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  • A Criminal Defense

  • By: William L. Myers Jr.
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,579
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,302
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,275

When a young reporter is found dead and a prominent Philadelphia businessman is accused of her murder, Mick McFarland finds himself involved in the case of his life. The defendant, David Hanson, is Mick's best friend, and the victim, a TV news reporter, had reached out to Mick for legal help only hours before her death. Mick's played both sides of Philadelphia's courtrooms. As a top-shelf defense attorney and former prosecutor, he knows all the tricks of the trade. And he'll need every one of them to win.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The reader ruins it!

  • By Matthew Jarka on 05-15-17

The Narrator is the Worst

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

I couldn't even finish listening to this book because the narrator is so awful. He has one tone - angry. I cannot imagine listening to 13 hours of his angry voice. I tried to give it a go because the story actually seems fine. I might buy the book and just read it myself, but this narrator is the worst. Had to give it up after a few hours of angry narration.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 35,551
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,245
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32,096

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Couldn’t stop listening

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Such a great book! Heartfelt, thoughtful and extremely well written. I have recommended it to all my friends.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Devil's Chaplain

  • By: Bruce Hartman
  • Narrated by: Neal Arango
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Disillusioned with her corporate legal career, attorney Charlotte Ambler volunteers to handle the final appeal of Christopher Ritter, a Florida death row inmate whose execution is imminent. Ritter had been a prominent biologist before being convicted 10 years earlier for the brutal murder of a prostitute. He denies killing the woman but is tormented by guilt for other, secret transgressions. The only appeal he will allow is to prove that he is innocent - a kind of appeal which is almost impossible to succeed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting!

  • By Dee on 07-28-18

Trying to be something it isn’t

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

First, the narrator sounded like he was talking in a tunnel, which was annoying. I could hear the pauses in the recording. The story was made overly complicated by trying to intertwine “deep” philosophical themes that felt like the author was trying to be overly intellectual. It got really old and I couldn’t wait for this book to end. The female main character was another weak woman character which annoys me greatly. Finally, and I say this with some authority as a criminal defense attorney, the law isn’t presented in a believable or accurate way. Save your money.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Her Last Word

  • By: Mary Burton
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,421
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,410

Fourteen years ago, Kaitlin Roe was the lone witness to the abduction of her cousin Gina. She still remembers that lonely Virginia road. She can still see the masked stranger and hear Gina’s screams. And she still suffers the guilt of running away in fear and resents being interrogated as a suspect in the immediate aftermath. Now Kaitlin has only one way to assuage the pain and nightmares—by interviewing everyone associated with the unsolved crime for a podcast that could finally bring closure to a case gone cold.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story!

  • By Mamacat on 06-10-18

So sophomoric and dumb

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

I rarely write reviews, but if I can save someone the credit or $15, I’ll be glad I did. This book is dumb. Simple. Predictable. Unlikeable and unrealistic characters. I hated it. I was on a long drive so I listened to it, but ugh, it was so bad.

32 of 39 people found this review helpful

  • Bring Me Back

  • A Novel
  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hely, Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,602
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,498
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,495

Finn and Layla are young, in love, and on vacation. They’re driving along the highway when Finn decides to stop at a service station to use the restroom. He hops out of the car, locks the doors behind him, and goes inside. When he returns Layla is gone - never to be seen again. That is the story Finn told to the police. But it is not the whole story. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Is something happening here?

  • By Cassandra on 06-27-18

Painfully Stupid

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

I hated everything about this book. I’m ashamed I even finished it. There’s not a single character that is like able. The plot is repetitive and unbelievable. I can’t think of anything I liked about it. Truly an awful book.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Good Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Allison Leotta
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Emma, a freshman at a Michigan university, has gone missing. She was last seen leaving a bar near the prestigious and secretive fraternity known on campus as "the rape factory". The main suspect is Dylan Brooks, the son of one of the most powerful politicians in the state. But so far the only clues are pieced-together surveillance footage of Emma leaving the bar that night...and Dylan running down the street after her.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just a stupid book

  • By Briteney A Mercer on 06-21-17

Just a stupid book

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

Reviewed: 06-21-17

The main character in this book feels totally pathetic. Also, as a criminal defense attorney myself, I can say that her job as a "federal prosecutor" is completely unrealistic. I could barely get through this. The narrator is good, which is about the only positive thing I can say.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl from Home

  • By: Adam Mitzner
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Walker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 573
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 524
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 523

Jonathan Caine is a true master of the universe - a currency wizard with a trophy wife, a penthouse condo with a view of the Statue of Liberty, and the desire for more - when his world comes crashing down, spiraling him into a relentless fall from grace. Devastated, Jonathan returns to his hometown to care for his ailing father and attend his 25th high school reunion, where he becomes reacquainted with former prom queen Jacqueline Williams. Back in the day, Jackie didn't even know Jonathan existed.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted to like it

  • By Ashley on 04-13-16

Not a thriller

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

Reviewed: 06-13-17

I downloaded this book because I enjoyed the author's previous books. There is nothing about this book that makes it a thriller. Absolutely nothing. It was slow, it was drawn out, and it was pretty boring. Don't buy this book just because you liked his others, this one is very different.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Best Friends Forever

  • By: Jennifer Weiner
  • Narrated by: James Colby, Nicole Poole
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 223

Addie Downs and Valerie Adler will be best friends forever. That’s what Addie believes after Valerie moves across the street when they’re both nine years old. But in their teenage years, Val is swept into the popular crowd. Flash-forward 15 years. Addie Downs lives alone in her parents’ house, caring for a troubled brother and trying to meet Prince Charming on the Internet. she opens her door to find her long-gone best friend standing there, a terrified look on her face and blood on the sleeve of her coat.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun reading book..........

  • By Liza on 11-08-11

Ridiculously bad book

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

Reviewed: 08-28-16

The narration was good, but the story was really terrible. At multiple points I almost threw in the towel...and I should have. Just terrible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 3,061
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,803
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,801

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bit of a soap opera, but I used to watch those.

  • By Richard Delman on 11-13-17

Really lame

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

Reviewed: 08-20-15

There wasn't much about this book that I liked. I was annoyed at the narrators attempt to use different voices for different characters. All the females sounded dumb and all the cops sounded gruff. The plot was totally unrealistic and predictable. The female characters were all weak and pathetic...actually so was the main character. I finished it, but only because it was there. Don't waste your time.

59 of 78 people found this review helpful