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  • The Executioner's Song

  • By: Norman Mailer
  • Narrated by: Maxwell Hamilton
  • Length: 42 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Norman Mailer's Pulitzer Prize-winning and unforgettable classic about convicted killer Gary Gilmore now in audio. Arguably the greatest book from America's most heroically ambitious writer, The Executioner's Song follows the short, blighted life of Gary Gilmore who became famous after he robbed two men in 1976 and killed them in cold blood. After being tried and convicted, he immediately insisted on being executed for his crime. To do so, he fought a system that seemed intent on keeping him alive long after it had sentenced him to death. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pulitzer-winner spoiled by numskulled narration

  • By W Perry Hall on 05-21-18

Helpful Hint for Those Suffering Thru This Narr

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

In complete transparency, I haven't yet finished this book I'm about half way through it. The story is riveting. The book is so well written. Unfortunately the narrator is almost impossible to listen to. Other reviewers have captured my thoughts about him so I won't repeat them here. Here's some good news though. If you're using the Audible app, you can increase the narration speed up to 1.25 and it's better. It eliminates the ill placed - I guess intended to be - dramatic pauses and even helps a bit with the odd voice inflections. Doesn't do a thing for the mispronunciations though. I guess Scott Brick or some of the other masters weren't available for this Pulitzer Prize winner.....???? Sooooooo disappointed after waiting on this book for so long.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Plum Island

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,580

Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio. The victims were biologists at Plum Island, a research site rumored to be an incubator for germ warfare. Suddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications - and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of Plum Island....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks Nelson for bringing an oldy to AUDIBLE

  • By Paul on 12-03-10

Soooo Very Loooooooong

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

The very best part of this book: Scott Brick. He's awesome. I love his performances in crime - both true and fiction. I felt so bad for him though, having to read this book. It has a great story - the plot is good.......however it contains so many meaningless rabbit holes that add no value to the plot, character development, or general mood creation. I wanted to fast forward through so many parts of this novel because they added absolutely nothing.

I couldn't stand the protagonist. I felt like the author was trying to create a character who was sarcastic in a likable way. He missed that mark altogether. I caught myself audibly groaning at some of his quips, jokes, and puns. Constant adolescent references to his genitalia didn't help matters, nor did his description of women. His "wit" was so misplaced and unconvincing. The constant jokes reminded me of a comedian I recently saw who told only a few jokes during his performance that were sort of funny, but he repeated the punch lines over and over to the point it was almost awkward. Same situation with this book. After a while, they're all just the same joke.

I found myself in such a predicament. As stated, the story was good but I had to wade thru so much muck to get to the end. I wanted to see how things were solved, but it was so hard to get there. I found myself too far in to turn back. This book is like quicksand.

I would not recommend this book unless you can find an abridged version that teases out all the meaningless blather. Its' a good story - just takes too long to get to the point.

  • The One-in-a-Million Boy

  • By: Monica Wood
  • Narrated by: Chris Ciulla
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,738

For years, guitarist Quinn Porter has been on the road, chasing gig after gig, largely absent to his twice-ex-wife Belle and their odd, Guinness records-obsessed son. When the boy dies suddenly, Quinn seeks forgiveness for his paternal shortcomings by completing the requirements for one of his son's unfinished Boy Scout badges. For seven Saturdays Quinn does yard work for Ona Vitkus, the spry 104-year-old Lithuanian immigrant the boy had visited weekly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very moving, thought provoking,

  • By Kelli Stone on 04-12-17

Very moving, thought provoking,

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

I read true crime. I chose this book on a whim. I am so glad I stepped out of my genre. This book is powerful. It's a thought provoking exploration of relationships between friends, husbands and wives, parents and children, rekindled friendships and loss. The author tells the story from different perspectives, rotating back and forth, past and present in a way that she artfully weaves a tale that draws you in to the point that you don't want to stop listening. I love a book that really delves into how others think and why they behave the way they do and this book is all of that. Don't even get me started on the narrator. How many ways can I say he is INCREDIBLE. I would say that he really "makes" the book but that isn't true because the book is already made. The story and the narrator make a great combination. He did such incredible justice to the voices of each of the characters. Can't think of anything I could say that needs changing about any of this work. I loved it!

22 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • The Stranger Beside Me

  • The Shocking True Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy
  • By: Ann Rule
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,999
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,557
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,547

Ann Rule was working on the biggest story of her career, tracking the trail of victims left by a brutal serial killer. Little did this future best-selling author know that the savage slayer she was hunting was the young man she counted among her closest friends. Everyone's picture of a natural winner, Ted Bundy was a bright, charming, and handsome man with a promising future as an attorney. But on January 24, 1989 Bundy was executed for the murders of three young women - and had confessed to taking the lives of at least thirty-five more women from coast to coast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Good One from Ann Rule

  • By Malia on 08-24-12

The "In Cold Blood" of our time

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

Reviewed: 10-15-16

What made the experience of listening to The Stranger Beside Me the most enjoyable?

Rule did an absolutely amazing job of examining Bundy from multiple perspectives. It was as if she switched between multiple brains to examine his character. She struck the perfect balance between understanding and analyzing along with sympathy for all involved parties while holding Bundy accountable for his actions.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rule - Her multiple perspectives

Did Lorelei King do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

She definitely differentiated between the characters by changing her voice but I found it distracting. Female voices were very childlike and the southern accents were off. At times I felt as if I were listening to a children''s storybook being read by my teacher which is way off from this subject matter.

  • Inside the Mind of BTK

  • The True Story Behind the Thirty-Year Hunt for the Notorious Wichita Serial Killer
  • By: John Douglas, Johnny Dodd
  • Narrated by: Jason Klav
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 592
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508

This incredible story shows how John Douglas tracked and participated in the hunt for one of the most notorious serial killers in U.S. history. For 31 years a man who called himself BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) terrorized the city of Wichita, Kansas, sexually assaulting and strangling a series of women, taunting the police with frequent communications, and bragging about his crimes to local newspapers and TV stations.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narration

  • By Leslie on 08-30-11

Fascinating trip inside BTK's brain

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

Reviewed: 10-15-16

What made the experience of listening to Inside the Mind of BTK the most enjoyable?

I love the fact that John Douglas understands the great importance of coming to understand the thought processes and shaping of the most disturbing offenders in our culture AND he's willing to write about it. When I hear about such vicious crimes, I always wonder what makes someone behave in such a way. John Douglas explains it all.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Douglas - his insight, ego, and occasional dark sarcasm

Which scene was your favorite?

The interview with BTK. Also the actual journaling of BTK

Any additional comments?

I liked the narrator for the most part but some really obvious mispronunciations bugged me. If you're gonna narrate true crime and FBI, you really can't afford to get "Quantico" wrong. Mistakes like Dulles, enviable, and Egcetera are much more forgiveable but not "Quantico".

  • Bear in the Back Seat

  • Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Volume 1
  • By: Kim DeLozier, Carolyn Jourdan
  • Narrated by: Carey Jones
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 550

A hilarious, heartwarming, and heartbreaking memoir by the chief wildlife ranger in the number one most popular family vacation destination in the USA, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For over 30 years, Kim DeLozier acted as a referee in the wild, trying to protect millions of park visitors from one of the densest populations of wild black bears in America - and the bears from tourists who get too close.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Funny stories - But not as funny as I expected.

  • By Kelly on 06-29-16

Like hearing (true) tales around a campfire.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-16

I love the collection of stories assembled in this book. I love that the author has real experiences combined with the art of storytelling. I love the consistent message from the author about what I can do as a bear lover to lessen the likelihood that a bear will get into trouble. I've always known the importance of properly managing my trash in the woods but the author cemented and underscored that importance in my brain - which I will share with others.

The narrator's voice was perfectly suited for this book. I love an authentic southern accent.

I grew ip in GA in the foothills of the Smokies. They are a true jewel. I appreciate so much the efforts of the author and others like him who look out for the forest "critters".

  • Lost Youth: A True Story

  • By: Shaun Webb
  • Narrated by: Steve Blizin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37

Colette Molyneaux, a cute, healthy, and happy 13-year-old, paid the ultimate price in a criminal's horrible thirst for blood. Nancy Molyneaux, Colette's mother, also suffered enormously, enduring the violent act of rape on top of losing a dear daughter.... In his search for the truth, Shaun digs into the police investigation, forensic science, and interviews with the people who were closest to Colette along with others involved in the tragic case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • well done though a sad story...

  • By inov8v on 10-06-15

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 08-10-16

I actually feel guilty reviewing this book negatively after reading the author's review of this book. I know he worked really hard on it.

It read much like a book report - an assembly of newspaper articles, police reports, letters from prison all mixed in with cliches and the author's opinions and preaching. I was looking for a more investigative book - things that we don't see in the headlines and in public record. I appreciated the author's conversations with the perpetrator's mother and had hoped to read more of that kind of info - the facts not seen in the headlines. After I finished the book, I felt as tho I had just finished reading a newspaper article about the crime. The author frequently stressed the importance of not writing opinion, and then proceeded to go ahead and state his opinion.

......and then there was the narrator. I found his style to be more suited to reading children's books. The sound effects really detracted from the performance, especially during the autopsy. Switching characters back and forth during the police interview was almost silly. The female "Nancy" interview was so incredibly flat and emotionless, especially the "crying."

This is one to skip.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • After Perfect

  • A Daughter's Memoir
  • By: Christina McDowell
  • Narrated by: Christina McDowell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 416
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 380

In the tradition of New York Times best sellers What Remains by Carole Radziwill and Oh the Glory of It All by Sean Wilsey, Christina McDowell's unflinching memoir is a brutally honest, cautionary tale about one family's destruction in the wake of the Wall Street implosion.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed reaction

  • By Margaret on 07-09-15

Compelling!

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

Reviewed: 07-31-16

This is one of the most compelling books I've listened to. I love that the author was also the narrator - adding powerful emotion in just the right controlled manner. This book is so intimate, brave, and introspective. The author provides cultural and societal insight that few can access.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Salt of the Earth

  • By: Jack Olsen
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569

Joe Gere said he died on the afternoon his 12-year-old daughter Brenda disappeared. It was left to Brenda's mother Elaine to sustain her stricken family, search for her missing child, and pressure the authorities for justice. From the first minutes of the investigation, suspicion fell on Michael Kay Green, a steroid-abusing "Mr. Universe" hopeful, but there was no proof of a crime, leaving police and prosecutors stymied. Tips and sightings poured in as lawmen and volunteers combed the Cascades forest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling True Crime -portrait of a family

  • By Suzanne on 05-08-16

A Pairing of Masters

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

Reviewed: 06-25-16

Jack Olsen with his incredible detail saturated books are perfectly paired with Kevin Pierce's narration. They're both tops at what they do. I really hope Kevin Pierce is tagged to narrate more of Jack Olsen's books not yet recorded.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Girls of Atomic City

  • The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II
  • By: Denise Kiernan
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,727
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,728

At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. But to most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians - many of them young women from small towns across the South - were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Kept very much in the dark, few would ever guess the true nature of the tasks they performed each day in the hulking factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More than Just the Girls

  • By Jane Mcdowell on 01-14-14

Informative - needed more character depth

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

Reviewed: 01-21-16

What did you like best about The Girls of Atomic City? What did you like least?

It was fascinating and informative. I learned a lot about a period in our history that I knew little about. I loved the author's decision to tell the story thru the voices of people who were there.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girls of Atomic City?

The ability to keep so many people so successfully engaged while they had no idea what they were doing.

What three words best describe Cassandra Campbell’s voice?

Clear, pleasant, incorrect

Did The Girls of Atomic City inspire you to do anything?

I want to learn more about the same subject.

Any additional comments?

I really liked the author's choice to tell the story thru the voices of the people who were there. I liked that she chose a wide variety of participants so we got a wide variety of information. I would have rather learned more about the people and less about the physics. Also, the narrator's southern accent needs a lot of work.