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  • The Rooster Bar

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 691

Law students Mark, Todd and Zola wanted to change the world - to make it a better place. But these days these three disillusioned friends spend a lot of time hanging out in The Rooster Bar, the place where Todd serves drinks. As third-year students, they realise they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to Mr Grisham's usual compelling level.

  • By Darren Kelly on 11-11-17

What was that about

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

I have just finished listening to this offering on Audible and I can safely say it is one of the dullest books that I have read or heard in years. The story lacked any sophistication and excitement. After a while I just played it late at night when I had trouble sleeping. Hope it reads better than it sounds.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hit

  • Will Robie, Book 2
  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489

When government hit man Will Robie is given his next target he knows he’s about to embark on his toughest mission yet. He is tasked with killing one of their own, following evidence to suggest that fellow assassin Jessica Reel has been turned. She’s leaving a trail of death in her wake, including her handler. The trap is set. To send a killer to catch a killer. But what happens when you can’t trust those who have access to the nation’s most secret intelligence?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A plot that follows a theme for Baldacci

  • By Ian on 30-11-14

Mixed feelings about this followup to Robie Book 1

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

Reviewed: 13-02-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If you want to follow the sequence of Robie books then you might as well purchase this book to understand how the characters have been developed.
I found that the first half of the book took off where the first Robie novel left off but it seemed like the author didn't know how to finish the book or which characters should be kept alive for future novels. I think the story could have ended sooner and he could have fleshed out other parts to give it more of a well researched feel where he could really bring the reader onsite with the characters

Would you be willing to try another book from David Baldacci? Why or why not?

I would try another Baldacci book as the first one was so good he deserves a chance to redeem himself.

What about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance did you like?

Ron McLarty is definitely one of the best, if not the best male narratorsI have come across since I first subscribed to Audible about 6 years ago. Orlagh Cassidy is good with some characters but could have been better with the main female character in Book 2. Her performance was much better in Book 1.

Could you see The Hit being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No.

  • The Innocent: Will Robie, Book 1

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669

Will Robie is an assassin with a mission. But whose side is he on?

Back in DC after successful missions in Edinburgh and Tangier, assassin Will Robie sees his latest assignment, to eliminate a US government employee, go badly wrong. What had she done? Or what did she know? Robie is now a wanted man. But it seems that he’s not the only one on the run. Young teenager Julie Getty is devastated by the inexplicable murder of her parents. Robie and Julie meet when he saves her from an attempt on her life as they are trying to leave town....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An easy listen....

  • By Graeme on 10-05-12

Restored by belief in audio books after Lee Child’s terrible book 22

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

Reviewed: 25-01-18

This is the first time I listened to a David Baldacci book and I was not very optimistic following some recent audiobooks that left me disillusioned with the audible format. I had just listened to and was extraordinarily disappointed with Lee Child’s latest Jack Reacher book which suffered from poor performances and a terribly poor storyline.

Baldacci hooked me gently in the first couple of chapters, just enough to make me want to listen to the next one. By the time I got to chapter 7 of 100 I wanted to listen to the book everywhere I went.

I wouldn’t want to say anything to spoil the storyline so quite simply I am going to avoid listening to the second Robie book for a few days so that I’m not going to be distracted from my jobs!

  • The Midnight Line

  • Jack Reacher, Book 22
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,937
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,750
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,749

Jack Reacher takes an aimless stroll past a pawn shop in a small Midwestern town. In the window he sees a West Point class ring from 2005. It's tiny. It's a woman cadet's graduation present to herself. Why would she give it up? Reacher's a West Pointer, too, and he knows what she went through to get it. Reacher tracks the ring back to its owner, step by step, down a criminal trail leading west. Like Big Foot come out of the forest, he arrives in the deserted wilds of Wyoming. All he wants is to find the woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reacher's Fine Lines

  • By Simon on 07-11-17

This book is definitely not a Thriller

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

This book is extraordinarily mundane. It just drags on and on and in the end it doesn’t take you anywhere. Child failed to create any interesting characters.
I have read all of the Reacher books and think this is the worst ever. Child has run out of ideas or he has failed to understand why readers appreciated the Reacher character and want more of the thrill and plot that came with the original set of books.
Lee, if you want some ideas for the next book please get in touch. I’m not going to tell you what to write but I could point you in a better direction. By the way, on this occasion my review had nothing to do with Tom Cruise spoiling the character as I didn’t think about him once during the course of the book.

  • Better Golf Game

  • Be the Best Golfer with Focus and Concentration Hypnosis, Meditation, Relaxation, and Affirmations (The Sleep Learning System)
  • By: Joel Thielke
  • Narrated by: Joel Thielke
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 4

Become the best golfer you can be, perfect your swing, and be able to focus and concentrate on the course with this guided meditation and relaxation program, from certified hypnotherapist, Joel Thielke. While you're sleeping, the program will increase your confidence on the course, motivate you to work on your swing, and help you get in the zone when whether you're playing for fun or for competition.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Does exactly what it says

  • By decerealcritic on 06-01-17

Does exactly what it says

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

Reviewed: 06-01-17

I listened to chapter 1 the night before I played a match that I won easily. It was only after my round that I reflected on the fact that I was literally zoned into my shots and nothing was perturbing me. I kept track of my Stableford score and was 10 points better than my handicap after 13 holes!!
As an added bonus my wife who doesn't play golf told me the music was very relaxing and she slept very well.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Make Me

  • Jack Reacher 20
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,570
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,561

Jack Reacher has no place to go and all the time in the world to get there, so a remote railroad stop with the curious name of Mother's Rest seems perfect for an aimless one-day stopover. He expects to find a lonely tombstone in a sea of nearly ripe wheat...but instead there is a woman waiting for a missing private investigator, a cryptic note about 200 deaths, and a small town full of silent, watchful people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great book!

  • By Colette on 14-09-15

Considering the book costs more than a DVD they could use at least one female voice

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

Reviewed: 04-01-16

Considering the book costs more than a DVD they could use at least one female voice.
I am familiar with the print versions of Lee Child's books and have read all of them. This is the first time I tried the audio version and it is as unconvincing as the Jack Reacher movie with Mr Cruise as Reacher.
With such a high price demanded for this book a cast of readers should be assembled to play the various characters. At the very least get a female voice for the female characters!
The main narrator was if he just narrated but avoided pretending to be Reacher.