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  • The Good Nurse

  • A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder
  • By: Charles Graeber
  • Narrated by: Will Collyer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,152

After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More Chilling than Murder?

  • By FanB14 on 01-11-14

Don't forget the serial doctor

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

Reviewed: 09-04-14

What made the experience of listening to The Good Nurse the most enjoyable?

It reminded me of James Stewart's Blind Eye

What did you like best about this story?

How hard it is to report and catch this kind of deviant and the risks some health care people take to stop their colleagues' actions.

What does Will Collyer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is a good neutral reader

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Cheaper by the dozen

Any additional comments?

Many reviewers apparently aren't familiar with Dr Swango. He killed many patients but not quite as many. He came across as crazy but was able to migrate even to different countries. The Africans figured him out sooner than the Americans.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Death of Santini

  • The Story of a Father and His Son
  • By: Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 320

Pat Conroy's father, Donald Patrick Conroy, was a towering figure in his son's life. The Marine Corps fighter pilot was often brutal, cruel, and violent; as Pat says, "I hated my father long before I knew there was an English word for 'hate.'" As the oldest of seven children who were dragged from military base to military base across the South, Pat bore witness to the toll his father's behavior took on his siblings, and especially on his mother, Peg. She was Pat's lifeline to a better world - that of books and culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Conroy at his best

  • By ZORRO on 12-05-13

Santini should have stayed dead

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

Reviewed: 11-07-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

In the Great Santini,, Bull dies. In the Death of Santini he rises from the dead and I wish he had not. Listening to this book was like watching sausage being made. I didn't want to hear about the many frailties of Pat Conroy. He came across as whiny. I couldn't understand how he could have his hated father on book signing tours.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Haven't seen this month's selection.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Yes but I don't know that anyone could have elevated it.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really

Any additional comments?

I think Pat Conroy has mined this "dysfunctional family" about as much as possible. Move on Pat.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Yes, Chef

  • A Memoir
  • By: Marcus Samuelsson
  • Narrated by: Marcus Samuelsson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,247
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,099
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,095

It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Yes, Chef chronicles Marcus Samuelsson’s remarkable journey from Helga’s humble kitchen to the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fun and inspiring civics lesson

  • By loix on 06-27-12

Cook Don't Read

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

Reviewed: 01-13-13

Would you try another book from Marcus Samuelsson and/or Marcus Samuelsson?

I enjoy watching the celebrity chefs on TV and thought that I would like to hear the story of this Ethiopian, Swedish chef's story. The story is interesting if you are interested in the stories of people like Anthony Bourdain. MS can't read his own work outloud. He is awful. English is his third language which makes his pronunciation somewhat difficult but still... There is a lot of ego in this book, I expected that. I just think it would have been better served by a better reader.

What did you like best about this story?

The hard path of a potential chef.

What didn’t you like about Marcus Samuelsson’s performance?

Stinko

Do you think Yes, Chef needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. The best parts are said.

Any additional comments?

Keep cooking Mr. Samuelsson.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The River of Doubt

  • Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
  • By: Candice Millard
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,365

At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • River of Doubt

  • By Steve1290 on 11-12-05

Great, unknown story

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

Reviewed: 05-02-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it is a fascinating story, well told

What did you like best about this story?

TR is always interesting

Have you listened to any of Paul Michael’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Can't say

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Liked it from start to finish, the description of the rain forest was so unexpected

Any additional comments?

I can' wait to hear her newest book

  • Closing Time

  • A Memoir
  • By: Joe Queenan
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Joe Queenan's acerbic riffs on movies, sports, books, politics, and many of the least forgivable phenomena of pop culture have made him one of the most popular humorists and commentators of our time. In Closing Time, Queenan turns his sights on a more serious and personal topic: his childhood in a Philadelphia housing project in the early 1960s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I don't understand

  • By Sandra on 12-07-09

I don't understand

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-09

This book only had one rating and it was just 2 stars. This is an amazing book. It is sharp, funny, sad and so acute in its description of growing up poor. The author and his sibs were abused by a drunk father and an indifferent mother. He doesn't whine, he tells about his way of surviving.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Open

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Andre Agassi
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,764
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,760

From Andre Agassi, one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court, a beautiful, haunting autobiography. Agassi brings a near-photographic memory to every pivotal match and every relationship. Never before has the inner game of tennis and the outer game of fame been so precisely limned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just an Incredible Story!

  • By Patrick on 12-13-09

very good listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-09

This was an amazing listen. I do not follow tennis closely but I wish that I had watched him play more after hearing this book. He is brutally frank about his feelings for Pete and Brook but beautifully frank about his love for his wife Steph. Graff. What a lonely life and what a happy finish.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Unsung Hero

  • Troubleshooters, Book 1
  • By: Suzanne Brockmann
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 904
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 507

After a near-fatal head injury, Navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a terrifying glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the Navy dismisses the danger as injury-induced imaginings. In a desperate effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorist team, assembling his most loyal officers, two elderly war veterans, a couple of misfit teenagers, and Dr. Kelly Ashton - the sweet girl next door who has grown into a remarkable woman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Hero to the Very End!

  • By Maria on 04-22-13

Triple bodice ripper

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-09

Hated the reader, hated the story. I should say, the excuse for a story. It was a platform for three separate generations of "amazing, endless sex". A very little WWII and post 911 intrigue tossed in.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Lush Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard Price
  • Narrated by: Bobby Cannavale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 316

What do you do? Whenever people asked him, Eric Cash used to have a dozen answers. Artist, actor, screenwriter...But now he's 35 years old and he's still living downtown, still in the restaurant business, working night shifts and serving the people he always wanted to be. What does Eric do? He manages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Leo X Cox on 08-10-08

Great voice

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-08

The reader had a good voice but the author had a great voice. The language of New York was so rich. I really enjoyed listening to this book.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Brother One Cell

  • An American Coming of Age in South Korea's Prisons
  • By: Cullen Thomas
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

At age 23, Cullen Thomas was, like most middle-class kids his age, looking for something meaningful and exciting to do before settling into the 9-to-5 routine. Possessed of a youthful, romantic view of the world, he set off for adventure in Asia and a job teaching English in Seoul, South Korea. But he got more than he ever bargained for when an ill-advised stunt led to a drugsmuggling arrest and a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • this book could not be better

  • By Kathleen on 03-25-07

A lesson before living

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-07

This careless young man thinks that he can do what he wants in a foreign country. He smuggles dope into Korea. He is caught and then is sure that he will be let go because he has never had to face a consequence before-he is an American after all. Korea has other ideas and he spends time in jail. He could have left that country bitter but instead learns many valuable lessons. He grows up. He comes home a very different person.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Thunderstruck

  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Bob Balaban
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,495
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,057

In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men: Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication. Their lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Marconi, murder, mix well

  • By Michael Jones on 11-14-06

Not quite as thrilling

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-06

This book isn't quite as thrilling as the Devil in White City because the bad guy wasn't bad, just hen-pecked and the good guy wasn't good. Larson always intertains with science. It is my least favorite of the three he has written but it still is fascinating reading about the beginning of wireless transmission. I can't wait to see what his next juxtaposition will be.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful