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  • Criminal Intent

  • By: Sheldon Siegel
  • Narrated by: Bill Godfrey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 303

You can pick your friends, they say, but you can't pick your family. And lately, Mike Daley's family has been keeping him very busy. An ex-priest, ex-public defender, and ex-corporate lawyer, Daley and his former wife, Rosie Fernandez, now run their own San Francisco criminal defense firm. Most of their cases are fairly small-time, which is why it would be surprising that the person accused of murdering movie director Richard (Big Dick) MacArthur is calling them - except that the accused is Rosie's own niece, Angelina.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Want Entertainment? Buy This

  • By Ted on 04-25-18

Ouch, I had to stop in chapter 8.

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

Reviewed: 04-12-19

I really liked books 1 & 2 so this was an automatic. The narrator was unbearable and the story was slow and predictable.

I might try another book in the series or author, definitely not with this reader.

  • Killer by Nature

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jan Smith
  • Narrated by: Angela Griffin, Robert James-Collier, Katherine Kelly, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,316
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,193
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,144

Dr. Diane Buckley, a talented freelance forensic psychologist, is drafted in to examine a grisly murder – a body found in a children's playground. The murder carries all the hallmarks of one of her most famous incarcerated clients, 'The Playground Killer' (aka Alfred Dinklage). In a series of intimate 1:1 sessions, Buckley has to race against time to unpick the facts and delve into Dinklage's often manipulative, complicated mind to understand his past whilst striving to prevent further murders....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Glad this was free

  • By Tammy on 03-15-19

Not for me - too many moving parts.

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

I just couldn't get in to this book. I listened about an hour, just couldn't get interested.

Too many moving parts for me.

  • Murder in an Irish Village

  • By: Carlene O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,324
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,304

In the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Natalie's Bistro has always been warm and welcoming. Nowadays 22-year-old Siobhan O'Sullivan runs the family bistro named for her mother, along with her five siblings, after the death of their parents in a car crash almost a year ago. It's been a rough year for the O'Sullivans, but it's about to get rougher. One morning, as they're opening the bistro, they discover a man seated at a table with a pair of hot pink barber scissors protruding from his chest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Mystery

  • By Jill, NM on 10-21-16

Good story. Very good performance.

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

I liked the story. Not spectacular, but a decent listen. As with most books, some hard to imagine sequences of Chase and escape, but it didn't take away from the entertainment.

  • Full Upright and Locked Position

  • Not-So-Comfortable Truths About Air Travel Today
  • By: Mark Gerchick
  • Narrated by: Michael Butler Murray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

In Full Upright and Locked Position, former FAA chief counsel and senior aviation policy official Mark Gerchick unravels the unseen forces and little-known facts that have reshaped our air travel experience since September 11, 2001. With wry humor and unique insight, Gerchick takes us past the jargon, technicalities, and all-is-well platitudes to expose the new normal of air travel: from the packed planes and myriad hassles of everyday flying to the alchemy of air fares, the airlines' endless nickel-and-diming, and the elusive hope of escape from steerage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Genesis of why air travel is war these days

  • By Jjftx on 11-04-15

Enlightening. a little dated as of late 2018, but.

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

Enjoyed the authors insight on past, present, and future air travel. as of early 2013.

  • Echo Burning

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 17 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,985
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,645

Thumbing across the scorched West Texas desert, loner Jack Reacher has nowhere to go and all the time in the world to get there. Cruising the same stretch of two-lane blacktop is pretty Carmen Greer. But for Reacher, the lift comes with a hitch. Carmen's got a story to tell, and it's a wild one. All about her husband, her family secrets, and a hometown that's pure Gothic. She's also got a plan. Jack Reacher's part of it. And before the sun sets, this ride could cost them both their lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very slow build makes the payoff unsatisfying

  • By Virgil on 07-06-16

Good, not super.

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I'm working through the Reacher series and this one was OK. I liked most of it and will continue the series. Reacher was super human as usual. The little girl didn't seem to fit well and seemed out of context sometimes - too knowledgeable for her age at times, not mature enough at others. I also didn't like the way the narrator read the little girl's lines, so that may be impacting my impression. If your a Jack Reacher fan, this is worth listening to. If you haven't listened to any Reacher books yet, start at the beginning of the series!
#smalltexastown #goodseries #keptlistening #marksman #formerMP #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Girls & Boys

  • By: Dennis Kelly
  • Narrated by: Carey Mulligan
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,837
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,160

A pulse-pounding new play from Tony Award-winning® playwright Dennis Kelly takes you on a journey that is at once hilarious, gripping, and heartbreaking. This world-premiere production starring Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, An Education) is available exclusively on Audible after a celebrated run at the Royal Court Theatre in London and off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have never heard a story performed so well.

  • By Erin Reeve on 07-05-18

Not for me, but...

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

I just couldn't get into this "Original" book. I tried hard to give it a chance, but finally gave up about halfway through.

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23,879
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,799
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,699

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Trump: All Comey's Life/Working Years--

  • By Gillian on 04-17-18

A must read for all citizens.

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

A US government class and insightful story. there is hope we will survive this fire.

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  • Home

  • A Memoir of My Early Years
  • By: Julie Andrews
  • Narrated by: Julie Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548

Since her first appearance on screen in Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews has played a series of memorable roles that have endeared her to generations. But she has never told the story of her life before fame. Until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Road to Fame, Dame Julie style

  • By Christopher on 04-08-08

Very nice story by and about an iconic actress

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

If you could sum up Home in three words, what would they be?

Very good book

What did you like best about this story?

The history of her life and her own narration. We all know she was in Sound of Music and some of the other US movies, but I wasn't aware of her background or her stage experience.

Have you listened to any of Julie Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really, I just listen during my commute to and from work.

Any additional comments?

A pleasant listen and a nice change from the whodunnit books that I usually listen to.

  • The Brass Verdict

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,828
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,807

Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mickey Haller Is My Favorite Mystery Character

  • By Cathy on 10-22-08

I liked it.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Brass Verdict to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, so I cannot comment

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Not on the edge, but it kept me listening.

What does Peter Giles bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Not sure. When I read a book I "hear" different voices for different characters. He does a really good job of changing his voice to enable the listener to discern which of the various characters is speaking.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really. I listen during my commute to work.

Any additional comments?

I've been a Bosch fan and just started listening to Haller a couple weeks ago. I was surprised by the appearance of Bosch, but it makes sense.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lincoln Lawyer

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,066
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,734
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,732

Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Narration

  • By Vishruth on 06-18-08

good listen

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

Loved Harry Bosch so I thought I'd try this. Worth the credit, planning to move to the next Haller book today!