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  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,796

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely Depressing...

  • By Sena on 09-11-18

Woodward is a true journalist.

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

I've listened twice so far. There is so much to absorb. Woodward didn't bother building characters, this isn't a novel, it is reporting. I'd recommend (and have done so) TO ANYONE. Whether you like trump or not, you have the right to know what is in the White House. I'd also suggest James Comey's book "A Higher Loyalty."

I am eager for Andrew G. McCabe's book, I've pre-ordered it. We have the right to know.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,241

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Average at best!

  • By Roger Staggs on 09-09-18

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Good story. Just wish the narrator hadn’t put a pause after every word holly spoke. Vivid characters. Especially Lovey. I like to listen again, and this will be another one I listen again to.

0 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • My Sister Milly

  • By: Gemma Dowler
  • Narrated by: Ruby Thomas
  • Length: 22 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

Everyone thinks they know the story of Milly Dowler. Haunting headlines about the missing schoolgirl splashed across front pages. The family's worst fears realised when her body was found months later. The years of waiting for the truth, only to learn that the killer, known to the police, lived just yards from where Milly had vanished. The parents subjected to horrific psychological torture at a trial orchestrated by the murderer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shameful Investigation Added to This Family's Pain

  • By Susan on 11-14-17

Brought Me To Tears, and Rage, Many Times.

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

Exceedingly well-written book. For once, the whole impact of the survivors, family, friends is laid bare by a sister who truly loved/loves her murdered little sister, her mother, father, grandmother, extended family.

Truly, the Surrey police should be deeply ashamed of their very poor police work, their bullying, their lies,selling out to Rupert Murdoch with little or no regard for the family. In fact, they should be flayed in public, as should Murdoch and the murderer. I'd be happy to participate. It wasn't until the Surrey police were commanded by a new female commander that anything at all was done. The fact that the PM was cozy with the CEO of the offending Murdoch publications, neighbors, in fact made the hacking of phones including the murdered Milly's phone...as well as many other innocent victims..a whole lot easier as they had inside info from the police.

If I ruled the world (happily for them I do not), each of them would have a very slow, painful, public death. But before that I'd have QUALIFIED CSI go through their homes, phones, computers, the phones of their children parents, girl and boyfriends, everyone they were in contact with...and plaster everything in the newspapers, on YouTube, Vimeo, in fact I'd put up websites showing their dirty laundry. THAT is the impact the book had on me. Oh, and the murderer? I'd hire Stephen King to come up with a unique, horrible death for that turd.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Unanswered Cries

  • A True Story of Friends, Neighbors, and Murder in a Small Town
  • By: Thomas French
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 421

On a warm Florida evening, Karen Gregory saw a familiar face at her door. What the beautiful young woman could not know was that she was staring into the eyes of her killer - a savage monster who would rape her, stab her to death, and leave her battered body on the floor outside the bedroom. Detectives frantically sifting through the evidence were tormented by one disturbing question after another....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Writing

  • By Phaedrus on 02-03-18

Kitty Genovese all over again.

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

This "I don't want to get involved BS has to stop, we have to help each other, and if this book doesn't prove it to you, nothing will. I thought that lesson was taught with poor Kitty Genovese! Apparently not.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Almost Paradise

  • The East Hampton Murder of Ted Ammon
  • By: Kieran Crowley
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

On October 22, 2001, handsome multimillionaire financier Ted Ammon was found bludgeoned to death in the magnificent East Hampton mansion he'd built with his beautiful - and volatile - wife, Generosa. She stood to make millions, but it wasn't the money that made Ted's friends suspicious: Generosa Ammon had a history of violent outbursts and bizarre obsessions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super true crime story, well done by all

  • By IndyMcDuff on 02-11-18

Super true crime story, well done by all

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

Strong characters. Book drew me in from first paragraph to the very end.
I do remember when this happened, and thought back then "what a waste of a good man, and for what?

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Blackwater: The Complete Saga

  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 30 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,454

Blackwater is the saga of a small town, Perdido, Alabama, and Elinor Dammert, the stranger who arrives there under mysterious circumstances on Easter Sunday, 1919. On the surface, Elinor is gracious, charming, anxious to belong in Perdido, and eager to marry Oscar Caskey, the eldest son of Perdido's first family. But her beautiful exterior hides a shocking secret. Beneath the waters of the Perdido River, she turns into something terrifying, a creature whispered about in stories that have chilled the residents of Perdido for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A 6 Star Worthy Epic!

  • By jksullycats on 10-29-17

Good fiction

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

Good characters I do not usually do fiction,but I have a fondness for tales of the deep South, both fiction and non-fiction.

The book was enjoyable and kept me entertained for my endless walks.

  • Full Dark, No Stars

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,611

"I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eerie, honest, frightening!

  • By 9S on 01-15-11

Book a million times better than the film.

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

The narrator was superb. These are short stories and I enjoyed them both. By sheer coincidence, the film version of '1942" was either on Netflix or Amazon (cannot recall), and in all honesty, if I had not just finished listening to the book(s), I'd not have had a clue as to what was going on. My husband had not heard the book, thus got up and walked away mid-film.

You WILL enjoy the narration, very well done.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dwelling

  • Subdue, Book 1
  • By: Thomas S. Flowers
  • Narrated by: Rick Gregory
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

A horrifying creature emerges from a sandstorm just before Ricky Smith dies in battle. Forced to leave base housing, his widow Maggie buys a home on Oak Lee Road in the town of Jotham. Maggie is isolated in the historic house...and disconcerted by strange clicking sounds inside the walls.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • PTSD for the rest of us

  • By Spooky Mike on 10-25-17

Confusing

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

Some reviewers complained about the narrator. I thought he did just fine, and I listen to a LOT of books. They do offer an audio sample to see if the narrator's voice is to your liking, so why not listen first?

The story itself left me confused. The author jumps from character to character in such a way that I found myself back-tracking to make sure I understood what was going on. I know this is supposed to be book one of a series, but none of the characters have even the slightest hint of even the beginnings of a resolution to their plight. The book ending was, to me, akin to breaking away mid-sentence...frustrating. To me, the characters are barely sketched out. I am not interested enough to buy book two. Sorry, but this book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review, and this is my honest review.,

  • Son of a Grifter

  • The Twisted Tale of Sante and Kenny Kimes, the Most Notorious Con Artists in America: A Memoir by the Other Son
  • By: Kent Walker, Mark Schone
  • Narrated by: John Glouchevitch
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

In 1988 a troubled young man and his flamboyant mother were arrested for murdering a wealthy widow in her New York City mansion. Suddenly America was transfixed by a pair of real-life film noir characters. The media couldn't get enough of the twisted relationship between Sante Kimes and her 23-year-old son Kenny. But the most chilling story of all was never told - until now. Kent Walker, Sante's elder son, reveals how he survived 40 years of "the Dragon Lady's" very special brand of motherly love and still managed to get away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good Story Telling

  • By Nurture Learners and Able Observers on 08-16-17

Wow

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

If nothing else, this book will make you treasure your own parents...and even your in-laws.

A well told accounting of the travesty that was Sante Kimes, the most bold and greedy grifter of all time. This is a person without a soul.

Of course you will wonder why the older son did not just walk away. It is a dynamic I fail to understand. My sons love me, but surely they would not if I had pulled any of this crap.

I'm glad she died in prison. Too bad there is no Pit of Sarlac as there is in Star Wars.


0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Murder of Innocence

  • The Tragic Life and Final Rampage of Laurie Dann
  • By: Joel Kaplan, George Papajohn, Eric Zorn
  • Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

Early on a May morning in 1988, Laurie Dann, a 30-year-old, profoundly unhappy product of the wealthy North Shore suburb of Chicago, loaded her father's car with a cache of handguns, incendiary chemicals, and arsenic-laced food. Driven by fear and hate, she was going to make something terrible happen. Before the end of the day, Dann had blazed a murderous trail of poison, fire, and bullets through the unsuspecting town of Winnetka, Illinois, and other North Shore suburbs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Applicable to Las Vegas Shooter

  • By Teadrinker on 10-07-17

Don't Miss This One

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

Reviewed: 10-17-17

Can't wait to see what other reviewers say. I found zero flaws with the book or the narration.

But I would take great personal pleasure in strangling Laurie's parents. Had they admitted their daughter was dangerously ill, many lives could have been saved.

If you are an avid follower of True Crime, you won't want to miss this one. Oh, and you might want to have a Xanax handy.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful