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Barry Owens

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  • Kidnapped by Nuns: And Other Stories of a Life on the Radio

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Bob Fuss
    • Narrated By Bob Fuss
    Overall
    (6)
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    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Take a journey over the last four decades of news, from Hollywood to Washington and around the world, from Andorra to Zimbabwe. Ride the campaign plane with Ronald Reagan; get the inside story of why Congress is such a disaster; and share adventure travel stories from a globetrotting correspondent. Retired CBS news correspondent Bob Fuss has traveled with half a dozen presidents and covered Congress for more than 20 years.

    Trish says: "Gripping stories from storied reporter"
    "A fascinating memoir!"
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    I loved this audiobook! It is a fascinating memoir of a life lived reporting on the history, politics and politicians of the past 40 + years. It is of particular interest to me because I remember most of what Bob Fuss reported on. He gives details and background information that really brings to life the people and events in a fresh new way helping to make the listener experience or re-experience history from the Reagan years in the White House to the present.

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    My only criticism is the speed at which Fuss speaks. He talks fast. However, I did finally get used to it, and it was less of a distraction than it was in the beginning.

    I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in not just WHAT happened in politics but WHY and HOW it affected the USA. His travelogues are fascinating as well as Fuss has traveled all over the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NYPD Red

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Marshall Karp
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini, Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3173)
    Performance
    (2779)
    Story
    (2779)

    It's the start of Hollywood on Hudson, and New York City is swept up in the glamour. Every night, the red carpet rolls out for movie stars arriving at premieres in limos; the most exclusive restaurants close for private parties for wealthy producers and preeminent directors; and thousands of fans gather with the paparazzi, hoping to catch a glimpse of the most famous and beautiful faces in the world. With this many celebrities in town, special task force NYPD Red is on high alert - and they can't afford to make a single mistake.

    Christine says: "Strong Narration, formuliac and predictable story"
    "The pacing of a Hollywood film!"
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    The first third of this book is pretty slow; marked mainly by people dying and the police baffled as to who is doing the killing and how to stop them (so pretty much a typical police procedural novel ).

    About halfway in, though, the pace really picks up, and the pacing changes to that of a fast action thriller. There are almost a hundred chapters and each one moves quickly to the next like the scenes of a movie. So Kudos to Patterson and Karp on an excellent novel.

    Edoardo Ballerini and Jay Snyder are perfect for this book. Five stars for the narration. I listened to the last 4.5 hours of the book in one sitting and could not tear myself away from it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Your Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By R. C. Sproul
    • Narrated By R. C. Sproul
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (245)

    Dr. Sproul surveys the history of apologetics and demonstrates that reason and science are your allies in defending the existence of God and the historical truth claims of Jesus Christ.

    Richard says: "Good, but a bit too theoretical than practical."
    "Love it, but...."
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    I love this teaching series by Dr. Sproul. However, there’s a ton of teaching on philosophy before he ever gets around to teaching on apologetics. I really wish that could have been shortened so that more teaching on scripture could have been taught.

    0 of 0 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)
    Performance
    (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!"
    "Great Story but too much language for me!"
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    A great followup to “Where the Hell is Tesla?” Loved the story, but there was a bit too much bad language in it for my taste. The F Bomb gets dropped every couple of minutes, and there were also a few GDs in there. That is why I gave it three stars instead of four. I have developed a thicker skin when it comes to general cursing, but taking the Lord’s name in vain is a huge NO NO for me.

    The narration was good. I just wish that Mr. Dircks could do female voices since there are so many of them in his books. Still, there was no problem telling who was doing the talking so I went ahead and gave the Performance 4 stars.

    If you are hyper sensitive to the use of foul language then this book is most definitely not for you. Otherwise I can recommend it as a worthy follow up to “Where the Hell is Tesla?”

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lines of Departure: Frontlines, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Marko Kloos
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5314)
    Performance
    (4902)
    Story
    (4889)

    Vicious interstellar conflict with an indestructible alien species. Bloody civil war over the last habitable zones of the cosmos. Political unrest, militaristic police forces, dire threats to the solar system. Humanity is on the ropes, and after years of fighting a two-front war with losing odds, so is Commonwealth Defense Corps officer Andrew Grayson.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "SCIENCE, IT WORKS"
    "Love this series!"
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    Marlo Koloa has a hit military sci-go series on his hands, and Luke Daniels is the perfect narrator for it!!! I will binge-listen to the entire series, or at least as much of it is available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Penny Marshall
    • Narrated By Penny Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1852)
    Performance
    (1644)
    Story
    (1646)

    her life story going her humble roots in the Bronx to one of the most liked and respected figures in the entertainment business, also covering her marriage to Rob Reiner and relationships with Art Garfunkel, Carrie Fisher, and John Belushi, and her bout with lung and brain cancer in 2009, to Julia Cheiffetz

    GaylM says: "Listen up - not to be read!"
    "Great book but just a little too much language for me!"
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    This is my second memoir this year and I really enjoyed it.

    My only complaint is the language, especially in the second half of the book which seems to have had more than the first half. I took off one star for that.

    I loved hearing about the life and career of one of my favorite actresses and directors. I did have some trouble with her heavy accent in the beginning but I quickly adjusted to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead As a Doornail: When The Fat Ladies Sing, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Linda Kozar
    • Narrated By Michelle Babb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    With her wedding to Hudson just months away, all Lovita's plans seem to be going awry. A crooked politician is running for mayor, his girlfriend is opening a new beauty shop, and the contractor building Sue Jan and Monroe's dream home is found dead. To top it all off, the money from the high school band's fundraiser has disappeared. Before Lovita walks down the aisle, the girls have to nail a killer, uncover missing band fundraiser money, save their beauty shop, and rescue the town of Wachita. Piece of cake.

    Jean says: "A fun who did it."
    "Linda Kozar and Michelle Babb do it again!"
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    I loved listening to this book. Linda Kozar is a master of the cozy mystery, and Michelle Babb is the perfect narrator for them.

    I love how Linda spins her tales so that the reader doesn't know who done what until she wants them to. Even if you were to guess the who the why is always a surprise.

    Michelle Babb has the perfect voice and accent for Kozar's characters. Her male voices could use some work, but when it's women speaking, which is most of the time, there is no need to guess who is saying what because her voices are varied and consistent, even from book to book. Michelle is my favorite female narrator hands down.

    I received this book from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paper Doll: A Jana Lane Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joe Cosentino
    • Narrated By Charissa Clark Howe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Jana Lane was America's most famous child star until she was attacked on the studio lot at 18 years old. Now a 38-year-old beauty and mother of two living in a mansion in picturesque Hudson Valley, New York, Jana's flashbacks from her past turn into murder attempts in her present.

    Rabid Reader says: "Great psychological thriller"
    "Another Great Mystery by Joe Cosentino"
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    Joe Cosentino does it again with his period mystery, Paper Doll.

    Jana Lane is a former child star who is offered the chance to make a comeback twenty years after her last picture. She is reunited with several of the people she worked with as a child including her former co-star who is now producing the film that she is to star in.

    As things unfold Jana begins to wonder if she might be beginning to suffer another nervous breakdown like she did all those years ago as a child actor. Is someone stalking her? Is someone trying to kill her? Finally, could she be the one doing the killing as she suffers from multiple personality disorder?

    So many questions and Joe Cosentino keeps you guessing almost until the very end. I loved this book and can highly recommend it to anyone who just likes a good old fashioned mystery. I will be listening to more in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Back to Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dennis Canfield
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    An Audiofile Magazine Earphones Award Winner! Twelve-year-old Amanda Krumwerth can't believe her eyes or her ears. She's come face-to-face with an elf from the North Pole. And not just any elf; he's Marmel, head of Santa's Department for Labeling Humans Naughty or Nice. Marmel just told Amanda there is not one good quality about anyone in her family, so they are all destined to go onto the Permanent Naughty List. With only two days before the sun sets on Christmas, how can Amanda prove Marmel wrong and save her family from their fate? Find out in this delightful new story about an unhappy elf, an unpleasant family and the true meaning of Christmas.

    MissSusie66 says: "Great Family Road Trip Book"
    "Really loved this new version"
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    I have both versions of this book, the earlier book from last year and this year's updated version narrated by Simon Vance. I must say that I really loved this version more. Last year's was good, but Simon Vance just made this year's version even better.

    Loved the updated story by Dennis Canfield. I will be listening to this version again next year around Christmas time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Origin and Evolution of Earth: From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence

    • ORIGINAL (25 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert M. Hazen Ph.D. Harvard University
    • Narrated By Professor Robert M. Hazen Ph.D. Harvard University
    Overall
    (675)
    Performance
    (606)
    Story
    (601)

    This course chronicles the history of Earth and life on Earth from the point of view of the minerals that made it all happen. A major theme is how minerals and life coevolved, leading to the unprecedented mineral diversity on our world compared to the other planets in the solar system. Professor Hazen tells this epic story in 48 action-packed lectures that take you from the big bang to the formation of the solar system to the major milestones that marked the evolution of Earth and life.

    Blokoe_Geo says: "Utterly Fantastic"
    "Good but a bit over my head!"
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    I enjoyed this lecture series from Great Courses, but there were quite a few times the lectures went right over my head, especially when talking about Geology (which a large portion of the series was about). Having said that, though, I did get quite a bit more out of it then I at first expected. It didn't help that I did not realize that there was a PDF manual that went along with this course until I was almost finished with it. That would have helped a lot, no doubt. I strongly suggest downloading the PDF and using it as you go along this course. I wish I had.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dispatcher

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Zachary Quinto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19889)
    Performance
    (18497)
    Story
    (18441)

    Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

    Matthew says: "Good Grief This Was Good"
    "Not a fan of Scalzi so far!"
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    This is my first John Scalzi book, and I am not impressed. I loved the premise of the book but the bad language in it really turned me off.

    Also, I was not impressed by Zachary Quinto's first foray into the world of book narration. Love him as an actor, but not totally impressed by him as a narrator.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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