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  • A Spark of Light

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Jodi Picoult
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,651
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,512
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,513

The number-one New York Times best-selling author of Small Great Things returns with a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis. The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center - a women’s reproductive health services clinic. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage. After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter. Then he finds out that his 15-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • NOT a TRUE Picoult Read

  • By Karen M. Kaplan on 10-11-18

What A Disappointment!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Being a new fan, I have loved several of Jodi Picoult's books, which I selected by topics that interested me. In addition, Bonnie Turpin is a great narrator. So how could I go wrong with this one? I trusted too much and really didn't explore the subject matter enough or read all the reviews. Big mistake on my part.

It wasn't the controversial subject, as I felt Jodi Picoult was presenting both sides equally (at least for the first 5 hours I listened). It was the incessant, confounded skipping around in time, every time something began to happen. As a result, almost nothing happened--as there was all this filler. Life history, memories, thoughts--it killed any story line there would have been. I got so very frustrated waiting for events to play out, I finally decided to give up as I have so many more worthy books sitting in my library.

I must add that the characters were child-like and rather boring. The perpetrator? How many hours must pass before I get any idea of what his motivations are? Who even cares?

I will be much more careful if I ever choose another Picoult book in the future. What happened here Jodi?

  • 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 3,288
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,000
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,987

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
  • Rank this with the best in true crime.

  • By Allison Smith on 11-16-18

Unforgettable and Compelling--A Must Listen!

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

I started in the evening and finished up the next afternoon, it was just that engrossing and compelling a production! This is not your typical true crime audiobook with one author and a narrator. It is put together by the FBI profiler, the detective, and the criminologist who were at the heart of the investigation for over 20 years. Paul Holes can be given credit for awakening a long cold case and for his unyielding tenacity in refusing to give up til the perpetrator of 13 documented murders and at least 50 rapes was identified and captured.

While this audiobook was put together by Holes, Clemente, and McDonnell, the true stars of it are more than JUST these three players. The book consists of interviews of many people who played a role in the investigation--prosecutors, law enforcement, the FBI, etc. and most touchingly, the actual crime survivors and family members of the Golden State Killer's multi-decade violent rampage.

Paul Holes was at the heart of this cold case investigation, with his 20 plus year search for this psychopathic serial killer and rapist. You will not get a more thorough investigation than this audiobook production presents. If you are a true crime fan, listen to podcasts, or read Michelle McNamara's book, I'LL BE GONE IN THE DARK and were left wanting more, then this is the book for you. Get it now, you won't be sorry!

  • Payback Trail

  • By: David R. Lewis
  • Narrated by: David R. Lewis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 203

When Ruben Beeler joins Marshal Marion Daniels to investigate an incident of theft and murder, Rube is plunged into a world of dark deeds and black hearts. With the help of an abused and courageous young woman, Rube, Marion, and Marshal Addriss Tippideaux head south of the Missouri line into the hills and hollows of Northern Arkansas, and take on an entire clan to see that justice is done. Suspicion of outsiders and hate for the government abounds, and the marshals are much farther from home than the miles they've traveled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Series!

  • By Susan on 08-26-17

Great--Butcha Better Start From the Beginning!

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

'The Trail' books are so engrossing on a road trip. I would have listened to the entire series by now if it weren't for that fact! Combining a fantastic author/narrator (David R. Lewis), a great deal of humor, a good story with a happy ending, fun and likeable characters you want to keep hearing from, along with mean and deadly protagonists--it seems I have found the best experience in audio listening to a series which I don't want to end.

And strangely enough, I am not a fan of series or westerns. How can that be? Give David R. Lewis's Reuben Beeler a chance to enchant you, too!
(And don't even think about getting the paperback copies--you would miss too, too much of the fun!)
(Read my first three reviews if you aren't convinced yet!)

  • Seraffyn's European Adventure

  • By: Lin Pardey, Larry Pardey
  • Narrated by: Sonja Field
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31

Join cruising legends Lin and Larry Pardey as from England they proceed into the Baltic, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Germany. During their voyage they dealt with armed guards on the Polish waterfront who watched while the people greeted them with flowers and fruit. They weathered a fierce mast-under broach in a Baltic gale. And experienced great friendships found in harbors large and small.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Listen Despite It Being A Tad Dated

  • By Kathy on 09-08-18

Wonderful Listen Despite It Being A Tad Dated

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

This audiobook really gives you an idea of what it was like travelling around for extened periods on a very small "yacht" in the mid 1970's. The Pardeys, Lin and Larry, tell an engrossing story of what the day to day existence was like, the people they met along their journey, the incredible comraderie of fellow cruisers they met in the varioius ports and moorings, and much, much more. Sonja Field does a very pleasant, upbeat narration that adds to the enjoyability of the listening experience.

If you love the water and cruising, or if you are an armchair cruiser like me, this should be a really fun listen for you. I planned on getting another travel book by the Pardeys but am not so sure the other narrators would live up to my expectations after trying out a few samples. As far as this book is concerned, I give it a thumbs up!

  • Will Save the Galaxy for Food

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,845
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,531

Space travel just isn't what it used to be. With the invention of Quantum Teleportation, space heroes aren't needed anymore. When one particularly unlucky ex-adventurer masquerades as famous pilot and hate figure Jacques McKeown, he's sucked into an ever-deepening corporate and political intrigue. Between space pirates, adorable deadly creatures, and a missing fortune in royalties, saving the universe was never this difficult!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By K. F. on 03-09-17

Fun Listen!

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

It reminded me somewhat of Scalzi's funnier books, but I liked this one more. It had everything--good writing, interesting characters, a serious story line interlaced with moments of humor, and a good ending. Oh yes, and the author gave a very good narration. I would certainly listen to another book by Yahtzee Croshaw.

  • Elon Musk

  • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,748
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,672

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of competence porn

  • By Tristan on 08-20-16

Who The Man Is? or, Dare to Dream

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I disagree with a previous reviewer who said the book is not about Elon Musk, the man, but instead about his companies. In order to want to know anything about his companies, you must first understand who Elon is, what drives him, what he was like as a kid, what he is really like now, and just how he came to be where he is now. It's all here.

Sure, I have a degree in psychology and am very interested in human behavior, nature vs. nurture, and how our childhood affects us in adulthood. But this book is not for psychology buffs, it is for everybody. It is the story of how Elon Musk rose to where he is today, why he is so future-oriented when so many of the successful business wizards are living greedily in the present, and where Elon hopes to be going.

Along the way, you will learn a great deal about his companies--his early successes and experiences all the way up to his current day successes, the trials and errors, and what we might expect in the future. You see those Tesla cars on the freeway and all you think about is how expensive they are. You hear about Space-X launches and wonder why you should be interested. It is all laid out nicely in this book.

Ashlee Vance, the author, did thorough research. Fred Sanders gives a great narration. Besides being an important book, it is a fascinating listen. Highly recommended!

  • Cold Kill

  • The True Story of a Murderous Love
  • By: Jack Olsen
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494

David loved Cindy and was loved in return. Or so he thought. The troubled young man clung to his new love and dreamed of their future together. So begins the chain of events that was to evolve into a horror of terrifying proportions. Jack Olsen, best-selling author of Son, now reveals the details of a true-life romance gone hideously awry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If Cindy Calls - DON'T Answer!

  • By Polly Poizendem on 02-12-17

Olsen and Pierce Are A Great Combo!

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

I have always enjoyed true crime stories, and I knew what a dynamite combination Olsen and Pierce are. So it was easy to select this book for my next listen. I had immensely enjoyed their previous collaboration, simply "Son". Please see my review of that book below.

While this is an interesting and very good listen, it just did not grab me quite as strongly as "Son." I don't think it was through any fault of the author or narrator. I just did not find Cindy Ray and David West, the protagonists, very compelling or fascinating, nor did I engender any empathy for David for being a gullible follower of Cindy, who was clearly mentally ill. I found them to be two lowlife, not very bright, jerks who reeked devastation on Cindy's family for no real reasons whatsoever.

Despite my dislike of the two main subjects (and of course I should not like murderers, anyway), this is a good listen for true crime buffs. If it interests you, go for it! I have no regrets at all and will easily choose another Olsen/Pierce collaboration in the future.

  • Ghosts of the Tsunami

  • Death and Life in Japan's Disaster Zone
  • By: Richard Lloyd Parry
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, lived through the earthquake in Tokyo and spent six years reporting from the disaster zone. There he encountered stories of ghosts and hauntings and met a priest who exorcised the spirits of the dead. And he found himself drawn back again and again to a village that had suffered the greatest loss of all, a community tormented by unbearable mysteries of its own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting True Story You Didn't Hear On The News

  • By Kathy on 07-05-18

Riveting True Story You Didn't Hear On The News

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

If you are curious about the Japanese tsunami of 2011, this is a good place to start. If you want to learn some surprising facts about the Japanese culture, get this book, too. However, if you are concerned in your school age child's safety and well-being, as well as your own--and you ought to be--most definitely start here, download and listen to this audiobook. Don't put it off.

It is beautifully written, expertly narrated, and tells the story you didn't read in the newspapers or see on the 11 o'clock news. It details how 78 elementary school children in one village lost their lives in the tsunami. I don't think the loss can be blamed on the tsunami but from the inaction, passivity, and ignorance of the school officials.

Before I retired, when I was still working, I was sent to a training on Safety given by law enforcement. One of the key takeaways for me was the paralysis of trauma victims, that is, the inability to act or think for themselves along with the passivity of meekly waiting to be told what to do. What apparently happened at one Japanese school is a prime example of this phenomenon. When it comes down to it, it could happen anywhere given the right set of circumstances and "officials in charge."

Read the excellent publisher's summary and choose this audiobook if this review peaks your curiosity. It is, after all, up to you.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Humans

  • A Novel
  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 815

The critically acclaimed author of The Radleys shares a clever, heartwarming, and darkly insightful novel about an alien who comes to Earth to save humans from themselves. When an extraterrestrial visitor arrives on Earth, his first impressions of the human species are less than positive. But as time goes on, he starts to realize there may be more to this weird species than he has been led to believe. Eventually, the narrator sees hope and redemption in the humans' imperfections and begins to question the very mission that brought him there.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Adorable alien story

  • By cristina on 07-07-13

Light Sci-Fi Fare--You'll Love It!

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

It was really a fun and enjoyable listen for me. If you are looking for techy stuff or military battles, you must look elsewhere. This book is more about human emotions, what makes us humans tick, and how we might look to an extraterrestrial species. It makes you feel things, take a new look at our purpose in this world, maybe even it could inspire you to reassess and rearrange your priorities. Not your typical sci-fi story, that's for sure.

Along the way, I found myself frequently laughing out loud at our disguised alien protagonist and his so-accurate and sometimes very misguided observations. I maybe even had damp eyes in a spot or two. It had me glued to the story all the way through with a very satisfying ending.

Even if you are not a sci-fi fan, maybe even more so, you will really enjoy this light-hearted, thought-inducing story about a possible first contact scenario.

Go for it! (If I haven't convinced you, scroll back up and re-read the Publisher's Summary. It is great, too.)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Why You Are Who You Are

  • Investigations into Human Personality
  • By: Mark Leary, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark Leary
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505

To understand the roots of personality is to understand motivations and influences that shape behavior, which in turn reflect how you deal with the opportunities and challenges of everyday life. That's the focus of these exciting 24 lectures, in which you examine the differences in people's personalities, where these differences come from, and how they shape our lives. Drawing on information gleaned from psychology, neuroscience, and genetics, Professor Leary opens the door to understanding how personality works and why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As an addict, I listened to this book. Very Helpfu

  • By Happy Husband on 05-15-18

Why Did I Do That, Anyway?

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

This is a good one, folks. It explains the reasons for many human behaviors, your own unique behaviors and those of other people whom you just can't fathom. Although it covered areas of which I was quite familiar (Personality Disorders), the Professor covered plenty of information that was new to me, enough to make me want to listen to the audiobook a second time to fix it into my brain!

The narration was just fine as it is in most of these Great Courses. It is a winner in my book!

34 of 35 people found this review helpful