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  • The Testament

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,176

Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States. He is also eccentric, reclusive, confined to a wheelchair, and looking for a way to die. His potential heirs, to no one's surprise - especially Troy's - are circling like vultures. But Troy shocks them all when he leaves his fortune to an estranged, illegitimate daughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Late & Glowing Review

  • By Bee Keeper on 03-13-10

Boring Boring Boring

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

Call me shallow but when I reach for a John Grisham book I am expecting an entertaining and engaging legal drama. This book is insufferably long and slow. It is an eco-trip described in minute detail, contrasted with a family dispute over a will drawn by a rich manipulative codger. The latter was more interesting, but not enough to sustain interest. I shut it down about half way through. Terrible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Scared to Death

  • Detective Kay Hunter, Book 1
  • By: Rachel Amphlett
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

"If you want to see your daughter alive again, listen carefully." When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong. But Detective Kay Hunter isn't convinced, especially when a man is found dead with the ransom money still in his possession. When a second schoolgirl is taken, Kay's worst fears are realized.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Police Procedural Makes the Mark

  • By MarisaReads on 10-18-17

Ready to binge the Series!

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

I started at the beginning with this Book 1 of the Kay Hunter series and now I am going to read all the others. I like the characters and the story was engaging. I enjoy police procedurals with female leads but do not want to be bogged down with too much detail on their personal or romantic lives. I can get that in a work of general fiction. This book hit the mark for me- enough to provide some insight but not so much that you lost track of the central plot line. The only negative for me was the narrator. I see that some readers love her so it is obviously a matter of individual taste, but I found her to be quite irritating. Her dialogue voice was very good, but the general narration drove me up the wall with her very measured and d-i-s-t-i-n-c-t enunciation of every word. I see she narrates all of this series however, so I guess I will just have to get used to it. Otherwise this was a great book.

  • Doubt

  • Caroline Auden
  • By: C. E. Tobisman
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 376

When Caroline Auden lands a job at a top Los Angeles law firm, she's excited for the challenge - and grateful for the chance to put her dark past as a computer hacker behind her. Right away, her new boss asks her to find out whether a popular GMO causes healthy people to fall ill. Caroline is only supposed to dig in the trenches and report up the ladder, but her tech background and intuition take her further than planned.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't finish it.

  • By Customer X on 09-24-16

Well written but too far-fetched

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

I liked the writing and unlike others, did not mind the references made about the main character's various anxiety related thoughts and behaviours. However, I prefer a story that does not strain credibility to the extent that this one does. Particularly outstanding on this front are the instances where attempts to build tension and suspense hinge on completing complicated tasks in a very constrained period of time. We are given regular count downs of how much time is left, and it is beyond absurd what Caroline is able to achieve in these time periods. It is just flat out impossible to achieve the things she does in the time allotted, without superpowers of some kind. Also beyond the limits of reason are her decisions to do all kinds of dangerous tasks on her own. She works for a big-time law firm with lots of resources -- do they not have access to professional investigators?? Why are lawyers out
in the field galavanting around on their own tracking down nefarious people and staking out dodgy characters? No reasonable explanation is ever offered for this. This kind of disconnect brought down this book in my ratings, though I would still give this author another chance given the calibre of the writing.

  • 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 2,556
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,257

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

Narration Nightmare

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

Reviewed: 05-25-17

I am only about half way through this book but I am thinking of abandoning ship because of the incredibly aggravating narration. Others have said the same, and I wish I had taken heed. The narrator speaks every single sentence like he is spewing venom. Every word is an angry, raspy snarl spoken with such dramatic urgency that it is utterly exhausting to listen to and a total distraction from the story. Why oh why did he choose (or was he directed ) to do it this way? It makes no sense at all. The plot thus far is actually quite interesting, and although none of the characters are particularly likeable that is not an issue for me. I am going to try my best to just grit my teeth and listen to more of it so I can see where the story goes, but it will take a heroic effort to endure more of this exasperating narration. Such a shame.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Behind Her Eyes

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Pinborough
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Josie Dunn, Bea Holland, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,386
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,387

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar, and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she's thrilled she finally connected with someone. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar...who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can't keep his eyes off Louise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the twist and turns

  • By Annie C. on 03-10-18

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

I should have read the reviews and not just looked at the star ratings, because this is one of those love it or hate it kind of books. If you don't enjoy the fantasy genre you probably won't like this story, because the whole thing hinges on the ability of some characters to travel outside their bodies. If this concept leaves you cold, move on. If you are fine with it, then the next test turns on how much of a stickler you are for believable characters. Louise, the unfortunate victim in this piece, challenges both patience and imagination with her ridiculous gullibility and misplaced acts of conscience. Kind of reminds me of the character in the horror movie who insists on going down alone into the dark and ominous basement of a haunted house with nothing but a match stick and an IQ of ten. You want to scream "Don't go down there you idiot! and you may find yourself thinking or even shouting similar advice when confronted with Louise's various ii-advised and baffling decisions. I will say this though, the ending was unexpected, which is worth something.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Defense

  • By: Marcia Clark
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,446
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,439

Samantha Brinkman, an ambitious, hard-charging Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, is struggling to make a name for herself and to drag her fledgling practice into the big leagues. Sam lands a high-profile double-murder case in which one of the victims is a beloved TV star - and the defendant is a decorated veteran LAPD detective. It promises to be exactly the kind of media sensation that would establish her as a heavy hitter in the world of criminal law.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Middling Legal Drama by Famous Prosecutor

  • By Dubi on 10-06-16

Not impressed

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

Reviewed: 08-03-16

Did not love this book. Marcia Claek's writing is a little amateurish. Characters kind of thinly drawn and the story far fetched.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • I Almost Forgot About You

  • A Novel
  • By: Terry McMillan
  • Narrated by: Terry McMillan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,895

In I Almost Forgot About You, Dr. Georgia Young's wonderful life - great friends, family, and successful career - aren't enough to keep her from feeling stuck and restless. When she decides to make some major changes in her life, quitting her job as an optometrist and moving house, she finds herself on a wild journey that may or may not include a second chance at love.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I Almost Forgot About You

  • By Tiger 2010 on 06-11-16

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 08-03-16

Loved all of the author's previous books but found this one rather dull. Couldn't finish it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Before the Fall

  • By: Noah Hawley
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,903
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,077
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,048

On a foggy summer night, 11 people - 10 privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later the unthinkable happens: The plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs - the painter - and a four-year-old boy who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The end sure does fall...

  • By shelley on 09-17-17

Best book of the Summer

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

Reviewed: 08-03-16

Totally engaging book. Very effective telling through the characters' individual back stories. My only criticism is that it was a little slow in parts with an over abundance of detail otherwise it totally eclipsed all the other books that have been recommended as a great summer read. Loved it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Devil's Bridge

  • Alexandra Cooper, Book 17
  • By: Linda Fairstein
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 275

The Manhattan waterfront is one of New York City's most magnificent vistas, boasting both the majestic Statue of Liberty and the George Washington Bridge - the world's busiest span for motor vehicles. But in Devil's Bridge, Detective Mike Chapman will discover the peril that lurks along this seemingly benign expanse as he takes on his most personal case yet: the disappearance of Alex Cooper.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing and painful

  • By Elizabeth on 08-24-15

Couldn't finish it

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

Reviewed: 11-17-15

I am afraid there was nothing about this book that I liked so I have given up on it. The narration was annoying and the story was just slow and boring boring boring. Perhaps it gets better, but I will never know.

  • A Perfect Heritage

  • By: Penny Vincenzi
  • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 28 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

The House of Farrell - home of The Cream, an iconic face product that has seen women flocking to its bijoux flagship store in the Berkeley Arcade since 1953. At Farrell, you can rely on the personal touch. The legendary Athina Farrell remains the company's figurehead and in her kingdom at the Berkeley Arcade, Florence Hamilton plies their cosmetics with the utmost discretion. She is sales advisor - and holder of secrets - extraordinaire. But of course the world of cosmetics is changing and the once glorious House of Farrell is now in decline.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Entertaining

  • By parsnip on 08-31-15

Highly Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 08-31-15

Compelling story, great narration, interesting characters. Although quite predictable, it somehow succeeded in being very engaging. Not a deep read, but a nice long one, with everything neatly tied up with a bow in the end.