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  • Unknown Visitors

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By JD Lovil
    • Narrated By Mark Barnard
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    Have you seen a flying saucer? Have you ever wondered what they come here for? I used to think that only odd people saw UFOs, but I have changed my mind. People from all walks of life have reported them! They cannot all be wrong.

    Fascinatingbooks says: "Updated Speculations on the UFO Phenomenon"
    "Updated Speculations on the UFO Phenomenon"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Unknown Visitors to be better than the print version?

    I actually think they work together because the links to online resources are easier to click in the print version, the audio book reads out the addresses and seems a bit laborious.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it wasn't just a look back at the Ancient Astronauts theories, it speculated about the possible future of our UFO contact. I also liked the many free links to online material, more in keeping with the kind of research I do these days.


    What about Mark Barnard’s performance did you like?

    That he spoke clearly and didn't engage in histrionics.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It wasn't that kind of book.


    Any additional comments?

    Although the quantum stuff was a bit over my head, I found the whole tone of the book to be thought provoking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Touch the Blue Stuff!: Where the Hell is Tesla?, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rob Dircks
    • Narrated By Rob Dircks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
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    (366)
    Story
    (367)

    Something called the “Blue Juice" is coming. For all of us. Luckily, me (Chip Collins), Pete, Nikola Tesla, Bobo, and FBI Agent Gina Phillips are here to kick its ass, and send it back to last Tuesday. Maybe. Or maybe we'll fail, and everyone in the multiverse is doomed. (Seriously, you might want to get that underground bunker ready.) Either way, I've got to get home to Julie and find out – woah, I'm not about to tell you that right here in the book description! TMI, dude.

    Fascinatingbooks says: "Fun roller coaster ride through the multiverse!"
    "Fun roller coaster ride through the multiverse!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! This whole book is hilariously fun and that would be enough. But there's more. Within the wildly imaginative humor there's a touching love story and some very respectable science fiction that takes on even the metaphysical aspects of perception and creation.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Don't Touch the Blue Stuff!?

    When Chip proposed to Julie. Through a door.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Chip decides to save dimension 92103445523194 and he has to disarm a missile.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book was funny, the relationships were real, the science fiction aspect was intriguing and the scope was cosmic. There isn't another writer like Rob Dircks in the entire multiverse.


    Any additional comments?

    Only Rob Dircks could (and does) narrate this book. He's like that crazy fun friend you want to be around because you never know what's going to happen next. I hope this series is going to continue, it's a blast, from the past, the present and the future. After listening I felt happy, contented and light hearted. It's that kind of book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Murder in Room 305

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gary C. King
    • Narrated By J. Scott Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
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    (64)
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    (64)

    A shocking true crime story of sex, greed and cold-blooded murder! Veteran true crime author Gary C. King spins a gripping real-life tale of a woman caught in a deadly web of lust and violence...a riveting story of love gone horribly, tragically wrong. Kathryn Ann Martini graduated from Yale with a bright future in the banking business. Young, beautiful, and ambitious, she had everything going for her. Until she met Michael David Lissy, the sleazy proprietor of a scuba diving school.

    med c says: "Room 305"
    "Detailed true story of a heinous crime and justice"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Murder in Room 305 to be better than the print version?

    Yes, even though the print version had photo illustrations (I would recommend getting both the audio and the e-book) the narration by J. Scott Bennett added a lot to the riveting story, especially the police interviews, recorded conversations and the trial.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The innocence of the victim and the truly evil nature of the crime.


    What about J. Scott Bennett’s performance did you like?

    His narrative skills let me differentiate between speakers, and kept a perfect pace and tone for this kind of book.


    If you could give Murder in Room 305 a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Assault on Innocence


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to and read many true crime books and this one was top notch. The research, detail and unfolding of the investigation were completely engrossing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Titanic: Voyage of Death: The Final 48 Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By J.T. Belmont
    • Narrated By J. Scott Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    This is the story of the final 48 hours of the RMS Titanic, its first and last voyage. The story is told in a compelling countdown that ends mere hours after the ship's sinking. This book describes the last days, actions, and thoughts of architect Thomas Andrews and passenger Margaret Brown, known as the Unsinkable Molly Brown, as they interact with other passengers and crew members during these last 48 hours. While Miss Brown enjoys her cruise and her interactions with everyone onboard, Mr. Andrews is at first proud and then haunted by this stately ship.

    mandymay says: "Big Dreams with a Tragic end"
    "Engaging novelization of a true event."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was both factual and a great story, told as a novelization of the true events.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the narration, very easy to listen to. And the way the story was told, so that I was able to envision what the passengers and crew experienced first hand.


    Which character – as performed by J. Scott Bennett – was your favorite?

    I liked the unsinkable Molly Brown, he gave her just the right amount of spunk and personality.


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

    I had the natural reaction of being sad about the many lives lost, especially because that could have been mitigated by more life boats.


    Any additional comments?

    A quick listen (2 hours and 41 minutes) the story is gripping throughout, partly because I already know of the disaster to come, and partly because the narrator is one of those rare people that has the natural gift of the story teller. I felt as if a world class story teller was telling me a fascinating tale of tragedy. That it was true made it all the more compelling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Texas 7: A True Story of Murder and a Daring Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Gary C. King
    • Narrated By J. Scott Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    "You haven't heard the last of us yet..." These were chilling words on a note left behind by seven armed and dangerous inmates who escaped from the John Connally prison in South Texas on December 13, 2000. Their promise has apparently been fulfilled. The inmates, now known as the Connally Seven, are suspected of having first robbed a Radio Shack in Houston, and then, days later, on Christmas Eve, of having fatally shot and run over a young police officer during an assault on a Dallas sporting goods store. For six frantic weeks, a massive manhunt with a significant reward had only turned up dead ends - until a tip came in from someone who had seen the gang on Fox TVs, America's Most Wanted. Authorities arrested four of the seven prisoners, including suspected ringleader George Rivas, in Woodland Park, Colorado, and a fifth inmate shot himself during police negotiations.

    Rabid Reader says: "Interesting true crime story"
    "Spell binding true story of prison escape"
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    Where does The Texas 7 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the true crime category it ranks among my top five.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was well researched, perfectly paced, clearly written and didn't contain a lot of filler. I was completely enthralled during the whole audio book. Kudos to Gary King for a great true crime book!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked hearing how the seven were located and recaptured.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the police officer was killed, I felt bad for him and his family.


    Any additional comments?

    As much as the book itself, the narration by J. Scott Bennett made this book a home run. He's a terrific narrator, I could tell he understands what he's reading and his voice is very easy to listen to. I couldn't believe how fast the time went when listening. I hope to listen to more books narrated by him.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Powerful Home Hypnosis for Relaxation, Confidence and Stress Reduction

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Pauline Brumwell
    • Narrated By Jan Cramer
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    This selection of short hypnotherapy sessions provides a convenient, self-directed opportunity to experience how hypnosis can help with deep relaxation, stress and anxiety reduction, and confidence building. The sessions have been developed specifically for home use. The trance-states employed are light and the suggestions given are general but effective.

    Fascinatingbooks says: "Perfect hypnosis audio book!"
    "Perfect hypnosis audio book!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Powerful Home Hypnosis for Relaxation, Confidence and Stress Reduction the most enjoyable?

    Both the scripts and the narration were wonderful. Deep relaxation really worked, I could feel myself completely let go of anxiety, A place of safety was absolutely perfect, something I could use at any time, not just when I'm listening to the book. The retreat is a track I want to explore over and over again, because I will find new answers each time. And Active confidence boost was terrific. I could tell I will benefit from repeated listening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Powerful Home Hypnosis for Relaxation, Confidence and Stress Reduction?

    When I came up with my place of safety and realized I could go there any time.


    What does Jan Cramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her soothing voice, perfect pacing and a quality I could call kindness.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The realization that now I have another effective tool to help with anxiety and stress. I love this audio book, I plan on sharing it with others.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to many self help audio books and this was one of the very best. As anyone who listens to a self hypnosis audio, the narrator is important. Jan Cramer does a splendid job. Her pacing, pitch and soothing suggestions are so conducive to both relax and allow my mind to take in the helpful suggestions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Brian Keene
    • Narrated By Joe Hempel
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    (95)
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    (93)
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    The Rising is the story of Jim Thurmond, a determined father battling his way across a post-apocalyptic zombie landscape, to find his young son. Accompanied by Martin, a preacher still holding to his faith, and Frankie, a recovering heroin addict with an indomitable will to survive, Jim travels from state to state and town to town facing an endless onslaught of undead hordes and the evils perpetrated by his fellow man.

    Muraenidae says: "The Rising Part I"
    "Not your regular drooling shambling zombies! Scary"
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    Would you listen to The Rising again? Why?

    Yes, it was packed from start to finish with action, characters and the unrelenting need of a father to save his child. The first time through I was mostly focused on Jim Thurmond, but I would like to hear it a second time to focus more on the story as a whole.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rising?

    Definitely the ending. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see if Jim made it there in time to save his child. When he was finally at the house .. well, I won't give it away, but boy oh boy it was memorable!


    What does Joe Hempel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Oh he was terrific, he was like a movie you could listen to. His characterizations and pacing was perfect. He didn't over emote, he didn't over act, he just made the whole thing believable and vital.


    If you could take any character from The Rising out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Maybe poor Frankie, I would like to let her know that there is more to life than what she was settling for.


    Any additional comments?

    It's no wonder that Brian Keene's THE RISING is one of the best-selling zombie novels of all-time. It's a roller coaster ride of scariness, horror and tense situations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in the Light

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mary Castillo
    • Narrated By Mary Castillo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Drawn to this tough but tender woman, Vicente materializes out of the butler's pantry and asks her to find his lost love, Anna. Dori wonders if she's not only about to lose her badge, but also her sanity. Dori has always been drawn to the mysterious Queen Anne Edwardian house in her hometown. But after a devastating injury that puts her career on the line, Dori isn't sure if she made the right decision purchasing this rundown old mansion.

    KateB says: "Spellbounding"
    "Terrific First Book in the Series!"
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    Where does Lost in the Light rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was wonderful, and I know I will listen to it again. Mary Castillo did a terrific job narrating it, bringing all the characters to life. She is a top notch writer, and she covers an intertwined plot that spans two time periods perfectly. A great story!


    What other book might you compare Lost in the Light to and why?

    I have read several mystery books that contain ghosts because I like them. This book is a very satisfying read, a great addition to the genre. I love the plot, love the ghost Vincente.


    What about Mary Castillo’s performance did you like?

    The MOST important thing about doing accents is that they have to be done well. Mary Castillo obviously has the background to do a spot on Spanish accent. I like her voice, and I was able to know every character as they spoke.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, when Dori Orihuela decided to help Vincente find out what happened to his long lost love.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked Dori Orihuela, the main character, a lot. She is strong, loving and a caring grand daughter. She's dealing with an injury on her job as detective. Practical, independent, she is struggling with the after effects of being shot. As if that isn't enough, she has a big house that needs a lot of work, an ex boyfriend as a contractor and a touchy mother. Oh yes, and she has a ghost.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Cloud: The Deadly Hurricane of 1928

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Eliot Kleinberg
    • Narrated By Lee Ann Howlett
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    The deadly hurricane of 1928 claimed 2500 lives, and the long-forgotten story of the casualties, as told in Black Cloud, continues to stir passion. Among the dead were 700 black Floridian men, women, and children who were buried in an unmarked West Palm Beach ditch during a racist recovery and rebuilding effort that conscripted the labor of blacks much like latter-day slaves.

    Sasquatch Survivor says: "Interesting, plays with emotions"
    "Vivid and Fascinating Account of the Hurricane"
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    What did you love best about Black Cloud?

    It was richly detailed and had a strong sense of time and place. Personal accounts of what people actually experienced made this book a vivid and emotional. I loved the narration, Lee Ann Howlett was terrific.


    What other book might you compare Black Cloud to and why?

    I have never read another book about a hurricane or any other catastrophic weather event. But I strongly felt that this was a story that needed telling.


    Have you listened to any of Lee Ann Howlett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I plan to listen to her other narrations. She was able to keep me focused with her clarity and pace.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many moments of both the survivors and those who didn't survive. Also, the struggle of those whose tried to help afterwards, their heroism was touching.


    Any additional comments?

    Lee Ann Howlett narrates this book flawlessly, in a no-nonsense crystal clear way. I can tell when a narrator understands what they are reading and when they don't. Lee Ann Howlett clearly understands the material she is narrating. Very easy to follow along even though the material is dense with facts, descriptions, and analysis of the many things that went wrong and those that were done correctly. She's the perfect narrator for this book.


    I highly recommend this tale of nature, human perseverance, courage and charity. It is a spellbinding story and one I will always remember.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Peril in the Park: Jamie Quinn Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Barbara Venkataraman
    • Narrated By Carrie Lee Martz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
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    There's big trouble in the park system. Someone is making life difficult for Jamie Quinn's boyfriend, Kip Simons, the new director of Broward County parks. Was it the angry supervisor passed over for promotion? The disgruntled employee Kip recently fired? Or someone with a bigger ax to grind? If Jamie can't figure it out soon, she may be looking for a new boyfriend because there's a dead guy in the park and Kip has gone missing!

    Fascinatingbooks says: "This series just keeps getting better!"
    "This series just keeps getting better!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes yes yes, it's smart, funny, the main character Jamie never acts foolishly, there's no crazy stuff, and the plot moves right along.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Peril in the Park?

    Oddly, the scene where Jamie goes into "lawyer mode" with her boyfriend Kip when he doesn't want to tell her what is going on with the parks he manages. Also, I love that Jamie eats healthy vegetarian food.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Oddly, the scene where Jamie goes into "lawyer mode" with her boyfriend Kip when he doesn't want to tell her what is going on with the parks he manages. Also, I love that Jamie eats healthy vegetarian food.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Love isn't always a walk in the park.


    Any additional comments?

    Peril in the Park (Jamie Quinn Mystery Book 3) - This is the third book in Barbara Venkataramann's engaging series. I listened to the audio book narrated by the wonderful, almost addicting vocal talents of Carrie Lee Martz.


    Carrie Lee, as the first person narrator's voice of Jamie Quinn, is perfect - touching, wry, tough, and vulnerable in turns. As the voice of the other memorable characters she is outstanding. It made this mystery very very entertaining. The author has the ability to write a naturally flowing story, nothing seemed forced or contrived.

    I read the first book in the series, 'Death by Didgeridoo' and the second book Case of the Killer divorce. This book continues the story of Jamie and Kip, but could also be read as a stand alone book.


    I was delighted to see the return of PI Duke Broussard. This time he's assisting Jamie in a personal matter. Kip, Jamie's boyfriend, is having problems with the parks he manages. There is a vandal at work. Then Jamie gets a threatening message and she is drawn into the mystery of who is doing this.

    I love Jamie in her "lawyer mode", she's smart, but never loses her sense of humor. I love her realistic approach to problems, her vegetarian life style, and her cautious nature.

    Barbara Venkataramann has created a character I can live with, one that is never cloying, foolish, swooning or implausible. Her books are not padded with filler, they move right along, keeping my interest.

    For anyone that wants fun, easy to read books with a smart strong main character this is the series. I plan to listen to every one, and more than once.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Case of the Killer Divorce: Jamie Quinn, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Venkataraman
    • Narrated By Carrie Lee Martz
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    Reluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, has returned to her family law practice after a hiatus due to the death of her mother. It's business as usual until a bitter divorce case turns into a murder investigation, and Jamie's client becomes the prime suspect. When she can't untangle truth from lies, Jamie enlists the help of Duke Broussard, her favorite private investigator, to try to clear her client's name. And she's hoping that, in his spare time, he can help her find her long-lost father.

    Fascinatingbooks says: "A Great Fun Entertaining Series!"
    "A Great Fun Entertaining Series!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Case of the Killer Divorce the most enjoyable?

    A great cast of characters, a fast moving plot with no filler text and the amazing vocal talents of Carrie Lee Martz.


    What other book might you compare The Case of the Killer Divorce to and why?

    It reminds me of the Stephanie Plum books but doesn't have the never ending pursuit of weird boyfriends, which gets tiresome.


    Have you listened to any of Carrie Lee Martz’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, the first book in the series, 'Death by Didgeridoo' .. she continues the wry funny and very natural performance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I needed to get some sleep, lol.


    Any additional comments?

    The Case of the Killer Divorce (Jamie Quinn Mystery Book 2) - Barbara Venkataramann has written another winner. I listened to the audio book narrated by the wonderful, almost addicting vocal talents of Carrie Lee Martz.

    Carrie Lee, as the first person narrator's voice of Jamie Quinn, is perfect - touching, wry, tough, and vulnerable in turns. As the voice of the other memorable characters she is outstanding. It made this mystery very very entertaining. The author has the ability to write a naturally flowing story, nothing seemed forced or contrived. I was happy to read the first book in the series, 'Death by Didgeridoo' but I was delighted to read this one because it showed me that this was truly a great series I could stay with.

    Written with humor and insight, the plots develop the characters more in this book. Jamie enlists PI Duke Broussard to help her track down her biological father. Jamie is also the lawyer representing the wife in a bitter divorce that ends in the husband's death. Jamie needs Duke Broussard to help clear her client.

    It kept my interest and was highly entertaining throughout. This series stands out as exceptional among fun cozy mysteries. I'm glad I got the next book in the series because the plot between Jamie and her search for her father develops further.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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