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  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,534

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow..allow yourself to be submerged in this book

  • By Donna Smith McG on 05-18-18

Love this book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-18

I bought this book because it was on an Audible sale. I found it to be one of the best books I have listened to in a long time. Quite often the Author should not narrate his own books but this was not the case with Sam Hell, Dogoni did a great job narrating the book. I'll listen to this again, it was that good. This was my first book by Dogoni but I have already got another one.

  • Watchers

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,513
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,384

On his thirty-sixth birthday, Travis Cornell hikes into the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. But his path is soon blocked by a bedraggled Golden Retriever who will let him go no further into the dark woods. That morning, Travis had been desperate to find some happiness in his lonely, seemingly cursed life. What he finds is a dog of alarming intelligence that soon leads him into a relentless storm of mankind’s darkest creation....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunning masterpiece that leaves you with hope.

  • By Anonymous User on 08-31-18

One of my favorite Koontz books.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-18

I had read Watchers many years ago and decided it was time to revisit it as an audiobook. It was a good a listen as it was a read. Edoardo Ballerini's narration is great for this book. You hate for the book to come to an end.

  • Skunk Works

  • A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed
  • By: Ben R. Rich, Leo Janos
  • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,495

From the development of the U-2 to the Stealth fighter, the never-before-told story behind America's high-stakes quest to dominate the skies. Skunk Works is the true story of America's most secret and successful aerospace operation. As recounted by Ben Rich, the operation's brilliant boss for nearly two decades, the chronicle of Lockheed's legendary Skunk Works is a drama of Cold War confrontations and Gulf War air combat, of extraordinary feats of engineering and human achievement against fantastic odds.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice work for a techie or aero interested

  • By Nar on 09-19-15

I loved it

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

This was enjoyable listen, the story of some of the greatest aircraft in history. I have been an aviation buff since my youth in the 60s when you could write to aircraft manufacturers and they would send you 8x10 photos of their plains. I would read books on WWII air war, go to air shows and knew all the different military aircraft of the time. Skunkworks brought that all home to me. Well written and narrated. The story of the U2, SR71 and the F117 was fascinating. for anyone interested in the history of aviation after WWII, read this book. You won't be disappointed. I was sorry to get to the end.

  • Apollo 8

  • The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon
  • By: Jeffrey Kluger
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 953
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 952

In August 1968 NASA made a bold decision: In just 16 weeks, the United States would launch humankind's first flight to the moon. Only the year before, three astronauts had burned to death in their spacecraft, and since then the Apollo program had suffered one setback after another. Meanwhile, the Russians were winning the space race, the Cold War was getting hotter by the month, and President Kennedy's promise to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade seemed sure to be broken.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous Book

  • By Jack Mueller on 06-24-17

A riveting real life story

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-27-17

Apollo 8 was one of my favorite listens. A tremendous real-life story of the first manned Apollo mission to the moon. Well written and researched with excellent narration. It was a great story about an exciting part of our nation's history that I had lived through. I was almost 14 years old in December of 1968 but don't remember much about that mission. I think Apollo 8 kind of got lost after we landed on the moon a little over six months later, but it was a history-making event, and this book is a must listen for anyone wanting to know more about that period in history. As it said in the book, 1968 as perhaps the most violent year in America's recent history, but Apollo 8 saved 1968. This book was so good I will want to revisit it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Climb

  • By: Anatoli Boukreev, G. Weston DeWalt
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281

The Climb is a true, gripping, and thought-provoking account of the worst disaster in the history of Mt. Everest: On May 10, 1996, two commercial expeditions headed by experienced leaders attempted to climb the highest mountain in the world, but things went terribly wrong...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must read to understand 1996 Everest disaster.

  • By Sona Vavrouskova on 03-16-15

A slow moving book.

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

I got this book after listening to Into Thin Air, thinking I wanted a different perspective about that tragic year on the worlds highest peak. This is no where near as good a listen as Thin Air, it's slow, the narrator just kind of reads it with no emotion and there are long pauses. Then there are the sections where the books reads in the second person then the first person, and each persons name is announced before the first persons account. This creates a disconcerting turn in that narrative.

I am just about finished with this book and I don't want to stop listening, but I can't wait till it's over.

  • Proteinaholic

  • How Our Obsession with Meat Is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It
  • By: Garth Davis MD
  • Narrated by: Corey M. Snow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 603

Whether you are seeing a doctor, a nutritionist, or a trainer, all of them advise eating more protein. Foods, drinks, and supplements are loaded with extra protein. Many people use protein for weight control while others believe it gives them more energy. Now, weight loss expert Dr. Garth Davis asks, "Is all this protein making us healthier?" The answer, he emphatically argues, is no.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Want to know more about your health?

  • By Korin Sutton on 01-27-17

Davis made what could have been dull interesting

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-17

Davis did what I thought could never be done, convince me that eating meat was bad for me. That all the paleo advice and Adkins diets were just a bunch of BS. Cutting meat out of my diet would revive my health and energy. He had me from the point about his energy level had improved so much he had to run marathons to expel all that energy.

I decided that I would begin by scaling back, eating meat as a side, a flavoring instead of the main part of the meal. What I found is I liked it, loved it in fact.

Davis's book is well written, and his arguments are convincing. Snow's narration is perfect for the book and makes you want to listen again. Now, when I read something about eating more protein, I know that it is just BS.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Killing the Rising Sun

  • How America Vanquished World War II Japan
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff, Bill O'Reilly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,229
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,367
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,328

Autumn 1944. World War II is nearly over in Europe but is escalating in the Pacific, where American soldiers face an opponent who will go to any length to avoid defeat. The Japanese army follows the samurai code of Bushido, stipulating that surrender is a form of dishonor. Killing the Rising Sun takes listeners to the bloody tropical-island battlefields of Peleliu and Iwo Jima and to the embattled Philippines, where General Douglas MacArthur has made a triumphant return and is plotting a full-scale invasion of Japan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice voice, just fine! *****

  • By Gramofalot on 11-25-16

Great book, well written and well narated.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-16

At first, I was disappointed that Bill O'Reilly did not do the narration. I enjoy his voice, but that was before I began listening. Robert Petkoff did great, and I thoroughly enjoyed the job he did. The treatment that O'Reilly and Dugard gave to both sides during this period of world history was excellent. They did not gloss over the death and destruction from both sides. Their treatment of the dropping of the Atomic Bombs was well done. Was it necessary, yes, was it horrific, yes. All in all, a great listen, hard to put down.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Five Presidents

  • My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford
  • By: Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665

Secret Service agent Clint Hill brings history intimately and vividly to life as he reflects on his 17 years protecting the most powerful office in the nation. Hill walked alongside Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford, seeing them through a long, tumultuous era - the Cold War; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; the Vietnam War; Watergate; and the resignations of Spiro Agnew and Richard M. Nixon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • True American Hero

  • By Robert on 05-21-16

History from close up

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-16

Those of us old enough to remember can still see Clint hill on the back of the Lincoln in Dallas, and although is life was defined by those few moments, his story is so much more then that. in Five presidents we get an up close look at the men who run our country. some of it good, some not so good. we learn the Kennedy respected the men who were around him and that Spiro Agnew was a decent guy. We learn that LBJ just didn't think of what others wanted, if he wanted to go look at the Ranch, then let go do it. A fun listen.

  • Andy and Don

  • The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show
  • By: Daniel de Visé
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365

Andy Griffith and Don Knotts met on Broadway in the 1950s. When Andy went to Hollywood to film a TV pilot about a small-town sheriff, Don called to ask if the sheriff could use a deputy. The comedic synergy between Sheriff Andy Taylor and Deputy Barney Fife ignited The Andy Griffith Show, elevating a folksy sitcom into a timeless study of human friendship, as potent off the screen as on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Moving Tribute

  • By Brian Harms on 12-28-15

a great walk back in time

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-16

A great history of the stars of one of my favorite TV shows. the back story was interesting. we picture Andy and Barney as just they are on the show, but in real life they have the same problems as we all do, wit the added stress of stardom. Newburns narration is right on, very good and enjoyable forbthe subject. anyone who likes the Andy Griffith show will enjoy this book

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Big Fat Surprise

  • Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet
  • By: Nina Teicholz
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,896
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,896

Dish up the red meat, eggs, and whole milk! In this well-researched and captivating narrative, veteran food writer Nina Teicholz proves how everything we've been told about fat is wrong. For decades, Americans have cut back on red meat and dairy products full of "bad" saturated fats. We obediently complied with nutritional guidelines to eat "heart healthy" fats found in olive oil, fish, and nuts, and followed a Mediterranean diet heavy on fruits, vegetables, and grains. Yet the nation's health has declined. What is going on?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book. Challenges your belief system.

  • By Ted on 07-08-14

made me rethink the way I eat

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

Reviewed: 03-21-16

I very much enjoyed this book. I have always eaten a lot of sugar: cookies, ice cream, baked goods and followed the guidelines to stay away from fats. this book changed my mind. it's not the fats that are killing us, it's the carbs. Erin made this book interesting. it could have easily become a boring listen, filled with facts and studies and figures and more studys, but Bennett made it fun. it did get a little long in the tooth at times, but overall it was an eye opener.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful