the movie I mean)

What does Frank Muller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great narration

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Shawshank Redemtion is an excellent title.. I'd put a tag line like Life of an innocent man in an American Prison and a crooked warden!

Any additional comments?

If you liked the film, read this book. It's great.

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  • Tandia

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 26 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,211
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,598
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,602

Tandia is a child of all Africa: half Indian, half African, beautiful and intelligent, she is only 16 when she is first brutalized by the police. Her fear of the white man leads her to join the black resistance movement. With her in the fight for justice is the one white man Tandia can trust, the welterweight champion of the world, Peekay. Now he must fight their common enemy in order to save both their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks for this wonderful collaboration

  • By Thomas Andrews on 05-17-06

Another great novel by Bryce Courtenay

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

Reviewed: 11-19-16

Would you listen to Tandia again? Why?

I've listened to it three times already and will probably listen to it again.

What other book might you compare Tandia to and why?

The Power of One (another Bryce Courtenay classic) is just as good (if not better)

What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great narration technique

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely. I lost hours of sleep as I kept extending the sleep timer on my IPAD for another hour instead of stopping to listen and trying to get so sleep.

Any additional comments?

Riveting story. A must read if you enjoy Bryce Courtenay's brilliant mind.

  • A Time to Kill

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

When Carl Lee Hailey guns down the hoodlums who have raped his 10-year-old daughter, the people of Clanton see it as a crime of blood and call for his acquittal. But when extremists outside Clanton hear that a black man has killed two white men, they invade the town, determined to destroy anything and anyone that opposes their sense of justice. Jake Brigance has been hired to defend Hailey. It's the kind of case that can make or break a young lawyer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A worldwide problem of racism.

  • By Mervyn on 09-10-18

You'll love this if you hate bigotry..

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

Reviewed: 11-19-16

What did you love best about A Time to Kill?

The attempted justice of Carl Lee Hailey by the lawyer defending him and the hypocrisy of the people that were claiming to try and help him.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Time to Kill?

Without a doubt, the story itself, from start to finish.

What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

He explains the plot of the story in a way that compels you to keep listening to the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely nothing. The narrator was brilliant.

Any additional comments?

If you despise racism and bigotry, you will love this book and without giving too much away, you will LOVE the way the story ends. This has to be one of John Grisham's best. Highly recommended read!

  • Men in Green Faces

  • A Novel of U.S. Navy SEALs
  • By: Gene Wentz, B. Abell Jurus
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987

Gene Wentz's Men in Green Faces is the classic novel of Vietnam that inspired a generation of SEALs. Here is the story of a good soldier trained to be part of an elite team of warriors - and of the killing grounds where he was forever changed. Gene Michaels carries an M-60, 800 rounds, and a Bible. The ultimate SEAL, he also carries a murderous grudge against a bloodthirsty colonel who was once one of their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best read in a long time!

  • By Jean on 04-16-13

Don't bother with this one..

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

Reviewed: 11-19-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who enjoys poor narration and is happy with an ordinary story line.

Would you ever listen to anything by Gene Wentz and B. Abell Jurus again?

I doubt it, no.

How could the performance have been better?

By concentrating on the topic the book was supposed to be about and going into more detail about Navy Seals - which is why I got the book in the first place.

What character would you cut from Men in Green Faces?

Pretty much all of them.

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your credit or cash on this one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Marine One

  • By: James W. Huston
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,179

After the presidents' helicopter, Marine One, goes down in a brutal thunderstorm, the government blames the European manufacturer of the helicopter, accusing them of killing the president. Senate investigations and Justice Department accusations multiply as Mike Nolan, a Marine Corps reserve helicopter pilot and trial attorney in civilian life, is hired to defend the company from the criminal investigations and a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the most notorious lawyer in America.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Political Conspiracy or Accident? Courtroom Drama!

  • By R. Pontiflet on 01-03-16

Sensational read..

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

Reviewed: 11-19-16

What did you love best about Marine One?

I enjoy stories and films about aviation and this one didn't disappoint. Great story.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It kept me listening. I tend to listen to books at night on my IPAD when I'm trying to fall asleep. This book didn't help me sleep because it kept my interest from start to finish.

Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

The lawyers for the insurance defendants were brilliant.

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

It didn't make me laugh or cry. What it did do was hold my interest for periods longer than I care to admit.

Any additional comments?

An absolutely excellent read for anyone that has an interest in Aviation. Highly recommended.