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  • The Earth Bleeds Red

  • By: Jackson Baer
  • Narrated by: Dan Carroll
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Scott Miller's daughter Ashley is kidnapped. The scene of the abduction is horrific and bloody, and the police are convinced she couldn't have survived. They accuse her boyfriend, Brandon, of Ashley's murder. He declares his innocence, and claims that a masked man who entered his house and overwhelmed them both took Ashley. No one believes Brandon. Then the bodies of three other missing girls are discovered, all bearing the mark of a known serial killer the FBI has been hunting for years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Earth Bleeds Red

  • By Zoe on 03-15-18

A good story broken into two parts

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Would you try another book from Jackson Baer and/or Dan Carroll?

I would. Baer had an impression attention to detail and once Carroll got going, he was an engaging narrator.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I was a bit disappointed with the ending. It felt like the author wasn't sure how to end so how the story ended seemed out of nowhere.

Did Dan Carroll do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Given the voice used for Scott, I thought the performance would be one-note but Carroll did give the characters distinct voices.

Could you see The Earth Bleeds Red being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I could. I see Scott played by Mark Ruffalo and Jessie played by Jenna Fischer.

Any additional comments?

Taken as two novels, I’d give one star to the family story and four stars to the thriller story. The thriller story was so interesting and poignant that it packs an emotional punch. Dan Carroll does a good job of narration and at 8 hours broken up, the book makes a good walking or exercise companion. If you like literary thrillers, give this one a shot. The start is slow but the build up and action are worth the slog.

  • Brett Aerobicizes

  • Brett Cornell Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: David D'Aguanno
  • Narrated by: Travis Henry Carter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

A man is found dead with a bullet hole in his chest, and private detective Brett Cornell is the number one suspect. It might have something to do with the fact that there were witnesses who had seen him punching the guy around only a few days earlier. Or - more likely - it might be because the police have discovered that the fatal bullet had been fired from his gun! Self-proclaimed unscrupulous bastard Brett Cornell has to figure out who's trying to set him up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing beats Brett.

  • By ODed01 on 03-18-18

Perfect narrator and a great story.

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

What made the experience of listening to Brett Aerobicizes the most enjoyable?

The narrator's characterization of the main character was spot on and the story was compelling and fast paced.

What other book might you compare Brett Aerobicizes to and why?

The Stone Barrington series by Stuart Woods. Life just happens to Brett and he also has no luck with the ladies.

Which scene was your favorite?

I liked the ending, which I won't spoil. Brett's banter with the lieutenant is a close second. He's so arrogant in situations he doesn't control, it's funny.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh. I didn't cry.

Any additional comments?

Travis Henry Carter is now Brett to me. D’Aguanno followed some unexpected patterns and the dialogue is top notch. There’s a chemistry between Brett and the characters in the world not as apparent in the previous book. He still has disdain for some people and attraction to others but his interaction with Marilyn at the start of the novel is a good example. He notices everything about her. Of course, she’s attractive so he would but there’s almost a romance to his appreciation of her as a sexual object. These are the times when you can be sure that Brett has a soul. More than the first novel, Brett notices everything and his observations are frequently downright hilarious.

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  • Poolside with Brett

  • Brett Cornell Mystery, Book 1
  • By: David D. D'Aguanno
  • Narrated by: Travis Henry Carter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Private detective Brett Cornell believes that he's never had it so good. He's been on a winning streak playing poker in private games being held in the back room of one of his favorite night spots. He's recently been "discovered" by an exotic-looking beauty who specializes in homemade adult films. In addition, he's been hired to track down a certain missing husband and bring him back home to his anxious wife. His life, however, takes a sudden turn for the worse when he opens the trunk of his car one evening and finds the missing husband's murdered corpse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The start of something great...

  • By Geoff on 07-04-18

Poolside with Brett is an outstanding listen....

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Poolside with Brett to be better than the print version?

I've only listened but the voice acting was spectacular.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the place in time shout outs and apparent homage to classic mystery writers of a bygone era.

Have you listened to any of Travis Henry Carter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not heard this narrator before but thought he was well suited for Poolside with Brett

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

While I would have liked to have listened to the book in one sitting it was ideal for workouts and varied tasks though some of the rougher moments made it inappropriate for the school commute.

Any additional comments?

Poolside with Brett was well written and well voice. It is a bit blue at moments and somewhat a product of its time but with suspension of disbelief an acceptance that Brett is a douchewaffle who is a bit delusional about the legendary status of his man-beastliness, it a very good listen.

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  • The Church of Fear

  • Inside the Weird World of Scientology
  • By: John Sweeney
  • Narrated by: John Sweeney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231

Tom Cruise and John Travolta say the Church of Scientology is a force for good. Others disagree. Award-winning journalist John Sweeney investigated the Church for more than half a decade. During that time he was intimidated, spied on, and followed, and the results were spectacular: Sweeney lost his temper with the Church's spokesman on camera, and his infamous 'exploding tomato' clip was seen by millions around the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Church of Intimidation, Deviousness and Evil

  • By Audio Gra Gra on 05-29-16

Interesting look into a secretive religion...

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

Reviewed: 09-15-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

"The Church of Fear" gives readers a little known look into a well known but little talked about religion in which members are secluded from the unbelieving family members and forced to pay exorbitant improvement fees. Scientology's cult status is clearly with each page.

Who was your favorite character and why?

John Sweeney was a favorite in his no holds barred quest for the truth.

Have you listened to any of John Sweeney’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not. In "Church of Fear" Sweeney was energetic and fired by his convictions which made for a fascinating listen.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"You can join but you can never leave."

Any additional comments?

“Church of Fear” by John Sweeney is a wonderfully interesting and informative read. If you’re interested in cults, human nature and organizational control pick the book up today and if you’re in the mood for a special treat, be sure the version you buy is the audio book.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Spy's Son

  • The True Story of the Highest-Ranking CIA Officer Ever Convicted of Espionage and the Son He Trained to Spy for Russia
  • By: Bryan Denson
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215

Jim Nicholson was one of the CIA's top veteran case officers. By day he taught spycraft at the CIA's clandestine training center, The Farm. By night he was a minivan-driving single father racing home to have dinner with his kids. But Nicholson led a double life. For more than two years, he had met covertly with agents of Russia's foreign intelligence service and turned over troves of classified documents. In 1997 Nicholson became the highest-ranking CIA officer ever convicted of espionage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • True story that's as exciting as fiction

  • By AudioAddict on 12-05-15
  • The Spy's Son
  • The True Story of the Highest-Ranking CIA Officer Ever Convicted of Espionage and the Son He Trained to Spy for Russia
  • By: Bryan Denson
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp

In depth look at a double agent.

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

Reviewed: 06-12-15

What made the experience of listening to The Spy's Son the most enjoyable?

The distinctive lilt that Culp gave the character's voices that fit and enhanced the non-fiction work.

What other book might you compare The Spy's Son to and why?

Denson's work is quite reminiscent of Ben McIntyre in that he takes an in-depth view of famous crimes in a snapshot of recent history.

Have you listened to any of Jason Culp’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first Jason Culp audio book I've heard.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Would you do anything for the ones you love?

Any additional comments?

If you’re interested in criminal psychology, spy fiction or generally stories of dysfunctional families, “The Spy’s Son” is the story for you. Give it a shot in audio book format. You will not be disappointed.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Here Comes the Night

  • The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues
  • By: Joel Selvin
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Here Comes the Night: Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues is both a definitive account of the New York rhythm and blues world of the early '60s, and the harrowing, ultimately tragic story of songwriter and record producer Bert Berns, whose meteoric career was fueled by his pending doom. His heart damaged by rheumatic fever as a youth, doctors told Berns he would not live to see 21. Although his name is little remembered today, Berns worked alongside all the greats of the era.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inside the Brill Building.

  • By Rob G. on 07-13-15

Fascinating look at the history of R&B

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

Reviewed: 03-18-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Here Comes the Night to be better than the print version?

The narration certainly enhanced the rapid fire presentation of material recited in the cool whiskey toned slightly southern voice of the reader.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The general look at the music industry is fascinating. This is not a work of non-fiction in which one character could be called out but I think the cool deception of the players and the chess play of artists was interesting to read.

Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first work I've heard narrated by Christian Rummel but believe that there could not have been a better narrator for this sort of non-fiction. The overload of information was given the feeling of sitting in a bar with the reader as he tell the story of all he's seen in his career.

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

Listening to this book in one sitting might be a bit overwhelming. It is a true treasure trove of insider stories and a detailed look at the music industry as well as the life of Bert Berns. It is, however, a book that I was always thinking about when not listening and to which I was eager to return.

Any additional comments?

"Here Comes the Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues" is a fabulous look at the inside of the R&B industry of the 50s and 60s. It is engaging and uncensored. I had never heard of Bert Berns before picking up "Here Comes the Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues" though he'd written some of my favorite songs ("Brown Eyed Girl" "Under the Boardwalk") and was a key player in the British Invasion. Bert Berns and the R&B industry were not subjects that I thought interested me before reading Joel Selvin's exceptionally well researched piece. If you're a music fan of the era, pick this one up today.

  • Christmas Eve, 1914

  • By: Charles Olivier
  • Narrated by: Cameron Daddo, Xander Berkeley, Cody Fern, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,219

In 1914, the war which was to have been wrapped up by Christmas had - in reality - only just begun, as all sides entrenched themselves deeper into the Great War. Christmas Eve, 1914 follows one company of British officers as they rotate forward to spend their Christmas on the front lines, a mere 80 yards from the German guns. Upper- and working-class men and boys are thrown together into one trench and struggle to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spirit of Christmas

  • By john83146 on 12-21-14

Wonderful story of a little known historical event

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

Reviewed: 01-03-15

If you could sum up Christmas Eve, 1914 in three words, what would they be?

Vivid, poignant, engaging.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Christmas Eve, 1914?

The brightly generous hope of the characters.

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

The story was an audio play that painted a bright picture of the moment and setting.

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

I would have loved to have listened in one sitting but that was sadly not possible.

Any additional comments?

Wonderfully written, beautifully acted, "Christmas Eve, 1914" was the complete package.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful