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Ronda

Batesville, IN, United States

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  • 25 purchased in 2014
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  • The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Paul Collins
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1007)
    Performance
    (831)
    Story
    (830)

    In Long Island, a farmer found a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discovered a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumbled upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime were turning up all over New York, but the police were baffled: There were no witnesses, no motives, no suspects. The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives headlong into the era's most perplexing murder.

    deborah says: "Great look at NYC crime, forensics, and journalism"
    "Very entertaining!"
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    What did you love best about The Murder of the Century?

    Fasinating story and characters; amazing how well they did with investigations with very little tools in the day.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Columbine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Cullen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1833)
    Performance
    (860)
    Story
    (871)

    Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

    Book reader says: "Truth and heartache"
    "Riveting! Sad, fascinating"
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    Absolutely drew me in from the first listen. So much here that I didnt know when it was going on. Sadly disturbing; you want to hear the "why" and no one still really knows. Compelling listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remains of the Day

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (245)

    The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world in postwar England. At the end of his three decades of service at Darlington Hall, Stevens embarks on a country drive, during which he looks back over his career to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving "a great gentleman". But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness" and graver doubts about his own faith in the man he served.

    Dan Harlow says: "Duty, Honor, England"
    "Never saw the movie; but the book was excellant!"
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    Ok, I admit it. I only ordered it cause it was cheap. But what a simple story, but very well written and read! Dont be afraid of the older books written in older times. I was so pleasantly surprised!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bedford Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Alex Kershaw
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    The Bedford Boys is the astonishing true story of 21 young men who were killed during the first horrifying minutes of D-Day and the friends and families they left behind in the small town of Bedford. Twenty-one sons killed - no other town in America suffered a greater loss in one day. It is an unforgettable story of triumph, courage, and tragedy based on extensive interviews with survivors and relatives as well as diaries and letters.

    Ron says: "gripping narrative of a community sacrifice"
    "Loved it! A wonderful read or listen."
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    So glad I found out about the true story and sacrifice of these "boys". Very well written and narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Julia Scheeres
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (501)

    In A Thousand Lives, the New York Times best-selling memoirist Julia Scheeres traces the fates of five individuals who followed Jim Jones to South America as they struggled to first build their paradise, and then survive it. Each went for different reasons - some were drawn to Jones for his progressive attitudes towards racial equality, others were dazzled by his claims to be a faith healer. But once in Guyana, Jones' drug addiction, mental decay, and sexual depredations quickly eroded the idealistic community.

    Rachel says: "Unforgettable"
    "Fascinating story! A must for "true story" lovers!"
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    I've always been intrigued with the Jonestown massacre. This book gets you right into the details of everything that went on. Its sad, but also shows you just how easy some people can be hooked into the "false prophet" scenarios.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Society's Child: My Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janis Ian
    • Narrated By Janis Ian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (430)

    Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

    Pamela says: "I know why this won the grammy"
    "Struggled to get through it"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    As accomplished as Janice is, I just didnt feel the story was that interesting. I dont want that to take away from any of her struggles or accomplishments. I didnt feel she was very effective as a the narrator either.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4917)
    Performance
    (2690)
    Story
    (2706)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Robert B. Wales says: "Same great Clancey - Great narration"
    "Not usually a fan, but now am hooked on Clancy!"
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    Any additional comments?

    You have to respect the research and time he puts into his books. Its a very deep story and you have to pay attention as there are lots of characters, but it has good suspense, some humor, and a great overall story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5250)
    Performance
    (3246)
    Story
    (3273)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Could not stop listening!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is such a realistic portrayal of what would happen in an armadgedden situation. It makes you step back and think how dependent we have become on the government and our electronic gizmos!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7374)
    Performance
    (6422)
    Story
    (6410)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Totally entertaining! Excellent narrator!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Witness to be better than the print version?

    Listned while I was mowing and couldnt wait to mow so I could finish it!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15356)
    Performance
    (12677)
    Story
    (13318)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Story good, but narrator was very bad"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the book, but not audio version. The narrator sounded rehearsed, not natural. It convinced me to get the other 2 versions in print.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Becca Battoe?

    Im new to audio books and narrators, but Im sure they could have done much much better!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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