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  • A Time to Kill & The King of Torts

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 28 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,201

The life of a 10-year-old black girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime, until her father acquires an assault rifle and takes justice into his own outraged hands.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lively voices tell gripping plot

  • By Paul Cragin on 11-05-12

Kill is a classic, but Torts, not so much

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

"A Time to Kill" is, for me, a more explosive "To Kill a Mockingbird". As a Memphis girl, I know these people well, and Grisham, from just down the road, across the state line into Mississippi about an hour, knows them inside and out. Every personality is real, whether we like it or not. The vocabulary is genuine, and Michael Beck's spectacular narration hits every note dead on. In an imperfectly perfect world, A Tine to Kill" would be required reading in every American high school. Unfortunately, and for clear reasons, that won't and can't happen.

Beck did everything he could for and with The King of Torts, but even he couldn't make me like or care about the primary character, whose trajectory was completely predictable by the third chapter, and thefe wete no surprises. No plot twist to provide a surprise ending. It plodded along that path with no relief, and endex tight where yky expect it will. The only reason I stuck with the book was to see if Beck could magically turn it around himself, but nope. He gave it a valiant shot, but there just wasn't material for even him to work with.

5 stars for "A Time to Kill"
5 stars for Michael Beck's narration
2 stars for "The King of Torts"

  • Suspect

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,343

LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Page Turner!!

  • By Jacqueline on 01-22-13

Good book. Great narration.

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

Reviewed: 11-27-17

Macleod Andrews gives "Suspect" fire. I'm certain he could make Ayn Rand and Tolstoy exciting.

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,578

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Book is good, but not great. Narration is spotty.

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

Avery's storyline (half the book) is superfluous and badly narrated. Catherine Taber's narration is great.

  • The Book of Lost Things

  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,948

High in his attic bedroom, 12-year-old David mourns the loss of his mother. He is angry and he is alone, with only the books on his shelf for company.But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother, he finds that the real world and the fantasy world have begun to meld. The Crooked Man has come, with his mocking smile and his enigmatic words: "Welcome, your majesty. All hail the new king."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For Those Who Enjoy Playing with Fairytales

  • By alison on 01-06-13

I think I'd like it, but the narration is horrid.

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

Reviewed: 05-16-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A narrator with more than 3 or 4 character voices in his repertoire.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book of Lost Things?

Snow White

How could the performance have been better?

Variety! It's the same note, over and over and over. I got up to about chapter 18 and just couldn't take it anymore. I'd given him every opportunity to turn it around, and he just didn't.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Book of Lost Things?

It's impossible to tell. The story became secondary to the grating narration.

Any additional comments?

It seems to be the kind of book that would be fantastic in a less staid, more character-oriented narrator's hands. This just performance cut the story off at the knees.

  • The One and Only Ivan

  • By: Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,234

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all. Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he's seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very nice story

  • By Ed on 09-03-13

Brilliant, and certainly not only for kids.

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

Reviewed: 11-15-16

The book is fantastic, heartwarming and sad, humorous and joyful, with a cast of supporting characters who are, each in his or her own right, unforgettable.

I need more! I want a book about Stella! And oh how I'd love to know what trouble Bob's gotten into in his life.

Thank you for this beautiful story.

One more note: This is by far and away the finest book narration Ive ever heard. Truly wonderful.

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