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Roberta L. Ruben

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  • The Darkwater Bride

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Marty Ross
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Donal Finn, Jamie Glover, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,108
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,082

Late Victorian London. When James Miller, the most respectable of Scottish businessmen, is pulled, dead, from the Thames, his daughter is drawn into an investigation which reveals a whole world of secrets and corruption. Alongside local detective Culley, Catriona’s search for her father’s killer leads all the way to the tragic truth behind the ghostly legend of The Darkwater Bride and the power of her deadly kiss. An epic drama starring Adrian Scarborough, Claire Corbett, Freya Mayor and Jamie Glover, The Darkwater Bride combines the genres of the Victorian mystery thriller with the equally classic Victorian mode of the ghostly tale.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • spooky audio drama / sex & violence crime fiction

  • By Paul on 04-07-19

Scary Feminist Masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 04-13-19

I think it is too sexual explicit for readers under under 18. Recommend for all females who have been sexually abused or fear being raped. Recommended for everyone who enjoys ghost stories with a twisted ending.

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  • The Perfect Husband

  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,438
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,434

What would you do if the man of your dreams hides the soul of a killer? Jim Beckett was everything she'd ever dreamed of...But two years after Tess married the decorated cop and bore his child, she helped put him behind bars for savagely murdering ten women. Even locked up in a maximum security prison, he vowed he would come after her and make her pay. Now the cunning killer has escaped - and the most dangerous game of all begins....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So many years to wait for the audible

  • By PAM ONEIL on 12-29-18

Abusive Husbands becomes mass murderers

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

Reviewed: 03-30-19

Most dislike the way women are portrayed as week and easily manipulated and sexually assaulted. The killer’s instinct for overpowering police, the professional hired killer and the FBI agent seems unlikely.

I enjoyed the happy ending for the wife and child in spite of over 20 people being murder. mostly young.


  • The Demon Next Door

  • By: Bryan Burrough
  • Narrated by: Steve White
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,593
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14,950
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,885

Best-selling author Bryan Burrough recently made a shocking discovery: The small town of Temple, Texas, where he had grown up, had harbored a dark secret. One of his high school classmates, Danny Corwin, was a vicious serial killer. In this chilling tale, Burrough raises important questions of whether serial killers can be recognized before they kill or rehabilitated after they do. It is also a story of Texas politics and power that led the good citizens of the town of Temple to enable a demon who was their worst nightmare.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Less sensational than advertised

  • By Kingsley on 03-01-19

Has any thing changed?

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

True Crimes are often stranger than fiction. This sketch of sexual crimes and murders does seem logical. No description of what motivated the sexual assaults and why he left 2 or more victims alive. I am glad survivors were willing to share descriptions of the perpetrator.

  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,644
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,594

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A must hear ... but not for kids!

  • By Dylan on 02-19-19

Not what I expected!

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

I did not care about the topics being introduced in this history of Life in 19th Century Britain.

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  • Angels Fall

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 985
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989

Enjoying the view from the mountain she has just climbed, Reece Gilmore sees a woman being attacked. But when authorities comb the area, they find nothing - no signs of struggle. No freshly turned earth. Not even a tire track. No one in town seems to believe Reece, except Brody, a gruff loner.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Nora Roberts book

  • By punkingee on 08-29-12

Twisted Plot

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

Who is the killer? Who has really been murdered? Why is someone driving the innocent victim crazy? A love story with a lot of twists and turns that kept me guessing throughout the novel.

  • The Darkest Child

  • By: Delores Phillips
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,791
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,622

In 1958 Georgia, the shade of a 13-year-old black girl's skin can make the difference in her fate. Tangy Mae is the smartest of her mother's 10 children, but she is also the darkest complected. The Quinns - all different skin shades, all with unknown fathers - live with their charismatic, beautiful, and tyrannical mother, Rozelle, in poverty on the fringes of a Georgia town where Jim Crow rules. Rozelle's children live in fear of her mood swings and her violence, but they are devoted to her. Rozelle pulls her children out of school when they are 12 years old so that they can help support her by going to work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My heart couldn't take it

  • By NIXX1993 on 03-01-18

Strong Female Characters

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

Murders, Prostitution, Ghosts, and Hatred for ones female children kept me glued to this Historical Novel of a Southern Black Families’ survival. A single mother and her 10 children, who never knew their fathers, tried to survive any way they can. This is not an adolescent novel but a commentary on life for African Americans in the south in the second half of the 20th century. Revenge and insanity keep you listening because you want to know who survives the poverty, racial hatred and injustices, childbirth and abortions. If you liked “Sing, Unburied, Sing”, you will love this novel.

Everything that could go wrong did until the heroine graduates high school and leave her insane mother who had already killed 3 of her child. Recommend for those who love being frightened.

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  • Zero Day

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,152

From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Big fan of David Baldacci, not a fan of Zero Day

  • By William R. on 11-22-11

Where are the Nukes?

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

Full of suspense and logically organized story that seems believable in this day and age. All characters are well developed. Author keeps you interested in finding the real source of the murders.

  • Kindred

  • By: Octavia E. Butler
  • Narrated by: Kim Staunton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,694

Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes she's been given a challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Octavia is awesome!!

  • By Kirsten on 01-30-08

Living History

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

Original Experiences for every listener. Time travelers and Historians will enjoy this unique story. I felt like I was experiencing the life in 1840’s south. I was seeing life through the eyes of the time traveler who was trying to understand why slaves didn’t kill their masters and their children but kept following orders.

  • Alias Grace

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Margaret Atwood, Sarah Gadon
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,014
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,009

It's 1843, and Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer and his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders. An up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read the book after watching the series.

  • By Sheri Martin on 12-30-17

Women Surviving the 19th Century Northern Wilderness

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

Reflections on the life of a woman accused of murder when she was 15 and living in the Canadian wilderness. Part 1 of the tale is told through the eyes of a child who immigrated from Ireland with a large family try to find a better life. Part 2 reflects life in prison, the trial and what the prisoner could remember of the murders she witnessed. Part 3: Her finally release from prison 30 years after being caught. Author development of the characters in the story fully. Description of historic events were convincing and wonderfully written. Excellent Reading of this historic novel.

  • Where the Jews Aren't

  • The Sad and Absurd Story of Birobidzhan, Russia's Jewish Autonomous Region
  • By: Masha Gessen
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

In 1929, the Soviet government set aside a sparsely populated area in the Soviet Far East for settlement by Jews. The place was called Birobidzhan. The idea of an autonomous Jewish region was championed by Jewish Communists, Yiddishists, and intellectuals, who envisioned a haven of post-oppression Jewish culture. By the mid-1930s tens of thousands of Soviet Jews, as well as about a thousand Jews from abroad, had moved there.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Jewish World of Our Ancestors

  • By Roberta L. Ruben on 06-16-18

The Jewish World of Our Ancestors

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

Very moving. It revealed what happened to the Russian Jews who were not killed at the turn of the 20th Century and lived through the Russian Revolution and the start of the USSR. Most important was the history of Yiddish and the culture of the Jews during WWII and throughout Eastern Europe during and after the war. I had never heard of The Dream of Birobidzhan the proposed homeland for the millions of Jews of Eastern Europe before Hitler.

Recommended for all interested in Israel, Jewish History and Live in Russia after the revolution and before Putin.