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  • Envy the Night

  • By: Michael Koryta
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 187

It has been seven years since Frank Temple III joined the rest of the world in learning his father's bloody secret: The U.S. marshal maintained a covert career as a contract killer, a double-life that ended in suicide to avoid prosecution and prison. The shocking revelation triggered years of anonymous drifting for Frank, time spent running from his legacy and struggling to believe that the father he'd loved so dearly was entirely in the wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much fun!

  • By Albert on 05-10-10

Way too long

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

I normally love a long book and an 11 1/2 hour book would be wonderful - however this book went on way too long and has too many characters that are tough to keep track of. It started out great - and fizzled somewhere in the middle and never really picked up. So far it's the only book of Mr. Koryta's that I find not worth reading.

  • Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante

  • A Maggie Hope Mystery
  • By: Susan Elia MacNeal
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 469
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 427
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 429

December 1941. Soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, DC, along with special agent Maggie Hope. Posing as his typist, she is accompanying the prime minister as he meets with President Roosevelt to negotiate the United States' entry into World War II. When one of the first lady's aides is mysteriously murdered, Maggie is quickly drawn into Mrs. Roosevelt's inner circle - as ER herself is implicated in the crime.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • RACIST AND INSULTING TO BLACK AMERICANS

  • By Linda Lou on 11-19-15

Horrible Performance

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

Not sure how this person keeps narrating her books. So much unnecessary drama to her voice. So disappointing.

  • They're Playing Our Song

  • A Memoir
  • By: Carole Bayer Sager
  • Narrated by: Carole Bayer Sager
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281

Grammy and Academy Award-winning songwriter Carole Bayer Sager shares the remarkably frank and darkly funny story of her life in and out of the recording studio, from her fascinating (and sometimes calamitous) relationships to her collaborations with some of the greatest composers and musical artists of our time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Amazing Work" from a new fan

  • By Rose Hunter on 11-04-16

Interesting listen

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

If you could sum up They're Playing Our Song in three words, what would they be?

interesting

What was one of the most memorable moments of They're Playing Our Song?

the whole Burt Bacharach storyline

Which scene was your favorite?

When she realized what Burt was really like

Any additional comments?

She reads very slowly and deliberately - I upped the speed to 1.25 and it was an easy listen

  • Cold Hit

  • By: Linda Fairstein
  • Narrated by: Allison Janney
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

On a steamy August evening, after an exhausting day in the courtroom, Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cooper joins her longtime pals and partners-in-investigation, NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, at a somber crime site. In her ten years as a sex crimes prosecutor, Alex has seen many victims, but few more poignant than today's, pulled from the water with her hands and feet obscenely tied to a ladder. Sleep comes uneasily after such a vision, but the knowledge that monsters walk the city's streets, preying on the innocent, motivates Alex and her colleagues with their sometimes heartbreaking work. Perhaps this time they will be lucky. A "cold hit" will match DNA from the crime scene with a suspect's DNA profile in the police database. Or is there a more sinister kind of "cold hit" that claimed the victims life in this case? Who was she? Her elegant clothes and manicured nails suggest affluent connections, but just how well connected suprises even Alex. Illuminating and inspiring, Cold Hit takes us from the paint-chipped offices of cops and D.A.s to the elegant restaurants of Alex's privileged Upper East Side life. The contrast is stunning, but it's all part of the extraordinary world that author Linda Fairstein has brought so vividly to life in this magnificent novel of suspense.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe I just don't like abridged

  • By AndKarena on 01-06-07

Worst narrator I've ever listened to

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

Reviewed: 07-06-16

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her monotone is sleep inducing. She's sooooo boring.

Any additional comments?

Grateful this was abridged so I didn't have to listen to Janney very long. I will never listen to any book she narrates. Absolutely no personality added to any of the characters.

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  • Pastime

  • By: Robert B. Parker
  • Narrated by: David Dukes
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Ten years ago, Paul Giacomin's corrupt father and loose mother used the boys as a pawn in their violent race: Only Spenser could call them off and straighten out the misled teen - almost getting killed in the process. Paul is now 24 and reconciled to his mother's wanton ways. But when Patty Giacomin vanishes, Paul begs Spenser to help him rescue her from the clutches of her boyfriend, a shady character he's sure coerced his mother into running.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Abysmal

  • By Me & My Girls on 07-02-15

Not up to par

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

Reviewed: 06-24-13

What would have made Pastime better?

A more energetic narrator

What could Robert B. Parker have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It's probably a good book but Mr. Dukes reads it in such a monotone and so slowly that Spenser doesn't even resemble the character he was in previous books.

How could the performance have been better?

Go back to the previous narrator

Any additional comments?

I love the Spenser series but this was just really bizarre. I wasn't able to get into the storyline very easily - I finished it but it was tough

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Partner in Crime

  • By: J. A. Jance
  • Narrated by: Debra Monk, Cotter Smith
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Rochelle Baxter was an artist recently arrived from Washington State, cruelly cut down in the early stages of a promising career. Now all that remains of her lies on a cold slab in the Cochise County morgue, and Sheriff Joanna Brady knows that murder has once again infected her small desert community. But there is more to this homicide than initially meets the eye: the victim died while under government protection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • tied it uo

  • By 97badgirl on 03-15-18

Changing narrators at book #16 is a bad idea

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

Reviewed: 08-03-12

Is there anything you would change about this book?

the narrators. For 16 books Gene Engene has been the narrator and has developed the character of JP exceptionally. His skills make him one of my favorite narrators.

I'm sure Debra and Cotter are fine narrators but it was very difficult to listen to them read this book - especially Cotter since his voice is 180 degrees different from Gene's

How could the performance have been better?

Only one narrator. I'm not a fan of multiple narrators. This sounds like old time radio acting out a story.

Did Partner in Crime inspire you to do anything?

no

Any additional comments?

In an effort to be redundant - note to publishers - stick with what is great.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful