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Jon M. Wilson

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  • Red Dragon

  • By: Thomas Harris
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,740

An innocent family are the latest victims of a grisly series of hideous sacrificial killings that no one understands, and no one can stop. Nobody lives to tell of the unimaginable carnage. Only the blood-stained walls bear witness. All hope rests on Special Agent Will Graham, who must peer inside the killer's tortured soul to understand his rage, to anticipate and prevent his next vicious crime. Desperate for help, Graham finds himself locked in a deadly alliance with the brilliant Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the infamous mass murderer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Police Procedural of Our Time

  • By Charles Atkinson on 06-21-15

Excellent treatment of the sympathetic complexity of a murderer

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

I remember in my freshman year of college. I went with my boyfriend to a party, and on the bookshelf was a copy of The Silence of the Lambs. I had seen the movie any number of times but it hadn’t occurred to me that it might be based on a book. Asking to borrow it, I read. And this might have been the first time I read the source material of a popular contemporary film.
Fast forward twenty years, and multiple books about Hannibal Lecter have come and gone. Getting back into non-comic prose, I remembered enjoying Silence and looked up what else was in the series. With almost zero notion of what was before me, I set into Red Dragon.
What we have here is a crime and detective story, featuring agents of the FBI investigating the recent murders of two entire families in different parts of the country. The chief protagonist has the claim to fame of catching Hannibal Lecter. No one knows that was all but a fluke. The man is good at his job, but catching Lecter had been an accident of circumstance.
The first half of the story is almost entirely investigation and we only see the murderer through the mind of the FBI agents and their discussions with Lecter. Toward the middle, we slowly and then increasingly begin spending time with the murderer himself.
Hats off to Harris for painting such a sympathetic and pitiful portrait of the murderer. His backstory and his attempt at the first stages of romance pull at the heartstrings. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him and his inner struggle with his insanity.
The story ends with a final thrill I hadn’t expected, and I am very much looking forward to revisiting The Silence of the Lambs.

  • Prince Lestat

  • The Vampire Chronicles
  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,653
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,651

The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis… vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned… Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There is Wonderous Power in The Blood - I loved it

  • By Bruce on 11-02-14

A grand conclusion where almost nothing happens until the end

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

Reviewed: 05-30-17

This was an odd construction of a story. For some 70% of the novel, the present-day plot is almost non-existent beyond conversations in rooms, interspersed around short biographies of brand-new characters. The last portion of the book brings not only this book's conflict, but the entire life's journey of Lestat to a fantastic culmination that I found highly gratifying. And it's not that I didn't enjoy the bulk of the book. It was just very odd, and I spent a lot of time wondering exactly what was supposed to be happening.

  • Marvel Comics

  • The Untold Story
  • By: Sean Howe
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757

Throughout this decades-long journey to becoming a multibillion-dollar enterprise, Marvel's identity has continually shifted, careening between scrappy underdog and corporate behemoth. As the company has weathered Wall Street machinations, Hollywood failures, and the collapse of the comic book market, its characters have been passed along among generations of editors, artists, and writers - also known as the celebrated Marvel "Bullpen".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's as if this book was written for me!

  • By Greg on 03-15-13

Eye-opening and disenchanting

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

Reviewed: 09-22-16

This book could have the subtitle The Shit Storm You Never Knew Was Happening and If You Pay Attention You Will Never Be Mad at a Single Comics Creator or Editor Again. I learned so much I had no idea about, but I came away a little depressed. The book is fricking fantastic in its research and detail, but I'm not entirely sure I'm happy I read it.

  • My Year of Running Dangerously

  • By: Tom Foreman
  • Narrated by: Tom Foreman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,858
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,847

As a journalist whose career spans three decades, CNN correspondent Tom Foreman has reported from the heart of war zones, riots, and natural disasters. He has interviewed serial killers and been in the line of fire. But the most terrifying moment of his life didn't occur on the job - it occurred at home, when his 18-year-old daughter asked, "How would you feel about running a marathon with me?"

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ESPECIALLY Good for Those of Us Who Don't Run!

  • By Gillian on 04-12-16

Well-written

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

Reviewed: 06-03-16

Many sports memoirs are so poorly written that they are almost impossible to read. However, this book is a wonderful change of pace! As a journalist, Foreman has the talent and expertise to weave a beautiful tale, highlighting the struggles and triumphs of his first year training for a marathon and ultra-marathon. A great read for runners, and oddly emotional at the end!

  • Domesticated

  • Evolution in a Man-Made World
  • By: Richard C. Francis
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

Without our domesticated plants and animals, human civilization as we know it would not exist. We would still be living at subsistence level as hunter-gatherers if not for domestication. It is no accident that the cradle of civilization - the Middle East - is where sheep, goats, pigs, cattle, and cats commenced their fatefully intimate associations with humans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic exploration of man and nature

  • By Conor Cox on 09-10-15

Interesting and Fun

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

Reviewed: 06-03-16

I realize that most people would not find this topic fascinating, but wow, I really loved this book!

The author does a nice job of mixing technical science jargon in understandable terms for the general public. There is a nice mix of anthropology and genetics, talking about the interaction of human connection and biology.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Fighting Chance

  • By: Elizabeth Warren
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Warren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,186
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,000

As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an elementary school teacher - an ambitious goal, given her family’s modest means. Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put even that dream out of reach, but 15 years later she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt. Then came the phone call that changed her life: could she come to Washington, DC, to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book. Great Narration.

  • By Amy on 06-03-14

Just not a fan of political memoir

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

Reviewed: 06-03-16

So, I love Elizabeth Warren. And her life is interesting, and this book only made me admire her more.
However, I realize that I just really, really, really don't like political memoirs. They feel very self-serving and fake. So, this will be my first and last in this genre.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies

  • By: Robert J. Allison, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert J. Allison
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432

The history of colonial America is a story of extraordinary scope, with Europeans, Africans, and the native peoples of North America interacting in a drama of settlement and conflict that lasted nearly three centuries. Go back in time and relive this epic story in 36 spellbinding lectures. While concentrating on British North America, Professor Allison also covers developments in the colonial outposts of Spain, France, the Netherlands, and the all-important British possessions in the West Indies, which were the source of the most lucrative crop in the New World - sugar - and the reason for the enormous growth in the slave trade.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Subject Matter is wonderful, Narrator no so much

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-25-15

Facinating

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

Reviewed: 06-03-16

Any additional comments?

Although I grew up in American schools, this lecture series taught me much about early Colonial history that I had either forgotten/never learned in school! The lecturer is engaging and the material interesting!

  • Peoples and Cultures of the World

  • By: Edward Fischer, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Edward Fischer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

As the "science of humanity," anthropology can help us understand virtually anything about ourselves, from our political and economic systems, to why we get married, to how we decide to buy a particular bottle of wine. This 24-lecture course reveals the extraordinary power of anthropology - and its subspecialty, cultural anthropology - as a tool to understand the world's varied human societies, including our own.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The world is not only made of tribes

  • By Pedro M on 11-19-14

Facinating

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

I've listened to many of the Great Courses-- and this one tanks very near the top. I've never studied Sociology or Anthropology-- but I found these lectures insightful, interesting, and engaging. Highly recommend!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • People Who Eat Darkness

  • The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo - and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up
  • By: Richard Lloyd Parry
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,862
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,867

Lucie Blackman - tall, blond, 21 years old - stepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summer of 2000 and disappeared. The following winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a seaside cave. The seven months in between had seen a massive search for the missing girl involving Japanese policemen, British private detectives, and Lucie’s desperate but bitterly divided parents. Had Lucie been abducted by a religious cult or snatched by human traffickers? Who was the mysterious man she had gone to meet? And what did her work as a hostess in the notorious Roppongi district of Tokyo really involve?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is the audiobook against I rate all others.

  • By El_Ron on 03-08-13

True Crime, But Engaging

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

A classic true crime novel. However, probably better than most. The story unravels slowly and does a great job of conveying the cultural context of the crime-- in Tokyo.

  • Feathers

  • The Evolution of a Natural Miracle
  • By: Thor Hanson
  • Narrated by: Andy Ingalls
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Feathers are an evolutionary marvel: Aerodynamic, insulating, beguiling. They date back more than 100 million years. Yet their story has never been fully told. In Feathers, biologist Thor Hanson details a sweeping natural history, as feathers have been used to fly, protect, attract, and adorn through time and place. Applying the research of paleontologists, ornithologists, biologists, engineers, and even art historians, Hanson asks: What are feathers? How did they evolve? What do they mean to us?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Science and Fun

  • By Chris Reich on 12-28-14

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

An unusual topic and organization. Overall- an entertaining read. I would recommend-- both a history of the natural and cultural of the feather.