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  • Motor Mouth

  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: C.J. Critt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

It's the last race of the season, the wheels are smoking, and the temperature is rising at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Alexandra Barnaby is NASCAR-driver Sam Hooker's raceday spotter, his eye-in-the-sky, telling Hooker when to pass and when to let off the gas. From her vantage point high above the grandstand, she's also seeing goings-on in the infield that will change her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just fine book

  • By Ginny on 10-22-06

Not exactly a Plum...

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-06

A long long series of events leading to a cute but usual ending. Seems the Evanovich books that are not part of the Stephanie Plum series are just carved out methodically and lack any real lustre. Have always been disappointed by books that aren't real Plums.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • An Unacceptable Death

  • By: Barbara Seranella
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17

After a history of drug abuse and prostitution, Munch Mancini now works as an automobile mechanic, work she loves and does so well that even her male co-workers acknowledge her skill, if somewhat grudgingly. She has a daughter, a little girl left in her care by a dying friend. And she is about to marry a police officer she loves deeply.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • more L.A., less Santa Barbara

  • By Ruth on 01-22-06

more L.A., less Santa Barbara

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-06

This latest in the Munch Mancini series (I wish Audible would get the previous books) is what Kinsey Milhone used to be -- but with "more LA and less Santa Barbara" in the action.
All books in this series are entertaining and well-written, but this narration is especially good. You will enjoy the other characters because of the narration-even some of the bad guys!

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Nicky Deuce

  • Welcome to the Family
  • By: Steven R. Schirripa, Charles Fleming
  • Narrated by: Joe Grifasi
  • Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Nicholas's father grew up in Brooklyn, but you'd hardly know it. An Italian dinner at Nicholas's house in the suburbs is whole wheat pasta, organic tomato sauce, and, if he's lucky, a tofu meatball. And Brooklyn? Well, Brooklyn is the place his father left and never talks about. Nicholas has never been there, and he doesn't want to go now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Great ~ Enjoyable for all Ages !

  • By Ruth on 10-25-05

Just Great ~ Enjoyable for all Ages !

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-25-05

I wish this book was also offered in the adult section, as it is fun for all ages! Kudos to the narrator who absolutely brings this to life: you can smell the marinara sauce cooking! The storyline is great; the authors bring you all the color and character of the neighborhood and those who live there --again, you feel like you know them and might bump into them on the street.
Whether you are more like Nicky and his father, or like Uncle Frankie or the goombas, you can relate to this warm, quickly-paced narrative that is also thought-provoking and nostalgic....and no, you don't have to be Italian to enjoy ~ I'm a grown woman from Missouri via Hawaii. Loved it!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Lincoln Lawyer

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,997
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,996

Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader

  • By Steven on 10-19-05

He's Done It Again!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-05

Michael Connelly is a darn good writer who shines in this genre. This is not a Harry Bosch story, but new protagonist Micky Haller is not as dark or flawed as Bosch, and seems to have given Connelly a new enthusiasm for writing. This is better crafted than many of the author's recent works and though more free-wheeling, is sophisticated and tight-- as 'concrete' as ever. Bravo! Great Audio!

44 of 44 people found this review helpful

  • School Days

  • By: Robert B. Parker
  • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

Lily Ellsworth, erect, firm, white-haired, and stylish, is the grand dame of Dowling, Massachusetts, and possesses an iron will and a bottomless purse. When she hires Spenser to investigate her grandson Jared Clark's alleged involvement in a school shooting, Spenser is led into an inquiry that grows more harrowing at every turn. Though seven people were killed in cold blood, and despite Jared's being named as a co-conspirator by the other shooter, Mrs. Ellsworth is convinced of her grandson's innocence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Spenser at his Best

  • By A. L. DeWitt on 10-18-05

Rolls Along Nicely ...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-05

This is a typical Spencer adventure with fewer--thank goodness-- "I said"/"she said"s. Parker has offered a storyline that amalgamates 3 top news stories of the last several years, and it is evident what the author's opinions are regarding these themes, but this does not detract from an offering that rolls along nicely.
The fact that Susan and Hawk are not in the thick of things also does not detract,and although not spectacular, this narrative is much more fluent than some of his recent books. Enjoyable.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Swing

  • A Novel
  • By: Rupert Holmes
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

Two-time Edgar Award-winner Rupert Holmes, author of the critically acclaimed Where the Truth Lies and creator of the Tony Award-winning musical whodunit The Mystery of Edwin Drood, now fuses gripping suspense and evocative music in an innovative novel of intrigue set in 1940, during the very heart of the Big Band era.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grab this one at the highest resolution

  • By Becky on 08-01-05

Wonderful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-05

Both previous listener reviews are dead on : this is a treat to listen to, as both the music and the writing are very high-quality!
The descriptive narrative is superb and I wonder where the author or audio programmers got the music (?) Listening to this was like seeing a night flower unfold...

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Goodbye

  • By: Reed Arvin
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

Sleeping with a client's gorgeous girlfriend may have been the gutsiest move in Jack Hammond's formerly booming law career, but it wasn't the smartest. Booted from his elite law firm, Jack now scrapes by as a court-appointed attorney, his client list a revolving door of small-time drug offenders and petty thieves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent , Fun and Surprisingly Touching ...

  • By Ruth on 09-26-05

Excellent , Fun and Surprisingly Touching ...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-26-05

This is a well-written, hip narrative read by a perfect-for-the-part narrator. I read tons of crime/mystery and this one is entertaining, surprising, and a darn good story! The title is unfortunate in that it is so trite, but don't let this mislead you. A satisfying and enjoyable selection, like a good TV movie...

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Bury the Lead

  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647

Northern New Jersey has a new local hero on its cultural crime turf. He's Andy Carpenter, the Paterson defense attorney who can sling a quip as fast as he can outmaneuver a snarling prosecutor. Acclaimed author David Rosenfelt's first novel was nominated for an Edgar Award. Now, in this new novel, the intrepid lawyer is thrust into the spotlight where he risks becoming a media victim...of the most fatal kind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged version hurts story

  • By J. on 09-30-07

Big Fun!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-05

Well-done Abridgement and great first-person narration. This is a contemporary, very human cast of characters and a delightful romp.
You will also enjoy "Sudden Death," the next book in the series.
Wish Audible would offer up the first two books in this author's
4 book (so far) feature of this nonheroic hero!

  • Sudden Death

  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 885
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497

Edgar-nominated author David Rosenfelt returns with his hero, Andy Carpenter, who must defend a football player accused of murder. The Giants' running back Kenny Schilling stands accused of killing Troy Preston, a wide receiver for the Jets. As Andy investigates, he finds that Troy is not the only football player who was killed after contact with Kenny...and his snooping starts to set off alarms with a drug king.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Why must it be abridged?

  • By Rob on 05-19-09

More Big Fun !

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-05

Another fun contemporary mystery from David Rosenfelt. G.G. is perfect as the first-person narrator, and you will also enjoy Rosenfelt's "Bury the Lead" which preceeds this book in the series.
Like others who have enjoyed these, I wish Audible would offer
his two other books and would present them Unabridged.
Still...delightful!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Falls the Shadow

  • By: William Lashner
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

A beautiful young woman is dead, her husband convicted of the murder. In seeking a new trial for the husband, defense attorney Victor Carl must confront not only a determined prosecutor and a police detective who might have set up his client, but also a strange little busybody named Bob.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lasher gets better and better ...

  • By Ruth on 05-09-05

Lasher gets better and better ...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-05

Very Entertaining! The narrator is superb and makes this a better book to listen to than to read. He truly "becomes" the main character, and his narrative skill makes this almost like a radio /theatre presentation.Don't be afraid of the fact that this is Abridged: you will never know. This author is a very good writer whose writing has gotten better and even more lyrical ... you will enjoy this audio book with it's layers of strong plot, great assortment of characters, and hip but not grating black humor.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful