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  • Gosnell

  • The Untold Story of America's Most Prolific Serial Killer
  • By: Ann McElhinney, Phelim McAleer
  • Narrated by: Ann McElhinney
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 594
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546

Gosnell is the untold story of America's most prolific serial killer. In 2013, Dr. Kermit Gosnell was convicted of killing four people, including three babies, but is thought to have killed hundreds, perhaps thousands more in a 30-year killing spree. ABC News correspondent Terry Moran described Gosnell as "America's most prolific serial killer".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult But Important

  • By There Might Be Cupcakes Podcast on 10-23-17

A truly horrific tale...

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

How did I never hear of this monster, Kermit Gosnell? I stumbled upon this story and was interested to learn more. This book did, indeed, cover the gruesome details of a man without morals, scruples, or humanity. Well-written, and narrated by the Irish author (personally, I really enjoyed listening to her soft brogue), it was an intriguing audiobook. There were some passages that lost my attention, but that is true (for me, anyway) when the story requires some legal details and characters. Those passages were necessary to the book, but not as interesting as the meat-and-potatoes story. Definitely worth a listen; Americans should know about this man.

  • Danger in the Shadows

  • By: Dee Henderson
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647

Sara Walsh is unsure of her own safety. Every day when she leaves her job as a writer, she takes a different route to avoid patterns in her routine that could put her life in jeopardy. Ever since she and her sister were abducted as children, and her sister was murdered, Sara has been forced to live in a paranoid world where a faceless man could be stalking her every move. But this man is no apparition. He¿s real and he¿s obsessed with finding her ¿ and killing her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story, great narrator.

  • By Deborah on 10-11-11

Dull story; uninspired writing

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

Reviewed: 11-16-16

Would you ever listen to anything by Dee Henderson again?

Nope.

Any additional comments?

{Spoiler alert!} This book got enough great reviews that I figured it was a sure hit. I was wrong. The writing was very weak ("telling" instead of "showing", repeating the same mantras throughout, an overabundance of superlatives in lieu of actual storytelling). The plot is likewise weak, improbable and unimpressive. But worst of all is the notion that (SPOILER ALERT) a guy can just join the FBI to find his sister's tormentor, then become "the best" of the FBI, and have at his disposal all the time and resources needed to provide protection and investigation for 25 years. Puuuhhhllleeeeease! This is so far removed from the reality of the FBI that, even if I weren't the wife of an agent, I'd have seen this scenario as utterly absurd. I felt nothing for any of the characters, unless I were to count boredom and frustration. This one was a real disappointment; a wasted credit.

  • Finders Keepers

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,676
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,989

A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far - a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes. "Wake up, genius." So begins King's instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn't published a book for decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars for Will Patton reading Stephen King

  • By PlantCrone on 06-21-16

Another strong story by The King.

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

Reviewed: 10-18-15

What made the experience of listening to Finders Keepers the most enjoyable?

For starters, the narrator, Will Patton, does a remarkable job of setting the stage with his voice, tones and pace. He was equally engaging in the first of this series, "Mr. Mercedes". I often felt thrown back to a time when families sat around a radio, listening to series programming…

But even the best narrator can't fix a bad story. Stephen King gives Mr. Patton some excellent material to narrate (does anyone spin a yarn quite as well as King???). King expertly weaves the primary storyline of the first book (Mr. Mercedes) into this related, but distinct and engaging tale. He moves the most important characters from Book 1 into Book 2, introduces us to new characters in a very believable way, and allows us to witness their development with a personal interest. To wit, there was a moment later in the book (no spoilers) when a very unexpected event occurs to a very innocent character. When it happened, I actually stopped walking in my tracks (I was listening while walking the neighborhood, reaching for 10,000 steps), tossed my hands in the air and shouted, "NO!!!". The neighbors are still looking at me funny.

I love finding excellent, long listens; I have a substantial commute, and audiobooks help me tolerate it. Long books give me the feeling of getting "more bang for my buck", but they have to be good. I found myself sitting in my car in my driveway after work, finishing the chapter. To me, that's the sign that it's a good book!

What other book might you compare Finders Keepers to and why?

The natural comparison would be with King's "Mr. Mercedes", since it is the first in this series. Although one could pick up the story with "Finders Keepers", I do think it is worth enjoying "Mr. Mercedes" before moving on to this title.

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

Will Patton has an uncanny ability to vocally set a stage with a story such as this. His timing, change of tone and pace to represent different characters…all done effortlessly (how does he remember so many "voices" without hesitation?". Mr. Patton has clearly found his niche with the crime drama/suspense genre.

If you could rename Finders Keepers, what would you call it?

I think The King has, once again, found the perfect name for this book. I wouldn't dare challenge this guy; he clearly knows how to write!

Any additional comments?

Not as good as "Mr. Mercedes", but still an excellent story and very much worth a credit!

  • Now I Know More

  • The Revealing Stories Behind Even More of the World's Most Interesting Facts
  • By: Dan Lewis
  • Narrated by: Anthony Haden Salerno
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 571
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 572

Get ready to find out the real deal behind a new collection of fascinating facts. From pink camouflaged fighter planes to secret Harry Potter characters, Now I Know More covers everything from history and science to sports and pop culture. You'll learn about made-up towns that made their way onto real maps, the time three MLB teams squared off in a single game, and 99 more curious cases of remarkable trivia. And it's all true. With this audiobook, you really will know more!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed...

  • By Pat on 05-29-15

Very disappointing.

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

Reviewed: 06-05-15

Would you try another book from Dan Lewis and/or Anthony Haden Salerno?

No.

Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Lewis again?

No. Although I love hearing/reading about arbitrary, lesser-known facts and anomalies, the presentation here was too stiff for my tastes. It read more like an old history text book than an anthology of interesting stories.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I probably would have finished listening to the book, rather than giving it up halfway through, if the narration was performed by someone else. The narration was artificial, and prone to unnecessary "breathless" and other melodramatic affectations. Very annoying to my ear. Had to abandon it.

What character would you cut from Now I Know More?

Since this is an anthology of stories, and not a novel, there are no characters on whom to comment.

Any additional comments?

Glad I got this one for a "Daily Deal" discount. I would have been upset to have wasted a credit or paid full price.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,723

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic story to be read by all!

  • By Gina on 07-25-09

A Very Long Book...That Ended Too Soon!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would absolutely recommend this audiobook! I had read the novel several years ago, and returned to this title in audiobook format to break up a long commute to work. Good choice! From the very first page, the author engages the listeners with an immediate connection to the characters. There's plenty of drama, mixed with architectural instruction against an historical backdrop. Follett has a true talent for blending all of these elements into a captivating story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pillars of the Earth?

My personal favorite was Ellen's "pissing scene". If you didn't pick up on her spunk before that scene, her tirade left no doubt. It was a graphic illustration of how frustrating it must have been for women of that era to be living amongst self-righteous, pseudo-intellectual men.

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

I did read the book first, and enjoyed it immensely. John Lee's narration was excellent, and did, actually, enhance the story for me.

Any additional comments?

I resisted recommendations to read this novel for a long time. I mean, really...twelfth-century English monks building a cathedral? Sounded so boring to me. Then my aunt pushed the paperback into my hands as I was leaving for a trip, and I opened it on the plane for lack of a better alternative. The plane landed too soon! I was hooked from the first pages, and enjoyed the audiobook just as much several years later.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • When The Dancing Stopped

  • The Real Story of the Morro Castle Disaster and Its Deadly Wake
  • By: Brian Hicks
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

In the best-selling tradition of The Devil in the White City, award-winning author Brian Hicks tells the explosive story of the Morro Castle, the elegant luxury liner that burned off the coast of New Jersey on September 7, 1934. The captain died under mysterious circumstances seven hours before his ship caught fire off the New Jersey coast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Real life murder mystery!

  • By Kristi R. on 09-06-13

Fascinating story!

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

Reviewed: 03-12-13

What made the experience of listening to When The Dancing Stopped the most enjoyable?

The story of the Morro Castle disaster (of which I heretofore knew nothing) was an amazing true American tale. Why was this not a part of American History class? We all know about the Titanic, but how many of us know about the Morro Castle tragedy? This is an excellent story, told very well by the author.

What three words best describe Dick Hill’s performance?

The narrator did a very good job with diction and annunciation, but I found that, listening to the book over a car audio system, his vocal intonations of the characters' quotes and spoken passages were not on the same listening level as the reading of the passages. As a result, I often had to adjust the sound levels; after a while, this became a bit of a chore, and detracted from the overall listening experience.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, in fact I would often try to listen to it in "snippets", doing chores, cooking, etc. (while I usually listen to audio books while driving to work).

Any additional comments?

This was an excellent tale, and very well written. The narrator did a good job, but, perhaps, the technical production needs to be "tweaked" so the listening levels are more fluid. Overall, a very worthwhile purchase!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Witness [Brilliance Audio Edition]

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,988
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,947

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • JUST SIMPLY FANTASTIC LISTENING ! !

  • By Gary on 04-24-12

Shallow...Just can't finish it.

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

Reviewed: 03-12-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Given Nora Roberts' popularity, I guess I'm in a minority, but I just can't seem to latch on to her novels. This one had such high ratings, I thought I'd give it a listen. But, deep into the first download, I can barely keep my eyes on the road while commuting to work during the narrative; I find myself rolling my eyes at the pedestrian characters and the high-school-essay plot development. It may not help that I'm also reading an exquisite novel by Alan Brennert ("Honolulu"); by comparison, the writing in "The Witness" pales beyond redemption. I will return this one.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I will probably go to "Molokai" (Alan Brennert) or one of Ken Follett's magnificent novels ("Pillars of the Earth", "World Without End"), or "Devil in the White City".

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator does try to use vocal inflection to define the characters, but I have often thought that they were not really on target. Again, by comparison, the narrator of "The Crimson Petal and the White" was dead on with her vocal tempo and inflections, which truly enhanced the listening experience. That audio book actually had me completely addicted; I was listening to it at every opportunity. This one...not so much.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

I will try to return this one for something I can look forward to.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Crimson Petal and the White

  • By: Michel Faber
  • Narrated by: Jill Tanner
  • Length: 41 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 751
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 747

NOW A MAJOR BBC DRAMA starring Romola Garai, Chris O'Dowd, Gillian Anderson, Richard E. Grant, Shirley Henderson and Mark Gatiss. 'Watch your step. Keep your wits about you; you will need them....' So begins this irresistible voyage into the dark side of Victorian London. Amongst an unforgettable cast of low-lifes, physicians, businessmen, and prostitutes, meet our heroine Sugar, a young woman trying to drag herself up from the gutter any way she can.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this Book!!

  • By anniepaints on 06-16-11

Excellent audio book!

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

Reviewed: 01-16-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I have actually recommended this audio book. I listened to it every day during a tough commute to work, but found myself sneaking away to see what happened to Sugar next...

What did you like best about this story?

The author did a splendid job of bringing humanity to the central character, Sugar.

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

The narrator was simply perfect for this book. She had a smooth, engaging voice, with a most suitable British accent.

Any additional comments?

I was completely captivated with this entire audio book (a long one!), but I found the ending disappointing. In a way, I can understand why it ended the way it did, but I think I'd rather have known more about where and how certain characters ended up.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful