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  • The Casey Anthony Murder Trial

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Claudette Walker, Matrix Filia
    • Narrated By John Eastman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    The book is a comprehensive look at the media, judge, jury, defendant, lawyers, witnesses, and evidence, written with eyes wide open. This is what most people never see: the events that occur during a murder trial. With all the elements of an American tragedy, complete with the elevation of the mother to celebrity status, Casey Anthony stood accused of murdering her two-year-old daughter.

    Jerrilynn says: "This Could be a Great Read, But It's Not"
    "This Could be a Great Read, But It's Not"
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    Would you listen to The Casey Anthony Murder Trial again? Why?

    No Chance. I will read it again, but listen, no way. I purchased this book because it is written regarding the trial of Anthony, and I have never really understood how she was found not guilty. This is something I was truly looking forward to listening to in order to get answers. Unfortunately Eastman reads this book with no interest. In fact the way he reads this reminds me of how I read text books in high school. In other words, he reads with no inflection, no change in tone to indicate a change in speakers, and as quickly as possible to enunciate his words.

    It is difficult to stay connected to the story because the reader invites you to let your attention wander. The next thing you know you have no idea who is speaking because there is absolutely no change in his voice between when he is explaining court procedure and when he is reading out the testimony of a witness.

    I considered the idea that he was trying to keep from inferring any personal feelings. I considered he might have been trying to convey the dryness of a court room proceeding. No matter what excuses I make for the exceptionally poor narration of this book the bottom line is that I think the book might be great. Unfortunately I am finding it impossible to follow what's going on because the narrator gives no voice to the story.


    What other book might you compare The Casey Anthony Murder Trial to and why?

    Perhaps Helter Skelter would be a good comparison. Like this book it is focused primarily on the trial and the proceedings. Fortunately the narrator in that case was very good.


    What didn’t you like about John Eastman’s performance?

    Having already described this at length above I will just say he reads as though he is not interested in the story.


    If you could give The Casey Anthony Murder Trial a new subtitle, what would it be?

    How to Get Away With Murder for Dummies.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to 2/3 of the book. I still can't believe they didn't find her guilty. Perhaps there is a shocking surprise in the last 1/3 that will change my mind. Perhaps in the mind numbing narration I missed something that would have caused me to find her not guilty. At this point in the book the pathologist is explaining the duct tape around the babies mouth and nose region. I'm still wondering how in the world these people established reasonable doubt in their minds...

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  • Unwind

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Neal Shusterman
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1142)
    Performance
    (978)
    Story
    (984)

    Conner's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

    SoCalBonnie says: "It won me over completely"
    "Comparable to Hunger Games"
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    What did you love best about Unwind?

    The characters were completely relatable. I was hooked in the first 20 minutes of the story, and stayed engaged all the way to the end, no internal secret desire to skip a few chapters. That I have to admit is how I sometimes do the equivalent of skimming an audio book that has gotten a little tedious. With "Unwind" I wanted to know everything that happened.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The concept for this book is completely unique, at least, I have never read anything quite like it. It combines a futuristic society with today's political issues regarding "the right to life." It shows how extreme opinions could force a compromise, and where science could take us in the future. It was exciting from beginning to end.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    In the beginning I liked Risa best. She was tough, no-nonsense, logical, sensible, and sensitive. In the middle I liked Conner best. During the story he made the most personal growth. I like Lev somewhere after he recognized his betrayal of Conner and Risa, because he had the greatest growth in awareness.


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

    Compromise is not always the answer.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was intense and exciting. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed "The Hunger Games." It is a good family read, safe to enjoy with your children in the room, but exciting enough to entertain you even if they are not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Three Musketeers

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1084)
    Performance
    (822)
    Story
    (833)

    Mixing a bit of seventeenth-century French history with a great deal of invention, Alexandre Dumas tells the tale of young D'Artagnan and his musketeer comrades, Porthos, Athos, and Aramis. Together they fight to foil the schemes of the brilliant, dangerous Cardinal Richelieu, who pretends to support the king while plotting to advance his own power. Bursting with swirling swordplay, swooning romance, and unforgettable figures.

    A. A. Green says: "What Fun!"
    "Incredibibly Entertaining"
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    If you could sum up The Three Musketeers in three words, what would they be?

    The original BFFs


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Three Musketeers?

    D'Artagnan is heartbroken when his lady love dies. The Musketeers, D'Artagnan, and the Count D'Winter go after the murderer of D'Artagnan's mistress. At that point Athos reveals the Countess D'Winter as his wife. D'Artagnan had already known, but the other Musketeers did not.


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

    Persistence. A book of this length, despite how busy it is can be a bit daunting when you work for a living. By listening while driving my long daily commutes I managed to listen in 2 days. It was wonderful.


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

    Many moments in this book made me chuckle. A few moments made me groan in sympathy or exasperation. I can't say it exactly moved me the way one classically think of being moved. This book is not really meant to draw out an emotional outpouring.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoyed the movies but have never taken time to read this book, I highly recommend this experience. The listen is every bit a good.... better than the movies. You see it all, because some of course you've seen before. The rest is easy to imagine, Dumas is an artist that way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Mirth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (70)

    The beautiful, much-desired Lily Bart has been raised to be one of the perfect wives of the wealthy upper class, but her spark of character and independent drive prevents her from becoming one of the many women who will succeed in those circles. Though her desire for a comfortable life means that she cannot marry for love without money, her resistance to the rules of the social elite endangers her many marriage proposals.

    Lissa says: "Good book, one suggestion..."
    "Failure to Connect"
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    Would you try another book from Edith Wharton and/or Wanda McCaddon?

    Maybe. I give most readers at least one "I didn't like it" story. After all, even my favorite authors have written at least one book I didn't love.


    Has The House of Mirth turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. A single story cannot be held up as an example of an entire genre.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't think of one.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The books conclusion created the only reaction I had to this book. I do not wish to offer a spoiler, but I can say that the conclusion was not predictable. That scene made me feel sad.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has been on my "to read" list for 5-6 months. It is the story of Lily, a young woman in the United States in the late 19th century. She is poor, her parents passed away, and is a financial burden on her family. Her goal is to marry a man with some wealth to relieve her financial situation. There are several men that find their way into her story. There is Lawrence, he loves her, but is to poor to be an acceptable choice. Then there is Simon, a social climber that wants to trade his fortune for Lily's social status. In addition to the choice between love and money in this pair there is also Gus. Gus is a married man who finds himself in lust with Lily and has manipulated her into taking money from him so that he could later claim an obligation. Finally there is George, who appears to be a friend.

    With the main characters laid before you I can say that none of these characters appealed to me. I could forge no connection with any of the characters. This would be why the highest rating I could give the book was "Okay."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woodcutter

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Kate Danley
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (192)

    Deep within the Wood, a young woman lies dead. Not a mark on her body. No trace of her murderer. Only her chipped glass slippers hint at her identity. The Woodcutter, keeper of the peace between the Twelve Kingdoms of Man and the Realm of the Faerie, must find the maiden’s killer before others share her fate. Guided by the wind and aided by three charmed axes won from the River God, the Woodcutter begins his hunt, searching for clues in the whispering dominions of the enchanted unknown. But quickly he finds that one murdered maiden is not the only nefarious mystery afoot....

    Charles says: "Pointless."
    "Enchanting Weave of Classic Tales"
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    If you could sum up The Woodcutter in three words, what would they be?

    Lovely, Sweet, Fun


    What other book might you compare The Woodcutter to and why?

    I cannot think of a similar book to The Woodcutter. There may be other books like this one, but it is not a genre I read or listen to often enough to have a comparison.


    Have you listened to any of Sarah Coomes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have no other Sara Coomes performances. I can say this about her performance: 1. You can hear the different voices of the characters. 2. She is engaged in the story and reads it as if she is telling a story. 3. She reads at a perfect pace for what is happening in the story. 4. I will definitely purchase books with her narration in the future.


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

    Yes. It was a fun listen.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a story that weaves elements of all of the classic fairy tales together through the evolvement of the protagonist "The Woodcutter." Even a few classic nursery rhymes are included. So of course you see, Snow White, and Aurora, but you also see Jack from the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk, and even the characters from "Three Billie Goats Gruff." It was wonderfully entertaining.

    I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a relapse into childhood adventure from time to time.

    I would further recommend this story to anyone who has a dark book list. Now and then, something a little uplifting is a good thing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13599)
    Performance
    (5995)
    Story
    (6076)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Really Bored"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea. I'm sure there are people who would like it, I just don't know who they would be.

    I can't say there is much in the way of historical information that should classify this as historical fiction. There seem to be some explicit sex scenes, but I don't think that really lets this book really be a romance novel. It's not sci-fi, or thriller, or mystery.


    Has Water for Elephants turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Well, I don't think there is a book that could turn me off of historical fiction. This book is also listed under romance, and there are few romance novels I do enjoy.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones ?

    The narrators are the only part of the novel I like.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    None. That's the problem. I have no investment other than 6 hours of my time.


    Any additional comments?

    I seem to remember this book being a big deal at some point. It was a deal of the day either with Audible or Amazon, I'm not sure which and I recognized the title. I'm about half way through and have yet to find anything about this book that would have deserved the publicity it received. The story seems to be the recollections of a retired man, not unlike "The Green Mile." He is retelling the story of his life. All I want to know now is, what was the point? It seems as if it is the rambling memoirs of an average person who happened to work for the circus. The sexually explicit portions of the book are more explicit than the story warrants and add nothing to the value of the story. I rarely opt out of a book. Once I start a story I like to see where it will end. But I don't think I can do it this time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Heroes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (166)

    Stewart Dubinsky knew his father had served in World War II. And he'd been told how David Dubin (as his father had Americanized the name that Stewart later reclaimed) had rescued Stewart's mother from the horror of the Balingen concentration camp. But when he discovers, after his father's death, a packet of wartime letters to a former fiancee, and learns of his father's court-martial and imprisonment, he is plunged into the mystery of his family's secret history.

    Janet C. Walker says: "Excellent"
    "Engaging"
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    Where does Ordinary Heroes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 25.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story moves through more than one story. There is the main story of David which is intensely interesting. Then there is the story of his son Stewart's quest to know more about his father. Both stories keep the reader involved in the story.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    Hermann is engaged in the story he is reading. A narrator that is interested in the book conveys feeling behind the reading.


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

    Yes, I would have gladly listened all in one sitting. It was not possible for me to do, but I would have liked to do so.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book I would recommend to anyone who likes mystery, legal thriller, historical fiction, or just a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road Out of Hell: Sanford Clark and the True Story of the Wineville Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Anthony Flacco, Jerry Clark
    • Narrated By Anthony Flacco
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    From 1926 to 1928, Gordon Stewart Northcott committed at least 20 murders on a chicken ranch outside of Los Angeles. His nephew, Sanford Clark, was held captive there from the age of 13 to 15, and was the sole surviving victim of the killing spree. Here, acclaimed crime writer Anthony Flacco - using never-before-heard information from Sanford’s son Jerry Clark - tells the real story behind the case that riveted the nation.

    Jerrilynn says: "Heartbreaker"
    "Heartbreaker"
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    If you could sum up The Road Out of Hell in three words, what would they be?

    Heartache, Courage, Inspiration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Road Out of Hell?

    The most memorable moment in this story for me was the prosecuting attorney Kelly breaks up when he sees the extent of damage done to Sanford at the chicken ranch. As the narrator chokes out the words, portraying the emotion of Mr. Kelly it is impossible not to feel the level of hurt emotionally and physically of young Sanford. It is equally impossible not to feel the incredible compassion of Mr. Kelly. I am grateful for the narrator recognizing the need to relay this to the listener.


    What about Anthony Flacco’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Flacco is of course the author of this book. As a result he understands how to convey the feelings of the individuals involved.


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

    I did listen all in one sitting. Yes. The book is engaging, moving, horrifying and uplifting.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not simply a true crime novel written in a "just the facts ma'am" style. Although I find many of those interesting as well. This book is written with the focus on the victim more than a focus on the criminal. This book is not one for the squeamish. I would recommend this book but advise readers that the emotions exposed are raw.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Auschwitz Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (674)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (613)

    A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans - especially Jews like Jacob and his family - are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare - trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.

    DebaDeb says: "Amazing, horrifying, and heartwarming!"
    "A Hurricane of Realities"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Auschwitz Escape the most enjoyable?

