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  • Rogue Lawyer

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,301
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,289

On the right side of the law. Sort of. Sebastian Rudd is not your typical street lawyer. He works out of a customized bulletproof van, complete with Wi-Fi, a bar, a small fridge, fine leather chairs, a hidden gun compartment, and a heavily armed driver. He has no firm, no partners, no associates, and only one employee: his driver, who's also his bodyguard, law clerk, confidant, and golf caddy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not the John Grisham I know

  • By William Moritz on 11-01-15

Don't believe the naysayers

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

If you enjoy Grisham's novels, I am pretty sure you'll enjoy this one. I purchased Rogue Lawyer on a 2 for 1 sale without looking at the reviews, since I've really never read anything by Grisham that wasn't thoroughly entertaining. AFTER I made my purchase, I read several reviews that panned this audiobook, claiming it was not up to Grisham's standards and was to be avoided. To my surprise, I found that this novel was exactly what I expect from Grisham. One thing about this novel did seem a bit unusual since it is presented in a series of vignettes (some of which could be presented in short story format) but classic Grisham nonetheless.

Is it one of his very best? Probably not, but even mediocre Grisham is a good read.

My only real criticism is the narrator. Don't get me wrong, Mark Deakins did a fine job, I just think that since the narrative is in the first person of the Sebastian Rudd (the Rogue Lawyer), the narrator's voice should have a much more gritty quality. Deakins sounds like a Professor of American Literature. In many contexts, this would have worked great, but here I found it a little bit distracting.

  • Faerie Tale

  • By: Raymond E. Feist
  • Narrated by: Tim Flavin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Phil Hastings was a lucky man - he had money, a growing reputation as a screenwriter, and a happy, loving family with three kids, and he'd just moved into the house of his dreams in a rural area of magic - and was about to be altered irrevocably by a magic more real than any he dared imagine. For with the Magic came the Bad Thing, and the Faerie, and then the cool...and the resurrection of a primordial war with a forgotten people - a war that not only the Hastings but the whole human race could lose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different kind of horror

  • By Faethor Draconia on 11-11-18

R-rated Supernatural Hardy Boys Adventure

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

A novel full of stereotypical characters and predictable plot lines. Nevertheless, a pretty good read overall, with a few twists and turns along the way. As my headline implies, if you are looking for something with more to it than one of those old Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew novels, you will likely be disappointed. Otherwise, just turn off your skepticism and cynicism and enjoy the ride.

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  • The Terminal List

  • A Thriller
  • By: Jack Carr
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,054
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,562

On his last combat deployment, Lt. Cmdr. James Reece's entire team was killed in an ambush that also claimed the lives of the aircrew sent in to rescue them. But when those dearest to him are murdered on the day of his homecoming, Reece discovers that this was not an act of war by a foreign enemy but a conspiracy that runs to the highest levels of government. Now, with no family and free from the military's command structure, Reece applies the lessons that he's learned in over a decade of constant warfare toward revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Make way for Jack Carr!!!!

  • By shelley on 03-08-18

Crypto Fascist Propoganda

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

This is a book in which all government officials are basically corrupt while the US military is filled with altruistic duty and honor bound people (with the exception of those who get involved with politicians). On the other hand, the characters are cardboard cutouts and the plot is totally predictable. If you are someone who believes that politics ultimately corrupts everyone, even those who start out as idealistic, and that those who kill for honor, justice, and revenge are the true American Heroes then this might just be your cup of tea. Otherwise, save your credit.

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  • Kill Decision

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,540

Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Daemon/Freedom, but still good Thriller

  • By T. Menefee on 07-21-12

Another winner for Suarez

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

The pacing is nimble and the characters well developed. My not be up to the level of some of Suarez' past efforts, but a hugely entertaining ride nonetheless. Highly recommended.

  • Defending Jacob

  • A Novel
  • By: William Landay
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,072
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,068

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

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

The most disappointing aspect of this Audiobook is the cluelessness of the Protagonist, Andy Barber (this audiobook is a first-person narrative). After finishing the listen, I understood why the author chose to do this, but it was nonetheless quite frustrating to be subjected to the narrator's disconnection from and refusal to face things in his life that were painful to him personally, even to the detriment of the people in his life that he supposedly cared about. An extremely unlikable character to be sure.

On the other hand, this was a very astute insight into the inner workings of a mind determined to deny reality and the evidence of his own senses. Nevertheless, a character for whom I had no sympathy whatsoever.

  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

  • By: Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Narrated by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,543

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship - the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best novels I've listened to in years.

  • By Rain on 10-27-13

Simplistic, Predictable and Annoying

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

This was a first person account through the eyes of Aristotle. I have actually been a troubled 16 year old boy, so I had some empathy for Ari as he struggled to understand himself. With that said, I found him annoying, whiny, and not really deserving of the selfless affection that he seems to engender in his friends and family. Still, it was an interesting read until it became apparent the the whole book was a propoganda tract for politically correct viewpoints on sex and love.

Mind you, I am a VERY liberal leftist who wholeheartedly supports LGBT rights, but propaganda is propaganda, and I found myself unable to continue listening as it became obvious how the plot lines would be resolved.

I do understand the 5 star reviews, but this audiobook is not for everyone. It definitely wasn't for me.

  • The Litigators

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,855
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,817
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,772

The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Grisham, entertaining

  • By Jbug on 10-29-11

Can't Wait For The Movie!

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

Who knew Grisham could do comedy? Surprising and whimsical in so many ways. Only the flat and somewhat predictable ending kept it from being 5 stars for me. An excellent addition to Grisham's C.V. in any case.

As the book went on, I kept thinking about who I would cast in the movie version, but I sort of gave up on that when almost all the actors I could think of were, frankly, a little long in the tooth to play most of the major characters. The only think that I was sure about was that Jack Black had to be in there somewhere.

  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,189

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow..allow yourself to be submerged in this book

  • By Donna Smith McG on 05-18-18

Trite

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

Maudlin and predictable throughout, with a cloying and preachy conclusion. It seemed to me that there was more insight and human drama in the acknowledgements than in the entire novel.

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  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,809

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

A New Classic

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

I've been a Sci Fi Nerd for over 50 years, and let me tell you that this is about as good as it gets. For "Hard" Science Fiction Anyway. Children of Time belongs in the Canon with "Childhood's End" as one of the most imaginative and well constructed projections of the future of the Human Race that I have encountered. I am still contemplating it's themes and conclusion many days after finishing the audiobook.

For any Sci Fi aficionado's out there, do not hesitate to immerse yourself in Tchaikovsky's universe. This, my friend, is the real deal.

  • Daemon

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,739
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,781

Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever

  • By Erica on 01-22-09

Spellbinding!

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

Reviewed: 11-19-17

Anyone wondering what our socially-connected world in the 21st Century actually portends for the future of the Human Race needs to listen to "Daemon". Suarez' hypothesis about how the widespread dissemination of data in our world today might provide both a threat and a promise to human freedom going forward sparkles with energy and originality. Not to be missed!

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