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  • The Fiend

  • By: Margaret Millar
  • Narrated by: Ramon De Ocampo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

There are worse crimes than murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very cleverly plotted psycho thriller

  • By eclectic reader on 05-22-18

Very cleverly plotted psycho thriller

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

Millar is very good at bringing the reader into the mins of her characters. In this instance two young girls are protagonists. She cleverly misleads the reader about how the plot will be resolved.
She also does a good job of recreating the daily life of the mid twentieth century.

  • Macbeth

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 157

Set in the 1970s in a run-down, rainy, industrial town, Jo Nesbo's Macbeth centers around a police force struggling to shed an incessant drug problem. Duncan, chief of police, is idealistic and visionary, a dream to the townspeople but a nightmare for criminals. The drug trade is ruled by two drug lords, one of whom - a master of manipulation named Hecate - has connections with the highest in power and plans to use them to get his way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, listen to the sample first

  • By stuartjash on 04-12-18

An interesting way to read Macbeth

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

It was like reading Macbeth for the first time. Fascinating to realize that Nesbo either read it in English and then conceived the idea of doing a contemporary version which he wrote on Norwegian and was then translated back into English. While character names were mostly preserved as wella as some famous lines. No tale of sound and fury signifying nothing. I was prompted to learn more about the origin of the play and the historical Macbeth. To me that means I was involved in the book which means it was successful.

  • O is for Outlaw

  • A Kinsey Millhone Mystery
  • By: Sue Grafton
  • Narrated by: Judy Kaye
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518

Through 14 books, listeners have been fed short rations when it comes to Kinsey Millhone's past. This time, Grafton feeds you an entire feast, including the juice about Kinsey's first husband!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Liked the book, but not the recorded quality

  • By Robin M Lowe on 06-16-09

A Time Warp into crime on a different era

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

The title was only marginally related to the story in my view, but the characters and plot carried the story along quite well. Not sure how someone who didn't grow up in the Vietnam era would relate. Some characters just had brief walk-on parts. A good mystery in the end.

  • Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft

  • By: Brooks Landon, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Brooks Landon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 509
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 437

Why do some lengthy sentences flow effortlessly while others stumble along? Why are you captivated by the writing of particular authors? How can you craft sentences that reflect your unique outlook on the world? This lively, 24-lecture course introduces you to the myriad ways in which we think about, talk about, and write sentences. Reviving the sentence-oriented approach to studying writing, Professor Landon provides a greater context for what makes sentences great - and how you can apply these methods to your own writing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I appreciate long sentences more now

  • By Kazuhiko on 09-22-13

Inspiration to think about details of writing

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

The lecturer departs from what I think of as the traditional to stress usefulness of writing complex sentences he refers to add Master sentences, as one moves from being an apprentice to a master by completing a masterpiece. As a listner I found his listing of many unfamiliar grammatical terms a little off-putting. Still it opens the door for further thought and learning. The PDF that accompanies the audio, as well as the host of other writers and teachers referenced promise to be a rich source for future learning.

  • The Art of Reading

  • By: Timothy Spurgin, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Timothy Spurgin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

Artful reading-the way we read novels and short stories-is less about reading for specific information and more about reading to revel in the literary experience. Learning the skills and techniques of artful reading can improve your life in many ways, whether you're a fiction reader, an aspiring writer, a book club member, or a student.And the best part: These skills are not difficult or unwieldy; rather, they are well within your reach.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Practical for Readers and Writers

  • By Troy on 08-14-15

Enriches reading including audiobook reading

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

I see why the instructors students think so much of him. He provides a sense that he is personally concerned about you and demonstrates his enthusiasm for the subject.

  • A History of Britain, Volume 1

  • At the Edge of the World, 3000 B.C. - 1603 A.D.
  • By: Simon Schama
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

A History of Britain poses questions that have universal timeless resonance. What makes or breaks a nation? To whom do you give your allegiance and why? Where do the roots of your community lie - in your hearth and home, your village or city, your tribe, your faith? And, finally, what is Britain? Also, listen to A History of Britain, Volume 2.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Accessible to the lay-person.

  • By Dennis on 03-02-03

A delightful telling of the story of England through Elizabeth

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

Starting on prehistoric England the Roman and then Viking conquest are told followed by by William the conqueror. The Henry's are brought to life and finally the tumultuous time of Elizabeth and the Armada. Many details.

  • Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling

  • By: Ross King
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

In 1508, despite strong advice to the contrary, the powerful Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo Buonarroti to paint the ceiling of the newly restored Sistine Chapel in Rome. During the four extraordinary years that Michelangelo spent laboring over the ceiling, power politics and personal rivalries swirled around him. He battled ill health, financial and family difficulties, inadequate knowledge of the art of fresco, and the Pope's impatience - a history that is more compelling than most novels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History brought to life!

  • By Anne on 05-17-03

A great history and retelling of the Sistine chapel ceiling

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

I enjoyed hearing this telling of the story of Michaeiangelo's painting of the chapel ceiling. It adds detail my knowledge of the era and enhanced my understanding of the work.

  • Hold Tight

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,873
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,859

Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they'd become the type of overprotective parents who spy on their kids. But their 16-year-old son, Adam, has been unusually distant lately, and after the suicide of his classmate, Spencer Hill they can't help but worry. They install a sophisticated spy program on Adam's computer, and within days they are jolted by a message from an unknown correspondent addressed to their son: "Just stay quiet and all safe."

Meanwhile, Betsy Hill is struck by a photo that appears to have been taken on the night of her son's death...and he wasn't alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Maria on 06-25-08

Great story about life and chance

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

A good mystery with several unexpected twists. Many loose ends come together and in the end the conclusion is how important is that role of chance in life.

  • 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 78,935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69,315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68,930

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

Zen in American clothes

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

A refreshing approach to the self help genre. The author offers refreshing insights into finding satisfaction with life. I did get tired of the deluge of f words. Some shock value and perhaps a good way to make a point.

  • Grant

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 48 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,361
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,072
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,054

Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow sows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book (BUT WHERE IS THE PDF FILES)????

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-25-17

My thanks to Chernow for writing this book

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

A great enrichment of my understanding of Grant. A fresh an interesting perspective on Grant's battles. I now have a much better understanding of the scandals and corruption during his presidential administration. Most of all I see him as a human and a man.