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  • The Fourth Monkey

  • By: J. D. Barker
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Graham Winton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,159

Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel from the author Jeffery Deaver called "a talented writer with a delightfully devious mind". For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one that proves he has taken another victim, who may still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twisted Knives And Killer Humor

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-15-17

Decent premise but excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

I really enjoyed the narration, reminded me of Kelsey Grammer’s voice. Story is good, plenty of twists. I could suggest you could wait for the movie, its in the works, but narration is well worth getting the book.

Black lady with attitude, aka “Claire bear” gets old very quickly. Wish the author had developed Claire more as a mature and intelligent woman vs. cheesy entertainment.
Antagonist development is spectacular, alas falls short of full fruition. Seemed the author ran out of creativity toward the end, was rather in a hurry to tie all loose ends.

Look forward to next book by the author, and hopefully by the same amazing narrators.

  • The Godfather

  • By: Mario Puzo
  • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
  • Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,590
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,154
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,158

More than forty years ago, Mario Puzo wrote his iconic portrait of the Mafia underworld as told through the fictional first family of American crime, the Corleones. The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. His command post is a fortress on Long Island from which he presides over a vast underground empire that includes rackets, gambling, bookmaking, and unions. His influence runs through all levels of American society, from the cop on the beat to the nation''s mighty. Mario Puzo, a master storyteller, introduces us to unforgettable characters, and the elements of this world explode to life in this violent and impassioned chronicle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Huge fan of the movie, loved this audiobook!

  • By Dana on 10-04-13

Great book, wonderful narration

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

If you haven’t read the book but have seen the movie, the experience is even better.
Definitely worth every penny, thoroughly enjoyed Mantegna’s work. Must admit, I kept thinking of Joey Zasa narrating Corleone family business little weird. But he definitely made his bones as a narrator with this book.

  • The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures

  • By: Aaron Mahnke
  • Narrated by: Aaron Mahnke
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722

They live in shadows - deep in the forest, late in the night, in the dark recesses of our minds. They're spoken of in stories and superstitions, relics of an unenlightened age, old wives' tales, passed down through generations. Yet no matter how wary and jaded we have become, as individuals or as a society, a part of us remains vulnerable to them: werewolves and wendigos, poltergeists and vampires, angry elves and vengeful spirits.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just a rehash of the podcast

  • By Elan Diamond on 10-18-17

Save $$ listen to podcasts

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

Pretty much everything can be found on his podcasts, as i wasted a good credit.

Also, author manages to insert snide comments snd insensitive remarks about people suffering terrible fate.

Overall could have been better if the author’s pointless commentary was left out. But then again you can get this without spending anything.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Devil's Chessboard

  • Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government
  • By: David Talbot
  • Narrated by: Peter Altschuler
  • Length: 25 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720

An explosive, headline-making portrait of Allen Dulles, the man who transformed the CIA into the most powerful - and secretive - colossus in Washington, from the founder of Salon.com and author of the New York Times best seller Brothers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing. Makes you question the company line.

  • By KTS on 02-06-16

Grain of salt....

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

The best bit of Socialist propaganda i have ever read.
The problem isn’t the argument that Dulles brother weren’t decent human beings but rather that thEy are the ONLY ones who are.

Talbot’s sick fascination with communism and his devotion to left wing conspiracies produced this biased book.

Talbot’s only heroes in the book either stick their head in an oven, or shoot them selves in the head due to lack resilience in life.

Though I,d recommend this book for those studying the propaganda and info warfare by the socialists in our nation. There are plenty of subtle and non subtle examples of brain washed communist propagation. For example, Soviets only tortured Western citizens in gulags because they were misled by the Western spy agencies. Socialism is great and nationalizing the free market is the moral thing to do. Talbot needs to move to Venezuela time now.

Great place to get a thorough review - http://www.washingtondecoded.com/site/2015/10/talbot.html

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Our Occulted History

  • Do the Global Elite Conceal Ancient Aliens?
  • By: Jim Marrs
  • Narrated by: Dave Courvoisier
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547

Best-selling author and legendary conspiracy researcher Jim Marrs, who has investigated the recent financial crisis, the JFK assassination, and the national socialist takeover of America, now takes on his biggest subject: the history of mankind. Offering mind-blowing information that will radically alter the way we think about the world and our place in it, Marrs goes beyond the revelations of his classic Alien Agenda, interweaving science and authentic archaeological finds with provocative speculation to show how human civilization may have originated with nonhumans who visited earth eons ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brings it all together!

  • By Ronald Castle on 12-15-13

Jim, why the awful narrator?

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

Definitely enjoyed this book, though with a grain of salt. Tons of info and research, really shows the author’s investment in the topics.

I’d say almost too much info, it’ll require multiple readings to get all absorbed.

HOWEVER, the awful reporter turned narrator experience was down right aggravating. Between countless mispronounced words and ridiculous accents, it was a challenge to finish this book. Really offensive accents ranging from Australia to Pakistan, completely threw my focus off. I actually had to find the print version to verify the words themselves. Here is a link if interested;
http://avalonlibrary.net/ebooks/Jim%20Marrs%20-%20Our%20Occulted%20History%20-%20Do%20the%20Global%20Elite%20conceal%20Ancient%20Aliens%3F.pdf


Highly recommend, Dave go back to mispronouncing at 6,o clock news, leave the narration of books to professionals.

  • Hunt for the Skinwalker

  • Science Confronts the Unexplained at a Remote Ranch in Utah
  • By: Colm A. Kelleher Ph.D
  • Narrated by: David Bendena
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479

For more than 50 years, bizarre events at a remote Utah ranch have ranged from the perplexing to the wholly terrifying: vanishing and mutilated cattle, huge otherworldly creatures, invisible objects emitting magnetic fields, and more. For the family living at Skinwalker Ranch, life was under siege, and no one had been able to explain the horrors that surrounded them...But maybe science could. Leading a first-class team of research scientists, Colm Kelleher spent hundreds of days and nights on the Skinwalker property.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mesermizing tale of the supernatural.

  • By John M. ONeal on 02-13-18

Well worth the $

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

Enjoyed the scientific aspect of this subject. Definitely worth the time and $ if interested in Ufology.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ghost

  • The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton
  • By: Jefferson Morley
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

In The Ghost, investigative reporter Jefferson Morley tells Angleton's dramatic story, from his friendship with the poet Ezra Pound through the underground gay milieu of mid-century Washington to the Kennedy assassination to the Watergate scandal. From the agency's MKULTRA mind-control experiments to the wars of the Mideast, Angleton wielded far more power than anyone knew.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Flawed Superpatriot

  • By E. Hughes on 11-23-17

Decent info but tainted with liberal ideology!

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

Enjoyed the topics succinctly aligned with important milestones of Angleton’s career. I.e. Communism, Italian Operation, etc.

Decent read and provides in-depth narrative about Angleton’s academic influences on the CIA’s CI activities and internal politics.

Books falls short of giving depth and insight about any main characters with conservative views. Usually painting them as macho, simplistic , and/or lacking much wisdom. I.e. Eisenhower, Hoover, McCarthy.
Also apologetic and defiant in tone regarding American values of 1950s.
Of course as many of today’s books, every female character was a gifted genius while a victim of some sort. While many divorced, had affairs and manipulated men of power for their means - not a single critic of any progressives to include the Cambridge five.

Overall a C. I,d recommend getting a copy at the library rather than wasting a credit.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Three Minutes to Doomsday

  • An Agent, a Traitor, and the Worst Espionage Breach in U.S. History
  • By: Joe Navarro
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790

In 1988 Joe Navarro, one of the youngest agents ever hired by the FBI, was dividing his time between SWAT assignments, flying air reconnaissance, and working counterintelligence. But his real expertise was "reading" body language. He possessed an uncanny ability to glean the thoughts of those he interrogated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of Clancy with the best of Law & Order

  • By Lord Emsworth on 07-17-17

Glorified story about a workaholic FBI agent

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

This book comes across as very self aggrandized version of ....well...a run of the mill espionage case. Quite frankly it was more horrifying to listen about FBI ineptitude than the 8th Army spy ring.
Navarro tries too hard to come across as a tough guy, rather being a professional Federal agent. “I am steps away from throwing Rod off the balcony” type of dialogue is rather childish. As the same suspect is known to carry a loaded gun and could possibly have put a few in Navarro’s dome had he tried to put his hand on the psychopath suspect. Also the story highlights Navarro’s reckless behavior and lack of common sense, which seems to be a pattern throughout his life. From tackling a bunch of gang bangers with knives for items not worth a day’s pay, almost losing his arm the process, to placing family and sick wife second to being a cool SWAT dude.

Overall it’s an average story. Highly recommend borrowing from a library or getting it free, to save your precious credits. Too bad I can’t get mine back.

  • Thunderstruck

  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Bob Balaban
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,508
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,066
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,068

In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men: Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication. Their lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Marconi, murder, mix well

  • By Michael Jones on 11-14-06

Must read for any history buffs

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

Larson is an excellent story teller. To add Balaban as a narrator simply push the experience that much further towards amazing.

Highly recommend for anyone looking for a history lesson that involves people centric view points.

  • Elon Musk

  • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,252

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of competence porn

  • By Tristan on 08-20-16

Must read for anyone interested in the future of technology

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

I liked this book as it highlights many close hold aspects of Musk and future of his companies. Author’s research and delivery are impeccable. Narrator was on point as usual.

I really enjoyed Musk’s quirks, many of which truly underline some weaknesses his personality. Lack of trust in anyone or anything being a major factor. I also noticed some cultural aspects of his upbringing in South Africa.

Elon Musk simply uses people and things to deliver the grand designs his mind has conjured up about humanity. And that makes him very important as he is willing to sacrifice anything and everything to get there. Meanwhile let’s hope he doesn’t drop dead of a stroke or a heart attack. His demise would truly be a major setback to the way we perceive our future.