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  • An Innocent Client

  • Joe Dillard, Book 1
  • By: Scott Pratt
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,041
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,634

A preacher is found brutally murdered in a Tennessee motel room. A beautiful, mysterious young girl is accused. In this Mystery Readers International finalist for "Best Debut Mystery" criminal defense lawyer Joe Dillard has become jaded over the years as he's tried to balance his career against his conscience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Legal Thriller!

  • By Wayne on 12-03-15

Dreadful narration. Weak plot

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

Reviewed: 02-24-19

the narrator had a stilted cadence. the plot was weak. the legal procedures were good, but nothing could overcome the dreadful narration. it was 8 hours of listening to "the ketchup advisory board" only with no humor or irony.

  • Justice Redeemed

  • By: Scott Pratt
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,852
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,455

Two years ago, Darren Street made a name for himself as the man who rooted out corruption in the district attorney's office. Now the hotheaded young lawyer is in the public eye yet again - this time, accused of murder. Jalen Jordan retained Street for what seemed to be a minor traffic violation, but when evidence turned up linking Jordan to the death of two boys, Street wanted out of the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Power In The Hands of Dishonest Prosecutors

  • By R. Pontiflet on 04-01-16

Weak plot, stereotypical characters

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

Not a mystery, not a courtroom procedural. characters are cardboard stereotypes. narrator makes the story bearable.

  • Still Lives

  • A Novel
  • By: Maria Hummel
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,712
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,587
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,589

Kim Lord is an avant garde figure, feminist icon, and agent provocateur in the LA art scene. Her groundbreaking new exhibition, Still Lives, is comprised of self-portraits depicting herself as famous murdered women - the Black Dahlia, Chandra Levy, Nicole Brown Simpson, among many others - and the works are as compelling as they are disturbing, implicating a culture that is too accustomed to violence against women.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not my favorite

  • By CB on 08-23-18

Awful rambling story

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

This would make a great movie. Characters are summarized, not developed. What plot there is is list in a maze of endless exposition and narrative "insights". The only saving grace is the outstanding narration.

Not a good choice Reese.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 123,440
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 114,205
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 113,660

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Got weird in the third half

  • By Jyoti on 06-19-19

Trevor Noah is delightful

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

Reviewed: 05-29-17

Trevor Noah lets us into the bits and pieces of a South African childhood. His narration makes this story memorable. He has the talent to look at tragedy and find the humor and grace in horrendous circumstances. And, he can even speak that clicking language.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Moonglow

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Chabon
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,230

Moonglow unfolds as the deathbed confession, made to his grandson, of a man the narrator refers to only as "my grandfather". It is a tale of madness, of war and adventure, of sex and desire and ordinary love, of existential doubt and model rocketry, of the shining aspirations and demonic underpinnings of American technological accomplishment at midcentury, and, above all, of the destructive impact - and the creative power - of the keeping of secrets and the telling of lies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful novel, terrible narrator

  • By Joyce M. Bernheim on 12-30-16

Was this a novel or a memoir?

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

Reviewed: 05-29-17

Grandfather leaps from one improbable scenario to the next. Mother and Grandmother also lead amazing lives. It doesn't read like fiction, it doesn't read like a memoir, and it leaves me vaguely unsatisfied because couldn't seem to find a clear narrative.

  • The Nix

  • A Novel
  • By: Nathan Hill
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 21 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,804

It's 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson - college professor, stalled writer - has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn't seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she's reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nathan Hill is an exceptional storyteller.

  • By Bonny on 09-13-16

Jumbled story

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

Reviewed: 05-29-17

This book was well narrated, but the author made too many jumps in the plot and the timeline became quite convoluted. It reads more like memories than a novel where every word in under the author's control.

  • Long Upon the Land

  • A Deborah Knott Mystery
  • By: Margaret Maron
  • Narrated by: Margaret Maron
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

On a quiet August morning, Judge Deborah Knott's father, Kezzie, makes a shocking discovery on a remote corner of his farm: the body of a man bludgeoned to death. Investigating this crime, Deborah's husband, Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant, soon uncovers a long-simmering hostility between Kezzie and the slain man over a land dispute. The local newspaper implies that Deborah's family may have had something to do with the murder - and that Dwight is dragging his feet on the case.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Author makes poor narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-17-15

Wonderful story, needs professional narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-15-16

Maron's writing is brilliant. Clever plots woven with North Carolina life and history. But, she's not an actress. She does a great disservice to her prose. Deborah becomes an old woman, Dwight has no weight, and others have no character at all.

  • Starvation Lake

  • A Mystery
  • By: Bryan Gruley
  • Narrated by: Rich Orlow
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35

Bryan Gruley's debut mystery has received starred reviews from publications such as Booklist and Publishers Weekly. Disgraced reporter Gus Carpenter returns home to his small town and becomes embroiled in a murder investigation.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Slow, juvenile and in desperate need of an editor

  • By gwt80 on 08-27-13

Wordy and slow

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

Reviewed: 02-03-16

The plot and writing were tedious and dull.The plot is paper thin and padded with play hy play hockey games. Instead of tension, the author caused the cardboard characters to stutter endlessly. The only reason I hot through this was the outstanding narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 10,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,557
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,564

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

A long sad book

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

Reviewed: 11-30-15

Again, the story of a world seen through the eyes of a damaged young man. Jude's ordeals were horrific, but why didn't all these rich and successful people who loved him get him treatment and medication. After age 18, Jude cried and apologized, yet refused to correct his flaws. And, except for a few scenes, everyone lived the ideal life. Outstanding prose and a gifted narrator got me through this, but I would not reccomend it.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Go Set a Watchman

  • A Novel
  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,333
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,298

An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, best-selling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To Kill A Mockingbird vs Go Set A Watchman

  • By Sara on 07-15-15

A first draft that should not have been published

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

Reviewed: 09-15-15

First, Reese Witherspoon is the wrong narrator for this book. It need a soft, velvet southern drawl, not Witherspoon's nasal twang that brings a harshness to the writing. Second, this is clearly the first draft of Lee's brilliant novel. The characters are flat, the plot weak and the book never has a real conclusion. It just ends. Such a disappointment.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful