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  • The Firm

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,012

At the top of his class at Harvard Law, he had his choice of the best in America. But he made a deadly mistake. When Mitch McDeere signed on with Bendini, Lambert & Locke of Memphis, he thought he and his beautiful wife, Abby, were on their way. Mitch should have remembered what his brother Ray -- doing 15 years in a Tennessee jail -- already knew. "You never get nothing for nothing."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It Is A Great Story, But Not A Great Undertaking

  • By Glen on 05-04-11

Still love it!

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

I'm not much of a Grisham fan -- not of the legal thrillers, anyway. But several of his stand-alone books (A Painted Cabin, The Girl Who Loved Tom Jones, etc etc) are some of the finest fiction being written today. Clearly he is one of our most gifted writers working today. So what to do about The Firm -- which is classified, anyway, as a legal thriller. Yes or no?

I'd read it years ago, with pretty much an "eh", response, although it never would have occurred to me to quit reading. But listen to it? After all these years? Oh, sure. Why not?

I'm glad I did. It's wonderful as an audiobook, in spite of Scott Brick, who adopts a rather strange tone for this narration. But listening to it all make it all come alive again, with all the twists and turns, the three-deep deceptions, the unexpected things that worked, to bring about the ultimate result -- and the things that didn't work.

It's a great book. Full stop. And I know I'll listen to this one again. Best use of 17 hours I can think of....

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Cinderella Murder

  • By: Mary Higgins Clark, Alafair Burke
  • Narrated by: Jan Maxwell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,859
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,638
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,635

In a first-time collaboration, "Queen of Suspense" Mary Higgins Clark partners with best-selling author Alafair Burke to deliver a brand new suspense series about a television program featuring cold case murders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping!

  • By Eva Gannon on 01-04-15

Boring....

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

How can two such talented authors possibly write such a boring book?


I've backtracked several times, trying to get back with the story line, find a hook that will get me interested, but the whole thing never seems to go anyplace. The narrator keeps grinding away, and nothing much ever seems to happen.

I'm four hours in, and not going to waste any more time on this one. File it in the "Life is too short" pile, and move on....

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 1-3
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,358

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 1 - 3: MURDER ON THAMES, MYSTERY AT THE MANOR and MURDER BY MOONLIGHT.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Find

  • By Marie on 10-29-16

Wow! What a find!

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

I took a chance on this book -- never heard of it or the authors, but when I saw that Neil Dudgeon was narrating, I couldn't resist. A bit of Midsomer to listen to? Maybe. I was still a little reluctant, though, because I never buy books of short stories, which this purportedly was. Still.... Neil Dudgeon? Let's try it out.

I was about half through before I went back to Audible, and bought ALL the books in this series. It's THAT good! I've never done that before, bought them all, at once. But this series is worth it.

Cherryham is an English village in which a widowed American detective has retired. That's the basic plot. But things happen in this allegedly peaceful little community -- and now there's someone to investigate, which he will, if pressed. He teams up with Sarah, a mother and web designer, and the two find themselves in the midst of things most dreadful -- not a lot of gore or violence, just British murder, as refined as it gets.

I see people are comparing the series to Agatha Christie, or Angela Lansbury's Cabot Cove, but a better parallel just happens to be my favorite of all time. the "Simon Serrailler" books by Susan Hill. In that series, Serrailler is a sophisticated, gentlemanly sort of detective, but the real stars are all the people in his large and fascinating family as well as the community at large. The books are pleasurable because it's like visiting old friends, catching up with what they're involved with at the moment. That's also true of Cherryingham, we get to meet all types of village people, one after the other, and -- basically -- assess their ability to carry of a very discreet murder or two. It's great fun. And that's where the "short story" thing is resolved -- all the stories feature the same village, same lead characters, just different villagers, different crimes. It's all of a piece -- and what a piece it is!

And best of all? Neil Dudgeon as narrator. I was right about how good it is to listen to him. He's pitch perfect, impossible to improve on. I wish he would narrate a great many more books, he's a natural.

Love British village mysteries? These books are a fine treat!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Grave Talent

  • A Kate Martinelli Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 354

The unthinkable has happened in a small community outside of San Francisco. A series of shocking murders has occurred, the victims far too innocent and defenseless. For Detective Kate Martinelli, just promoted to Homicide and paired with a seasoned cop who’s less than thrilled to be handed a green partner, it’s a difficult case that just keeps getting harder. Then the detectives receive what appears to be a case-breaking lead: it seems that one of the residents of this odd colony is Vaun Adams, arguably the century’s greatest woman painter and a notorious felon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Fantastic Series by Laurie R. King

  • By Anna on 03-29-15

Good book, dreadful narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

I’ve read this book a couple of times, together with all the others in this series. They are all good, in fact, I like them better than Laurie Kings “Sherlock” books. So I was looking forward to the very pleasant experience of having someone read them to me, which often reveals aspects of the story you didn’t get from reading it yourself.

That didn’t happen. In fact, it was only with gritted teeth that I got through the book at all. For whatever reason, the powers that be selected a “story lady” narrator, a woman who, in the traditional sing-song cant of the professional storyteller, worked to imbue each word, each syllable, with ominous portent, so all the good little boys and girls sitting on the floor in front of her, couldn’t possibly miss any aspect of the scary content.

For me, it ruined the book. I’d get so caught up in her overly poetic emphasis that I lost track of what was actually happening. Admittedly at times, during back and forth conversations among characters, she dropped the most extreme aspect of her narrative, but the moment the book,went back to text or description, there it was again. It drove me nuts.

I wish publishers would understand that there is a difference between narrating an audiobook - a police procedural, of all things - and professionally interpreting a classic folk tale. The people who undertake these two very different art forms have very different talents and training. They should not be intermingled, any more than you’d pick the Tijuana Brass to interpret a classic opera. While both forms of music are enjoyable, to expect the same musicians to perform both of them isn’t likely to prove,satisfactory to anyone.

In the future, I will be sure to listen to a sample of any audiobook with a narrator whose name I don’t recognize. Wish I’d done that this time.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,183

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!

  • By Felicia The Geeky Blogger on 11-25-12

Smashing, simply smashing!

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

Reviewed: 11-27-17

Christmas isn't my holiday, so i rarely buy or read books with a Christmas theme. But who can resist Lady Georgie? Couldn't miss this chapter in her life so....

It's a fabulous book -- a very good mystery, as people keep getting killed (or just dying?) in and around the manor where Lady Georgie has found a seasonal job. But that may not have been the best part: what I really enjoyed was all the "other stuff", all the tidbits of information about how the Brits of that era celebrated the holiday -- wow, the food! Meal after meal, all of them sounding great. And the dances, costume balls, dressing up, and all the traditional games, the horses, the "crackers", the Yule log -- but how in heck did they get a presumably huge and soaking wet hunk of tree to burn? At the end of those twelve days, I should think all of them -- the servants and the served, alike -- would simply collapse of overload, overload on food, on celebrating, and on keeping up appearances. Anyway, just delightful, the whole thing. I've read and liked all of these books in this series, and this was surely one of the best.

Great narration, too -- as usual. I should think that by the end of narrating one of these books, narrator Katherine Kellgren would have a sore throat, from all that screeching - ha! Love the way she does the voices!

I know I'll listen to this one again -- so rich in story and details it needs to be consumed again, to get it all.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Trauma

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Palmer, Daniel Palmer
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 466

Dr. Carrie Bryant's four years as a neurosurgical resident at White Memorial Hospital have earned her the respect and admiration from peers and staff alike. When given the chance of performing her first unsupervised brain surgery, Carrie jumps at the opportunity. What should have been a routine, hours-long operation turns horribly wrong and jeopardizes her patient's life. Emotionally and physically drained, Carrie is rushed back to the OR to assist in a second surgery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best Michael Palmer ever

  • By lauren outland on 07-15-15

Loved it -- GREAT narrator!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

Let's be honest -- I bought the book because of the name MICHAEL Palmer. I've read and loved several of his books over the years, and felt like reading a medical thriller again. But I'll tell you what -- this book by his son, in his late father's stead, was every bit as good as the Michael Palmer books. Especially interesting was the look into the Veteran's Administration system -- and yes, of course, it's fiction, and presumably nothing this horrific ever actually occurred (although quite frankly, from some of the stories, I wouldn't be surprised) but still, a glimpse into how the hospitals function, staffed and how they serve their patients was interesting -- and very timely. As was the theme of PTSD among our returning soldiers. Great topic -- a believable protagonist, excellent dialogue -- good book!

And a really great narrator -- maybe becoming one of my favorites, come to think of it. Xe Sands is perfect -- such a pleasant, clear voice, and she reads the book with just the right amount of inflection, reasonably differentiation among characters, and exactly the right pace. No overwrought theatrics, no dramatic pauses, no mispronunciations that I caught -- although as she effortlessly zipped through medical terms I'd never heard before, I can't vouch for that. But I will now be watching for books she narrates -- she's just first rate!

There's an author interview at the end that's good, too. I don't believe I've read any of the books that Daniel Palmer has written as himself, so to speak. I'm going to look for them -- clearly, the kid can write.

All in all, a great audio book experience!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Duplicity

  • By: Sibel Hodge
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance, Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,467
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,470

Max and Alissa have a fairy tale life - newlywed, madly in love and enviously rich. Then Max is brutally stabbed to death at their home and Alissa, miraculously, escapes with her life. But why was she spared? The hunt for the killer begins, uncovering a number of leads - was Max's incredible wealth the motive? Had his shady business practices finally caught up with him? Or was it a stalker with a dangerous obsession?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Silence of the Calves

  • By 6catz on 01-24-17

Totally disgusting. Animal abuse.

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

Dreadful. Opens with a scene of animal abuse, and it doesn't get any better. Not for animal lovers.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Luck and Judgement

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 3
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867

When a worker goes missing from a North Sea gas platform, there seem to be just two possible explanations - it was a tragic accident or a suicide. It does not take Smith and his detectives long, however, to discover that James Bell led a double life back onshore in Kings Lake, a life complicated enough to make him at least one dangerous enemy. Before the case can be unraveled, Smith must get a new team working together.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected, very good series

  • By Katie on 02-10-17

Narrator makes it!

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

A very good book -- loved it. But it was the narrator who made it what it was. Something about his wise, sort of sardonic, tone was just perfect for this work.

Will be looking for more books in the series, and I hope they will have the same narrator. Now I'm searching to see what else Gildart Jackson has narrated -- I have a feeling they will all be a cut above average!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Human Remains

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Haynes
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 155

Police analyst Annabel wouldn't describe herself as lonely. Her work and the needs of her aging mother keep her busy. But Annabel is shocked when she discovers her neighbor's decomposing body in the house next door, and she is appalled to think that no one, including herself, noticed the woman's absence. Annabel sets out to investigate, despite her colleagues' lack of interest, and discovers that such cases are frighteningly common in her hometown.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strange and good

  • By Diane Vail on 04-17-15

Awfully grim - but unquestionably unique

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

Reviewed: 07-13-17

I liked it -- sort of. There were parts that made me cringe, other parts that made me see things in a way I hadn't before, parts where I felt so sorry for people with apparently empty lives, like some of the minor characters in the book. How very sad that there are people who suffer such loneliness and emptiness -- and I'm not even sure what the "cure" might be. One thing occurred often as I was listening: if someone who had recently suffered the loss of someone they loved, this would be a very poor choice of book. It's very raw -- both subject matter and as written. It could certainly prove painful, especially for the more vulnerable among us.

  • Somebody I Used to Know

  • By: David Bell
  • Narrated by: Andy Paris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,934
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,686
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,685

When Nick Hansen sees the young woman at the grocery store, his heart stops. She is the spitting image of his college girlfriend, Marissa Minor, who died in a campus house fire 20 years earlier. But when Nick tries to speak to her, she acts skittish and rushes off. The next morning the police arrive at Nick's house and show him a photo of the woman from the store. She's been found dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely Worth a Credit

  • By Snoodely on 07-15-15

Two hours in, and can't get through any more

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

Reviewed: 04-15-17

I think those who like this book, and those of us who don't, will divine along generational lines. This book is for millennial -- or younger -- women. Not for tough old cookies like me, women who still think that there should be differences between men and women.

The protagonist in this book, Nick Hanson, is what I'd call a girlie-guy. He is one of those new-age "sensitive men", deeply into his "feelings", memories and long-lost relationships. When faced with this troublesome, puzzling, even dangerous, situation, his first reaction is to run around to all his women friends -- most of them stemming from prior romantic relationships -- to "talk" about it. What real man would do that? That's what women do -- and when they do, it's fine. But I don't like men who act like women -- anymore than I'd like a woman who'd go into a biker bar, challenge some dude to a beer-swilling contest and then knock his block off. I can't relate to that -- or to this sissified man.

I have considered that it might be the narrator -- or else he just perfectly fits the character, but whatever, it's just too annoying.

I don't need all my books to be hard-boiled. Average MEN are fine -- they don't all need to be Jack Reacher. But I guess it comes down to this: if I knew Nick Hanson in person, I'd cut him a wide swath. I'm sure he's a fine upstanding person, a very caring social worker doing a lot of good, but he is not someone I'd care to spend any time with.

And two hours in, I don't want to hear any more about his adventures, either. Feh.

35 of 46 people found this review helpful