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  • The Good Lawyer

  • A Novel
  • By: Thomas Benigno
  • Narrated by: Dan Triandiflou
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409

A young, ambitious lawyer is eager to prove he is better than the mobster dominated family he grew up in. Working as a Bronx Legal Aid attorney he learns how to become an unbeatable defense lawyer. But it's 1982. The Spiderman rapist is on the loose and New York City is a city in fear. When an outraged victim commits suicide right before his eyes, searching for absolution and determined to prove his client's innocence, he knocks the pegs out from under the prosecution's case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Jean on 10-26-17

All Over the Place

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

Reviewed: 04-23-19

I felt like I was dropped in the middle of someone's hectic day planner. I never found much of a plot and the protagonist seemed quite ordinary. The writing style is decent. Anyone interested in legal action in the Bronx may resonate with it.

  • Playing for Pizza

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555

Rick Dockery was the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In a championship game, to the surprise and dismay of everyone, Rick actually got into the game and then provided what was arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he became a national laughingstock and, of course, was immediately cut by the Browns and shunned by all other teams. But against enormous odds, Arnie finally locates another team that will have him: the mighty Panthers of Parma, Italy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Give Him A Break!

  • By Patti on 07-10-08

Just a Story

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

Reviewed: 04-18-19

I like Grisham's storytelling so have read most all his non-legal fiction. This one starts with an interesting premise but there are no real challenges for the protagonist. No tension. Not a page turner. It's just a story.

  • The Color of Law

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Gimenez
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

A poor-boy college football hero turned successful partner at a prominent Dallas firm, who long ago checked his conscience at the door, catches a case that forces him to choose between his enviable lifestyle and doing the right thing in this masterful debut legal thriller.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Delight

  • By PETER WADE on 01-03-09

Outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 04-18-19

What an outstanding debut character! As good as Grisham. Gimenez does a masterful job of creating tension throughout the story and has plenty of other interesting characters.

  • Gray Day

  • My Undercover Mission to Expose America's First Cyber Spy
  • By: Eric O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Eric O'Neill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

A cybersecurity expert and former FBI "ghost" tells the thrilling story of how he helped take down notorious FBI mole Robert Hanssen, the first Russian cyber spy. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Real Spy Story

  • By Darren Sapp on 04-06-19

A Real Spy Story

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

Reviewed: 04-06-19

O'Neill has written a first-class memoir detailing his undercover mission to expose America's greatest traitor. Far from the Bond-like adventure we think of, the real work is gritty, sometimes boring, but also dangerous. It also has a tremendous impact on families. This is a spy story and a darn good one!

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  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,743

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

An Extraordinary Tale

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

Reviewed: 03-29-19

J.D. Vance didn't cure cancer, win a medal, or overcome a major trial, but he did do something quite extraordinary. He emerged from a life where must wallow in poverty to an Ivy League education and successful business person. This is how he did it.

  • Up from Slavery

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Booker T. Washington
  • Narrated by: Sean Murphy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 52

"Up from Slavery" is the 1901 autobiography of Booker T. Washington sharing his personal experience of having to work to rise up from the position of a slave child during the Civil War, to the difficulties and obstacles he overcame to get an education at the new Hampton Institute, to his work establishing the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama to help black people learn useful, marketable skills and work to pull themselves up by the bootstraps. He reflects on the generosity of both teachers and philanthropists who helped in educating blacks and Native Americans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This man was commitment, determination, salt...

  • By Rosa Lydick on 02-28-19

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 03-23-19

From slavery to educator. Poverty to self-sufficiency. Leader. The epitome of hard work. The founder of the Tuskegee Institute. Compelling orator. This memoir has it all. Wow! What a story.

  • Night of the Fox

  • A Dougal Munro/Jack Carter Novel, Book 1
  • By: Jack Higgins
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

In the fifth year of conflict, the master plan for the invasion of Hitler’s Channel stronghold is the Allies’ greatest secret. National security demands it doesn’t fall into enemy hands. So when Colonel Hugh Kelso is pulled from the sea off German-occupied Jersey in April 1944, a major crisis erupts. Because Kelso is still alive and knows the exact details of the imminent invasion, to ensure the success of their offensive, the Allies launch a suicidal mission to rescue the Colonel...or silence him forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Glad it was a Daily Deal rather than full priced

  • By Mark Hancock on 07-17-15

Great Setting

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

A solid thriller of SOE/Espionage WWII fiction. I love the setting of Jersey. Excellent narration.

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Abridged)

  • By: Maya Angelou
  • Narrated by: Maya Angelou
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

A phenomenal #1 bestseller that has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly three years, this memoir traces Maya Angelou's childhood in a small, rural community during the 1930s. Filled with images and recollections that point to the dignity and courage of black men and women, Angelou paints a sometimes disquieting, but always affecting picture of the people, and the times, that touched her life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Almost Gripping

  • By Elton on 12-17-05

Raw & Real

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

Even that much the material is raw and gritty, Angelou delivers the gold standard in memoir, storytelling, and writing.

  • The Guns of August

  • By: Barbara W. Tuchman
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,527

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of Kings and Kaisers and Czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed...and how horrible it became.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Mike From Mesa on 10-28-08

Great Work but Too Long

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

The writing is solid and this is an important work, but it's far too long for popular history. This is almost academic reading, and I was bored about a third of the way through. If you want the definitive history on the start of World War I, this is it. 3.5 stars.

  • Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds

  • The First Official Stranger Things Novel
  • By: Gwenda Bond
  • Narrated by: Kristen Sieh
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

It’s the summer of 1969, and the shock of conflict reverberates through the youth of America, both at home and abroad. As a student at a quiet college campus in the heartland of Indiana, Terry Ives couldn’t be farther from the front lines of Vietnam or the incendiary protests in Washington. But the world is changing, and Terry isn’t content to watch from the sidelines. When word gets around about an important government experiment in the small town of Hawkins, she signs on as a test subject for the project, code named MKULTRA. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Storyline, Poor Performance

  • By Kristen on 02-21-19

Requisite Backstory

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

Reviewed: 02-26-19

3.5 stars. I wanted more of that Eleven-interaction-with-friends type of action. The background story does the job but it's almost a big info dump. The writing is solid, and it's not like Eleven's mother could slay monsters in the Upside Down, so the author did a good job with what she had.