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R

POLLOCK PINES, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, Movie-Making, and the Crime of the Century

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Howard Blum
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (49)

    It was an explosion that reverberated across the country - and into the very heart of early-20th-century America. On the morning of October 1, 1910, the walls of the Los Angeles Times Building buckled as a thunderous detonation sent men, machinery, and mortar rocketing into the night air. When at last the wreckage had been sifted and the hospital triage units consulted, 21 people were declared dead and dozens more injured.

    D. Littman says: "very interesting popular history"
    "Enjoyable"
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    I really found this audible enjoyable. The writer was great in telling the story from many points of views. Even with the variety of viewpoint storytelling the book was never lacking!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6612)
    Performance
    (5822)
    Story
    (5824)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Sharon says: "New Liane Moriarty fans!"
    "A Winner!"
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    I really enjoyed this book. The writing was wonderful and the subject matter timely. At periods in the book I shook my head, was disappointed in the manner people treat one another, laughed out loud and self-reflected. On top of all the emotions there was a mystery to be solved. I would recommend this book to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unholy Night

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (307)

    They're an iconic part of history's most celebrated birth. But what do we really know about the Three Kings of the Nativity, besides the fact that they followed a star to Bethlehem bearing strange gifts? The Bible has little to say about this enigmatic trio. But leave it to Seth Grahame-Smith, the brilliant and twisted mind behind Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to take a little mystery, bend a little history, and weave an epic tale.

    Ryan says: "A nice twist to the greatest story ever told."
    "Just OK - Hoped for More"
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    I wanted a lot more from this book. While I'm a fan of this author I'd skip this book if I had to do it over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road Out of Hell: Sanford Clark and the True Story of the Wineville Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Anthony Flacco, Jerry Clark
    • Narrated By Anthony Flacco
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (150)

    From 1926 to 1928, Gordon Stewart Northcott committed at least 20 murders on a chicken ranch outside of Los Angeles. His nephew, Sanford Clark, was held captive there from the age of 13 to 15, and was the sole surviving victim of the killing spree. Here, acclaimed crime writer Anthony Flacco - using never-before-heard information from Sanford’s son Jerry Clark - tells the real story behind the case that riveted the nation.

    Jerrilynn says: "Heartbreaker"
    "A Story That Must be Read and Heard"
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    This book, at times, was difficult to listen to but I agree with the description that the story in the verse told was well written. The verse told didn't make it too extremely difficult to listen to. I found myself entrenched in Sanford's story and his life. I cheered for his favorable outcome and cheered his sister's tenacity. I would recommend this book to everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eiffel's Tower: And the World's Fair Where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jill Jonnes
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (41)

    Reminiscent of Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City, this fascinating account from acclaimed author Jill Jonnes recaptures the 1889 Paris World's Fair. Casting vehement criticism aside, Gustave Eiffel built his tower to be the fair's centerpiece. Perched at the top all summer, he hosted a string of dignitaries.

    Julie W. Capell says: "Just read the first half"
    "The Book Didn't Deliver for Me"
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    From the description of the book and the wonderful book by Erik Larson I expected a great deal from this book. It had a lot of great characters and potential but it didn't deliver. I wished the authored explored and wrote more about the actual construction of the tower and enhanced her focus or attention on James Gordon Bennett.. I really enjoyed the middle third of the book when the author finally went in to a better story telling of Eiffel, Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley. I felt the side path on Van Gough was un-needed or needed to be better tied to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alex Marwood
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1342)
    Performance
    (1190)
    Story
    (1184)

    On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives - and unknowing families to protect - will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

    Tina says: "Really my rating is 4 1/2 stars."
    "Had Potential for Much More"
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    This book had strong potential but lost itself when the 'chance run ins' and obviously poor decision making by the two main characters. By the way, there were way to many chance run ins. An example of the obviously poor decision making was the two characters, who had secrets to keep, continually speaking abouty confidential or private information in public places. Seriously, that makes NO sense. The story had legs but the story crawled instead of sprinting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8056)
    Performance
    (7404)
    Story
    (7414)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "I Expected More and It Could Have Been"
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    First off, I was very much looking forward to hearing this King novel. I like King and it had good reviews. Immediatley upon listening to the book I loathed the narrator. His tone to different characters seemed forced, out of place and just ridiculous. He would have been much better just reading the novel. Several times I almost deleted the book because I couldn't take listening to the narrator. Instead, I just turned it off for the day. It took me much longer to finish the book because of the narrator.

    The second comment is I hated and became disgusted at the author's use of the "N" word, the 'massah' dialogue and absurdity of thinking there is a need for these racial tones in a book. I know some will say it goes to character development but frankly, the book would have been MUCH better just focusing on the plot and removing racial tones. Not needed and sad it was included. I was so disgusted I often fast forwarded sections where these words were used.

    As stated in my header, this could have been a much better novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5611)
    Performance
    (5105)
    Story
    (5100)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Galbraith is Fantastic!"
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    I love this series by Robert aka J.K. Job well done on the second book in the series. I'm eager for more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charles Graeber
    • Narrated By Will Collyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (450)

    After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.

    FanB14 says: "More Chilling than Murder?"
    "Twists, Turns and It's True Life"
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    Well written book. Some long winded and frequently used analogies but sparing those it was a good book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Good Morning, Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Shaun Dooley
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Like father like son....But heredity seems to have gone a gene too far when Pal Maciver's suicide in a locked room exactly mirrors that of his father 10 years earlier. In each case, accusing fingers point towards Pal's stepmother, the beautiful, enigmatic Kay Kafka. But she turns out to have a formidable champion: Mid-Yorkshire's own super-heavyweight, Detective Superintendent Andrew Dalziel.

    Evelyn says: "late comer loves reginald hill"
    "Pleasant Surprise and a Really Good Book!!!!!"
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    Wonderfully written, narrated and a very good book. A must read/listen!!!!! I've been recommending this book to a lot of my friends.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Silent Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By T. Jefferson Parker
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (116)

    Joe Trona is scarred in more ways than one. Rescued from an orphanage by Will Trona, a charismatic Orange County politician who sensed his dark potential, Joe is swept into the maelstrom of power and intimidation that surrounds his adoptive father's illustrious career. Serving as Will's right hand man, Joe is trained to protect and defend his father's territory - but he can't save the powerful man from his enemies.

    Snoodely says: "Bring T. Jefferson Parker into your life!"
    "Not Sure How This Was A Poe Nomination"
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    The only reason I got this audible was that it was a Poe Nominee. I really disliked the book and don't understand how it won a nomination. In my opinion the author has too many story lines. The book would have been better if 2 story lines were told. Also, some of the story is hard to believe. Really, watching a father figured murdered, informing the family of the loss and pain associated with the loss, driving the father's blood soaked car to work the next day and actually working the next day. What? Who does that and what kind of employer allows that. Also, the narration was extremely bad. The narrator has horrible accents and at points I laughed when I heard different -- and so called different -- ethnic accents. The narrator needs to stick to only a male English accent.

    I would only recommend this book if you are in need of an easy read or listen book - preferably a book while traveling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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