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  • The Reckoning

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,412
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,377

Pete Banning was Clanton's favorite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, a father, a neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning in 1946, he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Would make a 5 star four hour novella, ...

  • By Wayne on 11-03-18

Grisham's tribute to Faulkner

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

William Faulkner makes a guest appearance in this novel, and it's no accident. Grisham wrote of the same subjects, with the same tone, in the same Mississippi setting.

If you can appreciate good writing for its own sake, you'll enjoy it. If you're looking for a gripping story that might one day develop a plot ... try Louisiana. It ain't going be found in Mississippi.

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,072
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,951

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actually Humanized Trump for Me

  • By BigNutz on 12-15-18

Good journalism

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

Bob Woodward is a throwback to the days of investigative journalism when newspapers ruled the media world.

As for Trump haters and the Trump "base," there's plenty here for both sides to like. It's not nearly as inflammatory as some of the media stories made it out to be, but there's no hiding the fact that this President never lets truth stand in his way. It's a White House built on chaos. Woodward's amazing reporting leaves no doubt about that.

Beware: There's profanity here that makes the book difficult to listen to. Not a little. A LOT.

  • The Brass Verdict

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,687

Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mickey Haller Is My Favorite Mystery Character

  • By Cathy on 10-22-08

Loved this

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

Michael Connelly can tell a wonderful story. This is one of his better efforts. If you like legal mysteries, go for this.

  • The Poet

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,921

Our hero is Jack McEvoy, a Rocky Mountain News crime-beat reporter. As the story opens, Jack's twin brother, a Denver homicide detective, has just killed himself. Or so it seems. But when Jack begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides, a disturbing pattern emerges, and soon suspects that a serial murderer is at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Villain Mystery

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-10-14

Really disappointed in this one

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

I love Michael Connelly. Great listens for long rides in a car. But this one missed everything.

The narrater was so slow, I had to bump it up to 1.5x just to make it normal.

The story was even slower, and then it included first-person monologues from a child-porn criminal. It's a lot of unnecessary, sick stuff in a story that wasn't going anywhere. Had to put it down halfway through.

  • The Neon Lawyer

  • By: Victor Methos
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,690
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,679

With money and hope in short supply, newly minted attorney Brigham Theodore decides it’s time to lower his standards. He joins a seedy fly-by-night firm in Salt Lake City out of desperation. After he loses his first case - a speeding ticket - he’s convinced his career is over. But to his shock, his boss hands him a slightly more complex case: capital murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • HERE'S THE DEAL

  • By John on 02-02-15

Thankfully, it's short.

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

The writing is good, the reader is fantastic. But the story itself is weak. At only 4:26, it's not a long book. So at the very least, it won't take long to be disappointed.

  • 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 4,190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,845
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,838

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

It's just not believable

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

In order for a fictional story to really hit the mark, it must have at least a slim possibility of being possible. This one isn't, on several levels.

Even so, Andrew Mayne is a great story teller and I loved the Jessica Blackwood series. If you start The Naturalist, you'll finish it.

But you'll never believe it.

  • Devil in the Grove

  • Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America
  • By: Gilbert King
  • Narrated by: Peter Francis James
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,089
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,089

Devil in the Grove is the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Arguably the most important American lawyer of the 20th century, Thurgood Marshall was on the verge of bringing the landmark suit Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court when he became embroiled in an explosive and deadly case that threatened to change the course of the civil rights movement and cost him his life. Despite death threats, the clan, and the urging of his associates, Marshall knew he had to defend "the Groveland Boys".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning history of the Jim Crow south. Essential

  • By Bill on 06-08-13

It's an ugly, necessary read

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I almost quit listening to this book. As a white male who grew up in the Deep South, facing the very worst of our Deep Crow history was painful. The book also moves awkwardly in the first few chapters. It was very difficult to follow for a while.

But if we're going to have honest, fair conversations about race in America, it would be good for everyone to remember how bad it once was. Because it was really bad.

Thank God we've moved past the worst of our bigotry. I pray to God we'll overcome the rest of it.

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  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,903

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

It's not just another World War II story

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

Any additional comments?

Brace yourself. Among the best books I've ever read or listened to, this one is the worst ... when it comes to emotional punch. It's such a roller coaster of highs and lows, I'm not sure I would have ever started it had I known in advance how it would affect me.

Thank God if you've never known the horror of war. And thank Mark Sullivan for reminding us of that simple truth.

  • Indestructible

  • One Man's Rescue Mission That Changed the Course of WWII
  • By: John R. Bruning
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615

December 1941: Manila is invaded, and US citizen and Philippines Airlines manager Pappy Gunn is ordered to fly key military command out of the country, leaving his family at home. So Gunn was miles away when the Japanese captured his wife and children, placing them in an internment camp where they faced disease, abuse, and starvation. Gunn spent three years trying to rescue them. His exploits became legend as he revolutionized the art of air warfare, devising his own weaponry, missions, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You will love Pappy's story

  • By A. L. DeWitt on 11-15-16

Hang in there on this one

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

What did you like best about this story?

First of all, this is the story of an amazing man and an amazing family. Second, it's a great history primer on the first few years of the War in the Pacific, before World War II turned its full attention there. And third, it's a great look at how regular, ordinary people can make a huge difference. Pappy Gunn played a huge role in turning aircraft into the greatest weapon of warfare in military history. By the time he was done, warfare would never be the same.

What about Brian Troxell’s performance did you like?

The reader talked very slow. I turned the speed up to 1.5x just to get it to a "normal" speed. That made it a good listen.

  • The One Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Andrew Gross
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,493

It's 1944. Physics professor Alfred Mendel and his family are trying to flee Paris when they are caught and forced onto a train along with thousands of other Jewish families. At the other end of the long, torturous train ride, Alfred is separated from his family and sent to the men's camp, where all of his belongings are tossed on a roaring fire. His books, his papers, his life's work. The Nazis have no idea what they have just destroyed. And without that physical record, Alfred is one of only two people in the world with his particular knowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You gotta have a STRONG stomach.

  • By Richard Delman on 09-22-16

One of the best books of its kind

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

Reviewed: 10-28-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I was just overwhelmed with this book. It combined a superb story with a foundation of historical events. It was a real nail biter as the story developed, and an accurate description of conditions inside a Nazi concentration camp. And the love story was a bonus.