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  • The Professor

  • McMurtrie and Drake Legal, Book 1
  • By: Robert Bailey
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,296

Law professor Thomas Jackson McMurtrie literally wrote the book on evidence in the state of Alabama. But when a power-hungry colleague uses a recent run-in between McMurtrie and headstrong student Rick Drake to end his career, he is left unsure what to do next.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Awful? No, but close.... close.

  • By Ted on 08-15-16

Illegal Thriller needs better Narration

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

I liked the story despite some Perry Mason miracles. The writing is decent, although it could benefit from more variation in the sentence structure. It's probably not something the ordinary reader would notice, but the narrator's emphasis on the words made it too evident that the book contains too many sentences ending in phrases such as "He thought about it, staring out the window" which the narrator would enunciate as though it were a new sentence: "He though about it. [pause] Staring out the window." The misplaced emphasis happened many times on each page. Driving me to distraction. One other thing; the narrator of a legal thriller should research the proper pronunciations of legal terminology. He mispronounced "interrogatories" and "Daubert," both common terms in legal circles. Still, overall this was an enjoyable book with an engaging plot and interesting characters.

  • Green Sun

  • By: Kent Anderson
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Oakland, California, 1983: a city churning with violent crime and racial conflict. Officer Hanson, a Vietnam veteran, has abandoned academia for the life-and-death clarity of police work, a way to live with the demons that followed him home from the war. But Hanson knows that justice requires more than simply enforcing the penal code. He believes in becoming a part of the community he serves - which is why, unlike most officers, he chooses to live in the same town where he works. This strategy serves him well...to a point. He forges a precarious friendship with the drug king of East Oakland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don’t wait so long for the next one!

  • By E Zachary on 08-01-18

An Unusual and Rich Story

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

Kent Anderson does not simply write; he richly paints with words and surrounds his characters with luscious, beautiful and violent detail that strikes the heart of the reader and leaves a permanent mark. Officer Hanson will live somewhere inside my mind forever. This novel is a most vividly intimate portrayal of a troubled, flawed man struggling to rise above his past and his present. I held my breath wondering what would happen to him and to the equally rich characters with whom he interacted daily. A masterpiece and a truthful tale of the life of a police officer, built in layer upon layer of complicated thoughts, feelings and decisions on the part of everyone in the book. A story of hope rising in a place of deep hopelessness. Make this a must-listen and you won't regret it.

  • The Cuban Affair

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,329
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,307

Daniel Graham MacCormick - Mac for short - seems to have a pretty good life. At age 35 he's living in Key West, owner of a 42-foot charter fishing boat, The Maine. Mac served five years in the army as an infantry officer, with two tours in Afghanistan. He returned with the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, scars that don't tan, and a boat with a big bank loan. Truth be told, Mac's finances are more than a little shaky. One day Mac is sitting in the famous Green Parrot Bar in Key West, contemplating his life....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun read with a continuous build, ok finish

  • By Virgil on 09-22-17

Feeshy Beeznis

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

Reviewed: 11-28-17

So-so novel, more of a romance than a suspense novel. Took too long to get things moving. Predictable in many areas. Flat characters. Finished it, but wasn't worth it. Scott Brick did a good job narrating, however, and the scenes in Cuba were interesting.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Late Show

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,295
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,633
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,597

Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Noooooooooooooooooo!

  • By H. Jamieson on 08-12-17

Connelly Continues His Genius

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

Reviewed: 08-15-17

The Late Show introduces a new female detective who promises to be every bit as determined, wreckless, and troubled as Harry Bosch. I look forward to many adventures with Renee Ballard!

  • Marathon

  • A Jonathan Stride Novel
  • By: Brian Freeman
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

On a rainy June morning, tens of thousands of people crowd into Duluth for the city's biggest annual event: the Duluth Marathon. Exhausted runners push to reach the finish line and spectators line the streets to cheer them on. Then, in a terrifying echo of the Boston bombing, there is an explosion along the race course, leaving many people dead and injured. Within minutes, Jonathan Stride, Serena Dial, and Maggie Bei are at work with the FBI to find the terrorists behind the tragedy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointingly Predictable

  • By Nancy Chilton-Kendrick on 05-09-17

Another Home Run for Freeman

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

Reviewed: 05-07-17

I've been reading Brian Freeman since his first novel, and he has never let me down. Like Michael Connelly, Freeman is a writer who continues to create carefully crafted work. No calling it in for this author.

Marathon keeps you guessing while thoughtfully exploring the very personal consequences of the harmful labels we give one another. Which of us is really spreading fear? Which of us are the real terrorists? Freeman brings to light some answers through the words, thoughts and actions of his likeable and engaging characters; characters who are complex and always interesting. Great job!

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,343
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35,347

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • By Stacey D. on 05-25-18

Fun and Entertaining SciFi

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

Reviewed: 12-06-16

Would you consider the audio edition of 14 to be better than the print version?

I don't know. Haven't read the print, but the audio is well done.

What did you like best about this story?

The cooperation among the characters.

Which scene was your favorite?

Can't think of one in particular.

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

It made me laugh many times.

Any additional comments?

I found 14 to be very well written, interesting, and superbly narrated. I liked the interaction among the different characters and felt they were well developed. The story premise was believable and interesting, although the creatures encountered in an other dimension were formulaic to say the best about them. Why with all their creativity do so many writers think bugs are the only scary predators. The head predator is seriously frightening, however.

0 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Night School

  • A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 21
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,607
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,580

It's 1996, and Reacher is still in the army. In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school. That night he's off the grid. Out of sight, out of mind. Two other men are in the classroom - an FBI agent and a CIA analyst. Each is a first-rate operator, each is fresh off a big win, and each is wondering what the hell they are doing there. Then they find out: A jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has received an unexpected visitor - a Saudi courier seeking safe haven while waiting to rendezvous with persons unknown.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • NOT MY FAVORITE JACK REACHER BOOK

  • By Genny Waddell on 11-09-16

Reacher is Back!

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

Reviewed: 11-22-16

What made the experience of listening to Night School the most enjoyable?

I felt like the old Reacher was back. His love life has been missing in recent novels, and I'm happy it's back.

What other book might you compare Night School to and why?

I can't think of one in particular. Maybe it's time to go back and relisten to the series with David Morse in my mind as Reacher, not that grinning fool, what's his name that played Reacher in the movies? I forget...

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

Dick Hill is not everyone's favorite, but I really like his careful, slow ennuncation and how he brings to life Reacher's analytical thinking. Reacher is more than an action hero, he's a deep thinker who works things out in his mind. Dick Hill's narration is perfect for this style of writing.

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

Yes, and I pretty much did.

Any additional comments?

Just that I totally enjoyed it.

  • The Wrong Side of Goodbye

  • Harry Bosch, Book 19
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,758
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,506

Harry Bosch is California's newest private investigator. He doesn't advertise, he doesn't have an office, and he's picky about who he works for, but it doesn't matter. His chops from 30 years with the LAPD speak for themselves. Soon one of Southern California's biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire has less than six months to live and a lifetime of regrets. He hires Bosch to find out whether he has an heir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Connelly Delivers Everytime

  • By Charles Atkinson on 07-19-17

Connelly Hits it out of the Park!

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

Reviewed: 11-05-16

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

Yes. Like all Michael Connelly novels, this one is carefully crafted. Bosch is back on the detective beat and working two difficult cases. Connelly juggles the double plot deftly, filling the book with complex, interesting characters, and surprising the reader at every turn.

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

Yes, the plot was well woven and took me on twists and turns that I thoroughly enjoyed. Unlike some authors, Connelly manages to keep me guessing until the end. He is a master, a careful writer who never "calls it in" as some best selling authors do.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene is the one with Harry Bosch.

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

I wanted to cry at the end, because I had already finished it in two days after impatiently awaiting its publication.

Any additional comments?

Connelly is my favorite author for many reasons, but mostly because he is careful, takes his time, and doesn't make mistakes. Anyone who has even tried to write a novel can appreciate his work. He's famous and the publishers would print anything he wrote, but Connelly maintains his own high standards. As for the narration, Titus Welliver does an excellent job and has improved since the last Bosch novel. He misses on his emphasis once in a while, but only those of us who listen to books daily would notice. I heard him say "psychologically" once when I thought the word should have been "physiologically." Since I don't have the hard copy, I don't know if that was Connelly's mistake or Welliver's,but certainly it was an easy one. Might have even been the publisher's mistake. Picky, picky me. I think Welliver is more Bosch in his narration than in the TV show, but of course, Bosch is more Bosch in the novels.

  • Hard Country

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael McGarrity
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,108

National best-selling author and New Mexico native Michael McGarrity takes listeners to the wild territory of the late 19th-century American Southwest for this epic tale. After the deaths of his wife and brother, John Kerney gives up his West Texas ranch and heads south in search of a new home. Soon Kerney is offered work trailing cattle to the New Mexico Territory - a job that will forever change his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard Country lives up to it's title.

  • By mar on 12-14-12

A Perfect Story

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

Reviewed: 09-20-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Hard Country to be better than the print version?

Unknown

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cal Durham, because of his sweetness and loyalty

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene in which Patrick gave CJ Cal's refurbished saddle.

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

Neither, but I'm on mood altering meds! I did listen to the entire book in two days.

Any additional comments?

I can't believe I have just now discovered these rich, powerful novels by McGarrity. I plan to listen to all of the Kerney Ranch books and the Kevin Kerney series. I love New Mexico and gain great pleasure from hearing about the history of her land and her people.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Defending Jacob

  • A Novel
  • By: William Landay
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,958
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,954

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific!

  • By cristina on 03-12-12

Compelling Story, Cleverly Told

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

Reviewed: 09-04-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Defending Jacob to be better than the print version?

I don't know; haven't read the print version. This is an odd question for Audible listeners, I think. Most of the books I "read" are recorded, not on paper.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the twists and turns, although I figured out what was going on early on.

Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

Andy's father.

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

In the real world, the truth may not set you free and justice may be less than just.

Any additional comments?

I love Grover Gardner's narration of the Andy Carpenter series, so much so that his narration of this novel, with a lawyer named Andy as the protagonist, threw me off a bit. This is a serious book, but I kept recalling the wry wit of Andy Carpenter and had a hard time taking this Andy seriously at times. I had to remind myself he was a different character. I might have liked a more somber sounding voice here.