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  • The Switch

  • By: Elmore Leonard
  • Narrated by: Mark Hammer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara hit it off in prison, where they were both doing time for grand theft auto. Now that they're out, they're joining forces for one big score. The plan is to kidnap the wife of a wealthy Detroit developer and hold her for ransom. But they didn't figure the lowlife husband wouldn't want his lady back. So it's time for Plan B and the opportunity to make a real killing - with the unlikely help of a beautiful, ticked-off housewife who's hungry for a large helping of sweet revenge.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Annoying reader

  • By Randall on 12-15-11

Very good, but........

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-30-10

..........look, you know that Elmore Leonard is one of the best, if not the best, story tellers of all time. In addition, his books are perfect for audible. But, the narrator was okay but not great. What I did not like was the ending. Then again you may think it is a great ending. Anyway, take the time to listen to this book, it's worth the time.

6 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Lion

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,497

Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What happened to Scott Brick?!!

  • By JSR on 07-03-10

BIG disappointment

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-20-10

The obvious was overlooked. The editor should be fired. For anyone that is into to the mystery/suspense would have seen the "flaws" in this book after the first few chapters. In addition the narrator [S. Brick] was a joke. It was like listening to a cartoon character. However, the plot and story line was good enough to feel like "I wasn't ripped off" in buying this book.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • 61 Hours

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,375

A tour bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces. If she's going to live long enough to testify, she'll need help. Because a killer is coming to Bolton, a coldly proficient assassin who never misses.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cliffhanger was disappointing

  • By JV on 05-28-10

Disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-10

Like his other books, Lee Child does a great job developing both the plot and the characters. That’s the only good thing I can say about 61 Hours. Everything else is below standards. It’s almost like he or his editor didn’t care.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Zero Game

  • By: Brad Meltzer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 374

Matthew Mercer and Harris Sandler are playing a mysterious game. It's a game almost no one knows about: not their friends, not their coworkers, and certainly not their bosses, who are some of the most powerful senators and congressmen on Capitol Hill.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great political novel

  • By Rodney on 01-20-04

If you like Scott Brick....

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-10

...you will most likely give this a three star or maybe four stars. I cannot listen to Scott Brick. It is like finger nails on a blackboard. Unfortunately, I got this book without checking the narrator. Brad Meltz is a very good writer. So, I listened and couldn't stop because I needed to know how it ended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Cold Paradise

  • A Stone Barrington Novel
  • By: Stuart Woods
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 170

Cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington, he of street smarts, dry wit, and debonair charm, becomes reacquainted with a case he thought was buried years ago, and must settle romantic entanglements that haunt him still. Allison Manning, the beautiful and enigmatic woman Stone defended against a murder charge in Dead in the Water, mysteriously reappears to request his help with a set of problems she has never resolved.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cold Paradise

  • By Jean on 01-01-09

Very bad, waste of time

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-10

I really enjoyed most of his other books but this one was disappointing. It had multiple plots that were just boring and predictable.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sex, Murder, and a Double Latte

  • By: Kyra Davis
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,125
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,231
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,247

Thriller scribe Sophie Katz is as hard-boiled as a woman who drinks Grande Caramel Brownie Frappuccionos can be. So Sophie knows it's not paranoia, or post-divorce, living-alone-again jitters, when she becomes convinced that a crazed reader is sneaking into her apartment to reenact scenes from her books. The police, however, can't tell a good plot from an unmarked grave.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great for Weekend Chores

  • By Karen on 05-04-06

Silly, stupid, gross and downright dumb!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-09

The only thing good was the narration. This book is a waste of time unless you like to listen to the “f” word, silly drawn out scenes and a plot that was dumb. Why did I listen to the whole thing? Again, good narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • White Cargo

  • By: Stuart Woods
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

New York Times best-selling author Stuart Woods is hailed as a master of the modern thriller. With books including Chiefs and Worst Fears Realized, he has attracted millions of fans who relish their non-stop suspense and danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story once again Mr. Woods aces it!!!!

  • By Cynthia on 12-09-08

Not to his standards

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-09

I must have purchased dozens of Stewart Woods and I just do not believe he wrote this one. Not to his standards.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Pursuit

  • By: Karen Robards
  • Narrated by: Franette Liebow
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

When rookie lawyer Jessica Ford gets the call from her boss, John Davenport, the senior partner at the illustrious law firm for which she works, she can tell he is well on his way to being drunk. He needs Jess to meet First Lady Annette Cooper, for whom Davenport is a personal lawyer, at a Washington, D.C., hotel. Jess is thrilled: this high-profile assignment must mean that she's earned her boss's trust and she's on her way to bigger things. But unfortunately, bigger isn't always better.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • pursuit

  • By RonCMC on 04-07-09

I would NOT pursue this if I were you

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-09

Save your money. This could have been a fair book if it were narated by someone else, anyone else, a good book if it was edited by someone else, anyone else, and a great book if written by someone else; Lee Child, Stewart Woods etc. It had a plot that kept me listening. However, I just got bored with the author and naration.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Change of Heart

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole, Stafford Clark-Price, Jim Frangione, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 652

Known for tackling hot-button issues in her timely fiction, Jodi Picoult has sold millions of books. Change of Heart explores capital punishment and organized religion through the tale of death row inmate Shay Bourne. Bourne's last request is to donate his heart to his victim's ailing sister. The situation gets more complicated when Bourne begins performing miracles in full view of witnesses - including his Catholic spiritual advisor.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • and shawshank

  • By Kelly on 05-11-08

Tiring but maybe worth more than two stars...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-26-08

If it were not for the wonderful narration I would have stopped listen to this book after an hour or so. I selected this book after listening to Jodi Picoult's My Sister’s Keeper. NOW THAT WAS AN OUTSTANDING BOOK. However, if you are into religion and some interesting twists and turns, this book may be for you.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • World Without End

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 45 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,256
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,222

In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 40 hours too short ...

  • By Henrik on 11-03-07

Not recommended...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-08

I was very disappointed. This gifted writer let his need to enlist his penchant for an excessive amount of detailed sexual encounters destroy what would have been an outstanding fiction/history novel. Be prepared to "fast-forward" through the smut.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful