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  • A Novel
  • By: Joseph Finder
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 330

Juliana Brody, a judge in the Superior Court of Massachusetts, is rumored to be in consideration for the federal circuit, maybe someday the highest court in the land. At a conference in a Chicago hotel, she meets a gentle, vulnerable man and has an unforgettable night with him - something she’d never done before. They part with an explicit understanding that this must never happen again. But back home in Boston, Juliana realizes this was no random encounter. The man from Chicago proves to have an integral role in a case she's presiding over....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Secrets buried in secrets!!!!

  • By shelley on 02-01-19

What a Doofus!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

January LaVoy was excellent, as always. The story was just ok, not worthy of Joseph Finders standard.
As another reviewer aptly noted of the main character, “she makes Elle Woods from Legally Blonde look like Einstein.” Her clueless character ruined the story for me. I did not find any reference to Trump or any suggestion of collusion. The Russian characters were appropriately depicted as “bad guys.” Overall it is not worth a credit!

  • The Breakdown

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,894
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,891

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside - the woman who was killed. She's been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It's a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she'd broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she'd stopped.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I tore through it within a few days

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 10-02-17

We Know What's Happining and Why, But...

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

Any additional comments?

The story and narration were both good. Early in the story it's fairly transparent as to what's going on and why. But, it's intended to be that way to build the suspense. The second third of the story was repetitive and boring. I nearly gave up, but I'm glad that I didn't. It picks up quickly and draws all those loose strings together. Our protagonist, Cass, finally "grows a pair" and the story ends with a twist!
Not quite Behind Closed Doors but the character's defects are similar.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Child

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Mandy Williams, Rosalyn Landor, Full Cast
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922

As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it's a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby? As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lost in Narration

  • By Denys on 07-18-17

Lost in Narration

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

Reviewed: 07-18-17

Any additional comments?

It's a good story. I did confuse the characters as the narrator's voices were not distinct and the name Anna is not that much different from Emma. As noted by previous reviewers, I too was bored by the endless ruminating and internal dialogue.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Switch

  • A Novel
  • By: Joseph Finder
  • Narrated by: Steven Kearney
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 568

Michael Tanner is on his way home from a business trip when he accidentally picks up the wrong MacBook in an airport security line. He doesn't notice the mix-up until he arrives home in Boston, but by then it's too late. Tanner's curiosity gets the better of him when he discovers that the owner is a US senator and that the laptop contains top secret files. When Senator Susan Robbins realizes she's come back with the wrong laptop, she calls her young chief of staff, Will Abbott, in a panic.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best Joseph Finder

  • By Shucks Jones on 06-16-17

Meh!

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

Reviewed: 06-21-17

Any additional comments?

I was very disappointed in the story. In fact, it doesn't even read like one on Finder's novels. The behavior of the main characters is unbelievable. The federal agents are totally incompetent. The story was simply implausible, i.e. not a good read!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,442

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

  • By Tracey on 05-26-13

Whoa... What did I Miss???

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

Reviewed: 09-03-13

Any additional comments?

Initially, I wasn't going to listen to this book because I found Causal Vacancy,
also by JK Rowling, to be boring.
But after seeing STARS & more STARS, I had to listen to it.
Unfortunately it was a letdown because of the rave reviews.
The story as is the narration are good but not outstanding.
It's an average detective story.

  • The Ruins

  • By: Scott Smith
  • Narrated by: Patrick Wilson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 855
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 364
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 369

The Ruins follows two American couples enjoying a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico. On an impulse, they go off with newfound friends in search of one of their group, the young German who, in pursuit of a girl, has headed for the remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archeological dig.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Singularly Harsh

  • By Fredrick J. on 03-07-17

The Ruins

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-06

Do not listen to the UNabridged version. It is verbose and terribly boring. The story line is barely okay!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful