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  • Sycamore Row

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,349

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham at his best (again)

  • By Brock on 10-23-13

The master of legal works, in my opinion.

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

John does it again. I'll check out more of his books. The flashback in the testimony when the man is lynched almost made me cry, as did the story of the housekeeper. He gets better and better with each book he writes.

  • 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 1,549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,344

Clanton, Mississippi. The life of a 10-year-old black girl is shattered by 2 drunken and remorseless young men. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime. Until her father acquires an assault riffle - and takes justice into his own outraged hands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nobody will read this review

  • By Alicia on 08-18-16

His first, and one of his best.

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

I'd heard of the author, and now I know how good he is. Shame this book didn't become the hit it was first. It took another book to do it, but, glad it did. The narrator gives a strong performance. I hadn't heard of him before. I'll listen to more of his books in futire.

  • Mean Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Micol Ostow
  • Narrated by: Susan-Kate Heaney
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Cady Heron grew up homeschooled in Africa with scientist parents as her teachers, monkeys as her classmates, and the African plains as her playground. But when her family moves to the suburbs of Illinois, she finds herself a stranger in a strange land: high school. With no prior research to guide her, Cady's forced to figure out North Shore High all on her own. Suddenly, she finds herself sucked into Girl World as a new member of the social elite dubbed "The Plastics".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Competent novelization

  • By Ernest Gundel on 10-14-17

A nice preview to the movie, which I haven't seen

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

Not bad. The author's pretty good. Hope she writes more novels based off movies or TV shows. Narration isn't so bad, but, would've been better with a full voice cast.

  • Star Wars: Pirate's Price

  • Star Wars: Flight of the Falcon
  • By: Lou Anders
  • Narrated by: Jim Cummings
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

An exciting tale about Han and Chewie and their adventures in the Millennium Falcon with the pirate Hondo. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was an extremely entertaining audio!

  • By AaronSaint81 on 01-15-19

What a ham!.

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

Jim Cummings was an excellent choice for a narrator, since it's mostly told through a character he's voiced. His voices for Han and Chewbacca weren't so great, but, he did the others quite well. Hope he narrates more audio books in future.

  • The Alan Clark Diaries

  • In Power 1983-1992
  • By: Alan Clark
  • Narrated by: Alan Clark
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

This was Alan Clark’s first volume of diaries and the only one that he recorded. As such it is a unique and historical record and reminder of the man and his work. To hear Alan Clark reading the book in his marvelously rich voice adds immeasurably to the pleasure of these informative and entertaining diaries. The recording covers two Parliaments and constitutes the most outspoken and revealing account of British politics ever written.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great view of British politics.

  • By brian on 02-01-19

A great view of British politics.

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

This former MP and Minister brings the world of British politics to life, with his lovely sense of humor and wit. Shame he died of a brain tumor 20 years ago. Also, a pitty his other diaries are't in audio format.

  • The Kitchen Boy

  • A Novel of the Last Tsar
  • By: Robert Alexander
  • Narrated by: Allen Lewis Rickman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Drawing from decades of work, travel, and research in Russia, Robert Alexander re-creates the tragic, perennially fascinating story of the final days of Nicholas and Alexandra Romanov as seen through the eyes of their young kitchen boy, Leonka. Now an ancient Russian immigrant, Leonka claims to be the last living witness to the Romanovs' brutal murders and sets down the dark secrets of his past with the imperial family. Does he hold the key to the many questions surrounding the family's murder?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing historical fiction

  • By brian on 01-29-19

An amazing historical fiction

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

An excellent take on what it must've been like during the last months of the lives of the Romanovs, with as much accuracy as possible. Narration is excellent, well done, Mr. Rickman.

  • Tsar

  • An Epic Chronicle of the Russian Leaders
  • By: Mike Walker
  • Narrated by: David Threlfall, Hugo Speer, Samantha Spiro, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Eleven compelling BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramas telling the stories of the Russian tsars. Broadcast to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution, this extraordinary drama cycle by Mike Walker comprises 11 ambitious plays spanning over 400 years, exploring the lives of Russia’s key rulers from Ivan the Terrible to Vladimir Putin. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic BBC drama

  • By Zaubermond on 09-06-18

Excellent dramas all

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

An impressive cast of characters and actors for all the episodes, even if none of the cast are actors I'm familiar with The BBC did a fantastic job with these. Russian history has appealed to me for some reason, and I'm not Russian at all. I'd recommend this to any fans of history, Russian or otherwise.

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  • World War II

  • The Price of Empire
  • By: Michael Cove
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Often the story of World War II is told as if it began September 1, 1939, with Germany's invasion of Poland. But the empires involved in the war had been in conflict since Japan's invasion of China in 1937. When the Japanese attacked the American airbase at Pearl Harbor in 1941, the war encompassed the world, only to end with a new weapon for a new age. In this historic account of the war, interviews with eyewitnesses from all the major theatres of the war, captured in the British Movietone Archive, interlace memories of events, providing living testimony to those moments in time. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Could've been better.

  • By brian on 01-28-19

Could've been better.

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

The clips of interviews were a nice touch, but we aren't told who's been interviewed. The only upside is, new informaiton about WWII is revealed, besides things many already knew.

  • Speak

  • By: Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Narrated by: Mandy Siegfried
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,053

From her first moment at Merryweather High, Melinda Sordino knows she's an outcast. She busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, a major infraction in high-school society, so her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't know glare at her. She retreats into her head, where the lies and hypocrisies of high school stand in stark relief to her own silence, making her all the more mute.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 06-17-18

Me too, before there was me too.

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

A powerful novel that exposes the culture many go through when it comes to rape and it's aftermath. I'd highly recommend it. Loved how Melinda eventually spoke up about what happened, and fought back, exposing Andy for the beast he is.

  • The Day Before

  • Riverdale, Book 1
  • By: Micol Ostow
  • Narrated by: Ramón de Ocampo, Taylor Meskimen, Frankie Corzo, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Based on the massively successful CW show, Riverdale, this prequel novel explores what the gang was doing before season one. Why did Jughead and Archie have a falling out? What did Veronica’s life look like in the Big Apple? And how long has Betty really been in love with Archie? Told from multiple points of view, your favorite characters tell their story their way. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing prequel to a great series.

  • By brian on 01-26-19

An amazing prequel to a great series.

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

First heard about this book through the Twitter feed of Archie Comics. Glad I found it. Narration is excellent, and a full cast as well. Hope more Riverdale young adult novels are written.