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  • The Litigators

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,116
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,071

The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Grisham, entertaining

  • By Jbug on 10-29-11

not at all what I expected from Grisham

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

Reviewed: 12-26-11

What would have made The Litigators better?

SOME kind of drama in the story would have helped - there was absolutely none.

Would you ever listen to anything by John Grisham again?

Not if they're anything like this one.

What three words best describe Dennis Boutsikaris’s performance?

Probably a great narrator for a different kind of book, but I think he may have contributed to a lack of gravity in this book. I sure do miss Frank Muller!

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Litigators?

Nothing stood out as particularly bad, there just wasn't anything that was particularly good.

Any additional comments?

I recall really enjoying Grisham's previous works immensely. They always managed to get me emotionally involved - emotionally wrapped up in what happened to a particular character.Part of the way through this story, I realized something was really missing. There was just no emotional involvement. I could've put the book away at any point and never really wondered what the outcome would be. Sure, it's a vaguely interesting legal story as some reviewers have mentioned, but certainly no more so than a mediocre TV episode of something like Law & Order.

  • On the Grind

  • Shane Scully
  • By: Stephen J. Cannell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 188

Charged with misconduct in a high-profile solicitation of murder case, Scully is forced to resign from the LAPD or face criminal prosecution. His wife Alexa leaves him, seeking a divorce for his alleged dalliance with the accused in the case, a well-known Hollywood actress. His son, Chooch, horrified by these events, won't speak to him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun read...

  • By Traci A. Hannah on 02-22-09

great series

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

Reviewed: 12-12-11

Would you listen to On the Grind again? Why?

If I had it to do over again, I certainly would listen to this one again. Cannell always leaves you guessing as to what might happen to Scully, and this book goes even further than usual.

What other book might you compare On the Grind to and why?

I enjoy many of the mysteries and thrillers. Of course, there are vague parallels between Cannells' Scully, Connelly's Harry Bosch and DeMille's John Corey, but all are interesting to get to know.

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

Scott Brick is consistently high caliber with his narrations, and this is no exception. It's just great how he's able to handle many different voices and accents.

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

I don't ever get a chance to listen to a book all the way through, but this was one of the better ones for making me want to get back to it.

  • The Eight

  • A Novel
  • By: Katherine Neville
  • Narrated by: Susan Denaker
  • Length: 25 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425

New York City, 1972: A dabbler in mathematics and chess, Catherine Velis is also a computer expert for a Big Eight accounting firm. Before heading off to a new assignment in Algeria, Cat has her palm read by a fortune-teller. The woman warns Cat of danger. Then an antiques dealer approaches Cat with a mysterious offer: He has an anonymous client who is trying to collect the pieces of an ancient chess service, purported to be in Algeria. If Cat can bring the pieces back, there will be a generous reward.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Plot-Driven Novel I've Ever Read

  • By Tango on 09-08-13

impressive on every level

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-07

This book has been a blast! There is mystical intrigue, historical perspective, scientific application and modern day issues all combined in an entertaining, coherent story. Even after 20+ hours, I was sad to see it end.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Recalled to Life

  • Dalziel and Pascoe Series, Book 13
  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Brian Glover
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

1963. It was the year of the Profumo Scandal, the Great Train Robbery, the Kennedy Assassination...and the Mickledore Hall Murder. The guests at the hall that weekend had included a Tory minister, a CIA officer specializing in dirty tricks, a British diplomat with royal connections, and Cissy Kohler, a young American nanny who had come to England for love. And love kept her in England for nearly 30 years. In jail. For murder.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • not as good as others

  • By Lars on 03-18-08

difficult to listen to

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-07

I can't think of any other audiobook I've not been able to get through eventually, but I've started this one 3 times now and am not able to understand enough of the narration to get any idea of what's going on. Make sure to listen to the sample before you buy it!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Dark Prince
    Dark Series, Book 1
    
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        Juanita Parker
    
    


    
    Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
    1,071 ratings
    Overall 3.7
  • Dark Prince

  • Dark Series, Book 1
  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Juanita Parker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,071
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 399

Mikhail Dubrinsky is the prince of his people, the Carpathians. But they are dying out, falling prey to vampires or are choosing the soulless life. Mikhail is no longer sure he can bear the bleak future laid before him. The only thing that can add light to his life, can relieve his terrible loneliness, is to find a life mate. But he has given up believing one exists. He vents his centuries-old despair in an anguished cry that fills the waning night. And then, incredibly, a life-saving voice answers him.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A complete waste of time!

  • By Maria Anna Calle on 12-17-09

a romance story, all right

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-07

The last reviewer was dead on about this being a romance series. In the publisher's review, I took this as a great sounding science fiction/fantasy story. If you take out the lovemaking and related action, there's very little. The remainder is compelling, certainly, but very little.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Shantaram
    
    
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        Gregory David Roberts
    
    


    
    
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        Humphrey Bower
    
    


    
    Length: 42 hrs and 59 mins
    3,679 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • Shantaram

  • By: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 42 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,016

This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do Not Miss This

  • By Jamie on 06-19-06

incredible

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-07

I've never had a book get me so thoroughly engrossed, and it has stuck in my mind for weeks now after finishing it. The story is just incredible, with amazing depth of feeling and insight. And the narration is just amazining - every character came alive in entirely individual ways.

I've had a lot of audiobooks I've enjoyed, but none that have made this kind of mark. I just can't say enough about it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Silent Witness

  • By: Richard North Patterson
  • Narrated by: T.J. Edwards
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 164

When seventeen-year-old Tony Lord was accused of the murder of Alison Taylor, his friends turned against him. Now he is a San Francisco lawyer dedicated to the defense of his clients, but his new client is one of those fair-weather friends...and he is suspected of murdering of a female student. Tony must confront not only the fear that his friend is a murderer, but the buried truths that underlie Alison's death so long ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Caught me by surprise....

  • By Linda on 02-01-03

not too gripping

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-06

I thought there would need to be some kind of twist at the end of the story, especially since there were no surprises along the way. However, the only twist was one that I'd suspected all along, but just didn't have quite enough information to confirm. The story was written all right, just not as gripping as some. But with the dramatic reviews, I was expecting much more.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Life of Pi
    
    
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        Yann Martel
    
    


    
    
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        Jeff Woodman
    
    


    
    Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
    15,240 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • Life of Pi

  • By: Yann Martel
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,003
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,069

Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audio of the year for me

  • By Theresa Ann McIntyre on 06-04-03

Bob

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-05

I usually go for the more "exciting" books, but thought I'd try this one. Even after buying it, it took a few months to get around to listening to it. But I have to say it was the most engaging book I've read or listened to in a long time, maybe ever. And the story was performed perfectly by the narrator. I like everything about it!

  • Prey

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,013
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,033

In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles (micro-robots) has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive. It has been programmed as a predator. It is evolving swiftly, becoming more deadly with each passing hour. Every attempt to destroy it has failed. And we are the prey.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts slow but picks up lots of momentum

  • By Michael Kellogg on 05-06-05

intriguing premise, but difficult to tolerate

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-17-04

If you could overlook just how ignorant the main character was of anyone else's intentions, it was an intriguing book. The guy was a real dope. And it was a shame that most of the questions that came up during the story were only answered in the summary at the end, rather than truly being part of the story - like Crichton got tired of writing and just wanted to quickly tie up the loose ends in one paragraph. Where "Timeline" was one of the most thoroughly memorable books I've ever been through, this one will be notable only with respect to it's unfulfilled potential.

80 of 85 people found this review helpful

  • Lost Boys

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 373

Step Fletcher, his pregnant wife DeAnne, and their three children move to Steuben, North Carolina, with high hopes. But Step's new job with a software company turns out to be a snake pit, and 8-year-old Stevie's school is worse. As Stevie retreats into himself, focusing more and more on a mysterious computer game and a growing troop of imaginary friends, the Fletchers' concern turns to terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A knockout

  • By Dave on 01-03-06

what a letdown

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-04

It's interesting to see previous reviews - people have either really liked it or hated it. Other than maybe the last 15 minutes, I'm baffled as to how anyone could have truly enjoyed this book - I stuck it out only because of the promise of some kind of excitement. The first 3/4 of this book is spent on this family's (boring) daily activity - no hint of anything even being amiss. And when the "suspense" hits, it lasts for about 10 minutes. If you're looking for a book describing the daily activities of a Mormon family, this is the book for you.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful