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  • The Affair

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,748
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,742

Everything starts somewhere. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover - to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control. Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justice - and an appetite for secrets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than previous Reacher adventures

  • By Susan on 09-30-11

fills in gaps but many unbelievable items

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

the book fills in many history gaps for Reacher but there are parts very unbelievable.

not to give anything away but the encounter in the woods for Reacher and the ending - meh

If you enjoyed reacher and need some gaps filled in then this book is for you.

  • The Last Mile

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,442

Following Memory Man, number-one NYT best-selling author David Baldacci returns with his next thriller featuring detective Amos Decker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Baldacci winner

  • By Dawn on 04-21-16

excellent crime novel

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

Decker's character continues to develop along with the other characters.

The story takes multi twists and turns and although Deckers "superpower" - memory isn't used as much as deductive reasoning, I liked this book better than the first in the series.

The ladies voices were done well but Decker sounds like a 128-pound teen.

It was one of those books I looked for ways to listen to it and the ending was solid.

if you enjoy a good crime story, this is for you.

  • Relentless

  • From Good to Great to Unstoppable
  • By: Tim S. Grover
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,440

Direct, blunt, and brutally honest, Tim Grover breaks down what it takes to be unstoppable: You keep going when everyone else is giving up, you thrive under pressure, you never let your emotions make you weak. In "The Relentless 13", he details the essential traits shared by the most intense competitors and achievers in sports, business, and all walks of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best

  • By Philadelphia on 06-13-15

I must be missing something

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

I have listened to hundreds of self-help books and maybe because I am not a basketball fan/follower but one hour in and I am getting nothing from the book other than the greats come to him to get better or stay in the game.

As others stated, this is not a motivational book but I expected something different than listening to what I consider sports headlines -

I couldn't finish it

  • House of Spies

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,927
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,676

Four months after the deadliest attack on the American homeland since 9/11, a terrorist plot leaves a trail of carnage through London’s glittering West End. The attack is a brilliant feat of planning and secrecy, but with one loose thread. The thread leads Gabriel Allon and his team to the south of France and to the gilded doorstep of one of the richest men in the country, Jean-Luc Martel, and his companion, Olivia Watson. A beautiful former British fashion model, Olivia pretends not to know the true source of Martel's enormous wealth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Hunt Continues

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 07-14-17

Its 'okay' - Not as good as the previous

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

The chase continues from the previous novel in the series. However, it is slow moving and at times, not believable. It almost appears as if the series needs a different turn. The Office and Gabriel continue with their hunt and goal to rid the world of the madmen behind the attacks against Israel and the Western world.

The building of characters seem to take much longer than normal but as always George Guidall does an excellent job in his narration.



  • Memory Man

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,409

Amos Decker's life changed forever - twice. The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good and left him with an improbable side effect - he can never forget anything.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good plot BAD edit and mixiing

  • By Amazon Customer V on 04-30-15

Nothing like I expected

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

I have listened to many books by Baldacci and as always, they do not turn out like anticipated - (better)

There are many twists, turns, life lessons, and interesting storylines to keep your interest.

There are a few parts that seem 'unbelievable' but the story moves along at a pace where I didn't want it to end but I knew that the ending made up the story.

It has enough greed, mystery, and deception in it to create a very good detective novel.

My only complaint - the narrators didn't change their voice for the various characters enough to distinguish them - e.g. Decker's partner - long-time smoker - her voice sounded like someone who never smoked.

However, I did like multiple narrators and I plan to listen to the next in the series.

  • I Can Only Imagine

  • A Memoir
  • By: Bart Millard
  • Narrated by: Bart Millard
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 495

MercyMe's crossover hit, "I Can Only Imagine", has touched millions of people around the world. But few know about the pain, redemption, and healing that inspired it. Now Bart Millard, award-winning recording artist and lead singer of MercyMe, shares how his dad's transformation from abusive father to man of God sparked a divine moment in music history. Go behind the scenes of Bart's life - and the movie based on it - to discover how God repaired a broken family, prepared Bart for ministry through music, and wrote the words on his heart that would change his life forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Could not put down this book--gripping

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-17-18

Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

I highly recommend this book even if you didn't watch the movie. However, if you watched the movie it is an excellent supplement to it. Not only does it fill in some of the areas in Bart's life that couldn't fit into a 90 min movie, it adds dimension to some of the scenes and shows how many people impacted his life and ultimately the lives of millions that have been impacted by the music MercyMe produces.

You will laugh, cry, and feel the pain as Bart tells his life story from pain to victory and beyond. Bart tells it like only he can tell the story.

I couldn't stop listening to it and as it seems with many successful people when no one else was around to help, his mamaws stepped in and did what only a grandmother can do.

  • Purposeful Retirement

  • By: Hyrum W. Smith
  • Narrated by: Traber Burns
  • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Hyrum W. Smith is one of the original creators of the popular Franklin Day Planner, the former chairman and CEO of Franklin Covey Co., and the recognized "Father of Time Management". In this book, Hyrum shows you how you can move from your world of work, simplify life, and enter what can be the most satisfying phase of your life - a new world of purposeful retirement and good living. For four decades, Hyrum W. Smith has been empowering people to effectively govern their personal and professional lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent and not just for retirees

  • By dr Frank on 06-08-18

Excellent and not just for retirees

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

Excellent book regardless where you are in life and especially if you are attempting to 'figure out' your 'retirement' time - It is filled with humor and great ideas about NOT 'retiring'

This is one of those books that is a great read and listened to in an effort to glean everything it has to offer.

The four hours for the listen go quick and as I noted, it has enough humor to make you laugh out loud.

Well worth the time and money.

  • The Camel Club

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,932

It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Witty, fun and an excellent thriller

  • By Charles Atkinson on 12-03-07

Excellent political thriller

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

As others stated, the book takes many chapters to develop steam as the characters are built. However, the time is well spent and needed for the ending of the book and the following books in the series.

I listened to bull's eye before this book and because of bullseye, I wanted to learn more about the characters. There are a few 'unbelievable' parts (I will not reveal them here to avoid spoiling the book) but overall the book is realistic with enough twists and turns to entice the listener to not want it to end.


It isn't the best but it is a good listen.

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,639

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Filled with life lessons - laugh and cry!

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

I wasn't sure what to expect but the book is excellent. Ove is a man who believes in order, doesn't have much to say but is devoted to his wife. On the surface, Ove is a crusty 'old' man (59 isn't old) but as the story unfolds, and history is blended with current, Ove's character is revealed along with the many 'whys'.

He is worn out but is vitalized by a family who crashes into his life. This family has a clumsy husband who has talents that bear out later in the story, a very pregnant middle eastern wife, and two girls. The youngest catches the heart and attention of Ove like no one else previously except his wife.

Ove has character, morals, and a strange way of displaying his feelings. Often he will seem crusty, angry, or irritated but as the story unfolds, his true identity is revealed.

I laughed out loud, cried a few times, and didn't want it to end. However, as all great stories, it must come to an end and the ending is better than words can describe. You will not be disappointed.

There is cussing and a few "F-bombs" in the book. There is no need for that and that is unfortunate.

  • The Naturalist

  • The Naturalist, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Mayne
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,665
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,662

Professor Theo Cray is trained to see patterns where others see chaos. So when mutilated bodies found deep in the Montana woods leave the cops searching blindly for clues, Theo sees something they missed. Something unnatural. Something only he can stop. As a computational biologist, Theo is more familiar with digital code and microbes than the dark arts of forensic sleuthing. But a field trip to Montana suddenly lands him in the middle of an investigation into the bloody killing of one of his former students.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic! I loved this book!!

  • By shelley on 10-02-17

Slow start - ends well

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

The book takes hours (literally) to get some traction despite an excellent storyline. The main character, Theo is the 'dumbest smart person' in any book I read or listened to in years. Twenty to thirty percent of the book can be eliminated to rid the listener of the pain needed to endure through mind-numbing repetitions.

Overall, the book has a tremendous base but as others noted, it needed more editing to spare the reader pain. If it wasn't for the positive reviews, I would have quit listening many times. In fact, I stopped then started again.

Some of the stories seem far-fetched and others caused me to think - 'really?' -

The sound effects in the final fight scene - ugh! - 'bam, bam, bam' - almost like a comic book remake from the 60's.

With all that stated, the book had me thinking but as noted, it is a slow start and sputters many times. Almost like an old DC-3 attempting to take off with a bad mix of fuel.

Will I listen to part two in the series? Maybe -