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  • Michael Gresham: The Law Partners

  • By: John Ellsworth
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Arrested for a murder you didn't commit? Michael Gresham is a criminal attorney who defends his clients with an iron will. They know that when he takes their case, they are probably going to leave the courthouse a free man or free woman. But what happens when the defender becomes the defendant himself? A law partner will have to step up and do for him what he can't do for himself. Isn't that how it should work? Watch up close as a tried and proven criminal defense lawyer is forced to face the most important case of his career.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Cliche Anti-Cop sentiment borrowed from headlines

  • By ScottG on 09-29-16

I liked this title

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

I enjoyed listening to the story of a unique character and his plights. Easy listening, good narrator, and decent story. Nice twists and turns, and a real human protagonist. Story developed, and plot good.

  • JavaScript

  • Beginner JavaScript Coding from the Ground Up (DIY JavaScript, Book 1)
  • By: Keith Dvorjak
  • Narrated by: Sean Posvistak
  • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32

Are you clueless about coding? Are you lost understanding computer languages? Are you intimidated by the learning curve? Don't be! JavaScript is one of the most common and powerful computer languages around. It is easy to use, easy to understand, and is the driving force behind some of the most popular websites around. Facebook uses it. Google uses it. Netflix uses it, and yes - even Amazon uses it. Would you like to learn how to use it? Take the first step to becoming code savvy with one of the most popular, useful computer languages on the market.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too fast and too much for beginners

  • By ddsharper on 07-03-18

Too fast and too much for beginners

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

I really want to learn JavaScript, and use online courses by The New Boston now to do so. I thought by listening I'd have some real pearls stick in my brain. I had to stop listening. It was way over my head, went to fast, and left too many terms undefined. In my opinion, this title is not for beginners- at least not this one. Learning is subjective, many times, so I am not dissing this book, but merely warning you to listen to the sample first.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • How to Write a Dynamite Scene Using the Snowflake Method

  • Advanced Fiction Writing, Book 2
  • By: Randy Ingermanson
  • Narrated by: James L. Rubart
  • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 34

This is a short book, with just one goal - to teach you the simple principles you can use right now to design a powerful scene before you write it. If you've already written your novel, you can use these same principles to make each scene better.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very helpful!

  • By ZanzibarGirl on 06-14-18

Not as simply laid out as his earlier books

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

Since the author's inspiration was Dwight Swain, I have followed him for many years. This book was good in many ways but complicated the simple MRU principles laid forth by Swain. Not my favorite, and I didn't retain anything from it. Ingermanson's snowflake method is great for geniuses, but for me, I could never get the hang of it. To each his own I guess. I like simple.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Shooting Gallery

  • Dewey Andreas, Book 7.5
  • By: Ben Coes
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345

The newly sworn in vice president of the United States has a problem. Her son, off in college, doesn't care for his security detail. So when spring break comes around, he slips away from his bodyguard, picks up his best friend, and heads to Mexico for an intended week of sun, sand, women, and hoped-for debauchery. But when he arrives at the airport, a team of well-armed kidnappers grab both him and his friend and escape. Now they're demanding that an exorbitant ransom be paid in only a few hours - and if it's not, both boys will be killed.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Over too soon!!! Leaves you wanting more!

  • By shelley on 06-17-18

It was okay but...

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

This title seems like a purely commercial venture, and more so than the other books put out by this author. No frills, emotions, or character development. Would rather have a longer book with more development, but it is what it is.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Special Circumstances

  • Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez Legal Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Sheldon Siegel
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,040
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036

Meet Mike Daley. Ex-priest. Ex-public defender. And as of yesterday, ex-partner in one of San Francisco's most prominent law firms. Today he's out on his own, setting up practice on the wrong side of town. Then his best friend and former colleague is charged with a brutal double murder, and Daley is instantly catapulted into a high-profile investigation involving the prestigious law firm that just booted him. As he prepares his case, Daley uncovers the firm's dirtiest secrets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just a Really Good Listen

  • By Ted on 06-25-17

I liked the book as it went on

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

A little slow at the beginning, but he was developing characters and explaining the mechanics of legal practice. Comfortable listen, though at times I got impatient. Great ending. Cannot complain about the narrator, who did a great job bringing the book to life. Siegel has a unique style that, once you're used to it, offers a fresh look at writing fiction.

  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31,317
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,983
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28,872

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

Stereotypic and boring

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

Reviewed: 07-28-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I felt the author's prose was amazing when I first started listening, however, as I got into the meat of the book I found the bossy black female, the ex-drug dealing father, the mother who told him how things should be, usurping his authority, and a revealed secret boyfriend, who was a white boy, to the chagrin of the father, sticking his tongue down his black teenage girlfriend's mouth JUST after dad found out his daughter was a dishonest girl. All this while the know-it-all mother is blessing out dad in the back yard. I had to stop listening because the whole story line was affecting me throughout the day- causing anger and despair.

Would you ever listen to anything by Angie Thomas again?

Nope.

Which scene was your favorite?

None.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Sadness at the lack of perspicuity of this millennial generation. I thought this was going to be a good treatise on what happens when a cop murders an unarmed black child, but instead the female "heroine" is whoring around with a white boy behind her father's back. Who needs racists when black authors stereotype black characters. Trust- this is unrealistic and a distortion of black people and their family lives.

Any additional comments?

Very disappointed that people just don't get it. Too shallow.

  • Power Down

  • Dewey Andreas, Book 1
  • By: Ben Coes
  • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,013

There was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana oil platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW.COULD NOT PUT THIS ONE DOWN. MUST READ!

  • By Constance on 11-09-10

I really liked this book.

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

Reviewed: 07-28-17

Would you listen to Power Down again? Why?

Even though some parts were drawn out and boring, I understood they were there to give background information about the backdrop and story world. Besides that, Coe's prose are amazing and his ability to describe action is a rare find. Thought about the characters as if they were real, and this throughout the day. Life is getting so bizarre that I don't find this confusion abnormal. I highly recommend this book and author, and am looking forward to the adventures of the hero, Dewey. sp?

What was one of the most memorable moments of Power Down?

Too many to count.

Which character – as performed by Peter Hermann – was your favorite?

I don't know.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No.

Any additional comments?

I hate the compartmentalization of these reviews. I said my piece in the first box.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 109,200
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 101,152
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 100,669

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • On and On and On and On

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-15-17

The best nonfiction book I've ever read.

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

Reviewed: 11-21-16

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

Definitely would recommend this book to everyone I know, and even those I don't. The authenticity of the story is amazing, and his ability to tell a story as excellent as is his comedy.

What did you like best about this story?

The lead up to and the actual ending itself. The story is incredible. Trevor Noah is proof that there is a God, because of how he came into the world and who God gave him to shape his view of the world.

Which character – as performed by Trevor Noah – was your favorite?

Trevor himself.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Cry and laugh.

Any additional comments?

I cannot recommend a book more highly than I recommend this one.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Wrong Side of Goodbye

  • Harry Bosch, Book 19
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,071

Harry Bosch is California's newest private investigator. He doesn't advertise, he doesn't have an office, and he's picky about who he works for, but it doesn't matter. His chops from 30 years with the LAPD speak for themselves. Soon one of Southern California's biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire has less than six months to live and a lifetime of regrets. He hires Bosch to find out whether he has an heir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Connelly Delivers Everytime

  • By Charles Atkinson on 07-19-17

Good plot- good listen

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

Reviewed: 11-18-16

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

I liked the book, and its tempo. Lots of characters to remember, in my opinion, and a subdued Bosch, but a solid story and nice listen.

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

The plot was intriguing enough, but not like the earlier books by a different Connelly. Hard to see him as a non-cop.

  • Small Great Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,516
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,584

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than 20 years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders, or does she intervene?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must Read

  • By Sabrina on 11-01-16

Great writer- Good story.

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

Reviewed: 11-18-16

Where does Small Great Things rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is a good book but since it deals with race, I found some scenes unrealistic as a minority. However, the author did a great job from her point of view, or from an empathetic white american's view.

Who was your favorite character and why?

No favorite characters.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Excellent performance.

Who was the most memorable character of Small Great Things and why?

The lawyer who did her best to save her client and learn from the experience to boot.