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Robin

Chicago, IL, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • Shake the Devil Off: A True Story of the Murder that Rocked New Orleans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ethan Brown
    • Narrated By James Avery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    They looked like a slightly mischievous version of the all-American couple: a handsome army veteran and his gorgeous artist girlfriend. Zackery Bowen, after completing his tour of Iraq, came home to New Orleans, and in two weeks before Hurricane Katrina, he met Addie Hall. Their improvised, hard-partying endurance during and after the storm inspired news outlets around the world to feature the couple as the personification of the indomitable spirit of New Orleans. But beneath the surface, trouble was brewing.

    Robin says: "Avoid this one!"
    "Avoid this one!"
    Overall

    The description of this audio book drew me in. After listening for about an hour, though, I thoroughly regretted my purchase. This story would perhpas be worthy of a seven-to-ten page magazine article; the author has spun it out into a whole book by adding tedious background factoids and glorified parentheticals that are irrelevant to the storyline and do not move it along at all.

    There's not much of a story here to start with. The reader is not particularly good. Save your money and/or Audible member credit for something better.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Why Evolution Is True

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jerry A. Coyne
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (322)

    Why evolution is more than just a theory: it is a fact. In all the current highly publicized debates about creationism and its descendant "intelligent design", there is an element of the controversy that is rarely mentioned: the evidence, the empirical truth of evolution by natural selection.

    Ernest says: "Perfect !! Just what I was looking for."
    "Enlightening and mesmerizing!"
    Overall

    This is at the top of my list for books I've read or to which I've listened in the past few months. The author does a masterful job of explaining evolution, in terms of the science and its implications, in a way that is clear and non-technical without being overly simplified. I have reccommended it to many people, including my teenage daughter and my friends.

    The reader is superb, demonstrating a real or convincingly acted interest in and understanding of the material.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jonathan Eig
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    Acclaimed journalist and bestselling author Jonathan Eig blows the lid off the Al Capone story. Based on never-before-seen government documents and newly discovered letters written by Al Capone himself, Get Capone presents America's greatest gangster as you’ve never seen him before.

    Jonathan says: "Get this book"
    "A fun listen!"
    Overall

    If you like Chicago stories, popular biography, popular history, or true crime, I heartily recommend this well-writeen and well-read book. I enjoyed every minute!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (161)

    Adelia is back in action! Ariana Franklin combines the best of modern forensic thrillers with the detail and drama of medieval fiction in this enthralling historical novel, the second in the Mistress of the Art of Death series.

    Lakisha says: "mediocre following"
    "No Downside to Reading This"
    Overall

    This is a great series, whether read or listened too. The central figure is fascinating, and the historical background is interesting. If you don't know much about early English history (as is the case with me), this is a painless way to get a good, casual sense of it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • This American Life: Poultry Slam 2008

    • ABRIDGED (58 mins)
    • By This American Life
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    A man in Pakistan wants to break his friend out of prison. He buys him an amulet that supposedly has the power to protect anyone from harm. But just to be on the safe side, he decides to test the amulet by trying it out first. On a chicken. Stories about the powerful combination of chickens, faith and God in our not-quite-annual, all new for 2008, Poultry Slam.

    Robin says: "Classic hiliarity"
    "Classic hiliarity"
    Overall

    This is wonderfully wry and funny. My thirteen-year-old daughter heard it on NPR and insisted that I download it. Perfect in terms of tone, length, and funniness.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Egyptologist

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Arthur Phillips
    • Narrated By Gianfranco Negroponte, Simon Prebble, Gerard Doyle, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    Howard Carter has just made one of the great discoveries of all time, the unveiling of Tutankhamun's tomb. At the same time, Egyptologist Ralph Trilipush finds himself in a slightly less spectacular position. He has staked everything on a scrap of hieroglyphic pornography. Halfway around the world, an Australian detective sets off on a globetrotting quest to find a murderer. Or two. Or three. These events, seemingly unrelated, are about to collide in a spectacular yet utterly unpredictable fashion.

    Lea says: "I gave it another chance and WOW."
    "A good listening choice"
    Overall

    This is the kind of book that translates really well to the spoken word. The reader has a great voice, the action level is just right (not so slow that it's boring, not so fast that the listener can't follow), and the story line is fascinating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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