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  • Jessie Black Legal Thriller Series, Book 1
  • By: Larry A. Winters
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

Jessie Black's successful prosecution of a serial murderer and rapist put her on the path to stardom at the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Public defender Jack Ackerman represented the opposition, and his spectacular public breakdown after the trial put him in a mental institution and gave Frank Ramsey a second chance at freedom. When Ramsey petitions the court for a new trial with a claim that Ackerman was ineffective, Black must step up to defend him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT Court Room/Legal Thriller

  • By shelley on 07-05-17

Bad Narrator Ruined It For Me

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

The story is good enough. But the narrator speaks in a low monotone and mumbled lines which made the story hard to follow in places.

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  • Down a Dark Road

  • A Kate Burkholder Novel
  • By: Linda Castillo
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357

Two years ago Joseph King was convicted of murdering his wife and sentenced to life in prison. He was a "fallen" Amish man and, according to local law enforcement, a known drug user with a violent temper. Now King has escaped, and he’s headed for Painters Mill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Installment To The Series

  • By Lia on 10-12-18

Good But Not The Best

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

Reviewed: 08-28-17

Any additional comments?

I've listened to all of the books in this series and I think fans will mostly enjoy this offering, That said, I didn't think this story was as strong as the others, and was a tad short. Unfortunately, Castillo has started to pepper these novels with the F-word, which is fast becoming the most over-used word on the planet. I'm no prude, just tired of hearing every man/woman/child repeatedly say it in every show/movie/book. So, I've come to prefer offerings where characters can express themselves without frequent retreat to vulgarity which, sadly, no longer includes these novels.

  • The Boy on the Bridge

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,532

Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy. The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world. To where the monsters lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Bridge Worth Crossing

  • By John on 05-23-17

Good Second Book

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

Reviewed: 05-14-17

Any additional comments?

This is a follow on book to The Girl With All The Gifts and is an enjoyable read for fans of that book. Though a prequel, I recommend that newcomers still read The Girl With All The Gifts first. The characters in The Girl are more compelling, and it provides more detail on how the apocalypse came to be. Having these tools prepares readers to better enjoy The Boy On The Bridge. Also, there is a very satisfying twist at the end of the Boy On The Bridge that is totally lost if you haven’t read the Girl With All The Gifts. As a standalone work, The Boy On The Bridge is quite average but, viewed through the lens of the Girl With All The Gifts, it is also a compelling read.

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  • Night Watch

  • Alexandra Cooper, Book 14
  • By: Linda Fairstein
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 182

Forty-eight hours after Alexandra Cooper arrives in France to visit her boyfriend, the famed restaurateur Luc Rouget, her vacation in paradise is cut short when a young woman from the village is found murdered. The only evidence discovered on the body is one of Luc’s matchboxes promoting his new restaurant in New York. But before the investigation begins, Alex is summoned back to New York to handle a high profile case. Mohammed Gil-Darsin, the distinguished and wealthy Head of the World Economic Bureau, has been arrested and accused of attacking a maid in his hotel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth a credit!

  • By Jenny on 08-06-12

Weakest of the Series

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

Reviewed: 04-29-17

Any additional comments?

I've done all the Coop books on audio and enjoyed them. I thought Night Watch was fair at best, and the weakest of the series. Lots of tedious detail and dialog and not much story. I don't think the older sounding Ms. Rosenblat has ever been a good choice for the younger characters of this series, but I adjusted. In this one, however, her attempt at a French accent made some of the dialog difficult to understand.

  • Don't Ever Look Back

  • Buck Schatz, Book 2
  • By: Daniel Friedman
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Unforgettable protagonist BuckSchatz is back, and once again this 88-year-old retired Memphis cop refuses to go gently into that good night. Having sustained injuries in Don't Ever Get Old, Buck is living at a retirement home with his wife, and he's downright miserable being treated like the elderly person he is. But soon, Elijah, a man from his past, pays Buck a visit. Elijah offers Buck a tidy sum to do him a favor, and Buck is eager to close the book on a series of robberies that he could never solve. But things soon go downhill - way downhill.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing Second Book

  • By Danny S. on 04-27-17

Disappointing Second Book

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the first book as the author hit the sweet spot for Buck making him ornery yet humorous and endearing. In this book, however, I thought Buck came across as simply mean, bordering on sadistic. Thus, the lines intended to be humorous fell flat, and the plentiful swearing came across as vulgar rather than funny. The book also involved an alternating timeline that made the story harder to follow. Finally, the book employs numerous derogatory comments about minorities that, while in context for the time and place depicted, can be offensive to the modern ear, decreasing enjoyment of the narrative.

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  • Partner in Crime

  • Joanna Brady, Book 10
  • By: J. A. Jance, Stephanie Brush
  • Narrated by: Gene Engene
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

An up-and-coming African American artist has been murdered on Sheriff Joanna Brady’s turf in Cochise County, Arizona. Unfortunately the victim happens to be in the Washington State Attorney General’s Witness Protection Program. As the most recent hire in AG’s Special Homicide Investigation Team, J.P. Beaumont gets the call. He reluctantly heads to Bisbee, Arizona where he tangles not only with Joanna Brady and a contract killer but with some of his own personal demons as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Partner in Crime

  • By Jacquelyn on 10-26-15

Bad Narration Choice

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

Reviewed: 10-28-16

Any additional comments?

I've listened to all of the Brady books up to this issue and enjoyed the stories and the narrator. For this book, the producer attempted a dual male/female narration that didn't work. The switch between narrators was distracting and made the story hard to follow. And, while the male narrator may be a good Beaumont in those books, he was not a good choice for the characters in the Brady book. If you can, read this one and skip the audible version.