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  • House of Sand and Fog

  • By: Andre Dubus III
  • Narrated by: Andre Dubus III, Fontaine Dollas Dubus
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 760
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 375

In this riveting novel of almost unbearable suspense, three fragile yet determined people become dangerously entangled in a relentlessly escalating crisis. Colonel Behrani, once a wealthy man in Iran, is now a struggling immigrant willing to bet everything he has to restore his family's dignity. Kathy Nicolo is a troubled young woman whose house is all she has left, and who refuses to let her hard-won stability slip away from her. Sheriff Lester Burdon becomes obsessed with helping her fight for justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Astounding characterizations, and wonderfully read

  • By Lisa on 06-08-04

A VERY ENGAGING STORY

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-20-18

The story is rich in information on an Iranian family who are forced to leave their lavish lifestyle behind and escape to the States. In California they encounter other Iranians in similar circumstances but all believe they should put on a show and pretend they are still wealthy. The plot is less believable with the Americans - an unhappy cop and a woman who is a former junkie and alcoholic. The story becomes quite melodramatic and somewhat unbelievable as it moves along.

  • The Code of the Woosters

  • Jeeves to the Rescue
  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703

Witty Wodehouses�s best-loved creation is the master-servant team of Bertie Wooster, the charming nitwit, and Jeeves, his effortlessly superior valet and protector. Newsweek says "they are at their best in The Code of the Woosters." Newsweek says "they are at their best in The Code of the Woosters."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Wodehouse narrator

  • By Philip on 03-09-05

FULLY ENTERTAINING SILLINESS

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Jeeves the butler is again called on the rescue not only his idiot employer but his noble friends. A lot of laughs.

  • See How She Dies

  • By: Lisa Jackson
  • Narrated by: Katherine Fenton
  • Length: 17 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 262

London Danvers was kidnapped as a child from her wealthy family. Over the years, many women have claimed to be her, trying to lay claim to the long-lost heiress's inheritance. Among them is Adria Nash, who has arrived in Oregon claiming to be London - but, unlike the others, she's different: she knows personal details only London could have known. And there is someone who does believe her - who is watching her every move, waiting to see how she runs, how she screams, and how she dies....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Surprised and Disappointed

  • By Mimi B. on 10-13-17

WELL TOLD TALE

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-18

A very interesting story of a lost heiress and those who want to get her out of the picture - for good.

  • The Council of Twelve

  • The Hangman's Daughter, Book 7
  • By: Oliver Pötzsch, Lisa Reinhardt - translator
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

The year is 1672. Hangman Jakob Kuisl and his family travel to Munich, the cosmopolitan heart of Bavaria, for a meeting of the prestigious Council of Twelve, the leaders of the empire’s hangmen’s guild - prestigious for dishonourable hangmen at least. But something dark is happening behind the scenes: in the past weeks, young women have begun turning up dead. At first the authorities assume they are a rash of suicides, but when Kuisl notices that each woman possesses a matching amulet, suspicions arise that someone is murdering them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book in series

  • By MDaniTC on 06-21-18

ANOTHER WONDERFUL STORY FROM OLIVER POTZSCH

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-18

The hangman, his daughter and son-in-law travel with the small boys to a convention of hangmen. Murder and mayhem follow. As always, a very interesting tale.

  • The Scarecrow

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,317

Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career. He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Depth & Breadth

  • By P. Giorgio on 05-29-09

A SUPERB STORY START TO FI NISH

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-18

A well written story of a Pulitzer prize willing reporter hanging on to the last threads of his job as the newspaper world collapses.

  • Judgment Call

  • Joanna Brady Mysteries
  • By: J. A. Jance
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282

When Joanna Brady's daughter, Jenny, stumbles across the body of her high school principal, Debra Highsmith, in the desert, the Cochise County sheriff's personal and professional worlds collide. Though she's tried to protect her children from the dangers of the grown-up world, the search for justice leads straight to her own door and forces her to face the possibility that her beloved daughter may be less perfect than she seems. Yet the deeper Joanna digs, the more complications she uncovers....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Having Joanna back.

  • By Mara on 08-14-12

JOANNA BRADY DOES IT AGAIN

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-18

She's a sheriff and a working mom who has to deal with the murder of the high school principal while living with a touchy teenager and a toddler. It's a good thing she has a helpful husband, Butch the writer. J.A. Jance's stories are always top drawer.

  • Y is for Yesterday

  • By: Sue Grafton
  • Narrated by: Judy Kaye
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,021
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,711

The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a 14-year-old classmate - and film the attack. Not long after, the tape goes missing, and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state's evidence, and two of his peers are convicted. But the ringleader escapes without a trace.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not her best

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-29-17

Y IS FOR SAYING GOOD BYE TO SUE GRAFTON

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-18

This was Sue Grafton's last book. Y is now the last letter of the alphabet series. The story had a darker tone than most and was slow moving in parts. But like all the stories before it, this one was entertaining and well written. Kinsey Millhone will be sorely missed.

  • The Western Star

  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,522
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,328

Sheriff Walt Longmire is enjoying a celebratory beer after a weapons certification at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy when a younger sheriff confronts him with a photograph of 25 armed men standing in front of a Challenger steam locomotive. It takes him back to when, fresh from the battlefields of Vietnam, then-deputy Walt accompanied his mentor Lucian to the annual Wyoming Sheriff's Association junket held on the excursion train known as the Western Star, which ran the length of Wyoming from Cheyenne to Evanston and back.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I am a huge Longmire fan...

  • By BDHumbert on 10-05-17

AN OLD AND NEW STORY OF SHERIFF WALT LONGMIRE

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-17

this was an i interesting story that jumped back and forth from Walt Longmire's first day in law enforcement to the present when he's looking at retirement. The only problem I had with it was the abrupt end. If it was a cliff hanger, then I'm angered. I hate cliff hangers. If that was it, it's unfinished.

  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series, Book 5
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,960
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,944

Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, the brilliant hacker, the obstinate outsider, the volatile seeker of justice for herself and others - even she has never been able to uncover the most telling facts of her traumatic childhood, the secrets that might finally fully explain her to herself. Now, when she sees a chance to uncover them once and for all, she enlists the help of Mikael Blomkvist, the editor of the muckraking investigative journal Millennium. And she will let nothing stop her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to par

  • By cristina on 10-03-17

ANOTHER OFFERING IN THE LISBETH SALANDER SERIES

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-17

David Lagercrantz did an admirable job of added yet another book to the series. He no Stieg Larson, but those of us who are listening to book in English probably don't know the difference. Lisbeth is entangled with some dangerous people in and out of prison. Blumquest is uncovering a story of massive insider trading and corruption when he comes across another story of separated twins with one treated badly. Knowing Lisbeth's background, he becomes more and more involved until the peeled onion stings his eyes.

  • A Broken Hallelujah

  • Rock and Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen
  • By: Liel Leibovitz
  • Narrated by: Liel Leibovitz
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 103

Why is it that Leonard Cohen receives the sort of reverence we reserve for a precious few living artists? Why are his songs, three or four decades after their original release, suddenly gracing the charts, blockbuster movie sound tracks, and television singing competitions? And why is it that while most of his contemporaries are either long dead or engaged in uninspired nostalgia tours, Cohen is at the peak of his powers and popularity? These are the questions at the heart of A Broken Hallelujah.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A beautiful story about a beautiful man

  • By Sandra on 07-10-14

FACTUAL, WELL-RESEARCHED AND BORING

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-17

if nothing else, Liel Leibovitz has a catchy title for his work. He went into great detail with Leonard Cohen's poetry reminding the reader that Leonard Cohen was not just a singer or song writer, he was a gifted poet. However, the book reads like a senior thesis. I suspect it was , and after being highly praised by academics, it was turned into a book. It should come with a warning notice that iit is acceptable for reference purposes but not entertaining.