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  • The Threat

  • How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump
  • By: Andrew G. McCabe
  • Narrated by: Andrew G. McCabe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,545
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,263
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,251

On March 16, 2018, just 26 hours before his scheduled retirement from the organization he had served with distinction for more than two decades, Andrew G. McCabe was fired from his position as deputy director of the FBI. President Donald Trump celebrated on Twitter: "Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy." In The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump, Andrew G. McCabe offers a dramatic and candid account of his career and an impassioned defense of the FBI.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The FBI & DOJ

  • By Greb on 02-19-19

Well written with keen insights

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

Reviewed: 02-21-19

I didn’t know what to really expect from McCabe’s book. I’m happy to report that it delivers an interesting read on what was happening behind the scenes at the FBI during the first year and a half of the Trump administration. I’ve consumed all these books over the past year or two. They’ve come from a variety of perspectives. Some are clearly motivated. One thing they all share, though, is Trump’s wanton disregard for truth and democracy. That’s certainly clear from McCabe’s book.

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  • Pieces of Her

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,902
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,884

What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all? Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows Laura has spent nearly her whole life in the small beach town of Belle Isle, Georgia; she knows Laura's never wanted anything more than to lead a quiet, normal life in this conventional community; she knows Laura's a kind and beloved speech pathologist who helps others; she knows Laura's never kept a secret in her life. Andrea knows that Laura is everything she isn't - confident, settled, sure of herself. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OUTSTANDING BOOK!!

  • By shelley on 08-22-18

Felt like a long slog through hell

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

I can’t believe I finished this book. I guess I’m more an optimist than I thought. I kept expecting it to get better. Stupid me. It sucked from beginning to end.
The characters were caricatures. I mean truly shallowly drawn. Did Karen Slaughter really write this? The plot might have worked had the characters been more than cartoons.
I rarely return a book, especially one that I actually finish. I’m returning this one. Do yourself a favor: skip it.
I think this might be the most snippy, critical review I’ve ever written.

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  • Boom Box

  • Duck and Cover Adventures Series, Books 1-3
  • By: Benjamin Wallace
  • Narrated by: Phil Thron
  • Length: 20 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

It’s the end of the world as you've never known it. Join the Librarian as he does his best to make the post-apocalyptic world a better place by protecting the weak, fighting injustice, squaring off against a group of former renaissance fair workers who have established a kingdom in the Rocky Mountains, and so on. Can one man make a difference in the face of such murderous cannibals and super smart bears? Probably not. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect

  • By Jamie on 12-04-18

Got better? Kinda

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

Pluses: 3 books for 1 credit. Not bad, but not great either. The narrator was fine; don’t know why reviewers didn’t like him. He’s no R.C. Bray, but then, who is? He didn’t get in the way of the story. I listened at 1.25 speed, which is normal for me. Of the 3 books, I liked the last one the best. Will I buy Book 4? Only if it is on sale or offered as part of a bundle.

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  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 55,328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,185

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Seattle blues on 08-17-18

Well deserved best seller

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

I loved almost everything about this book. Rarely is a writer so able to ooze the every aspect of a location into the prose. Simply done with beauty and grace. The only time the writing faltered was when it moved into a sterile setting. As great a writer as Delia Owens is, she’s no John Grisham in the courtroom. Fortunately, while it was an important part of the story, it wasn’t a lengthy part.

Cassandra Campbell did a good job narrating. I never was confused who was speaking.

It’s early in the year but I’m fairly sure Where the Crawdads Sing will make it on to my year-end top 10 books of the year list.

Well worth the credit.

  • Out of the Dark

  • An Orphan X Novel (Evan Smoak, Book 4)
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,932
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,785
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,774

Taken from a group home at age 12, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as part of the Orphan Program, an off-the-books operation designed to create deniable intelligence assets - i.e. assassins. Evan was Orphan X. He broke with the Program, using everything he learned to disappear and reinvent himself as the Nowhere Man, a man who helps the truly desperate when no one else can. But now Evan's past in the Orphan Program is reaching out to him. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SMOAKIN' HOT!!!!

  • By shelley on 01-30-19

Great series continues

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

I like just about everything about this series. First Hurwitz has this character and his supporting cast nailed. Nothing they do is in the least out of character. That isn’t to say the story is predictable. Hurwitz does a great job bobbing and weaving and keeping us on the edge of our seat.

Then there is the flawless narration by Scott Brick. If ever there were a perfect pairing of narrator and novel, this is it. Brick isn’t in my top 5 lists of narrators, but I can’t imagine anyone doing the Orphan X series better.

  • Bluff

  • By: Michael Kardos
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,793
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,791

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

Strong story; Great narration

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

It’s this book, Julia Whelan officially joins my favorite narrators list. She was oft-mentioned when one of the Audible groups I followed asked everyone to list their top 5 narrators. I couldn’t recall ever having listening to one of her reads, so this past week I did 2 back to back. First was Year One , a good entry in my sweet-spot post-apocalypse non-zombie genre. The Bluff (this one). Both were well written, but what made them exceptional for me was Julia Whelan.

  • Year One

  • (Chronicles of The One, Book 1)
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,901
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,405

It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed - and more than half of the world's population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sub-par fantasy novel written by a great romance author

  • By Nate P. on 02-28-18

Well done post-apocalypse story

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

I’ve become a big time consumer of post-apocalypse novels. This is a good one and I’m eager to read book 2. I have to say, though, that I compare all entries in this genre to the Commune series. If Commune is a 5-star story, then Year One falls a little less than that. No major flaws, but a few slightly rough spots in plotting/story-development.

The narration by Julia Whelan is excellent. I can see why she shows up on members’ favorite narrators lists.

  • One Second After

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,583

Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Realistic Worst Nightmare

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 03-02-17

Tainted by right wing views

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

I wanted to like this book, but I should have known better with a forward written by Newt Gingrich. Too bad because the subject matter is worthwhile. The writing itself is not good. Simplistic at times. Preachy at others. The characters are shallow and one-dimensional. The ending is bleak. And the narration ranges from awful in spots to just not good elsewhere. Save your credit. Don’t even buy it on sale.

  • Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection

  • By: Alexander C. Kane
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,036
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,029

Andrea Vernon always thought she would spend her life living in Paris writing thought-provoking historical novels all day and sipping wine on the Seine all night. But the reality is she's drowning in debt, has no prospects, and is forced to move back to Queens, where her parents remind her daily that they are very interested in grandchildren. Then, one morning, she is kidnapped, interviewed, and hired as an administrative assistant by the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection. Superheroes for hire, using their powers for good. What could possibly go wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Normal Life in an Abnormal World

  • By Arthur D. Rich on 08-26-17

Totally fun

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

Completely out there, but in a very fun and funny way. Bahni Turpin voices al these bizarrely endearing characters with such consistency that it is amazing. She’s right up there with my narrator-hero, R.C. Bray. And kudos to Alexander Kane. I can’t wait to read/listen to the next one.

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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 86,958
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 79,144
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 78,692

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
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 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.

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