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  • The Broker

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,657

In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems Backman, in his power broker heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world's most sophisticated satellite surveillance system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why all the bad reviews?

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-26-05

Italian Lessons

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

If you want to learn some Italian this is the book for you. If you want a suspenseful, intriguing, read it to the end thriller-this is not for you or me. Plot was silly, characters were silly and the incessant English to Italian was sleep inducing. I was listening in the car and had to turn it off to stay awake

  • You're Next

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,213

Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This guy is really cheesy

  • By Randall on 08-03-16

Very Dissapointed

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

I bought this book because I listened to another book (Orphan X) by this author. I loved Orphan X. This book was awful. It was way too long, too repetitive. Plot was not even partially believable. I got sick of the repetitiveness of the main family characters. Could have used more of Shep. It was one of those books that was so bad I kept going back to it in hopes something would develop but it did not. The reader was very good.

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Personal

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,968

"You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely," notes Jack Reacher - and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA. Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott - an American marksman gone bad - is one of them...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lee and Dick seem tired

  • By Jeffrey Rose on 09-06-14

Absolutely Awful

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

Reviewed: 10-23-14

i have read or listened to all Reacher books. I was a huge fan until the last few books and Tom Cruise as a midget Reacher. it was going downhill but with this book it fell over the cliff. The story was weak and the reader was terrible. The narrative was boring almost as boring as the plot. Save your money-it is almost painful to sit through. No more Reacher for me.

  • Chiefs

  • By: Stuart Woods
  • Narrated by: Mark Hammer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,385

In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In my 'Top Ten' books of all time!

  • By karen on 09-17-13

Excellent Story of The South

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

Reviewed: 07-22-12

This is an intriguing tale of a small Ga town. It is an accurate presentation of small town racial issues and political maneuvering. Plus it introduces Will Lee my new favorite character

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  • A Terrible Glory

  • Custer and the Little Bighorn
  • By: James Donovan
  • Narrated by: James Boles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

In June 1876, on a desolate hill above a winding river called "the Little Bighorn", George Armstrong Custer and all 210 men under his direct command were annihilated by almost 2,000 Sioux and Cheyenne. The news of this devastating loss caused a public uproar, and those in positions of power promptly began to point fingers in order to avoid responsibility.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You don't know Custer's story...

  • By Ryan on 03-20-13

I Learned A Lot

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

Reviewed: 07-22-12

All I knew about Custer was from the movies. This 16 hour book was perfect for my 1,100 mile trip. It is an excellent book which told the entire story from all sides. Very informative about logistics and tactics and the major participants. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the time period

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sails on the Horizon

  • A Novel of the Napoleonic Wars
  • By: Jay Worrall
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

With his first historical high-seas adventure chronicling the exploits of Naval Commander Charles Edgemont, Jay Worrall sets sail in the rousing tradition of C.S. Forester and Patrick O'Brian.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible

  • By gchills on 09-03-11

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 09-03-11

This book is awful. I'm a big fan of the fighting sail books and have read all of O'Brian as well as several of Bond, Grundner, Russell and Stockwin. In the other books you can always learn something of history, sailing, navy life, tactics, gunnery - even weather. There was nothing in this book. The plot was weak, the characters uninteresting and the battle scenes silly. It might as well have been classified as a romance novel. I wish I could get my money back.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • American Assassin

  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,151

Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorist's worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world...and then tragedy struck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twenty Questions

  • By Toulon Belle on 11-22-15

Save Your Money

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-10

The book is predictible, boring and at least twice as long as it needs to be. I only finished it because I paid for it. Its Randy Wayne White gone bad. Maybe Rapp will turn out to be Doc Ford.

George Guidall is awful.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The First Rule

  • An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 13
  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: Robert Crais
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,017
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555

The organized criminal gangs of the former Soviet Union are bound by what they call the thieves' code. The first rule is this: A thief must forsake his mother, father, brothers, and sisters. He must have no family - no wife, no children - because only other criminals are his family. If any of the rules are broken, it is punishable by death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I love Joe Pike

  • By Susan on 02-24-10

OK-But Not Elvis

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-17-10

I've read and loved all of the Elvis Cole books and both Pike books. I'm done with Crais until Elvis is brought back. This book is cumbersome, dull-everything the Cole books are not. I can see where some would like it but not me.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Nine Dragons

  • Harry Bosch, Book 14
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Len Cariou
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,936

The one good thing in Bosch's life, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him and Bosch travels to Hong Kong in an all-or-nothing bid to regain what he's lost. In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city's Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has in a desperate bid to outmatch the triad's ferocity.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ordinary at best

  • By P.Keith Daigle on 06-23-10

Not A Harry B Plot

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-09

I've read or listened to all of Connely's books. The reason I like him is his realism and attention to detail. I like Harry B because he is not a super hero, just a tough, dedicated guy that gets the job done through hard work. Finding a specific room in a Hong Kong hotel through the reflection in a window from a cell phone picture is just not believable.

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  • Dark Light

  • By: Randy Wayne White
  • Narrated by: Henry Strozier
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

A category four hurricane has swept the west coast of Florida, creating havoc, changing lives, and reshaping the ocean bottom. Well-known reefs and wrecks have been covered up, and new ones have emerged. The old woman who visits Doc Ford's lab late one night has a haunting story, of a loved one lost while rendezvousing with a German submarine off the coast of Florida 60 years earlier, of her belief that he was being blackmailed and that the storm has given her a second chance to prove his innocence.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bear with it...it pays off

  • By Jens on 06-05-07

Too Long Bad Story

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-09

I'm a RWW fan but this one fell short of the mark. The usual interesting insights but the plot was weak and the narrator sleep-inducing.