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  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,321
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,284

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An excruciating listen.

  • By Debra on 01-12-18

Fairly predictable

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

What would have made The Woman in the Window better?

More creative plot. Pretty predictable

Has The Woman in the Window turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, but I will choose more carefully

Have you listened to any of Ann Marie Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, this is a first

What character would you cut from The Woman in the Window?

No characters to cut

  • DisneyWar

  • By: James B. Stewart
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 25 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746

Once upon a time, one man ruled America's greatest entertainment company. This is the untold story of his triumphs and failures, and of the revolt that cost him his kingdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Bottom Line

  • By Rob on 08-19-06

One of the most interesting book I have read

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

I was concerned when I realized I had purchased a 23 hour book but it is hard to stop listening to this. Who knew how many letters these guys would write about personal relationships?

It is a glimpse into a high stakes world of money and the personal foibles of those in power.

  • Our Man in Charleston

  • Britain's Secret Agent in the Civil War South
  • By: Christopher Dickey
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

The unlikely man at the roiling center of this intrigue was Robert Bunch, an American-born Englishman who had maneuvered his way to the position of British consul in Charleston, South Carolina, and grew to loathe slavery and the righteousness of its practitioners. Bunch used his unique perch and boundless ambition to become a key player, sending reams of dispatches to the home government and eventually becoming the Crown's best secret source on the Confederacy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not a spy novel

  • By Michael Battle on 06-21-16

One of the most interesting book I have read

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

Reviewed: 01-25-16

What did you love best about Our Man in Charleston?

A quite different perspective on American history

What was one of the most memorable moments of Our Man in Charleston?

An understanding of a British view of the American south before the Civil War

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

Truly horrendous descriptions of slave ships; one can hardly fathom the misery

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,140

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Excellent narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-10-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, great characters you grow to care about

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, somewhat complex plot that kept me guessing for quite a while. The end was a bit neatly tied up but certainly gave me a feel good moment

Which scene was your favorite?

When he was in the cabin making his winter outfit

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • L.A. Noir

  • The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City
  • By: John Buntin
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 121

Midcentury Los Angeles: A city sold to the world as "the white spot of America", a land of sunshine and orange groves, Midwestern values, and Hollywood stars, protected by the world's most famous police force, the Dragnet-era LAPD. Behind this public image lies a hidden world of "pleasure girls" and crooked cops, ruthless newspaper tycoons, corrupt politicians, and East Coast gangsters on the make. Into this underworld came two men - one L.A.'s most notorious gangster, the other its most famous police chief - each prepared to battle the other for the soul of the city.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good (but a little corny) history of LA

  • By Jimmy on 10-23-12

Interesting history

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

Reviewed: 02-09-13

If you could sum up L.A. Noir in three words, what would they be?

Unexpected connections

What was one of the most memorable moments of L.A. Noir?

The connections between historical figures is always fascinating and this book is full of unexpected ones. It is worth a listen just to understand that.

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

Maybe could use a little editing as it would be impossible to listen in one sitting. But worth it just to understand a small part of 20th C history

Any additional comments?

This book is probably the basis for the new movie Gangster Squad, which made no sense at all. So good to get the back story to that movie.

  • The Lawyer's Lawyer

  • By: James Sheehan
  • Narrated by: Rick Zieff
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Jack Tobin, the main character of The Mayor of Lexington Avenue returns in this non-stop novel that combines enthralling plot twists with some of the best coutroom fiction being written today. Tobin, known as the lawyer's lawyer - the guy the best lawyer's say they'd want to represent them in a courtroom battle - undertakes the representation of a serial killer who he believes to be innocent.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Promising but Unrefined, Implausible

  • By FRITZ STOOP on 06-09-13

Great up to the end

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

Reviewed: 02-09-13

What did you love best about The Lawyer's Lawyer?

Good narration and an interesting set of characters.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Moves along at a good pace but the end was a let down. Needed more twists to make it compelling listening.

What does Rick Zieff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good character voices--on sounded like Walter Brennan!

  • Canada

  • By: Richard Ford
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 734
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 616
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 619

When 15-year-old Dell Parsons' parents rob a bank, his sense of normal life is forever altered. In an instant, this private cataclysm drives his life into before and after, a threshold that can never be uncrossed. His parents' arrest and imprisonment mean a threatening and uncertain future for Dell and his twin sister, Berner. Willful and burning with resentment, Berner flees their home in Montana, abandoning her brother and her life. But Dell is not completely alone. A family friend intervenes, spiriting him across the Canadian border.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous writing

  • By SomervilleWhereElse on 07-06-12

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 07-26-12

I had heard how wonderful this book was and it was good, just not what I had expected. It was a bit melancholy. The main character is interesting and tells his story well. A bit too sad for me but very well done.

  • The Secret History of the Mongol Queens

  • How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire
  • By: Jack Weatherford
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

The Mongol queens of the 13th century ruled the largest empire the world has ever known. Yet sometime near the end of the century, censors cut a section from The Secret History of the Mongols, leaving a single tantalizing quote from Genghis Khan: “Let us reward our female offspring.” Only this hint of a father’s legacy for his daughters remained of a much larger story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Book

  • By Shawn on 08-09-10

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 06-20-12

Another great history book that widens my global view. I didn't know anything about this era and was impressed with the culture of the Mongols and the women in this story. I will be reading more from this author.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The First Tycoon

  • The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
  • By: T.J. Stiles
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 28 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544

In The First Tycoon, Stiles offers the first complete, authoritative biography of this titan, and the first comprehensive account of the Commodore's personal life. It is a sweeping, fast-moving epic, and a complex portrait of the great man. Vanderbilt, Stiles shows, embraced the philosophy of the Jacksonian Democrats and withstood attacks by his conservative enemies for being too competitive. He was a visionary who pioneered business models.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great! If you can get through it...

  • By john on 08-08-10

The start of modern American business

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

Reviewed: 06-09-12

While a little long, this book tells about the rise of one of our greatest entrepreneurs. I really did not know much about the Vanderbilts and Cornelius' influence on modern transportation. I am a bit of a history fan so may not be for everyone but I highly recommend it for a detailed discussion of the beginnings of the Vanderbilt fortune. Narrator is good so it is easy to listen.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Vietnam War

  • A Concise International History
  • By: Mark Atwood Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Hailed as a "pithy and compelling account of an intensely relevant topic" ( Kirkus Reviews), this wide-ranging volume offers a superb account of a key moment in modern U.S. and world history. Drawing upon the latest research in archives in China, Russia, and Vietnam, Mark Lawrence creates an extraordinary, panoramic view of all sides of the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Nancy on 06-05-11

Highly recommended

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-11

In spite of living during the Vietnam era, I never could put all the pieces into a coherent whole. This book really helps listeners to understand just how the war developed. Narrator is very good and makes it easy to listen.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful