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Barbara J. Anderson

Huntington Beach, Ca
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  • The Child Next Door: An unputdownable psychological thriller with a brilliant twist

  • By: Shalini Boland
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,001
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,999

Kirstie Rawlings is jolted awake by a child crying. Racing upstairs to check on her newborn, she is plunged into every parents’ worst nightmare. She hears an unknown voice in the baby monitor saying, "Let’s take the child - and go." Is someone trying to steal her little girl?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite "Unputdownable"...

  • By D. Paige on 05-04-18

This is fast past and well done!

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

An excellent psychological thriller..I couldn't listen fast enough and didn't want to get out of the car. Right to the surprise ending a big WOW. I will be looking for more by this author and the narrator was excellent!

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  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 86,366
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 78,610
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 78,161

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Not all authors should read their own books

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

S-Backing over and over, ie. pronouncing Street as Shtreet. I would be getting comfortable with the story and here it comes again s-backing on so many words. I found it jarring. I think I have become an audio book snob as I have listened for years to professional readers, and this just kept bugging me. I think the book itself was very good, the story picked up when Barack got in the picture. I would recommend reading the book not listening to it. I am amazed to hear myself recommend reading vs listening, as I listen to books every day

  • 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 386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346

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 24,868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,373

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 500
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 455
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 459

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 2,176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,842
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,830

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 4,804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,205

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 3,364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,080
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,082

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 1,489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,343

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 11,781
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,617

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