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R. Squyres

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  • Time and Time Again

  • By: H. Beam Piper
  • Narrated by: Jim Roberts
  • Length: 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Henry Beam Piper was an American science fiction author who wrote many classic short stories and several novels during the "Golden Age" of science fiction in the USA. In this story, a soldier of the future, wounded badly in battle during World War III, loses consciousness. When he opens his eyes again he findsthat he is back in his boyhood past but with all the memories of his adult life intact!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Joe on 12-18-09

X Minus One Far Superior

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

I purchased this short story because I heard the radio version on the radio program X minus One. The radio adaptation was far better. The story is empty of any wonder, or even interesting plot. There is a lot of philosophizing and even for a short story, it drags. The radio program managed to grab the main ideas and scenes and bring them to life.

  • Love, Lucy

  • By: Lucille Ball
  • Narrated by: Lucie Arnaz
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074

Love, Lucy is the valentine Lucille Ball left for her fans—a warm, wise, and witty memoir written by Lucy herself. The legendary star of the classic sitcom I Love Lucy was at the pinnacle of her success when she sat down to record the story of her life. No comedienne had made America laugh so hard, no television actress had made the leap from radio and B movies to become one of the world’s best-loved performers. This is her story—in her own words. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-06-18

Upbeat

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

I learned a lot about both Lucy and showbiz. The book is short, to the point, and while honest, also full of energetic joy. Lucy doesn't cover up her trials, but remains upbeat throughout. I was very happy it was not a trash Desi session. There's a lot to discover in this book about how early television worked, and the contribution I Love Lucy made not only to the culture, but to how television is made.

  • 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 7,494
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,863
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,836

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

Audible Raises The Bar On True Crime Genre

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

There's not another true crime book like this. In fact, I'm not sure this is a book. It's a collection of interviews woven together to tell the story of capturing the Golden State killer. It's like a very well put together audio documentary. Instead of giving the single perspective of one author, the book gives many perspectives of people speaking in their own voices. From victims to police, the story goes behind the scenes in a way few books do.

29 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • Scary God

  • Introducing the Fear of the Lord to the Postmodern Church
  • By: Mattie Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Mattie Montgomery
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

What does the Bible mean when it says we are to fear God? Is it difficult for you to reconcile the two sides of God’s nature - His wrath and His love? Mattie Montgomery teaches that a right pursuit of the fear, fire, and fullness of God can lead you into the knowledge of a side of God you may never have imagined before. He notes that the fear of God does not mean that we should be afraid of God; but rather, that we should be afraid to be against Him. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful and Inspiring

  • By Brian on 01-29-19

Needed

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

The modern church needs this word. Mattie starts with a personal experience of encountering the Fear of God. But he doesn't leave the book in the murky waters of personal experience; he runs quickly to Scripture and demonstrates what a right fear of God is. There is no wimping out here. No dumbing down of the fear of God. Mattie is quick to say that the Fear of God actually means to be afraid; not just kind or respectful. He discusses the benefits of a healthy fear of God and how we can practically build that into our lives.

While Mattie may fear God, he does not fear men or movements. He's not interested in the prosperity gospel or what he calls the popularity gospel. Instead, he pushes modern believers to authentically seek the Living God.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark

  • One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
  • By: Michelle McNamara
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn - introduction, Patton Oswalt - afterword
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,980

A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer - the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade - from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Listen to Scare Yourself in the Dark

  • By Trixie Runnin' on 03-04-18

Uneven

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

I’ll be gone in the dark is a fascinating look back at the original night stalker. It is both terrifying and frustrating.

The book revolves around a as-to-yet unsolved case. Unlike many true-crime books, that weave the narrative from the killers point of view and utilize confessions and court transcripts -- this story is told wholly from law enforcement and witnesses point of view. What’s more, there is not a single law enforcement official to hone in on. So it doesn’t tell the story either from a single cops viewpoint or from the killers. There isn't one lead character. The narrative is forced to try and move the reader through the evidence without losing their attention.

What is a somewhat frustrating situation is made more confusing by the heavy use of pseudonyms. There was one chapter where every other word was, “not his real name” and “pseudonym.” Because so few real names are used, keeping up with who’s-who is almost impossible. (Is this person important? They were given a name... but never appear again.)

The author died before completing the book, and entire chapters are built by reconstructing her notes. The book itself stands as a beautiful tribute to the author; the result is uneven.

  • Paperbacks from Hell

  • The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction
  • By: Grady Hendrix, Will Errickson - contributor
  • Narrated by: Timothy Andrés Pabon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Take a tour through the horror paperback novels of two iconic decades...if you dare. Hear shocking plot summaries that invoke devil worship, satanic children, and haunted real estate! Horror author and vintage paperback book collector Grady Hendrix offers killer commentary and witty insight on these trashy thrillers that tried so hard to be the next Exorcist or Rosemary's Baby. Complete with story summaries and artist and author profiles, this unforgettable volume dishes on familiar authors like V. C. Andrews and R. L. Stine, plus many more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Lot Of Fun

  • By R. Squyres on 02-26-18

A Lot Of Fun

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

Paperbacks from hell is a book about books. Simply put, it's a funfilled wild ride through the world of horror paperbacks.

You'll come away with a reading list -- and another list of books they couldn't pay you to read.

The authors keep the book moving. It's lighthearted, never taking itself or its subject too serious; after all, these are mostly books people have forgotten. But want to know about some of the craziest stuff put in print, this is the book that gives you that tour.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Hacks

  • The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House
  • By: Donna Brazile
  • Narrated by: Donna Brazile
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 767
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 708
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 710

From Donna Brazile, former DNC chair and legendary political operative, an explosive and revealing new look at the 2016 election: the first insider account of the Russian hacking of the DNC and the missteps by the Clinton campaign and Obama administration that enabled a Trump victory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Donna is going to need protection after this....

  • By Kristen on 11-07-17

Bleeding Bitter

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

While the subject at large is interesting, the author bleeds with angry partisan bitterness. There's no olive branch here to those who disagree with Ms. Brazile. In fact, if you don't like her take on the world, she plainly says you can go "F-yourself." All the while complaining that politics has become too divisive.

Not only is she angry, she thinks what we really want to know about is her dogs. Many pages offered on her dogs; their sicknesses and so on. It's already a short book.

Things Ms. Brazile already admitted (namely, giving Hillary Clinton debate questions ahead of time) she takes back in the book; insisting she doesn't have a record of the email and she just can't remember actually sending it.

The book is short on perspective and high on rhetoric.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The World’s Most Haunted House

  • The True Story of the Bridgeport Poltergeist on Lindley Street
  • By: William J. Hall
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 116

Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1974. A crowd of more than 2,000 onlookers gathered. National media reported jumping furniture, floating refrigerators, and attacking entities. Decades after the publicity quieted, more than 40 hours of never-before-released interviews with police officers, firefighters, and others tell the story as it actually unfolded.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Misguiding title but still an interesting subject

  • By Robin on 06-16-17

great facts -- nutty conclusions

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

What did you like best about The World’s Most Haunted House? What did you like least?

William Hall does a great job digging up the facts surrounding the case, retelling the story and demonstrating that perhaps a true haunting took place. And then -- he goes whacko on the reader. His suggestion that this is great proof that we exist in a multi-universe is laughable. Hall meticulously documents the families terror, pours hours into interviews, and in the end discredits himself.

  • Playing Dead

  • A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud
  • By: Elizabeth Greenwood, Elizabeth Greenwood - introduction
  • Narrated by: Arden Hammersmith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 303

Is it still possible to fake your own death in the 21st century? With six figures of student loan debt, Elizabeth Greenwood is tempted to find out. So she sets off on a foray into the world of death fraud, where for $30,000 a consultant can make you disappear - but your suspicious insurance company might hire a private detective to dig up your coffin...only to find it filled with rocks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some flat spots, but overall fantastic.

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-12-16

Circles

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

Reviewed: 05-31-17

Any additional comments?

Playing Dead is fun for a little while. A short while. But there just isn't that much to cover. a few very interesting stories, and then. . . a few more stories. Actually the stories are great.

What runs the book in circles is that the author herself seems to have realized she didn't have enough material to make a book, so she decided to take the book from the angel that she would fake her own death to get rid of credit card loans. But -- since we know know know she isn't going to really fake her own death, it is just wasted space like a dog chasing its tail in circles. Pointless.

She runs to a lot of shady people who explain why she doesn't really want to fake her death. As she weaves her own totally pointless story through very interesting stories, the reader wants to raise their hand, "Could you make this less about you and more about the real subject please?"

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Shattered

  • Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign
  • By: Jonathan Allen, Amie Parnes
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,920
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,916

It was never supposed to be this close. And of course she was supposed to win. How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is the tragic story of a sure thing gone off the rails. For every Comey revelation or hindsight acknowledgment about the electorate, no explanation of defeat can begin with anything other than the core problem of Hillary's campaign - the candidate herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing reading

  • By Jonathan Burg on 04-23-17

Kept At Arms Length From Hillary

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

Reviewed: 04-22-17

What made the experience of listening to Shattered the most enjoyable?

The reader is very clear. I was able to listen at increased speed and get every word. The book itself is well paced.

What did you like best about this story?

The inside view of the Clinton Campaign.

Any additional comments?

I wish some of the comments in the conclusion had been made at the beginning of the book. In particular, the explanation of how the authors knew what people were thinking. Often Shattered includes statements about what Clinton or Obama thought. "Humm, how did they get in their head," I would wonder. That is explained.

The book works to show Clinton from many angles, but paints Republicans with one wide brush.

In many instances the book does not really take us behind the scenes as much as we'd like. It doesn't keep us close to Clinton, it keeps moving to campaign staff. We get very very familiar with the people working for Hillary, but are often kept at arms length from the main character.

What exactly happened on election night? According to Shattered, all was calm and collect on Hillary's end. A few calls from the President, a thoughtful night on how to step aside gracefully. No explosions. And maybe that's how it was. But it again gives the reader a feeling that they aren't being shown everything.

19 of 22 people found this review helpful