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  • 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 7,588
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,946
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,917

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

Compelling listening

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

Beware! Once you start listening, you may find it hard to stop. There is something about hearing the voices of the investigators, victims and their family members and others that kept me wanting to hear just a bit more. The format is similar to a podcast rather than a book. I am grateful that there are people out there who work hard to solve these difficult cases.

  • Mrs Queen Takes the Train

  • By: William Kuhn
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,623
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,620

An absolute delight of a debut novel by William Kuhn - author of Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books - Mrs Queen Takes the Train wittily imagines the kerfuffle that transpires when a bored Queen Elizabeth strolls out of the palace in search of a little fun, leaving behind a desperate team of courtiers who must find the missing Windsor before a national scandal erupts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable with deeper meaning

  • By SydSavvy on 12-31-15

Improbable but imaginative

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

Reviewed: 06-17-14

What did you love best about Mrs Queen Takes the Train?

Simon Prebble's narration takes a good yarn and makes it moving and memorable. He handles the various accents so as to make the characters come to life as individuals.

What did you like best about this story?

I suppose this couldn't really happen but while listening to the story, I believed that it could.

Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

I will never think of Queen Elizabeth again without thinking of her as she appeared (fictionally, of course) in this story.

Who was the most memorable character of Mrs Queen Takes the Train and why?

Lady Anne remains most vivid in my imagination. I really liked how she and Shirley, the Queen's dresser, made common cause to keep the Queen from coming to harm.

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  • Brain on Fire

  • My Month of Madness
  • By: Susannah Cahalan
  • Narrated by: Heather Henderson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,434

In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For those interested in neurology & psychology

  • By Brian Quaranta on 01-07-14

Hard to stop listening

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

Reviewed: 06-17-14

Any additional comments?

The skilled reading of this book made it very hard to stop listening. What an experience this young woman lived through. If you like medical mysteries, this is a terrific (literally terrifying) tale.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • The Investigator

  • Fifty Years of Uncovering the Truth
  • By: Terry Lenzner
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

The Investigator is an extraordinary, wide-ranging, and singular career memoir from Washington insider Terry Lenzner, who has been first to investigate and uncover the truths behind some of the most intriguing world events and news stories of the past 50 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inside look at some major events

  • By Jeanne on 02-25-14

Inside look at some major events

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

Reviewed: 02-25-14

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

Yes, if that friend were interested in learning more about some of the most important and fascinating events of our times.

Any additional comments?

Terry Lenzner had a knack for being there to investigate many major events. Some great insights into what happened and why it did can be found here.

  • The Forgotten Garden

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,219

Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting, intriguing, mysterious, and beautiful

  • By Joseph on 12-10-08

Better as a book?

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

Reviewed: 04-02-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This may be an example of a book that is better experienced in print form. It would be easier to skip the overlong stories-within-stories. When yet another thread and character was introduced during yet another time, I threw in the towel.

Would you be willing to try another one of Caroline Lee’s performances?

Perhaps the narrator would be better served with some more interesting material. However, I found her mannerisms and affectations to be a turn-off after a while.

  • Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,726
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,568

Captain Ivan Vorpatril is happy with his relatively uneventful bachelor's life as a staff officer to a Barrayaran admiral. Cousin to imperial troubleshooter Miles Vorkosigan, Ivan is not far down the hereditary list for the emperorship. Thankfully, new heirs have directed that headache elsewhere, leaving Ivan to enjoy his life on Komarr, far from the Byzantine court politics of his home system. But when an old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Ivan to protect an attractive young woman who may be on the hit list of a criminal syndicate, his chivalrous nature takes over. It seems danger and adventure have once more found Captain Vorpatril.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are finally allowed to see Ivan without Miles.

  • By Barbara on 11-06-12

A worthy addition to the series

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

Reviewed: 03-15-13

Who was your favorite character and why?

It was great to see Ivan come into his own. He's always been a favorite of mine as I read and/or listened to other parts of the series. At long last, he takes center stage. We get to revisit other well-known series characters as well.

Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

Grover Gardner knows these characters well. It's hard to pick just one favorite.

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

I wish I had the time to listen through in one setting. I found myself grabbing opportunities to hear just a little more and a little more.

Any additional comments?

This would NOT be the place to begin an acquaintance with the Vorkosigan series. Treat yourself to reading them in order first. Much of my enjoyment depended on the knowing the back story and revisiting earlier acquainances.

  • Grant's Final Victory

  • Ulysses S. Grant's Heroic Last Year
  • By: Charles Bracelen Flood
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Shortly after losing all of his wealth in a terrible 1884 swindle, Ulysses S. Grant learned he had terminal throat and mouth cancer. Destitute and dying, Grant began to write his memoirs to save his family from permanent financial ruin. As Grant continued his work, suffering increasing pain, the American public became aware of this race between Grant's writing and his fatal illness. Twenty years after his respectful and magnanimous demeanor toward Robert E. Lee at Appomattox, people in the North and the South came to know Grant, now using his famous determination in this final effort.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, average narration

  • By Tad Davis on 04-25-12

Aptly titled book

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

Reviewed: 03-03-12

Any additional comments?

Grant's Final Victory is a window into American life during the years after the Civil War. Financial scandal, fraud, rapid social change...that time resonates in many ways with our own. The heart of the book is the story of a true hero. The narrator never got in the way of the story and the time flew by as I listened to this account.

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