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  • The Great Believers

  • By: Rebecca Makkai
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687

In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying, and after his friend Nico's funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico's little sister. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story for all time

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-06-18

Moving and poignant. A must-listen

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

Complete. Just completely satisfying, Completely moving, completely perfect in every way. It's not often that I am compelled to rock back and forth, chanting "no, no no, please" while listening to a book. I came to care about the characters so much that I felt true grief. The Great Believers delivers so many deep insights, so much wonderful character development, so much poignancy. One of the best listens I've had for many years.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Evil Has a Name

  • The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation
  • By: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente, Peter McDonnell
  • Narrated by: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,410
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,696
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,664

For his victims, for their families and for the investigators tasked with finding him, the senselessness and brutality of the Golden State Killer's acts were matched only by the powerlessness they felt at failing to uncover his identity. Then, on April 24, 2018, authorities arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo at his home in Citrus Heights, Calif., based on DNA evidence linked to the crimes. Amazingly, it seemed, evil finally had a name. Please note: This work contains descriptions of violent crime and sexual assault and may not be suitable for all listeners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Raises The Bar On True Crime Genre

  • By R. Squyres on 11-16-18

Professional in every way

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

I'm very familiar with this story, having read the Michelle McNamara book, "I'll Be Gone In The Dark", and listened to several podcasts on this topic. This is a top-notch summary of the case, and the latest developments, very professionally done. Gives a lot of new insights, and the interviews with the victims are just so moving. Wonderful job, all around.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of admiration for the author

  • By Jennifer on 03-09-19

Full of admiration for the author

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

Really really good. Gives an insight into a life that is so different from my own - but with so many similarities. I wish the author all the best in her future life, and I think she is one of the strongest people I have ever "met" through literature. Recommended.

  • Killer by Nature

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jan Smith
  • Narrated by: Angela Griffin, Robert James-Collier, Katherine Kelly, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,638
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,597

Dr. Diane Buckley, a talented freelance forensic psychologist, is drafted in to examine a grisly murder – a body found in a children's playground. The murder carries all the hallmarks of one of her most famous incarcerated clients, 'The Playground Killer' (aka Alfred Dinklage). In a series of intimate 1:1 sessions, Buckley has to race against time to unpick the facts and delve into Dinklage's often manipulative, complicated mind to understand his past whilst striving to prevent further murders....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • glad it was free, sad I used a free credit.

  • By River on 03-02-19

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

I liked this one. The characters are well drawn, and the voices are good. It's a bit confusing at the beginning - one gets the feeling that you are already supposed to know the characters and distinguish them by voices alone. The ending is a bit weak. Would listen to more of this author.

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20,888
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19,205
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,153

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An excruciating listen.

  • By Debra on 01-12-18

Amateur effort - maybe better the next time?

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

So, this did draw me in. However, I found it very depressing to listen to - I had to take regular breaks. And I had guessed many of the "plot twists" before they happened. Actually -- all of the plot twists...

The imagery and setting are strengths of this book. The atmosphere is well described. I did finish it, but I hope that the promise this new author shows is realised in future work.

  • Emma

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Joanne Froggatt, Isabella Inchbald, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,588

This Audible Original production is narrated by Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), with a full supporting cast including Joanne Froggatt, Morgana Robinson, Aisling Loftus, Joseph Millson, Alexa Davies and rising star Isabella Inchbald as our eponymous heroine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More of a Radio Drama than an audiobook

  • By Cyberlucy on 09-11-18

A really fun interpretation of a familiar classic

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

Loved this! Little embellishments to the story are welcome, some historical anachronisms are removed. The conversations, the background noises, all add to the story. Very enjoyable!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lethal White

  • A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,058
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,610
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,577

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 22 hours of the last week

  • By Jennifer on 09-27-18

Like JK Rowling got tired at the end.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

The first part blazes along with gripping action, well developed characters and settings so well described that you feel like you are there. There is also a great deal of attention paid, very skilfully, to the emotional/romantic aspects of this series. But the last few chapters use a time-worn device where the protagonist decides to bare his/her soul rather than simply disposing of the hero/heroine. This device is used to tie together all the loose ends of the plot. It's a lazy technique, and it seems like the author had had enough of this novel, and wanted to move on.

I would still recommend this one, but with reservations and sorrow for how much better it could have been.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Kitchen Confidential

  • Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
  • By: Anthony Bourdain
  • Narrated by: Anthony Bourdain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,294

Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kitchen Confidential

  • By Holly on 02-20-03

So so sorry

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

Listened to this wonderful book after the death of Anthony Bourdain. I was enthralled during the narration, but I was crying at the end. It was so poignant to contrast the intense and full life portrayed in the book and the end of it. If you know a person in distress, please do the proven thing, and ask her/him outright if they are considering taking their own life. You might save a life like Anthony's.

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,630
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,513

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actually Humanized Trump for Me

  • By BigNutz on 12-15-18

There's no fool like an old fool

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

I listened to "Bad Blood, Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup" and loved it, and then I listened to "Fear, Trump in the White House". I'd like to compare these two books in this review.

Both books are based on meticulous research and both document - in the words of the insiders - the story of a corrupt regime, where lying is the norm. In both cases, a house of cards is built on a stack of lies. And in both cases, the house of cards has a huge possible influence on the lives of Americans (and, in fact, others). Even more strangely, both books share an appreciable cast of characters.

The difference between the books, and what makes "Bad Blood" so wonderfully satisfying is that the bad people get their comeuppance. In "Fear", the comeuppance is still far in the future, and uncertain. This makes "Fear" incomplete, in a way that "Bad Blood" is not, even though some of the story is still unfolding even in the Theranos case.

I found myself listening to both books multiple times - because of the massive detail - that required repetition to take it all in. But, eventually, despite loving both books, I feel that you should really read "Bad Blood" because of the sense of completion that you will have when you are finished.

Now some words about "Fear". The detail is meticulous, but I think that the author has been constrained to reporting on events where he had insider knowledge. Some big events in that time frame were not covered as a result. I found that the book ended without a conclusion, other than what we all know, about the pervasive, foolish, lying in the White House.

  • 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 18,316
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,623
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,597

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
  • Extreme retaliation against former employees

  • By Eugene on 05-29-18

No Fool Like an Old Fool

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

I listened to this book and loved it, and then I listened to "Fear, Trump in the White House". I'd like to compare these two books in this review.
Both books are based on meticulous research and both document - in the words of the insiders - the story of a corrupt regime, where lying is the norm. In both cases, a house of cards is built on a stack of lies. And in both cases, the house of cards has a huge possible influence on the lives of Americans (and, in fact, others). Even more strangely, both books share an appreciable cast of characters.
The difference between the books, and what makes "Bad Blood" so wonderfully satisfying is that the bad people get their comeuppance. In "Fear", the comeuppance is still far in the future, and uncertain. This makes "Fear" incomplete, in a way that "Bad Blood" is not, even though some of the story is still unfolding even in the Theranos case.
I found myself listening to both books multiple times - because of the massive detail - that required repetition to take it all in. But, eventually, despite loving both books, I feel that you should really read "Bad Blood" because of the sense of completion that you will have when you are finished.
Now some words about "Bad Blood". Elizabeth Holmes seems to have succeeded for a time because she recruited a large number of very elderly men for her board. This seems to be a unique MO, giving those elderly statesmen something big to believe in, making them feel important, and valued. As the saying goes, there's no fool like an old fool, and Elizabeth figured that out big time.