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Len

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  • My Thoughts Be Bloody: The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nora Titone, Doris Kearns Goodwin (introduction and notes)
    • Narrated By John B. Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    My Thoughts Be Bloody, a sweeping family saga, revives an extraordinary figure whose name has been missing, until now, from the story of President Lincoln's death. Edwin Booth, John Wilkes's older brother by four years, was in his day the biggest star of the American stage. Without an account of Edwin Booth, author Nora Titone argues, the real story of Lincoln's assassin has never been told.

    Tad Davis says: "Wonderful!"
    "Totally riveting"
    Overall

    This book uncovers JWB in a different light to anything I thought I knew about him, it has been extremely well researched and is a fascinating listen. I always believed JWB to have been a great actor at the top of his fame, and the truth appears to be very different. He comes across as a spoilt, entitled younger brother with even less conscience and integrity and less sympathy for the southern cause than he has ever been given credit for. His brother and father are fantastic and talented men. this is a really great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3543)
    Performance
    (2577)
    Story
    (2586)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "Written by a man who was there when it happened."
    Overall
    Performance
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    This book is extremely detailed but the details are absolutely riveting, William Shirer was there when it all happened. He obviously can speak German and gives an overview of Adolph Hitler's speeches, which is fairly unusual and he interprets the personality and psychology of the man like nothing else I have ever read. It is a wonderful experience to have first hand interpretations of events as they were happening. I personally found it totally engrossing from first to last page.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

    • ABRIDGED (18 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (193)

    Polls reveal that 85 percent of Americans believe there was a conspiracy behind Lee Harvey Oswald. Some even believe Oswald was entirely innocent. In this encyclopedic, absorbing audiobook, Vincent Bugliosi shows how the public has come to believe such lies about the day that changed the course of history. Bugliosi has devoted almost 20 years of his life to this project, and is determined to show that, despite the overwhelming popular perception, Oswald killed Kennedy and acted alone.

    Lawrence D. Clayton says: "On an equal footing with Helter Skelter"
    "Vincent Bugliosi has done it again"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Having read and been very impresseind with Helter Skelter, I really enjoyed this book. Vincent is spectacularly efficient in putting this huge subject together in a manner that is riveting for every minute of the entire book. It gives another perspective to the conspiracy theories that seem to be prevalent. He is a wonderful writer and this is a tremendous listen. As good as any suspense fiction could ever be. Nobody would be disappointed purchasing this book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 77 Shadow Street

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (745)
    Performance
    (651)
    Story
    (648)

    Enter the world of the Pendleton: The original owner became a recluse - and was rumored to be more than half mad - after his wife and two children were kidnapped in 1896 and never found. The second owner suffered a worse tragedy in 1935, when his house manager murdered him, his family, and the entire live-in staff.... Craftsmen and laborers working on renovations disappear or go mad.... For years, the Pendleton is a happy place, until a bad turn comes again.... Voices in unknown languages are heard in deserted rooms....

    Carol says: "Disappointing, a total let-down."
    "Dean Koontz should be ashamed."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have been a fan since his first book. Twilight Eyes in particular is excellent and I am pleased it is now on Audible. This book is so bad I find it hard to believe a writer of his calibre would risk his reputation ... Dean, do you have no shame ... do you need a buck. Boringly simular to many plotlines of haunted homes and houses, not an original concept in it.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3216)
    Performance
    (2804)
    Story
    (2848)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "I AGREE WITH EVERYONE ELSE ....."
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    This awesome book came out at around the same time as Stephen King's THE STAND, which is another classic I would love to see in Audible. Athough Swan Song is totally different to 'the Stand, it is somehow along the same lines, although Swan Song is more original and totally engrossing from the first to the last word. There are many surprises and nothing goes the way you expect it to. It is the best fictional book I ever read.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Trinity Six

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Cumming
    • Narrated By Jot Davies
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Europe is still littered with the darkest secrets of the Cold War. And the most deadly revelation of them all is about to be made…Hard-up Russia expert Dr Sam Gaddis finally has a lead for a book that could set his career back on track. He has staggering new information about an unknown sixth member of the infamous Cambridge spy ring – a man who has evaded detection for his entire life

    Roger says: "Could not stop listening"
    "A great listen."
    Overall

    If you like John LeCarre's style of writing you will enjoy this one thoroughly. It is complex and fast paced and interesting from beginning to end. Worthwhile.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blindsighted

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Denica Fairman
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    The sleepy town of Heartsdale, Georgia, is jolted into panic when Sara Linton, paediatrician and medical examiner, finds Sibyl Adams dead in the local diner. As well as being viciously raped, Sibyl has been cut: two deep knife wounds form a lethal cross over her stomach. But it's only once Sara starts to perform the post-mortem that the full extent of the killer's brutality becomes clear

    Len says: "Gory"
    "Gory"
    Overall

    This book is spoken FAST FAST FAST, and is extremely hard to listen to. The speaker should SLOW DOWN. The storyline is good, although you would have to like extreme violence to enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    A man discovers an incredible talent for painting after a freak accident in which he loses an arm. He moves to a "new life" in Duma Key, off Florida's West Coast - a deserted strip, part beach, part weed-tangled reef, owned by a patroness of the arts whose twin sisters went missing in the 1920s. Here, Freemantle is inspired to paint the amazing sunsets. But soon the paintings become predictive, even dangerous.

    Graham says: "King back to best!"
    "He has found his passion for writing again"
    Overall

    After many years of writing rubbish, after many wonderful EARLY books, this is almost as good as his very early books. I almost didnt bother as he has been boring, and seemed as though he was just going through the motions to ontinue earning money to support his lifestyle, since his horrific motor accident, which he refers to in this books character, it is as though Stephen has COME BACK to his passion for writing. He could do better, but its worth a listen if you like his writing. Not bad at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    Overall
    (1862)
    Performance
    (921)
    Story
    (940)

    Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

    Joe says: "worthwhile"
    "A total bore"
    Overall

    this book has been hyped to the max and I found it totally uninteresting. It goes on for hours about nothing worthy of listening to. It comes in three download sections, I listened to each one for about an hour, and found it unbelievably BORING BORING BORING. For me, not worth the money OR the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Study in Red: The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brian L. Porter
    • Narrated By Ian McKenzie
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    A Study in Red - The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper by Brian L Porter tells the story of Robert Cavendish, a modern day psychiatrist who is bequeathed a strange set of papers which purport to be the journal of the long-dead infamous Whitechapel Murderer whose crimes gripped the hearts and minds and instilled terror on the streets of Victorian London.

    Gaither says: "Eerie from start to finish"
    "unusual plotline"
    Overall

    If you like books about Jack the ripper in the myriad of guises and plots in which he has been featured, this is another quite unusual version. It was enjoyable and unique. Worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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