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  • Driving Force

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287

A dead hitchhiker, empty canisters found at the bottom of several trucks, and the murder of a harmless mechanic are the bizarre events that lead ex-jockey Freddie Croft to suspect that his transport company, Driving Force, is involved in drug smuggling, or something far worse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Suspenseful Mystery....

  • By R. Pontiflet on 04-12-15

Worst Dick Francis ever

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

Love all of the Dick Francis Books. This one however is worth a pass. It's much ado about nothing

  • Proving Ground

  • By: Peter Blauner
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Nathaniel Dresden never really got along with his father, an infamous civil rights lawyer who defended criminals and spearheaded protest movements. As an act of rebellion, Natty joined the US Army and served in Iraq, coming back with a chest full of commendations and a head full of disturbing memories. But when his father is found murdered near the peaceful confines of Brooklyn's Prospect Park, Natty is forced to deal with the troubled legacy of their unresolved relationship.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just didn’t like anyone!

  • By Sandra L. Jacob on 03-16-19

Much ado about nothing.

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

Reviewed: 05-14-17

Good narration of a not very interesting story. I was very disappointed with this purchase

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Nix

  • A Novel
  • By: Nathan Hill
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 21 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,704
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,680

It's 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson - college professor, stalled writer - has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn't seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she's reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nathan Hill is an exceptional storyteller.

  • By Bonny on 09-13-16

Entertaining story and awesome narration

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

Found the story and the characters beautifully developed. Excellent dialogue. Ari Fliakos is absolutely pitch perfect from beginning to end.

  • Marine One

  • By: James W. Huston
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,184

After the presidents' helicopter, Marine One, goes down in a brutal thunderstorm, the government blames the European manufacturer of the helicopter, accusing them of killing the president. Senate investigations and Justice Department accusations multiply as Mike Nolan, a Marine Corps reserve helicopter pilot and trial attorney in civilian life, is hired to defend the company from the criminal investigations and a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the most notorious lawyer in America.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Political Conspiracy or Accident? Courtroom Drama!

  • By R. Pontiflet on 01-03-16

Well written and my favorite narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-07-16

That says it all. You won't be disappointed. Joe Barrett is by far the best

  • Nutshell

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,585
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,575

From the best-selling author of Atonement, Nutshell is a classic story of murder and deceit, told by a narrator with a perspective and voice unlike any in recent literature. A bravura performance, it is the finest recent work from a true master. To be bound in a nutshell, see the world in two inches of ivory, in a grain of sand. Why not, when all of literature, all of art, of human endeavour is just a speck in the universe of possible things?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Long Version, and the Short.

  • By Ilana on 09-19-16

Very Clever

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

Reviewed: 09-16-16

Ian McEwan is one of my favorites writers. His imagination is inspiring. This is a very entertaining story and is beautifully read.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Scandalous Behavior

  • A Stone Barrington Novel, Book 36
  • By: Stuart Woods
  • Narrated by: Tony Roberts
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 433

Stone Barrington is no stranger to nefarious schemes and tricky situations, but his newest adversary will certainly keep him on his toes....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Pathetic!

  • By Chuck on 02-08-16

Pathetic!

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

Reviewed: 02-08-16

There's a modest little story that takes place in the last hour of the book. It's not much of a story and the rest of the book is just a tedious account of the lives of the rich and famous. After reading every Stuart Woods in existence I've avoided the last one or two because they have gotten so bad. This one had a couple of good reviews so I thought I'd give it a try. My mistake. Never again. Sorry Stuart but our relationship is officially over. My condolences to Tony Roberts for having to read this mess.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • City on Fire

  • A Novel
  • By: Garth Risk Hallberg
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Tristan Morris, Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 37 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 637
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 574
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 580

The individuals who live within this extraordinary first novel are: Regan and William Hamilton-Sweeney, estranged heirs to one of the city's largest fortunes; Keith and Mercer, the men who, for better or worse, love them; Charlie and Samantha, two suburban teenagers seduced by downtown's punk scene; an obsessive magazine reporter and his idealistic neighbor; and the detective trying to figure out what any of them have to do with a shooting in Central Park.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, poor choice of narrator

  • By k8tom on 12-22-15

Exhausting

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

Reviewed: 10-24-15

Wanted to really like this book: my time and my place - 70's in NYC. But it was just much too long and digressive. Narration was excellent but it's a long slog for the listener. Disappointing.

13 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Palo Alto

  • Stories
  • By: James Franco
  • Narrated by: James Franco, Stacey Miller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 114

Palo Alto is the debut of a surprising and powerful new literary voice. Written with an immediate sense of place - claustrophobic and ominous - James Franco's collection traces the lives of an extended group of teenagers as they experiment with vices of all kinds, struggle with their families and one another, and succumb to self-destructive, often heartless nihilism.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hit Home

  • By Deana Dee on 08-15-16

A Pleasant Surprise

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

Reviewed: 10-06-15

Enjoyed these stories quite a bit. Nice readings by James Franco and Stacey Miller.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Murder House

  • By: James Patterson, David Ellis
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer, Jay Snyder
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,448

Number Seven Ocean Drive is a gorgeous, multimillion-dollar beachfront estate in the Hamptons, where money and privilege know no bounds. But its beautiful, gothic exterior hides a horrific past: It was the scene of a series of depraved killings that have never been solved. Neglected, empty, and rumored to be cursed, it's known as the Murder House, and locals keep their distance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ridiculously predictable.

  • By Betsy on 10-02-15

Pathetic

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

Reviewed: 10-06-15

Hard to believe that James Patterson would take any credit for this bit of nonsense. One of the worst books ever. Save your money. Totally predictable.

30 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • House Rivals: A Joe DeMarco Thriller

  • The DeMarco Series, Book 10
  • By: Mike Lawson
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

As a fixer for influential congressman John Mahoney in Washington, DC, Joe DeMarco has found himself in plenty of unexpected and dangerous situations. In House Rivals, DeMarco is taken further out of his element than ever before, sent to North Dakota to protect a passionate but naïve 22-year-old blogger who has put herself in harm's way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Suspense Murder & Humor - That's Joe DeMarco!

  • By shelley on 07-14-15

Weakest of all of the Mike Lawson Books

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

Reviewed: 09-17-15

This was not a Joe DeMarco Thriller, as advertised. In fact there was nothing thrilling about this book whatsoever. While I have enjoyed practically all of his books, Mike Lawson threw in a clunker this time. Save your money.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful