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  • The Last Days of August

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,240

In December 2017 the famous porn star August Ames committed suicide in a park in the Conejo Valley. It happened a day after she’d been the victim of a pile-on, via Twitter, by fellow porn professionals - punishment for her tweeting something deemed homophobic. A month later, August’s husband, Kevin, connected with Jon Ronson to tell the story of how Twitter bullying killed his wife. What neither Kevin nor Ronson realized was that Ronson would soon hear rumors and secrets hinting at a very different story - something mysterious and unexpected and terrible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a healing masterpiece

  • By A. M. on 01-04-19

three hours I won't forget.

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

a sad story, and a regretful one; it is not possible to go back and fix what was going on in this beautiful young woman's life....to maybe save her.
Not the story I was expecting, but one I can learn from...even in my sixties with my daughter grown with children of her own.

  • The Library Book

  • By: Susan Orlean
  • Narrated by: Susan Orlean
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,592
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,453
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,447

On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual false alarm. As one fireman recounted later, “Once that first stack got going, it was good-bye, Charlie.” The fire was disastrous: It reached 2,000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Needs a new narrator

  • By Jessica on 01-17-19

even better than I expwcred.

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

I really appreciate when authors read their own work; sometimes ...they don't live up to my expectations. it took me a few paragraphs to settle in with her, but ultimately I liked her performance. really l9ked it.
I also like authors making use of vocabulary and she was terrific on this point.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Bell Jar

  • By: Sylvia Plath
  • Narrated by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,466

The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful but slowly going under - maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that Esther's insanity becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies. Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche is an extraordinary accomplishment and has made The Bell Jar a haunting American classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written, brilliantly performed.

  • By Debra W. on 02-04-16

wonderful performance

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

of exceptional material. The texture and tone captured, for me. the emotions (and not) of the book, sentence by sentence.

  • Woman at the Devil's Door

  • The Untold Story of the Hampstead Murderess
  • By: Sarah Beth Hopton
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulligan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

On October 24, 1890, a woman's mutilated and lifeless body was discovered on a pile of rubbish in Hampstead, North London. Her arms were lacerated, her face crushed and bloodied, and her head almost completely severed from her body. A mile away a blood-soaked stroller was found leaning against a residential gate. The dead baby's body, hidden beneath a nettle bush, was not located until the following morning. So began the incredible story of the Hampstead Tragedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellant research, reading and thoughts.

  • By Teddy on 12-02-18

excellant research, reading and thoughts.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

I am planning to add the hard copy to my collection. Hope you also enjoy.

  • Little Shoes

  • The Sensational Depression-Era Murders That Became My Family's Secret
  • By: Pamela Everett
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

In the summer of 1937, a California crime stunned an already grim nation. Three little girls were lured away from a neighborhood park to unthinkable deaths. After a frantic week-long manhunt for the killer, a suspect emerged. Justice was swift, and the condemned man was buried away with the horrifying story. But decades later, Pamela Everett, a lawyer and former journalist, starts digging, following up a cryptic comment her father once made about losing two of his sisters. Everett unearths a truly historic legal case that included the genesis of modern sex offender laws and the last man sentenced to hang in California.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful presentation of secrets and crime case!

  • By deb on 05-31-18

I dont know if it is a speech defect or she thinks

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

it sounds good or no one ever told her , but "d" at the end of a word should not sound like a "t". It drove me crazy ...even made me decide the author was wrong...horrible.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Mercy Dogs

  • By: Tyler Dilts
  • Narrated by: Tyler Dilts
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

For 16 years, Ben Shepard loyally served the Long Beach Police Department. Then he took a bullet to the head, and his life was shattered. No one expects much of anything from him anymore - except his father, an old man receding into a fog of his own. And except maybe his tenant, Grace, who's been a warm and friendly constant in his and his father's bleak lives. Until the day she vanishes. After an official investigation stalls, Ben moves forward on his own. But stepping into Grace's past - and all she was hiding - is a dangerous move for a man who can't trust his memories from one day to the next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Deeply Moving Book With a Satisfying Mystery

  • By Jan on 04-29-18

I wait for Tyler Dilts books to come out

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

they are always a great listen. a great story and I appreciate his reading his own work. Not all authors perform well/read well....he does.

  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark

  • One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
  • By: Michelle McNamara
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn - introduction, Patton Oswalt - afterword
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,284

A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer - the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade - from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Listen to Scare Yourself in the Dark

  • By Trixie Runnin' on 03-04-18

incredible, as of course expected. I rarely like

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

female readers; Gabra Zachman is now up there with Kevin Pierce. Can't wait to read the hardcopy.

  • The Anatomy of Motive

  • The FBI's Legendary Mindhunter Explores the Key to Understanding and Catching Violent Criminals
  • By: John Douglas, Mark Olshaker
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381

The Anatomy of Motive offers a dramatic, insightful look at the development and evolution of the criminal mind. The famed former chief of the FBI's Investigative Support Unit, John Douglas was the pioneer of modern behavioral profiling of serial criminals. Working again with acclaimed novelist, journalist, and filmmaker Mark Olshaker, and using cases from his own fabled career as examples, Douglas takes us further than ever before into the dark corners of the minds of arsonists, hijackers, bombers, poisoners, serial killers, and mass murderers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Smuckers jelly narration. Still good.

  • By Thad Ames on 11-07-17

not especially fond of this reader, but he did an

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

Okay job. The material, as always from Douglas/Olshanker is fabulous. I didn't need to read Mindhunter first, but it made it better.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Weight of Lies

  • A Novel
  • By: Emily Carpenter
  • Narrated by: Kate Orsini
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,836
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,686
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,684

Reformed party girl Meg Ashley leads a life of privilege, thanks to a bestselling horror novel her mother wrote decades ago. But Meg knows that the glow of their very public life hides a darker reality of lies, manipulation, and the heartbreak of her own solitary childhood. Desperate to break free of her mother, Meg accepts a proposal to write a scandalous, tell-all memoir.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. That was pretty bad.

  • By Meg on 07-21-17

entertaining and well done

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

On all counts.some things could be better researched. but it is a story. suspension of disbelief is always important in fiction

  • The Kill Clause

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Peter Friedman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 310

Tim Rackley, a deputy U.S. marshal, watches helplessly as his daughter's killer walks free on a legal technicality. He is suddenly forced to explore his own deadly options, a quest that leads him into the welcoming fold of "The Commission".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A little over the top for me

  • By Catherine J. Pondozzi on 10-03-17

Not surprised at how much I enjoyed

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

the story; I'm always leery of new readers...in this case performance I liked him...he did a great job on all the voices. I like when I can tell who is talking (or thinking) by the voice.