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  • The Reckoning

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,546
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,510

Pete Banning was Clanton's favorite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, a father, a neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning in 1946, he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Would make a 5 star four hour novella, ...

  • By Wayne on 11-03-18

Boring. No plot. Boring. Did I mention boring?

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

I cannot believe how boring this book was. The only reason I even finished it was because I was holding out hope that at some point something interesting was going to happen, a plot twist, or even just a plot. Spoiler alert....that did not happen. It was overly long. Partly a diatribe on the war (I thought i was listening to my history prof at one point). The plot was predicable and could have been finished in about half the time. The characters were mundane at best. Beck (narrator) is always good so cheers to him for making it through this fiasco of a story. Skip this one. If you were hoping for the riveting storylines that we loved from Grisham (Firm, Time to Kill and most of his earlier works) then you will want to weep when you finish with this because those times are gone. Its ok that this is not a legal thriller. JG should expand his genre, but it should at least be interesting and if not thrilling then I'd settle for decent. This was none of those things.

  • The Map to Everywhere

  • By: Carrie Ryan, John Parke Davis
  • Narrated by: John Glouchevitch
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

To Master Thief Fin, an orphan from the murky pirate world of the Khaznot Quay, the Map is the key to finding his mother. To suburban schoolgirl Marrill, it's her only way home after getting stranded on the Pirate Stream, the magical waterway which connects every world in creation (Apparently she shouldn't have climbed aboard the mysterious pirate ship that sailed out of nowhere and into a dry Arizona parking lot. How was she to know?).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Adventure!

  • By ChicagoCubsGrl on 07-31-18

Adventure!

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

The narration was excellent. Definitely get this book. The story is fun and the characters are lively and very interesting. Just an FYI though the second book has different narrators and the story felt completely different. I couldn't finish listening to the second book after the great narration of the first book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Force

  • A Novel
  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,008
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,645

All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop. He is the "King of Manhattan North", a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of "Da Force". Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, and the baddest - an elite special unit given carte blanche to fight gangs, drugs, and guns. Every day and every night for the 18 years he's spent on the job, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Winslow continus to amaze

  • By Steve L on 07-13-17

Primal. Makes you feel like you are there

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

Reviewed: 07-01-17

This is wild, exciting, and has a primal edge. The narrator makes you feel as if you are there, part of it. You root for Denny and the force because it feels like you are part of the force. It's fast paced and moves with an urgency that pulls you into the story. Definitely will listen to this more than once.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Camino Island

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,249
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,216

Priceless F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts stolen in a daring heist; a young woman recruited to recover them, and a beach-resort bookseller who gets more than he bargained for - all in one long summer on Camino Island.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham wrote this?

  • By Dan on 06-13-17

Someone kidnapped John Grisham

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

What disappointed you about Camino Island?

I kept looking at the cover to confirm it was actually a John Grisham novel. Im sure Grisham was kidnapped and they forced him to write this. Maybe we should pool our money and ransom him back so the next book can be good. The plot was slow, unimaginative and I felt I had to force myself to keep going with the desperate hope it would improve. It did not. The character was so unimaginative, weak and whiny. The plot was nonexistent, boring and dragged. Main character Mercer was pathetic.

Would you ever listen to anything by John Grisham again?

Yes. But with trepidation. Gray mountain was not great and this was just awful.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator seemed whiny and very timid, which reflected the character. But there was no drama to the performance. There was no drama to the book really.

What character would you cut from Camino Island?

The main character. Bruce was ok not especially interesting though and the idea of the manuscripts being stolen was great, but after the initial heist in the first chapter the novel just went downhill and kept going. The ending was boring boring boring. The women authors who lived together and wrote romances (lee and her partner) were funny but the main character was just pathetic.

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your money buying this audiobook, maybe reading the actual novel would have been better, perhaps the narrator ruined the book, but I don't see how any narrator could have made this plot exciting. Im just going to pretend like I never read this, because it has ruined my opinion of John Grisham.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dry

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,213
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,210

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now, more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing dry here!

  • By green ice cream garden on 01-18-17

Predictable but good

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

Reviewed: 02-27-17

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

i did not read print version but the narrator was great and brought the story to life in a way i don't think the print version could match.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

not really...it was interesting but not necessary suspenseful. The storyline was good but fairly predictable.

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

feeling (and appropriate voice)

  • Just Mercy

  • A Story of Justice and Redemption
  • By: Bryan Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Bryan Stevenson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,659
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,629

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Made me question justice, peers and myself.

  • By Kristy VL on 04-17-15

narrator hurt story

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

Reviewed: 02-27-17

What would have made Just Mercy better?

a professional narrator - I understand the author narrated the story but the narration was so poor it was hard to get through the first hour of the book. I gave up. I just couldn't listen any longer. the book seems great, but it will have to be read vs an audio experience.

  • Rogue Lawyer

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,877
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,860

On the right side of the law. Sort of. Sebastian Rudd is not your typical street lawyer. He works out of a customized bulletproof van, complete with Wi-Fi, a bar, a small fridge, fine leather chairs, a hidden gun compartment, and a heavily armed driver. He has no firm, no partners, no associates, and only one employee: his driver, who's also his bodyguard, law clerk, confidant, and golf caddy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not the John Grisham I know

  • By William Moritz on 11-01-15

Ugh. A far cry from his best work.

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

Reviewed: 10-28-15

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

A better story. Since there was not one single story but several different ones it felt like there was no flow. It read as if there was no plot or point. There was really only 1 good short story and the rest just was uninteresting. The main character wasn't even that great. It felt as if Grisham wrote it just to write something, didn't really even feel like one of his works.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator was ok. Sometimes a narrator can't make a bad story good though.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

Go back and re-read his great works from the beginning of his career. This book feels like a sell out (Gray Mountain wasn't much better either).

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  • Satori

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593

It is the fall of 1951 and the Korean War is raging. Twenty-six year-old Nicholai Hel has spent the last three years in solitary confinement at the hands of the Americans. Hel is a master of hoda korosu or "naked kill," fluent in seven languages, and has honed extraordinary "proximity sense" - an extra awareness of the presence of danger. He has the skills to be the world's most fearsome assassin and now the CIA needs him. The Americans offer Hel freedom, money, and a neutral passport in exchange for one small service: go to Beijing and kill the Soviet Union's Commissioner to China.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not the same caliber as The Force

  • By Keith on 12-07-17

Riveting

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

Reviewed: 09-04-15

What made the experience of listening to Satori the most enjoyable?

the narrator was spot on.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Satori?

can't say because it would give too much away. but a lot of it was memorable.

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

yes. this is very good.

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

the betrayal

Any additional comments?

must read !

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Nature of the Beast

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,235

Hardly a day goes by when nine-year-old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions to walking trees to winged beasts in the woods to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Go with hard copy next time

  • By Angela on 07-30-16

WONDERFUL

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

Reviewed: 09-04-15

Where does The Nature of the Beast rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

very high among the Penny novels.

What did you like best about this story?

Ruth's character and as always Gabri.

What about Robert Bathurst’s performance did you like?

Even though there is a new narrator Robert Bathurst does a wonderful job. He has feeling and makes you feel the emotions of Gamache. It is not the Gamache we remember but it is good. The portrayal of Ruth was a bit off, her narration did not evoke the same Ruth feeling I love. She sounds a bit too much like on old man than the snarky ruth.

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

Riveting. But at times a bit predictable but it seems to take the characters awhile to catch up even thought the solution seems obvious at times.

  • Wild Rover No More

  • Being the Last Recorded Account of the Life & Times of Jacky Faber
  • By: L. A. Meyer
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 656
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653

Audie Award, Best Female Narrator, 2016. Jacky Faber is framed as passing confidential U.S. information to the British. Forced to flee Boston, she goes undercover as a governess for a prominent Puritan family. When outed by a nosy postmaster, she deserts the respectability of her position, dons a leotard and slippers, and poses as a Russian tightrope walker in a traveling circus. But the law soon catches up with her, and prospects do not look good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I feel I have lost a friend.

  • By Jonathan on 02-09-15

perfect as always

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

Reviewed: 06-19-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Wild Rover No More to be better than the print version?

The entire series is amazing. So sad this is the end.

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

Jackies character really comes to life because of the narrator. All the characters are very distinguished because of the superior job.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes. i also wanted to go back and start all over with the series