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  • The Advocate's Daughter

  • A Thriller
  • By: Anthony Franze
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 975
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 965

A Washington, DC, lawyer and a frequent major media commentator on the Supreme Court, Anthony Franze delivers a high-stakes story of family, power, loss, and revenge set within the insular world of the highest court of our country. Among Washington, DC, power players, everyone has secrets they desperately want to keep hidden, including Sean Serrat, a Supreme Court lawyer. Sean transformed his misspent youth into a model adulthood and now has one of the most respected legal careers in the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Many thanks...

  • By shelley on 01-12-18

Yet another non-thrilling "thriller'

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

I'm about half way through and will probably finish this. It isn't a bad book and in fact contains a lot of interesting legal background, and its clear that the author has created a picture of a solid family man concerned not only with his own problems but also those of his family.. However, the legal bits are provided in a very dry way, and there is way too much time - which might be used doing something actually thrilling - spent on details of family history and relationships. Not bad, beach read, on sale, but don't expect to be "thrilled."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mercury Falls

  • Mercury, Book 1
  • By: Robert Kroese
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 480

Christine Temetri is at her wits’ end. For years she’s covered the increasingly bizarre activities of End Times cults for the Banner, a religious news magazine. Yet Christine, who once dreamed of being a "real" writer, has nothing to show for the gig other than a regular paycheck and serious doubt that Armageddon will occur in time for her next deadline. But after a mysterious man entrusts her with a locked briefcase and orders to "take it to Mercury", Christine finds herself face-to-face with a ping-pong-playing angel by the name of Galileo Mercury.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-01-13

I don't easily compare writers to Douglas Adams

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

Due to a sale or just random purchasing I happened on The Big Sheep and thoroughly enjoyed it. Moved on to Mercury Rising - again on a good Kindle-related sale - and have finally found a writer almost as good as Adams for sheer nonsense and a wonderful use of words. And maybe its the angel/devil/apocalypse thing, but it also evokes the Pratchett/Gaiman Good Omens. I don't think there can ever be a replacement for Adams or Pratchett, but so far, at least Kroese is someone to consider.

  • Next of Kin

  • By: James Tucker
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

A New Year's Eve celebration begins with the pop of a champagne cork - and ends with the bone-chilling screams of a killer's victims . Ten-year-old Ben Brook is the lone survivor of the brutal murder of his wealthy family at their upstate New York compound. But from the moment he evades death, Ben's life is in constant danger. Can NYPD detective Buddy Lock keep the boy safe from a killer intent on wiping out the entire Brook clan?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Excellent Loved It - Just Get It

  • By shelley on 10-23-17

Finally a "thriller" that's a true thrilller

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

The word "thriller" is used liberally for lots and lots of definitely in-thrilling books. Generally their covers are more thrilling. However, this one delivers, from the very first sentences through to the end. Thrilling in the sense that it makes you tense up, makes your heart beats a bit faster, and keeps you listening when you should be doing a lot of other more important things.

There was a bit more gratuitous gore than I generally can deal with, but hey, you have already seen the plot summary.

Another note: I had the kindle version and read the author's biography. All "first time authors" should put as much work into perfecting their writing as Mr. Tucker did.




2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,973

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

Should be classed as YA

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

This was sold as a dramatic story of WWII Italy. I'm over two hours in and its still mainly about the adolescence of one young man, recounted in what feels like real time. Although I'm greatly disappointed and may return it if it doesn't get better soon, I would recommended d it as a YA book. But maybe in an abridged version.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Left Hand of Darkness

  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,388
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,182
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,183

A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can change their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters. Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost 50 and still amazing

  • By kwdayboise (Kim Day) on 06-07-17

I'm so sorry

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

I loved this book, along with everything else Ursula LeGuin wrote, 50 or so years ago.

I loved, and still love, George Guidell in the Longmire books and mostly anything else he reads.

I expected to still love the book, and was looking forward to having it read to me, but the combination of not knowing which character is speaking and the interminable and somewhat pointless treks just aren't working for me. There is apparently a 1.5 hour dramatized version - suggest trying that or getting the hard copy - you can leaf through the treks, which will let you get more benefit from some of the interesting concepts that the book puts forth. .

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Anne of Green Gables

  • By: Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Rachel McAdams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,510
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,009
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,988

With all of the pluck and charm of its eponymous young hero, Rachel McAdams ( The Notebook, Spotlight, Midnight in Paris) delivers a spectacular reading of Montgomery's beloved bildungsroman. In moments both funny and bittersweet, McAdams' voice is imbued with the spark that has made Anne a much-loved symbol of individualism and cheer for over a century.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The story was great, McAdams not so much

  • By R. Evans on 06-17-17

Destroyed by narration

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

Don't assume good actresses make good narrators. Reading varies from trying too hard to be sweet to just plain reading with misplaced inflections; set in PEI, Canada but no Canadian accent within hearing; and worst of all, Anne sounds like a late-teen or twenty something, not an 11 - 14 year old. Don't know if any other readers are any better so plan to finish with print.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • My Lady Jane

  • By: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858

At 16, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren't for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be queen of England. Like that could go wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hysterical Alternate History

  • By JGillSt on 06-17-16

Lives up to the very best 5 star reviews

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

Reviewed: 11-30-17

Historical fiction/romance is not my thing, but this was on sale, read by K. Kellgren, and had a lot of good reviews.

I almost returned it in the first half hour as too cute, trying too hard, just not interesting - how could I ever get through a few minutes more much less the full 13+ hours?

THEN the magic happened - could hardly put it down for the next two days and intend to listen to it again when I need something absurd and cheerful. Also wonderful and weird.

Yes, Python, FForde, Adams, Pratchett fans, and probably quite a few serious history scholars and English lit majors are likely to enjoy it.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Magpie Murders

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond, Allan Corduner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,988
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,964

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the best-selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A British Whodunit

  • By Sara on 07-24-17

WHAT A COMPLETE AND UTTER TREAT!

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

This is a really long books that doesn't cry out for editing. It also has a red herring to actual ratio far in excess of most mysteries, and a great plot trick about 2/3 of the way through.

Much of it is a good old-fashioned solid mystery - off-scene violence; lots of characters each of them with something to hide, great readers, and a traditional village and country home setting. Lots and lots of homage to past writers - I got some of the Christie references, but look forward to listening to it again to pick up others - and to pay closer attention to the clues this time around.

My overall reading is quite varied, but I'm currently on my second time through Midsomer Murders (courtesy of Acorn); at least six times around with a dozen or so Agatha Christie BBC stories (courtesy of Audible); and my favorite Dickens is Bleak House, so if you fall anywhere near that profile, you are likely to like Magpie.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Disco for the Departed

  • The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 3
  • By: Colin Cotterill
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

Dr. Siri Paiboun is summoned to the mountains of Huaphan Province, where for years the leaders of the current communist government hid in caves, waiting to assume power. Now a major celebration of the new regime is scheduled to take place, but an arm is found protruding from the concrete walk laid from the president’s former cave hideout to his new house beneath the cliffs. Siri must supervise the disinterment of the body attached to the arm, identify it, and determine the cause of death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life goes on

  • By Patricia on 06-01-17

Life goes on

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

Reviewed: 06-01-17

it is hard to explain why a series about a 72-year-old French-trained physician working under repressive conditions for a regime he gave his youth to put in power should be so life-affirming. It is hard to explain why the mysticism that underlies the stories and frequently moves the plot should work so well.

So I won't try.

Just be sure to start at the start of the series,The stories actually get better, but the first book helps ground you in the environment that Mr. Cotterill has created..

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Dangerous Fortune

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,196

In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable Fun

  • By Rebecarol on 05-24-08

Hoping for Comeuppance

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

Reviewed: 05-31-17

Chapter after chapter chapter the selfish, evil and loutish characters prevail. I kept hoping for their "comeuppance," and also thinking that whoever said "the snake has all the lines" was correct - without the wonderfully evil machinations of a few characters this wouldn't have been much of a book.

I hadn't read Ken Follett in a long time, and was disappointed to find that there was so much "tell" rather than "evoke" in his style. On the other hand, it covered a great deal of ground with a fairly large number of characters - plastic though they may have been, they were easy to keep track of. Others have compared it to Forsythe Saga, I agree and was also thinking of a number of other BBC costume dramas.. I don't think it has ever been made into a series, but it would be a great one.

Basically a good background or road trip book if you can get it on sale.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful