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  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,117
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,024
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,939

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Run it at 1.5x speed

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

I had high expectations for this book. I love Michelle Obama. But I must say I found my first few hour tedious. She reads her book SOOOOO slowly. Eventually, I bumped the speed up to 1.5 and found myself enjoying it immensely. It’s definitely her voice, not Barack’s. We get a new perspective on the family and how it lived through its 8 years in the White House. It made me proud again that our country had the decency to elect Barack Obama not once, but twice to what, at least then, was seen to be the leader of the free world. The Obamas never embarrassed us. I miss them now more than ever. I wish Michelle would change her mind and enter politics, but understand and accept that she won’t. It’s a good book. Worth the credit.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Money Shot

  • By: Stuart Woods, Parnell Hall
  • Narrated by: Tony Roberts
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330

Ever a man of mystery and intrigue, Teddy Fay has donned a new disguise - that of Mark Weldon, a stuntman and actor starring in Centurion Studios' newest film. When the picture's leading lady begins receiving blackmail threats, Teddy is in the perfect position to investigate, and it soon becomes clear that the villains have more in their sights than just money. Money they've got. What they need is prestige, the cache of a respected studio to lend authority and legitimacy to their artistic endeavors...and a little bit of vengeance in the bargain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Teddy Fey is the greatest.

  • By David on 08-09-18

At 69, I’m too young for this book

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

Here’s my take on The Money Shot, as written by Stuart Woods and performed by Tony Roberts: I’m not in the target audience of feeble, old white men.

And I’ll be 70 in 3 months.

Perhaps, I’d like this one if I were 10 years older and confined to a institutional bed. I’m not, but there were times while listening to this waste of a credit that made me wonder if I should be for sticking with it to the end.

Do yourself a favor. Just say no.

  • Black (4 Novel Bundle)

  • By: Russell Blake
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 29 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

Artemus Black doesn't believe in fate...but even a hardened Hollywood PI can question destiny when cases turn ugly. With an assistant who mocks him relentlessly, an obese cat that loathes him, a romantic life that's deader than Elvis, money problems, booze, nicotine, and anger management issues, how much worse can it get? The answer is plenty, and Black finds himself in a web of deceit, betrayal, and murder - and bad hair days.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series. Adventure, mystery, comical, noir.

  • By John Delaney on 07-08-18

Boy, What a Bargain

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

I came across this 4-Book bundle entirely because R.C . Bray is my favorite narrator. But this series is unlike anything else of his that I’ve downloaded. Bray is first and foremost a Avi-for guy. Hell, I rarely even read Bray books before buying The Martian (a Bray masterpiece). I’ve since listened to dozens of Bray-read books. My library now boasts more Bray books than any other author or reader. Yeah, I like his work.

There is nothing sci-if about the Black books. Black is a fascinating LA private detective who teeters on the edge of financial ruin. These are set in current time, but author Russell Black gives the books noir quality that sets them apart from most other private eye books.

And parts of the stories are an out and out hoot! I never tire of his sole employee/office assistant Roxy. She’s a very funny smart-ass!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Rules of Civility

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,760
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,740

Features a sample chapter from A Gentleman in Moscow, the highly anticipated new audiobook from Amor Towles - available fall 2016. This sophisticated and entertaining first novel presents the story of a young woman whose life is on the brink of transformation. On the last night of 1937, 25-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a yearlong journey....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bright Young Things in a Dark World

  • By Michele Kellett on 08-13-12

That Towles Dude Can Write

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

I got this book because I absolutely loved A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles recent huge bestseller. One doesn’t read Towles for the plots, but for the rich characters he creates. The characters here are magnificently drawn and fully nuanced. And hats off to narrator Rebecca Lowman. In general, I find that women narrators struggle more with male voices than male narrators do with women’s voices. Too often it’s a distraction. Not here, though. Lowman does a great job with ALL the voices. This is a sweet, gentle piece of historical fiction that I highly recommend.

  • Hellbent

  • An Orphan X Novel
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,938
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,659
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,639

Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as an off-the-books government assassin: Orphan X. After he broke with the Orphan Program, Evan disappeared and reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, a man spoken about only in whispers and dedicated to helping the truly desperate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easily earns 5 stars!

  • By Wayne on 01-31-18

Another Winner

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

I think this is my favorite Orphan X book yet. More humanity. The introduction of Joey, a 16-year-old wash-out of the program, added complexity to Evan’s character. And the I certainly liked the final scene, which sets up what might be the storyline for book 4. Speaking of book 4, I’d preorder it right now if it were available.

  • After It Happened

  • Publisher's Pack 3
  • By: Devon C. Ford
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,344
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,216
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,213

This publisher's pack contains Sanctuary (book 5) and Rebellion (book 6) of the After It Happened series. Set in the UK in the immediate aftermath of a mysterious illness that swept the country and left millions dead, the series follows the trials facing a reluctant hero, Dan, and the group he forms around him. They must battle the elements, find sufficient supplies and equipment to survive, and protect themselves against the most destructive force on the planet: other people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great end

  • By Jordan on 01-31-18

Really good series

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I realized while listening to this 6-Book series that I’m into post-apocalypse stories (with just humans; no zombies, please). This is a strong example of a great post-apocalypse story.

It’s well written and is narrated by the incomparable R.C. Bray. Bray is once again perfect. Man, he’s so good!

I had some issues with book 3, where the story splits. I got over it, but still few the split was unnecessary. Perhaps it was done to stretch what could have been a 4- or 5-book series to 6 books. Still, I binged, which I rarely do. I was into the characters.

I was also pleased with the way Devon Ford wrapped up the story. No spoilers, but you end up knowing what happened to everyone, even Ash the dog.

  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,266
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,201
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26,104

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

I was reluctant, but this was great

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

Definitely a 5-star review. Both the writing by Angie Thomas and the narration by Bahni Turpin were top notch. I was concerned the book might have too much of a message to be entertaining. It certainly has a message, but the characters are so real that I found I was quickly drawn in.

The story centers on a 16-year-old girl from a gang-riddled ghetto neighborhood. Her parents want a better life for their kids and have them enrolled in a mostly white private school. At a party in her neighborhood (she rarely attends events in her neighborhood), she becomes the lone witness to a cop shooting in which her oldest friend is killed unjustly. What happens and doesn’t happen is the grist for the rest of the story.

I highly recommend this book to white folks. It opens the mind to a more nuanced understanding of “black lives matter.”

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  • After It Happened

  • Publisher's Pack, Books 1 & 2
  • By: Devon C. Ford
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,316
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,185

This omnibus edition contains Survival (book 1) and Humanity (book 2) of the After It Happened series.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I really wanted to like these series

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 03-17-18

Slow start, but gets better

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

The first half of book 1 really drags. Then things start to pick up. Enough action in second half of 1, then even more action in Book 2. I was hooked enough to buy the next 2-Book pack. Hard to go wrong with a series narrated you R.C. Bray. I consider Bob to be the best in the business. If you like this series, check out Commune. Similar storyline, but it’s s masterpiece.

  • From the Corner of the Oval

  • A Memoir
  • By: Beck Dorey-Stein
  • Narrated by: Beck Dorey-Stein
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 427

In 2012, Beck Dorey-Stein is working five part-time jobs and just scraping by when a posting on Craigslist lands her, improbably, in the Oval Office as one of Barack Obama’s stenographers. The ultimate DC outsider, she joins the elite team who accompany the president wherever he goes, recorder and mic in hand. On whirlwind trips across time zones, Beck forges friendships with a dynamic group of fellow travelers - young men and women who, like her, leave their real lives behind to hop aboard Air Force One in service of the president. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • West Wing - it's about the work, loves, and life

  • By alaskajazz on 07-12-18

Fun book from a good writer

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this book for reasons I didn’t expect. Beck has a way with words. Crisp. Efficient. I found I became invested in her story, although I did get tired of her addiction to Jason. What a philandering creep. I found myself wondering who he was in real life. And I found myself wondering about her post-White House life. The epilogue teased us with a next step that you know didn’t last and I would have loved hearing the details of how it ended.

It was fun to see the comraderie among the staff as the different people bonded. There wasn’t much about Obama, but in some ways he was always there.

  • Flash

  • By: Tim Tigner
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,362
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,353

Two blood-spattered strangers awake, locked in the trunk of a car - with a murdered cop and the smoking gun. Aside from raging headaches and no idea what's happened, they appear to have nothing in common. Troy thinks it's 2001 and he's still a combat surgeon fighting terrorists in Afghanistan. Emmy believes it's 2002 and she's still grifting a living from the streets of L.A.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As promised

  • By ibrahim BURCE on 02-06-16

Slow start, then zoom!

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

I liked it, though I found it a little slow going for the first third or so. Lots of characters being introduced. Sometimes I had to think about who was who. Straightened out, though, in time. Dick Hill was his usual great at narration. I did think the sound editing could have been better. A few sections seemed jammed together, which was a little jarring to the narrative.