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  • Camino Island

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,305
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,276

Priceless F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts stolen in a daring heist; a young woman recruited to recover them, and a beach-resort bookseller who gets more than he bargained for - all in one long summer on Camino Island.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham wrote this?

  • By Dan on 06-13-17

Grisham has forgotten what got him here!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

Has Grisham forgotten to write? I'm not sure but I'm convinced he's forgotten how to end a novel. This is sophomoric. Pabulum for the young. The days of an automatic download are gone. Time to step it up my friend.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance

  • A Jack Ryan Novel, Book 17
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,391
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,869
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,845

It begins with a family dinner in Princeton, New Jersey. After months at sea, US Navy Commander Scott Hagan, captain of the USS James Greer, is on leave when he is attacked by an armed man in a crowded restaurant. Hagan is shot, but he manages to fight off the attacker. Though severely wounded, the gunman reveals he is a Russian whose brother was killed when his submarine was destroyed by Commander Hagan's ship. Hagan demands to know how the would-be assassin knew his exact location, but the man dies before he says more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Faith In The Series - Cyber Terrorism & Islamic State

  • By Derek on 12-07-16

Never Expected This Plot

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

Reviewed: 12-29-16

Spellbinding...Scary...Shocking describe "True Faith and Allegiance. Mark Greaney has broken the typical Terrorist plot/subplots that we are accustom hearing. As awesome as this novel is, I can't imagine this happening but yes, I can imagine happening someday ..... I pray it never comes true. You need to listen to this book! Tom Clancy RIP, Mark has your back.

  • No Man's Land: John Puller, Book 4

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,363

John Puller's mother disappeared nearly 30 years ago. Despite an intensive search and investigation, she was never seen again. But new allegations have come to light suggesting that Puller's father - now suffering from dementia and living in a VA hospital - may have murdered his wife. Puller is officially barred from working on the case and faces a potential court-martial if he disobeys the order, but he knows he can't sit this investigation out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Uncle Sam likes his deniability...

  • By shelley on 11-16-16

Nepotism

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

The Puller Series is pretty week. First the brother and Father now the Mother and Father, nepotism personified. The plot is too far fetched, SciFi meets Thrillers.

Baldacci is great but I prefer he go back to what makes him an outstanding story teller.

  • The Whistler

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,024
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,600
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,525

Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. She is a lawyer, not a cop, and it is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption. But a corruption case eventually crosses her desk. A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business with a new identity. He now goes by the name Greg Myers, and he claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen more money than all other crooked judges combined.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's John Grisham, right?

  • By Elle on 10-30-16

Grisham can't finish!

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

This was a great story, the concept was outstanding. Alas, like most of his recent books the end disappointed. It's a constant theme throughout his recent tales, great story, great characters, great everything but a typical listless ending. I almost didn't purchase this book because of Campbell but she's improved her delivery which is to her credit.

  • 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 5,359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,892

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

Myron and Win are back!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

Its been a too long since Coben gave us a good old Bolitar Novel. I loved it and can't wait until they ride again. He kept me in suspense to the end. The epilogue was wonderful. Myron and Win may not be PC but I don't care.......I want more!

  • Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Ascendancy

  • By: Eric Van Lustbader
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 247

In this thrilling and absorbing new novel Jason Bourne is faced with an impossible mission. He has been hired to impersonate a high-level government minister at a political summit meeting in Qatar, shielding the minister from any assassination attempts. Suddenly, armed gunmen storm the room, killing everyone but Bourne. Their target, however, isn't the minister Bourne impersonates...it is Bourne himself.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I can't believe how lame this book comes off.

  • By Jim on 06-22-14

Holter Graham must be replaced!

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

Reviewed: 07-09-16

I loved this Bourne Novel. The characters and the story were weaved in a wonderful series of progressive plots that intertwined. The narrator is terrible.He needs to be placed as Bourne's next target. Perhaps in an environment that is conducive to headphones at home he may be able to be understood. In the car many of his lines were incoherent. I see he's narrating the next Bourne book, yuck. Eric there are too many narrators out there to subject your fans to Graham's undistinguished voice.

  • Back Blast

  • A Gray Man Novel
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,153
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,282

From the number-one New York Times best-selling coauthor of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels comes an all-new explosive thriller featuring the lethal assassin known as the Gray Man.... Court Gentry was the CIA's best agent. Until the day the agency turned against him and put out a kill-on-sight order. That's when the enigmatic international assassin called the Gray Man was born - and Court has been working for himself ever since.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forget about Jason Bourne, The Gray Man is here

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 02-26-16

The Consummate Gray Man.

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

Sitting in my driveway listening to the last hour and a half of this novel was crazy. This is a great novel. It finally gets into the characters. It solves the problem that followed Gray for the first four books. The action was fresh, the wounds different and escapes beyond belief. Mark Greaney is more like Houdini, David Copperfield, Ian Flemimg and Robert Ludlum but with more Panache'. Mission Impossible has nothing on our hero. Greaney's attention to detail and background information never slows the book down. Alas Gray has to continue to be the "bad" guy and hunted all over the world. Tune in next time and see how our hero gets out of this impossible predicament!

  • Ballistic

  • A Gray Man Novel
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,150

Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust - and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried. Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comparable to the first in this series

  • By Ed on 10-30-17

Oh No the Roller Coaster's off the Track

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

Reviewed: 03-15-16

When I was a kid when we went to the Movies and there was always a Cartoon and a short action story. It was full of a action and peril for the hero and his girl. It always ended with the hero in a predicament that looked hopeless,the tease was come back next week to see if our hero survives. Of course he does! He makes an escape to save the day. That's the Gray Man. We know he's going to survive and wait to hear how and we cheer when its happening.

Book 3 gives a little more insight into the Character but not enough. Ok he's a kick ass guy impossible to kill. I can accept it but I want to know more backstory. Any story, I want to like this guy not only because he has more lives than " Will E Coyote" but because he's a real guy. He saves the heroine again and she lets him off the hook (and what a hook it is). It just isn't enough. We know about James Bond, Indiana Jones and many more action hero's. Give me some meaty juicy stuff about the Gray even if its fictional. Ha!
I'm hooked I've started book three and I doubt there's much more space on his body for wounds.

Jay Snyder is impressive, he's become the engine that drives this Series, he never gets in the way of the this runaway express and he's cool during the ride.

  • Rogue Lawyer

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,942
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,924

On the right side of the law. Sort of. Sebastian Rudd is not your typical street lawyer. He works out of a customized bulletproof van, complete with Wi-Fi, a bar, a small fridge, fine leather chairs, a hidden gun compartment, and a heavily armed driver. He has no firm, no partners, no associates, and only one employee: his driver, who's also his bodyguard, law clerk, confidant, and golf caddy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not the John Grisham I know

  • By William Moritz on 11-01-15

A Lawyer in a vehicle and problems with the Ex????

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

Reviewed: 02-23-16

Grisham wrote a series of short stories and tried to blend them together then sent them to his Publisher. Lately he's disappointed me many times he's forgotten how to end a novel.
You can't just end a novel!. This one had potential but it appeared to be written by a ghost. Either a ghost writer or the ghosts of his past. Worse he used someone else story line which should below him. Connelly has a lawyer in a vehicle for years. You get no points for originality. I waited to get this book as I was apprehensive that he'd do it again. He did!

The Narrator was good, I liked his style cadence and attempts to distinguish between characters.

John if you've lost your zest for writing join the Patterson/King program of giving authors the chance to write with or under you. Interesting is nice but suspense and mystery are much better if you anticipate what's coming are kept waiting for what's to come and are excited no matter where it takes you. I know you can do better. This one was Teed up and now you are walking on the fairway not worrying where you hit the ball.

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,813

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, good narrator, not so great production

  • By j phillips on 08-08-17

Quite a story.........with an unfulfilled end!

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

Reviewed: 08-26-15

Reading many reviews, the major topic missing was how the Author brilliantly weaved the story that brought Marie_Lore and Warner together. This perfect link should have solidified the story, the fact it didn't disappointed me. We needed a crescendo rather than an echo. The author crashed and burned and went through the motions until the end.

The narrator didn't get in the way, the editor failed to have adequate pauses many times requiring the listener to go back to understand the transition. The prosaic and often poetic writing is commendable to most. Those who love this novel, love it for the wordsmith and tenor as much as for the story.

I loved the characters when they were happy, sad, afraid and lost. I liked but didn't love this novel. I'll never forget the Marie-Lore or Warner an the others, they gave me the essence of what WWII did to the innocents during this time.