    Enjoyable may not be the right word. This book was educational. It was moving. It was tragic. It was excitement. It was joy. It was hope.

    What was enjoyable was the conclusion of the book as the story wraps up with a knowledge of survival not just of body but mind and spirit.


    What other book might you compare The Auschwitz Escape to and why?

    I have never read anything like this. It creates a sense of anxiety and suspense like "The Da Vinci Code." It does not have the same sense of intrigue, and unfortunately you can not put it down thinking, it's just a story.

    There is the same sense of intensity from "Defending Jacob." This story does not have the whiplash ending, but then, it wouldn't have been a heartwarming story if it did.

    There is a sense of relief like you might have at the end of a fairy tale. Sadly, we know this is not a fairy tale. Though the bad witch (Hitler) is dead, the psychological damage to the survivors of Auschwitz could never have been wiped away with a kiss.

    So again I say, there is nothing I've ever read that was really like this. I highly recommend the experience.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    ***Spoiler*** My favorite scene is of course the ending when we find our main character Jacob married to the woman he fell in love with in the midst of such tragedy.


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

    This book made me laugh sometimes. It made me cry more often. It is impossible for anyone with empathy not to respond to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    The reality of Auschwitz is beginning to be denied. People are forgetting the past. Children are not being taught about these travesties against humanity. We as global citizens are conformists. We must also remember to be vigilant and develop the fortitude to stand against moral wrongs.

    I hope this book becomes a best seller. I hope this book is read by millions of young adults. I hope that this book reminds us of where we never want to be again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cutting Room

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jilliane Hoffman
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    Detective Manny Alvarez knows the body of a murdered Florida student is only the beginning - his investigation soon reveals a terrifying trend in nightclub abductions. Hotshot Assistant State Attorney Daria DeBianchi works the case, too, hoping it will be the one that makes her career. It will - but for all the wrong reasons. Their only lead, notorious serial killer William Bantling, claims they are looking for more than one murderer. However, in exchange for the truth, he wants off death row.

    A. W. Grant says: "Awesome Story"
    "Excellent Story! Horrible Narration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but it would be the kindle version. The story is incredibly interesting. The narration is so bad I would never tell anyone to purchase it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None of the characters are really developed well enough for me to relate to them except maybe CJ, so I would go with her.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Angela Dawe’s performances?

    No Way! She reads in a voice that sounds a great deal like a bad Humphrey Boggart impression. Her sentences almost always throw the emphasis on the last word making the book read like riding a horse with a choppy gait.


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

    Yes. But I never can. I always have to go to bed before it is finished.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite the horrible narration I couldn't turn the story off. It draws you in early and keeps you there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1279)
    Performance
    (1185)
    Story
    (1195)

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"
    "As Good As the First Time"
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    Would you listen to To Kill a Mockingbird again? Why?

    I will listen to this book again. I read this book for the first time when I was 12. I read it again with my son when he was 12, and again with my daughter last year when she turned 12. I was delighted when it became available as an audiobook. It is a classic whose meaning never loses value.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of To Kill a Mockingbird?

    There are many very memorable moments.

    1. We will remember Scout's first day of school.
    2. We will remember Dill's appearance at the fence.
    3. We will remember the rumors about "Boo Radley."
    4. We will remember the trial of Tom Robinson.
    5. We will remember the painful verdict.
    6. We will remember the attack on the Jim and Scout.
    7. We will remember Atticus's belief that Jim killed Mr. Ewell.
    8. We will remember Scout's dawning recognition of the beauty in her childhood boogie man.

    It is a truly amazing story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    One of my favorite moments was when Scout and Jim find the carved figures of themselves. Another favorite scene was the introduction of Dill. He bursts into the story with the energy of a jumping bean. He leads Jim and Scout where they otherwise might not have gone, and remind us of the bonds of friendship that only really exist in childhood.


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

    Yes... But unfortunately I had to get to sleep. So it had to be done in 2 parts.


    Any additional comments?

    This is probably my favorite required read from my childhood. It's unfortunate that this book is no longer taught in English classes across this country. It speaks directly to the issue of racism and the deep injustice of it. It reminds us that our children are not born with this hatred, it is learned.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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