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  • Collared

  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 998
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 902
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 900

Lawyer Andy Carpenter's true passion is the Tara Foundation, the dog rescue organization he runs with his friend Willie Miller. All kinds of dogs make their way to the foundation, and it isn't that surprising to find a dog abandoned at the shelter one morning, though it was accompanied by a mysterious anonymous note. But they are quite surprised when they scan the dog's embedded chip, and discover that they know this dog. He is the "DNA dog".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Boy, this series just gets better and better!

  • By Kathi on 08-04-17

Wry Andy Carpenter strikes again!

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

Reviewed: 07-23-17

Another great mystery by Rosenfelt, with a few twists you won't see coming. Love, love, love Grover Gardner as Andy - what a great pair. These mysteries make for great listens with teens on long car rides - just got home from a 10-hr drive and it was Andy who helped get me through it!

  • The Nowhere Man

  • Evan Smoak, Book 2
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,788

Spoken about only in whispers, it is said that when the Nowhere Man is reached by the truly desperate, he can and will do anything to save them. Evan Smoak is the Nowhere Man.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This book is awful!

  • By sekaly on 01-23-17

Great story - great narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-15-17

Hurwitz does not disappoint in his latest thriller. Lots of suspense and bloodshed, and really interesting characters. Scott Brick is expert at this stuff and I enjoyed all 12 hours of his delivery.

My only quibble with plot is Smoak is too perfect, accomplishes some crazy stuff that's highly improbable - but that's also why I like the book and character so much.

Well done!

  • The Enchanted Files: Hatched

  • The Enchanted Files, Book 2
  • By: Bruce Coville
  • Narrated by: Matthew Frow, Jeremy Gumbs
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Meet Gerald. Gerald is a griffin - a creature with the body of a lion and the head of an eagle. According to the Code of the Griffins, that means he should be: 1. Brave and fierce in all situations! 2. A guardian of a great treasure! 3. Completely and totally hidden from the human realm! But what if a Griffin isn't brave or fierce? What if he's never found a great treasure (or any treasure, for that matter)? What if he feels like such an embarrassment that the only thing left to do is run away?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, clever, a real joy!

  • By Avid Reader and Listener on 11-21-16

Fun, clever, a real joy!

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

Reviewed: 11-21-16

I love this Enchanted Realm series in audio - the productions are great, stories so clever and fun, and it helps make my commute fly by! Stories are great for kids, families and even adults! You'll definitely laugh a few times while listening to this great story. :)

  • Razor Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Carl Hiaasen
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,023
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,022

When Lane Coolman's car is bashed from behind on the road to the Florida Keys, what appears to be an ordinary accident is anything but (this is Hiaasen!). Behind the wheel of the other car is Merry Mansfield - the eponymous Razor Girl - and the crash scam is only the beginning of events that spiral crazily out of control while unleashing some of the wildest characters Hiaasen has ever set loose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book this year!

  • By green ice cream garden on 09-19-16

Typical Hiaason crazy FL caper

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

Reviewed: 10-22-16

Zany fun stuff! Good narration. Seems too nuts to be possible, but then again it's Florida.

  • Home

  • Myron Bolitar Series, Book 11
  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,889
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,863

A decade ago, kidnappers grabbed two boys from wealthy families and demanded ransom, then went silent. No trace of the boys ever surfaced. For 10 years their families have been left with nothing but painful memories and a quiet desperation for the day that has finally, miraculously arrived: Myron Bolitar and his friend Win believe they have located one of the boys, now a teenager. Where has he been for 10 years, and what does he know about the day, more than half a life ago, when he was taken?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Win comes home. So does Harlan Coben.

  • By Carol on 10-26-17

Great narrator!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-16

Love the mystery & narrator is great! Super voices! (There could have been longer space breaks when the story speakers switch, but listener can figure it out.) "toasty!"

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • A Fine Balance

  • By: Rohinton Mistry
  • Narrated by: Madhur Jaffrey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

One of the most talked-about books of the year, A Fine Balance captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India in 1975. It is an Oprah Book Club selection, and has won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in fiction, the Giller Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. Mistry "needs no infusion of magic realism to vivify the real. The real world, through his eyes, is magical," says The New York Times.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Fine Balance

  • By JWeiler on 01-07-03

Not a great abridgement, but good narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-02-16

The narrator was very good, and while it is difficult to abridge such a long book down to 6 hours, it could have been done better - with bridging sentences in between sections where large cuts were made. Transitions were disjoined and clearly left out info that listener needed to know.

I found the story horribly depressing, with tiny bits of hope in these characters' lives that were soon squashed. Wish I could be more positive...

  • Detroit

  • An American Autopsy
  • By: Charlie LeDuff
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,040
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 934

In the heart of America, a metropolis is quietly destroying itself. Detroit, once the richest city in the nation, is now its poorest. Once the vanguard of America’s machine age - mass production, automobiles, and blue-collar jobs - Detroit is now America’s capital for unemployment, illiteracy, foreclosure, and dropouts. With the steel-eyed reportage that has become his trademark and the righteous indignation that only a native son can possess, journalist Charlie LeDuff sets out to uncover what has brought low this once-vibrant city, his city.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • WOW

  • By Avid Reader and Listener on 07-09-13

WOW

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

Reviewed: 07-09-13

LeDuff delivers on the shocking goings-on of Detroit from the super-corrupt mayor to a super-corrupt judge to firemen who have to buy their own toilet paper because budgets are so mismanaged (ie, money pocketed by officials). Wish it was a tad more hopeful at the end, but it is what it is.

Narrator was good - think this is my first listen with him. But it would've been nice if some research had been done first to pronounce Detroit words correctly. Kil-PA-trick instead of KILL-patrick (who says that?). Mak-in-ack instead of Mack-in-aw Island. And the like.

Overall, quite good and mesmerizing.

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Perfect Hatred

  • By: Leighton Gage
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Chief Inspector Mario Silva and his team have a heavy work load with several high-profile cases. First, a suicide bombing that was apparently the work of a militant Islamist group. Then, a gubernatorial candidate is assassinated in broad daylight at a campaign rally. Could the cases be related? To complicate Silva's investigation, a criminal with a very bad grudge against the Chief Inspector has been released from prison and is plotting ugly revenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great mystery - great setting.

  • By Avid Reader and Listener on 02-19-13

Great mystery - great setting.

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

Reviewed: 02-19-13

Recommended. Strong writing, great narration, smart mysteries - I really enjoy this Mario Silva series, set in Brazil. Setting gives it some great "flavor!' - and it's hard to beat a great revenge novel. This quote says it well:

"Perfect Hatred is a perfect thriller. No one writes the cold glint of evil in bright sunlight the way Leighton Gage does. And there's enough evil here—and heroism, too—for three lesser books."
—Timothy Hallinan, Edgar-nominated author of the Poke Rafferty thrillers and the Junior Bender mysteries

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Snow White Must Die

  • By: Nele Neuhaus
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,217
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,954
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,954

On a rainy November day, police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: a woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer. On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great narrator, unbelievable, never-ending story

  • By C. Vincent on 01-27-13

GREAT suspense, smart plot!

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

Reviewed: 01-15-13

Great pysch thriller! Poor Toby's been dealt a bad hand, but when he gets out of prison for two murders he doesn't remember committing, he expects to be able to start anew. Sorry to say, that's not going to happen...not when another girl ends up dead in this tiny town in Germany, and everyone assumes he's the guilty party. Small town thinking and small town secrets play large in this thriller, and you really can't wait to get to the end. I love Robert Fass' narration, and he does a great job on this police procedural. I don't want to say more and spoil it for anyone . . . !

57 of 66 people found this review helpful

  • You Matter

  • 7 Practices of Living a Life of Purpose
  • By: Melvin Miller, Federica Baldan
  • Narrated by: Melvin Miller, Federica Baldan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

"You matter." It’s a simple statement, but few people truly recognize the gifts they possess. You Matter is an original audio that helps everyone realize why they matter. Reverend Melvin Miller and Federica Baldan use seven practices that call people to put their faith - any faith! - into action as they coach listeners to uncover the road blocks in our way and help us live a life with purpose. Why do we make the same mistakes in our personal and professional lives; why do we close off our hearts when it matters most? The path to discovery is in this audio.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great reminder of important things in life

  • By Avid Reader and Listener on 01-04-13

Great reminder of important things in life

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

Reviewed: 01-04-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it's a good book to remind you to think about HOW you want to live and what kind of life you want to live. What do you want your legacy to be? Not preachy - though God is mentioned - more "inspiring." And there are exercises and meditations to do that are helpful, too. All in all, a great way to start the new year - or any day of the year.

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

Find Your Purpose!

Any additional comments?

I plan on listening to this every few months as a refresher!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful