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Laura

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Montgomery Village, MD, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips, Stephan Talty
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (297)

    It was just another day on the job for 53-year-old Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, a United States-flagged cargo ship that was carrying, among other things, food and agricultural materials for the World Food Program. That all changed when armed Somali pirates boarded the ship.

    AudioAddict says: "Pirates of the ... Gulf of Aden"
    "Go Captain Phillips!"
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    What did you love best about A Captain's Duty?

    I loved the adventure and the personalities of EVERY character! A little bit too much bragging at times by Capt. Phillips but he certainly deserves a fan club, of which I'm a member.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth a credit or the highest charge on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under Cover of the Night: A True Story of Sex, Greed, and Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diane Fanning
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Jocelyn Branham Earnest was found dead on the floor of her living room in Forest, Virginia. By her side was a gun and a suicide note-typed, lacking a signature, and with one fingerprint on it. A fingerprint apparently belonging to Jocelyn's estranged husband.Wesley Earnest was a respected high school administrator, poised to restart his life in a new community. Parents entrusted their children to his care and believed he was above reproach.

    Laura says: "Narrator makes me cringe!"
    "Narrator makes me cringe!"
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    Would you be willing to try another one of Dan John Miller’s performances?

    No, but in fairness I should say he is not as awful as his predecessors.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Private Games

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated By Paul Panting
    Overall
    (773)
    Performance
    (640)
    Story
    (633)

    Private, the world's most renowned investigation firm, has been commissioned to provide security for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Its agents are the smartest, fastest, and most technologically advanced in the world, and 400 of them have been transferred to London to protect more than 10,000 competitors who represent more than 200 countries. The opening ceremony is hours away when Private investigator and single father of twins, Peter Knight, is called to the scene of a ruthless murder: a high-ranking member of the games' organizing committee has been killed.

    Hollie says: "Well done"
    "Gag Me with a Tarnished Spoon!"
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    Would you try another book from James Patterson and Mark Sullivan and/or Paul Panting?

    NEVER!


    What could James Patterson and Mark Sullivan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not printed/audio-booked this loser.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Like I said, get your tarnished spoon out ...


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

    Once I hit DELETE in iTunes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (262)

    For four years, from the election of John Fitzgerald Kennedy until after the election of Lyndon Johnson, Clint Hill was the Secret Service agent assigned to guard the glamorous and private Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. During those four years, he went from being a reluctant guardian to a fiercely loyal watchdog and friend. Looking back, Clint Hill tells his story for the first time, offering a tender and tragic portrayal of how a Secret Service agent who started life in an orphanage became the most trusted man in the life of the First Lady who captivated first the nation and then the world.

    alexis says: "This Memoir is a Blessing!"
    "Fantastic writing and narrating"
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    If you could sum up Mrs. Kennedy and Me in three words, what would they be?

    authentic, professionally dictated, fascinating


    What did you like best about this story?

    when the writer himself speaks


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

    no, but will dig for him in the future


    Any additional comments?

    nope

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Evil Intentions: The Story of How an Act of Kindness Led to Senseless Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ronald J. Watkins
    • Narrated By Greg Lutz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Evil Intentions explores to depravity of this crime, taking the listener into the lives and minds of the killers, relating the tragic consequences to her family and loved ones. Written by the court investigator who prepared the presentencing reports on the killers, it offers rare insight into the criminal investigation, plea bargaining, and trial.

    Brenda says: "Always a bad sign if the narrator isn't great"
    "Worst narrator ever (or that I can remember)"
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    What would have made Evil Intentions better?

    Stopped listening to this narrator. He ought to take his gravelly voice and stomp it out in an ashtray.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3609)
    Performance
    (3227)
    Story
    (3256)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "The USA's Finest Offing the WORLD'S SCUM"
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    Where does No Easy Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    TEN STARS VERSUS FIVE


    What did you like best about this story?

    The authenticity, the bravery, the no-holding back in erasing a depraved animal.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trial Junkies: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Gregory Browne
    • Narrated By Eric Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Ethan "Hutch" Hutchinson hasn't seen his old college pals in nearly 10 years. Now fate has brought them together again as one of the gang is put on trial for a brutal, senseless murder. The Chicago police and prosecutor think they have their perp, but Hutch isn't about to sit silently in a courtroom as someone he cares about is wrongfully convicted.

    When Hutch and his friends join forces to search for the real killer, what they find shatters every notion they have about friendship, loss, and redemption....

    Laura says: "Grab Your Dr. Dre Headphones"
    "Grab Your Dr. Dre Headphones"
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    What would have made Trial Junkies better?

    An author with talent, other than the usual so-so
    and
    A narrator whose voice isn't fingernails on a blackboard


    Has Trial Junkies turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Divorces: Ten True Stories of Marriages That Ended in Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Tammy Cohen
    • Narrated By Jamie Laird
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    You fall in love, you get married, and you build a lifetime's worth of dreams around each other. Then suddenly, it's gone - the past tainted, the present a living nightmare, the future wiped out. Divorce is the blade that cuts the still-beating heart out of a marriage. What's left is a gaping wound that festers and can all too quickly become infected. Where once was love, now comes hate, where once was purity, now comes corruption. Dreams of happy ever after are replaced by visions of revenge.

    Laura says: "Can't live with or -- well, just push DELETE"
    "Can't live with or -- well, just push DELETE"
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    Would you listen to Deadly Divorces again? Why?

    Maybe. It was a great book!


    What about Jamie Laird’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed Laird's performance very much. Will definitely keep an eye out for his narration in the future.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Law and Disorder: The Legendary FBI Profiler’s Relentless Pursuit of Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By John Douglas, Mark Olshaker
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    For 25 years, John E. Douglas worked for the FBI, where had a brilliant and terrifying career getting inside the minds of notorious killers. Written with Mark Olshaker, Law and Disorder is Douglas’ most provocative and personal book yet. In it, he addresses every law enforcement professional’s worst nightmare: those cases where, for one reason or another, justice was delayed - or denied.

    andrea says: "Informative...And a Miscarriage of Justice!!!"
    "Douglas & Olshaker - golden"
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    Have you listened to any of Joe Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Joe Barrett is an excellent reader for this genre.


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

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    These authors are the FBI's original profilers. Smart, gutsy, creative and determined.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker
    • Narrated By John E. Douglas
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    He has hunted some of the most notorious and sadistic criminals of our time: The Trailside Killer in San Francisco, the Atlanta Child murderer. He has confronted, interviewed and researched dozens of serial killers and assassins -- including Charles Manson, Richard Speck, John Wayne Gacy, and James Earl Ray -- for a landmark study to understand their motives. To get inside their minds.

    Laura says: "John Douglas - the Original Profiler"
    "John Douglas - the Original Profiler"
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    What does John E. Douglas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoy the credibility John Douglas brings to the table by narrating his own book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bitter Almonds: The True Story of Mothers, Daughters, and the Seattle Cyanide Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gregg Olsen
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Stella Nickell's small-time world was one of big-time dreams. In 1986, her biggest one came true when her husband died during a seizure, making her the beneficiary of a $175,000-plus insurance payoff - until authorities discovered that Bruce Nickell's headache capsules had been laced with cyanide. In an attempt to cover her tracks, Stella did the unconscionable. She saw to it that a stranger would also become a 'random casualty' of cyanide-tainted painkillers.

    Scott says: "Page turner"
    "Interesting"
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    If you could sum up Bitter Almonds in three words, what would they be?

    I remember this incident, so it was nice to learn more of the background story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interaction between mother and daughter.


    Any additional comments?

    The book could have been cut down quite a bit. So much detail re minor characters, I became frustrated. Didn't finish the book b/c it dragged on and on, but had heard enough and was satisfied when I stopped.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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