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  • John Woman

  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 89

At 12 years old, Cornelius secretly takes over his father's job at a silent film theater in New York's East Village. Five years later, as his father, Herman, lives out his last days, he shares his wisdom with his son, explaining that the person who controls the narrative of history controls their own fate. After his father dies and his mother disappears, Cornelius sets about reinventing himself as Professor John Woman and spreading Herman's teachings. But some are attempting to influence the narrative of John Woman, and they might know something about the facts of his hidden past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Walter Mosley Delivers

  • By Mark Edens on 09-12-18

Smart, but long

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

I love the complexity of the book but the last couple of hours dragged a bit. I liked it.

  • Thereby Hangs a Tail

  • A Chet and Bernie Mystery
  • By: Spencer Quinn
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946

While Bernie continues his struggle to pay the bills, Chet - with his sharp nose and even sharper teeth - keeps bringing down the perps. Told from Chet's perspective and featuring the humorous ramblings of a dog, Thereby Hangs a Tail is another winner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I laughed out loud throughout this book

  • By Deborah on 02-19-10

Dog Tails are the cutest

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

I like this series and love the narrator. Great easy reading. Enjoy the pets perspective and Bernie is not quite as good a detective as Chet. Fun listen.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 98,879
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 91,579
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 91,153

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but repetitive

  • By marianne russell on 05-23-17

Drama, comedy and social commentary

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

I LOVED this book. I read it for my book club and while I found it funny in the beginning, I didn't take to it immediately. I put it down and picked it up after being side tracked by some legal thrillers and I'm really glad I kept going. His story is painful and real and he manages to make is accessible to the reader. Did I mention I LOVED it?

  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,871
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,922
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,838

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

Painfully Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 09-14-17

This is one of the best books I've read in a long while. A true and honest voice filled with character and curiosity, the story speaks to the resilience of humanity even when things seem hopeless. Both heart wrenching and funny the author and narrator give you a wide range of emotions to experience.

  • Chasing Justice

  • A Matt Royal Mystery
  • By: H. Terrell Griffin
  • Narrated by: Steven Roy Grimsley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Matt Royal is going back to the courtroom. He has agreed to defend his good friend and wife of Longboat Key's police chief. Abby Lester has been charged with the murder of Nate Bannister, an unlikeable, shady character. He was found shot to death in his downtown Sarasota condo, and the evidence points to Abby as the killer. Matt cannot refuse Abby's pleas for help, despite having retired from the practice of law several years earlier. Now he must face a hotshot prosecuting attorney with a record of 22 wins and zero losses in murder trials.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My first Matt Royal legal thriller...

  • By Wayne on 03-24-16

Narrator is excellent!

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

Reviewed: 02-19-16

I love legal thrillers. This is my first book from this author and there are some pros and cons.

Complex storylines make the book interesting but the flow is disrupted by the pieces miraculously falling together. This beach bum, mushy, gushing with love lawyer is easy to like as is his girlfriend/detective. Their perfect relationship is a cute backdrop but a couple of times a bit too cute.

There is a lot of detail about the location and I found that enjoyable.

The author REALLY explains every detail in the courtroom interaction which felt like a bit more than I needed and made the book longer than necessary (although I LOVE long audiobooks).

Continuity in the recording was bumpy a few times (double recording of specific lines) but the narrator really makes the story. Excellent voice acting and all of the characters are believable.

There was really only one exchange that felt so over the top in the dialogue that it stands out as almost syrupy. J.D. provides a blow by blow description of Matt's life and questions how he was able to overcome and become so amazing! I thought I would have to SWOON!

All in all it is a good listen and the narrator truly makes this book a joy to listen to.

I'll listen to more of the series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Fall

  • A Novel: Dismas Hardy, Book 16
  • By: John Lescroart
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437

Late one night, a teenage African American foster child named Tanya Morgan plummets to her death from the overpass above San Francisco's Stockton tunnel. But did she fall...or was she pushed?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love these guys.

  • By Richard Delman on 01-17-17

Whining!

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

Reviewed: 05-22-15

The story was okay. I liked that Wyatt Hunt had a role. The daughter story line wasn't appealing to me. I was annoyed with the whining and the lack of forethought after all, she was an attorney who watched her dad and uncle for many years before practicing so some of the dialogue was simply silly. Finally, the narrator is completely offensive when trying to create diverse voices. Just stop.

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,363

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

Shocked, appalled and very pleasantly surprised

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

Reviewed: 12-26-14

I really enjoyed this book. First time with this author and narrator but it won't be the last. The author's ability to deal with very tough topics in a way that gives readers the room to have strong emotions without wanting to walk away was AMAZING to me. The narrator was excellent!

  • Defending Jacob

  • A Novel
  • By: William Landay
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,076
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,073

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific!

  • By cristina on 03-12-12

Grover nails it!

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

Reviewed: 05-06-12

Would you listen to Defending Jacob again? Why?

Interesting and intelligent. The author takes us on the journey and throughout the twists and turns I never felt that any part of the book was overly dramatic. I can see a family behaving exactly like Andy and Laurie.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Defending Jacob?

The family vacation it was well written and engaging.

Which character ??? as performed by Grover Gardner ??? was your favorite?

ALL of them! I will admit I read this because of Grover Gardner (love the David Rosenfelt novels) so I did have some trouble separating this book and had to start over several times. Both authors use Andy and Laurie as main characters. I think his gruff voice was just fine for all of the characters, maybe because I am accustomed to him reading in the female role from previous books. His easy humor and flowing style really enhanced the book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Can't tell w/o a spoiler - so you will just have to trust the reviewers. It is well written and touching in many ways. The characters are human.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Show No Fear

  • A Nina Reilly Novel
  • By: Perri O'Shaughnessy
  • Narrated by: Dagmara Dominczyk
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Five years before the events related in O'Shaughnessy's first Nina Reilly novel, Motion to Supress, Nina is living in Carmel, California, with Bob, her toddler-age son, and working as a paralegal at a law firm while attending law school at night. Additional stress comes from Nina's former boyfriend, Richard Filsen, who thinks she is a bad mother and sues her for custody of her son.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Show No Fear

  • By Jean on 02-07-11

Finally - where it all began

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-11

I have either read or listened to all of the books in this series and generally like them and the narration. I don't like this narrator though - she is monotonous and drones on. I prefer narration by Laural Merlington (although she can be a bit whiny at times - particularly when Nina is having love drama) and really wish she had done this one as well. Overall the book sheds insight on the previous books which is a nice touch.

  • Hell's Corner

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,367

John Carr, aka Oliver Stone-once the most skilled assassin his country ever had-stands in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, perhaps for the last time. The president has personally requested that Stone serve his country again on a high-risk, covert mission. Though he's fought for decades to leave his past career behind, Stone has no choice but to say yes. Then Stone's mission changes drastically before it even begins. It's the night of a state dinner honoring the British prime minister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Russell Golla on 11-25-10

Love the Camel Club but....

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-10

I have read them all and loved each one until now...

All of the books require that we believe that Oliver Stone (John Carr) is a modern day superman. I had no problem with that, I love the character. But this book had "twists and turns" that made absolutely NO SENSE. It just never seemed to stop and I don't mean that in a good way. I agree with the other reviewers about the narration. If you are going to use male and female voices at least PLEASE refrain from "he said" and "she said" with every sentence...that is simply adding insult to injury.

Overall I say skip it unless you are like me and MUST read every single book it a series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful