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Barbara J. Anderson

Huntington Beach, Ca
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  • The Voice Inside

  • Frost Easton, Book 2
  • By: Brian Freeman
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

Four years after serial killer Rudy Cutter was sent away for life, San Francisco homicide inspector Frost Easton uncovers a terrible lie: his closest friend planted false evidence to put Cutter behind bars. When he's forced to reveal the truth, his sister's killer is back on the streets. Desperate to take Cutter down again, the detective finds a new ally in Eden Shay. She wrote a book about Cutter and knows more about him than anyone. And she's terrified. Because for four years, Cutter has been nursing revenge day after stolen day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT ! Leaves you wanting more!!!!!

  • By shelley on 01-17-18

Story and Narrator are excellent!

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

Very interesting story line and fast paced, the narrator embodies the character perfectly! Loved it and have downloaded more by the same author!

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,007

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

Best book I have listened to a very long time!

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

This true story follows a young Italian man beginning in his teens and his experiences in WWII when the Nazi's inhabited Italy. I don't want to give anything away, you will love this. The narrator does a perfect job! I Googled it and the movie rights have been bought! I kept thinking -this should be a movie!

  • What It's Like to Be a Dog

  • And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience
  • By: Gregory Berns
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 441

What is it like to be a dog? A bat? Or a dolphin? To find out, neuroscientist Gregory Berns and his team began with a radical step: they taught dogs to go into an MRI scanner - completely awake. They discovered what makes dogs individuals with varying capacities for self-control, different value systems, and a complex understanding of human speech. And dogs were just the beginning. In What It's Like to Be a Dog, Berns explores the fascinating inner lives of wild animals from dolphins and sea lions to the extinct Tasmanian tiger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If You Were Disappointed In HOW DOGS LOVE US--

  • By Gillian on 03-23-18

Lots of info on lots of animals, not so much dog

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

It was interesting in that I learned all brains are different. I was looking more for a dog story and dog info. Dogs have brains the size of a lemon was one fact he stated. My little terrier's brain is probably the size of a lime, he is small. It was more technical and medically oriented than I had in mind. So if you are looking for a feel good dog story this isn't it. If you want more scientific info on how your dog compares to other animals-this is it.

  • The Crime Writer

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,814
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,802

Drew Danner, a crime novelist with a house off L.A.'s storied Mulholland Drive, awakens in a hospital bed with a scar on his head and no memory of being found convulsing over his ex-fiancee's body the previous night. He was discovered holding a knife, her blood beneath his nails. He himself doesn't know whether he's guilty or innocent. To reconstruct the story, the writer must now become the protagonist, searching the corridors of his life and the city he loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Mystery with Protagonist's LOL Remarks

  • By J. A. Black on 11-12-11

It dragged on with lots of filler

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

Lots of filler in the form of way to many lists of comparison, lists of how awful LA is, lists of description. Too much macho and cynical posturing and attitude. Weird phasing..she had her mouth ajar? He is referring to his own bathroom as a powder room?
The story was a cleaver premise. I had to keep forwarding past all the lists and excessive descriptions to get to the story.
Plus I am not a fan of this narrator at all. I try to avoid him and I gave him one more try.

  • The Better Angels of Our Nature

  • Why Violence Has Declined
  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 36 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,984

We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'd kill for another book this good

  • By Eric Nicolas Morgan on 11-11-11

Thorough, thought provoking, and well narrated.

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

This is an amazingly researched book. Well read and I will also be buying it in a paper edition as there are so many interesting facts that I would like to be able to find again. This book has expanded my knowledge and challenged so many ideas that I hear people say and I just accepted as true. Here are the answers. So well done, I will be looking for more of this authors work. It is long so be prepared..thank goodness the narrator is excellent.

  • The Bullet

  • By: Mary Louise Kelly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,996
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,999

Two words: the bullet. That's all it takes to shatter her life. Caroline Cashion is beautiful, intelligent, a professor of French literature. But in a split second, everything she's known is proved to be a lie. A single bullet, gracefully tapered at one end, is found lodged at the base of her skull. Caroline is stunned. It makes no sense: She has never been shot. She has no entry wound, no scar. Then, over the course of one awful evening, she learns the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "took a chance and glad I did"

  • By Sara on 04-08-15

Excellent narrator Good story

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

I liked it on my second try, so don't give up. It turned out to be so much better than I thought the first time around, and I didn't get very far. I liked how the main character tried to do the right thing even though he came from a family that didn't.

  • If Walls Could Talk

  • Haunted Home Renovation, Book 1
  • By: Juliet Blackwell
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,332
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,325

Melanie Turner has made quite a name for herself remodeling historic houses in the San Francisco Bay Area. But now her reputation may be on the line. At her newest project, a run-down Pacific Heights mansion, Mel is visited by the ghost of a colleague who recently met a bad end with power tools. Mel hopes that by nailing the killer, she can rid herself of the ghostly presence of the murdered man - and not end up a construction casualty herself....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Nice Change

  • By Carole T. on 06-15-15

Don't try to listen in your car!

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

Reviewed: 12-13-17

Don't try to listen in your car, the narrator swallows the ends of sentences. It took me months to finish as I had to listen to something else in between to ease my driving frustration with not being able to hear the ends of the sentences. Plus the constant cynical and sarcastic attitude of the character really wore on me. I was just determined to finish this book. Other than that, the story was good and I enjoyed the plot.

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  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

  • By: Rebecca Skloot
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,268

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Story

  • By Prisca on 04-30-10

Excellent Journalistic Story and well narrated

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

Reviewed: 12-13-17

I was so impressed with the research behind this story. I learned a great deal, it had me happy, sad, disappointed, and hopeful. The family deserves this book and more. And I am just an old white woman.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Suspect

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,883

LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Page Turner!!

  • By Jacqueline on 01-22-13

If you are a dog lover don't listen while driving!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

This was a fabulous book! My warning is because you will get tears and be unable to focus your attention. I loved the book and the narrator was excellent. You will love this especially if you love dogs.

  • Full Dark, No Stars

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,730

"I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eerie, honest, frightening!

  • By 9S on 01-15-11

Well written and the narrator is superb

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

Reviewed: 01-12-17

Stephen King did it again! Such a good story written and told as if a regular guy is telling you a story. The narrator is so very good. Thank you