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  • In Cold Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

    Lisa says: "Still the Best"
    "I'll Never Look at a Stranger the Same Way"

    I had heard of In Cold Blood all of my life, but I had never read it. I decided to download it and it has been an incredible experience! Scott Brick was captivating as he brought each character to life in such a way that you felt they, themselves, were speaking. I found Capote's writing masterful, eloquent, beautiful and haunting as he took me from the Sunday morning in the country and the brutal murder of an entire family to the final moments of the murder's lives. Every accolade that Capote was given was well deserved, it is a masterpiece few, even accomplished writers, could have even undertaken much less succeeded at so brillantly.

    They say a good book never really leaves you and in this case, it is true. I was amazed at the ease and lack of conscience that Capote portrayed in the two men who planned and executed the murders. The people they encountered after the murders and how easily they intended to murder others who they could use or who inconviently got in their way. Sadly, I will never take a stranger for granted again, or am I likely to turn my back as easily as I did before I experienced this capitvating novel.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Swan Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Treat Williams, Anne Heche, Erin Cottrell, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe has a perfectly ordered life--solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the painting hobby he loves. This order is destroyed when renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient. In response, Marlowe finds himself going beyond his own legal and ethical boundaries to understand the secret that torments this genius, a journey that will lead him into the lives of the women closest to Robert Oliver.

    Sara says: "Such Potential Wasted"
    "An Intimate Look into the Mind of an Artist"
    Would you listen to The Swan Thieves again? Why?

    Yes, I found it very well written. A pleasure to listen to.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the point of view of the psychiatrist and his own story woven into in patient's life. It was a unique story and very well done.

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

    I think the characters come alive with narration. I love to read a good book too, but often I keep the words with me longer by listening to them in a character's voice.

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

    The artist's wife

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Stays with you a long time!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I had never read anything by King- but this was a real pleasure! I would indeed recommend it enthusiastically. I have seen many King movies, of course, but I found this book, while certainly Sci-Fi in nature, to be much more than that. I grew up in this late 50's early 60's era and to read about it was like literally walking back in time to the grocery stores, the drug store lunch counters to get a Coke...and men with their hats and the wonderful cars. It was an excellent portrayal of the times! Equally enticing were the stories of trying to save and redeem those troubled people in the past- the incredible way time, in King's world, tries to protect itself from being changed. I thought his premise of physics was quite plausible and logical and I found myself thinking about all the "what-ifs" we would all like to go back and change- if only we could!

    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    I thought Wasson was excellent and truly talented! He had so many dialects and characters to keep straight and he did a fantastic job! It was like listening to Jack Kennedy all over again!

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

    A journey of incredible fortitude, courage and love.

    Any additional comments?

    The ending was perfect. Usually I am disappointed, or it is a cop-out, but not this one! It was creative, unexpected, and thought provoking.... it will stay with me a long time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "A Well-written Warning"
    What did you love best about Atlas Shrugged?

    I thought the story of Dagny Taggart and her railroad was intriguing and once again Scot Brick lent his considerable talent to telling this long and intricate tale, of our human condition of both strength and weakness, with amazing clarity and characterization.

    Ayn Rand's ability to perceive our human flaws and failings in allowing ourselves to be led, often by the nose, to the precipice of utter destruction by those who would represent themselves as capable and creative leaders, is insightful and extraordinary. Atlas Shrugged portrays all this and more in a most creative setting- first of power, accomplishment, hard work and success and then slowly we watch as the world slides helplessly to the edge of implosion and ruin- all due to our intrinsic ability to turn the reins over to those we think, naively and carelessly, can take better care of us. This is Rand's genius, although rather long-winded and pontificating at times, in showing us where the path of ignorance and passivity will lead us. An excellent, eye-opening book that all of Congress and every high school English student should read!

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Atlas Shrugged?

    I think when the last train broke down- in the middle of nowhere.... no one to call, no way to get help, no solutions were even available... it was desolate and utter abandonment of all that was powerful, successful and safe and the realization that we had done this to ourselves. Only a few of the characters were aware enough to figure this out and began immediately to figure out how to fix it- the rest- like cattle, left the train to board horse-drawn wagons- much as they would have 300 years earlier!

    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed Frank Reardon's portrayal, although I think Brick did an excellent job with all of them.

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

    Dagney Taggart- I'd love to meet her!

    Any additional comments?

    This book was written for far more than just entertaining.... it is a warning of where we are headed if we allow incompetents to lead us. It is a dangerous path to be attracted to just shiny objects without substance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Edward Klein
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It’s amateur hour at the White House. So says New York Times best-selling author Edward Klein in his political exposé The Amateur. Tapping into the public’s growing sentiment that President Obama is in over his head, The Amateur argues that Obama’s toxic combination of incompetence and arrogance has run our nation and his presidency off the rails.

    Michael says: "Obama Fans Aren't Going to Like This Book!"
    "A Potent Revelation- well done!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Amateur to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed listening to the book immensely- the reader, John McLain was excellent and the story was very well researched and documented for facts. Like so many Audible fans, I found myself sitting in my driveway listening, putting it on my portable speaker and taking it with me. I felt as though I was privy to a very intimate look into who Obama really is and how he got to this pinnacle without any qualifications what-so ever! Mr. Klein professionally took on the task of revealing Obama and his White House for what it is: Smoke and Mirrors, unprofessional, inexperienced and with enough hubris and arrogance to suffice for 4 presidents! I especially liked that no one quoted in the book has come forth to discount what was said- no one has objected and the author lists all of his resources, all 200 of them in the back of the book and they are impressive! The Clintons were one of my favorite stars of the book- pulling no punches with their utter disdain for Obama and his tactics! You will enjoy this book and in my opinion more liberals should read it-instead of poo pooing it... they need to see who it is they are really supporting- and it just might change their minds! Great Listen! Thanks!

    If you could give The Amateur a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Smoke & Mirrors: The Obama House of Cards

    Any additional comments?

    I would like to have seen the media pick this book up and review it on its merits- true reporting, discovery and revelation. These are news and reporting virtues in this country that seem severely crippled and that is wrong. The people have a right to know the truth about those men and women who lead them- facts are what we would like to see and hear and we will draw our own conclusions. I believe The Amateur the Obama White House has those facts, researched and documented, and it was a pleasure listening to someone report with credibility to the American people exactly who, sadly, it is we have in the White House.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"

    I was 12 years old in 1962 and I remember the times- the race problems and the efforts to get laws passed for blacks to have the same rights as whites. I was struck with Ms. Stockett's literary voice- her characters and their lives, the situations in the deep south that struggled so hard against change and progress- that they hung dearly to as though it was the law of nature. I think this is an excellent book and even better produced for audio- the voices of the readers were able to bring the words to life, the dialects were spot-on and the tone of the entire book was just about perfect! You will enjoy this book and it will be, as it was for me, an eye-opening look at what an entire race of people struggled against in their efforts to be free and respected Americans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Venetian Betrayal: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Locating Alexander the Great's final resting place, unknown to this day, remains a tantalizing goal for archaeologists and treasure hunters - as well as a cunning despot with the single-minded desire to surpass Alexander as history's ultimate conqueror. Cotton Malone, former U.S. Justice Department agent turned rare-book dealer, learns from his friend, Cassiopeia Vitt, that a suspicious blaze was part of a campaign of arson masking a diabolical plan to find Alexander's grave - and a miraculous serum.

    W says: "Ok, not great"
    "Venetian Betrayal"

    Creative and well written, but the character development was slightly shallow and difficult to become involved with. History was excellent and plausible, but the story was slightly predictable in its progress. Scott Brick, as always, was excellent. some of the writting was repetative , probably for the reader's benefits of reinforcement of information, but it was tedious on occasion. All in all, it was entertaining and an excellent read by Brick and his creative rendition.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "A Novel of Immense Proportion"

    Researching Pillars of the Earth must have been a tremendously intense and exciting undertaking! I have found the novel both immensly rewarding as well as highly educational & now understand the valueable role the church played in the early development of Europe and the immense hardships the common man faced just to struggle to stay alive. Follett's masterful handling of the English language, his vast talent for painting a picture not only of his characters, but their lives is worth every minute of this very long epic as you travel not only through time, but through a man's passion for his work and devotion he has for the woman he loves. I have enjoyed it immensly and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to not only to read a gripping, well-written story, but to learn a great deal about a time that has influenced and inspired us us all to this very moment. John Lee, the narrator, has a captivating voice that keeps you hanging on every, beautifully uttered word.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Inkspell

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Brendan Fraser

    Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of Inkheart, the book whose characters became real. But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater brought into being from words, the need to return to the tale has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller with the ability to read him back, Dustfinger leaves behind his young apprentice Farid and plunges into the medieval world of his past.

    Vanessa says: "Inkspell indeed"
    "Spell Binding"

    I have always enjoyed the idea of magic, secret places and spells and with Inkheart, everything comes together to be totally entertaining and refreshingly imaginative. The characters are wonderfully creative and the storyline is both surprising and addictive and I found myself sitting in the driveway, engine running just listening as the story unfolded. The narrator, Lynn Redgrave was superb with her delightful and creative dipiction of the characters and I felt this added a great deal to the story that just reading it myself would not have offered. I'm a fan and have purchased Inkspell and look forward to it as well.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory Keeper's Daughter

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kim Edwards
    • Narrated By Martha Plimpton

    On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down's Syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split-second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret.

    Amy says: "The worst book yet!"
    "memory Keeper's daughter"

    I found The Memory Keeper's Daughter to be a compelling and beautifully written book. The narration makes it come alive and is masterfully executed. The story is wonderfully entertaining and hard to push the pause button. You will enjoy this story of love, fear, guilt, deep regret, constant awareness of the hopes and dreams we all have and the bravery of the human spirit to keep trying to make them come true.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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