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  • A Merciful Death

  • Mercy Kilpatrick, Book 1
  • By: Kendra Elliot
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,776

FBI special agent Mercy Kilpatrick has been waiting her whole life for disaster to strike. A prepper since childhood, Mercy grew up living off the land - and off the grid - in rural Eagle's Nest, Oregon. Until a shocking tragedy tore her family apart and forced her to leave home. Now a predator known as the cave man is targeting the survivalists in her hometown, murdering them in their homes, stealing huge numbers of weapons, and creating federal suspicion of a possible domestic terrorism event.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • i dont think this was written by kendra elliot

  • By K. Mathis on 03-27-17

Pleasantly surprised...

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

Enjoyed this book immensely. There were a couple of places that I wondered how the author would pull the story together and she did. The heroine was a realistic character unlike heroines in other books I’ve listened to. There often seems to be a need to make the heroine impossibly perfect. I don’t really wish to read about heroines or heroes who have to have supernatural abilities or backgrounds. Thank you Ms. Elliot for a realistic character in Mercy Kilpatrick.

The plot was interesting as were the characters. There were a few places where I felt things were a bit much, but overall I was well pleased. I’ve already started listening to the second in the series.

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  • The Woman Who Smashed Codes

  • A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine who Outwitted America's Enemies
  • By: Jason Fagone
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888

In 1912, at the height of World War I, brilliant Shakespeare expert Elizebeth Smith went to work for an eccentric tycoon on his estate outside Chicago. The tycoon had close ties to the US government, and he soon asked Elizebeth to apply her language skills to an exciting new venture: code breaking. There she met the man who would become her husband, groundbreaking cryptologist William Friedman. Though she and Friedman are in many ways the Adam and Eve of the NSA, Elizebeth's story, incredibly, has never been told.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An important biography, perfectly told

  • By sarah brown on 10-25-17

Simply Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 01-19-18

This is a must read for anyone interested in the history of the United States. It’s sad that a person who played such a massive role in code breaking during prohibition and World War II has had to wait decades after her death to be recognized. Glad that people are now telling her story!

  • The Chemist

  • Daniel Strong Series, Book 1
  • By: Alan Field
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

The most virulent weapon of mass destruction will be unleashed upon the world, but Delta Force veteran Daniel Strong isn't about to let that happen. Recalled from the depths of drug addiction and depression, Danny is the last chance for the CIA to stop an auction in New York where powerful weapons dealers are to bid for the right to proliferate a deadly neurotoxin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hooked me early

  • By MELODY on 09-27-17

Kept me guessing...

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

Reviewed: 09-25-17

If you could sum up The Chemist in three words, what would they be?

Many unexpected turns...

What did you like best about this story?

This story kept me guessing from the beginning, which doesn't happen often. Just when I thought I had it figured out, I would be wrong.

Which scene was your favorite?

If I tell, it will be a spoiler. There were many scenes that were great.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, but again, if I tell, it will be a spoiler. Let's just say that a scene regarding the heroine, Katelyn, shook me up quite a bit. This is something for someone who reads mystery novels non-stop.

Any additional comments?

It took me a while to get invested into this story. The first few chapters seemed to be full of clichés, but once I got through the initial bits, it came together very nicely. I enjoyed the bits of law thrown in there also.

This story doesn't sugar coat anything which adds to its appeal. There may or may not be a happy ending and the main characters are flawed, yet redemption isn't beyond reach.

There were some moments where the editing could have been smoother, but overall, I truly enjoyed the book.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Letters from a Stoic: Volume 1

  • By: Seneca
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

Continue to act thus, my dear Lucilius - set yourself free for your own sake; gather and save your time, which till lately has been forced from you, or filched away, or has merely slipped from your hands. Make yourself believe the truth of my words, that certain moments are torn from us, that some are gently removed, and that others glide beyond our reach. The most disgraceful kind of loss, however, is that due to carelessness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m glad I finally “read” some of Seneca’s writing

  • By LaPazBC on 07-21-17

Stoicism 101

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

Reviewed: 07-08-17

What made the experience of listening to Letters from a Stoic: Volume 1 the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the letter format the book takes. Granted, these are the letters of Seneca, but this format keeps the information coming in bite size pieces and makes them more easier to understand.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Letters from a Stoic: Volume 1?

I have enjoyed the bantering that Seneca engages in, both with Lucilius, the recipient of the letters and the way he takes from Epicurious while at the same time bashing his philosophy somewhat...

Have you listened to any of Kevin Theis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. Kevin Theis does a great job in all his narrations. His voice is very well suited for narrating classics.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really, but this is a very educational book and a great intro into Stoicism. I did have a few chuckles with the banter Seneca goes into.

Any additional comments?

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

  • By: Benjamin Franklin
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

My business was now continually augmenting, and my circumstances growing daily easier, my newspaper having become very profitable, as being for a time almost the only one in this and the neighbouring provinces. I experienced, too, the truth of the observation, "that after getting the first hundred pound, it is more easy to get the second", money itself being of a prolific nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Greatest American

  • By HH on 11-12-16

Oh Benjamin...

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

Reviewed: 07-08-17

If you could sum up The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin in three words, what would they be?

Fascinating. Educational. Incomplete. This book is not a full autobiography of his life. The narrative ends before his Revolutionary War activity cranks up. Still great though. Although, I feel all autobiographies should be read with the understanding that the writer is not going to be telling everything so best to follow with a biography that might fill in the gaps...

What did you like best about this story?

It was great to hear Benjamin Franklin's story told through his own eyes... Some of the greatest moments in his early life are just glossed over in a sentence or two. One got the feeling he liked talking about himself, but not really. Or rather, he wanted to make sure some of his famous experiments and administration efforts don't go unnoticed while not wanting to appear as a braggart.

Have you listened to any of Kevin Theis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to other performances by Kevin Theis. While they are all good, this may be one of his better ones as his voice makes you feel as if you are listening to Benjamin Franklin speak to you. His voice has a quality that is great for reading classics and semi-classics such as this one.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No laughing or crying, but many a-ha moments. There were moments when I was surprised by how some of the more famous moments in his life came about.

Any additional comments?

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

  • The Enchiridion: Adapted for the Contemporary Reader (Epictetus)

  • By: Epictetus, James Harris
  • Narrated by: Jason Sprenger
  • Length: 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

The Enchiridion or Manual of Epictetus (Enchiridion is Greek for "that which is held in the hand") is a short manual of stoic ethical advice compiled by the Greek philosopher Epictetus. This manual has been carefully adapted into modern English to allow for easy listening.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Perspective

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 06-28-17

Great intro into Stoicism...

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

Reviewed: 07-08-17

Where does The Enchiridion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

For the topic of Stoicism, it is near the top...

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

I had just listened to The Enchiridion which was highly enlightening, but this version was really more useful due to the adaptation for the contemporary reader. Not that the other was not understandable, but this was easier to relate to.

Which character – as performed by Jason Sprenger – was your favorite?

There is only one character if you will, so this is not really relevant.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Wow...there are too many to really choose, but one thing that Epictetus brings out is being satisfied with what your life holds and finding peace in that. That is very powerful and it takes the pressure off of a person somewhat. Being satisfied with ones own self is a powerful and freeing way to live.

Any additional comments?

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Elly Griffiths

  • Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive interview
  • By: Elise Italiaander
  • Narrated by: Elly Griffiths
  • Length: 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Elly Griffiths visits the Audible Studios to talk about her new book, The Chalk Pit, the ninth Ruth Galloway novel. Elly is one of the country's most popular and successful crime fiction writers, recently winning the CWA Dagger in the Library Award.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this snippet...

  • By debbye scroggins on 07-08-17

Loved this snippet...

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

Reviewed: 07-08-17

Where does Elly Griffiths rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among the very best...

What other book might you compare Elly Griffiths to and why?

I compare the Louise Penny novels to hers because they are both realistic, entertaining and the characters get into your soul.

What about Elly Griffiths’s performance did you like?

This performance took Elly Griffiths from being an abstract being behind the novel to a live person that I admire. I have always enjoyed her novels, but hearing the voice behind the books made the books more personal to me. Great to hear the back story behind the writing as well...

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

And now you've heard "the rest of the story"...

Any additional comments?

Keep up the great work Elly Griffiths!

  • The Chalk Pit

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

Ruth and Nelson investigate a string of murders and disappearances deep within the abandoned tunnels hidden far beneath the streets of Norwich. Norwich is riddled with old chalk-mining tunnels, but no one's sure exactly how many. When Ruth is called in to investigate a set of human remains found in one of them, she notices the bones are almost translucent - a sign they were boiled soon after death. Once more she finds herself at the helm of a murder investigation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Soap opera, too little detection

  • By Cathy J Hunter on 06-01-17

Love the Ruth Downie Series!

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

Reviewed: 07-08-17

What made the experience of listening to The Chalk Pit the most enjoyable?

I have been following the series since the beginning and I what I have found most enjoyable is learning what is happening in the lives of the characters. Elly Griffith's has a magical way of developing her characters. I want to know what is going to happen next, and just when I think everything is going to go like I want things to go, I get another surprise. Well done EG!

What other book might you compare The Chalk Pit to and why?

I would compare this book and the others in the Ruth Galloway series to the books in the Louise Penny Inspector Gamache series. Both of these authors get their readers invested in the lives of their characters. Both authors produce amazing books that touch on historical events and both authors are quite amazing.

What about Jane McDowell’s performance did you like?

Jane McDowell really makes the story come to life. She has been the narrator from the beginning, so listening is like settling in with old friends and glimpsing the next stages of their lives.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Seriously, Michelle?

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for the next one...

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  • Year's Best Hardcore Horror: Volume 2

  • By: Wrath James White, Tim Miller, Bryan Smith, and others
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 70

This year brings 22 more in-your-face stories that break boundaries and trash taboos, transgressive tales you can't "unread" (as Chuck Palahniuk says). Some of the stories you'll find here are loaded with very graphic descriptions of violence, sex, and depravities, while others may contain only one shocking moment of brutality. In others, the hardcore aspect may be less graphic and subtler than you might expect. Some of these quieter tales offer the listener some time to recover from the more disturbing ones preceding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bob @ Platypire Reviews

  • By Platypire Bob on 08-23-17

Not for the faint of heart...

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

Reviewed: 06-29-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Year's Best Hardcore Horror: Volume 2 to be better than the print version?

Definitely. Listening to the story helped develop it better in my mind's eye. With this topic, it is always best to be able to visualize the story. There is some pretty rough stuff in this book, but there was a lot of imagination to accompany it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This is an anthology. There were several characters in several stories that were captivating so it is hard to narrow down to one. There were several stories that didn't really make much sense to me though, so the characters in those were a bit too abstract.

What about Joe Hempel’s performance did you like?

Joe Hempel's performance is quite remarkable. One would imagine it would be difficult to create so many voices for so many characters, yet he does it well. He was able to differentiate the voices so much that you didn't feel like you were listening to the same story over and over. Well done.

Who was the most memorable character of Year's Best Hardcore Horror: Volume 2 and why?

Again, this is an anthology so it is hard to choose. There is a character named Grace in a story set in a post apocalyptic world. She was probably the most memorable because of how her story ended. Can't say much more as I would be spoiling the plot for future readers.

Any additional comments?

I was given the free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Revelation

  • By: Carter Wilson
  • Narrated by: Timothy McKean
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

When Harden Campbell wakes cold and beaten in a dirt-floor cell, he finds only three other things in the room with him: the mutilated body of his good friend, an ancient typewriter, and a stack of blank paper, the top sheet of which has a single typed sentence: "Tell me a story." He knows the message is from Coyote, his brilliant, megalomaniacal roommate whose lust for power and reverence has recently revealed him for the true sociopath he is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The First Rule of Revelation is...

  • By Spooky Mike on 06-29-17

Interesting plot twists...

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

Reviewed: 06-29-17

Where does Revelation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was not one of the best I've listened to, but definitely not the worst. I would put it among those in the middle of the road.

What did you like best about this story?

The twists of the plot. Some of the story though was a little slow going and at times predictable. Yet, just when I felt I was ready to turn the book off and start another one, the plot would pick up again. Sometimes listening was like being on a rollercoaster.

What does Timothy McKean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Timothy McKean did a fantastic job with narrating the book. Good narrators always bring the book to life for me. Well done.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Probably the ending. I didn't move me emotionally, but the final twists were well done.

Any additional comments?

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.