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  • The Eighty-Dollar Champion

  • Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation
  • By: Elizabeth Letts
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,290

November 1958, New York. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden comes the most unlikely of horses—a drab white former plow horse named Snowman—and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When will this story become a movie

  • By eddie on 01-18-12

Wonderful story!

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

Reviewed: 09-25-12

Where does The Eighty-Dollar Champion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is high on my list of favorite audiobooks. Started listening late afternoon and listened throughout the night and into the morning. I absolutely loved this book. I'm a horse lover, but the backstory will appeal to everyone who enjoys a good rags to riches story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Snowman was my favorite character---he had so much personality--AND TALENT.

Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

ALL

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes---and I did.

Any additional comments?

I wish all books were this good!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Busy Body

  • By: Donald E. Westlake
  • Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Al Engel had worked his way up to being Nick Rovito’s right-hand man, near the top of the syndicate. And this was a delicate job that Rovito had given him: retrieving a very important jacket, loaded with heroin, from the fresh grave of the drug mule who was accidentally buried wearing it. There was just one problem (at least - just one to begin with): It turned out the grave was empty. Suddenly Engel was the one finding himself “in deep”.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great characters! Fun twist!

  • By Matthew S. Hill on 01-24-17

A good listen

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

Reviewed: 03-27-12

What did you love best about The Busy Body?

This was my first listen to a Westlake book and I enjoyed it. It was a good little mystery with amusing characters and humorous incidents. I plan to listen to more by Westlake.

  • The Member of the Wedding

  • By: Carson McCullers
  • Narrated by: Susan Sarandon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 782
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 708

The best way to experience this classic of the American South is by joining five-time Academy Award nominee and Best Actress winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, Thelma & Louise) as she guides the listener on a journey through the anguish of adolescence and isolation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's a Classic People

  • By FanB14 on 05-14-12

engaging coming of age story

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

Reviewed: 03-18-12

Would you listen to The Member of the Wedding again? Why?

No. It was good, but this 60-something listener only needs to hear it once.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the interaction of the characters who were very likeable and the interesting storyline.

Which scene was your favorite?

no favorites

Any additional comments?

no

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead

  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Mark Hammer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 139

Dave Robicheaux is dried out, back on the force, and remarried. When the ghost of a long-dead Confederate general begins to haunt his latest murder case, Dave's new found peace is threatened with mayhem and madness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, Although Not His Best

  • By Eva Gannon on 03-19-09

Engrossing story as usual with a ghostly twist.

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

Reviewed: 03-16-12

Where does In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

It's not at the top, but it was good. This author generally DOES NOT disappoint.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

No, not exactly on the edge of my seat. It had the usual violence associated with this series, which gets old.

Which scene was your favorite?

Not sure . . .

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No.

Any additional comments?

If you're a fan of this series, you'll enjoy this one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Schirmer Inheritance

  • By: Eric Ambler
  • Narrated by: Eric Meyers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30

Former bomber pilot George Carey becomes a lawyer and his first job with a Philadelphia firm looks tedious - he is asked to read through a large quantity of files to ensure nothing has been missed in an inheritance case where there is no traceable heir. His discoveries, however, lead to unforeseen adventures and real danger in post-war Greece.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hunting for an heir

  • By Jean on 03-26-13

Engaging, but over written.

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

Reviewed: 03-16-12

Would you try another book from Eric Ambler and/or Eric Meyers?

Maybe--I would want to see how long it is.

What other book might you compare The Schirmer Inheritance to and why?

Currently, I can't think of any.

What aspect of Eric Meyers???s performance would you have changed?

None it was OK

Was The Schirmer Inheritance worth the listening time?

Most of it was---it just took too long to hit the climax. Too many little distractions and sub-plots.

Any additional comments?

No.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Cleaner

  • By: Brett Battles
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,439
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,439

Meet Jonathan Quinn: a freelance operative with a take-no-prisoners style and the heart of a loner. His job? Professional "cleaner". Nothing too violent, just disposing of bodies. But his latest assignment will change everything. The job seemed simple enough: investigating a suspicious case of arson. But when a dead body turns up, and Quinn's handlers at "the Office" turn strangely silent, he knows he's in over his head. With only a handful of clues, Quinn struggles to find out why someone wants him dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent from start to finish

  • By Bernie on 07-11-07

Pretty good adventure

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-11

This is my first Brett Battles book and I found it pretty enjoyable. I learned a lot about CLEANERS and this story was basically believable and interesting. I'll try another bllk by him.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Silent Hour

  • A Lincoln Perry Mystery
  • By: Michael Koryta
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 237

Whisper Ridge, a multimillion-dollar architectural project built to house paroled murderers, was the passion of Alexandra Sanabria, the daughter of a deceased Mafia don. But the program never got off the ground. Uninhabited but also kept off the market, with taxes paid by a legal trust that Sanabria established just before she and her husband left town, the home remains as a strange monument to dangerous secrets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fine Book

  • By Z on 12-29-12

Strange Mystery

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-11

This story was a little strange--but it kept my interest. Many writers use too much filler, descriptions, unnecessary stuff--but Koryta was pretty much to the point. This was an involved mystery with a "backstory" that was eventually revealed. While interesting, it was basically unbelievable. However, I am planning to read more of his books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Strip

  • A Novel
  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 896

An aging but formidable strip-club owner, Claudiu "Manco" Kapak, has been robbed by a masked gunman as he placed his cash receipts in a bank's night-deposit box. Enraged, he sends his half-dozen security men out to find a suspect who is spending lots of cash and is new enough to Los Angeles not to know he was robbing a gangster.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not A Waste Of Time But...

  • By Ted on 10-27-13

Entertaining.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-11

I'm not necessarily a Perry fan, but this book's description appeared interesting so I gave it a try. I wanted to see how this story ended. There was a lot of action and it was entertaining. Some of the action was a bit far-fetched, but after all, it's a STORY. I'm sure I'll be reading another Perry book again.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fifth Witness

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,859
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,545

Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You can't put this one down

  • By Dan on 05-10-11

Connelly's latest doesn't disappoint!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-11

This is another of Michael Connelly's excellent stories. Gripping from start to finish it totally involves the listener. This latest book is by far much better than last year's "The Reversal". A MUST READ for Connelly fans.

  • The Burden of Proof

  • By: Scott Turow
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 19 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 338

Presumed Innocent was the fiction debut of the decade - a magnetic work of suspense that earned Turow acclaim for his unparalleled storytelling gifts. Now, in a brilliant follow-up, Scott Turow stakes his claim as an American master, in a mesmerizing novel of law, family and deceit. Alejandro "Sandy" Stern - the brilliant defense lawyer from Presumed Innocent - comes home to discover that his wife of 30 years has committed suicide, leaving behind a web of mystery, money, and guilt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Yet

  • By Suzn F on 09-15-10

Turow still has it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-11

It's been A LONG TIME since I've read a book by Turow, so I really didn't know what to expect. I was very pleased with this book. It was much more than a legal drama. It detailed the drama going on in the life of the main character, whose life changes drastically in the opening paragraphs of this story. We're introduced to his family, friends and neighbors; all told interestingly. It's not necessarily high drama, but it is a "page turner". I've already lined up 2 more of Turow's books to follow.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful