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  • Force of Nature

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,224

When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path. But one of the women doesn't come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thankful this is a series!

  • By green ice cream garden on 02-12-18

Worth a Listen but Not As Good As “The Dry”

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

I loved Harper’s debut. This offering was less compelling. The pacing was tedious and character development was marginal.

  • The Dry

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,205
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,202

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now, more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing dry here!

  • By green ice cream garden on 01-18-17

I Had Other Things to Do But I Couldn’t Stop Listening

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

This book absorbed me from the beginning. Ms. Harper weaves quite a tale. It does not read like a debut. Nice balance of character development and plot development. I am revising my wish list to add her next two.

  • Into the Raging Sea

  • Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of the El Faro
  • By: Rachel Slade
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

On October 1, 2015, Hurricane Joaquin barreled into the Bermuda Triangle and swallowed the container ship El Faro whole, resulting in the worst American shipping disaster in 35 years. No one could fathom how a vessel equipped with satellite communications and a sophisticated navigation system could suddenly vanish - until now. Relying on hundreds of exclusive interviews with family members and maritime experts, as well as the words of the crew members themselves - whose conversations were captured by the ship’s data recorder - journalist Rachel Slade unravels the mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish I Could've Intervened to Prevent This Tragedy

  • By Anonymous User on 05-27-18

Harrowing Tale, Worth Listening To

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

This story matters. The best way to honor the thirty- three is to change course based on what can be learned from the debacle.

  • After the Eclipse

  • A Mother's Murder, a Daughter's Search
  • By: Sarah Perry
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

A fierce memoir of a mother's murder, a daughter's coming-of-age in the wake of immense loss, and her ultimate mission to know the woman who gave her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • True crime memoir

  • By Julie on 11-03-17

A Remarkable Achievement- Beautifully Written, Painful, Vivid

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

Ms. Perry has achieved something so notable and rare. She has done justice to the love and nuance of her relationship with her mother. She painted a clear eyed picture of her mother as a person. Those accomplishments stand out in their own right. Then there is the heartbreaking horror. The murder, the dislocation, the endurance, an answer. This book can’t be missed. I also thought the narrator performed well.

  • If You Only Knew

  • My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free
  • By: Jamie Ivey
  • Narrated by: Jamie Ivey
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 509

Among our greatest fears is the dread of what others would think of us "if they only knew" - the parts of our past we hope to forget, the parts of our present we work to conceal. Yet the part we actually do the best job of hiding is not the unsightly debris of our own mess, but rather the stunning beauty of God's grace. The fear that demands we protect this false image at all costs leads us to unwittingly declare a false gospel at every turn. Jamie Ivey finally grew tired of doing that, tired of being too ashamed and insecure to let others see the full extent of what God was capable of doing with our unworthiness. So she quit hiding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book will be on my nightstand, like forever

  • By JillyMilk on 04-16-18

An Authentic Invitation to Shed Shame and to Truly Embrace Freedom

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

This book is a powerful, straight forward listen. Jamie risks meaningful vulnerability to draw the reader back to the truly radical love and forgiveness that is Jesus. I highly recommend this book for new Christians, and other Christians who struggle with being judgmental.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Promise Me, Dad

  • A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose
  • By: Joe Biden
  • Narrated by: Joe Biden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,141
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,749

In November 2014, 13 members of the Biden family gathered on Nantucket for Thanksgiving, a tradition they had been celebrating for the past 40 years; it was the one constant in what had become a hectic, scrutinized, and overscheduled life. The Thanksgiving holiday was a much-needed respite, a time to connect, a time to reflect on what the year had brought, and what the future might hold. But this year felt different from all those that had come before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Sad Memoir

  • By Jean on 12-02-17

A beautifully told story about love, family, character and service

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

Reviewed: 11-24-17

This is a beautiful, painful story about service, duty, love and family. It is not to be missed. It matters not whether you are a GOP stalwart, Independent, Libertarian, Socialist or Democrat, this is a story about the value of relationships and perspective over time that are directed towards service and optimism.

I am an avid Audible listener. It is probably not an exaggeration to say their are hundreds of titles in my library. Mr. Biden’s own reading of this story makes it so much richer.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Terror by Night

  • By: Terry Caffey, James Pence
  • Narrated by: Maurice England
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

In one evening, Terry Caffey lost everything. His wife, Penny, and his sons, Matthew and Tyler, were brutally murdered; his home was burned to the ground, and his 16-year-old daughter, Erin, was in jail, charged with thiree counts of capital murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book

  • By Jill on 10-18-09

A Remarkable and Engrossing Example of Grace

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

Mr. Chaffee shows the astonishing capacity of the Lord to transform anything and anyone. His journey through excruciating loss and the rebuilding of a new life is compelling, humbling, instructive and well told. The narrator is pitch perfect.

  • Murder of Innocence

  • The Tragic Life and Final Rampage of Laurie Dann
  • By: Joel Kaplan, George Papajohn, Eric Zorn
  • Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229

Early on a May morning in 1988, Laurie Dann, a 30-year-old, profoundly unhappy product of the wealthy North Shore suburb of Chicago, loaded her father's car with a cache of handguns, incendiary chemicals, and arsenic-laced food. Driven by fear and hate, she was going to make something terrible happen. Before the end of the day, Dann had blazed a murderous trail of poison, fire, and bullets through the unsuspecting town of Winnetka, Illinois, and other North Shore suburbs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Applicable to Las Vegas Shooter

  • By Teadrinker on 10-07-17

Well Written and Narrated, Illuminating, Highlights Critical Need for More Effective MH Services

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

The declining, spiral of Laure Wasserman Dann, into madness is tragic. Statistics show that people with mental illnesses are more likely to experience rather than commit violent crime. This case is a horrifying outlier. Dann's spree shooting of children was earlier than the more well known school shootings. Also, more frequently these incidents of violence are committed by men.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Foundling

  • The True Story of a Kidnapping, a Family Secret, and My Search for the Real Me
  • By: Paul Joseph Fronczak, Alex Tresniowski
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 612
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 559
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 564

The Foundling tells the incredible and inspiring true story of Paul Fronczak, a man who recently discovered via a DNA test that he was not who he thought he was - and set out to solve two 50-year-old mysteries at once. Along the way he upturned the genealogy industry, unearthed his family's deepest secrets, and broke open the second longest cold-case in US history, all in a desperate bid to find out who he really is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Prepare yourself for a journey that will take you to shocking places!

  • By OUChris on 04-04-17

The Universal Questions about Identity Many Face, Distilled by an Extreme Individual Example

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

Reviewed: 05-19-17

Worth reading. The truth outs and then we reckon. It is possible to be compelled to know, afraid to learn, very hurt and willing to go forward.

1 of 2 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 321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

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

Provides authoritative insight into an enduring American tragedy

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

Reviewed: 05-08-17

There is no getting around it, the story of the People's Temple and Jonestown is haunting, perplexing, tragic and so disturbing. We want to distance ourselves from this event. We want to believe that we would never be taken in by an ego maniacal narcissist but there are many Americans who are part of cult groups. Having read extensively about Jim Jones and the people he murdered, I am humbled. This is the most authoritative work on the topic. The authors care in sourcing and researching of every detail is evident throughout and the amazing insight into the final chapter that one of the authors can bring to bear because of his first hand knowledge is powerful.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful