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  • Stalker

  • By: Lisa Stone
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 168

Derek Flint is a loner. He lives with his mother and spends his evenings watching his clients on the CCTV cameras he has installed inside their homes. He likes their companionship - even if it’s through a screen. When a series of crimes hits Derek's neighbourhood, DC Beth Mayes begins to suspect he's involved. How does he know so much about the victims' lives? Why won’t he let anyone into his office? And what is his mother hiding in that strange, lonely house? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The ending gave me chills!

  • By Mystical Lady on 07-01-18

Frustrating narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

The narrator drops to a whisper so low you can't understand what she's saying. I was listening in my car, and by the second chapter I'd already yelled "WHAT?!?" at the stereo three times. I returned it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Every Man a Menace

  • By: Patrick Hoffman
  • Narrated by: David DeSantos
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 335

San Francisco is about to receive the biggest delivery of MDMA to hit the West Coast in years. Raymond Gaspar, just out of prison, is sent to the city to check in on the increasingly erratic dealer expected to take care of distribution. In Miami, the man responsible for getting the drugs across the Pacific has just met the girl of his dreams - a woman who can't seem to keep her story straight. And thousands of miles away in Bangkok, someone farther up the supply chain is about to make a phone call that will put all their lives at risk.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Life is too short to listen to this

  • By walker on 07-31-18

Gave up on narrator 15 minutes into it

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

Narrator lowers his voice at the end of sentences, so either you miss the last few words of the sentence or you turn up the volume and the first half of the sentence blows out your eardrums.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Duma Key

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: John Slattery
  • Length: 21 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,324

A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Play the Book and Let the Book Play You

  • By OldDog on 11-09-09

First 3/4 was great, last 1/4 dragged

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

I was captivated by the first 3/4 of this book. I usually need tight plotting to keep my attention, but the setting and atmosphere were so vividly portrayed that I settled into this book like a lazy summer afternoon. The theme of escaping to an exotic place was exactly what I wanted. The last 1/4 was kinda boring, just formulaically tying up loose ends. I didn't feel any real suspense. Overall I recommend the book. Most of it is top-shelf writing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Octopus

  • Sam Israel, the Secret Market, and Wall Street's Wildest Con
  • By: Guy Lawson
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Born into one of America's most illustrious trading families, Sam Israel was determined to strike out on his own. After apprenticing with one of the greatest traders of the 1980s, he founded his own fast-growing hedge fund, promising investors extraordinary returns. But it was all an elaborate charade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Audible Choice

  • By A. Larson on 06-22-16

Interesting blend of fraud and conspiracy theory

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

I was riveted to this book. It's a fascinating blend of serious financial fraud and wild conspiracy theory. Not only is the story a good one, but it's very well told. The pace is brisk, the story always moving forward. A good use of a credit.

#tagsgiving #sweepstakes

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,221
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34,297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,181

Welcome to Derry, Maine. It's a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real. They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made 28 years ago calls them to reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city's children.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Audiobook! Editing Clarification

  • By jeverett on 10-06-17

Good but way too long

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I enjoyed it but also really wanted it to end. An editor should have cut this book down by a third.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Genius of Wall Street

  • The Misunderstood Life of Jay Gould, King of the Robber Barons
  • By: Edward Renehan
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Author of The Kennedys at War and The Lion’s Pride, Edward J. Renehan, Jr. presents a fascinating biography of one of the most hated and most admired American entrepreneurs of all time. Here, he sheds light on Wall Street magnate Jay Gould and his frequently overshadowed creativity. Gould was the quintessential robber baron and the original modern businessman whose financial examples persist even today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For 19th century business and finance history fans

  • By Philo on 02-05-14

Great book, audio is fine

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

I held off buying this book for a long time because some reviews complained about audio issues, but I didn't notice any. The book is very good and well-narrated.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sex Money Murder

  • A Story of Crack, Blood, and Betrayal
  • By: Jonathan Green
  • Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Based on years of research and extraordinary access to former gang members, reporter Jonthan Green creates an epic character-driven narrative, drawing on first-person interviews, police reports, and court transcripts to offer a unique and engrossing work of gritty urban reportage. Magisterial in its scope, Sex Money Murder offers an extraordinary perspective on modern-day America. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator using the N word was cringe worthy

  • By Bmac on 09-07-18

Enjoyed it

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

If the subject matter interests you, then you'll like this book. It's well-written and does justice to the story. I have no major complaints. The book slows down a bit once they're arrested and the legal proceedings begin, but I understand how that part must be told in order to tell the whole story.

The narrator did a fine job, and didn't bother me at all. That being said, a deeper, grittier voice would have been more appropriate to the subject matter.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,966
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,973
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,932

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fund-raising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’ worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking story of a meteoric rise and fall

  • By Jeff Koeppen on 08-14-18

Engrossing Train Wreck

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

This book answers the question, what happens to a company run by sociopaths? The satisfying answer is that it all comes crashing down around them.

  • The Gambler

  • How Penniless Dropout Kirk Kerkorian Became the Greatest Deal Maker in Capitalist History
  • By: William C. Rempel
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 274

The rags-to-riches story of one of America's wealthiest and least-known financial giants, self-made billionaire Kirk Kerkorian - the daring aviator, movie mogul, risk taker, and business tycoon who transformed Las Vegas and Hollywood to become one of the leading financiers in American business. Kerkorian combined the courage of a World War II pilot, the fortitude of a scrappy boxer, the cunning of an inscrutable poker player, and an unmatched genius for making deals.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Engrossing Biography

  • By Jean on 02-04-18

Drew Me In

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

This bio ranks right up there with other classics I've listened to about Rockefeller, Vanderbilt etc. except I'd heard of them before, and I'd never heard of Kirk Kerkorian before. This book filled what I now realize was a big gap in my knowledge of bootstrapping American success stories. I enjoy rags-to-riches tales, and am also interested in the history of Las Vegas; this book ticked both boxes for me. It was very well written. I found the one-sided feud with Howard Hughes particularly weird.

  • Death of Mrs. Westaway

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,945
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,601

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person - but also that the cold-reading skills she's honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased...where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it. Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware's signature suspenseful style, an addictive thriller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway

  • By Debbie De on 06-03-18

A Very Pleasant Listen

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

I bought this book more for the narrator, Imogen Church, than the author. I'm a huge Imogen Church fan. But I did enjoy the story itself. There were plenty of twists and turns to pull me through to the end.