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  • The Verdict

  • By: Nick Stone
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,535

Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk desperately trying to get promoted when he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite. The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, is not only someone he knows but someone he loathes. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of THE best audiobooks ever!

  • By Sarah on 05-22-16

Surprisingly Good!

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

Reviewed: 04-01-17

Would you listen to The Verdict again? Why?

I intend to

What other book might you compare The Verdict to and why?

None

What does David Thorpe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Believability.

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

No Drama, except when the verdict was read.

Any additional comments?

I liked the many levels of detail.

  • Live to Tell

  • A Detective D. D. Warren Novel
  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter, Rebecca Lowman, Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,976
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,985

On a warm summer night in one of Boston’s working-class neighborhoods, an unthinkable crime has been committed: Four members of a family have been brutally murdered. The father - and possible suspect - now lies clinging to life in the ICU. Murder-suicide? Or something worse? Veteran police detective D. D. Warren is certain of only one thing: There’s more to this case than meets the eye. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Live To Tell - 3.5 stars

  • By book me! on 07-27-10

This story is not for the Faint of Heart

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

Reviewed: 04-26-16

Where does Live to Tell: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a very powerful and terribly sad book. I think normally I would have returned the book but I have a history caring for children like those in the story. I stuck it out till the crazy end.

What other book might you compare Live to Tell: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel to and why?

I have never read a book that covered this topic so intensely. I became angry with the detective's accusatory way with the nurse who was clearly a devoted worker in a fiercely difficult job. The detective seemed be in awe of her own big offensive ego.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The book has a number of narrators, with similar voices, at times it was hard to keep track of who was speaking.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

You will not want to have kids if you see this film.

  • Between the World and Me

  • By: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Narrated by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 19,002
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,107
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17,020

"This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it." In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race", a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Heartfelt Self-aware Literary Masterpiece

  • By T Spencer on 07-30-15

A Loving Heart can help you overcome Fear.

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

Reviewed: 12-10-15

If you could sum up Between the World and Me in three words, what would they be?

Between the World and Me

Isolation. Fear. Resignation.

What other book might you compare Between the World and Me to and why?

Illuminations by Mary Sharratt

Isolation. Determination. Mastery.

Have you listened to any of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not.

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

I neither laughed or cried. My strongest reaction is about his father. He taught him to fear and the anger followed.

Any additional comments?

Instead of being angry at the white woman who pushed his 4 year old son, he could have been carrying the little boy or had him in a stroller and avoided the problem all together. Instead, he blamed it on her race. Could be the woman had many problems of her own.

  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,647
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,653

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

Heart Wrenching

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

Reviewed: 11-14-15

Would you listen to A Little Life again? Why?

This was a very hard story to hear.
I don't think I would or could have finished it, if I hadn't known some people with a similar abuse story.
I was glad when it ended.

What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

Perfection.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The book just kept on moving me. I've cared for a number of poor young men with histories of spinal injury & abuse. It is a mostly impossible combination to get past. I thought his responses to it all was "normal" but his stubbornness, self defeating. His cries of "Please" really got to me.

Any additional comments?

Too many to write...

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Reason to Breathe

  • Breathing, Book 1
  • By: Rebecca Donovan
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,178

In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection - pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth - at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a great story

  • By Tonya on 07-17-13

Long Suffering Drama Queen TeenVS Psychopathology

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

Reviewed: 02-15-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Give the teens some real education. Truth telling and honest reality would have helped.

What three words best describe Kate Rudd’s voice?

Right on for the story.

Was Reason to Breathe worth the listening time?

I stopped listening for about a week and then decided I wanted to hear just how far the book would take the confused teen vs the psychotic relative tale.

Any additional comments?

The author missed a serious and much needed teaching moment.

  • The Testament of Mary

  • By: Colm Toibin
  • Narrated by: Meryl Streep
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,730
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,713

Meryl Streep’s performance of Colm Tóibín's acclaimed portrait of Mary is hailed by the New York Times Book Review as “an ideal audiobook,” presenting the three-time Academy Award-winner in “yet another great role.” Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Colm Tóibín's The Testament of Mary presents Mary as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity. In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son's crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel. They are her keepers, providing her with food and shelter and visiting her regularly. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was "worth it"; nor that the "group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye," were holy disciples. This woman who we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone, in a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • from a non believer...

  • By Taormina60 on 09-27-13

So real. I felt it was Mary speaking just to me.

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

Reviewed: 09-14-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Testament of Mary to be better than the print version?

Absolutely. Hearing Meryl Streep speak Mary's words made the book so much more believable. I could see the aged Mary as she spoke of her sorrow and coming demise.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Testament of Mary?

Mary's story about when she held Jesus's body, after his death, was a terribly sad but powerful time. The Pieta lived.

Have you listened to any of Meryl Streep’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not heard other Meryl Streep book performances before.

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

I had a lot of emotional response but did not laugh or cry. I did keep telling my husband how wonderful it was to listen to it. I have since told friends to download the book.

Any additional comments?

Mary's story did not go the way I was taught it. But, as a mother, I can see why she thought what she thought about the many changes in her families life. As Jesus grew and changed, she failed to see and know her Son's Divine Powers. Doing so was not her purpose or her job. She was His mother and wanted only to keep Him safe, well and alive.

14 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Zealot

  • The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
  • By: Reza Aslan
  • Narrated by: Reza Aslan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,773

From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E.

  • By Charles on 07-22-13

It felt like a lecture given by the other team.

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

Reviewed: 09-01-13

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

I'm glad to have listened because I had seen the Fox News interview of the author & wondered why they showed such,badly expressed anger. Then I found my anger surface while listening to the authors continual effort to convince and be the expert. As if, because he has studied history before, during & after the time of Jesus, he knows so, so much that in 2013, he can write a book that labels the Biblical story of Jesus's life & death to have been simply chucked full of twisted truths and fantasy. To me, it isn't so much of what he said but the tone in which he spoke that cause me to suspect his need to expose Jesus's story a contrivance of His devoted followers. The book got me to remember a thought that I had previously considered. I think it is probable that Jesus did not precisely know exactly what God was asking of Him. Jesus was first of all, a human. Much of what God intended Jesus to do, accomplish may have been hidden from Jesus's conscious mind and only gradually revealed to him. Jesus would have needed guidance in the years of ministry. He would have a sense but would not known every step to take along His way.

Did Zealot inspire you to do anything?

Zelot inspired me to remember the Healings of Jesus both the ones I have witnessed and the ones I have experienced.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Scorch Trials

  • Maze Runner, Book 2
  • By: James Dashner
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,157

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn't done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch. The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them. There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers' destruction—and they're determined to survive. Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast pace, new twists and more mysteries

  • By Paul on 11-07-10

The Scorch Trials

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-11

This was a miserable story and must have not been intended for an adult. Sorry I ever downloaded it.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful