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  • Crisis of Character

  • A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate
  • By: Gary J. Byrne
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,467
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,457

Posted directly outside President Clinton's Oval Office, former Secret Service uniformed officer Gary Byrne reveals what he observed of Hillary Clinton's character and the culture inside the White House while protecting the first family in Crisis of Character, the most anticipated book of the 2016 election.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Crisis of Character

  • By Happy on 11-03-16

I Feel Ripped Off

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

Reviewed: 09-24-16

At least 60% of this book is about the author, his childhood, and his own career. I found that VERY frustrating. I bought the book because I thought I would get "inside information" on Bill and Hillary, and I learned almost nothing that is informative or new. She's very demanding to work for - well, that's not surprising. I'm sure any woman would have to be who has gotten as far as she has. The character issues Byrne sites -- Clinton's affairs and Whitewater -- are already well known.

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  • Pretty Girls

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,961
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,792

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors. More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia's teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely needed the trigger warning, but..

  • By Hillary on 02-01-16

I feel Manipulated and Tortured After Reading This

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

Reviewed: 11-14-15

The first half of this book had me on the edge of my seat - it's truly a fast-paced thriller and I did not want to put it down. But about halfway through, the graphic violence and descriptions of young women being tortured and killed became really, really hard to take. Descriptions of women's bodies being mutilated, their screams as they are tortured…..This is what the story becomes. I found that I was feeling very angry at the author, and wondered what kind of person comes up with this sick level of violence? Slaughter draws you in, captures your interest, and then she tortures you.

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  • What She Left Behind

  • By: Ellen Marie Wiseman
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,864
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,564
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,561

Ten years ago, Izzy Stone's mother fatally shot her father while he slept. Devastated by her mother's apparent insanity, Izzy, now 17, refuses to visit her in prison. But her new foster parents, employees at the local museum, have enlisted Izzy's help in cataloguing items at a long-shuttered state asylum. There, amid piles of abandoned belongings, Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters, a decades-old journal, and a window into her own past.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Ugh.

  • By Rebecca C. Schwarz on 04-11-15

Cartoon Characters

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

Reviewed: 10-28-15

The plot of this novel kept me going, but at a certain point it all became unbelievable. Why would the main character's parents leave her locked up for years in an insane asylum, just because she was dating a guy they didn't approve of? Could a "Dr. Evil" running an asylum lock up whomever he wanted, without any recourse? Bruno came to the asylum as a worker, but as soon as they found out who he was, he was thrown into the clinker. (Wasn't there anyone who wondered where he was?) I loved the evil nurse who came at people with her sedation needle.

The plot is gripping, but the writing style is not very good. She repeats, "She said, he said, she said, he said" over and over and over again, even when the person is asking a a question.

The narrator's voice reminds me of the snobby Diane character from the TV show cheers. You get the feeling that she's trying to sound Very Upper Class.

  • The Light Between Oceans

  • A Novel
  • By: M. L. Stedman
  • Narrated by: Noah Taylor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,673
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,819

In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Three years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel is tending the grave of her newly lost infant when she hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up on shore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story.....terrible narrator.

  • By Sandra on 08-14-12

A Gripping Drama about Moral Conflict

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

Reviewed: 05-26-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Light Between Oceans to be better than the print version?

In the beginning, I also struggled with the fact that the narrator has a thick Australian accent. But at some point, I became accustomed to his voice and his speech patterns. I thought that Noah Taylor added a lot to the story, because it is set in Australia. Listening to an Australian read it made me feel as if I actually were in Australia listening to a story about something that had happened there.

What did you like best about this story?

A moral conflict was presented, and the story showed that that "doing the right thing" is not always a crystal clear choice .A strong case can be made for all of the central characters actions, even though some characters felt that what Isabel and Tom did was wrong.

Which character – as performed by Noah Taylor – was your favorite?

Isabel was my favorite, because she had a lively, spirited personality and a great capacity for love.

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

The story of two mothers and their love for the same child

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,515
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24,537

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By j phillips on 05-28-17

Excellent Book, Fantastic Performance by Pittu

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

Reviewed: 01-30-14

Where does The Goldfinch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The best

What did you like best about this story?

The story is compelling, the characters are wonderful, and it's hard to put it down. I am so glad I got this as an Audio Book. The reader is FANTASTIC!!!! He reads the book in the accents of all the different characters and his ability to imitate accents is incredible and is laugh-out-loud funny at times. The rich family from the upper east side, the Russian character Boris, the antique dealer - he has them all down perfectly. I love the book and LOVE Pittu, the Reader.

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