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  • Hunger Moon

  • The Huntress/FBI Thrillers, Book 5
  • By: Alexandra Sokoloff
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 489

Special Agent Matthew Roarke has abandoned his rogue search for serial killer Cara Lindstrom. He's returned to the FBI to head a task force with one mission: to rid society of its worst predators. But as the skeletal symbols of Santa Muerte, "Lady Death," mysteriously appear at universities nationwide, threatening death to rapists, Roarke's team is pressured to investigate. When a frat boy goes missing in Santa Barbara, Roarke realizes a bloodbath is coming - desperate teenagers are about to mete out personal, cold-blooded justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read it with an open mind

  • By Bree Salyer on 01-23-18

Gratuitous political garbage

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

Really enjoyed the first four books in this series, and really opened my eyes to a horrifying culture which I had little idea exists to the extent described..

However, the author takes many unnecessary gratuitous shots at the current president in the first ten minutes of the book. Look, there's plenty not to like about the guy, but to essentially blame him for the plight of girls and young women in the sex trafficking business is quite a bit much.

Further, when Bill Clinton was busy raping women many (including Hillary Clinton) decided to attack the victims with nary a word from the self righteous left.

I'm generally OK with novels with a political point of view that I don't agree with as long as it's relevant to the book, but in this case it's simply not, further, the author takes quite a few liberties with the facts as she takes her shots.

I'm returning the book.

  • Scores

  • How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia Informants in FBI History
  • By: Michael D. Blutrich
  • Narrated by: Michael D. Blutrich
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,122

Meet Michael Blutrich, mild-mannered New York lawyer and founder of Scores, the hottest strip club in New York City history, funded by the proceeds of an insurance embezzlement scheme. All Blutrich wanted was to lay low, make the club a success, and put his criminal acts behind him. But the Mafia got involved, and soon the FBI came knocking. Scores became wildly popular, in part thanks to Blutrich's ability to successfully bend the rules of adult entertainment. Unfortunately for Blutrich, it would all soon implode.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seductive narration about fortunes and betrayals

  • By 🔧Eugene on 02-06-17
  • Scores
  • How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia Informants in FBI History
  • By: Michael D. Blutrich
  • Narrated by: Michael D. Blutrich

This guy paid top dollar for his lawyers?

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

Reviewed: 08-13-17

Any additional comments?

The book is very entertaining, and worth a listen.

But if you find yourself screaming at the author, "Where were your lawyers?" - don't be surprised.If this weren't a true story, I'd be scorching the author for assuming a top paid, top flight lawyer with experience in the US Attorney's office would let his guy get leveraged like he did by the NY assistant US attorney.

I'm hoping for the author's sake he changed the context of some of their decisions, because as published his life was more dangerous and his punishment more severe because of the incompetence of his legal team than it would have been without them.

  • The Switch

  • A Novel
  • By: Joseph Finder
  • Narrated by: Steven Kearney
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 568

Michael Tanner is on his way home from a business trip when he accidentally picks up the wrong MacBook in an airport security line. He doesn't notice the mix-up until he arrives home in Boston, but by then it's too late. Tanner's curiosity gets the better of him when he discovers that the owner is a US senator and that the laptop contains top secret files. When Senator Susan Robbins realizes she's come back with the wrong laptop, she calls her young chief of staff, Will Abbott, in a panic.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best Joseph Finder

  • By Shucks Jones on 06-16-17

No group of people can be this stupid

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

Reviewed: 06-21-17

Any additional comments?

First, let me say i've read or listened to all of Joseph Finder's previous books and liked them very much, I got this the first day it came out.The protagonist, who owns a coffee company, doesn't follow up on a sales call that will keep him from going bankrupt. The Senator's chief of staff, instead of doing something easy to solve a problem, does something really stupid and complicated and by the way, makes little sense.There is no one really likable, and while the premise is very good, I simply can't stomach the idiocy that is taking place to find out how things turn out.I get it that characters have to have flaws or there is no story, but these actors are simply not believable in the roles they occupy.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ep. 1: I've Had Better

  • By: Esther Perel
  • Narrated by: Esther Perel
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,927
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,803

[Contains mature themes] He reached out because a year after the discovery of his affair, they aren’t fighting anymore, but they certainly haven’t moved on. Esther guides them towards a more honest conversation, and a revelation about their communication.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Response to the bitter comments...

  • By Ashley on 06-15-17

She's kidding, right?

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

Reviewed: 05-30-17

Any additional comments?

The guy says, "Well, we were kind of in the same place, the only difference is I acted on it."

Wait, what?

Simply can't believe the counselor let him get away with that comment.

On top of which he said he'd been unfaithful to other women several times before.

The woman seems to be OK with the way their relationship is now.

Why push her to let that scumbag in again?

I won't be listening to any more of this.

29 of 52 people found this review helpful

  • The Only Rule Is It Has to Work

  • Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team
  • By: Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, John Pruden
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289

It's the ultimate in fantasy baseball: You get to pick the roster, set the lineup, and decide on strategies - with real players, in a real ballpark, in a real playoff race. That's what baseball analysts Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller got to do when an independent minor-league team in California, the Sonoma Stompers, offered them the chance to run its baseball operations according to the most advanced statistics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrarators have never watched baseball. Ever!

  • By Anon on 06-02-16

Not many nuts and bolts of Sabremetrics

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

Reviewed: 04-14-17

Any additional comments?

I thought the book was mildly interesting, and as a very casual Sabremetrician, I really thought there'd be more of the nuts and bolts of that.

They more alluded to it than explained the different things they did - they went through the hassle of getting all the equipment they needed for games and then only in the most general terms did they explain how they used the data.

They were quite candid in the summary of the limitations and the failures they had during the season, and where, frankly, a manager's "gut" fared just as well or better than their data based ideas.

A fun book but if you're a hard core baseball quant, you won't find anything really new here.

If you're interested in a human interest story with baseball as the environment, it's pretty good.

  • Somebody I Used to Know

  • By: David Bell
  • Narrated by: Andy Paris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,144
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,883
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,879

When Nick Hansen sees the young woman at the grocery store, his heart stops. She is the spitting image of his college girlfriend, Marissa Minor, who died in a campus house fire 20 years earlier. But when Nick tries to speak to her, she acts skittish and rushes off. The next morning the police arrive at Nick's house and show him a photo of the woman from the store. She's been found dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bit of a soap opera, but I used to watch those.

  • By Richard Delman on 11-13-17

It was OK, but we've certainly heard much better

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

Reviewed: 04-14-17

Any additional comments?

I just felt it wasn't as good as most others seemed to think.

The story is believable, but somewhat predictable.

The characters are just ok, the protagonist is a nice guy, but while I didn't hate him, I didn't really find myself rooting for him either.

My recommendation is if you really don't have any good reads lined up, this is worth your time, but I would put it on the wish list and wait for that situation.

  • The Rock Hole

  • A Red River Mystery
  • By: Reavis Z. Wortham
  • Narrated by: Traber Burns
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,814
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,641
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,642

In 1964, when Ned Parker, farmer and part-time constable, is summoned to a cornfield one hot morning to examine the remains of a tortured bird dog, he discovers that there is a dark presence in their quiet community of Center Springs, Texas. Ned is usually confident handling moonshiners, drunks, and instances of domestic dispute. But when it comes to animal atrocities—which then turn to murder—the investigation spins beyond his abilities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-19-16

Just couldn't get me to care

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

Reviewed: 01-17-17

Any additional comments?

It takes a lot for me to not listen to a whole book. I've listened to several hundred audible titles and probably have quit fewer than ten.

Gave up on this one after about two hours.

I need to either care about the characters or be interested in the intrigue or complexities of the human condition - this was just flat.

Not the worst I've ever heard, just completely uncompelling.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 162,985
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,429
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150,267

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Perfect blend of Narrator and character

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

Reviewed: 03-22-14

Any additional comments?

Just excellent.

The narration was perfect for the main character Mark Whatney.

It gets a little technical, but you don't have to be a technical person to appreciate the challenge and the logic Whatney is using trying to survive.

In attempting to leave Mars, after each setback is resolved, you're wondering, "What else can go wrong?"

Stay tuned, because you'll soon find out..



3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Bootlegger

  • An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 7
  • By: Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,534

When Isaac Bell’s boss and lifelong friend Joseph Van Dorn is shot and nearly killed leading the high-speed chase of a rum-running vessel, Bell swears to him that he will hunt down the lawbreakers, but he doesn’t know what he is getting into. When a witness to Van Dorn’s shooting is executed in a ruthlessly efficient manner invented by the Russian secret police, it becomes clear that these are no ordinary criminals. Bell is up against a team of Bolshevik assassins and saboteurs - and they are intent on overthrowing the government of the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You will not be disappointed in this one!

  • By Heather on 03-23-14

Another solid offering in the Isaac Bell series

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

Reviewed: 03-17-14

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

I like Scott Brick's narration better than some folks. I think some find him a little too melodramatic. I find if I listen to him at a faster speed it makes it a much more enjoyable listen.

Any additional comments?

Takes place during Prohibition and examines the complete disregard many had for that particular law, and how *gangsters* got rich because of it.

A typical Cussler yarn, but from me that's a compliment. The historical setting is interesting as well.

An easy listen, but worth it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Neverwhere

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,742

Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vivid, imaginative.

  • By Joseph on 10-29-09

I simply don't understand the attraction

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

Reviewed: 03-17-14

Any additional comments?

I don't get it.

The protagonist is pretty one dimensional, he's mildly sympathetic but he's not interesting. All the other characters are cardboard cut outs and, four hours into the story, I have no idea why I'm supposed to care what happens to this little troupe of people.

Gaiman's narration is good, but his story is missing, well, anything of interest.

Not sure why everyone likes it, but I was really disappointed and am returning it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful