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  • Playing with Fire

  • The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics
  • By: Lawrence O'Donnell
  • Narrated by: Lawrence O'Donnell
  • Length: 17 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 561

The 1968 US presidential election was the young Lawrence O'Donnell's political awakening, and in the decades since it has remained one of his abiding fascinations. For years he has deployed one of America's shrewdest political minds to understanding its dynamics, not just because it is fascinating in itself but because in it is contained the essence of what makes America different and how we got to where we are now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant synthesis of history past and present

  • By Dwight on 11-12-17

Riveting

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

Not enough superlatives for this magnificent book on events and personalities leading up to the 1968 American election and consequences.



1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Brotherhood in Death

  • In Death Series, Book 42
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,526
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,034
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,001

Dennis Mira just had two unpleasant surprises. First he learned that his cousin Edward was secretly meeting with a real estate agent about their late grandfather's magnificent West Village brownstone, despite the promise they both made to keep it in the family. Then, when he went to the house to confront Edward about it, he got a blunt object to the back of the head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent turnout by JD Robb. Loved it.

  • By Alexis Fox on 02-06-16

Excellent but tough subject

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

Reviewed: 02-03-16

Excellent character development in this latest In Death with intriguing new characters joining Eve's work family.

The crimes, however, are exceptionally horrific. Rape figures prominently in the storyline and graphic descriptions of the crimes were difficult to listen to.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Career of Evil

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,651
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,797
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,745

Audie Award, Mystery, 2016. When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Characters Mean Everything

  • By Charles Atkinson on 11-09-15

The best one yet

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

Reviewed: 10-21-15

Although more violent than the first two in the series, the development of the characters is superb. We learn a lot more about Robin's background in this book.

The mystery was wonderfully done and I didn't figure it out although it is fair play. Many will enjoy the references to Blue Oyster Cult rock lyrics.

The narration of the audible book was fantastic.

I couldn't imagine reading this book without having read the first two in the series and would recommend the books be read in order.

68 of 80 people found this review helpful

  • The Nature of the Beast

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,092
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,073

Hardly a day goes by when nine-year-old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions to walking trees to winged beasts in the woods to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heart breaking narrator

  • By Jeff on 09-18-15

Three Pines thriller

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

Reviewed: 08-26-15

Listened to Audible book narrated by Robert Bathurst. Bathurst does a good job but his performance of Ruth sadly doesn't come close to Ralph Cosham's.

This novel is set in Three Pines but is not a straight murder mystery. Once again Gamache must save the world singlehandedly - a bit far fetched and tends to put this book more in the action thriller category.
Still it was an enjoyable listen but I am not sure I'll revisit this book anytime soon.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Miami Mummies

  • A Wendy Darlin Comedy Mystery
  • By: Barbara Silkstone
  • Narrated by: Laura Jennings
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

The legendary mastermind criminal and mummy thief, Kyzer Saucy, strikes again. Part-time tomb raider and full-time real estate broker, Wendy Darlin joins her lover, archaeologist Roger Jolley as they struggle to save a rare Miami mummy from the clutches of this evil genius. Can Saucy be stopped before he kills again? Meanwhile can Wendy keep her promise to Alfred Hiccup as he attempts to transmigrate from the afterlife? Or has Wendy finally made one promise too many?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a GREAT story!

  • By Yvonne on 10-30-14

Love the humor!

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

Reviewed: 06-27-15

"You know you're having a bad week when the 911 operator recognizes your voice"

Wendy Darlin once again deals with bodies dropping around her and bad guys committing out there crimes - in this case a mummy in Florida. I absolutely love Barbara Silkstone's humor in naming her characters, giving them quirks, and in the dialogue she provides them.

Wendy is a great character who triumphs over shenanigans around her despite her intense fear of holes (mostly those in fabric, not in the ground.) Roger Jolly, her love interest, provides a great foil and comes across as a charming guy.

Recommended for those with a slightly warped, snarky sense of humor. Have a good time!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Pattern Crimes

  • Foreign Detective, Book 2
  • By: William Bayer
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

It begins when the strangely marked body of a young prostitute is found just outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. A similarly disfigured corpse of an American nun turns up. Then an Arab boy. As the list of victims grows, their only apparent connection is the bizarre markings on their bodies, it appears that Israel is facing its first serial murder case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous!

  • By Literaryxplorer on 10-27-11

Patterns everywhere

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

Reviewed: 05-21-15


Pattern Crimes is an interesting mix of an Israeli detectives hunt for a serial killer while delving into mysteries surrounding his own family. The Jerusalem of the book, even with its unique religious background, comes across to this reader as a big city with big city problems for cops. It is a very well-written police procedural offerring glimpses into Israeli life
I read on kindle voyage while listening to the audible book for several hours and I am glad I did as some of the Israeli names would have tripped me up had I not seen them in print. The kindle book is poorer for not having a table of contents and not having x-ray enabled. X-ray, in particular, would have been very helpful to check on past actions of a character.
The narrator, Dick Hall, did an outstanding job with the characters and the accents involved.
I bought the kindle book and received the audible book in exchange for an honest review through Audio Book Blast.

  • Yesterday

  • A Novel of Reincarnation
  • By: Samyann
  • Narrated by: Darlene Allen
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

In modern day Chicago, deja vu draws together a handsome mounted policeman and the beautiful young woman who saves his life. This tender love story pulls the reader back to previous lives and a time richly elegant. Yesterday is also a harrowing tale of escape through the American Civil War and the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. A life of tragedy is Amanda's destiny, or so she believes. But, in this historical romance, Mark fights through Amanda's rejection to prove that she will love again as she once loved - Yesterday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yesterday! I Loved It! Five stars!

  • By Susan-Marie on 08-21-13

Past Life Romance

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

Reviewed: 05-15-15

Past Life Romance

Yesterday: A Novel of Reincarnation focuses on Amanda and Mark and their search to learn about their past lives in order to understand how it is affecting their present.

The novel is well-written but the main character, Amanda, comes off as flighty in parts of the novel. Mark is a bit too well versed in Gaelic and Irish lore for a current day Chicago native. It comes off as contrived after a while. If the goal was imbuing the story with authentic Irish characters and atmosphere, promoting the myth about corned beef and cabbage being an Irish dish rather than an Irish American dish could have been left out.

Despite these relatively minor irritations, the story was enjoyable overall. I bought the kindle book and was given the audible version by the author in exchange for a review. The narrator, Darlene Allen, did a fine but not outstanding job bringing voice to the various characters.

I alternated reading and listening through whispersync and the story line kept me intrigued enough to finish it in a day.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Where the Hell is Tesla?

  • A Novel
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,499
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,490

I found the journal at work. Well, I don't know if you'd call it work, but that's where I found it. It's the lost journal of Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest inventors and visionaries ever. Before he died in 1943, he kept a notebook filled with spectacular claims and outrageous plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had A Blast Listening To This One!

  • By Cheri on 08-11-16

Comedic science fiction buddy romp

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

Reviewed: 05-13-15

Very entertaining sci-fi comedy as buddies discover Tesla's journel and travel through Interdimensions

The audience for this work would be males in their 20s. While I laughed quite a bit, the lack of distinctive voices for the two main characters sometimes made it hard to follow. There is a lot of profanity in this book's dialogue which some readers may find off putting.

I received this Audible book in consideration of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • British Legends: The Life and Legacy of Winston Churchill

  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Phillip J. Mather
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Was he "the greatest human being ever to occupy 10 Downing Street"? Or a man whose "brilliant but unsound judgement resulted in detrimental consequences for Britain and for the world"? Nearly 50 years after his death, debate still rages over Sir Winston Churchill's contribution to history. Indeed, now that wartime nostalgia has mostly washed away, in Britain in particular the views on Churchill are more divergent than ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love history

  • By Ted on 05-16-15

Nice refresher on Churchill

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

Reviewed: 05-11-15

I have enjoyed other Charles River Press titles and found this short biography to be enjoyable and entertaining as well as educational.

My knowledge of Churchill's early years and family life was lacking and this title filled in some gaps for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the timbre and reverb of the upper class London accent of the narrator and felt he was a good match to the work.

Chapter 2 in the Audible book consisted of reading the chapter titles in the book. I found this a bit irritating and not easy to remember or use. If there had been a way to incorporate the written chapter titles into what is shown on the Audible app that would have been valuable especially when revisiting the book to re-listen to specific periods in Churchill's life.

I received this Audible book in consideration for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Driving Lesson

  • By: Ben Rehder
  • Narrated by: Maxwell Glick
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Charlie Dunbar had big plans for the summer break, but becoming a fugitive was nowhere on the list. Even more unexpected, his partner in crime is his own ailing grandfather. Now they're on the run, trying to make it across the country to see a special kind of doctor, while the world becomes mesmerized by their journey. They are the subject of heated debates on the news. Thousands of people voice their support on Facebook. And Charlie's own parents appear on live TV to plead for him to come home safely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous multi generational story

  • By 🐈 nospin 🐈 on 04-09-15

Fabulous multi generational story

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

Reviewed: 04-09-15

Short enjoyable book about a teenager and his grandfather on a route trip. Many philosophical and ethical concepts were discussed but it may be a spoiler to reveal more.

I thoroughly enjoyed it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful