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C. E. Wright

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  • Screwball

  • By: Simon Rich
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Beck Bennett
  • Length: 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,091
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,074

Before he was “Babe” or “The Sultan of Swat” or “The Great Bambino”, George Herman Ruth was just another teenage misfit at St. Mary’s School for Boys. But Ruth has something the other boys don’t, and when Baltimore Orioles manager Jack Dunn watches him throw a baseball over a building, Ruth gets the chance to punch his ticket out of the orphanage. All he has to do now is make the team.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story, not for kids

  • By Stormy Jones on 07-06-19

Good that this was free

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

Reviewed: 07-08-19

What happens when you mix a silly premise, sophomoric humor, a 3rd grade moral, and a smidge of history. Listen and see.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Quantum Magician

  • By: Derek Kunsken
  • Narrated by: T. Ryder Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,373

Belisarius is a quantum man, an engineered Homo quantus who fled the powerful insight of dangerously addictive quantum senses. He found a precarious balance as a con man, but when a client offers him untold wealth to move a squadron of warships across an enemy wormhole, he must embrace his birthright to even try. In fact, the job is so big that he'll need a crew built from all the new sub-branches of humanity. If he succeeds, he might trigger an interstellar war, but success might also point the way to the next step of Homo quantus evolution. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just when I had given up.... jack pot!

  • By Zach on 11-08-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 05-20-19

I really loved Ryder Smith's narration, the story being narrated is a second rate tale that tries to generate interest by throwing around, usually in completely crazy ways,terms and concepts from quantum theory and physics while relying on too many improbably things working out just right to drive the plot.

  • Where the Hell is Tesla?

  • A Novel
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,999
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,993

I found the journal at work. Well, I don't know if you'd call it work, but that's where I found it. It's the lost journal of Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest inventors and visionaries ever. Before he died in 1943, he kept a notebook filled with spectacular claims and outrageous plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had A Blast Listening To This One!

  • By Cheri on 08-11-16

Very disappointing

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

I chose this based on the strong reviews. Structurally, it is a humorous, sci-fi coming of age story. But I found the humor to be sophomoric and the plot just one improbable thing after another.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Others

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,429
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,417

Dan Delgado is a private investigator. He’s unenthusiastic, and unmatched. As a former San Francisco detective, he misses more meaningful work, but he hasn’t had the heart for it since his wife’s death five years prior. That is, until a phone call from a distraught mother, an illegal immigrant who can’t go to the police, puts him on the hunt for a missing little girl. By the time he reaches the mother’s small home, she’s missing, too. Then a team of heavily armed mercenaries arrive. Delgado and crew are plunged into a dangerous world of corporate competition, UFO lore, and government cover-ups.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed humor

  • By Bree Salyer on 07-31-18

Despite good reviews, I couldn't finish this book

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

As at least one other reviewer has noted, the characters are quite on-dimensional and the plot is just not all that interesting. For a while, the dry humor carried me along, but that just is not enough.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,400
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,378

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor in rural Oxfordshire. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. Over 150 years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By Kimberly on 10-21-18

Perhaps not Morton's best, but still superb

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

At one point in the fabric of this wonderful novel, one of the main characters describes her brother. "If you are to understand my brother Mr. Gilbert, you must stop seeing him as a painter and start seeing him instead as a storyteller. It was his greatest gift. He knew how to communicate, how to make people feel, and see, and believe. The medium in which he chose to express himself was irrelevant. It is no easy feat to invent a whole world, but Edward could do that: A setting, a narrative, characters who live and breathe. He was able to make the story come to life in someone else's mind. Have you ever considered the logistics of that Mr. Gilbert? The transfer of an idea -- and, of course, a story is not a single idea, it is thousands of ideas, all working together in concert." However, to my mind, the author in this passage could be describing herself and the magic that she works.

Of course, in a book on tape, much of this can be lost if the narrator is not up to the challenge of the prose. Fortunately, Joanne Froggatt allows Morton’s characters to fly off the page directly into your mind.

  • Bluff

  • By: Michael Kardos
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,061

At 27, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. Shunned by the magic world after a disastrous liaison with an older magician, she now lives alone with her pigeons and a pile of overdue bills in a New Jersey apartment. In a desperate ploy to make extra cash, she follows up on an old offer to write a feature magazine article - on the art of cheating at cards. In the process, Natalie is dazzled by a poker cheat's sleight of hand and soon finds herself facing a proposition - to help pull off a $1.5 million magic trick that, if done successfully, no one will ever even suspect happened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can't say enough about this book!

  • By shelley on 04-05-18

Good listen, but falls short of great

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

This book has an unusual premise, a different plot with some unexpected twists, and some intriguing characters. Interestingly, it falls short because both the author and narrator overplay the hand, trying too hard to build drama and tension instead of just letting the basic story do the work.

  • Heaven Adjacent

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,613
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,427

Roseanna Chaldecott spent her life as a high-powered lawyer in Manhattan. But when her best friend and law partner dies suddenly, something snaps. Unsure of her future, Roseanna heads upstate on one tank of gas and with no plans to return. In the foothills of the Adirondacks, Roseanna discovers the perfect hideout in a ramshackle farm. Its seventy-six acres are rich with possibilities and full of surprises, including a mother and daughter squatting on the property. Although company is the last thing Roseanna wants, she reluctantly lets them stay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just the best!!

  • By kthompson1004 on 07-25-18

Sweet Story

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

I thought Hyde's "Ask him why" was terrific. This is good but it lacks the complexity that made the other work so well.

  • Jingle Bell Pop

  • By: John Seabrook
  • Narrated by: Erin Moon
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,576
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,246

On Christmas Eve, 1818, in a small Austrian village, a local Catholic priest and a church organist composed a Christmas carol that changed the course of holiday music forever. Exactly two hundred years later, it’s not the holiday season until you’ve heard “Silent Night” in the car, at the store and on TV – all in the same day. 

In Jingle Bell Pop, John Seabrook, acclaimed author of The Song Machine, takes us deep inside the holiday music business. We go behind the scenes to meet some of the producers, songwriters and recording artists responsible for the timeless tunes we hear on repeat between Thanksgiving and Christmas every year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Making of a Christmas Hit

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

vaguely interesting

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-18

The basic problem was that they really did not have a lot to say, so, like an undergraduate writing an essay, this says the same thing over and over justified by minor variations in perspective. Samples, even short ones, of the music being described would have helped a lot.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ploughmen

  • A Novel
  • By: Kim Zupan
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,000

At the center of this searing fever-dream of a novel are two men - a killer awaiting trial and a troubled young deputy - sitting across fromeach other in the dark, talking through the bars of a county jail cell: JohnGload, so brutally adept at his craft that only now, at the age of 77, has he faced the prospect of long-term incarceration; and Valentine Millimaki, low man in the Copper County sheriff's department, who draws the overnight shift after Gload's arrest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great language and performance

  • By Villarreal on 11-06-17

Haunting beautiful if depressing story

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

This reminded me of something Cormac McCarthy might have written. After almost giving up on it, it grew on me at least in part because the prose is so perfect.

  • Lethal White

  • A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,574
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,028
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,994

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 🍊🍾🔑🤺🗡🏇🏼💊Only Sorry There’s No Book Five Yet 💵🧯🔦📞♟🎨🐴

  • By Gretchen SLP on 01-08-19

Terrific, as good as Cuckoo's Calling

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

The 2nd and 3rd books in this series were good, but with this Rowling has hit another homerun like the first. Rich plot, great characterization, a satisfying ending.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful