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  • The Radium Girls

  • The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women
  • By: Kate Moore
  • Narrated by: Angela Brazil
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,411
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,293

The year was 1917. As a war raged across the world, young American women flocked to work, painting watches, clocks, and military dials with a special luminous substance made from radium. It was a fun job, lucrative and glamorous - the girls themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered head to toe in the dust from the paint. They were the radium girls. As the years passed, the women began to suffer from mysterious and crippling illnesses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A simple way to improve the robotic narration

  • By B. C. French on 06-07-17

Interesting True-Live Events; Boring Narration

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

Radium Girls is important in that is reveals (and reminds us) of the corporate malfeasance and abuse employees can suffer from at the hands of their less than moral and ethical bosses. I remember learning about these ladies and their chronic exposure to radium and the unfortunate aftereffects when I was in school. It is dark, upsetting, and fascinating.

That being said, the book is unnecessarily longer than it needs to be. Moore is disorganized and there is no single protagonist to anchor to while reading. Instead, there is a hodgepodge of events surrounding ALL of the women, ALL of the details of ALL of their lives. It would be easier to have a singular protagonist and be introduced to each character and their story not have them heaped together in a blur of details.

In addition, I just couldn't finish this book because the narrator, Angela Brazil, is awful. I don't normally outright call a narrator awful, but her robotic manner, lengthy pauses, and awkward pacing made it a struggle to enjoy. Even when I would speed up to 1.25 and she sounded more normal in pace, Brazil's perky, sing-songy tone was not suitable to the context of the material. She's like having a news reporter gleefully report a brutal slaying with all the somberness of a carebear.

  • As You Wish

  • Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
  • By: Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,228
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,523

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warm-hearted retelling

  • By Thomas Allen on 10-19-14

A Delightful Background Story

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This is a delightful, comedic telling of The Princess Bride backstory as according (mostly) by Cary Elwes and narrated by him. If you are a fan of the film, it’s worth a listen.

#biography #film #lovestory #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Lullaby

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16,699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,303
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15,314

A young couple buys a beautiful house by a picturesque lake in the Catskills, looking to escape the bustle of the city to raise their newborn baby. It is a perfect place for a fresh start. Except that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. As autumn nights close in around their home, they learn that darkness takes many forms. And sometimes that darkness is hungry. New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry delivers an unsettling Audible Original that will give listeners the Halloween creeps all year round.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I guess there’s a reason it’s free

  • By Katie Washington on 10-05-18

The Ideal House for a Steal. Nothing Wrong There

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This is a tale about a young couple, expecting, who come upon a home for sale - beautiful, ready to sell with an unbelievable deal. Catch is, it is a #hauntedhouse. The realtor has to tell them it has been branded as such; brushing it off as nonsense. But is it? We find out.

#horror #suspense #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Final Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Riley Sager
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett, Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,132

Ten years ago college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie-scale massacre. In an instant she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to - a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking twists and turns

  • By S. Winchester on 07-18-17

Takes the Campy Trope to a New Place

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

There are a lot of twists to this one; some very unlikely and leaning heavily on circumstance but still well told and performed. I like these kinds of #horror stories of survival with a twist.

#clever #suspenseful #serialkiller #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • 30 Days of Night

  • By: Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith, R. S. Belcher (adaptation)
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla, Mark Boyett, Kevin T. Collins, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,271
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,194
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,192

An all-new, full-cast dramatization of the classic graphic novel. The isolated town of Barrow, Alaska, is plunged into darkness for a month each year when the sun sinks below the horizon. As the last rays of light fade, the town is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires bent on an uninterrupted orgy of destruction. Only Barrow's husband-and-wife sheriff team stand between the survivors and certain destruction. . By the time the sun rises, will they pay the ultimate price - or worse?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done.

  • By Dan on 11-06-17

Dramatized Version of Story

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This is the short, dramatized version of 30 Days of Night. An evil, wild force descends on a small Alaskan town as it falls into 30 days of darkness. Well performed; frightening.

#horror #vampires #Alaska #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter

  • Dexter, Book 1
  • By: Jeff Lindsay
  • Narrated by: Jeff Lindsay
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,881

Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He’s a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened - of himself or some other fiend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love the show, like the book

  • By Heather on 02-14-13

Dismally Diabolical Devilishly Dreadful Dexter

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

This is my 2nd read. [The Book Series] I'm delighted I delved into Dexter's dark, dismal, diabolical, devilishly deceptive and deadly world, playing co-pilot to his dark passenger and witnessing all of his dirty little deeds. I read most of the series (first) before watching the titular Showtime series, named after the protagonist Dexter [Morgan]. While he comes off as a mild-mannered, geeky, responsible member of the Miami PD, employed as a forensic blood splatter analyst, there is more to Dexter. He plays his everyday citizen role well, but often the facade cracks a little; perhaps only perceptible to those who see the predatory glint in his eye when he settles upon the next victim for his table. He takes a slice outta life to an all-new reality as Dexter is a serial killer. The only people who have known this entire time are his adoptive father Harry and his victims of course. Harry, being the seasoned homicide detective he is, cleverly hones Dexter's psychotic skill-set from a young age into another outlet in order to ensure Dexter's survival. These are Harry's rules, the primary one being to only kill and dispose of those (like himself, other killers and or blights on society such as child molesters and rapists) who deserve it.

Throughout the series, we see Dexter's two lives collide and unravel in a fascinating, dark dance that at times can have a misstep or two, thus jeopardizing both Dex and the people he loves (if a numb serial killer could love).

[The Show] When I heard Michael C. Hall was going to don the visage of a vigilante serial killer lurking under Miami PD's nose as a trusted department blood splatter analyst (essentially grandfathered in given his adopted father and sister's roles as detectives), I didn't think he would do the part justice. I remembered him from his Six Feet Under days, playing David the undertaker, and had a hard time wrapping my head around it. I was wrong.

[Overall] There are enough differences between the Showtime series and the books (characters living and dead, situations, relationships) I've read thus far to suggest any Dexter fan (especially anyone who was disappointed with how the television series ended) convert over to the novels.

#serialkiller #crime #darkpassenger #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Nothing Good Can Come from This

  • Essays
  • By: Kristi Coulter
  • Narrated by: Kristi Coulter
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

When Kristi stopped drinking, she started noticing things. Like when you give up a debilitating habit, it leaves a space, one that can’t easily be filled by mocktails or ice cream or sex or crafting. And when you cancel Rosé Season for yourself, you’re left with just summer, and that’s when you notice that the women around you are tanked - that alcohol is the oil in the motors that keeps them purring when they could be making other kinds of noise. In her sharp, incisive debut essay collection, Coulter reveals a portrait of a life in transition.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • cannot finish it!<br />

  • By Lee Ward on 01-02-19

A Tale of Sobriety And Gender Politics

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

Enjoyed the introductory chapter, her honest reveal about how she felt in terms of her career and treatment. I was able to relate to many aspects in terms of relations and being a woman in corporate America (gender) politics. There were points though where I felt the book started to become scattered in terms of timeline/events and, at times, was hard to follow. But still worth the read.

#sobriety #biography #womanhood #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • The Kind Worth Killing

  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,183

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Kind Worth Killing - A Book Worth Getting

  • By AudioAddict on 08-23-15

Sprinkles of the Talented Mr. Ripley and Dolores C

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

For me, this has sprinkles of the Talented Mr. Ripley and Dolores Claiborne.

I like how this book allows you to get the perspective of each character.

<spoiler>I can understand where Lily comes from with her bohemian childhood - the neglected daughter of an artist mother who drags home strays and a well-known author and educator father who beds his young students. This subjects their teenage daughter to some unhealthy, premature understanding of sex, relationships, and abuse. Lily, our female lead for most of the book, is no ingenue. She is pragmatic and learns from an early age not to be too emotionally attached to anyone. When her trust and heart is broke, she takes it upon herself to straighten that person out. Her version of morality and justice is intriguing. </spoiler>

Throughout the book, we're privy to the misunderstandings and inner-thoughts of everyone. So you really do need to pay attention, even when things seem a little slow with backstory. I listened to the audio version of this and think the narrators each did a fantastic job with their respective character.

  • The Indignities of Being a Woman

  • By: Merrill Markoe, Megan Koester
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302

The Indignities of Being a Woman candidly traces the history of womanhood and investigates how much things have really changed for womankind. By carefully x-raying areas such as body image, marriage, mental illness, fashion, and politics, this audiobook examines what it was like to be a woman in the past versus what it’s like now, when women are constantly told equality between the sexes exists but reality proves otherwise. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, humorous, and insightful

  • By Mmmm Brrrr on 10-11-18

Really Hard To Listen To as a Feminist

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

Yup, that's me. A feminist. Brand it whatever you want, because I know feminism has been given a bad rap, but I believe everyone deserves equal footing regardless of race or gender. And no, I don't want Caucasian, WASP or puritanical Christian men to have less, I just don't want to be limited in this life solely because I'm a woman who has non-traditional wants and values. My personal happiness doesn't involve marriage and kids, and I have the right to pursue what makes me happy as much as anyone else without being held accountable to someone else's version of what they think should make me happy. If I want a career and don't have kids, I shouldn't have to explain or defend myself. If I decide I want to have 3 kids and no husband but still work, again, not anyone's business (so long as I can provide for them). Or if I decide to be married with kids and stay home, again, no reason to feel guilty, inadequate, or have to explain how I want to live my life.

Having said all that, this book took me way longer to listen to than I expected. I endured a lot of frustration and disappointment, not in the performance or coverage of historical factoids about women, as the authors try to sprinkle hints of humor, but how can you laugh at marital rape? My issue is with the literal indignities. They set me in a dark place where I am reminded of the pooh-covered end of the stick ladies have been handed over and over throughout history. And we've been expected to smile politely and delicately accept it as though it were a gift. I'm an egalitarian feminist; I don't want anyone to have less (male, female, other). I believe everyone should be equal; with equal rights, freedoms, and it be less about privilege based on gender and more about what a person has to offer. Akin to the Handmaid's Tale, I had a difficult time keeping my justice warrior in check and simply listening to the outright degradations, double-standards, and limitations, many of which are still imposed upon women today. It is 2018 and we're still, at times, ranked as 2nd class citizens. We're still expected to look a certain way, act a certain way, when we're successful and buck traditional roles, we are seen a certain way (as a threat to the establishment instead of people looking for our own happiness). Ultimately, I hated this book. Again, not for the material itself or the presentation, but what it represents because of how it boldly addresses something that still happens in modern society.

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  • Alien: Sea of Sorrows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: James A. Moore, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: John Chancer, Stockard Channing, Walles Hamonde, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,531
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,438

Set 300 years after the events of Alien: Out of the Shadows and Alien: River of Pain, Alien: Sea of Sorrows deals with the rediscovery of dormant Xenomorphs (Aliens) in the abandoned mines of LV-178, the planetoid from Alien: Out of the Shadows, which has now been terraformed and renamed New Galveston. The Weyland-Yutani Corporation, reformed after the collapse of the United Systems Military, continue their unceasing efforts to weaponise the creatures.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great performances but story is weakest of the 3

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-03-18

Entertaining Alien Shorts

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

I love the audible produced Alien audio dramas. They are very entertaining; the sounds, themes, and action do the Aliens franchise justice. They are short enough to listen to while doing an afternoon of work/cooking/piddling around the house. There were times I was entranced in the happenings, and was very drawn in by the characters. I highly recommend all of the Alien short audio dramas. I’ve not been disappointed.