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  • Cross Justice

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Ruben Santiago-Hudson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,863

When his cousin is accused of a heinous crime, Alex Cross returns to his North Carolina hometown for the first time in over three decades. As he tries to prove his cousin's innocence in a town where everyone seems to be on the take, Cross unearths a family secret that forces him to question everything he's ever known.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly the best one yet!!

  • By Ginger on 11-24-15

Suspension of disbelief necessary for this one

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

Patterson is obviously a good writer but I'm not sure he's a good storyteller. At least in this offering. It's not really possible to describe why I think so without providing spoilers as evidence. But let me put it this way. It's theoretically possible for you to flip a coin 10 times in a row and come up with heads every time. It's also theoretically possible that the twists and turns in this novel could happen in real life. So if you want to know what it's like to flip a coin heads 10 straight times, have a listen. The writing is good but the plot is ludicrous. Suspend your disbelief for this one and you might enjoy the ride.

  • Don't Let Go

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,155

With unmatched suspense and emotional insight, Harlan Coben explores the big secrets and little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even a town in this powerful new thriller.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The new Harlan Coben?!

  • By shelley on 10-01-17

Good twists but otherwise average

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

This is one of the those "don't love it, but don't hate it" kind of books. Not the worse Coben book I have ever listened to but, by far, not the best. It had some good twists and turns but when you learn what finally happened it will take you back to something said earlier by one of the main characters. Sorry to be so vague but to say more would spoil things. Don't expect a lot from this listen and you won't be disappointed.

  • Trump: The Art of the Deal

  • By: Donald J. Trump, Tony Schwartz
  • Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith, Donald J. Trump
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,947
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,931

Here is Trump in action—how he runs his organization and how he runs his life—as he meets the people he needs to meet, chats with family and friends, clashes with enemies, and challenges conventional thinking. But even a maverick plays by rules, and Trump has formulated time-tested guidelines for success. He isolates the common elements in his greatest accomplishments; he shatters myths; he names names, spells out the zeros, and fully reveals the deal-maker's art. And throughout, Trump talks—really talks—about how he does it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Understanding Trump

  • By Rob Thomas on 08-27-18

The same guy who's now president

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

Probably would have never listened to this type of book if it weren't for the who the author has become. Can't say I learned any new theory but it's the application of the theory that can make or break a deal. And sometimes you have to get lucky as Trump did with the Mar Lago deal. I thought the narrator did an excellent job. Although he didn't sound like Trump, I had no problem imagining Trump was talking to me. Worth a credit.

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  • The Gods of Guilt

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,078
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,064

Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • God of Scribe

  • By Big jim Picotto on 03-12-15

Good offering by Connelly

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

Liked the character development in this novel although I would have appreciated more twists and turns. Haller seemed more human in this story than in previous installments. Thought the ending was somewhat anti-climactic but everything tied together. My schedule forced me to listen in smaller bits and over a longer period of time than usual. This rarely improves the listen and didn't with this one. On balance though, the book is worth a credit.

  • Echo in Ramadi

  • The Firsthand Story of U.S. Marines in Iraq's Deadliest City
  • By: Scott A. Huesing
  • Narrated by: David Marantz
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

From the winter of 2006 through the spring of 2007, 250 marines from Echo Company, Second Battalion, Fourth Marine Regiment, fought daily in the dangerous, dense city streets of Ramadi, Iraq, during the Multi-National Forces Surge ordered by President George W. Bush. The marines' mission: to kill or capture anti-Iraqi forces. Their experience: like being in hell. Now Major Scott A. Huesing, the commander who led Echo Company through Ramadi, takes listeners back to the streets of Ramadi in a visceral, gripping portrayal of modern urban combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Combat is Combat

  • By Calvin Guthrie on 05-21-18

Couldn't get through it

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

I admire the brave men who fought for us in Iraq but I wasn't able to get through this book. The individual stories were not stringed together well enough to make for a cohesive listen. When my iPod starting playing because of a malfunction I didn't have the stomach to try to locate where I had actually left off. My best estimate is that I had about two hours left in the listen. This book wasn't for me but might have greater appeal for another listener.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Let Trump Be Trump

  • The Inside Story of His Rise to the Presidency
  • By: Corey R. Lewandowski, David N. Bossie
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778

Corey R. Lewandowski, Trump's campaign manager who launched Trump's historic bid for the White House, teams up with David N. Bossie, the consummate political pro who helped steer the last critical months of the Trump campaign, to offer the first insiders' account of the most historic campaign in modern political history. Starting from the months leading up to Trump's announcement all the way through staff shakeups within the White House, they offer eyewitness accounts of the real stories behind some of the most sensational headlines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • RESPECT

  • By Susan McGuire on 12-27-17

Better than expected

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

I really did not expect to learn anything new with this listen but was pleasantly surprised. I did not really know there was such bad blood between Corey and Manafort. I also did not know that David was behind Corey's hiring as Trump's campaign manager. Some of the behind-the-scenes stories gave me new perspectives on Trump. I also did not know the president was so superstitious when it came to jinxing himself. I thought the book editors could have done a better job of keeping the narration in the same person. I didn't particularly like the switching back and forth from first to third person. On balance, worth the credit.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Midnight Line

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,105

Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate: Iraq, then Afghanistan. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her initials engraved on the inside. Reacher wonders what unlucky circumstance made her give up something she earned over four hard years. He decides to find out. And find the woman. And return her ring. Why not?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reacher doing what Reacher does!

  • By shelley on 11-07-17

A disappointing snoozefest

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

What has happened to Lee Child? Most of the Reacher books he has authored in the last few years have been nothing like his earlier works. Even the number of times "Reacher said nothing" has nearly disappeared. I honestly would not have known Reacher was the main character in this book if it were not for Dick Hill's narration. Speaking of which, can Dick read any slower? Let me suggest this. Lee, put the Reacher back into Reacher. And Dick, put some energy into your narration. Let's make the next one four or five stars. Or it will be my last one. Oh, Midnight Line; slightly better than the time Reacher spent 20 percent of the book (a few year's back) riding in the back of a car. But not much. If Reacher fans want to get a taste of what Reacher used to be like, turn on the TV series "Taken." The Bryan Mills character, played by Clive Standen, is a 30-something Jack Reacher.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • The Kind Worth Killing

  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,091
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,011
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,999

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Kind Worth Killing - A Book Worth Getting

  • By AudioAddict on 08-23-15

Did the author die before he finished the book

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

Reviewed: 11-23-17

I enjoyed this listen most of the way through. The narrators did a good job and there was plenty of evil to go around. To say the ending was abrupt would be an understatement. Maybe this is (or was) a continuing series. Maybe the author wanted listeners to use our imagination and connect the dots at the end. Not a bad ending but I'm not a big fan of loose ends. The book would have earned four stars otherwise. Proceed at your own risk.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Ballistic

  • A Gray Man Novel
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,754
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,749

Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust - and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried. Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comparable to the first in this series

  • By Ed on 10-30-17

Comparable to the first in this series

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

When I first read The Gray Man I was blown away. I thought I had found a "hero" comparable to Jack Reacher who has been very non-Reacher-like in recent Lee Child novels. Then I listened to the second in the series (On Target) and suspected that Mark Greaney and Child had been colluding to produce mediocrity. Well, Greaney redeemed himself with Ballistic. Enough said.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to the South (and Why it Will Rise Again)

  • By: Clint Johnson
  • Narrated by: Dianna Dorman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

With its emphasis on traditional values, family, faith, military service, good manners, small government, and independent-minded people, the South should certainly rise again. Far from being the backwater of prejudice and ignorance that the liberal media would have you believe, the South has always been the center of American culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Real History

  • By Dr.Bonnie Serrett on 01-16-17

Tubby Bearded Guy reference earned an extra star

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

I have to be careful when writing this review because Clint Johnson was a friend and classmate of mine at the University of Florida. As a fan of mystery/thrillers I found this book a little hard to get through at times. But I did learn some interesting stuff. I didn't know Lincoln tried to recolonize slaves to other countries after the war. I didn't know the Emancipation Proclamation primarily freed slaves only in Confederate States. I learned I can now refer to Clint as a TBG (Tubby Bearded Guy) because he participates in Civil War reenactments. At times the book seemed somewhat anecdotal but knowing how tediously Clint researches his material I feel confident that it is fact based. I got somewhat of an eerie feeling knowing that the ultra left has kicked up its attempt to rewrite history since this book was written a decade ago. Clint was very prescient in having a feel of what was to come in this area. I could have done without the two or three seemingly interminable listings of colleges and universities that were ranked highly and located in the South. Lists generally do not were well in audio books. I also grew a bit weary of hearing about books and movies I'm not supposed to read or watch without really knowing why. Presumably they cast the South in a more positive light that you might expect (or the North in a less positive one). If I was a Southern history buff, this book would have generated five stars. One final caution. A book you're not supposed to read: "The Politically Incorrect Guide to the South (and Why it Will Rise Again), written by Clint Johnson, release date:01-11-07, Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful