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Publisher's Summary

Abby Donovan’s decade-long dream of partnership at her prestigious Chicago law firm is just months from fruition. But it’s all about to change because of one misstep. One step onto a late-night train headed in the wrong direction. Headed into Chicago’s west side, where gangs and violence and drugs fill the streets. In this engaging debut, E.C. Diskin, a former Chicago attorney, takes us on a fast-paced thrill ride with a believable and flawed heroine. Listeners will relate to her, fear for her, and get a glimpse inside Chicago’s best and worst. From the roughest streets of the west side to the estates of the North Shore, Abby Donovan and the unexpected villains of The Green Line will keep you listening late into the night as they shine light on a little-known, often-used, and widely-abused legal maneuver.

©2013 E.C. Diskin (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 01-01-18

Well Written Book

This was a well crafted legal thriller that swept me along for a very entertaining ride. The pace cranks up in the second half of the book which I read in one final sitting. Like some other reviewers I also have a background in law and could relate to the big law firm scene and the long all consuming hours of work - although, I hasten to add, that's never been my own path in the law. The main character was very nicely drawn with a depth and believably that helped drive the plot and the growing sense of horror the story evoked as her life begins to crumble around her.

Jeff Cummings was very average with the delivery of the story. He tended to over act each character making them sound cartoonish it was very distracting. When he used his own voice the narration was much better.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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I couldn't listen to this...

Would you try another book from E. C. Diskin and/or Jeff Cummings?

Yes...my review is purely on the narration of the audiobook.

Would you be willing to try another book from E. C. Diskin? Why or why not?

Yes...see above.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeff Cummings?

Annoying. If the narrators voice doesn't work for me, I just can't listen.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Green Line?

Needs a different narrarator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 06-09-16

Interesting narration!

Narrator Jeff Cummings tries to reflect the emotions, voices, and accents of all of the many characters who have dialog. He does a horrible job which irritated me for the first hour. But then it became funny and added to my enjoyment of the book.

The Green Line is an excellent legal thriller. The protagonist is a lawyer but all of the action is outside the courtroom. I would definitely read other books by this author.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Narration distracts from the story

Is there anything you would change about this book?

If you can get past the narration, which is very silly and borderline racist when voicing certain characters, the story itself is actually pretty smart and interesting.

What did you like best about this story?

Smartly written. Since the author is an actual lawyer the legal part of the story was convincing.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeff Cummings?

Literally anyone.

Could you see The Green Line being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Perhaps Anna Kendrick as Abby, Shemar Moore as Marcus.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ms. Lucy
  • Fairfield, California
  • 03-18-14

Horrid narration

Would you try another book from E. C. Diskin and/or Jeff Cummings?

From the publisher's summary I WANTED to read this book, especially since I grew up in Chicago. Very unfortunately the narrator was really the worst I have ever heard (and my collection of audio books is in the hundreds), so, regardless of how good the story may have been, I wasn't able to enjoy it. After approximately an hour of ear assault I was forced to stop.

Would you ever listen to anything by E. C. Diskin again?

I would consider another book by this author ONLY IF THE NARRATOR WAS DIFFERENT.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His ability to do different voices was a joke. He REALLY messed up the main character - she is from the south and the narrator had trouble doing a woman, let alone one with a southern accent. It wasn't even funny - it was just BAD. Because there was a fair amount she had to "say", the narrator had to do her voice a lot and he simply couldn't. Someone should have stopped him.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Green Line?

I couldn't say because I was stuck - hearing the narrator was truly an audible assault.

Any additional comments?

Do not listen to anything narrated by Jeff Cummings.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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So annoying

This book is about a woman, maybe a woman should have read it rather than a man using a terrible woman's voice and seriously AWFUL accents. I made it less than 3 chapters, it's almost comical how bad the narration is.

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Great powerful story!

Loved the story! Characters were strong! A lot going on in this book, awesome story to listen to!

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enjoyable story

Narration horrible. Southern accent for female character sounded like Dustin Hoffman's Tootsie. VERY DISTRACTING

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Hard to put down!

Hard to put down! I'm from Chicago, made it especially interesting. I'll read his work again

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It's not one of those that grabs at the beginning

It's not one of those that grabs at the beginning and keeps you motivated to return so i found it boring.