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  • Redemption

  • Memory Man Series, Book 5
  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,093
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,066

Amos Decker and his FBI partner Alex Jamison are visiting his hometown of Burlington, Ohio, when he's approached by an unfamiliar man. But he instantly recognizes the man's name: Meryl Hawkins. He's the first person Decker ever arrested for murder back when he was a young detective. Though a dozen years in prison have left Hawkins unrecognizably aged and terminally ill, one thing hasn't changed: He maintains he never committed the murders. Could it be possible that Decker made a mistake all those years ago?   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like cordwood the bodies stack up...

  • By shelley on 04-17-19

Another Great Alex Decker Story!!!

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

Reviewed: 04-18-19

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! David Baldacci weaves a story of an ever changing Alex Decker caught up in Burlington, Ohio memories and the task of making an old wrong a right. Throw in the twist of international intrigue and you have another great story! I could not stop listening!

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Magpie Murders

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond, Allan Corduner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,987

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the best-selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A British Whodunit

  • By Sara on 07-24-17

Fabulous mystery!

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

The narrators do a wonderful job! I was drawn right into the murders and loved the twists and turns of the plot!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,844

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, good narrator, not so great production

  • By j phillips on 08-08-17

Drones on forever!

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

This was a book that could have been okay but it just drags on and on!

Dragnet: Old Time Radio - 379 Episodes
    
    
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        Frank Burt,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        James E. Moser,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        John Robinson
    
    


    
    
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        Jack Webb,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Barton Yarborough,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Ben Alexander,
    
    
        and others
    


    
    Length: 137 hrs and 52 mins
    311 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • Dragnet: Old Time Radio - 379 Episodes

  • By: Frank Burt, James E. Moser, John Robinson
  • Narrated by: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Ben Alexander, and others
  • Length: 137 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277

Dragnet was perhaps the most famous and influential police procedural drama in media history. The series gave millions of audience members a feel for the boredom and drudgery, as well as the danger and heroism, of real-life police work.

Actor and producer Jack Webb's aims in Dragnet were for realism and unpretentious acting. He achieved both goals, and Dragnet remains a key influence on subsequent police dramas in many media.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Grandfather of Law and Order

  • By lizski on 09-21-13

Not commercial free or distraction free!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

Probably not.

What did you like best about this story?

Jack Webb is a classic and the lines in the stories are classic!

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved it when Sgt. Joe Friday says "he had a fast car and he knew how to dive it".

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It will take you back to the old radio shows.

Any additional comments?

I did not like cigarette commercials and someone in the recording studio that at times sounds like they have the hiccups or burping!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 15th Affair

  • Women's Murder Club
  • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,995

As she settles in to motherhood and a happy marriage, Lindsay Boxer thinks she has found domestic bliss. But when a beautiful, alluring blonde woman with links to the CIA disappears from the scene of a brutal murder at a downtown luxury hotel, Lindsay's life begins to unravel. Before she can track down the woman for questioning, a plane crash plunges San Francisco into chaos, and Lindsay's husband, Joe, vanishes.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The end of the Lindsey road for me

  • By kathleen fitzpatrick on 05-11-16

Another great Lindsay Boxer!

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

Reviewed: 05-10-16

The narration is outstanding! I normally walk 4 to 5 miles a day while listening to books. I could not stop listening to this book! I walked an extra mile and ended up listening during the evening! I couldn't stop! Loved it!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Summer with a Star

  • Second Chances, Book 1
  • By: Merry Farmer
  • Narrated by: Dawnya Clarine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

All Tasha Pike has wanted for the past 20 years is to rent Sand Dollar Point for a summer. The grand Victorian on the beach of Summerbury, Maine was the object of her childhood fantasy and her standard of romance - and it was finally happening. Her dream summer is ruined, however, when she arrives in Summerbury to find that Hollywood superstar Spencer Ellis has muscled his way into the house instead. His offer that they share Sand Dollar Point is not only infuriating - it's insulting.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't listen

  • By Janet Hale on 04-05-19

Formulaic boredom!

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

Reviewed: 05-10-16

The narration was really awful. The story was formula romance and I didn't finish it. Truly boring!

  • Orphan Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Christina Baker Kline
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,041

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving story of sharing and transformation.

  • By Kathi on 04-03-13

Achingly beautiful!!

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

Reviewed: 11-17-15

If you have ever ached for a "what might have been" life, this is your book! It will stay with me for a very long time.

  • A Walk in the Woods

  • Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Rob McQuay
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,527

The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America - majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way - and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining

  • By Diane S on 11-13-12

A delight!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-15

This was my first foray into a book by Bill Bryson, and for that matter, the Appalachian Trail. I am an avid walker of coastal hills and enjoy the deer we have. The banter between friends and the factual information sprinkled throughout hit home for me. If only I had read in my younger days I might have tried to do the A.T.