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  • The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Philip Carlo
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1060)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (481)

    Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski led a double life beyond anything ever seen on The Sopranos, becoming one of the most notorious professional assassins in American history while hosting neighborhood barbecues in suburban New Jersey. Now, after 240 hours of face-to-face interviews with Kuklinski and his wife and daughters, author Philip Carlo tells his extraordinary story.

    Eileen C says: "You must buy this audio only if..."
    "Not for the faint of heart"
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    If you could sum up The Ice Man in three words, what would they be?

    Psychopaths are complicated


    Would you recommend The Ice Man to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably would not recommend this book without disclaimers of the disturbing details in the book. I had to skip through whole sections that were too graphic to listen to.


    What about Michael Prichard’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job of voice changes for different characters.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That society creates these monsters who live amongst us and can blend in to the framework of family, church, etc.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a bit hard to follow at times but overall very well done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Triumph: Life after the Cult - a Survivor's Lessons

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Carolyn Jessop, Laura Palmer
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    The author of The New York Times bestseller Escape returns with a moving and inspirational tale of her life after she heroically fled the cult she’d been raised in, her hard-won new identity and happiness, and her determination to win justice for the crimes committed against her family.

    Karen says: "Helped me to look at the raid differently."
    "Insightful"
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    If you could sum up Triumph in three words, what would they be?

    Good can triumph


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Triumph?

    I just sit in awe of this type of courage, the fact that Carolyn had enough energy to write a book after the harrowing life she faced is a blessing.


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

    I thought this narrator had a rather soothing voice and she made this a easy listen.


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

    Not really this book was a tad slow but had a lot of good information.


    Any additional comments?

    I believe the courage to write these books always warrants four stars but I did enjoy Carolyn's first book quite bit more.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wayward: Wayward Pines, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (482)

    Welcome to Wayward Pines, population 461. Nestled amid picture-perfect mountains, the idyllic town is a modern-day Eden - except for the electrified fence and razor wire, snipers scoping everything 24/7, and the relentless surveillance tracking each word and gesture. None of the residents know how they got here. They are told where to work, how to live, and who to marry. Some believe they are dead. Others think they're trapped in an unfathomable experiment. Everyone secretly dreams of leaving, but those who dare face a terrifying surprise.

    Anthony Moore says: "I'm Hooked!!!"
    "Take me away...."
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Okay I listen to books with a somewhat hindered attention span and I found both of Blake Crouch's book easy to follow, this being said any book that I don't have to rewind five thousand times gets at least a three. I really enjoyed this two part saga however I found the characters rather one dimensional and lack luster hence the three on story line.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    The author did a good job of catching my attention I don't feel that he added any insight into life although I don't feel that was his intent. He writes a decent thriller.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing he did a great job enhancing the overall experience of the book a good narrator and can make a book or break it. This guy made it in my opinion.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I think just about anybody would find this book fairly entertaining Blake Crouch is a mix of Harlan Coben mixed with James Patterson not to bad.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • John Wayne Gacy: Defending a Monster

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sam L. Amirante, Danny Broderick
    • Narrated By Robin Bloodworth
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (92)

    “Sam, could you do me a favor?” Thus begins a story that has now become part of America's true-crime hall of fame. It is a gory, grotesque tale befitting a Stephen King novel. It is also a David and Goliath saga - the story of a young lawyer fresh from the public defender's office whose first client in private practice turns out to be the worst serial killer in our nation's history. This is a gripping true crime narrative that reenacts the gruesome killings and the famous trial that shocked a nation.

    A.R. says: "Ultimately an excellent listen"
    "Defense of a monster"
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    What did you love best about John Wayne Gacy: Defending a Monster?

    I really enjoyed the smooth tone of Robin Bloodworth, his voice was easy on the ears.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of John Wayne Gacy: Defending a Monster?

    The fact that we heard a pretty decent description of what it is like to defend someone so sick. I have always wondered how someone could take on a case like this and now I know. Did John Wayne Gacy deserve the best defense I don't know but in America this is what we pride ourselves on I guess.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I cannot answer that question just relief there was no question on whether this guy was indeed guilty, that made it easier knowing he wouldn't walk away from the carnage he left behind.


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

    A lot of sadness for the parents that lost there sons to this sadistic four letter word.


    Any additional comments?

    I would feel compelled to justify my defense of a criminal such as Gacy if I had been his defense attorney. Glad he wrote a book, he seemed to be a reasonable enough guy someone had to do the job. I also have to say I am relieved this book did not cover to many gory details making the book stomach-able, when I purchased the book I was prepared to shut it off if it got to personal on the horrible details it was moderate on that level.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2015)
    Performance
    (1838)
    Story
    (1831)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "Not too shabby"
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    Would you try another book from Blake Crouch and/or Paul Michael Garcia?

    Yes, while I rated this book just okay I did listen to the whole thing, it was not to bad.


    If you’ve listened to books by Blake Crouch before, how does this one compare?

    I have never listed to any of his books but since I found this book decent I would listen to another one in the future.


    What about Paul Michael Garcia’s performance did you like?

    The narrator did not aggrevate me which is huge these days, so I enjoyed his reading style.


    Did Pines inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    If you like books that have somewhat of the mystery factor and you can stand some small torture scenes you would like this book. The writer is not as intense as say Stephen King or Peter Straub so I liked that about this book. If you liked the book Shutter Island than this book while not as good is similiar.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mini Shopaholic: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (185)

    Nothing comes between Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) and her bargains. Neither act of God nor budget crunch can shatter her dreams of wall-to-wall Prada. Every milestone in her well-shopped life (travel, long-lost sister, marriage, pregnancy) inspires new vistas to explore in the name of retail therapy. But now she faces her greatest little challenge yet: Becky’s two-year-old daughter, Minnie. Her favorite word is “MINE!”

    James Gordon says: "I'm So Embarrassed!"
    "As adorable as the cover"
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    What did you love best about Mini Shopaholic?

    It was cute a different type of book for me.


    What other book might you compare Mini Shopaholic to and why?

    Ummmm I guess Shopaholic, I don't normally listen to this type of book but its cute.


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    Solid reading


    Who was the most memorable character of Mini Shopaholic and why?

    The shopaholic


    Any additional comments?

    Too cute

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2413)
    Performance
    (2277)
    Story
    (2276)

    The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

    Robin says: "Complex but could be more compelling"
    "Anthony Ryan Rules his Genre"
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    Where does Blood Song rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten. I really like Scott Lynch, George R R Martin, Sanderson, ect but I enjoyed Anthony Ryan on a whole new level.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Order's different dimensions, fighting for the faith.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Brand – was your favorite?

    Vaelin the main character was the best. I won't get into why I don't write paragraphs on what the book is about, because I believe if you like a book it won't be the lengthy tell all that you enjoy.


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

    Just thrilled to find such an awesome listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been through so many books with rave reviews and have been a bit disheartened in finding a book I could love. The reviewers of Blood Song are right Anthony Ryan is the best. I don't give five stars as I find most books fall short but Ryan earned it!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Pray for Justice: On the Trail with Orrin Porter Rockwell

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Marc Otte
    • Narrated By Rusty Nelson
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Deputy U. S. Marshals Skip Garrett and Terry McGreggor refuse to let the Feds or the local Highway Patrol stop them from pursuing the men suspected of murdering their friend, fellow officer and Mormon ward member, Wally Fuller.

    heather says: "Mormon Propoganda"
    "Mormon Propoganda"
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    What disappointed you about Pray for Justice?

    I was not aware that this was a book for LDS fans.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would not have printed it period.


    What aspect of Rusty Nelson’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot stand promotion of religions I disagree with, this book was awful.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Abandoned Prayers: Murder, the Amish, and Little Boy Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Gregg Olsen
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    On Christmas Eve in 1985, a hunter found a young boy's body along an icy corn field in Nebraska. The residents of Chester, Nebraska, buried him as "Little Boy Blue", unclaimed and unidentified-- until a phone call from Ohio two years later led authorities to Eli Stutzman, the boy's father.Eli Stutzman, the son of an Amish bishop, was by all appearances a dedicated farmer and family man in the country's strictest religious sect.

    Eagle's says: "YUK, Don't waste your time or your money!!"
    "Abandoned Book"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Personally, I do not mind Gregg Olsen, but what was he thinking? So to answer the question, I would say no to publishing this period.


    What other book might you compare Abandoned Prayers to and why?

    Any book that causes the mind drama with disgusting sexual detail.


    What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

    He was a side note to the gruesome scenes that painted vivid images on my brain, yuck.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not so much about the crimes as about the homo sexual sex the main character was into, much too graphic. If you like true crime almost any book by Olsen is better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1940)
    Performance
    (1749)
    Story
    (1756)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    "Teenage dreams"
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    What did you like best about Cinder? What did you like least?

    Cinder


    What about Rebecca Soler’s performance did you like?

    Great audio reader for teens


    Could you see Cinder being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Definitely, this is a new Divergent or Hunger Games.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is great for anyone under the age twenty-five.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets and Wives: The Hidden World of Mormon Polygamy

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sanjiv Bhattacharya
    • Narrated By Sanjiv Bhattacharya
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    What do we really know about modern practicing polygamists - not fictional ones like the Henrickson family on HBO’s Big Love? We’ve seen the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the news, the underage brides in pioneer dresses on a Texas ranch. But the FLDS is just one of many groups that have broken with mainstream Mormonism to follow those parts of Joseph Smith’s doctrine disavowed by the LDS Church. Gaining unprecedented access to these communities, journalist Sanjiv Bhattacharya reveals a shadow country....

    J. Simonton says: "Hard listen and not that interesting"
    "Mormon exposure"
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    What made the experience of listening to Secrets and Wives the most enjoyable?

    The fact that the author hit the name on its polygamist head. I grew up with a family of LDS I cannot say any religion on this planet is as harmful to women esecially in America.


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

    A Church only A Man Could Love


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, no bias, no one sided thought, very informative.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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