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Douglas Hurstell

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  • Personal Demons

  • By: Elliott Kay
  • Narrated by: Tess Irondale
  • Length: 18 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,201
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135

Alex always knew romance would be complicated. When love came into his life with wings and horns, he knew those complications would be a little unusual. Four months after meeting Rachel and Lorelei, Alex finally has a handle on divine visitations, supernatural enemies, and the echoes of reincarnation. He might even survive bringing an angel and a demon home for Christmas with the family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Guilty pleasure with a great storyline

  • By David S. Broome on 02-20-17

weakest offering in the series

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-18

too much action, and not enough... action... If ya no what I mean. I believe the Supernatural sex is out of political favor in so the author and publisher switch to supernatural action as a substitute and it just doesn't work as well.

  • How to Make Money in Stocks

  • A Winning System in Good Times or Bad
  • By: William O'Neil
  • Narrated by: Chris Ryan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363

William J. O'Neil's proven investment advice has earned him millions of loyal followers. And his signature best seller, How to Make Money in Stocks, contains all the guidance listeners need on the entire investment process­­, from picking a broker to diversifying a portfolio to making a million in mutual funds.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is the ABRIDGED version...

  • By Rick on 01-17-14

Not worth much as an audio book

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-18

There are no charts or any of the visual materials available. Without them, the whole thing just seems like a commercial for investors business daily.

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  • D-Day

  • June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of WW II
  • By: Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Narrated by: Jesse Boggs
  • Length: 25 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 754
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 759

Stephen E. Ambrose draws from hundreds of interviews with US Army veterans and the brave Allied soldiers who fought alongside them to create this exceptional account of the day that shaped the twentieth century. D-Day is above all the epic story of men at the most demanding moment of their existence, when the horrors, complexities and triumphs of life are laid bare and courage and heroism come to the fore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is an awesome story about the greatest day

  • By Randy on 12-11-12

a seminal work of our time.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-18

this should be required reading for every high schooler in the english-speaking world. Well worth your time.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,788
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,386
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47,256

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The opposite of the Martian...

  • By Ruth Nielsen on 11-27-17

This is no Martian

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Not a bad yarn, and has a bit of the technical details that made the Martian so good, but it's just not as believable. the protagonist can do anything and everything at an expert level, but it's not like she is a trained engineer-astronaught, although her abilities are the same, if not greater.

The performance is also bland. hiring a celebrity to narrate is a mistake, and Rosario Dawson sounds ridiculous doing some of the voices and accents.

Had to force myself to finish it. save your money and pick this up in the library, if at all.

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 32,000
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29,961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,878

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clean ending to a fantastic series

  • By Virgil on 08-08-17

Weakest of the series

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-17

Just a wrap up novel to close out the series nothing to see here move along

  • Battlefront II

  • Inferno Squad (Star Wars)
  • By: Christie Golden
  • Narrated by: Janina Gavankar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,881
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,870

After the humiliating theft of the Death Star plans and the resulting destruction of the battle station, the Empire is on the defensive. In response to this stunning defeat, the Imperial Navy has authorized the formation of an elite team of soldiers, known as Inferno Squad. Their mission: infiltrate and eliminate the remnants of Saw Gerrera's Partisans. Following the death of their leader, the Partisans have carried on his extremist legacy, determined to thwart the Empire - no matter what the cost.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Inferno Squad Squandered

  • By Michael Thomas Lamia on 08-13-17

the girlpower fantasy is becoming nauseating

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-17

It was just... bad. Star Wars has become infested with SJWs. I'm in no way against female hero's. Jaina Solo, Princess Leia, Rogue Squadrons pilots, he'll even Admiral Dala are outstanding strong female characters, but this is just SJW malarkey

The SJWS perspective is bread in the bones of the story. Attempting to represent the empire to be "progressive" when it is essentially an allegory for Nazi Germany, is just folly of the worst kind.

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82,110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72,081
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71,678

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

total fluff and stupid

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-17

save your money. just because it has F#$@ in the title doesn't make it good.

  • The Queen of Bedlam

  • A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 2
  • By: Robert McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 23 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,272

Robert McCammon brings the hero of his previous novel, Matthew Corbett, to 18th-century New York, where a killer wields a bloody and terrifying power over a bustling city carving out its identity - and over Matthew's own uncertain destiny.

The unsolved murder of a respected doctor has sent ripples of fear throughout a city teeming with life and noise and commerce. Who snuffed out the good man's life with the slash of a blade on a midnight street? The local printmaster has labeled the fiend "the Masker," adding fuel to a volatile mystery...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Matthew Corbett is King, man

  • By J. Kelly on 08-09-12

not as good as the first book in the series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-17

Nightbird was a superb effort, and a wonderful audio value. I do not look forward to shorter and shorter volumes.

  • Cop Town

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,598
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,609

Atlanta, 1974: It's Kate Murphy's first day on the job, and the Atlanta Police Department is seething after the murder of an officer. Before the day has barely begun, she already suspects she's not cut out to be a cop. Her male uniform is too big, she can't handle a gun, and she's rapidly learning that the APD is hardly a place that welcomes women. Worse still, in the ensuing manhunt she'll be partnered with Maggie Lawson, a cop with her own ax to grind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding, Gutsy Crime Novel Read by a Master

  • By Charles Atkinson on 07-08-14

straight white southern males are the enemy.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-17

The author clearly has a sjw axe to grind. Every single straight white male is a villain. Every single other character is a victim oppressed.

It's an entertaining yarn, and the performance is tops, and you really end up rooting for Kate and Maggie, but the "all white southern straight males are racisit abusive mysoginists" trope that the author relies on is so overdone that by the fifth act, you are just ready to be finished with the book because the author doesn't have anything interesting to say.

  • SpecOps

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 2
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,495
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,608
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,556

Colonel Joe Bishop made a promise, and he's going to keep it: taking the captured alien starship Flying Dutchman back out. He doesn't agree when the UN decides to send almost 70 elite Special Operations troops, hotshot pilots, and scientists with him; the mission is a fool's errand he doesn't expect to ever return from. At least this time, the Earth is safe, right? Not so much.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely worth a credit!

  • By John on 06-24-17

Skippy is fantastic.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-17

if you haven't listened to any of this series yet, you owe yourself the chance to hear the Skippy dialogue.

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