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The Colony, TX, United States
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  • The Woman Who Smashed Codes

  • A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine who Outwitted America's Enemies
  • By: Jason Fagone
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,054

In 1912, at the height of World War I, brilliant Shakespeare expert Elizebeth Smith went to work for an eccentric tycoon on his estate outside Chicago. The tycoon had close ties to the US government, and he soon asked Elizebeth to apply her language skills to an exciting new venture: code breaking. There she met the man who would become her husband, groundbreaking cryptologist William Friedman. Though she and Friedman are in many ways the Adam and Eve of the NSA, Elizebeth's story, incredibly, has never been told.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating Biography

  • By Jean on 11-20-17

Wonderful and Amazing

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

I am so glad this magnificent woman's life and career was brought into the public arena so we all can appreciate her intellect, spirit and sacrifice. Well written and narrated. The story moved along and held my interest. Don't worry if you don't understand some of the explanations of the ciphers, I didn't, and it did not interfere with enjoyment or understanding of the story.

25 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • What Happened

  • By: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Narrated by: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,388

For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What Happened?

  • By Celina Resendez on 10-21-17

Yes, Typical Brillantly Hillary

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

Reviewed: 10-15-17

Brilliant, thought out, well informed. Wickedly smart. When did we stop listening to people who know what they are doing and use that knowledge to help us all. What happened in our last election is like telling the brain surgeon, "You know too much and have been in your field too long," then getting the guy who patches potholes to operate on your brain tumor, because, " he will bring a new perspective". Please, who's the idiot in the room now.

5 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • A Place Called Freedom

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,902

This lush novel, set in 1766 England and America, evokes an era ripe with riot and revolution, from the teeming streets of London to the sprawling grounds of a Virginia plantation. Mack McAsh burns with the desire to escape his life of slavery in Scottish coal mines while Lizzie Hallim is desperate to shed a life of sheltered subjugation to her spineless husband. United in America, their only chance for freedom lies beyond the Western frontier - if they're brave enough to take it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Expected better than a historical romance

  • By Lynette Garet on 01-09-17

At last. Good story. Good Characters. Well Told

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

Reviewed: 08-13-15

I love to sit down with a good book, knowing from the introduction on the jacket that it promises to draw the reader with intriguing characters into a different world, painted with the brush of historical accuracy.
I loved this book. It has all the elements that make a book a great read for me, good story, complex characters, but normal, a different world, historically accurate. That way I can enjoy total abandonment, and learn something about the history of the times.
If Follett follows some recent paths, I can expect a sequel, and I can't wait. All books have their flaws, but none in this book bad enough to detract from the story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Waiting to Be Heard

  • A Memoir
  • By: Amanda Knox
  • Narrated by: Amanda Knox
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807

Amanda Knox spent four years in a foreign prison for a crime she did not commit. In the fall of 2007, the 20-year-old college coed left Seattle to study abroad in Italy, but her life was shattered when her roommate was murdered in their apartment. After a controversial trial, Amanda was convicted and imprisoned. But in 2011, an appeals court overturned the decision and vacated the murder charge. Free at last, she returned home to the U.S., where she has remained silent, until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fascinating Story- Buy it now!

  • By Brock on 05-03-13

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

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

Reviewed: 04-03-14

What a miscarriage of justice. Absolutely no evidence, none, nothing, to point to her guilt, yet she's arrested, kept in jail, and convicted, all because they didn't like they way she looked. Well, God help us all.
Good luck Amanda, and shame of the USA if we honor Italy's request for extradition.

  • The Murder of the Century

  • The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars
  • By: Paul Collins
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,365
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,147
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,147

In Long Island, a farmer found a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discovered a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumbled upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime were turning up all over New York, but the police were baffled: There were no witnesses, no motives, no suspects. The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives headlong into the era's most perplexing murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great look at NYC crime, forensics, and journalism

  • By deborah on 11-04-11

Good Book, Not Great, Good

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

Reviewed: 04-03-14

Good book. Held my interest, but nothing special. It does show that not much has changed in the way society, the press, the police and prosecutors handle a big case. I'm a retired police officer and detective who worked in a very large city. That said...
The press take something obscure and make it big, sensationalizing every dark corner of a person's life as if that makes them guilty. The police try to do as little as possible until forced to move forward, then move in all the wrong directions, because they are the easiest directions to go in. The prosecutors don't seem to care who did it, just want to ride the wave of a big case and make a name for themselves. The people and the juries seem to swallow it all, hook, line, and sinker.
Of course not all cops, not all prosecutors, not all press, and not all society are like the above description. Most are not, but it seems more and more we are less concerned with justice and more on rattling our heads and demanding revenge.
Think it's not true? Look at how many people are being released from long prison terms and death row after DNA evidence is clearing them. People don't seem to mind bending our civil rights until they are the targets of an unjust persecution.

  • The Sociopath Next Door

  • By: Martha Stout
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,300
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,287

We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening

  • By Robert on 08-28-11

Excellent book

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

Reviewed: 12-14-11

Very good and understandable information about sociopaths, what they are like, how to spot them, and what to do when you're tangled up with one.
Most people think of the Ted Bundy's in this world when they think of a sociopath. The author does a good job of describing the ones we are most likely to meet at the office, socially, romantically, and the devastating effects they can have on out lives.
Gives historical perspective on conscience that is informative and revealing.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Red Mist

  • Scarpetta, Book 19
  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Kate Burton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,883
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,556
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,561

Determined to find out what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months earlier, Kay Scarpetta travels to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has information not only on Fielding, but also on a string of grisly killings. The murder of an Atlanta family years ago, a young woman on death row, and the inexplicable deaths of homeless people as far away as California seem unrelated. But Scarpetta discovers connections that compel her to conclude that what she thought ended with Fielding's death and an attempt on her own life is only the beginning....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too much dialog, too little story

  • By Rene on 12-12-11

One more time

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

Reviewed: 12-09-11

Any additional comments?

I will try this one more time, but if it's as bad as Port Mortuary...This will be my last time to donate my time and money to a once great writer. I hope she listened to the last reviews that were overwhelmingly horrible and made the necessary changes. Writers need to keep it fresh, make changes, keep it edgy, not NOT GO OFF THE DEEP END into a psychotic haze.

27 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38,779
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,587
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,599

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

Outrageously good

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-16-10

What can I say, Excellent! In every way possible, Excellent!

  • The Lost Symbol

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,414

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In love with books again

  • By Paul on 01-31-10

Preachy

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-25-09

Loved his other books, but this one...not so much...Long on detail...repeated over and over and over again just in case you missed it the first 10 times. Cookie cutter action...same old formula with different names and places. Very preachy...is he trying to start a new religion?

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Road

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,011
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,041

America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I just wasn't a fan of this one.

  • By PJC on 06-09-16

Excellence, once again

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-07

I didn't expect less and wasn't disappointed. He still "creates" these works of fiction, instead of falling into the money trap of formula writing; same characters, same story, different scenery, different names. You will be sorry if you miss reading it. Don't let the description throw you off. Excellent, tremendous, story telling at it's best...I could go on and on, but read it so you can continue the praise.

2 of 12 people found this review helpful