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  • The Unremembered Girl

  • By: Eliza Maxwell
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 828

In the deep woods of East Texas, Henry supports his family by selling bootleg liquor. It's all he can do to keep his compassionate but ailing mother and his stepfather - a fanatical grassroots minister with a bruising rhetoric - from ruin. But they have no idea they've become the obsession of the girl in the woods. Andoned and nearly feral, Eve has been watching them, seduced by the notion of family - something she's known only in the most brutal sense. Soon she can't resist the temptation to get close.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Simpsons on 11-14-17

Melodramatic literary rubbish!

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

I finished it hoping it would improve; it did not. Will Damron is an excellent narrator, but in this case he allows himself to get caught up in the melodrama. I regret purchasing this novel and I regret listening to it even more.

  • The Addictive Brain

  • By: Thad A. Polk, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Thad A. Polk
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,693

The Addictive Brain is a fair and balanced investigation of addiction, backed by hard science and behavioral science. Most of us have probably seen the old antidrug commercial in which an actor compares your brain on drugs to an egg sizzling in a hot frying pan. That's a powerful image, but it doesn't tell us what actually happens when drugs enter your body and interact with neurochemical processes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent.

  • By marilyn popko on 03-16-15

Neuroscience of addiction

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

In THE ADDICTIVE BRAIN Professor Polk offers 12 lessons/lectures on specific human addictions. Most of the addictions are to specific drugs or drug classes, but he also discusses gambling addiction. Lecture 12 deals with behaviors such as eating high calorie foods leading to obesity, excessive computer game playing, and frequently watching porn that are either addictions or simulate addictions. This course is interesting and well narrated.

  • Things That Matter

  • Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics
  • By: Charles Krauthammer
  • Narrated by: Charles Krauthammer, George Newbern
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,084
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086

A brilliant stylist known for an uncompromising honesty that challenges conventional wisdom at every turn, Krauthammer has for decades dazzled readers with his keen insight into politics and government. His weekly column is a must-read in Washington and across the country. Now, finally, the best of Krauthammer's intelligence, erudition, and wit are collected in one volume.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charles K, author and narrator ..... enuf said

  • By Alan on 12-11-13

Thank you, Charles Krauthammer!

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

As I write this review Charles Krauthammer died 30 hours ago. The book consists of selected Krauthammer newspaper columns written over 30 years as well as three longer pieces separated into chapters based on subject content. In my opinion in the quality and insight of his pubic political commentary Krauthammer is second only to Thomas Sowell (who retied 18 months ago at age 86). As the result of an accident at age 22 Krauthammer's spinal column was severed in his neck area, yet he lived a very productive life until cancer struck late in 2017. He narrated approximately half of his book and George Newbern did a fine job of narrating the rest.

The US is worse off from losing the syndicated columns of these two intellectual giants (Krauthammer and Sowell) during a brief period. Thankfully, Dr. Sowell also leaves a wealth of books and he is still writing books.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Providence

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews, Emily Rankin, Paul Michael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51

Best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe share a bond so intense that it borders on the mystical. But before Jon can declare his love for his soul mate, he is kidnapped, his plans for a normal life permanently dashed. Four years later, Chloe has finally given up hope of ever seeing Jon again. Then, a few months before graduation, Jon reappears. But he is different now: bigger, stronger, and with no memory of the time he was gone. Jon wants to pick up where he and Chloe left off...until the horrifying instant he realizes that he possesses strange powers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unrequited love story and some supernatural!

  • By Wayne on 06-22-18

An unrequited love story and some supernatural!

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

I detested both of Caroline Kepnes two prior novels (YOU and HIDDEN BODIES), and wish Kepnes would write a final short story about Joe Goldberg where someone finally kills the evil bastard. PROVIDENCE is completely different; it is a love story and a serial murder story with relatively mild supernatural elements (I usually avoid novels that include the supernatural). The main characters are Chloe and Jon who fell in love in their early teens before Jon disappeared for several years along with a Providence RI police detective nicknamed "Eggs" who sought the killer even as he fought cancer. The word "Providence" refers to both the capital city of Rhode Island and to the possibly supernatural forces that separated Chloe and Jon. The first half of the novel develops slowly, but that is necessary due to the complex plot. In the end PROVIDENCE is a superb suspense mystery.

The narration deserves special attention because it is truly outstanding team narration by three of the best narrators. Emily Rankin is the voice of Chloe, McLeod Andrews is the voice of Jon, and Paul Michael is the voice of "Eggs".

After giving both YOU and HIDDEN BODIES 1 star ratings and reviews, I had doubts about listening to PROVIDENCE, but I'm very happy I purchased this 5 star novel.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Rolling Thunder

  • A John Ceepak Mystery
  • By: Chris Grabenstein
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712

A prominent citizen suffers a heart attack on opening day of a brand new boardwalk roller coaster in the seedy seaside resort town Sea Haven, New Jersey. Initially ruled a tragic accident, it isnt long before there are suspicious hints of foul play, especially after another dead body is discovered: a stunning young beach beauty. Fortunately for mystery lovers, the straight-arrow cop John Ceepak and his wise-cracking young partner Danny Boyle are on the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It has been several years since I listened to...

  • By Wayne on 06-21-18

It has been several years since I listened to...

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

It has been several years since I listened to a novel in this cop series. As usual the real star of audiobooks in the John Ceepak series is narrator Jeff Woodman. For those not familiar with this series it is set in a coastal beach resort town in New Jersey. The books are written in the first person of young police officer Danny Boyle who grew up in the town. John Ceepak is a more senior officer from Ohio who was a military hero. Ceepak is literally incapable of lying or doing anything dishonest or illegal. The novels tend to be humorous although thin one is not. Chris Grabenstein is a very talented author with a flair for the unlikely and the outrageous. He makes the listening fun especially when paired with narrator Jeff Woodman. It is an offbeat and usually light and humorous police series.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Merciful Silence

  • Mercy Kilpatrick, Book 4
  • By: Kendra Elliot
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

For Mercy Kilpatrick, returning to rural Oregon has meant coming to terms with her roots. Raised as a prepper, Mercy is now relying on her survivalist instincts to defend her town from the people the law can’t reach. But this time, an investigation calling up a dark past for her and police chief Truman Daly may be hitting too close to home. A rainstorm has uncovered the remains of five people - a reprise of the distinctive slaughter of two families twenty years ago. Except the convicted killer is in prison. Is this the case of a sick copycat, or is the wrong man behind bars?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great procedural!

  • By shelley on 06-20-18

4th novel in a great crime series!

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

In listening to the 17 novels and 2 novellas by Kendra Elliot as well as some by Melinda Leigh it seems that mostly rural central Oregon must be the murder capital of the world. MERCIFUL SILENCE is the 4th novel in Kendra Elliot's FBI special agent Mercy Kilpatrick series with at least two more to come. This novel is unusual in that the first person portion is of the antagonist. All of the novels earn 5 stars both for the stories and Teri Schnaubelt's narration. Kendra Elliot's police procedurals are consistently outstanding.

RECOMMENDED. Purchase Kendra Elliot's novels at Amazon rather than Audible where the Kindle and Audible versions combined are less than the Audible versions alone. Kindle unlimited members can borrow both versions at no cost.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Good Intentions

  • By: J. D. Trafford
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Judge Jim Thompson’s world is unraveling. He’s facing public backlash on a decision-gone-wrong for a young boy in foster care and, even worse, he’s just discovered that his mentor, Judge Meyer, has been murdered. Despite his self-doubt in the face of media scrutiny, Jim is determined to continue his friend’s legacy - and find his killer. As he digs into the mysterious death, Jim comes across a case that had haunted the judge for decades - a case he couldn’t let go of.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't predict who did it in this one!

  • By shelley on 06-21-18

A different legal thriller!

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

In GOOD INTENTIONS protagonist Jim Thompson is a 33 year old very inexperienced family court judge who must make decisions on whether parents can keep their parental rights in cases where their children have been abused or not cared for. Thompson's mentor, a long term family court judge, is murdered, so the complex plot is mostly about how Thompson with the aid of his physician wife handles both the murder case, his family court cases, and his career issues. Will Damron's narration is superb.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Shooting Gallery

  • Dewey Andreas, Book 7.5
  • By: Ben Coes
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

The newly sworn in vice president of the United States has a problem. Her son, off in college, doesn't care for his security detail. So when spring break comes around, he slips away from his bodyguard, picks up his best friend, and heads to Mexico for an intended week of sun, sand, women, and hoped-for debauchery. But when he arrives at the airport, a team of well-armed kidnappers grab both him and his friend and escape. Now they're demanding that an exorbitant ransom be paid in only a few hours - and if it's not, both boys will be killed.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good very short story!

  • By Wayne on 06-19-18

Good very short story!

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

SHOOTING GALLERY packs a lot of action into 75 minutes. I suspect the story is intended to introduce the new US VP for Coes' Bloody Sunday which will be released the last day of July.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Man in Tehran

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Henshaw
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

New Red Cell chief Kyra Stryker has barely settled into the job when an attack on an Israeli port throws the Middle East into chaos. The Mossad - Israel's feared intelligence service - responds with a campaign of covert sabotage and assassination. But evidence quickly turns up suggesting that a group of moles inside Langley are helping Mossad wage its covert war. Convinced that Mossad has heavily penetrated the CIA's leadership, the FBI launches a counterintelligence investigation that threatens to cripple the agency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent espionage thriller!

  • By Wayne on 06-19-18

Excellent espionage thriller!

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

THE LAST MAN IN TEHRAN is Book 4 in Mark Henshaw's Red Cell espionage series (Audible need to correct the fact it is part of the series). It is one of few such series that has a woman CIA agent, Kyra Stryker, as primary protagonist. My issue with this novel is, does it deserve a 5 star rating? It is a close call. The first three novels in the Red Cell series did not have great narration, but this novel does. George Newbern does an excellent job.

The publisher's summary sets up this novel well. The author packs a lot of action, intrigue, and suspense into this 9.5 hour novel. The novel ends with an important ethical question.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Fields of Fire

  • By: James Webb
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

They each had their reasons for being a soldier. They each had their illusions. Goodrich came from Harvard. Snake got the tattoo - Death Before Dishonor - before he got the uniform. And Hodges was haunted by the ghosts of family heroes. They were three young men from different worlds plunged into a white-hot, murderous realm of jungle warfare as it was fought by one Marine platoon in the An Hoa Basin, 1969. They had no way of knowing what awaited them. Nothing could have prepared them for the madness to come. And in the heat and horror of battle they took on new identities, took on each other, and were each reborn in fields of fire....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Read! of course I am Prejudiced

  • By Autoteacher on 07-30-15

A Marine lieutenant who fought in Vietnam...

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

A Marine lieutenant who fought in Vietnam writes the best novel about the war. I'm a fan of James (Jim) Webb and I read this 1978 masterpiece years ago. Webb grew up in a military family, went to the Naval Academy, and fought in Vietnam. He later graduated from law school and he served in the Reagan administration. He went on have a career as a journalist and author. In 2006 he changed to the Democrat Party and ran for the US Senate beating the incumbent by a very small margin before serving Virginia for 6 years as US Senator. While a senator, Webb was the only member of the body to carry a loaded pistol with him inside the Capitol building. Late in 2015 he announced his candidacy for US president as a Democrat but soon dropped out when it seemed obvious that neither major party would elect a centrist who would challenge the rule of the elites of both parties. He will not say who he voted for in the 2016 general election, but does say he did not vote for Hillary.

I recommend this novel. The narration is superb.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful