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  • Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nelson Johnson
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna, Terence Winter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (214)

    From its inception, Atlantic City has always been a town dedicated to the fast buck, and this wide-reachinghistory offers a riveting account of its past 100 year, from the city's heyday as a Prohibition-era mecca of lawlessness to its rebirth as a legitimate casino resort in the modern era.

    Frances says: "I love stories steeped in History"
    "Era lover"
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    Would you listen to Boardwalk Empire again? Why?

    I absolutely will listen to Boardwalk Empire again. It is a sensational story about a time period that I love. I could nearly hear the jazz playing in the background. Every character is so well defined that it leaps from the recording. The plot is easy to follow, no bogging down in details but still detailed enough to make it real and interesting. I watched the HBO series (based on this book) before getting the audiobook. The book is better in a lot of ways but the series was fabulous and I was disappointed when both came to an end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course, the main character but there were many colorful ones.


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

    I learned about corruption of that era and geographical area in a way I had not known before reading the audiobook.


    Any additional comments?

    A delightful book.

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  • 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
    (131)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    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"
    "Not Up To Snuff"
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    What did you like best about Get Capone? What did you like least?

    The story line is the best part and the reason I purchased the book. It's not like a new read. There have been hundreds of publications and movies generated in whole or in part from Capone's life or legacy. I don't know what the addictive element is but I never tire of the Capone like and era stories. There was a little bit of additional information in this book but overall, it was another recycle of already recycled material.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I didn't have a reaction to the ending because, after all, we all know how it ends before we begin Chapter 1.


    Did Dick Hill do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I did not care for the narrator. All the characters had almost the same tone, sound, and it was almost monotone. At times, the narration made me feel as though I was dredging mud. I would just as soon have been, too. Actually, I think maybe I might have groaned out loud a couple of times because of how the narrator droned.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    There are better books and movies already published about Capone. I would not go see a movie based on this book and have a hard time imaging it as a blockbuster.


    Any additional comments?

    While the book was not a waste of time, it was not a good investment. I have only so much time set aside for pleasure reading so I want the books I choose to have value and impact. Capone fell way short of that expectation. I wouldn't buy it again if I could undo my purchase nor would I read it again if I could undo my reading of Capone.

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  • Puppetmaster: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Richard Hack
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Richard Hack separates truth from fiction to reveal the most hidden secrets of Hoover's private life and expose his previously undisclosed conduct and actions which threatened to compromise the security of the entire nation. Based on freshly uncovered files and personal documents as well as over 100,000 pages of FBI memos and State Department papers, Hack rips the lid off the FBI Director's facade of propriety to detail a life replete with sexual indiscretions, criminal behavior and a long-standing alliance with the Mafia.

    Jean says: "Power corrupts"
    "Total Disappointment"
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    Would you try another book from Richard Hack and/or Dan Cashman?

    Probably not. The information was boring. The author beat a dead horse about unimportant details but provided no substance. I learned more from newspaper articles. I have read quite a bit about J. Edgar who was fascinating to say the least. I was hoping to discover additional information when I purchased this book. Oh, boy. Surprise, surprise, surprise! The author totally missed the mark. Boring. The narration was also poorly performed.


    Has Puppetmaster turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Of course not. However, I will try to be more thorough with my vetting before I invest my hard earned coins again. One bad book doesn't poison the whole batch.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dan Cashman?

    The narrator was terrible but to be fair, the material was pretty worthless. So, I don't know. Maybe Little Lulu would be a good candidate?


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Puppetmaster?

    Chapter 1 through the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Just don't waste your time or money. This book should not qualify to be called a book. Pretty dadgum bad.

    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
    (98)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    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"
    "On The Edge Of My Seat"
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    Where does The Road Out of Hell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It certainly ranks in the top third. It is one of the most intensive books, audio or otherwise, that I've ever read. It is hard to put down but also tough to stay with it, almost dreading the next event.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Oh, this is a hard question. I liked, even admired, the unwavering strength of the main character, Sanford. I might add there was very little to like in this story and much more to dislike.


    Which character – as performed by Anthony Flacco – was your favorite?

    Flacco did superbly bringing home the personality of Uncle Gordon Stewart. There were times that I could almost see expressions and gestures based on Flacco's reading. He was good. Very good.


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

    Yes, I had an extreme reaction. Reactions. It never made me cry. My skin crawled. I had to take breaks from reading because it was so heavy. I sometimes felt outraged; other times, downright ill. There were a couple of light moments. Once or twice I laughed out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an amazing story of the most basic survivorship by a young boy, who was nothing more than a throw-away kid except to his precious sister Jessie. When she was able to operate independently, she pulled Sanford from the sure jaws of prolonged death. Jessie was exceptionally brave, smart, and persistent. She changed the course of many lives; no one could possibly know how many people she saved from Uncle Steward and his cruel mother (Sanford's maternal grandmother) . It is awesome that the horror of Sanford's life is shared by his son Jerry. In spite of huge defects within Sanford's family tree, there are gems too. I could go on. There is much to say about this book. Overall, it is a book well worth the read and reinforces hope in humanity but does so by comparing life to extreme depravity. I mean, extreme. I mean depravity, too. Excellent writing; excellent voice performance. Buy it.

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  • The Richest Woman in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Janet Wallach
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (14)

    No woman in the Gilded Age made as much money as Hetty Green. At the time of her death in 1916, she was worth at least 100 million dollars, equal to more than 2 billion dollars today. A strong believer in women being financially independent, she offered valuable lessons for the present times. Abandoned at birth by her neurotic mother, scorned by her misogynist father, Hetty set out as a child to prove her value. Following the simple rules of her wealthy Quaker father, she successfully invested her money and along the way proved to herself that she was wealthy and therefore worthy.

    K says: "On The Edge Every Minute"
    "On The Edge Every Minute"
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    Where does The Richest Woman in America rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was spellbinding from beginning to end. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will re-read it. It's not the best book I've read but it ranks right there at the top. It was worth the investment of money and time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the focused energy that Hetti illustrated. She was way ahead of her time.


    Which character – as performed by Coleen Marlo – was your favorite?

    Hetti, of course. She over shadowed every other character.


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

    By reading this book, I felt like I intimately came to know the real Hetti Green: a cool, detached, cutthroat, money grabber. At times, I was sickened by her stinginess and she never was able to redeem herself with me. There were glimpses of what may have been an underlying care for others but I was always a bit suspicious that Hetti's motivation was money driven, not altruistic. Still, I greatly admired her aggressiveness, creativity, and competitiveness.


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  • Carolina Home: A Dare Island Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Virginia Kantra
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (163)

    Home to the Fletcher family for generations, Dare Island is a fishing village rocked by changing times - its traditions slipping away like sands of the North Carolina coast. Single dad and fishing boat captain Matt Fletcher deferred his own dreams to support his innkeeper parents and build a future for his sixteen-year-old son. Matt has learned to weather life's storms by steering a steady emotional course...and keeping a commitment-free approach to love.

    Kathryn @theBookDate says: "Enjoyed my first visit to Dare Island"
    "Easy Reading 4"
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    Would you try another book from Virginia Kantra and/or Sophie Eastlake?

    For the most part, I enjoyed Eastlake's narration. Kantra spins a good story but the outdated stereotyping is disturbing. I would like to see Kantra author something based on real life expectations. She's clearly talented but her works appear to be the product of a lazy writer.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Carolina Home?

    All of the memorable moments in this book series are pretty much the same. Man meets woman. Woman, who is way less worthy and smart than Man, needs saving. Man obliges. Happily ever after. Blah, blah, blah.


    What three words best describe Sophie Eastlake’s voice?

    Consistent. Warm. Easy.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Some reality.


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  • Carolina Blues: A Dare Island Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Virginia Kantra
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Jack Rossi is Dare Island's new police chief. The laid-back North Carolina community is just what he needs to recover from a rocky marriage and a big-city police department. He's learned his lesson: no more high-profile women or high-pressure jobs. The last thing he wants is an unconventional alt girl rocking his world. Grad student Lauren Patterson made headlines when she kept a bank robbery from going bad. She's fled to Dare Island to clear her head and focus on writing her story.

    Ruffian says: "You Won't Be Blue with this one"
    "Easy Reading 3"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is the third book of a three-book series. By now, I had heard almost every line somewhere in the two prior books. The author's templates have worn me thin at this point. There is nothing in the story line unpredictable. It's pablum. How 'bout a good murder mystery instead of another wedding? Enough with the fantasy!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not much. It was the same 'ole, same 'ole. Good guy cop (who all the women lust over) saves the damsel in distress. Yawn.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Sophie Eastlake?

    Yes.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Some reality sprinkled into the fantasy would have given the story some teeth.


    Any additional comments?

    I read all of the books in the series. The series has a good story line but would have been very burdensome if I had been unable to fast forwarded through the downright silliness of "save me's" and juvenile mentality of sexual encounters (we're talking 7th grade, here). The "save me" component of every main female character conjured up cartoons of Snidely Whiplash tying women to railroad tracks, only to be saved by Dudley Do-Right. (And I thought perception of women had progressed in the last 50 years-- especially by other women.) I became frustrated with the template used throughout the book series about the (exceptionally wonderful, spectacular, amazing, sensational, miraculous!) smell of shampooed hair. Ugh. The narration was disappointing in that every male character sounds exactly the same (stereotypical tough, but good, guy), as does each female character (help me! help me!). By that I refer to both the phraseologies used, as well as voice tones and inflictions. I could only tolerate these type issues in exchange for an overall good story line and setting. Otherwise? I would have dumped the first book and certainly not have purchased the remaining books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carolina Man: A Dare Island Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Virginia Kantra
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (86)

    Marine Luke Fletcher is determined to do his duty—first to his country and now to his ten-year-old daughter, the unexpected legacy of a high school girlfriend. But his homecoming to Dare Island in North Carolina's Outer Banks challenges his plans for the future and forces him to face everything that's missing in his life. He wasn't prepared to lose his heart to this child he never knew. Or to fall hard for coolly reserved small town lawyer Kate Dolan.

    Erin says: "BEST ONE IN THE SERIES!!!!!"
    "Easy Reading 2"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If you're thing is fantasy and relaxation with no other purpose, then this series of books is for you. It's fun but has no true literary worth. It's like indulging in a quart of chocolate of ice cream; eating it straight from the carton. Know what I mean?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Carolina Man?

    The entire book series is about the featured female in distress who gets rescued by that better than life handsome, rugged, one-of-a-kind, good guy. (Swoon.)


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Every female character has the same voice inflictions, as does every male character. Boring.


    Did Carolina Man inspire you to do anything?

    I started to say, "No." Then it occurred to me that I did read the next book in the series. So, I guess Carolina Man prompted me to rid myself of some more greenbacks. I can't help but wonder what the heck got into me.


    Any additional comments?

    I read all of the books in the series. The series has a good story line but would have been very burdensome if I had been unable to fast forwarded through the downright silliness of "save me's" and juvenile mentality of sexual encounters (we're talking 7th grade, here). The "save me" component of every main female character conjured up cartoons of Snidely Whiplash tying women to railroad tracks, only to be saved by Dudley Do-Right. (And I thought perception of women had progressed in the last 50 years-- especially by other women.) I became frustrated with the template used throughout the book series about the (exceptionally wonderful, spectacular, amazing, sensational, miraculous!) smell of shampooed hair. Ugh. The narration was disappointing in that every male character sounds exactly the same (stereotypical tough, but good, guy), as does each female character (help me! help me!). By that I refer to both the phraseologies used, as well as voice tones and inflictions. I could only tolerate these type issues in exchange for an overall good story line and setting. Otherwise? I would have dumped the first book and certainly not have purchased the remaining books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carolina Girl: A Dare Island Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Virginia Kantra
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (85)

    Meg Fletcher spent her childhood dreaming of escaping Dare Island - her family's home for generations. So after she landed a high-powered job in New York City, she left and never looked back. But when she loses both her job and the support of her long-term, live-in boyfriend, she returns home to lick her wounds and reevaluate her life. Helping out her parents at the family inn, she can't avoid the reminders of the past she'd rather forget - especially charming and successful Sam Grady, her brother's best friend.

    Jane says: "I wasn’t smiling but it kept my interest"
    "Easy Reading 1"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The author should revise her templates relating to "save me," "junior high mentality sexual encounters," and overuse of the same phrases by multiple characters.


    What other book might you compare Carolina Girl to and why?

    I don't have a comparison of books by other authors because it was on a whim that I purchased this book. (It was on sale, cheap.) Normally, I don't read this category of books.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, the reader performed well.


    Do you think Carolina Girl needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There is a follow up book; this is the first book in the series, all with the same major characters in the same geographical setting. It's a bit like a soap opera.


    Any additional comments?

    I read all of the books in the series. The series has a good story line but would have been very burdensome if I had been unable to fast forwarded through the downright silliness of "save me's" and juvenile mentality of sexual encounters (we're talking 7th grade, here). The "save me" component of every main female character conjured up cartoons of Snidely Whiplash tying women to railroad tracks, only to be saved by Dudley Do-Right. (And I thought perception of women had progressed in the last 50 years-- especially by other women.) I became frustrated with the template used throughout the book series about the (exceptionally wonderful, spectacular, amazing, sensational, miraculous!) smell of shampooed hair. Ugh. The narration was disappointing in that every male character sounds exactly the same (stereotypical tough, but good, guy), as does each female character (help me! help me!). By that I refer to both the phraseologies used, as well as voice tones and inflictions. I could only tolerate these type issues in exchange for an overall good story line and setting. Otherwise? I would have dumped the first book and certainly not have purchased the remaining books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kurt Eichenwald
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (213)

    Say the name 'Enron' and most people believe they've heard all about the story that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever. But in the hands of Kurt Eichenwald, the players we think we know and the business practices we think have been exposed are transformed into entirely new, and entirely gripping, material.

    Adam M Pokorski says: "Great Story"
    "Enron? Questions Answered."
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    What did you love best about Conspiracy of Fools?

    First, I read The Smartest Guys In The Room. Next, I read Power Failure. Both were informative but only seemed to scratch the surface. I continued to have questions. I needed an elementary level explanation for how the accounting charade and stock market credit ratings intertwined. I wanted to know how multiple frauds could be established and survive over a long period within the same corporate structure. I was curious how each fraud came into being, whose baby it was, and who nurtured it. Conspiracy of Fools walked me through all of it. It didn't glorify the Whistleblower nor vilify any of the players. Rather, it just put the facts out and allowed me to draw my own conclusions. If I had read Conspiracy Of Fools first I would not have read the other two books as there simply would have been no need to do so.


    What did you like best about this story?

    In spite of the many layers of protection surrounding each key player, the book defined the responsible culprit. It cut through the chase.


    Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favorite?

    He did an outstanding job on Jeff Skilling.


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

    I was thrilled as the world of fraud collapsed. On the other hand, I felt sorrow and anger that the imploding financially devastated so many innocent people.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Isaac's Storm

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (178)

    September 8, 1900, began innocently in the seaside town of Galveston, Texas. Even Isaac Cline, resident meteorologist for the U.S. Weather Bureau, failed to grasp the true meaning of the strange deep-sea swells and peculiar winds that greeted the city that morning. Mere hours later, Galveston found itself submerged in a monster hurricane that completely destroyed the town and killed over 6,000 people in what remains the greatest natural disaster in American history.

    Greg Mefford says: "A wonderful listen"
    "Not So Much"
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    Would you try another book from Erik Larson and/or Edward Herrmann?

    I am a big fan of Erik Larson's but this book totally missed the mark for me. The other books by Larson that I've read were chock full of great history and well researched. So, that was my expectation for Isacc's Storm. I found it a disappointment in that regard as well as even the story which it seems should have been intriguing.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I just purchased a book about Wall Street Hetty. I will start it tomorrow.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was hum drum; no pazzzzz.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story telling was well organized.


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