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  • Rosato & DiNunzio Series, Book 6
  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: Kate Burton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725

When three men announce that they are suing the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm for reverse sex discrimination—claiming that they were not hired because they were men—Mary DiNunzio and Bennie Rosato are outraged. To make matters worse, their one male employee, John Foxman, intends to resign, claiming that there is some truth to this case. The plaintiffs’ lawyer is Nick Machiavelli, who has already lost to Mary once and is now back with a vengeance —determined not to not only win, but destroy the firm. It soon becomes clear that Machiavelli will do anything in his power to achieve his end…even after the case turns deadly. The stakes have never been higher for Mary and her associates as they try to keep Machiavelli at bay, solve a murder, and save the law firm they love…or they could lose everything they’ve worked for.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent legal thriller in a wonderful series

  • By Wayne on 11-09-18

A soap opera

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

I was hoping for more of a legal thriller with some courtroom drama and tension. But I would say there was none of that. I don't even recall a single courtroom scene. I kept hoping they would duke it out in court. But instead, it was all office and family politics and drama which I really didn't find entertaining. It was like listening to an episode of a soap opera. The narrator - meh! She did voices pretty well and it was easy enough to distinguish the different characters, but the monotonous cadence of an action sequence was almost difficult to listen to. I can see from the ratings that I'm in the minority, but this just wasn't my cup of tea.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,496

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun! Things you might want to know:

  • By Alexis on 08-29-14

Cool premise, but the book just didn't deliver

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

The premise for the book was pretty good. Kind of a cool idea. The opening was pretty clunky. It was like the author had an outline for the backstory intro but forgot to put any meat on that skeleton . The opening just sort of spits out here's who these people are, here's who those people are and there's a disease that progresses thusly. Then onto the story. The middle bit was pretty good. I was entertained. And then at about hour 8 of what I thought was a 10 hour book, it comes to a conclusion. Then the narrator says that there's a bonus "novelette". But it's not a novelette with a plot or a beginning or an end. It's a mind numbing 2 hours of backstory for the Lock In book read as clippings from people's journals or something. Stink-ola

  • Any Means Necessary

  • A Luke Stone Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Jack Mars
  • Narrated by: K.C. Kelly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018

When nuclear waste is stolen by jihadists in the middle of the night from an unguarded New York City hospital, the police, in a frantic race against time, call in the FBI. Luke Stone, head of an elite, secretive department within the FBI, is the only man they can turn to. Luke realizes right away that the terrorists' aim is to create a dirty bomb, that they seek a high-value target, and that they will hit it within 48 hours.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • um ... not remotely like Mitch Rapp

  • By Bishop on 09-06-16

Who is your fact checker? Entertaining though

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

I'm willing to suspend reality when I listen to a book, but this book really goes over the top. It was an entertaining book and I listened to the end, but I kept thinking, "Oh come on! Really?!!" And then I got to the part of the book where they implied, then actually said that a man became radioactive after being exposed to radioactive material. Really?? Just FYI, Plutonium may be radioactive. I'm no physicist, but there are probably other elements that are radioactive. But humans don't become radioactive. They may become sick or die. But they don't become radioactive unless they actually ingest some radioactive material. That part of the book just made me shake my head and made me thing the rest of the book was total crap.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,455

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

A very enjoyable book

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

Reviewed: 12-14-17

The story was well written and kept me interested throughout. Some of the transitions were a bit abrupt and it sometimes took me a minute or two to figure out what was going on, but overall it was well done.

  • The Rooster Bar

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,390
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,377

Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place. But now, as third-year students, these close friends realize they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a third-tier, for-profit law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specializing in student loans, the three know they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Think he was trying for a younger audience.

  • By Anonymous User on 11-06-17

Really not a compelling story

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

Reviewed: 12-14-17

I'm normally a pretty big Grisham fan. And I looked forward to this book. But this book really was not very good at all. The main story was not compelling and the subplot seemed disconnected. It would be one thing if the main characters were likable rascals, but they weren't. They where just crooks and complete douchebags. Their correspondence with their lenders grew real old, real quick. The dialogue made the characters to seem to be not all that intelligent. When I read or listen to a book, I want to root for the main character(s). I just couldn't in this case. Not a good book in my opinion

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,387
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35,277

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Story engaging, but the premise not great

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

As with all previous Dan Brown novels, I enjoyed this one. Some reasonable suspense and the action kept me wanting to listen more. The narrator was quite good and did a good job with the Spanish accents and the male and female differentiation. The thing that bothered me from the beginning and stuck with me throughout the book was the silliness of the premise. The thought that any scientific discovery would shake people's faith in God or present some sort of "danger" to religion is preposterous. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

  • This Was a Man

  • The Clifton Chronicles, Book 7
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,199
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,020
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,998

This Was a Man opens with a shot being fired, but who pulled the trigger, and who lives and who dies? In Whitehall, Giles Barrington discovers the truth about his wife, Karin, from the cabinet secretary. Is she a spy or a pawn in a larger game? Harry Clifton sets out to write his magnum opus while his wife, Emma, completes her 10 years as chairman of the Bristol Royal Infirmary and receives an unexpected call from Margaret Thatcher offering her a job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fitting conclusion to an amazing series

  • By TP on 11-20-16

Pretty good.

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

Reviewed: 02-01-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was a pretty good book. I was entertained, but not wowed. It felt more like a collection of connected short stories than an actual cohesive story. Maybe there was a previous novel that would have set the story better. But an awesome author wouldn't require that you read the prior novel to really appreciate the current novel.

Could you see This Was a Man being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No. Too disconnected. Again, maybe if I'd read previous books in a series, I'd feel differently, but as written this felt like more of a piece of a story than and end-to-end story

  • Blood Infernal

  • The Order of the Sanguines Series
  • By: James Rollins, Rebecca Cantrell
  • Narrated by: Christian Baskous
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544

As an escalating scourge of grisly murders sweeps the globe, archaeologist Erin Granger must decipher the truth behind an immortal prophecy foretold in the Blood Gospel, a tome written by Christ and lost for centuries: The shackles of Lucifer have been loosened, and his Chalice remains lost. It will take the light of all three to forge the Chalice anew and banish him again to his eternal darkness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By Julie on 02-20-15

James Rollins name doesn't belong on this book

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

Reviewed: 03-22-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book was written as a myth in Christian clothing. If you're into myths, maybe you'll like it more than I did. This is not a typical James Rollins action thriller fun book.

What was most disappointing about James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell ’s story?

I found this extremely difficult to follow. It was so disappointing. I typically love James Rollins books. I look forward to the action and thrills. This book is nothing like that (I realize it's really a Rebecca Cantrell book licensing Rollins' name). I would call it a myth which could be a good thing, but it was so difficult to follow what was going on and who the characters were. It was horrible. I got three hours in and just gave up. I felt like I entered the book from the middle or something. No plot development, no character development. It was really not well done.

What didn’t you like about Christian Baskous’s performance?

A bit over the top on drama. Like a Shakespearean actor recruited for narration. And he reads super slow. Wanted to give him jolt.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Red Sparrow

  • A Novel
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,063
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,051

Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sexy Saucy Spies

  • By Mel on 06-13-13

Flat performance

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

Reviewed: 03-23-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I really found this to be a flat performance. Very monotone and under-acted. I found myself being so critical of the narrator while listening I sometimes missed the story.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeremy Bobb?

This book might have really rocked with someone like George Guidall narrating.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Eye of Moloch

  • By: Glenn Beck
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Lowell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553

By the end of Glenn Beck’s number-one best-selling political thriller The Overton Window, a young rebel named Molly Ross had torn aside the curtain to reveal a shadow war being waged for the future of America. In the six months since then, her fight for freedom hasn’t gone well. Marked as traitors and hunted by ruthless government-sanctioned mercenaries using the most advanced surveillance technologies ever created, Ross and her "Founders' Keepers" find themselves cornered and standing alone. but the fight is far from over.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wow.....just wow.

  • By Lark Mulvahill on 07-09-17

Political spew

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

Reviewed: 07-25-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This was way too much of a libertarian rant. I'm "antifederalist" but I listen and read books to be entertained. I detest books that use fiction as a platform to spew rhetoric

Has The Eye of Moloch turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment that all it had to offer was a political rant.

Any additional comments?

I understand politics enter into books and make stories interesting and exciting. But such an obvious rant from democrat, libertarian, republican is just annoying and not at all entertaining.

5 of 16 people found this review helpful