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  • Redemption

  • Memory Man Series, Book 5
  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,886

Amos Decker and his FBI partner Alex Jamison are visiting his hometown of Burlington, Ohio, when he's approached by an unfamiliar man. But he instantly recognizes the man's name: Meryl Hawkins. He's the first person Decker ever arrested for murder back when he was a young detective. Though a dozen years in prison have left Hawkins unrecognizably aged and terminally ill, one thing hasn't changed: He maintains he never committed the murders. Could it be possible that Decker made a mistake all those years ago?   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like cordwood the bodies stack up...

  • By shelley on 04-17-19

More of the same

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

Reviewed: 05-24-19

I like Baldacci and I’ve enjoyed Amos Decker but the books are starting to feel a bit “formula”. It was a decent story that held my attention but it was not David’s best.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Whistler

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,386
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,922
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,849

Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. She is a lawyer, not a cop, and it is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption. But a corruption case eventually crosses her desk. A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business with a new identity. He now goes by the name Greg Myers, and he claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen more money than all other crooked judges combined.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's John Grisham, right?

  • By Elle on 10-30-16

Second book in a row I've been disappointed with

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

Reviewed: 01-16-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

For the second book in a row I've been disappointed with Grisham. In both Rouge Lawyer and The Whistler, the story lines just seem very thin compared to earlier works.

If you’ve listened to books by John Grisham before, how does this one compare?

Rouge Lawyer and The Whistler both pale in comparison to his earlier works. This one in particular had a very anticlimactic ending. Without giving the ending away, let's just say there were lots of opportunities for the protagonist to be in serious danger near the end of the book and Grisham didn't take advantage of any of them. It was really a dry ending. The middle of the book was much better, but he just seemed to run out of gas.

Was The Whistler worth the listening time?

The book held my interest throughout, but the ending was just so blah that I felt cheated at the end.

Any additional comments?

I can't really recommend this book. I wasn't horrible, but I didn't feel it was worth the money. Go check it out of the library.

  • Rogue Lawyer

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,132

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

Short stories packaged as a novel

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

Reviewed: 11-17-15

The book was fairly entertaining but not up to Grisham's usual standards. For almost two thirds of the book it seemed like a collection of short stories woven together with a little narrative. This book had none of the gripping drama as Grisham's earlier books. I'd suggest reading the latest Baldacci rather than this book.

  • Memory Man

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,055

Amos Decker's life changed forever - twice. The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good and left him with an improbable side effect - he can never forget anything.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Most annoying narration ever

  • By katherine wolfe on 04-21-16

Baldacci is the best!

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

Reviewed: 06-23-15

David Baldacci has got to be the best story teller ever. Memory Man was a compelling thriller that kept me guessing right up to the end. I hope this is the beginning of a new series of books.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Patriot Threat

  • Cotton Malone
  • By: Steve Berry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 27 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,105

Audie Award, Thriller/Suspense, 2016. In an innovative new approach, Macmillan Audio and Steve Berry have produced an expanded, annotated writer’s cut audiobook edition of The Patriot Threat. The 16th Amendment to the Constitution legalized federal income tax, but what if there were problems with the 1913 ratification of that amendment? Secrets that call in to question decades of tax collecting. There is a surprising truth to this possibility - a truth wholly entertained by Steve Berry, a top-ten New York Times best-selling writer, in his new thriller, The Patriot Threat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I don't like the director cut format

  • By Michael on 04-26-15

Interesting premise, but story wasn't Berry's best

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

Reviewed: 06-07-15

Anti IRS folks will love the premise of this story. However, the story just didn't have the zing of othe Cotton Malone novels. I enjoyed the book but have to say I was a little disappointed compared to other Malone novels.