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  • Long Road to Mercy

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley, Kyf Brewer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,574
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,535

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. Catch a tiger by its toe. It's seared into Atlee Pine's memory: the kidnapper's chilling rhyme as he chose between six-year-old Atlee and her twin sister, Mercy. Mercy was taken. Atlee was spared. She never saw Mercy again. Three decades after that terrifying night, Atlee Pine works for the FBI. She's the lone agent assigned to the Shattered Rock, Arizona resident agency, which is responsible for protecting the Grand Canyon. So when one of the Grand Canyon's mules is found stabbed to death at the bottom of the canyon - and its rider missing - Pine is called in to investigate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Damn, Baldacci is good!

  • By Wayne on 11-14-18

Willing suspension of disbelief: Bring boatload

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

The story is mediocre at best, definitely not up to Baldacci standards. Attlee Pine is a combination of Supergirl and Wonder Woman with a touch of McGwyver thrown in, and much of the book is a series of long exchanges in which Ms. Pine explains her brilliant deductions to lesser humans. The characters are predictable stereotypes behaving exactly as you'd expect them to. Even in our hyper-partisan times, the plot seriously stretches credulity. Yet the worst part of the book is the performance by Kyl Brewer. The only emotions he managed to convey were belligerence and whiny petulance. Even though Brittany Pressley did a fine job with the female characters, Brewer's performance was so bad and so distracting that I would recommend reading this book instead of listening to it. Or maybe just miss it all together.

  • Cemetery Road

  • A Novel
  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 23 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,845

When Marshall McEwan left his hometown at age 18, he vowed never to return. The trauma that drove him away ultimately spurred him to become one of the most successful journalists in Washington DC. But just as the political chaos in the nation’s capital lifts him to new heights, Marshall is forced to return home in spite of his boyhood vow. His father is dying, his mother is struggling to keep the family newspaper from failing, and the town is in the midst of an economic rebirth that might be built upon crimes that reach into the state capitol - and perhaps even to Washington. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cemetery Road comes to Life...

  • By shelley on 03-06-19

Excellent book.

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

I’ve always loved Greg Iles and Scott Brick and this was one of their best. The story is compelling and Scott Brick was wonderful as always. Some of the other reviewers complained about Mr Iles injecting his politics into the book. I did not find that to be a valid complaint. While the main characters’ political leanings were mentioned from time to time, those beliefs were consistent with the characters’ roles and may or may not reflect what Mr Iles believes. In any case, the mentions were few and far between. Please don’t allow that to keep you from the best book I’ve read this year.

6 of 7 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 10,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,896
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,885

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

Totally delightful.

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

Don’t miss this one. It’s 5 stars in every way!!! One of my all time favorites.

  • Unsheltered

  • A Novel
  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,211
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,025
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,023

Brilliantly executed and compulsively listenable, Unsheltered is the story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum, as they navigate the challenges of surviving a world in the throes of major cultural shifts. In this mesmerizing story told in alternating chapters, Willa and Thatcher come to realize that though the future is uncertain, even unnerving, shelter can be found in the bonds of kindred - whether family or friends - and in the strength of the human spirit. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Spring for a professional narrator, please!

  • By Gail Dragon on 11-05-18

Nowhere near as good as Poisonwood Bible.

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

I was disappointed in this book. It took me forever to finish it. It is very political and anti-Trump, which suits me politically, but I didn’t find either storyline very compelling. Not worth the credit, and I’m a Kingsolver fan.

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,562

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Good enough.

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

Well worth the three or four dollars I paid. I’m not sure it’s worth a credit, but it made a long drive more interesting. My biggest fault is the exceedingly slow start. My husband actually wanted to give up on it. However, midway through, the story picked up and we enjoyed the rest. Zach Villa’s narration was excellent. He made the story as good as it could possibly be.

  • The Reckoning

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,645
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,603

Pete Banning was Clanton's favorite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, a father, a neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning in 1946, he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • different

  • By Kelly on 10-29-18

Best Grisham in a long time.

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I’ve been a fan of John Grisham for decades. This is right up there with A Time to Kill, The Firm and The Client, and far better than many of his more recent books. Michael Beck is outstanding. His Mississippi accents are spot on. This is an excellent snapshot of the South in the 40’s, a good WWII history lesson and a compelling story about a believable Southern family. It’s well worth a credit.

  • Then She Was Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,092

Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenage golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO GOOD

  • By Anonymous User on 05-24-18

Really, really good.

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

Great story, believable characters, excellent narrator. This is possibly the best I’ve listened to this year.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Son

  • A Novel
  • By: Jo Nesbø
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,562
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,551

Sonny Lofthus is a strangely charismatic and complacent young man. Sonny’s been in prison for a dozen years, nearly half his life. The inmates who seek out his uncanny abilities to soothe leave his cell feeling absolved. They don’t know or care that Sonny has a serious heroin habit - or where or how he gets his uninterrupted supply of the drug. Or that he’s serving time for other peoples’ crimes. Sonny took the first steps toward addiction when his father took his own life rather than face exposure as a corrupt cop. Now Sonny is the seemingly malleable center of a whole infrastructure of corruption....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Break From The Harry Hole Series Is a Hit

  • By Russell on 09-04-14

Story was good, BUT

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

Gildart Jackson is the WORST reader I have listened to in the six or so years I’ve used Audible! His narration with all the stops and long pauses mid-sentence was so annoying and distracting that, had I not gotten this book at a two-for-one sale, I would have returned it after two hours. However, Jo Nesbo is one of my favorites and I wanted to listen to the other book, so I persevered. After about six hours, I finally stopped cringing and enjoyed the story. The story was quite good, but listen to the sample before you buy.

  • The Secret Child

  • By: Kerry Fisher
  • Narrated by: Emma Spurgin Hussey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,174

Susie did something that she knows she will always regret: giving her baby son up for adoption, to keep her infidelity secret from her family. Louise, Susie's daughter, feels the effects of that decision echoing down through the years - her mother has always been difficult, too strict with her but not strict enough with her sister, Grace, who is wild and out of control. And Danny, Susie's husband, adores her but has always sensed something wrong at the heart of their marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-23-18

Excellent story, great narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

I love a story with rich, well-drawn characters and this book delivers in spades. The family interaction, the differences in siblings, the rivalry, jealously and birth order differences felt familiar to me, both as a parent and a sibling. The book also does a good job navigating the changes in society, especially attitudes toward women, from the late 60’s to the present. Though I have no personal experience with adoption, the lasting impact giving Edward away had on Susie rang true to me. Emma Hussey’s narration was superb. This book was time well spent, an excellent way to pass a rainy summer day.

  • Us vs. Them

  • The Failure of Globalism
  • By: Ian Bremmer
  • Narrated by: Willis Sparks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 245

From Brexit in the UK, to Donald Trump in the US, to extremist parties in Europe and the developing world, populism has dominated recent headlines. What explains this rise of leaders who stoke nationalist anger in their countries, from Le Pen to Erdogan? How long will the populist wave last? Who will be the winners and losers in this climate, and how can we defend the values of democracy, free trade, and international cooperation? No one is better suited to explore these questions than Ian Bremmer, who has built his career on assessing global risk for his clients.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book with a big blind spot

  • By Randy on 04-25-18

Interesting analysis of our times, but depressing

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

Full of troublesome facts, like a majority of Republicans would support delaying the 2020 elections, if Trump wanted to. Like there are twice as many working age men in America not working as are working and half of them take painkillers everyday. Like the majority of young people would support a government run by the military. And these trends are worldwide. Thoroughly depressing. Makes me even more worried about my grandchildren’s future.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful