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  • Finding Jake

  • A Novel
  • By: Bryan Reardon
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 210

While his successful wife goes off to her law office each day, Simon Connolly takes care of their kids, Jake and Laney. Now that they are in high school, the angst-ridden father should feel more relaxed, but he doesn't. He's seen the statistics, read the headlines. And now, his darkest fear is coming true. There has been a shooting at school.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Slim on 04-19-16

disturbing, poignant.

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

Reviewed: 03-07-15

What made the experience of listening to Finding Jake the most enjoyable?

the masterly writing

What did you like best about this story?

I could really relate to the plot

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

this was my first

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

sure was.

Any additional comments?

here is a story I could relate to. The anxiety of the father, and mother, the accusations of the neighborhood, Jakes friends, and their observations, I could feel it all. It wrenched at my guts. If you like a story that's human, believable, and makes you feel it, this is for you. Rearden is a great author.

  • Deadly Bonds

  • A Detective Jackson Novel, Book 9
  • By: L. J. Sellers
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

When a young mother is found murdered in a derelict Eugene neighborhood - and her terrified young son is discovered hiding beneath the floorboards - Detective Jackson reluctantly takes the case. His own life is already in chaos, with his runaway teenage daughter, Katie, still gone and his girlfriend, Kera, facing her own family crisis. Matters get more complicated when the orphaned boy bonds with Jackson, triggering unexpected emotions and compromising his ability to investigate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great reading

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-19-15

sellers tells a gripping compelling story

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

Reviewed: 01-13-15

What made the experience of listening to Deadly Bonds the most enjoyable?

I found the story to be compelling, there were enough twists, and turns to keep the story fresh. The story was gripping,little Benjie daughter Katie, and Jackson's tough decisions kept things boiling.

What did you like best about this story?

I am a sucker for police stories, and this one kept me on the edge of my seat because it was unpredictable.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Benjie plunged the eppi pen into Buckley. That was a clever plot twist.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Here is justice being served in a delightful, and satisfying way

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Pusher

  • 87th Precinct Series
  • By: Ed McBain
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

A bitterly cold night offers up a body turned blue - not frozen, but swinging from a rope in a dank basement. The dead teen seems like a clear case of suicide, but Detective Steve Carella and Lieutenant Peter Byrnes find a few facts out of place, and an autopsy confirms their suspicions. The boy hadn’t hung himself but OD’d on heroin before an unknown companion strung him up to hide the true cause of death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • May make you run for a fix

  • By Eric J. Toll on 04-30-16

classic mcbain, can't put it down

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

Reviewed: 07-26-14

What made the experience of listening to The Pusher the most enjoyable?

it's the way mcbain tells the story, with his own unique voice

Who was your favorite character and why?

steve corella. He has a sensitivity other cops wouldn't have. For him to have a deaf girlfriend really speaks highly of his character

Would you listen to another book narrated by Dick Hill?

certainly not. Hill used to be an excellent reader, but the old guy is fading.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

gritty, compelling. g,

Any additional comments?

Dick Hill should retire gracefully. I think he must have had a stroke, he no longer speaks with ease.

  • Private: #1 Suspect

  • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Narrated by: Scott Shepherd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,289

Since former Marine Jack Morgan started Private, it has become the world's most effective investigation firm--sought out by the famous and the powerful to discreetly handle their most intimate problems. Private's investigators are the smartest, the fastest, and the most technologically advanced in the world--and they always uncover the truth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not nearly as good as the first book in the series.

  • By Vronica88 on 09-18-17

a dud story from a usually stellar author

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

Reviewed: 03-09-12

What disappointed you about Private: #1 Suspect?

i couldn't get in to the story, and the naration was terrible.

What do you think your next listen will be?

not sure at this point

How could the performance have been better?

narator replaced with someone who can do an authentic Irish accent, also someone who doesn't sound like he is straining himself.

  • Defending Jacob

  • A Novel
  • By: William Landay
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,232
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,227

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

a rare listening experience

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

Reviewed: 02-02-12

What made the experience of listening to Defending Jacob the most enjoyable?

Grover Gardener's stellar reading, nothing like a seasoned expert performer

What other book might you compare Defending Jacob to and why?

to kill a mockingbird, the story grabs you by the throat, and won't let go. I felt like I was right in that courtroom.

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

His performance here was just as good as others. He never disapoints.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

a no holds barred, compelling story

33 of 37 people found this review helpful