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  • The Rooster Bar

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,237
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,223

Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place. But now, as third-year students, these close friends realize they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a third-tier, for-profit law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specializing in student loans, the three know they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Think he was trying for a younger audience.

  • By Anonymous User on 11-06-17

Fast paced, entertaining and satisfying

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

Reviewed: 01-17-18

Somehow a book about student debt, sleazy loan practices and a less than honest law school turned out to be very entertaining. I couldn’t stop listening. Highly recommend!

  • The First Assistant

  • A Continuing Tale from Behind the Hollywood Curtain
  • By: Clare Naylor, Mimi Hare
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

In The Second Assistant, readers across the country found a heroine they loved to love in Lizzie Miller, the smart and witty East Coast girl clinging for dear life to the bottom rung of the Hollywood ladder. But no more coffee runs and sorting thumbtacks by color for Lizzie; she's been promoted. As first assistant to Scott Wagner, now president of The Agency and one of Hollywood's premiere movers and shakers, she's making decisions and learning the ins and outs of the business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Brittany on 07-31-07

Not one of my favorites

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

Reviewed: 05-13-16

For me, the drawback to this book was the main character. For whatever reasons, I just wasn't drawn to her, so I never got caught up in her story.get so I never got

"Celebutantes", by Amanda Goldberg and Ruthanna Khalighi Hopper, shares the same setting (Hollywood) and themes (fantasy vs real life, coming of age) but it is a much better book funnier, more honest -- and with much more appealing

  • Celebutantes

  • By: Amanda Goldberg, Ruthanna Khalighi Hopper
  • Narrated by: Gigi Bermingham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

Lola Santisi is a 26-year-old member of Hollywood Royalty (Papa's vying for Best Director Oscar number two, and Mom's a fixture at The Ivy). She suffers from "actorholism" (a fatal addiction to dating hunky actors) and CDD (Career Deficit Disorder, an epidemic among children of Hollywood Royalty).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good Listen

  • By kk on 03-05-08

One of my favorites!

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

Reviewed: 05-07-15

Despite a few dated references, the book still delivers a funny satire about "hollyweird", with charming characters you come to care about. Very entertaining, and more substantial that I'd thought it'd be. Highly recommend!

  • Table for Five

  • By: Susan Wiggs
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Lily Robinson and Sean McGuire have nothing in common. She guards her independent lifestyle with a ferocity that hides a fear of love and the pain it can bring. He’s always been a rolling stone, making his own way. But with the sudden deaths of a couple close to them both, the two become joined in grief and a knowledge that they must step up and care for the three orphaned children. With little more than hope and dedication, these five embark on a cross-country road trip filled with the ups and downs, the joys and frustrations that make up a family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok if you’re in the mood for women’s fiction

  • By Jane on 02-18-13

Pass it by

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

Reviewed: 01-17-13

Obvious, manipulative, and it's the slowest paced book I've ever read. No surprises -- you can predict this one from the very start. Can't recommend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

  • A Novel
  • By: Maria Semple
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Wilhoite
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,650
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,645

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading cover contains excellent novel

  • By jennifer on 01-28-16

LOVED this book and Kathleen Wilhoite

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

Reviewed: 12-09-12

This is a hilarious fish out of water, husband/wife, and mother/daughter story with wonderful characters. It's an episodic novel told by many different voices, with main one belonging to Bernadette's 14 year old daughter. At the end everything comes together for a satisfying and brilliant conclusion

And speaking of brilliant, Kathleen Wilhoite is without question the best narrator I have ever heard on Audible. She seems to have an endless supply of distinct voices. And she even sings -- beautifully. A superb performance. I was completely transported.

From my perspective the Seattle skewering was an added bonus, but I would have loved this book even without it.

This is the audible book I recommend the most.

  • The Racketeer

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: J.D. Jackson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,143
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,130

Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Michael V. on 11-09-12

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 11-04-12

What could have been a fascinating story about race, the law, and personal identity goes....nowhere. Unrealistic plot and uninteresting characters. Hard to believe that a Grisham book could be this tedious.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Triburbia

  • By: Karl Taro Greenfeld
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

A group of fathers meets each morning at a local Tribeca coffee shop after walking their children to school. The sound engineer looks uncomfortably like the guy on the sex offender posters around the neighborhood; the memoirist is on the verge of being outed for fabricating his experiences; and the chef puts his quest for the perfect quail-egg frittata before his children's well-being.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What the &@)(?!?

  • By Lisbeth on 08-18-12

Triburbia

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

Reviewed: 09-01-12

It's more of a collection of short stories than a novel. I liked the characters so much that I wish it had been the other way around. Still, it's worth listening to -- very funny and a terrific performance by Kirby Heyborne.

  • The Cat Who Wasn't There

  • By: Lilian Jackson Braun
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323

Persuaded by his beloved companion to join her in a group tour of Scotland, Qwill expects to revel in his Scottish heritage while keeping Polly Duncan safe from the Pickax Prowler. Instead, his trip is cut short when a thief swipes a suitcase, the bus driver disappears, and a fellow tourist is found dead, all in the same day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By SRuss on 10-07-09

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 08-02-12

What disappointed you about The Cat Who Wasn't There?

Even George Guidall couldn't save this one.

Would you ever listen to anything by Lilian Jackson Braun again?

Yes -- usually enjoy her books.

What didn’t you like about George Guidall’s performance?

George Guidall was excellent (as always) but this book is one of the weakest in the series. Lacks the usual Lillian Jackson Braun humor.

  • Goodnight Nobody

  • By: Jennifer Weiner
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 253

For Kate Klein, suburbia's been full of unpleasant surprises. Her once-loving husband is hardly ever home. The supermommies on the playground routinely snub her. Her days are spent carpooling, and at night, most of her orgasms are of the do-it-yourself variety. So when a fellow mother is murdered, Kate finds that the unsolved mystery is one of the most interesting things to happen in Upchurch. She launches an unofficial investigation with the help of two friends and discovers the secrets and lies behind the town's placid picket-fence facade....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Guilty Pleasure

  • By JACK on 05-20-13

Terrific Book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-11

This is a marvelous book -- a spot on satire of motherhood in suburbia -- laugh out loud funny -- and a great story about friendship, husband/wife and mother/daughter relationships. There's even a mystery. All in all, you can't go wrong with this book. Thank you Amazon for having the unabridged version.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Chasing Harry Winston

  • By: Lauren Weisberger
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Leigh, Adriana and Emmy are best friends, all leading different lives and about to make some extreme choices. The three girls meet for dinner one evening and make a pact - they each have to change one thing in their lives by the end of the year.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Chasing a decent book...

  • By Susan on 06-04-09

Loved It!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-10

Very entertaining, and the narrator, Laurel Lefkow, does a wonderful job. This is my favorite of all of Lauren Weisberger's books. The characters are endearing, the book is funny, AND it's set in New York -- what's not to like? Thank you audible for having the unabridged version of this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful