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  • Holy Ghost

  • A Virgil Flowers Novel
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,605

Pinion, Minnesota: a metropolis of all of 700 souls. Nothing ever happened there - until the mayor of sorts (campaign slogan: "I'll Do What I Can") and a buddy come up with a scheme to put Pinion on the map. They'd heard of a place where a floating image of the Virgin Mary had turned the whole town into a shrine, attracting thousands of pilgrims. And all those pilgrims needed food, shelter, all kinds of crazy things, right? They'd all get rich! What could go wrong? When the dead body shows up, they find out, and that's only the beginning of their troubles - and Virgil Flowers'....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • F*****G Flowers and Frozen Pot Pies!!!!

  • By shelley on 10-10-18

Thanks, John

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

As someone who spends a lot of time in the car for work, I really appreciate an entertaining, unpretentious story and Holy Ghost is one. Thank you, John Sanford, for making my constant driving a little easier to bear. And your characters are still quirky and believable. Conger's performance is excellent, as always.

  • Killer Clown

  • The John Wayne Gacy Murders
  • By: Terry Sullivan, Peter T. Maiken
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772

He was a model citizen. A hospital volunteer. And one of the most sadistic serial killers of all time. But few people could see the cruel monster beneath the colorful clown makeup that John Gacy wore to entertain children in his Chicago suburb. Few could imagine what lay buried beneath his house of horrors - until a teenage boy disappeared before Christmas in 1978, leading prosecutor Terry Sullivan on the greatest manhunt of his career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SCARRIEST BOOK I HAVE EVER LISTENED TO!

  • By Steve Horwitz on 12-21-17

Just get to the point!

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

This book should have been an intriguing look at the John Wayne Gacy murders. Instead, it's a pedantic recounting, replete with details we don't need to know. Example: one of the police officers tailing Gacy spills four large coffees - with double cream and sugar - on his pants during a car chase. And there are frequent meaningless conversations between police officers or between the officers and Gacy, which are, as you only find out once you have suffered through them, irrelevant to the story.
As the book plodded along, I felt my mind wandering and often, I simply turned the audio off because it was so unrelentingly dull.
The narration is also terrible, with poor inflection and a monotonous delivery. I did not punish myself by listening all the way to the end.

  • Mr. & Mrs. American Pie

  • By: Juliet McDaniel
  • Narrated by: Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 311

It's 1969 and Palm Springs socialite Maxine Simmons is planning a Thanksgiving feast to rival Nixon's stealthy maneuvers in the White House and Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon. With a catered menu to die for and a dining room that looks like it's been ripped from the glossy pages of a magazine, her entrance to high society is all but assured. Then comes the humiliation of being dumped by her husband of 17 years. Banished to Arizona, the disgraced Maxine languishes in exile. But then she suddenly gets an idea of how she can win it all back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a hoot!

  • By Haveenoughstuff on 09-22-18

Horrendous on every level

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I hope that Ms McDaniel has a day job, because she is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a writer. The plot, (I only endured it for about half an hour ) is tedious and shallow, and there are laughable mistakes such as the use of "gastronomic" when she meant "gastric."
The narration is as tortured as the prose.
I could kick myself for paying money for this amateurish drivel.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Sense and Sensibility

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,713
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,559

In this Audible Exclusive production, Academy Award® nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) narrates one of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Sense and Sensibility. In this timeless tale of misguided romance and heartbreak, two teenage heroines must overcome the pitfalls of Georgian England’s high society in order to achieve the love and happiness they seek. The admiration that Pike has for Austen’s work is shown clearly through this passionate delivery of Austen’s first published novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stellar Performance Elevates Austen’s Work

  • By Gretchen SLP on 10-09-18

A classic, deftly performed

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

I don't know why I don't read the classics more often. Sense and Sensibility, which I read decades ago, is an intriguing story, narrated with brilliance, in my opinion, by Rosamund Pike. I have enjoyed every minute of my second read (or listen) of this wonderful book.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Mindhunter

  • Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit
  • By: John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker
  • Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,743
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,734

Bonus material! Includes an excerpt from John Douglas and Mark Olshaker’s Obsession! Discover the classic behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas’ 25-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country’s most notorious serial killers and criminals - the basis for the upcoming Netflix original series.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too much ego

  • By Kourtney on 01-27-18

When does the "spine tingling" begin?

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

I am now on Chapter 5 of this book and I have learned all about the author's childhood, brushes with the law, college pranks and athletic prowess. How many chapters must I suffer through before the crime stories begin? I don't think I have the patience to wait. This book does not live up to its billing.

  • The Fixer

  • Justice Series, Book 1
  • By: T. E. Woods
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,880
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,867

Never a doubt. Never a mistake. Always for justice. Never for revenge. She's the person you hire when you need something fixed-permanently. With a strict set of criteria, she evaluates every request and chooses only a few. No more than one job per country, per year. She will only step in if it's clear that justice will not be served any other way. Her jobs are completed with skill and precision, and never result in inquiry or police investigation. The Fixer is invisible - and quite deadly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Assassin with a morals and criteria...

  • By shelley on 12-30-16

Narration so bad, I'll never finish listening

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

The narration of this book is so horrendous, I finally had to turn it off. It sounds like a high school, or at the very least, amateur production, and completely ruins the story because it is so distracting. When the narrator attempted foreign accents, or even male voices, it was comical.Yikes!!!

  • Islands, Oceans, and Dreams

  • The True Story of a Sailor's Seven Year Solo Voyage Around the World
  • By: Michael Salvaneschi
  • Narrated by: Andrew Parker
  • Length: 19 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257

Islands, Oceans, and Dreams is a true story of a man who, at the age of 33, began dreaming of voyaging with his wife to the South Pacific. He wasn't an adventurer or daring by nature, but he bought a boat and began learning the ways of the sea. Twenty years later, racked with the pain of divorce and still aching to live out his dream, he set off alone for Tahiti. After reaching French Polynesia, he continued cruising for seven years and wound up solo sailing around the world. Islands, Oceans, and Dreams takes the listener on that voyage.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great tale let down by production

  • By Brodie on 01-31-15

A decent story, poorly-written

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

The only reason I was able to stick with this book was the story itself, which was an entertaining listen in the car. But oh that writing! YIKES! So much bad syntax that I was groaning out loud as I drove.

There are also many mis-pronounced words (the boat DRUG anchor, instead of DRAGGED) and a healthy dose of sexism throughout. The way the author describes women primarily by their appearances might explain why he's a lonely, divorced single man.

On top of everything else, this audio book is poorly edited, with pickups of phrases that the narrator has chosen to re-record. No excuse for that.

  • Unbound

  • A Stone Barrington Novel
  • By: Stuart Woods
  • Narrated by: Tony Roberts
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529

In the wake of a personal tragedy, former CIA operative Teddy Fay - now a successful Hollywood film producer known as Billy Barnett - takes a leave of absence to travel and grieve and lands in Santa Fe in the company of his friends Stone Barrington and Ed Eagle. There, fate hands him an unexpected opportunity to exact quiet revenge for his recent loss, from a man who helped to cover up the crime. But when his enemy wises up to Teddy's machinations, a discreet game of sabotage escalates to a potentially lethal battle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mr. Barnett is no joke

  • By Troy Stafford on 01-09-18

Had to make an effort to keep listening

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

This one was a stretch. There were several painful moments, particularly when Roberts was trying to do Spanish accents and ended up sounding like an Irish cop instead. All that jetting around and having sex got to be a bore after a while, especially when the guys relaxed after dinner while "the girls did the dishes." Yuck.
The snake scene was also preposterous. Too bad, because Woods' books are usually great listens when I am on the road.

  • The Whole Town's Talking

  • A Novel
  • By: Fannie Flagg
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 844
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 761

Elmwood Springs, Missouri, is a small town like any other, but something strange is happening out at the cemetery. Still Meadows, as it's called, is anything but still. Funny and profound, this novel in the tradition of Flagg's Can't Wait to Get to Heaven and Thornton Wilder's Our Town deals with universal themes of heaven and earth and everything in between, as Flagg tells a surprising story of life, afterlife, and the mysterious goings-on of ordinary people.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Epic Novel

  • By Jean on 01-15-17

A nice, easy listen

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

This is a great novel to listen to in the car. It's interesting enough to hold my attention but not so demanding that I don't feel I can listen and drive at the same time. The plot is predictable, but the characters are charming and quirky. And I must mention the outstanding narration by Kimberly Farr, who can even do Swedish accents without sounding silly, as so many narrators do.

  • Thousand-Miler

  • Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail
  • By: Melanie Radzicki McManus
  • Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

In 36 thrilling days, Melanie Radzicki McManus hiked 1,100 miles around Wisconsin, landing her in the elite group of Ice Age Trail thru-hikers known as the Thousand-Milers. In prose that's alternately harrowing and humorous, Thousand-Miler takes you with her through Wisconsin's forests, prairies, wetlands, and farms, past the geologic wonders carved by long-ago glaciers, and into the neighborhood bars and gathering places of far-flung small towns.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book all around

  • By thesassyhaffie on 02-06-18

Irritating

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

I bought this book to listen to a story about HIKING. I did not buy it to hear a lecture ( a sophomoric one, I might add) on the establishment of the national parks system.
I kept waiting for the lecture to end, and it just went on and on, so I gave up and switched to another book.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful