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  • Robicheaux

  • A Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,878
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,750
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,736

During a murder investigation, Dave Robicheaux discovers he may have committed the homicide he's investigating, one that involved the death of the man who took the life of Dave's beloved wife. As he works to clear his name and make sense of the murder, Robicheaux encounters a cast of characters and a resurgence of dark social forces that threaten to destroy all of those whom he loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Modern Day Master Work

  • By Margaret on 01-05-18

Worth every minute

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

Will Patton is SO great a reader. The best author and best reader make this book superb. Poetry from the pen.

  • A Morning for Flamingoes

  • A Dave Robicheaux Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Mark Hammer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943

Dave Robicheaux felt the bone-grinding pain rip through his body as the .45 did its damage. Through the agonizing haze that enveloped him, he heard an almost inhuman laugh - the hideous, victorious cackling of Jimmie Lee Boggs - a sound he would never forget. It had started out as an ordinary prisoner transfer, then turned into a blood bath when the convicted murderer got hold of a gun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Burke is an outstanding novelist

  • By Ed on 02-22-12

Bad guy with good side

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

Finished the newest Robicheaux and then went back an read this one from early 90s. Even then he was a great writer. Love how the characters have so many dimensions and how Burke shows you multiple sides of each. Every book is a work of art.

  • Rough Country

  • A Virgil Flowers Novel
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,642
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,639

Virgil's always been known for having a somewhat active, er, social life, but he's probably not going to be getting too many opportunities for that during his new case. While competing in a fishing tournament in a remote area of northern Minnesota, he gets a call from Lucas Davenport to investigate a murder at a nearby resort.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary Plot Twists

  • By Ruby on 10-05-09

Great story line, well delivered

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

Sandford's writing is so good it is a pleasure to listen to. You have to love Virgil Flowers.

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,027
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,929

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

A love story that will make you laugh out loud

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

Reviewed: 09-02-16

Slow to start but worth the time. Everyone has known an old man for whom everything is black and white, no grey. An opinionated curmudgeon with a soft heart only a few can hear. Maybe not a good choice if you have been touched recently by a suicide. Made me miss my dad.

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  • Me Before You

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,410

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Journey Into the Unknown

  • By Pamela Harvey on 01-13-13

Had me thinking even when I wasn't listening

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

Reviewed: 07-26-16

Great characters, faithfully developed. May it help all of us consider how we treat others. I did not see the movie and will not after listening to this superb performance about the choices we make and living each day to the fullest. So balanced in treatment of assisted suicide issue.

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  • Still Foolin' 'Em

  • Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys
  • By: Billy Crystal
  • Narrated by: Billy Crystal
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,604

Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disarmingly Honest

  • By David Shear on 09-12-13

Funny and touching

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

Reviewed: 05-31-15

I am finishing this book two weeks before my 65th birthday. A great reminder of what matters in life as well as a play-by-play of Billy's personal and professional life. Baseball fans will enjoy this book even if they haven't appreciated Billy Crystal.
And the narrator sounds JUST like him.

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  • The Long Fall

  • A Novel of Crime
  • By: Lynn Kostoff
  • Narrated by: Brit Whittle
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 6

In sun-baked Phoenix, Arizona, this never-predictable tale tosses into its antic mix a dead father, his two sons - one a small-time ex-con with a consistent genius for sabotaging his own best interests, the other a straight, uptight solid citizen with a moneymaking chain of dry-cleaning stores and a restive ex-stewardess of a wife named Evelyn. Recently released from prison for possession of a truckload of black-market saguaro cacti - and in deep debt to an unforgiving crank dealer, Jimmy Coates returns home only to discover that his brother has cut him out of his inheritance.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Losers and absurd violence

  • By SMaxey on 03-30-14

Losers and absurd violence

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

Reviewed: 03-30-14

What would have made The Long Fall better?

At least one character to admire or root for.

Has The Long Fall turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, but it won't choose this author again.

Have you listened to any of Brit Whittle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disgust

Any additional comments?

Gratuitous violence by stupid bad guys on stupid "good" guys. I couldn't finish this book. Tried three times, but just couldn't keep going!

  • Rogue Island

  • By: Bruce DeSilva
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman, Bruce DeSilva - introduction
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,070
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 857
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 850

Liam Mulligan is as old school as a newspaper man gets. His beat is Providence, Rhode Island, and he knows every street and alley. He knows the priests and prostitutes, the cops and street thugs. He knows the mobsters and politicians--who are pretty much one and the same. Someone is systematically burning down the neighborhood Mulligan grew up in, people he knows and loves are perishing in the flames, and the public is on the verge of panic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Whodunnit

  • By Michael Jacobi on 06-03-11

A Must LISTEN

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

Reviewed: 06-29-13

Would you listen to Rogue Island again? Why?

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book--but I doubt the paper version could compare. The performance is so wonderful, and the timing of lines so perfect that I don't believe I would have enjoyed it half as much if I hadn't listened to it on Audible. I would listen to it a second time if on a drive with my husband. Loved the baseball elements throughout.

What does Jeff Woodman and Bruce DeSilva (Introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Everything--as mentioned above. Accents are so important to the characters in this book. And the timing of the lines is perfect.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No--I enjoy prolonging the end of the best books I hear or read.

Any additional comments?

The language--Fword used as an adjective to most nouns--might bother some. But it created the characters so beautifully. Not a good choice if you are listening with children in the car! I do find that after I listen to a book like this I find myself cursing more often.

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,261
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,187
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,205

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

My favorite book of 2009

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-10

I couldn't wait to listen to the next chapter, but I didn't want it to end. So good I went out and bought two hard cover copies for friends who don't "listen." I fear they won't get the full flavor, but it is still a wonderful experience.

Enjoyed this as much or more than Water for Elephants--my 2008 favorite.

  • Hostage

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: James Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 998
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 994

Jeff Talley was a good husband, a fine father, and a frontline negotiator with LAPD's SWAT unit. But the high stress, unforgiving job took an irreparable toll on his psyche. After a despondent father murders his wife and son and takes his own life, Talley hits bottom. His marriage ends, he resigns from SWAT, and he struggles to escape from his former life. But Talley's pursuit of peaceful small-town life is about to change.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful clarity of plot and character

  • By David on 07-15-13

Fly guts?

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-27-09

When I got to the part where the bad guy kills a fly with his hand and then proceeds to lick his fingers, I decided I didn't need to read (hear) another chapter. Geez!

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