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  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2219)
    Performance
    (1973)
    Story
    (1980)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "Remembering Camelot"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Killing Kennedy to be better than the print version?

    Although I didn't read the print version of Killing Kennedy, I don't believe it could be better because I so much enjoyed listening to Bill O'Reilly's outstanding narration of this book. His fast-paced narration doesn't give one an opportunity of losing interest and I found it difficult to find a place to stop listening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, obviously, John F. Kennedy is the favorite character, but I thought the book brought to life all the characters involved in Camelot. The insight into Jacqueline Kennedy made me respect and miss her even more.


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

    There are so many moving moments in this book; I believe the authors captured the human side of the President, First Lady, and every character mentioned in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I tend to gravitate toward any book written about the Kennedys and believe I have read or listened to most. I wasn't disappointed in this story and Mr. O'Reilly does an outstanding narration. Even if all of the details weren't completely accurate, this telling of "Camelot" provided a brief look into the personal stories of so many of the people that were a part of President Kennedy's reign. I would recommend this listen to all.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7000)
    Performance
    (6488)
    Story
    (6503)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Stephen King at his best"
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    Where does Doctor Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I don't often rank books but I thoroughly enjoyed Doctor Sleep which is why I gave it 5 stars on all levels.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Doctor Sleep?

    I wouldn't want to give away the most memorable moments to spoil them for those who haven't listened.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    I felt that I was really hearing Danny though Will Patton's narration. He did an outstanding job with all of the characters.


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

    Again, I wouldn't want to reveal the particular moments but there are several happenings in the story that moved me.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a true Stephen King fan having read or listened to if not all at least 99% of his books; I can honestly say that there only a couple that I didn't enjoy. I anxiously awaited this book when I first heard about it over a year ago and it was worth the wait. I hope everyone who listens to Doctor Sleep experiences that same enjoyment I had.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Therese Anne Fowler
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (391)

    Picture a late-May morning in 1918, a time when Montgomery wore her prettiest spring dress and finest floral perfume - same as I would wear that evening.... Thus begins the story of beautiful, reckless, 17-year-old Zelda Sayre on the day she meets Lieutenant Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald at a country club dance. Fitzgerald isn’t rich or settled; no one knows his people; and he wants, of all things, to be a writer in New York. No matter how wildly in love they may be, Zelda’s father firmly opposes the match....

    L.W. says: "Great! From the first page to the last....."
    "Z Best!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald the most enjoyable?

    The story is so real I felt I knew the Fitzgeralds; the narration was amazing. This is truly a love story that is heartbreaking.


    What other book might you compare Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald to and why?

    I would compare this to the movie, The Way We Were.


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

    Ms. Lamia made me feel that I was hearing Zelda speak; she made Zelda come alive for me.


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

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book; even the happiness in the Fitzgeralds' lives brought tears to my eyes. They were so in love but were just not good for each other.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved listening to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6159)
    Performance
    (5333)
    Story
    (5326)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Charming story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Beautiful Ruins the most enjoyable?

    I loved the story line and the characters; Mr. Walter combined simple "old world" lives with the craziness of Hollywood and did an excellent job. All of the characters in this story seemed so honest in their perspective of their lives and I wanted to learn more about each of them from the start. I thoroughly enjoyed how the author tied the lives of the characters together and to real life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Ruins?

    There are so many memorable moments in this beautifully-written book; my most memorable are when each character realized what they had done with their lives. The author shared such intimate thoughts of all characters, but Pasquel's thoughts and recognition of everyday occurrences are especially heartwarming.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini???s performance did you like?

    His narration is captivating; his inflections are wonderful to hear.


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

    The author keeps you guessing about the characters and in that sense I wanted to keep listening, but on the other hand I didn't want the story to end.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think anyone would be disappointed in this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1665)
    Performance
    (1442)
    Story
    (1403)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Melinda says: "Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Phenomenon"
    "Another great Robicheaux novel"
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    What did you love best about Creole Belle?

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. Even though these stories can be gruesome and violent, Mr. Burke's writing style is poetic throughout the book and Mr. Patton's reading is perfect.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dave Robicheaux because he has another "star" performance.


    What about Will Patton???s performance did you like?

    His voice and recitation make this a great listen.


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

    Not sure.


    Any additional comments?

    I've thought about these books becoming movies because I really enjoy the characters, but I'm afraid we would lose the poetic verse in Dave's thoughts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (18731)
    Performance
    (14523)
    Story
    (14464)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    This is a book that I will listen to again. I think Tina Fey is amazingly funny and especially enjoyed that she narrated her book. She is one entertainer that I would love to have for a friend. The only complaint about the book is that I wish it had been longer.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5106)
    Performance
    (2204)
    Story
    (2200)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Keeping me"
    Overall

    This is the first review I have written and I just had to do it. I am about half way through the book and it's great! I really believe it is more true that fiction! I had reservations about downloading such a huge book, but I am enthralled. I was afraid that it would be too confusing listening to this type of book, due to both the subject and the length, but it is so interesting I can't wait to get time to listen to it. It is written in such a way that it is easy to follow and the narration is exceptional. What a great book!

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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