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  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2017)
    Performance
    (1792)
    Story
    (1795)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "Reliving History"
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    I thouroughly enjoyed this book. Having grown up during Kennedy's era I remember watching the TV during the Cuban Missle Crisis and waiting for the Soviets to react. I remember the glamor of the Kennedy White House and the saddness when they lost their son Patrick. Moyers and Dungard captured the emotion of that era and rekindled those memories when I read the book. As stated in another review, you knew what was going to happen, but you hoped the outcome would be different this time. I remember my mother crying when John Kennedy was elected a Catholic President of the United States but I also remember her crying at his dealth. I thank Moyers and Dungard for bringing back those memories the good, the taudry and the bad, but also highlighting the accomplishments of John F Kennedy and the ground breaking role Jackie gave to the role of the First Lady.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Witch Walking

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2929)
    Performance
    (2020)
    Story
    (2026)

    Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending law-breakers throughout Cincinnati. She's also a witch, one of the many Inderlanders who revealed themselves after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 50 percent of humanity. Witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves: the creatures of dreams and nightmares have lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But now they've stopped hiding, and nothing will be the same.

    Patti says: "wildly entertaining"
    "My new favorite Paranormal"
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    If you could sum up Dead Witch Walking in three words, what would they be?

    OOPS wrong box but here are my thoughts. The world of Rachel Morgan who is a witch becomes complicated when she choses to leave the Inderland Security who police the nonhuman population. The problem is that people who leave the I.S. usually face swift elimination i. e. death. As Rachel tries to stay alive with the help of a living vampire (who she has difficulty trusting), a smart ass but loyal pixie and his family, a nice old man who lives across the street and appears to know more about Rachel than he should and Nick a human. She is attacked by witches, fairies and more. To further complicate things she is trying to prove that Trent Kalamack, a powerful councilman, is actually trafficing in brimstone and more. Trent is a formidable opponent and also not human. From the original premise of genetically altered tomatoes nearly wiping out mankind to Rachel's interactions with friends and foe there is humor, action, intrigue, mystery, possible romance and an great fear of tomatoes. Who could ask for more.


    What about Marguerite Gavin’s performance did you like?

    M Gavin' s performance was perfect for this story. I especially liked her portrayal of Jenks and the mink!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1592)
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    (1491)
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    (1483)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "A great conclusion to the series"
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    If you could sum up Written in My Own Heart's Blood in three words, what would they be?

    All comes together


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first of the Outlander series I've listened to and D. Porter' s delivery was spot on. I thought I would have difficulty remembering all the past characters and storylines but had no trouble once I became entwined in Gabaldon's wonderful story telling. She pulled in characters from early novels and we learned more about a lot of people's past. I loved meeting Brian Fraser. We meet important characters from the American Revolution. There is a new mystery for Roger and moral questions about the risk of changing the past. Our questions about Brianna and Roger' s son are answered but......... Gabaldon takes us from America during the Revolution to 20th century Scotland to Scotland prior to Jamie's first return from France, to America and the battles with Clair as a battle physician and more. There is Jamie confronting John and William dealing with his true parents. Ian courting a Quaker and the dangers of being a publisher during a revolution. The storyline flows well, although it is long, I never lost interest and had difficulty turning off my IPhone. Gabaldon weavers a complicated tale with intrigue, war, people who were lost are found, her wonderfully portrayal of family and love; and brought all of her 8 novels to a satisfying and peaceful ending. THANK YOU Diana G. The wait was worth it

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteenth Child

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patricia C. Wrede
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (645)
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    (584)
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    (589)

    Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he's supposed to possess amazing talent - and she's supposed to bring only bad things to her family and her town. Undeterred, her family moves to the frontier, where her father will be a professor of magic at a school perilously close to the magical divide that separates settlers from the beasts of the wild. With wit and wonder, Patricia Wrede creates an alternate history of westward expansion that will delight fans of both J. K. Rowling and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

    Erin - Audible says: "History, Magic, Teens, & Not An Inkling of Romance"
    "Love the Magici"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this book. Good plot development of life in a frontier that uses magic to tame animals ( some prehistoric) and land it is alternative history of the U.S. Eff is the 13th child of a seventh son , making her a potential for evil in some people's eyes making her fearful of using her magic. Her twin brother Lan is born after her making him a double seventh son and more powerful. The story tells of the family growing up on the frontier when her father moves west to as a professor of magic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the inclusion of different cultures of magic and how they worked. Creating spells vs observation and using actions based on observation. The concept of the animals having magic and the addition of the group that choses to try to open a settlement without magic.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    Ranconi's performance enhanced my enjoyment of the story. It is a story that makes you want to lose to it in one setting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Whole Enchilada: A Novel of Suspense: Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Diane Mott Davidson
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (273)
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    (268)

    >Goldy Schulz knows her food is to die for, but she never expects one of her best friends to actually keel over when she's leaving a birthday party Goldy has catered. At first, everyone assumes that all the fun and excitement of the party, not to mention the rich fare, did her in. But what looks like a coronary turns out to be a generous serving of cold-blooded murder. And the clever culprit is just getting cooking. When a colleague - a woman who resembles Goldy - is stabbed, and Goldy is attacked outside her house, it becomes clear that the popular caterer is the main course on a killer menu.

    ChihuahuaMomma says: "BEST book in the entire series."
    "Narrator ruined the story"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I love reading Diane Mott Davidson, this was the first audio book I listened to of her stories about Goldie. I will return to reading. The narrator was too perky to the point of distraction from the plot. One other concern was Goldie' s police escort was in some situations that were a little inappropriate for a policeman.


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

    Goldie' s friend Holly has a heart attack and dies after a duel 17th birthday party for Holly' s son Drew and Goldie' s son Arch. Goldie and Marla are devastated as is Julian who use to work for Holly years ago. Holly has been keeping big secrets from her friends. Was it really a heart attack that killed her. Goldie and Marla begin to investigate Holly.'s secrets but need a police escort because either Goldie is accident prone or someone is trying to get rid of her. I could relate to Goldie' s communication issues with her 17 yr old Arch. Teenager's parents usually say or do the wrong things in their teenager's eyes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True to the Highlander: Loch Moigh, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Barbara Longley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (138)

    A life hangs in the balance… A king held for ransom, a country under thumb, clans at one another’s throats. Malcolm of clan MacKintosh has enough to worry about without finding a mysterious lass sleeping on the side of his road. He tries to help her — in his overbearing, arrogant way — and winds up flat on his back. God’s blood, who is this woman…and why does she captivate him so?

    Ann Hawkins says: "Teeth-grindingly annoying narrator!"
    "Book ruined by narrator"
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    What did you like best about True to the Highlander? What did you like least?

    I think the story was fairly good. Time travel which I love. Perky self sufficient modern girl finds herself in 1400's Scottland, falls for handsome son of the laird. Liked the fact that she was a musician. She seemed to adapt fairly quickly and didn't have trouble with communicating which was surprising. Why was she carrying enough antibiotic ointment on her to treat all of the injured after a large battle?


    What didn’t you like about Angela Dawe’s performance?

    The book was ruined by the narrator whose reading was without any emotion, was choppy with poor Scottish accent. Usually the narrator enhances the books I listen to but this narrator sounded so removed from the story that it distracted from the story. Would not purchase any other books read by her.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Free Lunch

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Spider Robinson
    • Narrated By Spider Robinson
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Mike and Annie, refugees from the world outside, find a home underground, behind the scenes of Dreamworld, a theme park where hope exists as it does nowhere else. But Dreamworld is threatened by a jealous competitor who kills what he can’t have. As if this were not trouble enough, the two discover that each day there are more of the “trolls” who maintain Dreamworld than there were the day before. As the trolls continue to multiply, they must discover why, or it could mean the end of Dreamworld - and the real world.

    Carol says: "Facinating Mystery"
    "Facinating Mystery"
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    Would you listen to The Free Lunch again? Why?

    Yes because I love anything Spider Robinson writes. He draws you into his stories. Annie and Mike come to the world's greatest fantasy world because they didn't fit into the real world. Why, because they were intelligent and insightful. So we learn about their stories and why Annie is called Mother Elf. Then comes the mystery - who are the extra trolls coming in, what is their purpose? Losts of twists, lessons to be learned. And at the end you want to hear more of how everyone fared - Annie, Mike and the Trolls. Will there be a follow up novel? I hope so.


    Which character – as performed by Spider Robinson – was your favorite?

    I didn't realize Spider was the narrator until the end - he did a great job. I think Annie was my favorite - always spot on and right to the point.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I want more!!!!!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Morgan Llywelyn
    • Narrated By Fiacre Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    The Easter Rising of 1916 was a major turning point in Irish history. Peopled by patriots and poets, fueled by a desperate desire for freedom, and played out in the historic streets of Dublin against the background of World War I, the rebellion is a story of tremendous power and unique poignancy.

    connie says: "more than the year 1916"
    "My favorite author of Irish Historical/Mythical No"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    We see the Easter Rebellion through the eyes of Ned Halleran. A survivor of the Titanic and a student of Padrig Pierce one of the founders of the Easter rebellion. Ned shows us how the rebellion grows and introduced us to the key players both real and fiction. He deals with the moral struggles of a good Catholic boy of that time does he choose the pretty, prim Irish girl whose loyalties appear more toward the English or the "fallen" sister of his friend from the Titanic who supports the Irish cause by actions and in her heart.. We learn through his sister the fate of the wife in an abusive marriage and of the fate that awaits the Catholic clergy if they fall in love. We hear some of the poetry of the poets of the revolution and learn about the push to have the Irish boys be fodder for the British during the "Great War" Morgan Llywelan doesn't disappoint as she weaves a tale of old that is hard to put down.


    Have you listened to any of Fiacre Douglas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Fiacre did a wonderful job in giving life to all of the characters and complimented the weaving of the tale.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Hope Edelman
    • Narrated By Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (310)

    In this remarkable dual memoir, film legend Martin Sheen and accomplished actor/filmmaker Emilio Estevez recount their lives as father and son. In alternating chapters—and in voices that are as eloquent as they are different—they narrate stories spanning more than 50 years of family history, and reflect on their journeys into two different kinds of faith.

    CyndiLooWho says: "Hartwarming and Captivating but Fix the Audio!"
    "Interesting"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed the audio version especially given the narrators


    What does Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    By their narration they bring their personalities and emotion giving the story life


    Any additional comments?

    l enjoyed the story especially about the journey in Spain. I also enjoyed the contrasting view of father and son. I was fascinated upon finding that Martin took his family on location with him. At times I found the text slow moving. As an avid West Wing fan I would have enjoyed some insight into that part of his life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor's Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Angela Lin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (803)
    Performance
    (733)
    Story
    (741)

    New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson is widely celebrated for his Mistborn Trilogy and contribution to the final three books of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. In The Emperor's Soul, a Forger named Shai can copy and re-create any item by using magic to rewrite its history. After being condemned to death for attempting to steal the emperor's scepter, Shai is given one final chance. She' ll be allowed to live if she can create a new soul for the emperor, who hovers near death.

    debbie says: "A Great Short Novella that is Long in Story"
    "Great Short Story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Emperor's Soul to be better than the print version?

    I think the narrator brought this story to life giving personalities to all of the players.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Brandon Sanderson, I have both read and listened to his stories and am glad I got this audio version. Even though it was a short story there was and indepth development of the culture, the conflicting mores and of the charaters. I had difficulty turing off my Iphone as I listed to the book. I loved the development of the relationship between Shai and Goatona. The explaination of how she uses her skill through the metamorphasis of her surroundings and using Goatona to test Shai's assessment of her reconstruction of Ashervan's soul reconstruction gave insight into the relationship between Goatona and Ashervan that added to the complexity of the story. Most of all I loved the truth as a manipulation. There were lots of twists in the story and the final twist at the end brough a smile. Thanks to Sanderson for writing this tale.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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