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  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,610
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,702

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

Wow. A tour de force.

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

this was such a treat. there have been so many good reviews that I'm not sure what I could add to them. Just a compliment to the narrator's. they were magnificent. I felt like I was listening to an old radio show. So "noire." compliments to the author for such great character development and for keeping us guessing all the time.

  • Digital Fortress

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,503
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,515

When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage, not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh...

  • By Amy on 06-19-04

Just OK

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

Interesting but not compelling.
Subject is fairly dry. Plus, the book is from 1998, so lots of the tech mentioned is quite dated now (e.g. pocket pagers, phone cards).
Good suspence in parts, but some scenes dragged on too long.
Overall, it's relatively entertaining, but not nearly as good as Dan Brown's later books.

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,314
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,206

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Good story... well narrated

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

Nice story with enough twists to keep things fresh. The basic Langdon series formula remains, but the story is different enough - seamlessly blending the topics of religion and technology. I enjoyed the narrator.

  • Unhinged

  • An Insider's Account of the Trump White House
  • By: Omarosa Manigault Newman
  • Narrated by: Omarosa Manigault Newman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,031
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,803
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,802

Few have been a member of Donald Trump’s inner orbit longer than Omarosa Manigault Newman. Their relationship has spanned 15 years - through four television shows, a presidential campaign, and a year by his side in the most chaotic, outrageous White House in history. But that relationship has come to a decisive and definitive end, and Omarosa is finally ready to share her side of the story in this explosive, jaw-dropping account.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing We Didn't Already Know

  • By Yvonne Lowery on 09-11-18

Gained new understanding of Omarosa

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

This was a fascinating behind the scenes look at the inner workings of the White House. I admit I had certain preconceptions, but Omarosa asks that we hear her out, so I did. She takes us with her on a journey into a world that, fair or not, she likens to membership in a cult - dishing the dirt along the way.

If nothing else, I feel I understand her better now.

And her narration was pretty good.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Road to Jonestown

  • Jim Jones and Peoples Temple
  • By: Jeff Guinn
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,659

In the 1950s a young Indianapolis minister named Jim Jones preached a curious blend of the Gospel and Marxism. His congregation was racially integrated, and he was a much-lauded leader in the contemporary civil rights movement. Eventually Jones moved his church, Peoples Temple, to Northern California. He became involved in electoral politics and soon was a prominent Bay Area leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Important Accurate Historical Report

  • By Julia on 08-24-17

Nice book, but some stereotypical descriptions

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

What did you like best about Road to Jonestown? What did you like least?

The book is quite thorough and well-researched. It is a gripping story, well told. The narration was excellent. What I liked least was the constant use of the words "slum" and "ghetto" as literal synonyms for black communities, all black communities. Not true. Even back then.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Road to Jonestown?

The ample, yet compelling background information about the ministry of Father Divine. I'd heard of him, but didn't know a lot about him. I learned quite a bit from this book. The information on Divine really puts a lot of Jim Jones's actions in context.

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

He is good at conveying sarcasm and, just through his voice, pointing out how utterly illogical some people's statements, actions and attitudes were.

Did Road to Jonestown inspire you to do anything?

Keep researching

Any additional comments?

One minor point: I believe that Marceline Jones, the wife of Jim Jones, pronounced her name "Mar-si-lynn" not "Mar-si-lean."

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Seductive Poison

  • A Jonestown Survivor's Story of Life and Death in the Peoples Temple
  • By: Deborah Layton
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur, Deborah Layton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

Told by a former high-level member of the Peoples Temple and Jonestown survivor, Seductive Poison is the "truly unforgettable" (Kirkus Reviews) story of how one woman was seduced by one of the most notorious cults in recent memory and how she found her way back to sanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, Haunting, Chilling

  • By Daryl on 04-16-15

A haunting and compelling story well told.

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

this book should be required reading / listening for anyone interested in what really happened at Jonestown. I've read other books on the tragedy, but this one really takes you into the gradual, sad process of indoctrination and the difficult decisions that one must make after summoning the strength to return from the brink.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Raven

  • The Untold Story of the Rev. Jim Jones and His People
  • By: Tim Reiterman
  • Narrated by: Mitch Horowitz
  • Length: 29 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

Tim Reiterman's Raven provides the seminal history of the Rev. Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple, and the murderous ordeal at Jonestown in 1978. This PEN Award-winning work explores the ideals gone wrong, the intrigue, and the grim realities behind the Peoples Temple and its implosion in the jungle of South America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a very thoroughly written book!

  • By Traci P. on 04-22-17

Chilling

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

Reviewed: 12-17-17

The book seems well-researched and well written.
It is interesting to hear about the tragexy from the perspective of a journalist and someone who experienced firsthand the events on the airstrip.
Reiterman does a good job taking us on Jim Jones's journey into madness and control. However, I would have preferred if the African-American rank-and-file characters had been fully developed rather than being treated as side players.
The narration was generally very good, and engaging, but at times it seemed the narrator sounded sleepy. I even detected a yawn at one point.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The China Study
    The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health
    
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        T. Colin Campbell,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
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        Stefan Rudnicki
    
    


    
    Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
    2,309 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • The China Study

  • The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health
  • By: T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,849

The China Study offers conclusive evidence that a change of diet can dramatically reduce the risks of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. The book is based on the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted, a 20-year joint project between Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine. The study surveyed the eating habits of 6,500 adults from all over China and Taiwan and found a direct correlation between diet and disease.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful Transformative Health Information

  • By Sara on 04-11-16

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 10-06-12

What did you love best about The China Study?

The information is compelling, and presented in a very understandable form.

What did you like best about this story?

The clarity of the message

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

I think he holds your interest quite well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes