LISTENER

Gary LA

  • 23
  • reviews
  • 49
  • helpful votes
  • 36
  • ratings
  • The Stranger Diaries

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott, Esther Wane, Sarah Feathers, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

Clare Cassidy is no stranger to murder. A high school English teacher specializing in the Gothic writer R. M. Holland, she teaches a course on it every year. But when one of Clare’s colleagues and closest friends is found dead, with a line from R. M. Holland’s most famous story, “The Stranger”, left by her body, Clare is horrified to see her life collide with the story lines of her favorite literature. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant and spooky!

  • By Connie Berry on 03-09-19

Great read

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

One of Griffiths’s best books. This book was a real page-turner. It had both character development and suspense I loved the fact that they used 4 narrators. The typical one narrator format would have resulted in confusion.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Coach

  • Lessons on the Game of Life
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390

There was a turning point in Michael Lewis' life, in a baseball game when he was 14 years old. The irascible and often terrifying Coach Fitz put the ball in his hand with the game on the line and managed to convey such confident trust in Lewis's ability that the boy had no choice but to live up to it. "I didn't have words for it then, but I do now: I am about to show the world, and myself, what I can do."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Nostalgia Tour of a Great Man

  • By Darwin8u on 08-23-14

Fantastic book

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

Every parent, coach, and kid should read this book. Kids aren’t forced to expect challenges by teachers and schools that offer non-challenging with easy A’s. Too often that is what happens at the college level. Students expect A’s for paying tuition and professors fear not giving high grades. I’ve even had parents who call me about the low grade I deservedly gave to a college student.

  • These Truths

  • A History of the United States
  • By: Jill Lepore
  • Narrated by: Jill Lepore
  • Length: 29 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495

In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation. In riveting prose, These Truths tells the story of America, beginning in 1492, to ask whether the course of events has proven the nation's founding truths or belied them.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bad narration

  • By Karen F. White on 11-01-18

Totally impressed

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

The idea of listening to an American history book I thought would be boring. Instead, it should be the book of the year. For a history buff, I learned a lot of new facts and her analysis was unique and brilliant. This is a must read.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Deep Work

  • Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
  • By: Cal Newport
  • Narrated by: Jeff Bottoms
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,596
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,530

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a superpower in our increasingly competitive 21st-century economy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 1.5x pace

  • By Derek on 05-17-16

One of the best

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

This is the best book I’ve read this year. I’m buying the paperback version for my friends and professional colleagues.

  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,552

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

Lewis hits homer again

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

Lewis is always ahead of the news. Lewis predicted Trump selecting people who had interests in each industry. Now he provides info about private weather forecasting services take over government agencies. This will cost people’s lives.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Island of the Mad

  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537

With Mrs. Hudson gone from their lives and domestic chaos building, the last thing Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, need is to help an old friend with her mad and missing aunt. Lady Vivian Beaconsfield has spent most of her adult life in one asylum after another, since the loss of her brother and father in the Great War. And although her mental state seemed to be improving, she’s now disappeared after an outing from Bethlem Royal Hospital...better known as Bedlam.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a little let down but still worth the listen.

  • By Victoria L Snyder on 07-03-18

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

This was probably Laurie King’s best book. The use of real people in the story was great. The ending was clever and believable.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Last Bus to Woodstock

  • By: Colin Dexter
  • Narrated by: Kevin Whately
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

The death of Sylvia Kaye figured dramatically in Thursday afternoon's edition of the Oxford Mail. By Friday evening Inspector Morse had informed the nation that the police were looking for a dangerous man facing charges of wilful murder, sexual assault, and rape. But as the obvious leads fade into twilight and darkness, Morse becomes more and more convinced that passion holds the key.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Why was it abridged?

  • By CW on 05-07-12

A semi-great start

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

Many of the best mystery writers take a while to hit their stride. As book 1, the main (unique) characters are introduced. But the plot become too complicated. I could predict the killer - too obvious.

  • The Triumph of Christianity

  • How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World
  • By: Bart D. Ehrman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern, Bart D. Ehrman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498

Christianity didn't have to become the dominant religion in the West. It easily could have remained a sect of Judaism fated to have the historical importance of the Sadducees or the Essenes. In The Triumph of Christianity, Bart Ehrman, a master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, shows how a religion whose first believers were 20 or so illiterate day laborers in a remote part of the empire became the official religion of Rome, converting some 30 million people in just four centuries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Piece of the Jesus Puzzle

  • By A Mom on 04-13-18

Everyone should read this

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

I know some people hate the work of Bart Ehrman because they complain about the results of his scholarship. Not that they can provide a logical alternative. I’ve come to learn much from each of his book and understand logical alternative to church teaching. What’s obvious is that most church attendees are biblically illiterate.

10 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • The American Civil War

  • By: Gary W. Gallagher, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Gary W. Gallagher
  • Length: 24 hrs and 37 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,906
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,895

Between 1861 and 1865, the clash of the greatest armies the Western hemisphere had ever seen turned small towns, little-known streams, and obscure meadows in the American countryside into names we will always remember. In those great battles, those streams ran red with blood-and the United States was truly born.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Series

  • By Rodney on 07-09-13

Excellent history

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

If read many books on this topic, but Gallagher’s course is probably the best. It is comprehensive, which helps understand the many aspects of the Civil War.

  • The Evangelicals

  • The Struggle to Shape America
  • By: Frances FitzGerald
  • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
  • Length: 25 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

This groundbreaking book from Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Frances FitzGerald is the first to tell the powerful, dramatic story of the Evangelical movement in America - from the Puritan era to the 2016 presidential election. Evangelicals have, in many ways, defined the nation. They have shaped our culture and our politics. Frances FitzGerald's narrative of this distinctively American movement is a major work of history, piecing together the centuries-long story for the first time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book boring narration

  • By T. Johnston on 06-15-18

Great book

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

It should have won the National Book Award. It was a great analysis. I thought I knew a lot about this topic, but I learned a lot.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful