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  • Zappa's Mam's a Slapper

  • By: John Lynch
  • Narrated by: John Lynch
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Having a harlot for a mother doesn't make life easy and nor does going to jail at 14, but when he is reunited with his childhood sweetheart, peace enters Billy's heart. Then fate deals a wrecking blow. The book shows Billy through his own eyes and words as he learns to forgive, let go of the bad things in life, accept with grace the good things and finally reach out to others. It's a coming-of-age book that begins in tragedy and ends in hope. A story of love, loss, and one young man's refusal to accept what life offers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary-among my best picks.

  • By C Puccia on 03-31-19

Extraordinary-among my best picks.

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

Reviewed: 03-31-19

A compelling story with an authenticity that jumps out. The haunting story of Zapper (Billy McErlane) comes from the rough side of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, an area known as Biker. He's sees the inside of prison as a juvenile. His intelligence and creativity save him. His life's not a cakewalk. The classic underdog that never gets the fair break he deserves. Heart wrenching at times.What I find is the author's narration is perfect. I've only heard a few authors do justice to their books and this ranks among the best. The voice, the intonation, and the understated emotion make this audiobook a treasure.

  • Brett Gets Hammered

  • Brett Cornell Mysteries, Book 6
  • By: David D'Aguanno
  • Narrated by: Travis Henry Carter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

The beautiful and alluring Tammy Rankin and her brother Andy were positively grief-stricken when their well-to-do father died of a fatal heart attack. In fact, their grief was intensified when they realized that their young stepmother stood to inherit his vast fortune; that is, unless they could somehow suggest foul play and pin a murder rap on the woman. They obviously needed to enlist the services of someone who was totally devoid of any amount of scruples whatsoever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brett you unscrupulous momzer !

  • By cosmitron on 05-09-18

Poor Brett

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

“Brett Gets Hammered” is book 6 in the series and the second I’ve read; I started with the last, book 9, “Don’t Mess with Brett.” There is no need to read the books in order as the author provides enough background to either fill the gaps or allows the reader to infer Brett’s history. I enjoyed the humor in both and take Brett’s masochism intentional—using the extreme to eradicate masochism and sexism. A case of overkill reveals that equality is better than inequality. But a reader needs a sense of humor to grasp this point.

In book 6 Brett gets his comeuppance, proving another rule: there is always someone bigger, smarter, faster, and cleverer than the person who thinks they are top of the heap. And with Brett’s vulnerability I found myself at times sympathetic to him, unlike in book 9. Both books made me smile, with a few out loud chuckles—can’t ask for more than this.

For me Brett is an immersion into absurdity to escape from today’s actual absurd world. “Brett Gets Hammered” is a great audiobook companion to pass the time while in traffic or on crowded public transport or a long flight and away from the 24/7 news cycle. I enjoyed every moment in Brett’s world.

  • Don't Mess with Brett

  • By: David D. D'Aguanno
  • Narrated by: Travis Henry Carter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

The life of an unscrupulous bastard can sometimes be fraught with difficulties. First, there was the sweet young thing who claimed he'd impregnated her. (Know what a condom is, Brett?) Then there was the desperate young man who wanted to take him to court. (One of the risks you run when you insist upon being so unscrupulous.) How about the guy who showed up at his apartment and threatened him at gunpoint? (Punching him out at that party might not have been such a good idea.)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another rendezvous with the love machine

  • By cosmitron on 08-31-18

The Don Juan of The Cro-Magnons

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

This may be book nine but my first encounter with Brett Cornell and the D’Aguanno’s mystery series. I was unprepared. I anticipated a mix of hard-boiled and pulp but not the male super stud cross of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum and Robert Parker’s Spencer. I hear in Brett (via narrator Travis Carter) the Rhode Island mongrel tones of Boston with New York.

Getting use to Brett Cornell’s brag and swag took time. It seemed like I was watching a twenty-car pile-up and I couldn’t help myself from looking. I suppose it’s the reason people go to a NASCAR Race or WWF wrestling match—the fun is in the mayhem. Forget grammar, forget the mystery formula, forget a brain. The book rollicks sleaze that is beautiful narrated by Travis Carter—why isn’t he famous or on Saturday Night Live?

I wanted to hate the unscrupulous Brett; I wanted to hate the book. But I can’t. It’s too good to not enjoy. I eat chocolate cake. I don’t want to and I know it’s bad, yet I enjoy every bite. I believe Brett Cornell the best recruiter for the PC movement and #metoo. Compared to Brett’s exploits, Casanova’s are kindergarten projects.

  • The Deal of a Lifetime

  • A Novella
  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474

It all begins with a father telling a story to his son on Christmas Eve. But this isn't your typical Christmas story. The father admits to his son that he's taken a life but he won't say whose - not yet. One week earlier, in a hospital late at night, the man met a five-year-old girl with cancer. She's a smart kid - smart enough to know that she won't beat cancer by drawing with crayons all day, but it seems to make the adults happy, so she keeps doing it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Novellas Are Horrible!!!!!

  • By 3xcharm on 12-28-17

What Would You Do?

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

Inventive and unexpected ending. Backman doesn't do sentiment in a milk-it-for-all you can. He lets it drip out, slow until the end when the jaw drops. Sacrifice and unselfish act means no recognition, no final plaque or gold star. A story that will stay with me a long time. Excellent writing and perfect narration.

  • Lucy

  • An Open-Door Policy Novella
  • By: Anna Ambrose
  • Narrated by: JD Elcie
  • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

When 19-year-old Lucy Whitman's best guy friend of 10 years admits he’s part of a community with an “open-door policy” on sex, Lucy is intrigued. She’s always wanted Rylan with a fierceness bordering on obsession. Getting him to agree to take her may be her only shot at having him in her bed, but Rylan’s reluctant agreement comes with three stipulations. One: She can’t tell anyone. Two: She’ll have to be okay with him being her main partner, even if it’s completely weird for them both. Three: She has to do anything he tells her to - no questions asked.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Soooo hot n sexy!

  • By Momo on 09-14-18

Love Conquers Sex

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

Lucy and Rylan get to know each other and themselves. Lucy’s motive may be academic but she learns more than she imagines—but worth the effort. I grinned from Chapters 3 to the end. A novella that’s fun with sex galore.

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  • Sunset Park

  • By: Santino Hassell
  • Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

Raymond has to get his act together and find a place of his own. But when out-and-proud David Butler offers to be his roommate, Raymond agrees for reasons other than needing a place to crash. David is Raymond's opposite in almost every way - he's Connecticut prim and proper while Raymond is a sarcastic longshoreman from Queens - but their friendship is solid. Their closeness surprises everyone as does their not-so-playful flirtation, since Raymond has always kept his bi-curious side a secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superlative Narration!

  • By Belen on 07-04-16

Nothing Subtle

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

This is the second book in Hassell’s “Five Boroughs” series. I loved the first, “Sunset Park,” and this is just as good. “Sutphin Boulevard.” You don't need to read the first but the link to Michael and Nunzio from the first come into this in secondary roles even though important. The story derives from two blue-collar boys admitting a longtime love for each other and looks into the issues of class and ethnicity through sexuality. Best new writer of this genre in decades. Michael Ferraiuoli's narration is spot on. A must listen audiobook!

  • A Fine Line

  • Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 5
  • By: Gianrico Carofiglio
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

This suspenseful legal thriller tells the story of Judge Larocca, who, to quote The Brothers Karamazov, 'lies to himself and listens to his own lies, so gets to the point where he can no longer distinguish the truth'. A man always looking to justify his evil and corrupt behaviour, he is perhaps an apposite metaphor for Italy itself. When he becomes the subject of corruption allegations, fellow judge Guerrieri goes against his better instincts and takes the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hardly a mystery, yet outstanding!

  • By MidwestGeek on 02-02-17

Cappuccino on steroid

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

If you don't know Carofiglio, then find out. He is a terrific Italian mystery/thriller writer. His Judge Guerrieri teaches us everything we need to know and more about the Italian legal system. But that's not the point which is the storyline is gripping, has twists, and characters that will melt your gelato. Loved it as all of Carofiglio's books.

  • The Guardian of Mercy

  • How an Extraordinary Painting by Caravaggio Changed an Ordinary Life Today
  • By: Terence Ward
  • Narrated by: Fred Stella
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Now celebrated as one of the great painters of the Renaissance, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio fled Rome in 1606 to escape retribution for killing a man in a brawl. Three years later he was in Naples, where he painted The Seven Acts of Mercy. A year later he died at the age of thirty-eight under mysterious circumstances. Exploring Caravaggio's singular masterwork, in The Guardian of Mercy Terence Ward offers an incredible narrative journey into the heart of his artistry and his metamorphosis from fugitive to visionary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Generous Dose of Mercy

  • By JWatts on 11-14-17

Fusion History -Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

We learn about Caravaggio through the painting's guardian, Angelo in a small Naples church. We find out about the seven mercies that influenced Caravaggio’s life. But also about Naples’s social layers, from the lowest ranks of poverty to lofty gilded aristocratic circles. And we come to love Angelo. A great listen, an excellent story told with the craft of an experienced writer, producer, UN observer, Vatican consultant, and well just about anything you can imagine. Loved this and quote the story often.

  • Justice Lost

  • By: Scott Pratt
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485

Darren Street faces the most personal and ruthless vendetta of his life. After forfeiting years serving time for a false murder conviction, former criminal defense attorney Darren Street finally got his freedom back and is trying to build a regular life. But when an unthinkable tragedy shatters his hard-earned normalcy, Street is left reeling from the devastating blow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The eleventh Scott Pratt legal thriller!

  • By Wayne on 02-13-18

Dark Knight with a Brief

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

Look no further than the character Darren Street to find a protagonist that is tormented, colorful, and confused by a justice system he should know in and out. He applies his own branch of vigilante justice, or some might say revenge. Scott Pratt is a master storyteller and Cronin's narration works wonders.

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  • Dirty Kiss, Book 1

  • By: Rhys Ford
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540

Cole Kenjiro McGinnis, ex-cop and PI, is trying to get over the shooting death of his lover when a supposedly routine investigation lands in his lap. Investigating the apparent suicide of a prominent Korean businessman's son proves to be anything but ordinary, especially when it introduces Cole to the dead man's handsome cousin, Kim Jae-Min.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost better than the book!!! And I love the book

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-21-14

Well Woven Plot

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

Ex-cop and PI, McGinnis is dragged into a routine investigation of an apparent suicide of a Korean businessman's son. Not, of course, but the the way is works in a complex story kept me going. Also, I loved the introduction of the the dead man's handsome cousin, Kim Jae-Min and then his dirty little secret--I think you know what I mean. And also trouble for McGinnis. As always, Greg Tremblay gives a great performance in his narration--what a talent!