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  • The Fatal Strain

  • On the Trail of Avian Flu and the Coming Pandemic
  • By: Alan Sipress
  • Narrated by: George K. Wilson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

When avian flu began spreading across Asia in the early 2000s, it reawakened fears that had lain dormant for nearly a century. During the outbreak's deadliest years, Alan Sipress chased the virus as it infiltrated remote jungle villages and teeming cities and saw its mysteries elude the world's top scientists. In The Fatal Strain, Sipress details how socioeconomic and political realities in Asia make it the perfect petri dish in which the fast-mutating strain can become easily communicable among humans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator comments

  • By Don on 01-10-10

Very interesting and fast-moving

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

This book is a discussion of Bird Flu - how the scientists and public health scientists - track down and stop Avian Flu outbreaks in poultry and humans. Last year and into January 2018, the State of Virginia had an avian flu outbreak in as of January 2018 so it is a current issue. I would definitely recommend this book - it is interesting and fast moving.

  • Dark Sacred Night

  • A Ballard and Bosch Novel
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin, Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,597
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,563

Renée Ballard is working the night beat again and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out but then checks into the case herself, and it brings a deep tug of empathy and anger. Bosch is investigating the death of 15-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally murdered and her body left in a dumpster like so much trash. Now, Ballard joins forces with Bosch. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So So

  • By Paul Beer on 11-16-18

Great Harry Bosch story/Rene Ballard

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

I love all the Harry Bosch books and also the series on Amazon Prime. The addition of the new main character of Rene Ballard has added interest to the story line. I would recommend this highly as a starter book of a series, but as a caveat, I think it is better to start from the beginning, if you can (no, Audible did not bribe me to say that!). Otherwise, you can watch the Bosch series on Amazon Prime (free to Prime Members and no, I was not bribed to say that either!). The Bosch series is quite true to the books and brings you up to speed quickly. Both narrators were great - Titus Welliver is the voice of Bosch to me now - (discussion with the Bosch series producers, directors, MIchael Connelly and Titus Welliver are available for free on Audible).

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,994
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,997

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

Absolutely fascinating

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

You will never believe the twists and turns. Interviews are with the individuals involved - not unverified sources. I recommend highly.

  • The Late Show

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,538
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,744

Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, the narration!

  • By Destry on 07-20-17

Another Exciting Michael Connelly

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

Rene Ballard is a detective who is assigned to a shift that investigates crimes that occur on her shift, but then are turned over in the morning to the detectives who will solve them. But she is determined to continue her investigations during the days and nights to follow. I found every minute of this book captured my attention and I couldn't put it down. If you like the Bosch series, I believe you would like this book. But you don't need the Bosch series first - this book stands alone.

PS - If you like Bosch, you MUST try out the series on Amazon Prime. The series is better than the books (and the books are GREAT) !

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sharp Objects

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,896
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,872

Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitch Perfect Performance

  • By theenglishmajor on 02-14-14

Very Dark Book

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

I found this book very thrilling to read, but just a warning that it is very dark.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Still Alice

  • By: Lisa Genova
  • Narrated by: Lisa Genova
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,875
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,938

Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very poor narrator, I returned it

  • By Laura on 01-26-14

Great book - Narration is fair

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

Reviewed: 01-25-15

I almost didn't get this book because there were some strong opinions about the narrator. I agree that its not perfect, but I found this a thoughtful book. As a nurse, I have seen many people with dementia. This book really made me look at their behavior in a different way. I am still thinking about what happened and the characters.

  • Missing Wives, Missing Lives

  • True Stories of Missing Women
  • By: JJ Slate
  • Narrated by: Karen Roman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

Missing Wives, Missing Lives focuses on 30 unique cases in which the wife has never been found and the undying efforts of her family as they continue the painful search to bring her home. The audiobook covers decades older cases, such as Jeanette Zapata, who has been missing since 1976, to more recent and widely known cases, such as Stacy Peterson, who has been missing since 2007.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Book for True Crime Readers

  • By JoAnn on 12-11-14

Interesting Book for True Crime Readers

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

Reviewed: 12-11-14

First, I found this book to be interesting. It is obvious that the author is compassionate about the families that she writes about. But it is a short book with only a short chapter on each victim. I would have liked it to be longer and more in depth.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Foxcatcher

  • The True Story of My Brother's Murder, John du Pont's Madness, and the Quest for Olympic Gold
  • By: Mark Schultz, David Thomas
  • Narrated by: Stephen Mendel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 150

On January 26, 1996, Dave Schultz, Olympic gold medal winner and wrestling golden boy, was shot three times by du Pont family heir John E. du Pont at the famed Foxcatcher Farms estate in Pennsylvania. Following the murder, there was a tense standoff when du Pont barricaded himself in his home for two days before he was finally captured. Foxcatcher is gold medal winner Mark Schultz's memoir, revealing what made him and his brother champion and what brought them to Foxcatcher Farms.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • more about the author than his brother

  • By Andy on 05-31-15

Listen without Preconceptions

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

Reviewed: 11-29-14

First, I was interested in this box after seeing the trailers for the movie so I went in with a script in my mind of what would happen. I would recommend this book as a book about athletic ambition, what wrestling is like, and the story of a person who knew John DuPont. This is not a book that is a biography of John DuPont or any explanation of DuPont's life and motivations. So I would recommend it as a book for what it is - a story of an Olympic wrestler, his life, his brother's life, and a sad crime.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Leaving Time

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,102

Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars

  • By Jan on 10-18-14

If you have enjoyed her books, you will LOVE This

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

Reviewed: 10-25-14

What did you like best about this story?

All I can say is simple. If you have enjoyed any of her books, you will really enjoy this book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Will Out

  • The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade
  • By: Walter Kirn
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 271

In the summer of 1998, Walter Kirn - then an aspiring novelist struggling with impending fatherhood and a dissolving marriage - set out on a peculiar, fateful errand: to personally deliver a crippled hunting dog from his home in Montana to the New York apartment of one Clark Rockefeller, a secretive young banker and art collector who had adopted the dog over the Internet. Thus began a 15-year relationship that drew Kirn deep into the fun-house world of an outlandish, eccentric son of privilege who ultimately would be unmasked as a brazen serial impostor, child kidnapper, and brutal murderer.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Zzzzzzzzzzzzz - this one put me to sleep

  • By Sharon on 05-03-14

Story about unbelievable con man

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

Reviewed: 03-07-14

This book is about an unbelievable con man from the perspective of a person who was conned from when they met until the end of the murder trial in 2013. The author is very honest about how he was duped and his own culpability into falling for this con man. If the book intrigues you, then go back and download "The Man in the Rockefeller Suit" which is more of a fact based book but was written before the murder trial and focuses on the kidnapping trial. I just was looking at a You Tube interview which included both authors so they compliment each other. If you find the concept of how a psychopath can fool an author writing about him, you may also be interested in "True Story" by Michael Finkel.

7 of 14 people found this review helpful