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Bradenton, FL, United States
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  • Dead Run

  • The Murder of a Lawman and the Greatest Manhunt of the Modern American West
  • By: Dan Schultz
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,456
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,451

On a sunny May morning in 1998 in Cortez, Colorado, three desperados in a stolen truck opened fire on the town cop, shooting him 20 times; then they blasted their way past dozens of police cars and disappeared into 10,000 square miles of the harshest wilderness terrain on the North American continent. Self-trained survivalists, the outlaws eluded the most sophisticated law enforcement technology on the planet and a pursuit force that represented more than 75 local, state, and federal police agencies with dozens of SWAT teams, U.S. Army Special Forces....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sounds like fiction...but it's not! Great Listen!

  • By Karen on 04-04-13

Interesting commentary on the Western U.S.

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

Having lived my life on the eastern seaboard, I was not familiar with the events described in this book. Although the author said it was national headlines, I don't recall the events. What I found most interesting about the book were the unbiased descriptions of the attitudes of people who live in the western U.S. toward the federal government. That the mistrust goes across racial lines. It gave me a broader understanding of the differences in ways of life across this large nation.

The book was well-written, easy to understand and it kept my attention to the end. The narration was excellent and I am happy I purchased the book.

  • Afterlife

  • By: Marcus Sakey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,384
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,225

The last thing FBI agent Will Brody remembers is the explosion - a thousand shards of glass surfing a lethal shock wave. He wakes without a scratch. The building is in ruins. His team is gone. Outside, Chicago is dark. Cars lie abandoned. No planes cross the sky. He's relieved to spot other people - until he sees they're carrying machetes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Creative but too complex

  • By Robert on 07-22-17

Why?

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

The story was entertaining. I don't think the narrator was the best choice for the story, although I like Finty Williams. It's an American story so pronounce words in an American way. The protagonist is a man so it is weird to have a female narrator. Having said that the story is just weird and kind of pointless. It's entertaining enough that I listened to the whole thing, but I fast-forwarded through a lot of fluff. In the end I still didn't really get the point. I can suspend belief for the sake of any story, but this story was pointless.

  • Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Christy Romano
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,567

In a prosperous yet gruesomely violent near future, superhero vigilantes battle thugs whose heads are full of supervillain fantasies. The peace is kept by a team of smooth, well-dressed negotiators called The Men in Fancy Suits. Meanwhile a young girl is caught in the middle and thinks the whole thing is ridiculous. Zoey, a recent college graduate with a worthless degree, makes a reluctant trip into the city after hearing that her estranged con artist father died in a mysterious yet spectacular way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This whole city is a butt that farts horror.

  • By Claudia H on 03-03-16

Kooky fun

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

This is my first David Wong book and it is as weird as it is funny. Completely irreverent and, at times, just plain stupid and gross.

Christy Romano is spectacular and really brought the insanity to a believable level. I don't think I would have enjoyed the book as much if I read it. I will definitely be listening to other books by Wong and books narrated by Romano.

  • Paradox Bound

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,407
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,817
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,796

Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Standard Clines. Fun and forgettable

  • By Debra on 10-07-17

I love Peter Clines

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

All of Clines's books are fun and easy to listen to. If you're looking for sophisticated sci fi, then this is not your book. If you're looking for a fun fantasy without gratuitous sex and swearing then Clines is your man. I'm not sure why all of his novels include variations of time travel and creepy men, etc., but it's always quite a ride.

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  • Glass Houses

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,535

When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Anna on 09-05-17

A little too preachy and self indulgent

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

I waited for this book with anticipation. I enjoy reading about the folks of Three Pines. This book, however, seems different from the rest and is, so far, my least favorite of the series. Mostly what I disliked about the book is how Gamache took responsibility for the deaths of drug users by choosing to do nothing. What a childish notion to think that an addict would not die if Gamache took a different action. This way of thinking borders on narcissism, which is not the way I think of Gamache - caring, paternal and thoughtful, but not narcissistic. Unfortunately, the book preaches on and on about Gamache's responsibility of the death of drug abusers. Anyone who has been unfortunate enough to experience the addiction of a loved one knows all too well that an addict will always be an addict until he or she decides to stop or dies. Nothing anyone does will prevent any person from their own self-destruction. I would expect that even Gamache, more than anyone, would understand that.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

  • By: Michael Chabon
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,186

It's 1939, in New York City. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat: smuggling himself out of Hitler's Prague. He's looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a partner in creating the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book. Inspired by their own fantasies, fears, and dreams, they create the Escapist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Escape From Reality is a Worthy Challenge

  • By Dave on 07-11-12

I'm not a comic book fan

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

Reviewed: 08-18-17

But this book was very entertaining and well-deserved the Pulitzer it received. I miss Joe, Rosa and Sammy already.

  • Replay

  • By: Ken Grimwood
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,717
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,737

In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Book for the past 10 years

  • By psnorb on 12-29-08

Baby Boomer Manifesto

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

The story begins rather interestingly, but after a while it becomes clear that the main characters do nothing more or less to benefit the human condition. At first they make money, try to understand what they're experiencing in metaphysical terms, blah blah blah. Never once does it occur to either character to use what they learn to, I don't know, stop AIDS. The book is very white and not particularly introspective. The idea of the story has so much potential, but in the end, the characters are just members of the "me generation" and can't see beyond to get themselves out of it. Xenophobic minutiae.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dogs of War

  • A Joe Ledger Novel
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,127
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,968

A freelance terrorist uses the latest generation of robot dogs to deliver WMDs into cities across America. Sophisticated military weapons systems turn on their human masters. A technological apocalypse is coming, and we may be too late to stop it. Joe Ledger and a newly rebuilt Department of Military Sciences square off against this new and terrible threat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mayberry plus Porter is always magic

  • By David Ginaitis on 04-25-17

Stellar!!

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

Reviewed: 07-13-17

I think this is my favorite Joe Ledger book so far! I love you, Jonathan Maberry. You know how to keep a girl entertained!

  • Long Knives

  • By: Charles Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd, Christopher Lane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 228

Jenna James’ life has been smooth-sailing since she left the high-powered law firm of Marbury Marfan. She’s happily ensconced as a professor at a prestigious law school, where she’s well liked by her students, coupled up with a handsome colleague, and on track for tenure. But things take a shocking turn one morning when a student, Primo, comes to Jenna’s office seeking her advice about a treasure map he recently inherited. When Primo turns up dead and Jenna is suddenly the prime suspect in a murder investigation, everyone turns on her.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disaster on Campus

  • By Charles Atkinson on 03-05-14

I don't know. I didn't find it funny.

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

I found it to be snobbish and pedantic. Perhaps that was the point, but I thought it was more annoying than amusing. I finished it. There was a few places that described legal terminology and it's proper application. Who cares? I bought this as a daily deal. Don't waste a credit.

  • Wuthering Heights [Trout Lake Media Edition]

  • By: Emily Brontë
  • Narrated by: Emma Messenger
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,058
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,054

Famous, all-encompassing, passionate, but ultimately doomed love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, and how this unresolved passion eventually destroys them and the people around them. Today considered a classic of English literature, Wuthering Heights was met with mixed reviews when it first appeared, mainly because of the narrative's stark depiction of mental and physical cruelty.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Twisted Tale, Amazing Narrator

  • By Jessica on 07-02-13

Oh! The drama!

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

Reviewed: 05-29-17

I have never read Wuthering Heights. I've read Rebecca and Jane Eyre in high school and loved both of them. I don't know if it's my age or if Wuthering Heights is so very different from the other two books. There are absolutely no likable characters in this book. I understand that it's Victorian England, but geeze, not one person is even marginally likeable. I guess that's Wuthering Heights, though. The narrator is exceptional and has a distinctive voice for each character. She plays the overly dramatic Cathy so well it's almost laughable. I had to play the dying scene to my friend and we laughed at the melodrama. I am mostly finished with the book, but I must listen to it in small chunks of time. If you want to listen to Wuthering Heights because you've read it previously and loved it, then listen to this version. Ms. Messenger does an excellent narration and she brings this crazy tale to life.

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