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  • America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Stephen Colbert, Tim Meadows, Jordin Ruderman
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (914)
    Story
    (903)

    Book store nation, in the history of mankind there has never been a greater country than America. You could say we're the number one nation at being the best at greatness. But as perfect as America is in every single way, America is broken! And we can't exchange it because we're 236 years past the 30-day return window. Look around - we don't make anything anymore, we've mortgaged our future to China, and the Apologist-in-Chief goes on world tours just to bow before foreign leaders.

    Brett says: "Funny as usual"
    "Really Funny"
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    Nice length and great listen. I love Colbert's sharp misdirection humor. Well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wrong Stuff: The Adventures and Misadventures of an 8th Air Force Aviator

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Truman Smith
    • Narrated By James Killavey
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (353)

    Between April and July 1944, Truman Smith flew 35 bombing missions over France and Germany. He was only 20 years old. Although barely adults, Smith and his peers worried about cramming a lifetime's worth of experience into every free night, each knowing he probably would not survive the next bombing mission. Written with blunt honesty, wry humor, and insight, The Wrong Stuff is Smith's gripping memoir of that time.

    Allan says: "Action, suspense, and history"
    "I love this book fantastic 1st person account."
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    Recalling knowing at 20 years old his survival percentages were 2% every word from this bomber pilot had me right there.
    I highly recommend this one. I may listen to it twice.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2703)
    Performance
    (2011)
    Story
    (2016)

    The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another....

    Chris says: "Frightening, Powerful, Deeply Thought-provoking."
    "If you love gritty truth this book is for you."
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    This book was hard for me to stop listening to, it grabbed me on a visceral level. Interested in seeing the movie after hearing this accout. I loved it very much there is no Facebook type whitewash anywhere. The account from the narrator was a god job. I still ran the speed at 1.5. I will reflect for a long time about the meaning of this story in light of current events.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Gospel: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ian Caldwell
    • Narrated By Jack Davenport
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (331)

    In 2004, as Pope John Paul II's reign enters its twilight, a mysterious exhibit is under construction at the Vatican Museums. A week before it is scheduled to open, its curator is murdered at a clandestine meeting on the outskirts of Rome. The same night a violent break-in rocks the home of the curator's research partner, Father Alex Andreou, a Greek Catholic priest who lives inside the Vatican with his five-year-old son.

    Pamela Rees says: "Wow. Just wow."
    "Story LOVE,Narrator LOVE, Scored!"
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    This is a new book, zero ratings and usually I like to wait too see what others say about a book before I pull the trigger. I'm sort of a book follower you might say. But I loved this story, great mystery topic about the Catholic church that doesn't have anything to do with little boys. Well researched historical information. Almost had me reading the Bible again to check the details. Almost they told me enough to be curious about how it was written at least and that wasn't the motive for the story. It has you sailing back and forward into history and modern times. I'll probably look for more from this Author.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Don Donaldson
    • Narrated By Peter Jacobson
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    When hematologist Dr. Carl Martin is called into a Little Rock emergency room, not even his expertise can save Benjamin Rasco from bleeding to death. But why did the man die? His condition shouldn't have been fatal. And no one should have such bizarre red blood cells.

    T. SCHUMACHER says: "Finally, A Real Medical Mystery..."
    "Straight monotone narration of an exciting book."
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    I did enjoy listening to this book however the narration is extremely flat. This truly is a medical mystery and I liked that. Something you don't get a chance to listen to every day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crossing Lines: Gabe Quinn, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Keith Houghton
    • Narrated By David Doersch
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    "Celebrity Cop" Gabe Quinn has quit the LAPD and is chasing his demons pro bono - determined to catch or kill the two serial killers responsible for ruining his life... But when a mutilated body is washed up on a picturesque Florida beach it marks the beginning of the end for Gabe and his sanity. Nothing is quite what it seems and never will be again.What follows is an explosive game of cat and mouse and a death race to save a woman's life from the hands of a madman. This is Gabe's nemesis....

    Polly says: "Better Story, Narrator Bombed"
    "Psycho killer team! More is better? so-so"
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    This is the kind of story where they just increase the amount of psycho killers to keep this revolving thriller going. Honestly I would drift off to think of other things.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Drift: Carrick & Watkins, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jon McGoran
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    When Philadelphia narcotics detective Doyle Carrick loses his mother and step-father within weeks of each other, he gains a 20-day suspension for unprofessional behavior and instructions to lay low at the unfamiliar house he’s inherited in rural Pennsylvania. Feeling restless and out of place, Doyle is surprised to find himself falling for his new neighbor, Nola Watkins, who’s under pressure to sell her organic farm to a large and mysterious development company.

    lorraine says: "DRIFT go to the TOP OF THE LIST! Fantastic"
    "DRIFT go to the TOP OF THE LIST! Fantastic"
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    Rarely do I get everything I want in a book but this one is a gift to my ears. Great mystery, no loose ends, complicated plot twists, fabulous character development. I smell a hint of an agenda but it didn't take from the thrill of this book. I found myself liking this character, not too badass, not too fearless, he misses his Mom after she dies and is relentless at solving the mystery.

    Let me take a minute to say why I love Marc Vietor as a Narrator. First his voice is old Hollywood amazing and crisp, like Errol Flynn, Cary Grant, Olivier, you get the picture. When he reads there is so much control and character definition that you can coast with him driving you through the plot without having to back up and see which characters are speaking. He never makes a female character sound like a drag queen, nor botches up accents. There is no smacking mouth sounds or dry mouth like so many others of lesser quality pollute into the narration. This is an art form. Millions of audio being downloaded every day with users like me who have listened to hundreds of voices. Book narration is not film, not a play, not a radio broadcast, but a new form that takes shape with mental pictures as when you read yourself, his timing gives support to imagination without distraction and adds to the experience in every way.

    I am looking forward to book two.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Phantom Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Heather Graham
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Cummings
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (296)

    A secret government unit is formed under the oversight of Adam Harrison, famed paranormal investigator. The case: In a historic mansion in New Orleans’ French Quarter, a senator’s wife falls to her death from a balcony. Most think she jumped, distraught over the loss of her young son. Some say she was pushed. And yet others believe she was beckoned by the ghostly spirits that inhabit the house - once the site of a serial killer’s grisly work.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Book"
    "Yuck, this may work for a puppet show."
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    This story is massive crap. Chapter 22 is so ubsurd I can't go on. It's a mess, nothing makes sense there are unlikely relationships and you never know what the point is. The plot makes no sense what so ever, I think it's a low rate romance novel that would be well played by the puppets in "Team America". I felt sorry for the narrator Jeffrey Cummings deserved better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Barkeep

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By William Lashner
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (221)

    Justin Chase is the perfect barkeep, tending bar as he lives his life, in a state of Zen serenity, until Birdie Grackle, a foul-mouthed alcoholic, walks into his bar and makes a startling confession. Six years ago Justin’s life was ripped apart when he discovered his mother’s bludgeoned corpse. Now Justin’s father is serving a life sentence and Justin drowns his emotions in a pool of inner peace. But when Birdie claims he murdered Justin’s mother for cash, Justin is hurled back to the emotions, back to the past, and, most frightening of all, back to the father he tried to leave behind.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Pour me another!"
    "A cuddly bunch of bastards! Great Book!"
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    At first I disliked the main character so much I was going to stop listening to this. But the Narrator Luke Daniels has that happy dog voice I like so much I just kept going. Then the Barkeep has some really good insights to drunks that I just kept going some more, then I was hooked by the whole bunch of just-missed-being-likeable characters. It was a bit hard to follow, it's a big gang of losers in this book but they were all written very human, but never quite making it to the likeable mark with the exception of the old policeman who follows people around most of the time till the ending. It was pretty thrilling though at the halfway point and is very well wrapped up. With the exception of whatever happened to the first girl with the slutty shoes? Did she ever find true love? They should have murdered her I guess, then I wouldn't wonder what her roll was for. I think I recommend you to give this a try, let me know if you figure out the girl with the slutty shoes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2335)
    Performance
    (2096)
    Story
    (2094)

    "You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely," notes Jack Reacher - and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA. Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott - an American marksman gone bad - is one of them...

    Jeffrey says: "Lee and Dick seem tired"
    "NO MORE DICK HILL, Another great Reacher Book!"
    Overall
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    Dick Hill once again is horrible and this rating system won't let me leave zero stars for Performance. I suggest turning your speed to double time to get Dick moving at an almost normal pace while you listen. (NOTE to Lee Child: Use Marc Vietor next time he has range and never botches up an action book). Key word here is action.

    I don't want to spoil this because it is a classic fast paced Jack Reacher action and action tips book. Tips such as "don't shoot the tires when trying to disable a gang thugs escape vehicle, go for the engine" you'll find out why towards the middle of the story. Pay close attention to the details and you'll get the hidden bad guy of the story. I didn't of course but I never do.

    Loved it Sherlock Homeless!

    If this is your first Reacher novel try one of the others first I suggest one that is Dick free they are all good.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Billy Boyle: A World War II Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By James R. Benn
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    What's a 22-year-old Irish American cop who's never been out of Massachusetts before doing at Beardsley Hall, an English country house, having lunch with King Haakon of Norway? Billy Boyle himself wonders. Back home in Southie, hed barely made detective when war was declared. Unwilling to fight and perhaps die for England, he was relieved when his mother wangled a job for him on the staff of a general married to her distant cousin.

    Mary says: "Best Kept Secret"
    "Great Period Mystery"
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    A bit slow at first, but being the 1st in the series it sets the characters well. The narrator holds this together during the slow spots. Excellent period accents, I will probably drop out on this series when they switch to another narrator I'm funny about what sound voices go into my head and Marc Vietor is the best.

    It's worth the listen if you like the older style mystery without intense gore and sex.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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